KES The Edwardian 2016

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2016

the EDWARDIAN


26 Contents ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Assistant Editor: L Bowman Editor: N Purcell Photography: David McGirr, Charlie Matters, Viewpoint Photography, Staff and Pupils of King Edward's School Cover Picture: Angus Bell Design: www.01134.co.uk

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CONTACT DETAILS King Edward’s School North Road Bath BA2 6HU Tel: 01225 464313 Fax: 01225 481363 Email: headmaster@kesbath.com www.kesbath.com

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Headmaster 3 KES parents 4 Prizes 2015 6 Leavers' Destinations 2015 8 Senior Prefects 2016-2017 9 10 Art Photography 16 Business Studies & Economics 19 Classics 20 Design & Technology 24 Drama 28 English 36 Poetry Competition 38 Short Story Competition 40 Geography 42 History & Politics 46 Maths 48 Modern Foreign Languages 50 Music 58 Religious Studies & Philosophy 66 Psychology 67 Science 68 Kenya Trip 70 Iceland Trip 74 Sport 78 The Duke of Edinburgh Awards 110 Ten Tors 112 Library 114 PSHE 115 Clubs & Societies 116 Valedictories 120 New Staff 122 Obituary 126


Headmaster Another wonderful year in the life of King Edward’s School has simply flown by, and, as the following pages attest, it has been full of energy and colour, enthusiasm and joy, endeavour and success on so many fronts. In between another record breaking set of exam results with which to kick off the new academic cycle (including 68% A*/A at A level, again ranking King Edward’s amongst the top 50 independent schools in the country) and another amazingly varied and vibrant Activities Week programme with which to sign off at the end, we have seen so many examples of the kind of spirit and opportunity that makes our school such a special place. The words and pictures in this marvellous record of the year certainly capture that spirit, but even they can only hint at the full range of activities on offer each week; with well over 80 different clubs and societies to choose from, there is certainly something for everyone! Although we did not have to welcome the ISI Inspectors this year, we did enjoy our visit from the Good Schools Guide just before Christmas and, in particular, the glowing report which followed: “This is a school which achieves its exceptionally high standards by support and inspiration….. The atmosphere is relaxed and constructive, which probably explains why the results are so impressive. Parents say teachers have the knack of identifying an area where a pupils can shine, and the confidence gained infuses everything else….High standards are expected and achieved, but the achievement is grounded in confidence, trust and support rather than academic pressure…..Everything is directed towards the well-being of pupils; no wonder they enjoy their education and do so well in it.” Whilst it is indeed pleasing to read such high praise, it is equally lovely simply to be able to reflect on how we come together as a school and on what helps to make our community tick. For well over a century, The Edwardian has helped us to do exactly that, none more so than in this year’s action-packed edition. I do hope that you enjoy reading it. M J Boden

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KES Parents An event-filled year for KES Parents has brought real benefits to all three parts of the School. A record-breaking Christmas Fair raised nearly £10,000, alongside strong income from the Nearly New stall and quiz nights through the year. This year’s social highlight in KES Parents’ calendar must have been the Summer Ball, which was held at the Guildhall. Success was on the cards as tickets sold out in less than an hour! A group of hardworking parents organised a night to remember with a ‘dance-tastic’ DJ and expert catering by parent, Charlie Digny and his team.

Final figures for the Ball are being confirmed as we go to print, but many thanks to the strong bidding on the auction, to all those who organised the event and of course to everyone who came along and made it such a fabulous evening.

Outdoor projects were the focus too for the Junior School, with KES Parents providing a water feature for the spiritual garden, large outdoor games and picnic benches, as well as sensory resources for learning support.

Projects supported by KES Parents this year include a cedar lodge for the Pre-Prep to supplement the outdoor learning space. Ms Gilbert, Head of the Pre-Prep, highlighted that almost all subjects, including Maths, Science, Art and English have activities that lend themselves to being taught outside, from naming plants to searching for 2D and 3D shapes in the environment.

At the Senior School, funds helped with co-curricular projects such as materials for the textile club and a 3D printer, battery pack for the mobile sports scoreboard and a bat detector and night vision camera trap for the Environmental Action Group. Many thanks to everyone who has supported the events and made a real difference to pupils across all three Schools. K Teague Development Director

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Investment nets rewards At the time of writing, the School’s astro turf has been removed and groundworks are underway for the new high quality surface to be in place for the Autumn Term. Many thanks to those amongst you who have donated to help us make this a superb facility with the addition of a paved spectator viewing area and extra warm-up astro. Also on the sporting front, in April we celebrated the opening of the new state-of-the-art cricket nets with Somerset captain and England bowler, Anya Shrubsole, who joined a Year 8 cricket lesson at the School’s Bathampton playing fields. The School has invested £70,000 in four high-spec all-weather lanes with extended run-ups, akin to those in use at Lord’s Cricket Ground and accredited by the ECB. “The newly installed nets will transform our cricket programme,” noted Mr Brown, Head of Cricket. “Forty pupils will now be able to train in the nets simultaneously, ensuring access for all, be it our senior teams training for a match, or those playing as part of a class lesson.”

Mr Brown added: “Together with our fantastic links with Bath Cricket Club, which allows us to make use of their first class facilities, both for indoor training and as a location for some of our more prestigious matches, the new nets ensure our pupils have unrivalled access to professional standard cricket facilities." K Teague Development Director

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Prizes 2015

Prize giving provides an important opportunity to formally and publicly recognise pupils for their outstanding academic achievement and their contributions to the vibrant life of the school and its extended community.

YEAR 7 PRIZES Art Biology Chemistry Design Technology Drama English French Geography German History Information Technology Latin Mathematics Music Physics Religious Studies Spanish

Bethany Chatfield Adam Baxter Emma Sykes Guy Willcock Ella Featherstone Scarlett Henderson Fleur Smailes Isaac Taylor Alice Mumford Georges Boutin Eoin O’Neill James Carney Sonja Weldon Max Entwisle Joe Bruton Elspeth MacKenzie Mariel Emmerson-Hicks

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Lily Page Enya Maylor Elle Metcalfe Philip Dimov Alby Davies Elsie Berry

The list of prizes is not only a reflection of the wide variety of subjects which are studied at King Edward’s School but also of the excellent range of opportunities which are available to our students in broadening their education beyond the confines of the classroom. Prizes are awarded for excellence in academic achievement, the creative arts and sport, and also for philanthropy, outstanding contribution to the community, The Simon Wee Cup for the Most Improved Year 7 environmental initiatives, and leadership. Congratulations to each and Hockey Player Max Sears every one of this year’s prize winners. YEAR 8 PRIZES T Burroughs Art Alice Chadwick Biology Chemistry Design Technology Drama English French Geography German History Information Technology Latin Mathematics Music Physics Religious Studies Spanish

Katie Ghali Megan Ballantyne Toots Livingstone Martha Murray Amelia Newton Harry Smailes Lily Taylor Philips Grace Reid Martha Murray Alexander Christopherson Jemima Tweedale Oscar Long Morgan Jones Molly Harcourt Hannah Armstrong Livvy Page

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YEAR 9 PRIZES Art Jago Henderson Biology Iona MacKenzie Chemistry Elise Maylor Design Technology Maud Ross Drama Molly Phillips Economics and Business Studies Jake Davies English Jasmine Hearn French Maddie Sparrow Geography James Finnigan German Neal Pun History Sascha Lee-Sekulic Information Technology Theo West Latin Rafi Borries Gruber Latin and Greek Henrik Humphries Mathematics Jack Morgan Music Emma Jones Physics Claudia Moorhouse Religious Studies Ellie Sim The Aon Prize for Spanish Solenne Scholefield FORM PRIZES 9H 9J 9K 9L 9M

Maeve Watson Edward Porter Rosie Collett Emily Farmer Cosmo Cockerton

YEAR 10 PRIZES Art Millie Pattemore Biology Alex Moore Chemistry Bella Antcliff Computing Jonty Wainwright Design Technology Jessica Litherland Drama Fliss Reed Economics and Business Studies Joe Brown English Tamblyn Knight French Ethan Clarke The Gordon Dobie Memorial Prize for Geography Charlotte Ghali German Philippa Sears History Ben Santhouse The Ewart Willett Prize for Latin Kirsten Meehan Latin and Greek Peter Mumford Mathematics Daniel O’Herlihy Music August Pemberton Physics Immy Stringer Religious Studies Lydia Hammond The Aon Prize for Spanish Octavia Dunlop Sports Studies Tom Jupe

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YEAR 11 PRIZES The Prize for Additional Science Lottie Brown The Milburn Prize for Art Elizabeth Heath-Apostolopoulos The Andrew White Prize for Biology Sam Cope The Russett Prize for Business Studies Matthew Simonds The Symons Prize for Chemistry Isaac Reid The Ridyard Prize for Design Technology Theo McKeever The Cawsey Prize for English Literature Jessamy Edwards The Cawsey Prize for English Language Imogen King The Symons Prize for French Lottie Phillips The Rutherford Prize for Geography Olivia Selvey The Symons Prize for German Harry Baird The Prize for Greek Joshua Harris The Carter Prize for History Luca Righetti The Prize for Information Technology James Dalboth The Russell Prize for Latin Evie Rudman The Withy Prize for Mathematics Joshua Harris The Milburn Prize for Music Will Lambert The Worrall Prize for Physics Finlay Moorhouse The Milburn Prize for Religious Studies Isaac Reid The Aon Prize for Spanish Sasha Putt The Prize for Sports Studies Matthew Simonds The Prize for Theatre Studies Teddy Spencer The Roberts Prize for Effort Charlie Newton Prize for All Round Performance James Darnton Lukas Hillman Maddie Matthews Thomas Matthews Lottie Phillips India Raynes Marina Smith

MIDDLE SCHOOL PRIZES The Jefcoate Harbutt Prize for CCF Philip Christopherson Machin Memorial Prize for Service to the Community Thomas Wilson The Weeks Cup for Drama Greg Taylor The Maunder Prize for Contribution to E.A.G Polly Bodey Jennifer Linham Green Cup for Progress in Instrumental Music Elise Maylor

YEAR 12 PRIZES The Cork Prize for Art Eloise Gold The Russell Prize for Biology Kate Streather The Warrender Prize for Business Studies Alexander Acklam The Russell Prize for Chemistry Charlie Musselwhite The Prize for Computing Harry Jones The Bennett Prize for Economics Max Antcliff The Hodgson Prize for English Literature Anna Thomas The Prize for Electronics Harry Jones The Hodgson Prize for English Language Hannah Chapman The Milburn Prize for French Morgan Henderson The Milburn Prize for Geography Emily Daulby

The Pulsford Prize for German Fran Barrett The Prize for Greek Lydia Shephard The Bang Prize for History Helena Robertson The Russell Prize for Latin Anna Thomas The Russell Prize for Mathematics Laura Moorfield The Jim Harris Memorial Prize for Further Mathematics Beatrice Jones Tony Wang The Edmund White Prize for Music Fran Barrett The Prize for Philosophy Nikolai Siersted The Prize for Photography Rory Maguire The Russell Prize for Physics Sunrise Sun The Prize for Politics Auriol Reddaway The Prize for Psychology Bethan George The Francis Prize for Religious Studies Emily Daulby The Aon Prize for Spanish Jake Edwards The Prize for Sports Studies Cormac Hayward The Prize for Theatre Studies Bea Udale-Smith

YEAR 13 PRIZES The Cork Prize for Art Callum Aitken The Russell Prize for Biology Juliette Scriven The Warrender Prize for Business Studies Adrian Prettejohn The Russell Prize for Chemistry Benedict Harris The Prize for Computing Mark Deng The Prize for Design Technology Daniel Parsons The Bennett Prize for Economics Sammy Boorman The Hodgson Prize for English Literature Amber Rollinson The Hodgson Prize for English Language Jess Howley-Wells The Don Bateman Prize for Field Studies Rory Whybrow The Milburn Prize for French Beth Enos The Milburn Prize for Geography Rory Whybrow The Pulsford Prize for German Alex Stevens The Bang Prize for History Jessica Blackwell The Russell Prize for Latin Stassia Putt The Russell Prize for Mathematics Juliette Scriven The Kenwood Prize for Further Mathematics Leo Lian The Prize for Philosophy Edmund Beggs The Francis Ring Prize for Photography Sabrina Pawley The Russell Prize for Physics Griffin Farrow The Prize for Politics Peter Chalmers The Prize for Psychology Hadassah Buechner The Francis Prize for Religious Studies Jonathan Chen The Aon Prize for Spanish Stassia Putt The Buckingham Cup for Sports Studies Alex Simonds The Prize for Theatre Studies Hannah Simonds

SPECIAL PRIZES The Stanley Hardy Prize for Presentation Ben Edwards The Jubilee Prize for Academic Effort Ellie Morris Dean Warburton The Laurence Cook Prize for Endeavour Grace Awan The Harvey Cup for Excellence in the Performing Arts Maddie Coombe The Lombard Trophy for Enterprise and Initiative Yaara Arnsberg The Benbow Trophy for Service to the Community Georgia Blackwell The Mead Sixth Form Prize for Philanthropy Rowan Hardy The Wilmot Prize for Community Service Chris Cox The Dr Roy Holman Prize for Captain of Rugby William Dindar The White Cup for Cricketer of the Year Max Ojomoh The Holbeche Prize for Boys’ Hockey Joshua Spraggs The Holbeche Prize for Girls’ Hockey Pippa Bullard The Holbeche Prize for Netball Thea Grattidge The Lang Jones Prize for Sporting Spirit Hannah Simonds The Sword of Honour Theo Andriopoulos The Amos Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Festival Rory Whybrow The BMT Prize for Science and Technology Gabriel Hardwick The IFS Student Investor Prize for Business and Economics Sunrise Sun The Kenwood Millennium Prize for Academic Excellence Leo Lian Ella Schofield The Morant Prize for Outstanding All Round Performance James Dempsey Hannah McFarlane Tom Spencer The Quill Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Creative Writing within the School Jennifer Meadows Amber Rollinson The Stocks Prize for Head Prefects Hannah Simonds Joshua Spraggs

Prize for All Round Performance Katie Locke Jonas Matthies Alex Musselwhite Alden Robertson

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Destinations 2015 Leavers’

Arranged by UCAS listing; *Students who left KES before 2015 ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY Dymock, Andrew (International Politics and Strategic Studies) ASTON UNIVERSITY Warburton, Dean (Business and Management) CITY OF BATH COLLEGE Heath-Apostolopoulos, Nasos (Art Foundation) BIRKBECK UNIVERSITY Stevens, Alex (Business Studies) [part-time, employment: Watches of Knightsbridge] UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM *Choudhry, Ishmam (Mechanical Engineering) Locke, Katie (Mathematics) Rees James (Geography) Simonds, Alex (Sport and Exercise Sciences) UNIVERSITY OF BOURNEMOUTH Cumpsty, Ellie (Art Foundation) UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL Blackwell, Jessica (English) Cox, Chris (Mechanical Engineering) Dempsey, James (Maths & Computer Science) Lian, Leo (Civil Engineering) *McKenna, Clio (Biology) Lohano, Sarswati (Economics) BRUNEL UNIVERSITY Artman, Summer (Psychology) *Philips, Gavin (Biomedical Sciences) UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE Deng, Mark: St John’s (Computer Science) Harris, Benedict: Emmanuel (Natural Sciences – Physical) *Robson, Mimi: Churchill (English) Scriven, Juliette: Queen’s (Natural Sciences – Life) 8

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY *Matthews, Luci (Law) *Mitchell, Sam (Psychology with Professional Placement) *Reid, Jack (Business Management) *Shad, Alex (Law) *Widdowson, George (Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging) DURHAM UNIVERSITY *Burnett, Jonny (Natural Sciences) Emmerson-Hicks, Courteney (English Literature) Hardwick, Gabriel (General Engineering) Knight, Justin (Physics) McFarlane, Hannah (Maths) Spencer, Tom (Theoretical Physics) Whybrow, Rory (Earth Sciences) UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH Buxton, Megan (Economics) *Davidson, Alex (German & History) Fearn, Henry (Chinese & Economics) Hardy, Rowan (Chinese & Spanish) *Lury, Max (Philosophy) Robertson, Alden (Mathematics) Spraggs, Joshua (Politics) UNIVERSITY OF EXETER Fountain, Max (Ancient History) *Preedy-Naysmith, Olivia (Geography) Prettejohn, Adrian (Economics) *Riou, Luc (Maths) Simonds, Hannah (Drama) Tottman, Daisy (English) Wong, Connie (Business and Management with International Study) *Worsdall, Harry (Economics with Industrial Experience) Selvey, Harry (Mathematics with Economics)

FALMOUTH UNIVERSITY Travers, Maddy (Graphic Design) Venturino-Malcherczyk, Siena (Art Foundation) IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON (UNIVERSITY OF LONDON) Farrow, Griffin (Physics with Theoretical Physics) Handel, Barney (Physics) Matthies, Jonas (Physics) Tang, Juliana (Mathematics) KINGS COLLEGE LONDON (UNIVERSITY OF LONDON) Davis, William (English) Phoa, Holly (Medicine) Watson, Sam (Liberal Arts) LANCASTER UNIVERSITY Meadows, Jennifer (English Literature with Creative Writing) UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS Awan, Grace (History) Coghlan, Charlie (Geography) Dowse, Aimee (Nutrition) Lebrat, Laurene (Natural Sciences) Linham, Jennifer (Nutrition) McKenzie, Harriet (Natural Sciences) Mahmood, Sam (Biology) Martland, Chris (Chemistry) Parsons, Dan (Chemistry) Pawley, Sabrina (International Business) Smillie, Ciaran (Medical Sciences) *Tranter, Izzy (Meteorology and Climate Science (Industrial)) LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS & POLITICAL SCIENCES Beggs, Edmund (Politics & Philosophy) MAASTRICHT UNIVERSITY *Thompson, Rob (Liberal Arts)


Prefects 2016 - 2017 Senior

UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER *Harrison, Charles (Management, Leadership and Leisure) *Pritchard, Charlie (Politics & Modern History) NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY Barstow, Ben (Law) Bullard, Pippa (Combined Honours: History & Spanish) Moxon, Emma (Architecture) *Wordsworth, Freya (Marketing and Management) OXFORD UNIVERSITY Buechner, Hadassah: St John’s (Biomedical Sciences)Chen, Johnathon: Worcester (Theology and Religion) Edwards, Ben: Brasenose (Law) Putt, Stassia: Queen’s (Spanish & Russian) Schofield, Ella: Worcester (Medicine) *Smith, Matthew: Balliol (Physics) UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH Bodey, Polly (Environmental Sciences) Hogan, Toby (Physical Geography and Geography) QUEEN MARY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON *Newman-Kelly, Lily (Science & Engineering Foundation – Biology) *Taylor, Ellie (Medical Engineering) UNIVERSITY OF READING *Austin, Katie (Business and Management) Pow, Madeleine (Agriculture) *Rees, Charlotte (Primary Education Rutter-Eley, Emily (Psychological Theory and Practice) UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS Cooper, Blaise (Physics) *Hetherington, Merlin (Medicine)

ST GEORGE ’S, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON Shad, Nadir (Biomedical Sciences) UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD Condon, Robert (Geography) *Favelle, Callum (English Language and Linguistics) Pearce, Owen (Chemistry) SOUTHAMPTON SOLENT UNIVERSITY *Hartley, Freddie (Football Studies with Football Foundation) SWANSEA UNIVERSITY Bowditch, Shane (English) Gilbert, Richard (Physical Geography) Meadows, Tom (Biology) UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON Adams, Mo (Fashion Illustration) *Rees, Hatti (Fashion (Fashion Design Womenswear)) UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON (UNIVERSITY OF LONDON) Boorman, Sammy (Economics with a Year Abroad) *Chaturvedi, Dhruv (Biochemistry) Colson, Katie (Pharmacy) *Cope, Eli (History) Enos, Beth (Law with French Law) Howley-Wells, Jess (English) *Hutchinson, Lynne (Psychology) Qiu, Tom (Engineering (Mechanical)) UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF ENGLAND, BRISTOL King, Oliver (Aerospace Engineering) UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK Musselwhite, Alex (Maths) Rollinson, Amber (English Literature) UNIVERSITY OF YORK Spencer, George (Economics) Trotman, Dan (Politics, Philosophy & Economics (PPE))

Left to right: Harry Clark, Dan Carter, Luca Righetti, James Darnton, Sasha Putt, Benji Heffer (Head Boy), Gemma Roper, Hannah Truelove, Matthew Simonds, Jessamy Edwards, Maddie Matthews, Lottie Phillips (Head Girl)

Senior Prefects are a constant presence at school events – from Carol Services to Open Days - and this year’s Senior prefects have successfully navigated these events, always with a welcoming smile. We also oversee the good work of other prefects in years 12 & 13, helping them to perform their duties and to adhere to their positions as role models. Max Antcliff, Grace Ogunnusi, Euan Robertson and Anna Thomas have shown enthusiasm and dedication in their work with the Lower School. They have engaged brilliantly with pupils and worked closely with Mr Chapman to produce quizzes and coordinate assemblies, parents’ evenings and other successful events. The Middle School has benefitted from the enthusiasm of Henry Baines, Maddie Coombe, Will Jones, Alex Llewellyn, Kate Streather and Edith Waterman who have supported the Middle School particularly at events such as the weekly assemblies and the all-important Choices evenings. They have all done an excellent job this year, working with Mr Bougeard to coordinate events and to ensure that prefects are working with their forms to the best of their ability. Jared Moore and Rebecca HorrocksTaylor have led the Senior prefect team, organising the prefect duty lists and have carried out the ‘front of house’ role at school events – an excellent opportunity to perfect the firm handshake and friendly smile. This Senior prefect team have overseen the largest ever group of prefects, and have done so effortlessly and cheerfully. We have all shown dedication to our role, particularly regarding allocated forms, members of which have received edible prizes and have enjoyed many a carefully crafted quiz. The prefects this year have been outstanding and the well-gelled and cheerful senior prefect team has aided this success considerably. It has been wonderful to work with such a cohesive and exuberant group of people, a large ‘thank-you’ to all the prefects and Senior prefects for all of their hard work. As our year in office came to a close at Easter, we handed over our gowns and responsibilities to the new Senior prefect team in the legendary changing of the guard ritual. We wish them the best for the coming year. Rebecca Horrocks-Taylor

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Art &Photography

One of the most exciting aspects of working in the Art and Photography department is the constant challenge involved in engaging with the evolving and fascinating developments in the Art and Design world. Technology, techniques, processes, materials and Art Movements all keep changing and refining and one of our important roles is to highlight and confront the developments and offer our students appropriate leadership and direction. Key to this are the many enrichment opportunities we offer, allied to a frequent re-designing and refreshing of our teaching strategy and projects.

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The vibrant and exciting work produced by the students this year showcase their passion for and involvement with the subject. Highlights of the year include; ~ The excellent and inspiring visual lecture given by visiting professional artist Kurt Jackson. He spoke very eloquently to a packed audience and then visited our Annual Art and Photography Exhibition. ~ T he production of a lovely printed catalogue, showcasing student work and giving the opportunity to purchase prints of chosen pieces. ~ The GCSE Art trip to Oxford which included a guided walk around some architectural highlights and a visit to the inspiring Pitt Rivers Museum. ~ The Year 12 visit to the Holburne Museum to see the beautiful Impressionism Exhibition and a pastel drawing workshop inspired by the work on show. ~ The Full-time appointment of Mrs F Hughes who will add further impetus to the Photography department and help us develop the teaching of digital and IT skills. ~ Again we have had a 100% success rate for Year 13 Art and Photography students applying to Art Schools. This year we have 7 students going on to study on both degree and foundation courses. M R Pell

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Venice is not only a city of fantasy and freedom, it is also a city of joy and pleasure Peggy Guggenheim

A group of 30 Art and Photography students flew out to Italy searching for inspiration and an opportunity to enrich their cultural and contextual understanding. Venice in early springtime did not disappoint. Warm days with crisp clear blue skies and sparkling reflected light all helped show off the unique sights of the city to its best. Creamy marble architecture, deep dark shadows and busy enchanting canals and quiet squares. Based in the heart of the city the group spent long days exploring, absorbing, drawing and photographing the sights. The busy itinerary included visits to some wonderful exhibitions and galleries including the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, The Academia, the Gallery of Modern Art at Ca Pesaro and the 130 contemporary artists on show at the Art Laguna Exhibition. The range of work spanned early religious icons, Renaissance treasures, Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism, digital photography and contemporary performance and environmental pieces. All the exhibitions were beautifully displayed and curated and students

created lots of useful sketchbook material and research. Other major attractions visited include the impressive gothic Frari church, the Piazza San Marco, the great Baroque church of Sante Maria Salute, and the Scuola di San Rocco with its painted ceilings. There were visits to the Rialto Bridge and fruit and fish Market, and a lovely walk out towards the deserted and atmospheric Arsenale area. The last evening was spent modelling and photographing the Venetian style masks that the students had created, in the theatrical, eerily lit spaces at the mouth of the Grand Canal. An exhibition is planned to showcase the photographs, films and sketchbooks that were produced on the trip. Indeed many of the final exam pieces in this years A-level display will show the influence and impact of the magical city that is Venice. Huge thanks must go to Mrs Hughes and Mr Willison for their help and support in running the trip. M R Pell

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Opposite page clockwise from top left: Emmy Hayward Rory Maguire Alice Martin Maeve Watson Below images clockwise from top: Jamie Mount Rebecca Button Rosie Collett Harry Guttridge

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Photography Exhibition 2016 Staff, students and parents were given the opportunity to express their photographic skill and promote the importance of extra-curricular interests. Aiming to encourage practical and imaginative aptitude of all ages, the exhibition showcased the unique and talented individuals in the KES community. All images were commended for being successful in their categories and entrants were given the opportunity to be exhibited.

Alongside this stunning display was a collection of work from the artists and photographers in Years 12 & 13 who were fortunate enough to attend the annual overseas Art trip. As well as capturing the beautiful city of Venice in glorious images, this year’s students were holistically rewarded for their overall contribution to and positive attitudes toward the trip.

Photography Overall Winner of Excellence for Photographic skill and composition: Maud Ross Y10 (1.) Venice Overall Winner: Harry Guttridge Y13 Runners-up: Jamie Mount Y12, Rory Maguire Y13 Highly Commended: Madeleine Rowell KES Parent, Harvey Giles Y12 (2.)

F Hughes Highly Commended Under 12s: Alana McGirr Y7, Jacob Mlang’a Y5 (3.)

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Economics MINI PLANT OXFORD TRIP Year 12 and 13 Business Studies students spent a day touring the Mini Plant Factory in Oxford, its original birthplace, earlier this term. The world renowned factory has recently benefitted from an investment of £1.6bn from parent company BMW and students were able to see the latest in production methods put into practice on the very latest Mini models. It is completely integrated into the BMW Group’s production network and in August 2011, Mini plant Oxford produced the 2 millionth Mini at the plant since 2001. In 2014, 3,800 employees manufactured over 191,000 customised Minis with 80% exported to 99 countries worldwide making this one of the most interesting and innovative production facilities in the UK. With intimate access to the production plant, shop floor and assembly line, students were given a firsthand experience of the different stages and methods of production, quality management and motivational techniques as well as a tour of the famous Mini museum. The trip was a fantastic insight into the daily running of an international manufacturing institution and the different business theories and techniques applied within it. This visit was enormously helpful and wholly relevant to the Business Studies students. G I Butterworth

IFS STUDENT INVESTOR Over the course of 6 months students from across the Economics department took part in the ifs student Investor challenge. The ifs Student Investor Challenge, run by financial education charity ifs University College, is the UK’s largest investment competition for schools in the UK. The competition provides teams with two virtual investment portfolios of £100,000 where they are challenged to make both shortterm and strategic trades. Competing against 10,000 other teams from across the UK, 3 teams from KES secured their places in the ifs Student Investor Challenge semi-finals, with one team having made a virtual £9,000 in online trading and finishing 210th overall. KES was one of only 3 schools in the country to have 3 teams reach the semifinals stage! Trading in difficult markets, the 3 teams acquitted themselves admirably during the semi-final stage but were unfortunately unable to make it to the national finals but despite this, they have again proved that economic & market trading remains strong at KES. On to next year! Teams: Big Money Big Fun – 102nd Overall PPC Investors Club – 287th Overall Trotters & Co. – 372nd Overall M Barber

KES ENTERPRISE KESents, the latest enterprise group to spring into life from the Business Studies department, has once again been busy throughout the year rolling out inventive business enterprises. The entire Year 12 Business Studies class took the theories and practices they had studied in class and implemented them into real life business scenarios; getting to grips with the importance of budgeting, researching a product and marketing appropriately. Their first event was extremely successful, establishing a spectacular disco in the early months of October for all Year 7. The night, titled "VIP Only" with a Hollywood dress code, was a great success with costumes varying from well-known actors to cartoon characters. The event was extremely well marketed, the group utilised methods such as social media marketing, including video promotion and product placement. The evening was one of the very best events run by an Enterprise Group thus far and was declared an overwhelming success. The group further diversified during the festive period later last year in the form of a lucky dip and tombola at the KES Christmas Fair, again utilising good business acumen to position themselves and target specific audiences throughout the course of the day. Overall, the group have been extremely successful. They have learned valuable lessons from placing knowledge into context and seeing first-hand the difficulties and rewards of running a business today. From the revenue gathered, 25% will be donated to the school’s charity. KESents still have plans to continue to develop innovative business ideas in the next few months so why not follow @keseconomics to see news of these exciting projects coming in the near future. Millie O’Brien, Felix Hetherington, Alisha Punn, Lottie Brown

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Classics Nescire autem quid antequam natus sis acciderit, id est semper esse puerum To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. Cicero

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The Classics Department continues to thrive at King Edward’s, with record numbers of students signed up for A levels in Latin and Greek this year. The mixture of passionate teachers, the variety of extra-curricular activities available and inquisitive pupils has combined to make this one of the most successful and rewarding years for Classics in recent memory.

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We were delighted with this year’s exam results, particularly in the Sixth Form. Our Latin and Greek A2 students all achieved A* or A grades, with the Latin students averaging just under 10% more than the national average mark. The AS results were equally impressive, with 24 A grades spread across the Latin and Greek sets. The GCSE Greek results are also worthy of mention, with a 100% A* success rate, and with 27 out of the 36 papers sat achieving full marks! This year Junior Latin Club have made their own wax-tablets, investigated different types of Roman cuisine and learnt more about the eruption of Vesuvius. The Sixth Form students attended lectures at the Bath Literary Festival on the Iliad, the Odyssey and Catullus, delivered by renowned authors and scholars. Ten Lower Sixth students travelled to Bristol Grammar School to compete against students from across the globe – Australia, Tunisia and Italy to name but a few – in the CICERO International Competition involving cultural questions about Palmyra and Zenobia, general knowledge, and an individual Latin translation competition. Showing initiative, several students entered external Classical competitions. Lydia Shephard won this year’s Herculaneum Society essay competition and Zara Neill’s philosophy essay was marked ‘highly commended’ in the St John’s College (Oxford) competition. James Darnton, Lukas Hillman and Fin Moorhouse have produced a fantastic video on ProtoIndo-European for the Cambridge Classics Film Competition, which can be viewed here - http:// www.kesbath.com/Year-12-pupils-entercambridge-ancient-world-film-competition. The students made the final shortlist of twelve videos, and ended up being highly commended for their efforts, finishing in the top five entries.

