Publications

Volume 3 Issue 1

Happy New Year! 

September is a glorious month in the life of a school. It holds so much optimism and promise for the future. One of the most exciting things about this month is welcoming new pupils, staff members and families to our community. Welcome! But also for those who attended KES last year, it remains an exhilarating time – there is nothing better as a teacher than seeing the child who has grown up through their time at the school arrive in September as a brand new Lower Sixth Form student in their suit, looking every bit ready for this new phase in their education and life. But for every year group it is the same sense of anticipation. September provides each of us with an opportunity for a new start: a chance to build on past successes, or perhaps to make right those things which didn’t work out last year. Anything is possible!

But this September is doubly special, as it sees a hoped for return to ‘normality’, with the restrictions and rules for COVID which were right and necessary last year largely gone. However, as I said in my letter to parents (and please find a link to the letter below), this does not mean that we can simply throw caution to the wind or ignore the ongoing pandemic. I would ask for your help and support to ensure that we all do everything we can to keep COVID from disrupting KES life this term any more than necessary. Please keep your child off school if they exhibit symptoms, and encourage twice weekly home testing until this measure is stood down by the government.

Can I also take this opportunity gently to remind you that this Bulletin, which you will receive every Friday during term time, is where you will find all the information about KES life that you need. It is vital that you take the time each week to read the Bulletin, which I hope will also provide insights in to the wonderful things taking place at school over the course of the term.

But for now – we are all set and ready for the return of the pupils over the coming days.

Have a brilliant Autumn Term. Happy New Year!

Neal Parker
@HeadKESSoton

Whole School Notices

Start of Term Arrangements 

On Monday 23 August, Mr Parker, Head, sent a letter to all parents detailing the arrangements for the start of Autumn Term 2021. This letter can be accessed here

We ask that all parents please read through the letter carefully, with their child/children, ahead of returning to school. 

KES Sustainability Action Club 

It is the time for generation KES to come together and address the urgent climate challenges we face. Sustainability Action Club is open to everyone within the school community, and will take place every Tuesday from 1-1.30pm in H6. We will explore school based solutions as well as issues further afield to empower students to have their voices heard and to make a difference.

Budding designers, engineers, fashion stylists, scientists, foodies, gardeners, seafarers, politicians, journalists, researchers, influencers, bloggers, conservationists and anyone else with an interest in the future of our planet all welcome.

Sailing and Paddleboarding Club 

Dates, courses, bookings and information about the KES Sailing and Paddleboarding Club, can be found in this link

History and Classics Lectures - 2021/22 Series

We are delighted to announce a brand new series of History and Classics lectures for the academic year of 2021 -2022. These will be held from 6.30 pm or 7.30 pm in the Hospitality Suite at KES, and all parents are invited. 

The first event is taking place at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 15 September 2021, titled 'What’s new at Pompeii: Fresh excavations and familiar stories'. This lecture will be delivered by Dr Shelley Hales from the University of Bristol. 

All future lectures will be announced within this Bulletin. Alternatively, parents can view the full schedule here

The KES Feminist Society - Upper School and Sixth Form

Following the success of the Feminist Workshop during Activities Week, we are delighted to be starting the KES Feminist Society. Any Upper School or Sixth Form Students curious about equality and sexism within our society, are welcome to come along. The first meeting will be held on Wednesday 15 September, 1.00 pm in the Hospitality Suite, bring your lunch. Hosted by Miss Forsey, Head of Creative Arts Faculty and Mrs Whiting, Librarian. See this link, for more information.

Sport - Autumn Term 2021

It was great to see nearly 400 students across the pre-season training this week and we are very much looking forward to this first weekend of fixtures with rugby against Halliford and some hockey at Haslemere Hockey club on Saturday. 

Following this, our South Coast Kings Rugby Tournament, hosted at Wellington Sports Ground for the U15 and 1st XV, will take place on Sunday. This year we are welcoming 26 teams and it promises to be an excellent day of rugby and all parents are welcome to drop in and take in some of the action.

Looking ahead details of this term's practice schedule can be found here.  

And all fixtures can be found here.  

For information the password to access the team sheets is KESSport. We ask that this is not shared with people outside of the school community. 

Parents should be reminded that the sports programme is a significant element of school life and if selected for a sports fixture, students are expected to be available. Approval for absence from a fixture should be sent to the coach of the relevant team by parents at the start of the week preceding the fixture. Attendance at after school practices is open to all students irrespective of whether they are in a team but is it expected of those in the teams.

Music Department Clubs

All Swing Band members have a rehearsal on Tuesday 7 September at 4.00 pm. Please remember your instruments! If you are interested in joining and play the saxophone, trumpet, or trombone, and are of approximately Grade 5 standard, please do come along for an informal audition.

Chamber Orchestra (strings only) will begin on Wednesday 8 September at 4.00 pm in the Music Recital Room.

Symphony Orchestra will begin on Monday 13 September at 4.00 pm in the Recital Room. Anyone interested in joining please do come along and all members are expected to attend.

Sinfonia rehearsals will commence on 20 September at 1.25 pm in the Recital Room. All orchestral instrumentalists who have completed their grade one exam are welcome.

Details of Chamber Choir rehearsals have been circulated to members. If you have not received your letter, please speak to Ms Hayden.

