KEVI Success at the Regional European Youth Parliament Competition

EP compIn late March, a group of 8 students from Years 11 and 12 boarded the train to Durham to enjoy a day of debate on European issues with other school teams from across the regional area.

Along with smart formal wear and our newly assigned committee name of LIBE (the Committee on Civil Liberties) we set out to represent our school in the deliberation of current affairs such as environmental obligations and the proposed sugar tax. We had been preparing for the day’s debates on each Wednesday for the past month, and could not wait to participate for what we thought would merely be a one-off event.

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The Winter of Our Discontent

Winter_discontentThis week, Mr Wallwork recommends ‘The Winter of Our Discontent’ by John Steinbeck.

Believe it or not I read this book knowing nothing of the author. We didn’t have many books at home when I was growing up so I was happy to read anything I was given. So it came about that through the simple act of enjoying a story, I discovered that Steinbeck was a classic writer before I knew he was a writer of classics.

It is set in late 50’s early 60’s New England America. Ethan Allen Hawley, whose family trace their roots back to the Pilgrim Fathers,  works as a clerk in the grocery store he used to own and although at first he seems adjusted to this reversal of fortune he ends up planning a wild ‘escape’.  Simple honesty is shown to be at heart anything but simple.  Steinbeck uses this examination of culture and values by a ‘good’ man to force us to look into the same mirror.

The emotional pull of this tale makes it in my heretical eyes better than OMAM and with another fabulous quotation as a title what’s not to like?

Morpeth Riverside Public Consultation Event

Northumberland County Council are proposing to redevelop the Riverside Site for a new leisure centre/cultural venue and as such we are looking to attract as wide an audience as possible.

Lichfields are undertaking the consultation on behalf of NCC and Active Northumberland with Nigel Walsh leading.

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Admissions to The Three Rivers Learning Trust

As the new housing developments in Morpeth begin to take shape, we are anticipating greater demand for places within the schools of the Learning Trust and across the Morpeth Partnership.  We are working closely with our partnership schools and with Northumberland County Council to ensure a school place for all who live in the catchment area.

The Board of Directors is clear that it is our responsibility to educate students who live in the catchment or move into the catchment area, and those who are already in  partnership schools from an early age. Whilst this will provide some challenges in the next few years, we are confident that through effective partnership working we will be able to meet that aspiration.

The recent admissions consultation for entry in September 2018 to Chantry, Newminster and King Edward’s is closed.  The proposed change from our previous policy was the criteria for  the tie breaker.

There were two stages to the consultation, and a total of 42 responses were received.  Of the responses,  24 were in favour of the amendment, 12 were against, 2 partly agreed and a further 4 made comments only.  Thank you to all who contributed to the consultation.  The revised policy is available here, and the Policies page of the website.


bookThis week, Mr Short recommends ‘Wedlock’ by Wendy Moore.

It is a fascinating true story which an insight into Georgian England. The events detailed in the book were massive news at the time and what I find most interesting is its links to the North East and particularly Bowes Museum.

The Present: The Mulberry Science Garden

This garden is a place of experimentation, to be used as a resource for teaching and learning in our school and also the wider community. This garden is the legacy of one of our KEVI Alumni:

Sixth Form students and Science staff worked closely with Alan and his wife Carole to begin the process of planting up the beds to demonstrate how plants are adapted to different environments (desert, dry soil, Mediterranean climates, wetland, arctic and high mountains and nutrient-poor soils).

The first guests to visit the garden were the Friends of William Turner Morpeth Group. This led to our partnership work, and a continuation of our science garden theme with the development of a William Turner garden at school.

By summer 2016 we had a full bloom of wild flowers from the new meadow with plenty of insects to observe too.

Our nitrogen rich plants went berserk!

My Cousin Rachel

18869970This week, Miss Camsell recommends ‘My Cousin Rachel’ by Daphne DuMaurier.

A psychological thriller, the novel is set in 19th Century Cornwall and in Florence and is told from the perspective of Philip Ashley who forms an obsession with his cousin’s widow, Rachel. The ambiguous characters and narrative make this a gripping read: Rachel’s behaviour is open to interpretation as is Philip’s reliability as a narrator.

This is an easy to read but difficult to put down sort of novel and leaves readers with something to ponder post-reading. It’s also due to be released as a film later this year (starring Sam Claflin and Rachel Weiss) and it’ll be interesting to see how it translates on the big screen!