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Classics trip to Greece No sooner had we broken up for October half term than 37 students and 4 members of staff were back to KES at 2am to travel to Greece.

We began the trip with a visit to the small, abandoned site of Thorikos, famous for its theatre and rectangular orchestra before moving on to the astounding Cape Sounion, home of the temple and sanctuary of Poseidon. The site affords superb views over the Aegean Sea and was the inspiration for a number of lines of Lord Byron’s poetry. He even left some graffiti on the temple when he came to visit! Next stop: Athens. We took a bus to the National Archaeological Museum, with treats in store like the death mask of Agamemnon, the rider of Artemision and the ‘SlipperSlapper’. After a 20-minute walk through abandoned and dilapidated buildings (due to the recent economic downturn), we arrived at the Kerameikos, the ancient boundary of the city and site of a number of famous tombs. The heavens opened as we arrived soaking wet at the ancient agora to see

the temple of Hephaestus, one of the most impressive Greek temples still standing. From here, we gamely marched up to the Acropolis to see the Parthenon and the Erechtheion, with Mrs Burchell battling the elements and the attentions of a stray dog to deliver a lecture on the architectural order of the buildings. As the drowned rats, er… group, trudged down for a visit to the new Acropolis museum, who should we bump into but none other than French President, Francois Hollande, and the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, who had been using the museum as a base to discuss Greece’s current stance on the EU! We left Athens to venture further south into the Peloponnese, stopping first to marvel over the Corinth canal, some 2,500 years in the making, with a heartstopping 90 metre sheer drop. We then progressed to the ancient site of Corinth;


its impressive Roman theatre that allowed for beast fights and mock sea-battles. We saw the temple of Apollo, one of the oldest temples in Greece, and had a gander at some ancient Roman toilets! The acoustics at Epidavros, a wondrous 14,000 seat theatre were made unforgettable by the spectacle of James Darnton reciting a few lines from Aristophanes’ comedies and Mr Bull’s rendition of Shaggy’s 1995 hit ‘Mr Boombastic’. At the nearby sanctuary of the healing god, Asclepius, we learnt more about some of the recommended cures, including sleeping in the skin of a sacrificial animal whilst being licked by a yellow snake! We ended the tour by visiting some of the oldest archaeological sites in Greece, Mycenae and Tiryns, which date back to the Trojan War (around 1250BC). At Tiryns we discovered the best way to measure the Cyclopean stones was by

using Lucy Agathangelou as a yardstick, whilst at Mycenae we saw the impressive lion gate entrance, the beehive tomb and the room where the bathing King Agamemnon was supposedly murdered by his wife Clytemnestra. On the way back to the airport we popped in to Nemea, the site of one of the four major athletic festivals in ancient Greece and the legendary scene of Hercules’ first task against the Nemean lion. My thanks go to Mrs Burchell, Ms Bains and Mr Thomas for assisting on such a successful trip. But my especial thanks go to all the pupils involved – I could not have asked for a better behaved, inquisitive and enthusiastic tour group and they really made the whole trip such a joy. Here’s to our next stop in the not too distant future! M Bull

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Creativity, innovation and the persuit of new ideas and processes are the hallmarks of KES DT. In 2016, thanks to the generosity of KES Parents, our manufacturing capacity is fully fuelled by the addition of a fabulous new 3D printer.

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After the initial wow factor, teachers and students are now engaged in developing their own designs using 3D drawing software and seeing the results. One of our year 10 pupils has already seen the benefits of this by designing and then producing prototype buttons for her re-designed school blazer. With a new teacher comes new ideas and a different skill set. We welcomed Miss Hurst to the department this year and she has made an immediate impact, especially with the textiles club and their fabulous project at the local American Museum at Claverton Down. First, the pupils took part in a Navajo Weaving workshop. This involved a private tour of the museum before it opened to the public and handling of artefacts. Pupils then participated in an interactive weaving demonstration and produced their own piece of work. The second trip was part of the American Museums annual ‘yarn bombing walk’. We had been busy during Textiles Club using giant knitting needles to create a tornado to be displayed as part of the Wizard of Oz scene. On the last day of the Christmas half term Miss Hurst and a small group of students went to set up their colourful tornado. It has been great to see students using their own time to create a wide range of projects using the sewing machines. We have introduced termly design awards to recognise the quality work being developed in years 7 to 9. In May we had a very inspiring visit from OE, Tom Oldaker, who said he wanted to come back to KES to give something back to the DT department who set him up so well on his career as a designer. He spent the morning inspiring year 8 pupils, by presenting his story since leaving KES in 2010, when he left to pursue a degree in Product Design at Bournemouth University. Since then he has plied his trade in both Graphic and Product Design and he is now a senior designer for a local design consultancy. We also took both year 10 GCSE classes to London to the Designs of the Year show at the Design Museum and to the Leonardo exhibition at the Science Museum (see Eve’s personal account of the day). The workshops have been fully utilised by the increased numbers of GCSE students and it is always a pleasure to see such diverse projects being produced out of wood, metal and textiles; from dresses to jackets and tables to bike trailers. We even had a fully functional coracle! Well done to all the examined groups with their efforts and completed projects. J S Holdaway HoD

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DT London trip On Wednesday 23rd March, the D.T. department took the year 10 students on an inspirational trip to London. This trip was to visit the world renowned Science Museum, which is the most visited science and technology museum in the whole of Europe. We also visited the Design Museum and saw some of London’s most famous buildings and landmarks. This was my first ever experience of our busy and bustling capital city and it lived up to all my expectations! The trip as a whole was amazing and it really broadened my perspectives of all areas of design and science, it was also fascinating seeing London for the first time.

could even be implemented into other furniture or appliances. After inspecting the museum we looked around the splendid gift shop, they sold everything from cool new design pieces to jewellery and posters; if it wasn’t as expensive I would have bought the whole lot.

Another tube journey and we arrived at our next stop, the Science Museum. Firstly, we visited an internationally-acclaimed exhibition, ‘Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius.’ This exhibit enabled us to view his intricate and complex designs and inventions, which were very advanced for his time. Displays with the delicate Latin notations next to his highly detailed sketches showed us his inconceivable ideas and After an hour and a half train journey to the explorations into science and engineering. Some crowded Paddington station and a quick trip on a surprisingly empty tube, we arrived at our of his most interesting concepts were a flying first destination, the Design Museum, situated machine and diving equipment and these ideas right on the edge of the Thames, with beautiful were very forward-thinking and complex. After that, we had a few hours to freely roam the rest of views of the numerous boats and bridges. I the museum. My favourite part was the ‘Energythoroughly loved the Design Museum as it explored all areas of design and engineering. It Fuelling the Future’ section, which was full of interactive exhibits and had a giant ‘energy ring’, really helped to show us what paths we could go down in the future. The ‘Designs of the Year which was a huge interactive sculpture on which messages left by visitors would be displayed. exhibition’ was amazing. The designs on show Another good part was the ‘Engineer your Future’ ranged from stunning dresses to sleek, hightech cars. One of my favourite designs was the exhibit. This was also full of interactive games, which could even entertain year 10s! We finished ‘Current Table’ designed by Marjan Van Aubel off our museum trip with a stop in the enormous from the Netherlands. It is a solar panelled table which produces energy which can be used gift shop; you could have spent hours in there. There were hundreds of different things you could to charge devices from its USB ports. I think buy, from lava lamps to little thinkers and glow-inthis renewable and environmentally friendly the-dark stars to posters and mugs. design could be a big thing in the future and

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We had reached the end of our outing and made one last journey on the tube to Paddington station, where after purchasing a quick snack or drink we got on the train and made our final journey home. Overall it was an amazing day; the museums were very interesting and inspiring and really helped us to explore what career paths we could go down in the future, as well as broadening our understanding of science and engineering. It was also fantastic seeing some of London’s famous land marks such as Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the Shard for the first time, which themselves were amazing pieces of architecture. The year 10 students all thoroughly enjoyed the trip and all had a great day out and we hope that other years will be able to experience another trip like this Eve Chillcott


Design workshop I owe a lot of my achievements to the guidance the Design & Technology department gave me while I was studying at KES. Thomas Oldaker

In May, OE Tom Oldaker returned to inspire pupils to become designers themselves. Tom left KES in 2010 where he became impressed by the DT department, its innovation, style and support in bringing student’s ideas to fruition. Tom was keen to give something back to the Department for their role in helping him on his way to become a designer and he spent the morning telling year 8s how he went from KES pupil to designer in 6 years. After pursuing a degree at Bournemouth University in Product Design, Tom has worked in Graphic Design and Industrial Product Design and is now a senior designer in a local design consultancy. As part of the workshop organised byTom, Year 8 pupils came up with some design ideas for their own bicycles, which have been 3D rendered in Tom’s design studio. Tom also spent time meeting Sixth formers in the Holbeche Centre, inspiring the next generation of designers. N Purcell

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Drama Once again we started the year celebrating the success of our exam pupils, who all worked with great diligence, delivering outstanding results! Our entire GCSE set gained A, or A* with the whole class achieving 100% in the Unit 2 practical script exam, a truly brilliant achievement. Our AS and A2 students also achieved great success with all As and A*s.

We bade a temporary farewell and gave our best wishes to Mrs Stevens-Craig, now on maternity leave, and we welcomed Mr Creed to the department. He has brought great wit and sensitivity to his role and we have been incredibly grateful for his shared skills and expertise. We have also been delighted with the success of our ever-growing number of LAMDA candidates. Last June, under the careful and skilled direction of Mrs Tamblyn, students were entered for exams in Grade 4 and above. All candidates received Merit and Distinctions and our results from this March were 3 outstanding Distinctions with more plaudits expected from June exams. Mrs Tamblyn also led KES Theatre Company to the Edinburgh Fringe in which 13 pupils performed a great piece called Takeaway by Jackie Kay, to excellent reviews. This was a wonderful and enriching trip for all the pupils and staff involved and one we look forward to

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re-visiting in future years. The festival being celebrated currently is the National Theatre Connections. A group of 25 Year 10 pupils have created an imaginative and exhilarating performance of Gargantua by Carl Grose which they performed at The Egg in Bath, proving an inspirational experience for those involved. It has been a joy to have our former head girl, Hannah Simonds, as the Drama intern for the Autumn and Spring terms this year. She has brought a dynamic and creative energy to many different projects; ably leading the Lower School Drama Club and the inter-form competition, acting as choreographer for Fiddler on the Roof where the beautifully crafted dancing moved the audience to tears and laughter. Our Tech Club, run by Meghan Sorohan and James Sellick, has added skill and support to the production of many of our shows and exam pieces. We have had the pleasure this year of performing our pieces outside or in promenade and I hope we continue to push the boundaries of performance next year with the help of our excellent tech team James and Meg.

I was delighted to steer and direct the KES production and overwhelmed by the talent and dedication of the pupils who took on the challenge of a double cast on Fiddler on the Roof, leading to double the fun! With the support of our Music Department and the skilled musical direction of Mr Rupert Drury, it was a joy and a moving experience for all. Summer term finished with our Lower School production of Wind in the Willows, fun and silly with a good dollop of nostalgia. A huge congratulations to Meg and James who created stunning sets and props for both.

and exciting puppeteering skills, which were used to great success in their exam work.

Elsewhere in the department we have been very busy enjoying a wide range of theatre trips, such as Simon McBurney’s mesmerising The Encounter at the Bristol Old Vic or the witty Charles 3rd here at the Theatre Royal. We also took a large group of Y8/9 pupils to see the hilarious Shrek the Musical at the Cardiff Millennium Centre. All the trips gave our pupils an opportunity to see award-winning and inspirational theatre, feeding new ideas into their own work. Wowed by the Open Attic Theatre Company and Egg practitioner Sophie Wyburn, exam pupils went on to develop new

Once again returns our end-of-year cabaret show Spectacular, Spectacular! , an annual delight showcasing the many different skills possessed by all the pupils here at KES, including stand-up and juggling skills!

The Duologue Competition, judged by Old Edwardian and actor Graham Avant, was a fun and talent filled affair. This popular annual competition is a wonderful occasion for students to direct their own choice of performance. The three winning groups from each sector of the school were pieces taken from, Top Girls, A Proper Little Nooryeff and Monty Python showing the wide range of theatre on offer.

A huge thank you to all the pupils and staff who have worked so hard this year to make such a great success of all our different projects. I look forward to discovering even more fun and talent next year, as we embark on each of our different expeditions into the theatrical world. S Bird

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FiddlerWroughton Lifts the roof of the

The play opened with a spotlight on a single fiddler, playing her lilting strains against a backdrop of white canvas, daubed with simple pen and ink drawings of a Russian village. Milk cans, log piles, a village pump, dilapidated cart - the setting was stark, bare, simple. Suddenly the stage came alive with a whirling mass of figures, performing traditional Jewish dances, spinning in concentric circles, stamping, shouting, occasionally bursting into flamboyant Cossack dance numbers. The sheer energy and joy of this cast of young performers made you want to jump up onto the stage to join them. And at the heart of this was Tevye the Milkman, played by the incomparable Harry Clark, for whose performance no superlatives seem quite adequate. He delivered a rendition of ‘If I were a rich man’ which combined comedy and poignancy, commanding the stage (which

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is not an easy thing to do when you are also ‘dad-dancing’). Maddie Coombe as his longsuffering wife, Golde, brewed a comic mixture of exasperation and blunt maternal affection for her spouse. Her dealings with Lottie Phillips as Yente the matchmaker were hilarious: ‘Even the worst husband is better than no husband at all!’ Yente insisted, whilst wryly detailing the many inadequacies of the opposite sex. Gina McTeague and Bea Udale-Smith both played Tzeital in the beautifully styled ‘Matchmaker’ dance. She and Motel (Teddy Spencer and Thomas Harcourt) were the ‘star crossed lovers’, heart-meltingly sweet – yet funny: Motel’s futile attempts to propose, Tzeital’s despair at being forced into marriage with old Lazar Wolf (whose middle aged hopes were comically brought to life by Alex Bullard).

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Scene stealers came in droves: Molly Phillips as indomitable ghostly grandmother, (a pensioner not to be messed with) and then Signe Lury’s spirit of the vengeful ex-wife, (think Miss Havisham mixed with a petulant toddler with a bit of Kate Bush thrown in) and the jack-in-the box Rabbi and a stage full of dancing ghosts – it was enough to give you nightmares of the most hallucinogenic variety! And the music. Did I mention the music? The band of young KES musicians, led by Musical Director Mr Drury, were the beating heart of this production. Their flawless musicality lent the play passion, vibrancy, pathos and heartbreak, working beautifully in tandem with the polished vocal performances and stunning choreography (brilliantly devised by former KES student turned Drama Intern, Hannah Simmonds). But the winds of change were blowing through Anatevka. Zack Carruthers’ compassionate yet ultimately cowardly Constable introduced the first hints of the threat posed to this settled Jewish community – a chilling reminder of the age-old persecution of minorities and displacement of communities that still resonates with us still today. Some things never change, it seems.

Tevye’s second daughter Hodel was compellingly played across both shows by Sophie Mayhew and Grace Ogunnusi – voice clear as a bell, face glowing with youthful hopes, she falls in love with the firebrand revolutionary Perchick (Oscar Ward and Callum Sipson). Perchick is sent to Siberia, Hodel follows him, and Tevye feels his patriarchal control slipping through his fingers and confides his fears in God (aka the follow spot operator Edmund Emmett who should be congratulated for a completely ‘spot on’ performance, along with all the sound and lighting team and the invisibly slick stage management team). The sweetly ineffectual but well-meaning Rabbi (rendered with flawless comic timing by James Darnton) and his pompously self-righteous son Mendel – played with glorious pedantry by Greg Taylor objected to the notion that ‘girls are people too’. Along with Modcha (Toby Farmer) and Avram (Will Peppercorn) they comically voice the fears of the old guard, whilst helping to fuel the frantic rumour mill. Imogen Hardy and then Cerys Lewis with Milo Cooper brought a touching honesty to their story of forbidden love which made the family rift all the more heartbreaking and the beautifully choreographed and sung ‘Little Bird’ was suffused with utter poignancy which had me close to tears.

The sweet, funny, touching, heartbreaking story of Tevye’s family is a reminder that behind every refugee statistic there is a human family, a human story, a human tragedy. As the Jewish community are forced to flee their homes we are left with a tableaux on stage of straggling lines of refugees, dragging their few possessions, heading towards an uncertain future. It was impossible not to recall recent similar images. So went another KES production of humour, depth, relevance, beauty and integrity. And if ‘Fiddler’ showed that it takes a village to raise a child then the same is true of a school play – the unstinting contribution of a whole creative army brought this play to life – from costumes to make up, stage-management, set design, musicians, dancers, lighting and sound and many, many more. But it takes a director with insane amounts of energy to marshal such an army - and one with vision, insight and heart to really give a show wings. And I guess it helps when you’ve got a bird in the Director’s seat! So, take a bow, Mrs Bird – you, and every single member of your ridiculously talented cast and crew should be unbelievably proud of this stunningly beautiful production which will live long in the hearts of those lucky enough to see it. C Bruton

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Wind in the Willows

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Tap dancing mice, singing rabbits, ducks doing the Can-Can, hand-springing hedgehogs (with incredible hair!) punk ferrets with mohicans and knuckle-dusters, gansta rapping stoats … plus old friends Ratty, Mole, Badger and the pesky Mr Toad: the Lower School production of ‘The Wind in the Willows’ was a feast of furry fun, perfect for creature loving audiences of all ages amid stunning staging that transported us to the river and woodland.

Will Pinder as Toad was a magnificent dapper young dandy with serious sartorial style! Nobody was putting this Toad in the Hole – he was glorious as a petulant toddler, rugby tackling Ratty then having a hissy fit tantrum on the floor, as a wheelchair Jensen Button, as a hypochondriachal old thespian Laurence Olivier–style; all before leaping into Wacky Races mode, Penelope Pit-stop dressed as a Washerwoman, with voluminous skirt and green feet; then in a stripy prison onesie The characters we all know and love were beautifully depicted by the talented young cast. throwing Ninja moves … he was a toad for all seasons, a naughty-but-nice loveable rogue who Moley was a sweet, kind-hearted innocent in kept us chortling from beginning to end. Harry Potter glasses, adorably played by Izzy Hughes, Emma Botterill and Amelia Newton. There were show-stealingly glorious cameo Ratty (brilliantly performed by Angus Govier, performances throughout: Albert the horse (Tom Thomas Crawford and James Carney) was Gregory) was a hilarious, melancholy Brummy, a jolly, nautical chap, an old seafarer with a passion for grammatical correctness and social lamenting the cruelty of the world, Eeyore style: etiquette (‘Napkin first, Moley’ …‘It’s teach ‘em ‘One carrot and they think you’re anyone’s.’ Otter – not learn ‘em’). Meanwhile Josh Bernald-Ross (Issy Hodge) was a fussy matriarch in Victorian bathing suit, trying to teach her hapless offspring as Old Badger was remarkable: a doddery old to swim - Henry Skinner’s cute and cuddly Portly man in his dressing gown, cantankerous then in his rubber ring and giant orange armbands was pontificating, before dancing off to reform the hilarious. troublesome Mr Toad. There were Jazz Age dances, slo-mo car crashes, ‘Keystone Cops’ chase scenes, ‘Wacky Races’ car-crash moments and of course a big show-down at the end. High octane, energetic and gloriously inventive, this show bought Kenneth Grahame’s beloved childhood classic gloriously and unforgettably to life in the Wroughton Theatre!

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Toad is banged to rights by the Judge (Ally Darnton) - who marches on to the X-Factor music but seems more worried about his breakfast than justice – and his simpering, self-important Clerk (Will Cooper) who seemed to think he was in an episode of ‘The Hunger Games’! The kind-hearted Gaoler’s daughter (Martha Murrray) falls for the charms of Toad, persuading her Washerwoman aunt (Jemima Tollworthy) to strip to her bloomers to save our would-be hero; whilst the gloriously West Country Bargewoman (Minnie Leigh) telling Toad to wash her ‘scanties’ then shoving him in the canal had the audience in stitches. Every good story needs a baddie and the Wild-Wooders were a sensationally sinister bunch, beat-boxing, rapping and bungling through their dastardly plan to take over Toad Hall. There was the Stout Posse gangsta rappers, the New York mobster-like Weasels headed up by ‘her glorious nastiness’ Sophia Siersted and Ella Featherstone the dim and down-trodden sidekick (watch out for her hilarious ‘weasel masquerading as a cow’ moment!), the punk Ferrets – drooling, leering,

pugnacious - and a bit dim too, in the best villain tradition (‘Do you think I can miss the fight if my mum sends a note’ whined Harry Smailes as Ferret Gerald). Fox was a more sophisticated villainess: Molly Harcourt in her red coat and hunting gear showed how you can, ‘smile and smile and be a villain’! Of course it all ended with a big punch-up, nightclub style, with strobe lighting, fisticuffs and fluffy creatures throwing rabbit punches. The villains are defeated, Toad Hall is saved for posterity, Mr Toad is a reformed chap, (well, sort of!) And he and his furry, slimy and snuffly friends close the show with a glorious swing dance number (choreographed by young cast members, Martha Murray, Lollie McKenzie and Ollie Cochran). The sheer joyous energy of this show was created by the ensemble cast of thousands (or at least fifty-six at last count!) The Riverbankers stole my heart - the reedy, out-oftune carol-singing mice (who reached pitches surely only audible to small creatures!) Ammar Hassan’s solo-singing Rabbit brought tears to

my eyes whilst the little lost hedgehogs and mole family finger portrait were hilarious and heart-warmingly adorable! But the wind beneath the wings of these particular willows was surely the superbly talented and dedicated directorial team made up of Mr Creed, Miss Tamblyn and Mrs Bird with astonishing technical expertise provided by James Sellick, Meghan Sorohan and Rebecca Long. I’m still always amazed that the technical crew on a show of this scale is made up of pupils in Years 7 – 9. Huge hats off (or should it be ears off?) to the hair artists Cerys Hall, Emily Farmer and Livvy Page, who were also responsible for the glorious make up. Toad’s ‘cucumber’ look was inspired and the noses, whiskers and fluffy bits of the entire cast were an artistic triumph. Sound technician Ben Taylor was always ‘right on cue’ and Follow Spot Operator Edmund Emmett was seriously ‘spot on’ (excuse the puns!) whilst the young stage management team – Sam Bevis, Thomas Poole and Kieran Borovac – made this highly complex show run like clockwork. C Bruton

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Gargantua! After a two-and-a-half year pregnancy, Mini Mungus gives birth to a monster – one with an accelerated growth rate and an insatiable appetite for anything that moves!

What do you do with a complex and dramatic beast of a play for the National Theatre Connections competition? Run, hide, say “please can we put on a regular nativity play?” Certainly not, give it to a talented group of Year 10 King Edward’s students and inspiring directorial team who rose confidently and creatively to the colossal theatrical challenge! Loud, arresting music with its insistent rhythms and percussion engaged and disconcerted us as we were immersed into a B-movie world where anything could (and definitely did) happen. Written by the Dummy Suckers (Guitar Louie Milton, Saxophone Adam Kelly, Piano Ben Stringer and on Drums Jack Morgan) and assisted by Fran Barrett and Alba Hubbard, it was stupendous, energetic and fun! The anarchic energy of five and six foot ‘babies’ in a beautiful range of colourful baby gros

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impressively choreographed by Hannah Simmonds intensified our weird otherworldly experience. Their power was set against the repressive force of the military whose dubious morality and belief in brute force were skilfully captured by Greg Taylor as General Malahyde. Lily Robertson and Charlie Jones ran around the stage (as Sally Butters and her cameraman Arnie ) and highlighted the horribly hilarious role of the media in disaster while Doi Phontham (Brian Uber) was certainly keen to make a record out of it! The shouts and comments of Preacher Pike (Elliott Crabbe) ordinarily uplifting brought us right down. The cringeworthy ineptitude of an ego bound, corrupt Prime Minister and his sycophantic cabinet: Pippa Wellard, his deputy, Jeff Creams for the treasury and the creep Robin Wilt, the ‘Iwannaclimbthepoliticalladder’ Junior Minister, was captured in an unsettling but mesmerising way by Alex Rodway, Flo Cornwall, Thomas Wilson and Jago Henderson.


#FREETHEBABY The Drama department were delighted to have been chosen to participate in the extremely prestigious Connections 500 festival this year. Connections is the National Theatre’s nationwide youth theatre festival. Each year it offers a unique opportunity for youth theatres and school theatre groups to stage new plays written for young people by some of theatre’s most exciting playwrights, and to perform in leading theatres across the UK. 500 young companies took part this year. It was an honour that we had been asked to participate. The play that we performed was Gargantua by Carl Grose. When Mr. and Mrs. Mungus have a baby it isn’t the bouncing blue-eyed boy they were hoping for. After a two-and-a-half year pregnancy, Mini Mungus gives birth to a monster – one with an accelerated growth rate and an insatiable appetite for anything that moves. When sinister military scientists become intent on cloning an army of giant babies from the original, he breaks his chains and escapes. The world can only watch in horror as he embarks on learning how to walk leading to rampant destruction. Who will stop this freak of nature? Who will decide his tragic fate? And who, more importantly, will change his nappy?

! The charisma of crass and selfish capitalism was captured in the fascinating repellence of the nasty but oh so entertaining Regina and Lionel Buckley. There was no mistaking the determined menace which underlay Cecilia Toke-Nichols’ performance as well as her control of the poor folk of Skankton and suffocating condescension towards her long suffering husband (Matthew Thompson). Dani Tamblyn’s direction made sure that there was no escaping the concentration and intensity of this production with its consistent focus and discipline of everyone on stage escape was futile (and who would want to anyway?) from the Brechtian style confrontation of scarcely palatable ideas. Talking of scarcely palatable ideas … there’s the gargantuan baby himself … brought into the world by the hilariously skilful medical team: Molly Philips, Miranda Baines and Phoebe Jones. After the joy and relief of their son’s safe arrival into this mad world, Mini and Marcus (Lucie Jones and Lorenzo Montani) watch as their son grows from his shadowy beginnings into a twelve foot puppet topped by their beloved boy’s face (Will Awan).They are persuaded into handing him over to three secret agents (Emily Farmer, Genevieve Lewis and Luke Baker) for Classified Information;

agents who had moments before been anonymous members of the chorus. The baby was on the rampage, crushing all in his path and terrifying those who dared to come near his nappy, Meghan Sorohan’s creation was brilliantly operated by a coordinated team. Politicians were crushed, Lionel was eaten, the town was destroyed all in dramatically innovative ways. Julia N Swann – Lauren Dalboth – channelled the essence of every Bond villain as the head of the truly Janus-faced technology to move the action to a brilliant and satisfying end. Emily Farmer and Molly Philips led sparkling vocals into the final song, bringing us back via B movies and voiceovers to somewhere somewhat similar to the place where we had begun. A whirlwind of dramatic excess and alienation later I came out of the auditorium, confused, wondering just how far my suspension of disbelief could be stretched and still leave me capable of thought, but very much in awe of all I had witnessed. This was certainly no predictable nativity play, it had been a truly amazing, unsettling and crazy hour. I wasn’t sure that I ‘got it’ but I certainly knew I’d had it ….that is a gigantic gargantuan dramatic experience.

The cast consisted of 25 brilliantly talented and committed year 10 actors, a live rock band and a 12 foot puppet who performed the play at school in our very own Wroughton Theatre in March. We also performed Gargantua at The Egg, Theatre Royal, Bath in April. Performing on a professional stage was a real treat and a great experience for our students. 12 out of the 500 companies participating in this festival are chosen to perform at The National Theatre in London in the summer. At the time of writing this article we were still awaiting the exciting news about whether we had made it to the final 12. D Tamlyn

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English SHAKESPEARE April 2016 saw a host of events taking place across the Senior School, to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Organised by the English department, Year 10 enjoyed a live screening of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of The Merchant of Venice, while the Literary Discussion Group held a special Shakespeare themed session with pupils sharing their favourite Shakespearean poems and extracts. The Shakespeare Teacher Quotation Quest proved very popular, with all staff choosing their favourite quotation from Shakespeare and displaying it on their lanyards during the

week. Pupils joined in the fun, gathering as many teacher quotes as possible, while trying to figure out what play the quotes came from and why the teachers had chosen them. It’s fascinating to find out why certain people love (or loathe) certain lines from The Bard! There was also a Shakespeare’s Post-It Note Poster Challenge – Every single pupil in the school has been given a post-it note and asked to write on it their favourite quotation from Shakespeare. Classes are then collecting their post-it notes to make fabulous quotation posters which will be on display in the library, with a prize for the class who make the most wonderful poster. C Bruton

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THE ROSE HAS BLOSSOMED KES’s first (and only) online newspaper is now well underway providing everything a procrastinating student could possibly require. The Rose launched in January having been prepared since September under the stewardship of James Darnton and Anna Thomas. We have an incredibly wide range of articles, ranging from the latest football news to Desert Island discs with the teachers. We have a section reviewing local events and attractions and a creative section providing a forum for people to display their content: we’ve had short stories, poems, artwork and even a comic! We also have the Current Affairs and Politics section where everyone can find out about issues affecting them. For the sports fans out there we have the sports section—who knew that cheese rolling could be so fun? Finally, there is the miscellaneous section, with an eclectic mixture of fascinating articles: Is culture dead? Who is the chief mouser? What’s all that stuff about the universe anyway? It’s been a great year for everyone and it remains for us to thank Mrs Vernon and Miss Hartley for being such help. If you want to check us out we are on the school VLE under School life. We welcome anyone at all and are always looking for new articles. Come along on Thursdays to B17!

THE ROSE BLOG In tandem with the launch of the Rose newspaper, the KES journalism wing launched an official blog. The blog has featured reports from field trips to laboratories, MUN conferences, and Greek plays. Our band of correspondents have also been hard at work covering school events and clubs, such as the Fiddler on the Roof upper school play, the recent talk by Judy Calver on the Lord of the Flies, and the latest from KES Pride. We’ve even had comprehensive low-downs on the new Wessex and Holbeche buildings, and an insider’s take on year 7 life. It is no exaggeration to say that the Rose has redefined online reportage, and will no doubt continue to cover KES so engagingly in the foreseeable future. The blog is made at the same time, same place as the newspaperThursdays in B17.

We see the lives the ring has touched and the stories it has given risen to. The tales it tells are many and varied, just like the talented writers who wrote them. ‘I can think of no other school where a project of this magnitude and sheer creative ambition would even be possible,' said Catherine Bruton who runs Creative Writing Society. 'And the standard of writing is mindblowingly good!'

MIDDLE SCHOOL AND SIXTH FORM LITERARY DISCUSSION GROUP This new lunchtime discussion group was established at the request of students who wanted the opportunity to get together and discuss all things literary and cultural beyond the syllabus taught in the English classroom. We meet on Friday lunchtimes; our meeting is an oasis within the frenetic school week and is attended by English and non-English students and by teaching staff from our and other departments.

low brow from trying to answer the question of What is Postmodern Irony? to watching Monty Python sketches. We celebrated World Book Day by sharing our favourite works of literature with one another and spent two weeks contemplating Shakespeare’s enduring relevance to commemorate four hundred years since his death.

The Ring will be on sale from October, following a joint book launch with The Anthology at Toppings Bookshop on October 13th. Do come along - or pick up a copy. And enjoy!

