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King Edward VI School

Start of Term Bulletin 14th September, 2012


Once again this CALLING ALL year we are inviting PARENTS & parents and friends of King FRIENDS Edward VI School to join OF forces with our School choir and KES orchestra for the Carol Service at St Mary’s Church Southampton on

elcome back to King Edward’s to those returning and a particular welcome to those who are beginning their association with the School. The School is full with 975 pupils, 237 of whom are in the Sixth Form.

Monday 17th December at 7.30pm

We wish all our new staff well in their new roles and wish students in positions of responsibility as Prepositors, Heads of House and Lower School Prefects best wishes for the year.

If you sing and read a little music we would be pleased to welcome you into our SATB choir. There will be a few evening rehearsals for those who need to learn notes and then one massed rehearsal for pupils and adults. If you have sung in our adult choir previously you will automatically receive full details about repertoire and rehearsals. If you are a new parent to the School and would like further details please email Mrs Freemantle on

Speech Day is on Friday 21st September and the Chief Guest will be Debra Searle OBE, who rowed solo across the Atlantic in 2001- 2 and is a Trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. We wish all members of the School a stimulating and enjoyable term. Head Master

Post Result Services for Upper Sixth and Fifth Year Pupils Pupils still wishing to submit GCE & GCSE ‘Enquiries about Results’ forms, must complete and return to the Examinations Office by 10am Tuesday 18th September. Pupils still wishing to submit GCE & GCSE ‘Request for Original Scripts’ forms, must complete and return to the Examinations Office by 10am Thursday 27th September. Upper Sixth GCE Unit Resits form for January 2013 Examinations must be completed and returned to Mr Courtney by 10am on Thursday 27th September.

New Pupils’ & Parents’ Evening 27th September at 7.30pm Parents of new pupils are invited to the Sixth Form Concourse and Dobson Theatre where refreshments will be served. This is an informal evening, run by KESSOC, where parents will have the opportunity to meet with some staff, members of the society and, most importantly, the parents of other new pupils.

A Fifth Year Physics trip is being organised to Thorpe Park on 11th October and the whole year group is invited to take part in this fun and educational day out. Students will attend a workshop in the morning, which is directly related to the Kinematics and Dynamics topics studied in the IGCSE course and there will be time afterwards for students to experience some of the rides for themselves. Click here for more information.

Alongside this, Sixth Formers will be running a fun evening of activities for the new intake of children to give them a chance to meet others. Click First Year , Second and Third Year or Lower Sixth for more information. Parents of new Fourth Year pupils are also invited to attend. 1

New staff joining KES from September


Mr S Aellen Ms E Ball Mrs J Barnes-Wardlaw Mr D Brown Mr G Dopart Mr D Filtness Mrs J Gunton Mr I Hardwick Miss L Hewitt Mrs E Hooton Mr C Peel Mr S Powell Mrs H Searles Mrs H Sheridan Miss G Stenning

This is a group set up as a link for parents of pupils who cross the Common to get to and from School and as a means of sharing information and concerns. Whilst the group is an important resource, numbers have dwindled recently, but luckily we have a very keen parent willing to co-ordinate information, organise and move the group forward. She would like to hear from any parent interested in joining the group and finding out what kind of support would be useful to them and whether they would be happy to walk or cycle with other students living near by. Please contact Marianne Plater at for more details.

Head of Biology Mathematics Biology Geography (maternity cover) Spanish and French History Second in English Mathematics Biology Geography (maternity cover) Principal Hockey Coach Mathematics Head of Religious Studies D&T English

There are copies of both the Parents’ Guide and Sixth Form Parents’ Guide on the website. These publications contain a wealth of information about life at King Edward’s. Click here to access the Parents’ Guide and here to access the Sixth Form version.

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES Co-curricular activities form an integral part of life at King Edward’s and we are very proud of the amount of opportunities on offer.

Staff and Parent Prayer Meeting A prayer meeting will be held on Tuesday 25th September between 1pm and 2pm in the Hospitality Suite. All parents welcome.

We would like our students to participate in at least two activities. Click here to view the extensive Autumn 2012 list of Clubs and Societies.

COMMUNICATION Under normal circumstances parents may expect a response to communication within 3 working days during term time. Parents are asked to understand that staff are very busy and are not always in a position to respond immediately, though obviously any urgent matters will be prioritised.

Romania Shoe Box Appeal The deadline for returningshoe boxes will be 24th October this year. More information about the appeal will be issued shortly.

MODERN LANGUAGES INFORMATION German Mr Kukla will be leading this year’s Aachen Christmas Market Trip from Friday 7th - Sunday 9th December. Letters regarding this trip can be obtained from all German teachers or email Mr Kukla on for more information.

During School holidays, issues which require urgent attention should be directed to the Main Office or to SIXTH FORM INFORMATION EVENING

Third and Fourth Year German students should sign up during this first half of term for the German Exchange to Mutterstadt in April/May 2013. Details are available from all German teachers or email Mrs Allen on for more information.

Wednesday 24th October This evening is an opportunity for external and existing Fifth Year pupils and parents to access information about examinations offered by the School and to start thinking seriously about their Sixth Form choices.

