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Kingswood School are hosting a memorial concert for the School's former electric guitar teacher Guy Harrup who taught the instrument at Kingswood for many years. It will take place in the Theatre at 7:00pm on Friday 23rd February.

The concert looks will be a fitting celebration of Guy's life and his music, with plenty of rock numbers and guitars. There will be songs performed by Kingswood students as well as Guy's fellow peripatetic teachers.

There will be a retiring collection taken at the concert in aid of The Forever Friends Appeal (for the benefit of Royal United Hospitals Bath).

 

 

14 Sixth Form students impressed staff during their international MUN conference in Greece before half-term.

The students travelled to Thessaloniki for the event which was hosted by Anatolia College. The conference is affiliated with The Hague International MUN and sees an intensely authentic level of debate on global issues which face the international community.

Before the pupils set off for Greece, they had to prepare research folders, policy papers and resolutions. The Kingswood delegates sat on eight committees and participated in 20 hours of debate over three days.

The trip was extremely demanding with pupils having to write amendments, speak in front of 500 people and they impressed in the way that they addressed intimidating scenarios.

The students also got to enjoy the culture of the Thessaloniki and the city's famous eateries.

Recognition for particular contributions went to Jasper as Best Delegate on GA2, Joanna as Best Delegate on GA3, Leah as Honourable Delegate on GA6, and Gregor as Best Delegate Historical Committee.

Miss Jones and Mr Chua were extremely proud of the students' participation, engagement and commitment.

At the beginning of February, 12 students went to King Edward's School for the 10th annual Youth Climate Summit and made pledges about how they were to make Kingswood more sustainable.

This year, pupils listened to six thought-provoking talks with speakers including Stephen Moss, an author and TV producer for the BBC, John O'Malley, a speaker from the Orang-utan Appeal UK, and a guest from Tinker's Bubble, which is a fully sustainable community in Somerset.

Pupils also participated in some interactive workshops, including one with the Creative Director of City to Sea, a company planning to reduce plastic waste.

The students enjoyed a wonderful lunch that was put on by Christine's Sustainable Supermarket, who sell sustainable and local produce in Bradford-on-Avon.

The day concluded with a Pledge Session where school representatives came up with three points to help Kingswood address sustainability. They pledged to reduce plastic waste at the School, support Orang-utan Appeal UK through sponsorship and to encourage environmental photography.

Before half-term, A-Level Latin pupils went to London to visit University College London (UCL) and The British Museum.

At the British Museum, pupils enjoyed looking at ancient Greek and Roman artefacts. The Sumerian city of Uruk, which is now Southern Iraq, was one of the first cities and the people there were responsible for the invention of things such as the plough, the chariot, boats and writing.

After the museum, pupils enjoyed lunch at the famous Borough Market and then visited Kings College for their famous annual Greek play. Euripides' Medea is one of the most popular Greek tragedies and the version the pupils saw in London was unforgettable. The play was dramatic and emotional, but also provided moments of unexpected comedy.

Before half-term, A-Level Latin pupils went to London to visit University College London (UCL) and The British Museum.

At the British Museum, pupils enjoyed looking at ancient Greek and Roman artefacts. The Sumerian city of Uruk, which is now Southern Iraq, was one of the first cities and the people there were responsible for the invention of things such as the plough, the chariot, boats and writing.

After the museum, pupils enjoyed lunch at the famous Borough Market and then visited Kings College for their famous annual Greek play. Euripides' Medea is one of the most popular Greek tragedies and the version the pupils saw in London was unforgettable. The play was dramatic and emotional, but also provided moments of unexpected comedy.

Before half-term, Kingswood's senior netball teams enjoyed a successful block fixture against Downside. The 1st VII secured a convincing 51-18 victory with Lizzie and Jade both impressing.

A strong start from the 2nd VII helped them to a 41-4 win, with Tilly showing great accuracy. The 3rd VII also performed fantastically with their captain, Annie, impressing in the middle of the court. She helped the side to a 45-12 victory whilst the 4th VII picked up a 34-19 win.

The U12As took part in the Millfield Tournament in the last week before half-term. The side won all of their five group stage matches which set up a semi-final match against Taunton. Victory in that match then led to a competitive final against Millfield.

The final went goal for goal for the majority of the match but Kingswood unfortunately lost by one point. Despite the loss in the final, the team can be extremely proud of the way they played throughout the tournament and their team performance in a very well-contested final.

