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Bridging Week 2018 Resources

The week commencing 9 July 2018 sees the return of our hugely popular and successful Bridging Week. As a Sixth Form and School community we are delighted to welcome our applicants for 2018 to sample life with Sixth Form at King Edward’s.

Students are invited to sample a range of A Level and Level 3 subjects and meet their Form Tutor and the Sixth Form team. Students will follow a full timetable and immerse themselves in our inclusive community, embracing all we have to offer in terms of academic rigour, support and enrichment.

This year we are delighted to partner with Live-n-Learn to bring an exclusive opportunity to our prospective students to help them fully prepare and appreciate the Transition from GCSE studies to Advanced Level. This will also give students a flavour of the quality and breadth of our Enrichment and Personal Development Programme.

We appreciate that some students are unable to attend the Bridging Week, but also that subject choices at A Level can be complex and difficult and often decision on subject choices are not fully certain until results. this is absolutely fine and normal! We will endeavor to meet subject change request, this will be done during induction on 4 and 5 September. To assist with decision making and to support students unable to attend Bridging Week lesson resources, produced by our expert A Level teachers can be found via the Google Folder linked below:

Bridging Week Lesson Resources Folder

 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Sixth Form team on 01670 501520 or sixthformkevi@the3rivers.net

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

Remembrance 2017

Today the school held its annual Remembrance Service at the War Memorial on the school grounds.

The service was led by Simon Taylor (CEO) and Nick Rowark (School Chaplain), who were joined by Mark Simpson (Head of School), guests, members of the school cadets and representatives from the School Council.

Wreaths were laid by Bernard Scott (Edwardian), Paul Carvin (Chair of the Board of Directors), Jack Gebhard (Deputy Mayor), Cassidy (Y11 Cadet) and Thomas & Layla (Head Boy and Head Girl).

Other guests included Mrs Hogg, Dave Hogg, Ted Gascoigne and Roger Vaughan.

We came together to remember all who served in wars, but also 58 Old Boys and one member of staff who died in WW1, 58 Old Boys and two members of staff who perished in the Second World War and one Old Boy who died in the Korean War of 1953.

Roan (Y9) read Ecclesiastes Chapter 3, verses 1-12 and Mark Simpson read “Pride of the Poppy” by Albert Gormley.

A Level Results Success

Well done to all students and staff, we are extremely proud of you all.A Level Results 2017

Once again King Edward’s students have achieved outstanding A Level results, with thirty three students achieving all A* and A grades.

The percentage achieving A* – A grades was 26.4% and achieving A* – B grades was 52.6%.

The average points per entry was our highest ever at 33.3, which shows that across all subjects and grades students performed extremely well.

This year is the first of new more challenging A Level courses, many of which do not take into account AS grades, but rather assess all content at the end of the second year.  Teaching staff have been working incredibly hard preparing new resources and lessons to support our students for these new linear courses. Our fantastic students have taken up the challenge and have been rewarded with outstanding results.A Level Results 2017

The vast majority of our Year 13 students will now progress on to university, but we are seeing an increasing number choose alternative options such as Higher Level Apprenticeships, School Leavers Programmes in Accountancy with RSM, gap years and even studying at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.A Level Results 2017A Level Results 2017

 

 

Year 11 Prom

On Friday 26 May, Mrs Stephen and her year team had the pleasure of accompanying students to their end of Year 11 celebrations at St James Park, Newcastle.

The event was a huge success with over 260 students getting the opportunity to let their hair down in midst of a hectic exam period.

Many thanks to all staff who gave up their time to support the event.