Week 8 of the build marks a poignant moment in the School history, as we all mark 100 years since the signing of the armistice treaty at the end of First World War. The School lost 63 former pupils during the hostilities and the image below, taken in about 1905, shows 7 of those boys, sitting on the embankment opposite Swansea House, where we are now digging the foundations of the new Sports Centre. The names of Glenelg Bartrum, Walter Burton, Edwin Davies, Horace Devine, Arthur Kirk, Harold Kirk and Henry Stayte are recorded along with the others who gave their lives, on the memorial in our Chapel. Walking to the site this morning, following our Remembrance Service in Chapel, I took a moment to reflect on the sacrifice made by the boys who sat on the embankment 113 years ago.
New Sports Centre
Finally we are going up and not just digging down!
The bank is currently being shaped and the foundations for the gabion walls excavated. The gabion baskets are being lined up and the first delivery of stones to fill them has arrived.
By the end of last week the team had moved around 6000 cubic metres of earth, leaving around 3000 more to shift. With the Year 9s away on a battlefield tour in France, we rather aptly began this week with a pretty good attempt at recreating the muddy conditions of a WWI trench here at Kingham. The only resultant loss however, was that of one of our contractors boots, which got stuck in the mud and came off when they pulled him out!
The fourth week of digging has concluded and as the weather has changed, so has the site.
Feeling very blessed here on the Hill, that the weather is holding and as a result we are a little ahead of schedule. This week we have one of our alumni to thank for the aerial images. Melville James was a pupil back in 1958 and we were luckily enough that he was flying over the area and took these great shots.
Mrs Austin and Mr Sheppard this week took some excellent aerial photographs of the building site, which give a far better picture of the scale of the job in hand. The digging is progressing well, but whilst it looks on the surface that lots of earth has been moved, the drone images show how much more has still to be shifted.
Today, pupils saw the first really visible sign of the Sports Centre enabling works that have been taking place over the summer.