Publications

Volume 2 Issue 27

Student Leaders - a 'Thank You' 

This week marks an important moment for the student leadership team at KES. The current Upper Sixth group will rightly step back from their roles, allowing them to devote themselves without distraction to their upcoming A Level assessments. After a rigorous process – involving for the first time an interview of those students wishing to apply for the Head of School and Deputy Head of School roles – the new Lower Sixth team will be introduced to the KES community on Tuesday morning. For some, there will be joy in being asked to fulfil a position within the formal student leadership team, for others sadness at not having being selected for the role for which they applied. It is an important lesson in life to be resilient and gracious in both triumph and disappointment. However, having been involved in the process from start to finish, I can only say here what I will say to all the applicants in Assembly next week– that they are, and have been, hugely impressive young people, and an enormous credit to themselves as well as their school, regardless of outcome. I would also remind every KES pupil, in every year group, that leadership is about so much more than simply fulfilling a formal role. We should all aspire to be leaders in our attitudes and our conduct.

Nonetheless, I want to take this opportunity publicly to thank the outgoing student leadership team. In a most difficult time, in which the privileges and perks of their office have been impossible to fully enjoy, they have nonetheless rolled up their sleeves and made a monumental effort to be the role-models KES needed. Theirs has been a truncated experience, for which I am so sorry, but they have made it great regardless. Personally, I have worked most closely with Anoushka, Alex, Yusuf, Carol and Luke (you guys have been amazing!) - but in truth, the whole team has been superb. Thank you all. The incoming team have some mighty big shoes to fill.

Neal Parker
@HeadKESSoton


Whole School Notices

Bank Holiday 

A reminder that Monday 3 May is a bank holiday, and therefore the school will be closed. Due to this bank holiday, Tuesday 4 May will follow a Monday timetable.

After School Practice - Tuesday 3 May

Despite working to a Monday timetable on Tuesday, after-school practices will go ahead as they would a normal Tuesday. 

Covid Self-Testing 

During this week all pupils have been issued with another box of seven Covid self-tests. Please could we ask that pupils continue to test themselves twice weekly during this term. Further boxes will be distributed later in the term when these tests have all been completed. 

Face Masks 

The school is taking steps to become more sustainable; since coming back after lockdown we have given out nearly 1000 disposable face masks to students who have forgotten to bring their own masks in. The Green Team and the Sustainability committee would like to encourage all pupils to use re-usable face masks wherever possible to reduce our waste.

Life with a Teenager, An Evening for parents - Wednesday 12 May 2021

We invite all parents to join us for two presentations surrounding issues commonly met by parents with teenagers. The evening will be held on the evening of Wednesday 12 May, via Zoom. Information on the speakers and the event, can be found in this letter

Physics Webinar: How Physics Can Make the World a Better Place

The University of Southampton staff from the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering are running a webinar on Wednesday 5 May. The talk is suitable for any students thinking about their careers. 

In the interactive presentation, students will learn how their physics knowledge can be applied to help make the world a better place. From good health to climate change and sustainable cities, students will discover the ways in which physics can help address the UN's sustainable development goals and think about what they might like to do in the future. The webinar is followed by a Q&A. 

For more information and to sign up to the event, click here

Taster Mornings for Children hoping to join us in September 2022 

We have announced dates for Taster Mornings for current Year 5 and current Year 7 students who are hoping to join the school in September 2022 for First Year and Third Year entry. 

The dates can be accessed here. To book, please contact Mrs Sheppard

Classics Lecture 

The Southampton Classical Association are holding a classics lecture on Wednesday 5 May at 7.15 pm. The lecture will be given by Dr Emily Hauser, an academic at Exeter university, and also a best selling author. The joining details for the lecture named “Recovering the Women of Greek Myth”, can be found below. 

Register in advance 'Recovering the Women of Greek Myth' via this link

Saturday Sport, Winchester 

Parents for all Winchester cricket fixtures will be allowed to come and watch at on Saturday, based on parents being responsible for their children.

Parents should go to Elizabeth Mead for parking, which is a field off College Walk, off Wharf Hill which is accessed from the B3330/Chesil Street. There will be signage stating Cricket v Winchester College at College Walk to help direct to the field.

Once parked, players and parents should enter via the nearest main gate, adjacent to the entry to Elizabeth Mead. You will need to sign in with the security, for track and trace purposes, and then can make your way to the school grounds and pitches.

The first pitch is Meads, where the U14As are. The 1st XI and U14Bs will need to cross/circle Meads and go through a gate in the far left corner onto the main fields. The 1st XI are playing in front of the main pavilion and U14Bs are on the furthest pitch on that field.

We recommend bringing your own chairs and no catering is provided. Toilets are available and will be indicated for parents and players. Parents' toilets will be adjacent to the 1st XI match.

All spectators will need to adhere to the Government’s COVID-19 guidance whilst on site.

First Year Notices 

Endeavour 2021 (Thursday 1 and Friday 2 July 2021)

As part of the school’s Endeavour programme (two days of off-timetable activities), the school is organising two day trips for all members of the First Year to Fairthorne Manor Activity Centre near Botley. These will take place on Thursday 1 July and Friday 2 July 2021. The First Year trip is designed around independence and will include many team building, confidence building, and hands-on activities, and we expect that all members of the First Year will attend.

