Sister Act Rehearsals

The bi-annual musical was in final dress rehearsal over the last weekend. All cast, musicians, technical and support crew were in over Saturday and Sunday making sure everything is perfect for opening night on Thursday.

The production of Sister Act follows on the success of High School Musical back in 2017. It is fantastic to see some returning cast members but lost of new faces.

Massive congratulations to the musicians who are playing in the band – a three-volume score to rehearse with some piece 200 bars long! It is excellent experience for those with their sights set on careers as professional musicians.

The Technical Production crew do an outstanding job with all of the lighting and sound, many of the Sixth Form use these experiences to support applications to Media and Production courses at University. It is great hands on experience, all supported by our Alumni and volunteer Jonathan.

Without volunteers like Jonathan and the committed staff from Music and Drama these productions couldn’t go ahead. The talent and professionalism from the students has been remarkable over the weekend… bring on 2021 and the next one!

The show begins it’s three-night run on Thursday 21 March, tickets are available from the Finance Office. 

 

 

National Careers Week 2019

The week 4 – 8 March sees the return of these hugely successful annual events. In school we are supporting them in a number of ways. Assemblies for this week will be ‘futures’ focused and there are a wealth of resources for students and parents/carers on the ‘Your Future – KEVI Careers’ website. This is currently under construction and will be launched during the week.

Over the course of the week there are a number of exciting opportunities which have been arranged for students: visits, workshops and talks. The full programme is available to view here. We ask that students and any parents/carers wanting to attend the parent session on Monday 4 March to sign up using the Google Form. If students prefer they can sign up and register with Mrs J Schreier in the Careers Office.

Careers Education and a future focus is constant within and across school, the preparation of students for their next stage happens throughout the academic year and different year groups. Our Student Mentors are available for one to one conversations at all times, students have access to quality careers advice outside of National Careers Week. In the spirit of Careers Week, we are aiming to raise awareness of opportunities that can enrich the learning experience and enhance any CV.   

You can also follow us on social media or search twitter using #NCW2019 and #NAW2019 to gain further insight into the breadth of events during the week.

Champion School Status!

National Citizen Service (NCS) has awarded ‘Champion’ status to The King Edward VI School (KEVI) thanks to its great commitment to working alongside NCS to build awareness of the NCS programme and having exceeded expectations in promoting the programme as well as recruiting students to take part.

The NCS programme supports young people’s transition to adulthood by developing their strength of character and life-skills which enables them to contribute to society with a greater sense of purpose, optimism and belonging.

Open to young people aged 16-17 the NCS programme takes place in school holidays and includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’, a community-based social action project and an end of programme celebration event.

Leanne Johnston, Assistant Headteacher at The King Edward VI School in Morpeth says:

“We are of course delighted to receive the recognition of Champion School. However, what we see, through supporting NCS are our students in Sixth Form who have completed the programme more motivated, engaged and independent learners. The benefit the programme gives to students in terms of experience and crucial life or employability skills is superb. The quality of applications for Post 18 progression are superior for those students who have completed NCS.”

Hayley Phillipson, NCS Recruitment Coordinator for Northumberland says:

“We always receive a warm welcome from staff and students at KEVI so I am delighted to present an award to mark their NCS Champion status. Current year 11s can now sign up to the 2019 summer NCS programme – places fill up fast so I’d encourage them to take action before it’s too late.”

NCS is making a positive contribution towards developing our country’s future talent and is proven to increase confidence, communication and leadership abilities. University participation rates for those who take part in NCS was on average 12% higher than those who didn’t take part*.

Izzi Dorrian, Head of Education engagement at the NCS Trust comments:

“Through working closely with schools and colleges across the UK, we are able to ensure more young people have the opportunity to be aware of the amazing benefits which come with participating in the programme. This collaboration is helping us to ensure the programme is embedded in local communities and reminds us exactly how the programme is helping change the futures of thousands of young people each year.”

For any students in Year 11, you can sign up to participate in NCS next summer at NCSYES.co.uk or calling 0191 247 4020. A range of departure dates will be available for summer 2019. Use the code NCS35! To book a place for just £35.

The Biggest King Edward’s Inspires… so far!

A Northumberland school welcomed hundreds of students and parents from across the county to its biggest and best careers event yet on 22 November.

