NatSKA Nationals success

After all the trials of the last 12 months, NatSKA are to be congratulated on putting on both a successful season, and a fine 50th anniversary Nationals. We were looking forward to the original venue of Glan-y-Gors, but Welsh regulations meant a return to England, and to Fulbeck circuit, which has felt like something of a second home this year. The weather was better than expected, with slick tyres the order of the day throughout.

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Pre-season rugby camp

This week, the pre-season rugby camp has been running on the Hill. This has been a four day residential camp for 20 boys from across 5th and 6th form run by the Director of Rugby Lynn Evans and the Head of Rugby Tom Phillips, with a mixture of internal and external coaches.

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Operation Vaccination

School may have gone virtual, but that has not stopped our two nurses, Elaine and Mary, from continuing to put their wealth of skills and experience to practical and valuable use, as both currently volunteer with the local surgery in Chipping Norton to help deliver vaccinations.

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Inter-house Sports

The house competition took on the format of a variety of activities : skills, fitness, kicking, rugby volleyball, 2 x 5-a-side touch rugby matches and 1 x 8-a-side touch rugby match. Every boy in Plymouth and Clyde participated with everyone’s scores counting.

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Armistice Day, Drumhead Service 2020

On Wednesday, 11th November 2020, the whole school came together to pay our respects to all those who have fallen in the service of their country, including former pupils of KHS. This drumhead service was conducted on the pitches in front of Top School and culminated with a two minute silence at 11am. This was the first whole school event of the year, a fact which made the ceremony all the more poignant.  

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Lynn Evans: Rugby and Kingham Hill School

Most employers would agree that when interviewing a candidate for a job they want to see that the individual is able to work well in a team, communicate easily, be resilient to challenges, adaptable and prepared to give their all in achieving a common goal. At KHS we believe that rugby can help develop these attributes in all pupils regardless of their sporting prowess whilst also helping them to improve their fitness, relieve stress and have fun with their peers.

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Back to school, safely

Just as the end of last academic year was unusual (to say the least), the start of this one will feel just as strange. And yet, as with the last few months, we know that despite current circumstances, the spirit and ethos of Kingham Hill will remain just the same. In that regard, some things never change.

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GCSE results 2020

In a year of unprecedented uncertainty, a pandemic, and government U-turns, I’m proud to say that this year’s 5th form at KHS have kept their heads down, overcome all the obstacles placed in front of them, and focused on their futures.

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A level results 2020

"I’m delighted to say that well over half of the grades they received were A*s and As - a record set of results, achieved in extraordinarily challenging circumstances by a phenomenal cohort, with unfailing support from a dedicated pastoral and academic team.

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The Mass results

Despite the fact this year's Mass was virtual, the event nonetheless retained much of its traditional character. A huge number of staff and pupils participated in the 2.2 mile run, and a hard-fought tussle for the top house position was evident with a great deal of in-house comradery on show as well as some fantastic individual performances (a number of staff and pupils on the KHS site were even able to run the real Mass route starting at top school -  socially distanced of course). 

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Sports Day

Unlike previous Sports Days, the morning rain had little impact on this year's event, with even the heaviest downpours failing to dampen the spirits of our pupils. Eager to compete and win points for their houses and with the rallying calls of houseparents ringing in their ears, the day began. Almost at once, results came thick and fast, with times and distances finding their way onto Mr Blackie's spreadhseet. Staff sifted through the many hours of videos sent in by competitors, ensuring the strict rules of each event were being followed. And in typical sports day fashion, Mr Williams endured all that a British summer could throw at him, as he regularly updated the school on current standings and notable performances from the comfort of his own back garden.

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Founder's Day

Due to current restrictions placed on large group gatherings, our traditional Founder's Day was cancelled. Instead, our Heads of School paid tribute to CEB Young with a small service led by Reverend Savage. The pupils shared their own stories of how the Founder and Kingham Hill School has touched each of their lives. Hillian (and staff member) Tim Foster was able to represent our alumni on this very special occasion.

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British Science Week at Kingham Hill

It was hard to imagine what a British Science week would look like at Kingham Hill as the school has never done much during this national event before. Teacher and organiser, Mr Miller, was bowled over by the response from parents to an email sent in November requesting help and ended up with an incredibly diverse programme thanks to the support given by parents and the pupils, who got thoroughly involved in the events.

