Publications

Volume 3 Issue 4

Make A Positive Difference In The World 

We have two whole school assemblies each week. On Mondays, the student leadership team and I, speak to the School about important upcoming notices; acknowledge individual and team contributions to KES, and allow everybody to celebrate one another's successes. We also include a short ‘Thought for the Day’, often a beautiful musical performance or a student speaking about something which has inspired them.

On Tuesdays, staff or students have an opportunity to speak at greater length on an issue about which they feel passionately. These assemblies are always enlightening and often moving. They very often give me cause to ponder my own life, and they invariably renew my faith in the generation of young people who will become the leaders of the future. This week was a case in point. On Tuesday morning students from the KES Charities Commission educated us all about the prejudice and institutional barriers faced by sportspeople from minority backgrounds – whether that be due to their race, gender identity or sexuality. They explored this important topic through the experiences of a number of athletes from around the world at the recent Tokyo Olympics, but also referred to the high-profile cases of racial intolerance sadly seen in the aftermath of the European Football Championships.

In doing so they encouraged their peers to support their chosen charities (‘Stonewall’ and ‘Show Racism The Red Card’) for next Thursday’s non-uniform day. I am so proud that KES students feel confident in raising serious societal issues at our assemblies, and that they want to make a difference and encourage their peers to think about pressures and problems far removed from the relative safety of school life. One of our stated school aims is that our pupils are encouraged to ‘look beyond material goals and strive to make a positive difference in the world’. Goodness, Tuesday’s Charity Commission assembly was a wonderful example to us all of precisely that quality. I hope the whole school feels as inspired as I am to support these worthy charities by wearing their own clothes and bringing in their £1 donation next Thursday.

Neal Parker
@HeadKESSoton

Whole School Notices

Open Evening - Friday 1 October 

Our annual Open Evening is taking place in the evening of Friday 1 October 6.00 - 8.30 pm. All parents are warmly invited to attend. 

Lessons will finish at 3.00 pm next Friday and buses will leave at 3.00 pm for pupils who are not staying for the evening. Pupils who have kindly volunteered to help during the evening will be served a sandwich tea in the dining room at 4.30 pm. A film will be shown in the Dobson Theatre at 3.10 pm. The evening will end at approximately 8.30 pm. Please arrange somewhere inside the school building where you will come to meet your child at the end of the evening. Any questions please email Mrs Sheppard. 

Flu Vaccinations - First to Fifth Year 

Please can we remind parents of pupils in First to Fifth Year, that the deadline to complete the flu consent form is Tuesday 28 September. Please click here for more information and the link to the consent form. 

Student Injuries 

If a pupil is injured they must make their way to the medical room to see the nurses, so that they can be put onto a 'Return 2 Play' programme, if necessary. They should then maintain regular contact with the nurses, so that they can update the system when they're safe to play sports again. 

Sports Tours: 2023 and beyond 

Following on from last week's bulletin in which we informed parents that the school is starting to plan trips for Summer 2023 and beyond, we thought it would be useful to provide some information on planned sports trips as these are a popular part of the trips programme.

The sports department is working on the plans for sports tours over the next few years and, alongside the launch of other trips, it would be useful for parents to be aware of the current plan for sports tours which can be found on Future Long Haul Sports Tour Programme. Parents will see that the next planned long haul tour is a multi-sport trip in Summer 2023 for current Fourth, Fifth and Lower Sixth boys rugby, hockey (boys and girls) and girls netball. The Heads of Sport are currently working with suppliers to put together the itinerary and, when we have finalised the options, we will contact parents and move towards a launch of the tour. Students who currently play in the A or B teams in these sports can expect to be invited onto the trip.

We are also hoping that we can return to our regular programme of short haul trips for younger students and these will be publicised at the appropriate times to the relevant year groups.

Should you have any questions about future sports tours please contact Mr Kent in the first instance.

Non-uniform Day and Krispy Kreme Sale - Thursday 30 September 

We are holding a non-uniform day and Krispy Kreme sale, in aid of Stonewall and Show Racism The Red Card to reflect current, topical situations in society. 

Students should bring in £1 to their group bases on Friday, to take part in the non-uniform day, and another £1, if they would like to buy a doughnut at break. Please note, we can only accept exact change. 

Slow Fashion Show - Clothes Request 

KES Sustainability Action Group are looking for donations of pre-loved, good quality clothes for their 'Slow Fashion Week'. The group will hold a pre-loved clothing sale, to raise money for charity and would like to offer a wide variety of styles and sizes. Just one item per student would be plenty, so any interesting items (adult or child sizes) would be most welcome. 

Donated garments can be dropped off in the designated box, located in the Atrium during break times from Monday 27 September to Friday 8 October. Any clothes may be customised by our design team before the sale. Any questions, please contact Mrs Penfold


First Year Notices 

First Year Charity Events - Autumn Term 

King Edward’s supports a number of local, national and international charities and community service projects. Last year alone the students managed to raise over £9000 for charity, and we endeavour to be as successful this year. The first term can be confusing enough, so we thought it a good idea to let you know what’s happening and what you might need to do, so you don’t have any difficult ‘I need an outfit!’ conversations the night before an event.

Please click here to find out the Autumn Term charity events for First Years.

