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23 November

International OV news & news closer to home

OV TMO for Historic Rugby Match

It was easily one of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures in the international rugby calender, and on 17th November, Ireland played the All Blacks securing an impressive 16-9 win at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.  The nail-biting match had a momentous attendance of 51,000, over 1 million viewers tuning in to watch on television, and attracted press and media coverage across the globe.


We were delighted to see that OV Rowan Kitt (Ch 77-87) was the Television Match Official for the historic rugby Test match between Ireland and the All Blacks. Ireland defeated the World Champions for the first time on Irish soil, having only beaten them once before… in Chicago in 2016. Rowan was the TMO for that game too!


25th Anniversary of Himalayan Club

We are really excited to be joining up with John Walton (Former Deputy Headmaster & Hon OV) and Tim Keyes (Former Headmaster & Hon OV) for a very special fundraising event, celebrating the Himalayan Club’s 25th Anniversary, combining a lecture and dinner on Saturday, 30th March 2019.  The evening will be in aid of our ‘Open the Door to King’s’ Bursary Appeal and the Himalayan Trust UK.

We are thrilled to have OV guest speakers, Jon Bracey (Ch 90-95) and Nick Robertson (Br 89-94) who are coming back to King’s for this memorable evening where they will give a unique and exciting joint lecture. Jon is one of the UK’s leading alpinists and Nick has scaled Everest and also reached the highest point on five of the seven continents. We are enormously honoured that Jon and Nick are supporting this event and sharing with us some of the highlights of their climbing careers.  Following the lecture in the John Moore Theatre, an authentic Nepalese meal will be served in the school Dining Hall, when you will have the opportunity to catch up with many other Himalayan Club trekkers and other climbing enthusiasts from across the King’s family.  There will also be a uniquely ‘King’s’ auction to raise funds for the two charities.

The ticket price is £25 per person.  For more information please contact the Development and Alumni Office on 01905 721737 or by email here.

OV Graduation News

Many congratulations to OV Jamie MacDonald (W 08-15) who graduated this week. We love hearing news of OV graduations and Jamie has sent us this great account about his special day and of his time since leaving King’s:

 “I studied Event Management at the University of Coventry for three years and had an amazing time with opportunities to work abroad and travel to countries such as South Africa, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Europe whilst on the course. I was thrilled to accept a 2:1 Bachelor of Arts with honours on the 21st September this year. The graduation ceremony was incredible and held in the prestigious Coventry Cathedral, which holds so much history in its self! 

Taking a look to post university life – I am currently a freelancer in the event industry and have worked on numerous projects thus far. From sold out stadium shows with Nationals Radio Stations to muddy music festivals over the summer months, I am lucky to have a diversified career, with huge prospect in this growing industry. I have also started my own company, called “Jamie M Events” aiming to provide professional event management and also live entertainment, not to mention the Kings School Staff Christmas Party. I hope to see my company flourish and develop in the coming years. Of course, none of the above would have been made possible if it weren't for my time at The Kings School and I send my thanks to all who have helped me scale the path to the top of the education ladder (as seen on the library window) to now conquer my chosen field. 

I look forward to returning to King’s in the near future and wish all studying, teaching & working there a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.” 

OV visits fantastic school art exhibition

It is always a pleasure to see OVs at King’s events where they can enjoy first-hand the life of the school today. Thursday evening saw the private view for Lower Fourth’s art exhibition ‘ A Walk Along the River Severn’ which Development Director, Liz, and Head of Alumni Relations, Sophie, really enjoyed attending along with OV and Hon Sec of the OV Committee Nick Stephens (Br 77-84).

The Lower Fourth spent a week working with artist Jake Attree, and between the Art and English departments, they have produced their own first hand observations of a walk along the Severn in a beautiful concertina book. Each book contained a poem written by the pupil, and also an observation of their walk recorded in a variety of artistic disciplines varying from photography to sketching and etching. From images of the river itself, to intricate feathers, beautiful birds, and bumblebees so well etched they looked real, the Lower Fourth had done a superb job.

Nick is a photographer himself and so was particularly interested to see what the students had worked on and he very much enjoyed speaking to Art & DT teacher Rosie Ellender about the exhibition and how her students had approached the project. After the exhibition, Nick, Liz and Sophie went on to the OV Committee meeting where top of the list was pulling together all the plans for the fantastic reunion weekend next May.

Recognition for financial adviser OV Geraint Davies

We are pleased to report that OV Geraint Davies (Cl 65-72) was recently included in the International Adviser IA 100 – a global guide of the industry's most influential figures.

Geraint is the founder and Managing Director of Montfort and started his career as a Financial Advisor in 1982 in Perth, Western Australia, specialising in Australian financial advice for UK emigrants.

In 1995, after Geraint returned to the UK, Montfort International was formed to establish the very first UK to Australia pension transfer solution and bespoke product for those moving or had moved to Australia from the UK.

Montfort was the first UK based financial advisory firm to be established specifically to provide essential financial planning to migrants. Through their associate network, they now provide advice for global emigration from (and to) the UK to Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Asia, Canada and the USA.

OV returns with top tips for art students

It was lovely to have OV and video producer Ben Martyn-Smith (S 09-16) back at King's this week who visited the Art department to give some of the Sixth Form artists a few tips on filming and editing.