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THE GRANGE MAGAZINE

From the new tutors

10 years and counting...

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The tradition of house play

VOL 4, NO.2

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EDITORS OF THE GRANGE MAGAZINE Daniel B. H. Koo, Edward J. B. Gaut

EDITORIAL The return of the Grange Magazine was a revival of a tradition that recorded a busy and happy year. From this academic year, we have decided to publish one magazine per term in order to give more people a chance to contribute and to better represent and celebrate all of the various house events and achievements of the members of the Grange. This is a publication to which every member of the Grange can contribute, in order to share their creative ideas and inspire others. We especially thank those who have offered to write for the magazine, which has lead to a wide range of content included in this edition. The Editors aim to achieve a sense of community through the publication of this magazine by sharing the news of various events that are taking place throughout the year. In particular, we are very happy to be supporting the Grange-Walpole charity dinner which is planned to happen in Lent Term, in the Pupils' Social Centre for the first time. This year, we will be donating the proceeds from the event to the King's College London Children's Neurology Centre and we would greatly appreciate if you could support us for this great cause. We look forward to meeting many of you at the numerous events that are planned to take place next term.


THE HOUSE Housemaster: Mr. M. C. Orders BSc Deputy Housemaster: Mr. E. J. Flower BA TUTORS Mr. M. W. Browning BA, Mr M. C. E. Turner BSc, Dr. F. Elias Schilserman Ldo PhD, Mr. C. P. Wooldridge BSc, Mr. L. G. Bartlett BA MRSC, Mr. C. Gardiner BA, Mr. M. J. White BA MSc Captain of House: Lucas P. Lacamp Vice Captain of House: Alfie J. Gurtler CAPTAINS OF HOUSE SPORT Captain of House Rugby

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Lucas P. Lacamp

Captain of House Hockey

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Lucas P. Lacamp

Captain of House Swimming

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Daniel B. H. Koo

Captain of House Cricket

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Lucas P. Lacamp

Captain of House Squash

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Jamie A. Dix

Captain of House Athletics

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Lucas P. Lacamp

OTHER INTER-HOUSE COMPETITIONS Captain of House Song

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Alfie J. Gurtler

Captain of House Debating

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Daniel B. H. Koo

HOUSE MONITORS O J Aiyedatiwa, E S Bhowmick, C P M Brooker, W M Butler, K A Camara, A C H Chan, D H Ding, J A Dix, A J Gurtler, L P Lacamp, M G B O’Neill, E Pérez Ortiz, B J Robert, Y Stikharev, W G Wehrenberg, J C Weigold

SALVETE I T H Chong, R B R Guinness, O Jameson, A Krutov, G C C Mak, G E J Mitchell, K Shahab Kayali, J E J Whiteley, F H Y Wong, F J Woolf, M Wu J H E d'Abo, I O Durojaiye, O E M Lynn


FROM THE HOUSEMASTER Dear Parents, Guardians and Boys of The Grange, Welcome to the 2nd Edition of our termly (The) Grange Magazine, our new termly newsletter and magazine, the origin being traced back to the foundation of the house in 1928. In the words of the first editors of the magazine “none can deny that each house of the school has it’s own marks of distinction...we feel that the distinctive features of The Grange need to be put into the right channels, and that the House should be founded upon a very sure foundation and imbued with the right ideas”. 90 years later I am delighted that we have brought back this important record of the history of this great boarding house, and I hope that you enjoy reading it now and in the future. I’d like to thank Daniel Koo and Ed Gaut for their tireless and enthusiastic editing and production of the magazine. In house news, there have been a few changes to the house tutor team this academic year. Miss Siemak has left King’s and the resident tutor flat to teach in London, and Dr Tanton has begun his well-earned retirement, although he has returned to The Grange several times, always bringing his usual complement of crisps and snacks. We welcome Mr White, Teacher of DT, to our tutor team, and Mr Gardiner, Teacher of PE, who has moved into the tutor flat as our new resident tutor. I’d like to thank them for a fantastic first term and wish them luck for the future as part of The Grange community. On the sporting side we have had some fantastic performances. This term we have enjoyed more success in the interhouse Cross Country competition at its new location at Birley’s (due to building work at our usual barracks venue). There were some fantastic individual displays and I was particularly pleased with the house spirit displayed by all the competing boys. Inter-House Swimming was once again a great success, with The Grange expected to achieve at least 2nd place. With five boys in the 1st XV for Rugby (Lacamp ©, Brooker, Camara, Ding, Aiyedatiwa) and an excellent representation in all year groups, this has been a fantastic season for the house, with plenty for us to watch on Saturday afternoons. At the time of publication, the inter-house rugby competition on the last day of term is expected to bring back the silverware (injuries permitting!). Members of the house have also competed at the highest level for sailing, fencing, rowing, swimming, squash, badminton and cross-country. In football, Robert and Dix have played for Bromley F.C.’s youth


