Parent letter 10th Dec 10 - FINAL by dfsiopmhy6


									                                         KING’S COLLEGE SCHOOL
                              SOUTHSIDE WIMBLEDON COMMON LONDON SW19 4TT
                                                The Head Master AD Halls MA

                                                                                                        10th December 2010

Dear Parents

What are the enduring images or memories of the term? Many spring to mind but a few will probably
stay there for a very long time. One of these would certainly be the outstanding production of Sweeney
Todd, where a cast of over 70, and an orchestra of over twenty, played to full houses for four nights in
November, showing that Mr Cross has picked up the baton from Mr Swan and ensured KCS drama
remains amongst the best in the land. It was, without doubt, one of the best school productions I have
ever seen, and indeed it could easily have been a professional production. Robbie Aird was sensational
as the obsessive and haunted barber, with exceptional support from Alice Durrans as his wicked, pie-
making wife, Fabian Roberts and Laura Trosser as the touching and melodious lovers and a cast
without a single weak link. Equally impressive was Peter Hatch’s faultless musical direction, the brilliant
work on the set by James Leach and his team, and Nick Rhodes’ excellent lighting. Another great
memory from this term? Undoubtedly, when distinguished British composer and OK, Robin
Holloway, joined us all in the Great Hall for the superb orchestral concert conducted in turn by Daniel
Phillips, Leandro Silvera, Jim Rae, and Andy Bush with the assistance of Paul Thomas.

However, the defining moment of each term for me is always the first day – when new pupils join the
old, the “body” of the school swells again to full strength, and new and old are poised in their
differentness before each assimilates the other. I have seen this in each of my thirty Septembers in the
trade, so why will the start of this term stay in mind as different or special? The reason is that in
September 2010, for the first time in the history of King’s, sitting in assembly, walking to lessons,
taking part in debates, concerts, games or rehearsals, were forty-two young women, part of the Lower
Sixth, part of the school – and now, part of history.

In every way, they have proved many times over the merits of the decision to open our Sixth Form to
girls. Trailblazers and pioneers, they have carved out their path at King’s with spirit, zest and grace,
with a drive, also, to be involved in everything; at the same time, the boys have welcomed them with
warmth, courtesy, and, after the first two days of wary curiosity, characteristic King’s ease. I spoke to
each of the new girls last month, and repeatedly they said how friendly the boys had been, how
welcoming, and how supportive. “They even hold doors open for us!” some said with incredulity.

Meanwhile, at the end of my third year at King’s, I think back to two areas of the school that I thought
on my arrival in January 2008 were not good enough. One was the sixth form centre, especially the
“lost zone” of metal lockers and abandoned kit, and the other was the pavilion at West Barnes Lane.

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The former has been completely transformed, and will be made complete when we refurbish the
reading room in the summer. This term, work finally began on the new pavilion. On an icy visit there
last week I was impressed by the determination of our contractors, Lampards, to fulfil the vision of the
school and our architects, Marcus Beale Associates.

I cannot thank our donors enough – parents have been by far our most generous sponsors of the new
building, and we are now just a fraction off the target of £1.4m. This has allowed the governors to give
the green light, enabling us to aim for an opening in September. I am pleased that this is the first
building to be erected at King’s for many years for which not a penny has been borrowed, making
further development much easier for us.

There are many other things that I am proud of – and indeed, they are really the more important
qualities of the school. The tolerant and friendly atmosphere, the excellent quality of pastoral care in the
house system, kind, knowledgeable and inspirational teachers, friendly, open-minded pupils whom it is
a privilege to teach, the support we all receive from a dedicated non-teaching staff, and the warmth and
encouragement you parents demonstrate to us in meetings and in the letters you write. I never forget
what a fine school it is, both at junior and senior level, and I hope the new year enables us to sustain
and build upon all of these qualities.


