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26 July

OV Rowing Reminiscing

With the sun shining and School finished for the year, it was a real pleasure for Development Director, Liz Elliott to show OV, Julian Slater (S 70-76) around a rather quiet school site. A visit to College Hall brought back memories of school assemblies and concerts, then a trip into School House prompted further nostalgia, with the School Library now in place of what was formerly the dining rooms. Julian recognised his former study on the ground floor of School House and where his bed would have been in the dormitory he occupied along with eighteen other boys, in what is now a Modern Foreign Languages classroom. The view from the former dormitory and across the River Severn over to the school playing fields brought back memories of cross country running. Julian’s main sport whilst at King’s Worcester, however, was rowing and so he was particularly interested to see the stunning Michael Baker Boathouse and have a look at the School’s wonderful collection of boats which are regularly used by King’s current pupils.

OV Rowing Reminiscing Julian Slater

It also happened that Julian and Liz were able to chat with a current rower (who had been out on the river at 6am that day!) and hear about the super successes that the School is experiencing at the moment on the river. King’s rowers are currently preparing to row at a delayed Henley event this year and are very hopeful of a number of successes. It was also great to hear that one of our sixth formers has secured a rowing scholarship to Stanford University and that King’s has just won the J18 Women’s pair in the British Rowing Junior Championship. Julian was delighted to hear that King’s rowers continue to perform well, as he was in the crew that had won the First Eights cup at the 1975 National Schools Regatta and he was amused to see himself in a photo in the Boat Club, with his crew receiving the cup from this race.

OV Rowing Reminiscing Julian Slater

A visit to The Keyes Building and The John Moore Theatre rounded off Julian’s return to King’s. He said of his visit, “I did enjoy seeing the School and all the progress it has made over the years. I know the School is still very well respected locally and I am proud to be an OV and a supporter.”

Julian is a generous and loyal supporter of the King’s School Bursary Programme as he himself came to King’s during the Direct Grant era and was able to receive his own King’s School education because of additional external funding. Julian very kindly acknowledges that his education at King’s helped him along his own career journey (although he almost didn’t come ……! But thankfully David Annett, Headmaster at the time, secured a place for Julian) and it was evident that he loves his job as a vet in Berkshire, principally now working with large animals.