Pupils in Year 8 are to take part in a new programme being rolled out across the school called PiXL Edge.
Employers and Universities have said they look for 5 core attributes in standout students: Leadership, Organisation, Initiative, Resilience andCommunication.
The PiXL Edge is a framework for schools to develop and accredit in students those personal attributes essential for employability and life. The Edge website is a way of pupils logging their achievements in and out of school under each of the five headings above.
Students will qualify at three levels:
At each level there are a variety of approved activities that students can undertake for each of the key attributes, the number of activities that need to be completed varies depending on the level. The activities are rated as level Apprentice, Graduate or Masters according to their duration, the size of the team involved and the number of people exposed to the activity.
Pupil login details will be provided by their Form Tutor – this login is unique to them and can be linked to their Google/Facebook account. Once a week, pupils will be working on their progress and updating their activities. They will also be able to access and edit their account via a mobile PiXL Edge app.
As a school which never stands still and is always looking to improve; we want our pupils to follow our footsteps and strive to be the best they can be. The Edge program will allow them to develop and be accredited for five key attributes essential for employability and life.
This begins in Year 8 when your child will be introduced to The Edge program and will start to log their activities and provide evaluations for each one. We hope this will encourage them to get involved in as many extra-curricular opportunities as possible both in and out of school – some of which they may have never even thought of before now!
There are numerous activities which your child can be accredited for; from something as simple as being a register monitor in form time to organising a small fundraising event in school for charity.
As parents we invite you to be part of their unique journey; encourage your child to talk to you regularly about their progress and achievements with the Edge. As a school we will be rewarding pupils as they complete their levels and for logging the most activities. We will also reward those pupils who show perseverance and true determination to complete activities.
We want to ensure that your child leaves our school not only with the best qualifications possible but with a myriad of personal attributes allowing them to stand out from the crowd and achieve their goals. Competition for University places and employment today is ever increasing and together we can help your child embrace this program which will undoubtedly give them the Edge.
If you are unsure about the Edge; how the program runs or have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me using the details on the PiXL Edge webpage which can be accessed here.
Report by Miss Cotton
This year the bake off highs came again as the Great British Logo Bake Off took place at KEVI. As before Mrs Bentham created the special event for the pupils. Loads of entries were handed in and shown to the judges (Mrs Wood and Ms Gray). We interviewed Mrs Bentham and she revealed the overall winner - Nathan Mottram who had spent time and effort to create a stunning cake. Other winners were:
She congratulated anyone who applied and put themselves forward and said all entries were great. All winners will get their certificates in future assemblies. Unfortunately, no Year 9s or Year 11s brought in a cake so we hope more entries from these years will bake for the next one. Overall the effort and commitment these pupils made was an achievement in itself and we hope next year will also be spectacular.
Report by Ben Trigg
Remembrance day, a day to never forget. We will always remember the people who died or were injured fighting for the liberty of our country. The 11th November is the anniversary of the date that the hostilities of the first world war ended.
On 11th November 2015, several war veterans visited King Edward VI High School once again. They were former students at our school. Christian Ford and James Tincknell interviewed one of the veterans and he told us about his time in the forces.
We discovered that he joined the armed forces because he had no choice as he was conscripted as a teenager. He was petrified when he first joined but made lots of mates and really enjoyed it after a couple of weeks. When he went out to fight he felt nervous but he had a job to do and said that he was committed to his job. We are lucky today that we do not have national conscription because men like these fought and died for our freedom.
By James Tincknell and Christian Ford, Year 7