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.

Young Writers’ Awards 2018

Congratulations are in order for four students who have won prizes in the Lit and Phil Young Writers’ Awards competition.

Students began working on their writing in September, where guest writer Jessica Wortley delivered a series of workshops to help students craft their writing on the theme of ‘Journeys.’

Last year’s Poetry winner Maddie Lake, was runner up for her

short story ‘Journey to th

 

e Past’ and Amber Jones was runner up in the non-fiction category for her article ‘Dear 8 Year Old Me.’

Tom Berry won the non-fiction prize for his travel article based on a journey to Rome in ‘Journey to the Crypt.’ Newcomer Robert Parker won the prose prize for his eerie and atmospheric short story ‘Journey.’

The judges noted how difficult a task it had been choosing from such a vast range of high standard work and confirmed number of entries was the most it had ever been.

All participating students have received a one year membership to the Lit and Phil for taking part. We look forward to competing in the 2019 Awards from September.

Stranger Sagas Creative Writing Competition

Due to the success of the competition last year, Stranger Sagas creative writing competition is running again this year and the deadline for entries is 28th March 2018.

To enter and be in with a chance of winning (1st prize – £250, 2nd prize – £100, 3rd prize £50), please send your saga which needs to follow on from one of the following prompts to Miss Camsell, via email. Your piece must be 100 words maximum.

Prompts:

  • We’d agreed on three meeting placed, I’s just reached the last one…
  • The mist clears and my name’s on the moss-covered grave stone…
  • “I need to stop”, I whisper to myself…
  • “Ouch!” instead of blood there were wires…
  • I remembered his last words: “This is the beginning of the end…”
  • They say I’m a traitor…
  • A scream echoes outside…
  • “You have one chance, choose wisely…”

Badminton Success

Congratulations to the KEVI U16 Boys badminton team who finished 1st at the County team championship finals.  They now go through to the regional final on Wednesday 7th March in Teeside.

The boys are:

  • Jack Thorpe
  • Lewis Eke
  • Jake Lloyd
  • Harry Johnson

A Level Poet Visit

Sinéad Morrissey, poet of ‘Genetics’ visited Year 12 and 13 English Literature students and led a fascinating and detailed discussion of her poem and other poems in the anthology.

A Level students benefited from developing their understanding of the poem in greater depth by discovering the influences behind the poem and hidden meanings and purposes of Morrissey’s villanelle.

Sixth Form Honour Morpeth Suffragette

Some of our Sixth Form girls got the amazing opportunity to honour Morpeth heroine Emily Wilding Davison and reflect on the legacy of the suffrage movement in an extensive interview with Sky News.

Over the course of the interview the students reflected on what the vote means to them, the strides made by the pioneering suffragettes as well as current issues affecting women such as the #MeTo campaign.

We were absolutely delighted Sky News approach our Sixth Form for this piece and the students spoke articulately and with passion about the issue.

The piece is due to air on Sky News on Tuesday 6 February.

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.