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From the Head Master’s Desk December 2011 A Wealth of Talent

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s I write, the red brick of the main school building is burnished by the late Summer sun, which has been a splendid feature of this warm Autumn term. As I recall, the end of the Summer holiday was not blessed by such good weather, although the joy of students’ success in public examinations certainly brightened up some of those days. The overall pass rate at ‘A’ Level was over 98%, with 67% of all examination entries achieving A* – B grades. The vast majority of pupils seeking entry to university obtained their first choice placements including Oxford and Cambridge, Medicine and students with scholarships to Music Conservatories. Particular congratulations for high levels of academic achievement go to the following ‘straight A/* students’: Richard Beaumont; Alder Beano; Lamberd Beano; Richard Felce; Ivana Gachulincova; Joe Hou; Kishan Koria; John Lam; Ben Morrison; Miroslava Slavova; Tomas Vujacovic; Jerome Wooley; Daniel Wright.

CONTENTS From the Head Masters desk Charities News Sports News Athletics & Cross Country Rugby Other Sports Competitive Houses House Cross Country Other Events Science & Engineering Engineering Education Scheme The Arts Choristers Tour to Australia Year 2 The Big Methodist Family 125th Anniversary Garden Old Canterburian Club Hong Kong Reunion In Memoriam Top Students meet in Madrid The School Organ Operation Xmas Child Defibrillator Training

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At GCSE, the overall pass rate was 100% with three-quarters of all grades achieved at grades A* - B grades. Almost half of all exams taken resulted in grades A or A* and almost all students achieved 5 grades at A*-C. Students who did particularly well include the following who all achieved at least 7 A/*s: Elizabeth Baker; Jack Balsdon; Alastair Blackwood; Hugh Boyd-Jones; Annabel Carter; Roya Eslami; Barnaby Lamper; Echo Li; Katharine Pemberton; Olivia Pemberton; Hannah Stone; Daniel Westcott; Joshua Wilson-Holliday. There were excellent performances too from the many pupils who achieved very high ‘value added’ scores in their GCSE results: that is, those who worked very hard to attain standards which they may well not have achieved if they had attended another school. The results show that our students are talented in many ways and that they do well in the sciences, the arts, the humanities, and languages. At Kent College they benefit from choosing a programme which matches their strengths. The boarding houses are full and we have had the biggest Y7 intake for a number of years - including the usual number from our own junior school but exceptionally a majority from a wide range of local primary schools which have been included in our extensive outreach programme. We have also added an extra teaching group into Y9 from September as Kent College becomes the school of choice for more students from local prep schools. The nursery is also very popular and several year groups are full and have a waiting list. Talent is also obvious on the sports field with 3 hockey teams reaching regional finals and Sarah Hyams, Catherine Parker, Chloe Moxam, Harry Roberts (U16 level) & Rebecca Weston, Jack Balsdon (U18 level) selected for the Saxon Tigers Futures Cup at Cannock Hockey Club in October. Rebecca Weston Y13 played hockey for England at the Sainsbury’s UK School Games in Sheffield in September, where England won the Gold Medal. The varied and professional Autumn Concert; the sensitively themed Choral Concert for Remembrance, featuring over 100 pupils from schools involved in our outreach

programme; the Canterbury Festival Concert and the now regular lunch time recitals at St Peter’s Methodist Church; also attest to the depth of talent nurtured at Kent College. In the Canterbury Festival Foundation Bursary Competition recital, 3 Kent College students made it through to the final 6, and Caitlin Shaughnessy won the competition. Other notable achievement this term include: Kent College students are keen to share their talents and by the end of October the Charity total was £4,377, close to £600 per week. Holly Fielder Y7 was second in Kent in her first ever Pentathlon with a score that puts her currently 13th in the UK rankings. Such was the standard of the competition that the winner’s score has gone 9th in to the rankings and third in to 16th. Both the other girls are a year older than Holly. The Y7/8 Girls’ Team won the IAPS Cross Country event: with Holly Fielder 3rd, Lizzie Neal 5th, Emilie Knights Toomer 6th, Maddy Young 8th. In the 7/8 boys race, Luke Vincent was 18th. Naima Printz Y12 competed in the Quad U17 race of the German Regional Rowing Championships in September - her squad reached the finals where they recorded the 4th best time nationally. The Engineering in Education team, now in Y13, won a Platinum Award with flying colours: Chris Fell, Connor Humphreys, Charles Olivier, Thomas Sayer. Tomas (Y9) & Ellie (Y8) Thurston successfully completed a Marine RYA Short Range Radio Course. The Royal Historical Society Frampton Prize for A Level History 2011 was awarded to Kishan Koria for the best A level results in the country. He started at Christchurch College Oxford this term. Charles Olivier & Lucie Bourne represted KC at the Head Boy & Head Girl Conference in Madrid in October. I look forward to a wonderfully busy lead up to the end of term, full of Christmas talent shown in concerts, shows and services in all parts of the College. I trust you will enjoy reading all of the exciting articles in this edition of the Kent College Times and may I take this opportunity to wish you peace and joy at Christmas. Dr. David Lamper Head Master


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t the end of the Autumn term we say goodbye to a few members of staff.

