KESPRESS - Online
Community Newsletter No 47
have reached the time of year when students are at their busiest
preparing for examinations. Revision
will already be a daily activity for most of our students.
Years 7, 8 and 9 have internal examinations.
Year 9 also have external Key Stage 3 tests in English, Maths
and Science. Year 11
have GCSEs ahead. Year
12 have AS module exams and Year 13 have A levels and
the final stages of GNVQ. Good
luck to all students involved and to parents in giving their
support at home!
A D Meikle
Our Night at
the Races in March went very well probably one of the few
race events going on at that time.
Everyone enjoyed the occasion and £500 was raised for the school.
Night, also in March, raised a further £100 and involved demonstrations
from Dior and Weekenders mix n match clothes.
As usual, King Edward VI families are hosting a group of
35 young Americans (12-14) as part of the People
to People American Ambassadors Programme.
This takes place from Friday 29 June to Tuesday 3 July.
Many thanks to all parents supporting this programme.
There are still a few places to be allocated so if you can help please
contact Miss J Taylor at school. We
are already planning a disco for students and American guests on the Saturday
Many thanks to everyone who has sent in tokens for the
various schemes. We recently
received a cheque for £31 from Nestlé.
Please keep sending these Nestlé tokens because the scheme has been
extended for a further year. Tesco
have computer vouchers again and Sainsburys is also helping out with its
reward points. Our inkjet
recycling scheme has also raised nearly £120 so far. Please keep sending us
as many of these as you can.
Our Young Enterprise Company KES Design won the
Tamworth and Lichfield Trade Fair in March and then won the Presentations at
Staffordshire University (Lichfield campus) on Friday 27 April.
They will now represent the region in the County Final at Burton on 8
May. Their success so far means
that they are already in the top 7 out of 90 original teams.
Students involved are Kirsty Dodd (1203), Chris James
(1204), David Bassett (1207), Tom Dale (1203), Rob Herd (1203), Steven Burton
(1202), Stephen Smith (1207), Adam Foster (1202), Alex Broomfield (1205),
Louise Anderton (1207) and Michael Rice (1204).
The following girls were selected to represent Cannock and
District at netball.
16 Sarah Smith (10D1)
Marie Dudley (10C1)
Laura Craddock (10D1)
Katie Buchan (11G2)
14 Jenny Rodgers (9C1)
Frances Young (9C2)
Hannah Colley (9C2)
All of the girls have shown
commitment to training and have played superbly in the District matches.
The Year 8 netball team were winners of the District
Schools netball tournament held in March at Cheslyn Hay High School.
In the final we defeated the Perton Middle School Year 8 team 5-3.
This was a great result and a successful way of recovering from our 1-0
defeat in the final to this same team last year.
The team was Helen Martin (8D1), Gwen Youlden (8C2), Emily Berry (8A2),
Harriet Hitchon (8G2), Nicole Waterman (8D2), Rebecca Gentle (8G1), Claire
A team of Year 7 girls played in the Under 13 age group
and a team of Year 9 and 10 girls entered the Under 15 age group.
Both teams were successful in the District Competition and now go on to
the County Championships in Stoke on Saturday 19 May.
Students involved were Aimee Perry (7A2), Laura Matile
(7C1), Anne-Marie Powell (7A2), Ashley Denny (7A2), Caron Marks (7C1), and
Vanessa Devitt (7C1). In the Year
9 and 10 team there were Elena Maybury (10A2), Lucy Aucott (10D1), Kelly Tyers
(10C1), Christina Bevan (9C2), Penny Blatch (9A2) and Elizabeth Bazeley (9G1).
We have recently had some excellent achievements in
Basketball: The U16 team have become Birmingham Schools Champions, beating
Wheelers Lane School 62-29, and Midlands Champions, beating Arrow Vale at
Redditch 65-60. The U13 team
became Birmingham Schools Plate Champions, beating Shenley Court 75-32.
Overall this season, we have played 72 matches, winning 61
and losing only 11.
The 1st XV did well to get through to the
County Cup Semi Final. Unfortunately, we then lost to John Taylor High School.
Our U13 team also went through to the Semi Final of the
Staffordshire Cup where we narrowly lost to Queen Marys High School,
Walsall, 17-19. The U13 squad
played very well this season: winning 8 of the 11 matches played, with 1 drawn
and only 2 defeats.
The overall win/loss record for the season for all teams
Due to bad weather and foot
and mouth restrictions, many games had to be cancelled.
Mock Trial Competition
Fourteen girls from Y9 took part in this competition on
Saturday 24 March at Stafford Magistrates Court.
We defended a case of possession of an offensive weapon against
Chase Terrace High School! We won
the competition beating Sandbach School
into second place.
The competition is run by the Citizenship Foundation and
the National Semifinals take place on 19 May in St Helens.
Once again, we have recently received confirmation that
attendance figures are very good indeed and compare well with other schools.
Many thanks to students and parents for this success.
We are keen to maintain and improve upon this high level
of attendance. In particular
cases where low levels of attendance are a problem, we will continue to work
alongside our Education Welfare Service and the local police to try to ensure
that all possible steps are taken to promote improved attendance and thereby
help students to gain maximum benefit from their time at school.
As an extra reminder at this point, Im sure that you
understand that it is inadvisable to plan holidays that involve children
missing school. It can be
difficult to catch up.
As many of you will know, our musical performance of Annie
this year was a great success. Congratulations
to all students and staff involved -
with a particular mention to Mrs Reeves, Mrs Wright and Mrs Brannan for
producing and coordinating yet another triumph.
The combined talents of our Sixth Form and Staff also made
our Sixth Form Revue on 30 March a very enjoyable occasion.
Many staff, sixth formers and parents were present to experience the
unique atmosphere and humour.
March was a particularly busy month for our musicians.
Extet and our main band performed on 7 March in the Rotary Club Schools
Many of our students
were then involved in
the Music Centre Symphony
Orchestra performance in
Rising Brook on
12 March. Then,
on 28 March, our own Spring Music Concert provided another great occasion upon
which all of our groups were able to perform.
There are plenty of forthcoming events too.
Mrs Foulkes will be taking our Recorder Group to the Recorder Festival
on 22 May and there is our Paris trip and the Summer Music Concert in July.
Staffordshire Young Musician of the Year
Congratulations to Christopher Gill (1304) who is doing so
well in this new competition. About
60 of the Countys top musicians started on the quest for this title.
The Second Round took place on Tuesday 1 May and, as he did in the
First Round, Christopher impressed the judges and is through to the next
stage. There are now only 8
musicians left and these 8 will play a concerto movement each at the final on
July 17. Chris plays the trombone
and we wish him the very best in the final.
To follow-up items from the last Kespress, we were all
delighted to learn of successes at national level.
Jackie Fowler (1306) won the national final of the
Lions Youth Awards for her contributions to Community Service.
This means that even more resources and possibilities will benefit
Lichfield as a whole.
Derrick Squire (1204) has been selected to represent Great
Britain and Northern Ireland as an Under 20 shot putter.
This is a tremendous achievement for our 17 year old student.
Congratulations to both Sixth Formers!
Elizabeth Brett (9G2) continues to represent us well at
national level. This month
Elizabeth is playing for England in the U15 Badminton Squad in Arnhem.
Good luck in this international tournament Elizabeth!