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THE ALHAMBRA CINEMA


36 St. John’s Street, Keswick, CA12 5AG 017687 72195


Shakespeare’s Globe Presents King Lear


Thursday 21st September, 7.30pm (180 Min)


King Lear (Kevin McNally) decides to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters but fails to anticipate the consequences of his actions. His generosity is cruelly repaid. As he comes to realise the false values by which he has lived, he finally encounters his own humanity. Broadcast live to cinemas from the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe, this brand- new retelling of one of the Bard’s greatest plays will capture your heart on 21st September.


From the Queen’s Gallery in London Canaletto and the Art of Venice


Tuesday 26th September, 6.00pm (90 Min)


No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto. Despite Canaletto’s close relationship with the city in which he lived and died, the world’s largest collection of his works resides not in his native Italy but in Britain as part of the Royal Collection. In 1762, George III purchased almost the entire collection amassed by Joseph Smith, British Consul in Venice and Canaletto’s principal agent.


The Royal Opera House Live Presents La Bohème


Tuesday 3rd October, 7.15pm (155 Min)


Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il trittico) directs a new production of Puccini’s La Bohème. Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris. Jones brings his characteristically acute insight to this much- loved classic, visualised in Stewart Laing’s spectacular, stylised designs.


The recent World Athletics


Championships in London were an unprecedented success. Mo Farah took gold in the 5000m and silver in the 10000m and there were numerous other successes for home-grown talent. The stadium was packed and there was a great sense of excitement but this wasn’t always the case.


In the ‘old days’, before London 2012, Britain didn’t win medals. In fact, we can usually name the gold medal winners individually before 2012, even after all this time. Why have we suddenly become so good in athletics, cycling and rowing to name just a few sports?


The main reason is we’ve adopted a ‘training camp’ system of preparation, previously used by the Australians and before them the Germans. The idea behind this is to bring together in one place all the best athletes, the best coaches, the best dieticians, doctors and physiotherapists and of course the best technology and know-how and then develop elite performance through hard work, attention to detail and total honesty.


Keswick School has the same philosophy. Our school motto is Levavi oculos – ‘Lift up your eyes’ – and this perfectly sums up the ethos of the school. This has been established through a combination of inspirational


teaching and shared


ambition. We expect students to fail in order to succeed, to persevere in order to overcome difficult challenges. These are the qualities of a Keswick School student and we believe, essential preparation for their future.


So how do we go about doing this?


Our vision is to promote excellence to enable all our students to be happy and achieve their potential. It’s difficult to quantify this ‘happiness’ factor and in a world of valuing what you can measure rather than measuring what you value. It’s not something that’s included in league tables. However, we think it is the most important ingredient for success and it’s essential if a school is to become highly aspirational.


Getting this right is at the heart of our school development plan. We invest time and energy to foster a strong, supportive and caring community. We have a dedicated pastoral welfare team, over 90 Year 13 prefects, 100 subject and peer mentors and a comprehensive pupil coaching and intervention programme with specialist support.


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Students and staff are also encouraged to innovate, whether writing and publishing books, setting up businesses or building mass spectrometers from Lego. We’ve


developed the idea of flipped learning and currently have 38 staff and subject websites and use Google Classroom to support our students’ learning. With over 50 extra-curricular clubs,


societies,


courses and activities, there is plenty of opportunity to think 'outside the box' which is increasingly being demanded by Oxbridge and Russell Group universities. If there’s the opportunity to do something different and it appeals to our sense of creativity and excitement we’ll seize it with both hands.


Our iPerform festival typifies this approach with workshops ranging from stand-up comedy and modern dance to Samba. Students perform equally impressively on the sports field. A number of recent past students are making their mark at national level. This track record of success encourages current students to aspire to elite performance in a huge variety of sports.


The purpose of all this is to see confidence grow. The consequence is ambition and aspiration and from this academic achievement follows. This year we achieved 88% 4+ in Maths and 88% 4+ in English. 83% of our students achieved 5A*-C grades including 4+ in both English and Maths, the highest we've ever achieved. 76% of students achieved 5+ in English Language and 30 grade 9s were awarded in both English and Maths. Testament to the enormous amount of hard work, dedication and preparation put in by students and staff with parent support.


Charlie Johnson and Eleanor Saville


So, have we hit gold? Well in Chemistry one pupil, dazzled by his first experience of practical work in a laboratory, was overheard saying: “This is just like alchemy...” to which his friend replied: “That’s why I came to Keswick School!”


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