Huw Jones will retire after 7 years of service at Kent College. The quality of his work will be remembered through school productions such as The Demon Headmaster, with its skillful blend of live action and film, and through the often challenging and sometimes shocking pieces performed by GCSE and A level groups.

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ent College will have raised £8,000 across the whole school by the end of term. That’s £600 a week. Within that £2,200 comes from last Summer’s sponsored walk (the money for which comes in during the Autumn term) - the most ever raised by that event for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

well over £300 raised for Children in Need by the Junior and Infants.

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Staff News

Charities News

Other events have included the MUFTI Show - £625 for Action for Children and well over £300 raised for Children in Need by the Junior and Infants.

Other events have included the MUFTI Show - £625 for Action for Children and

What is Interact? Joel Copeland returns to Australia after 4 terms with us, bringing his energy and particular style to the Music department, and his care and camaraderie to boarders in Guilford House.

We thank Malcolm Harris for his contribution to the language department this term on the completion of his contract. We are pleased to welcome the following teachers from January: Ms Claire Devanney will join the us as Teacher in Charge of French from Simon Langton Girls’ School. Andrew Williams will start as the new Head of Drama following his experience in St Mary’s Roman Catholic High School and The Blackpool Sixth Form College. In the last 2 years he has brought groups to take part in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and in 2011 the group won a top award for the quality of their performances.

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nteract is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. They are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are selfgoverning and self-supporting. This year Chestfield Rotary are sponsoring the formation of an Interact Club at Kent College. The year 12 and 13 students who form the Charities group have been invited to become founder members of Interact with Carmen being the President. The inauguration is now set for February 1st at Chestfield

Golf Club where the students will enjoy a meal sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chestfield. So far this year the group have raised a substantial amount of money for various charities, both national and international. There are a lot of benefits in being a member of Interact including possible support for overseas expeditions, links with young people all over the world and to be able to say that you are a founder member of an Interact club looks great on UCAS forms.

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uture Exhibition: A selection of students art work from Kent College will be on show at The Artist’s of Tomorrow Exhibition: I am me, at The Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury. The private view is on 5th January 2012 from 6-8pm and the work will be open to the public from 6th - 18th January 2012. The painting by Vanessa Liu Year 13 ‘Portrait in the style of Hockney’ is one of the works which will be featured in the ‘I am me’ exhibition.

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Sports News Sports New

Kent College Under 13 Kent County Mini Hockey Tournament

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n the 5th October Kent College competed in the county tournament. After showing their strength in the group round matches where they had some fantastic performances beating: Sutton Valence 6-0; Bromley High School 7-0; Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar 9-0. This young side went on to compete in the quarter finals where they beat Tunbridge Wells Grammar School 5-2 followed by a 40 victory in the semi finals against Tonbridge Girls’ Grammar These are exceptional

results as the Kent College coaching team picks from a cohort of some 46 girls and the grammar schools will be selecting from groups of more than 200. The final was a stunning 6-0 victory over Sevenoaks School where Maddy Young managed to score a hat trick. Kent College now go on to represent the county in the East of England Championships. The girls will be hoping to

retain the National title that the school won at the same age group last year. Claire Balsdon, Head of Girls Games said “ I am delighted with this result; the girls have worked so hard this term and I have high hopes of getting to the nationals at two age groups. It really shows that our scholarship programme is working well as virtually all of the squad are sports scholars at the school”

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local hockey players have been selected to represent the region in a national Futures Cup hockey tournament to be held at Cannock over half term. What

is extraordinary is that all six come from the same school – Kent College. This is a very important selection as it is the first stage of the process which leads towards playing at a national level. Two of the players already play for the England side but for the four others this is an exciting new experience. These young players are all sports scholars at Kent College which has a strong tradition of producing national

standard sports men and women, not just in hockey but at the moment they have students who are competing at the highest level in: swimming; rowing; skiing; water polo; netball and athletics. The students are encouraged through the scholarship programme to take their talent to the highest level. The school works closely with the local sports clubs to ensure that the young players are offered all the help and support that they need to progress their sports careers alongside their academic studies.


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he under 16 Kent College squad won the Kent County finals last Thursday beating the Kings School, Canterbury in the final 3-2 in an exciting match. Kent College won their group before beating Sevenoaks in the semi-final 1-0 in a tight competitive affair. This led to an exciting final in which King’s opened the scoring before an equaliser from Chloe Moxam. Kings then took the lead and looked to be heading to victory before Jessica Buck scored with a few minutes remaining with a subtle deflection. This meant the match went into extra time and it was left to Chloe Moxam again to strike home a penalty corner with 3 minutes remaining. It was a great effort from all the squad with all players making a good contribution throughout the day. Kent College now go on to represent Kent in the regional tournament.

