Publications

Volume 3 Issue 2

Benefits, traditions and welfare

On Monday afternoon we held the Ceremony of Admissions for our new Lower School pupils. This is a tradition that stretches back a number of years, and marks a formal moment of arrival at KES for the newest (younger) members of our school. As part of the ceremony, each pupil is asked to make a pledge, that during their time at King Edward’s they will: “enjoy its benefits, contribute to its welfare and uphold its traditions”.

At the ceremony, I tried to put in to words what I think this promise means. To begin at the end, our pupils must seek to uphold the traditions of the school. This seems a very big ask, especially when you consider that KES was formed during the late Tudor period. That’s a lot of tradition to uphold! However, for me this part of the promise is more about whether our pupils choose to use their education as a force for good, following in a long line of eminent Old Edwardians who have made a difference in the world. Next, it asks that pupils enjoy the benefits of KES. Of course, the first and foremost benefit is that of intellectual learning and academic success. This is what we are all about! But to really thrive, I would hope that our pupils would also engage in the wider life of the school – the co-curricular opportunities which provide a breadth and richness to a KES school life. Join a club, find a new passion!

Finally, the pledge asks for the pupils to contribute to the school’s welfare. This is a theme to which I return time and again in assemblies. KES is not defined merely by its buildings or curriculum. Rather, it is a sum of the attitudes and actions of the people who work and study here. Without respect, compassion and kindness, no school can succeed. Every pupil chooses daily how they wish to act towards one another. It benefits them, as much as those around them, to be tolerant and thoughtful in their relationships and interactions… to contribute to the welfare of the school. 

On their first day at KES, the pupils commit to these three important principles. I am so looking forward to seeing them grow, flourish and fulfil their promises in the coming years.

Neal Parker
@HeadKESSoton

Whole School Notices

Parent Drop Off and Pick Up Reminder

Please can all parents and pupils be reminded that on weekday mornings and after school, the Wilton Road main drive entrance should not be used by pupils. This is for visitors access only. All pupils should enter the school via the Kellett Road pedestrian gate, the Wilton Road (DT) gate or via the Hill Lane gate.

School Photographs 

Pupils in First, Second, Fourth Year and Lower Sixth had their school photographs taken at the start of term, and should be bringing them home today for parents. Please follow the instructions within the envelope should you wish to order a photograph.

Clubs and Societies 

Clubs and Societies are now largely up and running. Please go along to anything which interests you; no need to sign up. Try and attend at least two regularly each term and have fun! All clubs and societies available are listed here

Thank You to Upper Sixth from Charities Commission 

KES Charities Commission would like to say a huge thank you to the current Upper Sixth who have donated the remains of their prom fund of £1400 to the charity “Better Lives”. Better Lives supports locally-led community development organisations in Cambodia, Tanzania and Uganda. Those organisations partner with families and school to improve children's health, education, and income potential. To find out more about Better Lives please click here. The next KES International Expedition in 2023 will be heading to support the community in Tanzania, as had been intended in 2021. 

Reporting Absences 

Please could parents report any absence via the Parent Portal. This can be done by clicking the blue ‘Report Absence’ shortcut widget on your parent portal account homepage. Or via the My Children page menu, by selecting the Daily Illness Reporting Form or the Planned Absence Form as appropriate.

The Daily Illness Reporting Form is for an absence that day, or the day after; the Planned Absence Form is for absences known in advance such as doctors'/dentists' appointments etc.

OMU – The mobile dental clinic

OMU are a company of professional dentists and orthodontists who offer in-school appointments via their mobile dental unit. They will be coming to the school on a monthly basis and the first consultation is free. Their first visit to KES will be Friday 24 September. Bookings can be made via their website. For more information and to book, see here

Music Scholars & Captains Society

Miss Forsey will be giving the society's first talk this year: ‘Selecting Repertoire for Competitions’ on Monday 13 September at 1.00 pm in the Music Recital Room. Music Scholars and Captains will have the opportunity to explore the world of music competitions and think creatively about planning and preparing. During the talk, Miss Forsey will touch on performing in a high-pressure environment, how to best showcase your strengths and how to improve performance skills. 