team every week at the nearby Spires Academy training ground, and I am delighted to announce that we have secured eight portable floodlights for the Grange back field for the boys’ use. With the busy Autumn Term now drawing to a close, with all of its exams and UCAS applications (well done to the 16 Upper Sixth and the careers team for completing this sometimes arduous process), we can now look forward to a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas with all of our family and friends. Events in the Lent Term to note are: the mock exams in early January, the Middle School Disco on 19th January, the Fixed Exeat on the 25th to 27th January, and the Grange/Walpole House Concert & Charity Dinner on the 23rd March. This year we are holding the event in the refurbished Pupil Social Centre, which will allow more of our students to attend. Details will be announced shortly, but if you would like to donate a prize for our charity raffle we would be delighted to receive it! I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and wish you the best of luck for the new year ahead. We look forward to welcoming you and your boys back in the Lent Term on Tuesday 8th January, 2019. Yours Sincerely, Mark Orders


FROM THE NEW TUTORS Mr. M. J. White "The New Tutor"

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s the rays of the setting Indian summer sun infused the common room of The Grange with unseasonal warmth, the new tutor leant casually against the door frame, observing the fine young men in his charge as roll call was completed. They were a very impressive group of individuals; although young, they had strong personalities, informed, opinionated; they would all do well, with the right care and guidance – each and every one was a potential future leader in industry, commerce, politics, whatever their chosen path would be. He listened to Mr Orders finish the meeting with his usual mix of humour and fauxreluctant warmth, then watched as the gentlemen of The Grange trouped out – friendly banter and a minimal of shoving; spirits were high with the half term holiday only a few days away, and the House Song competition was imminent (The Grange would do well, if they could master singing and smiling at the same time). As they passed him, one of the older students, a Mr Koo, approached the new tutor and asked, in the confidently polite manner that all of The King’s School students seemed to effortlessly exude, whether he would write a short introduction of himself for The Grange magazine. The new tutor blinked. A short introduction? Of himself? His mind reeled – was this in his contract? How much should he divulge? How far back should he go? Did they need to know he was born in the sixties (they might assume he was virtually deaf and blind if they knew he was that old!)? What about where he was from – born in Suffolk wasn’t too bad, but if they found out he grew up in Essex; oh the humiliation! Likewise regarding qualifications; his MSc from UCL in Ergonomics was quite impressive, as was his BA(hons) in Industrial Design (2.1) from Central Saint Martins, but he had been a late bloomer academically and the handful of mediocre O levels from a dodgy comprehensive school would have to be glossed over quickly… The new tutor smiled at Mr Koo – whether this was in his contract of not, there was no way he could refuse; it was only right and proper that these young men would want to know about the people around them - and said that he’d be delighted, then walked off, his mind randomly offering up long-forgotten personal history to consider for inclusion.


What about work history? He had had a variety of jobs before becoming a teacher fifteen years ago; ergonomist and industrial designer for a number of consultancies, then a prop and model maker in the film and theatre world, before training as a teacher. Would they need to know more than that? Would they be interested in greater detail – being involved in the original Dredd film with Sly Stallone was pretty cool – but maybe that wouldn’t impress them; it was a very long time ago… Would they want to know personal information – married with three kids, a deaf dog called Leia and a cat called Schrodinger who thinks it’s a dog – that should be enough. But what about teaching history? Trained in 2003 in the worst school in Canterbury (and consequently adept at behavioural management), worked in a variety of schools across Kent as HoD in Design Technology, and as an Advanced Skills Teacher helping train and support other teachers, obtained the best results in his previous school at GCSE level… The new tutor tugged at his beard (an irritating habit he was trying to break) and reflected on the task; what he decided to include was not the only problem. How should the information be presented? A list like CV? That was too boring. The young men of The Grange deserved something better than that, something a little more considered. Possibly even interesting to read, if that was possible? He took a deep breath – time to stop procrastinating and get on with it. With that decision made he began to type As the rays of the setting Indian summer sun infused the common room of The Grange with unseasonal warmth…