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utures Cup - the ‘old’ regional ‘tournament. This is for the best 70 players in the country at either U16 or under 18 age. We had 6 players from Kent College representing the Saxon Tigers teams. They were:Harry Roberts- Under 16 boys Jack Balsdon - Under 18 boys Rebecca Weston- Under 18 girls Chloe Moxam, Sarah Hyams Catherine Parker - all Under 16 girls

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There have been some notable individual successes this term in hockey.

The under 14 squad finished runners-up to Sevenoaks School in the county final although they always showed promise. At the first round of the regionals they reversed the result against Sevenoaks and qualified for the second round of the regionals. In the second round the team drew two matches and then beat Gresham’s in a thrilling climax to qualify for another play-off. This match will decide whether we qualify for the nationals. Well done to all girls concerned.

Finally, one of the most exciting things in the hockey year has been the number of girls involved at junior level. The under 12 squads have included every pupil in the year group and numbers at Thursday training have increased considerably. Also, there are plans for a senior girls and boys hockey trip to South Africa in the Summer of 2013, and we are starting indoor hockey next year at Kent College.

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chool Governor, Old Canterburian and current parent, Stuart Earl, has just completed his 29th season of competitive athletics. A member of Medway and Maidstone Athletics Club, Stuart gained medals this year at both the Southern Counties and Kent Veterans Athletic Championships. His two strongest events are the javelin and long jump. His best this season in the javelin of 38.18m putting him 21st in the UK M40 rankings, and his 5.07m in the long jump puts him equal

23rd. He also achieved 9.24m in the shot and 1.45m in the high jump. He has been known to do the hammer, discus and 100m also for his Club, although he admits that 100m is beginning to seem a very long way now. Stuart has been coaching and supporting the athletics at both the Junior and Senior School for the last 5 years and sponsors the School Athletics Prize. He is also a coach at Invicta Athletics Club.

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Sporting success particularly at junior level..

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ur under 13s competed in the IAPS cross country at Somerhill School- the boys competing with determination and the girls actually winning the team event.

There were notable performances from... Holly Fielder, Lizzie Neal, Sophie Wilson, Emilie Knights-Toomer, Maddy Young, Hannah Griggs, Hannah Watton and Harriet Adley.

Two of the School’s newest Sports Scholars, Emily Knights-Toomer and Holly Fielder, have both made it into the top 20 of the 2011 UK U13 Girls’ Rankings in athletics. Emily, who competes for Ashford Athletics Club, finished 20th in the javelin rankings with a best of 25.99m. Holly, who competes for Invicta East Kent, finished 20th in the rankings for the Pentathlon with a best score of 1857points. Holly has shown a strength across a range of events which includes the 800m (best of 2mins 35secs), long jump (4.37m) and high jump (1.30m). To get in to the UK top 20 is a feat in itself but to do so when both girls are a year young in their age group is quite an achievement.

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mogen Cage-White (Year 7) has been selected for the Royal Yachting Association South-East squad. The RYA provides a comprehensive programme of training and competitions at local and national level, beginning with regional ‘Zone Squads’ for boys and girls up to 14 years old, who have a dedicated team of 3 coaches. This then feeds into national squads. The objective is to find and train the Olympic sailors of the future. Selection was based on Imogen’s performance and results at three separate events in September and October in her

single-handed Topper which is generally used by youngsters and adults up to 65 KG. Over the winter, Imogen will be training with the other 18 members of the SE squad, in preparation for a series of national events which begin in the spring. This culminates in the Topper Nationals which are to be held in Pwllhelli, Wales. There are usually about 450 competitors from the UK and Europe at this event. We wish Imogen well.


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new addition...Kent College competed in their first basketball match for a number of years when they travelled across the divide to St. Edmunds for a senior fixture. A 27-22 defeat was a great start and we look forward to the return fixture just before term ends. There are plans for a few more fixtures next term. Both junior and senior pupils have benefitted from weekly coaching from our professional coaches from the USA and Canada.

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Some tackles present more challenges than others“.. as the step up in physicality can be particularly challenging!�

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he 1st XV have had a tough season in 2011. With a very young side this is often the case as the step up in physicality can be particularly challenging.

There have been some notable performances where the team has demonstrated a real ability to play attractive rugby e.g Oakwood Park where we won, scoring 3 very good team tries. Equally the first 15 minutes against a very capable Chatham House saw KC very nearly score the opening try of the match with some splendid ball retention and team approach play. An area we must focus on developing is the tackle and all boys playing rugby at KC not only the 1st XV need to realise that this a fundamental area of the game. In general at KC this year there has been a huge improvement to the basic standard of play and a growing

understanding of the game. With RWC 2015 being held in England this is a great time to be involved in rugby. For the 1st XV some individuals who have impressed include Tom Sayer, Peter Reynolds, Oliver Warwick, Ed Hunt and Frederick Edwards. The latter two players deserve a special mention as they are only year 11.

ent College pupils did well in the district cross country championships hosted by Kent College in November. Notable achievements were as follows:Year 7 boys : Jonas Zahn : 7th Year 7 girls : Holly Fielder : 1st, Hannah Griggs : 2nd, Emilie Knights - Toomer : 4th, Harriet Adley : 5th, Emma Newson : 8th. Junior boys; Tom Ashdown : 6th, Suresh Pun : 12th. Junior girls: Anna Weston : 6th, Lizzie Neal : 2nd Maddie Young : 4th Hannah Watton : 7th Georgie Townsend : 8th. Inter boys: Shusan Chantyal : 14th Senior boys; Alastair noel : 1st Jack balsdon : 3rd Philip Roe : 4th. Senior girls: Rebecca Weston : 1st

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as seen some changes with a whole host of options available including rowing, trampolining, tennis, football. We have been lucky enough to bring in top coaches in badminton, tennis, trampolining, basketball. There are now 14 options for senior pupils to choose from! Croquet makes its first appearance next term!

