Having successfully reached the 6th form District Cup final the King Edward’s team travelled to Penkridge to face Wolgarston, on their home ground.
Pushing forward the King Edwards team was caught on the counter attack and went 1-0 down, to a fabulous finish from the Wolgarston player just before ½ time.
Injured Josh Wilson, acting as team manager, gave the ½ time team talk, made some tactical changes and sent the team back onto the pitch with renewed confidence after the break.
Good team play and individual performances followed the break. As time went on and being 1 – 0 down the team strived for an equaliser but in the process left holes in the defence and the game finished 3-0.
On Wednesday 10th February, the 6th form contributed to their house points by having a competition of War. War is a form of ultimate dodge ball, where the aim is to either get the other team into their jail or knock over the opponent’s cone.
Teams were made up of both Y12 & Y13 players, all of whom got thoroughly involved in the competition.
Green house was the overall winners, being victorious in all of their games against the other houses. Joel McCamley was the MVP knocking over the enemy’s cone twice, contributing to their comfortable 3 wins against the other houses.
In second place was Blue house, wining 2 out of their 3 games. Third place was held by Red house winning 1 of their 3 games, and in fourth place not winning single game was yellow house!
REPORT BY BRANDON McELENY, HEAD BOY
From the 9th to 11th September 2015 King Edward’s new Year 12s and 13s took part in a three-day induction period in order to get to know new students and improve our team building skills. The induction was a great success and it was nice to feel as though Year 12 and 13 were becoming more integrated and supportive of one another.
During the first day, students participated in a bake-off style competition aiming to create a bread product superior to the rest! Ideas included Sammy the Snail bread, Baking Shapes Tetris bread and Alphabread; the overall turnout was very impressive and was definitely a great way to welcome students back to school. After this, the Sixth Form took part in an activities day on the field aimed at bringing us closer together and helping us work as a team. Challenges included building a structure out of just wood and ropes, and it became clear throughout the day that communication was key!
Finally, on Friday 11th, students visited Staffordshire University and took part in a range of activities ranging from talks about university itself, to dramas regarding conflict in school (some of which were extremely creative). The Staff hosted a great day for all involved and everyone went away having learned something new, or having something different to think about. Overall, a productive and helpful induction period was enjoyed by all, and the new Year 12s and 13s have transitioned smoothly into the new and exciting challenges which await them.
Report by Grace Edge Y13
As part of the transfer to Sixth Form our first week was jammed full of activities which were designed to help make new friendships and to bring the two sixth form year groups closer together.
On our second day, the school outsourced a company to run outdoor exercises to encourage teamwork, communication and to help turn our brains back on after so many weeks out of school. The groups were made up of around 10 people from Years 12 and 13.
In these teams we completed a number of challenges throughout the day, some much harder than others. One my group found particularly difficult was the Chinese Whisper themed game. This involved the group passing information along a line of people in order to recreate a shape using the same blocks on the finishing side of the line. After many attempts, the team was able to complete the challenge as we began to learn from our mistakes.
Probably the most enjoyable activity was when our team split in to two see who could build the tallest tower out of bamboo, tape and string. This was a extremely competitive activity as the other groups tower was right next to ours. Amid a very competitive atmosphere, each team raced to make the tallest tower. At the end there wasn’t much difference in height but our team won.
I think the day was extremely helpful in making my transition to sixth form easier and much more enjoyable.
Report by Joe Harte Y12
On 9th September there was a transition day for the new Year 12s who have recently moved up from Year 11.
Both Year 12 and Year 13 were split into teams to participate in an activity, the task was to shape, design and make a brand of bread complete with packaging. Since both years were mixed up it created a great opportunity to talk and work with people that we might not have spoken to before.
Coming up with ideas for the logo, shape, brand name and packing was a lot of fun to do because it got everyone in the team involved and it was fun to see people coming up with interesting ideas. By the end of the day you got to know the people in your team a little bit better than you did at the start of the day. Having the activity be a competition was also a great idea for motivation because everyone was very competitive.
One of the most interesting parts of the day was the end as you got to see the end product of each teams, which included alphabet bread where you could spell your name; loafers which were bread slippers for making sandwiches; a crown, as it was the same day that the Queen became the longest-reigning British monarch, as well as many more. It was surprising to see how many different and unique ideas people came up with for their bread company.
The other exciting part was to see which team won the competition, each team had to do a presentation in front of the judges as well as receive a vote from the audience which would contribute to their overall score. In the end the winning bread was the tetris bread which was bread shaped into tetris blocks so you could play with them.
Overall the day was a huge success and everybody really enjoyed themselves.
Report by Tan Suntronsaratoon Y12
King Edward VI High School is proud to announce that our Sixth Form students have achieved excellent A-level results for another successive year with a 99% pass rate, with the vast majority of students attaining their first choice university placement.
Students doing particularly well include, Luke Acton 3As and 1B, Jenna Clayton 1A and 2Bs, Luke Bond 1A and 3Bs, Rhys Castellan 3Bs, Tim Pettifor 1A* 2As and 1B, Sophie Watson 2As 2Bs and Amy Wright 2As and 1C.
Mr Christey, Headteacher, commended the “excellent achievement of our talented students” and congratulates staff and students on their hard work and commitment throughout the year.
As the country gets set to take to the polls this week for the General Election, students and staff at King Edward's have been taking part in their own elections for Head Boy and Head Girl.
Sixth Formers Brandon McEleny and Frances Bishop have been voted in as the new Head Boy and Head Girl from September 2015. They will replace the outgoing Sixth Formers Frances Critchley and Luke Acton who were elected last year and have served in the role this academic year as ambassadors for the school and organisers of the School Council.
Headteacher, Mr Christey, congratulated the students on their election and wished them every success in their new roles. He also thanked Fran and Luke for their "hard work in representing the school at major events and representing the student voice in the school."
On 12th March, Year 12 went to Manchester for a higher education fair run by UCAS. After having to get up at a ridiculous hour to then sit on a coach, the fair was going to have to be good to cheer up the tired and moody sixth formers!
The fair was held in a humongous hall room filled with hundreds of different universities from around the UK and other various career and future provider options including MOD recruiting and apprenticeships from graphic design to working for Rolls Royce.
Throughout the day there were seminars on different aspects of the application to university and life at university and if you weren’t interested in anything educational, you could spend the day trying to collect as many pens, pencils, chocolate and other freebies!
Many students have said that the fair was very useful, informative and valuable. Another said ‘It has given me motivation to go to university and you can’t say no to freebies’ another said ‘it was extremely helpful and helped me decide which university to go to’.
The fair was packed full of ambassadors from UCAS and universities willing to answer any questions or offer any guidance you need.
The fair is a great day out and we will all recommend going!
On the evening of the 11th November 56 Year 1 and 2 pupils filled the sports hall of King Edwards for the TOP activity festival, a fun-packed evening of multi-skills activities.
They participated in a variety of activities, rotating around to ensure that all had a go at the Target throw; parachute; Space Hoppers (Oppies); Simon Says and a dice game.
It was obvious that the children enjoyed themselves thanks to the hard work of the level 3 Higher sports leadership students and King Edwards’ pupils acting as sports leaders and sports guides on the night. There were over 40 King Edwards’ students who helped. The event was well organised and well attended by sports leaders meaning that the staff from the attending schools had a stress free and enjoyable evening too!
As always, this event was well attended and the children were introduced to many functional skills within the fun environment. It was evident that all involved enjoyed the evening and hope to repeat similar activities in years to come.
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), firstname.lastname@example.org.