New Year Resolutions, New Year Habits

New Year is a time to set new resolutions and goals, but what should young people be focussing on?

I would suggest that there are some basic habits that our students should try to develop to help set them up for a successful year. These could include: sleep, diet, electronic devices/social media, enrichment and study.

Habits

The key with habits is actually turning them into habits. Once a habit is formed it becomes much easier to stick to. It can take anything from 18 to over 200 days to form a habit, with an average being 66 days, some research suggests.

To help develop a habit it might be useful to think of it in three parts: the cue, the behaviour and the reward. The cue is what triggers the habit. This could be simply walking into your home at the end of a day, it could be a break in a TV programme, meeting a friend, anything. The behaviour is the thing you actually want to do and the reward could simply be the feeling of satisfaction of achieving what you wanted or a treat.

Recognising these stages will help us to make habits or even break bad habits.

As the habit is formed, the reward becomes less necessary and the habit becomes automatic. This is where we want to get to.

Sleep

Sleep is incredibly important. It allows the brain to transfer short term memory into longer term memory, it allows the body to repair itself and also affects how we function the next day.

A lack of sleep affects the brain’s ability to process information and how we respond to situations. Our emotional responses and empathy towards others deteriorates quickly with a lack of sleep. The impact of lack of sleep on a student’s day at school is significant.

It has been suggested that teenages need nine hours of good quality sleep each night.

Young people should aim to develop evening routines which will help trigger the body to prepare for sleep.

These two articles explore teenage sleep further. – article 1, article 2.

Electronic devices/social media

Social media can have many positive impacts such as the discovery of new ideas, development of social skills, attainment of a sense of identity, etc. However, it also has the potential to impact on mental health with feelings of anxiety and inadequacy. Many sites which are image based potentially give rise to unachievable expectations in terms of “success” and body image.

We should try to encourage young people to gain a sense of perspective and consider how much time they are spending using social media. Turning off social media and electronic devices at least an hour before bedtime will allow them to relax, disengage and reduce the effects of blue light on sleep.

Article on use of electronic devices and impact on sleep. Another article on the impact of social media on mental health.

Enrichment

Joining a club, volunteering or developing a new hobby will help to develop new skills and provide a break from study. We often find that our most successful students are also involved in additional activities which develop their character. These activities develop skills such as organisation, planning, time-management and social skills. They also develop dispositions such as resilience, caring, motivation and curiosity, all of which will be highly useful throughout life.

Whatever New Year’s resolutions/habits you set, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Year 11 bring the cup home!

The year 11 rugby squad pulled off a great win in the final of the Northumberland Schools County cup defeating a good Whitley Bay side 79-15.

It was a great first half performance dominating the opposition through some good forward play and some slick backs moves. This allowed the KEVI side run in some excellent tries.  Whitley Bay came back strong in the second half scoring three good tries but the KEVI side proved too strong and ran out comfortable winners.

Man of the match was awarded to Hugh O’Brien.

All the students were fantastic and can now look forward to their Rugby tour in February!

Golfing Success

Congratulations to Amelia in Year 10 for her golfing achievements.

As well as being selected to play for the county in the upcoming season, she has also been selected to be  a Girls Golf Rock Ambassador for Northumberland.

Girls Golf Rock is an initiative for girls to learn to play golf in a fun & social way and is new to Northumberland in 2018. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

National Cross Country Finals

On Saturday 25 November the National Intermediate Boys Cross Country Finals took place at Sevenoaks, Kent. The team finished 8th in the country! There was lots of talent, heart and a real passion for running on show.

Their behaviour was impeccable and were all a credit to the school. It was a really enjoyable day and there were no delays.

The runners included:

  • Euan Duffin – 16th
  • Thomas Cunningham – 33rd
  • Dylan Davies – 47th
  • Ben Walker – 94th

Total of 190 points.

Other runners were Ben Waterfield 125th, Dylan Gooding 129th.

The boys were amazing and showed a real passion for running.  We are so lucky to have students like these in our school!

King Edward’s Inspires 2017

Once again, thanks to the huge support we receive from many of our alumni, businesses, colleges, universities and training providers, our annual KEVI Inspires event was a phenomenal success – the best one yet! We have a variety of exhibition stands, as well as an in depth workshop/presentation programme.

The event attracted support from a wide range of organisations from across various sectors and a wide geographical area, from London to Dundee! We are immensely grateful of the support provided and are proud that our school can deliver such a unique and valuable event for our students and their parents.

This year, we were delighted to invite colleagues from Berwick Academy Sixth Form and The Church of England Academy. We have developed a range of careers provision with these schools, as part of our work and inclusion on the National Career Benchmarks Pilot programme. Feedback from Berwick in particular was outstanding, with their Head of Sixth Form saying that her students are ‘talking about possibilities and opportunities they never knew existed!’ This really captures the essence of the event and is what makes it special.

