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.
The Schools of King Edward VI and Birmingham Airport launched The Learning Hub on Monday 25th April. Officially opened by the Rt. Hon. Baroness Estelle Morris of Yardley, the facility will host workshops for pupils as well as CPD sessions from primary schools across Birmingham and beyond. The Learning Hub will also be hosting activities for pupils and parents during holiday periods which will enable parents to share in their child’s learning and most importantly have fun!
Students in Year 13 went on a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in Poland with the Holocaust Educational Trust. An emotionally draining day but a very important visit not just for History studies but also to act as ambassadors in an act of remembrance.
We would like to introduce our very own KESH owlet. This fine 90cm tall specimen is part of a city wide Public Art project that will be happening this summer. For ten weeks during the summer, Birmingham will play host to about 300 owls and owlets, all gloriously designed and painted by Birmingham Schools and Artists. A whole school competition will be launched to design a look for our owlet. Then our KS3 Art Club Artists will paint it up ready for its installation in a prime location in our Birmingham City Centre. King Edward VI Foundation is proud to be part of the Big Hoot, which is billed as Birmingham's biggest art event. As you can see below, our owl has been around a bit, even experiencing the eclipse!
Year 13 students studying Textiles and 3D putting together their final pieces for the exhibition. They used a variety of techniques including using video for a dazzling effect.