the KGS web The latest news to the network of friends and supporters of Kingston Grammar School Tel: 020 8546 5875 Fax: 020 8547 1499 Volume 11 Issue 3 September 2009 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org web site: www.kgs.org.uk Joy at A Level Results A Level Results Day was a joyful occasion at KGS this year. More students than ever before achieved 4 A grades, with 41 students out of 108 achieving A grades in three or more subjects, representing 38% of the total year group. Some students performed spectacularly well; 14 gained As in 4 subjects, including Kristin Goffe (who has a place for Medicine at Clare College, Cambridge); Jack Harris (who will read Oriental Studies at Wadham College, Oxford); Catriona Sheil (studying Physics at Exeter College, Oxford) and Kaori Takenaka (who will read Social and Political Science at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge). Oxbridge places were also gained by Michael Galvin (to read PPE at Magdalen College, Oxford); Hugo Gordon (to read History at St Peter’s, Oxford); Lucy Urwin (to Were you a member of Lovekyn read Philosophy at Magdalen College, Cambridge) and Katie Hansel who left in 2008 (to read Chemistry at St Hilda’s College, Oxford). House? Said out-going Head, Duncan Baxter: “I am thrilled that so many students have achieved The School is hosting a Lovekyn House top grades this year. At a time when doubts always seem to be cast on the rigour of A Reunion on Saturday 7th November levels, the fact that many students take more subjects than they need to is testimony from 11.00am - 3.00pm. to their ambition and desire to learn.” The day will start with coffee in We now have the GCSE results which were the best ever with 82.3% of all grades the Lovekyn Chapel followed by a at A* or A. Full details of examination results can be found on the school website performance by existing Lovekyn House www.kgs.org.uk members in the theatre. A chance to catch up over an informal lunch Lovekyn 700 Events and optional tours of the School will The Lovekyn 700 lectures were followed by other well attended and enjoyable events follow. in the Lovekyn Chapel. An evening of medieval music with mead and merriment was There will be no charge for this event. presented by Loki Music in April, followed by a fine wine tasting professionally hosted Please let Keith Balkham know if you by OK Sarah Knowles in May. This was supported by the Friends of KGS. Fun and frolics would like to attend and pass the word of a ribald nature were later enjoyed when Reynard the Fox came to the Chapel. on to fellow former Lovekyn members. The 700th anniversary of The more the merrier! the day that Letters Patent Please send any Lovekyn House allowing the Chapel to be memorabilia you are happy for us to built were sealed – Thursday exhibit on the day to Keith Balkham. 11th June - was celebrated with a Requiem Mass. OK Canon Michael Paternoster, supported by Bishop Richard of Kingston - also an OK - officiated at a very special service in the Chapel for the repose of the souls of the founders – the Chapel’s original purpose. The Mayor of Kingston attended this special event which was followed by a champagne reception and the unveiling of a new painting of the Chapel by OK Sophia Christie, painted to commemorate its septcentenary. Lessons and lunch on 8th July were medieval throughout. ‘Lovekyn Day’ was enjoyed by all staff and pupils, many of whom dressed up, from sack clothed priests to swathed damsels. The highlight was a medieval feast with pies, ‘salat’, gingerbread and stewed apples served on ‘trenchers’ – stale bread! Trebuchet firing and pelting teachers in the stocks (wet sponges only) made the day highly memorable for KGS pupils and staff. Major Gifts for Bursaries The Only Way is Up! The School’s most generous living benefactor, Old Kingstonian First KGS ‘Science Matters’ Lecture Derek Finlay has made a further gift of £100,000 plus Gift Aid, to Old Kingstonians are warmly invited to attend the first of a new seed the KGS Foundation’s Bursary Endowment Fund. series of science lectures supported by the KGS Science Network Brian Brown, erstwhile part-time Maths teacher of Hans Woyda’s (formerly the Science Support Group) which comprises a number era and enthusiastic cricket supporter has left the School a legacy of OK volunteers. of approaching £100,000, also to support bursaries. Renowned astronautical expert Dr Chris Welch – Principal The KGS Foundation and the School are hugely grateful for Lecturer in Astronautics and Space Systems at Kingston University these generous gifts and also for an extraordinary anonymous and recent winner of the Sir legacy pledge to provide bursaries in the future, currently worth Arthur C Clarke Award for Space £800,000. Education - will describe the history of space travel, both in If you are interested in receiving a Legacy brochure please fantasy and in fact, and explain contact