Regional Netball Finals

Well done to the Under 16 and Under 14 Netball teams who represented the school at the Regional Netball Finals on Saturday.

The girls played extremely well and came seventh overall in North East.

Well done girls!

The Future: The Carbon Capture Garden

We are just beginning the development of our third ‘Future’ science garden which is a collaboration between staff, (Chemistry teacher Adam Astbury, Citizenship teacher Sheila Clark) a team of students and Newcastle University’s School of Natural & Environmental Sciences staff.

David Manning, Professor of Soil Science and Research Assistant Kevin Stott along with Dr Mark Goddard, now a Fellow at the University of Leeds, School of Earth and Environment (previously Research Associate at Newcastle University) will be working with us to transform an unused patch of land into an area of carbon capture. All three  developed the  University’s carbon capture SUCCESS (Sustainable Carbon Capture: Engineering Soils for Climate Change) programme.

Following the SUCCESS programmes methodology, our new garden will consist of an artificial urban soil engineered to exploit the natural carbon capture potential and maximise the rate of calcium carbonate formation.  Two  main carbon capture materials will be used, first, is a waste product from a demolition site – crushed concrete and the second is dolerite (also known as diabase) which can be found all over the world and is quarried in the northeast of England.

The garden will be planted, maintained and monitored to measure the amount of carbon captured from the atmosphere and to complete the plot, meadow flowers will be grown on top to encourage pollinators.

Over a minimum period of two years, the students will regularly test the garden to assess the rate of calcium carbonate formation as well as checking the strength and permeability of the artificial soil. A few of the questions to explore will be which plants will survive in these conditions? Do some plants boost the carbon storage capability of the soil better than others – e.g. deep roots v shorter ones?

In preparation for developing the garden and helping students understand the best way to collect samples, we have now completed a test pit dig.  On a very cold day at the end of March, we dug a metre square test pit.   It rained, snowed and then there was hail….and we kept on digging!

The Sixth Form student team:                

Millie Chambers
Kate Seymour
Emily Brannigan
Elouise Southern Thompson
Rebecca Glen
Rosabel Rees

For more information about carbon capture visit the University’s SUCCESS programme webpage.

Dr Mark Goddard’s website.

Knowledge of Angels

A compelling medieval fable, written from the heart and melded to a driving narrative which never once loses its tremendous pace.

This novel resembles an illuminated manuscript mapped with angels and mountains and signposts. It’s the fifteenth century and the tranquility of a Mediterranean island is shattered by the appearance of two outsiders.

The first, a castaway, plucked from the sea, whose beliefs shake the island and the established order; the second, an abandoned child, raised by wolves who knows nothing of relationship between church and state, but who becomes the basis of a dangerous experiment. Inquisition leads to matters of life or death.

Totally stimulating, and relevant to present day philosophical debates.

Making a revision timetable that actually works

‘Just like an architect wouldn’t begin a project without a blueprint, you can’t just open a book randomly one day, begin reading and hope for the best’

A solid revision timetable not only guarantees you cover everything you need to, in time for the exam; but it also breaks everything down into more manageable chunks – much less scarier!

Once you start getting everything out on paper or screen, you’ll have a proper idea of the task ahead. Can you afford a few days off here and there? Or is it pretty much full-on revision right up to the exams?

Steps to compiling a revision timetable:

  1. Compiling your timetable

A basic revision timetable is essentially a calendar; but instead of holidays and birthdays, it contains topics and subjects you need to revise on specific days. Yours doesn’t really have to stray far from this model:

  • Divide however long you have until your exams by how many subjects you study
  • Then for each, divide all the topics and areas you need to cover accordingly
  • Keep it very simple or add extra fields, such as to note specific things you want to achieve in a session.

I​​f you can access your timetable on-the-go (via something like Google Docs or an app – see below) you’ll have more flexibility over where you can study.

  1. Prioritise

What subjects – or particular topics within those subjects – do you need to spend more time on? Perhaps some disappointing mock results have flagged areas you need to pay attention to? Or there are certain subjects where you need to achieve a certain grade, to progress into what you plan to do next?

Remember not to get cocky and neglect those subjects which you’re already strong at.

  1. Regular refreshers

Don’t just cover an area once and move on. If you do this, the material you study first will be a distant memory by the time you come to exams. You should revisit the content regularly so that it goes into your long term memory (see previous blog post on forgetting curves)

  1. Approach subjects differently

Certain study methods will suit some subjects better than others. This might depend on how intense the material is, how it will be assessed or simply how you best retain everything.

For example, the following methods might work for you:

  • Flashcards for key dates in history
  • Jingles or rhymes for phrases you’ll have to speak in a French oral exam
  • Pictures to identify parts of the human body in biology.

The length of your study periods can also be flexible according to what works for you. For example, you might find that two 45 minute sessions of maths, with a break in between, are most productive – but you can focus on your chemistry revision for longer periods of time.

One way to structure a revision timetable is to allocate revision sessions and breaks within certain times, such as 45 minutes of revision followed by a 15 minute break, which is repeated.

  1. Useful timetable apps

Below are three popular apps to help structure your revision:

  • My Study Life
  • SQA My Study Plan
  • Timetable

The North East Inter-Schools Classics Quiz

On Saturday 20th January, nine students from KEVI represented the school at the prestigious North East Inter-Schools Classics Quiz.

We competed against students from The Royal Grammar School, Newcastle High School for Girls, Sacred Heart, Durham School and many more, answering some tough questions on Latin grammar, ancient history and mythology.

Whilst we did not come home with a prize, students put up a formidable performance, winning a number of rounds against departments that are much larger than our own.

Many congratulations to Leyla Webbe, Sam Campbell (Y13), Morgan Brown, Helena Marley, Jessica Hawkins, Aidan Campbell (Y11), Victoria Smyth (Y10) and Joshua White (Y9) for an excellent effort and exemplary behaviour throughout the event.

Sixth Form Application Entry for September 2018

Any student wishing to apply for entry into our Sixth Form should complete this online application form.

Students should check the entry requirements in the Sixth Form at King Edward’s prospectus, these are found on page 17. The entry requirements are a guide, and our informed judgement on what level of attainment at GCSE will mean successful progress and attainment at A Level. Do not let the entry requirements deter you from an application; be aspirational and let them be a motivator for your Summer exams. Every application, after results, will be judged on its own individual merit. All applicants will be considered and be invited to interview after results in August.

You should also check that your chosen combination of subjects are possible within the timetable. Use the latest option pool document to check. Applicants are invited to choose three A Level subjects from the four option pools. These pools are provisional at present. If your combination of subjects does not work, make a note on the application form and we will investigate and try our best. In the very small number of incidents where combinations of subjects cannot be accommodated, applicants will be invited for a meeting to discuss.

Bridging Week will take place during the week beginning 9 July, where students will try their chosen subjects for a week. This is an excellent week where students will get to know Sixth Form and our staff.

Following GCSE results in August, all students should confirm their final subject choices using an online form which will be available on our website on results day.

Applicants from Other Schools

If you would like a personal discussion and a tour of the school, please contact us via our email, sixthformkevi@the3rivers.net

We will send out further information during the year, but we would expect you to attend Bridging Week and a presentation afternoon on Friday 6 July.

Follow our social media channels to get a taste of Sixth Form life here at King Edward’s.

@KEVISixthForm Sixth Form at KEVI sixthformkevi

Memoirs of a Geisha

This week Ms Bowey recommends ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ by Arthur Golden.

“It is a fascinating take on a completely different culture. Incredibly well-researched with a really gripping narrative.”