Chairman's Report for 2014

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Chairman’s Report

The last year has been one of continued evolution for the Association. In August 2014, we reported the change of our name to Kingham Hillians. Since the beginning of 2012, the school has been referring to its former pupils as 'Kingham Hillians'. This term has been gradually introduced over the last couple of years, and with alumni relations now being overseen by the School, the KH Committee and school both felt that it was the right time for this change in terminology to be adopted by the wider former pupil community.

Whilst the Kingham Hill Association and its Centenary Trust Fund will remain the name of the legal entity, the association and its members will now be referred to as Kingham Hillians. The previous shield, using the Oxford and Cambridge blues and initials 'KH' will be retained, whilst the lettering will reflect the school's branding to represent this new chapter in the history of former pupil relations at KHS.

We also introduced an events brochure, which we hope you received in the post last summer, outlining our growing programme of activities. As many of you will know, I have been on maternity leave since October, and for the last eight months Jennifer Robinson has been delivering the events programme.  I would like to thank Jennifer for all her hard work keeping everything running so smoothly. Events this year have included:

  • Young Hillians and Sixth Form BBQ
  • Rohilla Day Annual Autumn Reunion
  • Music on the Hill: Brooks Williams
  • The Veritas Building opening

Coming soon:

  • Kingham Hillians AGM and Reunion – Saturday 6 June 2015
  • Hillians and Sixth Form Quiz Night – Saturday 6 June 2015
  • Speech Day Cricket and Hockey Matches – Saturday 4 July 2015
  • Royal International Air Tattoo – Saturday 18 July 2015

Looking ahead, our aims for the next twelve months are to:

  • Increase attendance at events;
    • Improve communications with members;
    • Continue to recruit new committee members.

Following a recruitment drive last autumn, we have enjoyed some success with regards to this last point and we were very pleased to welcome new faces to Committee meetings in January and March. Mark Foley (1963-1969, Head Boy 1969), David Nock (Plymouth 1970 – 1971, Norwich 1971 – 1977, Head Boy 1977), Malcolm Brecht (Plymouth 1975-1977, Clyde 1977-1983, Head Boy 1983), Jan Sindhar (Sheffield 2008-2012, Head Boy 2012) have been co-opted onto the Committee subject to election at the AGM. However, we hope that we will welcome other volunteers in the future as we continue to seek new members for the Committee. If you would be interested in becoming involved, please do contact the Development Office.

It was with great sadness that we learnt of the deaths of a number of members of our community over the last twelve months, including Robert (Bob) Hughes, Honorary President of Kingham Hillians.  President since 2008, Bob dedicated his time selflessly in support of his fellow former pupils and will be missed by all who knew him. Bob, and all friends who have died this year, will be remembered on Rohilla Day on Sunday 27 September.

John Hughes has been nominated by the Committee to take over the role of President. John has been involved with the KH since the early 1940s and like his brother Bob, John has given of his time selflessly over many years. It is for this reason that the Committee felt that he is the natural successor for this figurehead role. 

Thank you, as ever, to the Committee for their service and dedication to the Hillians and to the School, and to all former pupils for their on-going support.

Harriet Dearden and Jennifer Robinson

April 2015

 

 

Headmaster’s Report

 

After several years of dreaming, planning, and hard work, our new Veritas Building was completed early in the calendar year. Designed by a Hillian, Mark Foley, this fantastic facility has given all of us who love the School, and are passionate about its past and future, a real encouragement as we see our 2020 Vision take physical shape. Reality can often not live up to expectations, but Veritas is quite the opposite, and pupils, staff, and alumni alike have been excited and inspired with the new environment in which Mathematics and Science now take place. It is really the cornerstone of our development programme, and unlocks the potential of the site to be fully exploited to serve KHS as we move confidently into the future.

As ever, it is good to be reminded of the purpose of our 2020 Vision, which is to continue and support the work the Founder began in the preaching of the Gospel to pupils, and the provision of a family home to those in boarding need. In very different economic times we need to be generating our own income to continue that work, which we now do successfully through careful strategic planning and management of our resources. That strategy involves growth, and we continue to see rising interest in places at the School, and we are hopeful for another record roll this September. It also involves working to raise standards continually – we were much encouraged by a recent ISI report which praised our pupils’ outstanding personal development, and their progress and maturity generally. We now aspire to turn some of the ’goods’ to ‘excellent’ in our next rating. Perhaps most exciting is the number of high-quality staff who continue to be attracted to working at KHS, and their work is what our future success will be built on.

