- King William's College
King William's College Motto Assiduitate Non Desidia Established 1833 Type Independent school Principal Mr M.A.C. Humphreys, MA Vice Principal Miss R.J. Corlett, BA Academic Deputy J.H. Buchanan, BA Location Castletown
Isle of Man
Staff 67 Students Circa 400 Gender Mixed Ages 3–18 Houses Colbourne, Dickson & Walters Colours Purple, black, and white Publication The Barrovian Founder Bishop Isaac Barrow Trust Accreditation World School Website King William's College
King William's College (Colleish Ree Illiam in Manx) is a leading world International Baccalaureate HMC independent school for ages 3 to 18, situated near Castletown on the Isle of Man. The College is located on two sites in Castletown; the main estate which takes pride of place on the shore of Castletown Bay, and The Buchan School which is the College's preparatory school, located in the Westhill part of Castletown, some two miles from the main campus. The College, known as KWC or to the local people as King Bill's, widened entry from boys-only to co-educational in the 1980s. Today there are roughly 500 pupils, many of whom are international.
The College was founded with financing from the Bishop Barrow Trust originally set up in 1668 to fund education in the Isle of Man, but was eventually used to found the College in 1833, which opened with only 46 boys. The coat of arms in the centre of the College's crest is that of Bishop Isaac Barrow. The school was named after King William IV who is said to have offered the founders "my most valuable possession, my name" when asked for a financial contribution.
General Knowledge Paper (GKP)
Since 1904, the College has set an annual general knowledge test, known as the General Knowledge Paper (GKP). The pupils sit the test twice; once unseen on the day before the Christmas holidays, and again when they return to school in the New Year, after having spent the holiday researching the answers. However, the test is now voluntary. It is well-known to be highly difficult, a common score being just two correct answers from the list of several hundred. The best scores are 40 to 50 for the unseen test and about 270 out of 360 for the second sitting. Traditionally, the best scorers were given a half day free from school, while anyone doing particularly badly was given a detention.
The quiz is always introduced with the following Latin motto: "Scire ubi aliquid invenire possis, ea demum maxima pars eruditionis est", which translates as: "To know where you can find anything is, after all, the greatest part of erudition."
The quiz is popular with non-pupils, and has been published in The Guardian since 1951.
The current quizmaster is Dr Pat Cullen, a retired GP, who has been setting the quiz since 1997. He reports that he now checks questions by typing them into Google and changing them if necessary to make sure the answers cannot be found immediately.
Today the GKP is sent home to parents, there being a prize of £100 for the winning family. There is great competition between the local Manx families over this competition.
- Colbourne House - mixed boarding house
- Dickson House - mixed day house
- Walters House - mixed day house
The original house system was replaced in 2003–2004 with form centres. Whilst the house system was kept by name only, the main social function of the house system was lost. Many OKWs still refer to the original house names. Colbourne house was the boys boarding house with School house being the girls boarding house. School house is situated in the main school, where the female boarders reside and are still referred to as the School house girls, but are now a part of Colbourne house.
- Hunt house - day boys' house (now occupied by the 5th Form Centre)
- Raglan house - day boys' house (now occupied by the 6th Form Centre)
- Barrow house - day girls' house
- Wilson house - boarding boys' house
- Colbourne house - Boarding boys' house
- School house - Boarding girls' house
A præpositor is an equivalent of a prefect; a member of the Upper Sixth Form who has considerable responsibility within the school. The title Head of School is the title given to the most senior Præpositor. The Head of School can either be male or female. Depending on the gender of the Head of School their subordinate colleague will be known as either the Head Boy or the Head Girl. The Head of School is a long-established post, with the first recorded appointment in 1846.
Combined Cadet Force
The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a voluntary youth organisation sponsored by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and was until 2004 compulsory for all students in their 3rd, 4th and 5th years.
The school has a proud military history; its Officers' Training Corps (OTC), established in 1911, was the only contingent to see active service in the Great War. 546 members of the College Community served in the First World War. This OTC unit later evolved into the Junior Training Corps (JTC) about a year before the beginning of the Second World War. 696 members of the College Community served in the Second World War. In 1948, the CCF was established as the JTC was integrated with the Air Training Corps (ATC) and Sea Cadet Corps (SCC) at King William's College.
Under the auspices of the CCF, King William's College joined the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme in 1966. Since 2007, however, the scheme has been run independently of the cadet force.
The modern day CCF consists of three sections: Army, Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Air Force (RAF).
Cadets in the Army Section learn basic military skills, such as marksmanship and fieldcraft, in addition to expedition skills. Senior cadets are responsible for the development of the training programme and the instruction of junior cadets. The training programme follows the Army Proficiency Certificate (APC) syllabus and a practical approach is adopted together with integrated scenarios. At the end of each academic year, the cadets have the chance to participate in a week-long camp at a military establishment.
