News Articles (old format) Jan 2009 - Jan 2010

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Nursery, Pre-School & Junior
NEWSLETTER
12th February 2010
Kingsley School Kingsley School

The "little" Kingsley cooks in Pre-School had great fun baking and eating their own almond cookies. For more pictures and news of the younger members of Kingsley School, from dragons to football, click on the link below for the February newsletter.

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Year 9 Students raise £2,500 for Children's Hospice South West
10th February 2010
Kingsley School
Kingsley School
Kingsley School
Family and friends of all the Year 9 students were treated to an evening of spectacular entertainment. The students had spent the day working on the annual Valentine Songwriting Challenge.The culmination of their efforts was to perform their song live on stage and raise money for Children's Hospice South West. Everyone was very proud of all who took part, a very nerve wracking experience for any teenager, and this year the lyrics, music and presentation were superb! The winning group were Peter, Ally, Oli and James with a song titled "Let's Go to Luigis", which had the whole audience joining in. In second place were Cara, Freyja, Samantha, Jess and Emily with a number which included harmonies and a dance routine! In third place were Charlie, Noah, Ewan, TJ and Sam who added drums, guitars and the very effective use of a triangle! Well done to ALL the Year 9s, the Year 8s have got a lot to live up to next year!

Click here to find out more Valentine Songwriting Challenge 2010
 

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Junior Chinese New Year
9th February 2010
Kingsley School Kingsley School

The Chinese Year of the Tiger was welcomed in fine style at the Junior School. Year 1 pupils put on an entertaining show for their parents and fellow pupils, including a Dragon dance and telling the story of how the animals chose who should give their name to the first Chinese year. For the younger members of the audience, perhaps the best part of the show was when the performers handed out little gifts to everyone, a traditional part of Chinese New Year celebrations

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Fishy Feast!
8th February 2010
Kingsley School

The School celebrated the official opening of its new Food Technology Department with a difference! Instead of the customary ribbon, the Mayor of Bideford Councillor Andy Powell, Governors and guests were invited to the cutting of the "Mackerel String". This was followed by a fish filleting demonstration, with a hands-on friendly competition amongst the guests to see who was the most skilled with a filleting knife. The evening concluded with a variety of fishy recipes being cooked up, resulting in a delicious shared "Fishy Feast".
The event was organised by Head of Food Technology Barbara Mingay, assisted by Technician Katharine Stone and Kingsley Students. It came about after a very successful visit by Dan in October to a GCSE class, highlighting local food sources, sustainability and healthy eating.

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Kingsley School Gymnasts best in the County
7th February 2010

Whilst one group of Kingsley gymnasts were competing in Stoke, another team travelled to Exeter for the Devon Schools Gymnastics Competition. The under 13 boys team and under 19 girls team did well to take the gold medals in their age group and the under 13 girls took silver. Individual placings were awarded to Under 13 Girls Katie Michael (1st) and Kate Edwards (3rd). Under 13 Boys Scott Heimann (1st), Joe Taylor-Richards (2nd) and Harrison East (3rd). In the under 19 competition Bryony Percy came 2nd and Millie Manley-Lewis 3rd.

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Kingsley Gymnasts National Independent Schools Association Champions
6th to 7th February 2010
Kingsley School Kingsley School

The Under 11 Girls won the Independent Schools Association National Gymnastics Championships Team title in Stoke-On-Trent at the weekend. Four girls were placed in the top 10, led by the new National Champion Sophie Johns. She had the highest score on every piece and confirms her status as one of the top gymnasts on the circuit having also won the GISGA 2-piece title. Saskia Woollam-Rees took the bronze medal, Jasmine Boyd was placed 4th and Daisy Scott 8th. Emily Hughes and Eleanor Barker competed for the first time at this level and were brilliant, achieving new skills and successfully performing their routines on each of the four pieces.
Not to be out done, the Over 11 Girls Team were also declared National ISA Champions. Kathryn Parkyn took the individual title and the top score on voluntary vault and floor. Kyra Neuwirth, Lauren Parsons, Millie Taylor-Richards and Coral Southam finishedin in 6th to 9th places all only separated by 0.15. The youngest in the team, Christina Brend finished 10th. Each girl played their part for the team taking top scores on a piece enabling them to take the title.
The Under 9 boys entered their first National event and brought home bronze medals. Most of the team are still under 7 and have many more years in this age group. They were all extremely excited and were able to use this successfully to perform each of their routines. Oliver Stacey was very neat in his floor routines and placed 14th, just ahead of the flying vaulter Tyler Cooper. Beau Atkinson and Logan White were brilliant and finished 17th and 18th respectively.

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MACBETH
25th & 26th January 2010
Kingsley School
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Kingsley School's Drama Department are to be congratulated on their superb production of Shakespeare's "Macbeth". Set in a military hospital on the outskirts of the battlefield in a post apocalyptic world, this classic play is a psychological study of the physical and psychological wounds of war and the quest for total power.
The lead role of Macbeth was played by Lower 6th Form student Tom Vinall whose energy and faultless delivery really brought the character alive. Lady Macbeth was played by Lucy Singer from Year 10 who proved to have an acting maturity beyond her years. Students from Year 7 upwards were involved in every aspect of the production including lighting, sound and scenery, as well as getting to grips with some very complex language as actors. Mrs Michele Borsten, Head of Drama at Kingsley was very proud of them all.
For a complete list of those who took part the programme can be downloaded below.
Nearly 200 children and accompanying staff from local schools came to watch, including Torrington Junior and Senior Schools, Paracombe, Kentisbury, Lynton, Sticklepath and St.Petrocs.

Click here to download the Cast List and Director's Notes Macbeth Programme
 
Click here to see the Macbeth Photo Gallery Macbeth Gallery
 

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Small Sacrifices for Big Causes
26th January 2010
Kingsley School Kingsley School
Kingsley School

After a thought provoking School Assembly, Mr Steve Whaley (Head of Geography), informed the students that he was giving up the purchase of a much wanted XBox 360 and donating the money to the Haiti Earthquake Appeal. He then challenged the students to give up something, even if it was only their favourite chocolate bar and donate the money to collect an amount that would really make a difference. The response was amazing, with an impressive £771.19 sent to the DEC Haiti Earthquake Appeal this week in addition to the £555 already given to SHELTER BOX. Notable among many generous contributions was the cheque for £230.18 handed in by year 11 pupil Grace Mitchell on behalf of her family and herself. With the profits from this week's Kingsley School production of "Macbeth" also pledged to the Haiti fund, the School's overall contribution is expected to be in the region of £2000.

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Gymnasts reach National Finals
24th January 2010
Kingsley School Kingsley School

The Kingsley School gymnasts have had a great start to the season taking 1st and 2nd places at the South West Carita House competition in Taunton.
The Under 11 Girls team retained their title to qualify for the National Finals which will be held in Stoke-on-Trent in March. Sophie Johns and Saskia Woollam-Rees took the top two individual positions matching their result at the Girls Independent Schools Gymnastics Association (GISGA) National 2 piece Championships last term.
The Under 16 Girls team were just beaten into second position by Ivybridge, the team they always fight with for the top position and last years National winners.
Under 11 Team - Sophie Johns, Saskia Woollam-Rees, Daisy Scott, Eleanor Barker, Emily Hughes
Under 16 Team - Lauren Parsons, Kate Edwards, Kat Parkyn, Lauren East, Anna Charles, Millie Taylor-Richards

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Kingsley Artists Exhibit at Burton Gallery
21st January to 22nd February 2010
Kingsley School Kingsley School

Students from Years 6 to to 13 submitted work to be displayed at the Burton Art Gallery and Museum in Bideford. This annual exhibition includes pieces created by children from schools in the Torridge area. Above can be seen a small glimpse of the "Kingsley School Wall".
The gallery is open to the public from Monday to Saturday 10am - 4pm and Sundays 11am - 4pm. Admission is free.

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Kingsley SHELTER BOX destined for Haiti
20th January 2010
Kingsley School Kingsley School

Ali Quinton-Tulloch in the Lower 6th handed over a cheque today in assembly for £555 to representatives from SHELTER BOX. The money is enough to purchase a box which will be sent immediately to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake. Ali and his friends worked very hard as part of the Performing Arts Course at School, organising and performing in an evening of music, dance and drama to raise the funds.
SHELTER BOX is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide. Its UK headquarters are in Cornwall. Pictured above are the first boxes to arrive at Port au Prince in Haiti to help build an emergency field hospital at the airport. Click on the link below for more information from their website.

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Unusual Slaves!
18th January 2010
Kingsley School

In their characteristically forthright and engaging style, Torrington 1646 presented Kingsley School's Year 9 History students with a vivid insight into the part played by slavery in the development of the British Empire, with particular reference to celebrated Devonian explorer-slave traders. The two character actors aided by authentic artefacts used role-play to demonstrate key aspects of the Atlantic slave trade including the transportation of slaves on the dreaded "middle passage" of the so-called triangular trade. Involving the pupils in the presentation helped to bring the subject alive.

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One week after the blizzards - Ten Tors goes Coastal!
17th January 2010
Kingsley School Kingsley School

A very short hop along the North Devon Coast, Hartland was chosen for Sunday's Ten Tors selection hike as an alternative venue due to the potential of ice on the higher roads leading to Dartmoor.
The weather was fantastic and a beautiful sunny day was enjoyed by the keen 35 and 45 mile team candidates. Mr Whaley and Father Steve were pleased with the pace of both teams and indeed extended the routes for both groups when they were completing the intended route too quickly!
The next session will be back on Dartmoor as long as the great British weather allows!

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National Science & Engineering Competition Finalists
January 2010
Kingsley School

Kingsley 6th Form students Sam Walder, Ashleigh Clayton, John Hodgson and Luke Cann were thrilled to receive the following message during the Christmas holidays:

"Thank you for entering the National Science & Engineering Competition. We had many high quality entries this year.....I have great pleasure in writing to tell you that the judging panel has decided that your team's project should go through to the finals of the Competition. Congratulations! Your team's project , GRAVITY: Dispensing of Bad Guys, is of a very high standard and we would therefore, like you to showcase your work at the Big Bang: UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair on 11-13 March 2010 at the Manchester Central, Manchester."

So the intrepid four plus their Physics Teacher Ian Holleran will be off on their all expenses paid trip in March. We wish them lots of luck with their exciting project.

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Kingsley Runners to represent North Devon
January 2010

Look out for news of the eight Kingsley runners who have been selected to compete at the Devon Schools Cross Country Running event in Torrington on Saturday February 6th. Tom Davey and Jack Unsworth from Year 7, Toby Mill and Ryan Waters from Year 11, James Pugsley, Tom Pugsley, Sam Petty and James Bunney running for the Seniors. All will be hoping the ground thaws out soon so that they can get some training in with Mr. Lane.

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Kingsley Duo Win National Choir Places
January 2010
Kingsley School Kingsley School
Kingsley School

Two Kingsley School Bideford students have just received some extremely good news from National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. 14 year old Cara-Jade Nichols has been invited to join the National Youth Training Choir, while 18 year old Bethan Waters has won a coveted place in the National Youth Choir itself. Bethan is currently studying Music and Music Technology for A Level with the School Music Department and is planning to take her musical talent on to University.
The National Youth Choir (for singers aged 16-22) is recognized as one of the most outstanding choirs of any kind in the world. Its members enjoy the highest standards of rehearsal and performance on courses in the UK and on international tours. A substantial number of choir members go on to make a career in the singing profession.
The Training Choir (for students aged between 13 and 18) can be - as it was for Bethan - a stepping stone into the main Choir, or a wonderful experience in its own right.
Both girls have singing lessons at Kingsley with Bonnie Bradley Bailey. Bonnie has herself had an accomplished world wide musical career as a mezzo-soprano, having made her oratorio debut with the New York Philharmonic.
Bonnie and Kingsley Director of Music Tony White (who usually accompanies the girls on piano at School concerts) expressed their pride and delight at Bethan and Cara-Jades achievements.

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The Big Freeze!
7th January 2010
Kingsley School Kingsley School Kingsley School

The week the" Big Freeze" came to Britain. The first day of School had to be cancelled, all over the country roads were blocked with ice and snow, some students took a week to get back! Fortunately Kingsley only closed for a day, after lots of hard work by the maintenance team to make the site safe.

Click here to see how the Big Freeze affected the School The Big Freeze
 

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Beats any Christmas Novel!
16th Dec 2009
Kingsley School

Forget all those Christmas 3 for the price of 2 novels, this is the only read you will need this holiday. Andy Lane, Head of the Kingsley Grenville Dyslexia Centre has been compiling facts, figures and anecdotes for this term's copy of the REVENGE.