King Edward’s Inspires, which is now in its fifth year, is an annual careers fair held by The King Edward VI School, part of The Three Rivers Learning Trust. And this year’s event featured stands from more employers than ever before, including accountancy firms PWC and Graeme Tennick & Co, law firm Muckle LLP, the NHS, Northumbria Police, Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service, Northumbrian Water, civil engineering firm ARUP, HR specialists Avec, Faulkner Browns Architects, design and brand agency JUMP, and more.

In addition, students and their parents and guardians could chat to representatives from colleges and universities from across the country, including The Northern School of Art, Edinburgh Napier, Leeds Beckett, Edge Hill, the London School of Economics, Trinity College Cambridge, and the Universities of Stirling, Newcastle, Cumbria, Sheffield, Dundee, Sunderland, Huddersfield, and Teesside among others.

There was also a full programme of advisory presentations on offer, covering topics including apprenticeships, personal branding, student life and finances, and careers in areas as diverse as nursing, engineering, medicine, film, sport, law and environmental science.

As well as King Edward’s own students, a coach descended on the Morpeth school from Berwick Academy and families from The Duke’s Secondary School were welcomed.

Sarah Flanagan, Head of Post-16 Education at Berwick Academy said of the event: “It’s been really valuable for us as a rural and isolated school to get access to this range of employers and higher education institutions. We simply couldn’t do this alone, so our ongoing partnership with The King Edward VI School has really been of benefit to my students over a number of years, and this year has been bigger and better than ever before.”

Mark Fox, Careers and Employability Manager at The Duke’s Secondary School in Ashington added: “I think it’s been a really amazing evening, because there’s something for everyone, so no one has gone home empty handed.”

Year 12 student at The King Edward VI School Shannon Brown said: “Tonight has been really good for me because I didn’t really feel I had a clue what I was doing but now I have a plan, and lots of information to go through.”

Exhibitor Graeme Tennick has already got work experience candidates lined up until July 2019 following the event. He added: “It’s a fantastic event that helps the students to fully get a feel for what businesses are like and what they are looking for, and the various routes forward. We’re looking forward to taking part again next year.”

 

Leanne Johnston is Assistant Headteacher at The King Edward VI School. She also organises King Edward’s Inspires. She said: “King Edward’s Inspires goes from strength to strength with our partnerships with The Duke’s Secondary School and Berwick Academy continuing to thrive.

“The students and their parents get a lot of benefit from the evening, so we want to thank all of the organisations that have taken time out of their busy schedules to attend.”

Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

The new academic year got off to a great start this week with BBC Radio Newcastle dropping in to talk to our Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl about the value and importance of women’s right to vote.

The interview took place in our Advanced Study Centre with the girls ‘going live’ at 8:50 (link to the show https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/p06hpvzb). Despite being nervous Claudia and Phoebe provided thoughtful comment on such an important issue. The girls were joined by Penny and Philippa Supporters and educators around the Women’s Suffrage movement. Penny is part of the Morpeth-based Emily Inspires group and Philippa, a third generation descendent of Emily Davison.

Whilst being interviewed live on local radio was both nerve wracking and exciting, it was a great opportunity to see and discuss modern broadcast media. Laura from Radio Newcastle discussed the importance of work experience within the journalism industry. Indeed, the technology that was used was surprising… and iPad and microphone!

Adventures of King Edward’s Alumni

This summer, two King Edward’s alumni – Yasmine Shafiq and Elwin Marshall – will be volunteering for eight weeks with the Cambridge Development Initiative (CDI). . CDI is a registered charity and student-led organisation which works in partnership with local government agencies to improve the well being of communities in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

Operating in Dar Es Salaam’s informal settlements, where residents earn under $1 per day and lack access to adequate sanitation, the CDI Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) project implements a sustainable and community-centred solution. The WaSH project prevents water-borne illnesses by training and employing local technicians to build safe simplified sewerage systems, along with toilets. The new Year 13 students will recall Yasmine’s inspiring assembly linked to work experiences and enrichment and Year 11 students may also remember an assembly last Christmas from Yasmine about her previous work on this project.

