Carbon Capture Talk & Eco-Gardening

Georgia and Jason talking about climate change to their audience

Saturday 19 October, in follow up to the Local Democracy Week launch of The Three Rivers Climate Change Strategy, the PTFA and associated presented a Carbon Capture talk. Two of our Year 12 Environmental team Georgia  and Jason, and Year 10 members of the Eco-gardening team, Beth, Llia and Abigail, made brilliant presentations at the Carbon Capture talk in the ASC on Saturday morning where they talked about Climate change issues and our conference.

Our guests mainly came from Hexham and they were blown away by our students speaking out so confidently about the issues. The upshot is that the guests are going back to Hexham full of enthusiasm for moving things on there too.
Our speaker, Prof. David Manning from Newcastle Uni’s Soil Science Dept. is also now considering ways of helping to bring more students together from several schools to meet up at the Uni and consider climate change and how to mitigate this through carbon capture methods.
The message about turning pledges into individual and group actions to make things happen is travelling! Our first carbon capture bed with a 50/50 mix of compost and volcanic dust capturing CO2 and changing it into calcium carbonate so it’s trapped in the ground. It’s spring bulb planting time.

Alumni Inspire the Next Generation of Engineers #STEMtastic

15 Year 10 students from King Edward’s took part in a STEMtastic event at Port of Blyth. The day was aimed at inspiring the students to consider their future – and possible careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). RTC North collected together 25 companies, many world class businesses, all of whom were local to the area. The event encompassed the following sectors Subsea, Oil and Gas, Renewables and Energy including offshore generation.

The students had the chance to participate in a range of interactive workshops,
giving them hands-on examples of working in STEM. They were given tours of
some of the facilities in the port including Catapult , Global Marine and MHI
Vestas.


At ORE Catapult, the UK’s leading technology innovation and research centre for Offshore
Renewable Energy they met an ex King Edward’s student , Johnathan Hughes. Validation
Manager for ORE Catapult, Mr Hughes, described the type of activities that
happen at the site. The students were able to see an 88.4m wind turbine blade,
currently in Blyth for the XLBlade project. The project is investigating how to reduce
the overall cost of offshore wind through development of (at the time) the World’s Longest
Blade.

Our students were enthused by the career possibilities shown to them and Mr
Hughes commented:

“The students from KEVI were amongst over 200 who visited ORE Catapult’s Blyth site as part of STEMtastic at Port of Blyth, it was good to hear challenging questions from KEVI pupils, who wanted to hear about the role of engineers who work in the Renewable Energy sector, and how Blyth was shaping the future of this global technology”.

A Night of Monologues

We are delighted to invite you to attend an evening of stunning performances by our incredibly talented Drama Society. The society, led by Mrs Anderson, ably supported by Deputy Head Girl, Rosie will provide an evening of unrivalled entertainment. The evening will feature performances from Blood Brothers, Romeo and Juliet and many more. We are especially proud to present an monologue written by one of our very own students, Ollie.

Debate Team Quiz Night

The Debate Society recently entered a team of eight students into the regional round of the European Youth Parliament. Given the high standard of the other debaters we were honoured to be chosen as the winners. As a result the team have qualified to proceed to the National Session of the European Youth Parliament in Liverpool this September. This is a four-day event that will bring together 150 participants from across the UK and Europe to engage with the theme:

‘Overcoming the Challenges of Political and Economic Globalization’.

The Debate Society are naturally extremely excited about this, though the costs to attend, as well as accommodation and travel, are prohibitive. Fortunately this gives them an excuse to run fun events such as quiz nights, raffles and bag packs, things which will all also help in furthering our team work along the way!

Year 10 Careers Week 2019

What a week 2019 Careers Week has been! The majority of our students have been out on work experience. Students have secured some amazing placements and we have had some fantastic feedback about their efforts and endeavours – we couldn’t be more proud. Some students have even been told to maintain contact with their placement providers over possible apprenticeship opportunities in the future.

For our students that were in school all week we have had a varied programme of activities to support employability and develop skills applicable to the workplace.

The week in school started with students researching potential career options – a scary prospect when the world is literally your oyster, Students were looking at careers in areas such as The Stock Exchange, tattoo artist, pilot, teacher and a multitude of other roles and professions. We then challenged students to reflect on their own skills, values and attitude and create their own professional CV.

In order to make effective career decisions, students first of all need to understand themselves, not just their dreams and ambitions but their own strengths and areas for development and how to strategise. We were delighted to welcome one of our former students into school to work with our current students on a team building day. This was particularly enjoyable and we were delighted the weather held!

Throughout Year 10 students have met with six different businesses from a range of economic sectors from law to health to the motor trade. This programme is put together and supported by the Esh Group who then invited students to the Eagles Community Arena for a mock interview. This was a testing day with nerves getting the better of some, but all of the students that had their interview found it a positive experience. Some students made such an impression they received offers of work experience and mentoring! As staff, what we took away from the day was the genuine smiles from students as they returned from interview. Some undoubtedly from relief, but all smiling with pride in their performance and courage they demonstrated.

Thursday was a personal finance day and with the help of Barclays Life Skills resources, the famous Money Saving Expert, Martin Lewis and a representative of the Chartered Institute of Insurers we introduced the students to budgeting, student finance and savings and investments

In order to make really effective decisions about their future young people really need to know themselves; their skills, dreams and ambitions. This is the motivator for the week – a little bit of progress each day will create successful young people. We’ve finished the week with a little bit of fun, decoding the powerful messages in Rocky IV about resilience, the mantra of being a wolf not a sheep from Training Day and the exploring positive role models in As Good As It Gets. This was all wrapped up by the excellent support of the Newcastle United Foundation, where students participated in a range of enterprise activities, .

U14 Netball Do The Double!

Congratulations to the U14 Netball Team who have just won the league and are now County Champions!! Excellent netball played against Cramlington Learning Village and Ponteland High School. Very worthy winners!

North East STEM Tournament

Students were brilliant, representing King Edward’s at the North East STEM tournament on Friday 22 March. Up against schools from across the area from Hexham to Middlesborough and Durham – in total 24 teams competed.

Students were given a set of materials and had to problem solve and think on their feet to respond to the project brief. Teams designed and built a working crane, capable of picking up and moving nuclear waste. 

Both of our teams, one year 9 and and year 12, worked fantastically well and it culminated in the Year 12’s winning the “advanced” category.