There is no plan of what we discuss from week to week prior to our decision at the end of each week’s session and topics have been wide-ranging, encompassing the high and

WHAT IS THE RING? A novel? Not exactly - but sort of. A collaborative novel? That’s more like it. 79, 865 words 56 chapters Written by 41 different authors We're pretty sure no other school in the country has ever attempted anything like it! Let alone succeeded! Born in the imaginations of KES Creative Writing Society, the story started one Wednesday lunchtime in B17 and just grew and grew and grew.

It can be viewed at kesbath.com/the-rose Finlay Moorhouse

There are chapters written by students, - from Year 7 to Year 13 - and even a few former Edwardians too. There are chapters written by teachers, by librarians; by some very talented parents, and even some by celebrated authors who kindly got involved in this wildly ambitious project. 'It has been a real pleasure to work alongside such a talented, ambitious group of writers,' commented Elen Caldecott, children's author. 'I think the quality of the stories reflect that ambition wonderfully. There's so much here to enjoy - jump in!’ The concept is simple. The novel follows the story of a simple but mysterious golden ring – from thousands of years BCE to the present day via Ancient Egypt, Shakespeare’s Globe, the wreck of the Titanic, the Normandy Beaches, the twin towers…and much more.

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While the group has primarily been steered by Year 13 Literature students, Year 12 attendance has increased as the year has gone on. Next year we hope to welcome more Middle School students to the group as well as taking our cultural explorations outside Q block to attend poetry readings, film screenings and theatre productions. Z Kayaçan

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There were nearly 200 entries from Years 7-13 in this year’s KES Poetry Competition, and a wide variety of different interpretations of the theme ‘Up in the Air’. This year’s judge was multi-award winning novelist Alex Campbell, who commented on reading the poems: "such an outstanding standard of entrants and such varied techniques used, from the cleverly complex to the stunningly simple, from poetry within structure-like stories to light-touch sketches of the human condition with bare, fluid, beautiful words – KES entrants in both categories covered it all.

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Poetry Competition

Winning poems will be published in a brand new edition of ‘The Anthology’, in September 2016. This year’s highly accomplished winning entries were as follows:

YEARS 7-9 First Place: ‘Droplets of my Despair’ by Sophie Swale (Year 7). Second Place: ‘I Am A Balloon’ by Alex Porter (Year 7). Third place: ‘The Mare’ by Ella Fairhurst (Year 8). Highly Commended: ‘Ascending’ by Ben McNab (Year 7). YEARS 10-13 First Place: ‘The Blue Planet’ by Anna Thomas (Year 13). Second Place: ‘Endings’ by Solenne Scholefield (Year 10). Third Place: ‘She is the Sketch Before a Watercolour’ by Auriol Reddaway (Year 13). Highly Commended: ‘The Aargh of Alan’ by James Darnton (Year 12) and ‘Walking’ by Thomas Harcourt (Year 11) C Hartley

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DROPLETS OF DESPAIR Half my heart is in the ocean, Cruelly tossed by the dreadful motion Of the ranting and screeching that tore it asunder.. Then it was time for my heart to go under Their spiteful words show that they no longer care So bring forth the Droplets of my Despair! Blurred and blinded, my vision broke By the harmful, demeaning words that they spoke Self-hatred, the knife that pierced my chest All happiness extinguished, joy slaughtered in jest Fountains of pain shoot up in the air So bring forth the Droplets of my Despair! If I were a bubble I’d gladly float goodbye Because to comfort my distress they didn’t even try Not a soothing touch or warm gentle hug Instead I was thrown into the hole they had dug Oh how I wish I were away, I declare So bring forth the Droplets of my Despair! I wept out my sorrow and kept my anger in Brought my self-esteem back from its place in the bin I hid my true feelings under the shroud Yet all I had wanted was to make the world proud Sophie Swale


I AM A BALLOON Strangled, Tortured, Waiting to be freed. Payed for, Given to, Someone’s buying me. Dragged on, Pulled by, Getting tugged too tight. Loved, Cuddled, Held on for the night. Ageing, drooping, slowly I am dying, Brought out, Losing grip, Suddenly I’m flying. Floating, Drifting, Lonely as a cloud. Thundering, Storming, The sky is suddenly loud. Forcing, Stretching, Yanked by the air. Flashing, Cracking, Lightning! I must beware. Nearing, Creeping, Approaching the sky’s top. Stretching, Ripping, The world hears a pop. Alex Porter

THE MARE He licked and snapped at my toes, He whinnied in the breeze; I enjoyed watching him. His haras of white horses: Crashing, Whipping, Snapping, Along the shoreline rocks. Their necks crack, And their mother clings to them, Wrapping around them her seaweed tentacles. Their shattered bones, They dissipate into the water, As if they were foam, And slither backwards. They recoil, And she heals them – She sets them free. But soon thereafter, In a hiss of salt spray, The malignant cycle reprises, Yet the Mare always heals them. So she grows increasingly haggard each day. Ella Fairhurst

THE BLUE PLANET Crawling as the world spins, doubled, split Vision, seeing stars and spinning on A broken axis, hot and cold as One slapped cheek For staying awake. Drunk and balding, let hands come like waves, they smooth and pull And pluck those fluffy bits away from the bay of the scalp.

SHE IS THE SKETCH BEFORE A WATERCOLOUR She is the sketch before a watercolour or The blurred photograph of two lovers with their arms outstretched or The worn patches of a velvet blazer or Half a cigarette dangling from a wry mouth. Or the breeze that forewarns a tornado or The choking sob of Heartbreak.

Satellites circle as nurses do. They watch me, reconnaissance with tea.

And he is the glossy sheen of a oil painting or The snigger shared between conspirators or

And I try To look up at the bric-a-brac sky, but they cluttered it With footprints and cheese and gods and Chattering songs on a jukebox loop.

The slickness of an icy street or The taste of twilight.

Entreat that jotted fiction on a record in the stars to stop. And I wait, and wait And I waited. And it played on repeat. Forever falling in circles scratching and slapping and plucking, Praying for Supernova, shattering both knees.

Or the rumble of an earthquake or The slamming of a door. They are the falling man diving from a skyscraper or A trapeze artist barely skimming the ground or Icarus freezing in midair They are a love song written in steam. They are a precipice. Auriol Reddaway

Planet found dangling from Orion’s belt. Anna Thomas

ENDINGS Drop by saccharine drop rubies spill down gouged chasms of skin, oh so innocent. Pulse by echoing pulse marching feet announce sure victory over the city, oh so ruined. Tear by insipid tear wrecked bodies huddle, shivering, ravaged their lives, oh so wasted. Smirk by malicious smirk whips snap coarsely on battered backs protection, oh so useless. Bow by subjugated bow offering themselves in divine servitude revolution, oh so hopeless. Blow by shattering blow priceless history destroyed so easily people, oh so fickle. Death by agonising death forgotten, a tick off a list of failures life, oh so futile. Grain by decrepit grain civilisations turned into dust blowing away in the air, oh so gently. Solenne Scholefield

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The most exciting thing about the KES Short Story Competition –now in its seventh year – is surely our guest judges.

YEARS 12/ 13 Winner: James Darnton (also Overall Winner) Runners up: Auriol Reddaway, Zachary Carruthers, Fin Moorhouse Highly Commended: Imogen King, Signe Lury, Joe Jones YEARS 9/ 11 Winner: Netta Claydon Runners up: Jago Henderson, Greg Taylor, Alex Rodway Highly Commended: Peter Mumford, Emma Jones, Cecilia Toke-Nichols YEARS 7/8 Winner: Chris Donovan Runners Up: Joshua Bernald Ross, Josh Stokes, Guy Willcock Highly Commended: Niels Steinhoff, Alice Mumford, Cameron Coutts

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We’ve been fortunate over the years to welcome some of the top names in children’s writing, including Costa Winner Moira Young; Roald Dahl Funny Prize nominee Joanna Nadin; Carnegie shortlister Anthony McGowan; as well as resident authors from the Bath Spa University Creative Writing Department, Steve Voake and Julia Green. And this year we are privileged to invite Alex Campbell, author of the critically acclaimed teen titles Land and Cloud 9. Each judge provides a theme for the competition, so in 2016 our young authors were inspired by Alex’s dystopian debut Land, writing stories which took Land and Sea as their starting point. And once again, the entries flooded in (excuse the pun!), nearly two hundred of them indeed, including a record number from our older pupils (most of which arrived just after the deadline, in true authorly style!) Our judges waded through the sea of entries (sorry!) to choose the final twelve winning stories which will be published in The Anthology 2016, along with the winners of our Poetry Competition. The Anthology will be on sale from October 13th via school or in all good Bath bookshops so make sure you pick up your copy. We

guarantee you won’t be disappointed with the tales our judge finally plumped for (after much agonising and hair-pulling, I should add!) There are dystopian tales of flooded civilisations and fantastic watery worlds. Stories inspired by true life tsunamis; by the doomed journey of the Titanic; and going over the top in the trenches of World War I. There are nostalgic evocations of childhood beach adventures; tales set in London, Paris, New York; stories that unfold in art galleries or on the River Styx. Some students drew inspiration from other texts: from Classical mythology, to the Bible via T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Wasteland’. Where else but in KES could you come across a tale about a giant tongue? Or a dog that looks like a camel? A man who talks to his own hologram? Another who lays down his life for a dinner jacket? Intrigued? You should be. Amazed? We guarantee you will be. And to give you a taste before you snap up your own copy of The Anthology 2016 here’s an extract from the winning entry … C Bruton


HE WHO SAW THE DEEP by James Darnton

You see The land is life. Things can grow there. There is permanence. Out here, there is only one permanence, and that is the unharvestable sea, into which all fades. And when your reflection has faded its only vestige is its footprints in the shallows where it slapped against the sands. These are blown over by the winnowing wind of time, becoming first blurry, then smudged, then indistinguishable from the sand of a thousand footprints around it.

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self-indulgent for your tastes now. Slightly smacking of self-pity. You see this isn’t one of your traditional ‘stories’: We’re going to have a contemplative middle where I explain life to you through the metaphor of the estuary (which is actually the river Styx to the underworld: it’s a double metaphor). Then as we’re about to reach the end of the journey and step upon the shore of the House of the Dead, the land of shadow, where Humphrey hamster went when you were six. You will have an epiphany; you’ll realise the impermanence of human existence (the classical references shoe-horned in show the passage of time) and how that you have to make a difference and live your life rather than a death. You’ll quit your job at an advertising company, you’ll work with lions or something. So don’t worry, some things will happen, I just need a little patience.

The key to the motor is under the box, on the peg. It’s a long voyage ahead.

See that perpetual plop in the sea? There lies Icarus, eternally fading. Steer clear.

We are far down the estuary and to reach the sea will take days. And what a long estuary, grasping both horizons, stretching further than your imagination. Like in Swan Lake (I took a ballet dancer across once). Every fibre, every grain of a body tensed, yet elegant, screaming yet relaxed. A mask over the sky to protect the stars from your profane eyes. This stretch leaves Swan Lake in the dust, its red blood staining soft feathers, its languid neck lolling loosely, fish nibbling. The estuary stretches far.

There lies the sirens, seductive. Most seductive Steer clear. Well clear.

The big guinea-pig hutch in the sky. Full of shades softly fading, their breath steaming in the cold, mist dispelled by morning sun (we have sailed long).

Watch out for that shopping trolley, marooned upon a sandbank. No, I don’t know how it got here. Here is no rock but only water.

Steer clear.

Don’t get in the boat. You shouldn’t be here. This is neither the right place nor the right time You should be playing cards, frittering your life away with empty chatter, filling the void of your empty soul with Ikea furniture brought at a cut-price from a cut-throat company, paid for by your wasted hours in that office 9-5. So why are you on this jetty? Isn’t it enough? Get out of that boat right now.

There lies Andromeda, stretched out upon a rock, sun and salt bleached. Steer clear. There lies Scylla, mouths ready to snap you up. The water seething with her spasmodic pulses.Steer clear. Sorry, are you getting these references? They’re Greek. You people don’t get me anymore. I try and stay relevant, I really do. But I’m too old, I have rolled up my trousers and trod through the shallows, my fungal feet slip-slap-slapping against sand. Passers-by think I’m some sort of drugged-up-junkie. Soon I will be forgotten. And a new poet will lead you across The Wine-Dark, Unharvestable Sea. Or “Blue” Or “Babe” or, “Ooh-yeah”, As your new poets would put it. But who am I to judge? This story limps along. The beginning was gripping. But now it’s a trifle

This is the cheat-code. Up-up-down-down-A-B-A-Bright bumper-left stick, just Steer clear. That’s how to navigate life. And indeed how to navigate rivers.

The only movement on this estuary is us. We drift, sublime, cutting through this heap of broken images. Look over the side, your reflection lies untouched by the wake, griefless, look how it rises to meet you, tinged by the setting sun, at the evening house now. The Sun is preparing for a long night at home, collapsed on the couch, watching endless episodes of Supernatural Investigators, his wife is working on the night-shift, the moon. They both exist in solipsistic slices of life. They’re looking for a career-change. He wants to do lion safari stuff, she thinks that accountancy would be a good, stable job. A job to raise children on. They don’t see each other much. Their love has been eclipsed. Look But there is no water. Only you. And look how as we pass, your reflection grows older and the prow waves wrinkle your skin. The spray flecks your hair white and the saline waves turn you salt and pepper. And look how eventually your reflection ebbs away. This is (must I spell it out?) your life drifting away, the journey represents your life.

And then it lies in memory. Until forgotten. Like me But come on There lies the shore.

Let us go then, me and you, and sit there. Or perhaps not? You turn the motor quickly. I think perhaps not. So we sail back. And when we see the seductive sirens Steer close. See Scylla? Steer close. And we shall live not a life, but The life. Admittedly, a short one. Scylla is a many-headed monster. The sirens devour flesh as well as souls. But, in the brief moments before your untimely death at the jaws of metaphorical Greek monsters. What a life you will have lived. And look up or don’t because it’s awfully dark: The moon and sun have left. He handed in his notice, they had a ‘little do’ with the stars to say goodbye. They congratulated the moon on her waxing belly. They’re doing accountancy for a safari park now. It was a compromise. They are very happy. But no one can see anything anymore. But though our footprints have disappeared. Our memory outlasts bronze and lofty pyramids. Perhaps.

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Geography We were justifiably proud of our examination results, with 90% of our pupils gaining A* - B and 10% gaining the top grade of A*. GCSE results were equally as pleasing, with 68% gaining an A* or an A grade, and 36% gaining an A*.

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This year saw a significant change for the Geography Department as we migrated to the east of the school site and were relocated in the former library building. We are very fortunate to have four good sized, wellresourced classrooms and very easy access to the shared computer room! Geography continues to thrive and remains a popular subject at KES. Fieldwork has continued with our traditional year 7 Ridges of Bath trip starting the academic year followed by visits to Whatley Quarry and Cheddar Gorge, Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire and Christchurch Bay. All of these visits have allowed our pupils


to witness and understand some incredible geographical features and environments.

studies at reputable institutions with a mix of physical and human geography degrees being undertaken while some combined Geography with other subjects such as Economics. We Two year 11 teams entered the Geographical were justifiably proud of our examination Association Worldwise Quiz, with one team results, with 90% of our pupils gaining winning the Bath round but just missed A* - B and 10% gaining the top grade of A*. victory of the Bath-Bristol final as they GCSE results were equally as pleasing, with conceded points on the penultimate question. 68% gaining an A* or an A grade, and 36% Nevertheless, this places the team of three as gaining an A*. Whilst examination results are the second best geography team out of the 21 undeniably very important, years 7, 8 and teams that started the competition! 9 have been working hard and producing This year we have seen the development of the excellent work. Indeed, the year 7 models of KES Geographical Society, led by Mr Mawer and glaciers have been incredible, the year 8 Desert projects detailed and the year 9 essays about senior pupils, which culminated in the Lower hurricanes worthy of an A level grade! School Inter-form Geography competition. Questions were set by the year 11 pupils who had participated in the GA Worldwise Quiz with My colleagues and I thoroughly enjoy teaching Geography and are always proud and happy some very challenging questions. It was an when we see our pupils being enthused and exciting competition for years 7 and 8, with 7K developing a passion for the subject. On this gaining victory this year. note, I should like to thank my colleagues for The Geography Department is a very busy place their patience, humour and hard work at the end of another academic year! with fieldwork and, of course, our teaching. We are delighted that seven Geographers Dr J Knight left KES to continue with their Geographical

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Snowdonia On the first day of a 3-day trip, the two A-level geography sets went to the Welsh coast and studied the coastal sand dunes at Morfa Harlech. We looked at dune processes and evidence of sea level change. We collected data including vegetation cover, dune gradient and the temperature as we went inland, using equipment such as a clinometer and anemometers. We had a lot of fun, especially as we managed to find the time (in between data collection points) to run down the sand dunes! After a surprisingly dry time at the coast, we made our way to the Swallow Falls Inn, which was where we stayed throughout our trip.

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After a hearty ‘Full Welsh’ breakfast, the thought of not only seeing a real cirque at Cwm Idwal but also seeing a text book glacial trough and roche moutonnée, meant that the level of excitement was brimming (and that was just Dr Knight!). We wrapped up warm and braced ourselves for another day of fantastic geography. On our way to the Nant Ffrancon valley we stopped at a rather inconspicuous lay-by. What we were about to see was the infamous Pentir Esker, a fluvio-glacial landform. However we students, remember it more as the birthplace of ‘the ring of field trip note taking’, a fantastically innovative way of making notes on a field trip, without a desk or a clipboard, ‘patent pending’.

The following day threatened to feel a bit like the ‘morning after’. However another trip to the coast at Criccieth and looking at the coastal management, soon put our worries aside, helped by some fish and chips and an inspirational display of rock skimming before making our way back to school. Matthew Simonds


Christchurch Bay On a cold, drizzly and damp Tuesday morning, two sets of budding geographers intrepidly packed their clipboards and waterproofs in preparation for a busy day of geography on the south coast. Having fully covered all conversation topics on the bus, we finally arrived at Hengistbury Head, a receding headland, only surviving due to coastal management. Behind the 200m long ‘Long Groyne’ lies the gem of Mudeford Spit. Mudeford Spit contains some of the most expensive beach huts in the United Kingdom, costing around £250,000.

Naish Farm was the place where we spent the smallest amount of time all day and, although short was fairly dramatic, almost leading to the loss of Dr Knight! It is an example of a do-nothing approach due to cost-benefitanalysis (CBA).

favourite case study! The geography was great but we felt slightly let down as it was raining and very cold.

After a 20-second coach journey, we finally arrived at Barton-on-Sea. This heavily managed area is still under threat from erosion that has led to huge metal sheets being driven into the ground. We reached our final destination. Hurst Castle Spit was a favourite of all of ours, and we had been waiting over two years to visit our

Benjy Heffer, Alex Bullard and Mia Borries –Gruber

Many thanks to the Geography Department (and Chris, our coach driver) for a great trip.

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History Politics

As ever, we have organised a series of trips and events. Given events in British, European and American Politics last year and this, as well as new A Level History material, it is as exciting a time to be studying in the department. August saw another series of excellent public examination results, with 100% of students achieving A*-B in both History and Government and Politics at A2, and 98% achieving A*-B at GCSE. We were very proud of these results and the individual successes that they represent. Additionally, we have been pioneering the use of iPads in our teaching and students’ learning, as 2016 saw the start of a two-year iPad trial. The department has been trailblazing the use of IT for some time and after making extensive use of a small number of devices, all Year 12 students in the department were allocated an iPad in September. This has enabled a wide range of activities that we would not have been able to try before, as well as enabling students to make use of our extensive VLE area. I recommend you

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sample the student podcasts on the German economy and the EU to get a flavour of the output of our students! It has been a fascinating time, and we look forward to seeing this go forward to next year and beyond. September saw our successful annual trips to Chepstow for Year 7 and to Westminster for Year 12. In January Mr Craven organised an immensely thought-provoking Holocaust Education Day and we were privileged to hear Janine Webber from the HET share her moving testimony about life as a Jewish girl in occupied Nazi Europe. April witnessed the descent of the sizeable Year 8 on Hampton Court to learn about the Tudor ‘Religious Rollercoaster’. In April and May 2016, our Y12 Politics students took on the daunting task of educating the rest of the school in the ‘Ins’ and ‘Outs’ of the European Union, and organised a school wide vote on the EU referendum. We were also pleased to host another event ‘Are you in or out?’ with Ben

Howlett MP taking on ex-KES parent Tim Newark of Bath Better Out on the finer points of the EU debate with an audience of staff, parents and students from the KES Community. The History Society has seen some vibrant debates on range of erudite topics from the foreign policies of Henry Kissinger to the development of Scientific Understanding and even touching on the meaning of time itself and ‘Did History invent 300 years’?! This club, alongside the ever-popular MUN and Amnesty clubs, demonstrate that the History and Politics department is a truly thriving environment in which to study and work. My thanks, as ever, go to my colleagues Mr Burroughs, Mr Craven, Mrs Graham and Mr Thomas, for their creativity, enthusiasm and commitment throughout this busy year! R Davies


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Maths MAGIC MATHS A few weeks ago, Year 9 was fortunate enough to experience the “Magic of Maths”. Ben Sparks taught us mysterious, mischievous and mindblowing tricks to perform on others. To start, we were obliged to swear an oath to never disclose the logic beneath the mind-boggling tricks to anyone who isn’t gifted enough to figure out the problems. Next, he showed us how to solve three maths problems. First, we learnt how to memorize books in seconds. Next, we were shown how to recall cube roots in moments. Finally, Ben showed us how to read people’s minds. “Magic of Maths” has changed my perspective of my maths lessons; I view questions as challenges rather than chores and problems as mysteries rather than madness. This talk has inspired me to put pen to paper and do some maths! Grace Reid

TEAM CHALLENGE A team of four Y8 and 9 students travelled to The Royal High School on 18th April to take part in the UKMT Team Maths Challenge. The team spent the day solving challenging Maths problems in four separate rounds. They worked extremely well and excelled in the last round - the relay. The relay mixed Maths and sprinting, where KES scored near full marks, demonstrating they can work accurately even under time pressure! Throughout the day they used a variety of mathematical techniques including logic and analysis skills, as well as showing great teamwork. Their hard work and practice beforehand paid off, as they gained top place on the day, beating The Royal High School and Clifton College (who came second and third, respectively). The team are one of 88 out of 1770 who entered to qualify for the finals which will be held in London in June. We wish them the best of luck in the remainder of the competition, where they face even more challenging Maths problems against some of the top mathematicians in their year groups. S McCrorie

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Recently, Jemima, Eoin, Oscar and I attended a Team Maths Challenge. It was held at the Royal High School and surrounding us was a lot of tough competition! We faced 4 difficult rounds, each of them with their own twist. For example, there was a relay challenge where we had to run to get a question and submit an answer, which was a lot of fun. Aside from the maths, we got to eat some tasty cookies and had a nice lunch! It was great to win in the end, and now we are preparing for our next challenge – the national finals! Sonja Weldon


PI MEMORY CONTEST 3.14159…. Do you know the next digit? And the one after that? Well, there happen to be 6 people in the school that know a lot more than that. Every year, the 14th March is celebrated in the maths department as Pi day. Pupils have a go at the Pi Day Dingbats quiz. They learn lots of interesting facts about Pi like this one:

year, we knew the school record of 279 from last year was under threat. There were some impressive performances from pupils from year 7 to year 13. Last year’s champion, Oscar Long, on his second attempt, managed to defend his crown, smashing his own school record with an unbelievable 466 digits. Full results:

We search to see whose birthday appears the earliest in the sequence. We also have a go at trying to learn the digits of Pi by composing poems like this one.

Oscar Long Joshua Dreelan Sunrise Sun Max Smith Lollie McKenzie Kieran Borovak

466 300 96 64 51 32

Sir, I have a rhyme excelling, In mystic power and magic spelling, Celestial spirits elucidate, For my own problems can't relate.

To put Oscar’s achievement into context, this is equivalent to learning not just every mobile number in 9M, his form, but also every mobile number in 9L.

The most successful pupils then compete in the annual KES Pi Memory Contest. With the top two finishers from last year returning this

Well done to everyone who took part. R Pagnamenta

JUNIOR MATHS CHALLENGE On Thursday 28th April, Year 7 and 8 students put their problem solving and logic skills to the test in the Junior Maths Challenge. Attempting to answer up to 25 tricky problems, students had to use their mathematical knowledge, in some cases even beyond the syllabus, which demanded them to think creatively. The challenge is multiple choice, although students had to be careful not to guess as they could eventually lose marks for an incorrect answer! After a challenging (but fun) hour, students then eagerly awaited their results. After a couple of weeks, we were delighted to get an impressive number of certificates. 85 students were awarded a certificate, which is an excellent achievement! 14 students were awarded a gold certificate, which ranks them amongst the top 7% in the country, and an

even more impressive 6 students qualified for the Junior Kangaroo. These students are: Isaac Taylor, Sonja Weldon, Indi Jones and Amhar Shazuli in Year 8, and Conrad Perry and Niels Steinhoff in Year 7. They have the opportunity to sit another hour-long paper, which will potentially allow them to gain entry to the Junior Maths Olympiad. This year we are pleased to announce a new award: the Geoff Staley Cup, Geoff was an inspiring previous Head of Maths at King Edward’s School. The cup will be presented to the overall top-scoring student in the Lower School. Huge congratulations to Isaac Taylor, who achieved an impressive 105 points and is the proud first winner of this trophy. Well done! S McCrorie

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Spanish ¡Felicidades!

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PAMPLONA EXCHANGE: KES PERSPECTIVE When I offered to take over the running of the Pamplona exchange from Bristol City Council in 1996, little did I think that I would be running it for the next 15 years and that I would have spent eight months ‘living’ in Pamplona by the time I had finished! In the early days, I continued to take those schools that already participated - Shrewsbury, Clifton High, Parkstone Grammar school for Girls , St Albans High School for Girls, Beechen Cliff, Redmaids’, QEH, Devizes School. On the return visit we’d arrange days out that all could get to - theme parks in London and Wales and a water park on the south Coast. All good fun but a logistical nightmare. The exchange was 18 days then too - great to get really immersed in the language and culture. Since then we’ve simplified - it is now only KES students and the exchange is just under two weeks. The principles are the same though:

English pupils and Spanish pupils spend time in each other’s homes, to gain more knowledge of the language and culture. It’s simple but it works! The longer you spend in a country, the more you understand it, the better your language skills and, of course, there are added social benefits. Pupils become more resilient, adaptable, and often grow to appreciate their own home and family a little more after extended absence! Highlights for me have been getting to know anther region and city in Spain, making lasting friendships with many of the Spanish staff, and seeing my own children develop a love of Spanish after their many exchange visits. For the pupils the benefits are significant and, more importantly, many have a really good time, returning to their penfriend independently, some for the famous Sanfermines and Bull Run, and choosing to take the subject at university. Some have even become Spanish teachers! Let’s hope it continues for at least another 25 years! P Bougeard

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PAMPLONA EXCHANGE: SPANISH PERSPECTIVE Easter and the first weeks of July have meant only one thing to me for the last 15 years – The School Exchange with King Edward’s and my school in Spain, Colegio San Cernin in Pamplona.

Though both sets of exchange students are initially and naturally anxious about the experience, the confidence and security gained in living with a “foreign” family for 11 days are immeasurable, especially as they take place during some of the holidays. Most students return on both sides feeling and commenting It is with enormous pride that once again, students that their language skills are so much better. from the school are coming to the Bath area for Our students not only get to practice what the 25th time, something that underlines the excellent partnership our schools have had. It’s not they’ve been learning (with the added emphasis that the words, Please, Thank You and Excuse that common that schools maintain an exchange for so long and it’s something that doesn’t happen Me are also used!) but to also see that English food (which still has a poor reputation in Spain) by accident. It is to be celebrated. isn’t as bad as they’re led to believe and that Olive Oil is now also used for cooking and not The Exchange to Bath still remains one of the just for curing earache. most popular Colegio San Cernin offers to its students as English becomes the predominant Naturally the weather quickly becomes a “foreign” language in Spain, although with the talking point for our students (a healthy internet, easy access to popular culture and the sign they’re adapting to British culture). wide use of social media, English doesn’t appear as alien as it may have been when we first started Very occasionally they may say “Hace calor aqui” (It’s hot here!). But usually it’s “Otra the exchange.

vez lloviendo” (It’s raining again), but that’s no different to when KES students arrive in Pamplona to be greeted with torrential rain (as happened this year) whilst expecting glorious sunshine. Sorry! Northern Spain is different! I’ve been very lucky that the considerable work required to organise an exchange has been made substantially easier by my “partners” at KES. First Pamela Bougeard (and of course Alan Bougeard) and now Begoña Charlton. Through meetings and email, we try and facilitate the successful exchange but ultimately it’s down to the families, and of course the students themselves. Five students from San Cernin are returning again this year, which I think underlines what a positive experience the exchange can be. They’re not the first to return on an exchange and I am certain they aren’t the last. Here’s to the next 25 years! C Kyprianou

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ONATTI SPANISH PLAY – PRIMERA CITA (FEBRERO 2016) One Friday at the end of February, all of our Year 8-11 Spanish pupils had a treat to end the day. Instead of going to normal lessons in Period 5, they went to the Wroughton Theatre to watch a brilliant performance in Spanish by Onatti Productions. Onatti have visited us several times before with their entertaining comedies, and this year’s show – Primera Cita (First Date) – was as good as ever. The story consisted of a hilarious observation of two love-struck Spanish teenagers, María and Carlos, as they get ready for that most important Primera Cita! Although there were only two actors, both Spanish, they managed a number of costume changes and were so energetic and funny that they had the audience hooked from the word go. Most importantly, the Spanish was clear and accessible to all. (Some time had been spent in lessons, preparing the pupils by looking at new vocabulary and outlining the plot so that they could follow the action easily.) There was plenty of opportunity for audience participation, and a special mention must go to Robyn Coombe, Charley Reed and Greg Taylor, who took to the stage and had us all in stitches.