To promote this initiative’s economic and environmental sustainability, the CDI WaSH team aims to offer biogas as a renewable alternative to charcoal. Since 2015, CDI has been testing biodigestor technology, which turns waste collected by the sewerage networks into biogas. CDI intends to ensure the continued benefits of the project by transitioning from the current biodigestor model to one that is locally sourced through a Tanzanian supplier. This shift will enable community members to efficiently undertake repairs while creating a social enterprise through which biogas sales will fund the construction of new sewerage networks. To accomplish this goal, CDI need to raise an additional £2,000.

Any donations, however small, from KEVI students, applicants, teachers or parents would make a huge difference to the impact that the CDI WaSH project could have this year. Please have a look at the JustGiving page for more information about the project (including impact reporting, photographs and video links) and consider donating if you can: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/cdi/washproject.

Year 10 Work Experience Success

The week after the half term break continues to be our focused Careers Week for Year 10, where students are offered the opportunity to take part in Work Experience. We are proud of the fact that we are one of few schools locally who continue to offer ‘traditional’ Work Experience for our pre-16 students, indeed coordinating 300 work placements is quite a task!

As a proactive member of the National Pilot programme for Good Careers Guidance, that has see our views, knowledge and experience influence the Department for Education’s National Careers Strategy, we fully support the assertions that students should:

  • have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace (Benchmark 5)
  • have first-hand experience of the workplace to help their exploration of career opportunities and expand their networks (Benchmark 6)

We have had some hugely positive feedback from the students and the employers who hosted placements. From us, as a school, we would like to express our gratitude to the students, parents and employers who supported this process and made the week so worthwhile.

For the small number of students who did not attend placement, there were a full range of career-related activities going on in school. Use the #CareersWeek2018 on Twitter to see some of the things students got up to.

We hope the week has induced some self reflection for students as they begin to formulate their career plan. Once they arrive back in September students will be asked to think about their Post 16 future and begin the Sixth Form/College/Apprenticeship application process. We have excellent personal guidance available through our Student Mentor, Janet, where students can discuss their ideas.

KEVI Science Gardens: Past, Present and Future

The development of our three Science gardens depicting the past, present and future has been inspired by one of our Alumni, Alan Davison Emeritus Professor of Environmental Biology (Newcastle University).

Alan became a Foundation Governor to the school later in his life and as he moved into retirement, his passion and drive to continue working with the school, helped us to find new ways of enriching the learning experience for our students and galvanised us into action.

The Present: The Mulberry Science Garden

Between 2014- 2016 we worked with Alan and utilised his expertise and knowledge to develop the first science garden. With support from Brims Construction Company, 4 raised beds were built and Alan designed 10 different environments with particular plants in each section for students to study. Additional help came from Wyevale’s ‘Heighley Gate’ Garden Centre and Morpeth Town Council in looking after the plants and maintaining the new space.  The final step to completion was with the science charity Opal who helped us to begin a small wild meadow area.

The garden has been a great success with staff and students enjoying it and using it all year round in a variety of subjects. Alan died in August 2016 and to honour him we are continuing his work with the development of a further two science gardens. In the future we will host community events and invite the public in to view our special gardens. The first public event is planned for this summer to commemorate the death of our famous Morpeth botanist William Turner.

The Past: The KEVI William Turner Garden – under construction

Alan’s interest in local history has led us to explore our past and recognise the possibility that William Turner, the famous botanist, physician and theologian who was educated in Morpeth, may well have been a former pupil of our school. The King Edward VI School began life as a church school in the Morpeth Chantry back in the 1300s and was later re-founded (1552).  As a boy, William Turner (1508-68) lived in Morpeth and received his early education here before leaving for Pembroke Hall, Cambridge.

To develop our Turner Garden, we have worked closely with the Friends of William Turner Morpeth group (FOWTM) and received expert advice from plant historian Dr Marie Addyman. The preparation work began in 2017 and with everyone’s help; we have now completed the first phase of planting with recognised plants from the 1500s.

The Future: The Carbon Capture Garden – 2018 – 2020 project

Alan’s interest in the future of the environment has led to us furthering our links with Newcastle University. With the help of Professor David Manning and his Research Assistant Kevin Stott from the National Green Infrastructure Facility, School of Engineering, Urban Sciences Building, we are now embarking on a two year scientific project to develop a Carbon Capture Garden. This garden will be a site of experimentation for students and will be based on the knowledge that the NCl University team have acquired during the development of their ‘SUCCESS’* project.

Click here for a list of plants used.