Student Achievements 

The school, and the school community, love hearing hearing about the amazing successes the pupils achieve, or the activities they participate in, outside of the School. Parents and students are welcome to send us information, and images of any newsworthy activity, so that we can congratulate those involved and share the news more widely. Please email news@kes.hants.sch.uk. Any information shared with the school in this way will be processed in accordance with our Privacy Notice

OBNO, Outgrown But Not Outworn 

OBNO, our secondhand uniform shop, managed by parent volunteers, is available online at OBNO Online Store. Orders placed by Thursday 8.00 pm will be available for pupils to collect from the school reception on the following Monday morning. To facilitate this, please put your child’s name and tutor group in the 'notes box' at checkout.

OBNO is desperately short of donations of larger sizes, especially rugby tops. If you know someone who has had a clear out over the summer, OBNO would welcome donations via the school reception to raise funds for the PTA projects at school.

First Year Notices 

Start of Term Information

Mrs Henderson, Head of Lower School, has detailed lots of important and useful information for First Year students and parents here. We encourage all parents to read through the information thoroughly. 

Junior Science Club 

First and Second Year students are invited to participate in the science department's weekly lunchtime club; Junior Science. There is no need to sign up, students should head to J1 on Thursdays at 1.20 pm. The first session will take place on Thursday 16 September. 

Ceremony of Admissions

A recording of Monday's Ceremony of Admissions can be accessed here. Parents should use their child's school account credentials to log into estream.  

Second Year Notices 

Start of Term Information

Mr Jackson, Head of Second Year, has detailed lots of important and useful information for Second Year students and parents here. We encourage all parents to read through the information thoroughly.

Junior Science Club

First and Second Year students are invited to participate in the science department's weekly lunchtime club; Junior Science. There is no need to sign up, students should head to J1 on Thursdays at 1.20 pm. The first session will take place on Thursday 16 September. 

Third Year Notices 

Start of Term Information

Mrs Evans, Acting Head of Third Year, has detailed lots of important and useful information for Third Year students and parents here. We encourage all parents to read through the information thoroughly.

Geography Magazine Subscription

Mrs Gibbs, Head of Geography, has recommended a publication for Third Year and IGCSE Geography, which will help broaden students' understanding of geography. Full details and how to order can be found here. 

Ceremony of Admissions

A recording of Monday's Ceremony of Admissions can be accessed here. Parents should use their child's school account credentials to log into estream.

Fourth Year Notices

Geography Magazine Subscription

Mrs Gibbs, Head of Geography, has recommended a publication for Third Year and IGCSE Geography, which will help broaden students' understanding of geography. Full details and how to order can be found here.

Duke of Edinburgh Enrolment 

Enrolment and expedition sign up for all current and prospective Duke of Edinburgh participants is now open to Fourth Year students. Please see here for further information. Alternatively, students are welcome to pop in to see Mr Barnes in the DofE office during lunch times. 

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.

Activity Trip to Lovaton, 30 October - 2 November

Fourth Years have an opportunity to participate in an activities trip at Lovaton, Dartmoor, in the October Half Term. Weather dependant, activities include climbing, abseiling, night walking and much more. Places are limited. For further information and how to sign up, click here.

Tanzania 

Fourth and Fifth Years are being offered a fantastic opportunity to participate in an expedition to Tanzania at the start of the summer holidays in 2023. The cost is £3,700 with an additional £100 to be raised and donated to Better Lives for Children. Places are limited. Further information, and how to sign up, can be found here.

Fifth Year Notices 

Fifth Year A Level Day and Sixth Form Information Evening

On Thursday 21 October we will be holding an A Level Information Day for our Fifth Year. This is an opportunity for Fifth Year students to experience A Level lessons, hear from members of the Sixth Form team and chat to their tutors about their plans post-GCSE. Fifth year students will be asked which subjects they would like to experience taster lessons in on the day.

At 7.00 pm on Thursday 21 October we are holding a Pupils’ and Parents’ Sixth Form Information Evening and do hope you are able to join us. During the evening, there will be the opportunity to talk to our Head, Mr Parker, Director of Sixth Form, Mr Culver, A Level subject teachers, the careers team and of course some of our current Sixth Formers to chat about life at King Edward’s in and out of the classroom. Mr Parker and Mr Culver will also be delivering a short presentation to all in attendance.

