Morpeth Town Art Competition: The Winners

IMG_8570On Wednesday 8 July, Strutt & Parker hosted the final showcase of their 40 shortlisted entrants and revealed the winner and runners up of the competition.

Congratulations to:

  • Sophie Thomson (Y10 at KEVI) who won first place for her acrylic on canvas painting of Morpeth Clock Tower. She was awarded a £100 Amazon voucher.
  • Well done also to Caitlin Scott (Y10 at KEVI) and Danny Lilico (Y8 at Chantry) who were the runners-up, winning £50 Amazon vouchers each.
  • Furthermore, 6 students were awarded a highly commended award (£10 Amazon voucher) and these were Thea Viernes and Maddy Stewart (Newminster), Leon Smith and Michael Smart (Chantry) and Phoebe Hoggan and Emily Brannigan (KEVI).

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John Muir Award Success

John Muir Award July 2015Well done to Year 10 students Sarah Hipkin, Charlotte Mathewson and Kirsty Famelton, who have been awarded an Explorers Level John Muir Award, and to Jenny Laws, who has been awarded a Discovery Level John Muir Award.

All students have successfully participated in a Naturalists course with Northumberland National Park.

Students have enjoyed numerous sessions including ancient tree surveying, moth trapping, wildflower surveying, habitat creation and management, mammals, river life, birds, trees, woodlands and hedgerows and mini-beasts, with Northumberland National Park Ranger Shaun Hackett.

Lessons from Auschwitz 2015

The Holocaust Educational Trust and The King Edward VI High School are delighted to offer the opportunity for two Sixth Form students to participate in the upcoming  Lessons from Auschwitz Project – an innovative four-part course which gives students the opportunity to visit the Nazi death and concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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There are only 2 places available. These shall be offered to Year 13 History students studying the Holocaust for their Personal Studies or those wishing to apply to study History at University.

In order to secure a place write a one-page essay on the Importance of Remembering the Holocaust to be submitted to Ms Sharples (B2) by Wednesday 16th September.

We also ask that participants contribute £25 towards the cost of the trip (the rest is financed by the school and the HET).

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Visit from Lord Terry Burns

IMG_9393On Thursday 9 July, staff and students were delighted to welcome Lord Terry Burns, who until earlier this year was Chairman of Santander UK, to speak to Year 12 students and offer them some advice about how to plan for and enjoy a successful career in whatever they choose to do.

Lord Burns, who spent more than 12 years leading one of the UK’s biggest banks, has also served as Chairman of Marks and Spencer, the National Lottery Commission and The Royal Academy of Music, and remains the Chairman of Channel Four Television.

For much of his career, however, he served as one of the leading civil servants at the heart of Whitehall, advising no less than six Chancellors of the Exchequer as the Chief Economic Advisor to the Treasury, Head of the Government Economic Service, and Permanent Secretary to the Treasury.

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WW1 Centenary Afternoon Tea Party

A WW1 Centenary Afternoon Tea Party took place in the elegant ballroom of Morpeth Town Hall on Sunday 12 July, in aid of SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association).
The event featured KEVI students past and present, providing entertainment, as well as catering by former student Robbie Morgan, of RJM Catering, who provided an authentic WW1 menu.

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KEVI Highly Commended – National Shine Media Awards 2015

Photo from left-right – Dr Simon Heffer of the Daily Telegraph, KEVI Year 13 student Mark McGarry and Steve Marchant from The Cartoon Museum. Photograph taken by official photographer Sophia Penteli.

Congratulations to the Student Review News Team, who were shortlisted in the National Final of the Shine Media Awards 2015 on 22 June at Stationer’s Hall in London. KEVI was highly commended in the Best Cartoon category, drawn by Year 13 student Ben Welsh. Student Review Year 13 students Beth Lamb, Jack Taylor and Mark McGarry attended the final.

Many thanks to the Shine Media Awards Chairman Sue Pandit, for making it possible for the KEVI students to attend the national final in London.

 

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Enrichment Week

Preparing students for adult life goes beyond their academic education. Upon completion of their GCSE’s or A Level’s we send students into a highly competitive world where they require skills of autonomy, resilience and team work.

All year 9 students participated in Enrichment Week from 1 – 5 June, providing them with an opportunity to experience life beyond the classroom. The activities were designed to be challenging, promote self- confidence and develop employability skills, aiding their achievement of KEVI10.

Many activities were on offer, from entrepreneurial prowess to horse management, mountain biking to upcycling fashion, book publishing to fishing and many, many more.

The atmosphere across all activities was impressive with an eclectic skill base evidenced within each activity location. Well done to all staff and students involved.

Overcoming fear and experiencing masses of fun was the order of the week for students participating in ‘PE Experiences’. Describe by students as a ‘extraordinary trip’ that ‘improved communication and made everyone work as a team’

Overcoming fear and experiencing masses of fun was the order of the week for students participating in ‘PE Experiences’. Describe by students as a ‘extraordinary trip’ that ‘improved communication and made everyone work as a team’

The cyclists pushed their physical strength and mental determination to the limit during some challenging rides across the region. Looking tired and dishevelled at the end of the week they said they ‘would recommend the activity to any year 9’.

 

 

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Time pressures proved stressful for the book publishing group as they worked against the clock to publish their anthology of short stories on Amazon, yet this did not tarnish the fulfilment as they tested their stories to a group of pre-school children.

The most competitive group worked across Morpeth as entrepreneurs throughout the week to raise as much money as possible for Deki, who empower people living in poverty to create sustainable livelihoods by providing access to ethical microloans and training.

The most competitive group worked across Morpeth as entrepreneurs throughout the week to raise as much money as possible for Deki, who empower people living in poverty to create sustainable livelihoods by providing access to ethical microloans and training.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.kevi.info/category/fly-fishing/

Check out what the Fly Fishing Group got up to in their blog.

School Council Away Day

P1014397On Monday 6 July, 28 students from the KEVI School Council (KSC) were invited to Durham Cricket Ground to review and reflect on a very successful year and begin to plan for the year ahead.

The day started with the out-going Senior Students focusing on the positive factors of the School Council and explaining the ideology behind KSC.

The activities were then handed over to the new Senior Students and their main focus was planning for the year ahead! Ideas were discussed by a full range of students from all year groups and a number of key themes were established and agreed. Sustainability, wellbeing, publicising School Council activities & events and the inclusion of the wider community were the main areas that the students felt would build on this year’s success.

One of the highlights of the day was a tour of the Cricket Ground with a friendly representative.

Removing students from the school’s usual working environment helped encourage a relaxed atmosphere and gave a more ambitious, outside perspective. There were also some nice links to health and wellbeing within school.

All the students had a great and very productive day and would like to give a huge thank you to Durham Cricket Ground for hosting the event.

Visit of Lord Terry Burns on Thursday 9 July

Staff and students are delighted to be welcoming Lord Terry Burns into school.

Lord Burns is Chairman of Santander UK and Channel Four Television and formerly Chief Economic Advisor to the Treasury, Head of the Government Economic Service, and Permanent Secretary to the Treasury during John Major’s Conservative government of the 1990s.

He was born in Hetton-le-Hole, County Durham, and will be speaking to more than 200 Year 12 students at the school about his career pathway, offering them invaluable advice about how to make the most of opportunities that come their way and achieve their potential.

The visit was arranged through Speakers for Schools, a UK charity which provides state secondary schools and colleges with talks from a range of industry leading professionals, public figures and academics, free of charge.

The network currently consists of 950 speakers who donate their time to go into state schools to share their insights, experiences and more about their area of expertise as leaders in their fields through high-profile assembly talks with students.