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Buy Your Tickets For Les Miserables School Edition

Our production of 'Les Miserables School Edition' will be performed from Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th March at 7.00pm. It has been 11 years since we last produced this musical as the sheer size and complexity of the material requires a very special cast. Our 42 strong performers have been rehearsing since September and are on schedule to showcase Boublil and Schoenberg's famous work. Parents of the cast were given a few days to purchase tickets before going on sale to the community and Saturday is already sold out.

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Exciting New Partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

We are thrilled to announce that Kingham Hill School will be the first school in the country to take part in a new initiative in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The “Eyes On Hands On” project has been set up for local volunteers to help with the oversight and care of some of the 160,000 war graves spread out across the UK, often in local churchyards.

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Evensong at Magdalen College

On Wednesday our Chapel Choir went to Magdalen College, Oxford to hear their choir sing evensong. Before the service they were treated to a tour of the college grounds and some of the buildings, including the deer park and Addison's Walk, the path which circles the small island in the River Cherwell in the college grounds.

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Hockey Dinner

The senior girls enjoyed a wonderful meal out to celebrate last term's hockey season. With good food, great company and lots of chatting and reminiscing from the girls, it was a great event. Ella Benson and Meg Carruthers (1st and 2nd team captains) gave speeches and awards to the players.

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'Schools Challenge'

The success of general knowledge quizzing at Kingham Hill continues after a close-fought set of regional heats in the nationwide competition, 'Schools Challenge'. The competition consists of twenty-minute quizzes on buzzers, following the traditional rules of University Challenge.

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Official Opening of Our New Sports Centre

On Thursday, 23rd January we were very privileged to welcome Professor Peter Sonksen, and his wife Sue, back to The Hill to officially open our new sports centre. Professor Sonksen, a retired Professor of Endocrinology from St. Thomas’ Hospital and King’s College, London, was a pupil at Kingham Hill from 1946-48 and after an introduction from Headmaster, Mr Seward he spoke to present day pupils about his time at the school, as he put it, "a lifetime ago".

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Up, up and away!

Wednesday saw the first CCF flying of 2020, with 12 cadets visiting RAF Benson to fly in the Grob Tutor with 6AEF. After kitting and a safety brief, the cadets took to the air for 30 minute air experience flights.

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KHS Rugby v Rendcomb

On Saturday 7th December we welcomed Rendcomb College to the Hill for a morning of rugby. There were five matches in all from the U12s up to the seniors, with parents, house parents and staff providing excellent support and encouragement to the boys.

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KHS Hockey Awards 2019

Our season began with pre-season training from Great Britain international Sarah Robertson and ended with Sarah returning to the Hill to present our annual KHS Hockey Awards. As well as presenting the awards, Sarah talked about her career and finished off by answering questions from the audience.

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Mock General Election at KHS!

With the looming General Election we decided to hold a mock election of our own  to give the pupils a chance of sharing in the democratic process. Five Sixth Form politics pupils put themselves forward to represent the following parties: Liberal Democrats, Brexit Party, Plaid Cymru, Labour and the Conservatives.

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Sports Centre Open!

This project, from first design meeting to practical completion, was three years in the making but on Monday 25th November the new Sports Centre finally opened to the pupils and staff with Mr Cartwright kicking off the morning with a lesson in his new classroom, teaching 4th Form PE.

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Art and Photography trip to London

A group of Sixth Form Art and Photography pupils visited exhibitions in London last week. The day was jam packed with culture! We visited the Olafur Eliasson, 'In Real Life' Exhibition at Tate Modern, which appealed to artists and photographers alike. Many of his works - incorporating photography, installations and geometry - were interactive and dealt with the important issue of Climate Change and Global Warming.

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CCF Biennial Inspection

On Tuesday 5th February 2019 our CCF Contingent underwent its Biennial Inspection by the Commanding Officer No 3 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps. The Inspecting Officer viewed a variety of activities and lessons that demonstrated the Contingent’s many and varied activities.

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Dr Faustus

From Wednesday 4th December to Friday 6th December, Kingham Hill School will be staging a production of Christopher Marlowe's 'Doctor Faustus'. This production is being produced and directed by Lower Sixth pupil, Alex Jones (co-director of The Borgia last year) as part of his EPQ and will take place in the Veritas Atrium, which is becoming a theatre exclusively for this event.