Four new language Assistants have jointed us for the current academic year: Miss Marlene Petit-
Liaudon and Miss Sandra Kpodar (French), Miss Paula Diaz Rogado and Ms Raquel Cagigas (Spanish)
and Miss Eliza Frank (German). Miss Katie Lowe, part-time drama teacher and Mr Ionut Bradu,
teacher and assistant, also joined us this term. At the end of this term we will say farewell to our gap
year students. My colleagues tell me that they have been some of the best we have ever known: thank
you to each of them.

Among the non-teaching staff, there have been some other new appointments. Ms Laurinda Haydock
joined the school as Head of Human Resources. Mrs Annie Morton has been appointed as PR
Manager. Mr Christopher Hull has joined as our new Catering Manager to take over from Mrs Janet
Belcher who retired in the summer. Miss Suzy Willis joined the Development Office as Team
Administrator to assist Tim Edge with the work of this office. Mrs Lesley Franca has joined as my
Assistant PA. Mrs Sharon Andrew who had been acting as my PA and before that, my Assistant PA,
has now left the school in order to spend more time with her family. Mrs Andrew managed her
increased responsibilities very successfully, working long hours with exceptional skill and good humour.
Ms Suzy Doherty has replaced Mrs Andrew and already made an excellent start. The CCF has
welcomed its new SSI, Master Gunner Jim Martin. Recently retired from the Royal Artillery, Jim has
already made his mark in the Duke of Edinburgh expedition at half term and the First Fling exercise for
new recruits in November. For First Fling, he persuaded the Army to provide us with a Lynx helicopter
for air experience flights. Congratulations to Chan Ramgoolam who attained an MA with
commendation in Education from Kingston University.

Mr Tony Hawksley, Bursar at King’s for nearly nine years, is leaving us at the end of January and will
take up the position of bursar at a leading London preparatory school. He has been a devoted member
of the school community, working to service the very different demands of governors, headmasters,

support staff and teachers. In his time, the business of the school has grown very significantly, and he
has been highly regarded for the kindness and patience he has shown to every one of us at the school.
Mrs Macdougall, our excellent financial controller, will now take full responsibility for the school’s
finances, and I am therefore advertising for a Director of Operations to oversee the running of the
school’s non-teaching infrastructure.

Public Examination Results

Boys achieved excellent public examination results in the summer. Pupils gained over 92% of all GCSE
grades at A* and A, with two thirds at A*. In IGCSE Mathematics, once again 100% of pupils
achieved an A* or A, whilst in English Language and across the six modern languages, 98% of
candidates gained A* or A. Almost 80% of pupils attained 10 or more GCSEs at A* or A.

At IB, the average score came in once again at just over 39 points. Eleven pupils achieved the
maximum score of 45 points, a score that is achieved by only 0.2% of the world IB population each
year. Thirty-five King's pupils have achieved the top score in the last three years alone. Approximately
43% of all King's Higher Level IB results were graded as 7s. The 7 is equated to the new A* at A level
and this result places King's College School amongst the very highest performing schools in the UK.
Approximately 7% of A level and IB results were A* or 7s across the world; KCS pupils have
outperformed this average by over 600%.

In a government league table published last month that showed academic “value-added” at Sixth Form
level, King’s was the highest-placed school of any type in London and the second-highest in the UK.

The new Pavilion

As mentioned above, building of the new pavilion is now underway. A budget of £2.4m has been set for
the building of the whole complex, including groundsman’s sheds, a new car park, an electricity sub-
station and all additional costs and fees. Boys and girls, visitors, staff and parents will all appreciate the
twelve changing rooms, storage, first aid facilities, a large dining area for two hundred pupils, viewing
facilities, an outdoor terrace for sunnier times, and a car park twice the size of the current provision.

