New board­ing and day school

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EM­I­NENT UK school King Henry VIII Col­lege (King Henry) is putting cen­turies of ex­pe­ri­ence to work in Malaysia. The col­lege will open in Cy­ber­jaya this Septem­ber.

The new board­ing and day school for girls and boys aged three to 18 will bear the his­toric name of the royal founder of its sister school, Christ Col­lege Bre­con – one of the UK’s old­est schools, founded by the Royal Char­ter in 1541.

Christ Col­lege has a long and dis­tin­guished his­tory. For 300 years it was a Do­mini­can fri­ary and in 1541, King Henry VIII es­tab­lished a school on the site with the in­ten­tion of train­ing older boys to be or­dained as priests and giv­ing younger boys a ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion.

For the next cen­tury, the school ed­u­cated small groups of lo­cal “schol­ars”, mostly in the clas­sics – the literature, his­tory and lan­guage of an­cient Greece and Rome.

As the English Civil War came to an end through the 1650s, the chapel as well as the re­main­ing prop­erty of the for­mer fri­ary were al­most com­pletely de­stroyed at the hands of a lo­cal landowner, Roger Thomas.

In 1660, the chapel was re­stored through the gen­eros­ity of Bishop Lucy, one of three Bish­ops of St Davids who are buried in the chapel.

The Col­lege of Christ of Brec­knock al­ter­nately flour­ished and strug­gled in the cen­turies that fol­lowed.

By the be­gin­ning of the 19th cen­tury, the school had only a few pupils and the build­ings were al­most derelict.

Christ Col­lege was re­founded by the Act of Par­lia­ment in 1853 and re­opened on Jan 31, 1856, as a “public” school.

School House opened in 1864 as the first pur­pose­built board­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion to pro­vide dor­mi­to­ries for 40 board­ers, as well as class­rooms and ac­com­mo­da­tion for the head­mas­ter.

As the school ex­panded fur­ther, new build­ings were erected to house more class­rooms, a science lab­o­ra­tory in 1882 and a big school room in 1882, along with ad­di­tional ac­com­mo­da­tion in 1890.

The 20th cen­tury saw fur­ther de­vel­op­ment: lab­o­ra­to­ries, board­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, class­rooms and a memorial hall built in 1955 to hon­our those who lost their lives in World War II.

Day girls joined the Sixth Form in the fol­low­ing year and de Win­ton House, the first house for girls, was opened in 1987.

Christ Col­lege be­came fully co­ed­u­ca­tional in 1995 when girls were ad­mit­ted through­out the school.

Re­cent decades have seen even more ex­pan­sion of the fa­cil­i­ties avail­able to meet the chang­ing needs of a co­ed­u­ca­tional board­ing and day school.

Among the newer build­ings are the Lord Bre­con Class­room Block and Sports Hall built in 1986, the Queen’s Build­ing for chem­istry and eco­nom­ics opened by Princess Mar­garet in 1991 on the oc­ca­sion of the school’s 450th an­niver­sary, the Hu­bert Jones Science Cen­tre for bi­ol­ogy and physics in 2010 and the multi­pur­pose hall plus gallery space for mu­sic, drama, and art called Neuadd Goffa in 2013.

Saint Ni­cholas House, the ju­nior sec­tion of Christ Col­lege was opened in 2014.

King Henry will proudly re­flect the his­tory and tra­di­tion of its sister school and build on its past ex­pe­ri­ence and char­ac­ter.

■ King Henry VIII Col­lege has its of­fice at G­07, Gem In Mall, Per­siaran Sepang, Cy­ber 11, Cy­ber­jaya, Se­lan­gor.

Con­tact 03­8322 7722, e­mail en­quiries@kinghen­ or visit http://www.kinghen­ryviii. for de­tails.

The Christ Col­lege cam­pus as it ap­peared in 1870.

Christ Col­lege’s School House in 2012.

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