It was quite the frightful eve at KESH as the sun went down on Wednesday: our wonderful students took to a brass banded and spot light lit stage to immerse ourselves in some terribly torturous tales that came from our students’ minds. The audience screamed for their favourites in a merciless manner and the judges (Miss Dyerbolical, Miss Terryfiying, Mr Toad of Toad Hall Green, and Ms Elchop) cut the wheat from the chaff to find the House Horror Story Slayer of 2021: Aayan of 9D from Tolkien #terriblyterrific #halloweenhorror #childwriters #extracurricular #performance #yeswecan #tweettheterrible

Miss Terryfying was thoroughly spooked by this year’s House Halloween Horror story contestants. Special shout out to Reehan and Skye for exceedingly terrifying stories. Well done Aayan for seizing first– an exceptional tale with spine-chilling vocabulary. Keep it up!”

At KESH, we believe it is very important, especially in the current coronavirus climate, to look after your mental and physical wellbeing. On 26 February, we held our first staff and student wellbeing afternoon. This was a chance for all to take part in an activity that interested them. Away from the computer screen, many varied activities took place, as is evident from our Twitter feed. We hope everyone was able to enjoy the afternoon, look out for the next one.

The results of the first house competition of the year which was the Year 7 House Point Race are finally in. Tolkien took the lead with a landslide led by 7D. The results were as follows:

Tolkien: 1951 (7D = 1226hps + 7O = 725hps)

Lloyd: 1420 (7A = 712hps + 7N = 708hps)

Walters: 932 (7S = 563hps + 7H = 369hps)

Parkes: 850 (7L = 378hps + 7E = 472hps)

Students from KESH Academy took part in the Big History Quiz at the University of Birmingham today. Our students were exceptional in their preparation facing a mixture of topics and showed a real passion for learning. Their behaviour throughout the day was excellent and they beat Kings Heath Boys in a tie breaker to be awarded second place. Well done.

Well done to all our fantastic staff group and students! Staff have gained bragging rights by beating the students in the inaugural cricket match. The staff won the toss choosing to bat first. Openers Gordon and Pickford got off to a solid start hitting 26 off the first 2 overs. We were followed by strong performances from Cave and Hafeez as well as Eley and Blair with the bat. Helped along with Jensen and Clements, Watts and Graham, the staff managed to hit 76 runs leaving the students 77 to win!

After some, literally, back breaking bowling and a ‘wicket maiden’ over by Eley, the students ended up 11 runs short of the target which meant that the staff were victorious! Thanks to all those that came along, it was a lovely occasion, where, yet again our students build relationships and gain wider experiences outside the classroom!

The chess House competition took place yesterday after school. It was a very closely contested competition. Alas there can only be one winner.

  • 1st Tolkein House (Isabela Sopawiro was absolutely amazing)
  • 2nd joint Lloyd (Armaan Rasid, Ryan Towle and Sukhrai Landon) were brilliant and Parkes (Sami Fazeli was the star player but a special mention to Finley Illffe, Arian Yavari and Oliver Williams)
  • 4th Walters.

A very special mention to Abdi Mohammed Year 12 for coming along and teaching Mr Chadwick how to play!

The year 8 and 9 STEM day was a huge success. In groups, they had to create an autonomous vehicle which reacted to different colours to follow a set route. Students were focused and engaged throughout the day. They worked amazingly well with students from different year groups. Well done to all invovled, in particular Group 6 who won top prize

Last Thursday was World Book Day and we celebrated with our very own Great British Book Off! It was an abbreviated version due to the weather, but we had a remarkable turnout during the storm. We were so impressed by the imagination in the contestants’ stories, and the quality of their cupcake decoration, especially given the time constraints. Thank you to all the staff who helped and our judges. They were very good sports and gave wonderfully detailed Bake-Off style critiques. Good book everyone!

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    A great tournament held at KESH to find the chess champions os 2018! It was a great turn out and the students really enjoyed it but were firecely competitive. The results as follows:

    • 3rd Place- Walters house
    • Joint 2nd place - Tolkien and Parkes house
    • 1st place - Lloyd house

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