A fabulous evening was had by all at King’s 3rd Annual Founder’s Dinner on Saturday 23 September. Some 92 alumni, parents, present and former staff and friends gathered together to celebrate the incredible sporting achievements of King’s students. Our guest speaker – football legend John Barnes MBE provided a truly inspirational address on the life lessons learned during his many years as a top flight professional footballer. He also spoke about the importance of setting yourself goals, having a strong work ethic and working as a team. John also spoke passionately about the value of a first-rate education, something that King’s prides itself on.
Entertainment was provided by our very talented Upper Sixth students, Olivia Wade-Jones and Lottie Cousins who performed their own acoustic version of New Order’s World in Motion, – the 1990 England Football anthem and were thrilled when John joined in to perform the rap!
We were also delighted to welcome back Arnold Cooke to receive his Alumni “Leading Light Award” for 2016, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to rowing, his dedication towards the improvement of British Rowing and his continued support of and involvement in the life of the School. Arnold was the School’s first rowing Blue and the School’s first Olympian, competing in the Double Scull at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. He also set a new world indoor record in the over-70’s age group in 2011 – a truly worthy winner!
We hope to build upon the success of this event with another fundraising dinner scheduled for Friday 10 November. The focus of this is celebrating the success of our alumni working in science, technology and engineering. We hope you can join us! More information can be found by visiting the Science and Engineering Fundraising Dinner page.