Publications

Volume 3 Issue 5

On Wellbeing 

‘Wellbeing is attained by little and little, but nevertheless is no little thing itself’

So said the Greek philosopher, Zeno of Citium, over two thousand years ago. What was true then, remains absolutely true today. Wellbeing - good mental health - is the source of all happiness, success, motivation and progress. Without the support it provides in times of difficulty, we crumble. Without the inspiration it provides every day, we drift. The purpose of a great school is to provide a great academic and wider education – to enable our pupils to thrive and succeed in examinations and life beyond the school gates. Behind that aspiration must always be a recognition that our pupils must prosper within themselves to attain success. That is why any great school will always seek to enhance and support the mental wellbeing of every pupil alongside their intellectual development and physical health. It is our fundamental duty, and one we take extremely seriously.

This week, we opened our Wellbeing Centre. Right at the very heart of the school building, we now offer a range of student support services including our nursing team, chaplaincy and school counsellor. They are now joined by brand new Curriculum Support rooms, as well as a stunning Wellbeing Room, under the leadership of our Head of Wellbeing, Mr Jackson. Here we will not only provide a refuge and safe space for our pupils – a place where they can access help, support or simply an empathic ear – but we will also provide a programme of proactive wellbeing education, so that every child at KES can improve their resilience and self-confidence. Our wonderful Sixth Form students will also be offering Peer Support services, so that younger pupils who prefer to speak to a fellow student will have somebody available for them. We believe that this commitment places KES at the very forefront of 21st century pastoral care.

Prioritising your mental health may be rooted in a philosophy stretching back across the millennia… but that does not make it any less critical in 2021.

Neal Parker
@HeadKESSoton

Whole School Notices

INSET DAY - Monday 4 October 

Reporting Absences

Parents are reminded that all pupil absences should be reported to the School by 8.30 am in one of the following ways; 

  • Via the Parent Portal, completing the Daily Illness Reporting Form. This is the preferred method and will inform the school office, your child's tutor, their Head of Year and the medical team. 
  • Email absent@kes.hants.sch.uk 
  • Call the main office on 02380 704561 

Parents are reminded that in most cases, they should contact the School on each day of absence. 

Lockdown Rehearsal

As part of the school’s critical incident planning we will be rehearsing our lockdown procedure with the whole school at 9.15 am on Tuesday 5 October. These practices are already becoming as routine as the termly fire drills, but something we all hope we never have to use in reality.

Football Club

We are pleased to inform parents and pupils that we will be offering after-school football for pupils on a Friday, the only time available when the space is not being used for other sports. Year groups have been allocated half-term slots.

  • Second and Third Year - 8, 15 and 22 October 

  • First Year - 14, 21, 28 January, 4 February 

  • Fourth and Fifth Years - 4, 11, 18, 25 March 

Girls and boys are welcome - they will play separately. Each session will be led by staff and supported by our Sixth Formers. It is intended that the final evening of each half-term session will be an inter-house competition.

All students are welcome but they MUST be in correct school games kit and trainers, as we will be playing on the astro and netball courts. Students who do attend should sign in with a member of staff on the astro. They will be finished in time to change back into uniform to catch the late buses. No spectators, just players!

Dyslexia Awareness Week - Tuesday 5 to Friday 8 October 

To celebrate Dyslexia Week 2021, the curriculum support team will be working with pupils and staff to raise awareness of how to support people with dyslexia, as well as promoting how we can all be more kind and accepting of differences in others.

Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling. Unlike a learning disability, intelligence isn't affected. We have many pupils and staff with dyslexia, and with the right support, they are able to flourish both academically and emotionally.

As part of dyslexia awareness week there will be a PSHE session, around seeing dyslexia differently, provided to all students in group base, a display in the library celebrating dyslexia and dyslexic authors and information on the screens throughout the school. Free support can also be found on the British Dyslexia Association website and on our Intranet here

If you would like any more specific information, then please email Mrs Ramshaw, the Head of Curriculum Support. 

Southampton Classics Lecture - Thursday 7 October 

Southampton Classics Society is welcoming all parents, and students, to their upcoming lecture on 'Sex and Violence in Roman Art' delivered by Professor Bert Smith from Oxford University. The event is at 7.30 pm, with tea and coffee being served from 7.00 pm. Click here to view the event poster. 

Substance Abuse Talk to Parents - Thursday 14 October 

All parents are invited to attend a talk on substance abuse in the Dobson Theatre at 7.00 pm on Thursday 14 October. There will be teas and coffees served for all attendees from 6.30 pm in the concourse. 

The talk will be delivered by Bob Tait, DREDUK, and more information can be found in this letter from Dr Dean. 

