A Foreword from the Headmaster
At the heart of a King’s education is the dual pursuit of academic and co-curricular excellence. The wide-ranging interests, the intellectual ambition and the development of self discipline that such pursuits engender are highly prized in our modern global society. The quality of the teaching and the breadth of the activities outside the classroom mean that the lessons learnt and the skills acquired stay with our pupils for life.
An essential feature of this process is the way in which it does not matter if the passion is for sport, music, acting or chess – to make a random selection of the plethora of opportunities for young people at King’s.
That all this takes place in such a beautiful and historic context with the support and guidance of a talented and dedicated staff explains why I am so proud and enthusiastic about leading this very special school.
Headmaster's Autumn Term Message
The Academic Year has started with the School in great form, enjoying the Indian summer amidst the courts, quads, cloisters and gardens of Canterbury! The extension of the beautiful weather has given the perfect backdrop for our new pupils to settle in and to feel quickly part of this warm-hearted and special community.
The glorious September days have also given that theme of creativity from last year, one that found its most dramatic and exciting expression during King’s Week in July, a new lease of life. Our singers, actors, dancers and musicians are already busy, working up what will be a wonderful production of the Musical ‘A little shop of horrors’ in the handsome and state-of-the-art Malthouse theatre. The dancers here at King’s are also excited about the proposed visit of ballet stars from the Royal Ballet on the day of the grand opening of the Malthouse Campus, on Saturday, 16th of November.
I have just got back from the HMC Annual Conference at Greenwich, where we will be returning for our Crypt Choir and Chamber Orchestra’s performance of Handel’s ‘Dixit Dominus’ in the stunning 18th century interior of the Royal Naval College Chapel!
The Annual Boat Club dinner at the start of the new academic year celebrated the school’s rowing achievements in the company of staff, pupils, parents and the “Pilgrims” – the OKS rowers – who this year managed to boat two ‘Eights’ at Westbere Lake during the afternoon.
The Club has achieved some notable successes with highlights being Gold medals won at Ghent International Regatta, National Schools and the British Junior Rowing Championships. The Club competed at Henley Royal Regatta in both Mens’ and Womens’ events, and the season was capped off by the Wingfield twins – Tom and Ian – representing Great Britain Under 16s in Paris against France, and returning across the Channel with a Gold medal each.
Pilgrims that attended the dinner were led by the young OKS quartet of Harry Nichols, Angus Forbes, Freddie Allinson and Helena Barton who spoke about their rowing experiences beyond King’s. They were supported by fellow Pilgrims such as Ewan Pearson, Darrell Barnes, Nick Prince, Ben Loxton-Edwards, Sebastian Dawson-Bowling, Kieron Allen, Joe Phillips, Charlie Foinette and Charles Heisse to name but a few.
The Pilgrims, with their typical generosity, initiated a new Award to support aspiring GB athletes, Tom and Ian Wingfield being the first recipients. The retiring Captains and new Pilgrims, Tilly Abbott and Wills Edgar, thanked the coaches and relived a couple of their own school rowing moments.
The new season has already begun in style. The Boat Club topped the table at the local Maidstone Head with both the Pilgrims and the School Boys’ Four and Girls’ Quad being the fastest boats of the day.
October will see the boys Eight racing at Rouen, while the Shells race Octos at the Sculling Head.
With a record number of pupils opting for rowing as their sport this term, the King’s Boat Club is definitely going places!
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