French There is an Information Evening for the Angers trip on Monday 8th October at 7.30pm in the Hospitality Suite for students and parents. A gentle reminder also that the final instalment for this trip is due by the end of September.

After short presentations by the Head Master and the Director of Sixth Form there will be opportunities to talk to staff and students about specific subjects and broader issues. 2

Sailing Club and Beginners’ Sailing Course

Upper Sixth Practice University Interviews Practice interviews with external academics will be available for Upper Sixth students on 15th, 16th and 17th October. Click here for more information and booking details

The KES Sailing Club is looking for new members. We sail most weekends at Weston Sailing Club. It is open to all members of the school regardless of experience. Click here for more information.

KETA TRANSPORT Temporary Bus Passes

A beginners’ course will run for Lower School pupils with no experience who wish to get involved (click here for details). Upper School and Sixth Form beginners should speak to Mrs Burrows at about getting started.

Pupils wishing to obtain a temporary bus pass to enable them to travel on a different route must arrange this through Mr Goldie, giving at least 48 hours’ notice. He can be emailed on Temporary passes will only be available on buses where there is spare capacity.

Music Concert Thursday 8th November at 7pm St John’s, Smith Square, London The KES Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir and Jazz Ensemble present an evening of top quality music in one of London’s professional concert venues in Westminster. For more information and box office check out St John’s Smith Square website by clicking here.

Sports Fixtures Regular fixtures are played on Saturdays throughout the year and pupils, if selected, are expected to make themselves available. Home matches are played at School or at our playing fields at the Wellington site in Stoneham Lane. Parents are very welcome to watch and support the teams. Members of staff running the teams will set up cancellation procedures for the pupils in the case of bad weather.

Ceremony of Admissions DVD The School has produced a DVD showing footage from the Ceremony of Admissions.

Due to the changeable nature of Sports Fixtures we no longer print a definitive list in the pupil diary. Please check the School website for the most up to date information.

If you would like to purchase your own copy of the DVD, please complete the order form by clicking here and return to your child’s tutor, by 10th October with payment of £4.00. Unfortunately, we will not be able to meet any requests after this date.

Click here to access sports pages.

Eating Disorders Talk for Parents 7pm on 11th October in the Dobson Theatre

Procedure for if your child is ill and unable to attend school

This will be delivered by Micki Bennett and Jess Griffiths of I*EAT which is a non profit organisation which seeks to address issues around eating disorders.

To enable us to be sure of the whereabouts and safety of our students it is important that you contact the Main School Office (02380 704561) or by email as soon as possible, preferably by 8.30am, if your child is ill or is going to be late.

They believe in full recovery – getting to a place where food no longer controls a person’s life. I*EAT supports sufferers and carers, provide training about eating disorders and work with schools about self esteem, body image, healthy eating and eating disorders.

If the illness is on-going please contact the Main Office each day that your child is absent.

The talk provides an insight into media influence and the dangers of extreme dieting. For more information please click here.

We would also be grateful if you would reinforce the need for your child to report to the Main Office if they arrive late to School. 3

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Thurs 20th Sept Friday 21st Sept Thurs 27th Sept Wed 24th Oct Thurs 25th Oct Friday 26th Oct - Mon 5th Nov Tuesday 6th Nov Friday 9th Nov Friday 16th Nov Mon 19th Nov

Upper Sixth Parents’ Evening Speech Day at Mayflower Theatre New Pupils’ & Parents’ Evening Sixth Form Information Evening INSET Day Half Term Autumn Term resumes First & Second Year Summer Camp Disco Open Evening: School ends at 3pm INSET Day

Please note: A more comprehensive calendar, which is updated and reviewed regularly, is available on our website.

HOMEWORK TIMETABLES KESSOC New Parent Wine Tasting Evening

Homework timetables can be found by clicking here and referring to which year you require.

Friday 23rd November Click here for information and booking details

First Year Parent Directory Click here for information on how to be part of the KESSOC First Year Directory.

TERM DATES Autumn 2012 to Summer 2014 Autumn Term 2012: Tuesday 4th September – Thursday 20th December (Half-term Friday 26th October – Monday 5th November inclusive) INSET Days: Monday 3rd September, Thursday 25th October and Monday 19th November Spring Term 2013: Monday 7th January – Thursday 28th March (Half-term: Monday 18th February – Friday 22nd February) INSET Days: Friday 15th February and Monday 11th March Summer Term 2013: Monday 22nd April – Friday 12th July (Bank holiday – Monday 6th May) (Half-term: Monday 27th May to Friday 31st May)

Autumn Term 2013: Wednesday 4th September – Friday 20th December (Half-term Friday 25th October – Monday 4th November inclusive) INSET Days: Tuesday 3rd September, Thursday 24th October and Monday 18th November (provisional) Spring Term 2014: Monday 6th January – Friday 28th March (Half-term: Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February) INSET Days: Friday 14th February and Monday 17th March (provisional) Summer Term 2014: Tuesday 22nd April – Friday 11th July (Bank holiday – Monday 5th May) (Half-term: Monday 26th May to Friday 30th May)

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