Outside of the classroom, pupils enjoy a wide range of sport, performing arts, and service activities. The CCF continues to grow, with a successful biennial inspection overseen by a three-star general recently. One of our Sixth Formers won a prized RAF scholarship and flew solo before taking his A Levels. In sport, our First XI football team were unbeaten on their tour of Germany (not many English teams can boast that!), although the First XV and girls’ senior sports teams found things more of a struggle this season. One senior girl did win a very prestigious Athletics scholarship to Richmond University in Virginia. Where Drama is concerned, I thought the standard of acting in the School production of The Crucible this year was as high as I’ve ever seen, thanks to a talented group of Sixth Formers, and the Choir is larger, more proficient, and more ambitious with each passing term.

We are looking forward to further developments to our buildings later this year, with the old Maths and Science block currently undergoing refurbishment to house Havelock and Clyde, the day boys’ houses. Work on the new Library will be able to start after that. All of this of course is a means to an end – we work hard at our strategy so that we can make places available to those who cannot afford the fees.  Currently the School gives 15% of its revenue towards concessions, discounts, and bursaries. With the support of other charities and alumni, this means we are able to make a Kingham education affordable to many, including a good number who are fully supported. Although efforts to bring Local Authorities on board are painfully slow, we are making progress – and Rome wasn’t built in a day. As I come to the end of my seventh year as Headmaster, I’m more optimistic than ever that God is ‘doing more than we ask or imagine’ at KHS, as we seek His will and purpose for the School and the continuance of the Founder’s work.

Nick Seward 27/4/15

 

Treasurer’s Report

 

KINGHAM HILLIANS ( KHA & C.T.F.)

Charity No.273416. Report No. 28  Statement of Financial Activity including income and expenditure for year 01/01/2014 to 31/12/2014 submitted at KHA  meeting on 24/01/2015.

                                                                                   £

IncomingResources                                                      2014

CTF Balance from 2013                                               1,286

Donations ( General )                                                  2,373

200 Club +Misc Sales, Raffle etc                                    141

Tax Recovered for Year 2013                                         471

Sale of Ruffers shares                                                 35,000

Dividend-Ruffers Absolute Fund                                 3,187

Bank compensation/reimbursement                            194*

Total Incoming Resources                                 42,652

*See note 1 page 2

Resources Expended

Ruffers Return Investment                                         3,187

Xmas 2013, Easter & Xmas  2014 bursaries           27,645

 Total Resources Expended                                      30,832         

For School Year 2014 and future bursaries see note 3 on page 2.

CTF Bank balance on 31/12/2014                           11,820

KHA General Bank Account ( 01/01/2014 to 31/12/2014 )

Balance from 2013                                                           837

Balance on 31/12/2014                                                   353

Incoming resources                                                          120   

Outgoing                                                                             604

                                                   

 

 

 

Ruffers  Absolute Return Fund ( Accumulation )See note 2 page 2 for details.

                             

Market value on 06/01/2015                                  179,390

KHA  Assets / Funds as at 31/12/2014

 

CTF Bank Account                                                        11,820

General Bank Account                                                     353

Ruffers  ARF ( Accumulation )                                 125,000

Total Assets                                                               137,173                                                   

                                                                                                          Mike Kent  KHA Treasurer 12/01/2015

                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                     

KHA Activity Report No.28  for year 01/01/2014 to 31/12/2014

Submitted at KHA  meeting on 24/01/2015.

 

There are no outstanding invoices.

  • 1.      Due to the failure of the Nat West Bank to activate mandate signatory forms since 2012 for both removal and addition of names from the KHA accounts, the Bank has upheld the KHA Treasurer’s complaints and has agreed ( and paid ) our account the sum of £150-00 compensation and £43-75 re-imbursement for costs.

Please note the authorized signatories are now as follows for the bank accounts:

Mike Kent               ( Treasurer)

Harriet Dearden    ( Chairman)

Ken Wingfield         ( Secretary )

Jon Montgomerie ( Committee member )

J (Leo) Smith           (Committee member )

 

For the Ruffers/Capita account three signatures are required, these are:

Mike Kent              ( KHA Treasurer )

               Ken Wingfield       ( KHA Secretary )

               David Ware           ( KHA Legal advisor)

              All previous signatories are null and void.

  • 2.      Shares to the value of £15k were sold from Ruffers investment on 27/12/2013 and  £20k on 18/11/2014 which were paid into the CTF bank account.