Laura Weston in the Development Office on 020 8939 the basics of rocket propulsion 8803 or e-mail email@example.com - further details can be before looking at current and found in the first KGS Foundation Newsletter accompanying proposed forms. this issue of The Web. The lecture, hosted by the School’s Physics Department, will be held in the theatre at KGS on Monday 5th October, the start of World Space Week, supported by an exhibition in the Baxter Gallery. Please contact Debbie Heaney, Bursary Assistant for tickets: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 8939 8820. Gibbon Society Dinner The Annual Gibsoc Dinner took place at the end of the Spring Ken Cripps' 100 Birth Date Debate Term when seventy people sat down to an enjoyable event at which OK Phil Alexander spoke. On Monday 27th April, the Gibbon Society joined the Kingston Debating Society in a special debate to mark the birth of former teacher the late Ken Cripps a hundred years on. Ken was Annual Fund 2010 - Calling Callers born on 27th April 1909 and a group of friends and admirers gathered in the Theatre of the Queen Elizabeth II building at Last year, nine recent leavers took to the phones to call KGS to remember him. The motion proposed by KGS was; "That OKs from earlier generations. Calls were made at a institutionalised religion has no place in society". comfortable call centre near Waterloo and callers were paid and received a reference. They also seemed to enjoy The debate was chaired by Old Kingstonian and Kingston themselves. Said Victoria Barnato; “I had a very good time Debating Society member Mr Terry Charman. Ken would have and I really enjoyed working with other Old Kingstonians been pleased by the quality of the debate put forward by both to help the School. I would certainly like to do a telephone sides. Over the years he encouraged debates both in the School campaign again.” and within Kingston Debating Society. Any recent leavers looking for some paid work and good Almost sixty people had a enjoyable evening remembering work experience in early January 2010 should contact Keith 'Uncle Ken', the trips to Europe that he organised and the Balkham, Alumni Officer, to request details. Gibbon Society. Staff move on ... At the end of the academic year as well as losing members of the Fifth and Sixth form who go on to other places to continue their education, we see a number of staff leave. Staff that will be remembered by Old Kingstonians include Mr Steele who retired at Christmas, Miss Stadler who taught in the Modern Languages Department and who leaves to continue her academic studies, Mr Greenwood and Miss Anderson from Chemistry who both move on to become Heads of Department and Mr Muller, Head of Classics and recently Head of Sixth Form who is leaving to become Deputy Head of Sir William Perkins’ School. Mr Baxter has left as Head of KGS to undertake a period of education Lovekyn Lodge Celebrates 60 years consulting before taking retirement. The Lovekyn Chantry Masonic Lodge, with its long association with KGS, celebrated A full appreciation of all these staff its 60th anniversary at its April meeting. While not quite the 700 years’ anniversary of will be in The Kingstonian published in the Chapel itself, it was an important milestone for members. The Lodge was founded December. in 1949 by a number of OKs and Masters of the School and has met in the Chapel since 1995. Thirty seven members and guests celebrated the occasion with a review of the past 60 years, and Bobby Deans, a member for 60 years, was presented with City Supper a certificate to mark that milestone. This was followed by an enjoyable dinner in the School dining room. Fourteen diners - a mixture of OKs and current students - enjoyed a very pleasant The lodge is always glad to have enquiries from anyone, of any age, who might like to supper at Jamies, Holborn Viaduct on St join, or to find out more. Please contact Don Preddy, the Lodge Membership Officer, George’s Day. This was the second ‘City on 01544 340752, email@example.com. Visits from anyone with an association with the Supper’ – an annual event designed to School who is already a member of another Lodge are also welcome. put current students in touch with OKs who work in the City and have ‘been there and done it’. The students involved From Devon for Wine Tasting really appreciated the chance to get a little advice and to chat informally about On Saturday 9th May we were delighted to career prospects. It is hoped that this welcome Old Kingstonian John Harvey (1953-1959) will become a regular feature in the OK/ with his wife Jan for a tour of the School and seats School programme. OKs who attended at the fine wine tasting Lovekyn 700 event. were: James Carthew, Graham Dare, John was pleased to see the original façade of the Caroline McGregor-Johnson, Euan Brown, London Road Building unchanged, the CCF Building Gareth Narinesingh and Oliver Gibson. that