Mr. C. Gardiner

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have been at King’s for a while now, however this is my first venture to the legendary Grange. Needless to say, it has not disappointed so far. I am delighted to become the newest member of the residential team, taking over from my friend and former colleague Miss Siemak. My background is in high performance sport, specialising in Rugby Union and Association Football. Sport has opened many doors and allowed me to follow different paths in my life, for which I am very lucky. Most recently I have been working with the FA and helping review the Girls’ Centre of Excellence programme, this involved highlight areas of weakness in the talent identification process and offering strategies to enhance them. However these opportunities have not come without hard work, I am looking forward to bringing that drive and commitment to the house. I understand the values of living in a boarding community and am aiming to integrate into the Grange way of life. In the future I can not wait to see the success of all the pupils, especially on the sports field!


10 YEARS

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any people at King's describe their matrons using adjectives such as 'the rock' or 'the backbone' of the house. Well, The Grange does not need to use such adjectives to describe our Matron because Miss Rob's name represents the importance of her role as the matron of the Grange. Without Miss Rob, The Grange would be by far the most disorganized house as it was back in 1951, according to the editorial written by S. Young and P. H. Moss. Miss Rob’s journey as the Grange matron began in 2008 and this year marks her 10th year at The Grange. The editors interviewed Miss Rob where she shared her memories throughout her journey as a matron. I denotes the interviewer and CR denotes Miss Rob I: First of all, congratulations Miss Rob for achieving this great milestone and thank you for being a great matron for the boys of the Grange. CR: Thank you for your kind words. I love my job here and hopefully carry on for another 10 years.

I: What was the most memorable moment of your 10 years at the Grange? CR: There are far too many to pick out just one.

I: When is the most rewarding time of the day/term/ year? CR: The start of Autumn Term. We welcome the new starters and other boys return happy and relaxed ready to start a new school year. But really, it's when they all leave and I get to dance down the corridor :)


I: It’s been ten years you have been here. What changed the most throughout the years? CR: There have been many changes throughout, as I watched many boys come and leave the house but the thing that changed the most is the housemaster when we welcomed Mr Orders. I: What is your advice to the boys of the Grange? CR: Keep being yourselves and a credit to the Grange

I: Words of wisdom? CR: Integrity, community, personal ambition The editors and boys of the Grange congratulate Miss Rob for her 10 year anniversary as the Grange matron and we thank her for her dedication and effort put in everyday to make this house truly great. The Editors


THE TRADITION OF THE HOUSE PLAY The Grange House Plays 1937 7 March 1950 15 October 1951 9 December 1953 15 March 1954 28 March 1955 27 February 1955 27 November 1956 25 November 1959 8 March 1961 1965 7 February 1966 4 December 1970 1972 22 October 1977 1979 11 March 1981 22, 23 March 1985 2, 3 February 1987 17, 18 February 1989 14, 15 February 1991 2, 3 March 1993 30, 31 January 1995 11, 12 February 1996 10 November 1997 1 February 1997 23 November 1998 15 November 1999 6, 7 February 2001 2003 2004/5 2008 8, 9 November 2010

GR GR & WL GR & SH GR GR & WL GR GR, SH & GL GR GR GR GR GR & WL GR GR GR GR GR GR GR GR GR & WL GR & WL GR & WL GR GR & WL GR & WL GR & WL GR GR & WL GR & WL GR & WL GR & WL GR & WL