CÓCTELES EN ESPAÑOL Durante las clases de español del curso 9, cuando estudiábamos la comida, tuvimos un concurso para hacer los mejores cócteles de fruta, zumo, gaseosa y hielo. En el edificio nuevo, hicimos equipos de tres y seguimos nuestras propias recetas que incluían limas, arándanos, frambuesas, colorante y zumo. Por último, hicimos la presentación de un cartel con el fondo de nuestra bebida y hablamos sobre nuestro cóctel. El jurado (de profesores y compañeros) decidió nuestros puntos para cada criterio. Al final, nos tomamos nuestra bebida también. ¡Mi equipo ganó! Cecilia Toke-Nichols

LOS VIAJES DE EDUARDO I took Eduardo the bear with me on my Spanish exchange to Pamplona. I went to a famous ski resort in Spain called Baqueira with my exchange and Eduardo. It is very popular as it is an excellent resort and the King of Spain goes there to ski. Eduardo and I watched my exchange in her ski competition, as well as all the other participants. We also went to look around Pamplona, and I took lots of photos of Eduardo. Eduardo also came with me to a smaller ski resort named Candanchu, where my exchange practices her skiing regularly. I sometimes took Eduardo on the slopes with me, and took some good photos of him in Candanchu and Baqueira. Ellie Gibbs

The Onatti play was a great way to end a busy week and highly motivational for our students of Spanish. We look forward to the next one with anticipation … L Hughes

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COOKING TORTILLA DE PATATAS At the end of the summer term, our Y12 Spanish set got the chance to learn how to make a tortilla española, a delicious traditional Spanish dish. This was an excellent opportunity to widen our knowledge and experience of Spanish culture, as well as enabling us to meet a whole new range of vocabulary whilst cooking. We had a lot of fun making the

tortillas, as well as getting to experience firsthand Señora Charlton’s cooking expertise, and of course sampling our culinary achievements was a highlight. Overall, this is just an example of how learning a language and having a deeper understanding of its inherent culture can be both dynamically engaging and highly enjoyable. Rebecca Horrocks-Taylor

MY YEAR AT KES Time has flown since I joined the Spanish Department at KES last September! I have truly enjoyed my lessons with different groups and it has been a great opportunity to learn from the rest of the colleagues in the Department. They have all been extremely supportive and have made me feel very welcome and included, right from the beginning. It will be difficult to find pupils as motivated as those I have had the pleasure to teach here. This year at KES has allowed me to become immersed in the English culture and gain an insight into the British education system. Apart from teaching me a lot, my experience at KES has been crucial to my professional career as I have decided to do a PGCE in MFL at the University of Bristol next September. I am very grateful to the School and to the Spanish Department in particular for this amazing year and I will miss it a lot! Irene Távora Martínez

CHOCOLATE CON CHURROS AT LA TASCA After school, we ate chocolate con churros in La Tasca with the Spanish department and another class. We all walked into town to the restaurant -La Tasca. As we were waiting, ready to eat, we took photos with EduardoThe Spanish department’s osito. When the churros arrived, we all devoured it, not letting a single bit go to waste and afterwards we played a Spanish quiz to get more churros. The whole experience was amazing and I learnt lots of Spanish words along this trip.

SPANISH FOOD TASTING Last summer, the Spanish department organised a food tasting lesson for each class. With many of us having visited Pamplona in the Easter holidays, it was very interesting to taste the vibrant flavours of Spain, such as tiger nut milk, white asparagus, and squid. I, and the rest of my class, thought it was a fun experience, and helped us to understand the culture. Daniel O'Herlihy

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German GERMAN EXCHANGE The exchange this year, unusually, took place at the end of September and we were able to enjoy some beautiful late summer weather, which made the trips all the more memorable. As ever, we were made very welcome by our German hosts. I should like to add my own thanks to all the families involved in the hosting in England, to Ms Losse for all her help and support and to the whole group for being such excellent company during nine full and stimulating days. Exchanges are under threat in many schools and have even disappeared in some, but at KES they are thriving. R Satterthwaite

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This autumn, students from years 9, 10 and 11 went on the German exchange to Braunschweig, and got to experience Germany in a way that no classroom or family holiday could teach us. One perk of the exchange was that we learned much colloquial vocabulary and slang that we would never learn in the classroom – the immersive learning experience was hugely beneficial. By essentially living the life of our exchanges for a week, we got to meet their friends, go to classes with them, and experience their extra-curricular activities. We also got to see what their family life was like, and it was interesting to compare them to our own. The daily activities were really exciting, and the Berlin trip, while a long day, was one we’ll never forget. It was rewarding to experience another European culture.

The German students were really friendly and made sure we felt at home. During the first twenty-four hours most of us felt shy, but we soon made great friends with our exchanges. Another benefit of the exchange was making new KES friends. Because it’s such a small group, and we were all in the same nervous boat, we supported each other and became closer, even though the other KES students may have been from different years, or were people we might never have made friends with otherwise. We would recommend going on the exchange for anyone who wants to improve their accent or vocabulary or wants to learn about German culture - and has a sense of adventure! Jasmine Hearn and Oscar Taylor


MY KES EXPERIENCE Thinking back now about the last ten months it is sometime nearly incredible for me to believe how many things have happened and how much I have learned over this period of time. Before I came to England I didn’t even know that a city called Bath existed and that it is one of the most beautiful cities of the UK. I had no clue about what IGCSE, 6th Form, A-Levels, Key stage 1, 2, 3 and many other words meant. Therefore I was very curious and eager to explore a new country, its people its culture and its school system. From the very first second on when I entered the building of KES I felt welcomed and accepted. I was impressed by the family atmosphere, the friendly colleagues and students as well as the modern buildings and equipment of the school. The unique experience of teaching children from Junior school to A-Levels not only widened my horizon but also enabled me to get to know the thoughts and opinions of so many young people who care about the world, which was always a pleasure for me. I hope that for at least some of the students our time together was as enjoyable as for me and I wish them all the best for their future! I will miss England and Bath a lot next year, but even more the colleagues and students who made this experience first of all possible and secondly so unforgettable. Thank you! Katharina Kurz

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French AIX EXCHANGE The 2016 French Exchange took place at the end of the spring term. Mr Haynes and I travelled with an intrepid and enthusiastic group of pupils to our partner school, La Nativité, in Aix-en-Provence. During our stay we visited Marseille, Arles and the idyllic Mediterranean resort of Cassis. We were fortunate that the weather was fine and we saw lots of sunshine and blue skies, which made a nice change! We were also very lucky to be given a guided tour of Aix, followed by a reception in the town hall, both of which were organised by the Bath-Aix Twinning Association. We had an excellent trip and my thanks go to the both the pupils, whose engagement, humour and participation were outstanding, and also to Mr Haynes who kindly offered to help me run the trip. E Grainger

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The 3am unearthly start, new family, lifestyle and a completely different language couldn’t sound more alarming! However despite the initial awkwardness of meeting and the general apprehensiveness, the adjustment definitely comes at you faster than you’d expect. The host family are keen to welcome you and encourage you right from the start. You try out some pretty exciting things such as food or activities which otherwise you’d avoid at all costs back at home. On the whole, remaining calm and persistent throughout can bode well as you form friendships, confidence and a better knowledge of French, regardless of the starting point. Maddie Sparrow


AU REVOIR KES For a quarter of a century I have taught French conversation at KES . That sounds awful doesn’t it, and makes me feel ancient! I started in September 1990. At that time , I taught only Y12 and 13 because of my commitments in two other private schools. I shared the broom cupboard with Mrs White , the Spanish Assistant, but not at the same time ! Only the 6th form was mixed. Every year brought new faces and new improvements to the school . Later I started teaching Y10 and 11 to help them prepare for their oral exams, so with bigger groups, I had access to “normal” classrooms . I have really enjoyed teaching French to bright and well-mannered students as well as less willing and confident ones who took longer to discover the joys of speaking French. I also like to share with them all aspects of French culture . PARIS 2015: MINUS ONE PASSPORT! This was one of the hottest weeks of the year in England and France. The temperature in Disneyland was 35 degrees Celsius. Luckily we had our own air-conditioned coach to breeze in and out of Paris in. A long double journey, but comfortable with a good selection of DVDs to watch: also the novelty of breathing in the sea air on the cross channel ferry. Our coach driver gave us a humorous commentary on our entrance into the city of light. He also provided a heart-stopping moment on arrival in Dover when he discovered he had forgotten his passport! However, French passport officials are very happy to welcome us, but the British are a little stricter about letting anyone back in to Blighty!

Paris lived up to expectations: sumptuous buildings visible from the boat trip along the Seine, the ever extraordinary Eiffel Tower - how could they ever have imagined it as temporary, to be pulled down a few years later! And how did Gustave Eiffel persuade them not to? The Louvre was as vast as ever, although once you've seen the Mona Lisa, the other rooms are less crowded, and arguably more interesting, full of new discoveries on each visit. For many, the attraction of Leonardo's painting is as mysterious as her smile, but she still draws you back. The Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Sacré-Coeur: these iconic names and images say it all - what's not to like? A Vass

In 26 years here , I taught several generations of boys and girls, including my two sons who were third generation OEs, because my father-in-law and my husband were also OEs and when they visit the school , they are amazed at all the changes . We are lucky to have such excellent facilities now in the Modern Languages Department. Thanks to the internet and intranet, the students have access to videos, recordings and films in foreign languages, which makes the learning process more fun and authentic. Students can then realise that French is not just a subject they have to learn at school, it is a language they can all use when they visit France or any French speaking country in the world . Most of the students who study A’Level French spend a year in France to improve their language and discover more of the culture . My time here has been really happy and I will miss not only the less formal teaching in small groups, but also the buzz of the place, and the contact with the students and the teaching and non teaching staff . M-N Davis

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‘Treasured memories for us all’.

KES now commands an enviable reputation in the South West for not only excellence in classroom practical music making, but also in our depth and breadth of extra-curricular musical opportunity. Our strength lies in the fact that our pupils can experience a wide variety of activities while specialising in personal favourites. These few columns can’t fully convey all the fun of our 50 performances, 450 instrumental and vocal lessons a week as well as all the different styles, genres and ideas we have enjoyed exploring in class, but I’m sure you will love reading what the musicians themselves are saying about some of the highlights. That said, I think it is important for me to highlight several of the major musical initiatives this year. Composing: As you are aware, we are very lucky to have our own highly talented composer in residence, Mark Boden. Within the music team this has reinforced our ethos of the importance of contemporary music and composition. Challenging modern works have been integral to this year’s repertoire with the likes of Will Todd, Bob Chilcott and Philip Stopford sung in Bath Abbey, and of course the fabulous, powerful and moving work at the Bath 200 Gala Concert for massed choirs Deep Field by Eric Whitacre, where KES Senior Orchestra accompanied our partner orchestra Bath Philharmonia. Music South West joined us for a second year in a March weekend workshop to perform and give feedback on some of our top GCSE and A Level Musicians’ compositions. Our new KES Voices Choir for Years 7 & 8 swung into action under the expert direction of Adrienne Hale, and we revived our highly valued Parent/Staff and Friends of KES community choir run in conjunction under the direction of the inspiring Shean Bowers, the Assistant Director of Music of our vocal partners, Bath Abbey. One special memory that will certainly be cherished for many years was the Cello Group’s performance at the Extravaganza Concert in April of a challenging piece for 15 cellos. To

have so many high level performers in one discipline within one school, playing such beautiful music is rare indeed! Bravo to Shena Powers who directs this wonderful group! We’ve professionally captured on CD some great memories from KES Soul, directed by Mark Boden. This recording for charity includes their fabulous repertoire at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. They have roamed far this year delighting audiences in the wider community in a joint concert with Bath’s City Sound Choir, and blitzing ‘Party in the City’ as a headline act in the Guildhall! Importantly, we also had the huge privilege of working in partnership with the Drama Department in putting on a fabulous musical, Fiddler on the Roof. With a hugely gifted stage band made up of 50% top KES Pupils (including the show’s title fiddler): Lydia Shephard, Elise Maylor, Hannah Truelove, Sebrina Lambert-Rose, James Brennan, Max Entwisle, Theo West, Will Lambert, Xavier Raynes and Cameron Anderson. They learned alongside gifted professional musicians to support the wonderfully talented cast. All worked so hard in energetic vocal rehearsals in order to accurately bring to life the rich four and five part harmonies that reviews cite were astonishingly professional! I’d like to not only thank the pupils for all their enthusiasm and commitment to the projects undertaken, but also the parents who support them. We know what supporting a musician in a performance programme like ours means – thank you! I would also like to give my heartfelt thanks to our team of highly professional, talented and deeply committed academic, instrumental, vocal and administrative staff. They are an inspirational team who make these successes come to life. Not only was this year a rousing success, but next year will, I’m sure, be filled with even more treasured memories for pupils, parents and staff alike! R Drury Director of Music

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PRIZEGIVING This very special celebration of Senior School pupils' achievements is the Music Department’s first public performance opportunity of the academic year. The Baroque Group was in the vanguard engaging parents and pupils as they took their seats in the Sport’s Hall, with a hugely impressive 30 minutes of repertoire despite only two week preparation! They played with poise and elegance, and steadily built in energy as the start of proceedings approached. Staff, VIPs and our guest speaker entered the hall, the whole of the KES Senior Orchestra joined in with a rousing performance of The Grand March from Aida by Giuseppe Verdi. REMEMBRANCE DAY ASSEMBLY A solemn and poignant occasion included a full CCF contingent who paraded in the Sports Hall in front of the rest of the Senior School and at the appointed time, James Brennan performed the Last Post and Reveille superbly in front of this smartly turned out cohort. Many members of both staff and pupils commented that James played these exposed pieces with real polish and sensitivity, and it will be a long time before a performance like that will be matched, I’m sure!

Great Marlborough Street, London, where the college began as an examination body. In 1991, LCM became part of Thames Valley University, renamed the University of West London in 2011. It is an International Examinations board offering a wide range of subjects and is well respected worldwide. The Music Department here at King Edward’s were delighted to offer our students who have singing lessons the opportunity to take Music Theatre exams back in November 2015 for the first time. Sixteen students were entered for exams ranging from grades 3-8. Fourteen of them passed with Distinction and two with Merit. These were truly excellent results and we have decided to add these exams to the school calendar as an annual event. The students were trained and accompanied by me, the Senior School singing teacher here at KES, and I am ever so proud of all their hard work, talent and their wonderful achievements. Huge congratulations to everyone!

Suite No. 1 in G major. It was wonderful to see so many accomplished soloists and highlights included Alba Hubbard (Piano), Jessica Litherland (Voice), Lydia Shephard (Violin), Anna Thomas (Piano) and Ali Meehan (Guitar). The music continued even throughout the interval with Alba Hubbard and Will Lambert entertaining the audience with improvised jazz piano in the Holburne Café. The concert concluded with the impressive Three Cellos and a Piano (Sebrina Lambert-Rose, Emma Jones, Morgan Jones & Jim Brennan) who wowed the audience with their performance of David Popper’s Requiem. We will miss the musicians who are leaving us this year and wish them the best of luck in the next stages of their lives. K Folan

EXTRAVAGANZA CONCERT The Extravaganza Concert programme was eclectic and included a range of performances in both classical and popular music styles. It was a wonderful showcase of the wide range of A Hale ensembles on offer at KES from String Quartet to KES Soul. The evening opened with a resounding performance from KES Brass led by our brass WOODWIND MASTERCLASS Our first woodwind masterclass at KES and was teacher Mr Griffin and was followed by many more fantastic contributions from our Specialist run as part of our highly successful partnership AUTUMN COLOURS CONCERT with Bath Philharmonia. The hugely talented lead Music Staff. Cello Club and KES Voices were This year’s Autumn Colours Concert was a heady clarinettist, Claire King, who has already worked both new in September, and it’s astounding to mixture of warm and receptive music. A capacity with our KES Senior Orchestra as a woodwind see how much these groups have grown and audience gathered in the subtly lit top floor of developed in just a year. There are so many tutor in our Side-by-Side Project with Bath Phil the Wessex Building, with its fabulous views cellists in the Cello Ensemble that it was a expertly put six pupils (Ella Cudmore - Clarinet, across the twinkling lights of Bath, featuring struggle to fit them all onto the stage! Bella Antcliff - Saxophone, Lily Robertson stunning performances by pupils of all ages and - Oboe, Will Lambert – Clarinet, Billy Harman – We heard from three of our school choirs, who abilities. It was the first such concert in this new Saxophone and Jemima Millar – Oboe) through all performed new pieces and the evening ended facility of superb visual and acoustic design, with an outstanding performance from KES Soul. their paces in front of a very warm audience in starring the sound of our new Kawai grand piano. the Wessex Building. Claire’s warm character Around 200 pupils were involved in the concert Special thanks go to the superb accompanist for quickly put all the pupils at ease and allowed this year and we thank every pupil and leader the evening, Peter Blackwood, and the twentythem to shine. All in the room clearly able to see for their time and commitment. We look forward three talented KES performers who wowed the each performance lifted to new heights. We look to welcoming new members in September and room with a whole host of different styles from hope that many of our Y13 members continue to forward to more masterclasses next year and Boccherini and Bridge to Brahms and Bartok. develop their ensemble skills in the next stages hope you can enjoy and learn from them too! Vinny Senthil Kumar Y11 rocked on the drums, of their lives. and Will Lambert Y12 gave an accomplished R Drury performance that really demonstrated the L Perris colours of our new piano. HOLBURNE CONCERT THE BATH 200 GALA Due to the early arrival of little Mary Drury, LCM EXAMS Bravo to over 200 KES performers that took part Mr Drury was unable to attend the Holburne While the ABRSM exam board is well known in this collaboration with our great partners, Concert this year. Miss Perris and I were and understood here at KES, many people Bath Philharmonia. In support was the Assistant astounded by the high level of professionalism have not heard of The London College of Music Director of Bath Abbey, Shean Bowers who and musicianship that the pupils showed (LCM) which is one of the largest specialist directed in rehearsal the Parent/Staff and friends throughout the rehearsals and on the night Music and Performing Arts institutes in the of KES Choir. The two other works, Carol Orff’s of this, our first Holburne Concert. Bryce LeeUK. It has a long history of music education O Fortuna from Carmina Burana and the newly Sukulic opened the evening with a stylish and dating back to 1887, when it was situated in composed Deep Field by Eric Whitacre were confident performance of Bach’s Prelude from

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performed by the combined choirs of KES Senior Choir, KES 24, KES Voices, KES MEN and the Parent/Staff and friends of KES Choir accompanied by the KES Senior Orchestra and the magnificent Bath Philharmonia! Over 200 performers in front of a sell-out audience also saw three senior KES musicians, Anna Thomas – Bassoon, James Brennan – Trumpet and Sebrina Lambert-Rose – Cello perform movements from concerti accompanied Bath Phil. The KES Senior Orchestra and Bath Phil performed John William’s famous suite from Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and in a special multimedia performance. Our resident composer, Mark Boden, conducted the première of his new three movement composition, Pamoja!. Pamoja! was written as an underscore to a wonderful set of three films by the talented Y12 KES pupil, Finlay Moorhouse. Huge thanks to the Bath Phil team, their Side-by-Side Project workshop tutors and their conductor Jason Thornton. I can’t express the admiration I have for the sheer quality of genuine art produced by everyone that evening in a school concert. It was truly moving: I certainly have not seen the likes of it before! R Drury CELLO GROUP One of the highlights of my musical life here at KES has been the Cello Ensemble with Ms Power. The repertoire, Hymnus and Humoresque by Klengel, are challenging yet hugely enjoyable pieces to play for the whole group, and after two terms of weekly rehearsals, we successfully performed them both at the KES Extravaganza concert in April. Such a large and talented ensemble of cellos is very rare indeed, and I know I speak on behalf of all the cellists when I say that this year has not just been hugely valuable in terms of learning about the skills of string ensemble playing, but also a huge amount of fun! Sebrina Lambert-Rose KES STRING QUARTET The KES String Quartet is an invite-only group with members from across the school. We meet once a week and are directed by violin/ viola teacher, Mrs Hampson-Gilbert. We have had two big performances this year. Our first performance of the year was in Bath Abbey at the magical Carol Service in December where we played a large selection of famous carols as

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the congregation took their seats. Our next recital was in the Extravaganza concert in April where we performed Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5 and Alexander Borodin’s Scherzo. We have been practicing the latter since September so it was a very special moment when we performed the scherzo for the first time after so much hard work perfecting this very challenging piece of music. We are very much looking forward to playing in our third major performance of the year at Founders’ Day and look forward to the prospects of new members and many more performances next year. Hannah Truelove THE KES 24 This is the first year for KES 24, the vocal group that evolved from KES 16. This auditioned choir is made up of pupils from the Lower School all the way through to the Upper Sixth and thus truly represents the whole of the Senior School. Our repertoire has been hugely varied, from amazing popular song vocal arrangements such as the Pentatonix’s Daft Punk Medley to glorious madrigals such as, Mother I Will Have a Husband by Thomas Vautor. We sang in many school assemblies over the three terms, performed in Pamoja! and Nativity by our own Mark Boden, as well as taking a leading role in the school Carol Service in Bath Abbey where we performed amazing contemporary choral works including The Shepherd’s Carol by Bob Chilcott and the sumptuous My Lord Has Come by Will Todd. The highlight of the year had to be the Mid-Somerset Festival Unaccompanied Madrigal Class where we were awarded first place. With the Upper Sixth members soon to leave KES 24, we know the voices of the younger members will grow and add to KES's growing reputation for musical excellence. Jim Brennan MEN Different from many other KES music groups, the school’s male voice choir – “MEN” was the brainchild of a former pupil and much of its repertoire is suggested and decided upon by the members of this fine group. With the much appreciated music staff support, MEN has given those of us who suspected we had a relatively decent (but otherwise well-hidden) “voice” an opportunity to enjoy singing combined with the camaraderie of like-minded blokes. (Think Welsh choir with English accents!). We have enjoyed working on and performing an eclectic range of songs, from “Do you hear the people sing?” to “Somewhere only we know”.

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Performances have included musical interludes at charity events, choral competitions and traditional evenings of musical entertainment. The residents of Bridgemead in particular have had a soft spot for our sing-along-a-men tune collection! Not only have we performed these uplifting popular songs, but we have also taken a lead role in the performance of epic classical repertoire in the major concerts and services of the year, the Carol Service, The Gala Concert and a good number of us are singing in Founder’s Day too! I would like to give personal thanks on behalf of MEN to Miss Perris who has supported and assisted us in our hobby, after taking over as group director, something we are most grateful for. Alex Llewellyn KES SENIOR CHOIR The Senior Choir has undergone a considerable change this year being now only for Year 9 and above and a reduction to one rehearsal a week! Whilst this has meant a slight reduction in singers, it has allowed rapid progress through repertoire in particularly challenging music. The year started off with upbeat, popular numbers like Beautiful by Linda Perry, Bring Him Home from Les Miserables and I want you back/ABC from the Jackson 5. Bring Him Home became a choir favourite and our resulting polished and wellcommunicated performance moved the audience at the Extravaganza Concert in April. We once again took centre stage in the Carol Service with our bouncy and clean rendition of Out of Your Sleep by Richard Rodney Bennett, as well as providing the more challenging harmonies in the massed choir performance of See, Amid the Winter’s Snow arranged by Richard Lloyd and the congregational carols. O Fortuna from Carmina Burana provided our standout moment at the Gala: so loud, we are told, that it pinned everyone to the back wall! Our last job for the Summer Term is performing the magnificent Vivaldi’s Gloria accompanied by the Baroque Group again in Bath Abbey, at the Founder’s Day Service. What a great finale! R Drury KES VOICES KES Voices is the Lower School choir run by Mrs Hale. It was a new choir, set up this year, and everyone involved has thoroughly enjoyed it. Throughout the course of the year, we have performed in a large number of concerts, beginning with the wonderful Carol Service in Bath Abbey, where we joined with other choirs and also sang a carol on our own, Now is Born the Divine Christ


Child by John Purifoy. In the Spring Term, we sang Budapest by George Ezra and What a Wonderful World by Bob Thiele & George David Weiss at the ‘Music While You Munch’ Lunchtime Concert, which sounded wonderful. My favourite moment was the Mid-Somerset Festival at the Guildhall where we performed these same songs in a competition against other choirs. It was like being in Eurovision except at the Guildhall and with fewer sequins! Our final Spring Term performance was in the school’s Gala Concert, joining with the Senior Choir to create a lovely warm, full sound as we performed O Fortuna and Deep Field, which is a celebration of the infinite wonder of the universe and the mystery of existence! It sounded great, and on that epic note, we finished for the term. We are now looking forward to singing in the Founder’s Day Service and some of us are singing in the Lower School Concert this term too. Within the choir, we all got on well and enjoyed our rehearsals and performances, and I will miss KES Voices as I move on to Year 9. Isobel Hodge PARENT, STAFF AND FRIENDS OF KES CHOIR The Parents, Staff and Friends of KES Choir met for its first rehearsal for the Gala Concert squashed into one of the music rooms at school. From the fabulous response, larger premises were clearly needed so we moved to the great space at the top of the Wessex building. Shean Bowers, Assistant Director of Music at Bath Abbey hosted the rehearsals patiently taking us through our paces and brushing up our aural skills along the way!

KES SENIOR ORCHESTRA Leading the Senior Orchestra over the past few years has been an absolute delight and something I will truly miss. Our magnificent partnership with the Bath Philharmonia has once again been a huge success, with everybody gaining much valuable insight and experience into the professional world of music. We’ve played thrilling repertoire but the amazing and challenging Deep Field by Eric Whitacre was where brave new performance techniques were worked on carefully in the masterclasses in the Side-by-Side Project. These sessions were most enjoyable and the fabulous Bath 200 Gala Concert, even more so; the spectacular venue of the Assembly Rooms in Bath contributed in making the evening truly unforgettable. We are most thankful to all the professional musicians, Jason Thornton, conductor of the Bath Phil, of course to Mr Drury our conductor, and the other music staff for all their hard work and dedication to the project. One of my favourite pieces performed during that evening was Mr Boden’s incredible ‘Pamoja!’ which really struck a chord with me, along with Fin’s projected picture slide which made the whole atmosphere magical. All in all, I will truly miss KES music and wish I could start the whole journey again! Lydia Shephard

KES WINDBAND The year began with a change of conductor as Miss Perris took over from Miss Goodall. We rehearsed a range of music including Flourish for Windband by Ralph Vaughan Williams and the exciting theme from the film Captain America. The highlight of the year was our performance of a medley of songs from Disney’s The Lion King at the KES Extravaganza Concert whose component pieces encompassed a range of genres and colours. As the pieces progressed, the focus shifted between different sections of the band allowing each to showcase the versatility of their instrument. I have greatly enjoyed being part of KES Windband and anticipate tackling another inspiring repertoire of music next year. Anya Whybrow INTERMEDIATE CLARINET ENSEMBLE There are usually four or five of us in the Intermediate Clarinet Ensemble and we get on really well and enjoy playing music together. We play many different types of music and are led by an enthusiastic teacher, Mrs Cheshire. This year we performed two pieces from our repertoire at the KES Music Extravaganza Concert. Rehearsing these pieces was fun and performing them was an exciting experience. Our first piece was the famous Rondeau by Henry Purcell which was a special arrangement for clarinets. Our second piece, which was my favourite and went down particularly well with the audience, was Mission Impossible. It sounded great and was made more memorable by the creative lighting effects that accompanied our performance! We are all looking forward to playing in more concerts together next year.

KES BRASS Brass group this year was particularly strong and playing first thing on Monday morning was a great way to start the week. It was cold for our first performance carol singing outside Bath Abbey, but we dressed for the weather and had fun and people enjoyed our festive offering to raise money for the We had varied music to learn and the atmospheric Deep Field by Eric Whitacre, inspired Rotary Club. Costa Coffee even brought out us some hot chocolate to keep us warm during our exertions! Alice Chadwick by images from the Hubble telescope, first I think they enjoyed the music too! performed in 2015 is the first piece that I have known to be orchestrated for mobile phone app! FLUTE ENSEMBLE Unfortunately, we didn’t take part in the MidFlute ensemble have played everything from Somerset Festival this year as the Gala Concert was Canon in D to an eight-minute rendition of We all enjoyed performing alongside KES at the same time, but we opened the Extravaganza Bohemian Rhapsody this year. Testing our sight vocalists and the combined Bath Philharmonia concert in April, which made a welcome change and KES Senior Orchestra, which made an reading skills, we have often brought in music as we normally close this event. First we played amazing sound. We look forward to performing that we want to play, whether it be a Glee cover Vivaldi this summer as part of the KES Founder’s the Prelude from Charpentier's Te Deum, an ideal or the Doctor Who theme tune, we will always Day service, in the wonderful Bath Abbey. Thank way to open a concert, followed by the Caribbean- give it a go. There have been lots of laughs and inspired 'Tamboo-Bamboo' by Alan and Peter Pring, one memorable moment where, due to a rather you to Rupert Drury for his enthusiasm and a complete contrast. I have thoroughly enjoyed my long piece in the Extravaganza Concert, we had willingness to include parents in such an event and to Shean Bowers for ensuring we knew what seven years with Brass Group and Mr Griffin and to carefully shuffle along the stage across four wish them all the very best for the future. notes to sing! different music stands to keep up with our music. Our year has been packed with giggles about Linnet Tutcher Louise Grendon – KES Parent forgotten glasses and about playing as many different pieces as we can get our hands on! Iona McKenzie

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PARENTS’ CHOIR Bright and early on a Tuesday morning a mixed ability group of parent vocalists banish the blues of the school run with song! In whatever state we arrive the 8am to 9am session leaves us with a spring in our step. We mainly sing lovely 2/3 part harmony arrangements of anything from gospel to classical with the emphasis being on fun and enjoyment. At the moment we are fairly small in number so would welcome any new faces and voices. We also provide an alternative for those who want to participate in the large scale school performances, such as the Gala Concert and Founders’ Day, but are unable to make the evening rehearsals. As well as kick starting your day tunefully, it is also a really great way to get to know parents from across both the Junior and Senior schools, so please come along and join us. Sarah Phillips KES SAXOPHONE ENSEMBLE KES saxophone ensemble has been thoroughly enjoyable this year. The ensemble has steadily grown ever since Mr Evans joined KES and

we are now at over a dozen members. The highlight for the group this year was without a doubt, performing in the Extravaganza Concert where we played Fun Fun Fun by the Beach boys. For me, it has been very special coming up from the bottom of the group to the top in Year 13 and this trend is definitely set to continue with many of group currently in the Lower School. The team spirit of the group has always been fantastic. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Evans for all his hard work over the last three years and for his provision of biscuits at rehearsals! Without his enthusiasm and dedication the ensemble would be a shadow of its current ability and level. Max Antcliff BAROQUE GROUP/B’ROCK GROUP! Attending the Baroque group this year (even if a bit bleary-eyed first thing on a Friday morning) has been one of the most enjoyable parts of my musical life at KES. We have played a really wide range of pieces, such as Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson, the Game of Thrones theme, Vida la Viva by Coldplay, the Downton Abbey theme, Radioactive by Imagine Dragons, Disney’s Under the Sea, Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah and we are accompanying all the massed choirs

at Founder’s Day this summer in Vivaldi’s famous Gloria. We’ve performed in not just the Carol Service in Bath Abbey and the Extravaganza Concert at KES, but also in a very special and memorable performance at the Intense Pain Unit at the RUH. The ensemble is very talented, and we have learnt a lot this year through Mr Drury and also through each other. Great fun! Sebrina Lambert-Rose ADVANCED CLARINET ENSEMBLE Clarinet group has always been a fun and lively team. I have been a group member for the past seven years and it has been a joy to see it grow from 4 players to so many we have split into Seniors and Juniors! Having 14 senior players has meant that we have been able to play a huge variety of pieces, which, after a bit of work, have sounded rich and energizing, especially with addition a rich depth of sound from Cameron Anderson on the bass clarinet! The Extravaganza Concert this year was a great success with minimal squeaking or slips during the performances of Shenandoah and Fiesta Cubana. Mrs Cheshire has been a great conductor and has managed to keep some of us together if everything falls apart, helped in no small measure by a strong lead from Will Lambert on first. Ella Cudmore

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KES SOUL KES Soul has had an outstanding year and potentially one of the best in the history of the group. One of the highlights for me and everyone else was the recording of our charity album “Inconsoulable”. We had an amazing day at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama recording it in a real studio with an experienced sound engineer and it was surreal hearing our pieces being played back to us in the booth. The only downside was very sore lips after 6 hours of playing! Another highlight was performing at the Charity Concert to raise money for the school charities: Children’s Hospice South West and Moving Mountains Trust. We introduced the audience to a couple of new pieces as well as entertaining them with many old favourites in addition to raising over £1500 on from the event. The group goes from strength to strength under the guidance of Mr Boden and we are really looking forward to Party in the City later this month.

