Publications

Volume 3 Issue 3 

Prize Giving and Other Rewards

On Friday night last week we held our annual Prize Giving celebration. For those many parents in attendance, it was lovely to welcome you back to the School, and to have an opportunity to celebrate the dedication, progress and achievement of your children. We were also extremely fortunate to welcome Chris Morris (OE) back to KES as our guest speaker. Chris has worked as a reporter for BBC news for many years, including as foreign correspondent in places as diverse as Afghanistan, Israel, Washington and Iraq. During the day he hosted afternoon seminars with our students about life as a leading journalist covering some of the most dramatic events in recent world history. They, like his evening speech, were hugely enlightening and entertaining, albeit at times thought-provoking and even sobering.

Prize Giving is by its nature selective. As I said in my speech, it is never possible for all students to cross the stage and receive an award at Prize Giving. However, this in no way detracts from the respect and admiration that we have for every student who excels and flourishes, making progress against their own personal targets and goals. This year we have introduced a range of new ways to reward and celebrate achievement and effort at school, including a new credit system from First Year to Upper Sixth, as well as less formal routes to thanking pupils for their work. Alongside this, we have redesigned our sanctions system, hoping by so doing to improve consistency and transparency for the pupils. As these new approaches embed into school life, I hope that you will have the opportunity to celebrate alongside your child when they receive recognition for their work… and hopefully I will see you at a future Prize Giving.

Neal Parker
@HeadKESSoton

Whole School Notices

Travelling to, and from, school safely 

As we always do at this time of year, could all parents re-emphasise the message we say to pupils regarding travelling to and from school. For safety reasons, we would encourage all pupils who walk/ cycle to and from school to do so in groups of two, or more, particularly across the Common and as nights begin to draw in.

Staff and Parent Prayer 

You are invited to join our first staff and parent prayer of the year on Tuesday 28 September. These meetings are held each Half Term, and provide an informal time of encouragement and inter-denominational Christian prayer. Meetings take place in the Commemoration Room with refreshments available from 1 pm until the close at 2 pm. 

Trips 

Due to the risks that COVID still poses, and in fear of pupils being stranded, with a positive test, we will not be taking any trips outside of the UK mainland until Easter 2022, at the earliest. 

As the picture is far from clear, we will not launch anything for the Easter holidays onward until January 2022. In the Spring Term 2022 we will endeavour to give you a full picture of what will happen from Easter onwards. At this point a decision will be made as to the viability of such trips. In the meantime we will do our best to run trips within the UK, including sports tours and Duke Of Edinburgh expeditions, with use of Lovaton. We are starting to plan trips for Summer 2023 in the hope that the situation has ameliorated by then.

Planned Maintenance - 18th September

The School is performing planned maintenance this weekend, and as a result, Firefly and My School Portal will be largely inaccessible on Saturday 18 September. 

Carol Service, Monday 6 December, Romsey Abbey 

We are pleased to invite parents and friends of King Edward VI School, to join our school choir for our annual Carol Service, held at Romsey Abbey. 

If you sing and read a little music, we would be pleased to welcome you into our SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) choir. There will be a few evening rehearsals for those who need to learn notes and then one massed rehearsal for pupils and adults – which all should attend. It would be fantastic to welcome as many as we can this year, reinvigorating the passion for live singing and community.

Please contact Ms Taylor, Creative Arts Administrator, for further information.

KES Sustainability Action Group

This term, the KES Sustainability Action Group will be focusing on two main themes; slow fashion and electric vehicles. 

Starting with slow fashion, students will be holding a 'Slow Fashion Week' from 18 to 21 October. This will include a clothing sale of good quality, pre-loved items, operating over lunch breaks throughout the week, raising funds for the charities commission. We will be asking students to bring in one good quality pre-loved item to sell.

Any parents with expertise in fashion, styling, clothing design, ethical retail,  electric vehicle design, engineering or if you have an exciting electric vehicle to bring into the School during the week of 29 November to 3 December, please contact Mrs Penfold if you would like to be involved in any way.

Students are all welcome and weekly meetings are held from 1 - 1.30 pm in H6 every Tuesday.

