This was a particularly challenging year for the domestic staff in House, with multiple illnesses and injuries. Despite this, there was a superb team ethic created by our Dame, Sue Ponsford. Her ability to build such a positive, caring culture for pupils and staff alike is very precious and much appreciated by all. Thanks, also, to a group of tutors prepared to go out of their way for the boys and, of course, to the parents for their support of the House. The set piece event of the trip to Ypres is mentioned elsewhere in this edition, but this memorable event highlighted the corporate spirit of B1 that will surely be developed as new Housemaster, David Armitage takes the helm.
Best wishes to David and his family. Finally, thank you, B1, for an extraordinary 10 years. Nikki, though new to the role, very quickly settled in and continues to run the House with great drive, enthusiasm and empathy. She is for many, an absolutely vital source of comfort, support and friendship. Her team is hugely popular amongst the boys and they do so much to make the House what it is. Other achievements included the winning of the Senior tug-of-war. A squad consisting of the likes of Tom Elvin and Adrian Lee was always likely to do quite well and, indeed, it was these two immovable objects who probably made the difference.
Adrian, normally more at home in the virtual world, exhibited an unshakeable grip and no desire whatsoever to give an inch. None, indeed, was given. The Shell took part in a charity triathlon in the Summer Term, notable for two things. Firstly, a very commendable amount of money was raised and, secondly, Alex Ershov completed the course multiple times to make up for the absence of some of his less healthy colleagues.
He did so voluntarily and cheerfully — and he showed what a commendable and impressive young man he is in the process. In terms of staffing, the House underwent considerable change in the year. Owing to a slew of retirements and battlefield promotions the. Please see his valete on page 8. The most significant staffing change was, of course, the Housemaster himself. Simon Ellis took to the role with great enthusiasm and set about developing strong relationships with the boys and House staff very quickly.
Sadly, owing to the difficulty of balancing work with family commitments, Simon found it necessary to leave at the end of the year. Simon is a great loss to the House and to the wider college — as well as being a great loss to his friends. Miss him as we might, however, we can take comfort in knowing he has made the right choice.
It was a year of chop and change — and, yes, it was not without its hiccups — but the boys of Barton Hill achieved a good deal in the year and it was a pleasure to be alongside them as they did so. C1 The year started with a successful Michaelmas Term for C1. The new Shell set the bar high after winning the Shell steeplechase competition, with five C1 boys finishing in the top Their sporting strength was also evident as they went on to win both the Shell touch rugby and the Shell House rugby, captained expertly by Josh Dingley.
Kamdie Dozie-Ajaegbu won the Leonards Cup for the top try scorer in rugby with an astounding 23 tries this term. The House gave outstanding performances in the House Harmony and House Shout competitions, led and organised by the incredible talents and hard work of Chris Beswick and Will Atterton. Many congratulations must also go to Zain Khan on setting up the Cultural Awareness Society, which aims to helping pupils broaden their horizons and understanding of different cultures.
During the Lent Term House success and fantastic individual achievements continued. Academically, special mention must go to Jon Lam who gained the Harrison Pi Maths award for best score in an external competition. There were yet further great displays from Chris Beswick, Jon Lam and Ijah Ofon in the music department with all three passing their exams with Distinctions. Will gained a place at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance to hone his acting talent further.
Jim Crossland also gained an acting accolade through his invitation to join the National Youth Theatre in the summer. Oli Bashall and Ben Place also made the first teams in younger yeargroups while Giles Hocking captained the Yearlings 1st XI to a very successful season. Congratulations to Gus Turner who won the Hockey Club top scorer award with 23 goals this season. C1 Lowers reached the final, while the Uppers were unfortunately unable to progress past a tough semi-final. Congratulations to Oscar Waters reached the fives final as part of a successful doubles team.
In House fives C1 put in a superb performance with the Uppers narrowly losing in the final. The C1 Hundred had an outstanding win in the House swimming competition represented. His talent was unmistakable and he calmly claimed a deserved victory. In the Summer Term Billy Mead captained the XI and led by example scoring a two centuries including a record breaking not out. Billy went on to score over a 1, runs for the College in the season — an amazing achievement!
C1 won the inter-house cricket competition for the third year running and congratulations goes to all those who played their part in such a fantastic accomplishment. The cricket season ended with a superb day at Lords, with a C1 representation of Billy Mead, Dom Coulson, and Freddie Hazlitt all playing a major part in an excellent victory against Rugby school. C1 was well represented in athletics with a special mention going to Kamdi Dozie-Ajaegbu who broke school records in the 1,m and m and was part of a phenomenal recordbreaking 4xm relay team.
The Summer Term exam season brought success to all the Upper Sixth leavers. Those who applied this year obtained places at excellent universities. In all, it was a superb year for the House on all fronts with C1 showing great all-round ability. The boys excelled in sport, academics, music and many personal challenges showing great House spirit in everything. Arthur Clark Head of House. C2 It is hard to imagine a way in which C2 could have had a better year! Years in the making, the current Upper Sixth chose the song four years ago after their first experience of the competition in the Shell. What a fabulous and memorable evening for everyone associated with C2.
Fraser Hutchinson and Virat Talwar played wonderful roles in the school production of The Cherry Orchard in November — a hugely moving, funny and memorable play. The Shell were crowned Debating champions for the second time in four years. C2 arrived at Cheltenham en masse for the November Trials on a glorious afternoon, and this whetted the appetite for the hugely competitive C2 Cheltenham Festival Sweepstake in March. At the end of November we said goodbye to our loyal and much-loved Houseman of four years, Mark Davies. Mark has been a hugely positive and hard-working member of the C2 community and we will all miss his honesty, humour and terrible music.
