This week you will have received an email from us about the School hosting NHS COVID vaccine clinics for 12 to 15 year old KES students on Tuesday 19 October. Consent forms will be distributed in the week before this date, as consent must be given no more than 7 days before the vaccine. In the meantime, please may I encourage you to talk to your child about the vaccine so that you can agree as a family whether or not you wish your child to participate. We respect the right of all KES pupils to opt in or out of having the Pfizer vaccine as they and you feel is appropriate.
As we pass the mid-point in this half term, I also wanted to take the opportunity to remind parents and pupils that whilst COVID has perhaps had less of an impact at school this academic year, nonetheless it has not disappeared. We are very pleased that positive test cases at KES remain extremely low at the time of writing. However, we would ask everybody to be vigilant and to remain off school until PCR tested, when there is any doubt around symptoms a child may be experiencing. Parents should also note that we must, and will, be responsive to case numbers at the School, and that we retain the right to step up precautionary measures if and when positive cases rise at KES. Please be reassured that we monitor and consider this on a daily basis.
I want to remind pupils that we still recommend that they wear face coverings whilst on school buses, and that they can also choose if they wish to wear a face covering whilst at school. Importantly, good, frequent hand washing and sanitisation, along with open windows or being outside remain the best defence against the virus.
Finally, I want to thank parents and pupils for your ongoing feedback and support for the School’s COVID response. We welcome and encourage your views, and have been overwhelmed by the positive response we have continued to receive from our parent body.
Whole School Notices
Wednesday 13 October - No Clubs
Due to an all staff meeting on Wednesday 13 October, there will be no after school clubs, societies or practices. Exceptions to this are: First Year Hockey and Rugby, which will be run by sports coaches, and the Chamber Orchestra who are preparing for the London Mozart Players concert next week. Late buses will still run, and the Library will be open for pupils who need to remain in school until 5.30 pm.
First, Second and Third Year Notices
Ski/ Snowboard Trip 2023
We are launching a ski and snowboard trip to Passo Tonale, Italy, which is open to current First, Second and Third Year students. Students will depart Saturday 1 April and return Saturday 8 April 2023. The trip will accommodate skiers and snowboarders of all levels. For further information please click here. If you would like to secure your place on the trip, please make a non-refundable deposit payment here.
Fourth Year Notices
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - Live Stream
There is currently a production of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ playing at the Globe Theatre. A live-stream of this production will be available to watch on Saturday 23 October at 7.00 pm. Digital tickets are available to purchase now via The Globe website from just £10 here. We strongly recommend you take this opportunity to watch this live performance, from the comfort of your own home, as ‘Twelfth Night’ is currently on the English Literature IGCSE syllabus, and it is likely several classes will study it next year.
Design and Technology - Design Museum Trip
On Monday 15 November Fourth Year students will visit the Design Museum. For more information see this letter from Mr Barker, Head of Design and Technology.
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 A Level Taster Day will be taking place and that evening from 7 - 9pm, our Sixth Form Information Evening. 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.
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - Live Stream
There is currently a production of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ playing at the Globe Theatre. A live-stream of this production will be available to watch on Saturday 23 October at 7.00 pm. Digital tickets are available to purchase now via The Globe website from just £10 here. We strongly recommend you take this opportunity to watch this live performance, from the comfort of your own home, particularly if your class is currently studying this play as part of the English Literature IGCSE course.
Lower and 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.
Open Evening - Thank You!
Thank you to all our amazing students who gave up their evening and helped at our Open Evening last Friday. We have received feedback from prospective families on how welcoming, informative and wonderful our students were. Thank you!
Booker Prize Shortlist Club
The English Department are currently reading the Booker Prize shortlist, as part of a limited series club.
This week the group reviewed 'The Fortune Men' by Nadifa Mohamed, with Mrs Gunton leading the session. Celia, Fifth Year, summarises the groups' view of the text, below.
Saturday 9 October
Girls' Hockey v The Portsmouth Grammar School: U12D, U12C, U12B. U12A, U13D. U13C, U13B, U13A, U14B, U14A, U15B, U15A, 2nd XI
Girls' Netball, National Schools' Tournament: U14A, U16A, 1st VII
Boys' Rugby v Bournemouth School: U12A, U13A, U14A, U15A, U16A, 1st XV
Boys' Rugby Internal Tournament: U12C
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