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All Creatures Great and Small

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This week’s Wednesday weekly Mass was in honour of St Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of animals and the environment.

The service has become a bit of tradition at King's, with the whole school community bringing in all manner of pets to be blessed. The aisles in the Chapel were full to bursting when dogs (all shapes and sizes and ages), rabbits, hamsters, tortoises, a salmon pink tarantula and an African bull frog were brought along to be blessed.

Father Mark Smith, who follows the order of St Francis (TSSF), and the Chaplain at King’s said: “It is always a wonderful, happy service. Our whole community is buzzing with joy. It has become quite the annual event and we have received so much positive feedback since we began holding it.

“I started celebrating St Francis Day here at King's College in 2010. I asked pupils to send me photos of their pets, which I put onto the big screen. We then took the plunge in 2012 when I invited the whole school community to bring their pets into Chapel for a ‘live’ service! Perhaps a Facebook Live service next year?


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Our Pringle team have returned victorious after competing in the Sir Steuart Pringle Trophy Competition at CTCRM Lympstone. This prestigious military competition is attended by schools from across the country, and challenges leadership, teamwork, decision-making, fitness and specific military knowledge.

Not only did the team win the overall title, they also lifted five individual trophies, making this the best result in the school's history.

More information to follow, plus a gallery of images from the weekend.