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4 March

OVs’ Visit to School over Half Term

It was a delight for Development Director, Liz Elliott, to show two OVs from the 1980s around King’s on a bright morning in half term. Due to the ongoing COVID restrictions, it has been difficult to give tours of school and invite OVs onto the school site, however a quiet half term meant that we were able to welcome back Kate Phillips (née North, Co ’81-83) and Alison Watson Jones (Co 81-83). They thoroughly enjoyed going into College Hall, which brought back many memories of School Assemblies and performing in The Boyfriend, and then onto what was The School Library at the top of Edgar Tower.

half term visit Kate Phillips (nee North) and Alison Watson Jones

There followed a peek into the Biology Building, where the smell of the labs was enough to spark a few memories for Kate and Alison, both of whom studied Biology under Bob Allum (Hon OV) and Margaret Nott (Hon OV). Then a visit to the current Chappel Memorial Room (previously Lower Sixth Common Room), where Kate vividly remembered the first time she caught sight of her future husband, Rick Phillips (Cr 76-83).

As Alison was a rower during her time at King’s, she was thrilled to see the wonderful Michael Baker Boathouse and the impressive array of boats that are used by current King’s pupils. The tour finished in The Keyes Building, where both OVs were impressed with the latest addition to the facilities available for the pupils.

half term visit Kate Phillips (nee North) and Alison Watson Jones

After her visit back to School, Alison shared with us, “It was so lovely to see the familiar places and the new additions and upgrades. The new boat house is amazing.” And Kate, who previously arranged a very successful reunion of their year group of 1983, said, “King’s is a very special place for us; we so enjoyed our time here and it’s great to see King’s looking so good. Our tour around school brought back lots of fun memories.”

half term visit Kate Phillips (nee North) and Alison Watson Jones

Hopefully during the summer term we will be able to welcome back more visitors to King’s. Do get in touch with us if you would like a look around: alumni@ksw.org.uk