ACTIVITIES AT KELSTON

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PAGE LISTINGS

 

 Making the Bench

 

 

 Animation of the Bench

 

 

 Activity Project Animation

 

 

 Scalextric Construction

 

 

 Commando Launch Raft

 

 

 Engineering Raft Project

 

 

 Creative Raft Project

 

 

 Music Videos

 

 

 Video Shorts

 

 

 Egg Descent

 

 

 Creative Endings

 

 

 Water Rockets

 

 

 Astronomy

 

 

 Book of Records

 

 

 Wheelnuts

 

 

 Arts and Crafts

 

 

 Photography

 

 

 Rock Climbing

 

 

 Kayaking

 

 

 Study

 

 

 Public Speaking

 

 

 Cycling

 

 

 Music Recording

 

 

 Filming and Videoing

 

SENIORS ACTIVITY PROJECT MAKING THE BENCH

Dominic and crew make a garden bench from scratch.

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SENIORS ACTIVITY PROJECT ANIMATION OF THE BENCH

Meanwhile, with Dominic and crew busy making the bench in the garden, Steve and his crew - unbeknown to the builders - were preparing an animation video of their efforts.

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Watch the video by clicking on the bench below

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SENIORS ACTIVITY PROJECT ANIMATION

Kelston has a brand new animation studio and big plans for expanding this activity over the coming years. New professional software has been installed on the computers.
 

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Watch the Wormarella video by clicking right

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The history of the animation activity goes back to the setting up of the new animation studio.

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SENIORS ACTIVITY PROJECT SCALEXTRIC CONSTRUCTION

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SENIORS ACTIVITY PROJECT COMMANDO LAUNCH RAFT

KELSTON ENGINEERING PROJECT

Sessions

1  Selection of participants and planning presentation
2  Building
3  Building
4  Putting Together
5  Testing on pond and presentation of project

ENGINEERING TEAMS

PLATFORM TEAM

Draftsmen
Measuring
Sawing
Gluing
Cutting  Polystyrene
Testing for floating with 1kg weight

ENGINE TEAM

Mechanical Engineers
Test and turn engine
Casing and bolt
Woodwork
Control engine, servo
Fuel Tank
Final testing

RUDDER TEAM

Mechanical Engineers
Rectangular rudder
Mountings
Servo
Battery and receiver
Final testing

 

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...AND THE KELSTON CREATIVE ART RAFT PROJECT

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SENIORS ACTIVITY PROJECT MUSIC VIDEO

John designed the all-important tee shirt, and Joe chose the song to cover. The group produced the video!

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SENIORS ACTIVITY PROJECT VIDEO SHORTS

Football Sketch

In order to create a piece of classic entertainment for the archives, and to have great fun at the same time, we thought we would create a sketch whereby everybody would get involved and have a chance to show off their football skills! It was easy enough to get started, thumping the ball out of camera view, even if it was hard trying to perfect the art of throwing the ball against a lamppost. If only you could see the out-takes! There were no desperate volunteers to be hit in the head by the football, so some brute force was called for. We eventually came to the last scene of the sketch. This proved to be the most challenging, as our resident basketball expert wasn’t available. And so we called upon the services of the one and only Vincent, who rose to the challenge with great success…. after seventeen takes! But a great time was had by all, and everyone involved can be well satisfied that they have contributed to one of the all-time classic Kelston clips. Sam P writes.

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These are other very short videos made as part of Kelston’s filming regular activity.
 

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The Golfer

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The Teacher

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SENIORS ACTIVITY EGG DESCENT

A popular activity as teams need to keep within strict rules to produce a container for a raw egg which is thrown from the highest window in Kelston. The egg that does not break on impact is numbered as one of the winners. Take a look at the video.

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JUNIORS ACTIVITY CREATIVE ENDINGS

A team of Juniors study a well-known film and choose a place to stop the action and then create their own ending to the scene. Take a look at the video..

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JUNIORS ACTIVITY WATER ROCKETS

Each team of Juniors prepares and decorates their own lemonade bottle rocket and launch it out on the common. The winner is the rocket that goes the highest or travels the furthest distance. Watch the Video.

