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.

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.


  • 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!