KES CONTEMPORARY Mr Mark Boden’s Pamoja premiered at the KES 200 Gala Concert last term and it was an amazing experience to be part of as it featured so many people from all aspects of the school. KES Contemporary, an ensemble of instrumentalists formed an orchestra with the addition of an extended rhythm section: Bass (Fran Barrett), Kit (Alex Llewellyn) and Guitar (Alistair Meehan). Mr Boden’s piece was complemented by a series of films by Fin Moorhouse, created in conjunction with the composition. The Parent Staff choir also made their debut appearance alongside stunning performances form KES solo vocalists: Lottie Phillips, Gemma Roper and Sophie Mayhew. Elise Maylor

BATH YOUNG MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR One of the most outstanding musical achievements of this year was the selection of one of our Yr. 13 Music pupils, Sebrina Lambert-Rose, to take part in the final of the Bath Young Musician of the Year competition. This took place on the 3rd November against four other finalists in the beautiful surroundings of the Pump Rooms in Bath. Sebrina performed a cleverly balanced programme and captivated the audience with a maturity of interpretation well beyond her years. Her outstanding technical facility left the audience stunned by her vibrant, warm tone and strong projection. With all these elements combining together so well, she won the competition and is now Bath’s highly acclaimed Young Musician of the Year 2015. R Drury

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RS at KES begins to move into a new era from 2016. GCSE and A Level reforms, see the department branching out into new areas of study. GCSE gains the introduction of elements of the study of Islam and Hinduism, whilst the New Testament studies at A Level will begin to branch out into the Synoptic Gospels from its traditional home of the Fourth Gospel. These curriculum changes also herald the initiation of new links with religious groups in the area and beyond. We are beginning to build productive links with the Bristol Muslim Cultural Society and the Institute of St. John, London. This will augment the educational

work that we already do with the Al Khoei Foundation, the BAPS Shri Swaminaryan Mandir, the Cittavivekka Community, and Sarum College, Salisbury.

Links with the Holcaust Educational Trust have continued to be fostered. This year, pupils in Year 9 had the privilege of meeting and speaking with survivor Janine Webber who shared her moving personal account of her wartime experiences in Poland with us. Two pupils in Year 12 also took part in the HET’s excellent Day Trip to Auschwitz programme.

Once again, A Level Philosophers have had the opportunity to meet and work with Dr. Peter Vardy, former vice-principal of Heythrop College, London. His internationally recognised Philosophy & Ethics conferences have once again been of great value to pupils preparing for their examinations this year. Socrates Club has gone from strength to strength, now attracting record numbers of pupils from all year groups and it has been encouraging to see so many discussions lead this year by members of Year 12. It remains, as ever, an open forum for challenging and contentious debate. M Buswell

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Psychology This year has seen the really successful introduction of the new linear A level (AQA). This is a well-organised and varied syllabus examined through 3 x 2 hour papers. Examination now includes a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and essay style questions. Topics covered include Approaches to psychology, Issues and Debates, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Psychopathology - with a larger range of disorders now being studied than occurred on the previous syllabus. Students also study Research Methods, Bio-Psychology, Gender and Aggression. Both the year 12 and year 13 students attended a conference in March 2016, where they had the opportunity to listen to world class Psychologists talking about their work. This included the world’s greatest living psychologist, Dr. Philip Zimbardo, known for his work on the effects of social roles on behaviour. I leave them to tell you about this conference. J Scott-Palmer

PSYCHOLOGY CONFERENCE MARCH 2016: I really enjoyed the whole day. It was especially interesting to hear Mark Griffiths talking about addiction and the argument that addiction can be caused by other factors besides biological factors. Toby Farmer A phrase that really opened my eyes was when Professor Zimbardo said, “ a hero is someone that does, not someone who is”. This inspired me. Alisha Pun One talk by Mark Griffiths about the psychology of addiction highlighted the struggle psychologists have when publishing research in a new field. The talk also made clear how many factors can contribute to addiction. Annie Parry I was really excited about seeing Zimbardo – he is my Psychology hero. I felt really involved in the presentations as they were interactive and really blew our minds at times and made me laugh. Georgie Stacey The best speaker, by far, was Philip Zimbardo who was talking about his entire career in Psychology, from the study of evil to how to make people heroes. Harry Jupe

I liked it lots. The only down side was all the sitting. The talks were fascinating. We learnt how to cope with stress, get better exam grades and what makes good people do evil. The other speakers were also interesting, but for me it was Zimbardo. I even got a picture with him! Best day ever. Theo McKeever Zimbardo stood out to me as a really interesting speaker, specifically related to his idea of systemic evil in which certain systems are built on foundations of evil e.g. the drug industry. In addition to this, I loved the fact that he was an advocate for social change e.g. he is attempting to change China’s ban on advertising the negative effects of smoking. I have certainly taken away some valuable points applicable to both my Psychology work and also my life. Izzy Roynon Zimbardo’s speech was inspiring because he told the story of how he has learnt from the results of his prison simulation study. He is now trying to make ordinary people” everyday heroes”. He was an inspiring speaker and his enthusiasm was definitely infectious. I left the conference questioning what normal people would do when put in certain situations. Eloise Copping

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Science Biology The introduction of the new A-level course has gone smoothly in the ever-growing Biology department, with teachers and students alike enjoying the wide range of practical work. After much hard work, last year’s results were outstanding, with 95% of students getting and A* or A grade at IGCSE, and 85% getting A*- B grades at A-level. As ever, there have been some exciting trips out of school. Yr13 students did their A2 fieldwork on a residential trip to Orielton in Pembrokeshire, undertaking investigations on animals in nearby streams and on rocky shores, enjoying the sunny sand dunes at Freshwater Bay, and planning some excellent investigations to practise the skills needed for their Biology coursework later in the year. They also travelled to @Bristol to gain experience of practical genetic techniques. Using their own DNA extracted from cheek cells, they isolated then copied a single gene before analysing it using gel electrophoresis.

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Bristol Zoo welcomed Y7 in May as part of their work on Animal Variety, Y7 investigated the rich selection of animals and enjoyed hands-on work with the zoo’s exhibits. An exciting new venture for Y12 & 13 this year was the 2016 Biology Olympiad. Joshua Harris attained a Gold Award, and Harry Baird, Isaac Reid and Felix Damer all got Silver Awards. We also took seven Bronze Awards, and number of commendations for high achievement. All our Y10 IGCSE Biologists took on the IOB Biology Challenge too, with 17 pupils attaining Gold standard, 15 Silver and 15 Bronze. Many thanks to Miss Perrio for taking on the organisation of these challenges! The department was joined this year by Ms Stanford Tuck, taking over during Mrs. Kean’s maternity leave, and by Mrs.Fisher who has come in to help Mrs.Denny, our ever-busy laboratory technician, to cope with the many daily demands of the Biology Department.

A particular highlight of the year was October’s Biology Week, with some fascinating presentations from visiting speakers, including Alex Starkie (Ex-KES) with a practical workshop on forensic science, Dr Hannah Family and Professor Roland Jones from Bath University, who came to speak on the effects of drugs and toxins on the brain, and Dr.Debbie Shoemark from Bristol University on the bacterial ecosystem of the human body, and how it affects our long term health. There was also a well-attended anatomy workshop presented by our very own Mr Laney. T Laney


Physics The department was lucky to secure 20 places for year 13 students on a Particle Physics masterclass at the Rutherford Appleton laboratories. This popular day consisted of a series of lectures, a computer workshop and a visit to ISIS, one of the particle accelerators. Everyone was most impressed by the quality of all aspects of the day, even the lunch, and came away with a better understanding of this modern topic. Our pupils excelled in the computer workshop being the first group to find the elusive Higgs Boson from the many sets of data provided. The quiz at the end of the final lecture was also won by one of our students. Overall a superb day enjoyed by all.

Thanks to the generosity of the Parent’s Association the Physics department is now able to buy and store liquid Nitrogen and many classes have already enjoyed the spectacular low temperature experiments possible. R Haynes

ISAACPHYSICS IsaacPhysics is a joint venture by the Department for Education and Cambridge University, which aims to stretch and challenge pupils across the country by setting challenging questions and supporting pupils to find their own answers. As part of this, they run workshops across the country throughout the year The Physics Olympiad yet again tested our most to which sixth form physicists and their teachers are able pupils and produced our best ever set of invited. Mr Harrison from KES and Mr Matheson from results. For the first time we entered six year 13 Beechen Cliff were invited by IsaacPhysics to lead a pupils for the A2 challenge. Two golds, including a workshop in the Bath area. Pupils from three schools top 50 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze awards proved attended and were set a variety of unusual questions the strength of our pupils. Year 12 pupils managed which required some unorthodox solutions. It was to secure 4 gold awards (just over a hundred great to see pupils from several schools interacting and are awarded nationally), 3 silver and 11 bronze working together in this way. We hope to run more of awards. The year 11 pupils secured 1 silver and 11 these workshops in coming years. bronze awards. M Harrison

One of our year 12 students, Isaac Reid, was nominated for a Young Physicist of the year award and was one of 14 local recipients of the Ogden Award, which was presented at an evening ceremony on June 14th at the University of Bath.

Chemistry Year 12 chemists were lucky enough to have 5 PhD students from Bath University’s Centre for Sustainable technology come and talk to them about their current cutting edge research. In two lunchtime sessions of informative and interesting talks, KES chemists were briefed in making biodegradable polymers from orange peel, using yeast to find an alternative to palm oil and using supercomputers to model novel materials: chemistry without the lab coats!

Really enjoyed the talks - thought the speakers were great and the talks were really informative! I feel as though now I need to go out and change the world as well!! Would definitely recommend.

and not necessarily things I'd have got a first-hand opinion on otherwise. I also liked the variety of subjects they've spoken about. –

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The talks were very enjoyable and useful. They covered a wide range of chemistry, from sustainability to the computing-chemistry interface - this was great! – Isaac Reid

Here is what a few of our year 12s had to say about the sessions:

I really liked the speakers and I thought that a lot of the things they said, like how a year in industry would be beneficial, and that it doesn't matter too much what science your undergraduate degree is in were very useful

STEMM Former KES pupil Nas Andriopoulos visited the school on April 15th to deliver a talk in the Wessex building on studying STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine) at university. Speaking to a packed audience of year 12s, he spoke engagingly about his own experience applying from KES and earning a place at Imperial College London; he is now studying chemistry and molecular physics for four years, and thinking

about doing a PhD next year. He gave some really helpful tips and advice - from choosing a course, preparing an application, and eventually getting the most out of university life. We all left feeling a lot more clued up about the academic decisions we need to make in the next year or so, and properly inspired to pursue a STEMM subject at university, having seen the opportunities and experiences that they offer. Nas explained that, by studying a STEMM subject, you get analytic

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skills that will make you employable for the rest of your life. You also make a tangible contribution to society in general and you could create something that will improve millions of lives around the world. It’s also an intellectual challenge – in studying these types of subjects, you will be doing things that haven’t been done before, which you can’t say for many other degrees. Fin Moorhouse

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If you have a lot, give some of your posessions. If you have little, give some of your heart. Luo proverb

As the plane touched down in Nairobi you could be forgiven for wondering whether we were back in Bristol on a sunny day. But as we walked out, frantically totting up our malaria tablets, it became clear that we were emphatically not in Kansas anymore... The city (and indeed the country) was infused with a relentless energy and optimism: everywhere we looked a new building or hotel or bank was growing up. It is cliché to call a country vibrant but that is precisely the word that has to be used to describe all our memories of the flora, the landscape, the animals and people. On the first day, as we watched orphaned elephants roll around in the dust and kissed giraffes and narrowly avoided standing on tortoises, it was clear that things were very much different from home. We headed east towards Siaya, pausing to marvel over the Great Rift Valley (that cradle of humanity) and drove in the ‘Pumba’ and an old school bus. The unusual combination of Willy (the driver’s) Benga music and 80s American folk created a unique trail of sound in our wake. It was a strange experience to finally come face to face with Wagwer School, tales of which enthused us since Junior school. We were instantly made at home by the students and teachers, pleased to finally come face to face with us. Though battered by an almighty rainstorm, we persevered and eventually managed to create our homestead camp for the next ten days. All of us remember the work at Bar Kawandu Primary school, being put to shame by the Kenyan students at our sorry lack of bricklaying prowess and building a new kitchen for the young students there. For many of us the real highlight was helping to teach the primary school students and imparting our passion for our subjects and learning onto them. In

fact, we learnt just as much from the Kenyans: about their way of life, their culture and, most tastily, their cooking. Whilst some of us were doubtful about Ugali (think mashed maize) we all overcame our reservations, added a heck of a lot of umami and kale (clearly the Kenyans are very conscious about superfood fads) and powered through. We and some of our Wagwer hosts travelled to a nearby rainforest to watch the most magnificent sunrise over the canopy stretching as far as our little eyes could gaze. It was with a heavy heart that we left Wagwer, leaving behind many friends, jokes (‘Mank demes’ will surely be the subject of a 23rd century Anthropologist’s thesis) and indeed our very homes. Our Kenyan friends made a lasting impression on us, especially since they were able to communicate in at least three languages! Leone, a student from Wagwer, offered his own Edwardian article and I hope you will all revel in its sincerity, warmth and Kenyan humour. We continued onwards from our Ulamba home, visiting the home of Born Free’s Joy Adamson, coming closer to hippopotami than is advisable and cycling through the ominous but utterly beautiful Hell’s Gate. It was the visit to Solio primary school that really brought home how much difference Moving Mountains had made. A school stood where there were once only UNICEF tents for refugees. We finished with a safari trip featuring bull elephants, rhinos, chimps (no, I’m not talking about Sasha) and more giraffes than you could shake a stick at. It was everything we could have hoped for and more; a neat metaphor for the trip. It remains only to thank all the Moving Mountains staff, our host schools, the teachers, our parents and most importantly: the Wagwer students who kindly let us stay in their school grounds and made a lasting impression on us all. Asante sana! James Darnton

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Our trip was very good since we passed many sceneries along the way. We saw many animals, houses and joyful children greeting us. We then went to Kakamega Nakumatt where we bought some snacks along the way. The room had many things which were pleasant for the eye to see. We even took photos with our beloved friends from King Edward’s. Then we started our journey to the forest. On arrival we saw many species of trees. I was amazed because I found out that one of the trees had over 300 years. Early in the morning we went and climbed a certain mountain to see the spectacular and breadth taking sunrise at dawn. It was very beautiful and attracted the eyes of the tourists.

In the afternoon we played many games which at the end we opt to adopt. They included racing and playing football. We ate our supper which comprised of skills from KES students and Wagwer students. The part I liked the most was the Happy Birthday scene. Sasha and Loui had happy birthday and so we sang to our best. We had also campfire with activities like dancing and singing. We sang also the National Anthem for Great Britain. We sang aloud the names of the most famous like Benjy and Philip from KES. We really exchanged our culture and anything concerning our schools. KES students are amazing friendly and generous in all ways. May God bless our schools, students, teachers and countries.


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The fact that you can walk between the slowly separating Eurasian and North American plates in about a minute is truly amazing.

The Iceland trip was very memorable for us, and gave many opportunities to explore an almost alien landscape. It was truly a unique experience trying to pronounce the names of Icelandic places. Vestmannaeyjar was one of them but turned out to be an interesting island situated off the main coastline that was created by an undersea volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. The first day was definitely the most memorable for us, not just because we were awake for 22 hours but because we went to one of the Wonders of the World, the Blue Lagoon. This marvel of nature is powered by the geothermal heat of inner earth to provide a relaxing and warm environment with many health benefits including the silicone mud that has the weirdest texture. We visited some hot springs and mud pools and then, finally, we travelled the long journey to The Bridge between 2 Continents. This was a mind boggling experience, the fact that you can walk between the slowly separating Eurasian and North American plates in about a minute is truly amazing. The space underneath however is not even classed as a continent, which is amazing.

The first day was, indeed, one of the longest ever experienced but was full of such fantastic geographical and geological phenomena. As well as the Blue Lagoon, we saw an incredible steam vent and mud pools, had a visit to the National Whale Museum in Reykjavik and, just as our energy levels were really flagging, we went whale watching. There were so many Minke whales, we couldn’t believe our good luck! Gullfoss, that iconic waterfall, did not disappoint. Meltwater was cascading over the basalt and lots of spray meant that we all had a good shower! Another shower was taken (unintentionally) as we saw the geysir called Strokkur shoot its hot water into the air. Almost the entire group were standing in the wrong place and were thoroughly soaked! At least the water was warm this time! We then went to Thingvellir and onto the Hellisheidi Power Station. Here we learned the importance of geothermal energy and how Reykjavik uses the electricity and hot water produced.

Further south we found stunning waterfalls that exist on the old coastal cliff line and tremendous glacial scenery at the snout of the Myrdasjokull glacier. A day was spent on Heimaey, a volcanic island that last erupted in 1973. It was finally possible to see how this eruption had threatened the harbour. A trip to the south of the island revealed the rugged nature and we were fortunate enough to see some puffins nesting in the cliffs. We swam in a geothermally heated swimming pool, played football and, for some, there was a cheeky midnight round of golf in the midnight sun! There are so many fascinating things to see and do in Iceland, we only scratched the surface and I hope that some will be inspired to return and see more of this incredible island. My thanks to the pupils for their exemplary behaviour, parents for enabling their children to participate and to my colleagues who were excellent! Dr J Knight

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1ST XV Following the successful reign of John Tidball, 2015 saw the dawn of a new era in KES rugby. Under newly appointed Head Coach, Craig Lilley, an experienced squad took to Macclesfield pre-season tournament to showcase their potential. Winning was the expectation. The integrated combination of year groups had been much anticipated following a successful tour to South Africa. Winning 3 out of 4 competitive matches and ending the day with victory over a physical Lancaster Grammar School set the tone for what was to come.

2ND XV 2nd XV rugby this year has been one of the most successful in KES history. Winning 9 games out of 11, we played with precision, skill and tenacity and above all had great fun during the process and always reached double Bryanston, traditionally our hardest match resulted in a 14 to 24 loss. Despite the loss the side figures in every game we played. We played produced the best first half of the season – we met with a large squad with over 24 different players representing a vastly improving side. them head to head, never stepping backwards. Our season actually started with a surprise 14-12 narrow loss to a strong BGS side. Following half term we faced the muchObviously being our first game we were bitterly anticipated local derby against Beechan Cliff disappointed to come out of the game with a School - the defining match of our season. loss even though it could have gone either way. The traditional BGS opening match was a Connections with Bath Academy had led to an comprehensive 32 to 8 win, turning the tide injection of talent in the Beechen squad. On for KES with the first win in 8 years against Looking to rectify what happened, our next paper we were the underdogs. Walcot RFC set our Bristol rivals. The next fixture against on a floodlight-lit, cold clear Friday evening was game was a local derby against Kingswood. Kingswood, a 32 to 19 win, ended with With our fly half Harvey Giles in exceptional our stage for the ultimate upset. Never giving ‘champagne’ rugby from the forwards. form, we beat a good Kingswood side 42-0 and an inch, fighting for the legacy – dominating set down a real marker to teams for the rest every collision – winning 33 to 0. of the season. It could not have been a better Travelling away in the next two games we learnt hard response to the opening game of the season. lessons. Firstly, at Dauntsey’s School, we narrowly lost From this high we kicked on, beating QEH 17 18 to 22. Despite some strong play from our forwards to 0 and Prior 38 to 0, completing the clean and penalty kicks from Jared Moore, we failed to read sweep against local schools. We finished the After two successive victories against the referee and discipline made the difference. Next season at home with a comprehensive win over Dauntsey’s and King’s Bruton, our biggest win King’s Bruton was a competitive and tense match. of the season came against Monkton Combe Wellington 43 to 3. Leading until the final seconds, from under their own 65-0. In this game Nick McKibbin scored a posts King’s Bruton ran the ball, the length of the contender for try of the season with a passage The team has been one of the most successful pitch – stealing the game with the conversion. Our in KES rugby history. Beechen and Malvern will of individual brilliance mesmerising the season’s darkest hour. spectators and players around him. leave a legacy. Thanks to our coaching team, including Craig Lilley, John Tidball and Sean Malvern offered the rare chance at redemption. Up next was Malvern and this was undoubtedly Lilley and to all our support through the last In the final minutes, trapped defending our posts and unquestionably our best game of the few years. and ultimately the draw, the game was balanced season. The whole team put in a real shift in the on a knife’s edge. What followed was a moment first half and completely killed the game with Joe Jones of madness. Felix Munn plucked the opposition’s game-winning pass out of the sky, running the length of the pitch to score and secure a 12 to 5 win - the season’s resurrection.

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excellent rugby throughout the whole pitch. In the end we won 29-0. Our run of 5 wins with 180 points scored and only 24 points conceded was abruptly halted by a well-equipped Bryanston team; although we lost we still put up a valiant effort putting 17 points past them on the day. Unfortunately, our efforts were not enough and we left bitterly disappointed. We put this behind us and won our remaining 4 games, which featured a tough game at home to Beechen Cliff which we narrowly won 14-7. Overall our season has been superb with a blend of youth in the year 11s such as Tom, Laurence and Joshiv and a wealth of experience and pedigree with the outgoing year 13s. It has been a fantastic year and I would like to thank my teammates, staff and the parents for participating in a fantastic season. The biggest thank you of the season goes to Mr Pell for his endless hours and dedication to bring together such a strong and well organised side.

coach and also the boys that we were a very strong team and we could start to push ourselves beyond what we thought we could do. This was evident at Dauntsey’s where the squad was down to 15 men due to many injuries, so everyone had to put up with the blazing sun and give their all. We kept on battling for a great end result of 51-0. Ali Eddy had been strong throughout the whole season but this game he really showed what he could give and he scored 4 out of the teams 9 tries. Then came probably our easiest game of the season where we won 53-0 in 31 minutes (one point every 35 seconds). At Malvern, our forwards (especially Jack Morgan and William Darvill) had a very good game of constant rucking and fighting for the ball. We ended the game 22-13 up. Hereford meant another big win of 46-0 followed by QEH whom we beat 35-5. Faisal Attia was the stand out player of this game, not only was it his debut but he played amazingly, hitting the rucks, scrums and tackles with everything that he could give.

Ehi Otoide U15A Overall the KES boys’ U15A rugby season was a great success in winning and in learning new skills. We played 13 matches and won 12 of them which was fantastic. The three biggest results of the season were 61-0 against King’s Bruton, 55-0 against Monkton Combe and 56-0 against QEH. The one game we lost was against Beechen Cliff, resulting in a tight 0-15 game. Although the end result didn’t go our way, the boys put in a solid effort. From this experience we were able to take away skills and parts of the game that we need to improve on for the senior teams next year. Well done to Finlay Cook for winning player of the season and to George Freeman for winning most improved. Big thanks to Mr. Mawer who coached us well throughout the season and improved the standards of our game. Robbie Swan U15B Our first game was against a team that we always have close games with, but this year we beat BGS 35-0. Will Darvill was a player that stood out in particular as he got a well-deserved hat-trick just after half time. We travelled to Kingswood’s hilltop pitch and battled the winds and rain to come out with a hard earned victory. Although it was early on in the season, it was clear to the

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Now it was time for our biggest game of the season against our rivals, Beechen Cliff. We played to our fullest potential in this game as we were all determined to win it. It was tough as we were playing in the howling wind and pouring rain but we kept on fighting till the last whistle. We made small mistakes that Beechen pounced on and made us pay and we lost this game 14-7. Down but not out, our next game we bounced back and defeated Prior Park 41-5. Our final game was against a slightly weaker Wellington side and this was the first game for James Finnigan who got a debut try and also kicked by far the best conversion of the season. All of the boys played their hearts out this final game. The boys all put all their efforts into this season and although we had some tough fights that ended in losses, our huge wins drown them out. For me, the player of the season has to be Jack Morgan. He never let his head drop and was always in the right place at the right time and was one of the first to every breakdown and helped to turn over the ball constantly. Great season boys, well done. Harry Harman


U14A As we began the 2015 rugby season we started with the wrong mentality and had little belief in our squad. As we progressed through the season many players, coaches as well as parents saw many positive differences in our play and culture. Although the start of the 2015 rugby season has been tough we really picked it up even with many injuries. We suffered a couple of heavy defeats at the beginning of the season, but we picked ourselves up and almost salvaged a couple of well-deserved wins, but we missed out on this opportunity. During the next few games we only became stronger and performed very well as individuals and as a team against tough Malvern College and Bryanston School opponents. Throughout training we improved on our mistakes and had a better team ethos. We started to put into practise a team structure which improved our gameplay a lot. After a lot of hard work put into training we managed to gain our first win of the season against a strong Bishop of Hereford side. We dominated for the whole game and came out top with our first win of the season. From this point on we only became stronger as a team and put even more hard work into training.

One of the highlights of the season for me was our game against Prior Park. After 5 minutes of playing it became obvious that it was going to be a tough game. Our sheer physicality and mentality meant that we had a one up on them when it came to the performance. We eventually won 24-21 and I was really happy with the team; even if I did find out the result in an ambulance! Overall I think we have improved a lot during the season and I hope we continue to do so as we go up the school. Max Alcock U14B The U14Bs have enjoyed a season of vast improvement culminating in two wins from the final two matches. Injuries in the A team meant many of our better players were absent for some matches, but the boys who stepped up from the C team covered very well and towards the end of the season some of these boys became regulars. The season began with three tough matches against BGS, Kingswood and Dauntsey’s in which the opposition just proved too strong on the day. The next game however against King’s Bruton was winnable and it was only conceding two converted

tries in the last two minutes that meant we succumbed to a 38-49 defeat. More tough games followed against Malvern and Bryanston, however in the latter we managed to defend diligently which kept the score to 15-5 in their favour. After half-term our first match was at Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School, a very tough encounter which just went against us. QEH was up next and after a good first half performance we allowed them to run in tries in the second half leading to a heavy defeat. Against Beechen Cliff, who were probably the best team we had played all season, more dogged defending led us to achieving the respectable score line of 5-17. However the hard work of the team paid dividends in the end with a tight 27-26 win against Prior Park (which included a hat trick for Duncan McAllister). Against Wellington in the last game of the season we continued this form and were once again victorious in a tight match, finishing 17-12. Well Done to: Player of the Season - Sam Holdsworth Top Try Scorer – Duncan McAllister And on behalf the team I would like to thank Mr Garner-Richardson for his excellent coaching all season. Huw Lee

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U13A This year we had a cracking start to the season with our win against Dauntsey’s at home, whom we beat 34-7, showing a lot of structure in our game plan learnt from our training sessions which led us to victory. We showed real grit and determination to hang on against BGS, where we made a comeback, scoring towards the end of the first half and carried on pushing at BGS’ defence. We also showed great determination against Port Regis and nearly beat them, but again we just lost by a few points. My favourite part of the season was when we defended ten or more scrums on our five metre line against Bishop of Hereford and everyone fought hard to push them off meaning we won the match. Unfortunate injuries this season gave an opportunity for other players to join the team who all showed excellent potential and so long-term, we will have a really good squad. As a team we picked up a lot of new skills, techniques and structure, which we utilised

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in the games and this improved our attacking ability and also our defensive game plan. Next year will be even better if we believe in ourselves from the beginning of the training sessions and the moments before a match. Thank you to Mr Barber, Mr Vass and Mr West for all their hard work. Tristan Antcliff U13B This year in the B team’s mixed results flooded the scoresheets with some great victories and some tantalizingly close losses.

Kingswood was our next hurdle and like other seasons we had a match which pushed both sides to their limits. Tough contests continued through our next two matches with Prior Park and Monkton but we managed to seal two victories out of three, with our best result coming against Monkton, where we scored seven well-worked tries. Hopefully, we would continue on in this vein for the rest of the season.

Our season continued with a match against Port Regis, who we played very well against with flowing rugby. The result ended 19-7 to us which we deserved on the way we dominated. The Bs welcomed Bishop Hereford to Bathampton next and narrowly lost 12-0 with We kicked off our season with Bristol Grammar School who are always a strong outfit. Their attack a solid defence in the second half conceding managed to break us down though we did flourish no tries. This was a frustrating match though because we had a few opportunities to get a with a well worked try, it wasn’t enough and we couple of tries and didn’t continue with our lost the match. This was a very good warm up good form. for the team and we would have definitely learnt something for the next match to come.


Our most difficult test this season was our last two matches. Q.E.H managed to keep us at bay and scored a handful themselves. This is match that we learnt from and we tried to progress into the last match positive. We finished with a very strong Beechen Cliff side who managed to penetrate our defence well and scored some tries. We did create a few opportunities though and scored a try ourselves. Though back in the game, we let it slip and lost in the end. We had a great season overall but next time we will have to finish our chances and step it up another gear. Hugh Hudson

U12A I have really enjoyed this season and I think we have come a long way since the start. It has been great to see so many players have the chance to play for the A team, with nearly 30 of us given the opportunity. We have particularly enjoyed learning some of the moves that are used up the school, including in the first team, and we hope that this will lead us on to an even more successful season next year. Out of the 9 games we played, we won 6 and were unlucky to have lost a couple of the ones we did. It was great to end on such a high with the A team beating Wellington 40-0 and the Bs winning 45-0. Tom Bertinet

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hockey 2015 The 2014 season was our most successful to date with our U16s reaching the Regional finals, the U15s having the most amazing, unbeaten season and more girls than ever representing the school. It was going to be tough to emulate this outstanding achievement. However, I am pleased to say, girls’ hockey at KES has continued to raise the bar. Our U18s and U16s reached the semi-finals of the County Championships, but it was the U13s who went one step further and qualified for the Regional finals. Our 1st team have also had their most successful season to date, performing exceptionally well throughout the term, playing 13 winning 9, drawing 2 games which just

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happened to be against Prior Park and BGS. On both occasions, the team played with discipline and creativity and probably should have clinched victory if they had been more clinical at short corners. It is a delight to see the numbers of girls playing continuing to rise, and the standard across the teams making pleasing progress. Our B teams in particular have put some fine performances, but it was the U14Bs that were undefeated, with a strong fixture card the team had some superb wins against the likes of Prior, Colston’s and BGS, to name but a few.

Our other teams this year have continued to display great enthusiasm and commitment. There have been many successes throughout the season for many of our teams. Our 2nd team, coached by Miss Perrio have been a dedicated and cohesive group of players. She has been proud of her troops and the many pleasing performances they displayed. The 3-1 victory over Wycliffe College was a fitting end to the season. Due to the fantastic numbers of senior girls playing, our 3rd team have had a good number of fixtures and it has been a very successful season having won 5 out of 6 games, including wins against Prior Park and BGS. At times these girls have played some thrilling hockey, of which any 1st team would be proud.