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Competitive Houses New house structure adds a new dimension to competitions and entertaining events abound.

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his year we have moved from having two academic Houses to four. Marlowe and Chaucer have been joined by two newcomers - Becket and Augustine. Following the departure of Mrs Angela Matthews for pastures new, three new Heads of House were appointed to fill the new posts: Mr Rothwell as the new Head of Becket, Mr Knapp for Chaucer, and Mrs Jain for Augustine. Mr A. Clark continued in his post as Head of Marlowe.

and body mass. Bravely putting their Houses before their reputations, four crack teams of staff assembled to ‘rumble’ behind Wesley. Spurred on by a considerable number of onlooking students, two epic contests began. When the dust settled, the field was littered with the broken bodies of the competing staff. It was deemed far more sensible to allow the student body to sacrifice itself on the Altar of House Pride, and thus began the Inter-House Tug of War.

The term began with a bang. One of the first chapels of the term involved a singing practice, led by Mr Copeland, which was narrowly won by all the students of Becket, who scooped 50 house points as a prize.

Becket swooped to win this first Inter-House competition of the year. Chaucer finished second, with Marlowe and Augustine close behind. Around 200 students took part in this competition in total, with far more watching from the sidelines. It was fantastic to see so many students get behind their houses and cheer them on.

The first House event of the term was a tug of war, an epic contest of strength, endurance


variation in the senior event. Alistair Noel (Augustine) won the boys’ event, with Rebecca Weston (Chaucer) coming a clear first for the girls.

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his term’s major house competition was the Cross Country. This event involved all pupils in the school. Mrs Jain organised the assembled throngs and with a large number of personnel involved, the event went very smoothly. Augustine won the Year 7 and 8 competition, with

Luke Vincent (Augustine) and Holly Fielder (Augustine) winning the boys and girls categories respectively. Augustine also came top in the Year 9 and 10 competition, with Shusan Chhantyal (Augustine) and Anna Weston (Marlowe) winning their events. There was some

The system used for scoring meant that every student’s finishing position earned points for their House. Despite the large number of winners for Augustine, there was no guarantee that any particular House would scoop the overall prize. In the end the event was won by Becket, with Chaucer coming in second. Augustine finished third with Marlowe coming in fourth. The scores were very close with the winning margin being only 198 points (out of over 8000 scored in total). Hopefully next year we will see another hard fought event.

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or many students, no highlight reel of the term would be complete without reference to the various ‘miscellaneous’ events which take place. Kent College life would not be the same without senior students and staff taking the time to organise events like this term’s Mufti Show. Students and staff alike donned their ‘civvies’ to dance, sing and make merry - all in the name of charity. It was fantastic to see a large number of students from across all four houses get together to produce a House dance for this show.

All four Heads of House have been delighted with the passion and enthusiasm being shown by the students for their Houses. We hope to see yet more of it in 2012!

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Science & Engineering at Kent College K.C. ENGINEERS…Go4SET

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e are very glad to report that the projects undertaken by both teams were highly successful.

The best wall insulator was sheep wool (as cavity wall filling), with triple glazed windows.

Go4SET: (Eva Harris, Conrad Laversuch, Simon Moore, Robert Rampton, Jake Todd, Sebastian van Eerten).

Ecological opportunities included drying racks suspended from the ceiling (hot air rising, etc), and using dried ‘poo’ as an extra source of energy when burned!! Waste not, want not as they say!

The Go4SET team, sponsored by N’Power, were given the challenge of designing an E-base (ecologically sustainable living and working base) suitable to withstand the very harsh Antarctic climate. The team decided to look into 3 areas in particular: insulation, ecological opportunities and power generation. After much discussion, research, and model building, as well as a visit to BRE (Building Research Establishment in Watford), the team arrived at a solution for each of these specialisms:

engineers at Littlebrook Power Station in Dartford. The presentation took the form of a full written report and illustrated stand, in front of which the engineers asked some very searching questions indeed. It was quite a nail-biting experience for all concerned. However, the final result was really fantastic. Our project and presentation were deemed to be the most outstanding of all the other Kent schools taking part.

For power generation, photovoltaic panels were put into the design, angled to get maximum light energy from the sun, together with wind turbines. These make use of light and wind energies to produce electrical energy for the base. It is always windy in Antarctica!