Grenville's Revenge Christmas 2009 - Edition 41 (pdf)

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Pre-School & Junior Nativity
NEWSLETTER
9th Dec 2009
Kingsley School

The "little" Kingsley students delighted their parents, grandparents and friends with their variation of the traditional story of Christmas called "Fishing for Stars". The children sang beautifully, spoke clearly and looked fantastic in their costumes.

For more pictures and news of the younger members of Kingsley School, click on the link below for the December newsletter.

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Christmas Science Lectures
3rd December 2009
Kingsley School Kingsley School Kingsley School Kingsley School

Senior pupils enjoyed two stimulating and thought-provoking lectures given by Ben Brown, a member of the Bristol-based Explorer Dome team this Thursday . "The States of Matter Show" entertained Year 11 students and was followed by the (self-explanatory) "Bubble Show", in which Ben demonstrated to Kingsley's 6th Formers the different effects various gases have on - or, more accurately, in balloons.

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Pre-School & Junior Christingle
2nd December 2009
Kingsley School Kingsley School Kingsley School

Pre-School and Junior children were joined by their parents and friends for a traditional Christingle Service. The children had all made their own christingles and stood enthralled in the school theatre as the electric lights went out and their candles flickered. The service was led by Father Steve Hunt, the school Chaplain and a collection was taken afterwards raising over £200 for THE CHILDREN'S SOCIETY. Everyone enjoyed mince pies and a drink in the school dining room afterwards, along with some very careful dismantling of the christingle sweet and fruit sticks!

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Kingsley's Performing Arts Students Raise Money for
"SHELTER BOX"
1st December 2009
Kingsley School Kingsley School Kingsley School
Kingsley School Kingsley School

The Kingsley Sixth Form Performing Arts group led by Ali Quinton-Tulloch can be congratulated on their magnificent achievement in organising a night of music, drama and dance to raise funds for the "SHELTER BOX" charity. After a thought provoking slide presentation by SHELTER BOX representatives, a greatly appreciative audience were entertained and enthralled by every young performer. A wide range of acts included street dancing, songs from the shows, rock music and guitar melodies along with poetry and drama. Each act was introduced by Ali Q-T and Tom Vinall whose talent could rival that of Ant & Dec! Refreshments were provided and the final sum raised was over £500, enough to provide a SHELTER BOX for a needy area of the world.

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Fantastic Weekend for Gymnasts at GISGA Port Regis
28th / 29th November 2009
Kingsley School

Exceptional performances by:
      Sophie Johns (1st), Saskia Woollam-Rees (2nd) - Under 11s
      Katie Michel (9th) - Under 13s
       Millie Taylor-Richards & Anna Charles (3rd) - Over 13s
Under 11 Team Gold - Sophie Johns, Saskia Woollam-Rees, Daisy Scott, Emily Hughes, Megan Hillyer
Under 13 Team 6th - Jasmine Boyd, Christina Brend, Alexandra Lacey, Katie Michael, Lauren Parsons
Over 13 Team Gold - Kyra Neuwirth, Coral Southam, Millie Taylor-Richards, Lauren East, Anna Charles
This was the last competition for this year. The next competition is on January 24th where the teams will be trying their hardest to qualify for the National Carita House Competition.

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Kingsley Biathlon Students Strike Gold for 7th Year
29th November 2009
Kingsley School

Sam Petty, James Bunney and Oliver Taylor all Kingsley School Sixth Formers stormed to victory in the South West Biathlon Championships held at Millfield School in Somerset. They beat the hosts by a huge margin of over 300 points, earning themselves a place in the UK Finals to be held in March in Aldershot. Sam Petty & James Bunney came in 1st and 2nd respectively, with Oli Taylor finishing in 7th position overall.Team mate Tom Pugsley was close behind with a 5th position in the swim and 13th in the run. Other strong performances came from Ryan Waters who came 4th overall and Toby Mill 5th overall. Well done to Jack Unsworth who came 9th overall and Tom Davey who finished a fantastic 2nd in the run. Both boys are only in year 7, so just need a bit more work to reach the same heights as the older boys. Not to be forgotten, P.E. Teacher Simon Mathers came in 1st place in the swim and 3rd place in the run. Well done to all twelve students who took part.

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Rowing Crews Show Off Their New Outfits at Totnes Head
28th November 2009
Kingsley School

A very wet day at Totnes was not ideal for showing off the new school rowing outfits. Nevertheless it was a very successful day for the oarsmen and women of Kingsley School and Bideford Blues, with several crews taking 1st place in their races.
W J15 Double 1st - Zoe Robertson & Naomi Locke. M J15 Double 2nd - Owen Godwin & Ollie Roberts-Key. W J16 Single 1st - Alice Jackson. W J16 Double 1st - Nicky Reed & Hannah Myers. W J16 Quad 1st - Nicky Reed, Hannah Myers, Jess Myers, Alice Jackson, Cox Chris Daniels(Blues). W J16 Quad 4th - Rosie Klymow, Naomi Locke, Megan Harty, Emma French Cox Tom Loka. M J16 Quad 2nd - Jack Harty, Owen Godwin, Ollie Roberts-Key, Will Manners, Cox Tom Loka. M J18 Quad 2nd - Tom Pugsley, Tom Loka, Adam Bewes, Milo George, Cox Nicky Reed. Mens Double 6th - Chris Glover, Dave (Blues). W J18 Double - Bethan Waters, Ashleigh Clayton.

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Adam called up for Judo Great Britain Squad
28th Nov 2009
Kingsley School

Kingsley School hosted the England Judo Training Day for the Western Area this weekend. A large number of the best young players from the area joined the school's own elite players. Following the session Adam Palmer who is currently in the Upper Sixth and a member of the Judo Academy was called up to attend the GB Squad training sessions in Sheffield in the New Year.

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A Wealth of Talented Kingsley Youngsters
24th November 2009
Kingsley School Kingsley School

Well done to ALL those who seized the opportunity to fine tune their skills, keep their nerve and grow in confidence at this year's North Devon Performing Arts Festival. Students took part in a huge variety of classes including dance, voice and drama. Trophies and Awards went to many Kingsley students. In the music category, Jed Kerby in year 7 was declared most promising singer aged 12 years & under. Meanwhile Bethan Waters in the Upper Sixth gained the highest mark in the instrumental classes for both folk music & her own composition as well as being the only singer to reach the outstanding category for her show song "Vanilla Ice Cream". Millie Manley-Lewis in Year 9 won the Wellstood Memorial Trophy for Best Jazz Pianist and also for grade 4 piano. Christina Tang in Year 10 won awards for both piano and violin at grade 8. Allan Bennett excelled not only as a novice singer but also won the grade 7 Brass Solo class. Megan Kerby and Cara Nichols won several awards including Sacred Song.
In the Drama section twenty students took part from the Senior School. Megan Kerby took first place in her age group for poetry and also for Acting Solo Drama. Victoria Charles and Rebekah Fell shared the Warwick Cup for Prose, and Rebekah was also awarded the Elena Shayne Tray for Poetry. From Year 8 Samantha Ashton and Isabel Murgelas were winners of the Smeddle Cup for Acting Duologue. From Year 10, Sophie Gregory And Lucy Singer were not only awarded the Casey Cup for Acting Duologue but scored the highest mark in this section in the festival. From the Kingsley Sixth Form Victoria Charles and Amy Wisenfeld took first place for Acting Duologue and the Festival Award.
Thirty children from the Junior School took part in this years festival in a huge variety of classes from beginner piano to reciting poetry about everything from spiders to dustbins! Very well done to everyone and special congratulations to trophy winners Nathan Hughes, Jasper Chavasse, Sam Lowe, Robert Stirzaker and Elijah Bodinetz.

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Fantastic Result for Alice at British Indoor Championships
22nd Nov 2009
Kingsley School

Year 11 student Alice Jackson travelled to Birmingham on Saturday for the British Indoor Rowing Championships organised by "Concept2". Usually Alice is seen out rowing in the beautiful Torridge Estuary with the Kingsley School and Bideford Blues crews, but once a year she battles it out indoors on the rowing machines at this important competition. This year she came in a brilliant 6th place amongst a field of other superb young female rowers.

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Olympic Stadium inspires sporting Geographers
17th November 2009
Kingsley School Kingsley School Kingsley School
Kingsley School Kingsley School

Upper Sixth Geography A Level students have just returned from a three day trip to London and Essex. As the group contains International level athletes, the tour of the 2012 Olympic Stadium Site was particularly exciting. Day one saw them visiting the large out of town shopping complex known as Lakeside. They enjoyed both exploring and shopping, and seeing the impacts and advantages of out of town retailing. Day two was spent on the Isle of Dogs in East London investigating the London Docklands development and Canary Wharf, with an afternoon at the Olympic Site.On the last day they had a tour of the "sights" in London followed by a visit to the Natural History Museum and the Volcanoes and Earthquakes displays. Well done to Mr Whaley for once again getting out and about with his Geography students and a special thanks to Mr Charlton for accompanying them.

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CONGRATULATIONS!
Girls Under 14 Hockey Team North Devon Champions
12th November 2009
Kingsley School

Congratulations to all the girls in the Under 14 Hockey Team who beat strong opposition from West Buckland School, Shebbear College, Park and Pilton Schools to win the honour of representing North Devon. The County Championship games are to be held at Exeter University on Thursday 19th November.
Team Captain: Katie Hill
Goal Scorers: Mariona San Jose - 5, Katie Michael - 4, Abbie Loka - 1.
Team Members: Kat Crossley, Emily Brown, Katie Pullen, Anna Ubach, Emma Richards, Marta Leroy, Bryony Percy, Lauren Parsons, Samantha James.

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A Day on Dartmoor
7th November 2009
Kingsley School Kingsley School Kingsley School

Year 9 and 10 pupils who want to be considered for selection to train for the Ten Tors 2010 event on Dartmoor, spent a day familiarising themselves with the terrain. Accompanied by Mr Waters and Mr Whaley, the students had a very enjoyable day, coping well with some long climbs and boggy ground. Dartmoor offered the typical mix of sunshine, rain and hail but that didn't dampen their spirits or enthusiasm.

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Guy Fawkes, Bonfire and Fireworks
6th Nov 2009
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Kingsley School Kingsley School

The Kingsley Juniors had lots of creative fun making Guy Fawkes characters to go on the giant school bonfire on Friday. In the evening they were joined by older students, parents and friends to warm themselves by the bonfire and enjoy a tasy hot-dog, hot chocolate or mulled wine. The event was organised by the parents association "Friends of Kingsley" assisted by the Head Andy Waters who as resident pyrotechnic expert put on a fabulous firework display.

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Inter-House Public Speaking Competition
6th Nov 2009
Kingsley School

This year's Inter-House Public Speaking Competition was extremely competitive and produced some excellent speeches in all age groups. The younger speakers from Years 7 and 8 were particularly impressive.
The competition was won by Woolacombe House which gained first place in the Junior and Intermediate sections and 2nd place in the Senior section.
Individual winners were Will Jackson from Year 8 talking about climbing a Sea Stack, Anna Charles in Year 10 speaking about dolphins and Kate Joslin in the 6th Form who talked about people with learning difficulties. The third member of the winning team was Vicky Charles with her speech entitled "My Height".
Many thanks to the Rev. Paul Niemiec, community priest and youth worker for Newport, Barnstaple for judging the contest.

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Seeing Double at the Tate Modern Gallery
27th - 29th October 2009
Kingsley School

Identical twins Hannah and Jessica Myers who are in Year 11 at Kingsley, appeared at the Tate Modern during the Half Term holiday as part of a Damien Hirst piece of artwork. The girls spent three days at the London South Bank Gallery dressed identically, sitting in front of two of Hirst's famous "Spot" paintings, in which the colours of the spots are virtually identical, but like the twins have differences on closer inspection.
Hannah and Jessica were allowed to chat to visitors, but whatever else they did during their time at the gallery had to be the same. They passed some of the time by reading The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale and found one of the most common questions asked by visitors was if they were on the same page. Both girls are studying Art for GCSE.
For more information, which continues with new pairs of twins visit the Tate website.

