Congratulations to Aelfred Hillman who has been awarded the recital prize as a result of his performance at the recent Portsmouth Music Festival Gala Concert. Aelfred will now present his debut recital on clarinet and saxophone as part of the 2018 Portsmouth Festivities.
Congratulations to Michael Pang who competed at the
Badminton English National Junior Championships at the beginning of this month in the U13 age group. Michael won a
Silver medal in the boys' singles event and a Bronze medal in the boys' doubles.
On Saturday 1st April thirty-four students and six staff departed for the annual school ski trip. The weather, at the start of the week, was mixed but during the last two days the group skied in glorious sunshine. The conditions at the top of the mountain were excellent but lower down the slopes the snow became very slushy in the afternoon. The level of instruction was excellent and the students remained focused in their lessons thus making very good progress. At the end of the week Ned Clarke received the highest ski award amongst the party; he was also the only member of the party to land a 360 while out with the instructor. The highlight of the evening entertainment was a visit to the bowling alley, closely followed by the game of Jenga played between Stephanie Judd and Emily Price against Mr Brown and Mr Lewis!
Eighteen geography students travelled to Iceland over the Easter holidays to discover the incredible geology and geography on offer in this amazing country. Iceland is well known for its changing weather and the group certainly experienced this – snow, torrential rain and sunshine! Bathing in the Blue Lagoon was most definitely a highlight for the students and they used the silica mud on the bottom of the lagoon to cleanse their skin. The geographers visited numerous waterfalls, some with water so pure that the students were able to drink directly from them, and Strokkur geysir mesmerised everyone as it sprayed boiling hot water up to 35 metres into the air every 5 minutes. Iceland has a huge amount to offer and everyone was extremely fortunate to be able to experience so many of its geological wonders.
Over the Easter holidays, a group of five girls travelled to Pribram, near Prague in the Czech Republic, to take part in the second leg of the Prague Exchange. Their buddies had already been hosted by KES families in September. Whilst there, the girls visited the capital and saw all the highlights including Prague Castle and the Astronomical Clock. Easter was a wonderful time to visit as there were Easter crafts and markets aplenty. The group also helped with running a sports event for a local school for children with special needs.
On the Friday 31st March, seventeen Third and Fourth year students travelled to Córdoba, Spain, to spend five days of glorious sunshine experiencing Spanish life first hand. The students stayed with host families and attended three hours of Spanish lessons every morning. The afternoons were spent sightseeing, sampling tapas, churros and ice cream and dancing Flamenco. On the Sunday they enjoyed a visit to the beautiful city of Sevilla. Everyone had a fabulous time and greatly improved their Spanish skills.
The Creative Arts trip to New York City took place in the first week of the Easter holiday. In five days, of seemingly non-stop activity, students soaked up the cultural richness and diversity of this most iconic city. Bounding from one end of Manhattan to the other, they took in everything from opera at the MET to late-night diners off Times Square, picnics in Central Park to 'Miss Saigon' on Broadway, gems of twentieth-century art at MoMA to midnight city views from the Empire State building. Between countless other highlights, including a very special violin recital at Carnegie Hall, a dance class at the Broadway Dance Studio and an evening at a Jazz club, students used their free time to explore the streets and cafes in midtown Manhattan and immerse themselves in the magnificence and craziness of the city that never sleeps.
and Fourth year students enjoyed a fabulous week taking in the sights and
culture of Morocco during the Easter holidays. They
visited several UNESCO world heritages sites, including the fishing port of
Essaouira and the ancient village of Aït Benadhou, the setting for the film,
Gladiator. As well as consuming copious amounts of tagine, students also drunk
local Berber tea and learnt about Moroccan history and religion. The main highlight
for many was the
chance to travel into the Sahara Desert by camel and the trip concluded
with a visit to Marrakesh.
A group of Upper and Lower Sixth students travelled to lively bustling Montpellier in the South of France during the Easter Holidays. They spent the mornings perfecting their French in relaxed and interesting lessons led by native speakers and the afternoons discovering the local area and culture. Trips to Avignon and the Pont du Gard, sessions of pétanque, the tasting and preparation of local specialities, trips to the beach and evenings at local restaurants all helped to make the trip thoroughly enjoyable. C’était magnifique!
The Music Department is celebrating being awarded the ISM’s (Incorporated Society of Musicians) Silver certificate in music in 2017. It has been awarded for the excellent results in GCSE music last year. More than 15% of the Fifth Year cohort at KES achieved an A*-C in GCSE music. The data highlights the reach of music within the School and whilst the ISM award was for schools with A*- C grades the whole KES Music cohort produced 100% A*/A grades for the second year running.