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6 July

King’s Day, Henley Royal Regatta & even more OV events

KIng's day 2018

Another year completed and we had a fantastic time celebrating King’s Day on July 5th and welcoming the Year of 2018 to the OV community. We were joined in the beautiful Worcester Cathedral by parents, Governors, Trustees, OVs, OV Club Committee members, current and former staff and friends of the school to celebrate the past academic year and wish our newest OVs all the best for the new adventures that lie ahead of them.

The Headmaster’s Review of the Year gave a brilliant insight into school life with speeches from the Upper Sixth pupils including 2017-2018 Head of School Alice Evans (S 11-18) who spoke about her time at King’s and the values and friendships she will take away with her as she leaves. The Leavers' Service that followed was an emotional farewell to the pupils with Governor and Residentary Canon Rev. Michael Brierley sending them off with the lesson that in life whatever happens we either 'win and learn' or 'we learn'. At the end of the Service, Headmaster Matthew Armstrong shook each pupil's hand as they left the Cathedral, through College Hall, marking the moment when they become OVs.

After lunch there were many OVs who joined in with the King’s Regatta; we managed to snap a photo of them as they rowed off down the river. 


The OV boat was coxed by Tim Quiney (Ch 10-17) and the Quiney family also had a boat named in their honour, due to their heavy involvement in King’s rowing over many years.  The boat, ‘Tiny Quiney’, will be used by many current and future King’s rowers in years to come. 

We had much interest this year in putting together an OV rowing team from the 1980s and 1990s and it was lovely to welcome Rupert Bader (Os 82-89) and his family back to King’s on King’s Day, visiting from the US.  Rupert was Captain of Boats in 1989 and is interested in rowing next year with any other OV rowers from this era.  Please contact the development office should you be interested in taking part in next year’s King’s Regatta, on Thursday 4th July 2019.


Farewell to Hon OV Stephan Le Marchand

King’s Day 2018 was also Stephan Le Marchand’s last day at The King’ School, after 35 years of teaching.  ‘SLeM’’s time at King’s has shaped the lives of many OVs and current pupils, both through his inspirational teaching, his love of English and Drama and his role as Chappel House Tutor. As part of the King’s Day service, Stephan read from Proverbs 3 (vs 1-18), which starts, “My child, do not forget my teaching …” and the whole congregation was captivated by his beautiful delivery of this reading.

Sophie Borillo-McLellan, Head of Alumni Relations, had received many comments from OVs about Stephan Le Marchand’s time at King’s and influence on their lives, and the Development Team were really pleased to present these comments in a bound book as part of the OV’s farewell to Stephan at the Peter Iddon Cricket Pavilion, held during the OV vs King’s cricket match.

There are too many comments to include all of them here, but below are a few words from Aidan Thompson (Cl 80-90), who also spoke and thanked Stephan during his farewell:

As a housemaster I was endlessly impressed by how each morning, he would arrive in school with a big smile, full of life and energy as if every day was absolutely vital. At the end of each day his energy was spent; it seemed he had given his all every day and that was a powerful example to set. It certainly made an impression on me. …. SLeM was so caring and understanding, I felt I had a friend I could talk to, as well as a teacher that I respected and for that I am more grateful to him than anything else.”

We wish Stephan much happiness in his retirement and we look forward to welcoming both him and Sarah, back to many of our OV events in the future.

Henley Royal Regatta 2018

Sophie Borillo-McLellan (Head of Alumni Relations) and Alice Evans (Development  Assistant) thoroughly enjoyed their first outing at Henley Royal Regatta on Wednesday 4th July representing the King’s School Development and Alumni Relations Office. We were delighted to meet up with a whole host of OV rowers – some of the younger ones still rowing regularly with their local clubs and universities – who popped along for a Pimms and a chat between races. OVs included Cleo Reynaud (S 52-28), David Gregory (S 50-58), Gerald Lindner (S 43-46), Theo Beever (S 09-16), Jasmine MacDonald (Os 10-17), Peter Beaumont (W 81-83), Ed Pountney (Br 08-15), James Thorne (Ca 69-74) plus many more, with some bringing family and friends along to say hello too. It was a great occasion and it was very special to welcome OVs from different decades all sharing a passion for rowing.

It was also wonderful to hear about some of our OVs, who were rowing in a couple of prestigious races at Henley this week:

Matt Bladen (W 08-15) rowed on behalf of Exeter University on Wednesday at Henley, for the Prince Albert Challenge Cup and his team won their first race against Lancaster University.  On Friday 6th July, the Exeter University crew were beaten by Goldie Rowing Club.  Congratulations to Matt and his university team mates for this excellent achievement.

Alex Styles (W 08-15) is currently on a year’s placement from Oxford Brookes, working in London and rowed at Henley as part of the Princess Grace Challenge Cup, rowing on behalf of the Thames Rowing Club.  We are also really excited to learn that Alex has the opportunity to row at the 2018 World Rowing University Championships in August this year, to be held in Shanghai, if she is able to raise sufficient funds to partake.


Evensong with Thanksgiving

On the evening of 29th June, members of the King’s School came together with Worcester Cathedral for a Service of Evensong with Thanksgiving, held in the Cathedral Quire. The service was followed by a BBQ in the School Gardens.  This was an opportunity for us to thank those who have given financial support to the King’s School Worcester Development Trust throughout the past year.  Without the generous donations from the many members of the King’s family, the Trust would not be able to support key initiatives.  Previous Trust projects have included the School House Library, the Michael Baker Boathouse and the Keyes Building. Our focus is now on building a fund which will support Pupil Bursaries and we are very grateful for all contributions, which mean that King’s can become a real possibility for children who would not otherwise consider that they might attend the school.

As part of the service the incoming Head of School, Sam Martyn-Smith, read the first reading, Ezekiel Ch 34, vs 11-16, ‘God the True Shepherd’ and the prayers were led by Rev. Mark Dorsett (School Chaplain), Liz Elliott (Development Director) and Alice Evans (Development Assistant) and included the following prayer, particularly opportune for the occasion:

We ask God’s blessing on the life of the King’s School in all its aspects. 

We remember with thanks all those whose generosity has enriched our work and nourished our communal life.

We pray for our neighbours in the local community and for all people in their daily life and work.

We give thanks for human love and friendship and for all that enriches our daily lives.

The supper in the School Gardens was a real treat, made even more special by the strains of music coming from the lower School Gardens, from the ‘Open Mic Night’ hosted by current pupils of the school. This event showcases the great pop and rock talent we have at King’s. 

We look forward to repeating this event in the future and bringing together many members from across the King’s family.

Upper Sixth Parents’ Drinks 2018

On Thursday 28th June it was a pleasure to host a Drinks Reception in The Michael Baker Boathouse for the parents of the Upper Sixth leavers to thank them for all their support whilst their children have attended King’s. It was a lovely evening with much socialising and catching up now that the exams had finished. Headmaster Matthew Armstrong thanked parents for all they have done and we welcomed back OV Andrew Lewis (W 03-10) who spoke about how the King’s community has supported him personally and professionally since leaving King’s. Andrew encouraged parents to emphasise to their children the benefits of staying in touch with King’s once they become OVs.