People, Places and Things - review

"People, Places & Things" Wednesday 10 July 2019 The young company of King Ed's students have taken on a play that looks at self-medicating and addiction, and this is a huge undertaking for ones so young. I had wondered if their age would impact on my enjoyment of the piece, but blimey! Did they do it justice or what?! The play opens with "Emma", an actress, on stage in the role of Nina in "The Seagull". She is clearly intoxicated, having consumed a cocktail of alcohol and drugs, prescription and illegal. The precise recipe of this cocktail we learn later. "Emma" is played by six different actors, with Livvi Parsons taking on the role to open the play. She sets the bar high for the actors who take on the role after her. Acting drunk i...

It's a Hard Rock Life!

Last week, 26 Year 12 Geology students visited the beautiful Lake District for their annual field trip. The students, accompanied by 4 members of staff, visited a variety of locations including Ingleton and the infamous 'White Scar Cave'. They had different tasks to perform while on this visit, including geological field sketching, collecting data using geological instruments and reading the landscape to uncover the last 500 million years of geological history! During their studies they found evidence for everything from past volcanic eruptions, warm shallow seas and hot, dry deserts to recent glacial ice, carving out today's landscape. Despite the weather being rather inclement for June, it remained dry and the students all enjoyed their...

Black Country Berry is Pick of the Crop

Former King Ed's student, Liz Berry, has once again been shortlisted for one of Britain's most coveted poetry awards, the Forward Prizes for Poetry. Berry was successful in winning the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem in 2018 with her pamphlet 'The Republic of Motherhood'. Forward Arts Foundation, which runs the Forward Prizes for Poetry, celebrates excellence in poetry and widens its audience by encouraging the enjoyment, discovery and sharing of poems. Past winners of this prestigious prize include poet laureates Ted Hughes and Carol Ann Duffy. The awards will be presented at a special event at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall on Sunday 20 October, featuring readings from all the shortlisted books, and closing Southbank Centre...

Student Union Fundraise for Refugee Week 2019

Friday 21st June 2019 This week our Student Union representatives gave everyone the joy of cake, in aid of Refugee week 2019. A bake sale is always popular, but they were also raising awareness of the plight of refugees as we were invited to discover the experiences of displacement that are found in our families, neighbourhoods and history. The theme of Refugee Week 2019, 'You, me and those who came before', is an invitation to explore the lives of refugees - and those who have welcomed them - throughout the generations. People escaping war and persecution have been welcomed by communities in the UK for hundreds of years, and their stories and contributions are all around us. From the Jewish refugees of the 1930s to people fleeing Vietna...

King Ed's Chemistry Olympians!

42 of our year 13 Chemistry students took part in this year's 51st Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad, a competition that is designed to challenge and stimulate the most talented Sixth Form chemists in the country. This year over 7,000 students from across the UK took part in Round One, a gruelling 2-hour written exam composed of a series of structured questions designed to stretch able students, making them apply the principles they have learnt to new and often much more complex problems than they would meet on their A level course. The 42 students, 18 of whom are female, voluntarily took additional hour-long lessons every week of term to work on problems in preparation for the test, learning theory well beyond the A level syllab...

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