KES Music Department receives ISM award

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.

Digniora awarded

Congratulations to Suheera Ebrahim who has been awarded a digniora for Classics.  Mrs Meredith comments, 'Suheera produced a superb piece of creative work on the invocation of Isis as part of an ancient Egyptian festival. She made a beautifully designed guide with an innovative mechanism to display the key ideas.'

This is the third Digniora Suheera has been awarded this term which is a record for a Second Year pupil.

Digniora awarded

Congratulations to Daisy Sarton who has been awarded a digniora for Theatre Studies. Mrs Arnold comments that: "Daisy produced an exceptional costume design project which far exceeded the expectations at GCSE, spending many hours on the project researching, sketching and refining her ideas. She even organised her own research trip to the Imperial War Museum for additional materials. The result was an incredibly detailed project that demonstrated a real talent for costume design as well as an admirable devotion to her studies. The refinement and research behind her designs is clear throughout her portfolio and she gained full marks producing work of near A level standard.”

Olympiad Results

Students have been taking part in subject specific Olympiad competitions this term with some good results.

Amongst those students who recently took part in the UK Linguistics Olympiads there were several awards.  At Intermediate level, Marrium Chughtai, Iolanta Spanner, Isobel Searles and Sophie Ridley received Bronze awards whilst at Advanced level, Eleanor MacLeod received a Bronze award and David Veres received a Silver award

KES students also performed well in the British Physics Olympiad challenge. Bronze certificates were awarded to Daniel Cheung, Sam Cooper, Sophie Holliday and Alex Liu and Silver went to Patrick Lotery and Tom Mitchell. Kelvin Xie, Chris Lotery and Colin McCann all received a Gold certificate.


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.

Music dignissimas awarded

Three Dignissimas for Music have been awarded this week in the light of the Turner Sims Spring Concert on Wednesday.

Maya Garside produced a wonderful performance of 'Chopin's C sharp minor prelude'. Mrs Freemantle notes, ‘it was performed with poise and exceptional musicianship exploiting a full range of colours on the superb Steinway concert grand piano.’

Joe Winter is to be congratulated on providing the superb rhythm backbone for the seven Chamber Orchestra and Big Band. Mrs Freemantle comments, 'Joe is a consummate musician, and is able to adapt to various styles of playing on the drum kit and to pull off technically demanding solo passages with impeccable timing and flair.’

Digniora awarded

Congratulations to Ella McCarthy who has been awarded a digniora for Geography.  Miss Grant notes, ‘Ella produced an outstanding piece of work for her project on the local environment. The whole department reviewed her work and agreed that it is by far the best project produced by a First Year pupil  in a number of years at KES. Ella fully deserves the top level of recognition for her research, hard work and attention to detail.’

Dignissima awarded

Congratulations to Robbie Stelling who has been awarded a dignissima for Geography. Miss Grant notes; ‘Robbie prepared and delivered an exceptional talk for the Geography Society. He was able to draw on his own personal experiences to compare the sustainability and conservation taking place at Niagara Falls, Canada, in comparison to Borneo. The detailed research Robbie had clearly put into this talk was outstanding and the 40 students who came to listen thoroughly enjoyed it.’

Mathematically challenged!

Abigail McCarthy, Ankit Nambiar, Joshua Lam and Benji Graf competed in the regional final of the Second and Third Year Team Maths Challenge this month at Lord Wandsworth College. The team fought against strong competition to gain an excellent 7th place. Mukta Srinivasa Raghavan and Daniel Erwig also competed as part of the Stroud School team to gain a 5th place finish.

Fourth Year students have also been competing. Eight students attended the 'Maths Feast' (a team Maths competition) at Barton Peveril College last week. The afternoon consisted of a number of different rounds involving puzzles, problem solving and learning new Maths. The boys' team consisting of Adam Brodzki, Arev Melikyan, Jake Reilly and William Rose won the overall competition and the girls' team of Ottilie Beal, Yuqing Chen, Sarah Macleod and Kira Morton won a certificate for first place in one of the individual rounds. Both teams did very well, enjoying the challenge of the day and the chance to compete against teams from other schools.

CERN trip 2017

During February half-term a group of twenty-one Sixth Form students and three staff travelled to Geneva to visit the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, more commonly known as CERN. Here they were able to explore the two exhibitions that CERN has on offer to the public, the first about the Large Hadron Collider and the second entitled the 'Universe of Particles'. Afterwards they took part in a workshop on making cloud chambers, super cooling ethanol and using this cloud to help visualise particle pathways.  As well as a visit to the Anti-Matter Chamber and the Geneva Science Museum, students also had some free time to enjoy the Lake of Geneva during this two-day trip.