Freddie Kottler and Ben Chetwood won individual commendation prizes. Indeed C2 were runners-up in Michaelmas, but winners for both Lent and Summer Terms in the House Commendation competition — an amazing achievement and a reflection of some serious academic graft. William Catton won the Harrison Alpha Cup for the best performance in external academic competitions, and was also voted Player of the Season by his peers in the 1st XI hockey team.
The Remove and Hundred were victorious in the Colts cross-country; led wonderfully by Jude Fry the result was never in doubt with Robbie Milne and Ned Corfield clocking particularly impressive times. Oscar Powell was awarded Golf Player of the Term — adding to his growing golfing trophy collection after winning the Pick Putter last summer.
Sam Nelson Piercy won the House individual squash competition, and he also led the C2 team to victory in the House squash competition. Tariq Hudda captained the most successful soccer team of the season, the Open 2nd XI. Which brings us to hockey! The Shell performed wonderfully well to just miss out on a semi-final place in their six-a-side tournament, and the Uppers were beaten on Flicks at the semi final stage of the Uppers a-side tournament.
What followed were three days of extraordinary commitment, teamwork and, ultimately, success, with C2 winning the remaining three trophies to bring the term to a wonderful close. Jude Fry captained the Lowers six-a-side team to a fabulous victory in the final against C1, with a special mention to Ed Abbott for his unbelievable save off the last hit of the game to secure a famous win. The Lowers a-side team captained by Max Brousse stormed to victory with wins over C1, Summerfield and then Littlefield.
Ned Corfield and Max put on an unbelievable display in the final, with Max scoring one of the most ridiculously brilliant goals we are ever likely to see! Alex Demilecamps led the Uppers six-a-side team to victory in the last tournament of the term, bringing House hockey to a memorable end for a devoted and hugely successful Upper 6th: Ned Seagrim, Hugo Hentenaar, Fraser Hutchinson and Will Catton. An honourable mention must go to Marcus Hudson who not only won a number of events but also smashed his personal bests by a considerable margin.
Outside of sport congratulations goes to Matthew Hook, who became a published author for one of his short stories. The House clay pigeon shooting trophy also found its way to C2 for the first time ever. Uppers tennis was secured for a third consecutive year, with amazing performances from Alex Demilecamps and Luke Bell leaving the result in no doubt. Once again both school chess trophies sit proudly in the C2 cabinet, with Tariq Hudda winning the Uppers competition and Charlie Wright winning the Lowers.
That makes it all school six chess competitions won by C2 boys in the past three years! We have been lucky in C2 this year to be led by an outstanding Upper Sixth who have wholeheartedly bought into the House commitment to Effort, Kindness and Acceptance. A group of fiercely loyal friends,. We are also hugely indebted to Teresa Sugden our Dame for continuing to cultivate such a welcoming and friendly House in which the boys truly feel at home.
Their selflessness and great humour sets such an important example to the boys and I am extremely grateful to everyone who has contributed to what has been a profoundly enjoyable year. Given that he is only 15, this was a superb performance. Oscar Money-Kyrle was responsible for the vast majority of the silverware in the C3 trophy. Will Davies and Jack Thistlethwayte were selected for the Xl and both played in the rugby matches at Marlborough and at Lords. Mason Hunt was appointed Captain of Athletics. Marcus Redpath played for the first team in tennis.
The 7th C3 House concert was a triumph. Please see his valete on page 9. This was a fitting end to an outstanding musical career at the College. Artie, as Edmund, gave a fantastic performance as the moody younger brother, tempted by the incredibly evil White Witch. Wilf Adams, as Mr Tumnus, was a humorous, bumbling, nervous wreck. Despite a very heavy commitment to cricket this term, Hugo Mayne came first overall in the Shell exams. Ms Gibbs and her team of domestic staff continue to work wonders in the House and I am hugely indebted to them for their good humour and total dedication to the welfare of the 60 boys in our care.
Cotton House Once again, Cotton has had another superb year across a wide range of College activities. Inter-house sport has been an important part of life in Cotton. House spirit is always present even when the trophies are not. Sam Holden completed a triathlon, coming 2nd, Molly Gibbins competed in the South West regional cross-country competition and qualified for the nationals, where she came 29th. She also set the school record for the metres at the end-of-year sports day. The Shell came second in the inter-house water polo competition. Mario Losantos-Marquez entered a national Spanish Ski event.
The Uppers football team reached the semifinals and narrowly missed reaching the final. The House shooting team came second in the inter-house competition whilst the Uppers water polo team reached the semi-finals. Ciara also led the end-of-term concert with the Symphony Orchestra. Abbey Fawcett sang beautifully at the Ed club Gala concert.
Pupils read a selection of his poems and images of his work from the Cambridge Universities archive were on display. Freddie Boase and Amelia Tracey. John takes a keen interest in the girls, the founding of the House and the building. We could not have wished for a better start to the year — it was a beautiful day as we welcomed 12 Shell to the wonderful, cosy Hermitage, our temporary home for two years.
Our loyal, hardworking captains, borrowed from Ivy House and Morris, were on hand to help and advise the nervous girls. The girls seemed to settle really quickly into their work and the sport and came to realise what was expected of them. The first highlight of the year was really when Sophie Smith won the Shell Steeplechase — the first of many sporting, musical and academic achievements for Sophie.
Marina Bokhari also deserves a mention for scoring the first ever hockey goal for Dancy House! The House Shout provides a unique opportunity for the whole House to come together in a fun and competitive event and they performed brilliantly on all fronts — of course, the result is always controversial and obviously, we should have won!
The Lent Term saw further outstanding accomplishment led by the talented Upper Sixth, Eleanor Tuckey, achieving her viola diploma and Lucy Hudson achieving her singing diploma. Allie Kirkwood brought much enthusiasm and experience to lacrosse at Marlborough and has convinced a number of her Housemates to play with her. For Dancy to come second in the House lacrosse Lowers in its first year of existence was a very proud moment.