KCS Centenary of Independence, 2011

The preparations for the celebration of the school’s centenary of independence from King’s College,
London, are developing well, thanks to the indefatigable efforts of Peter Hatch. The events begin in
January with a talk by historian Andrew Roberts on Churchill and the year 1911. Marcus Mumford
and Ben Lovett from Mumford and Sons have agreed to visit the school and this event will feature a
performance by Marcus and Ben. In March, a Centenary Jazz Club will see recent alumni joining with
current pupils. For the first time, Commemoration will span a whole weekend. Aston Martin will be
sponsoring the day and vintage and modern cars will be on site. The main focus will be on alumni and
this event is therefore being organised by the Development Office. On Saturday 18th June there will be
many events happening on the campus including an Edwardian fair with dodgems and a Ferris wheel, a
black tie supper for alumni in the evening, a performance of Henry IV Part 1 on an outside stage, a
programme of both dramatic and musical performance throughout the day, a 20:20 cricket match,
inter-house athletics, and a BBQ run by the Friends. On Sunday 19th June there will be a service of
thanksgiving and talks by old boys Joe Garner and Nadhim Zahawi, MP, with a special gaudy during
the afternoon.

We are negotiating for a royal visit during the course of the year to celebrate the outstanding
partnership work which KCS undertakes with the local community. On Saturday 24th September, there
will be a ball for current parents, staff, governors, alumni and friends of the school at the Hurlingham
Club. Music will be provided by bands made up of past pupils whilst parent and best-selling novelist,
Sophie Kinsella, will be guest of honour providing an entertaining after-dinner speech. I am grateful to
The Friends for organising what I know will be an amazing ball, and for hosting a centenary fireworks
evening, also in November.

There will be a classical concert in Cadogan Hall on 16th November featuring music composed around
the year 1911 and a special commission from Robin Holloway. Carol Ann Duffy, the poet laureate,
will give a poetry reading on 1st December. At the end of the year, there will be a carol service in
Guildford Cathedral for the whole senior school.


The autumn term has provided a fine display of rugby from all the teams from KCS. The standout
teams for the season so far are the U15As who have scored some excellent victories and the U16Bs who
have also been very strong. The U14As have made a fine effort all season. The 3rd XV have also
produced some pleasing results.

The senior rugby squads have worked hard all term. Upon their return from a hugely successful South
Africa tour, the 1st XV started the season against St Paul’s and Brighton with flair and enthusiasm.
Several injuries then affected their ability to compete against the top schools on a very tough fixture list.
Players that should be commended include Hugh Kelly, captain, and Tim Rawlinson, of the 1st XV,
Nick Bloom of the Under 15As, and Josh Deru for the Under 14As. Congratulations to OK, Louis
Mather, who played for the winning Oxford team in the Varsity match at Twickenham on Thursday.

In football, the U19s have again had mixed success but in the Surrey Cup beat both Westminster and
Trinity. Seven senior teams have represented KCS this term with excellent results. It is hoped that this
will continue in preparation for the upcoming Football Tour to Madrid, where 32 boys will be training
and playing competitive matches at the Spanish FA headquarters under the watchful eye of Real
Madrid FC and Spanish FA coaches. Pre-season training will be taking place for all senior football
players during the Christmas break.

King’s hosted the 32nd King’s Trophy cross-country race. The event was well supported by 14 schools
and more than 160 pupils. King’s finished sixth in a competitive field, with Hugh Train and Bruno van
der Stichele our top scorers in 11th and 12th places. Hugh later went on to win the Senior category in
the Merton Borough Championships, with Bruno third in the Intermediate race. Bruno’s brother
Thomas won the Junior race. Ali Borthwick and Annabelle Allen became the first girls ever to represent
KCS in cross country.

In rowing, the J18 quad won their category at Teddington Sculls, and three J16 rowers were in the top
five. The boat club has very much welcomed the new KCS oarswomen who have already represented
the school in two races this term.

King’s girls have been tremendous in playing both hockey and netball in a large number of inter-school
fixtures. Undaunted by being all Lower Sixth formers, and never having played together before as
teams, they have won everyone’s admiration – and a few matches too!

