Publications

Volume 2 Issue 25

Happy Easter! 

"The beautiful spring came, and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also." – Harriet Jacobs: author of ‘Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl’ (1861)

Everywhere around us we can see the green shoots of renewal. Flowers are in bloom, and there is just a hint of warmth in the air. Spring is a glorious season, and annually reminds us that there can be hope for better times just around the corner. Easter is a time for optimism and anticipation, as Mr Robinson, our School Chaplain, expressed so eloquently in our Term Service this morning.

As we begin the school holiday, may I take this opportunity to wish our pupils, teachers, non-teaching staff, governors and parents a very, very Happy Easter!

We will see you next term!

Neal Parker

Head

Neal Parker
@HeadKESSoton


Whole School Notices

Summer Term INSET Day

Please would parents note that we will now begin the summer term on Monday 19 April, with a full, normal teaching day. The staff inset day, originally scheduled for Monday 19 April, will instead move to Friday 28 May, immediately before the summer half term break. This will allow our teaching staff to use Friday 28 May for departmental marking and moderation of the completed GCSE and A Level assessments, but will still give every student the same number of days in school next half term. It will also give our public examination students an additional day of preparation for the summer assessments.

Lateral Flow Testing At Home 

Last week we distributed lateral flow testing kits for the students to use at home. Please can we encourage twice weekly tests over the Easter break. Please can we especially ask that students take a test on the evening of Sunday 18 April (the night before the new term) so that we can be confident that all students returning to school have tested negative.

School Fee Letter

Emails were sent out this week informing you that the fee bills for next term are now available to view on the Portal. There is also a letter from the Bursar regarding next year’s fees and charges. Please follow this link to view a copy of this letter and contact the finance office with any queries regarding your bill.

Half Term Grades 

Half Term Grades for your son/daughter will be made available on the KES Parent Portal at the end of the school day, for all year groups except the Fifth and Upper Sixth. There will also be no grade awarded for Religious Studies (GCSE SC) in the Fourth Year. The Progress Grades are an indication of the work and evidence produced in class during the last half term only. Grade descriptors and further information on what these grades mean and how you can access them can be found here. Subject reports for the Spring Term will also be posted and published on the Portal for parents of Sixth Form students.

Pupils Leaving the School 2021

A reminder for parents of all pupils (excluding the Upper Sixth) who intend to leave King Edward's at the end of this academic year, that written notice must be received in all cases by the Registrar or the Head before the first day of the Summer Term (Monday 19 April). If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the Registrar.

Free Masterclasses for Physicists 

Isaac Physics is providing free masterclass sessions for students taking Physics at GCSE and A Level. For more information and to access the booking link, click here

First Year Notices 

No notices this week 

Second Year Notices 

No notices this week 

Third Year Notices 

No notices this week 

Fourth Year Notices 

PSHE Talks - School of Sexuality Education 

On 21 April, Fourth Year pupils will receive two separate online talks, by the highly regarded School of Sexuality Education (formerly Sexplain). Further information on what the talks will cover and what to expect, can be found in this letter.

Fifth Year Notices 

Activity Week and End of Year Celebrations 

We are delighted to let you know that we will be running an activities week for all Fifth Year and Upper Sixth pupils, the week beginning 14 June 2021. There will be five days of different activities, with the Friday being a year-group based activity. We are still finalising the details and staffing, but we wanted to let you know so that you can put it in the diary. All events will be voluntary, so students can get involved in all activities or simply choose what they like the look of. More information to follow.

We are also in the process of planning end of year celebrations for the Fifth Year and Upper Sixth. We will let you know dates and further information as soon as we are certain that plans will fit in with the COVID roadmap.

Examination Assessment Dates 

Please find here the dates scheduled in May for GCSE and A Level assessments to allow pupils to begin their revision planning. Further information about the structure, timing and duration of each subject assessment, will be made available as soon as we receive the materials and guidance from the Examination Boards. We understand this may not be until after the school holidays.

The dates referenced in the Bulletin on 12 March from Dr Waymark are still correct, particularly the dates when study leave will begin for each year group and the time set aside at the start of June as a contingency. Further information about the structure of the subject days and assessment timings will be sent to everyone as soon as possible.