Basic Capita/Ruffers  Investment summary:

Dividends paid since 01/11/2008 to 15/11/2014                            £20,942

(Dividend for 16/09/2013 to 15/11/2014 was £3,187)

Original ‘cash’ input from KHA                                                          £126,000

                                                                                                    Total   £146,942

Less proportionate % after sale of £35k Ruffer shares                £125,000*

Actual sales value of fund on 06/01/2015                                      £179,390

               *Please note this figure is used when calculating KHA assets.

  • 3.      KH have agreed with KHS to help part support six pupils from 2014 onwards.

The committed cost for this will be £9,445-00 per term.

The committee are mindful that the ‘through life’ supported cost must be able to be met from existing  funds, although we all hope future donations  will be given.

     

                                                                                    Mike Kent. KHA Treasurer. 12/01/2015

                                                                                                                             

KINGHAM HILLIANS ( KHA & C.T.F.)

Charity No.273416. Report No. 29  Statement of Financial Activity including income and expenditure for year 01/01/2015 to 28/02/2015 submitted at KHA  meeting on 21/03/2015.

                                                                                             £

IncomingResources                                                      2015

CTF Balance from 2014                                              11,821

Donations ( General )                                                      390

200 Club +Misc Sales, Raffle etc.                                        0

Tax Recovered for Year 2014                                         432

Total Incoming Resources                                 12,643

Resources Expended

 Total Resources Expended                                                0

For School Year 2014 and future bursaries see note 3 on page 2.

CTF Bank balance on 28/02/2015                           12,643

KHA General Bank Account ( 01/01/2015 to 28/02/2015 )

Balance from 2014                                                           353

Balance on 28/02/2015                                                   366

Incoming resources                                                           13

Outgoing                                                                                0

                                                  

Ruffers  Absolute Return Fund ( Accumulation )See note 2 page 2 for details.

                             

Market value on 17/03/2015                                  181,498

KHA  Assets / Funds as at 28/02/2015

 

CTF Bank Account                                                        12,643

General Bank Account                                                     365

Ruffers  ARF ( Accumulation )                                 125,000

Total Assets                                                               138,008                                                   

Mike Kent  KHA Treasurer 17/03/2015

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

KHA Activity Report No.29  for year 01/01/2015 to 28/02/2015

Submitted at KHA  meeting on 21/03/2015.

 

 There are no outstanding invoices.

Please note the authorized signatories are now as follows for the bank accounts:

Mike Kent               ( Treasurer)

Harriet Dearden    ( Chairman)

Ken Wingfield         ( Secretary )

Jon Montgomerie ( Committee member )

J (Leo) Smith           (Committee member )

 

For the Ruffers/Capita account three signatures are required, these are:

Mike Kent              ( KHA Treasurer )

               Ken Wingfield       ( KHA Secretary )

               David Ware           ( KHA Legal advisor)

              All previous signatories are null and void.

  • 1.      Tax ( Gift aid reclaim ) of £432-00 has been  paid by HMRC for year 2014.

        2.

Basic Capita/Ruffers  Investment summary:

Dividends paid since 01/11/2008 to 15/11/2014                            £20,942

(Dividend for 16/09/2013 to 15/11/2014 was £3,187)

Original ‘cash’ input from KHA                                                          £126,000

                                                                                                    Total   £146,942

Less proportionate % after sale of £35k Ruffer shares                £125,000*

Actual sales value of fund on 17/03/2015                                      £181,498

               *Please note this figure is used when calculating KHA assets.

  • 2.      KHA have agreed with KHS to help part support six pupils from 2014 onwards .

The committed cost for this will be £9,445-00 per term.

The committee are mindful that the ‘through life’ supported cost must be able to be met from existing  funds, although we all hope future donations  will be given.

     

                                                                                    Mike Kent. KHA Treasurer. 17/03/2015

 

                                                   

A detailed Financial Statement Report no.28 for year 2014 was tabled at KH/KHA meeting on 24/01/2015.

It is hoped a full statement of accounts will be available from our Accountants Andrew Morrison Associates for the AGM in June.

Financial statement No.29 for year 01/01/2015 to 28/02/2015 was tabled at KH/KHA meeting on 21/03/2015.

The above should be available on KHSD or from the Treasurer on request.

The statements give details of signatories, numbers of pupils being part supported by KH/KHA etc.

Charity Commission returns were completed online in January 2015 for year 2014.

This included Income and Expenditure for 2014 and also an update regarding current KH/KHA Trustees.

This information is freely available online to the public.

 

Mike Kent.

