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Category: Upper School – King Alfred School

Life in the Upper School – Welcoming our new Year 7 students

9th July 2020

We would normally organise a transition day for the Year 6 students who are moving from Lower School to Upper School and for those students who are entering the school at Year 7 – this year we haven’t been able to do that. Instead of touring their new world of classrooms, form rooms, labs, studios…

Sailing Away – saying goodbye to Edo

8th July 2020

After 30 years at KAS, we’re sad to say goodbye to Head of PE, Edo. Here, colleague Claire Murphy pays tribute to a true KAS legend. “Edo left Croatia (then Yugoslavia) at 25, heading first to Germany and Switzerland to work on sports camps, before joining KAS as PE teacher in September 1990. At that…

Y11 Graduation goes online

24th June 2020

The end of Y11 and completion of GCSEs is a big milestone in students’ lives. With lockdown measures meaning large gatherings are banned, the Y11 graduation had to go online this year. It wouldn’t be right to let this milestone go unmarked, and so staff pulled out all the stops to create a special (if…

Making the Unreal, Real – Y8 Photographing Nature

17th June 2020

Our Year 8 artists have been inspired by Karl Blossfeldt and Joan Fontcuberta for their recent KAS Connected Learning project.  They looked at the work of Karl Blossfeldt who was a scientist photographing flowers and natural forms in a detached, seemingly scientific way. His images have influenced artists since the 30’s because of how unusual…

Going for Gold

8th June 2020

Y13 student Luca is the first KAS student to achieve their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. Take up of DofE awards has been growing and we’re proud of Luca’s achievement and hope it will be the first of many. We asked him about the experience: Q. Taking on the Gold award is quite a challenge…

Taking the stage

8th June 2020

Y11 student, Erica wrote a wonderful description of what it’s like to take part in a KAS production – with our Phoenix Theatre silent due to lockdown it’s a great way to experience the thrill of a production through the eyes of one of our talented students. “The process of the school production always makes…

Drawing between the lines – Y9

19th May 2020

In Art, Year 9 students have been doing a project on ‘Blackout poetry’. They’ve taken pre-existing pages from books and isolated words and phrases from the page to make a poem or story. They then illustrated around it. Head of Art, Will said: “I think their poems are rather wonderful.” We have to agree. Here…

Upper School Virtual Open Morning

15th May 2020

Despite the school buildings being closed – our Open Morning for the Upper School went ahead virtually. This is a recording of the webinar which featured Head, Robert, Sixth Former, Georgina and allowed prospective parents to ask questions and get a real feel for the school.

Year 7 students are
on a Crusade

7th May 2020

Students in 7A have been studying the Crusades from their KASConnected classrooms at home. They discussed why some people would choose to go on a Crusade and the students designed recruitment posters using some of the techniques they had seen in First World War propaganda posters. Then the students looked at some source material which…

Crafting Creative Costumes

7th May 2020

Our Y12 Theatre Studies students have been busy re-imaging and creating their own costume designs for Tennessee Williams’ The Glass  Menagerie.

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