Your son/daughter will be given lots of information about all of these events, but if you have any questions, please have a look on the charities page, get in touch with your child’s tutor, or the KES Charities Coordinator Miss McGinn

First Years will receive all information about the First Year Toy Appeal Fun Run, in a sectional assembly on Wednesday 29 September. In the meantime, First Year students could have a think about which 'Toy Inspired' costume they could create. The Toy Appeal Fun Run will take place on Monday 18 October, for inspiration see here.

HMC Baseline Testing

All First Year pupils will be taking the MIDYIS test on Tuesday 28 September. The purpose of the 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 on screen. 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.

Second Year Notices 

No notices this week 

Third 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.

Fourth Year Notices 

GCSE Non-Examined Assessments (Coursework) 

Parents and Fourth Year pupils are asked to read carefully this document regarding the production of Non-Examined Assessment work (NEA – sometimes referred to as ‘coursework’).

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 £100 pf the amount to be raised and donated to Better Lives for Children. Places are limited. Further information, and how to sign up, can be found here.

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.

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

A Level Taster Day and Sixth Form Information Evening 

On Thursday 21 October, our Sixth Form Information Evening and A Level Taster Day will be taking place. For more information, please read this letter from Dr Thomas and Mr Culver. 

Pupils should make sure to select the subjects that they would like to try by Friday 1 October via this form. These should be subjects they wish to find out more about and get a better understanding of what it might be like at A Level. Pupils do not need to be in a position where they know which A Levels they are going to take, nor will these taster lessons have any impact on option choices later on. 

GCSE Non-examined Assessments (Coursework) 

Parents and Fifth Year pupils are asked to read carefully this document regarding the production of Non-Examined Assessment work (NEA – sometimes referred to as ‘coursework’).

Geography Trip - Consent Needed

All Fifth Year geography students will be attending a field trip in various locations across Southampton on Tuesday 5 October. The trip will focus on human geography fieldwork techniques and more information can be accessed here. The trip cost is covered by the School, but parental consent is required. An electronic consent form will be sent to parents in due course. 

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 £100 of the amount to be raised and donated to Better Lives for Children. Places are limited. Further information, and how to sign up, can be found here.

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.

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. 

Sixth Form Driving Test Notification

As per the KETA Bus Service Terms & Conditions, if your child is a registered KETA bus user and you pre-notify us at the start of the current academic year that they might take their driving test, you will not be required to give a full term's notice to cancel their bus place. Please note that we are unable to refund any bus fares already paid if your child successfully passes their driving test mid-term.

Please notify the Transport Administrator by email, KETA@kes.hants.sch.uk, no later than 9 am on Monday 11 October 2021 if your child plans to take their driving test during this academic year.

A Level Non-Examined Assessments (Coursework) 

Parents and Lower Sixth Students are asked to read carefully this document regarding the production of Non-Examined Assessment work (NEA – sometimes referred to as ‘coursework’.

The Phoenix Cinema Club Screenings

The French department would like to offer all students studying French at A Level the chance to attend a screening of 'La Belle Epoque' and 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire'. These are both being shown at The Phoenix Cinema Club at the University of Southampton on Wednesday 20 October and Wednesday 10 November, respectively. Tickets are £8.00 each and further information can be accessed here.

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.

Upper Sixth Notices 

Sixth Form Driving Test Notification

As per the KETA Bus Service Terms & Conditions, if your child is a registered KETA bus user and you pre-notify us at the start of the current academic year that they might take their driving test, you will not be required to give a full term's notice to cancel their bus place. Please note that we are unable to refund any bus fares already paid if your child successfully passes their driving test mid-term.

Please notify the Transport Administrator by email, KETA@kes.hants.sch.uk, no later than 9 am on Monday 11 October 2021 if your child plans to take their driving test during this academic year.

A Level Non-Examined Assessments (Coursework) 

Parents and Upper Sixth Students are asked to read carefully this document regarding the production of Non-Examined Assessment work (NEA – sometimes referred to as ‘coursework’).

The Phoenix Cinema Club Screenings 

The French department would like to offer all students studying French at A Level the chance to attend a screening of 'La Belle Epoque' and 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire'. These are both being shown at The Phoenix Cinema Club at the University of Southampton on Wednesday 20 October and Wednesday 10 November, respectively. Tickets are £8.00 each and further information can be accessed here. 

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.

KES Library - New OE Book! 

We were delighted to receive copies of ‘Red Wine & Arepas: How Football is Becoming Venezuela’s Religion’ from OE, Jordan Florit this week. Read below to find out more about Jordan and his new title. Copies are available from the Library. 

Kes Tapas. 

The Spanish department are pleased to announce the launch of their brand new podcast! 

Kes Tapas is a podcast created by our A Level Spanish students. Each week students will discuss why they are learning Spanish, what they enjoy about learning the language and how speaking Spanish will help them in their future careers. Parents and students can access the podcast here

SATURDAY SPORT 

Saturday 25 September 

Girls' Hockey v Farleigh School: U12D, U12C, U12B, U12A, U13D, U13C, U13B, U13A

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

Boys' Rugby v Lord Wandsworth College: U12C, U12B, U12A, U13B, U13A, U14C, U14B, U14A, U15B, U15A, U16A, 1st XV

KEY DATES

Tuesday 28 September - Staff and Parent Prayer

Friday 1 October - Open Evening 

Thursday 21 October - A Level Taster Day 

Thursday 21 October - Sixth Form Information Evening

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