Earlier this year two new science labs were built at KEVI and they look out onto the large mulberry tree that was donated as a cutting to George Chapman 30 years ago when he was researching Turner’s time at Syon House. George nurtured this cutting until it was established as a young tree and is now over 30ft tall.
The area around the tree is being developed into a Science Garden and the mulberry will be used as the introduction to Turner and his work. The idea is to grow some “Turner” plants and use them to lead into the medicinal uses of plants. Yew and periwinkle will be used to illustrate modern pharmacological uses of plants.
There was a long discussion about what to call the new labs and surrounding garden area and the name eventually agreed upon was the Mulberry Science Centre; a name that intrigued the students because they had no idea that the big tree was a mulberry.
The story, along with copies of Marie Addyman’s booklet about Turner created great interest so we asked artist David Hall for permission to use parts of his Turner artwork in the labs in order to provide an accessible reminder of the great man. He agreed, and we expect some of his superb drawings to adorn the walls of the new labs soon.
Work on the new garden is proceeding at a pace. The builders of the new labs, Brims, built a pond and a series of raised beds that are being use to demonstrate how plants are adapted to different environments. In the autumn, compost bins and decomposition experiments will be started and hopefully we will plant a small meadow area.
Well done to Year 10 students Sarah Hipkin, Charlotte Mathewson and Kirsty Famelton, who have been awarded an Explorers Level John Muir Award, and to Jenny Laws, who has been awarded a Discovery Level John Muir Award.
All students have successfully participated in a Naturalists course with Northumberland National Park.
Students have enjoyed numerous sessions including ancient tree surveying, moth trapping, wildflower surveying, habitat creation and management, mammals, river life, birds, trees, woodlands and hedgerows and mini-beasts, with Northumberland National Park Ranger Shaun Hackett.
The Holocaust Educational Trust and The King Edward VI High School are delighted to offer the opportunity for two Sixth Form students to participate in the upcoming Lessons from AuschwitzProject – an innovative four-part course which gives students the opportunity to visit the Nazi death and concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau.
There are only 2 places available. These shall be offered to Year 13 History students studying the Holocaust for their Personal Studies or those wishing to apply to study History at University.
In order to secure a place write a one-page essay on the Importance of Remembering the Holocaust to be submitted to Ms Sharples (B2) by Wednesday 16th September.
We also ask that participants contribute £25 towards the cost of the trip (the rest is financed by the school and the HET).
On Thursday 9 July, staff and students were delighted to welcome Lord Terry Burns, who until earlier this year was Chairman of Santander UK, to speak to Year 12 students and offer them some advice about how to plan for and enjoy a successful career in whatever they choose to do.
Lord Burns, who spent more than 12 years leading one of the UK’s biggest banks, has also served as Chairman of Marks and Spencer, the National Lottery Commission and The Royal Academy of Music, and remains the Chairman of Channel Four Television.
For much of his career, however, he served as one of the leading civil servants at the heart of Whitehall, advising no less than six Chancellors of the Exchequer as the Chief Economic Advisor to the Treasury, Head of the Government Economic Service, and Permanent Secretary to the Treasury.
Preparing students for adult life goes beyond their academic education. Upon completion of their GCSE’s or A Level’s we send students into a highly competitive world where they require skills of autonomy, resilience and team work.
All year 9 students participated in Enrichment Week from 1 – 5 June, providing them with an opportunity to experience life beyond the classroom. The activities were designed to be challenging, promote self- confidence and develop employability skills, aiding their achievement of KEVI10.
Many activities were on offer, from entrepreneurial prowess to horse management, mountain biking to upcycling fashion, book publishing to fishing and many, many more.
The atmosphere across all activities was impressive with an eclectic skill base evidenced within each activity location. Well done to all staff and students involved.
Overcoming fear and experiencing masses of fun was the order of the week for students participating in ‘PE Experiences’. Describe by students as a ‘extraordinary trip’ that ‘improved communication and made everyone work as a team’
The cyclists pushed their physical strength and mental determination to the limit during some challenging rides across the region. Looking tired and dishevelled at the end of the week they said they ‘would recommend the activity to any year 9’.
Time pressures proved stressful for the book publishing group as they worked against the clock to publish their anthology of short stories on Amazon, yet this did not tarnish the fulfilment as they tested their stories to a group of pre-school children.
The most competitive group worked across Morpeth as entrepreneurs throughout the week to raise as much money as possible for Deki, who empower people living in poverty to create sustainable livelihoods by providing access to ethical microloans and training.
Check out what the Fly Fishing Group got up to in their blog.