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North Devon Schools Surf Competition Thriller
23rd October 2009
Kingsley School Kingsley School Kingsley School

A total of eight schools were able to compete at Saunton Sands with an Open Girls, Open Boys and a Tag Team competition organised by Ilfracombe College. We arrived to the usual mass of excited surfers all desperate to see how the swell was shaping off the lazy right hander so famous at Saunton. The event started with Kingsley's Mr. Mathers judging a hotly contested Girls competition.
Kingsley's biggest chance was in the Tag event. Teams consist of six surfers, two of whom have to be girls, who have a total of 40 minutes to paddle out, ride and claim a wave each. This becomes highly tactical and incredibly exciting to watch. Great surfing from Jacob Sharpe scoring the wave of the contest sealed our passage through to the Final. For which Jacob was sent in first, followed by Jack Unsworth sent out on his longboard to try to emulate Jacob's style in the tricky dropping swell. He made it look easy and pulled of a Hang Five in no time. Next went Luke Giddy who found it very difficult to catch anything on his short board but hung in there to give us a chance. Lewis MacDonald was sent in with instructions to attempt just one wave and claim it. He came up trumps. Anna Ubach, from Spain for just a term and surfing just 5 weeks, was sent in having been told to go to waist depth, turn and ride one in. She ran into the surf as a monster set came through and we thought there was no way she could handle it. How she proved us wrong! Not only did she paddle straight through it but she turned, shot straight to her feet and rode all the way back to shore! We went crazy as the hooter went for full time knowing we had done our best but not how good this was. Circle One presented the awards and Braunton School ended up worthy winners, but we were over the moon with our 2nd place to this much more experienced team. All in all a great day, with a fantastic effort shown by all those involved.

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In the woods and the "younger ones" NEWSLETTER
23rd October 2009
Kingsley School Kingsley School Kingsley School

Kingsley School Juniors were captured on camera while investigating Autumn "fruits of the forest" in the school woods.They enjoy their time outside enormously, putting on their wellies and outdoor clothes and learning as part of the Forest School's Curriculum.

For pictures and news of the younger members of Kingsley School, click on the link below for the first half termly newsletter.

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Look what landed in the Theatre
22nd Oct 2009
Kingsley School Kingsley School Kingsley School
Kingsley School

The giant inflatable which appeared in the Kingsley Theatre was home to Explorer Dome, a Hands-On Science Show. After crawling in through the bubble entrance, students from Year 10 took part in the "Environment Show" which supports the "Earth Science" work taking place this term as part of their GCSE.
In the afternoon the theme changed to "The Light Show" where the Explorer Dome Team enthralled the Kingsley Year 5 and 6 students along with visitors from St Helen's School in Abbotsham and East-The-Water in Bideford.
Further Science extravaganzas are planned on Thursday 11th December for older students. These are in the form of Lectures by Explorer Dome's Ben Brown. "States of Matter" starts at 11.40am for Year 11 and "The Bubble Show" for the Sixth Form at 2.05pm, parents are welcome to attend these events, please phone reception on 01237 426200 and let them know.

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Year 10s learn to cook fresh local fish
19th October 2009
Kingsley School Kingsley School Kingsley School

Year 10 students celebrated the delights of locally sourced foods by inviting "Dan the Fish Man" from Clovelly to their GCSE class. After a talk and demonstration pupils were encouraged to cook a range of fish unlikely to be found in the local "chippy".
Food Technology teacher Mrs Barabara Mingay said "We are investigating local food sources and looking at issues of sustainability. Fish is high on our agenda." Their next "Fishy Feat" is intended to be a "Ready Steady Cook" session during school assembly! Dan has set the Year 10 chefs a challenge to create a fish recipe, where the best will be published in the Gazette.

Click here to see how they got on in the kitchen cooking with fish

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Adam reports on his Summer of Judo in Japan
October 2009
Kingsley School Kingsley School

Adam Palmer returned in September to the Kingsley Upper Sixth after a Summer spent Judo training in Japan. Adam is a boarder at school and a member of the Kingsley School Judo Club as well as part of Bath University's Judo Academy with which Kingsley is partnered. Here are some comments from the report that Adam made to his Japanese hosts about his experiences. Please click on the link to download his full report.

"The trip to Japan was an experience of a life time and I hope that I can one day return to try to better myself. Who knows maybe even return to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games if Japan is successful in its bid."
"The view over the electric city that is Tokyo was truly breathtaking."
" The Japanese ethos of nothing but your best will do has definitely rubbed off on me and I am now applying
it to everything that I do.
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Sixth Formers visit Cheltenham Literature Festival
16th Oct 2009
Kingsley School

Sixth Form A Level English students enjoyed a day out in Cheltenham. They had the chance to soak up the atmosphere of Britain's oldest Literature Festival and were able to hear one of their prescribed authors, the poet Owen Shears, reading and talking about his work. The highspot was meeting Owen at the book signing and being photographed with him!

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Amazon Explorer visits Kingsley
15th October 2009
Kingsley School Kingsley School

On Thursday the school were lucky to have explorer Mark Kalch visit and give a talk to all Year 11 and Sixth Form students. Just back from a trip to Kilimanjaro, Mark spoke of his experiences whilst travelling (only on foot or by boat) from the source of the Amazon, high in the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean. The journey from Peru through Brazil encompassed many different cultures as well as vast changes in landscape. His presentation was given before a constantly changing backdrop of pictures and videos of his expedition.
Mark then went on to talk in more detail with the Biology and Geography students, answering questions relating to their academic studies as well as his experiences. In the evening he gave a talk to parents and friends.
Mark is heading off in a few weeks time to begin a solo walk from the North to the South of Iran. We wish him a safe journey and hope to see him next year, to hear about his travels. In the mean time his adventures can be followed via his website.

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Gymnasts Excel at Wycombe Abbey
10th / 11th October 2009
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Kingsley gymnasts were extremely successful at their first competition of the season. The Trinity Shield brought together teams from all over the country as a warm-up to the forth-coming ISA, GISGA and IAPS National Championships. Sophie Johns in Year 6 was outstanding taking gold on both the floor and the vault. Louis Beaumont in Year 5 won gold on the vault. Individual silver medals for the vault were also won by Solomon Atkinson in Year 6, Harrison East in Year 5 and Jasmine Boyd in Year 7. The under 11 boys tied for gold in the team event, meanwhile the under 11 girls took the silver medal. This was a fantastic result as two members were ill. Ashleigh Boyd in Year 5, who was travelling to watch her sister, stepped in on the day to enable the girls to participate. She truly was the star of the day, without her the girls could have only entered as guests. Daisy Scott in Year 6 who only started last year has shown great improvement and achieved 8.9 out of 9.5 for her vault, just missing a medal. In the senior event the girls danced beautifully through their new routines and received credit from the Floor judges. They were rewarded when the results were announced with Anna Charles in Year 10 and Kathryn Parkyn in Year 11 winning silver medals on Floor and Millie Taylor-Richards in Year 11 taking the bronze. The lowest score achieved by Kingsley�s over 11 girls was 8.9 (out of 10). Overall they were just pipped for the title by 0.2 by the host team.

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Golden Day for Kingsley School Opening Ceremony
10th October 2009
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The sun shone on a glorious Devon Autumn day to celebrate the official opening of Kingsley School Bideford.
Guest of Honour Baroness Kathleen Richardson OBE, Chairman of the Methodist Board of Management spoke with great warmth and enthusiasm before gathered students, parents, governors, old scholars, staff and friends as she unveiled the commemorative plaque.
The day of celebration had begun in the morning with a rowing event on the river Torridge with Olympic Gold Medallists Greg & Jonny Searle and continued with a host of wide ranging activities in and around the school.
For a glimpse of a very happy and vibrant day, click on the links below.

Rowing with Greg & Jonny Searle

Opening Ceremony & Celebrations

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Celebrating Autumn
9th Oct 2009
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Kingsley School

Kingsley School's younger pupils celebrated Autumn and the gathering in of their apple harvest in style when Jon Rodney-Jones visited the pre-prep and years 1 and 2. Mr Rodney-Jones demonstrated the re-created traditional apple press machine which he had designed and built himself.
The children bought apples from their own gardens and had a chance to see them pressed and made into apple juice.
Judging by the smiles, the apple juice was a real winner; you could say that they were hard "pressed" to find a better apple juice anywhere!

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Kingsley Gymnasts Perform in London
3rd / 4th October 2009
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Kingsley School Gymnasts performed amazingly at the London Festival of Gymnastics this weekend. The girls were selected to perform at the gala evening and their routine set to 1980s classics was a huge success. Kingsley Team members were Coral Southam, Kathryn Parkyn, Rebecca Straker, Millie Taylor-Richards, Anna Charles, Lauren East, Grace Woolway, Lauren Parsons, Christina Brend, Jasmine Boyd, Sophie Johns, Saskia Woollam-Rees, Daisy Scott, Brooke Timmins, Sophie Percival along with coaches Katrina Venner & Gemma Braunton.

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Languages Awareness Week
28th Sept to 2nd Oct 2009
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Kingsley School

Kingsley School celebrated their Languages Awareness Week by incorporating the National European Day of Languages with a packed programme of activities.
Talented overseas students and staff offered workshops in such diverse areas as Chinese and Arabic traditional language and handwriting, plus tuition in Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Catalan and Farsi. Pupils learnt to Salsa dance, speak Italian and Czech, listen to and play traditional South American musical instruments as well learning basic British Sign Language. Students impressed staff with their willingness to learn from and help each other in true community spirit.
A traditional French breakfast of chocolat chaud, croissants and pain au chocolat was followed by lunches with an International flavour. Food-tasting competitions proved popular as students raced to sample food from all over the world matching it to the country of origin. The week ended with a hotly contested Inter House Euro Quiz.

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Sixth Form Geographers travel to North Norfolk
27th to 30th Sept 2009
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Kingsley School

Geographers from the Lower Sixth Form accompanied by Mr Whaley and Miss Sparrow made the long trip across the country for a four day visit to the North Norfolk coast. The rapidly eroding coastline of North Norfolk has fantastic examples of a variety of coastal management and provides a great contrast to the cliffs and beaches familiar to them in North Devon. The busy field-trip included looking at coastal erosion and management, studying various settlements in the area and comparing the service provision, environmental quality and population. The students worked really hard into the evenings with ICT sessions and lectures. They also had the chance to take part in some less serious activities such as a blindfolded assault course and to explore the historic city of Norwich.

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Author Malcolm Rose visits Year 7, 8 & 9 students
30th September 2009
Kingsley School

Year 7, 8 and 9 students were treated to a fascinating talk by author Malcolm Rose who was visiting Devon as part of the Appledore Book Festival. Malcolm Rose is the prolific author of young-adult suspense novels that often use science to solve the quandaries presented. As a former University Chemistry lecturer he said "I used to add chemicals together, brew them up a bit and see what happened, but now I mix fictional characters, stir in a bit of conflict and see what happens. Hopefully either can be explosive!"

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Successful Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award Expedition
26th September 2009
Kingsley School
Kingsley School
Kingsley School
The Kingsley School Bronze D of E expedition went out onto the fringes of Exmoor to complete a two day qualifying expedition for their bronze award. The weather was beautiful and the scenery was stunning. All completed the distance, some had very sore feet and shoulders but everybody was determined to get to the finish! They are pictured here enjoying a welcome break, having lunch and striding out to the finish.

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Year 7s and Sixth Formers make friends at the Zoo
25th September 2009
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The new Year 7s had a great day out at Bristol Zoo, getting to know each other and lots of interesting facts about insects, fish and animals. Sharing the coach journey and experience were Lower Sixth Business Studies and Biology students with more serious academic criteria to fulfill. While one group worried about having enough pocket money for ice-cream the others could only look whistfully across the coach trying to recall the carefree days before deadlines and coursework!

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Tour of Britain Cycle Race comes to Bideford
23rd September 2009
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Bideford were proud to host the end of stage 6 of the Tour of Britain Cycle Race this year. The stage finished along Bideford Quay which was closed for the day. Thousands of spectators turned out to enjoy the event, including all the Kingsley School Year 7 and 8 students and accompanying staff, who only had to walk the short distance from their classroom to the Quay. The riders however made short work of the 100 plus mile route from Frome in Somerset, crossing Bideford Old Bridge to loud cheers.

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Magnificent turn-out for Gliddon & Squires Cross Country
19th September 2009
Kingsley School
Kingsley School Kingsley School

Kingsley School hosted the first race of the Gliddon & Squires Cross Country Series. 295 competitors ages ranging from 7 years to 60+ years took part on this beautiful sunny Sunday. Kingsley School entries included children, teenagers, staff, mums, dads and grandparents. This is truly an event for all the family and community, anyone can enter, whether from a club or individually, from State or Independent school. So, dust off your running shoes and contact the organisers, happy in the knowledge you will be encouraged and cheered all around the course whatever your age or ability. Further information about Cross Country running at Kingsley School and other running events can be found on the school running club website (click on the link below).

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Bideford in glorious sunshine for 2009 Regatta
12th September 2009
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Bideford Quay was bathed in warm sunshine this weekend, not only busy with rowers, but also the stalls of the Farmers' Market tempting passers by with local produce from fiery pickled onions to fresh scallops!
Once again the Kingsley School rowers partnered with their Bideford Blues friends enjoyed much success and had lots of fun.
Pictured above rowing towards Bideford New Bridge are Year 11 students Nicky Reed, Hannah and Jess Myers, Alice Jackson and Cox Chris Daniels, winners of the Ladies Under 16 Quad Sculls. Alongside them are Milo George, Jack Harty, Oliver Roberts-Key and Owen Godwin with school coach Tina Robertson as cox, who went on to take third place in the men's Under 16 race.

