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!

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

KEVI Students Visit Rothbury Trenches

Photo 5The joint Morpeth Antiquarian Society and The King Edward VI School heritage lottery funded WW1 project held an extremely successful trip to see the remains of WW1 practice trenches. These are on the moors to the north of Rothbury and as it was on the 11th of November it was an appropriate date.

The project leaders had engaged the services of a leading County Archaeologist Dr Chris Burgess and also a member of the Coquetdale Community Archaeology Group, Chris Butterworth, to accompany the trip.

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KEVI Pre-Vet & Animal Care Society

vet2Open to all students and led by Sixth Form students every Wednesday lunchtime in A2. For students interested in becoming vets or working with animals.

If any parents or organisations are interested in giving students any opportunities to develop their interest in this field, please contact Miss Najafi.

KEVI Contributes to Make Your Mark Ballot

BYCThe British Youth Council and UK Youth Parliament are delighted to announce a record turnout in the annual Make Your Mark ballot, which saw over 865,000 votes cast by 11-18 year olds across the country. Many thanks to KEVI students who voted! 

The figure marks an 81% increase on the 478,000 votes cast in the ballot in 2013, and cements Make Your Mark’s position as the largest youth consultation of its kind in the UK. None of which would have been possible without the support of schools and teachers across the country, a huge thank you!

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KEVI Naturalists

Well done to year 10 students Sarah Hipkin, Charlotte Mathewson and Kirsty Famelton, who are all completing a Naturalists course with Northumberland National Park, to achieve a John Muir Award.
Their recent session was learning about bogs and their depth, as well as spiders!..

Summer Volunteering

Go Run for Fun LogoWell done to Year 11 student Damian Adamson who spent a day of his Summer Holiday volunteering at the GO Run For Fun event at Chantry Middle School.

We received a lovely email from the event organisers, Nova International, to say thank you for his hard work on the day.

Damian marshalled the site and course, helped with registration and even dressed up as their mascot!

Brittany Pouresmaeilieh, Special Projects Assistant at Nova International said: “Damian was a credit to your school and on behalf of the whole GO Run For Fun team at Nova International we would like to thank him.”

Bridget Donaldson Receives Dacre Brooch

Congratulation to Year 13 student Bridget Donaldson, who has been chosen as the Dacre Brooch winner for 2014, in her role as a Morpeth Air Cadet. 

Bridget Donaldson

The Dacre Brooch is the highest award any female Air Cadet can achieve. In 1979, Mrs Elizabeth Dacre MBE TD JP presented to the Air Training Corps the dress sword of her late husband, Air Commodore G B Dacre CBE DSO DL RAF to be presented to the “ATC Cadet of the Year.” 

With the advent of girls in 1982, Mrs Dacre presented the Corps with a diamond brooch mounted on a sash, for presentation to the best female cadet. The very first winner of the Dacre Brooch was CWO Fiona Brown also from 404 Morpeth Sqn. Since 1983, the Dacre Sword and the Dacre Brooch have been awarded annually, with selection being based on the all-round performance of the cadets nominated firstly by their Sqns, Wing Headquarters, and, then by their Regional Commandants. 

Bridget is also a staff member of 645 VGS where she instructs cadets on their Gliding Induction courses. The award will be presented to Bridget by Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty RAFR when she visits the Sqn in the coming months.

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