Special thanks to our Year 13 pupils, who have been so dedicated to Hockey over the years. We wish you every success for the future and thank you for all you have contributed. The year 7s and year 8s have worked relentlessly on developing their athleticism, ball control and understanding of the game. The year 7s enjoyed a thoroughly enjoyable tour down to Exeter, where they also played Wellington, Taunton school. The season has been busy and thoroughly enjoyable. Hockey at KES continues to improve and it is a delight to see our teams regularly reaching the last four schools of the County competitions. Our girls are beginning to believe in their ability and they are proving that they can compete with the best of them. With the added bonus of our new flood lights and the newly awaited Astroturf, due to be laid in the summer, this will undoubtedly have a positive effect on Hockey at KES. L Young Head of Girls’ Hockey 1ST XI We started the season with a near enough brand-new squad and some pre-season days, which were not only a shock to the system but also to our new coach, Mr Woods, when he witnessed the whole team stagger round a lap of the Astro! Our first game was an early baptism of fire against Kingswood School where we welcomed in our New Year 11 members Bella Antcliff, Immy Stringer and Kirsten Meehan who helped to produce an even contest and a well-fought match. Unfortunately, we ran out of steam and in the closing minutes Kingswood returned to our end to score 2 late goals - we knew we should have asked for shorter halves! This however didn’t cause concern for our new coach, Mr Woods, who saw great potential in us. Ten weeks on and he has turned us into one of the most successful teams KES first team hockey has ever seen, losing only 2 out of our 16 matches. In the county tournament, we played 5 matches through wind, rain and hail though Clifton College put paid to our hopes of making it to the semi-finals. The team’s spirit was not dampened (despite us being soaked through), as this was the furthest the 1st team had ever got, showing off the particular skills of Olivia Selvey who held the structure in the middle, weaving the ball into spaces to our perfectly placed forward Mia Borries-Gruber, who on

numerous occasions transferred to our star striker of the tournament, Georgia Webb. It was an outstanding performance from all 14 members of the team, including our goalie Alba Hubbard, who managed to only concede 2 goals despite the multiple strikes by our opponents’ forwards. With our now refined skills (and improved fitness) the whole team felt ready for the challenging, upcoming game against Prior Park. The first half showed strength with Maddie Coombe and Lottie Brown working non-stop to ensure Prior’s defence were kept very busy. Izzy Robson and Hannah Chapman made sure the transfer from defender Becky Horrocks-Taylor to the forwards was as seamless as possible. The sustained pressure from each side led to a close first half, finishing in a 2-2 draw. The second half brought excitement as KES first took the lead minutes in with newfound confidence. However towards the end of the game Lottie Phillips and Immy Stringer’s best efforts at stopping Prior Park’s shots were futile and we ended in a 3-3 draw. A special thanks goes to Millie Pattemore who stepped up to join the team as goalkeeper in our final games helping us to achieve our successes. Our season ended as one of the most successful ever winning 16 out of 18 games, scoring over 41 goals conceding 20 with an 85% win/draw percentage. This shows our hard work and fantastic coaching support from Mr Woods. A special mention must go to the parents and others who came and watched in wind rain and not much sun. May Adams 2ND XI A new season has brought a new set of individuals to the 2nd XI, and everyone has come together brilliantly to form an exceptional squad. Miss Perrio's coaching expertise and enthusiasm quickly shaped the team, finding new combinations that got us into our stride early on. This, alongside some instructive losses against Kingswood and King's Bruton, lead to some fantastic wins against sides including Colston's (5-1), Downside (3-0) and our most deserved victory, 2-1, over some tough opposition from Dauntsey's.

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With an indomitable back line defence of Laura on the right, Celeste and Becky centre, Ella and Amy (who also stepped up to make some hard attacking shots on short corners) on the left and of course our stalwart keeper, Millie, any attack from the opposition was quickly cut short and cleared. This occasionally involved the odd nose-dive from Laura who, nevertheless, got straight back up and blocked off any advances; play was always followed by some first class distribution from Emily at centre-back. India, Livilla and Vicky in midfield were always ready to speed the ball along the sidelines to our rapid forwards, Holly, Vicky Lee and Anna pacing up the pitch to pressurise their defence. Kara was also on post to skilfully guide the ball around their keeper into the goal, if not perfectly slotted into the back corners by our top scorer, Phoebe (when not ducking under her own flicked ball). The camaraderie of the team this year has been tremendous; matches won and matches lost have both been a pleasure to play collectively and has made this a greatly enjoyable and successful season. It has been an honour to captain such a fantastic group of friends, so thankyou and well done all.

U15A The U15A team has improved dramatically throughout the hockey season with thanks to Mr Simonds. He has helped us develop the push pass, which has become vital in our game because it is important from transferring the ball at the back in defence to scoring at the front in attack. We have improved our knowledge of different aspects of the game such as the positioning of attacking in the D and defence, which has helped us get the ball into our forward players to attempt to score a goal. Particular highlights when we got to demonstrate the skills we had learnt was in the Wells Cathedral School match in October, when we won 3-0 and also the Downside School match, when we also won 3-0. We were also very lucky to have an U15 tournament at the Sports Training Village at the University, where we won 1-0 against Monkton and drew all the other matches against tough competition such as Kingswood School. We showed determination throughout the season even through our toughest matches such as against Bristol Grammar School and Colston's School but even in these matches we continued to try to score a goal. We have scored over 13 goals throughout the season which shows that we have had a significant improvement from the beginning of the season. Our number one aim was to have fun and I think we achieved this thanks to everyone on the team and also to Mr Simonds who encouraged us whilst helping us develop our hockey.

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U15B The 2015 hockey season has drawn to an end, largely a successful term for the U15B team. Over the past few months, we have improved our performance enormously and our team spirit has been wonderful. Every player on the pitch has something to be proud of this season. Our forwards have scored some remarkable goals, even when facing very difficult defenders. We have the midfielders to thank for their skilful manoeuvering of the ball when it comes to maintaining possession, which has raised the standard of the game on many occasions. And the defenders’ formation has harmonised well and has often prevented goals from the opposition, and turned the game around. Our team has formed many inter-position connections, which means we have co-operated – both by utilising the advice given by our coach, and by developing our own ideas and strategies. And of course our goalie has made too many effective saves to count, which was very impressive! While drawing most of our games, our attitude and motivation never faded and we approached each match with fresh energy and enthusiasm. Only two games were lost over the entire season. One particular highlight was the King’s Bruton game, which we won 3-0, and the delight everyone felt after the final few moments of suspense will not be forgotten by anyone, I’m sure. Another notable moment of the season was the game against BGS.


As their team has been a difficult opponent in the past, special effort was put into this game and a draw was a brilliant outcome. Our performance was boosted especially by a goal scored by Renee Jelf in a tense one-v-one against the goalie which was very impressive. I’m very proud of our team this year and I hope we have all enjoyed it. Thanks also to our coach Mr. Harris, who has contributed lots of useful advice both on and off the pitch, and always approached our matches and training sessions cheerfully! Jasmine Hearn U14A It has been a pleasure to captain the U14As this term. We have grown as a team and have had some amazing victories as well as a few disheartening losses; but we have learnt from these! Our defence has been both tenacious and determined to tackle our opposition. They have consistently supported our competitive yet skilled goal-keeper, Felicity Marsh, who threw herself into her role after her late start to the season due to an ankle injury. She has been an important member of our squad who has shown impressive commitment and courage. Freya Cumpsty has been another key member of U14A who has played with resilience and energy.

Our attack showed perseverance and ability consisting of quick, competitive forwards and skilful mid-fields who had incredible stamina. We had successful victories against Royal High and King’s Bruton but when the occasional loss occurred, we corrected our mistakes with positivity and determination. We created many opportune short corners, many of which were converted into goals thanks to Jade Taylor’s powerful sweeps. We also defended our short corners well as we displayed persistence and fearlessness. This term our player of the season was awarded to Jemima Tweedale who played with bravery, drive, flexibility to play with all members of the squad and, most importantly, positivity both on and off the pitch. It was a pleasure to be coached by Mr Hacker as he significantly developed our team, filled us with confidence and showed positivity no matter the outcomes of our matches. We all learnt to be reflective players. I would also like to thank every member of the squad, all of whom have had a significant effect and have played an important role in our team this season. Grace Reid

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U14B The U14B team have had a great hockey term and have remained unbeaten for the entire season.

Our team is built on team work and fun and our team had a great time this season. Rosie Cooper

U13A This term has been a fun and exciting one for the U13 girls. Despite losing the first match against Kingswood, everyone’s skills and confidence grew enormously over the rest of the season, achieving a 13-0 win in our penultimate match. In training, we concentrated on stick skills, technique and passing out to the right and had a great time doing it. Everyone in the team is really proud of the way we have played this season and the One of the best matches we played was against progress we have made. We have had a mixture Downside where we won 8-0! Our top goal of wins and losses; somewhat frustratingly, we scorers were Alice and Hannah as well as many were often the more dominant team in matches others putting in some goals. Our defence was but couldn’t always turn that advantage into great this term only letting in 7 goals all season a win. with great goalkeeping by Lily. Our midfield worked hard all season to get back and defend We started the season playing 7-a-side. In when needed and then pushing forward to matches we rotated on and off regularly so attack. In fact, the whole team worked hard to everyone had an equal amount of play. After remain fit and this showed with the amount of half term, we moved to 11-a-side so a lot more energy in each game and training session. girls had the opportunity to play. We have had so many fixtures and training sessions together that we really gelled as a team, working hard on our communication together and really playing for each other and the school. We have learnt a lot about playing a wider game and trying to move the ball forward and getting players into better positions. As the season progressed we got more and more confident and never gave up if we got behind and always strove for the win.

Thank you to all the team for turning up for the matches and the training sessions and for their huge effort you have all put in this term. And thank you to Mrs Gwilliam for coaching us this season we have learnt a lot and hope to take what we have learned into next year.

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incredible saves. The whole team has worked together really well and everyone has become really good friends as a result.

Nearly every member of the squad has scored this season; Kara Mapstone in particular scored numerous amazing goals. Also, Mariel Emmerson-Hicks showed an abundance of skills throughout the whole season. And our goalkeeper, Imogen Smith, made lots of

The highlight of our season was the 7 a-side County Tournament in Bristol. Having got off to an unsure start and losing the first game, we changed our approach in the remaining matches. We told ourselves that we could win and started to believe it. As a result we played more confidently and progressed to the finals to come second; we were so happy, and what made us even happier was to then find out that we were through to Regionals! At the start of the tournament, Miss Young had said it would be great to get to the semi-finals and she was very pleased when we exceeded her expectations by getting through to the finals. We showed an amazing team spirit that day (extending to the bus journey home!) that kept us playing our hardest in every match. It has been a pleasure to captain this team. Thank you to Miss Young for making the season so enjoyable. Olivia McFarlane


U13B The U13B team have worked hard, progressed and succeeded throughout the hockey season. Our first win of the season was against Red Maids’ School, 4-1. Our best win of the season was against The Royal High School, 4-0. Our toughest battle to win was against Bristol Grammar School, but in the end we won 3-1! It has been a great season including both victories and defeats! Everyone who has had a chance to be in the B team has played extremely well, showing off some great skills. In training and squad, not only have our coaches Miss Young, Miss Scott, Miss Trump, Mr Chapman and Mr Woods taught us how to use new skills in games, they have inspired us, so thank you for having the patience for us to get them right! But most importantly, thank you so much for choosing me as captain, I have thoroughly enjoyed the season.

athleticism, intercepting and stealing the ball, push passes and a firm bottom hand. In training we have played lots of small-sided, no-tackling games to encourage us to intercept and pressurise players as well as increase our awareness. We have made steady progress with all teams playing with maximum effort. Our goalkeepers have been amazing, only starting at the start of term. We have had a wide variety of man-ofthe-matches throughout all the teams, voted for by the opposition. Captains have been rotated. The whole year group also went on tour to Exeter! We had some tough fixtures against Wellington and Taunton, but played excellently against Exeter. For some it was their first ever match for the school. We then ended the tour by going ten pin bowling whilst wearing our fancy dress costumes (we had a fancy dress competition!).

Amy Smith U12 It’s the start of a new school year and lots of new faces, some who have never played hockey before and others with some previous experience. This term the weather has generally been kind to us, only turning in the last few weeks. The style of hockey we have been playing is skills-centred, emphasizing footwork and

We have had many memories of Hockey this term but the people who helped us get this far, are the coaches, so a big thank you to: Miss Trump, Mr. Woods, Mr. Brown, Miss Scott, Miss Batson and Miss Young. Thanks to these people we were able to achieve so much this term and progress. We have gained new skills, new friends and shared memories together. Emily Maclean

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2016

netball Early success in the National Schools competition saw the U16 and U19 squads crowned county champions, followed by U14, U16 and U19 squads making the Regional round of the competition for the first time ever. The U16s then went on to make KES netball history again by being the first KES U16 squad to qualify for the National Schools competition. This same U16 squad won the prestigious Marlborough Tournament, 11th in the country after the National Competition in Brighton where they proudly represented the school.

Across all the fixtures, we can boast a 75% win ratio, the best set of results for netball at KES to date. There were superb performances among this record number of over 140 girls who participated in over 150 games of weekly fixtures with some weekends featuring 19 teams representing KES at netball with 6 teams from Ys 11-13. The U12A team won the KES invitational tournament and our U14 squad were unbeaten throughout the season. The 1st team are the

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‘Best in Bath’ having beaten all local schools, another superb achievement given the strength of netball in the area. The 1st and 2nd team have only lost one game each in a tough season playing some of the strongest sporting schools in the South West.

A big thank-you must go to Cobb Farr and David McGirr Photography for their sponsorship for both the Regionals and National Schools Netball competition. We are extremely grateful for their continued support.

The 1st team girls completed their season with the new addition to the fixture card – the KES v Royal High Charity Cup played at KES in a packed sports hall with KES leading throughout and wining 38-26. The event was a huge success with over £200 made for two chosen charities, this will become an annual showcase event.

However, none of this would be possible without the committed and talented team of netball staff who have given tirelessly of their time throughout the term. Miss Trump, Miss Hughes, Miss Batson, Miss Young, Miss Costanza, Miss Richardson, Ms Young, Mrs Pike, Miss Bains, Miss Perris, Miss Scott, Miss Edwards, Miss McCrorie and Mrs Liddiard.

Many girls found individual success playing in Satellite and County academies, alongside Immy Stringer, Holly Davies and Izzy Roynon who were involved in Regional Netball. Sammy Sullivan gained selection into the prestigious Team Bath National Performance League and proved herself to be a strong member of the squad throughout the season and leading by example within the 1st team.

We wish all the Year 13 pupils the very best for the future and thank them for their contribution to KES Netball and thank the captains for their hard work throughout this term. L Gwilliam Head of Netball


1ST VII We began our season with the County tournament showing great skill and determination. Consistent shooting by Meg Norman, combined with strong circle defence by Edith Waterman and Sammy Sullivan, meant we started the season in the best way, being awarded U19 County Champions, and a place at the Regional Round of the Competition - a superb achievement. In a close and competitive first match against Kingswood, both teams showed great skill and pace on the ball. We had a positive start, capitalising on any Kingswood mistakes. However, they came back in the third quarter, taking turnovers at our attacking end, and both sides struggled to dominate possession. Despite this we were able to gain the upper hand and pull forward. Izzy Roynon combined well with the shooters, showing finesse in her finishing passes, leading to a surge in goals. The final result 26-20 was a success, knowing we had outplayed Kingswood and won a key fixture.

One of the biggest highlights of the season was the inaugural Charity cup match, against Royal High. With the biggest crowd of the season, it was an opportunity to showcase the high level of KES netball, and raise money for two worthwhile charities. The team really stepped up to the challenge and right from the beginning, KES’s dominance in possession was the best seen across the season. The high intensity of the first half was guided by Maddie Coombe, often seeing passes through to the shooters that Royal’s defence couldn’t. In the second half, Becky HT’s resilience and determined spirit in defence was proved vital in keeping our momentum. Throughout the game we played with composure, and ended the game on a win of 38-26, a great way to end the 2016 season. A big thank you to Mrs Gwilliam, Mr Tidball and Rachael for their energy, enthusiasm and coaching support over the season. Hannah Chapman

Before travelling to Regionals, we secured two more strong wins, against Dean Close and Wells Cathedral. The Wells match, in particular, highlighted the tireless defensive work from Immy Stringer, Holly Davies and May Adams which was incredibly effective in neutralising the threat of their attack.

2ND VII This season has been a very successful one for the 2nds with a very strong team and only losing a couple of matches. Although starting out as a new team with 5 year 11s, 4 year 12s and 2 year 13s, throughout the season a strong team was built which led us to our successes. Based A few weeks later, our team was feeling on a strong defence of Emily Daulby, Becky confident heading into the Regional Finals. Our Dawson, Celeste Coury, Kirsten Meehan and first match was a great start, securing an early Ciara Stenton, through to outstanding play in mid win, with Maddie Coombe showing strong court from Olivia Selvey, Vicky McFarlane, Bella mid-court pressure and bringing the ball through Antcliff and Anna Gilbert and finally the shooting to the shooters. Unfortunately the next three trio of Izzy Breakwell, Amy Shepherd and Izzy matches were narrowly lost, against the likes of Pritchard, we had some very strong wins against a well-drilled Millfield team. A particular mention Wells Cathedral School, Monkton and Royal to Lottie Philips and her determined attitude in High School. Finally on behalf of the Seconds we this match, keeping them under pressure until would also like to say a big thank-you to all the the final whistle. Following a frustrating draw coaches for making it such an enjoyable season. against Canford, we ended the tournament on This has been one of the most enjoyable seasons another win, with Izzy Pritchard stepping up of Netball and for the year 11 and 12s. I wish you under pressure and securing goals with ease. the best of luck for next year’s season. Overall, we ended in fourth place in our pool, and despite feeling that we could have gone further, Amy Shepherd a good team performance was displayed. Over the rest of the season, we won nine matches, only losing one, as well as coming third in the Marlborough tournament. We were unbeaten against local rival Bath Schools to take the title’ Best in Bath’, a great accolade when netball is so strong in the area.

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3RD VII The 3rd netball team started off the season with a new team who had never worked together before. Our first few games were a bit shaky as we tried to get used to the new dynamics of the team, but with help from our amazing coach Miss Edwards we soon found our stride and achieved some great victories against Beechen Cliff and Colston’s School. This included great defence from Lucy Agathangelou & Mia Borries-Gruber matched with impressive work in centre court from Linnet Tutcher, Livilla Garcia, Charlie Goddon, Lucy Webster and Phoebe Abrahams, which allowed us to quickly and effectively move through the court. Many of our victories were maintained by superb attacking from Ella Cudmore and Jessamy Edwards with some seemingly impossible shots! Overall, I was impressed with the level of commitment and enthusiasm from the team throughout the season. Thank you to all the staff for the constant support throughout training and fixtures. Finishing as King Edward’s most successful 3rd team was an immense achievement and a fantastic way to end the netball careers of the Year 13s in the team. Grace Ogunnusi U15A Our U15A team has had a very successful season, winning six of our eight games. We started off the season with a tough game against Kingswood losing 23-21. We were ahead throughout the game but lost it in the last quarter. Our top scoring game was against Wells with a final result of 39-16. It was a great team performance and everyone should be proud. Our highlight of the season was the game against King’s Worcester, which we won 31-28. It was a superb effort from everyone and we kept composed throughout. We turned over the ball at crucial points and sunk those shots when we needed to. Well done to our shooters who still managed to score under great pressure, Ellie Sim and Miranda Baines. Also, well done to our midcourt players Molly Phillips, Emma Jones and Elise Maylor. Also well done to our defence Tabitha Stockham, Emily Jupp, Tamsin Butt and Renee Jelf who defended well in all circumstances and under pressure. Well done everyone on the great season. Rosie Collett

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U15B I have thoroughly enjoyed captaining the Bs this season. Everyone has been a great attribute to the team leading to a nearly unbeaten season. The team has worked well together and have all improved immensely in their netball skills. After a tight match against a strong Kingswood side at the beginning of the term, our team was determined to win the rest of the matches for the rest of the season. We were beating schools we had previously lost to and improving our accuracy in every match. There were many changes to the defensive side of the Bs, all leading to a much stronger team. The defence have worked incredibly well to secure the victory that the superb attackers have earned so well. With this said, none of this could have happened without the amazing mid court players, working tactically to get the ball to the shooters in the D.

determination in the team has lead us to many victories. I can’t think of any matches where the team have not enjoyed themselves. We’ve all got on so well and it has been great fun to play with everyone this season. It was a shame to have lost one of our last matches, however, this was against a very strong team, King’s Bruton, and the Bs with help from the u14s fought very hard resulting in a narrow loss.

ball to the shooters. Grace is very speedy on court, being available for the ball at most times and is a very good C/GD. She works very well with Hannah who plays WA/WD/C and makes some very good interceptions. She always has her arms up with a 3 foot mark as soon as pos sible, putting pressure on the attacking team. The three shooters this year were Freya Cumpsty as GA/GS, Jemima Tweedale as GS/WA/GA and Sophia Siersted as GS. They have all gained confidence with taking shots and work well together in the D.

I have loved captaining such a fantastic team and I can’t wait to carry on playing with these people in the senior fixtures next year. A big thanks to all the The highlight of our term was the match against King's Worcester, with a win of 40-7. As a team, we coaches for all their efforts this season. played the best in this match with great defence from Felicity Marsh as GK, Izzy Sim as GD/GK, Toots Phoebe Jones Livingstone as GD/WD and Jade Taylor playing WD/C. Another highlight of the term was when we U14A played BGS and won 24-11. This was a satisfying This netball season, the U14As were unbeaten. result because BGS had also been unbeaten up to This was a great achievement, showing that we are a strong team that works well together. Felicity that match. has made lots of great interceptions at the back of The U14As all love netball and have fun and we are Everyone has turned up to training with a the court and she is a great player to rely on. Izzy looking forward to next year’s netball term. As a positive attitude and have all given 100% in has also been a key player in our team, sticking team we would like to thank Miss Young and all the order to improve their netball skills. Throughout to her player for the whole match and getting other coaches who have had input with us this year. every match every member has given their best the rebounds. Toots has been solid in defence, efforts and this really paid off. putting in lots of effort. Jade has improved majorly Freya Cumpsty this year, and her aggressive interceptions were Throughout every match we have managed impressive. Mid-court, Grace Reid and Hannah to keep our heads high and the strong Armstrong are both very good at passing the

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U14B It has been a very successful and exciting Netball season for the U14B team. We have won, drawn and lost an array of matches, showing good team spirit and sportsmanship throughout. Our squad has acquired new players, and developed as a team with energy and enthusiasm, making us a force to be reckoned with. Although we are by no means unbeaten, when we have played strongly, and to our full abilities, we have been difficult to beat. Our attackers have been fearless and ambitious in their playing, defence was completely sound, with some incredible interceptions being made, and all of the shooters have scored some impressive goals, excelling under pressure. The main highlights of our season have been a hard-earned victory against Wells Cathedral School where we scored an incredible 37 goals against their 3, and a tough game against Prior Park College where we won 18-3. We were also very proud of our 18-6 win against Sexey’s School, because they were a well-drilled team and it was a very tense game. Although we have not emerged victorious in all our matches, we have tried out many different formations and tactics that have enabled us to feel confident with our team. We have shown tenacious fighting spirit, and approached each match eager to win, whilst also hoping to have

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fun and enjoy the experience. In all areas of playing, we have improved by a huge amount, and the level of progress made over the course of the season is astounding.

There was plenty of success closer to home too, with the U13 As playing lots of matches, including strong victories against Prior Park, Colston’s and Monkton Combe.

Thank-you to Miss Bains for being such a huge influence on all our playing, and always being there to encourage us during training and matches. It has been an honour to captain such a talented and blossoming team, and I am looking forward to reconvening next year for another fantastic season. Well done everyone!

However, the most important part of the season, and the thing that will stick with me the most, is the unbreakable team spirit throughout the whole squad. We all love training and matches no matter what the weather is like, and I always know that there is no place I’d rather be than playing alongside my teammates. It is sad that the season has to come to an end but I am glad that I had such a great time. The team are looking forward to the many years of netball we will have together, we now have a great foundation that can be built upon to form something marvellous.

Ellie White U13A The under 13As have excelled this season, bringing a great opportunity to experience competitive and challenging play against strong opposition. There is a large wealth of talented and eager netball players playing for the team across eight matches. The season started early for some, three under 13 girls were picked to represent the school in the U14 National Schools competition. Playing district matches and a tournament, the team proceeded to the county level where we once again triumphed, moving us forward into the regional round where the girls narrowly missed a place at the national finals. This gave players the chance to develop their skills and the girls then brought their new found knowledge back to the U13s.

None of this would have been possible without the unbelievable amounts of help, encouragement and enthusiasm brought to the team by Miss Young and all of the other coaches who supported us this term, so a massive thank you to you on behalf of the whole team, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Tallulah Brady


U13B The U13Bs have had a very successful season building on all the skills we learnt last year. We played 10 games, winning 8 of them. We work well as a team and have all formed a close bond as friends. This year we had a team of 11 girls. In defence we had: Megan Lintern, Ada Chai and Luci Mitchell. Up in midfield: Sophie Cottle, Alexi CC, Daisy Stanton-Smith, Emma Sykes and myself. We worked well together getting the ball to the edge of the D and away from the opposition’s attacking end. Our shooters were: Freya Pattemore, Rosie Buck and Alyssa Dunlop who scored an amazing total of 158 goals against just 51 goals conceded. This means that there was a 107 goal difference – we are all really proud of this result. Miss Costanza has been our coach this year and since the beginning she has believed in us as a team, and brought out the very best in us. Overall we have had so much fun this season and got better and better every time we played. Jemima Tollworthy U13C The U13C team have had a good netball season. We have all tried hard and won three of our six matches. We have had some very successful games in the season, one of them being the tournament at Warminster School where we

came 2nd out of 7. Another one of our best matches was our great win versus Bristol Grammar school where we won 18-4. Our GS (Jemima Mayhew) and GA (Elle Metcalfe) have played really well throughout the season with great support from the team. Overall we had an amazing season and the girls have had a lot of fun with the great coaching from Miss Richardson our brilliant coach. Fleur Smailes U12 For our first season playing KES netball it was great to be able to put out A, B, C and D teams, resulting in the majority of year 7 girls being able to participate and experience inter-school matches, some for the first time. All the girls have shown great determination and commitment this season which has led to huge development in not only their basic netball skills, but also in their ability to understand and respond to situations during match play. This can be seen in the success of the teams in matches throughout the season, notably the U12As winning the KES tournament and also beating the U13A team during a training match. A big thank-you must go to Miss Trump and the other members of the PE and games department for coaching and supporting us this season. Daisy Collett

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2016 Boys’ hockey

1ST XI Full of hope going into the season after a successful 2015 campaign, pre-season offered us new challenges under new head coach, Mr Woods, and new Director of Sport, Mr Hacker. We gained confidence after two early wins in training games against the Old Edwardians XI and Downside – a notable hat trick from our prolific goal scorer Benedict Gundry was a sign of things to come. Results didn’t go our way at the annual Dauntsey’s tournament but we learnt a lot about how to improve our game and a lot about the teams we would face later in the year and Ehi Otoide was outstanding in goal from this point onwards. The first league game of the season with one of our closest rivals, Prior Park started well and was closely contested for the full 70 minutes. It concluded at 4-4. We were unable to convert a number of chances at Monkton Combe and in the closing seconds of the match were facing a

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1-2 defeat as we won a short corner, which we fortunately converted to remain undefeated.

We were desperate to get the win over Beechen Cliff after two tough draws preceding. We played a strong game, scoring two good team goals, and finished 2-0. Our best performance of the season came against Clifton College, a 5-3 win after frustrating narrow losses in previous years, with Benedict Gundry outstanding and leading by example. One on one against Dauntsey’s produced some of the best play of the season, controlling possession and opening up the opposition but we struggled to convert chances and were thwarted by a wellorganised side. Alex Bullard continued to excel in the centre of midfield and Matthew Simonds faultless at the back as well as scoring an excellent short corner goal.

With Callum Sipson and most improved player of the season, Milo Cooper, back in the fold, we bounced back strongly to play very well in the next match against King’s Bruton. We picked up some momentum going into to end of the season after a 4-4 thriller against Kingswood and a convincing 8-0 win away at Wells Cathedral. Joe Jones had settled back into a forward position along with increasingly consistent performances from both players and team. The festival game was our last match, a game which the boys were fired up for. Despite going down early we picked up and with goals from Harry Davidson, Benedict Gundry and Callum Sipson, we secured a 3-1 win - a great way to end the season and for some of us to end our time playing KES hockey. In the remaining two festival matches the team played with several players away at Rugby. A number of 2nd XI and younger players stepped up to fill the gaps and performed amazingly


well to record two further victories for the 1st XI. A Callum Sipson hat trick in the final game was a particular highlight. Many thanks go to Mr Woods, Mr Hacker and Miss Perrio for their coaching this season, to the staff, pupils and parents who came to support us, and to Dr Newman for his incredible organisation of the Hockey Festival. Felix Munn 2ND XI The 2nd XI hockey season got off to a good start in a pre-season friendly against Downside School, we won 8-0 in torrential conditions. This gave us a good chance to experiment with formations, improve our fitness and get into good goal-scoring habits. Unfortunately, the Bath derby against Prior Park College was drawn, but this was a good result having been losing 2-1 in the first half. Will Lambert stepped up well on the left wing, and Harry Gooding kept us in the game with some fantastic saves. A season highlight was against Monkton Combe, winning 6-1. Leo Fountain stood out with skilful play upfront, setting up several goals. Euan Robertson was strong at the back as usual. An evening game against Wellsway saw several outstanding goals, in particular from Harry Hughes, skimming the post. Felix Damer deserves a mention for his impressive move to goal keeper, having never played in the position before and performing to such a level that he was called up to the 1st team on several occasions. He made many good saves for the second team throughout the season and learnt very quickly on the job. Jared Moore and Alex Montgomery were very welcome talented additions to the second team and were often the key difference in the closer matches against teams such as Clifton College. Harry Guttridge brought much needed confidence and morale to the team also contributing to some good team goals, finishing as many off. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Miss Perrio for all her hard work and patience this season.