Click here for full results and photos Bideford Regatta 2009

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Kingsley Netball Girls Rewarded in the North Devon Senior League
11th September 2009
Kingsley School

The North Devon Senior Netball League Presentations were held this year at the Barnstaple Hotel, celebrating the successes of the 08-09 season. Highlights from Kingsley students included Chantal Moore who won the "Players' Player Award" for Division 1 in the Winter and the "Fair Play Award" for Division 2 in the Summer. Elizabeth Hanner won the "Players' Player Award and the "Junior Player Award" in Division 4 as well as team trophies. Pictured above are the 08 - 09 Kingsley players, including current Kingsley staff netball enthusiasts Miss Katrina Venner, Miss Kathryn Timms and Miss Gemma Braunton.

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Gymnastics Judging Success for Kingsley Girls
August 2009

Congratulations to Coral Southam in the Upper Sixth and Kathryn Parkyn in Year 11 who passed the Women's Artistic Gymnastics Club Judge Exam during the Summer holidays. They both achieved very high scores, with Kathryn gaining a Distinction.

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GCSE Results
27th August 2009
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Students at Kingsley School are celebrating excellent GCSE results today with an overall A* - C pass rate of 80%, and over half the grades achieved at A*, A and B. 29% of the grades were A* and A, and twenty of the students gained 5 or more A* and A grades each.
There were a number of outstanding individual performances, with eight students gaining 8 or more A*\A grades each, and a top performance from Rebekah Locke with 10.5 A* grades and 2 A grades. Identical twins Joanne and Nicola Grant achieved almost identical results, with 3 A* and 6 A grades each.
Head Andy Waters summed up the School's delight at the results, which represent a tremendous success for students from a wide ability range. "The high standard of teaching, and the hard work of the students at Kingsley, have secured outstanding results and have delivered numerous individual successes that enable students to go on to Sixth Form study. Our staff and students have worked so hard to achieve this level of success, and should feel really proud today. These results are further proof of our expertise in meeting the needs of students at many different levels".

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A LEVEL Results
20th August 2009
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Kingsley School students celebrated some excellent A Level exam results today. The smiles of the students pictured above expressed their delight at recording a stunning 21 A grades between them, covering the following subjects; English Literature, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography, French & P.E. Pictures show from left to right; Jess Mill, Mark Harding, Lauren Kandasamy, Charlotte Nash, Philip Watson & Stephanie Brown.

Headmaster Andy Waters, paid tribute to the hard work, commitment and dedication of Kingsley School's staff and students. "These are excellent results, the first for our new school, which show the strength and depth of the Sixth Form. We encourage students to sit the exams of their choice, and the vast majority have exceeded their expectations. The Sixth Form and their teaching and tutorial staff should be proud of these achievements, and they demonstrate the strong academic foundation upon which the school is built. we wish our students every success as they move on from Kingsley".

Students at Kingsley School recorded an overall A Level pass rate of 95%, with 29% at grade A and 78% of grades at A to C.

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Sam wins Invitation Schools Biathlon at Crystal Palace
15th August 2009
Kingsley School

Congratulations to Sixth Form Student Sam Petty on winning the Invitational Schools Biathlon, which was part of the Modern Pentathlon World Championships held at Crystal Palace. He won the run by approximately 5 seconds and was 3rd in the swim, only 0.5 seconds behind the winner. It was a great experience for Sam, bumping into World and Olympic pentathlon champions all day and even the weather was ideal. He is pictured above just after receiving his trophy and medal from Georgina Harland the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist.

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Rosanna cycles 102 miles in a day, then heads for the Himalayas
August 2009
Kingsley School

Sixth Form student Rosanna Jury is pictured above at the start of the 102 mile cycle route from Plymouth to Ilfracombe, which she recently completed in one day! She took on the challenge as a fundraiser and to improve her fitness for a scientific expedition to the Himalayas.
Rosanna is now spending 5 weeks camping at high altitude in the mountains of Ladakh, part of the Tibetan plateau, with the British Schools Exploring Society (part of National Geographic) with 36 other young people chosen from around Britain. It is one of the most remote regions of the Himalayas and the BSES are hoping to carry out important research on the impact of high altitude on human physiology to see how different people use oxygen, with the aim of helping the management of intensive care patients.
"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, I have found raising the funds for it hard in the present economic climate as I haven't liked to ask local businesses." For everyone who makes a donation to her expedition funds, Rosanna is asking them to guess how long they think it took her to complete the 102 mile cycle (less breaks) with a prize of a large celebration hamper for the nearest guess. Please ring 01237 424066 if you would like to make a donation/guess.
To follow Rosanna's progress via a weekly Blog or simply to find out more about the British Schools Exploring Society visit the following sites.

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STOP PRESS! Kingsley School's Elite Sportsmen
2nd August 2009

SAM PETTY - Congratulations to Sam who won his event at the National Biathle (run/swim/run) in Salford on Sunday. He has consequently qualified for the World Championships in Monaco. Running up those hills on the Gold D of E trip to the Picos Mountains in Spain the week before must have had a good effect!
JAMES BUNNEY - Congratulations to James who competed on the same day in the London Triathlon Junior Elite Sprint (swim/bike/run).The event is for the best young triathletes in the country and James did brilliantly by coming 5th overall.

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Summer Rowing Update
2nd August 2009
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Kingsley School

APPLEDORE & INSTOW REGATTA was a day of closely fought competition amongst the South West teams.The sun shone and the quay and beach were packed with lively crowds enjoying a day out in North Devon. The under 14 double scull event was won by Zoe Robertson and Naomi Locke, pictured above with their trophies. The mixed four of Ashleigh Clayton, Bethan Waters, Tom Loka and Tom Pugsley, coxed by Kingsley and Blues coach Tina Robertson battled in an exciting finish to win the TAZA trophy for novices. Kingsley School's Tom Loka, Milo George, Chris Glover and Tom Pugsley, coxed by Chris Daniel from the Blues took 2nd place in the U18 Mens event. Third place went to the under 16 quadruple scullers; Zoe Robertson, Hannah and Jessica Myers and Nicky Reed, with cox Tom Loka. Also taking 3rd place were the mixed Kingsley School and Bideford Blues crew in the senior C four with Hayley Wilson, Becka Jeffrey, Milo George and Chris Glover, with cox Chris Daniel.
FALMOUTH REGATTA saw Nicky Reed, Jessica and Hannah Myers, Zoe Robertson,with Chris Daniel as cox, take 3rd place in the under 16 quadruple sculls. Zoe then teamed up with Naomi Locke in the double sculls, coming in a fine 2nd place. With many students away on holiday, Milo George was helped out by Jessica Myers to compete in the mens under 16 double sculls (girls are allowed to row in mens events).They fought hard against some strong all male crews but sadly didn't earn a podium place this time.
WIMBLEBALL REGATTA and near perfect conditions at the lake on Exmoor for the 2000m Olympic-length course. A great day for Alice Jackson who won 2nd place in the U16 single sculls event. She also teamed up with Hannah and Jessica Myers and Nicky Reed, with cox Chris Daniel to take 3rd place in the under 16 quadruple sculls.

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Success in Spain for Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Group
12th July to 24th July 2009
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Kingsley School

Seventeen students travelled from school to the Picos de Europa National Park in Northern Spain. The aim of the trip was for students to complete the four day expedition requirement of their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. The mountain scenery was stunning and the backpacking and walking routes included rocky high mountain terrain, steep wooded descents, climbs through flower filled meadows and a final walk along the Cares Gorge. The weather provided everything from draining heat and blue skies to thunder, hail, wind and rainbows. All agreed it was a very challenging and worthwhile experience. Accompanying staff, Kingsley Head Andy Waters and Father Steve Hunt, were impressed by the faultless behaviour and superb attitude of all who took part.
After getting a taste for the high mountains, nine of the group led by Andy Waters also climbed Pena Vieja, the second highest peak in the Picos range at 2613m. For a selection of images of the trip from cooking to cow bells, click on the links below.

Click here for photos of Picos D of E Gold Award Expedition 2009

Click here for photos of Pena Vieja 2009

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Essential Summer Reading!
10th July 2009
Kingsley School

While others have been busy packing and unpacking their classrooms, Andy Lane has had the enjoyable task of reflecting on the achievements of all the students in his department (but he still has the packing and unpacking to do!) The result, with the usual sensitive, thoughtful reporting and good humour can be viewed or downloaded by clicking on the link below. So, as you head off to the beach, mountains or moors, don't forget this Summer's essential read is definitely the Kingsley Grenville Dyslexia Department's REVENGE.

Grenville's Revenge Summer 2009 (pdf)

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Lundy Swim for Children's Hospice South West
July 2009 - Swim on 16th August
Kingsley School
Kingsley School

News from Kingsley School's P.E. teacher Simon Mathers who is part of a 4 man relay team attempting to swim from Lundy Island to Woolacombe on Sunday 16th August. "No one has swum this stretch of water previously. A distance of 21 miles as the crow flies, at least equivalent to crossing The English Channel... only with deeper water and faster currents."
As well as establishing a "first crossing" Simon and his team mates are aiming to raise £10,000 for Children's Hospice South West. Look out for him training or surfing in the sea at Westward Ho! and, better still, sponsor him!

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Update on Adam in Japan
6th July 2009
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We have been glad to receive news of Adam Palmer in Japan. Adam in the Lower Sixth at Kingsley School won one of only five places from across the whole of Europe, to train and study Judo at Tokai University in Tokyo, for 6 weeks this summer. It is now the Japanese rainy season and a tough environment to train in. Adam has been described by his Japanese hosts as ".....a hard worker, everyone likes him". Well done Adam, from the photos it certainly looks like hot work!

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Cabaret
2nd July 2009
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Staff, students, parents and governors came together under the masterful organisation of Director of Music Tony White for this year's Cabaret. With the theme of North Devon Pirates in mind and Bideford's great tradition of "any excuse for fancy dress", the audience appeared in some superb costumes. It was an evening never to be forgotten with songs of every style from ballads and opera to rock, pop, folk and jazz. Ex-pupils and retired staff were welcomed back to sing, dance and play. The vocal and instrumental quality of the acts was outstanding especially amongst the younger performers! Too much to mention here, but click on the link below to see if you recognise any new or old faces.

Click here for photos of Cabaret 2009

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Year 7s get together at the Ultimate High
2nd July 2009
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Kingsley School

WOW! Did you see that? The year 7s from both the Belvoir and Northdown campuses got together for a day out at The Ultimate High activity centre just 5 minutes down the road from school. They had lots of fun conquering the physical and mental challenges of the "High Ropes", along with the climbing walls, zip wire and "Leap of Faith". Some unusual team games kept everyone laughing as they dodged the showers. Mrs Chudleigh would like to say a special "Thank you" to Will Jackson who patiently coached her around the course. Mr Norris is to be congratulated on his photography. Everyone had a great time, cheered on and encouraged by Mrs Toubin-Whale and Mrs Johnson. Click on the link below for a selection of his photos.

Click here for photos of The Ultimate High - Bideford

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The Taming of the Shrew
29th June to 1st July 2009
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Kingsley School

Kingsley School staff, parents and students from across the age range (8 to 60 ish) joined forces with friends and members of the Barnstaple Amateur Operatic Society to present an unusual but very much enjoyed production of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew". Superbly masterminded by Kingsley Junior School's Julie Stonestreet, the play took part in the beautiful gardens of the Moreton campus, but was set in a modern day health club. Scenes included singing, dancing and aerobics and featured a tractor and trailer "wedding car" and a go-cart! Julie commented on "being blessed with a very talented and enthusiastic cast" and she certainly was.

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Totnes & Exeter Regatta News
20th & 28th June 2009
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TOTNES REGATTA saw all the crews drawn against some strong opposition. The mixed crew of Oliver Roberts-Key, Owen Godwin, Naomi Locke and Zoe Robertson were the most successful this time, taking second place in the U14 Boys race. They were coxed by Chris Daniel from our partner club Bideford Blues.
PLYMOUTH REGATTA brought some great results across the board. The girls Four of Nicky Reed, Alice Jackson, Hannah Myers & Jessica Myers won their event. Alice Jackson took first place in the Single Sculls and other crews took two second places, two third places and two fourth places.
Watch out for the Kingsley School Rowers as they participate in Regattas all over the South West during the holidays. For locations and dates see the "Diary" above.