The Netball Club has also awarded Emily with full colours. Emily is a fantastic midcourt player, and her passing and interceptions make her a game changer. Emily has been selected to be part of the U19 Netball Performance League for Team Bath, and this highlights her talent and potential as she is one of the youngest in the squad.

Yesterday evening, Kingswood welcomed three sportswomen for a question and answer session which was hosted by former Bath and England rugby player David Flatman.

World Cup-winning cricketer Anya Shrubsole, England and Bristol rugby star Izzy Noel-Smith and triathlete Polly Hendy were quizzed by a full audience in the Theatre.

The sportswomen were asked about how their careers started, the biggest moments of their careers, life as a sportswoman and their futures.

When asked about her role models as a child, Anya Shrubsole, who was awarded an MBE in the Queen's 2018 New Year's Honours List, said: "When I was growing up, a lot of role models were male but now I hope that because of the success of women's sport, girls have more women to look up to."

The stars were also quizzed about how they deal with pressure at big moments.

Izzy Noel-Smith, who played in England's Rugby World Cup Final against New Zealand last year, said: "Positive affirmation helps me deal with pressure. Telling myself positive things helps give me confidence in difficult moments."

Responding to the same question, Polly Hendy commented: "I think it's good to stay in the moment. Don't get caught up on the past or the future. Just stay in the moment and what you are doing now."

The trio were also asked about the sacrifices they have made during their careers to achieve the success that they have.

Polly responded: "Making sacrifices may be difficult but sport gives me so much enjoyment and has given me some of the best friends all over the world. It's important to stay in the moment, and not worry about the past or the future."

Along with host David Flatman, the panel also discussed the importance of losing in becoming a better sportsperson.

He said: "You can't underestimate the importance of losing. You learn more about yourself when you lose than when you win."

Anya Shrubsole said: "Losing every now and then is healthy and is important to improving yourself."

The trio were overwhelmed with the quality and the quantity of questions, and the pupils left inspired by the insightful and honesty of the sportswomen in their answers.

Yesterday afternoon, representatives from Kingswood School and Midas gathered to celebrate the Topping Out of the new development at Kingswood Prep School.

The development, which comprises of a new Nursery called The Garden At Kingswood, new classrooms for current pupils, a new hall and new spaces for music, drama, art and innovation, has progressed swiftly since construction began in August.

The Principal of the Kingswood Foundation, Simon Morris, and Chair of the Board of Governors, Tim Westbrook, scaled a ladder to the top of the building which will be occupied by The Garden when construction concludes in June to hammer a nail into the roof.

The congregation included representatives from Bath and North East Somerset Council, the architects behind the design of the development, as well as current and former pupils.

Simon Morris then read a hymn, the same hymn read by John Wesley when he opened Kingswood School more than 270 years ago.

Simon Morris added: "I am delighted that this wonderful new development has progressed so well and will be open for the new school year in September. The first-rate facilities will, I have no doubt, inspire the children to ever higher achievements in their learning."

Andy Blake, Project Manager for Midas, commented: "It is great for all involved to see the new buildings taking shape so quickly and the way in which they will fit so well into the existing school setting.

"The Considerate Construction rating of 'Exceptional' across all five criteria which we have recently received for the Kingswood project is the highest we've ever received on a site and reflects the excellent working relationship we have with the School and Midas's wider commitment to industry-leading customer service and close co-operation with the communities we are working in."

The Garden will be open in September for 50 weeks of the year for children as young as nine months and registration is underway. For more information, click here or contact Denise Seward via 01225 734460 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The U14As won the County Championships last week in a very competitive tournament. All of their 20 minute matches were equally balanced and closely fought. The team managed to top their group as they claimed three 1-0 wins.

This set up a semi-final against Clifton College and the U14As kept their good form going, advancing to the final after another 1-0 victory. This setup an exciting final against Bristol Grammar School (BGS). BGS created many chances but Tom, Kingswood’s goal keeper, made some impressive blocks to send the game to penalty flicks.

James, Alfred and Freddie all converted accurately with Tom blocking three of BGS’s flicks to give the title to Kingswood.

 

On Sunday, 11 Kingswood delegates set off to Bristol Grammar School for their annual MUN conference. For many of our pupils, this was their first conference, and they showed tremendous enthusiasm and willingness to challenge themselves throughout the conference.

The pupils represented delegations from the USA, Syria and North Korea, and participated in committees facing pressing issues in the world today, such as the use of unmanned drones, human rights and nuclear disarmament.

