Sunday 18 August 2019
January Wisdom Wednesdays

Throughout January, on our Instagram & Twitter, we've been taking inspiration from four OKS! 

Around the world, come January, millions of people make New Year resolutions. Whether you are part of this group or not, January does tend to feel like a new beginning, with many possibilities and opportunities ahead of you. This being said, throughout January we shared some quotes from a number of our famous OKS, with the goal of inspiring everyone for 2019.

You can see all the original posts on our Instagram & Twitter (@oksassociation), but you can also see a recap below! 

Our first quote for January was taken from King's Scholar William Harvey (1578-1657). Harvey was at King’s School for five years, after which he matriculated at Gonville and Caius College in Cambridge in 1593. Harvey was famous for being a physician, and discovering the circulation of the blood around the body.

Our second quote saw us looking to English Novelist Sir Hugh Walpole, who attended King's from 1896-1898. It came from his novel 'Fortitude: Being a True & Faithful account of the Education of an Adventurer' written in 1913. In the 1920s & 1930s he made a collection of English literary manuscripts for the School, which were presented in 1938. 

OKS Michael Morpurgo (GL 1957-1962) was our week 3 inspiration. Children’s Laureate from 2003-2005, Michael is best known for his children’s novels such as War Horse (1982), Private Peaceful (2003) & The Butterfly Lion (1996). He has said of his time at King’s: ‘We wore strange uniforms, wing collars, black jackets, boaters. And when I was older I got to wear a scarlet gown which made me feel very important.’

Finally, we finished with some words of wisdom from OKS W. Somerset Maugham (WL 1885-1889). He was amongst the most popular and successful writers of the inter-war years. His many literary successes included ‘Of Human Bondage’ and ‘Cakes and Ale’. Maugham presented his book collection - all 1,391 volumes - to the school, each with a suitably worded book plate. He was later a Governor of the School and a significant benefactor. He is buried in the garden below the Maugham Library (named after him). 

Let us know what you thought of this series, and what other OKS you'd have like to have seen!  

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During January, we've been taking inspiration from four famous OKS on our Instagram / Twitter channels! Read this article for a recap. 

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