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Prestigious UK Computer Animation Awards for Simon
26th June 2009
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Simon Taylor in Year 10 spent the day on Friday with a group of school friends, his parents and staff members at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, on the invitation of the University of Manchester Computer Sciences Department and Electronic Arts (one of the largest computer games companies in the world).
The special occasion was the awards ceremony for the UK Schools' Computer Animation Competition. Simon's animation, titled "Sick of School" was shown to the audience, and in what was described as an Oscar-like moment, Simon was presented with the award for the KS4 individual entry by Professor Norman Paton, Head of the University's School of Computer Science.
If that wasn't exciting enough, the afternoon session brought the "best in show" awards for animations, selected by Matthew Jeffrey Head of European Talent at EA Games. To the delight of Simon and his supporters he was awarded the EA Games Recognition Award 2009, with its prize of a next-generation games console and EA Games pack.
Kingsley's Head of ICT Matt Norris said "The standard of the animations this year was incredibly high, many of them easily of professional quality. For Simon to win one award, let alone two in the UK's most respected competition for Digital Animation is just superb. Without doubt, the future for Simon is all of a sudden looking very exciting!"

Simon summed up the experience aptly by saying simply "This is officially the best day of my life... so far!"

The afternoon ended with a technical preview of some of the EA Games to be released later in the year along with some excellent careers advice for the winners. Simon has already begun making plans for his 2010 entry, something for which we wish him the very best luck.

Click here to see Simon's film Sick of School
 

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Year 7 & 8s combine History and RE studies at Buckfast Abbey
26th June 2009
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Kingsley School

Year 7 and 8 students from both campuses travelled to Buckfast Abbey to learn about the plague and also to interview one of the Abbey's monks. Plague struck Britain in the 1600's and one of the Year 7's can be seen here dressed as a "plague doctor". The doctor wore a a bird mask, the beak of which would have been filled with aromatic herbs or flowers; one theory for the cause of plague was inhaling "bad" air. As well as carrying posies to sniff (everyone made a lavender and rosemary wrist band), people tried to prevent infection by fasting and praying, which made the Abbey a very popular place.
The pupils had a fascinating session interviewing one of the Abbey's monks, who commented on how sensible and attentive the children were. This was followed by a picnic lunch in the beautiful gardens and a quiet, reflective time led by Father Steve inside the Abbey.

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Senior Girls Victorious at Devon Schools Athletics
25th June 2009
Kingsley School

The seniors girls competed at Kelly College at the Devon Secondary Schools Athletics Competition and were victorious, scoring the most points overall, defeating many old rivals including Kelly College and Maynard School. Highlights included further wins for Louise Way, Stephanie Green and Kathryn Parkyn and top three placings for Beccy Straker, Lizzy Hanner and Alex Way.

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Louise & Stephanie National I.S.A. Athletics Champions
24th June 2009
Kingsley School

Kingsley School students excelled at the National I.S.A. Athletics Championships in Birmingham. Each student won their event at the recent South West round to qualify for the National Finals and it was here where Louise Way and Stephanie Green were crowned National Champions. Louise won the Y10/Y11 girls High Jump and Stephanie the Y10/11 girls Triple Jump, both girls retained these titles having won the same events last year. Lizzy Hanner won the bronze medal in the Y10/11 girls Shot and Louise Way also took bronze in the 300m, standing in for her teammate who was ill. Louise was joined by Kathryn Parkyn (and two girls from other schools) in the relay where they sprinted to the silver medal.
Yr 5 Girls: 75m - 7th Sophie Johns, 150m - 6th Saskia Woolam-Rees, 600m - 11th Woolllam-Rees, Relay - 6th Johns & Woollam-Rees
Yr 6 Girls: 80m - 4th Christina Brend, 150m - 5th Brend, Relay - 6th Brend
Yr 6 Boys: 600m - 12th Tom Davey, Relay - 5th Tom Davey
Yr 7 Girls: Hurdles - 5th Kate Edwards, Long Jump - 6th Jenny Brookes, 800m - 8th Brookes, Relay -7th Edwards
Yr 8/9 Girls: Hurdles - 6th Katie Michael, Relay - 4th Michael & Emma Richards
Yr 10/11 Girls: High Jump - Gold Louise Way, Triple Jump - Gold Stephanie Green, Shot - Bronze Lizzy Hanner, 300m- Bronze Louise Way, Javelin - 6th Beccy Straker, 1500m - 7th Zarema Dalakova, 9th Zalina Dalakova, Relay - Silver Louise Way & Kathryn Parkyn

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English Track & Field PLUS World Penthathlon Championships Invitation for Sam
June 2009
Kingsley School

We wish lots of Good Luck to Lower Sixth student Sam Petty this Summer as he represents Kingsley School Bideford at two of the country's major sporting events.
Sam has been selected to run in the English Schools Track and Field Championships in Sheffield on the 10th & 11th July.
The World Pentathlon Championships are being held at Crystal Palace in London on August 15th and Sam has been chosen to compete in their special Invitation Schools Biathlon.
Both events are due to be televised, so we may at least get the chance to cheer Sam on from the comfort of an armchair, while he does all the work!

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Art Department Exhibition
June 2009
Kingsley School

The Art Department on the Moreton campus recently held an open evening to exhibit the work of the school's GCSE & A Level examination candidates.
Although there is no real substitute for seeing art "live", for those who couldn't make it to the exhibition or would simply like to see the variety of work produced this year, then why not visit the Kingsley Moreton Art Blog.

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Gold Awards in British Biology Challenge
June 2009
Kingsley School

Year 10 students along with 25, 000 others across the country recently took part in the British Biology Challenge. The competition organised by the British Olympiad organisation is aimed at encouraging pupils in their interest in Biology before they make their crucial choice of subjects to study post-GCSE.
The challenge involves answering questions based on the school Biology curriculum, with greatest success achieved by those students whose knowledge of the subject has been increased by reading books and magazines, watching natural history programmes and taking notice of the news media for items of biological interest, and who are also aware of the natural flora and fauna.
Well done to this years award winners -
        GOLD Awards went to Ben Ainger and Toby Mill
        Highly Commended to Emma Summerfield, Alice Jackson and Ryan Waters

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South of England Track & Field Championships
20th / 21st June 2009
Kingsley School

Congratulations to Sam Petty in the Lower Sixth who exceeded all expectations at the weekend at the South of England Track & Field Championships. His main objective was to reach the 800m finals as he is in his 1st year as an Under 20. He won his heat - won his semi final on the Saturday and came within a whisker of winning Sunday's final! He was forced to lead the last race as no-one else wanted to take the pace and went through the first lap in a slow 59 seconds. He tore the field apart in the second lap with a 55.5 and was leading with 50 metres to go when two others managed to squeeze passed him, however he hung on and took the bronze medal. Only beaten by two very experienced runners both in their 3rd year at U20, Sam has a very exciting future ahead of him.

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Duke of Edinburgh Award Silver Expedition
15th / 18th June 2009
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On Monday 15th June the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Qualifier expedition left from Bideford for The Wye Valley. Father Steve, Mr Whaley and Miss Tims accompanied the 19 pupils to this beautiful area.
The expedition routes were planned by the pupils and all their kit and food were packed on the Monday afternoon. They then enjoyed a fantastic few days walking amongst the beautiful scenery of the Wye valley. The weather was very varied and there were a few sore feet.
The expedition ended with a treat, we all went swinging and climbing through the trees at the Go Ape centre in the Forest of Dean.Everyone returned tired and happy to Bideford, all looking forward to a good bath!
The Gold Award students are now busy with the final plans for their expedition to Spain in July.

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Kingsley School surfers head off down the coast
12th / 13th June 2009
Kingsley School
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The first Kingsley School Surf Trip was blessed with sun, waves and some truly spectacular scenery. We headed off after lessons on Friday afternoon, and after setting up camp, fitted in a two hour surf at Crooklets Beach near Bude. Jacob Sharpe revelled in the peeling waves and smiled from ear to ear through out. The group were so "stoked" that they jumped at the chance to have a quick meal and then go in search of more waves at Widemouth Bay. They were not disappointed and were greeted with 3ft waves and an amazing sunset.
It did not take much persuasion to get up at six the next morning to return to Widemouth for a 'dawny'. The waves had increased in size through the night and were head high on the sets. All the pupils had amazing rides and reluctantly got out two hours later with their arms dropping off! We quickly packed up the tents and headed to Sandymouth beach. This was a slightly trickier option for the group but they coped well. Lewis Macdonald was the stand out surfer for this session doggedly paddling through an horrific shore break to catch some wonderful lefts. Ollie Mathers certainly had the biggest drop of his life and howled with the excitement. We arrived back to Bideford at 4pm a far quieter group than when we left- fatigue had caught up with them all. However, all involved had massively improved in the short but intense time surfing. Ryan Waters summed it up when all he could say was, 'This is amazing' every time a set went past. I totally agree, it realy was truly amazing! I would like to say a massive thank you to Mrs Klymow who made the trip possible by being beach side the whole time.......Report by Simon Mathers.

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World War 1 Battlefields Trip to France and Belgium
8th to 10th June 2009
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A group of Year 9 students from both the Belvoir and Northdown campuses thoroughly enjoyed their recent trip to France and Belgium visiting World War One battlefield sites. The students found it a moving and fascinating experience and saw a variety of places of interest including Vimy Ridge, Tynecott Cemetary, underground caverns at Arras and a number of museums. At Sanctuary Wood they were able to walk through the trenches and at Hill 60 explored a pill box. On a lighter note, everyone enjoyed games of football and rounders in the evening and the visit to the chocolate shop in Ypres.

Click here to see the some of the places they visited in France & Belgium World War 1 Gallery
 

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National Schools Computer Animation Competition
4th June 2009
Kingsley School
Kingsley School

The National Schools Computer Animation Competition organised by the University of Manchester's School of Computer Science was open to students between the ages of 7 -18. This year, 776 schools registered and there were over 800 entries. Flash, Alice or Scratch had to be used, to create an animated film, demonstrating originality, creativity, technical quality, relevance to the curriculum and overall directorial quality as a movie (Flash & Scratch are taught as part of the Key Stage 3 ICT curriculum) .
Simon Taylor, one of Kingsley's Year 10 Adobe Flash experts and a self-confessed animation fanatic, entered an amusing and thoughtful Flash animation on the topic of "school exams". We are delighted to report that Simon has been shortlisted for an award. He will now enter the final stage to compete for the highest accolade and the accompanying top prize when he attends the awards ceremony later this month in Manchester. Well Done Simon, we wish you success in Manchester.

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A Puzzle for the Half Term Holiday from the Junior UK Maths Challenge Winners
22nd May 2009
Starting at the square containing the 2, you are allowed to move from one square to the next either across a common edge, or diagonally through a common corner.
How many different routes are there passing through exactly two squares containing a 0 and ending in one of the squares containing a 9?
A. 7      B. 13      C. 15      D. 25      E. 32
2 0 0 9
0 0 0 9
0 0 0 9
9 9 9 9
Great results in Maths again, this time from the Junior UK Maths Challenge tests taken in April. The Challenges devised for Year 8 pupils and below, by the University of Leeds are aimed at the top third of pupils in the UK. Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates are awarded to the top 40% of those who participate nationally. The most successful mathematicians are invited to enter the Junior Mathematical Olympiad.
VERY WELL DONE to NOAH BODINETZ in Year 8 who has been selected to take part in the JUNIOR OLYMPIAD
GOLD Award Year 8 Noah Bodinetz
SILVER Award Year 8 Freyja Hedinsson, Alastair Nock
BRONZE Award
 
Year 8
 
Benjamin Morris, Katherine Michael, Meg Hopkins, Jessica French, Peter Cox,
Jaye Broomfield, Sam Tithecott
  Year 7 Alex Gurr, William Jackson, Elliot Sutcliffe, Tom Flynn

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Judo
Adam Palmer selected to train in Japan
15th May 2009
Kingsley School

Adam Palmer, a Lower Sixth student here at Kingsley School, and an outstanding judo player, has won one of only five places from across the whole of Europe, to train and study at Tokai University, in Tokyo, Japan this summer. For six intensive weeks, Adam, a first Dan member of TeamBath and of Kingsley's Judo Academy, will train with some of the world's finest judo players, including world champions.
"This is an incredible opportunity for Adam, and thoroughly well-deserved," said Kingsley's Senior Coach John Davies. "TeamBath have already designated Adam a "talented" player, with a genuine chance of representing Great Britain at the London Olympics in 2012. This trip can only strengthen his prospects: he'll learn so much from training with the masters. I'm delighted and proud."
Adam leaves for Tokyo on the 1st July, we are sure he will have a fantastic time and look forward to hearing all about it when he returns for the Upper Sixth. He is pictured here with Kingsley School's Judo Coach John Davies and Director of Sport Alan Sturrock.