Side By Side Concert with London Mozart Players 

We are delighted to invite you to join us for an inspirational evening performance from the KES Chamber Orchestra with the London Mozart Players on Wednesday 20 October. Repertoire includes works by Britten, Elgar and Bartok, celebrating orchestral string playing in this exciting side by side concert. Full information, timings and tickets can be accessed on this link

Brass Masterclass - Audience Invited! 

Ten KES brass players will be taking part in an inspirational Brass Masterclass with the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Trombone, Helen Vollam. Audience members are welcome to drop in throughout the afternoon, between 2 and 5.15 pm on Monday 13 December. The event will take place in our Music Recital Room, and be a fantastic opportunity to witness performance in action. 

KESPTA

There will be a KESPTA meeting on Wednesday 6 October at 7.30 pm in the Hospitality Suite. The PTA would love to see new members, either of current or new pupils. They are a very friendly group of mums and dads who organise social events and fundraise for school activities.

First Year Notices 

Art and Drama Scholarships 

We were sadly unable to hold the art and drama scholarship auditions in the Spring Term this year. These will now take place on Monday 27 September between 4 pm and 5 pm.

Any First Year pupil (who did not apply for a Music Scholarship) is able to attend either the art or the drama auditions, even if you did not originally apply to do so. Please email Mr Piggott, Head of Art, if you would like to join the art auditions, or Mrs Gilmour, Head of Drama, if you would like to join the drama auditions. Please note, for drama auditions, Mrs Gilmour would like applicants to prepare a 1-3 minute monologue of their choosing. 

Second Year Notices 

No notices this week 

Third Year Notices 

Baseline Testing - MIDYIS Test

All Third Year pupils will be taking the MIDYIS test on Tuesday 21 September. The purpose of this test is to allow value-added calculations to be made when the GCSE/IGCSE results for these pupils are known. The test consists of mathematical and reasoning exercises and will be completed in less than an hour. The test is taken onscreen. Pupils do not need to prepare for the test in any way.

The results allow the School to set a baseline for all pupils that allows individual progress to be monitored objectively. The test results are also stored at the CEM Centre at Durham University, which is the central body administering the tests.

Fourth Year Notices 

Start of Term Information

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

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.

The Mayflower Theatre - 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.

Fifth Year Notices 

Scholarships and Studentships  

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

Start of Term Information

Dr Thomas, Head of Upper School, has detailed lots of important and useful information for Fifth Year students and parents here. We encourage all parents to read through the information thoroughly.

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.

The Mayflower Theatre - 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 Sixth Notices

Lower Sixth Welcome Evening

Please read this letter, from Mrs Searles, Head of Lower Sixth, with regards to our Lower Sixth Welcome Evening on Tuesday 28 September. 

Upper Sixth Notices 

No notices this week 

Prize Giving 

Friday night’s Prize Giving event provided a chance for staff, parents and guests to recognise and celebrate the hard work and achievements of a large number of our pupils.

The evening also saw the launch of this year’s Creative and Critical Review showcasing some of the very best work that our students have produced throughout the academic year. This can be viewed by all here.

A video of the event was recorded, and can be accessed via this link with the following password: KESprize21

Staff Book Reviews 

This week, Teacher of Physics and Head of PSHE, Dr Dean, shares her thoughts on two books she read during the Summer Holidays. Both these books are available to borrow from the Library. 


SATURDAY SPORT 

Saturday 18 September 

Girls' Hockey v Twyford School: U13A, U13B, U12A, U12B, U12C 

Girls' Hockey v Canford School: U14B, U14A, U15B, U15A, U16B, 2nd XI & 1st XI

Boys' Rugby v Oratory School: U14A, U14B, U15A, U15B, U16A, 1st XI

Boys' Rugby v Portsmouth Grammar School: U12A, U12B, U12C, U13A, U13B

KEY DATES

Tuesday 21 September - Upper Sixth Parents' Evening 

Wednesday 22 September - Upper Sixth Parents' Evening

Thursday 23 September - New Parents' Evening

Tuesday 28 September - Staff and Parent Prayer

Friday 1 October - Open Evening 


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