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Summer Letter July 2021
Written by V Harrop
Dear Parents and Carers
It is hard to believe that we are finally completing this strange school year. It has been one of challenge but remarkable stories of resilience, teamwork, community, learning new ways of working and utter determination from our students, parents, carers and staff. I commend you all.
Students have hugely impressed us. They have worked with tenacity and have adapted to all the rules and systems and remote learning we have had to introduce. I have been particularly impressed by how they have looked out for each other and their community with individual community projects such as sewing masks, running allotments and small businesses, supporting vulnerable members of our community and charities such as our local food bank and vast amounts of volunteering through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. Equally impressive have been their collective projects such as our brilliant 6th form Business students and their work to raise awareness and funds for the Young Minds mental health charity, as well as their events to support student wellbeing. Recent prefect interviews with Y10 and Y12 brought home how passionately they feel about looking after each other in the KES family and looking out for younger students too; I was so proud of them all. KS3 students have also been logging a vast range of brilliant evidence and activities for their LORIC portfolios.
Following interviews, we are excited to announce the appointment of our new Head Students for 2021 – 22 from next year’s Y13.
Sean Dennis and Bailey Philpott
Deputy Head students:
Ronni Arrowsmith and Josh Palmer
Congratulations to these students and to all for their remarkable and professional interviews and presentations.
We will share names of the Executive House Captains with you shortly, once all candidates have been interviewed.
All students interviewing for these positions and Senior Prefect positions have hugely impressed us with their professionalism, preparation, articulation and community mindedness and they have some exciting ideas and projects planned. They will be representing the student body and supporting our school community in moving forward and in our ambition at KES to all be:
RSC Associate Schools Virtual Playmaking Festival
Written by C O’Shea
The RSC Virtual Playmaking Festival, 2021, is here at last! We hope you enjoy watching this 3 minute video compilation of the “More Strange Than True” theme for this year’s festival. It features snippets of performance from our Kent Clusters (King Ethelbert Associate Schools and Canterbury Academy Associate Schools.) Please see below for the link to watch:
Our personal congratulations go to our King Ethelbert School Year 9 participants in the closing scenes of Timon of Athens. A longer edit of the King Ethelbert group will follow later:
Year 9 performers:
Niahm Newman-Oke, Katie Harvey, Felix Reed, Isla Harvey, Emily Beal, Kacie Zannetti and Lilly Freedman. Well done!
(Mrs. O’Shea and Mr. Harris)
IB Results Day 2021
Written by V Willis
King Ethelbert School are celebrating another year of fantastic Year 13 results!
Vicky Willis, Headteacher said “We are thrilled with the fantastic IB results from our Y13 students. 95% passed and 13% were at the very highest grades of 7 and 6. Students have worked through challenging and changing circumstances this year. They are a terrific bunch of young people who have shown immense character, especially in the last few months, and we are really proud of them. Today students have received their IB Diploma results and their Reflective Project grades and they will receive their BTEC results for the applied career related components of their IBCP course in August. 20% are anticipated to have secured over 200UCAS points. Once again we have seen how the IBCP programme supports our young people in really finding their passions and developing their wider skills alongside rigorous, academic studies. Our students are off to a wide range of exciting and challenging next steps.”
Well done to our Y12 students for fully engaging in an array of work related workshops and challenges.
This ranged from ‘CV — Employer’s View’ to use of the virtual Careers and Work Experience platform, developing interview techniques which included one-to-one interviews with employers, team building activities and much, much more.
We also have been offered an amazing opportunity with ‘Talent Tap’, an organisation based in London that provides mentoring, work experience and access to many contacts that could be future employers!!! For more information click on this link https://www.thetalenttap.com/