Publications

Volume 3 Issue 7

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award 

Over the past few weeks, I have had the distinct pleasure of handing out The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award certificates to KES pupils who, despite the pandemic, earned their Bronze, Silver or Gold awards last academic year. At any given time, up to 300 KES pupils are taking the The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at school, making a weekly commitment to volunteering, skill development and physical exercise, as well as preparing for and completing their expeditions. Indeed, even through the pandemic lockdowns last year, KES DofE pupils volunteered a total of 1690 hours in aid of a huge range of charities from the local community, all much in need of support.

Six months after the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh, and 65 years after he first introduced the award scheme, it is a fitting tribute that our pupils, like so many other young people across the world, continue to enrol in significant numbers on to the The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the hope of offering their services to their communities whilst also learning new skills and developing wonderful personal strength of character. For those taking DofE this year at KES, including about 80% of our Fourth Year now embarking on the first steps of their Bronze Award, I want to wish you all the best for the coming year. Keep it up… and you will undoubtedly gain as much as you give!

As Mr Barnes said to me this morning: if ever asked what they achieved during lockdown, our DofE students will know that they stepped up and made a difference.

Neal Parker
@HeadKESSoton

Whole School Notices

Breast Cancer Awareness Day 

On Friday 22 October, students will be invited to wear a pink ribbon pin on their uniform and pay a small donation for Breast Cancer Awareness Day. There will also be a fundraising stall in the Atrium during break and lunch on Thursday and Friday of that week, to allow students the opportunity to buy a pink ribbon. Each pin will cost 20p. 

Sustainability Action Group - Slow Fashion Week

Next week, our very first Slow Fashion Week will take place. We will be holding a pre-loved clothing sale in the Atrium, during the lunchtimes of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1.00 - 1.50 pm. The aim is to shift mindsets away from fast, throwaway fashion, towards refashioning and embracing pre-owned clothing and to divert clothing from landfill.

All proceeds from the sale will go to No Sweat, a charity that campaigns against workplace exploitation and sweatshops. Clothing has been donated by the school community and will be priced between £2.00 - £5.00, with a few items slightly higher, so please come in ready to support the cause. There will also be the opportunity to consult our student design team and for alterations to be made to customise items.

Please contact Mrs Penfold for more details at ahp@kes.hants.sch.uk

Side By Side Concert with the 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.

First 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.

Second Year Notices

Meet the Tutor Evening - Thursday 11 November, 6.00 - 8.00 pm

Second Year and new Third Year parents are invited to attend a 'Meet the Tutor Evening' on Thursday 11 November, 6.00 - 8.00 pm. For more information on the evening, please read this letter from Mr Parker, Head. 

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.

Third Year Notices 

Meet the Tutor Evening - Thursday 11 November, 6.00 - 8.00 pm

Second Year and new Third Year parents are invited to attend a 'Meet the Tutor Evening' on Thursday 11 November, 6.00 - 8.00 pm. For more information on the evening, please read this letter from Mr Parker, Head.

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 £10.00 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. 

Feminism Explained

Heard the term 'feminism' but not sure what it means? Interested in equality and gender issues? Come along to our session on Tuesday 19 October in the Hospitality Suite, from 1.00 pm. All Upper School and Sixth Form students welcome. See Mrs Whiting in the Library with any questions.

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.

A Level Options

Parents of the Fifth Year should note that all pupils have been given a Information Pack to bring home containing further details about the Sixth Form, the A Level option choice process, and details of financial assistance for the Sixth Form.

Feminism Explained 

Heard the term 'feminism' but not sure what it means? Interested in equality and gender issues? Come along to our session on Tuesday 19 October in the Hospitality Suite, from 1.00 pm. All Upper School and Sixth Form students welcome. See Mrs Whiting in the Library with any questions. 

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 £10.00 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 Sixth Notices 

Maths in Action Trip, Tuesday 9 November 

There is a ‘Maths in Action’ trip to Warwick University on Tuesday 9 November for Lower Sixth mathematicians. The cost of the trip is £30.00 for a day of interesting and entertaining lectures on maths around us. The trip involves an early start, with a departure time of 7.30 am. Click here to pay via KES pay. 

Feminism Explained

Heard the term 'feminism' but not sure what it means? Interested in equality and gender issues? Come along to our session on Tuesday 19 October in the Hospitality Suite, from 1.00 pm. All Upper School and Sixth Form students welcome. See Mrs Whiting in the Library with any questions.

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 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire'. This is being shown at The Phoenix Cinema Club at the University of Southampton on Wednesday 10 November. Tickets are £8.00 each and further information can be accessed here.

Upper Sixth Notices

Feminism Explained

Heard the term 'feminism' but not sure what it means? Interested in equality and gender issues? Come along to our session on Tuesday 19 October in the Hospitality Suite, from 1.00 pm. All Upper School and Sixth Form students welcome. See Mrs Whiting in the Library with any questions.

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 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire'. This is being shown at The Phoenix Cinema Club at the University of Southampton on Wednesday 10 November. Tickets are £8.00 each and further information can be accessed here.

Youth Sailor of the Year 2021 

Lower Sixth student, Tim, has been shortlisted for Youth Sailor of the Year 2021 in the British Yachting Awards. Tim, who joined KES in September, last year sailed solo around Britain at the age of 15, in the process raising over £20,000 for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer trust.

Following a summer of racing in the Solent, he is now setting his sights on a new campaign, to race solo across the Atlantic in the September 2023 Mini Transat race. The two year run-up will see him training and competing in France during the sailing season alongside studying for his A Levels.

We wish him the best of luck, and encourage the school community to support Tim by voting here

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 'A Passage North' by Anuk Arudpragasam, with Mr Chandrachud leading the session. Emma, Lower Sixth, summarises the groups' view of the text, below. 


SATURDAY SPORT 

Saturday 16 October 

Girls' Hockey v Pangbourne College: U14C, U14B, U14A, U15B, U15A, U16B, 2nd XI, 1st XI

Boys' Rugby v Walhampton: U12B, U12A, U13B, U13A

Boys' Rugby Internal Tournament: U12C 


KEY DATES

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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