Christmas cheer is definitely here at KS. Our annual Christmas Craft Fair was our best ever yet, The Knightsbridge Parents pulled out all the strings (and ribbons, bows, face glitter…) at St Columba’s and created our very own Winter Wonderland. Stalls upon stalls filled with goodies from making your own wrapping paper to have your face adorned with snowflakes and sparkles. One of the most lovely stalls was created by Brooke Sorrell with the help of Juli-ann Gorgi (Head of the PA) for the pupils to create Christmas cards for the Pensioners at the Royal Hospital - Brooke & Juli-Ann personally delivered them to the Pensioners Christmas lunch.
Our S4 Pupils put on a wonderful performance of Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White & Goldilocks and The Three Bears - Christmas is now in full swing!
It was swimming competition time this week at the Queen Mother’s Pool and the KS Pupils came back winners: 1st in the Medley Relay, 1st 2nd & 3rd in the Freestyle Diving and Freestlye Relay.
Knightsbridge School came out in full force to honour Remembrance Day and those who fought for our freedom 100 years on. The Reverand Dr David Coulter CB OStJ QHC CF Chaplain General, led the service and The Last Post was beautifully played by Sargent Lee Vivian and our wonderful Chelsea Pensioners (and great friends of KS) Marjorie Cole & Bill Murdock also attended. Our wonderful choirs also performed and Miss Shona (Head) took the annual walk with Senior & Junior Head Girls & Boys to lay wreaths at Sloane Sqaure.
Councillor Marie-Therese Rossi, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, made a special visit to St Columba’s this week to officially open our new classrooms. It was very exciting and a long awaited expansion to Knightsbridge School. The whole school along with our Chairman, Mr Aatif Hassan, came to be a part of this special occasion.
Mr James Gibson, who is part of the Men's Open Team for tag rugby (and also a KS Sports Teacher) flew to Australia last week to compete in the World Cup. His team did incredibly well winning the plate competition beating South Africa 12-4 in the Final. Over 50 countries competed in this year’s event, we are very proud that James took part and came home to KS a winner.
Our S7 & S8’s spent the morning with Bear having an exhausting training session in Battersea Park along with Mr Magoo and Mr Tom! It was exhillerating, inspirational and a lot of fun.
Just another morning at KS!
Over the Easter holiday, Mr James Gibson (KS Charities co-ordinator) visited (Townships Trust's) Langa Moravian Educare school (pre-school) in Cape Town South Africa to see for himself where the money that we raised through the various activities—ie Bake Sale and EYFS Fashion Show is going.
He reported "This is a special place as not only is it a fantastic environment for young children to begin their educational journey in a developing area, but it’s also a school that the KS community support through the EYFS charity; Townships Trust.
I was able to meet the headmistress of the school, all of the schools 120 children along with all the teachers and support staff.
Our EYFS had recently written letters to the children of the school and it was great to see them on the walls of their classrooms. They had written replies which I brought back for our children to look at and read.
The money that we raise (through bake sales and fashion shows) goes such a long way to improve so many areas of the school. Not only does it help improve general facilities, such as their kitchen and toilets, but it also provides the teachers with better resources which helps the children’s learning experience.
Currently one of the school’s main projects is to buy and install some computers for the children to use during their lessons. Hopefully in years to come I’ll be able to go back and see the progress that has been made and maintain this relationship that the KS community has with Townships Trust.
This trip was all made possible thanks to Edward Orton and his support staff at Townships Trust, so on behalf on Knightsbridge School we would like to say
KS U11 Netball girls are the new ISA London North Champions going to ISA National Finals in May 2018.
On Saturday the 28th of January Casey J took part in the Independent School Association 2018 Fencing Championship. This took place at the Leon Paul Fencing Centre in Hendon. This is truly an amazing state of the art venue. The Finals were between Knightsbridge School and Roselyon School in Cornwall. It was a tense match as both boys have crossed paths a number of times and each determined to get the gold for their school. Casey fought hard and won Gold with a 10/6 victory. First ISA Championship for both him and KS.
One of our many talented pupils has been asked to take part in solo dance classes at the Royal Academy of Dance.
The Knowledge Society, as part of their Talk Series, arranged for Paul Forken, one of the brothers behind Gandy flip flops to hold a talk for the Senior Assembly & KS Parents about the harrowing journey they went through losing their parents in the Tsunami.
The brothers who were now orphans, decided to change the tragedy into a positive and found a way they could give back to fellow orphans and came up with a flip flop range where the proceeds went towards building their first orphanage. They have now opened their third store in Richmond.
The proceeds of these stores will one day help them realise their dream - of having an orphanage in every continent.