Old Mount Kelleians Newsletter

Issue # 6

December 2017


OMK Day & Dinner - Saturday 12 May

We are delighted to announce that this year's guest speaker at the OMK Dinner will be Addison Gelpey. A highly entertaining and charismatic auctioneer, valuer and fundraiser, Addison has had numerous appearances on television and has raised thousands of pounds for charity at auction. This promises to be another fantastic dinner and it will also be an opportunity to launch our Bursary Fund. Bookings open in the New Year.
Bookings Open in the New Year
OMK Magazine 2017
The next edition of the OMK Magazine will be published in early May - to coincide with our launch of the Mount Kelly Bursary Fund.
Mount Kelly Shortlisted
for Awards
Mount Kelly Pupils aim for
Oxbridge Entry
Mount Kelly is delighted to announce that we have been nominated for three TES (Times Educational Supplement) Independent School Awards 2018. These are 'Boarding School of the Year', 'Senior Leadership Team of the Year' and 'Financial/Fundraising Initiative of the Year'. The winners will be revealed at the TES Awards Ceremony on 8 February at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
  Three of our pupils have been selected for Oxbridge interviews this academic year. Josie Francis has an interview for Geography at Mansfield College, Oxford; Edward Jenks for Natural Sciences at Peterhouse College, Cambridge; and Benjamin Dunlop for Economics at Pembroke College, Cambridge. They have taken part in a series of workshops and events in preparation for these interviews, and we wish them the best of luck.
Read More   Good Luck

National Champion Title
for Flora Duffy
Lewis Pugh swims Antarctic Seas
and lobbies Theresa May
Congratulations to Flora Duffy (04-08) who retained her Athlete of the Year title this year and was once again victorious in the XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon elite series in October. With this win, she becomes one of only two elite triathletes to win four XTERRA titles, she is the first female to reach four titles - and the only elite athlete to win this championship over four consecutive years.
OMK and UN Patron of the Oceans, Lewis Pugh (MH class of 80) completed a one kilometre swim in near freezing waters in November to highlight issues facing the world's oceans - wearing nothing but his speedos! Now a famous endurance swimmer, Lewis was successful in completing the first-ever swim in the Antarctic waters around South Georgia, home to a huge diversity of marine wildlife. Lewis regularly raises awareness about issues facing the ocean and in December was instrumental in gaining Theresa May's support for further investment into the prevention of plastic pollution in our seas.
Congratulations Flora!   Follow his journey
Sporting Success in  Rugby, Hockey, Netball & Swimming
Refurbishment Programme and Link Bridge
Sam Martin voted
Best Robotics Undergraduate
This term Mount Kelly has competed in Squash, Badminton, Rugby, Netball, Football and Hockey fixtures and has set a MK record for the number of fixtures played. The 1st XV had an outstanding season with highlight wins against Torquay Boys Grammar, Queen's College Taunton, Downside and West Buckland. The side also had a fantastic run in the NatWest Bowl National Schools Cup reaching the 1/4 final, but narrowly lost out to St George's College, Weybridge. The 1st XI have lost only one hockey game, with big wins against Wellington, Plymouth College, Exeter School, West Buckland, Truro and Blundell's. The 1st VII qualified at the national netball tournament district stage and went on to represent West Devon at the county round of the national schools tournament - good preparation for the season ahead. Our swimmers have had some great results culminating in the squad being crowned the Top Senior School in the 60th ESSA Secondary Schools Team National Championships, taking home the coveted shield and a haul of trophies and medals!

A large variety of refurbishment and renovation projects across the Foundation took place over the summer. At the College, these have included the refurbishment of the Library (pictured), Conway House, the exterior of the Main Building and a designated pedestrian crossing on Parkwood Road. At the Prep, Collingwood, the Conservatory and the Stable Yard have been redecorated, lockers have been provided for all pupils, and the Pre-Prep has benefited from a full redecoration and new carpets. We are pleased to announce that planning permission has been granted for the footbridge over the River Tavy linking the Prep and College; work will commence in the new year. This bridge will allow easy and quick access between the two sites, further integrating the Prep and College.

Congratulations to Sam Martin (06-11) who beat 6,000 of the brightest minds in Europe to win the prize of best computer science student for his low cost robot in The Undergraduate Awards 2017. Sam designed his robot, nicknamed Sprinkles, whilst studying Computer Science at Cardiff University.  It cost under £100 to build: "I wanted to prove that you don't need super-duper hardware or a PhD in electronic engineering to make a robot from scratch and get it to do some pretty amazing stuff." Using a 3D printer, with a Raspberry Pi single-board computer on board, Sprinkles moves through its environment firing a laser, at an angle, to produce measurements that create 3D maps and can be used in a wide variety of applications, including exploring collapsed buildings and mapping the land and sea from above.

A great term of Sport   Refurbishment &
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Hong Kong Drinks Reception
OMK Ladies' Hockey Match
Bristol Drinks
6 February 2018

Head Master, Mark Semmence, and Chairman of Governors, Rear Admiral Chris Snow, recently enjoyed meeting OMKs, parents and former parents when visiting Hong Kong in late November. A drinks reception, hosted in conjunction with Mount Kelly School Hong Kong, welcomed Friends of Mount Kelly and provided the ideal opportunity to celebrate Mount Kelly International opening in September.

Saturday 2nd December saw the much-anticipated annual ladies' hockey fixture against the School's 1st XI. The School side dominated the first part of the match, scoring twice, but the OMKs soon warmed up and challenged the pupils to a closely-fought and competitive second half. Despite some great playing, the School's 1st XI won this year with a score of 2-1. Thank you to all our OMK players, some of whom had travelled large distances to be there.  The next OMK sports fixture is Saturday 3 March - men's hockey and ladies' netball from 1pm!


Following on from last year's extremely successful drinks reception in Bristol, we have secured the same venue - Somerset House in Clifton - for Tuesday 6th February.  We very much look forward to welcoming OMKs who live in and around the area from 6pm for drinks, a catch up with school news and an opportunity to meet up once again with old friends and former staff. Head Master, Mark Semmence, will be there as will former staff Anne Williams and many others!

Our Overseas Community   A close win for the School Side   Let us know you are coming!

We wish all our OMKs a Merry Christmas  and a Happy New Year
Image by Matilda Kurzman Yr 6

Tuesday 6 February, 6pm
Bristol Drinks Gathering (Somerset House)

Saturday 3 March, 1pm
Men's Hockey & Ladies' Netball v. Mount Kelly

Saturday 31 March, 5pm
MK touring cricket team play at the ICC Academy, Dubai

 Saturday 12 May, from 2pm
OMK Day & Dinner (Mount Kelly)

Saturday 9 June
OMK Golf Day (Tavistock Golf Club)

June 2018 (date tbc)
London Drinks Gathering (Sekforde Arms)

Saturday 7 July, 7pm
Mount Kelly Foundation Summer Ball

Autumn 2018
Sydney Reunion
Hong Kong Drinks Reception

Ladies' Hockey Match v. Mount Kelly

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