Next year King Edward’s Inspires will be held on 22 November 2018 and we have already had pledges of support from many of the organisations present this year, which is phenomenal. Further developments next year could be the inclusion of a sector specific panel discussion with industry experts… watch this space.

Cross Country Championships

There was some fantastic results from Saturday 11th November’s regional Cross Country Championships at Stewart park, Middlesbrough.

The boys intermediate team (Year 9 + 10) finished 2nd and now qualify for the National championships at Sevenoaks school, Kent on Saturday 25th November.

The team finished with 37 points which included the following runners:

Euan Duffin year 9
Dylan Davies year 9
Ben Walker year 9
Dylan Gooding year 9
Ben Waterfield year 9
Thomas Cunningham year 10

The girls team ran really well also. They missed out on qualifying but were excellent on the day. Students involved were:

Holly Peck (2nd place)
Lily Heaton (11th place)
Rebecca Bradley (35)
Casey Dixon (70)

The students were a credit to the school and it was a pleasure to take them down and see the passion they have to compete and run well!

KEVI sends over 100 Christmas presents to Eastern Europe

This week, form groups have shown incredible kindness by putting together over one hundred Christmas presents for elderly people and families who live in poor communities across Eastern Europe.

The charity, Link to Hope, was established in 1991 in response to the devastating television pictures of the appalling conditions in the orphanages in Romania. It began with a small group of charity workers driving to Romania with a van full of basic necessities to provide aid and support for the social, education and healthcare of marginalised and deprived communities.

The Family & Elderly Shoebox Appeal is their biggest campaign. Due to the success in recent years they now send over 40,000 gifts to Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine.

Miss Camsell, who with the help of senior students facilitated the campaign, would like to thank  KEVI staff and students for their generosity, enthusiasm and support.

 

KEVI Creatives Compete in Young Writers Awards 2018

Fifteen students honed in on their creative writing skills by participating in a two-hour long workshop ran by published writer Jessica Wortley.

The group practised writing a range of pieces using images, poems, characters, words and experiences as prompts. The exercises have helped students gain ideas for their final pieces where they will submit pieces of prose, non-fiction or poetry and compete with many other schools across the North East.

Last year we had 4 winners in school: Sara Hassan (poetry), Naomi Kendall (prose), Maddie Lake (prose) and Olivia Sheed (non-fiction).

We wish all participating students every success in the competition.

KEVI student makes Scotland Rugby League U19s EC squad

Fergus Simpson in Year 11 played for Scotland Rugby League U19s on Saturday against England Lions rugby league U19s. Fergus performed very well in his first game playing 3 years down. It was a great way for him to celebrate his 16th Birthday and for him to become Scotland’s youngest U19. Fergus will also be going with the squad to the upcoming European Championships in Serbia after Christmas!

British Elite Youth Triathlon Champion

The British Elite Youth Triathlon Champion took place in Mallory Park Racing Circuit, Leicester on the 28th of August and KEVI student Dan Dixon took part.

Here is his account of the day:

“The line up was the best Britain could offer with all of my rivals present. As an addition French Triathlon had brought 3 of the best Youths from their nation to compete (to make the competition harder, but were non-counting), this offered a new challenge.

The swim was 400m and the water temp was 22 degrees so it was a non-wetsuit swim, I came out of the water 3rd and with a quick transition I was out on the bike with a lead group of 4. The bike was extremely technical over the 10.2km course but our group of 4 shot round the course taking time out of the main group and smaller packs. Again with a swift transition I exited onto the run in 2nd and immediately me and arguably my biggest rival, who is a year older than me, pulled away on the run leg. The run was 2.5km over 2 laps. We hit the 2nd lap with a big gap still, at 800m to go I put in a kick, this is where I broke him and hanging in to the line I was delighted to have won by 16 seconds. With 3rd finishing 25 seconds behind, also a year older than me. The highest placed French athlete was 5th, 56 seconds behind. The 1st person of my age finished 6th over 1 minute behind.

With this I became British Elite youth Triathlon Champion (a year young)!

Also this was the final event in the British Triathlon Elite Youth and Junior series, I lead the standings into the event but had to win to secure 1st in the series. This was going to be tough but I did it and with the best field given. Other results in the series included 1st at Wales Sopsan Elite Series event, 1st at Hetton Elite series event and 2nd at WTS Leeds Elite series event.

Due to my performances this year, I’ve been told that I will be joining the British B Squad which is the start of the Olympic Pathway! Officially I will not find out about this until later this year though.”

Well done Dan and good luck with your future training and events!!