Indeed, as the year progressed, there was increasing evidence of a team spirit within the House, as we gave creditable performances in all of the House competitions. In academic competitions, the girls have contributed willingly and have always done well against teams with much older pupils. Most notably, in the Maths Challenge, when Izzy Hodgson, Minty Corbett and Clemmie Meadon gave the Littlefield team a scare by almost beating them, ultimately coming second in their heat.
A formidable first academic year from the girls! Elmhurst This has been an exceptional year for Elmhurst, not only as a House but also on an individual level. Taking every opportunity to embrace a wide variety of school life through academic, musical and sporting achievement, the House has remained true to its goal-getting philosophies and fundamentally high spirits.
Mrs Cox and her family set up the Fund in memory of their son Bobby who died from a brain tumour. The event took place in the Marlburian. We are very lucky to have a new Dame, Mrs Helen Doyle who goes above and beyond to ensure that we are well looked after; she treats us to hot chocolate with marshmallows and tries to surprise us with new cakes, biscuits and healthy treats to help keep us going during our busy terms. Miss Brown our amazing House tutor also strutted her stuff on stage as part of the Common Room band. Ottilie Barnes and Olivia Wilson also kept pupils going throughout the charity day by selling milkshakes — messy but fun!
Later in the year Honor Mills and Sara Kirkwood were both selected for England Lacrosse training, a superb achievement. Once again, Elmhurst took the approach of involving as many girls as possible and all the Shell and some Remove had parts. It was difficult to find enough time to rehearse but it was great fun to both watch and to be a part. Elmhurst achieved second place in the esteemed Babcock Remove Athletics Tournament in which Nina Stewart was ranked as top female athlete.
On the last day of term we managed to come second in House athletics, winning in both the Shell and Remove yeargroups. We are very proud of them and wish them luck in their new roles. The Upper Sixth are the first girls to complete five years in Ivy and have played a huge part in making the House the kind, fun and supportive place it is.
All the girls were immensely proud to be represented again by two Prefects, Ella Bennet and Hannah Cameron. Rose Redfern quickly and ably took to her role as Head of House, helping and supporting all. The sporting year got off to a strong start, overseen by our Head of Sport, Isla Harper. Anoushka Freeman continued to excel in canoeing competitions winning a bronze and two silver medals in Nationals and Ella Bennett gave an amazing talk to the whole College on her sailing and how it felt to represent GB. Once again, Ivy found themselves in the final of the water polo and narrowly missed becoming champions when Mill Mead scored a final penalty.
All the girls welcomed Dancy warmly as they remembered just how daunting it can be to appear on stage the first time as a small and new group. True to form, Ivy played. Miss Delalleau got married over the summer, Mrs Cox and Miss Brown helped her celebrate and it was a beautiful occasion. We welcome back Mrs Morley-Fletcher to the tutor team after her maternity leave. We lived next door to each other and spent many nights chatting until late; I tried my best to lead her astray with late-night parties and glasses of green chartreuse but she was the ultimate professional and always got to bed before 2am!
It was not long before her strengths were recognised and she was appointed Head of Modern Languages in In , Bradfield started to plan becoming fully co-educational. I had by this stage moved on to Marlborough College, and as Andrea and I had remained firm friends, I enticed her over to this Wiltshire metropolis. Andrea moved to Marlborough and started teaching part-time Russian in Her previous experience made her the apposite choice to be the founding HM of Ivy House when it opened in With only Shell and Sixth Form girls, Andrea turned her attention to building a cohesive community of girls on the High Street.
Andrea, with the support of her family, gave everything to making Ivy House the success it is today. They have won the House Shout, House Drama and tug of war. It is known for its warm and friendly atmosphere and that is certainly due to the kindness and inclusivity with which Andrea ran the House for five years.
I know that Andrea misses the House enormously and that stepping down from the role of HM was a very difficult decision to make. Andrea is a first-rate teacher and she will continue to inspire a love of languages in her pupils. Charity events have always been important to Ivy and a huge thank you must go to the Charity reps, Bella Swadling and Anoushka Freeman who organised a variety of events including the fabulous Santa run which the new Shell embraced wholeheartedly. Another amazing event was the House Concert, which returned, in fitting tribute to the five years of Ivy, to its original format of an evening cabaret in Ivy itself.
While not specifically an Ivy event, mention must be made of the huge role Char Corfield played in the Edclub charity dinner and concert. However, one of the highlights of the charity events must be the whole House sleep out. It was a night to remember, especially for me as it was almost my last night with the Ivy girls and it epitomised the Ivy spirit and sense of community. Thank you for the fun we have shared and the journey we have made together over the last almost five years.
I am so proud of all you have achieved this year and in the previous four years. I know Ivy shall go from strength to strength under the care of Mrs Pembroke. What an amazing year! The dinner was a great chance to see familiar faces and reminisce about times in the House together.
It was refreshing to see the strength of relationships which have stayed strong over the years. The departing Upper Sixth left with similar memories of happy years together in the House and whilst they may not have collectively met with success in the form of House trophies there have been notable individual achievements, some of which it is fitting to mention here.
Academically the A level results were strong from many and Anna Wall deserves especial mention for meeting her Oxford offer; she leaves to read French at Trinity College. Harry MacColl also deserves mention for securing his place to study medicine at Nottingham. Simran Chowdhry has made an impressive impact in the Lower Sixth this year and was part of the school team who won the National Intel Engineering Award.
The Upper Sixth led the House with energy and enthusiasm in all they did. Special mention must go to Henry Harte for his stunning photography installation piece and Ella Scammell for her thought-provoking picture of Syrian refugees. Sporting success came early for the Shell who won the House swimming in their first term. Ollie Phelps captained the school clay pigeon team but could not bring home the House trophy this year.
