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Category: Upper School – King Alfred School

Making History With Y8

30th March 2021

Year 8 students have been learning all about the slave trade in their History lessons this term. They were tasked with designing memorials to those whose lives were lost as a result of these practices. Some students were challenged even further – presenting models or drawings of their designs to an outside audience of experts…

Lockdown Portraits By Year 8

17th March 2021

We’ve all seen a lot more of our own faces than we’re used to during lockdown (thanks Zoom!) but for our Year 8 artists this was a source of inspiration. “The Y8 theme during lockdown has been Portraiture and Identity,” explains Head of Art Will Lewer. “Students have responded really creatively to a range of…

Upper School Show Trailer is live!

8th March 2021

Because the Upper School Show couldn’t go ahead with an audience last term – it was filmed in socially distanced bubbles and has been edited into a fabulous film. Here is a teaser ahead of (fingers crossed) an official premier screening at the beginning of May.

A level Film Students Sounding Good

3rd March 2021

Foley sound – Year 12 Film Students Foley editing is named after Jack Foley, who was working in the early days of Hollywood.  Before we had technology such as boom microphones and discreet, digital sound recording devices, Foley artists created the sounds required by directors after films had been shot. Today, Foley artists continue to…

Two Sides to Every Poem – Blake-Inspired Verse by Y9

11th February 2021

English students in Year 9 have been studying Wiliam Blake’s ‘Songs of Innocence and of Experience’. Teacher Zoe explains: “These poems are influenced by Blake’s ‘The Lamb’ from ‘Songs of Innocence and ‘The Tyger’ from ‘Songs of Experience’. Blake’s poems in this collection tend to come in pairs with one poem exploring ideas about innocence and…

Well Versed In History – Y8 WW1 Poems

10th February 2021

Students in Y8 have been looking at the poetry which came out of WW1 and writing their own verses, inspired by the war poets. Here are three of their moving poems – and one which is read aloud by the author, Eden:   WW1 Poem by Mina S The deafening whistles of the fire filled…

Meet the teachers – The MFL Department

4th February 2021

  In order to really get to know our wonderful Modern Languages Department they asked their own students to interview them in their respective languages. Every day really is a school day! Camilla Parsons – Head of MFL and Spanish Teacher Interviewed by Natasha, Leni-Mae and Josh in Yr 12 Q. ¿Por qué quisiste ser…

Remembering the Holocaust

3rd February 2021

On 27 January our Upper School students watched this beautiful online Callover created by our Drama and Music Departments featuring moving readings and a piano recital. As a community we strive to embody the theme of this year’s remembrance day: Be the light in the darkness. It encourages everyone to reflect on the depths humanity…

Cooking Historical Christmas Cakes

14th January 2021

Before the Winter break Y10 students taking part in cooking as their Choice activity were cooking up a festive storm. In fact they were continuing a KAS tradition — they just didn’t know it! “Apparently making Christmas Cakes is an old KAS tradition, I discovered this when I was about to bake the Y10’s cakes…

A level Photography Masterclasses

5th January 2021

The photography department had the delight of welcoming Glen Erler to the school last month and had a chance to hear him speak about his work during a Q&A with Head of Photography, Cliff. Glen spoke about his upbringing in California and his project and book ‘Family Tree’ which revisits his family environment and significant places…

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