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13 July 2016

Parents' Day 2016

With another busy and productive academic year at an end, we welcomed hundreds of parents to the school and said a fond farewell to our Upper Sixth leavers at this year’s Parents’ Day. It was an emotional day for our leavers, many of whom have been a part of the King’s family from prep-school age.

We welcomed as our guest speaker this year Head of Anglo-Schools International Services, David Boddy. David spoke about lessons he had learnt during his career as a Headmaster, a journalist and writer and as Margaret Thatcher’s press secretary. David is heavily involved with the setting up of our new school in India.

After the prize giving and speeches the Leavers’ Service was a poignant and emotional ceremony. The guest preacher was the Revd Dr Adrian Youings, Rural Dean of the Taunton Deanery, who spoke movingly about the need to serve if one was to lead. The U6th pupils left the Chapel through the West Door and into their new lives as OAs, to cheers and applause from proud parents, fellow pupils and staff – an unforgettable moment.

The weather was dry once again this year, allowing families to picnic by the side of the 1st XI cricket field. This year’s match between the Upper Sixth Leavers’ Team and the younger school hopefuls was a close-fought affair, won, quite rightly so, by the leavers.

After a brief afternoon’s rest, leavers and their parents joined staff for the annual extravaganza that is the Leavers’ Ball. This year the festivities were heightened by a spectacular firework display, the perfect end to a fabulous evening of music, dancing, and celebration. Click here to see photos from the Leavers' Ball 2016.

Commenting on the day the Headmaster, Richard Biggs, said:

“King’s is always at its best on grand days like this. We do ceremony and emotion very well indeed. I thought the Upper Sixth leavers were on excellent form and I congratulate them on making a dignified and moving departure – never an easy thing to get right. They have been a year group full of character and energy and we will miss every one of them very much. It was a long day for many, but an important occasion, suitably marked with style and panache, blessed with good weather: a happy, sometimes poignant and hugely memorable day.”

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