The Wilkinson Sword sits dangerously in the lobby after its award to captain of fencing, Kit Tod, for becoming Wiltshire champion. We had to wait until the glorious 12th August to watch Elijah Samuel play his final innings for the College. Whilst the wickets were tumbling early on Elijah stayed rock solid to produce a match steadying innings of 40 which laid a platform on which the match was won. Henry Adamson is another sporting talent coming up through the House we congratulate him on his selection to play rugby for the Scottish Exiles.
Casper Krens and Max Harper battled the elements and the challenge of a broken paddle to complete the Devizes to Westminster kayak marathon. All those who watched this will never forget the hilarious snowman scene in which Ollie was a part. Musically many have contributed to the many choirs and music groups.
James Eyles and Emilia Kalff deserve particular mention for being gaining their Grade 8 in singing and piano respectively. Henry has been a tutor in Littlefield for eight years and in this time has brought energy and enthusiasm, not to mention his massive comic collection and love of Batman! As their family grows, they move into their own house in Marlborough and we. They have both given so much to the House in so many ways, such that a few words here cannot give them the thanks they deserve. Caroline Coughlan also leaves as a tutor having been a wonderful support to her tutees for eight years.
Finally, to all the team in the House who work to keep us all fed and the House clean, we are deeply indebted to you. The Upper Sixth leave us with many happy memories of another cracking year in Littlefield. This was an excellent Sunday for the whole House and really showed our spirit. Mill Mead has once again had an incredible sporting year. We are proud to say that we were winners of the Lowers swimming gala, Lowers invitational rounders tournament, Uppers tug of war, Remove tennis, runners-up in Shell tennis the Ergo competition whole House and we came third in the Uppers House tennis.
Your achievements are awe-inspiring and impressive. Mill Mead also picked up the Trophy for Sporting Excellence, given to the most successful House for sport. As we start the new academic year, we are very excited to welcome Miss Langdale as our new Housemistress whilst Mrs Lilley is on maternity leave to look after her new son Casper Ren. We are all looking forward to spending time with him when she returns. We are very sad to see her go but wish her well on her new appointment as Housemistress of Morris.
Overall, we have had a very busy year and look forward to the same again next year! Lily Freeman. Early in January, we heard that Helena Mackie and Naomi Weir had been successful in gaining Cambridge offers, which they duly secured with outstanding grades in the summer. Helena added to this success with the award of a Choral Scholarship. Georgia Vyvyan who was applying post A levels also gained place at Cambridge. Lily Gaillard was also Captain of Lacrosse.
Mill Mead has had yet another wonderfully successful year across all aspects of College life. We have involved ourselves in everything and always put a team forward for every competition. As ever, the Morris girls maintained their commitment to the co-curricular life of the school, with multiple achievements in all areas.
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Morris maintained a strong presence on the netball courts and lacrosse pitches with Martha Doyne receiving 1st VII netball colours and Captain Olivia Gaillard being awarded lacrosse player of the season. Aside from school sports, Mill Mead hosts two sporting days for parents. We had a netball tournament and a lazy tennis Sunday. Thank you to all the parents that came to support and take part in these two events, it made such a difference and the competition was certainly present too!
Congratulations to Angus and Lyzee Cameron for winning the lazy tennis. The collection of prizes on Prize Day was very significant this year, with 14 girls collecting over twenty prizes.
The hard work certainly paid off! A particular mention to Sarah Mattinson U6 who managed to. Over the Easter weekend, Lara Bracher completed the Devizes-Westminster canoe race, having won the mixed junior section in the Waterside races with her partner, Chris Linyard-Tough. Julia Hodgson It is hard to imagine Morris without Julia somewhere in the building. Throughout that time she has been supported by Julian, not only as husband, but also as a tutor in House.
Her daughters Issy and Rosie and Lily the dog have never known another home and have been as big a part of Morris as Julia. This move has been substantial for all of them as well as for the House. Julia, however, has never been one to make a fuss or get flustered and this has been reflected in her handover of the reins. It will be of no surprise to anyone how smoothly the House runs, there is an air of calm that pervades and everyone knows what they need to do and where they need to be.
Julia always encouraged the girls to make the most of every single opportunity, whether it was a Tuesday activity or a chance to play for the first team, she wanted the girls to give their all and to achieve their very best. This is what Julia has instilled into every girl she has looked after over the years.
It is also why there have been a number of Senior Prefects from Morris as well as successful Medics and Oxbridge applicants during her time. We wish her well in her new role on the Senior Management team working with Admissions and the new Shell year. The Morris girls cannot thank her enough for being part of their lives for the last 16 years, Morris reflects so many of her wonderful values and we know that she will always carry a part of Morris with her. Music was again a great strength of the House this year and the House Shout was a huge success.
Helena Mackie continued to play in the National Youth Orchestra, this year leading the oboe section. Alexandra Mathison also achieved a Merit in her Grade 8 clarinet. The House Concert that followed was outstanding, notable for its quality and for the number of girls at all levels who performed.
Drama too featured prominently this year. Anna Pembroke, Rhiannon Evans and Violet Mackintosh completed the team who comfortably secured the trophy. Having lived in Morris for 16 years in total — 4 as RHT and 12 as Housemistress, the girls and their families got together to show their appreciation for all that she had done over the years.
She and Julian will certainly be missed and the many and varied successes that the girls have enjoyed over the years have been a testament to her dedication and professionalism within the House. New Court The powerful House spirit in New Court has ensured many achievements for both House and individual girls over the past year across all spheres of school life. The atmosphere in the House has continued to ensure that it feels like home as well as being fun and gives us all a solid foundation for the future.