Barré Lyndon, The Amazing Dr Clitterhouse An Entertainment William Douglas Home, The Chiltern Hundreds John Dighton, Who Goes There! L Du Garde Peach & Ian Hay, The White Sheep of the Family Arthur Macrae, Travellers’ Joy Kotzebue, Lovers’ Vows Edward Percy, The Shop at Sly Corner Joseph Kesselring, Arsenic and Old Lace Jean Anouilh, Ring around the Moon Terence Rattigan, Harlequinade By Jingo! A.P. Herbert, Two Gentlemen of Soho When Greek meets Greek; The Olive Grove; The Cop and the Anthem Joe Orton, Loot Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer Georges Feydeau, A Flea in her Ear Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Ernest Terence Rattigan, Harlequinade A Snake in the Garden of Eden John Godber, Bouncers Sue Townsend, The Secret Diary of Adrian Antigone Junior Plays Aphra Behn, The Rover Junior Plays Junior Plays Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island Cinderella (a pantomime) Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass Sweeney Todd [short plays] Alan Ayckbourn, Gizmo

This list is likely to be incomplete – we would be very grateful for more details of any of these house plays, particularly copies or scans of the programmes for the house and school archives.


GR and WL have been notably faithful to each other although occasionally going it alone or having a brief fling with SH or GL. The first joint GR/WL house play appears to be from 1950, predating the transition of WL to a girls’ house by forty years. There is a long tradition of house plays at King’s and at the Grange, as with house-based ‘entertainments’ and play performances at many public schools. Through being involved with two of my house’s plays when I was at school, and as a producer or director of seven while teaching at Radley and Uppingham, I hope to offer a short personal perspective of how these often extraordinary projects can fit into the busy life of a modern school like King’s. I vividly remember that some of the funniest moments from my school years were from the house The Sweeny Road (GR & WL), 2004 plays that my house and others put on in various locations around the school (these were before the swanky new theatre was built, but then the more amateur approach of a house play is perhaps better leant to a smelly subterranean Drama Studio, grand Speech Room (think Shirley Hall), or tree-shaded corner of the house garden. The more recent productions have all been hard work but huge fun and remain in the house scrap-books, cast photos and parental videos as very fond memories, and a happy, unifying project for the house. Thus, to me, House Plays are a Good Thing and well worth the effort. ‘Directing’ and ‘Producing’ are fancy ways of saying making the thing happen. Someone has to drive it through, sign the bills for paint and false moustaches, diplomatically steer a date through the Calendar committee, keep on the right side of the Director of Drama and Theatre technician (the most important person of all in the whole process), and buy pizza for the cast and crew at regular intervals when energy and morale is sagging. Having a morsel of dramatic talent, knowledge of the classic practitioners, or any previous directing experience – optional. It’s more a motivational and logistical project than anything else, to get to a point where the actors on stage have the opportunity to let their creativity and talent shine. There is an even greater tradition of House plays than ours at both Eton and Harrow. From the Eton website: “House Plays tend to be inclusive — large casts, large backstage crews — to involve as many of the students in the House as possible in order to give them the full theatrical experience. For this reason they are usually best directed by a member of the teaching staff.” I agree with the ambition mentioned here and the guidance on direction. Exceptional pupils can direct plays successfully and there should be opportunities for them to do so, but managing a large house play with everyone involved, more or less willingly, is usually organisationally, if not creThe Importance of Being Ernest (1985) atively, beyond even the most driven Sixth Former. “Productions vary from the minimal to the lavish, and budgets for House Plays can be reasonably generous, while many donate the proceeds to charity. Performance standards vary, of course, but many House Plays achieve brilliant results and attract large audiences. The repertoire is extremely wide, including classics, musicals, comedies, and the best contemporary drama.” The repertoire of this niche art-form is indeed wide, as a look down at the list of Grange productions since 1937 will show. Many of the plays listed would not work in front of a 21st century school audience,


