Publications

Volume 2 Issue 28

Fun is on the Horizon! 

It has not been an easy year for anybody but, perhaps more than for any other group, our exam years have had it most difficult. It is not so much that they have lost an opportunity to prove themselves through GCSE and A Level examinations this summer, but more that they have endured months of uncertainty as the exam boards and government have tried to devise a suitable assessment system that would not end with a repeat of last year’s fiasco. The eventual plan, only really finalised in the past few weeks (or rather, the eventual three plans - as the national awarding bodies and the two IGCSE boards have all ended up with different solutions) allows in my opinion for as fair a process as is possible, albeit by placing frankly enormous burdens upon teachers this term. But this does not take away from the uncertainties and doubts of the past academic year.

So, we believe that it is high time that the Fifth Years and Upper Sixth had some fun! In this Bulletin, parents of these pupils will see details of a one-off activities week for our current exam year group students, to take place just after their assessment period ends. Whilst participation is entirely optional, I do hope that the students will want to let off some steam, enjoy some fun activities with their peers and generally make up for the tough year they have so resiliently endured. Sign up, and let the games begin!

Neal Parker
@HeadKESSoton

Whole School Notices

Information for Parents Regarding End of Year Examinations: First - Fourth Year and Lower Sixth

All parents and pupils will be well aware of the issues, controversies, and regular unexpected changes to the public exam system which we have been managing for our GCSE and A Level students this academic year. The additional burden this has placed on the teaching staff at this time cannot be underestimated. Essentially, the school is now required to reconstruct the entire public examination system on behalf of the external examination bodies, whilst at the same time continuing to organise and run our normal curriculum for all the other year groups. We regret that this will have inevitable consequences on the usual summer internal examination processes in other year groups.

Therefore, we would ask parents and pupils of the First to Fourth Year, and Lower Sixth, to understand the need for us to make adaptations to our usual arrangements. The First, Second, and Third Years will have a reduced formal end of year exam session before half term, with some subjects instead using classroom based assessments or topic tests later in the term to assess progress – with these later tests not seeking to ask pupils to revise the full year's worth of content. The Fourth Year and Lower Sixth will have all of their end of year exams in full and as normal during the exam week before half term. However, results from these exams and results for the First – Third Year exams, will not be available until after all GCSE and A Level grades have been prepared and submitted. Therefore, these results will be available no earlier than Monday 21 June 2021.

For the Lower Sixth, UCAS grades will be collated towards the end of term, once the end of year exam results have been processed. The Lower Sixth Parents’ Evening, scheduled for 8 June, will be postponed until early September, so that both progress and university applications can be discussed. It is usual for the Upper Sixth Parents’ Evening to take place in early February, and this will proceed as normal, effectively creating two Parents’ Evenings for this year group next academic year.

We are grateful for your understanding and forbearance as we try to effectively balance these ongoing COVID impacts on the school calendar.

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

Further to the invitation in last week's Bulletin, please find below the access codes to the two presentations. These will take place live on the evening of Wednesday 12 May, via Zoom. Information on the speakers and the event, can be found in this letter.

Substance Abuse - with Bob Tait. May 12, 2021 07:00 pm. 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86955747704?pwd=SHArL21HeDBEcFNMMHZ3U2Z3b3ZnUT09

Meeting ID: 869 5574 7704

Passcode: KesTalks-1

Understanding Your Teenager's Temperament - with Lorraine Lee. May 12, 2021 08:15 pm. 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81877241696?pwd=bm9IaEJ1VmtaNDRoZTRhMHVJRWpXQT09

Meeting ID: 818 7724 1696

Passcode: KesTalks-2

Paddleboarding 

There are a few places left for paddleboarding for Third and Fourth Year students. Paddleboarding takes place on Tuesdays after school, and you can find out more information here and sign up here before Friday 14 May. Numbers are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Sailing 

Sailing was extremely popular this term and we were sadly unable to accommodate everyone who wished to come. Further courses will be running next half term, with priority being given to those who missed out this time round. For more information please click here, and to sign up, click here.

First Year Notices 

No notices this week

Second Year Notices 

PSHE Talks - Harmful Substances

On Wednesday 12 May, we have been able to arrange talks for our Second, Third and Fourth Year students, about legal and illegal substances by Bob Tait of DREDUK. For more information on the talks, please read this letter. 