Tatiana Farquhar, our Head of House led superbly and with style, well supported by an upbeat Upper Sixth yeargroup who will all be greatly missed. New Court holds great enthusiasm for everything! Art, Music and Sport continue to be enjoyed with much success; so well done to all who performed and competed this year. Term began with a whole House challenge on the first weekend with teams of girls having to put on a fashion show from scratch out of recycled materials. It was a huge success, a great deal of fun as well as a fantastic way for the new Shell to feel quickly comfortable with all the older girls in House.
We have to thank Dr Nicola Barclay for her time spent with us during the afternoon and for her superb adjudicating. The many drama productions across the year have been performed to much acclaim and as always have given New Court girls a chance to demonstrate their talents.
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This year was no exception with girls across the yeargroups getting involved but particular congratulations must go to Nell Macaire for receiving Drama colours and for her brilliant performance in The Cherry Orchard as Varya, and Bella Forshaw, for Previously Frozen and the EPQ production.
From that point on we continued to go from strength to strength culminating in New Court being awarded. Preshute Once again, Preshute has had an exceptional year with lots to celebrate. We have begun, at last, our long-awaited refurbishment. Starting from the top of the House, and working down, the work is scheduled to finish by Christmas but currently the Hundred and Lower Sixth have been treated to a new top corridor.
The Hundred, Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth as well as those pupils in the Shell and Remove taking exams early showed great integrity in the lead-up to their public exams, and the results reflected this. In sport, New Court has had an amazing year. College and 1st Team Colours were awarded across the board for hockey, netball and tennis with several girls receiving multiple awards. However, special congratulations should go to Bella Forshaw and Ibby Lee.
Bella completed the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race at Easter, paddling miles and clearing 77 portages over four days. It is a severe test of skill, planning and endurance and Bella completed it with style, finishing at Westminster Bridge in good shape and with a smile! Outdoor Activities week in Wales. They had a challenging but fun week and all returned saying that they would happily do it again! This year we have sadly had to bid goodbye to various members of the House.
Caroline retired from the House team, having run laundry so efficiently for many years and there is no doubt that the girls will miss her updates of the many animals she looked after. It was also a very sad to say goodbye to Miss Blackwood who left to follow her career in accountancy and continue her hockey with Reading; a wonderful tutor and an inspiration on the sporting front; she will be very much missed.
We wish them both all the very best of luck over the coming year and hope that they will visit us soon. Looking ahead there is much for New Court to be excited about. Ibby Lee and Bella Forshaw are Prefects and the House is extremely proud of their hard work and dedication to the school community. Jemima May has been appointed Head of House for and will without doubt be excellent and lead us to new heights. We hope the coming year is equally successful and wish all leaving members of New Court; staff, tutors and of course our pupils, the very best in their futures; they will be greatly missed by us all.
Jemima May. Revenge will be sweet next summer. We also received the Farrell Trophy for the best academic house in the Lower School. Preshute sadly said farewell to our three Heads of House Andrew Railton, George Wake and Lottie Anning who led the House with good humour, academic prowess and great empathy. Theirs is a difficult task but carried out with efficiency and a smile as well as bags of House spirit. The Upper Sixth were a hugely cohesive, if rumbustious, group and they were the perfect example of how a boarding House can bring together a variety of characters and produce a cohesive group.
They also did rather well in their A levels and university entrance, many outperforming predictions. Yet even with our musical defeats we had a cracking stab at most of the sports competitions. Clearly these young men have a good eye for a ball! We welcomed a talented bunch into the new Lower Sixth and from talented musicians. In the Michaelmas Term, having won the Uppers sixes hockey competition, we went on to be runner-up in the Shell hockey and swimming competition but won the basketball competition.
We then went on to win the Shell House lacrosse with our Uppers team as runners-up in their competition, Shell basketball, Shell tennis with again our Uppers coming a very close 2nd in their competition and Shell tug of war. There is no doubt that the Shell have shown great promise over the past year, with their determined approach and sporting prowess. However, what is most evident is their excellent team work which came into its own on their. Rachel quality sportsmen and women Luke and Georgie to academic scholars Sophie ; our ranks have swelled and Preshute is a name to be feared in a few more areas now.
The new Shell also had a fantastic year. Their arrival coincided with the entry of Gym Josh and Gym James, together increasing the fitness level of Preshute by about half. With all these hellos, there were a few goodbyes to go along with them. Mr Ford has taken a well-earned retirement after 29 faithful years of serving the History department and the last ten years tutoring in Preshute.
We must, of course, thank Mr and Mrs Marvin, as well as Amanda and Mr Dennis, whose efforts in keeping us clean, healthy and civilised have surely prevented the outbreak of several diseases. The aroma of wet paint promises further success as a renewed and revitalised Preshute marches forward to the future. There have been some notable charitable contributions this year. Sporting endeavours have been numerous. The Shell launched the year with an accomplished victory in the House water. Zak Chukwuemeka caught the eyes of College coaches on the night as he dominated proceedings, but with every hand on deck occupied this was a true team effort.
Our Lowers football squad topped the table after two terms of intense Sunday League action. The year culminated with a very impressive team win at House athletics. Seb Horlock capped a fine term in which he broke a College hurdling record and competed at the National Championships.
Ollie Clayton javelin Sam Foulds triple jump and Zak Chukwuemeka high jump also made significant contributions to this victory, the latter two having achieved county champion status and competed at regional level for the College. The girls finished as fine runners up in the House hockey 6s. Musical talent is again tangible across the age groups.
A plethora of individual contributions to various ensembles and bands indicates this, but it is the House spirit shown in such events as the House Song, House Harmony and Battle of the Bands, which clearly indicates the prowess of Summerfield. Elsewhere, Summerfield has embraced cerebral pursuits with passion this year. The Shell reached their debating final, we graced the bewildering heights of a Lower School Maths challenge final and our appearance in the House Challenge final was one of the joys of the last 12 months!