The RN Section provides cadets with the opportunity to experience different water-based activities, for example sailing and kayaking. The Naval Proficiency Certificate syllabus is followed to develop seamanship knowledge and skills, such as rope-work.
The RAF Section follows the prescribed Air Cadet Proficiency (ACP) syllabus, including airmanship and navigation. Essential qualities, like self-discipline, teamwork and leadership,are developed through the conduction of practical leadership tasks and navigation activities.
The Cadet Vocational Qualifications Organisation (CVQO) has offered cadets the opportunity to receive internationally recognised BTEC Diploma qualifications. All cadets over the age of 16 may register for any of the qualifications on offer.
Notable former pupils
Former pupils, staff, and governors of King William's College may place the letters OKW after their name.
- Sir William Henry Bragg, OM, KBE, FRS (PRS 1935–40), Nobel Laureate in Physics 1915
- T.E. Brown, poet and writer
- David Cannan MHK, former Speaker of the House of Keys, Treasury Minister and current MHK for Michael
- Lieutenant-Colonel Jack Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill DSO MC, notable commando commander in the Second World War
- Andrew Corlett, the Deputy Deemster of the Isle of Man
- Joseph George Cumming, MA Cantab., geologist and archaeologist
- Thomas Wortley Drury, DD, MA Cantab., Bishop of Sodor and Man 1907–1911
- The Rev. John Ellerton, hymn writer and hymnologist. Wrote "The day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended"
- The Very Reverend Frederic William Farrar, DD Cambridge, FRS, Dean of Canterbury 1895–1903
- Major Robert Johnston VC, recipient of the VC - South African War
- Sir James Haldane Stewart Lockhart, KCMG, Registrar General and Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong
- Sir Joseph Davidson Qualtrough CBE SHK, former Speaker of the House of Keys
- William Henry Quilliam AKA Abdullah Quilliam, Muslim convert, born in Liverpool of a wealthy Manx family
- John C. Taylor, inventor and Chairman of Strix Ltd.
- Professor Donald Teare, British pathologist
- Sir William Arthur White, British diplomat in Eastern Europe and Turkey
- The Rev. James Maurice Wilson, theologian and astronomer
Victoria Cross holders
- Second Anglo-Afghan War
- Second Boer War
- Second World War
- The College's website
- The 2007/08 test on the College website (PDF)
- The Buchan School's website
- The International Baccalaureate's Website
- I like to irritate Interview in the Guardian with the current quizmaster.
- 2006-2007 Quiz in The Guardian
Education in the Isle of Man Primary schools Secondary schools Independent schoolsKing William's College · The Buchan School Further and higher education
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
King's University College (University of Western Ontario) — Coordinates: 43°0′42.31″N 81°15′27.85″W / 43.0117528°N 81.2577361°W / 43.0117528; 81.2577361 … Wikipedia
William Henry Bragg — Naissance 2 juillet 1862 Wigton, Cumberland, Angleterre Décès 12 mars … Wikipédia en Français
William Henry Bragg — Sir William Henry Bragg (* 2. Juli 1862 in Wigton, Cumberland; † 10. März 1942 in London) war ein britischer Physiker und Physik Nobelpreisträger. Inhaltsverzeichnis … Deutsch Wikipedia
William Abdullah Quilliam — William Henry Quilliam (April 10 1856 [ [http://www.abdullahquilliamsociety.org.uk/aqsSAQuilliam.html Quilliam Society website] ] [ [http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this britain/article2826203.ece Forgotten champion of Islam: One man and his… … Wikipedia
William Henry Bragg — en 1915. Nombre … Wikipedia Español
William Bemrose — (1831 1908) est un écrivain sur sculptures en bois et poteries et directeur d une usine d impression ainsi que de l usine de porcelaine Royal Crown Derby. Il a écrit et publié une biographie sur Joseph Wright of Derby. Biographie William Bemrose… … Wikipédia en Français
William Henry Bragg — Infobox Scientist name = William Henry Bragg imagesize = 150px caption = William Henry Bragg birth date = birth date|1862|7|2|df=y birth place = Wigton, Cumberland, England death date = Death date and age|1942|3|10|1862|7|2|df=yes death place =… … Wikipedia
William Arthur White — Sir William Arthur White, GCB, GCMG (13 February 1824 ndash; 28 December 1891) was a British diplomat, born in Puławy, in Poland.He was descended on his father s side from an Irish Roman Catholic family. His mother s family, though not of Polish… … Wikipedia
William Henry Bragg — Sir William Henry Bragg (n. Wigton, Cumberland, 2 de julio de 1862 † Londres, 10 de marzo de 1942). Físico inglés. Estudió en el King William s College, Isla de Man, y en el Trinity College de Cambridge. Fue profesor de física y … Enciclopedia Universal
William III of England — William III II William III by Sir Godfrey Kneller Prince of Orange Reign 4 November 1650 … Wikipedia