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The annual Malawi Market took place on Friday evening and raised more than £7500 for the Open Arms charity.

48 stalls were set out in the Theatre and Dining Hall with the Kingswood Charity Stall having the prime spot in the Theatre Foyer.

Visitors enjoyed mulled wine, coffee cakes and even a BBQ with street food being sold in the Theatre Quad.

Almost 5,000 tickets were sold for the raffle with some fantastic prizes up for grabs including Bath Rugby Hospitality tickets, Chelsea FC football tickets and holidays.

Mrs Opie and Mrs Honeywell have thanked all those who helped set up and run the market, and everyone who spent money to help the Open Arms charity.

Kingswood finished in its best ever position in an orienteering competition in the Forest of Dean at the weekend.

Jim from the Year 10 team was Kingswood's only winner with the Year 7 team narrowly missing out on finishing first in the team competition.

Joe, Will and Jacob took the silver medal with Angus and Sebastian coming third in the Year 9 team.

On Saturday morning, 11 Kingswood students travelled to the Malverns for the second MUN conference of the season at Malvern St. James Girls' School, representing the delegations of Egypt and Poland

Jasper in particular rose to the occasion to guest chair the MUN Security council. This is one of the most prestigious positions at any MUN conference and Jasper should be recognised for his professionalism, dedication to detail and ability to effectively manage the most challenging committee.

Kingswood was recognised in the end of event awards ceremony, with Adam being highly commended for his role as the Egyptian delegate on the Security Council and Leo also being the highly commended delegate for Poland on the Special Committee on Terrorism.

 

On Thursday, Kingswood hosted the twelfth 'International Student Voice' speaking contest which included competitors from a range of local schools.

The contest is open to pupils who have English as an a second language, and have been at a British school for less than two years

Entrants in the competition had to talk about a subject of their choice for between two and three minutes, with topics including plus size models and artificial intelligence.

Kingswood entered two speakers in the junior competition; Moto spoke fluently about why he is such a keen photographer. Phoebe delivered an excellent speech about what Anime has taught her about life, in which she spoke fluently about some complex ideas. Phoebe's excellent effort bagged her the runner-up prize in the junior competition.

The senior competition was won by Kingswood's very own Rin, who delivered an outstanding speech about how students in Japan have cleaning up time as part of their school timetable. Rin spoke with confidence and was able to add humour to a speech, which is particularly challenging to do in your second language.

On Saturday, Kingswood Hockey Club had their toughest block fixture with 10 teams fielded against Canford.

The 1st XI went 2-0 up in the first 15 minutes but unfortunately, they could not sustain this. Canford equalised and then got a short corner at full time, which was slotted away.

The 2nd XI, 3rd XI and 4th XI all lost by only one goal and they showed superb resilience and all goal keepers have been commended as they were all kept busy and all played well.

The juniors played Dauntsey's in what were quite physical matches but high quality. The team of The Week are the U12As who remain unbeaten. Kingswood had a difficult start after going a goal down early. Kingswood showed their character and picked up a 3-2 win.

The U13 team who represented Kingswood at the County tournament on Monday played five group games and only lost one to Redmaid's. They met Colston's in the semi-final and won 3-2 and then met Redmaid's again in the final. It was a 1-0 loss but the top two teams go through to the West Finals in March.

All of Kingswood Rugby's 'A' teams were victorious against their Dauntsey's counterparts at the weekend with the 1st XV & U12A's both winning to retain their unbeaten records so far this season.

The U13A's ran in 10 tries in their 50-5 win and the U14A's got back to winning ways with a 43-7 win.

However, team of the week came in a much tighter encounter, the 2nd XV's tense 5-0 victory. The difference in the end was one piece of magic by Finn after a superb offload from Jack.

Dauntsey's never looked like scoring, despite sharing at least half of the possession, due to a monumental effort in defence.

On Saturday the Junior Boys Swimming Team travelled to the Aquatic Centre in London to take part in the National Relay Finals.

Only 30 schools qualified for these prestigious finals and it was a great experience for the boys to swim in the Olympic Pool. We are still waiting for confirmation of the times and final placings.

Last Thursday, Junior and Inter girls from the Kingswood Cross Country team competed against extensive competition in the Leweston relays.

There were a number of strong performances leading to both teams finishing 5th in their age categories. Special mention must go to Ciara who came in the top three out of over 100 runners in her year.

Drama students from Kingswood are to put on a performance of 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' this Christmas in order to raise money for two charities. Senior pupils in years 11-13 will retell CS Lewis's classic tale using physical theatre and a whole lot of fur!