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SPECIALIST ACTIVITY ASTRONOMY

All photographs taken with the Kelston Melchior telescope from the garden.

TelescopeMAIN3Since 2002 we have made a number of astronomical observation from the Kelston back garden using the Kelston Melchior telescope, named after one of the three Magi who are well known as keen observers of the stars.

Some of you may be interested to know that the Melchior telescope is a Meade DS-2114 reflecting telescope. And what is a reflecting telescope? It is just a cylinder with a bowl-shaped mirror at the back that gathers light and brings it to focus near the front of the tube where there is an eye piece (or a web cam) to look through. There are other telescope types available; perhaps the best known is the ‘spyglass’ or refracting telescope.

So what can one see from Kelston’s back garden, in the middle of a London suburb with plenty of light pollution? Amazingly enough, there are plenty of interesting things to see. We will start with the planets.

Planets

‘Planet’ is the Greek word for ‘wanderer’ and was given to the stars that seemed to always keep the same position relative to the others. Today, we know that planets are celestial bodies made of rock or gas, which do not emit light themselves but reflect light from a nearby star.

VenusThere are eight planets in the solar system, and all of them can be observed from the Kelston back garden. Five of them – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – can easily be seen with the naked eye. Perhaps you remember that a few years ago Pluto was considered a planet, but now it has been demoted to the ‘planetoid’ division.

Since Uranus and Neptune are very far away, little of them can be seen through the telescope and they just resemble stars of bluish-greenish colour. The rest of the planets may seem like stars when looked at with the naked eye, but with the help of the telescope we can see much more.

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Venus is the planet that looks largest when seen from Earth, and the second brightest object in the night sky after the Moon. This picture of Venus was take late in 2008. Since the planet was low in the horizon, the picture is a bit blurred.

Mars

MarsMars is the red planet, named after the Roman god of war. It has a red hue, as the surface is full of iron-oxide minerals.

Every two years Mars comes close to Earth, and some of the features of the surface become visible through the telescope. This picture of Mars was taken in December 2007. The bluish ‘tint’ at the top is the polar ice caps and the various shades of brown – just about visible – are surface features. Mars has a system of massive deep canyons that at some stage where thought by some astronomer to be canals.

Jupiter

JupiteOne of the most famous moments in astronomy was the discovery of the four biggest moons of Jupiter by Galileo Galilei in 1610. The four moons are called Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. They rotate around Jupiter quickly enough that every night they can be seen in a different position.

Jupiter itself is the king of planets. It is named after the most powerful Roman god and is the biggest of all planets – although because it is far from the Earth it is not as bright as Venus which much smaller. Through a telescope, the bands of Jupiter can be clearly seen. These bands are a complex system of ammonia clouds resembling strips positioned across the disc of the planet. This picture was taken in September 2009, and the two central bands are clearly visible.

Saturn

Saturn There is no doubt that this is the most amazing sight in the whole of the night sky. Many Kelstonians have had the chance to see it over the last few years. People are always surprise to see that you can actually see the rings very clearly. This is for two reasons one because their width is huge, the same as the distance between the Earth and the Moon, and, second, because they are made of small but highly reflective ice and dust particles.

This picture was taken in 2006 and is possibly the best one can do with the equipment we have. The rings are clearly visible, and the gap between the main systems of rings – the Cassini division – can just about be seen. The various colours of the Saturn atmosphere can also be seen, and the cloud system – not completely different from that of Jupiter- can just be made out.

The Moon

Earth’s only natural satellite is a very exciting target for telescope observations. Every day of its 28 orbit around the Earth brings different features, depending on where the line between light and shadow lies.

Moon cratersCraters within craters can be easily seen from the telescope. For some years people did not know whether the craters were due to meteorite impacts or two volcano eruptions. After the lunar landing, the mystery was solved and we now know that they are indeed impact craters. This picture shows one of the most heavily ‘cratered’ part of the moon with the prominent crater Clavius – the big one with several other craters inside – and the youngest lunar crater Tycho – the round crater with big shadows and a clear central spike towards the bottom of the picture.

