A year of fundraising for our third UWS school in Cambodia

As we head towards the end of another successful year of fundraising, we are delighted to announce that next year the third Kings funded school will be built in Cambodia, in partnership with United World Schools.

Combining fundraising efforts from students and staff at all Kings schools around the world with donation matching from Kings, we are well on the way to hitting our 2017 fundraising target of £30,000.

This will fund the on-going running of our existing schools at Kro Lorng and Kapin in the jungle region of Cambodia, which now have 200–300 students each. It will also go towards the building of our third school next year.

Fundraising activities at Kings schools: selling Valentine's cards, pumpkin carving, and basketball.

Just some of the Kings fundraising events this year include a 60km bike ride, manicure party, bake sales, talent shows, sports games, 'Hug a Hoodie' event, 1960s prom, BBQ and raffle, debate nights, Halloween parties, candy apple making and pumpkin carving, international evening and Valentine's Day card sale, snack sales and Christmas raffle. You can read more about some of these events below.

60km bike ride in Brighton

On Saturday 14th October, ten Kings staff members embarked on our latest fundraising challenge in aid of United World Schools: a 60km cycle ride.

As this year marks Kings' 60th anniversary, our schools have been celebrating with "60"-themed fundraising events, so the bike ride had to be 60km!

The cycling team consisted of Kings Brighton’s Head of English Stephen Pilton and Teacher Liz Tuck, and members of the Kings sales and marketing team — including Director Andrew Green and Regional Development Director for South East Asia Lucy Cattermole, who both completed an epic 300km ride with UWS in Cambodia in 2016. But for most of the group, 60km was the furthest they had ever cycled, and quite a daunting prospect.

The route was mainly off-road, following the Downs Link in the beautiful countryside around Brighton. With some much-needed refreshment breaks — and a few puncture repair stops! — the ride took about 8 hours, finishing at the i360 on Brighton seafront. The bike ride has raised an excellent £2000 so far, so well done to all the cyclists who took part and a big thank you to everyone who has donated.

Andrew Green said, "It was a really impressive effort from everyone — I'm so proud of all my colleagues for making it through the whole ride. Due to a miscalculation on my part we actually cycled 70km!".

Staff vs Students basketball battle in Bournemouth

On Friday 1 December, Kings Bournemouth staff decided to crash the weekly basketball session and turn it into a 'Staff versus Students' match in aid of United World Schools. This was a popular move as over 30 students turned up — and outnumbered our staff team of 8 quite considerably! However, that didn’t stop Kings Staff in their quest for victory.

At quarter-time the students were dominating with a lead of 16-2. Thinking they were going to storm it throughout all four quarters, the staff had a little team talk to discuss tactics and managed to bring the half-time score up to 18-8, closing the gap slightly! The last two quarters saw both students and teachers using the court more effectively, communicating better and showing off with some three-pointers and cool set plays! Half time was 28-20 and the score line getting that bit closer yet again. The last quarter of the match was brilliant with the supporters on the side line raising the noise for the last 15 minutes, encouraging both staff and students to push to the end.

The game ended 34-26 to the students — well done to them! (The staff will beat you next time!) A great way to end the week, start the festive month ahead and also raise £45 for United World Schools.

Spooktacular Halloween fundraising events at Kings London

Kings London celebrated Halloween in style this year, with students and staff taking part in a variety of themed events. Liz Gilbert reports back.

On the 30th and 31st October, Kings London's EFL department held a series of spooky stories sessions in the haunted attic of Building 2. We also had a pumpkin carving event in The Link, which was a great success (although a bit messy!). Finally — after two days of being terrified by the EFL teachers' stories — we were ready for the Halloween party.

Everyone had an amazing time celebrating, and we raised more than £240 for United World Schools in the process.

A fun-filled International Evening at Kings Oxford

St. Josephs campus hosted an international evening on 9th of February with various performances from different countries to keep the students and teachers from all the Kings colleges entertained. The cafeteria was buzzing with guests lining up to try international food cooked and served by the students from all over the world. The dishes included delicious dumplings and dessert snacks from China, pancakes from Belgium and Russia, sweet rice balls from Iran, curry puffs and cinnamon buns from Malaysia, home made bubble tea and much more.

In honour of Valentine's Day, the charity group members Elena, Helia, Tara and others made and sold Valentine’s Day cards, which the students as well as teachers bought to give to their friends and loved ones. All the money made from the ticket sales was donated to UWS.

Overall, it was a great evening which brought and connected students from all over the world in order to share their cultures and traditions.

A big thank you to all Kings students and staff who have helped us teach the unreached by providing the opportunity of education to some of the most disadvantaged people in the world.