Y12 Ryan Ashforth raced to victory in the Stafford and District Schools' cross country championships for the second year in a row.
Ryan is a steeplechase and 1,500m specialist who has taken the cross country circuit in his stride. In the under-18 race he finished the 4.2k course almost a minute ahead of the pack.
More than 250 runners from 10 schools challenged for titles in four age groups in a chase for a top 10 finish, to earn a chance to represent the district team in the county championships on January 23.
King Edwards Team Results:
Year 7 Boys 3rd
Y8 & Y9 girls 2nd
Y10 & Y11 Boys 1st
Y10 & Y11 Girls 2nd
Other notable King Edwards Individual Results:
In the Y8 & Y9 girls race
2nd Izzie Kelly
In the Y9 & Y10 Girls Race
4th Allegra Soutar
5th Gabby Lufton
In the Y10 & Y11 Boys race
On Wednesday 11th November 2015, KEVI’s SLT presented an assembly in remembrance of those who fought, and in some cases lost their lives in the war. Our focus this year was the Battle of Britain (as this year marks its 75th anniversary) - the battle in which the RAF defended the United Kingdom against the German Air Force the Luftwaffe.
Guests at the assembly included several Old Edwardians who were involved in the war, as well Mr Matthew Guymer MBE of Haughton, who has recently been awarded Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur for his involvement in the Liberation of France in the Second World War. Matthew Guymer began service as a Band Boy at only 14 years of age, and went on to be in active service throughout the war. It has been a great honour for the school to have met with him, to show both our respect and gratitude for his amazing life.
After observing a two minutes silence and concluding our assembly, several students from the SLT accompanied the Old Edwardians to the Chetwynd Centre in order to lay a wreath. This was an act of remembrance from both the older and younger generation, who came together on this day to remember the losses Britain suffered all those years ago.
Report by Grace Edge Y13
The 1st ever Sixth Form House Quiz Competition:
On Wednesday 4th November, sixth form organised to have a quiz between the different houses. Each team consisted of 7/8 members but blue team had double the amount!
There were many different rounds of questions ranging from a round about animals, a music round and a round about science.
Green team came 4th, yellow team came 3rd, blue team came second and in first place was Red team. They were very pleased with the outcome having won a bag of celebrations to share!
Report by Pia Dodd Y13
Sixth Form hosted an Enrichment day to raise money for Marshlands Christmas Party. Marshlands is a school of about 50 pupils that have a range of special needs. Every year the sixth form like to put on a Christmas party; complete with Santa and gifts for all the students.
The fundraising day, held in the 6th form common room, was made up of an array of different stalls and games, from ping pong and ‘beat the goalie’ to cake and popcorn sales. Along with this, there was the opportunity to challenge your friends to a game of FIFA or balance some money on a floating lemon!
The day was a great success as £114 was raised for Marshlands along with another £39 being raised for Breast Cancer Now and £35 raised for the Young Enterprise group.
Thank you to all who contributed in anyway.
Report by Fran Bishop (Head Girl)
On the 14th October the Sixth Form fundraised for Macmillan Cancer support. We did this through playing rugby and selling cakes on the day. The main attraction was the Year 12’s taking on the Year 13’s, the Year 12’s won. We were very grateful for the support that we received during the lunch break from the lower school and from the sixth form who remained after the end of lunch.
The grand total of the day was £201.35!!
We would like to thank all those who played, baked, bought cakes or helped in any way, including:
Jack Hardy, Liam Walker, Nathan Podmore, Connor Pope, Alex Manley, Archie Perry, Tom Pennack, Brandon Mcelney, George Slater, Will Turner, Todd Dawson, Josh Wilson, James Chadwick, Rhys Williams, Oliver Greenshill, Ross Smith, Charles Clayton, Robbie Thelwell, Jordan Talbot, Mr Abel, Fran Bishop, Pia Dodd and Beckie Pearson.
Report by Joe Harvey Y13
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
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!
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