Will Murray and George Forster. Players such as Rory Sloan and Benjy Heffer became the go-to men as they ran the game meticulously from their holding midfield positions. By the third game, the former became known as ‘the chosen one’ as he carried out his trademark ‘self nut-meg’ pass. However, it was at the extremities of the pitch where the real magic happened. Our poachers Ashley Tutcher and Lawrence Wort scored an impressive fifteen goals between them, and with additions from other squad members, our total number of goals scored was twenty eight. At the other end of the astro, Joe Hewett ran the Ministry of Defence immaculately. Conceding only fourteen goals over our eight matches played, it is understandable why he was included in the Future First Team during the KES festival. It would also be criminal to miss out the players who were on loan to the Thirds during various parts of the season. Tom Grendon, Harry Hughes and Will Lambert returned presenting glorious homecomings every time they played. When looking at the season on the whole, every game was played with great spirit and with great banter! Training was based on the mantra: ‘just a bit of fun.’ And results-wise, we won five, drew one and lost the other two. However, all this would be immaterial if it wasn't for the man with enthusiasm running through his veins: Mr. Simonds; and of course the man who spent his Saturdays with us, the tactical mastermind and superb referee Mr. Howarth. Our thanks go to both, as well as every other member of staff who put up with us over the term. Bring on Twenty Seventeen! Dan Carter

U15A We started the season with a bang and a rampant 4-0 victory over Downside. James Chadwick had clearly been working hard in the off season, springing up all over the pitch and getting a goal for his efforts along with an assist. We continued our early season form in style to beat a Monkton side 4-0 in an open flowing game. Again striker James Chadwick slotted in Max Antcliff another 2 goals, bringing his season tally to 3. The following Monday we played a strong Prior 3RD XI Park team. It was a close match, with both sides After several key players had been scouted in the off-season, whether it be to Universities or locked in a stalemate, and despite superb strings to the KES seconds, the academy-like set-up in of play, the ball was unable to find the back of the third team was ready to manufacture more the net. The university crowd didn’t get the goals organic hockey players who would be ready to they came to see and the match ended in a 0-0 slip right into the KES first teams of the future. draw. Our next fixture was away to Kingswood, Defenders such as Joshiv Tirbhowan displayed a close match but unfortunately we conceded at the death to lose 3-2. A special mention must great initiative when he quite literally put his body on the line halting a possible goal scoring go to our keeper George Freeman who defended opportunity against Clifton. Another ‘JT’ –Jordan his net valiantly all game, with superb acrobatic saves you could only expect to see from the likes Taylor- along with the ‘unpassable’ James Dallaway were the brick walls at the back. Plus, of our 1st team keeper Ehi Otoide himself. In the following weeks, we just couldn’t find our mark, tearing down the side, we had Ethan Clarke,

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as we had a frustrating match against King’s Bruton although in the end we won 2-1. The following Monday we lost 3-0 to Beechen Cliff despite James Finnegan putting in a solid shift and crafting many opportunities. We wrapped up the season against Wells Cathedral. It was a brilliant match and a great culmination of a term of team effort. We scored superb team goals and the 4-1 result was a fantastic way to end the season. Overall we played 7, won 4, drew 1 and lost 2. A big thank you to Mr Woods and Mr Simonds for coaching our team this year. Harry McKibbin U14A The squad was slow to get into its training stride, but the season got off to a positive start with a resounding win against Downside. Consistency throughout the season from a performance perspective and in terms of results are areas of focus. We had a mixture of results at the beginning of the season but quickly got into our rhythm and really used the training sessions effectively. Converting goal scoring opportunities remained the issue throughout the season but we played with flair and determination throughout. Unfortunately, we did not quite finish our plays with goals but by the end of the season we had all improved which is what matters. Everyone played very well throughout the season, although there were some players that stood out. Archie Cramsie played extremely well in goal, saving many and keeping us in the game. Ben Taylor in defence kept everyone on their toes at the back with interesting aerial ball skills. Will Peden and Duncan McAllister held up the

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midfield with solid performances throughout the season. Harry Smailes played some really good skills on the wing. Every person who played for the team played very well. Kim Phoa U14B The U14B team had an unbeaten season. The team is packed full of characters and personalities who by and large did extremely well this season. We passed the ball with purpose and played good, flowing hockey throughout the team. There were many highlights throughout the season, including the 1-1 draw with Kingswood in which Max Pitt (GK) and the top notch back four made vital challenges and saves. Bertie Walpole scored a quality goal late in the second half which kept our unbeaten run going. Another great match was the win at BGS in which our short corner specialist, Harry Crowther, bagged two quality finishes. There is a sense that the team is moving in the right direction, and we look forward to next season.

minute goal by Cameron. Sadly, in the second half BGS got a breakaway goal and then another from a short corner, but the team never gave up and played some of its best hockey. In the county 7s tournament we started badly with a loss to Kingswood and then had a draw with Clifton. Our next match was one of our biggest against Monkton who we had already lost to earlier in the season 2-0. We started with a quick goal to put us in the lead and then managed to hold onto it with Josh Dreeland making two goal saving tackles. Our final match was against Prior Park who we were drawing in points with, they got a goal about half way through but we countered almost immediately to make it 1-1. It was the last play and we had managed to get a short corner; amazingly we scored and won the match. The whole season has been a success and everyone has enjoyed their hockey and learnt a lot. The team would like to say thank you to all the staff who have taught us and helped us. Max Sears

U13B The U13 B team has had a great hockey season this year, losing one game to Bristol Grammar Nick Moar School. The highlight of the season has definitely been beating Beechen Cliff School U13A 2-0. Another great game was the 1-0 win This season featured some great wins and against Monkton in a strongly contested match some close losses. Our best performance was against St Edward’s where we won a close, hard that could have gone either way. The team fought game with the final score 3-1. We scored kept its clean sheet until we met St Edward’s. We still managed to beat them 2-1 in an even the first two goals in the first half but in the second they got a quick goal and nearly another closer game than Monkton. The final game of the season was definitely the toughest against but the team held and scored another goal to make the final score 3-1. Another highlight was worthy opponents, Bristol Grammar School. Unfortunately, they managed to beat us despite the 2-1 loss to BGS. In the first half it was very our early goal. close but we pulled into the lead with a last


It is a great demonstration of the talent and chemistry in our team that we managed to win all but one of our fixtures, and throughout our wins only one goal was scored against us. This is also testimony to our goalkeepers’ talents as we have had more than one this season. They have all played outstandingly well, and are as much a part of our wins as the rest of the team. The team has worked amazingly well together with a strong defensive formation and a quick but tough attack. As well as this the midfield players are also vital in the play of our games, working hard to get up and back down the pitch. It has been a great experience captaining this team. We have progressed and the many strong individual talents in defence, midfield and attack, have joined together to become a team that works incredibly and efficiently. The most impressive thing has been to see how some of the less experienced players at the start have now become some of the best on the team. We would also like to thank our coach, Mr S Lilley, for the time and effort he has put into improving both the individual players on the team and the way they play together. Eoin O’Neill U12A Most Year 7 boys turned out for the pre-season training on the first cold Sunday morning of the New Year. Cold and wet weather meant that two out of three of our first matches were cancelled but between those we visited Monkton for our first ever game of 11-a-side hockey. The team took some time to get used to the full pitch but half way through the first half John broke into the D along the right goal line and pulled the ball back toward the spot for Adrian to score the first goal. Luke added a second great goal from a left wing attack, 2-0 at half time to KES! Oscar, Sam & Ben were secure at the back and Jack our goalkeeper was only occasionally called on. Mid way through the second half Monkton scored, would they come back? Near the end KES won a short corner, Barnaby injected to John, he went left to evade the runners and rifled a backhand shot against the top of the back board. Monkton grabbed a second goal from a short corner right at the end but we were off to a winning start in senior school hockey!

The first half term closed with 7 a side home game against St Edward’s from Cheltenham where Barnaby quickly scored our opener. As we rolled multiple substitutes to experiment, Sam stepped into midfield, we held shape and moved the ball well, Felix and Adrian both scoring a pair of goals. Bristol Grammar School, straight after half term, were the best side we played. Their greater full pitch experience quickly showed as they opened up a lead but a long rear-guard action from the KES midfield & defence, with Oscar as ever great at sweeper, kept the score respectable for our only defeat of the season. Our final three games, against Beechen Cliff at home, and a triangular tournament at Dauntsey’s against the hosts and Wells Cathedral were all in the familiar small half pitch format. 6-0 at home gave us confidence for the final fixtures and once Adrian broke a tackle and played a great right to left diagonal through ball to release John to slot the ball past the outrushing keeper and open our account our attack flowed freely in both the final games, 2-1 and 4-2 wins. This season in hockey the year 7 A team have gelled as a team and improved. We have started scoring more goals, playing more as a team, running in behind, passing more, staying strong rather than playing on our weak side, and going to the right side of the pitch more than the left. We have won every game but one this season! John Lowrie U12B We have had a great season being unbeaten and only conceding two goals. We also think we have had a massive improvement in co-ordination and positioning. Our best fixture was probably against Beechen Cliff, as we all had a great time and we were really into the game. It was definitely the tensest of all of our matches. We are all very proud of our performances and all thoroughly enjoyed the season. Thank you to all our coaches and everyone involved in our fixtures and training. Ben Fallon

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King’s School, Macclesfield started the first of their five wins and 20 goal-scoring spree with a 2-0 win over Ratcliffe College (Leicestershire) on the Friday afternoon of the 32nd KES Hockey Festival finishing on Sunday morning with a 2-1 win over Reigate Grammar School. Few teams achieve a clean sweep but King’s were joined by Queen’s College (Taunton) and KES in winning all three of their games contributing 11 and 8 goals respectively to the total 232 goals scored in the 41 games played. There are no cups or winners, the Festival being a way to meet teams not played

during the season and choosing how many games they play over all or part of the weekend. Overall, the games are played with a Festival spirit, whether it be 8 or 9 goals to nil or the excitement of Warminster School getting the better, by one goal, of the 13 goal exchange against Calday Grange GS. Thanks as ever to Marcus and his team for preparing the excellent lunches, our two regular umpires from Holland, Ferry and Peter and my wife Veronica for her help on the day and throughout the year. L Newman

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2015/16 football

1ST XI We enjoyed a good start to this successful 8 match season of 5 wins with deserved victories against BGS (1-0) and Taunton (2-1). We learned valuable lessons against Taunton in the Somerset Cup where good chances to score were not taken and their counter-attacking play led to a few goals conceded. In the second half of the season, and after the transfer window had closed between the rugby and hockey boys, we started with a very narrow 4-3 defeat against Kingswood in a howling wind on Lansdown. We played so well in the first 20 minutes that the game should have been put out of reach, but again missed chances cost us and we lost by one goal in the last few minutes – assisted by the wind!

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Our best defensive and most hard-working performance was against Beechen Cliff. We were playing the finalists of the National Cup and several Southampton Academy starlets, but the KES team dug in on a difficult surface and came back from an early goal to draw 1-1, with Matt Finnigan scoring the equaliser. We nearly nicked a second goal at the end but it was a great performance overall, particularly in defence with superb displays from Adam Lawes, Ed Wicks and the keeper Will Perkins. That draw spurred the team on for the remainder of the season with 3 excellent wins against St. Laurence, Dauntsey’s and Sexey’s. Cracking goals were delivered by the clever moves of Mattie Mantay ably supported by Toby Farmer, Dan Lawes and Joe O’Brien.

The Warminster 6-a-side Tournament was not one to remember for us this season – we thought we would let someone else pick up the trophy this year! However in the squad this year there has been an excellent team spirit and memorable moments to savour. Thank you to all the Year 13s, some of who have played first team football for two years. Well done, and keep playing and enjoying the beautiful game! Ed Wicks


2ND XI It has been very pleasing that over 40 boys in each term from Years 11, 12 and 13 have selected to play football in Games and it is good to be able to offer some fixtures at 2nd XI level, with more fixtures next year. The squad in the first term was quite different to that in the second term and as a result the results were not unexpected. The matches were all very close featuring good performances by a number of boys including Sam Dowse, Isaac Reid and Theo McKeever. The boys of the 2nd XI have really enjoyed their football this season, including the training and the fixtures. Some will progress to the 1st XI squad next year and there will be a new crop of Y12 and Y11s to look at. Well done. D Chapman

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2016

2016 has seen some more changes to the game of cricket at King Edward’s, notably a more enhanced girls' cricket programme.

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The younger girls have responded well to the new training which will surely pay dividends over the next few years. A few of the girls are now representing the school in the boys’ teams remarkably well and the girls are training over the winter. Ms Young has done an amazing job flying the cricket flag - long may it continue. The Year 8s have continued to be passionate about their cricket and they have enjoyed their matches with wins against Colston's School, BGS and Royal High School. Notable performances this season have come from Olivia MacFarlane and Enya Maylor and Mariel Emmerson-Hicks, a great wicket keeper and batswoman. Lucy Reed and Alexi CardashCrowsley have had the opportunity to play hard ball, and for this they had been selected to play for the U13B Boys team. Lucy Mitchell missed out owing to injury.

The elite programme was as always very successful, with 12 boys training hard on their skills throughout the winter very early in the morning. There were also small groups of players just below this standard training throughout the winter trying to raise the profile and standards of cricket at our school. The school’s biggest asset continues to be the link with Bath Cricket Club, but King Edward’s has invested £70,000 in four high-spec all-weather lanes with extended run-ups, akin to those in use at Lord’s Cricket Ground and accredited by the ECB. The newly installed nets will enable forty players to train in the nets simultaneously, ensuring access for all, in training or class sessions. England’s Anya Shrubsole joined a Year 8 cricket lesson at Bathampton to open the new cricket nets and took part in the coaching session.


We now proudly boast over ten County age group players for boys and girls and Charley Reed plays with the prestigious Somerset CCC academy. The talent is definitely there and we continue to aim for more players at this level. Trying to balance cricket and exams can be tricky and frustrating but such is school cricket. We continue to create an atmosphere that the children want to part of, making the whole cricket programme fun, informative, challenging, and above all enjoyable. We hope this will create a lifelong passion for the game and therefore keep them playing many years after leaving KES. There is a lot of talent throughout all age groups; the coaching programme is on a par with County standards, and has been aimed at all pupils. We have had C teams playing in some fixtures which has been particularly pleasing, and now we have these wonderful links, I know it’s a cliché but the future is really exciting. Highlights include the 1st XI win over Monkton when we scored 68 but bowled them out for 62 starring Benedict Gundry who took 5 wickets for only 6 runs. Benedict also scored his maiden 100 for the 1st XI against QEH. We say good-bye to Janinder Morgan who has played 74 times for the 1st XI over the last 6 years. He has captained brilliantly and he will be missed. Max Ojomoh racked up 2 scores in the 90s and in total 15 boys reached scores over 50. Lucy Reed took 5 wickets v BGS on her debut for the U13 boys, showing how the gender gap has reduced this year. Cricket week again was a success despite the weather and on the final day was a pitched battle between the 1st and Headmaster’s XI.

Mr Boden was a great sport leading from the front and opening the batting, against the force of nature pace of Max Ojomoh. All team members and Cricket staff have shown great commitment this summer but we could not operate without the tireless efforts and fabulous catering from Marcus and Liz. It’s a long game and all the staff efforts are very appreciated by myself and by the school. Many Thanks. CAPTAINS FOR 2016 1st XI Janinder Morgan

U15 CRICKET TEAM The U15’s have had a magnificent season. First, they qualified for the national trophy after winning the county cup last summer and they performed really well throughout this tournament and amazingly ended up losing to Torquay Grammar School in the last 16. Imagine that, being one of the very best cricket teams in the country? Excellent effort! They then continued to progress in this year’s county cup and played BGS in the final, where they played their best game so far and beat a very good BGS side by bowling them out for 68 and scoring the runs in only 9 overs. For the second year in succession they are county champions and the senior teams will benefit from their skills in the coming years. Congratulations to all players who represented the team this year. G Brown

2nd XI Tom Grendon Under 15 Patrick Crawford Under 14 William Metcalfe Under 13 Sebastian Chester-Phillps Under 12 Aditya Mishra A special mention must go to Jani Morgan who won an award for the player who contributed the most to KES cricket for captaining the 1st XI for 2 years and having played 74 times for the 1st XI over 6 years, since he was in year 8! Not sure that will ever be beaten. G Brown Head of Cricket

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Tennis 2016

We have had exceptional performances this season in tennis, most notably the achievements made by several of our students in the Avon County Championships in the Singles and the Doubles. Henrik Humphries (Y10) was our ‘Tennis star of the season’ having won the Avon Singles and the Avon Doubles with his partner Sanjay Lohano (Y10). Nick Bower (Y8) won the Avon Doubles title with his partner Huw Hudson (Y8) and Nick also was the runner-up in the singles finals which was all the more impressive as he faced a boy a year older than him in the final. Mariel Emmerson-Hicks and Natalie Wigfield (also Aegon League players), performed well by reaching the semi-finals in the U13 Avon Doubles competition. We have also been pleased to have given players in the Junior School the opportunity to play with the Year 7s who have competed in the prestigious Aegon league. Sophie Hunter and Jacob MaLanga (both Y5) are ‘Stars of the future’ and it is fantastic to be able to include them in the Senior School teams.

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The Senior girls and boys have had a challenging season but have been a joy. The summer term is always a difficult time given the competing pressure from examinations. There were pleasing wins for the boys against Kingswood and Prior and the girls’ 2nd team had a good win against Downside. However, Dauntsey’s was a tough competition for both as was Prior for the girls and Beechen Cliff for the boys.

The Aegon league players have had an eventful and mostly successful season with lots of encouraging signs for the future. The U13 boys' team had a tough group and came 4th, but the girls did a little better claiming 2nd spot by beating BGS, Redmaids and Colston’s. The U15 girls also came 2nd with wins against Prior and BGS, but it was our amazing Year 10 boys who played superb tennis to win their league competition by seeing off Colston’s, Backwell, QEH and Beechen Cliff. The boys now go through to the play-off in September against Prior Park. Our Year 7s have trained well and have been very enthusiastic. They too have performed well and have made great progress in their early experiences of this sport. Olivia Seaton and Ella Reece (Y7) have also played

in the U13 Aegon league. The U12 and U13 boys finished off the season with a fantastic win over Kingswood, while the girls had a convincing win at Stonar. Our U14 players have also performed well and have been very determined as they develop their stroke technique and game sense. Leo Day, Ally Darnton, Jade Taylor and Katie Ghali in particular have displayed fine performances, but they have also been well supported by a fine group of enthusiastic individuals. They have trained together extremely well at the University with the elite squad. I am sure they will look forward to the Aegon League next year! This has undoubtedly been KES’s finest year of tennis in recent times and the future looks rosy. We are glad to have a good partnership with Team Bath Tennis and we hope to develop this further in future. My thanks as always to the coaches and staff: Team Bath university coaching team, Jamie Butt (Alice Park Tennis coach), Miss Batson, Mr Haynes, Mrs Gwilliam, Mr C. Lilley, Mr S Lilley, Mrs Moreno, Miss Scott, Mr West, Miss A. Young.


Avon School Doubles Tournament On a gloriously sunny day, the KES doubles arrived focused and determined to do their best at the Avon School Doubles, held at Clifton College's sport complex in Bristol. The standard was exceptionally high and our players did not disappoint, fighting for every point.

U13 BOYS Hugh Hudson & Nick Bower (top left), match results as follows. Chew Valley won 6-2, Prior Park College won 6-0, Kingswood won 6-1 Semi-finals vs.Colston’s won 6-1 Finals vs. Kingswood won 6-4

Our U13 girls, performed solidly in the group rounds, but were up against a tough Clifton College side in the semi-finals. Our U13 and U15 boys went one better, both pairs crowned Avon Doubles Champions.

U15 BOYS Sanjay Lohano & Henrik Humphries (top right), match results as follows. Colston’s won 6-4, Writhlington won 6-1, Kingswood won 6-0 Semi-Finals vs. QEH won 6-1 Finals vs. Colston’s won 6-3 E Young

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Sports Dinner The 32nd annual Sports Dinner celebrated our senior pupils’ sporting year with awards, fellowship and moving speeches. The captains of our major sports spoke eloquently about the success of their sport as well as describing KES life from a sporting perspective.

The Headmaster, in true Hollywood style, provided a list of nominees in each category before awarding the prize, with winners on the night as follows (above, from left):

The dinner was punctuated with excellent speeches from all. Mr Paul Barber; Olympic gold (Seoul 1988) & bronze (LA 1984) medallist in hockey shared his experiences as our keynote speaker and we all got a rare close-up look at his gold medal.

Sportswoman of the Year - Hannah Chapman

Sporting Excellence - Thomas Sinclair Sports Personality - Maddie Coombe

Sportsman of the Year - Felix Munn Sports Personality - Ehi Otoide Lang Jones Award for Sporting Spirit - Edith Waterman

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Sports Day 2016 What an amazing display of effort, ability and competitive fun by all pupils as Bath University was once again the host of the KES Sports Day. An overcast, dry day made for perfect weather for supporters and athletes alike. All who competed should be proud of how they represented their form in our largest inter-form competition of the year.

The day highlighted not only the quality of athletes that there are at KES but also the depth of athletes that we have. The mile relay (the attempt to beat the 4 minute mile in a relay team of 16 made up of Year 7 – 10 same form pupils), was run for the second year in a row but alas was not achieved, L missing out by 4 secs. The results are as follows:

There were displays of supreme athletic ability from Year 7 to 10 with more than nine school records beaten in a variety of events and ten new records set with the addition of the 75m sprint (all year groups) and Cricket Ball throw (Year 7).

Year 7: Boys and Girls winners 7J. Year 8: Boys and Girls winners 8G. Year 9: Boys winners 9K. Girls’ winners 9L.

There were 3 stand out highlights of the day:

Year 10: Boys winners 10J. Girls’ winners 10M.

Enya Maylor smashing the Year 8 800m school record by an impressive 11 seconds!

Well done to all pupils who competed at all levels for their form, it really is a team event in which every athlete that competes scores points. Plus, on behalf of the PE department, a big thank you to the whole staff body, because without their help and enthusiasm on the day it simply wouldn’t run.

Renee Jelf beating the Year 10 High Jump record by 20cms! Ebony Hammond beating Enya Maylor’s 2015 800m record and also an 8 year old 200m record set by Eliza Reid!

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Edinburgh As the Duke of Edinburgh Award celebrates its Diamond Anniversary this year, the award continues to go from strength to strength at KES. For the past two years KES has been part of a trial allowing students to start Bronze Award in the academic year they turn 14. This has been highly successful with 90 Year 9 students taking up the challenge last year and 78 signing up this year. As part of a celebratory tour, HRH the Earl of Wessex visited Bath to meet with DofE leaders across the region and discuss this pilot scheme, the success of which has resulted in Bronze Award being firmly embedded in Year 9. This has enabled KES to offer Silver to Year 10 students for the first time.

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Due to B&NES Council withdrawing their support, schools within the area have become Directly Licenced Centres. From September 2016 each will appoint a DofE Manager and Award Verifier. This has led to changes to the DofE team at KES with Dr Fewell taking on the role of Manager and continuing as Bronze Coordinator while Mr Graham heads up the Silver Award. With Mrs Mason on maternity leave, Mr Garner Richardson takes over responsibility for Gold and Mrs Dulieu has been appointed Award Verifier. Dr A Fewell

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BRONZE AWARD Bronze expedition training began in the Spring term with participants completing a St John’s Ambulance first aid course. Pupils then spent a day learning map reading, compass and camp craft skills and put their navigation skills to the test on a beautifully sunny day on the Mendips before embarking on the practice weekend in the Marlborough Downs. This was the first time they had to carry all their equipment and be self-sufficient. Setting off in the rain, arriving at camp in the sunshine and with night-time temperatures dipping below freezing, the teams were given an opportunity to reflect on their preparedness for any conditions. Teams then began planning for the qualifying expedition on the Mendips. This was altogether a much more demanding weekend which really tested their mettle. Driving rain, wind


SILVER AWARD Seventeen students signed up to start their Silver award. A significant step up from Bronze, this requires an increased commitment to all sections of the award and completion of an extended expedition. During the Easter holidays the three teams headed to the Black Mountains to complete a training day and practice expedition. After nearly being blown off Lord Hereford's Knob on the first afternoon they returned to camp and settled down to an evening of route planning. The next three days were spent exploring the ridges and valleys of this beautiful region and with red kites and newly born lambs a-plenty and stunning views across the Brecons, there was much to keep their interest. Conditions were not always kind however and on day two the teams set off in hail to climb up to and follow the the ridge above Grwyne Fawr Reservoir and Mynydd Du Forest, the poor visibility demanding some careful navigation. Ever changeable though, sunshine followed sleet and although the nights were bitterly cold we were treated in the evenings to some splendid sunset views across to the Sugar Loaf. The teams learnt a lot, showed great spirit and determination and excellent team work. Dr A Fewell

and mist created some very challenging conditions on the first day and teams arrived in camp tired and bedraggled. Fortunately conditions improved for the second day and the groups finished weary but pleased with their efforts. The pupils who showed great determination and resilience in the face of adversity should be commended. A massive thank-you must go to the many staff who have given up evenings and weekends to support the award. The training and expeditions could not go ahead without their help and commitment. The expedition is only one of four sections that have to be completed for the award and many pupils have been busy volunteering in the community, developing a skill and doing some physical activity. Congratulations to the following who have gained their Bronze Award this year.

Harry Evans, William Darvill, Rafi BorriesGruber, Max Carter, Emma Jones, Jemima Millar, James Chadwick, Claudia Moorhouse, Jack Morgan, Adam Kelly, Freddie Daniels, Jago Henderson, Oliver Hunter, Will Oliver, Finn Smith, Thomas Wilson, Arden Farrow, Isabella Tann, Philippa Sears, Sophie Ballantyne, Bella Antcliff, Isabella Cardash-Crowsley, Cosmo Cockerton, Alexandra Coggins, Jasmine Hearn, Alexander Rodway, Ellie Sim, Georgina Skinner, Matthew West, Theo West, Matthew Chapman, John Joseph Brady, Joe Acklam, Ben Sykes, James Barson, Jake Davies, Matt Roper, Ruby Moffatt, Sam Phillips, Mitch McGirr, Zoe Messer, William Rowell, Amelia Newton, Hannah Armstrong, Molly Harcourt, Stephania Heath-Apostolopoulos, Leigha Schumaker, Alice Chadwick, Felicity Marsh

GOLD AWARD Early on the first Saturday of the summer half term, 9 Year 12s clambered onto the minibus bound for the Black Mountains in Southern Wales, unsure of who and what was going to meet them there. Spirits were high and everyone’s main concern was “What will the weather be like?” After arriving mid-morning in Crickhowell, they were greeted by Wild Country consultants who preceded to check their kit and brief them about the next few days. Day one concluded with a short climb up to the tabletop to test their navigation, before the practice began in earnest the next day. What followed were three excellent days of perfect hiking weather, sun shining and a cool breeze over the hills, allowing the students to take in the fantastic vistas. Although at times the walking was tough and tested their will, the year 12s showed brilliant team spirit and resilience, finishing the expedition by impressing the external supervisors. With lessons learnt and thoughts to take home, both groups boarded the minibus back to KES. Spirits were still high and both groups are thoroughly looking forward to the challenges of their assessed expedition in Snowdonia during Activities Week. J Garner-Richardson

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TEAM

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45 MILE

55 MILE

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TEAM LEADER

Matthew Roper

Harry Clark

Alex Llewellyn

TEAM MEMBERS

Will Oliver

Matthew Simonds

Rory Sloan

Lewis Carter

Tom Darvill

Anna Thomas

Claudia Moorhouse

George Scarsbrick

Jared Moore

Rafi Borries Gruber

Dan Carter

Billy Harman

Emma Jones

Benjy Heffer

Tom Grendon

It has been a sterling year for Ten Tors. A large group of Yr10 pupils chose to take part in the training weekends on the Brecon Beacons, Exmoor and Dartmoor. The first weekend, based at Llanddeusant in the Brecon Beacons, was dry and piercingly cold with flurries of snow on the high ridges. The clear conditions made for straightforward navigation and everyone enjoyed the amazing views across the heart of Wales. The Exmoor training was cold too, with temperatures hovering just above freezing all weekend. However, that meant everybody kept moving briskly along the coast part and up onto the moors, completing their routes in good time – even having a chance to sit in the sun in the café at Horner at the end of the second day! The final training weekend on Dartmoor was another cold clear weekend (I don’t think anyone wore their waterproof clothing in training at all!) based at the Fox and Hounds Inn near Lydford. A long day’s walk across the moor took teams to a beautiful wild camping site near Bellever. A very cold night was followed by a fine warm day with teams

covering most of the northern part of the moor to return to the start of the route. Team selection was, as always, terribly difficult, with twelve good candidates vying for only six places on the 35 mile team. It is always hard to have to disappoint, this year particularly so, as the group had been so positive and hardworking throughout their training. King Edward’s School had three teams entered in the Ten Tors expedition, one on each route, including a 35 mile team consisting of three girls and three boys. The teams were most fortunate to have the best weather for the weekend that has been seen for several years, with cool, bright and breezy conditions, even drying out those notorious Dartmoor bogs! The 35 mile team were the first back on their particular route, over an hour in from of any other team. They were among the first 35 mile teams to return to Okehampton, and were the first team back to include any female walkers, so it was an exceptionally brave and strong performance.

The 45 mile team walked very strongly on the first day of the trek, covering nearly 35 miles in one day. They were the 3rd 45 mile team back to camp, the first on their route by miles. The 55 mile team walked through the first day and well into the night, but still had a couple of massively long legs – nearly 20 miles! - to get back to camp. Dense fog early on Sunday morning made for tricky navigation, but they were walking before 5:00am and completed their route just after 2:00pm, well before the 5:00pm cut-off time. An excellent performance by all! Finally – none of this would happen without support many staff over a number of weekends! So a very public thank you to Miss Kayacan, Miss Perris, Mrs Doughty, Mrs Wilcox and Messrs Mawer, Lang, (music) Boden, Graham and Horrocks-Taylor their time and energy. T Laney

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Library LIBRARY PREFECT This year the library has transformed from the distant building at the top of the hill to a central, modern space filled with enthusiastic students. The layout is simple but inspiring, providing a flow to the room with its range of shapes and sections. The natural light that floods in from the walls of windows provides a bright, airy working environment. Most importantly, there are books everywhere! Everything from your questions about snot to your questions about obscure literary criticism can be answered in the wide range of clearly classified books. And that’s just the nonfiction, the fiction spans across centuries, age groups and diverse genres to offer as wide a range as possible. We’re also lucky enough to have wonderful librarians who will order a book in if it’s not on offer, meaning the collection is ever-growing. They really go above and beyond, organising four different book clubs, one for each sector, which is made far easier by the variety of comfy seating that can make a really cosy club atmosphere. The library also provides a calm and quiet alternative to Holbeche for the Sixth Form in their study periods, something which has allowed it to transition into a hub for all the school, rather than merely a research area. This is furthered by the provision of daily newspapers to allow students to stay in touch with current affairs and the quantity of sleek modern computers for study and independent research. Auriol Reddaway

LIBRARY BOOK CLUBS This year’s Lower School Book Clubbers love a challenge and have had a lot of fun talking about books over book related games, activities and tasty treats. We have explored different fiction genres and have read books shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Award with the Carnegie Shadowing Scheme. The tenor of KES Confidential, a Book Club for staff and sixth form, is “reading out of your comfort zone”. Many of us have our favourite tried and trusted authors and genres, but the Librarians at King Edward’s have the most fun when we are encouraged to read something we would not normally consider – and we like to share this with our regular group of enthusiastic and adventurous Book Club members. We have all had some very interesting reads over the year and have had our imaginations stretched and our expectations defied. We have talked about characters, plots, editing, digital reading, self-publishing and reading habits and it has been enlightening to discuss such a wide range of themes. Some examples of books we have read are Praying for the Surgeon by Frank D Lawrence (a Biopunk Noir novel), Dark Star by Oliver Langmead (Science Fiction in epic verse form), Perfume and The Pigeon by Patrick Suskind (quirky and macabre) and Live By Night by Dennis Lehane (prohibition era gangster crime), to name but a few.

CJ DAUGHERTY VISIT As if reading books weren’t enjoyment enough, one of the main highlights of the library year is World Book Day (which we manage to stretch out weeklong). It contains something for everyone from baking to dressing up, competitions to book swapping there is much activity and revelling in reading. This year we enjoyed a visit from acclaimed YA author CJ Daugherty (she of the Night School series). Formerly a jobbing journo and then a researcher for MI5 (or was it MI6?) it was THAT top secret: she proved to be as fabulous at speaking as she was at writing thrilling teen titles. We look forward each year to our headto-head competition for Senior Schools in the Bath area: Battle of the Books. In 2016 we were regaled by tales from author Virginia Bergin whose dystopian novel The Rain was one of our selected titles. We welcomed Monkton Combe to the fold, and, as camaraderie among the bookworms intensified, so did the level of competition and the quest for the ultimate prize: our 6 inch trophy and the glory of being crowned the 2016 BoB winner. This year’s honour went to St Gregory’s whose team was cleverly named ‘Universally Challenged’. Next year, that delectable prize is coming home to KES. Of that we are sure.

