Autumn Term II Newsletter 2017 | Newsletter

Headteacher’s Introduction

Dear Parents

As we approach the end of another busy term, I am delighted to draw your attention to the half termly newsletter which is available on our website.  This serves to give a flavour of the many and varied activities which have taken place during the term.  It is especially pleasing to see the numbers of students who are involved and the range of ways that they are involved in learning outside of the classroom.

I should like to thank all those parents and students who supported our recent Christmas concert.  It was an excellent event which showcased the musical talent in our school.  We are looking forward to enjoying the school musical next term and I would ask parents to check the website and school emails for further ticket information.

As many of you may be aware, due to the inclement weather, we had to postpone our annual Speech Day.  We will notify you as soon as a rearranged date has been established.  Thank you to all those parents who supported the school during the snow closures.

Parents may be aware that parking around the school, particularly at the end of school, continues to be challenging,  Please could I ask all parents to refrain from parking on the yellow lines outside the school, both at Rose Hill Road and Hall Lane, between the times of 3pm and 4pm.   This is to ease congestion as well as to ensure the safety of all students as they are leaving school.

As is often the case, at the end of a term we say goodbye to members of staff.  This term we say goodbye to Mrs Bailey, who has been with us since September teaching English on a temporary basis.  I should like to thank her on behalf of the school for all her time and effort in supporting the students in their studies.  In January, we are excited to welcome Mrs McKee, who will join the English department on a permanent basis.

School starts for all students on 9th January 2018 as the 8th January 2018 is a staff INSET day.

I should like to take this opportunity to wish you all a peaceful and happy Christmas break.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Whittall



A level Art pupils recently participated in a drawing masterclass under the tuition of local artist Kevin Ryan as an enrichment to their A level studies. Drawing from life has been a long standing tradition in Art Schools and was a fantastic challenge for our students to undertake.

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Bar Mock Trial

On Saturday 18th November, 16 girls from year 12 attended the Bar Mock Trial Competition at Birmingham Crown Court. This is a competition surrounding the legal system, where girls act as lawyers and witnesses to present a case to a jury.

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BBC School Report

Children in Need is certainly no stranger to the girls at King Edward VI Handsworth school and this year was no exception. It was bake sale galore and teacher based events heaven this year, but then main event, as always, was our annual Miss KE pageant.

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Careers Advice

Careers Advice and Guidance is a very important part of all young people’s education. My name is Nuala Connor and I am a Careers Adviser working with students here at King Edwards VI School Handsworth.

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Charity Update December 2017

With the frenzied activity of Children In Need week behind us we can look back and reflect on the amazing activities that the students across the school organised and the time and effort that went into raising money for Children across the country. We had many cake sales with most of them selling out before the end of break, some themed parties and plenty of dressing up.

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Democracy Forum Sixth Form Politics

On 24th November the Year 12 and 13 Politics groups were given the opportunity to attend the 16th annual Democracy Forum. The event was hosted by the Birmingham Rotary Club at the City Council House where we were able to question politicians and debate topical issues.

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Astronauts

On 20th November, fourteen Year 9 pupils went to a session at KE Aston run by Dr Suzanne Imber who is the winner of BBC’s ‘Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?’. We had an inspiring talk by Dr Imber, who is an Associate Professor in Space Physics at the University of Leicester. The talk was about her motivations, challenges, and experiences on the programme.

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Instrumental Music

On October 19th we were asked to provide some Musical entertainment for an event taking place at the Hockley Day Centre. Mr Parry took a selection of wind players and Dhol drummers. All pupils found the event very interesting and their performances were greatly appreciated. Day Centre members even got up to dance.

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Physical Education News

In September and October for 3 weeks running, the Year 11 GCSE pupils set off to Ackers trust in Birmingham to rock climb, in the hope of gaining a good score for one of their three assessed sports in GCSE PE. Pupils had to learn how to belay, how to tie knots, how to do traversing, but the main aim was to do 10 climbs and make them as difficult as possible.

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Safeguarding and Pastoral Update

There have been a number of changes in school this academic year and I hope the additional pastoral support that is available to students, is proving beneficial to all.

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Science Club Soldering

This half-term Science Club have been making flashing Christmas trees. Adhering to strict laboratory rules whilst working with molten metal which can reach up to temperatures of 330oC, year seven, eight and nine students safely made a raft of unique flashing decorations to take home and share around school.

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Science Competition Winner

Congratulations to Ellie Purcell who inspired the Talent 2030 team with her blog post about aerospace engineers and mathematicians: Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan.

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Wellbeing Information

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, new technology was waiting no need for a mouse

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