Winchester Today November 2019

KINGS’ SCHOOL REMEMBERS

On Monday 11th November pupils of Kings’ School in Winchester were joined by members of the St Thomas’s Old Boys Association as well as parents who are past and present members of the armed forces. Among these were recent past pupils who have swapped their school uniforms for military uniforms.

St Thomas’s was the boys’ school in the centre of Winchester which predated Kings’, Danemark and Montgomery of Alamein by some decades. Their alumni are now part and parcel of the Kings’ family and were welcomed with the usual respect and affection they are shown every year.

Our service of remembrance was led by the Reverend Neil Birkett, a former deputy head teacher at Kings’, and there were poignant readings by pupils who have recently returned from the Battlefields Tour.

Following the moving ceremony, pupils, veterans and service personnel enjoyed an informal tea, where our pupils had the pleasure of chatting to the guests and finding out about their lives.

Once again, the staff, parents and pupils of Kings’ School in Winchester have worn their poppies with pride, respect and gratitude.

Edyth Miles

HOT POOLS AND COLD SKIES

Iceland 2019 started off with a bang in the Fontana Spa. After several hours of travelling, a quick visit to take photos at the Blue Lagoon and a hearty meal of reindeer meatballs, a visit to the spa rounded the day off quite nicely.

We were incredibly lucky this year to see the northern lights whilst sat in a hot pool, it was a truly outstanding light show! Zeus was on our side and on Sunday we visited Thingvillir, Fludir, Gulfoss and Geysir under glorious blue skies which made for a cold but sunny day. The sun setting over Thingvillir viewed from Geysir was fantastic.

As ever, the highlight was the glacier trek which the Icelandic mountain guides led. This year the pupils had to pull themselves up through ice tunnels and crevasses via ropes which was both enthralling and challenging. We also visited several waterfalls, ascended Stora Dimon and visited other hot pools where the pupils, like Iceland itself, let off a bit of steam.

Plans for Iceland 2020 have already been made and we look forward to taking another cohort of pupils there next year.

IZB Basketball Stars

We took eight year 8’s and two year 11’s to the Inclusive Zone Basketball south east regional finals in Aldershot. What a terrific day! We came 3rd overall with a fantastic 17-4 win to secure our place. The team came together to perform well. Great baskets from Logan and Jagger. The pupil support team is proud of each and every one of the team.

Boxing up a record number

We had 142 shoe boxes in the end, 20 more than last year. The tutor group which collected the most were 8PLE with a whopping 36 boxes! Second place were 7RSR with 9 and third 9 LEE with 7.

Thank you to the Year 8 team who pulled together to make a collection of boxes, a real team effort! A big thank you to everyone who made the effort to create this wonderful presents for children around the world – we are sure they will be very gratefully received.