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A Celebration of Gym & Dance
14th May 2009
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Over 60 girls and boys from Years 3 to 11 performed to a full house on Thursday. Parents and friends were enthralled by Gymnastics and Dance displays in a variety of styles from across the age ranges. The Gymnastics Squad performed their competition routines with awesome energy, skill and precision. Years 5 and 6 from the Junior School opted for a more dramatic approach with pieces from their Dance lessons on the themes of "Helen of Troy" and "Theseus and the Minotaur" while others presented group or individual gymnastics elements. Ryan Ashton & Connor MacGillivray entertained the audience with some masterly Free Style Street Dance, while Years 8 and 9 chose "Swimming and Machines" and "War and Peace" for their carefully choreographed dances. They all got together for a spectacular vaulting display which had the audience spell bound. The evening ended with Year 11 girls putting on their silver bowler hats and dazzling everyone with "Hey Big Spender"!

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Alice Wins Silver at Eton College Rowing Centre
10th May 2009
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With her enthusiasm for rowing, matched only by the energy she puts into travelling to rowing events, Kingsley Rowing Coach Tina Robertson entered 6 school crews in the Ball Cup. This prestigious event is held at Dorney Lake in Windsor, home of Eton College Rowing Club. There was lots of sunshine and laughter as the students rigged their boats, admired the wonderful facilities, put maximum effort into their races and cheered on their team mates.

Congratulations to Alice Jackson who in a fiercely fought final was awarded the SILVER MEDAL in the J15 Single Sculls.
Under 18 Double Milo George and Tom Loka, rowing in a higher class than usual were 4th in their heat.
Under 14
 
Quad
 
Zoe Robertson, Ben Reeve, Owen Godwin and Oliver Roberts-Key drew a very hard heat and missed the final by a foot. With their fast time, in another heat, they would have made it!
Under 15 Quad Naomi Locke, Hannah Myers, Jessica Myers, Nicky Reed, Cox - Zoe Robertson, were 4th in the final.
Under 15 Double Alice Jackson and Jess Myers came 4th in the final after a very close race.
Under 18
 
Quad
 
Tom Pugsley, Thomas Carlyon, Christopher Glover, Tom Loka and Chris Daniels came 4th in the final which again was very close.

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101 NOT OUT!
9th May 2009
Kingsley School

Congratulations to Macaulay Harrison-Hooton on scoring a century, without losing his wicket, in the U13 match against Shebbear College this weekend. Shebbear scored an impressive 188, but the Kingsley team, led by captain "Macca", chased the total well. He was supported by Peter Cook who scored 32.

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Kingsley Ladies raise over £1,500 for the Hospice on
NIGHTWALK
9th May 2009
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Twenty-nine Kingsley staff and parents plus baby Seren and Africa the dog, gathered in Torrington to take part in NIGHTWALK 2009 and raise over £1,500 for the North Devon Hospice.
They started off at 8pm with the sun reflecting brightly off their flourescent T-shirts and full of bithday cake, which had been presented to the Headmaster's wife as a surpise at the start. After a safety briefing and supplied with a banana and water, the ladies set off in a jovial mood to walk to Bideford on what turned out to be a beautiful, moonlit evening. No need for torches when it got dark, as 29 pairs of glowing "bunny ears" lit up the path! Bideford Rugby club and the promised bacon butty came around all too soon, as everyone seemed to agree that a good walk and chat with friends along the lovely Torridge Estuary was a very pleasant way to spend an evening.

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North Devon Independent Schools Swimming Gala
2nd May 2009

The annual event held at West Buckland School was competed for between West Buckland School, Kingsley School and Shebbear College. The contest followed the usual format, with a girls and a boys team entered from each of the schools and then individual competitions spinning off from this. At U14 Kingsley and West Buckland competed hard for the honour of this trophy with the Kingsley boys slightly stronger than the West Buckland boys. However the West Buckland girls were slightly stronger than the Kingsley girls. This led to a fantastic finish where the Kingsley girls had to win the team relay at the end to snatch the overall victory of the U14 competition. The final result for the U14s was an exciting win for Kingsley!
Special mention goes to Ben Reeve and Ryan Ashton who won all their individual races and Ollie Mathers who was swimming two years above his age group to complete the boys team  

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Kingsley Gymnasts
BRITISH SCHOOLS FLOOR & VAULT CHAMPIONS
3rd May 2009
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Kingsley Gymnastics Coach Katrina Venner was very proud of the students who travelled to Stoke-On-Trent for the biggest event of the year, the National Schools Floor and Vault Finals. Three Kingsley School teams qualified to represent the South West at the National Finals by winning the regional qualifier in March. Each team faced the winners from ten regions in England and the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland champions.
The Under 11 girls started the weekend and although their vaults were not as strong as they had hoped, they performed well on floor and were just pushed out of the medals finishing in fourth place. Brooke Timmins was the pick of the team scoring 8.8 on floor & vault and she still has three years left in the age group.
The Under 19 girls performed well on floor with just a few minor wobbles. Kathryn Parkyn performed beautifully to score 8.8 just above Grace Woolway, 8.7. The all important vaults folllowed and everyone performed their best, led by Lauren East, scoring a 9 to put them in contention for a medal. The girls were ecstatic to win Bronze.
The Under 13 Mixed team were the final team to compete. Starting on vault they each achieved high scores. Peter Cox was superb scoring 9.15. Unaware of the standard previously set, they moved to the floor and nerves were high. Each gymnast performed a clean routine and their efforts were rewarded with encouraging scores. The team had to "wait and see" as no one knew the scores of the other regions and the teams were all of a similar standard. The results were announced and the Kingsley team were declared British Schools' Floor and Vault Champions!
There is also an award for the region with the highest overall score. Kingsley School's excellent results helped the South West to victory, a huge margin over their closest rival.

Under 11 Girls
 
Team 4th
 
Sophie Johns, Brooke Timmins, Jasmine Boyd, Christina Brend, Daisy Scott, Saskia Woollam-Rees
Under 13 Mixed
 
Team GOLD
CHAMPIONS
Scott Heimann, Kate Edwards, Lauren Parsons, Jake Cargill, Peter Cox, Katie Michael, Joe Taylor-Richards
Under 19 Girls Team BRONZE Lauren East, Grace Woolway, Stephanie Green, Millie Taylor-Richards, Anna Charles, Kathryn Parkyn, Coral Southam, Rebecca Straker

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British Schools Surfing Championships at Woolacombe
25th / 26th April 2009
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Kingsley School

Held in very windy conditions just along the coast at Woolacombe, with a dramatic air rescue of a local surfer before the competition had even started!
Rob Marchant-Greenslade fought through some tough rounds against GB team members to reach the quarter finals where he was beaten by 0.1 of a point. He then competed in the Longboard competition to reach the semi-finals.
Jacob Sharpe reached the finals of the Body Boarding competition to come 4th in the country.
Well done to both the Kingsley teams.
          (A) Luke Giddy, Ben Ainger, Jacob Sharpe, Rob Marchant-Greenslade
          (B) Ollie Mathers, Ben Giddy, Lewis MacDonald, Raife Gaskell

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UK Maths Trust award for Tim
April 2009
Kingsley School

After excelling in the UK Maths Challenge devised by Leeds University in February. Tim Hosgood in Year 10 was invited to take part in the "European Kangaroo" which involves some of the best young brains from 41 countries tackling some very complex mathematical problems. The top 25% scorers receive a Certificate of Merit and very well done to Tim who received his Merit award in assembly this week.

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Congratulations to Sister Pittson on London Marathon Success
26th April 2009
Kingsley School

After being on call to help with any injuries at the Inter House Cross Country event on Friday, Sister Pittson the school nurse picked up her own running shoes and headed to London for the Marathon. Sue was running in aid of KIDS KIDNEY RESEARCH and hoping to raise £1,250 for them. She said " I have chosen this charity as I have kept in contact with a patient I nursed at Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1987, who after lots of problems has just had a kidney transplant from his mum. He was six when I first met him and has just celebrated his 27th birthday!" WELL DONE Sue on finishing in a time of 5.05.39. Please contact Sister Pittson at school if you would like to help her towards her sponsorship target.

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Staff and Students welcome home Royal Marines
24th April 2009
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On Friday, four staff from Kingsley (three of whom had previously served in the armed forces) and a group of students went to Barnstaple to welcome the troops home from Afghanistan. Marching through the town were the 572 men and women of Commando Logistics Regiment Royal Marines who had returned to RMB Chivenor after being in Afghanistan for seven months. The staff and students were then lucky enough to go and watch the medal ceremony at RMB Chivenor. This was followed by a families day where they saw photo exhibitions of the Regiments at work, looked around the vehicles and equipment used in Afghanistan and talked to the personnel who have been there. Some of them finished the day by wriggling through the tunnels on the assault course!

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Art Department
Enter the North Devon Biosphere T-Shirt Design Competition & take a look at the new BLOG
21st April 2009

All budding Kingsley School artists are being encouraged to enter an exciting local competition. Mr Lincoln-Gordon Head of Art at the Belvoir / Moreton Campus says "We are looking for 2 designers one aged 5 to 11 years old and the other from 12 to 19 years old. The North Devon's Biosphere Reserve are teaming up with Goldcoast Oceanfest and Saltrock to develop a tee-shirt that will be sold to raise funds for the special wildlife projects. Winning designers will work with the Saltrock Creative team to enhance their designs and make them production ready. The shirts will be launched at Goldcoast Oceanfest, where the winners will have free entry. Profits from the sales of the shirts will go to North Devon Biosphere Foundation, which supports projects for the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in wonderful North Devon."
To find out more visit the Morteton Campus Art Deaprtment BLOG.

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Rowing
Coaching Award for Thomas & Regional Finals in Nottingham.
18th April 2009
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Congratulations to Thomas Carlyon in the Upper Sixth who has passed his Level 1 Coaches Course. He is looking forward to helping Mrs Robertson with the novices.
Eight pupils travelled to Nottingham to represent the South West at the Regional Regatta. Rowing in the J14 race, Oliver Roberts-Key, Owen Godwin, Ben Reeve, Zoe Robertson and Cox - Tom Loka finished 10th out of 12 regions with a time of 6 mins. In the girls J15 race Jessica & Hannah Myers sculled together to finish in a time of 6.20mins. Alice Jackson rowed in the B final after a misunderstanding over the time for her heat and won her race. With grit and determination, after giving up a holiday in Spain to take part, Alice has vowed to return next year and win the A final!

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Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award Students Enjoy Dartmoor
April 2009
Kingsley School

A group of Belvoir Campus students completed a very successful Duke of Edinburgh Silver practice expedition on Dartmoor during the Easter holidays. The students all took part in a very challenging three day route across the moors, with two nights of wild camping. They carried all their own equipment and both Mr Whaley and Father Steve were extremely impressed with their navigation, fitness and teamwork. Now the challenge of Snowdonia awaits them in June for the qualifier expedition!

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Ski Trip to Italy
28th March - 5th April 2009
Kingsley School
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An excellent week was enjoyed by 48 students, staff and parents at Prato Nevoso, in spite of 4 days of mist, sleet and snow! There was plenty of powder for all to enjoy along with 5 hours of instruction a day, and everyone progressed well, with Tim Aitchison being awarded the top Gold Grade for his skiing. All 14 snowboarders gained Silver Grade, and 2 were assessed on a black run for their GCSE snowboarding! The highlight of the week was night skiing on the floodlit slopes.
The hotel was ideal for the group, providing much needed hot lunches and excellent evening meals. Good use was made of the indoor swimming pool at the end of each day.
Evening entertainments included a pizza meal at a local restaurant and a "Kingsley's Got Talent" night, with an almost convincing Danni Minogue and Simon Cowell!
Mrs Davies would like to thank all the staff and parents for their tremendous support throughout the week and the pupils whose superb behaviour and good humour made the trip a very enjoyable and rewarding experience.
Details of next years's ski trip will be available soon.

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Grenville's Revenge Hot Off The Press!
3rd April 2009
Kingsley School

At the end of every term, Andy Lane sets to work and gathers together the information he needs for the Dyslexia Department's Newsletter. A real "labour of love", its publication is looked forward to by everyone in the school who enjoys Mr Lane's enthusiastic approach to his students, his wise words of educational wisdom, and last but not least the clever joke or two that are hidden in the text. To download this term's masterpiece click on the link below!

Grenville's Revenge Spring 2009 (pdf)

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Boys Excel at British Schools Judo Championships
28th March 2009
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Kingsley Sixth Formers Alakhan Dashaev and Adam Palmer won Bronze medals at the British Schools Individual Judo Championships. They each competed against 20 competitors from schools across the country at the event held in Sheffield. A fantastic result for Adam Palmer who fought in the under 81kg category, with most other players being a stone heavier than him. Ross Ashton in Year 11, finished in an impressive 5th place having had to fight against Alakhan Dashaev for the Bronze.