Lower Sixth Notices 

No notices this week 

Upper Sixth Notices 

Activity Week and End of Year Celebrations 

We are delighted to let you know that we will be running an activities week for all Fifth Year and Upper Sixth pupils, the week beginning 14 June 2021. There will be five days of different activities, with the Friday being a year-group based activity. We are still finalising the details and staffing, but we wanted to let you know so that you can put it in the diary. All events will be voluntary, so students can get involved in all activities or simply choose what they like the look of. More information to follow.

We are also in the process of planning end of year celebrations for the Fifth Year and Upper Sixth. We will let you know dates and further information as soon as we are certain that plans will fit in with the COVID roadmap.

Examination Assessment Dates

Please find here the dates scheduled in May for GCSE and A Level assessments to allow pupils to begin their revision planning. Further information about the structure, timing and duration of each subject assessment, will be made available as soon as we receive the materials and guidance from the Examination Boards. We understand this may not be until after the school holidays.

The dates referenced in the Bulletin on 12 March from Dr Waymark are still correct, particularly the dates when study leave will begin for each year group and the time set aside at the start of June as a contingency. Further information about the structure of the subject days and assessment timings will be sent to everyone as soon as possible.


Happy Easter - A Film from KES & Stroud 

Pupils at KES and Stroud had fun filming our Easter film. Parents can view this short video here


Southampton Children's Hospital Donations 

Third Year student, Emily, is planning on running every day over the Easter holidays in support of Southampton Children’s hospital. 

In 2019 Emily had an infection on the brain which made her incredibly poorly, resulting in spending 22 days in hospital, a week of which she was in intensive care fighting for her life. Emily is planning to run every day for 22 days, which represents the total time she spent in hospital. 

Here is the link to her just giving page, as well as some further information on Emily's experience. We wish Emily the best of luck with her challenge! 

Fashion Illustration Club – Launching for Third Year students

A Fashion Illustration Club will be run after school by Miss Lijoka on Monday afternoons in the Art Department from 26 April. Any students who are interested in fashion, illustration, textiles and design should sign up. 

The sign-up sheet can be found on the Art studio door in the Atrium Gallery. Come along and be creative. Poster available to view here.

Sailing and Paddleboarding Club

A beginners and advanced sailing course will run on Sundays throughout the Summer Term. Paddleboarding Club will start on Tuesday's after school in May. For more information, see this link.

Character Design Club 

Character Design Club takes place in the Art Department every Thursday after school, 4-5pm. Open to all Second and Third Years, students can create their own monster, inspired by those that exist in the deep. Poster available to view here

Stage Crew Club

Without the technical wizardry of a stage crew, a production would simply be a rehearsal with an audience - come be part of creating the magic that brings a show to life!

Do you know your upstage from your downstage? Or how to spike a set? Can you put together a period costume? Could you design sound effects and bring a scene to life with dazzling lighting?

Pupils will be working towards learning the skills required to work on our own school productions. Starting with the fantastic ‘Les Miserables’ in the Autumn Term (Stage Crew is open to members of the Les Mis cast too!). 

Stage Crew will run on Friday lunchtimes in the Dobson Theatre, starting in the Summer Term. No prior experience needed!

Class code: kwloqer. Sign up required. For further details contact Mrs Brewer

KES Library Literary Review 

The KES Literary Review, issue 10, is here!

Each week the newsletter features guest reviewers to share their opinions on recent or favourite reads. Click on the images below to read the newsletter in PDF format. 


Summer Sport Programme  

We are looking forward very much to having a full and uninterrupted summer term of sport. 

All details relating to training sessions for cricket and tennis can be found here

All cricket fixtures can be found here and tennis fixtures will be added once they are arranged.

Summer Sports Kit 

Parents and students are reminded that all students in First - Fourth Year will require the white summer polo shirt for their games lessons, which is to be worn with navy shorts/skort or school track suit bottoms. Those students who expect to be involved in hardball cricket should purchase their own abdominal protector, but need not purchase other protective equipment unless they know they will be playing a lot of cricket. White cricket trousers will be required for all boys in A and B teams who play on Saturdays. Girls are also encouraged to wear white cricket trousers for their matches.

You can get good advice and purchase kit at reasonable prices by going to https://www.cricket-hockey.com/en/ with whom we have a trusted relationship. Parents of our girl cricketers might also be interested to hear of the https://www.thefemalecricketstore.com/ which has been set up specifically to cater for the rapid growth in girls playing cricket both in clubs and schools. 

KEY DATES 

Friday 26 March - Last day of Term 

Monday 19 April - First day of Summer Term