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Enhancing King's Projects

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By making a donation towards these items you will have an immediate impact on the experience of our pupils. You can make a general contribution or, if you prefer, specify a particular item you would like to fund. Even a small contribution makes a huge difference.

Thank you on behalf of the whole of the King’s community.

Music Studio Computer System

We have a very good recording studio based around an Apple Mac Logic solution which is nearing the end of its life and is not upgradable. We now need to invest in the next generation of Mac hardware to continue to inspire the next generation of studio engineers and musicians.


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Show Jumps

Show jumps are a valuable resource for equestrian teaching and training, and they will greatly enhance the experience of our pupils. This resource can be used by both the senior and the prep school. We currently have no jumps of our own. A full set is about eight jumps in total but at least four sets would be an ideal starting point.


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Canoe Storage Barrels x8

Due to the success of the Gold DofE canoe program we are looking to source a long term solution to watertight storage of equipment for participants. Dry bags are not suitable for extended use where as the proposed barrels are virtually indestructible and should provide the storage solution for a long period of time.


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Insulated Jackets for Pupil Expeditions

We have been offered assistance and support for a Kenya expedition which will take place in the February 2021 half term. Based on the 2016 Mt Kenya expedition we feel it would be advantageous to purchase warmer jackets for the pupils. These jackets are totally windproof, highly water resistant and have goose down insulation. They are good quality to ensure that we can use them year after year on similar trips.


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A marimba. An instrument that we have been asked about a lot as some prep schools use them. This would allow those pupils who join King’s to continue to play here.


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Gas Burners for Trangia Stoves

We would like to convert from meths burners to gas canisters for our expedition cooking. Gas is much lighter and safer to transport than liquid meths, as well as being a cleaner fuel. The amount requested would convert all our existing stoves to gas.


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Micro PCR machine

Now we have an amazing electrophoresis machine (thanks to the 188 Club!) it would be splendidly matched with a micro PCR machine. This would enable us to run cutting-edge science practicals from start to finish of the DNA extraction and analysis process. It is also highly portable (as was the electrophoresis machine) and as such we can use it for outreach projects or even on our Isles of Scilly field trip. We also hope to set up a workshop that can be taken to prep schools (something along the lines of a forensics investigation or wild animal classification analysis project).


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Coach Logic Video Analysis Software

This software would allow players of all sports and their teachers to interact using video analysis. It helps to bring teams closer together by putting learning and engagement at the forefront. Players become more self-reliant on being able to observe themselves play whilst teachers can provide far more feedback.


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8 Road Bikes, Clothing Sets and Accessories

We would like to introduce cycling to our outdoor activity options as a healthy, fun and low-impact form of exercise. To start this programme we require eight road bikes along with all the appropriate clothing and accessories. We plan to cycle at least three times a week, where pupils will be accompanied by two qualified staff.


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Shooting Equipment for Modern Pentathlon

Earlier in the year we purchased two laser pistols and targets which are extensively used with many pupils learning to shoot for the first time both at King’s College and King’s Hall. To give more pupils the opportunity to participate we would like to add another pistol and target. The rapid progress with pentathlon at the school is being monitored by the Modern Pentathlon Governing Body with the aspiration of it becoming a national academy.


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Wild Country Hoolie 3 ETC Tents

Our DofE tents are starting to approach the end of their working life and now that we have an expansion in numbers undertaking the course we would really benefit from purchasing some new tents. We could then also begin a gradual phased replacement of the 12 tents we currently use.


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