Each member was given a certificate from the Royal Academy of Engineers, and qualified for BA Crest Awards* (Silver). As overall Director, Eva was awarded the Gold Crest Award in recognition for her huge personal commitment to the project.

In early July, the completed project was presented in front of a panel of professional

So WELL DONE ALL!! A brilliant outcome for all the hard work put in.


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Engineering Education Scheme (Christopher Fell, Connor Humphreys, Charles Olivier, Thomas Sayer)

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he EES team project was most generously sponsored by Kent College. It involved providing a possible solution to the rainwater problem on the school farm causing regular flooding around the farm buildings, with the consequence that the underground cesspit tank for farm animal waste fills up too often! ‘Emptyings’ are costly affairs. By reducing the number of fillings, the money saved could be redistributed within the farm budget to further increase the education facilities on the farm. After much brainstorming, measurements taken, research and model building (much of it completed at the residential workshop at the University of Kent last December), the solution proved quite simple in the end: redirect the pipes and guttering from the farm building roof area to collect more rainwater in larger tanks. This would lead to a considerable reduction in rainwater overflow with fewer cess pit fillings, cutting down on the overall maintenance cost of the farm. The harvested rainwater solution would also help to reduce mains water use for cleaning and watering, and so prove to be both ecologically and economically sound.

The project concept, research, development and solution were written up into a formal report entitled ‘The problem with Little Holes in the Sky over Kent College Farm’ (inspired by a Spike Milligan poem). This was presented to a panel of professional engineers at the University of Kent last May. An illustrated stand was also constructed, where the team had to answer some VERY tricky questions. To make matters even more ‘exciting’, the team had presented the whole report verbally for 15 minutes to the professional assessors beforehand. A very challenging experience, but EXCELLENT practice for University interviews, etc.

A happy ending! The professional engineering assessors considered the written EES report to be one of the most outstanding they had received over the years. This was a major complement to all the hard work put into completing it in the very limited time available (6 months). At the Celebration and Assessment Day in May, each team member was awarded a certificate from the Royal Academy of Engineers, and also qualified for the BA Gold Crest Award*.

The report was also submitted for the prestigious Platinum Award. Successful reports are considered to be equivalent to University degree level. The assessor for the Platinum Award stated that the team had passed with ‘Flying colours’, and so have gained the desired accolade. Once again, a fantastic outcome for the team.

Postscript: This year’s EES project is entirely different. It has been set by the University of Kent, and involves finding optimal conditions for harvesting Indigo dye from Woad plants, for expansion on an industrial scale. We are busy finding these optimal conditions and are getting good results so far. The project is called ‘Jeans Blue’. On behalf of both teams, we would like to give a huge thank-you to Kent College (Dr Lamper, and Mrs Hencher, and Beatrice Boyle in particular) for their very generous support and advice, for all the projects. Mr David Montague and Mrs Alice Haines

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The Arts

Les Miserables September 2011

Dr David Lamper reflects, as Director of the show, upon a complex and moving performance of this theatre standard

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hat a wealth of talent to be able to call upon here - such that it was possible to double cast the show with excellent principals and a wonderful chorus - but also an orchestra made up of mainly students and a crew led by a student stage manager. The performances at the end of September were greatly appreciated by enthusiastic audiences which filled the Chapel. It was wonderful to see over 120 students from different year groups working well together and being so supportive of each other, with such a positive energy. It was a real privilege for me to work with such a super company.


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Choristers Tour to Austria July 2011

soaked. Fortunately, the sun appeared again, and by the time we arrived at Hochmoos, we were all quite dry.

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t was raining as we left Stansted. But, never mind, we were all on the plane, 43 children and 7 staff. Even Mr Copeland had made it, complete with passport. In Memmingen the sun shone and our coach, with Peter the driver, was waiting for us. It was a long drive, about three hours, so Peter made himself popular by stopping for drinks at a Macdonalds which we just happened to be passing. He also kept us amused with some terrible jokes.

amazement. Hans spent the rest of the evening on the phone, telling everybody he knew to make sure to hear us the following day.

Eventually, after some stunning mountain scenery, we arrived in Austria and the small town of Lofer, some twenty miles from Salzburg. Nothing could have prepared the party for the luxury of the hotel and its surroundings, not to mention the friendly welcome from Hans, Karin and Johann.

After lunch, we walked into the village, to the swimming pool for a relaxing afternoon in the sunshine. It was here that the staff realised that there were about thirty sets of parents in Lofer. What a following! After an icecream, we took one of Mr Spencer’s scenic walks back to the hotel. We walked over the Devil’s Bridge, with the white water foaming below us and then beside the fast flowing Saalach. A sudden downpour caught us all unawares and we got thoroughly

After supper, we had a short rehearsal and before long, the whole staff of the hotel was at the door listening in

The following morning, a short coach journey took us up to the baroque pilgrimage church of Maria Kirchental. Here, in a glorious acoustic, we sang Mass to a full church, recorded and photographed by Johann. Within an hour, we were on Youtube!

