All the new Thirds were officially welcomed in to the King Edward VI Foundation at the Great Hall at Birmingham University on Monday 7th October, where they enjoyed a morning of speeches and music from across the Foundation. KES Chief Master, Dr Katy Ricks, welcomed everyone and encouraged her young audience to embrace the opportunity to join choirs or learn musical instruments. All those present learned about the history of the KE Foundation starting with the Domesday Book through to Birmingham’s growth and unparalleled creativity during the Industrial Revolution. Then it was the turn of two of our Lower Sixth pupils, Charlotte and Catherine, who performed a spoken word piece to show how quickly school years pass. The guest speaker was Sarah-Jane Marsh, Chief Executive of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. She stressed the importance of curiosity and a love of learning, as well as learning from mistakes. Dr Ricks closed the ceremony by echoing Sarah-Jane Marsh’s words and returned to the theme of Birmingham as the most creative city in the world, thanking the fabulous musicians and performers for their part in a memorable morning.
On Friday 23 February, the KEHS and KES African and Caribbean Society hosted the first King Edward’s Foundation wide Conference. We had 120 students from across 12 schools from across the KEVI Foundation attend the day.