Every year the Chaplain runs a course for those who are thinking about Confirmation. The Bishop visits the School early in the Spring Term, during the season of Epiphany, to take the special service. The weekly sessions are a chance to explore the Christian faith and to raise questions about any aspects you find interesting or puzzling. In recent years the group has had the chance to experience Pilgrimage, exploring evidence of the faithful people of this Island; a movie morning, looking at how faith is explored in contemporary film; an Art day discovering how faith may be expressed or encountered in Art. There is also a quiet afternoon, shortly before the Confirmation Service, which gives space to explore prayer in more detail, away from the busyness of School. The Bishop meets with Confirmands over lunch in the days before they are Confirmed.
The One World Charity Challenge is an initiative coordinated by the One World Centre that aims to encourage Lower Sixth students gain a broader understanding of development issues. Student teams research Manx-registered charities working overseas or ones supported by the Overseas Aid Committee. Following an in-school presentation competition to decide which charities are to be represented, the finalists will present their chosen charity at an awards ceremony in March before a panel of judges, who determine each team's share of a grant pool funded by the Challenge's sponsor. Students gain an understanding of global citizenship and come to recognise how their actions can make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged people. Students are challenged to create lively and insightful presentations that highlight cultural issues, demonstrate an understanding of their chosen charity's aims and illustrate the impact that charity's work has had on the life of a young person in the developing world. Preparations for the challenge begin during the Autumn term when students meet with the One World Centre team and later with charity representatives.
The Charity Committee is formed by Sixth Form students who are willing to create fund raising events to support local and abroad charities. The first big event in which the Committee has endeavoured has been the creation of a school Calendar to raise funds for Capstone International Aid and Help for Heroes and we expect to get at least £400 profit for the two charities.
A Taste of Culture
'A Taste of Culture' is an event organized entirely by Lower Sixth students as a CAS project, which in the past has supported Speranta Terrei, a charity organisation based in Moldova, which looks after people affected by tuberculosis and AIDS. The event itself comprises an hour of music and drama entertainment in King's Court Theatre followed by a food festival held in the Barrovian Hall. The organising committee starts its work in October and asks fellow students, parents and friends to support the event. Duties taken over by individual members in the committee range from letter and invitation design and writing, organising and putting up decorations, advertising in and around the School, organisation of entertainment, organisation of drinks to coordinating other money raising activities on the night.
The annual Thomas Cranmer competition is a competition for young people interested in reading extracts from the Book of Common Prayer in public. Competitors are judged according to laid down criteria according to their age group, either juniors, intermediates or seniors. Winners of the intermediate and senior age categories are invited to represent the Isle of Man by competing in the national finals.finals.
Festival of Trees
During the Autumn term each year Lower Sixth students and the College's resident Art Club begin work on a complex tree or installation for Save the Children's Festival of Trees at Ronaldsway Airport. During initial discussion Lower Sixth students decide upon a theme to further celebrate the work of Save the Children. A great effort is made by all to produce beautiful decorations and a suitable structure in a matter of seven short weeks. The final stage is the fitting of the tree in to the public space of the airport, which is always the most compromising to our delicate structures and where last minute details are completed. Following the festival, the Awards dinner is hosted in King William's College's Barrovian Hall. The opportunity to take part in this unique festival provides a rewarding experience for all involved. The Chapel Choir sing a selection of traditional Christmas carols in the presence of honoured guests, including His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor. The festival is one of the many well attended events in which the Chapel Choir become involved as Christmas approaches.
Charity Fund Raising
Every year the College raises significant sums of money in support of various charities, in the Island and internationally. At the Friday Chapel service a collection is taken for a designated cause, which changes each term, and in each half term there is a non-uniform day where staff and pupils pay for the privilege of wearing their own clothes. All the money raised there goes to a charity and the Chaplain often offers a prize for the most spectacular costume. These charities are always picked from suggestions made by the College and the Chaplain is always keen to get ideas from any members of the School.
In addition, many individuals have organised special events in support of good causes. The sale of homemade cakes is always popular - and so is paying money to throw wet sponges at staff! Other events have also been arranged, such as fights in Sumo suits, or contests based on the TV show 'Gladiators'. All of these have proved enormous fun and made the School laugh a lot - as well as raising money for those in need.
World Maths Day
A bi-annual, online international mathematics competition. All KWC students are registered to take part and in doing so to raise money for UNICEF. Opportunities to participate are provided throughout the college day. The next event will be in October 2015.
United Kingdom Mathematics Trust Challenges
KWC participates in this UK series of challenges, entering up to 20 students from each year group. Separate challenges are available for each of Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Form, dates are provided in the College Calendar. Successful participants are given Gold, Silver or Bronze Awards; exceptional participants may qualify for further rounds.
A competition that tests biological knowledge and is aimed at Sixth Form pupils. Pupils are entered who will either study Biology, Medicine or Vet related subjects or pupils who are really good at Biology. If they are the top scorers, they could represent Britain at the International Olympiads.