On Monday the coach took us to the Seissenbergklamm for an exciting gorge walk. We were joined by members of a local children’s choir, conducted by an English lady who had emigrated to Lofer from Newcastle! The highlight of this was the accordion playing by a fourteen year old boy, who, dressed appropriately, played us some real Austrian folk music. In the evening, we travelled to St Johann in Tirol, to give a Concert in the Parish Church. Again, the church was full and the singing some of the best ever. We had to give three encores and still they asked for more. It seemed that the whole of Kent College was in the square afterwards, as children and parents met up. Tuesday saw us travelling to Salzburg, where we had a photo shoot on the steps of the Mirabell Gardens a la Family von Trapp. After a short guided tour, we gave a short recital in the Cathedral to another large audience. Afterwards, Peter took us to the Summer toboggan run near Hellbrun. In the evening we sang at the farmers’ market in Lofer, where we provided the accompaniment to a great deal of eating and drinking. We were all struck by the beauty of Austria, the friendliness and welcome of its people and the splendid Gasthof Hochmoos. I think that many of us made a note to go back very soon. There will be a tour next year, but where should we go to top 2011?

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Year 2 - give Chef a grilling which has got to better than a battering... Y

ear 2 are learning about healthy eating in science this half term. We invited our school chef, Mr Law, to be interviewed by us. We asked him questions that would help us to understand more about the chef’s job such as “how do you choose what to cook”, “where does all the food come from” and “is it interesting cooking new things”? We even asked Mr Law if he enjoyed cooking at home and what is his favourite food! He said it was sea bream but we are not sure if this will be on our school menu!!

the big ovens, big saucepans and a very big dishwasher! In fact everything was much bigger than the equipment our mums use at home. Best of all, it was really interesting to see how our meals are made every day. Our next step is to plan a healthy meal for Mr Law and the kitchen staff to cook for our school dinner one day soon. We will look forward to eating it too! Mrs Parker, Mr Law and Year 2

The chef brought along lots of different foods for us to look at and we talked about different food groups and how they work differently in the body. We also found out that he uses mostly fresh foods which he buys from many local suppliers. We all agreed that our school meals certainly taste delicious! Then we were lucky enough to be allowed into the school kitchen. We were amazed by

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his term the 6th Form Chefs have explored new culinary territory with students introducing the group to recipes from their own European regions. First, Arianna and Vittoria brought us genuine cured bacon from the remote Apennine Mountains for us to cook the best Pasta all’Ammatriciana this side of the Alps. Then Cristiana introduced us to a Mediterranean classic from Puglia, Spaghetti

alle Cozze (mussels) while Marina taught us how to make authentic Spanish Albondegas (meatballs). Chef literally rounded off the term with an appropriately festive session to produce a mouth-watering Yule Log. Mr Julian Waltho


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oung and old gathered recently for the official opening of Bradbury Grange - the new MHA care home and dementia facility in Whistable. The Choristers from Kent College, Canterbury sang in a service which was attended by the residents of the home, special guests and Patron of MHA, Pam Rhodes. Pam posed outside the splendid new facility with the choir and their conductor, Jackie Spencer. the Chaplain of the school said, ‘it’s wonderful to see different parts of the Methodist family getting together to help each other.’ Also in attendance at the opening were Chair of the Board of MHA, Keith Salsbury and Senior Chaplain of MHA, Revd. Dr. Keith Albans.

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125th Anniversary Garden comes to life..

Mrs Val Harris creates a little bit of peace & quiet to commemorate a most auspicious celebration

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ast year senior school pupils were asked how they would like to mark Kent College’s 125th birthday. The general consensus was to make a 125th garden near the Tuck Shop. Friends of Kent College were asked to help financially and practically and a Friends’ garden sub-committee was established to work with John Hodson, Head Groundsman. The area at the end of the main school building (above, left) overlooking the Astro was the agreed location. A design was

developed to include paving, seating and planting to have a Victorian character to reflect the year of Kent College’s foundation in 1885 and also utilising plants with a colour theme to reflect the school colours – maroon, blue and cream. Ground preparation started in the spring closely followed by planting. Watering during the driest spring and summer on record took its toll on the new planting and the Friends’ time commitment to completing the garden works. However,

with the permanent laying of paving and fixing benches into position by A & A Landscapes in October, the garden needs minor planting refinement this Winter and a commemorative plaque in due course. Pupils and visitors have been enjoying the garden from the first day the benches were temporarily in place and hopefully they will continue to enjoy the 125th Anniversary Garden as the planting develops and matures.