though, and the single most important decision is the choice of play: know your cast and know your audience (pupils, yes, but parents and grandparents, too). Get it right – and it might work. Get it wrong – and the project is doomed from the start. Then there’s the casting – eight main roles, eight minor speaking roles and six non-speaking extras would not be unusual, depending on the play. A cameo or two for the housemaster/mistress and a tutor is certainly possible and always entertaining, particularly if it was actually intended to be a comedy. Ring arund the Moon (1961) The benefits of putting on a good house play are huge, in bringing the house together in one intense project where everyone plays their part. It gives an opportunity for all sorts of latent skills to emerge and become invaluable; often unlikely pupils step forward and do a brilliant job as the stage manager/ASM/DSM, set designers, painters, props managers, programme designers or assistant producers. Some get the theatre bug and after this brief apprenticeship move on to school productions and even the professional world – one house DSM from my Uppingham plays is now a budding impresario and opera producer. The amount of work and the sheer variety of endeavours that go into a house play can easily soak up the efforts and talents of 50 pupils in an average house. The Grange, I should say, never an average house, is greater in numbers, talent and house spirit than most (if we can’t say this in the house magazine, then where?) so I’m not surprised to see GR very well represented in the overall list of house plays from the archives. There is just one house, now, that mounts an ambitious semi-staged performance in the Shirley Hall each year - Meister Omers' Festal Flourish, through the talents of that house (winners of the House Singing four of the last five years) and the creative vision and drive of Mr Martin Miles, former housemaster. With the Malthouse Theatre, a beautiful stateof-the-art 350-seat auditorium, opening in 2019 a new era of drama will begin at King's, and I hope very much that house plays will once again flourish, led (I hope) by The Grange. The Malthouse (Plan - 2019)

If there is sufficient interest another article will follow in the next issue with house play anecdotes (please send in some stories of GR plays past), some specific tips on putting on house plays, and some ideas for a possible Grange project in 2019-20. Luke Bartlett


Billy Budd, 1962

The Sweeny Road (GR & WL), 2004

A show missed by Genius

The shop at sly corner (1956)


SPORTS REVIEW Inter-House Cross Country

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t the beginning of the autumn term the annual Inter-House Cross Country competition took place at Birley’s, which provided a change of scene for the run, which, in previous years has been held at the old cross country track which unfortunately, has now been closed down. The majority of the house took part in the races for their respective age brackets and a great sense of camaraderie was felt throughout all members of the Grange as all members encouraged each other to get through the race. This year marked the Shells’ first inter-house cross-country and whilst they all ran very well, Kamal Shahab Kayali deserves a special mention for finishing first with regards to the other Grange Shells and also for coming 3rd overall in his race. The intermediate race, run by Removes and Fifths, was won by James Crawley, with Matthew Roughton-Smith finishing 4th overall and placing 2nd in the Grange intermediates. Finally, the senior race was run and Lucas Lacamp placed 2ndoverall, coming first with regards to the other Grange seniors. As a tribute to the universal perseverance of the Grange this year, overall, the Grange claimed victory over the Cross-Country event – a feat which we all hope to repeat next year. The course began with a 300m dash down a slight downhill section, facing NorthEast throughout which the initial congestion of the start-line began to thin and the fastest runners became apparent. Turning sharply North-West, the course started to climb during this short, 130m crawl up towards the next long straight. Turning once again by 90˚, the runners experienced their first glimpse of the arduous 400m westerly straight of Birley’s. With only 200m of the first lap left, the runners at the front jostled to out-run each other as for the Juniors, this was their first and final lap. For the other categories however, the same feat had to be endured once again in order to finish the event so energy had to be conserved until the same place during the next lap. This final 200m was in fact where many of the events were won. Once again, a good effort from all involved, and a special gratitude is felt towards those members of the Grange who contributed so much to the overall victory. James Crawley, Fifth


First Team Rugby This year, The Grange has had unprecedented success in rugby. This trend can be seen throughout every year group. At the junior end, Orlando Jameson and Rupert Guiness both played important roles in the U14As with Kai Webster showing his pace on the wing for the U15As. Arthur Guiness, Matthew Roughton-Smith and Jack Maltus, before unfortunately breaking his leg, all played for the U16As. They helped lead the U16As through a very successful season, losing only 3 matches out of 14. At the senior end of the club, Ore Aiyedatiwa, Charlie Brooker, Daniel Ding, Karim Camara and Lucas Lacamp all started for the 1st XV, with Lucas Lacamp captaining the team. These members of the house started every game this season and were valiant leaders for the house. Daniel Ding had not played rugby for 2 years before slotting into starting tighthead prop, showcasing his immense size and strength on the infamous 1st XV pitch down at Birley’s. Karim Camara started at openside flanker, tackling anything and everything as well as getting the most turn-overs in the team. Lucas Lacamp started at fly-half accompanied with Ore Aiyedatiwa at outside centre and Charlie Brooker on the wing. Through Ore’s success this season, he was asked to train with Lucas at Saracens U18 academy and he has continued to improve and become a player of very high quality. With the end of the season fast approaching, Lucas and Ore will hopefully be able to inspire and motivate other members of the house to continue their rugby and showcase the strength of King’s rugby across the area. The future of King’s rugby is safely in the hands of the Grange! Lucas Lacamp, 6A