Third Year Notices 

PSHE Talks - Harmful Substances

On Wednesday 12 May, we have been able to arrange talks for our Second, Third and Fourth Year students, about legal and illegal substances by Bob Tait of DREDUK. For more information on the talks, please read this letter.


Fourth Year Notices 

PSHE Talks - Harmful Substances

On Wednesday 12 May, we have been able to arrange talks for our Second, Third and Fourth Year students, about legal and illegal substances by Bob Tait of DREDUK. For more information on the talks, please read this letter.

Fifth Year Notices 

Yearbook 

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

Fifth Year Activities Week

We are pleased to share the plan for the Fifth and Upper Sixth activities week, which will run from 14-18 June 2021. 

We have a variety of activities on offer from Monday to Thursday, and pupils can sign up for the whole week, or individual days. On the Friday there will be a whole year group event. We have not been able to confirm the venue yet as we are awaiting the latest government guidance. The week is entirely optional for pupils and there is no cost, apart from potentially for the trip on the Friday.

For more information on the activities on offer, click here. And if you would like your child to participate, please complete this survey by Friday 14 May 2021. This does not commit you at this stage but a rough idea of numbers will help with our planning.

Deadline for Returning School Textbooks 

Please read this letter, regarding the return of school textbooks. 

Lower Sixth Notices 

Lower Sixth Parents' Evening

As per the notice under 'whole school notices' from the Academic Deputy Head, please would Lower Sixth parents note, that due to GCSE and A Level arrangements, the Summer Term Lower Sixth Parents’ Evening, scheduled for 8 June, has been postponed, and will now take place in September. UCAS grades will be collated and published as normal this term.

Upper Sixth Notices 

Upper Sixth Activities Week

We are pleased to share the plan for the Fifth and Upper Sixth activities week, which will run from 14-18 June 2021.

We have a variety of activities on offer from Monday to Thursday, and pupils can sign up for the whole week, or individual days. On the Friday there will be a whole year group event. We have not been able to confirm the venue yet as we are awaiting the latest government guidance. The week is entirely optional for pupils and there is no cost, apart from potentially for the trip on the Friday.

For more information on the activities on offer, click here. And if you would like your child to participate, please complete this survey by Friday 14 May 2021. This does not commit you at this stage but a rough idea of numbers will help with our planning.

A Level Results Day 

Important information about A Level Results Day for Leavers can be found in this letter. The Leavers Booklet, to which the letter refers, can be accessed here. 

Deadline for Returning School Textbooks

Please read this letter, regarding the return of school textbooks.

The YA Book Prize - Available to borrow from the Library now! 

The Young Adult Book Prize launched in 2014 to award a YA title written by an author living in the UK or Ireland.

It is the first prize in the UK and Ireland to specifically focus on fiction for young adults and addresses an important need for a prize in the growing YA and teen market. The prize celebrates great books for teenagers and young adults and aims to get more teens reading.

Ms Speck reviews ‘The Great Godden’ by Meg Rosoff which is one of the shortlisted books. 

"My attention was immediately captured with an intriguing and ambiguous short opening chapter. In this beautifully written, coming of age novella, the reader meets Kit and Hugo. Kit is the good looking, irresistible brother, whilst Hugo is the more insular, silent one. Their American actress mother has little time for either of her teenage sons. In a heady, lazy summer of fun, intrigue, teenage angst, and deception marked by planning for a wedding, learning lines for Hamlet, and the traditions of male bonding, are these two brothers from LA everything they seem?

I adored this story of love, discovery, longing and lust. The extra element of mystery added by Rosoff in not naming her narrator was a neat touch that worked for me, and I spent some time reflecting on who that person might have been. An insightful, enthralling and memorable read that I found totally riveting. Definitely one not to miss and available in the Library!"


Saturday Sport  

Saturday 8 May - Cricket 

Boys

KES v Bryanston School

Girls 

KES v Lord Wandsworth College 

Please note: The forecast is poor for Saturday morning. If cricket needs to be cancelled, students and parents will be informed via text from the school by mid-morning. Any cancellations will also appear on the sports website and on twitter. 

Please note that spectators are not permitted at Bryanston or Lord Wandsworth College. 

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 

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)