March, 2018 
eNews for Hillians
Upcoming Events
 
Booking for all events is on our website at Hillian Events or feel free to ring us on 01608 731 880.
 
 
Saturday, 2 June, 12-5 pm
Chill on the Hill
Join us for a summer party on the green.  Drive your classic car or motorcycle and enjoy a family day including BBQ, music, fete stalls and general fun with former pupils and staff.   This is a new event for us, so please give it a try. 
 
Saturday, 30 June, all-day
A 50th (ish) Reunion
Hillian Mike Tadman is keen to gather friends from his time at school who are celebrating around the 50-year anniversary mark. Please help to spread the word and get in touch.
 
Saturday, 30 June, all-day
Speech Day
The traditional end of year celebration for pupils, staff, parents and alumni.  Old boys cricket match and tea in the afternoon.
 
Sunday, 23 September
Rohilla Memorial and Lunch
The annual service and lunch to remember those who were lost on the Rohilla sailing trip.
 
For further information please contact Nanci Austin at n.austin@kinghamhill.org or by phone on 01608 731 880. 
 
Booking at Events
 
 
Keep in Touch
 
Facebook
Both the school and the Hillians have an active social media presence.  For the latest Hillian news, please 'like' our page on Facebook at Hillians Facebook News
 
Please also join the closed group for general banter and networking between alumni Hillian Private Facebook Group
 
LinkedIn 
Not on Facebook but connected on LinkedIn?  Join our private group there at Hillian LinkedIn
 
School General Updates
Find current school updates on Twitter @kinghamhillsch and and like us at Kingham Hill School page to keep up to date with all the current school news.
Top School Window Project
with Hillian Peter Berry (1972-79)
 
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Last year a project was identified to restore the windows in Top School.
We were fortunate to have Hillian and renowned stained glass artist Peter Berry offer to help with this work.  The project will have significant impact on renewing the School Hall back to its original glory. 
 
There are two sets of windows on each end of the Hall.  In the past these were a focal point for the room and provided light into the Hall. Sadly they were covered up years ago due to their damaged state and the decision to block out light for things such as theatre performances.
 
When pupils are in the Hall for exams, drama performances and lectures, they are unaware of the former beauty of these fixtures.  
 
A project is now underway to work with the Art Department to design two replacement stained glass installations for the space that will leave a permanent legacy to the school.
 
   
 
While there has been much enthusiasm for the project, there has been a delay due to a shortfall in funding. If you are interested in offering support, please follow this link Top School Project
 
For more information on Peter and his work, his website can be viewed at  Peter Berry Website.
Dear Hillian friend,
 
We are on the edge of springtime and our pupils are enjoying a three week Easter break.  This Lent term was busy with mock exams, football, netball, CCF recruit camp, a performance of Oliver, snow days and general school life.  
 
Between Founders Day and individual visits, I have had the chance to meet close to one-hundred Hillians in the last month. For many, it had been decades since you have been back to the Hill. For me, it has been wonderful.
 
Thank your for your continued support and offers to help.  Our community is buzzing and I am happy that you are a part of it.  Please be in touch.
 
Nanci Austin
Development Officer
 
Founder's Day Reunion and Hillian AGM
Bradford Houseparents reunion
Last week a group of over 70 alumni, former staff and current pupils came together to honour our Founder CEB Young and the Vision he had for Kingham Hill.  Headmaster Nick Seward shared his vision for the school and his commitment to the Founders work in our school today.
 
Please come back in June
 
Please bring the family and plan to be with us for Chill on the Hill on June 2.  The party will be held on the green in front of Top School.  Volunteers are needed to help with entertainment, music and stalls.    Please don't be shy about helping, this is your event!
 
On Speech Day Mike Tadman has organised the Churchill Village Hall to be avalable as an informal meeting place to gather and catch up with old friends.  He is keen to connect with fellow Hillians from the 1960's and share in a (roughly) 50-year reunion on the day.    
Please be sure to register online for these events so that we can plan accordingly.
 
Where are they?
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We've lost contact with alumni
 
With all of this planning we realise that we've lost touch with a number of alumni and that our database needs work.   Please help to spread the word and connect us with old Hillian friends.  The online form to reconnect is here.
 
In the meantime, if you happen to know the whereabouts of: 
 
Maurice Grandsoult
R Lawrence
Ian Crossen
Christopher Bounds
David Evison
Ian Hatton
 
Please let them know that their friends are looking for them and would love to reconnect in June. 
 
Old boys come together 
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Restoration of Hillian gravestones 
 
On a recent visit to the Kingham Church alumni Jon (Monty) Montgomerie noticed that an old boys grave from the early 1900's was leaning over and in need of repair.   He then posted this on the Hillians Facebook Group and stirred the interest and support of many other alumni.  Thank you to all who donated funds to help fix this stone and to clean the stones of Warden Teddy Cooper and his family.  The work will be done next week by an approved vendor of the church.  If you are interested in contributing to the ongoing care for Hillian stones in the churchyard, donations can be made online at Kingham Churchyard Gravestone Project 
 
NASA Space Competition
Help needed to sponsor KHS finalist
 
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On the 17th and 18th of March, a team of 12 Kingham Hill pupils spent the weekend at Imperial College London competing with 23 other schools in the National Finals of the UK Space Design Competition. The team worked very hard but were not selected for first prize. One of our Year 12 pupils however has been awarded a place on the EU team at the World Final at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida between the 27th and 30th July. This is a prestigious award but is unfortunately unfunded. The School will be working hard with her over the coming months to raise the £2000 required to cover her expenses. In the organisers letter they described how “She impressed us at the regionals...and then absolutely shone at the finals.  We are delighted that she has been offered a place for the EU team; as there is a peer voting element to the algorithm used and we can never predict the outcome!”  If you feel inspired and are able to help her achieve the fundraising target, we have added a donation button to our giving page here at Online Donations
 
New Sports Centre Development
Moving forward
 
In mid-March the school received planning permission to move forward with building a new Sports Centre.   This will be located across from Swansea House and carved into the hill near the astroturf.  Over the last three years we have built a new Science and Maths building and a new Library.  The addition of this Sports Centre will bring the level of all major facilities at school to the highest standard.  
 
 
 
 

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