The afternoon emergency scenario of the UN general assembly saw Kingswood's North Korean delegation held responsible for the 'accidental' strike of Japan by a nuclear weapon, with the entire assembly desperately trying to avert World War Three.

Leo was recognised as a commended delegate, as well as Elie who was awarded the gavel for outstanding delegate in the Special Committee on the Charter of the UN.

The delegates gained a lot of experience from the event which will put them in good stead for Kingswood's own MUN conference which will be held next term.

Kingswood's Netball Club had a busy weekend with 18 matches being played, 10 of which were against Clifton College in a new block fixture. Kingswood impressed in those matches, winning nine of the 10 matches.

It was a nail-biting win for the 1st VII, who won 30-29 against their Clifton College counterparts. The 2nds, 3rds and 4ths continued to show strength in depth and some excellent shooting led to some strong score lines.

The 4th VII impressed in their match after going goal for goal up until half time. Some excellent defending and movement in midcourt in the second half allowed them to secure a 25-12 win.

The Juniors had their toughest block fixture to date against Millfield and all of the matches were very competitive.

The stand-out performance was from the U12As. They were strong in defence and composed in attack to earn an 18-13 win.

Kingswood's orienteers returned to the Forest of Dean for the 6th Avon Schools Orienteering league event. It was the first time Kingswood's Jim and Oliver had raced each other when they both competed in the blue course.

Oliver is in fantastic form and this showed when he won the course by five minutes. Jim finished six minutes behind, an extremely good result on what was a tough 6.2km course. Jamie continued his good form by winning the Year 10 course.

These three pupils now occupy the top three spots in the Avon Schools Orienteering League.

Last week saw the Voices Festival return for another year and it was a wonderful celebration of singing. Across the week, singers from all year groups, and across all styles of music, performed in the Chapel, providing a diverse and interesting programme of lunchtime concerts for fellow students, staff and parents to enjoy. All of the students mastered their nerves and delivered outstanding performances.

With songs from the shows, folk tunes, French Art Song, Italian Aria and even the world of 70s Soft Rock, there was something to enjoy for everyone across the week.

On Friday, Kingswood Music Department welcomed Mary Nelson to Kingswood. Mary is a professional soprano and teacher at the Royal Academy of Music. Mary offered advice and coaching on vocal technique, and her words of wisdom about posture, presence and commitment to the sound were very insightful and gave our singers lots to think about to improve their practice.

The Voices Festival on Friday evening with a concert and displayed the huge variety of talent that Kingswood Music Department has. All age groups and styles of singing were represented in a mere snapshot of the brilliant performances from throughout the week. Mary Nelson watched on and offered yet more advice to the students at the end, noting how impressed she was with everything she'd seen and heard about from across the entire festival.

As part of the evening's entertainment, Mary chose highlight performances to commend. Congratulations must go to Ana in the category of 'Highly Commended Contemporary' and to Niamh in Year 11 for 'Highly Commended Classical'. Mary's 'Outstanding Performer' was awarded to a singer who not only sang with excellent tone, projection and diction, but more importantly communicated her story with true conviction – congratulations to Bella in Year 9 for her stunning performance of 'I Can Hear the Bells'.

The Voices Festival saw nearly 70 soloists perform throughout the week, which is an incredible feat. Mr Knights did a sterling job accompanying each concert, and thank you as well to the choirs who offered items to entertain the audience on Friday evening. Every single person who took part throughout the week should be truly proud of themselves for their achievement and contribution to such a wonderful event.

It was an outstanding week for Kingswood's boys' hockey teams as the Seniors won all their matches against Monkton Combe on Thursday and followed that up by winning seven out of eight matches against Prior Park.

All of the matches on Saturday were very well-contested so it was even more surprising that none of the teams that won conceded a goal.

Team of the Week was a difficult decision but the 2nd XI claim that award this time. They beat both Monkton Combe and Prior Park who had claimed the U16 County title earlier in the week.

Against Monkton, Tristan was in fine form scoring two goals and always looked threatening. On Saturday, it was the incredible work rate of Fin and Harry that set the tone for an excellent win. Both were rewarded for their efforts by getting on the scoresheet and Jack, who has now scored seven goals in three games since his promotion from the fourth team, scored another brace.

Ten Tors training began on Sunday with a very successful trip to the Mendips for both the Year 10 and Sixth Form groups.

