- Written by Maureen Igoe
7 February 2016 — Northdown House
Thursday 10th December saw 31 students from Eagles House embark on a massive challenge to raise money for our two chosen charities this year — Cancer Research UK and Breast Cancer Care.
The challenge was simple — to travel the distance from our school to Paris in six hours by RUNNING to Dover, ROWING to Calais and CYCLING to Paris. The 31 students worked in ten relay teams in the school fitness studio and undertook five 30 minute shifts during the day covering all the disciplines to cover the distance. It was a massive task and by the end of the day the students were utterly exhausted but they achieved their goal.
In total the students travelled 398 km (85 km running, 58 km rowing and 255 km cycling) — our target was only 378 km! The students were magnificent during this gargantuan effort and now the big task is collecting in all the sponsor money which we hope to exceed at least £700. Donations to our cause can also be made via our fundraising pages on line at www.justgiving.com/keseagles OR www.virginmoneygiving.com.
The student roll of honour for this event was Oliver Barrett, Abigail Carlton, Baran Cicek, Jake Constable, Aston Fredericks, Callum Friend, Danny Gilbert-Wynde, Marcos Green,Leo Hewitt, Sydney Hodder, Alfie Hughes, Chelsea Irving, Ryan Jones, Archie Lucas, Ethan Macabe-Fisher, Lily Marsh, Tamzin Moor, Lewis North, Alfie Pennie, Claire Russell, Lewis Rye, Jamil Saidyjah, Gemma Southwood, Kai Stokes, Jade Styles, Nicole Thomas, Noah Turner, Rowan Tyler, James Warnes, Paige Williams, Tia Woodcock.
It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of one of our year 10 students, Charlie Richardson, who died this weekend following a road traffic accident on Friday night.
Charlie was a very important, much loved member of our school family and we are devastated by this tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this dreadful time. Charlie was a witty, lively, charming boy who always had a huge smile on his face. He was also someone who had those extra special human attributes – he was kind, generous and completely loyal. We are all going to miss him dreadfully – his death is a huge loss to our whole school.
We had a whole school assembly this morning with all students and staff – it was very important for us all to come together as a community to share our immense sorrow and grief.
We will be holding a Celebration of Life assembly for Charlie in school and we will also be collecting money so that we can dedicate some lasting memorial in King Ethelbert so that Charlie will always be remembered by us all.
On Wednesday 25th November King Ethelbert School celebrated the success and achievement of the last academic year at their annual Presentation Afternoon at the Winter Gardens. All students from the school attend this event to celebrate together what King Ethelbert School has achieved. Mrs Willis, the Deputy Headteacher, said “We celebrate success at every level at our school and everybody is part of the school’s continued success”.
Parents, special guests and governors of the school joined the students in what was a very inspiring afternoon. Mark Everett was the guest speaker. Mark is the Director of the Marlowe Theatre and works with the school in providing wonderful enrichment and aspirational opportunities for students at King Ethelbert, which adds to their partnership work with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Mark spoke to the students about embracing new opportunities, inspiring them to aim high and believe that all things are possible.
The Headteacher, Kate Greig, spoke about the fantastic year King Ethelbert had. This was reflected in the 6th form results by the continued unblemished record of 100% pass rate in the IBCP programme with a record number of distinction* grades. Additionally, 53% of the students from last year’s Year 11 gained 5 A*-C GCSE grades including English and Maths which made King Ethelbert the highest achieving non-selective school in Thanet for the 3rd year running. She talked about the culture of the school and the sense of team as everyone had a part to play in the success of the school. “When everyone helps, everyone succeeds and this has never been so evident as it is right now at King Ethelbert School. We are all increasingly proud of the shared collective responsibility we have – all of us share the same goal, to make Thanet a centre for excellent, world class education.”