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World War I Battlefields Trip

The annual Third Form Battlefields Trip was a great success this year. Mr Williams, our resident military historian, took 50 Third Formers and five staff to the First World War battlefields of northern France and Belgium for five days just before Half Term in October. The trip was refined this year in order to teach as much as possible of the First World War curriculum in the field rather than in the classroom. Mr Williams admits it was very much an experiment to start with, but it soon became clear that taking this approach has made the trip much more engaging and interesting for the pupils.

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Life on Mars

Before the Half-Term break we were fortunate to be visited by Astronomy author and speaker Colin Stuart, who came to talk to our Sixth Form. In this 50th anniversary year of the Apollo moon landings it was fitting that Colin - whose books include 'The Astronaut Selection Book', written with UK astronaut Tim Peake - talked about a possible mission to the Red Planet, Mars. It was likely, he said, that the first men and women to land on Mars would be at school now and looking out at our own pupils, imagined that one of our own might be among that number.

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Rugby Tour in Portugal

This tour to Portugal was a great opportunity for the boys to experience a sports tour and come together and develop as a team. Three games in six days was a tough schedule but nevertheless we managed to fit in a tour of Lisbon, a surf lesson, a bowling trip and a number of training sessions on the beach. The games offered a great challenge and the opportunity to play and be hosted at some fantastic venues.

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The recent JNCO and SNCO cadre proved an excellent and rewarding experience for everyone involved. The JNCOs had a great introduction to leadership with the chance (through continuous assessments in the form of lectures given by individual cadets to their respective squads, various command appointments, and the delivery of fieldcraft lessons) to demonstrate their skills. Feedback for each of these tasks gave the cadets work-on points and allowed them to show how their skills and knowledge developed and improved each day.

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Cold Water Challenge

Last Friday, a group of 11 cadets and accompanying staff departed for two days in Oxford and Northampton. Our bases of operation were the Oxford Sea Cadets - using the resources available at the Isis Canoe Club - and also the Nene White Water Centre in Northampton. The aim of the camp was to introduce cadets to adventurous activities and promote new skills and teamwork.

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Dug for Victory!

Congratulations to KHS member of staff Dug Ansley (pictured below, bottom left) who, along with some of his teammates at Banbury Touch, played for the West Wild Cats at the England Touch Senior/Masters Nationals 2019 in Nottingham last week.

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Mr Marks makes his mark for England

The boys in Plymouth House have been keeping a close eye on results from the Touch World Cup, as Mr Marks plays his part for England in the over 35 category of the tournament. 

The World Cup brings together the best Touch Rugby players from around the globe to decide who is World Champion and after a highly successful staging in Coffs Harbour, four years ago, the World Cup has moved to South East Asia for the first time. Mr Marks was involved in some early success for England as they narrowly defeated the mighty Fiji in their opening game.

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KHS CCF Contingent did us proud in the biennial inspection

This Tuesday saw the biennial review of the Combined Cadet Force here at Kingham Hill. All cadets were on show as the Reviewing Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Cooke, inspected numerous areas of the  contingent's activities. For all of us at Kingham Hill, it was a day to be proud of with all pupils at their various ranks giving an excellent account of themselves. The Reviewing Party were particularly well led by our Head of Corps Jamie and many of the guests commented on what good hands they felt they were in with him adding some class to the proceedings.

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Senior sports dinners

Thursday evening gave the senior Rugby and Hockey teams a chance to celebrate their respective seasons. These are events which allow the pupils to embrace the social side of their sports as well as reflect on the lessons to learn from the challenges they faced. They are also, crucially, an opportunity for both squads to spend time together for the last time, mark the departure of great servants who are leaving at the end of the year and to take note of the observations their coaches make.

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Centrepoint - This term's charity

An important aspect of the school's unofficial motto is to 'Serve Well'. As a school we are always looking for opportunities to develop the pupils' appreciation for what they have and to look for ways to serve those around them, whether within the school, local community or even further afield. Over the years we have tried to support different charities with events to raise both funds and awareness to further their work. The school has a charity committee which is made up of pupils and staff who make decisions about who the school will seek to help and what we will do to achieve this. This term, Kingham Hill will be seeking to do this for Centrepoint, which is a charity for homeless young people and this morning's chapel service was very much the launch of this term's work.

