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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.

Show Jumps

Show jumps are a valuable resource for equestrian teaching and training, 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 8 jumps in total but at least four sets would be an ideal starting point.


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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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8 Spray Decks for Pool Kayaks

The current spray decks used in the pool are nearing the end of their natural life and due to the continued high participation in kayaking we are looking to replace them with an improved model. This newer model will allow the teaching of rolling a kayak to be improved and enhance pupil experience and comfort.


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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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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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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 8 road bikes along with all the appropriate clothing and accessories. We plan to cycle at least three times a week, pupils will be accompanied by two qualified staff.


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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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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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Bush Hats

Soft bush hats would be more appropriate than helmets for some fieldcraft exercises, as they are less cumbersome. Designed to allow the attachment of camouflage, these hats will also provide protection from the elements.


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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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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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Picnic Bench for Equestrian Centre

A picnic bench would enable our pupils to have somewhere to sit together and have their packed lunch in our equestrian yard, when they come for lessons.


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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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Electric String Instruments

An electric String quartet. There are not enough string players coming through from prep schools so why not make string playing more exciting/relevant to the young? Give your Bach more bite with an electric violin/cello. We could go out to schools with a newly formed KCT Electric Quartet.


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