Simon has been a generous, selfless and totally collegiate figure here and as such I will be inaugurating a new termly award for similar characteristics next term. They are sure to get lots of use and are a lovely legacy from a group which was at its very best when engaged in relaxed conversation.
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Photos of his resting place after a fall from a Devonian stack raised audible gasps from the gathered throng. A Tuesday morning. Dr Campbell like the sun. Sunflower faces in the Lent spring. Blink upwards looking. For the balm of knowledge… A few years ago or perhaps it was. The one before. A soldier emerged from the ice. At the bottom of a glacier. In the Italian part of Switzerland. Perfectly preserved they said. And I dare say his boots and buttons.
Gleamed as on the day in Spring. A hundred years ago. He climbed through Alpine meadows before who knows. Slipping on polished soles. Far down into some crevasse. And on the moment that the glacier gave him up, decay set in. Just so in ice or aspic. Recall remains sharp in every. Detail but examined blurs. And in the daily fog. And like some sepia print. Does no more than jog the imagination. So in use we blunt the striptil that.
Peels the layers of accretion. From the smooth bright skin of youth. Over the Lent and Summer Terms, unfolding tragedy came to Turner and was met with resolute action. Shortly thereafter, on a Saturday at 6. Combined efforts secured a distance that equated to crossing the Channel and back. The new gym was utilised to secure Turner King of the Mountain status, as km were cycled and, on the rowing machines, the Mediterranean was, in equivalent terms, successfully rowed, despite the tides. With kind support from OA, generously giving of their time on a Sunday to support those on the climbing wall, weekend efforts signed off with a successful assault on the final stages of Everest.
A significant academic year reached its conclusion and followed with completion of the final phase of building work. Having worked so diligently and well in the new rooms constructed in the first phase, Michael Miller left the College having secured the top mark at Pre-U in the country and at the end of this Summer Term the news filtered back that he had gained a Double Starred First in Theology from Cambridge University.
The quality of the stunning living quarters throughout the House is therefore starting to bear significant fruit and cannot but help all present to aim high and work with a full endeavours effort to achieve their academic potential. On the academic front, the vast majority of GCSE results were very good and with the Upper Sixth leavers there were notably success stories. With a plethora of talent across various fields, the House competed well in the inter-house competitions.
By way of example, the House cricket team lost a hard-fought final against a good C1 team. However, losing did not become a habit. In a tense thriller against C3, with Max Eldredge and Thomas Mayes leading from the front, the House football team won a superb final. Having scored two goals early the side conceded late on and required all manner of effort to keep out a late surge from the opposition. At a separate lunch for the Master and Mrs Leigh, Harry Pantin revealed a worthy use for the mobile phone.
The standout stage performance came in the guise of Robbie MacGuffog who portrayed a lawyer in Her Choice.
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His future looks bright indeed. He then followed up his heroics with the bat by bowling an incredibly hostile and potent spell that resulted in superb figures of 6—57 that led to the team winning by 25 runs in a magnificent topsyturvy match. After a short but scintillating career at the College on the sporting and academic fronts and as a Prefect, David now finds himself embarking on his chosen course at Loughborough University. On the global stage, representing GB at karate Max Fillingham continues to shine.
His most notable performance was probably winning the Gold Medal in the U21 Scottish Open and he placed well at numerous European events, including a bronze at the Ireland Open. His dedication remains an example to all. The Upper Sixth helped create a superb atmosphere in House that was incredibly convivial and they will be greatly missed. Finally our deepest gratitude and thanks go, as always, to the House staff, led by our wonderful Dame, Jo Aylward and the tutor team who supported the boys throughout an exceptional year. The 65th season of beagling at Marlborough was celebrated in fine style with an Annual Dinner and a Lawn Meet in the College.
Attended by 56 loyal supporters, including Mrs Jenny Bouskell whose husband, James, was one of the one of the founders of the pack, the Dinner was a great success. After which Captain of Beagling, Miles Brandi proposed a toast to the Queen, we were treated to an excellent talk by guest speaker, Rory KnightBruce, who, when Master of the Tedworth, had organised a joint meet with the College pack. He emphasised the important sporting role the beagles play in the wider Wiltshire community, and the support and popularity the beagles have within the College.
Bathed in brilliant sunshine, the hounds looked superb as they gathered in Court for the Lawn Meet. Such was the popularity of beagling this season that two minibuses were required to transport the 25 students who followed hounds every Tuesday afternoon. Much of the credit for the surge in support is due to our charismatic kennel huntsman, Danny Allen, but I would also like to highlight the leadership shown by Miles Brandi who was awarded the inaugural Dempster Cup for Beagling.
Ozzy left the College in April having worked here for seven years. He divided his time between the kennels and the Estates Department for whom he was a skilled plumber. Ozzy was a totally dedicated and thoroughly professional kennel huntsman who maintained an immaculate pack of hounds. He trained many pupils to care for and hunt the beagles. Never reluctant to voice his opinion, he was admired and respected by his young charges,. Ozzy had a tremendous sense of humour and he made friends quickly.
He prided himself on the fact that former Master, Edward Gould, would ask his opinion of some of the more demanding boys who came out hunting. Ozzy formed tremendous relations with neighbouring farmers and keepers and managed to gain access to several estates formerly closed to beagling. This was the biggest competition that we have hosted at Barbury Shooting School who managed the event with customary efficiency and good humour. Most of the credit for a highly successful season goes to Huw Stevens and his team at Barbury Shooting School where coaching is superb and hospitality is unrivalled.
I am delighted Mr Shearn is taking over next year and I am sure that his enthusiasm will guarantee further success. I am delighted that my fishing companion, Mr Gordon, will be taking over the Fly Fishing Club next season and that we have appointed Henry Gouriet as the inaugural Captain of Fly Fishing.
