Life After King's
At The King’s School, we try to make the formal goodbyes to our leaving students as memorable as we can. King’s Day is not just a celebration day for our students, but of course, for King’s parents as well. The day is not only a chance for them to hear about their son or daughter's life at The King’s School and speak with the teachers they have known so well for so many years, but also an opportunity to catch up with other parents at the same stage of their child’s education.
King’s Day is a packed schedule of events including exhibitions in the Design and Technology and Art Departments, as well as The King’s Regatta, cricket on the school fields and a trip back in time through the Archives Department.
On King’s Day, our Year Thirteen (Upper Sixth) will leave The King’s School, Worcester and embark upon their chosen studies, travels and careers. Equipped with the skills and tools learnt at King’s, we find our newest Alumni (OVs) are prepared and excited to tread the pathways to their futures, whilst remaining resilient and accepting of the challenges and change that will come their way.
The King’s School will stay connected with OVs via the very active Foundation Development and Alumni Relations Office. "Connect Magazine" goes to all OVs twice a year and we hold reunions and events both at School and further afield. Regular annual events include a Five Year Reunion, Ten Year Reunion, a Worcester Reunion Weekend and a London drinks reception or dinner. In addition, we hold OV reunions abroad and at Universities.
Networking and friendships
An extensive network of OVs living and working around the world remains a valuable networking and careers resource, and the School uses this network to continue supporting OVs as their careers and aspirations grow. Friendships from King’s endure, with fellow OVs becoming roommates, spouses, best men, bridesmaids and lifelong friends. Exciting new adventures will come the way of OVs once they leave King’s, but the foundation and building blocks that the school provides, remain.
KING'S DAY 2017
Preparation for King’s Day has been going on behind the scenes all week, however, our Upper Sixth leavers have been “preparing” for this occasion since the first day they set foot through the doors of The King’s School. In fact, the vast majority of our students have been with us since their first day at King’s Hawford Kindergarten or King’s St Alban’s Reception. It is wonderful that so many students have been part of the King’s foundation for so long, from a shy child holding their parent’s hand tightly on the first day of school to the confident young adults we have today, stepping out from College Hall for the last time as a student at The King’s School, onwards to their future education and careers.
At The King’s School, we try to make the formal goodbyes to our leaving students as memorable as we can. King’s Day is not just a celebration day for our students but of course for our King’s parents as well. The day is not only a chance for parents to hear about their son or daughter's life at The King’s school and speak with the teachers they have known so well for so many years but an opportunity to catch up with other parents at the same stage of their child’s education.
King’s Day is a packed schedule of events including exhibitions in the Design and Technology and Art departments, as well as the King’s Regatta, cricket on the school fields and a trip back in time through the archives department.
The Headmaster’s Address and Cathedral Service
King’s Day began on a warm summer’s morning alongside the architectural beauty of the cathedral; the atmosphere amongst the students and parents was elevating as they gathered outside, ready to take their seats to receive the Headmaster’s address. Siblings from the junior schools, King’s St Alban’s and King’s Hawford gathered next to their big brothers and sisters to wish them well and support them in their final day with the King’s family, knowing they were soon to be the oldest family member at King’s.
Following the Headmaster's address, student speakers summarised the previous senior school year, Upper Sixth leavers received prizes for achievements during their time at The King's School and the Keyes choir and jazz band performed two beautiful pieces. The departing Head of School, James Smalley addressed the younger students in the senior school and imparted some words of wisdom - Get involved in all that you can here at King’s and by the time your King’s Day comes round you will have no regrets, but have many an achievement to your name and a plethora of fond memories of which you can forever share with your own King’s family.
Once the cathedral service had concluded, the students filed out through the cathedral into College Hall and flowed down the steps of the building where they had attended many an assembly over their years at King’s. Awaiting them at the bottom of the steps was the Headmaster, Mr Matthew Armstrong, who, in turn, shook each and every student's hand, thanked them and wished them well in their future endeavours.
Lunch Coupled With Drama and Dance Medleys
After the cathedral service, lunch was served. College Hall was home to a fabulous summer buffet display not to mention an array of delectable puddings. With tickets in hand swathed in the aroma of the food, the lunch queue was bulging with students and their families, OVs and Governors, but in true King’s tradition, we were prepared with drama and dance medleys to occupy the time until it was their turn to be served. Lunch was enjoyed on the tables in and surrounding the marquee on College Green, chatter rippled throughout, reminiscing on times gone by and of course the exciting times ahead, as everyone tucked into their meal.
Exhibitions and Sport Galore
Once the guests and students were well and truly full, they had a selection of exhibitions and activities to enjoy, with, of course, further refreshments to see them through the day.
The King’s Regatta launched onto the river at 1.30 for some King’s style riparian entertainment alongside the Michael Baker Boathouse, with refreshments provided by the Friends of the Boat Club.
Our Design and Technology show was beautifully presented across three workshops. Handmade board games, lamps, speaker systems and even a guitar was on display as well as the Land Rover Edge project, for our guests to admire.
The Art exhibition was also open on King’s day, showcasing fabulous A Level project work as well as work by the Fourth Form (Years 7 and 8) and the Lower Remove (Year 9) pupils.
A rare treat for our guests, the Archives department opened up its doors and our very own, knowledgeable and hardworking archivist took our guests on a trip through the history of The King’s School.
And last but by no means least, the traditional Cricket match, the Firsts and Seconds v Old Vigornians, in the beautiful sunshine, beating down over the school playing fields in front of the newly named Peter Iddon pavilion.
When All Was Said and Done
Of course you never really leave The King’s School. Our Foundation Development Office spends their days keeping in touch with past students (OVs) and holding events for them to network and visit the school. We encourage all of our current leavers to keep in touch with the Development Office throughout their future endeavours and actively participate in our OV network, as well as coming back to visit us.
The Headmaster of The King’s School, Mr Matthew Armstrong said; “The day was well attended and thoroughly enjoyable. I would like to thank all students for their tremendous efforts over the years and I very much look forward to watching them in the next stages of their lives. Best wishes to all for their upcoming A Level results; there has been an exceptional commitment to both their studies and revision, in what can be a stressful time, amicably managed by students and teachers alike. We look forward to your continuing engagement with the school as proud members of the OV community.”