The departure of The Big Hoot owls and owlets left many of us in a flap! Well, the good news is Birmingham’s second adventure has arrived! Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, Wild in Art, our very own King Edward VI Foundation and Peter’s bookshop are teaming up with KESH Art Department to present The Big Sleuth.
To most people, the word ‘sleuth’ means a private detective, but it’s also the collective noun for a group of bears! Birmingham will bring both definitions together in the summer of 2017 and the Sun Bear, the world’s smallest species of bear (now threatened with extinction) is the inspiration for a brand-new sculpture for this event. These incredible creatures are sure to inspire creativity and generate plenty of fun for all you sleuth spotters on the trail! After which, the bears will be auctioned to raise valuable funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.
The KESH bear has been delivered and has already begun its journey to integrate itself into Academy life. Bear078, as it was labeled on its arrival, will move around the Academy and will adopt a different identity depending on where it is. There has already been a lot of excitement about Bear078 from staff and students alike. After it’s formal introduction by our Principal Mr Allen, it began by spending a few days in the Art department getting acclimatised and while there it adopted the name Damien Hirsute and joined A-level Artists on a trip to see a wonderful Art exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. It then spent a week as The Libearian in our fantastic library.
Bear078 is now causing a lot of excitement around the English department as William Shakesbear. After such a dizzying introduction to the Academy so far, who knows what Bear078 will get up to before it takes its place as part of the Summers big public art extravaganza? Why not follow us on twitter @KESHACADEMYART to find out?
Students will be completing designs and judging will take place for our final design.
Staff accompanied students to the KESH debating team at the University of Birmingham to take part in the Debate Mate Cup. Students participated in three debates throughout the day, winning two. The judges, organisers and other schools all commented on the passion and confidence with which our students spoke on a range of complex issues. It was especially impressive to see our team, comprising solely of Yr7s, holding their own against teams three years older than them.
A number of students have entered the Thank You Letter Awards run by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues. Many were inspired by Mother's Day to thank their mums for everything they do, but others chose to thank a variety of other inspiring people in their lives. The best letters in school were written by:
Well done everyone who entered - gratitude is an important quality and saying thank you makes everyone feel.
At the beginning of February, Year 12 Philosophy and Ethics students attended a Candle Conference at the Methodist Central Hall in Manchester. University style lectures were led by Dr Peter Vardy formerly Vice Principal of Heythrop College and Dr David Webster of the University of Gloucestershire.
Some of the topics covered included Arguing for God, Religious Experience, The Problem of Evil and Natural Law. Debates also took place involving the students one of which was on the topic of euthanasia. The experience will prove to be invaluable for students as they come to sit their AS examinations this summer
On Thursday 1st December we held our Awards Evening to celebrate the success, academic or otherwise, of students in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13. This was a fantastic evening, with the theatre packed with students, their parents, Governors, distinguished guests and staff – all wanting to share our students’ outstanding achievements. Awards were presented by Patrick Burns, King Edward VI Governor and BBC Political Editor, to students for their achievement in external examinations, their progress in the subjects they study, their contributions to Academy life, their achievements in sport, to name but a few. The excellent performances by students during the intervals gave the evening an extra buzz.
On Tuesday 3rd November we held a careers day for year 10 and 11 students delivered by the Transformation Trust in partnership with Barclays Life Skills. The year 10 session focused on communication skills, presenting yourself well, self-confidence skills and utilising your abilities. Whereas the year 11 session focused on uniqueness, responsibility, selling yourself well and writing a CV. Many of the students produced a very detailed CV highlighting their personal credentials. Both of the sessions were informative, giving the students new ideas to help them to develop their thinking in the future. At the end of the session students were buzzing with enthusiasm and confidence. We look forward to welcoming Steve and the Barclay’s Volunteers back next week for another fun filled session.
Year 9 business studies students attended the Real Business Challenge at Villa Park where they had to present in front of distinguished guests.
Our resident expert in all matters Pi, Mr Organ, here is running a family Raspberry Pi evening for a local junior school as part of KESH Academy's outreach work.