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Old Canterburian Club OCC Reunion Weekend 2011

victory over St Lawrence College. Tea in the Old

speakers were Ted Bourn (60-68) and our newly titled Sir Henry Feilden (59-70). Both of the speakers could remember teachers and pupils who had filled their Kent College days and recalled some of their misadventures. The next event will be an evening social in London in the Spring hosted by myself ,Stuart Williams and Alan Frost. If you would like to hear more about future events please sign up to Old Canterburians online which you can find on the school website at www.kentcollege.com

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he crisp Autumn air and bright sunshine provided a fitting setting for the OCs’ annual cross-country run. Six valiant competitors hit the red route in Blean woods. Although all stating it wasn’t really a race, all soon saw rather a lot of the heels of Nick Brawn of International running fame who was an easy victor. Messers Jenkins, McCabe and Hammond set more of a cruising pace. Many of the gathering band of OCs enjoyed standing on the edge of the rugby field and spurring on U.15 rugby team to a fitting

Library was a convivial affair with many school magazines and photos on display. A good opportunity to remember old class or team mates in order to see how much or how little they had changed. A champagne reception overlooking the flood lit cathedral started the evening celebrations. Eighty OCs gathered for a wonderful meal at the Cathedral Lodge. Geoffrey Austin 37-43 took the accolade for representing the oldest generation of Kent College pupils, while the 91 leavers represented the largest group, thanks largely to the stirling efforts of Heather Thompson (Heath). The

Carol Baker President Old Canterburian Club


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n October Carol Baker was lucky enough to spend a week in Hong Kong. The first part of the trip was spent in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre where Kent College was one of the schools participating in a recruitment exercise. She reports that “It was lovely to meet with prospective students and their parents and we were able to offer a few places to some carefully selected pupils. Hong Kong is such a wonderfully vibrant place and I was able to spend a day experiencing some of the sights and sound first hand: a sampan ride around Aberdeen Harbour; the dash across the harbour in the Star Ferry to see

the nightly light show; the bird market; the fish market; Stanley market; the Peak tram and the view from the Peak. A great evening which passed so quickly reminiscing about school days and fond memories of Canterbury. This group had also met with other fellow OCs for a reunion meal in April. The highlight for me was a reunion of Old Canterburians which we held in the bar of the Harbour View Hotel.”

Charles Chan 83-86 Horace Chu 84-88 Kaleem Khan 95-97 Karen Chu 95-97 Edmund Leung 94-97 Samantha Woo 91-98 Leo Lam 94-96 Simon Cheung 92-98 Albert Woo 92-99 Giles Surman 80-85 HK Chairman Chris Ko 05-07 HK Secretary Danny Hui 83-88 Abdul Wong 92-06 Nicholas Wan 93-99 Alex Yuen 90-00

A Wealth of Talents

Hong Kong Reunion

OC inherits title for his political and public services. The family motto is Virtutis praemium honor (“Honour is the reward of virtue”).

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enry Fielden (1959-1970) has succeeded to the title of Sir Henry Feilden Bt. of Feniscowles Lancashire, following the death of his father on December 12th 2010. The Feilden family came from the Lancashire town of Blackburn, when they settled during the 13th century, having originally descended from Rudolph of Hapsburg of Austria.

The family became wealthy landowners and as a result during the Victorian period the family was well placed to capitalise on the rapid growth of the cotton industry. With wealth came public service and so William Feilden became a Conservative MP for Blackburn from 1832 to 1847, serving under Sir Robert Peel. Upon the defeat of Peel in 1846 William was created a baronet

Henray Feilden is married to Geraldine and has three children, William, James and Charlotte. He is a veterinary surgeon and has his own practice in Branksome, Poole, Dorset. According to his own records, he has attended every Old Canterburian Reunion since he left the School in 1970. He would appear to be the first OC to inherit such a title, which he considers a great honour. The title is an honorary one bestowed upon the family and, having researched the many documents which he has inherited, Henry is inspired by the industry and the good works of his ancestors and very proud to carry the baton on behalf of the current family. Dr G. Colson

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In Memoriam STANLEY ANSLOW (1967-1986)

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ld Canterburians and staff will be sad to learn of the death of Stanley Anslow who taught at Kent College for almost twenty years. Stanley was educated at Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys in Canterbury, and worked for a short time in Barclays Bank before

being called up into the Royal Air Force. For four and a half years he served as a member of aircrew in Canada, Nassau, Sri Lanka and India. Demobilised in 1947, he went to Westminster College for teacher training. He later transferred to missionary training and in 1953 began his work in what was then the Belgian Congo under the auspices of the Baptist Missionary Society, where he was involved in education, evangelism and pastoral work.

Throughout his stay at Kent College Stanley played a full part in the life of the School. For many years he was careers master and a tutor in Guildford House and with Mary he attended the annual Scout camp in various locations in this country and abroad.

In 1957, after studying in Paris, Stanley returned to England and was appointed as an assistant master to teach Religious Studies and French, while his wife, Mary, was appointed senior sister in the school sanatorium.

Stanley and Mary retired at the end of 1986 and moved to Gloucestershire to be near their daughter. Generations of students who were taught by him and colleagues who worked with him owe Stanley a great debt of gratitude.

Poppies, War and Remembrance

A committed Christian and a lifelong member of the Baptist Church, Stanley regularly took services in the School chapel and in the local Baptist church.