Further information can be found on the school website here and payment of £50 should be paid via KESpay KP1023 by Thursday 10 June. Please email Mr Miller with any questions.

Second Year Notices 

Endeavour 2021 (Thursday 1 and Friday 2 July 2021)

Over the course of this week, year groups have been shown the options available to them for Endeavour in assembly and it is now time for the students to make their choices. After discussing options with their children, parents of students in the Second Year should complete the relevant activity selection survey (here) for each child by Friday 7 May. 

Many of the activities have a limited number of places and whilst we will do what we can to give students their first choice, places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, and it may be necessary to offer students their second option. The survey also gives an estimated cost of each activity. Further information can be found on the Endeavour pages. Please email Mrs Burrows with any questions. 

Third Year Notices 

Endeavour 2021 (Thursday 1 and Friday 2 July 2021)

Over the course of this week, year groups have been shown the options available to them for Endeavour in assembly and it is now time for the students to make their choices. After discussing options with their children, parents of students in the Third Year should complete the relevant activity selection survey (here) for each child by Friday 7 May.

Many of the activities have a limited number of places and whilst we will do what we can to give students their first choice, places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, and it may be necessary to offer students their second option. The survey also gives an estimated cost of each activity. Further information can be found on the Endeavour pages. Please email Mrs Burrows with any questions.

Fourth Year Notices 

Examination Grades

Parents and pupils are invited to read this attached letter from Dr Waymark regarding arrangements for determining A Level, GCSE, and IGCSE grades this summer.

Physics Masterclass 

Isaac Physics are offering a free 3-hour masterclass, which will be an intense workout to practise the physics concepts that students will need to get good grades in their IGCSE exams. 

To sign up and for more information click here

Fifth Year Notices 

Examination Grades

Parents and pupils are invited to read this attached letter from Dr Waymark regarding arrangements for determining A Level, GCSE, and IGCSE grades this summer.

Yearbook 

The yearbook is now ready to purchase at £15 each. Please use KESpay to make payment.

School Meal Credits - Summer Term 

Please view this letter, from the bursar, regarding school meal credits for the Summer Term. 

Lower Sixth Notices 

Cambridge University Virtual Physics Taster Day

This free course, provided by Isaac Physics will provide students with an opportunity to: 

  • Develop their confidence and understanding of physics concepts. 
  • Experience typical undergraduate teaching at Cambridge. 
  • Learn about how to prepare for applying to university.

For more details and to sign up, follow this link

Virtual Senior Physics Challenge 2021

A great opportunity for any aspiring Lower Sixth physics students, particularly if you enjoyed the Physics Olympiad competition earlier this year! 

The Senior Physics Challenge residential summer school is for Lower Sixth students at school/ college in the UK. It has been running for a number of years at University of Cambridge, and has now been incorporated into Isaac Physics. For more details follow this link

Biology Field Trip to Leeson House – 30 June & 1 July 2021

This year, the school have taken the decision, in light of the government guidance, to run our biology fieldwork as non-residential trips. Leeson House Field Centre is situated just outside Swanage and provides access to an ideal environment in which to study marine systems. As the field trip provides material for A Level and essential core practical work, attendance is necessary for all Lower Sixth biologists who are considering studying biology in the Upper Sixth. These two days will be spent at Leeson House and Friday 2 July will consist of fieldwork on the school site.

Further information can be found on the school website here and payment of £30 should be paid via KESpay KP1024 by Friday 28 May. Please email Mr Aellen with any questions.

Upper Sixth Notices 

Examination Grades

Parents and pupils are invited to read this attached letter from Dr Waymark regarding arrangements for determining A Level, GCSE, and IGCSE grades this summer.

School Meal Credits - Summer Term

Please view this letter, from the bursar, regarding school meal credits for the Summer Term.

Women's Prize for Fiction - Available to borrow from the Library now! 

Alicia, Lower Sixth student and recently named 'Literature Ambassador' for KES, reviews Transcendent Kingdom, a Women's Prize for Fiction shortlisted title below. The book is available to borrow from the library. 

Transcendent Kingdom is a beautiful and compelling introspective that studies the issues with inherent racism, poverty, addiction and depression in a very eloquent manner. This is done beautifully because as readers we see Gifty’s struggle to come to terms and understand her beliefs and this dark emptiness within her depression that lies inside once she has ‘lost’ God and the ghosts that she must overcome. Overall, Transcendent Kingdom was a beautiful story that I read in one sitting and dragged me in from the start. It beautifully explores a number of hard-hitting issues and builds them together in such a manner that you're unable to stop. If you have read Real Life (from the Man Booker Prize Shortlist 2021) I think you might quite enjoy this; - they both tackle a number of interesting topics from a perspective of someone who feels as if something is missing in their life.


Saturday Sport  

Saturday 1 May 

Boys

KES v Winchester College

KES v RGS, Guildford

Girls 

KES v Ryde School with Upper Chime 

Click here to view timings, locations and schedule for Saturday Sport. In addition, the up to date training schedule can be found on Summer Term 2021 Sports Team Training Schedule.

KEY DATES 

Tuesday 4 May - Monday Timetable 

Wednesday 12 May - Life With A Teenager, An Evening for Parents

Friday 28 May - INSET Day 

Monday 31 May - Half Term 

Monday 14 June - Activity Week (Fifth Year and Upper Sixth)