Publications

Volume 2 Issue 9

We will remember them  

Over the summer I was touched to be presented with a copy of ‘The Soldier Who Came Back’. The book tells the story of Lance Corporal Antony Coulthard, a pupil of King Edward’s and an exceptional scholar. After school, he attended Queen’s College, Oxford, reading modern languages, and specialising in German. At the outbreak of the Second World War, Antony quickly enlisted. Captured and made a prisoner of war in Poland, in the summer of 1942 he attempted a daring escape along with a fellow soldier and close friend, Sergeant Fred Foster. Instead of making for the nearest neutral border or port, they instead travelled directly across the breadth of Germany, aiming for Switzerland. A fluent German speaker, Antony helped Fred at every step, covering for his friend’s only basic grasp of the language. Extraordinarily, they successfully reached the Swiss border, and Antony even crossed in to Switzerland, convincing the guards of his cover story and his authenticity. Fred was not so fortunate, his halting German giving him away.

Knowing that Fred was in difficulty, Antony broke the promise they had made to one another and turned back from his own certain freedom to try to rescue his friend. That utterly selfless decision cost him his life. After a number of other unsuccessful attempts at escape, Antony Coulthard would perish on one of the infamous Nazi ‘death marches’ in March 1945. He was 26 years old.

This week, King Edward’s remembered Antony and the many other Old Edwardians who suffered and perished in the First and Second World Wars. On Wednesday 11th November, we held a virtual Remembrance Service. Although we were not able to be together in the Hall, we were still very much together as a community.

Now, and always, we will remember them.

Neal Parker
@HeadKESSoton

Whole School Notices 

Pupils Leaving the School 2020

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 end of the spring term. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the registrar

First Year Notices 

Library Afternoon Stories 

First Year students are invited to join Miss Speck, up in the Library on Wednesdays at 1.30pm for short stories. Next week, it's horror story by Anthony Horowitz, 'The Man with the Yellow Face'.  

Please remind students that they're welcome to come along and enjoy some fantastic short stories, and treats!

Second Year Notices 

Library Afternoon Stories

Second Year students are invited to join Miss Speck, up in the Library on Thursdays at 1.30pm for short stories, starting with horror stories. Next week it's horror story 'The Hitchhiker', by Anthony Horowitz. 

Please remind students that they're welcome to come along and enjoy some fantastic short stories, and treats!


Third Year Notices 

Library Afternoon Stories 

Third Year students are invited to join Miss Speck, up in the Library on Fridays at 1.30pm for short stories, starting with horror stories. Next week, it's a horror story by Anthony Horowitz 'The Man with the Yellow Face'.

Please remind students that they're welcome to come along and enjoy some fantastic short stories, and treats!

Fourth Year Notices 

No notices this week.

Fifth Year Notices 

IGCSE Geography Revision Books

Please see this letter for revision guide recommendations from Head of Geography, Mrs Gibbs. 

Examination Certificates

GCSE Examination Certificates have now been signed for and given to Fifth Year pupils this week. These certificates are valuable documents and will be required for future university applications and prospective employers throughout your son/daughter’s working careers. They can not easily be replaced. If certificates are destroyed accidentally – by fire, theft or flood, then an application can be made for a replacement, supported by evidence to the appropriate Awarding Body. 

Please check they have arrived home for safe and secure keeping.

Provisional A Level Option Choices 

Please see here a letter from Dr Waymark regarding the provisional A level option choices. Following Wednesday’s assembly pupils have been asked to complete these choices by 27 November.

Lower Sixth Notices 

Examination Certificates

GCSE Examination Certificates have now been signed for and given to Lower Sixth pupils this week. These certificates are valuable documents and will be required for future university applications and prospective employers throughout your son/daughter’s working careers. They can not easily be replaced. If certificates are destroyed accidentally – by fire, theft or flood, then an application can be made for a replacement, supported by evidence to the appropriate Awarding Body.

Please check they have arrived home for safe and secure keeping.

Upper Sixth Notices 

No notices this week. 

Lunch Menu 

We have decided to stop showing the lunch menu for each week on The Bulletin, using the space instead for important announcements. 

Parents and Students can see the lunch menu here, which is updated by the catering team daily. 

This week at KES...

  1. KES Toy Appeal Fun Run 2020! Final Total!

    Huge thank you to all First Years! You have raised a staggering £3055 for Scratch charity!

    On the 19th of October our First Year students were asked to dress up in toy inspired costumes and complete a short run all in aid of Scratch Southampton.

    This charity provides services which relieve the effects of hardship, disadvantage and poverty for families living in Southampton. The Toy Appeal Fun Run directly funds the purchasing of Christmas presents for these particular families.

    Huge thank you for all your support with this event! A huge amount of money has been raised for an excellent cause!

  2. Remembrance Day 

    Thursday 11 November, we held our act of remembrance, where students and members of staff provided readings and music for the school, followed by an observed two minute silence.

    We’d love you to watch the full remembrance service in this video. 

    Lest we forget. 

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  1. Sotoniensis 2020 available now!

    Our annual publication, Sotoniensis, will be handed out to all students this week. The publication celebrates and highlights all the excellent achievements of KES students throughout the past academic year. From sport teams, to societies, clubs and scholars. 

    You can also access a digital copy here. 

  2. Doodle Club is back! 

    Did you know that doodling has been proven to help you concentrate, spur creative insight, help to process emotions and alleviate stress?

    Well our doodle club members certainly do! Lower School members met this Thursday for some much needed doodling. 

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SATURDAY SPORT 

We are really looking forward to the KES Super League over the next few weeks. The sports department have presented all the information, schedule and details on our Intranet, which can be accessed here

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Director of Sport here

KEY DATES 

Tuesday 17 November -  First Year Parents' Evening 

Tuesday 26 November - LAMDA Examinations

Friday 11 December - Christmas Jumper Day

Friday 18 December - End of Term

Monday 4 January  - Inset Day