Joyful Celebrations Mark the End of Summer Term
Our Summer Term came to a close as we said goodbye to our Sixth Form leavers with a week of celebrations.
From a rootin’ tootin’ performance of Reet Petite at the Big Band Cabaret evening, to the smooth sounds of jazz at the annual Summer Concert, our talented musicians, dancers and performers did not disappoint. Attracting audiences of record numbers, our very own Big Band and Jazz Katz serenaded the school community with a selection of numbers.
The festivities officially kicked off with a wonderful outdoor performance of Fantastic Mr Fox, which saw our junior pupils take guests on a wild journey around the school grounds. The adapted comedy paid homage to Somerset and concluded with a delicious glass of Sheppy’s Cider.
To give audiences a taste of our artistic scene, we also held our annual End of Year Art and DT Showcase for the King’s community. The highly popular event displayed the best of our pupils’ artwork for all to enjoy.
And to close the end-of-year celebrations, we held our annual Parents’ Day ceremony, in which the whole school – parents, staff, guests and pupils – gather as one body to say well done to those who have set the pace and the tone, both in and out of the classroom.
This year, we were delighted to welcome the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham, Sir Anthony Seldon, who was our guest speaker for the event. Sir Anthony is one of Britain’s leading contemporary historians, educationalists, commentators and political authors.
In addition to writing over 40 books on contemporary history, he was also the co-founder and first director of the Institute for Contemporary British History and is the honorary historical adviser to 10 Downing Street.
In his speech, Sir Anthony spoke to the audience about his own education and how, in his day, prizes were rare. He encouraged the pupils to give thought to less traditional forms of education, for example studying in Europe or undertaking shorter degrees.
He went on to emphasise the importance of optimism, teamwork, service and exercise, in the process praising King’s as being a well-rounded school, fostering both resilience and confidence.
Congratulations to the following pupils who all achieved special prizes for their hard work and determination over the past year: Vanessa Chan, William Richmond, Amy Kerrison, Jack Mead, Anson Ng, Isabel Burger de Fremol, Emily Knill, Georgia Colville, Patrick McSwiggan, Phoebe Swan, Harry Cooper-Simpson, Daniel Bernardo, Anastasia Woodard, Samuel Cobb, Camilla Campbell-Smith, Milo Blakey, Alice Dymond, Edward Hunt, Ellie Redford, Bailey Cameron, Tobias Vickers, Sijibomi Abere and Charlotte Cannons.
Following the emotional service, our Upper Sixth pupils attended a special Leavers’ Eucharist, before tucking into a picnic lunch and enjoying a spot of afternoon cricket. Come nightfall, the school community joined once again to bid a final farewell to this year’s leavers.
Headmaster, Richard Biggs said: “During the last year, there have been more individual moments of triumphs and success than can ever be recorded or formally rewarded. I say well done to every pupil in this school for every one of those moments.”
He added: “We also come to the end of the careers of our Upper Sixth leavers, a group of men and women, some of whom have been in the King’s family for ten or more years, who have led this school with distinction, good sense and good cheer. We wish them the very best in their next steps.”
Whilst our Prize Giving ceremony is a celebration of our leavers’ education, it is also a time in which we award those who are to follow their example.
This is why we are delighted to announce our School and Vice Captains for the 2018/19 year: congratulations to Siji Abere and Flora Keeling, who will be taking over as School Captains, and to Zac Stickland and Harriet Fox who will undertake the role of Vice Captains.