25 enthusiastic years 5 and 6’s from surrounding primary schools filled King Edward’s sports hall on Tuesday night, ready to play in the October 2014 Football Festival. Four brightly coloured teams took to the pitch in an attempt to make their schools proud, with an overwhelming atmosphere and support from fellow team members, families and teachers on the side-lines. All teams from Castlechurch, St Lawrence and Woodseaves played extremely well and the final results were very close. St Lawrence managed to pull just ahead of the other 3 teams to be named the winners of the October 2014 Football Festival, of which parents, teachers and students alike were extremely proud. The standard of football at the event was as high as ever and hopefully the schools will return to the festival for years to come to claim their own victory!
The present sports leaders and referees that participated in helping the event to run smoothly worked very well together and Mrs Gibbs believes the festival “ran the best yet under the unfortunate weather conditions” (as the festival had to be moved inside). The leaders helped throughout the festival to instil enthusiasm into the players and encourage the great performances from the younger children. The help from King Edward’s students was invaluable and allowed the festival to take place extremely efficiently.
51 students made their way up to Stafford Grammar School’s muddy fields on the afternoon of Wednesday 22nd October to represent King Edward VI in the cross country running competition. After eventually warming up in the wintery conditions and preparing themselves to face up to the tough competition, at around 2.20 the first race started for the year 7 boys and girls and every competitor tried their hardest against hard competition from other schools. All team members ran extremely well, with the year 7 girls’ team placing 1st overall.
Motivated by the success of the year 7’s the year 8/9 girls set off in their race shortly afterward, cheered on throughout by fellow King Edward’s competitors and leaders around the course. The whole team raced well in the slippery conditions, to finish with King Edward’s team’s top four competitors finishing in the first 15, with times that gained the team 1st position. The third race to start was the year 8/9 boys, 10/11 girls and senior girls. By this point in the afternoon the course was becoming increasingly slippery and the long hill now resembled a muddy slide. However, all King Edward’s competitors in this race managed to run well and finish regardless and the year 8/9 boys’ team finished 2nd overall in their competition. Both Hannah Silvester and Hannah Malpass finished within the top 10 for the year 11 girls and the senior girls closely followed the previous victories finishing 2nd in the team competition, with 2 competitors within the top 10. Charlotte Welch was the first of the King Edward’s individual triumphs of the day pulling ahead of the other competitors and finishing first in the senior girls race.
The final race of the day began at around 2.45 for the year 10/11 and senior boys. Despite the still deteriorating ground conditions after the other races, the year 10/11 boys put up a good fight against the other strong competitors and all 11 team members finished, with 3 in the top 10 and 2 finishing within the top 5. This placing helped the King Edward’s year 10/11 boys’ team to finish in 1st place overall with Ryan Ashforth achieving the second individual victory of the afternoon, finishing far in front of the other competitors to win his race.
The competitors from all years represented the school admirably and the impressive success of the King Edward’s teams in all races reflected the effort put in by everyone, whether they were racing, helping to organise team members or simply supporting the students.
The school's first Enrichment Day of the new academic year will take place on Friday 24th October 2014. The timetable will be collapsed for the day and students will take part in a variety of enrichment activities. It should prove to be a useful and rewarding day for pupils. Please note that full school uniform should be worn as normal and we ask pupils to bring any spare change they have for the Sixth Form fundraising event during the day.
Please see below for further details.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Mrs M Woodward
A pupil from St. Lawrence's Church of England Primary School in Gnosall has been announced as the winner of a free prize draw organised by the English Department at King Edward's.
Paige Titley entered the competition on a visit to the school's Open Evening on 30th September. Her prize is comedian David Walliams' new book, "Awful Auntie".
Teacher of English, Miss Burslem, said "There were well over a hundred entries from parents, as well as students, who all had a keen interest in the popular author's latest novel. The winning entry was Paige Titley from Gnosall - Well done!"
The competition is just a small part of the English Department's drive to encourage more reading for pleasure following the introduction of dedicated literacy time for all students each school day, the launch of the Bookbuzz scheme and its support for the annual Readathon competition.
Headteacher, Mr Christey, congratulated Paige and said "thank you to everyone who took part in the competition and for joining us at Open Evening."
King Edward VI High School has launched its Poppy Appeal in support of the work of the Royal British Legion.
As Remembrance Day approaches students and staff have been buying poppies to remember all those men and women who gave up their lives in the service of their country.
The money raised will go towards the work of the Royal British Legion who work tirelessly to support the Armed Forces, past and present.
Students in Year 9 began selling poppies around school this week and will continue through to November. The students are currently studying World War One in their History lessons and will go on to study World War Two after Christmas. Stories of the heroism of soldiers on the front line have inspired students to sell poppies and raise as much money as they can for a good cause; giving up their free time at breaktime and lunch to achieve their goal. Lead Teacher in History, Mr Lomas, reserved special thanks for three students in particular; Ellie Monckton, Jacob Flood and Cole Smith for their efforts in giving up so much time to sell poppies.
The History Department will be hosting their annual Remembrance Service at King Edward's in November alongside the Old Edwardians' Association to commemorate the sacrifice made by former students of the school. Leader of History, Miss Tickell, and the Sixth Form will lead the service and bring students, past and present, together in an act of remembrance.
Headteacher, Mr Christey, said "The school is proud of its long history and of its many former students and teachers who gave their lives in conflict, for our freedom. We look forward to welcoming the Old Edwardians to the school in November for our act of remembrance." He added, "I am very proud of all the efforts that Year 9 have gone to help raise money for good causes at this time of remembrance and reflection."
The names of the soldiers who lost their lives in conflict are displayed in the School Hall and will be read out at the service. Look out for the special remembrance article in the November issue of The Edwardian.
Sixth Formers at King Edward's have been encouraged to sign up for a national scheme.
National Citizen Service (NCS) is open to all 16 and 17-year-olds in England.
It helps you build your skills for work and life, while you take on new challenges and meet new friends.
It runs in the spring, summer and autumn. You’ll have a short time away from home and take part in a team project that will help your community.
NCS brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. It encourages personal and social development by working on skills like leadership, teamwork and communication.
Participants develop a social action project to deal with a local issue they’re passionate about, and spend 30 hours putting the project into action in their community.
How can I get involved? If you’re 16 or 17, you can take part in NCS.
Visit the NCSyes site and sign up to receive more information and details of how to get involved or speak to Mrs Woodward (Assistant Headteacher), email@example.com.