Music and Drama

The Orchestral Concert in November featured over 100 pupils in a concert showcasing our four most
prestigious ensembles. As mentioned above, it was a very beautiful evening, and my colleagues and I
are now looking forward to the Choral Society and Chamber Choir Concert on the last weekend of
term at St Matthew’s Church. It will be the first occasion on which we will hear the new girls’
ensemble, Cantate. This term, there has also been a Christmas Concert in St James’s, Piccadilly, a
community carol concert, a scholars’ concert featuring our first Sixth Form music scholar, Naomi
Kreitman, an organ scholars’ recital, and evensongs in both St Matthew’s Church and St George’s
Chapel, Windsor Castle. The new Brass Ensemble will perform at the school Carol Service. Finally, the
excellent new Christmas CD, Follow that Star, is on sale, featuring the Chamber Choir.

Cambridge Footlights performed in the Collyer Hall Theatre in September with a sell-out performance
of their latest show and a workshop with Upper Fifth drama students. James Trapmore directed a
company of Lower Fifth students in his own abridgement of Titus Andronicus, performed at Riverside
Studios as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival. The boys received high praise for their mature and
focused performance. As mentioned above, the highlight of the term was the superb production of
Sweeney Todd. Upper Sixth former, Alex Sawyer has recently finished three months of filming in
Liverpool for his major role in a new television series, House of Anubis, to be screened in the new year.
Next term, we look forward to the second House Play Festival.

Other School News

Earlier this term, a small group of RN cadets joined in the Silver Jubilee celebrations for our affiliated
ship, HMS Ark Royal, and they were fortunate enough to meet Her Majesty The Queen. In July Alex
Lama Noujaim and Ed Moss both won a prestigious Arkwright Scholarship for design and engineering
students. They were presented with their cheque and introduced to their sponsors during the awards
ceremony at the Engineering Institute in October. Three boys have each won a share of £3,000 to give
towards their chosen charity in an annual competition launched by OK Max Rawlinson at the start of
term. Charlie Fisher, George Hewetson and Jonathan Pass researched the needs and aims of local
charities of their choice and will personally hand the money next term to React, the Louis Dundas
Centre and Rianna’s Fund. In the Senior Maths Challenge 2010, eighty-eight King’s students won 19
Gold, 28 Silver and 25 Bronze awards. Siddharth Swaroop, Alex Jelicic and Iliya Buyanovsky, all Upper
Fifth form, were selected for Round 1 of the prestigious national British Mathematics Olympiad.
Dominic Lowcock won gold, silver and bronze medals in the kuk-sool-won martial arts world
championships in Houston. The Rossetti Seminar day, featuring celebrated author, Simon Singh and
award-winning journalist, Matthew Syed, gave sixth formers plenty to think about on the topic of Fate
and Fortune.

The Friends of KCS have been working with their usual extraordinary zest this term. The Fireworks
evening was another stunning event, and the Christmas Fair seems even to have outdone the previous
year’s record success. In the 30 years or so since the Friends were founded, they have contributed over
£615,000 to the school for boys’ and girls’ activities.
School Trips

Nine residential educational visits took place over the summer holidays. For the second year running,
sixteen members of the Lower Sixth visited our partner school in Fiwila, Zambia. KCS staff were
encouraged to see that initiatives started in 2009 had been continued: practical science teaching was
ongoing as was the community service programme and the carpenter who had been appointed with
KCS help was still in employment. The fortnight at Fiwila was followed with a two-week expedition.

Thirty-three Biology students had a memorable experience in Ecuador and the Galapagos islands. The
rainforest was spectacular and the fifteen days were a real experience for the boys and staff. A successful
1st XV squad of 28 boys toured South Africa and won all five of their games, as referred to above. The
reception they received from host families was exceptional and the boys enjoyed the rugby, the climate
and scenery. However, for many the highlight (apart from winning their games) was the visit to the
townships. An annual Duke of Edinburgh expedition was undertaken to the South Downs and the
Combined Cadet Force also ran their own expedition, in addition to the CCF camp which went very
well. We continued our annual exchange to Australia where Louis Laville spent a month in Perth.

This half term, historians and classicists visited Sicily and the Lower Sixth Gold Duke of Edinburgh
group walked in the Brecon Beacons. Sixteen sixth formers also travelled to Japan to study Physics and
Design Technology for nine days. They visited the Japanese National Particle Accelerator Laboratory,
the National Space Centre, the Design and Physics Departments at the Universities of Chiba and Keio,
and attended some lessons at Keio High School. The founder of the School had visited King’s College
School (in the Strand) just over 150 years ago and founded the Japanese Institution along the same
lines, even adopting the King’s school colours of blue and red.