Clubs and Societies 

The full list of available clubs and societies for this term has now been updated, and can be found here. We encourage all parents and students to have a look at what's on offer. Students are asked to take part regularly in at least two activities outside of the classroom and this list gives plenty to choose from. All clubs will start on or from Tuesday 7 September. 

First Year Notices 

Auditions for Young Cosette, for school musical Les Misérables

If you are interested in auditioning for the role of Young Cosette in the upcoming musical 'Les Mis' please come to the Dobson Theatre on Tuesday 7 September at 1.30 pm. You will be taking part in a short, fun workshop and do not need to prepare anything in advance.

There will then be call-backs for the role on Saturday 11 September at 9.00 am that you must be available for and be prepared to sing the Young Cosette piece.

Second Year Notices 

No notices this week 

Third Year Notices 

No notices this week 

Fourth and Fifth Year Notices 

The Mayflower Theatre Trip - Grease  

We have organised a theatre trip for our current Fourth and Fifth Year pupils to see Grease the Musical at the Mayflower Theatre on Thursday 11 November 2021. With its phenomenal score, bursting with hits including Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin’, Hopelessly Devoted to You and You’re the One That I Want, this thrilling new version is brought to life by a fresh young cast who bring energy, vitality and passion to this ultimate musical classic. The show includes a very special guest artist – Peter Andre as Teen Angel and Vince Fontaine.

For full information on this exciting trip, how to book and secure your space, click here.

Lower and Upper Sixth Notices 

The Mayflower Theatre Trip - Priscilla Queen of the Desert 

We have organised a theatre trip for our current Lower and Upper Sixth Form pupils to see Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at the Mayflower Theatre on Thursday 7 October 2021. Based on the Oscar-winning movie, Priscilla is the hilarious and heart-warming adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the outback to put on the show of a lifetime. Two worlds collide on this fabulous journey of self-discovery and friendship, and along the way our trio discover the true power of love, acceptance, and sass!

For full information on this exciting trip, how to book and secure your space, click here.

Outstanding Examination Results! 

A Level Results 

We were thrilled to report that our Upper Sixth students were awarded outstanding results, with almost nearly 70% achieving an A* or A grade at A Level, and almost 99% of the King Edward’s results being at C grade or above.

Mr Parker noted: “At the end of what has been a hugely disrupted and difficult year for our Upper Sixth students, I want to congratulate them on their outstanding achievements in the final A Level examinations. Our students not only completed rigorous assessments of their subject knowledge under exam conditions in order to fulfil the requirements of the exam boards, but they did so after an extended period of uncertainty and flux, often with little formal guidance on what they would be facing in the summer. That they have ended up with such excellent results speaks volumes about their focus, resilience and determination. In the end, they can be rightfully proud of their achievements, with nearly 70% achieving an A* or A grade at A level, and almost 99% of the King Edward’s results being at C grade or above. The students have been wonderful this year, and they deserve our unreserved congratulations.”

GCSE Results 

We were delighted to report that over 80% of all entries were awarded A*/A grade, (or the numerical equivalent), with 95% at a B grade or above!

Mr Parker, Head, commented that he is ‘enormously proud of our Fifth Year students this year, as well as the Fourth Year pupils who were entered for their Religious Studies GCSE this summer. This cohort has faced unprecedented challenges and difficulties, and have had to endure so much uncertainty as policy makers have made up, and then changed their minds about the process for awarding GCSE results. At King Edward’s, our students all sat rigorous subject assessments under exam conditions, to fulfil the strict guidance set out by the exam boards. That they have thrived in these examinations is testament to their dedication and hard work. The School has seen over 80% of all entries awarded at A*/A grade or the numerical equivalent, with 95% at a B grade or above: this speaks volumes about the character of the year group and the professionalism of their teachers. Well done to them all!’

Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association - Activities Week

On Monday 23 August, we welcomed teenagers from our charity partner, Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association, to KES, for a fun-filled week of activities! KES students each had a buddy from PDSA, who they decorated cakes with, participated in sporting events, got creative with art workshops, plus much more! They also went to Marwell Zoo and Paultons Park, before finishing off the week with a huge game of rounders and a picnic at our Wellington Sports Grounds. 

The week was funded by KES students, who took part in various fundraising activities over the past year and it was a huge success. Mr Parker, Head, noted 'It was a privilege as Head to be able to support the partnership we hold so dear with Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association. The Buddy Programme and Summer Activity Week gives the young people involved so many inspiring moments and benefits. I could not be prouder of the KES students, who became so close to the children from PDSA, and worked so hard to make the experience such a joyous one for all. Partnerships such as this one provide a rich learning opportunity every bit as valuable as academic study, and our school is looking forward to building upon our collaboration with PDSA in the future.

A massive thank you to all students involved! 

SATURDAY SPORT 

Saturday 4 September 

Girls' Hockey v Haslemere 7 a side tournament: U13A, U14A, U15A, U16A

Boys' Rugby v Halliford School: U13B, U13A, U14B, U14A, U16A

Boys' Rugby Training: U12A, U12B, U12C

Sunday 5 September

Boys' Rugby Union v Beechen Cliff School, South Coast Kings Rugby and St Benedict's School: U15A, 1st XV, 2nd XV 

KEY DATES

Monday 6 September - Admissions Ceremony 

Friday 10 September - Prize Giving 

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