NSW GOVERNOR AT KING’S
With the impending visit to China of His Excellency the Governor of New South Wales, David Hurley and Mrs Hurley, they made a visit to King’s in preparation for this trip. His main reason for the visit was to learn more about The King’s School’s Confucius Classroom.
Year 8 students in Chinese classes upstairs in West Walk keenly displayed their calligraphy skills to their guests whilst Year 12 boys were eager to demonstrate their developing proficiency in the Chinese language, many of them having honed their skills whilst on Exchange to China in 2015. Some of these Year 12 students are endeavouring to qualify for a scholarship to Fudan University in the years to come.
The Governor’s visit was a highlight and those members of the Confucius Institute who accompanied him to King’s were also highly impressed with the manner in which the Chinese program is developing at King’s.
SYDNEY ROYAL EASTER SHOW SUCCESS
After significant preparation, day one of the Show was judging time. Last Thursday, our 650kg+ steer scored 4th place - a real credit to the boys who prepared their beast.
Ms Heslop, Agriculture Coordinator, was thrilled with the boys’ dedication and the fine manner in which their steer was presented. Added to this was the boys’ chickens entered into the Steggles Broiler Competition.
The boys are all very happy with their results!
IN THE MIX OF THE BEST NATIONAL RIDERS
The National Interschool MTB series include entries from premier Mountain Biking schools as Snowy Mountains Grammar, Knox Grammar, Riverview, Heathcote High and Barker College to name a few, and our own team of boys from King’s.
This event is the pinnacle of competition for MTB and is hotly contested by the very best school-aged mountain bikers in the country.
The premier event for us was the Division 1 Mens’ XC race comprising five gruelling 2km laps up the side of the mountain range - 10km in total.
We were confident in preparations for the event as the boys had been working hard on fitness and climbing technique. However, nothing quite prepared us for how they lifted and the boys represented their School with distinction.
King’s now boasts five of the top 15 riders in the country!
THEIR FUTURE BEGINS NOW
King’s celebrates one of its finest set of HSC results in the history of the School, with our Class of 2015 achieving a School ranking of 38th in NSW, gaining 15 boys on All Rounders, 117 Distinguished Achievers, 4 State Rankings, 30 nominations for HSC major works.
The top School ATAR was 99.95 – congratulations to Alick Song.
At least 20 boys have also secured early entry into their preferred courses at some of Australia’s top Universities including University of NSW, Macquarie University and the University of New England.
Dr Tim Hawkes, says that the Class of 2015 will most certainly achieve great things in their careers.
“They are a delightful group of young men who have already done well and will continue to do so because they have invested a great deal of time and energy in their studies”, Dr Hawkes said. “I have been particularly pleased with the way they have effectively partnered with their teachers in the pursuit of their academic goals.”
THE BEEF BONANZA
Heading to Scone on Friday, 23 October to compete in the Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza, the Agriculture boys, together with the eight steers they had prepared over the past five months, eagerly arrived in Scone. In the group there was a great mix of students ranging from Year 7 to 10 of Boarders and Day Boys. Friday saw the team washing and bedding down the animals, with the senior boys participating in the meat judging competition at JBS abattoir, requiring them to identify a variety of Primal meat cuts whilst also identifying key beef marketing aspects.
With approximately 300 students competing in parades and Junior judging over the whole weekend, all the boys represented the School well, with Rudi Hart doing very well to make the final from his heat in the 14 year age group. Fergus Friend made the final in the Junior judging which required him to comment on his judging of the steer Class. Fergus spoke very well and came 3rd in the 14 year age group, a tremendous effort.
A great experience for anyone interested in the beef industry.
Held in liaison with the Gifted and Talented Secondary Teachers’ Association of NSW to provide a day of enrichment, extension and social contact, this a a challenging and engaging day for students in Years 9 and 10.
Seventy visitors attended from eight schools and each school nominated a speaker who delivered their views on a range of topics including: What gender means; All the world’s a stage; The humane answer is…; and Identity, let me explain that for you. A student panel gave feedback to speakers and the group voted for the awarding of certificates for Most Confronting, Best Argument and Most Engaging. All the presentations were excellent and the King’s speaker, Bradley Gardner, was awarded Most Engaging for his piece on, I was watching the news the other day and I just thought…