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An Inspirational Start to the Year for King’s College Sixth Formers

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The first week of a new academic year is always a time to set ambitious goals and think about how these goals are to be achieved.

The speaker at Wednesday’s Lower Sixth Dinner was World Record Holder, GB Paratriathlete and GB Sit-Skiier, Josh Landmann. Having been paralysed below his chest in an accident five years ago, Josh has overcome a number of challenges (both physical and psychological) and is currently training for the Paralympics. He spoke passionately about the need for energy and resilience.

On Friday the Upper Sixth had their first Horizon Lecture. Organised by our Director of Development, Julian Mack, the lecture series takes place across the Michaelmas and Lent Terms.

Offered to our Upper Sixth Form, the aim is to invite speakers from all walks of life give a lecture on their respective specialisms.

The programme is extremely varied. In previous years we have heard about the basics of philosophy, explored war through the lens of a camera, discovered the intricacies of forensic dentistry, and considered the gravity defying principles of stone balancing.

At the end of last week, we were joined by the founder of Finisterre, Tom Kay. He explained how he turned his love for the sea into a brand and a highly successful business, stressing at all times his commitment to running his business as ethically as possible. Again, he emphasised the need for energy and perseverance.

And finally, in the first Phoenix Society of the year, former pupils Will Cashmore (OA) and Matt Thorne (OA), undergraduates at Oxford and Cambridge respectively, talked us through their working week and spread their enthusiasm for academic reading, learning and sharing ideas.


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