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Kingham Hill's Ski Trip

Over the Christmas break a number of Kingham Hill pupils embraced the opportunity to develop their skiing skills on the slopes of Obertauern in Austria. This annual event has become a much anticipated part of the annual calendar and, as per usual, the snow did not disappoint. Following a week of constant snowfall our tourists were first onto the slopes which had some of the finest snow which Europe had to offer - even more than the Three Valleys. 

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GB's stamp of approval for KHS Hockey

This Monday saw the annual Hockey Awards evening which gave a chance for all pupils and staff to look back together on this year's season and take stock of the progress made. It was an evening which gave the school much to be proud of and our special guest was Suzy Petty who is a current Great Britain Hockey play, who has represented this country in the World Championships and Commonwealth Games. Her story was very much down to earth and clearly resonated with pupils own experience of having to work hard to achieve.

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Kingham's Christmas Concert

Last Monday saw this year's Christmas concert with various school bands performing a number of familiar pieces. Mr Chambers and his team had worked tirelessly and it was wonderful to see what good shape the music at Kingham Hill is in. There were a number of real highlights, one of which was a piece played predominantly by pupils who had only been learning their instruments for one year. What an inspiration they were to those pupils who were starting out on the same road this year.

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CCF Annual Dinner

On the night of Friday 23rd November the Kingham Hill Combined Cadet Force Formal Dinner took place in the Top School Hall. The event allowed our pupils to experience a formal military dinner, enjoying excellent food and good company. The Cadets were privileged to have Colonel Earnshaw join them as their senior guest and speaker for the evening. With good reason, it is one of Mr Seward's favourite evenings of the year.The evening culminated in the award of promotions to CCF cadets and pupils. We are very proud of them all and especially Jamie who was appointed the new Head of Corps. and is pictured at the top of this item alongside Colonel Earnshaw.

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Frantic Assembly Workshop

On Thursday, Kingham Hill Drama Department had the privilege of hosting a workshop of physical theatre by leading theatre practitioners, Frantic Assembly, in our Drama Studio. This company are World renown for their production of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ and ‘Othello’.

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Junior Sports Tour

A group of 22 pupils travelled to Holland this week for our Junior Sports Tour. These trips are a vital part of the development of sport at Kingham Hill and this trip gives the younger pupils their first chance to benefit from the experience of travelling to an unfamiliar place and focus on progressing both as individuals and as a team. The experience of Mr Cartwright, Mrs Rigby and Miss Gordon will have proved invaluable in achieving this.

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Westminster Service of Prayer and Remembrance

On Thursday 8th November a group of Kingham Hill CCF cadets attended the Service of Prayer and Remembrance at St Margaret's Church, Westminster. It was an honour for the school to be invited to such a special event at the heart of our nation during Remembrance time in this centenary year. The service was attended by several Members of Parliament, Members of the House of Lords and senior officers. Apologies if you cannot see the main photograph please click through the heading to see the full article.

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Cadets tackle Adventurous Training camp

On Friday 23 March 2018, a group of 12 cadets and accompanying staff from Kingham Hill School Combined Cadet Force departed for five days of Adventurous Training in Snowdonia, North Wales. The aim of the camp was to practice cadets in their training to date and to complete a variety of adventurous activities to enhance individuals' confidence in their own abilities, to aid personal development and to improve unit cohesion.

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Pupils in the spotlight for Oliver!

This week, pupils took to the stage during their outstanding performance of Oliver! Based upon the novel "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens and featuring musical numbers such as "Food, Glorious Food", "Consider Yourself" and "I'd Do Anything" - the talented cast, band and crew members created a wonderful experience for the audience during the sell out shows.

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We heart art!

Our Year 11 pupils have received their GCSE examination paper and have started to research their ideas. To help them get started, the Art Department spent a day visiting some of the London Galleries to find some inspiration.

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Speech Day 2017

To officially draw the 2016/17 school year to a close we held our annual Speech Day celebrations on Saturday 1st July. The school grounds, pupils and guests were bathed in glorious sunshine, adding to the joyful atmosphere. 

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