>Mount Kelly Summer Newsletter 2018

JULY 2018

Issue #8

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OMK Day and Dinner 2018

Over 100 former pupils and their families came back to Mount Kelly for this year's OMK day on Saturday 12 May. With alumni travelling in from all over the country and overseas, it was a fantastic day of happy reunions and memories shared. The OMK Dinner in the evening was led by guest speaker Addison Gelpey (84-88) (pictured with former staff, Anne Williams) who put his expertise as an auctioneer to great use in leading an auction of prizes kindly donated by fellow OMKs. Eight lots raised almost £8,000 for the newly-launched Mount Kelly Bursary Fund.

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Mount Kelly Bursary Fund

We were delighted to launch the Mount Kelly Bursary Fund at the OMK Dinner in May. As a school that is neither wealthy nor well-endowed, we currently provide bursarial support for approximately 10% of our pupils. The Bursary Fund has been established with the aim to seek support from the wider MK community to enable us to offer a greater number of means-tested bursaries for deserving pupils, offering them the education, opportunities, confidence and ambition to succeed in life. Abraham Kopparambil (pictured) is one such bursary recipient. If anyone would like to contribute or discuss this further, please contact Fran Reid.

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OMK Bridge Open

The Old Mount Kelleian Bridge, linking the College with the Prep, was officially opened on 22 June by the Chair of Governors, Rear Admiral Chris Snow, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony which was attended by the Mayors of Tavistock and of West Devon, Governors and OMK representatives. This was one of Chris' last events at Mount Kelly before handing over the Chair to Dr Kevin Wilson. The Old Mount Kelleians' Association kindly donated a generous sum towards this very special project which now enables pupils and staff to walk from one side of the campus to the other, uniting the school community even more.

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Alumnet - a digital online networking platform for OMKs
We are delighted to have launched a social networking platform, Alumnet, for our alumni that will allow you to keep in touch with your friends as well as make new connections with Old Mount Kelleians for business/career purposes. We believe Alumnet will offer you, as one of our valued former pupils, huge benefits, both personally and professionally. It is as easy to use and access as social media platforms (like Facebook and LinkedIn), but is 100% dedicated to the needs of alumni. https://get.alumnet.social/mount_kelly/
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OMKs in London

On 26 June, over 60 alumni joined the Head Master for another highly successful London drinks reception, this year held at the newly-opened, multi-award winning  Sekforde Arms in Clerkenwelll, kindly hosted by proprietor David Lonsdale (OK 75-81). Former pupils of all generations thoroughly enjoyed catching up with old friends, former staff and school news at what was a very happy and relaxed occasion. We are grateful to David for his generosity and warm welcome and highly recommend a visit to The Sekforde Arms in Clerkenwell.

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OMK Cricket

In the absence of the School 1st XI who were away playing against Eton College, a young Mount Kelly 'A' XI, captained by George Bott, welcomed this year's OMK Cricketers, captained by Clive Insole (89-90) on OMK Day in May. Put into bat first, the OMKs set what must be considered one of their better totals of the past few years, of 189-5. In the end the OMKs were worthy winners with the school being restricted to 101 off their 25 overs, leaving the OMKs as winners by  88 runs. The School looks  forward to the next contest where they hope to reverse the tables!

A good match


News from Mount Kelly Hong Kong

As readers will know, Mount Kelly International has established a Pre-School and Prep School in Hong Kong. Both Schools have received their Education Bureau Registration Certificates as of September 2017 and January 2018, and we are delighted to report that they are continuing to grow with further developments planned. The MK Shackleton Programme, which introduces pupils to the importance of helping others through community projects is thriving in the HK schools, and the HK Prep pupils recently visited The Salvation Army, Hoi Tai Residence for Senior Citizens in Mong Kok, spending time with the residents.

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Lewis Pugh to swim 350 miles in Action for Oceans Campaign 

Endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh (OMH 1980) will embark on an epic 350-mile swim along the length of the English Channel from Land's End in Cornwall to Dover, Kent, in just Speedo swimming trunks, a cap and goggles. "The Long Swim", which begins on July 12, marks the start of a world-wide Action for Oceans campaign calling on governments to fully protect at least 30% of the world's oceans by 2030. Lewis expects to reach Dover towards the end of August, averaging five hours of swimming, covering between 10 and 20 kilometres, each day. The swim is the equivalent of crossing the Channel from Dover to Calais 16 times over! We wish him well and will follow his progress via Sky News.

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Alex Mustard awarded MBE for Underwater Photography

Congratulations to Dr Alex Mustard (OMH 1988) who was awarded a CBE in the Queen's birthday honours list for underwater photography. Alex's photographs have won many awards including regularly in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He is a four-time category winner in the British Wildlife Photography Awards and his 2007 book Reefs Revealed, won the International Grand Prize for the best book of underwater photographs, while his 2016 instructional book Underwater Photography Masterclass has rapidly become the most sought-after title on the subject and was reprinted just two weeks after its launch.

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James Nicolle (78-83) will be organising this year's biannual gathering in Australia for all former pupils in Australia. All OMKs are warmly invited to the Harbour View Hotel (18 Lower Fort St, Dawes Point NSW 2000) at The Rocks, overlooking Sydney Harbour on 16 November. Meet at 6 for 6.30pm for drinks followed by a pub supper.  Please contact James if you'd like to attend: nicolles@bigpond.com

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Mount Kelly welcomes new Chair of Governors
Mount Kelly is delighted to announce Dr Kevin Wilson as the new Chair of Governors for the School as from 8 July. As Chair elect, Dr Wilson joined the Board of Governors as Vice Chair in September 2017, before taking over the helm from Rear Admiral Chris Snow, who has now completed his tenure.
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2018/2019 OMK EVENTS:

Sunday 9  September 2018
Cox Tor Walk (Mount Kelly)

October 2018 (tbc)
OMKs gathering in Hong Kong

Friday 9 November 2018, 6.30pm
Mount Kelly Fireworks

Friday 16 November 2018, 6pm
OMKs gathering in Sydney

Saturday 17 November 2018
OMK Girls' Hockey Match v Mount Kelly
Tuesday 5 February 2019, 6pm
OMKs Pub Gathering in Bristol

March 2019 (tbc)
OMK Boys' Hockey & Girls' Netball v. Mount Kelly

Saturday 11 May 2019
OMK Day & Dinner (Mount Kelly)

Saturday 11 May 2019
OMK Golf (Tavistock Golf Club)
June 2019 (tbc)
OMK Pub Gathering in London

Saturday 6 July 2019
Mount Kelly Foundation Summer Ball


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