To prove that Tycho is the youngest lunar crater, you just need to look at a full Moon, and you will see that ‘rays’ seem to spring in all directions from this crater, covering a good proportion of the moon. The rays are debris from the impact deposited all over the lunar terrain.

Moon MountainsBut there are more than craters in the Moon. The moon like the earth also has mountain ranges. This picture shows the range of lunar mountains called Apennines – named after the main mountain range in Italy. As you can see, it is surrounded by smooth terrain with fewer craters than other areas. Smooth means geologically young. It tells us that volcanic lava has resurfaced the covering of old impact craters. Unfortunately, the Moon has no active volcanoes any more, so there is no chance of seeing volcanic eruptions from the Kelston garden!

Deep Sky Objects

In addition to planets and stars, there are other objects visible through the Melchior telescope: double stars, nebulae, cluster of stars, and galaxies. They are called deep sky objects because they are very far away, well beyond our solar system in the depths of space. Since they are distant objects – galaxies in particular – their light reaches us quite faintly, and it is difficult to observe them well in a relatively small aperture telescope like Melchior.

However, a peculiar object can be clearly seen during the winter. Near the three stars forming the ‘belt’ of the Orion constellation there is a cloudy patch just about visible with the naked eye. This is the famous Orion nebula, a gas cloud illuminated by a cluster of stars called The Trapeze – because there are four main stars arranged in a trapezoidal shape. Although the gas cloud looks grey when looked at through the telescope, a photo is able to reveal distinct colouring. This picture from the Melchior telescope was heavily processed on the computer afterwards to bring up as much colour as possible.

The Orion nebula is fascinating, and some years ago pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope were able to show us unseen new details of its structure.

Using the Hubble images, we put together a little video – partly filmed from the Kelston garden – to explain the nature of the Orion nebula and why it can help us to understand the formation of our own Solar System.

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JUNIORS ACTIVITY BOOK OF RECORDS

For very many years Kelston Juniors have been trying to improve on the feats in the Kelston Book of Records. Compiled by Conor R, here are the record-holders.

Date/ Record/ Holder

Walking as far as possible whilst balancing a stick on one finger
09/09/1995 18 Paces Michael McC
07/09/1996 18 Meters Tristan S
07/09/2002 53 Paces Michael B
09/11/2004 68 Paces Eni H
10/09/2005 142 Paces Michael D
08/09/2007 143 Paces Joe G D
08/09/2007 167 Paces Steven T
12/09/2009 248 Paces Jack P


Throwing a wellie as far as possible
09/09/1995 17 Paces Alistair M
07/09/2002 20 Paces Michael B
09/11/2004 21 Paces Arthur D


Guessing when a 30-seconds is up
06/09/2008 29.8 s Matthew T
06/09/2008 29.8 s Pablo K
12/09/2009 29.8 s Sam R
12/09/2009 30.0 s Charlie N-S


Longest sounding Brazilian football commentators “GOOOO…AL!!”
09/09/1995 21 secs Ronan M
20/06/1998 27.93 secs Emilio D
07/09/2002 30 secs Jon P
08/09/2007 33.7 secs Pascal S
06/09/2008 34.0 secs Clement D


Sitting against the wall for the longest time possible
09/09/1995 3 min 46 s George T
07/09/1996 10 min 7 s Ronan M
20/06/1998 30 min 32 s Joseph B


Blowing up an extra-large balloon in the quickest time
09/09/1995 43 s Ronan M


Speed Reading
09/09/1995 42 s Mark C 


Kick-ups (feet only)
20/06/1998  12 Joseph B 
07/09/2002  15 Tom N-S
09/11/2004  21 Richard S-A
06/09/2007  27 Greg T  
06/09/2007  40 Greg T 
04/09/2010  53 Xavier T


Scalextrics timed laps completed without coming off the track
20/06/1998 1 min 28 s Sam P


Reciting the alphabet backwards without a mistake
25/03/1996 22 s Alastair M 
12/09/2009 13.4 s Jack E


Press-Ups
25/03/1995  31 Stephen D


Looking at someone without blinking
25/03/1995 1 min 53 s Michael M
09/09/2006 2 min 15 s Clement D
09/09/2006 3 min 5 s  Elzear M