Islands: Montserrat and Iceland to the Upper Sixth. Leon McCarron, writer and film maker, shared his personal, social and political reflections from his recent amazing 1, mile walk from Jerusalem to Mt Sinai; his book and films have recently been released. Our field work trips this year have been a mix of established, old syllabus Upper Sixth visits to Bath and Hundred local studies alongside innovative Remove initiatives to Bristol including a docklands boat trip, a Temple Quarter regeneration study, shopping surveys at Cribbs Causeway and a trail through contrasting housing areas.
The Marlborough A team came 2nd out of 22 teams, beaten only by Milton Abbey. The Isle of Purbeck day saw us simulating headland and bay formation using surplus Marlburians at the Durlston Head visitor centre, getting excited by fossil beds in Durlston Bay, in search of blow outs at the Studland sand dunes and measuring groynes and eating ice creams on Swanage beach. It has been a vintage year for lectures and field trips. Many thanks to our intrepid and curious geographers and our dedicated and enthusiastic adult team. As usual, the lakes were badly affected by algae in May, the larger one turning an alarming turquoise colour on occasions.
I am indebted to Paul Maslin for his coaching of the boys who signed up for fly fishing course this summer. In a new initiative, we hosted a six week fishing course for pupils from Pewsey Vale School, managed by the excellent organisation Fishing4Schools which promotes engagement in all forms of angling. As part of the national Riverfly Monitoring Scheme, monthly samples of invertebrates were taken by Charlie Thornton and Jake Hankinson.
Their invaluable work is fed into a national database which enables the. The History Department has done its best to rise to the challenge that our especially lively and unpredictable times have placed upon historians everywhere. Most excitingly, many pupils are striving to understand and present a far broader span of History than the courses can offer. Clare outlined her background and how she has come to be, arguably, the most prominent sports journalist and presenter currently on television. She stressed the importance of making the most of every opportunity to gain experience.
When interviewing sports people, she really tries to take an interest and give each person their moment. Another of her aims is to champion sport for minority and less well-known groups and sports, and there is no doubt she has successfully done this to date. We particularly enjoyed hearing about the recent Olympics and Paralympics, and some of the challenges and fun associated with being at the helm for these incredible events. The stories of London and Rio were punctuated with some amusing highlights. Having entertained us with her talk, photos and video footage, Clare took a number of questions from the audience.
She was asked specifically if she felt being a woman had held her back in any way; Clare responded that she did not feel that this had ever been a factor fortunately her talk was well before the BBC pay scales were made public! She shared that her favourite sports person was Andy Murray, for his grit and determination, and his success against many odds in tennis.
Topics, none of which were prescribed, ranged from the Neolithic to the Space Race, from early trade unionism to late medieval dynastic quarrels, from the Mujahaddin to the definition of the Dark Ages. After an epic effort, Gabriel Debs became the first pupil to complete this, with a Gold award. Pupils also played important roles in our reenactment of the Battle of Culloden, which took place last November in the Mem Hall. Lord Ford and Squire Blossom formed a fine cameo duet as disgruntled English gents.
There was plenty of other activity. And there were fine speakers: Professor Christopher Andrew the spy expert and official historian of MI5 , Simon Winder best-selling author of Germania and Danubia , Minoo Dinshaw the erudite young biographer of Steven Runciman, whose books are now being read in various quarters in the College , and — for the second year running — Janine Webber, a wonderfully humane Holocaust survivor. Finally, we were proud indeed of our trips this year. The Lower Sixth enjoyed medieval Winchester greatly; some went on to join the trip to Tuscany in October, where we explored the more extensive wonders of medieval Siena, San Gimignano and Florence.
We thank Clare for being so generous with her time and admire her work ethic and dedication to her career and many charities. The Society was extremely active over the year with twice weekly local trips and evening seminars. Outings included the Cirencester market square, the huge medieval barn at Great Coxwell, the Green at Aldbourne or the canal locks at Devizes; particularly memorable evening picnics occurred in the grounds of Ashton House or one of the many hillforts on the Downs. The least scenic quest was that for the Falkland monument in Newbury, though it was still fascinating to trace the progress of the Civil War battle through the suburbs.
More distant trips were visits to Caerphilly Castle, Castell Coch, and Tintern Abbey in Wales, as well as several Renaissance sites in the Cotswolds, such as the remarkable hunting lodge at Sherborne on the Windrush. One fine evening we drove to Bath to attend a superb concert of English and Italian renaissance choral music. This leading architectural firm has been involved with some extraordinary building projects, including the German Reichstag and the new HQ of Apple. He spoke to us about the design of the Canary Wharf Underground Station offering insights into the complications of building functionally in challenging terrain between dry-dock space and water, the scale of the station and its daily footfall, as well as the political and legal changes that governed the conduct of the project.
We saw astonishing images of the design proposals and the project in development, giving a remarkable glimpse of the complexities of the problems and the ingenuity involved in resolving them. Since Canary Wharf Station is one of the ten canonical buildings all students must study within the syllabus, hearing about it from its lead architect and project leader was a remarkable experience. The focus of the second talk of the year could not have presented a sharper contrast. Dr Sam Riches of the University of Lancaster is the.
One of the men began to increase his stride, and some instinct caused Fidelma to slip into the shelter of a tiny recess between the buildings - just as the second man turned his head and glanced back, as if to check whether anyone else was on the street. When she peered cautiously out again, she saw that both men were closing rapidly on the elderly man. He seemed unaware of their presence. The leading pursuer had already raised his cudgel to strike. Fidelma found herself throwing caution to the wind and running after them. The elderly religieux turned at her cry and met the downward strike of the cudgel with a dexterous movement of his staff, fending off the blow.