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Fantastic Spring Concert Finale
26th March 2009
Kingsley School

The newly formed Kingsley School Jazz Band are pictured above rehearsing for the Spring Concert held in the Northdown Campus Theatre.The evening was enjoyed immensely by many parents, friends, students and Governors who gathered to listen to the delights of the combined campus Orchestra and Jazz Band along with Choirs from both sites and some very talented individual musicians and singers. Pieces ranged from a magnificent rendition of Schubert's "Lay of The Imprisoned Huntsman" from Hubert Chan (Year 10) , to the Sixth Form trio of Victoria Bull, Rebekah Fell and Antonia Pirrie singing the traditional "All My Trials", Jessica Myers (Year 10) playing her own composition on piano, Christina Tang (Year 9) keeping the audience spellbound with Grieg's "Nocturne", and Naomi Locke, Ryan Waters and Amy Wisenfeld teaming up with trumpet teacher Bert Partin for a fun performance of Wallace and Gromit's "A Grand Day Out". There were too many pieces to mention individually here, but please click on the link below to see the full evening's programme. Joint Headmaster Andy Waters commented particularly on the versatility and talent of so many students, several of whom managed to switch with ease between two or three different instruments and also sang beautifully!

Spring Concert Programme 26th March 2009 (pdf)

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Rugby Team Fight Hard at Rosslyn Park
25th March 2009
Kingsley School

The boys Rugby Sevens Team travelled to Rosslyn Park for their big tournament of the term. After a disappointing start losing to Broxborne and St Cynedd (a very strong side from Wales), the boys can be seen above gathering their thoughts and regrouping for the final challenge. We are not sure what was said, but it must have had a positive effect as the boys went on to win their final match against a good team from Sir William Borlaise.

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Year 9s Proudly Present Over £1,000 to Children's Hospice South West
23rd March 2009
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All the Kingsley Year 9s were happily reminded of their "Valentine Songwriting" fundraising day today when they presented a cheque for £1394.57 to Mr Ian Roome from Children's Hospice South West. The school has been a supporter of this local charity for many years, raising more money than any other school for this worthy cause.

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Kingsley Hosts North Devon Schools' Gymnastics Competition
22nd March 2009
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Nearly 400 gymnasts aged from 4 to 19 from across many schools in North Devon travelled to Kingsley School for the North Devon Schools' Gymnastics Competition. The hosts continued their excellent form this season taking many team titles, Sticklepath and Newport showed their usual expertise in the junior events and Pathfield School entered for the first time and were delighted to win the senior mixed event. Kingsley School Gymnastics Coach Katrina Venner would like to thank all the students, staff and parents who help her to make this years event so rewarding and enjoyable for all who took part.

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Over 600 Children take part in the Millennium Cross Country
20th March 2009
Kingsley School

A magnificent 673 children representing 26 schools in the North Devon area finished this years Millennium Cross Country Run held at the Moreton campus of Kingsley School. The event, which has been organised for the last 10 years by Andy Lane who is head of the Kingsley Grenville Dyslexia Department, was all about taking part and enjoying the chance to run in fresh air and beautiful surroundings. Races were for boys and girls in three age groups; under 9, under 11 and under 13. Winners all went home proudly clutching their trophies and everyone enjoyed a tasty flapjack! Such a large scale event takes a great deal of organisation and Mr Lane had nothing but praise for all the students, staff and parents of Kingsley School who made it such a successful afternoon for so many.

STOP PRESS

The Kingsley School sixth form trio of James Bunney, Tom Pugsley & Sam Petty competed in the English Schools Cross Country event this weekend. They all performed magnificently as usual, running with over 300 competitors in the youngest section of their age group. James came in 99th place but had been in the top 30 going into the last km, only 20 seconds behind him was Tom in 119th place and Sam was 167th. Well done boys and good luck for next year!

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A Level Biology Students Visit Eden
17th March 2009
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Twenty-four AS Biology students, Dr Ley & Mrs Klymow travelled to the Eden Project on a glorious spring day. Their task was to identify ways in which plants were adapted to reduce water loss in areas where water is scarce. The Mediterranean biome provided lots of examples of plants that stored water, had thick, waxy cuticles or were covered with fine hairs. There were also lots of lemons, oranges and grapefruits growing. Thousands of tulips bulbs were flowering in a rainbow of colours. The Tropical biome was very hot and humid. The plants inside reminded Mrs Klymow of her time in Malaysia. We also saw cocoa, coffee, tea, bananas and mangoes growing. Escaping outside to the Temperate zone to cool down, we sat in the sunshine and ate our lunches. The temperate zone was full of daffodils and many other plants that are more familiar to us in the UK. There are lots of sculptures in the grounds, so maybe our next trip will be a joint one with the Art department!

Click here to see the some of the beautiful sights of the Eden Project in the Eden Gallery
 

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Year 7 Geographers Out and About
16th & 17th March 2009
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The Kingsley Year 7 Geography students have at last been able to enjoy some beautiful spring sunshine.
Mr Saberton's group went off to the coast at nearby Bucks Mill to study the geology, land use and woodlands. They took along some of the department's measuring equipment to try out.
Mr Whaley's group headed off to Cheddar Gorge, going underground to look at the geology of the caves and the history of their excavation. Then they went above ground to climb a very high tower, for a birds eye view investigation of the surrounding landscape. Both groups had a great time and really enjoyed their day.

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Kingsley Biathlon Boys win 6th UK title in a row
15th March 2009
Kingsley School

At the UK Schools National Biathlon Championships held at the University of Bath on Sunday, 6th formers James Bunney, Sam Petty and Ollie Taylor won the Under 18 Team Trophy for the 6th year in a row. Outstanding performances gave Sam Petty the Gold Medal in the Individual Championship, with James taking Bronze and Ollie coming in 10th place. As the boys are still in the Lower Sixth at Kingsley, they were a year younger than most of the teams they faced and are eligible to return next year to take on the challenge of a seventh title. Not to be left out Kingsley School's sports teacher Simon Mathers was awarded the Bronze medal in the Staff Competition.

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Fantastic Achievements for the Kingsley Gymnasts at GISGA
14th & 15th March 2009
Kingsley School

A busy weekend for lots of the Kingsley girls, some of whom managed to compete in the Netball and Gymnastics events! The GISGA Championiships took place in Guilford with many of the top club gymnasts from the UK, Belgium, Dubai and the Netherlands. There were approximately 20 teams, with 100 gymnasts in each age group. Team coach Katrina Venner was very proud of the teams achievements. On Saturday Kate Edwards led the under 13 girls to a top ten position. On Sunday the under 11 team finished in 8th place and were awarded the Wulfrun Trophy for endeavour, Sophie Johns was placed 10th individually and Brooke Timmins 21st. The over 13 team won medals and the Garrett Salver for 5th place. Individually Grace Woolway was placed 11th and Lauren East 25th. The girls were praised especially for their Voluntary Floor work, with Grace Woolway taking one of the top scores of the weekend with a 9.7. Pictured above with their trophies are:
        Over 13 - Grace Woolway, Lauren east, Kat Parkyn, Steph Green & Millie Taylor-Richards
        Under 11 - Sophie Johns, Christina Brend, Jasmine Boyd, Brooke Timmins & Daisy Scott.

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Boarders meet Ex England Football Manager
14th March 2009
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A large group of Boarders from the Northdown campus travelled to Villa Park in Birmingham to see Aston Villa play Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. While they were there, they had the added excitement of meeting Glen Hoddle, who in a distiguished career managed and played for the England team as well as Tottenham & Chelsea. Everyone had a great day out despite Villa losing 1 - 2.

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Kingsley School's Under 16 Netballers Win National ISA Title
14th March 2009
Kingsley School

The under 16 netball girls were crowned ISA National Champions for the second time in three years in Rugby at the weekend. The tournament culminated in an exciting final against Princethorpe with Kingsley taking the title by one point! Great team work from all the girls, with calm passing by Elizabeth Hanner and Charlotte Kennedy and a final interception from Louise Way ensuring victory. The U14 team also travelled to Rugby, but struggled to find their form this time. However they need not be too dis-heartened as the winning under 16s suffered a similar fate two years ago! The Under 18 girls fought hard but just missed out on a place in the semi-finals.
The U16 winners were - Lizzy Hanner, Charly Kennedy, Jess Berry, Louise Way, Nicky Grant, Jo Grant, Brisa Sanders-Hill, Beccy Straker, Kat Parkyn &, Steph Green (Capt).

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Over £1000 Raised for Red Nose Day Charities
13th March 2009
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In the great Red Nose Day spirit of "Do Something Funny for Money", students and staff used their imaginations to come up with all sorts of fund raising ideas.Some were wrapped in paper, some dressed up, others spent the day tied together, had their faces dunked in jelly, stopped talking, wore a skirt, did the strength challenge, simply wore a red nose or painted themselves or friends red! The kitchen staff who don't ever take much persuasion to join in with these events, dressed up and made special red nose jammy biscuits to sell. Everyone had lots of fun and raised over £1,000 at the same time!

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Water-Polo Team Powers to Area Finals
12th March 2009
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Kingsley's Water Polo squad did North Devon proud at the UK Schools Championships Southern Area Semi Finals held in the ancient and gracious setting of Winchester College. Losing their first match to the host school, Kingsley bounced back to defeat Harrow in a high scoring match by 6 goals to 4. In a dramatic play-off in which the lead changed hands several times, Kingsley clinched a place in the Area Finals by beating Cranleigh 5-4.

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Lower 6th Visit The Old Vic Theatre
11th March 2009
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A group of L6th students from both the Belvoir and Northdown campuses really enjoyed their visit to London. The production of "Dancing at Lughnasa" at The Old Vic Theatre was excellent and students commented on how true it was to the text and the writer's ideas. Being able to see the play on stage, rather than just read it in the classroom will be of great benefit in their As exams. As well as visiting the theatre we also shopped at Covent Garden and saw a number of iconic sights including The London Eye and The Houses of Parliament. Although it was a long and tiring day, it was very enjoyable for students and staff.

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Kingsley's Judo Players Achieve Success at the Devon Mini Mons
8th March 2009
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Approximately 160 competitors in varying age and weight categories gathered from all over the South West for the Devon Mini Mons Judo Championships in Kingsbridge. The competition which especially encourages the younger age groups proved to be a very successful experience for all the Kingsley youngsters, but particularly those pictured above. They came back to school on Monday glowing with pride and eager to show off their trophies. Coach John Davies was impressed with all those who took part and put so much effort into training.
        Gold Medal - Joe Klymow (Year 7)
        Silver Medal - Lander King (Year 8) &Louis Hughes (Year 3)
        Bronze Medal - Max Allen (Year 7) & Jack Willis (Year 5)

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Young Kingsley Rowers Qualify to Compete at National Level
7th March 2009
Kingsley School Kingsley School

Running enthusiastically down the wharf at Totnes this weekend were two of the Kingsley squad competing for places at the ARA National Championships to be held in Nottingham in April. Coach Tina Robertson was thrilled to report that more young Kingsley rowers than ever qualified this year. The following teams will be travelling North:
        U14 Boys Quadruple Sculls - Ben Reeve, Owen Godwin, Oliver Roberts-Key & Zoe Robertson (Cox Tom Loka)
        U14 Girls Double Sculls - Zoe Robertson & Naomi Locke
        U15 Girls Double Sculls - Jessica & Hannah Myers
        U15 Girls Single Sculls - Alice Jackson
(Note - Girls can row as part of a boys team but not vice versa)

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Kingsley's Performing Arts Students Raise Money for
"HELP for HEROES"
6th March 2009
Kingsley School Kingsley School Kingsley School
Kingsley School Kingsley School

The Kingsley sixth form Performing Arts group can be congratulated on their magnificent achievement in organising a night of musical magic to raise funds for the "HELP for HEROES" charity. An evening of dance, song and drama involved not only students from the school but special guests from the local community. A greatly appreciative audience were entertained and enthralled by every young performer. A wide range of acts included street and tap dancing, songs from the shows, comedy, audience participation, a rock band and guitar solos. Refreshments were provided and the final sum raised was £457.The organising team of students; Georgia Flynn-Hurley, Mili Taylor and Katie Wilton worked very professionally on the project which was part of their A Level studies.

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South West Ergo Championship Success
4th March 2009
Kingsley School Kingsley School Kingsley School

Sixteen boys and girls travelled to Plymouth to compete alongside over 400 young people from 35 schools in Devon, Cornwall and Somerest. Congratulations go to Alice Jackson who took 1st place in the Junior 15 Girls class, Annie Cook who came in 2nd place and Freyja Hedinsson who was 5th in the Junior 13 Girls class. They faced fierce competition and gave everything to clinch victory in this tough fitness trial. The other Kingsley competitors all scored personal bests and had the added excitement of driving home in a snow storm!

