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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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CCF: JNCO & SNCO Cadre

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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Oxford Inspiration

The 4th form enjoyed a wonderfully sunny day in Oxford last week, exploring the Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museums, gathering inspiration for their GCSE Art projects, photographing and drawing their favourite finds.

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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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