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23 June 2016

OA Day

We welcomed OAs young and old back to King’s for a trip down memory lane last Saturday. Many were joined by partners, friends and family, as well as prospective pupils.

The programme was for a relaxed day exploring old haunts and visiting many of the new facilities, in the capable hands of our sixth form guides. A highlight of these school tours was our new Archive Trail, put together by King’s Archivist, Alison Mason. This trail takes in key historical locations around the school, where informative plaques, complete with QR codes, provide visitors with further historical detail.

King’s CCF Senior Staff Instructor, Ron Mason was also on hand to show our former military OAs the CCF and outdoor pursuits area. Ron is renowned for his neat and tidy stores of kit that is available for CCF pupils and those taking part in events such as Ten Tors and the Duke of Edinburgh schemes. Guests also enjoyed a music concert in the Octagon with a variety of instruments and singing, demonstrating the fantastic pool of musical talent we have here at King’s.

Lunch was enjoyed in the Dining Room with one or two OAs able to point out their names on the first team sports shields. The Headmaster addressed all guests and provided an overview of school successes and news.

King’s catering excelled throughout the day and after lunch many guests retired to a bench to watch cricket or tennis; other guests revisited the Archives to look through all the displays and find pictures of themselves from the school records. A few intrepid OAs such as David Kent and Larry Mount swam in the swimming pool and were well looked after by Steve Haste, our swimming pool manager. Larry Mount was so inspired by the swimming pool that he is coming back to King’s on Thursday 30 June to take part in the Sports Hub appeal swimming challenge with a personal target of two miles.

The cricket match that took place during the afternoon against Cheltenham saw King’s victorious, and the tennis matches against Clifton were won. The day ended celebrating with the usual King’s afternoon tea and cake that was enjoyed by all!

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