brought back ‘memories of getting on parade’ in the quadrangle and remembering first form assemblies standing in the Hall. George Hartley, ‘Fritz’ Woyda, A.D Robinson, ‘Wiggey’ and Mrs Jelley were among the teachers and staff he remembers fondly. He recalls Hans Woyda “keeping control of an unruly form with ease and expertise” while teaching maths in a “most enjoyable way’” John was a member of Walworth house as his father before him in the 1920s! Visitors to KGS During the summer term we were pleased to welcome a number of Old Kingstonians for a trip down memory lane and to view the recent changes at the school. We always welcome visitors and ask that if possible you contact the Alumni Officer, Keith Balkham at the School to arrange a time - firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 8939 8809. old kingstonian news Five Year On Reunion In Memoriam The Class of 2004 (though Over the summer holiday we have heard some of those attending of a number of Old Kingstonians who hadn’t quite made it that have died. far!) held a Five Year On reunion on the 27th June at In June Don Anderson, (’46-’54) Kingston Rowing Club. a member of the Old Kingstonian Association committee died after a A very enjoyable evening, period of illness. with barbecue, bubbly, balloons and bonhomie Neil Smith (’57-’64) a keen football fan a-plenty, was had by some died after a year-long battle against 30 or more OKs, a good cancer. third of the year group. On 23rd July Lt Col (rtd) Michael Cowan The teaching staff was (’46-’53) died in Salisbury. represented by Anthony Langdon and Nick Bond, and Richard Barker turned up as well, but being a little Andrew de Quidt (’93-’01) died in late early and finding no-one around sadly went home again. August as did Raymond Shonk (’48- ’54). The venue brought back many happy, if hazy, memories of a seemingly endless stream of 18th birthday parties, and the OKs present enjoyed reliving their not-so-distant We send our condolences to the families youth, catching up with friends – and meeting some new ones by betrothal – and of all those who have been bereaved. reminiscing about the good but not-so-old days at KGS. The event was supported by the OKA and organised by Ben Collier and Sarah Francon-Smith, to whom a huge debt of gratitude is Were you a regular attendee at Plough Lane? owed. Any OKs wishing to organise reunions of their own and Did you used to support Wimbledon Football Club? seeking help and support should contact the Alumni Officer, Keith Then for news of AFC Wimbledon - and their need for Balkham, at School. supporters at their Kingsmeadow Ground - please go to www.kgsintouch.com/page/AFC2009 and read an open OKA Cricket v The School letter from Martin Fielding and see how you can support AFC Wimbledon. The Rodney Sturgeon XI (183 for 8) played the School 1st XI (196 for 8) the match declared CONGRATULATIONS TO OLD KINGSTONIANS drawn. Right Reverend Paul Butler (KGS 1966-1974) currently The Past XI (187 all out) played Suffragan Bishop of Southampton is to be the next Bishop of the School 2nd XI (239 for 7). Southwell and Nottingham. The School won by 52 runs. Sophie Hosking (KGS 1999-2004) has travelled to the World During the tea interval, Olly Championships in Poznan to row in the lightweight women’s Park, of the Lower Sixth was doubles. Sophie is quoted as saying she would love to be part awarded the 'prize for the of the Olympic squad in London in 2012. cricketer who has made the Michael Frayn (KGS 1946 -1952) has been named as the most of their talents during next Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary the season'. The presentation Theatre based at St Catherine’s College, Oxford from October, was made by Old Kingstonian in succession to actor and director Kevin Spacey. Michael, James Gordon. As James probably best known as a playwright and novelist started his pointed out, Rodney Sturgeon, writing career as a columnist for the Guardian and Observer former Master in Charge of newspapers. Cricket at KGS, was always keen to encourage the talents Will Perham who has just received his A level results spent of all the boys who played time at the beginning of the summer holiday winning a Gold cricket under his tutelage. Medal at the World Junior Championships in Brive rowing in the Junior Men’s Coxless Four. Is Will going to follow fellow OK The opportunity was also taken to make a presentation to James Cracknell and become an Olympic Rower? a good supporter of cricket at KGS Mr Duncan Baxter. The presentation was made to Duncan and his wife Neredah by James Cracknell (KGS 1982-1990) continues to be in the news Chairman of the Old Kingstonian Association, Mr Andrew Day, whether with the TV reports of his time in the South Pole Race who thanked Mr and Mrs Baxter for all their work at the School or his more recent attempt to cycle the length of Britain by over the last 18 years. tandem with Rebecca Romero.