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!

Another successful KEVI poet

Congratulations are in order for Evie Ashcroft, 10W, who has recently won the Rotary Club’s annual creative writing competition.

The competition – which was against other schools in the region – was based on the theme “a different perspective.” Three age categories were available to compete and Evie won in the ‘intermediate’ category.

Evie’s poem “I Hate Uniform” was deemed “outstanding” by the judges. Miss Camsell, school facilitator of the Creative Writing club regards it as a “bold and clever piece, filled with rich symbolism and allusions to wider societal issues.”

Well done to all students who took part in the competition; these students receive a certificate for their original work.

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.

Carmina Burana

School Choir

On Saturday 17 March 2018, the King Edward VI School Choir were joined by the Mid Northumberland Chorus to perform Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana at The Kings Hall, Newcastle University.

In this sold out concert, the combined choir of nearly 150 singers performed alongside professional singers Alex Jones (Baritone), Isolde Roxby (Soprano) and Robert Chavner (Counter Tenor), concert pianists David Murray and Sarah Gordon Robinson and a team of six professional percussionists.

The first half of the evening heard The KEVI Community Orchestra performing exciting symphonic music such as Gabriel’s Oboe from the film ‘The Mission’, the main theme from ‘Game of Thrones’ and music from the soundtrack to ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ with the Newgate Brass Quintet giving their first public performance with a jazzy rendition of ‘Just A Closer Walk’.

Robin Forbes conducting Carmina BuranaThe second half of the evening saw the KEVI Choir and Mid Northumberland Chorus sing the musical masterpiece, Carmina Burana, which is probably the most frequently performed choral work of the 21st century. The name has Latin roots as “Carmina” means “songs”, while “Burana” is the Latinised form of Beuren, the name of the Benedictine monastery of Benediktbeuren in Bavaria. The work is very challenging to sing not only because of its complex rhythms and wide vocal range but because the texts in the songs use a diverse mix of Latin, Middle High German, and medieval French!

It was a great achievement for all who were involved and the audience gave all the performers a standing ovation at the end to show their appreciation.

Conductor for the evening was Mr Forbes, our Head of Music.

KEVI STEM Champions

Girls STEM eventThirty Year 9 Girls took part in an amazing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) event hosted by ACCENTURE at St James Park. A total of 400 girls attended the event representing 40 schools across the North East. The event was also replicated in London and Manchester, and various cities across the world.

 

Girls STEM Event activity

Activities included a workshop to design and build a wind turbine and an “ideation” event where the girls had to come up with innovative ways to reduce food waste. The girls also had time at an Innovation Fair where they had the opportunity to experience many different STEM projects including experiencing virtual reality, electronic workshops, robot racing and much more.

The highlight of the day was the awarding of prizes for the most efficient wind turbine – KEVI designs won 1st and 4th position with Chantry 3rd place – a fantastic achievement for the Three Rivers Learning Trust!

Girls STEM Event - winning team

World Book Day Quiz

Well done to 9X for winning the World Book Day 2018 quiz.

This morning they enjoyed delicious vanilla and chocolate birthday cakes to celebrate Book Day’s milestone 21st birthday.

The group scored the most points on the quiz of all form groups in school and won the tiebreaker question with their guess that the LRC contains 5000 books – most forms were around 3000 under in their estimations!

Well done to all for taking part.