The second attacker turned immediately to face Fidelma and she realised that he also held a cudgel. He raised it as he ran back towards her. What happened next was over in a few seconds. Still running forward, she suddenly ducked and halted. Her antagonist had no time to stop his forward momentum. He went flying across her crouched body and came down heavily on the cobbles, his cudgel spinning from his hand.
Fidelma swung round and kicked the weapon further from him as he lay momentarily winded on the ground. She had only used the art of the troid-sciathagid a few times before. She had used it once in Rome not so long ago when she had been attacked. It was a traditional technique of her people, called 'battle through defence' which had been taught in ancient times by those wise teachers who felt it wrong to carry arms to protect themselves. In these violent times, lonely missionaries were often attacked, robbed and sometimes killed.
Now, many of the peregrinatio pro Christo ,the missionaries who went abroad, learned how to defend themselves in this manner without the use of weapons. Fidelma adopted a defensive posture, ready to confront her attacker again. His cloak had fallen open and her eyes caught an embroidered symbol on his right shoulder. It was a curious design, like a flaming sword surrounded by a laurel wreath. She was still looking at it when there was a shouted instruction from behind her.
The next moment, the first attacker brushed roughly by her, running down the street. His companion rolled over, came to his feet and joined him. Both of them disappeared swiftly into some side alley. Fidelma hesitated, not knowing what to do next, when a voice behind her called in Latin: 'Let them go, Sister. Let us not take chances. There was a slight abrasion on his forehead and a trickle of blood. The elderly man smiled. And you? I have seen that trick done before by an Hibernian Brother.
Are you of that country? I am Ado of Bobium. He chuckled with a shake of his head. He was a handsome, intelligent-looking man, in spite of his advancing years. He had blue eyes and his hair was white and almost to his shoulders but well-tended. He gave the impression of a man of some strength, and the way he had handled his staff to disarm his attacker showed that he had not only strength but dexterity.
No, although some address me as Magister Ado as a token of respect for my scholarship and advancing years. My destination is not far away. Come, let me offer you some hospitality for your timely assistance against those Here was some distraction from the boredom she had been faced with just moments ago. She fell in step with him as they continued across the narrow street and, after her new companion asked a few prompting questions, she explained how she had come to be in Genua.
Magister Ado eventually came to a halt before a door. Almost at once, the door was opened by a young man with an anxious look on his dark, handsome features. He was also dressed in religious robes but seemed alert and muscular, as though designed to be a warrior rather than a man of the cloth. His expression became one of dismay as he saw the drying blood on the old man's forehead.
Are you hurt? Then he forced a smile. Please enter; come in quickly. Magister Ado waited until the young man closed the door and led them through the stuffy interior to a small courtyard at the centre of the building. The air was still warm here but seemingly cooled by a tinkling small fountain in the centre. A moment later a young woman emerged from another doorway. This is Sister Fidelma of Hibernia. Do not worry.
They tend to fuss over me. Now, Sister Gisa, fetch that wine. Brother Faro's anxious expression did not diminish. Thankfully, Sister Fidelma was near since, without her help, things might have been worse. Fidelma noticed that the older man glanced with a frown at his young companion before resuming his pleasant expression.
The dust of the street is still in my throat. She was quite attractive, Fidelma noted. Her eyes were dark, matching the colour of her hair which could be seenat the edges of her headdress. The skin of her face was an olive brown, but not tanned by the sun as Fidelma had noticed others were in this southern clime. So far, everyone spoke in impeccable Latin and not the local language. Fidelma gave a half-shrug. That is all. The smile he had resumed had not left his features.
It seemed his permanent expression. She did more than that, my friends. One of the brutes turned to attack her and she was able to throw the man to the ground. I have seen such a thing done only once before and that was by one of our Hibernian Brothers. I thank you, Sister. In my country, I am a trained advocate of our laws.
He spoke of a Sister Fidelma from a place called Cashel in Hibernia.
She had solved the mystery of the murder of a Saxon bishop which had taken place there. Even the Holy Father praised her. Are you this Fidelma of Hibernia? Fidelma made a slight embarrassed grimace. My brother is now the heir apparent to the kingship. But I am merely an advocate, as I have said, and was on a mission to Rome on behalf of the bishops of my country.
Her eyes widened in amazement. What do you know of him? Are you saying that he is dwelling in an abbey somewhere nearby here? Alas, when we left the abbey a week ago he was confined to his cubiculum with the ague. In what abbey? He was certain that the Sister Fidelma mentioned at Rome was the same person that he once knew. Are you the same person who has won such approbation at the Lateran Palace from the Holy Father himself? Where is this Abbey of Bobium?
About three days' ride on a good horse. Fidelma's face fell a little with disappointment. Three days on horseback and, doubtless, she would need a guide in this unknown terrain. With little prospect of finding an immediate ship for Massilia, she could possibly afford the time, but where could she find a horse and guide?
She still had a long journey before her to reach home. I was letting emotion rule my mind. What was I saying? The way Brother Faro here was anxiously awaiting your coming and the words you exchanged. The fact that he waited while we entered this house before checking to see whether anyone wasobserving There are many good reasons why this does not appear as some chance attempt at robbery. That is even before we get to the behaviour of the attackers themselves. There was a moment of quiet before Magister Ado responded.
You never saw me before that moment in the street? Why should I know you? I mean this land of the Longobards? But I thought his missionary work lay mainly among the Franks of the north. Also, I thought that he had died many years ago. I entered it as a young man to study in the great library that he left us. It was a work of poor quality at best. Do you know of Cummianus, Sister? He was a truly saintly man, worthy of a better hand than mine to transcribe his life and deeds. Quite right,' acknowledged the elderly man.
Let us say that there are many discords among the people here. There are factions, talk of civil wars and intrigues. They manifest themselves not just in the civil life but even among those of the Faith. For some, that is a position worthy of death. Some are more fanatical in their belief than others. She knew that he had been declared a heretic at the First Council of Nicaea.