Development Office

Since September 2008, the development office has raised £1,543,871 in cash and firm pledges:
           New West Barnes Lane Pavilion               1,219,001
           Bursaries                                     282,819
           Rowing                                         32,051
           Music                                          10,000

Tim Edge has continued to work closely with former Captains of School, particularly in respect of a
new alumni programme that will be launched in the spring. Another well populated and successful
‘Future of King’s’ event for new parents was held in September and a total of 180 donors attended a
Donors’ Reception in the Great Hall. The next Donors’ Reception will be held in our new pavilion in
September 2011. Once again, Tim and I would like to thank all members of the 1829 Club for their
great support of the school’s aims. In November, an inaugural Arts and Media networking event was
held in Central London with guest speaker, former BBC Arts Correspondent Razia Iqbal. The latest
City of London networking event took place at Slaughter and May, also in November.


Recent changes have been made to the catering page on the school’s website allowing you to view a
weekly menu. You will also notice a new link enabling you to contact the catering department directly

should you wish to discuss any aspect of the catering services offered at the school. We are also
planning a catering survey for all our pupils.

January Mocks

Please note that the mocks for both IB and GCSE pupils begin on the first day of next term,
Wednesday 5th January. I hope you will not mind if I repeat my usual advice to pupils, which is that
mocks present the most important opportunity we are able to provide as preparation for the real thing
in the summer. What is well learnt for January will be vastly easier to revise when it comes to the
summer, and the opportunity for timed practice is invaluable – so long as the learning has been
sufficient to make the mocks worthwhile. As well as having a good rest with time to enjoy Christmas
and New Year, pupils in the relevant year groups will need to make the most of the opportunity
provided for revision; this will help enormously to reduce the pressure on them in the summer.

I would like to wish you and all your family a very happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous new

Yours sincerely

Andrew Halls
Head Master

You will be issued with a school calendar via your son at the beginning of next term. However, some
key dates you may wish to note are listed below:

                                     Important Spring Term dates

Term begins: Wednesday, 5th January please note that pupils are due in School at 12 noon
Half Term: Monday, 21st February to Friday 25th February
End of Term: Wednesday, 30th March

(Summer Term 2010 begins on Monday, 18th April)

Easter Friday: 22nd April
Easter Monday: 25th April
Royal Wedding: 29th April

                                   Some other dates for Spring 2011

Tuesday 18th January: Upper Sixth parents’ evening (A, G, K)
Thursday 20th January: Upper Sixth parents’ evening (L, M, Mac)
Thursday 27th January: Upper Fifth parents’ evening (A, G, K)
Monday, 31st January: Learning Enrichment parents’ workshop
Tuesday 1st February: Upper Fifth parents’ evening (L, M, Mac)
Tuesday 8th February: Middle School parents’ workshop – Sex & Relationships
Wednesday 9th February: Music Scholars’ Recital
Monday 28th February: Senior Prefects’ Dinner
Wednesday 2nd March: Choral Evensong at Chichester Cathedral (Chamber Choir), 5.30pm
Thursday 3rd March: Fourth Form parents’ evening
Monday 7th March: School Confirmation Service, Christ Church
Tuesday 8th March: Fourth Form parents’ workshop – The Party Scene
Monday 14th March: Orchestral Concert
Tuesday 15th March: Lower Fifth parents’ evening
Thursday 17th March: Internet Safety Workshop for parents
Thursday 17th March: Spring Recital, 6pm, GH
Monday 21st March: Chamber Music Recital, 6pm, GH
Wednesday 23rd March: King’s Kapella and Cantate – Voice and Piano Recital, 7.30pm, GH
Monday 28th March: UCAS evening for parents and pupils

I would like to draw your attention to the information that is available to you on our website
( This includes a list of all school policies.

                                            December 2010

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