More information will follow nearer the time – for now, please just note the date.

Studentships and Scholarships

Information and procedure to apply for financial support as your child enters the Sixth Form in September 2022 can be found here. The deadline for applications is Friday 29 October 2021.

Geography Magazine Subscription

Mrs Gibbs, Head of Geography, has recommended a publication for Third Year and IGCSE Geography, which will help broaden students understanding of geography. Full details and how to order can be found here.

Duke of Edinburgh Enrolment

Enrolment and expedition sign up for all current and prospective Duke of Edinburgh participants is now open to Fifth Year students. Please see here for further information. Alternatively, students are welcome to pop in to see Mr Barnes in the DofE office during lunch times.

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.

Tanzania

Fourth and Fifth Years are being offered a fantastic opportunity to participate in an expedition to Tanzania at the start of the summer holidays in 2023. The cost is £3,700 with an additional £100 to be raised and donated to Better Lives for Children. Places are limited. Further information, and how to sign up, can be found here.

Lower Sixth Notices

Geography Magazine Subscription 

Mrs Gibbs, Head of Geography, has recommended a publication for A Level geographers. Full details and how to order can be found here.

A Level Economics and Business Subscriptions 

The Economics and Business departments have recommended magazine subscriptions for those studying A Level Economics & A Level Business. Click on the relevant subject to review the recommendations and how to purchase.

HMC Baseline Testing 

All Lower Sixth pupils will be taking the ALIS test on Thursday 16 September. The purpose of the test is to allow the school to set a baseline for all pupils that helps individuals' progress to be monitored, and for value-added calculations to be made when the GCSE results for these pupils are known. ALIS is the acronym for Advanced Level Information System and it is part of the family of information systems offered by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University. The test consists of mathematical and reasoning exercises and will be completed in 45 minutes. The test is taken on-screen. Pupils do not have to prepare for the test in any way.

Duke of Edinburgh Enrolment

Enrolment and expedition sign up for all current and prospective Duke of Edinburgh participants is now open to Lower Sixth students. Please see here for further information on the Silver Award and here for information on the Gold Award. Alternatively, students are welcome to pop in to see Mr Barnes in the DofE office during lunch times.

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.

Upper Sixth Notices 

Geography Magazine Subscription

Mrs Gibbs, Head of Geography, has recommended a publication for A Level geographers. Full details and how to order can be found here.

A Level Economics and Business Subscriptions 

The Economics and Business departments have recommended magazine subscriptions for those studying A Level Economics & A Level Business. Click on the relevant subject to review the recommendations and how to purchase.

Duke of Edinburgh Enrolment

Enrolment and expedition sign up for all current and prospective Duke of Edinburgh participants is now open to Upper Sixth students. Please see here for further information on the Silver Award and here for information on the Gold Award. Alternatively, students are welcome to pop in to see Mr Barnes in the DofE office during lunch times.

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.

Staff Book Reviews

Just before the summer, our staff signed up to be given some 'Surprise Summer Reads' by Ms Speck and Mrs Whiting in the Library. They were given a mixture of adult and young adult literature ready to recommend upon their return to school. 

See below Mr Parker's thoughts on the two books he was allocated. Both these titles can be picked up from the Library. 

Les Misérables Production

This November, we’ll be sharing the grit and heartbreak of the beloved Les Misérables with a sterling cast of individuals. Get a taste of the drama hitting the Dobson Theatre, in the promo below.

Creative & Critical Review 2021

During Prize Giving, all attendees will review this year's edition of our Creative & Critical Review. Parents and students can view the digital version below. 

SATURDAY SPORT 

Saturday 11 September 

Girls' Hockey v Lord Wandsworth College: U12A, U12B, U12C, U13A, U13B

Girls' Hockey v Ryde School with Upper Chine: U14B, U15A, 1st XI

Girls' Hockey v Trojans: U14A 

Boys' Rugby Training: U12A, U12B, U12C, U13A, U13B, U14A, U14B, U14C, U15A, U15B, U15C, U15A, U16B, 2nd XV and 1st XV 

KEY DATES

Wednesday 22 September - Upper Sixth Parents' Evening 

Thursday 23 September - New Parents' Evening

Friday 1 October - Open Evening 

USEFUL LINKS