Inter-House Swimming Competition

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he annual inter-house swimming competition took place on 4th December 2018 at the King's School Recreational centre. We had a full team - 8 boys representing the Grange in total. The junior (U15) squad included: George Mak, George Mitchell, Kamal Shahab-Kayali and Freddie Woolf. The senior (U18) squad included: Daniel Koo, Edward Gaut, Jason Kam and Dylan Turner. The house had two very strong teams, with swimmers who hit very high personal bests in previous years. The individual races were very close and special mention goes to Dylan Turner and Daniel Koo who have both come first in their individual events. In relays, the boys performed very well, with Seniors coming second for both medley and freestyle relays whilst the Juniors came third for the medley and fourth for the freestyle relay. Overall, the boys all performed very well, proving once again that The Grange is a very strong, if not, the strongest swimming house in the school. Daniel Koo, 6B


THE MUSICIANS The House Song Competition

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his has been a very good year for Music in The Grange this year, from Ed Gaut winning the Piano Competition to 3 of the boys joining the Crypt choir. However, I was must proud of the house musically in the annual House Song Competition. This year, the House sang Stars from Les Miserables, and truly achieved what Russel Crowe couldn’t. The daily rehearsals from 9-9:30 took time out of the boys’ free time, but they thoroughly enjoyed learning, improving and performing the song to the rest of the school. The song was arranged with 4 parts, and although 3 of the groups mainly harmonised and everyone put in their best efforts to complete the ensemble. The boys learnt not only how to sing together, but how to interact with the conductor, and each other. This competition’s rehearsals brought out a brilliant community feel amongst the boys. In the competition, the House performed well and have set themselves up for an impressive campaign for the years to come. Alfie Gurtler, 6A

The 2018 Piano Competiton This year, the piano competition was won by Ed Gaut of the Grange. Ed played the Sarabande (Movement II) from Debussy's Pour le Piano suite this year and secured victory against some of the other great pianists at King's. The Sarabande, written by Debussy first in 1894, was originally intended to be part of his Images oubliées not the Pour le Piano suite and was revised again in 1901 before its publication in the afforementioned suite. The second movement provides a break between the heavy use of glissandi and bass pedals points found in movement 1 (Prélude), and the fast paced, technical third movement (Toccata) via its use of moving chords found in both hands and via Debussy's tempo marking of "Avec une élégance grave et lente" (with a slow and solemn elegance). On the topic of how the Sarabande should be played, Debussy said that it should be "rather like an old portrait in the Louvre," i.e. slow and solemn - something which is difficult to achieve, owing to the large spread of many of the chords and the need to provide a soft, warm tone for much of the piece, all whilst bringing out the melody found usually in the top voice of the right hand hence requiring the weaker fingers to work hard to be heard over the stronger thumb, index and middle fingers. We commend all involved and especially Ed on his victory this year.


THE SHELLS

The Grange 2018 Shells

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he first term at King’s has certainly has been a successful, busy and challenging one for all the Grange Shells. King’s is a bigger and better environment, with more opportunities and higher expectations than any of the Shells have experienced before. The Grange Shells have shown such maturity and calmness to get through this first term so well – and this is just the beginning. Individually, it is so good that the Grange has such a variety of different Shells, with varied backgrounds, personalities and talents. Firstly, we have 2 academic scholars, 2 music award holders and some amazing athletes, including Freddie and Orlando (rugby) and Kamal and Felix (football). We also have some great rowers, including Felix, Jacob and George Mak. Sasha is also a brilliant fencer and Orlando is the 11th best in the world for his age. Also, Rupert deserves a lot of credit for taking time off school in order to make progress with his skiing. Settling into The Grange and King’s was never going to be easy, but the older boys deserve a lot of credit for making the first term a lot easier, through being kind, friendly and helpful and I think that the Shells found their feet a lot more quickly as a result of this. One thing’s for sure, although it’s only early days, the relationship between the Shells is such a positive one. Encouragement and support is never-ending and the Shells really do get along well with each other. I think that this friendship will not only last throughout our time at King’s, but for many years after that too. Although it’s only the beginning, I believe the current Shells will become great future leaders of the house and of the school. George Mitchell, Shell