Dr G. Colson

War is something that tears families apart, It reminds us that the world can be really mean, It makes humans turn against each other, It takes the colour out of the world, As grass turns to slimy mud, Trenches fill with wounded soldiers, Towns and cities are bombed to bits, Not a pretty sight. Soldiers waiting with dread for the battle ahead, They hear their fellow servicemen groaning in pain, Fearing they’re next, The whistling of shells, The hissing of gas, The fumbling of gas masks, Frozen in fear. Across all this madness and insanity, In the mud, Somehow surviving the stench of death, The poppy grows, Almost a century later, We gather round this sports hall, Each wearing the poppy, With the two minutes silence, We think of those who died for us, Hoping that we will never face another world war again‌ By Garima Limbu


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his was the first year that the Head Boy and Head Girl conference has been organised by the Kings College group in Spain. Their small collection of international schools in both Spain and England were invited to the conference and being in close contact to the school meant that myself and Charles were invited too. Despite all the head students arriving at different times, we all managed to settle into their brand new boarding house and begin to establish some good friendships. The following morning meant an early start for the conference to begin.

communicational skills so that as head prefects we could better communicate between both staff and pupils. The highlight of the trip was the motivating lecture given by Matthew Syed, the sports editor for the Times, about the value of hard work and that talent is the product of determination.

A Wealth of Talents

Top students meet in Madrid

it was sad to see everyone leave. However we have all made good contacts and have promised to update them on our university applications.

The trip was a success not only for the Kings group but also for both Charles and myself as we gained many ideas and skills that can In the evening, we were lucky enough to be used as head students and as university have a tour around the Santiago Bernabeu applicants, where communication and Stadium- home to Real Madrid. The dinner leadership are important. in the Real Madrid Cafe overlooked the pitch and was a great way to get to know Lucie Bourne the other students. The morning after followed with more communictional skills The main aims for the conference and soon it was time to go home. Despite were to improve our leadership and only knowing each other for several days,

The School Organ- a history A

comprehensive history of the school organ has been complied by Mr. Michael Over the school archivist. In 1947 the Old Canterburian Club committee decided to purchase an organ for the school chapel; this would become a permanent memorial to the Old Boys who had lost their lives serving in World War II. The financial appeal was very successful for in just over 12 months a sum in excess

of ÂŁ1,500 was raised, the money coming from Governors, Old Boys, parents and friends. All the upgrading and installation was completed by 1948. A very interesting story and one not without a little intrigue can be found with more photographs and insights by visiting the following URL: http://vle.kentcollege.co.uk/organhistory

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Operation Christmas T

he spirit of Christmas came early and lots of pupils across the whole school community were able to indulge their creative side as they created well over 100 shoe box Christmas presents. These were collected by Operation Christmas Child and will be distributed to children all over the world in poor communities who would not be receiving a Christmas present without our help. From the infants to the 6th form pupils packed their boxes with loving care and boxes overflowed with fluffy pens and pencils, drawing pads, gloves and scarves, simple toys, flannels and toothpaste. A number of children packed their boxes with toys bought with their own pocket money - such was their wish to share some of the good things we have with those who are a lot less fortunate.

Defibrillator training This is an extract of a letter written by Fliss Boobyer of Kent College that the judges decided warranted a prize.

“In 2003, my mother was working as a nurse at Kent College, Canterbury’s medical centre. She had a life long history of heart conditions, having been born with two holes in her heart. On January 16th, my mother collapsed and died in the medical centre; having a defibrillator could have potentially saved her if the statistics of a 78% chance of survival with the use of such equipment are correct. If this could prevent the death of any students at school, then the possession of an AED is imperative.” Kent College is an extremely active school, with physical activities undertaken everyday. Due to this and the fact that there are no symptoms for sudden cardiac arrest, I believe our school having such a life saving apparatus is extremely important. I believe all schools should be equipped with such apparatus to help save lives.”

30 students who were trained in CPR all thoroughly enjoyed the day.

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t is a shocking statistic that Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) kills over 2000 people a week in the UK alone. The death of anyone, regardless of age, leaves a void in the lives of his survivors. However, the death of a child seemingly in the prime of life is very difficult to accept. The impact on family, school, friends, and the entire community is not easily overcome. Most adults, especially those who are parents, place a high value on protecting the lives of children. Kent College contacted the “Hand on Heart Campaign” and submitted an entry for their monthly free AEDs (Automated External Defribrillator) for schools campaign. We were delighted to hear we were one of the September winners and we had our defibrillator, training and accessories worth over £1500.00 presented to us on Thursday 17th November. The 5 members of staff who took part in the AED training and the

Sister Yvonne Bailey from the school medical centre said “We feel as a school we are one of the lucky ones who now have a piece of life saving equipment and correctly trained people within our school and we want to urge other schools to get involved by either applying to win the schools package or to fundraise to purchase one at a subsidised rate. The Hand on Heart campaign is a fantastic way of raising awareness of sudden cardiac arrest in the young and a large number of schools have taken part in entering this competition since April 2011. For more information please look at the website www.handonheart.org or to ring project manager Gina Harris on 0845 0710830.

Readers will recall that Kent College also raised money for a local police patrol car to be equipped with such a device in the Summer.


KC Times Winter 2011