Pupils have had great fun bringing the well-known characters to life, says Catherine Nash, Head of Drama at Kingswood.

"There's something timeless about the story of four children who find a magical land at the back of a wardrobe – who hasn't dreamt of having that kind of an adventure themselves? It's the perfect play for the cold Autumn term. It starts off 'always winter' under the spell of the 'white witch' but, gradually, the spell is broken and the warmth of Spring arrives – but not before Christmas is celebrated of course!"

'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' is on 6th, 7th, 8th December starting at 7.30pm in the Kingswood Theatre. To book your ticket, email Hayley Smith via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tickets are free but a retiring collection will be taken in aid of The Genesis Trust, a Christian charity that offers support to homeless and vulnerable people in Bath, and The Bath Child Contact Centre, a charity that provides a meeting place for children of separated relationships to spend time with an absent parent or other relatives.

The annual ‘Market for Malawi’ will be taking place on Friday evening at Kingswood.

The market, which takes place between 18:30 and 20:30, will be comprised of a range of stalls in the Theatre, Sixth Form Dining Room, Dining Hall and the Cusworth Room in order to raise money to help charity projects in Malawi.

As well as the stalls, there will also be a raffle with prizes including a helicopter ride, a signed Bath Rugby shirt and a four night break in a 12-bed ski chalet in France. The raffle will be drawn in the Sports Hall at the end of the evening.

There will also be a BBQ, street food and mulled wine at the market.

All of the money raised at the market will go directly to Open Arms, a charity that gives orphans the chance to grow up in a loving family.

Kingswood Hockey Club won half of their games in one of their toughest block fixtures on Saturday against Dean Close.

The 1st XI did not look out of place against a very organised team with exceptional players and Kingswood never let Dean Close dominate, even though it is no shame to say that the girls lost 5-2 to a better side on the day.

Nonetheless, Kingswood highlighted their depth with the 2nds, 3rds and 4ths all securing convincing wins. In particular, the 3rd XI won 7-0.

The Team of the Week is the U15B team, who had their best game of the season to date with a strong 7-0 win. An early goal gave the girls a confidence boost and they settled well into an impressively structured style of play.

The Juniors played All Hallows, and the U13As, U12As and All Hallows 1st team enjoyed a very competitive triangular resulting in a 1-1 draw.

The Hockey Club has also awarded full colours to Zoe and Becci from the 1st XI squad.

The two girls, who have shared the captaincy this term, have both contributed enormous amounts to the squad.

Zoe, who was exceptional on Saturday against Dean Close, has developed into one of the best goal keepers Kingswood has had for many years. She organises the defence well and has been a key part in the team’s success this year.

Becci is an outstanding attacking player with her pace and skill causing problems for every side she’s played.  She is the leading goal scorer with almost 30 goals so far this season. She could go onto play at a very high level outside of school.

The Rugby Club has awarded colours to three players who starred in the 1st XV's 20-13 victory over Eton last week in the Champions Trophy.

Will B, who is playing his second season in the 1st XV, leads and calls the lineouts but his real strength is his work ethic. Will is relentless at the break down, increasingly destructive in the tackle and an intelligent support runner and skilful ball player in attack.

Harry is a strong ball carrying back row player who gives real physicality to the team. He has selflessly also played in the front row when called upon, and done so with excellent technique and skill. Against Beechen Cliff he dominated his opposite number, who was an Ireland U18 international, with his aggressive all round display.

Will T is the team's engine, getting them going forward, both in attack and defence. As well as his obvious physical presence, Will has added some deft handling to his repertoire, with his passing and decision-making skills an integral part of the team's game plan.

Kingswood's rugby teams have followed on from the 1st XV's impressive win over Eton with an excellent weekend of rugby. Nine of Kingswood's teams were victorious in the block fixture against Colstons with all of the Westwood teams winning by 50 points. The 2nd XV were buoyed by the return of Zoltan who scored four tries on his return from injury.

The team of the weekend were the U16A's, who, despite missing four key players due to injury, produced their best performance of the season to win 45-0 in a match that was cut short. Their bright start was rewarded with a try in the opening two minutes. Kingswood dominated the first half and that continued into the second half with the Man of the Match Nick rounding things off with a 50m jinking run.

There were some impressive results for the orienteers at the third league event. Despite the persistent rain making the conditions very slippery at the Blaise Castle estate in Bristol, Kingswood had four winners.

