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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.

£8,000 (£6,400 with Gift Aid)

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Micro PCR machine

Now we have an amazing electrophoresis machine (thanks to the Enhancing King's Fund) 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. With the help of Marketing I am hoping to set up a workshop that I can take into prep schools (something along the lines of a forensics investigation or wild animal classification analysis project).

£599 (£480 with Gift Aid)

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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.

£4,000 (£3,200 with Gift Aid)

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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.

£330 (£264 with Gift Aid)

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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.

£280 (£224 with Gift Aid)

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Conservation of 18th Century Sword

Conservation and mounting of eighteenth century sword found during the construction of Woodard and Tuckwell Houses in c. 2003. The sword has been identified as a 1796 Pattern Heavy Cavalry sword by the Curator of the Somerset Military Museum. The sword, which can be viewed in the archive, is an integral part of a new 3rd Form history course called ‘How was King’s College impacted by war?’ The conservation work will be undertaken by the archaeological conservator at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter.

£2,750 (£2,200 with Gift Aid)

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Camping Lanterns for Chindit Camp

We are delighted to now be including the whole of the 3rd form for Chindit camp, however this means that we urgently need to replace the aging lanterns. These use large quantities of batteries and halogen bulbs and we would like to replace them with modern LED lanterns that will be more efficient, lighter, smaller and longer lasting.

£285 (£228 with Gift Aid)

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Poolside Gym/Workout Equipment

To help the swim squad improve their strength and conditioning by training. Equipment to include: gym mats / stretch bands / ankle weights / weighted balls / fitness steps.

£500 (£400 with Gift Aid)

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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.

£600 (£480 with Gift Aid)

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Mini Target Hockey Goals

Having a piece of equipment like this would enable us to focus our training to improve the fine art of goal scoring and finishing. We would look for a set per astroturf, therefore four in total.

£800 (£640 with Gift Aid)

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iMac for technical and design students, to assist in their learning and development.

More students each year are looking at taking Design as an option in their GCSE Drama syllabus. At King's, we have the potential to offer students advanced learning in all aspects of technical theatre and production, however we would benefit greatly from having a design computer for students to use, with all of the Mac OS specific show control software required - specifically QLab and Final Cut Pro, alongside Logic/Garageband and iMovie. By installing at least one iMac in the drama department, we would enable students to be able to develop their technical skills further, whilst allowing more flexibility for students to complete the work needed for their course, and for their continued development at King's.

££1,415 (£1,132 with Gift Aid)

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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.

£2,300 (£1,850 with Gift Aid)

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15 Kindles and a Range of Audio Books

We have run a very successful pilot scheme on the use of Audible to encourage reluctant or dyslexic readers. The Kindle Fire enables the pupils to listen to the story whilst following the highlighted text on the screen. This means that the pupils engage more readily with the story whilst still having the benefit of assimilating the written word.

£1,500 (£1,200 with Gift Aid)

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Water Bottles for Outdoor Pursuits

We have doubled the amount of pupils we now take on DofE and Chindit Camp therefore we need to replace our ageing water bottles and increase the number we hold. We would like 42 replacement water bottles for Junior Expedition equipment.

£437 (£350 with Gift Aid)

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LED Profile Spotlights x2

Performance technology has developed significantly in recent years, and the technology is now becoming more affordable for use in schools and smaller venues. We would like to purchase two state of the art moving head LED profile spotlights for use by GCSE and A-Level students, as well as co-curricular Stage Crew students to be used in all drama events and productions throughout the year. The moving heads in question are Showtec Phantom 130 LED’s. Moving heads offer immense scope for creative design work in productions, as well as offering the ability to change designs or lighting positions without any of the time or safety hazards usually associated with changing light positions - working at height, high temperatures and manual handling to name a few. These moving head lamps would allow pupils to explore lighting positions and angles, as well as a wide range of lighting effects, from one operating position firmly on terra firma. The new moving head lights would also enable those teaching technical theatre to be able to demonstrate all of the techniques in lighting design in an efficient and easily understood manner - every pupil at King’s spends half a term studying technical theatre in third form, and GCSE and A-Level students can base their entire qualification in Drama on technical skills. As a final note, these units will enhance the performances, bringing an air of professional West-End production values to our theatre and shows.

£1,290 (£1,032 with Gift Aid)

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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.

£1,200 (£960 with Gift Aid)

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Indoor Hockey Goals

Indoor hockey has great appeal to our pupils, they are very keen to develop their skills. We enter National Schools’ competitions in the boys’ and girls’ U16 and U18 indoor hockey and it would be great to have the correct equipment to allow us to prepare fully. With indoor goals, we would be able to host fixtures at King’s rather than going to other schools. We would also be able to start up indoor hockey for much younger players.

£2,674 (£2,140 with Gift Aid)

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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.

£240 (£192 with Gift Aid)

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Outdoor Giant Chess Set

Chess is a very complex but fascinating game, thought to have originated in eastern Asia many centuries ago. We have several pupils who enjoy participating and we would love to be able to play the game outside during the good weather. Known as “the game of kings” some of the benefits of playing include increased creativity, increased problem-solving skills and improved concentration.

£595 (£476 with Gift Aid)

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