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7 September

All Star OVs

OV stars in University Challenge

It was really exciting to see Lizzie Fry (Cr 07-14) on University Challenge on Monday 3rd September competing for St Edmund Hall, Oxford against York University. Lizzie played exceptionally well and her team won with 240 points to York’s 105 and will go on to play in the next round. At Oxford Lizzie specialises in Biogeography.  Lizzie said,

“Filming for university challenge was great fun thanks to the lovely team I was part of, most of whom I only got to know through doing the show. We did put quite a lot of extra work in revising for the show, and I never anticipated needing to learn about BAFTA winners, Dutch Old Masters, and the islands of the Shetlands in the same week! Spending some time in Manchester and Salford was another perk of the programme. Our team has had some attention for its unusual gender balance, but hopefully our performance against York has shown that this was a great strength, and will play a small part in encouraging more women to give quizzing a go, at any level.”

We look forward to watching Lizzie in the next round. More details to follow!

Family day out

It was such a pleasure for Development Director, Liz Elliott, to meet James Wallis (Cr 92-03) and Charlotte Wallis who were visiting King’s briefly on a trip over from the States, where they now live.  James was keen to show his wife (and young twins) College Hall and recalled assemblies, house song competitions and various other memorable events held there during his days at school.  James had been back in the UK to attend the wedding of fellow OV, James Delin (Ch 98-04) where he met up with a number of other OVs to celebrate this happy occasion.

James remembers his days at King’s very fondly saying “King’s has always reliably provided a high standard of education and it was lovely to see College Hall again and makes me realise how lucky I was to come here.”

NICEst ov in town

We were absolutely thrilled to hear that Oli Brooks (S 96-01) will be playing Edna Turnblad in Hairspray the Musical, for Royal Caribbean, cruising around Eastern and Western Caribbean, on Symphony of the Seas which is the world’s largest cruise ship. Oli start rehearsals next week, in Miami. Bravo Oli!





OV model’s expedition for British Skin Foundation

It was fantastic to hear from OV Luissa Burton (Cl 06-08) this week, who in March this year won for the United Kingdom the international title: Miss Europe World 2018. Luissa won the crown in Lebanon and it was aired on MTV. No one from the UK has ever won the international title.

Luissa promised as part of her duties this year that she would climb Europe’s highest mountain in Russia, Mt Elbrus to raise money for the British Skin Foundation. Mt Elbrus is one of the world’s deadliest mountains with a higher death toll than that of Mt Everest with 26 deaths per year. She leaves on September 26th and arrives back October 11th. Luissa will be climbing in snow and ice conditions using an ice axe pick and crampons and the temperature will be minus 30 degrees. So far she has raised £6,677.

Luissa says, “I was always told I would never be a successful model due to my skin condition and I went on to work in the USA for 3 years with one of the world’s biggest modelling agencies FORD models as well as be the first UK winner of Miss Europe World.

At present my eczema and psoriasis is on my elbows and knees however at its worst it covers my entire body in painful sores, difficult when you are in the modelling industry. I have been an ambassador for the British Skin Foundation now for 5 years.

By me taking the sash to the summit, it is to inspire and a symbol of how anyone, regardless of whatever limitation they have (mine being my skin condition), can achieve anything and overcome the opinions of others whilst raising money for an excellent cause.”

2018 Leavers’ BBQ

This year, for the first time, we hosted a barbecue in the School Gardens for our current year leavers – our newest OVs – and it was so much fun seeing many of the year back together, having received their A level results and with a clearer idea of where they will be heading for the next year.  The excitement about starting new university courses or heading off on gap years was infectious and many of their teachers also joined them to hear the OVs’ news and plans for the future. There were many promises to meet up across the country at different universities, as well as plans to meet up abroad. It was also great to hear about what our newest OVs had been up to over the summer, many gaining work experience as well as earning money to help with their university expenses and groups of the year had holidayed together in Ibiza and in Greece (recounted with much laughter but few details!).

We wish the year group of 2018 all the very best in the coming weeks and look forward to hearing their news.  Liz and Sophie from the Development & Alumni Relations Office will be visiting a few university cities in the coming months together with Josh Hand, Head of Sixth Form and Russ Mason, Head of External Relations to catch up with OVs currently studying at University.  Look out for more information on these University City visits soon.


OV returns to King’s St Alban’s

It is great to welcome OV Nathan Mann (Cl 86-93) back to King’s as he begins his new role as Academic Deputy Head of King’s St Alban’s. Nathan studied Law at University of Sheffield and worked in London and the Cotswolds in legal practices for several years before deciding to move to teaching. Nathan completed his PGCE at University of Worcester and is delighted be back at King’s.



OV and the greatest showmen

We have had some really fun news from OV Paul Wiffen (Cl 70-77) who is at the Venice Film Festival attending as a director with a film currently shooting in Italy about Graham Greene’s time spent there. He has sent us these great photos from the event, featuring Ryan Gosling, Jeff Goldblum and Bradley Cooper!

The films that Paul has worked on include Blade Runner, The Bounty (with Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson) and Conquest of Paradise.  He also programmed sounds and sequences for songs in Die Hard, Woman in Red and Jungle Fever.