Despite very muddy conditions underfoot and some poor visibility, all groups navigated well and completed their routes in good time. The Year 10 groups completed a hilly 12 mile circular route which included Beacon Batch – the highest point in the Mendips.

The Sixth Form groups completed a 15 mile linear route starting at Tynings Farm and finishing at Penn Hill. The next training walk takes place after half term on the Marlborough Downs.

On Saturday, the Seniors enjoyed a depleted block fixture against Bryanston with a number of matches cancelled due to the poor weather.

The 1st VII had a physical game and played well once they find their rhythm. Kate played well and made a number of crucial turnovers which the team converted with confidence, resulting in a 33-13 win. The 2nd VII played their best netball to date, with Tilly playing well and Issi controlling play in the middle, and earning a fine 32-21 win.

The U14As represented the School well at the South-West Regional Schools Finals. In a tough group, Kingswood won two and lost four. Their best performance was against Taunton who they beat 6-5 and Taunton went on to qualify for Nationals.

Three junior teams travelled to the Downs. There was great shooting from Cecilie for the U13Cs but it is the U12Cs who are Team of the Week. Persistent energy and commitment from mid-court, and coupled with growing confidence from shooters Maisie and Amelie, the girls pushed it to 10-8 in Kingswood's favour by the end of the third quarter. The defenders were critical in the last quarter, making many interceptions. It was an excellent team performance and a final score of 14-11.

Three members of the equestrian team represented the School at the National Schools' Equestrian Association (NSEA) arena eventing competition at West Wiltshire Equestrian Centre in Trowbridge on Saturday.

This jumping competition consisted of a course of show jumps immediately followed by a course of cross country style jumps on the same surface.

Rose, Naomi and Rory took part, and coped well with the cold and wet conditions.

There were no rosettes this time, but each jumped extremely well.

On Friday, nine of Kingswood's Drama Scholars took part a joint performance of the play 'Brainstorm' together with the Year 9 Drama students from Clarendon School in Trowbridge.

The play explored the intricacies of the adolescent mind and attempts to explain how teenagers' brains are not simply undeveloped or 'broken' adult ones. The play consisted of scripted dialogue which was performed alongside improvisation. This meant that the students had to reveal information about themselves and their family life.

The finished piece was funny, moving and revealing in equal measure. This was the first time Kingswood have collaborated with another school in this way but, hopefully, it won't be the last.

The play helped raise money for Young Minds, a charity that support the mental health and wellbeing of young people.

The Netball Club enjoyed an exciting block fixture against King Edwards School, with 16 teams playing. There were 11 wins, two draws and three losses.

The U15B's lost to KES last year so a 24-12 win was great, with Amelie controlling the game and linking passages of play.

The Seniors featured strongly with the 4th VII having a 37-13 win and the 3rd VII won 38-19; Tilly drew many a foul from her much taller opponent and she worked well in the circle with Emily and Charlotte.

Team of The week goes to the 1st VII who put out an incredible performance against a very strong KES outfit. The final score was a fair 30-30 and it was one of the best school fixtures the coaching staff had seen at this level for many years.

The change of movement, pace and intensity was a credit to the team. The team combined well through midcourt, and Emily and Jess fed beautifully into the circle. Becci was awarded player of the match as she shot superbly and outplayed her defence with her wicked change of direction.

The Netball Club would like to wish the U14As the best of luck as they go to Bournemouth this Saturday for the Regional Schools and take on some strong competition in the South West.

It was another excellent week for Kingswood's boys' hockey teams with only two matches lost out of the 16 that were played. The Senior teams all had very comfortable wins against Bryanston with the 1st XI winning 6-0, with three pupils all scored hat-tricks for their respective teams.

The U13A's could easily have been team of the week as they managed two hard-fought draws against very good opponents from Beechen Cliff and Dean Close, as Rory in goal was in fantastic form. The U12A's did manage two wins against the same schools, with Joe and Ted both scoring four apiece in the victory against Beechen Cliff.

However, team of the week goes to the U14A's. They had a comfortable 3-0 lead against Beechen Cliff before a freak hailstorm at half-time ended the proceedings early. However, there was only going to be one winner in that game.

They then backed this up with a 5-1 win away to Bryanston on Saturday. In what was a keenly contested game, Kingswood's finishing was the difference, with Rob, who has been in excellent form at the start of the season, scoring a hat-trick.

Bryanston pushed hard in the last 15 minutes but Kingswood defended resolutely to see out the win.