Placing a tennis ball in a tennis tube from distance
07/09/2002 144 cm Ony O
09/09/2006 150 cm  Giovanni S
07/09/2007 210 cm (rolling) Pablo K
07/09/2007 220 cm (rolling) Steven T
06/09/2008 150 cm Charlie N-S


Double long jump between two sticks
10/11/2005 4.84 m Ohis O
08/09/2007 4.88 m  Eloka N
06/09/2008 4.90 m Greg T
12/09/2009 5.00 m Guillle C
12/09/2009 5.10 m Jean Claude D
12/09/2009 5.40 m Jack P
04/09/2010 5.60 m Xavier T
04/09/2010 5.70 m Jack P


Balancing Coins on an elbow then catching in the hand of the same arm
25/03/1995 11 coins Alistair McD
20/06/1998 12 coins Alistair McD
04/09/2010 12 coins Ben W


Guessing when 30 seconds is up
06/09/2008 29.8 s Matthew T 


One-footed balancing of golf balls on CD cases
09/11/2004 8.8 s Juan Carlos S
08/07/2009 22 s Stephen T


Walking Blind-folded between Two Trees
06/09/2008 42 s Charlie N-S
06/09/2008 42 s Clement D
12/09/2009 25 s Matthew T


Holding coins with Outstretched Arms
04/09/2010 41 s Luke F


Balls into Upside-down cone 3 m Away
04/09/2010 2 balls Ben C

 

These records will be updated each time we have a Kelston Book of Records activity, but Juniors are welcome to practise on their own and submit unofficial attempts to break established records. We will then mention them here.

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SPECIALIST ACTIVITY WHEELNUTS

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Kelston Car Enthusiasts

All members are welcome to join us in attending motor shows, going on test drives, reviewing new vehicles and generally following car design and development.

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Bentley Continental GT Dominic C

When it comes to cars I have many favourites. But when I round them down only one can come top and that car is the Bentley Continental GT Mulliner.

With a W-12 engine, a 6-speed semi-automatic gearbox and a top speed of 198mph, the Continental GT has truly earned its place at the top of my list. Last year it sold 1,753 cars at 120,000 plus extras - a phenomenal success for parent company Volkswagen.

The thing I love about this car is that it has a cool sporty design. Usually I don’t like large radiator grills but the one on the Bentley Continental GT Mulliner gives it character and style.

 

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SPECIALIST ACTIVITY ARTS AND CRAFTS

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Over the years many paintings, drawings, models and designs have been produced  and remain on show in Kelston. Here is a selection.

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Artefact

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Combat Assault Vehicles

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Think Pink

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The Submarine

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The Valley of the Crimson Wraith

Dream into Obscurity

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Open Access: Far Horizons
Kelston built the exhibition stand for the access committee of the British Canoe Union

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SPECIALIST ACTIVITY PHOTOGRAPHY

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There is a long tradition of photography in Kelston from the very first years when a photography studio was set up in the basement. In the digital age, that room has been replaced by the animation studio, and digital photography now reigns supreme.

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OUTDOOR ACTIVITY ROCK CLIMBING

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Lake District

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Harrison’s Rocks,
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OUTDOOR ACTIVITY KAYAKING

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Kelston Kayaks was formed by the team above (Dave, Robert, Cliff and Peter) in the Eighties and we now have fifteen canoes, trailer and full equipment.

White Water kayaking at Symonds Yat

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Canoe Marathon down the Thames from Teddington to the City of London

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Canoeing shots

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EMPHASIS ON STUDY

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PUBLIC SPEAKING DEBATING

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OUTDOOR ACTIVITY KELSTON TEAM CYCLING

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Besides the London to Brighton charity run each year, we have various trips leaving Kelston by bike to explore the south of England.

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SPECIALIST ACTIVITY MUSIC RECORDING

The Recording Studio in the basement is an ideal location to practise and record onto CD.

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SPECIALIST ACTIVITY FILMING AND VIDEOING

Kelston has a long tradition of film making and winning awards going back to the seventies.

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