M Denton and L Harris Our Activity Week Book Camp proved delicious and featured Reading Parkour at Dyrham Park, a ghoulish look at the underworld (literally) of Bath, homemade pizza, fancy schmancy tea making and a workshop with acclaimed author Joe Abercrombie (Half a king). We had loads of fun and got to read a bit to boot. L Bowman

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PSHE In the PSHE programme, we aim to weave together wellbeing, character education and accurate information. Not just a resource for pupils, Linda Blair gave an enlightening talk to parents at our Living with Teenagers evening about supporting Emotional Wellbeing for Learning in which she espoused the healing effects of rewards, calm, negotiation and 10 minute power naps. Lower School pupils have been looking at a variety of themes in and around the 5 healthy outcomes. The form tutors have enjoyed the valued contributions from the pupils. It has been a very positive year for Lower School PSHE. Both year groups have looked at Internet Safety, Anti-Bullying, Mental Health, Exam techniques and Mindfulness. They have also taken part in a PSHE conference provided by the B&NES nurses. Each year group looks at specific topics, relevant to their age. Year 7 focused on friendships, politeness and the use of language, screen time and first aid. Year 8 have spent time discussing respect, equality and discrimination, body image and British values as well as a presentation by Bob Tait from DRED UK.

In Middle School, we integrated topics into thematic areas while investigating aspects of personal resilience. We were fortunate to have Simeon Wakely from Living with Spina Bifida share with Y9 what it’s really like to live with a disability. Sensing (y9), adapting (y10) and participating (y11) were the overarching themes for the Middle School as they explored themes like Gossip, Trust, Focus and Perspective and took away practical methods for lessening stress, identifying triggers and bouncing back. We covered areas like internet safety, drugs, HIV/Aids, finance and citizenship while maximising teenagers’ natural sense of enquiry and need to contribute to their own learning. We finish the year with a collaborative event with PopUp Docs and a visit from a transgender filmmaker. During 2015-2016, the Sixth Form has been concentrating on the theme of ‘Society and Me’ in PSHE. This programme was based upon the Jubilee Centre’s Character Education initiative and was designed to help pupils think about their role and responsibilities within society. Within the programme, there were several excellent visiting guest speakers, including

John Glen MP and Henry Maybury, musician and alcohol awareness campaigner. During the Autumn term, a successful mini-conference was hosted with which pupils met and discussed issues with Rizwan Ahmed, a representative from the Bristol Muslim Cultural Society, Frances Scott, a gender campaigner for a 50:50 parliament, and Pally Solly, a homelessness charity worker from the Genesis Trust in Bath. Lesson themes also included the important topics of Sleep Hygiene, Stress, Resilience, and other topics connected to emotional health and wellbeing, alongside the important management of the UCAS application process for Year 13. PSHE is best shared among peers and this year has featured much opportunity for discussion and deliberation of current events tempered with common sense advice and credible information. T Constanza, M Buswell and L Bowman

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Clubs Societies Environmental Action Group The EAG hit the ground running in September as they geared up for KES ECO week. The focus of the week was endangered species, recycling and energy and gave pupils an opportunity to listen to some key speakers on topics ranging from bat identification, whale and dolphin conservation to recycling. During PSHE pupils from the Lower school were surprised at the environmental impact of a Kinder Egg after they traced its footprint from the sourcing of raw materials to the distribution of the final product. Several pupils made some wonderfully elaborate fashion pieces from recycled items during Textiles Club but the biggest crowd pleaser was the very cute baby hedgehog brought in by KES parent, Jo Richards, for her discussion on hedgehog conservation. Entries flooded in for a photo competition and with a final tally of over 250, the judges were faced with the impossible task of selecting just 12 images to create a 2016 calendar, so a few extra were sneaked in. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the competition or bought a calendar and so helped to raise money for ECO projects and the school charity.

In February, fourteen KES delegates from Years 8 to 12 attended the 8th B&NES Youth Climate Summit. Hosted by Kingswood School, the event brought together 80 young people from schools across B&NES and, as always, included a superb mix of talks (Professor David Goode, urban ecologist, Chris Butler-Stroud CEO of Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Tom Bowles of Hartley Farm), workshops (green car technology with a spin in a Nissan Leaf, animal conservation, climate change activism) and opportunities for discussion. Four KES students deserve a special mention for their part in the organisation of the event and in facilitating the workshops and talks, Luca Righetti, Sasha Putt, Thomas Wilson and William Awan; their vision, energy and commitment were impressive. During the year the EAG has made bird feeders, bug houses, eco decorations and planted out the new raised bed. With the help of Mark Doughty from Wessex Water and the gardening team, seven bat boxes have been put up to try to improve the habitat for the six species we have using the King Edward’s site. Recently the group has had a lot of fun setting up a wildlife camera trap bought with the very generous donation from KES Parents' Committee and have already been rewarded with some exciting footage of local foxes, badgers and deer (and the odd squirrel). Eat your heart out Springwatch! Dr A Fewell, EAG Co-ordinator

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In our contingent, we pride ourselves on our leadership, self-reliance and perseverance. We produce leaders and role models who pass their knowledge and skills down the years. We provide valuable skills for later life, in teamwork, navigation and first aid amongst many others. Senior cadets battled fatigue, the weather and an unknown enemy force at Scraesdon Fort, testing their CBQ (close quarter battle), advanced field craft and resilience through some of the worst conditions we’ve experienced. New recruits at First Chance revelled in the opportunity to learn new skills and bond as a team and performed outstandingly in both their lessons and the Night navigation exercise. Next Step saw the seniors and juniors working side by side, developing their team skills and for some, firing blank ammunition for the first time. On our annual summer camp, 30 cadets endured a strenuous exercise in which they practised their existing military skills and tried out newly gained skills from the weeks training. The aim of the exercise was to retrieve a hostage and eradicate the enemy occupying the area.

CCF: Challenges, Camaraderie, Fun King Edward’s CCF is our close community of cadets and officers. New recruits from KES and Beechen Cliff, as well as pupils from Hayesfield learned fieldcraft in Exercise First Chance. Newly promoted NCOs led a selection of lessons, from the basics of personal camouflage to movement as individuals in the field. The weekend, though short, proved hugely valuable. New recruit Holly even claimed “First Chance gave me an insight into what the CCF was like and made me want to do more!” Next, in Exercise Patch Up, a mixture of recruits and senior cadets faced a series of medical scenarios testing their knowledge and assessing how they cope under pressure. After being exposed to broken bones, burns and shot wounds (along with some brilliant acting from senior volunteers!) the events were sure to stick in their minds along with useful information that could ultimately help them save lives.

One of the most formidable experiences for most of us was probably Exercise Next Step. A more advanced selection of activities brought cadets into a world of section attacks, observation and orders. Although vigorous, the weekend was thoroughly enjoyable and gave us all a chance to work with new people and learn unforgettable skills. From our annual dinner night where girls delight in wearing their best gowns and black-tied boys pretend that they haven’t put much effort into their appearance, all the way to marching through the streets of Bath in our November Remembrance Parade, it’s clear we love what we do. So what does the future hold for KES Bath CCF? All I can tell you, is that there will be ups, downs, tears, cheers and a whole lot of laughs.

This year we were invited back to the prestigious Cambrian Patrol competition in the Brecon Beacons that aims to test the entire cadet syllabus along with endurance, navigation, leadership and team work. At summer camp we all participated in a day of competitions in which we achieved 6 highly deserved medals; one gold medal from a highly competitive tug of war competition, one silver in the team gun run obstacle, and four bronze medals. A select few of our King Edward’s cadets take up an active role in escorting the schools charter on Founder’s Day down the central isle of Bath Abbey in front of over a thousand people in our very best uniform. Remembrance Day is one of the most important days of our CCF calendar. Every year the whole contingent gathers at the cenotaph to pay our respects to those lost to us, and then take part in the march down Milsom Street in the afternoon. We have further advanced throughout the past year in both our training and our teamwork and we still continue to progress. We are all extremely proud of our uniform, what we do and what we have accomplished and will leap head first to whatever is thrown at us next. Cpl Becky Button

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Egyptology Club The club exists to promote and explore interest in Ancient Egyptian civilisation and language. We meet for a varied diet of talks, events, activities, games, and study. This year has been foreshortened due to my Sabbatical leave during the autumn term which has also curtailed new membership. Regular members decided that we should spend much of the remainder of the year learning the ancient Egyptian language. My aim was that members should be able to decipher some of the inscriptions in local museums and books – or better yet - in Egypt! Nothing beats handling the genuine article – members have had opportunities to examine real antiquities first hand, a highlight being rings with the names of Tutankhamen’s family, including that of the boy-king himself. We have, of course, kept abreast of breaking news on the hidden chambers inside Tutankhamun’s tomb. We explored the evidence and controversies as they arose; especially taking a critical look at the original academic article by Nicholas Reeves. Next year we should be back to normal, so I encourage you to join us if you are interested in the mysteries of the pyramids, sphinx, mummies or are fascinated by the tale of the discovery of the fantastic treasure of the boy King Tutankhamun. Any pupils are welcome to explore their interests with like-minded people by coming to our meetings next year!

Lego Robotics This year, KES sent its first team into the world known as the FLL (First Lego League), an international tournament that involves building robots out of Lego and pitching them against each other in a race against time to complete some very difficult challenges. Part of the competition is the Project which is a section where the teams must find a modern issue and also an innovative solution to it. Both parts of the competition are based around a theme decided in advance. This year, the theme was “Trash Trek” and was based around waste and recycling. The Robot Game course was especially difficult with many possibilities and complications, much like the issue being dealt with.

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be placed on reservoirs and lakes to help prevent evaporation. As part of the criteria for the Project we contacted a variety of water companies about their thoughts about our idea. The feedback was mostly positive but there were suggestions that this would be better placed in countries that suffered more drought, unlike the UK which enjoys ample rain year round. Regardless of this, the final judges were very pleased with the result and nominated us winners of the Project award for the local area. Overall, I think we did very well this year. Since this was our first time, we had to learn things as we went along. Now that we have the knowledge and know how the competition works, we hope to do even better for next year! Amhar Shazuli


Four Year 12 students have become fully fledged ‘Friends of the RUH Volunteers’. They serve refreshments on the wards and have a friendly chat with the patients.

Community Service The Community Service team number nearly 40 and have shown exceptional dedication and loyalty, forming firm relationships with the people they visit. For some Sixth Formers it is a welcome alternative to doing sport, for many it is useful work experience or a taste of future employment. Many students spend time patiently listening to young readers in various primary schools, others chat to elderly people or serve tea on the wards of the RUH and offer a friendly word.

The Margaret Coates Centre Bridgemead Residential Home Royal United Hospital Smallcombe House Peggy Dodd Centre KES Junior School KES Pre Prep Bathwick St Mary’s Primary School Combe Down Primary School Widcombe Infant School Bathampton Primary School

Every Thursday afternoon, a few KES Sixth Formers can be found sporting red aprons while manoeuvering a squeaky trolley around various wards at the RUH serving tea, coffee and biscuits to the patients, often supplemented with a little chat. We even load the dishwasher and clean the trolley ready for the next round once our work is done. J Wilcox

We have formed close and valuable ties with a variety of institutions who welcome our Sixth Formers:

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Valedictories

MARIE-NOËLLE DAVIS Marie-Noëlle joined the Modern Languages Department in 1990 as our French Conversation Teacher, or foreign language assistant, a title that scarcely does justice to her knowledge, experience and expertise. In the 26 years she has worked at KES, she has helped many generations of A Level and GCSE students improve their spoken French fluency and widen their vocabulary and idiom. Her detailed knowledge of French current affairs and contemporary social issues ensured that our candidates have had a wide knowledge of the topics and vocabulary needed to shine in their oral exams. We will miss her warmth, her generosity, her updates on the French language, news of her annual travels round France each summer, visiting her numerous relatives, and more exotic climes. I will also miss her cunning tips about various French recipes! She has been an invaluable source of knowledge about France and French: when dictionaries fail to define words, or when grammar books prove ambiguous, Marie-Noëlle has been our ultimate authority on what the French do or don't say. Who needs an Académie Française? We have our own human version here in Bath! Marie-Noëlle is an energetic and conscientious professional. For most of her time at KES she was also running conversation classes at the Royal High, as well as various private classes for adult learners. Although she is retiring from KES I know she will be keeping herself very busy. Her various adult classes will continue, and recently she has been playing an increasingly important role assisting Bath's Honorary French Consul. However, I know she has immensely enjoyed becoming a grandmother and retirement from KES will give her more time to devote to this role. She goes with our love and best wishes for the future.

JILL CHAPMAN Jill joined the Classics department in September 1998 and has contributed much to the school within her 18 years of service. She has taught Latin to every year group in the school, Classical Civilisation at A Level and even managed to teach beginners’ Latin to Years 5 and 6 in the Junior School. On the pastoral side, she has been Head of Year 7, the Coordinator of the Sixth Form Mentors Team and the Chinese Students Liaison Coordinator. She has organised Activities Week trips to Shropshire and Cornwall and Classics trips to Caerleon and the Roman Baths. She has even just about managed to find time to be a member of the Common Room Committee and the School’s ATL union rep! However, simply to write a long list of Jill’s contributions to the KES community completely fails to capture the true nature of her character. Jill is a huge personality, a warm and generous friend with a wicked sense of humour. You only have to walk past her weekly Junior Latin Club sessions to hear how she brings Classics alive in a fun and engaging way, with her students making wax tablets, an erupting Vesuvius or feasting at a dinner party. She has the essential qualities of being able to care for and nurture the students, yet also challenge them academically. It was no surprise when she recently received a letter from a former pupil who wanted to thank Jill for her inspirational teaching, something which had prompted the correspondent to become a Classics teacher herself! Jill leads a very active social life, whether it is with her book club outside of school or simply being a caring and considerate ear to many of the members of the common room. She is the life and soul of the party in many ways and will be missed greatly by the many close friends that she has made at KES. She heads off into retirement with three things in mind: to recover fully from having to teach three sets of Year 8 Latin this year, to try her hand at her new sporting hobby of golf and to spend more time with her family, particularly down in Devon.

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JENNY WILLOUGHBY Jenny joined King Edward’s in September 2005 as a Mathematics teacher. In her 10 years, she taught 70+ different classes. Her pupils remember her as a calm, committed and effective teacher, with the ability to make solving equations fun! A whizz with the interactive whiteboard, she also invented the ever-popular “Past Paper Fridays”. A popular member of staff and hard worker, Jenny possessed a grand passion for maths and a great sense of humour. Always up for a challenge, she developed and rewrote schemes of work and pioneered the VLE pages. Jenny was second-indepartment and organised maths challenges, team maths challenges, sixth form interviews and even the sale of calculators! A supportive colleague, Jenny mentored NQTs and new appointments, happily sharing resources still described as “life savers”. Always the first in the office, she even managed to fit in a 1km swim on her way to work! Jenny’s large contribution to school life included her many years as a tutor in the middle school and then in the sixth form. She also helped out on D of E weekends and accompanied the Kenya expedition in 2012. She will be remembered for setting up the PADI diving course during activities week that is still going strong. Jenny’s love of travel saw her jet-setting around the world, always with her next holiday booked. In her final year at KES she started to get into cycling, training on the hills of Bath before completing the Vienna-Prague route in 2015 and then Grenada-Seville in 2016. We look forward to hearing news of her next adventure. Unfortunately for us, the prospect of warmer climes, and better cycling, lured her away from King Edward’s and she left in 2015, initially on a 12 month sabbatical to join King’s College Murcia. Jenny has been in regular contact with us over the year and has decided that a year is not enough and so we wish her and Steve all the best for the future as she moves on to English International College, Marbella. R Pagnamenta

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MARC HAWKER Marc Hawker joined KES as one of three new male recruits to the PE department in 2006. There are many superlatives I could use and achievements I could list, but none would accurately reflect Mark’s legacy to the school. I really can’t do Marc justice in this small piece but believe me when I say the School, pupils and the whole PE department miss him terribly. Marc’s primary role was PE teacher and team coach. He was Head of Hockey, Head of Cricket and to top this off he was also Head of Boys’ Sport. The ultimate all-rounder, Marc showed a superb amount of energy, professionalism and skill in all his incarnations. Marc knew both KES and teaching inside and out. This made him the ultimate go-to colleague for whatever question, issue or need for support. I have missed him especially whilst sitting on the Bathampton balcony during Cricket matches when I needed someone to play bad cop or help me with scoring. His calming influence is legendary among fellow colleagues and pupils alike. All boys’ sport flourished under his watch with many overseas tours that he personally organised and supervised. He was 1st XI Hockey coach and Cricket coach and supported the rugby scene with his usual passion and professionalism. In addition to his many sporting roles, Marc was a Senior 6th form tutor contributing fully to the progression and success of this sector and worked tirelessly putting together a creative vision for 6th form PSHE. Hawks has been an outstanding colleague, an inspirational teacher and a good friend. We all wish him and his family well with their new life in Australia. Marc has settled south of Sydney and has started playing Hockey again for his local town, where he is coaching the youth section. After taking 6 months off to spend more time with his family touring parts of Australia and New Zealand, Mark has begun supply teaching. The Hawkers have now settled and are enjoying the sunshine for all of us. KES’s loss is certainly the state of New South Wales’ gain.

DEREK AND MONICA HALL Derek and Monika Hall began as KES parents when their son Andrew was here and I can remember discussing with them the various merits and demerits of the German course books around at the time. It was not until later when an opportunity arose to fill a part time vacancy that I remembered those conversations and the professionalism exuded by the Halls. Both had had very successful teaching careers, Derek as Head of Mangotsfield School and Monika as Deputy Head at Wellsway School.

This year we were lucky enough to be joined by Monika, who took one of the GCSE groups. It has been great fun working with Monika who, as well as keeping Derek in order, brought great enthusiasm and professionalism to her work. Again, nothing was ever too much trouble and we shared many a joke.

It is with great sadness that we say good-bye to them; with them passes a generation of teachers who remember the eleven+, A levels as they used to be and O levels. They represent a type of teacher who has stood the course Derek joined us after his retirement and quickly and continually developed their professional established himself as a formidable force within skills, applying new ideas with a deft and critical perception of what really works in the the department. He brought immense subject classroom. And that will be their lasting legacy and managerial knowledge to the job and upon the children who were lucky enough to be helped establish best practice in a number of key areas, particularly assessment for learning. taught by them. His background as inspector for schools was useful when we faced our own inspections and R Satterthwaite he always had wise and helpful suggestions to make. He worked with great energy and his rigorous approach was appreciated by all the pupils for whom he would often arrange times for extra support (even if it was only a retest!); you had the feeling around Derek that things would get done, as they always did, and before deadlines were even near. His pupils, as well as the rest of us in the department, felt empowered by having Derek there; many a time he would make helpful suggestions that found a way through a difficulty. He was as professional and committed to teaching Years 12 and 13 as he was to Year 7 and he even found his way into the Junior School on occasion, such was his versatility.

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AMANDA PHILLIPS Amanda joined King Edward’s Bath as a parttime teacher of Classics in January 2011, having previously been a Head of Department at Millfield School. However, to call Amanda a part-time teacher somewhat undersells the amount that she has contributed to the department. She spends the majority of her Thursdays off preparing resources and supplementary materials for her classes, which she makes readily available for the use of the rest of the department.

CRAIG GRAHAM Craig Graham grew up in a small village in South Gloucestershire famed for having the second widest street in the country! He studied at both Cardiff and Bristol Universities and spent the past 8 years teaching in two schools, one in North Somerset and another in Wiltshire.

Amanda has been an absolute pleasure to the department. Her phenomenal intellectual capacity is at the same time humble and she is always willing to put the needs of the students first. She has a caring attitude and frequently gives of her own time to help students with extra lessons. She often sees things from a holistic point of view and gives perceptive insights which had previously been unconsidered during departmental meetings. Her contribution to the successes of Classics at KES cannot be overstated. Amanda’s main project whilst at KES has been to organise the biennial activities week trip to the Bay of Naples for Years 8-10, handling all of the administration as well as guiding around certain sites whilst in situ. Her dedication to the job is clearly evident from her actions this year – she has organised the entire trip for 37 students and 5 members of staff and she cannot actually attend herself as she is going to Durham University for her daughter’s graduation that week! Amanda has been an inspirational teacher and an outstanding professional during her time at KES and she will be greatly missed. She leaves us to take up a role as part-time teacher of Classics at Kingswood, where she will, of course, flourish. M Bull

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Away from school he tries to spend as much time as possible ‘relaxing’ with his wife and young daughter. He relishes any opportunity to participate in outdoor pursuits and aims to spend a few fleeting moments each day playing the guitar.

DAVID HACKER David Hacker joined KES from Ipswich School as Director of Sport, having previously taught at Millfield School for 13 years as a house parent, head of hockey and PE teacher. His background has always been in sport; as a hockey player he went to the 2000 Sydney Olympics and he has had brief stints with Hampshire & Worcestershire CCC as a cricketer and he also enjoys playing golf. A family man, he has two daughters (Jess and Abigail) at Canterbury & Exeter University and his son Tom is in year 11 completing his GCSEs at Ipswich.


JOCELYN BURCHELL Jocelyn Burchell joined the Classics department at KES having previously worked as a fine art photography specialist at Sotheby's and Bonhams auction houses in London, her home town. She studied Classics at Cambridge and has a MA in Cultural Heritage Studies from UCL and a PGCE from KCL. Aside from her love of all things Graeco-Roman, she is a keen dancer, having experimented with ballet, contemporary and street jazz over the years, and performed at the Royal Opera House in London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She also enjoys writing and has published a book on collecting contemporary photography.

PHILIP CRAVEN Philip Craven is delighted to have started as a new teacher of History and Politics at King Edward's after completing his training in the Sussex area last year. Philip hails from Chichester where he was a chorister in the cathedral choir. Music has played a large part of Philip's life with choral scholarships at school and university followed by singing professionally as part of Lincoln Cathedral Choir. After university Philip became a communications officer in the fields of media relations, web and graphic design, and dabbled in journalism. When not in the classroom, Philip enjoys singing, cooking, playing squash and watching his beloved Wales playing (and hopefully winning) rugby.

KEZIAH TRUMP Keziah Trump joined the PE department in September after teaching in Chile for 5 years. Previous to that she taught at Bristol Grammar School after graduating from Durham and completing her PGCE at Bath University. She loves all sports but running is her main passion. After completing her first multi-stage endurance race last year in the USA, this year will see her continue with the occasional marathon sandwiched in between travelling, dancing and good food (before finding the next big challenge!!).

LYDIA DIAS Lydia Dias grew up in Bath and studied in London at LSE. After graduating, she worked in publishing and the emerging digital media market recruiting a range of technical and marketing staff. She was even a beta tester for Google back in 1998! After a move back down to Bath (post dot.com bubble), Lydia completed her PGCE in Bristol and for the last 10 years has worked at St. Brendan's Sixth Form College. She loves teaching business and economics and in her spare time she helps her husband manage their two young children and needy Jack Russell.

CRAIG LILLEY Craig Lilley captained Bath Rugby Academy U19s and U21s after leaving the highly prestigious Colston’s Collegiate school in 2004 who were Daily Mail Cup winners and unbeaten in two seasons he was there. Craig studied a Degree in Coach Education at Bath University alongside his playing career at Bath Rugby. After a shoulder injury, Craig decided to hang up his boots and pursue a career in coaching and teaching. Since then he has worked at Ivybridge College, coaching the 1st XV in the AASE League where he worked with Exeter Chiefs Academy and is now working as Head of Rugby at KES.

DAVID LEHMANN David Lehmann graduated in 2010 with a BSc in Mathematics from The University of Birmingham. He then taught at King Edward VI Boys School in Aston for 4 years and has now returned to the area in which he grew up. In his spare time he enjoys exploring the finer aspects of food and drink, running, country walks with his wife and Labrador and he is a keen sports fan. He looks forward to enjoying being in Bath for many years to come!


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SIÂN HURST Siân Hurst joined the Design and Technology department at KES in September after completing a degree in Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors at Bath School of Art and Design, and then a PGCE at UWE. Siân is a regular volunteer at the Action on Hearing Loss craft workshop in Bath and completed British Sign Language level 1 to assist her in this role. She has a keen interest in making and always has projects on the go. In her own time she works with an Alpaca stud local to where she lives in Bristol, spinning the fibre, hand dying using natural dyes and knitting into textiles pieces traceable to the Alpaca.

LUCIE PERRIS Lucie Perris joined the Music Department at KES after 3 years of teaching in London. Originally from Taunton, she studied Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, with a first study in Voice. After taking some time out to work in France, she spent some time volunteering with Raleigh International in Malaysian Borneo. In 2012 she completed her PGCE at the University of Bristol and returned to London as an NQT. She plays rugby for Bath Ladies, enjoys cooking and travelling.

FERN HUGHES Fern Hughes has been teaching Art & Photography for 8 years, having previously been Head of Art at a school in Bristol. She holds an MA in Education along with a degree in Fine Art. She has strong interests in music and travelling alongside her career as a freelance Photographer and Artist.

SEAN LILLEY Sean Lilley joined KES as a Sports coach. He was a member of the Bath Rugby Academy and represented England 16s. He has been lucky enough to play in different countries including Australia, Canada and America. Whilst at Bath Rugby Sean studied a Degree in Sports Performance and Coaching. He currently plays rugby semi-professionally alongside his commitments at King Edward’s School.

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SARAH RICHARDSON Sarah Richardson studied Natural Science at the University of Cambridge. She began teaching four years ago after successful careers in Forensic Science and Strategic Law Enforcement. Passionate about all aspects of science and how they interlink, she teaches both Physics and Chemistry at KES. Sarah is enthusiastic about the outdoors and in addition to running, skiing and cycling in her own time, she enjoys lending her support to school DoE events.


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Obituary devoured before they return, hovering, at the end of lunchtime, with that pleading, plaintive, look in their eyes: please, are there any seconds? And that’s just the staff – the children, as you will be aware, are even more of a handful!

ANGELA BARKER It is always a very sad moment when a friend or colleague or much loved family member is taken from us, all the more so when this happens much, much too soon, as is the case with Angela. And much as it is a privilege to pay tribute to such a wonderful lady on behalf of the School to which she devoted nearly a third of her life, I would, of course much rather not be writing these words at all. But though I feel very sad to be writing this eulogy, I am also drawn to the happy memories, all the warm good wishes, all the kind thoughts and prayers and love of everyone at King Edward’s who knew Angela and who remember her with nothing but the fondest of affection. Affection is just one of the many responses that Angela inspired in us. When someone takes such pride in their work, when they are always willing to go the extra mile, when every request is met with a helpful smile and a positive, can do approach, how could it not be? Affection and respect and admiration and a huge amount of gratitude, not just from the colleagues Angela worked with, the team that she led with such care and great warmth and humour, but also from the thousands and thousands of pupils, teachers, parents and visitors to the School who were looked after so well by Angela and her team for over two decades. You have heard, no doubt, the line that “an army marches on its stomach”; well, I believe that that saying applies even more to a school. Many of you will be familiar with the daily picture that emerges in our canteen: they arrive at 8 o’clock; it’s been at least half an hour since their cornflakes, and the hunger pangs are starting to bite. Breakfast club feels like a kind of salvation, an oasis of muesli bars and bacon butties to keep them going through three hours of morning lessons until the main event – lunch. They rush from their lessons, surging to the front of the queue, eyes wide, lips being licked, plates piled high with delicious looking fare, eagerly

Twenty-one years of feeding King Edward’s School means probably somewhere in the region of 40,000 lunches alone, before we start factoring in breakfast club, tuck shop, sports lunches and teas, end of term celebrations and all the special events that Angela always did so well. Staff lunches at the end of term always have a celebratory feel anyway, but Angela and her team always made it feel properly celebratory, often with an amazing buffet spread that must have taken hours to prepare: delicious cold meats comforting crusty bread, exotic and worryingly healthy looking salads, reassuringly less healthy looking desserts and, of course, the constant centrepiece at the heart of it all: Angela’s legendary coronation chicken! Angela’s time at King Edward’s saw many innovations and developments in the catering department, including the reorganisation of the kitchen, the introduction of salad bars and packed lunches, and the appearance of more exotic dishes over the years, although she also never forgot how to make an epic and always memorable Christmas lunch. Throughout almost all of her time at King Edward’s, Angela led a close-knit team of loyal and committed colleagues, many of whom still work at KES today. That loyalty and dedication was always as much to Angela herself as to the School, and it was underpinned by genuine camaraderie and warmth, the kind that you need if you are to work so harmoniously in such close quarters. Angela’s ability to bring people together and keep them pulling in the same direction wasn’t limited to the professional domain; she also organised many social events for colleagues, including fondly remembered trips to London to watch a show. Angela epitomised inspiring and fair leadership, and she was helped in this by her own fierce sense of loyalty and duty, as well as an often mischievous sense of humour that kept everyone’s spirits high. One example of this was the time that she decided to fill a colleague’s umbrella with confetti and then fasten it tightly. Everything was passing unremarkably until the colleague, in town and feeling the newly falling spots of rain, opened said umbrella and found themselves covered in precipitation of an unexpected kind. Those tables were turned, however, on the occasion of Angela’s 50th birthday, when colleagues decided that a fine birthday surprise would be

to decorate her beloved little red car so that it looked like a ladybird. Despite Angela appearing to the rest of us as the consummate professional, things did not always run smoothly in the King Edward’s kitchen. Spillages of custard and mint sauce, the latter so explosive that it reached the ceiling, gave credence to Angela’s reputation for being somewhat accident prone. However, both of these incidents paled in comparison to the occasion when, preparing for a wedding function at the School’s Bathampton sports pavilion, Angela pushed the cork into the red wine bottle instead of pulling it out, and did so with such force that the wine spurted everywhere, including all over Angela, giving a whole new meaning to the term ‘bridal shower’. Visitors to King Edward’s School often comment on the warm welcome that they receive and on the genuinely co-operative and engaging atmosphere that they witness. I tell them that it’s all to do with people, and when I talk about the quality of the staff that we have at the School, I always mean the teaching and the support staff together. I often point out that, unlike many schools, we do no not contract out services such as portering, cleaning or catering, and by keeping those services in house we are then more likely to enjoy the commitment and loyalty of a team whose members have chosen to buy into the values and ethos of the School and to stay with us longer. The team that Angela fashioned and led is a great example of that and very much a part of her legacy. Marcus, Angela’s second in command, now successfully leads many of the same colleagues in a still close-knit team, having picked up where Angela left off and having learnt so much from her. To build a team and keep it together for over 20 years is one thing, to build it so that the wheels keep on turning smoothly after you have left is another – just ask Alex Ferguson. And the fact that so many of Angela’s colleagues continue to give fantastic service to King Edward’s School and to do so with calmness, good humour and a warm and engaging smile is also very much part of her legacy. When we reflect on the life of someone we knew, I think that there is usually an unvoiced question hovering at the back of our minds, namely: has my own life been richer for knowing this person? Angela enriched all our lives. She probably also helped to enrich our waistlines as well, but I’m not going to hold that against her. I feel privileged to have known Angela and, though still sad, honoured to be able to pay tribute to such a wonderful person on behalf of everyone at King Edward’s School. Martin Boden

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