War Memorial Garden – WW1 Commemoration

In 1914 the cadets numbered about a hundred and  the call came for their help as messengers in the local mobilisation.

Between 1917 and 1918, they spent summer camps at Kirkwhelpington and Meldon, helping farmers at agricultural work and not particularly enjoying the thistle cutting!

By 1915 casualty lists came flooding in as the great battles began.Picture7

In one form of 30 boys, 20 did not return, and in all 59 Old Boys and one member of staff lost their lives, most of them having served in the infantry, 24 in the Northumberland Fusiliers.

In total, some 350 Old Boys served in WW1

With thanks to the Staff and Trainees at Azure for restoring this garden and for planting 2,000 spring time Scilla bulbs in the bank side next to the Wolfson Suite.Picture5     Picture6

KEVI Botanical Garden Project: February 2015 News

002 Azure  2015-02-10Just before half-term, the team from the Azure Charitable Trust arrived at KEVI to begin the challenging work of helping to restore the school grounds.

Eight Horticultural trainees and their staff spent two days working with our Grounds men Michael Airries and Liam. KEVI Alumni Alan Davison, joined in as one of our Botanical Garden Steering Group members too. One of the tasks this time was to make a difference to the school’s woodlands. The team spent their time clearing back the Cherry Laurels, making the pathway walkable and by the end of the two days, the woodlands looked a hundred times better. We are tremendously grateful to the whole team for all their hard work and look forward to working with them in the future too.

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Year 11 Supporting Your Child with Exams Evening

exams1Year 11 parents are invited to find out more about supporting your child with exams on Thursday 5 March 2015. The event will run from 5.30pm until 7.30pm.

The evening is designed to provide you, and your child, with some extra skills and knowledge to help support them through the final challenges of Year 11. The evening will take the form of five short (15 minute) workshops covering the core subjects, as well as more generic support including how to deal with exam stress.

Email invitations have been sent out – please check your spam/junk folder.

A copy of the letter can also be found here and reply slips should be handed to the Student Support Area as soon as possible to help with the planning of workshops for the evening.

Historical Association Young Quills

young_quills_295Love History? Love Reading? Then this is for you!

The Young Quills Historical Fiction competition is held annually, in part to recognise good historical fiction writing, and in part to encourage students to develop a love of history and a feel for the period they are studying. Young people nominate, review and short-list the publications they have enjoyed.

To get involved please see Ms Sharples in B2 lunctime, Friday 27th February.

National Citizen Service

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is an organisation that King Edward’s is proud to be associated with. The NCS is a government funded programme for 16 and 17 year olds living in England that provides amazing opportunities, life experiences and social action.

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New Chair of the Board of Directors

Photo by Peter McCartney - Morpeth HeraldWe are delighted to announce Paul Carvin as the new Chair of the Board of Directors.

After 10 years as Chair of Governors at KEVI and then Chair of the Board of Directors for The Three Rivers Learning Trust, Roger Vaughan is stepping down from his role.

Paul Carvin will take over with immediate affect, while Roger will stay as a member of the Board.

Read an interview with Roger and Paul in the Morpeth Herald.

Photo by Peter McCartney, Morpeth Herald.

Sweet Charity

This year’s musical is Sweet Charity and is on from 12th – 14th March.

Have you ever known a girl who wanted something so badly that she tried too hard to get it? Meet Charity, the girl who wants to be loved so much that she has lost sight of who she is. Charity sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through life, falling for every man who pays her some attention along the way.

Charity is a dance hall hostess – and it is in her workplace of the Fandango ballroom that her streetwise ‘companions’ share their cynical advice about love and occasionally their long abandoned dreams.

Charity’s “real” chance for happiness comes when the fickle finger of fate traps her in an elevator with a claustrophobic tax accountant (Oscar Lindquist) who also seems to be in search of… “something”.

Every character encountered in this 1960s New York, is interesting. Every person has their own story…and every individual has their own destiny. This is a bright and sophisticated show in every sense.

Tickets will be on sale from the week after half term and are £9 for adults and £5 for students.