It was an excellent result from Oliver, running the longest 6.5km course with 280 metres climb in just 45.45 minutes. Lucy and Jim won their courses outright, with Lucy winning the Green Course by five minutes and Jim winning his Year 10 course by a massive 13 minutes.

Sebastian also won the Year 9 course by two minutes. Louise was Kingswood's other scorer, gaining confidence at each event and improving her navigation.

It was great to see two new faces from Year 7 who completed the Yellow Course in good spirits.

A larger contingent of Kingswood's orienteers now look forward to the British Schools' Championships next weekend.

On Thursday, three teams completed in a swimming gala against Marlborough, Cheltenham College and St John's.

Ana impressed for the girl's team with her second place finish in the breaststroke.

Kingswood's U13 Boys team competed in the U16 gala and they looked very impressive with four of the students qualifying to go to the National Finals for the medley and freestyle relays. The competition takes place at the London Aquatic Centre on Saturday.

Photo: Oliver O'Brien

Yesterday morning, Mr Musgrove and Mr Mansfield took four enthusiastic students to brave the freezing Atlantic at Caswell Bay on the Gower Peninsula.

The elements of each season were experienced but nonetheless the pupils were stoked to ride the waves.

Well-deserved hot chocolates with whipped cream and marshmallows were eagerly consumed afterwards.

At the start of the Half Tem break, 28 Sixth Form students embarked on a four day expedition in the Black Mountains region of the Brecon Beacons as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.

One group was using this as a Qualifying Expedition, while the remaining four groups were using this as a Practice. Nevertheless, all of the groups impressed with the quality of their route planning and navigation in spite of a mixture of expedition experience amongst the groups. The participants also showed great resilience over the first day when they had to contend with the force of Storm Brian.

Having adapted routes so they would no longer pass over the pinnacle of Sugar Loaf, groups still had to contend with high winds when crossing the equally impressively named Table Mountain. The rain also meant that kit was soaked through on Day 1. However, weather and spirits improved throughout the remainder of the expedition, and as always the qualifying group impressed their external assessor and have all managed to complete this section of their Gold Award.

Mr Walker has praised the students that accompanied him and Miss Nicholson on the Spanish Exchange to Madrid which took place during the first week of half-term. The 16 pupils spent two days in school, experiencing the different atmosphere in Spanish. The students also enjoyed two trips to Madrid and visited the ancient city of Segovia.

With the school day at the Leonardo Da Vinci School finishing at 3pm, pupils spent a lot of time with their host families which gave them full exposure to the language.

Mr Walker and Miss Nicholson praised the enthusiasm and attitude of all of the students who participated in the Spanish Exchange.

Kingswood’s 1st XV continued their impressive run in the National Champions Trophy after securing a hard-fought win against Eton College in the quarter final.

Kingswood started brightly with some strong driving play from a dominant pack resulting in a well-worked early score, but, with Eton responding almost immediately, the game was tied at 7-7 midway through the first half. A sustained period of Kingswood pressure then forced a penalty and Kingswood went into the interval 10-7 ahead.

Shortly after half-time, Eton levelled again, before further Kingswood pressure brought a second try and a 17-10 lead. The key period of the game then followed as Eton bombarded the Kingswood line with wave after wave of attack.

Kingswood’s defensive effort was outstanding and, after more than 10 minutes of pressure, Eton were only able to come away with a single penalty. This enabled Kingswood to regain territorial control from the resulting kick-off and they closed the game out with a second penalty.

To the delight of the large home crowd, and 1st XV coach, James Matthews, the final whistle followed shortly after with Kingswood securing a 20-13 victory that was just reward for their resilience throughout the match.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the effort of the entire squad today. Eton put us under real pressure in that second half and it is testament to the character of this group that they were able to hold firm,” he said after the match.

“We were missing a couple of key players but the 2nd team boys that came in all stepped up and, to beat a school of the stature of Eton College, is naturally a fantastic result for an extremely talented and hard-working group of players.”

Kingswood will find out who they play in the semi-final when the draw is made on Friday. The fixture will take place during the week commencing 20th November.

Over the half term, 28 Kingswood rugby players were lucky enough to attend a training session at Farleigh House, the headquarters of Bath Rugby. Welsh international Luke Charteris and Australian international Ben Tapuai were two of the players that coached the Year 8-13 pupils.

The Kingswood boys, and parents, were very fortunate to have a tour of the Farleigh House estate, including the Long Barn - the operational hub for the players, the 1st XV changing room, medical facilities and the performance gym. They were also shown where the players do their analysis, take their customised supplement stacks and had a good look at the tactical plan for that weekend’s game!