On Wednesday 22nd March, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Company came to School to deliver an exciting and dynamic workshop based on their brand new, critically acclaimed ballet ‘The Red Shoes’. A number of Lower School dancers took part with the opportunity to learn some repertoire from the show and work on some themes of storytelling through tableaux and movement. The dancers were given a fantastic insight into Matthew Bourne’s choreographic style and in the evening, dancers from across all years were lucky enough to visit The Mayflower Theatre to see the company in action performing ‘The Red Shoes’.
Congratulations to Ellie Macleod who played two of her
A Level piano pieces at The Southampton Music Festival on 12th March winning The Janet Sherbourne Cup (U18 piano) for her performance
of Joachim Raff's ‘Romance'. She received very positive feedback from the adjudicator for both
pieces she played.
Scamp Club's literary quest this year took them to Lovaton on Dartmoor. 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' and Malcolm Saville’s classic, 'Saucers over the Moor' served as 'maps' which led them to their three key locations: Nun’s Cross Farm, the home of the villain of the piece, Grimspound where Sherlock Holmes made his base and Whiteworks where the source of the saucers over the moor was rumoured to be.
Members of the Charities Commission have been selling red-nosed themed merchandise in the run up to Comic Relief and today organised break and lunchtime events in the Crush Hall. Pupils were able to buy red noses, wrist bands and attempt to ‘pin the nose’ on Ed Sheeran! Well done to everyone involved in raising money for this very worthwhile cause.
On 22nd March, fourteen Sixth Formers went to WE Day in Wembley Arena. WE is a movement that brings people together and gives them the tools to change the world, inspiring millions of passionate young people, women and men to work together to shift the world from “me” to “we.” At the WE Day celebration at Wembley the KES students listened to presentations from charity workers and inspirational speakers such as Kate Winslet and Paula Abdul. Jessie J, Conor Maynard and The Vamps also performed.
The school history was somewhat re-enacted this week as two football teams from King Edward's travelled to Poole Grammar School to play their squads. The results were favourable for KES with a 1st team win 6-2 and a 2nd team win 5-4. During the war years, King Edward's was evacuated to Poole Grammar School where a number of similar matches would have taken place.
This year the annual King Edward's Thanksgiving event took on a slightly different format. The First Years travelled to St Nicholas' Church in Stoneham Lane, next to Wellington Sports Ground, where they participated in a Thanksgiving Service conducted by the Rev Sheena Williams in the presence of the Head Master. The remainder of the School community gave thanks for the School's founders and benefactors in the School Hall and welcomed The Ven Dr Peter Rouch, Archdeacon of Bournemouth, who gave a dynamic and inspirational address about love being the guiding principle for our lives.
Congratulations to Ollie Schofield who achieved 1st place with Honours in the Musical Theatre 15 years & Under category at the Southampton Festival of Music and Drama. He was also placed 1st in the Open Song category and has subsequently been invited to perform his winning number at the end of Festival Concert at Thornden Hall. Well done Ollie!
It has been a busy time for KES pupils involved in Rhythmic Gymnastics. The Rhythmic South Gymnastics Awards Day 2017 was held on Saturday 4th March and a number of achievements were made. Rosie Dyer-Slade and Alice Turner-Hall both achieved the Rhythmic South Gymnastics Bronze award with Distinction and Alice also gained the Bronze medal in the age 11 group whilst Rosie was awarded the Silver medal in the age 12 group. This weekend also saw the British Rhythmic Gymnastics Group Seeding Championship where the girls finished a very respectable 18th.
Friday was non-uniform day at KES with members of the Green Team collecting empty plastic bottles and raising funds for Water Aid. In total over £1000 was raised as students were encouraged to wear blue clothes in support of the appeal.