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FAIRTRADE Fortnight
4th March 2009
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Kingsley School pupils from the Juniors to the Seniors have been learning about the importance of "Fair Trade" in our world. They were visited by a representative from the FAIRTRADE organisation who gave the children lots of information and food for thought! Students in Years 7 and 8 have been having fun while learning about this important issue, by organising a FAIRTRADE café and raffle during break and lunchtimes. Money raised will be put towards the sponsorship of a child in a third world country.

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Kingsley Teams Win Places in the National Schools Gym Floor & Vault Finals
1st March 2009
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Kingsley School gymnasts are leading the way once again in the South West. The Under 11 girls added the regional Floor and Vault title to their growing list of season's successes. The Under 13 Mixed Team and Under 19 Girls Team matched this, winning the right to represent the South West at the National Championships to be held in Stoke-on-Trent in May.

Under 11 Girls Team Gold Sophie Johns, Brooke Timmins, Jasmine Boyd, Christina Brend and Daisy Scott
Under 13 Mixed Team Gold Scott Heimann, Kate Edwards, Lauren Parsons, Mollie Banfield and Jake Cargill
Under 19 Girls Team Gold Lauren East, Grace Woolway, Steph Green, Millie Taylor-Richards and Anna Charles

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Remarkable Achievement at South West Schools Cross Country
28th February 2009
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Three Kingsley L6th students, James Bunney, Tom Pugsley and Sam Petty, represented Devon in the South West Cross Country Championships. All three are making the move up from intermediate to senior level and having to contend with the significantly longer 7 kilometre courses. Their race, held at Taunton Racecourse, was fought out at an unremittingly ferocious pace, and they finished exhausted. James was 9th [2nd from Devon], Tom 28th [5th] and Sam 31st [6th]. As a result of their strong runs, James Tom and Sam have all been selected to run in the English Schools Championships. As the Devon team manager said, it is remarkable that three boys from the same year in the same relatively small school, have achieved such a high level in the sport.

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UK Maths Challenge Winners
27th Feb 2009
Kingsley School
This was just one of the problems facing the Kingsley students who took part in the UK Maths Intermediate Challenge on Feb 5th. The Challenges devised by the University of Leeds are aimed at the top third of pupils in each group, in this case Year 11 or below. The papers consist of 25 multiple choice questions and students are given 1 hour to complete them. Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates are awarded to the top 40% of participants nationally. The most successful participants are invited to enter follow-on rounds which require full written answers.
SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS to Tim Hosgood in Year 10 who has been selected to go through to the higher level rounds.
GOLD Award Year 10 Tim Hosgood, Alice Jackson, Toby Mill
SILVER Award Year 11 Nicola Grant, Nikita Grimm, Tom Marsden
  Year 9 Jake Beams
BRONZE Award
 
Year 11
 
Ross Ashton, Janusz Drogomirecki, Milo George, Joanne Grant, Charlotte Kennedy, Jeffrey Lee, Harriet Pengelly, Brisa Sanders-Hill
  Year 10 Ben Ainger, Hubert Chan, Hannah Myers, Nicola Reed, Connor Southam, Ryan Waters
  Year 9 Etienne Broomfield

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Kingsley Judo Stars Help Devon to Inter-County Medals
15th Feb 2009
Kingsley School

At the British Judo Association Inter-County Championships, held in Kingsbridge on 15th February, Kingsley's Judo Academy played a major part in an outstanding series of performances.
In the Youths Individual Championship, Adam Palmer(Lower 6th) won Gold, while Ross Ashton (Year 11) took the Bronze. Adam & Ross were also members of the victorious Devon team in the Youths Inter-County Championship.
The Devon Senior Ladies team, which included Kingsley's Assistant Coach Kate Ekuta and Nicolle Hockin (Lower 6th), also won their Inter-County title.
Kate who has been assigned to the school judo club as an Assistant Coach, is in training for the 2012 Nigerian Olympic Team. She went on to win Gold in the Senior Ladies Open Championship.
Bruce Hughes won an individual Silver in the Senior Mens Open Weight category, and helped Devon to the Silver medal spot in the Senior Mens Inter-County team event.

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Valentine Songwriters Raise Money for Children's Hospice South West
12th Feb 2009
Kingsley School Kingsley School Kingsley School
Kingsley School Kingsley School

"Open a packet of Love Hearts. Before eating the contents, make a note of what is written on them; then write an original Valentine's Day song in any musical style using at least 6 Love Heart messages in your chorus. Good Luck!"

That was the challenge issued to all the Year 9 students at Kingsley School. The students spent the day working very hard in order to compose and then perform their songs at a special evening concert in front of friends and parents.
A daunting task for any teenager, but they all put in 100% effort as they were being sponsored to raise money for CHILDREN'S HOSPICE SOUTH WEST. The winning group: Jay, Jake, Jessica & Ellen are pictured in the center above and performed a song titled "Je t'adore". In 2nd place were Oli, Tom, Ben and Connor with a rap called "Wow!" and in 3rd place were Naomi, Christina, Rebecca and Ryan with "Be Mine". Mr White and Mr Dyer were very impressed with all the students who took part.

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Kingsley Gymnasts Win Silver at the Nationals
8th Feb 2009
Kingsley School Kingsley School

Teams from all over Britain gathered in Stoke-on-Trent to take part in the Independent Schools' Association National Gymnastics Championships. Putting in a magnificent effort for Kingsley School were:
          U11 Boys - Joe Taylor-Richards, Harrision East, Louis Beaumont, Jamie Norton, Solomon Atkinson
          U11 Girls - Sophie Johns, Christina Brend, Jasmine Boyd, Daisy Scott, Brooke Timmins
Both teams were superb, scoring well on all four pieces,following up Regional Gold successes with National Silver medals. The girls were excellent on the set floor and the boys' best piece was the set vault. Individially, Sophie and Joe were both placed 4th and Brooke and Sol 6th.
The girls were thrilled to win Silver medals for the group routine competition, especially as it was the first time they had entered this event..

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Selected to Run for Devon
Feb 2009
Kingsley School

Congratulations to Kingsley 6th Formers Tom Pugsley and James Bunney, both of whom have been selected to run for the Devon Cross Country Team at the South West Schools Championships in Taunton on the 28th February.

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Too Cool for School !
3rd Feb 2009
Kingsley School

Along with many other schools in the country, Kingsley School closed today due to the unusual weather. However, much fun was had by the boarders who learnt all sorts of new skills including; giant snowman building, snow surfing on the type of board usually taken to the local beach, sliding on dinner trays, snowball tennis and the art of the "snow angel". A strange day indeed for our South African and Australian GAP students! Thanks to all the staff who helped to make the day run smoothly for the boarders and started work on clearing the site.

Click here to see the Kingsley boarders and staff in the Snow Gallery
 

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Netball Success at South West ISA
31st Jan 2009
Kingsley School

The Kingsley School netball teams travelled to Trinity School in Teignmouth on Saturday for the South West ISA Tournament. The Kingsley U16 team were declared tournament winners. In six matches they only let in 14 goals and scored 82! The U15 girls playing up an age group took 4th place. The U14 team were awarded second place after being level on points with the tournament winners and lost out only on goal difference. The girls showed great determination fighting back to win often when quite a few goals down. The netball coaches were very proud of them all.

Both the U14 and U16 teams will now join the U18s at the National ISA Finals in Rugby in March..

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Hockey Win for U15 Team
28th Jan 2009
Kingsley School Kingsley School

Kingsley School's under 15 hockey team enjoyed their visit to Kelly College last week, coming away from a hard-fought match with a 1-0 victory. Jamie Mead battled successfully against the strong Kelly forwards and Francis Soffe slipped the ball past the Kelly defence. The Kingsley hockey coach praised the fantastic effort put in by all the players.

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Six Chosen to Represent Devon on the Judo Mat
28th Jan 2009

Kingsley School's Judo Academy entered six judo players for the County Team Selection competition held in Plymouth on 14th & 28th January. All six were awarded their County Colours and have been chosen to represent Devon in the Inter-County Team Championships to be held at Kingsbridge on 15th February.
Adam Palmer, Alikhan Dashaev and (Kingsley parent) Dr Bruce Hughes will be in the Senior Men's team.
The Senior Ladies' Team will include Nicolle Hockin and Nigerian Olympic Games judo player Kate Ekuta.
Ross Ashton has been selected for the Devon Youth Team.

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Kingsley Gymnasts Lead the Way in Exeter
24th Jan 2009
Kingsley School Kingsley School

It was the turn of the Kingsley School senior teams to collect the most medals at the Devon Schools competition in Exeter on Saturday. The two U13 Girls teams were placed 1st and 3rd, the two U19 Girls teams were placed 1st and 3rd and the U19 Mixed team were also awarded gold medals. In the younger age groups, the U11 Mixed team won their event and the U9 Mixed team took the silver medals. Well done to all the girls and boys who took part.

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Artists Exhibit at Burton Art Gallery
24th Jan 2009
Kingsley School Kingsley School
Kingsley School

The Torridge Schools Art exhibition mounted by The Burton Gallery in Bideford includes pieces from many primary and secondary schools in the local area. Kingsley School has submitted over 50 pieces of work to be hung in the exhibition. The pictures cover the broad curriculum from Year 6 to A2 (Year 13). Shown here are a pastel of Barack Obama completed by Year 9s as a group and a self portrait by Matt Howe in his final year at Kingsley, along with a chair created by Lower Sixth student Selina Fischer. The exhibition runs from Saturday 24th January to 23rd February, Mon to Fri 10am to 4pm, Sundays 11am to 4pm, entrance is free.

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Kingsley Gymnasts off to a Winning Start
18th Jan 2009
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Making their first competitive appearance since the merger of Edgehill & Grenville Colleges, Kingsley School's Gymnastics squad won two major events at the prestigious South West Schools Carita House competition in Taunton on Sunday 18th January. The Kingsley Under 11 Boys and Under 11 Girls both came 1st in their team events, ensuring that, for the first time in at least 20 years, North Devon will be represented in the Carita House National Finals, to be held in Stoke-on-Trent in March. Kingsley's Sophie Johns was outstanding, finishing a comfortable first in the individual placings, ahead of her 7 year-old team-mate Brooke Timmins. Joe Taylor-Richards and Solomon Atkinson pulled off a similar 1-2 in the Boys' competition. While the senior teams couldn't quite match the juniors' success, they performed really well, particularly in the floor and vault section, in which Kingsley placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th. After a hard-working Christmas break devoted to creating a unified post-merger Kingsley squad, the team were understandably really happy with their first competitive outing and are eagerly looking forward to next weekend's Devon Schools Championships in Exeter.

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Judo Coaches coached at Kingsley
17th & 18th Jan 2009
Kingsley School

Over the weekend, Kingsley School hosted the first United Kingdom Coaching Certificate Level Two Judo course in the Western Area.There were 16 players on the course including Dr Bruce Hughes whose two children go to the School. The trainees are pictured here ready for action in the Northdown Campus sports hall.

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Ten Tors Teams in a Wintery Landscape
18th Jan 2009
Kingsley School Kingsley School

Boys and girls hoping to be selected for this year's Ten Tors 35 mile team were put through their paces for the third time on Dartmoor this weekend. Fortunately the previous night's bad weather cleared and they were able to enjoy wonderful views across the moors. Not to be outdone, members of the 55 mile team put in some extra fitness and navigation work. They came home tired, but inspired by the physical challenge in such a stunning landscape.

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Kingsley Cross Country Runners Represent North Devon
17th Jan 2009

Eight students from Kingsley represented North Devon at the County Cross Country Championships in Plymouth on Saturday. The team were organised and cheered on by Andy Lane, whose devotion to the Cross Country teams is only surpassed by his dedication to the Dyslexia Department. Some runners were competing for the first time in a new age group and were extremely pleased with their performances, others were suffering from winter season coughs and cold and didn't feel on this occassion that they produced their best. Several commented on the boring course which didn't match up to the varied and much more spectacular countryside they are lucky enough to train in.

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ARA Coach Trains Kingsley Rowers
17th Jan 2009
Kingsley School

Twenty rowers from the Kingsley School Rowing Club plus fellow rowers from their partner club Bideford Blues took advantage of a beautiful, still morning on the Torridge Estuary on Saturday. Along with Kingsley School 's Tina Robertson, the students had additional support from a visiting ARA coach who was putting Kingsley Sixth Form student Thomas Carlyon through his paces. Over the next 12 months Thomas is training to become a Level 2 Coach. The students were bursting with enthusiasm, despite the freezing temperatures and made a glorious picture as they returned back up the river from Instow.

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