DISTINCTIONS The Bromley Boys

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he King’s football season is yet to begin, but this has not stopped three members of The Grange in continuing their passion for the game all year round. After talks with Gillingham FC, 6a’s Jamie Dix, Benoit Robert and Charlie Brooker have decided to stay closer to home and have spent their Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons playing for Bromley FC. Teaming up with Spires academy, the three boys play for Bromley against team all across the area. This unique opportunity has helped strengthen the school’s relationship with Spires, as well as acclimatising the boys to a life outside of the walls of Canterbury. Playing at a higher level has helped all of the players grow and develop. A Man of the Match performance from Charlie Brooker against TSA (Total Sports Academy) showed his qualities as a goalkeeper and confirmed that the King’s goal will be in capable hands when the season starts. With the likes of Ore Aiyedatiwa busy with rugby and Milo O’Neill busy with badminton, the school 1st XI is set to be packed full of Grange talent. House football is fast approaching; and there is a lot of excitement surrounding the infamous Grange team. The team’s natural desire and passion for winning leaves only one real question in the minds of the school, will anyone be able to stop them? Jamie Dix, 6A The National System Security Competition

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hat would you do if a burglar came into your house, left the back door open so that he/she can come back in to steal more later? Jamie Weigold is trying to solve a similiar problem through the national system security competition, where he is assigned to lock down a vulnerable system which has been hacked previously. He and his team have 6 hours to solve the issue and make sure that the vulnerable system is safe from any potential cyber attack. Last year, his team ranked fourth and Jamie was ranked second. His team is currently in the second round of the qualifiers and the teams are very close in points. We wish Jamie and his team luck as they compete in further rounds of the competition.


HOC ET ILLUD GR - WL Charity Dinner

Grange and Walpole will be hosting the annual Grange-Walpole charity concert on 23rd March. The proceeds from the event will be donated to the King's College London Children's Neurology centre and we would really appreciate your support for this good cause. More information will be available nearer to the event.

MEMORABLE ARTICLES Editorial - Vol. II, No.6 - published in May 1951 The Editors frankly admit that the Editorial is the product of somebody's punishment essay What a host of glorious thoughts flock into our spirits when we hear that immortal pair of words: "The Grange". Struggling along its difficult way of life, the school has never failed to find its chief strength in the Grange. We admit to being by far the most disorganised house; we are always on the point of losing the Luxmoore Cup (that is, when we hold it) to the delinquents across the way. We will not dwell top long on our rivals but we must mention the folly of Luxmoore: first, they croon; secondly, they moon around outside cinemas every half-holiday. The Grange, of course, moon around too - inside. The Grange is an old building, they say. The slightest movement on the part of the Senior Dorm heavyweights brings down the ceilings - that is proof enough of their antiquity. Nevertheless, the House is not, unlike some of its members, a total wreck (yet). Someone once wrote in The Cantuarian an article on the Old Grange. This was indeed a delightful history of that veritable old warrior of a room; but the author omitted any nostalgic reflection on the adjudicators of the punishments of innocent youngsters. It has considerable psychological bearing on the subject. Artistically, the Grange holds itself high. For instance, a young man of great authority was heard to say that he preferred Jane Russell to the more recent fashions. That shows magnificent taste. In the world of drama, our concerts are invariably the most entertaining of them all - but we must admit that they sometimes verge on the crude, the lewd and the rude. We alone of all houses produce a magazine. That stands to be judged on its merits. We excel in hit tunes, from those of 55 B.C. (Caesar's invaded Britain! Bad show, chaps! Bad show!) up to those of the present day (She'll be wearing concrete corsets when she comes!). It is difficult to tell why the Grange is the best house - it is like analysing a picture by a figure artist (perfect as a unity, pointless as unities). Perhaps it is that we along of all other houses do not follow Walpole "up the Pole" - perhaps because we are so enlightened as to the habits of authority.


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