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Kings' Students praised for "soul, spirit and determination" in end of Spring Term Assembly

9th April, 2019 by Jude Owens

Students, staff and Governors at The Kings of Wessex Academy ended the Spring Term together on a celebratory note with the whole school assembly. Perhaps due to the rarity of such big special occasions. Perhaps due to the large numbers gathered; but it was quite a spectacle to see everyone together in the Sports Hall following the separate House assemblies earlier that afternoon.

As one of their final duties, Head Boy and Girl Sam Kail-Dyke and Lucy Bishop led the proceedings as one of their final duties and reflected on the exciting challenges this year for the now outgoing Senior Student Team and thanked all students for their support with Charities Week held for the first time in October, rather than in December as per past tradition. They have enjoyed their duties and connecting with other students and being involved in the Sixth Form advertising campaign and wished Years 11 and 13 students every success in the forthcoming summer exams; before introducing the new Head Boy and Girl Harris Peters and Alice Stephens and their Deputies Eleanor Bartlett, Jess Frost, Ewart Jackson-Voyzey and Martin Sousa.

Kings’ Governor and Vicar of St Andrew’s Church Rev. Stuart Burns led prayers for everyone in the Kings community, other communities, the country and leaders, especially at this crucial time and wished them “wisdom and selflessness” for the future. Based on the Arthurian Legend Round Table awards were presented in all the subjects and Year 12 student Charlotte Grant was the first student this year (and ever!) to be awarded an Excalibur Fellowship – a Merlin Award for gaining 500 House points. A real achievement and may there be more by the end of this school year!

Music was provided by the student orchestra playing “Roundtable Rival” (by Lindsey Sterling) starring Abi Campbell and Johanna Mathew on violin, Ewan Foster with some fun twirling of the double bass, Kell Gardener on saxophone and Archie Joskey Martin on drums. Later, there was some atmospheric Bond music with the opening sequence to “Live and Let Die” (by Paul and Linda McCartney) with a swingy slow start before the dramatic crescendo starring Big Band musicians Tom Buck, Joe Davenport, Ewan Foster, Kell Gardener, Laurence Hollyfield, Archie Joskey Martin, Sam Kail-Dyke, Sarah Moreman, Bethany Thomas, Nina Tyrrell and Emily Wainwright.

Year 11 House Captains Ella Kelly and George Talbot (Avalon), Hannah Bolt and Sam Moger (Camelot), Bettine Harris and Kai Knight (Lyonesse) and Ellie Hooper and Freddie Axton (Tintagel) gave an overview of the term with some enthusiastic poetry and prose to celebrate the many achievements this term of their fellow students – sporting triumphs, Duke of Edinburgh scheme, the school production “Legally Blonde;” to name but a few and encouraged students “to be driven and passionate.”

In his address Executive Headteacher, Gavin Ball opened with the words from Martin Luther King’s eternally famous speech, “I had a dream” and shared his vision for Kings “to be the best” and recalled some of the many highlights of this term: Gabblers public speaking competition, English and Science Weeks, Purple Epilepsy Day, Watoto Choir, the Poland trip, Big Pitch and Cheddar Valley Young Musician competitions, Year 10 Achievement project, Axbridge Civic Award, BBC Young Reporter, Breakthrough Project, Rotary Youth Leadership Award and praised Year 11 student Dylan Webb who is skydiving to raise money for St Margaret’s Hospice. And more besides! Mr Ball praised Kings’ students for their “soul, spirit and determination” and thanked all the staff for their hard work. Next, the U18 rugby girls were invited to come up to the front to be applauded for their first week as the 2019 Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens Plate Winners!

There was excitement with the House cup reveal as students watched with baited breath as Mr Ball and Deputy Headteacher Miss Hunt presented the new House Sport Cup to worthy winners Tintagel; before counting down, removing each House colour ribbon to see who was in the lead to date this year. In fourth place was Camelot, followed by Lyonesse, Avalon and Tintagel in the lead. Who will be the winner at the end of the school year?

The assembly ended on a lively note as teachers turned rock stars as the Staff and Student Band played two clap-along numbers – “We Will Rock You” and “I Love Rock and Roll” with thanks to Mr Andy Budge (English), Miss Ellie Hall (Performing Arts), Mr Neal Putman (Geography), along with Year 13 student Josh Tatton on drums and some sprightly staff singers in the background.

Commenting on the assembly Mr Ball said:

“This was wonderful – Kings at its very best! I am so proud of all our students for their efforts and contributions this Spring Term and thank everyone involved in this special whole school assembly to celebrate the term. I wish everyone a lovely Easter break and look forward to the Summer Term.”