KH/KHA Treasurer. 26/04/2015

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Kingham Hill School Days

kinghamhillschooldays.co.uk

Website Report for 2014

We receive tens of thousands of unique visitors and millions of hits every year which is a testament to the interest you show in your community and rewards the effort we old boys and girls of Kingham Hill put into making the website what it is. With a brand new website due to be launched later this year we trust everyone will continue to enjoy and support the work we do by visiting the website regularly and playing an active part making 2015 an even better year.

 

Visitor statistics

Reported period Year 2014
First visit 01 Jan 2014 - 00:01
Last visit 31 Dec 2014 - 23:59
  Unique visitors Number of visits Pages Hits Bandwidth
Viewed traffic * <= 51,279
Exact value not available in 'Year' view
136,456
(2.66 visits/visitor)
2,229,907
(16.34 Pages/Visit)
2,951,936
(21.63 Hits/Visit)
33.72 GB
(259.12 KB/Visit)
Not viewed traffic *  
 
1,692,460 1,806,215 42.93 GB

* Not viewed traffic includes traffic generated by robots, worms, or replies with special HTTP status codes.

 

Most popular pages

Looking for.... 40944
Noticeboard 19823
C E Baring Young 14965
The Early Years 13408
Member Search 13132
Lord Andrew Adonis 9291
1950's - 1960's 9007

Other Facts

43+ new articles published registered users up from 348 to 377, Comments on Articles: 431, 1,346 pictures in the photo archive.

 

Simon Howlett
School Days Administrator

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For the School Days Management Team
April 2015

 

Archive Report

Since the last AGM a great deal of effort has been put in to getting material into electronic form.

Material scanned to date: -

4,747   text pages

3,304   photos with information

72   photos without text information (collecting info)

This is a total of 8,123 documents!

The intention is to have these documents kept on the computers in the Archive Room where they will be accessible for future archivists and most importantly as a record of the school's history.

Some members have been given a letter or e-mailed asking if they would mind writing a short piece describing their time on The Hill. I have created a folder in the Archives for old boys and girls, members of staff and people who have worked on The Hill. Hopefully this will create interesting reading from over the years with the mixture of perspectives.

Last year I put out a request if any one might know where to find photos of some Headmasters/Wardens.

I have found photographs of most Headmasters/Wardens. Two are missing: Mr T Benfield (there is a group photo of Mr Benfield but quality is poor) and Rev. C.R. Forrester. Mr J. Woollan and Mr J Mash need to be re-scanned for better quality. If anyone can help or point me in the right direction to find these I would be grateful. Photographs are proposed to be hung in the KHS meeting room, frame size 8x10 inches.

As a final item, the KH Archive would be grateful if meeting members would consider loaning any photographs, reports, papers or any other material in their possession, which may be suitable for inclusion in the Archive. Originals would be appreciated but copies would also be very useful. It would be extremely useful if photographs could carry a description of the photo along with any relevant names, dates, places and events.

                                                                                                                  

Tony Middleton 26/04/2015

Archivist

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Mobile:  07765 442 895

 

 

Memorabilia and 200 Club

Report for 2014/2015

Memorabilia

It has been another very slow year with regards to selling items of memorabilia and whilst this may well be due to recessionary times it is none the less disappointing.   It is to be hoped that now things appear to be getting better we can rectify this state of affairs.

All items are now available from the school uniform shop and can be obtained direct from me at 1 Denbigh Court, White Hill Avenue, Bexhill on Sea, TN39 3RZ.  Telephone: 01424 844238.  My email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I have made myself available at all committee and social events throughout the year. Full list of goodies is on the KHSD website and by calling me or “stopping me to buy one”.

200 Club

I have and always urge all to enter the 200 Club, which is a prime source of income to the Centenary Trust Fund. Just to remind you the entry is £12 (that is 23 pence a week) and 50% goes directly in to the CTF. Last year’s contribution was £120 after a 1st prize of £48, 2nd £36, 3rd £24 and 4th £12 but if we could encourage 200 entries then the contribution to the CTF would be £1200 after paying out a 1st prize of £350 and 6 other cash prizes. Many thanks to those who contribute regularly and hopefully we may see some new names this year.                                                                                                                                                                                               

REMINDER

The Kingham Hillians are running a Quiz on the evening of the AGM (Saturday 6 June 2015) and will include a Raffle. All receipts in aid of the Centenary Trust Fund. I am always open to new ideas to promote the KHA and ultimately benefit those most in need.

 

Simon Briggs

April 2015

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