Challenging Gender Stereotypes Zoom Workshop - Thursday 7 October, 7.00 pm

Following on from the school joining the National Award programme “Gender Action” last year (news article linked here), we are continuing to work across the school to challenge ingrained stereotypes that students may have which could deter them from pursuing subjects they may otherwise succeed in. To help parents engage with this subject with their children at home, we have arranged for some external speakers to deliver a thought provoking workshop which will help parents and carers supporting their children to pursue interests and subjects they enjoy, in spite of embedded stereotypes they may have to fight against. Whilst this may be of particular interest to parents of Fifth Year students about to make their initial decisions on A Level choices, in many ways it is more relevant for parents of students lower down in the school as the sooner these stereotypes are challenged, the better. Information on how to best use Zoom during the session can be accessed here. 

For more information and to register your interest in this workshop, please complete this google form.

KES PTA First Council Meeting - Wednesday 6 October 

The PTA are getting back into school life, having taken a back seat since the first Lockdown, and to help get things underway you can find dates of meetings and events here

The first Council meeting is Wednesday 6 October and if you haven’t been to one before, they take place once a term and are worth the time investment. The Council is made up of parents, staff and governors and there is a review of the main activities by both the Head and the PTA Committee. Mr Parker informs the meeting of school developments, activities and news, which always makes interesting listening. The PTA committee reports on events and puts forward opportunities for discussion.

As the Council meeting often has a lot to cover in one evening, the Social Committee and OBNO team will meet at 6.30 pm prior to the Council meeting to discuss their particular business in more detail.

Parental involvement is very important to the School and this is a great way to find out what goes on and to put your ideas forward. It would be wonderful to see new faces (not just new parents!) at any of the meetings.

Come along on Wednesday 6 October, 7.30 pm in the Hospitality Suite – there will be cake and refreshments!

PTA - Classlist 

The PTA have been gently rolling out Classlist, a UK based and fully GDPR  compliant communication app. Any KES parent can join and how much information you provide is up to you - you can even keep your email address private whilst still receiving messages.

If you are a new parent, it can be a way to find other parents in your year group and get in touch. For longer standing parents it may be a way to share information. The Bus Route Groups seem particularly popular! The PTA will use Classlist for things such as reminders of meetings, notifications of social events and OBNO opening times and of course, requests for volunteers.

For peace of mind, Classlist has “ambassadors”, parents who act as points of contact for help but who also ensure, very importantly, that the Classlist Community Guidelines of respecting fellow parents and not using the app to complain about school, or individuals connected with the school, are followed.

As we now have more than 270 members you probably already know someone who is using it so just ask a few friends and see what they think; it would be wonderful to have as many parents as possible using the app.

Join up! Simply copy this link into your browser: https://classlist.page.link/QT3vxWQqdB3qBMgz6

First Year Notices 

First Year Toy Appeal Fun Run  

The Toy Appeal Fun Run will take place on Monday 18 October, for more information and inspiration see here.

Second Year Notices 

No notices this week 

Third Year Notices 

No notices this week 

Fourth Year Notices 

Activity Trip to Lovaton, 30 October - 2 November

Two further places have become available on the Fourth Year activities trip to Lovaton, Dartmoor, in the October Half Term. Weather dependent, activities include climbing, abseiling, night walking and much more. Anyone who is interested in attending, must contact Mr Havers

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.

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.

Geography Trip

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

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.

Lower Sixth Notices

Lower Sixth PSHE Day 

All Lower School pupils will be taking part in a PSHE day on Thursday 14 October. Please see this letter for information on what topics and talks students will be attending. 

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.

Upper Sixth Notices 

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.

Booker Prize Shortlist Club 

The English Department are currently reading the Booker Prize shortlist, as part of a limited series club. Last week they started with The Promise by Damon Galgut, with Dr Schofield leading the session. Emma, Lower Sixth, shares her review of the book below. 

SATURDAY SPORT 

Saturday 2 October 

Girls' Hockey v Seaford College: U13A, U14B, U14A, U15B, U15A, 2nd XI, 1st XI 

Girls' Hockey v Oratory School: U13B, U12B 

Boys' Rugby v Dauntsey's School: U12C, U12B, U12A, U13B, U13A, U14B, U14A, U15B, U15A, U16A, 1st XV 

KEY DATES

Friday 1 October - Open Evening 

Monday 4 October - INSET Day 

Wednesday 6 October - KES PTA First Council Meeting 

Thursday 7 October - Challenging Gender Stereotypes Zoom Workshop

Thursday 14 October - Substance Abuse Talk to Parents 

Monday 18 October - First Year Toy Appeal Fun Run 

Thursday 21 October - A Level Taster Day 

Thursday 21 October - Sixth Form Information Evening

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