Latin Prayer

Latin Prayer Autumn Term 2018

Monday 17th September 2018

Good morning everyone. We are a little bit less packed in today due to the Year 9’s being up at Wimbleball Reservoir competing for the Williams Cup.

Yesterday was an important day in the calendar when we celebrated the Harvest Festival in chapel. I know that for many of you the idea of getting up on a Sunday to attend chapel at school is hardly top of your bucket list but this is one of those occasions that really does mean a lot to the wider Blundell’s Community. Being able to welcome so many new parents to participate in a chapel service is important and special and I know it meant a great deal to many different people. So thank you for your excellent conduct and singing – especially to the members of the school choir and the School House choir.

Thank you also to those of you who helped with the Open Day on Saturday, especially the Upper Sixth who acted as tour guides and the panellists who fielded questions from our guests at the end of the morning. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, you are the best possible advert for the school and I was very proud of you for the way in which you conducted yourselves with our guests on Saturday.

I would like to thank you all very much for the positive way in which you have embraced the new structure of the week. The impression that I have received from many of you is that the slightly longer lessons are working well for you and that the changeover time has been helpful. I get a sense that the rhythm of the day is a bit calmer and more consistent. Can I also confirm that I am aware that not everything is perfect and we have some work to do to fine tune the lunch timings and my special thanks go to the Year 11’s who are eating their lunch very late at the moment. We are working on a number of possible solutions but please bear with us while we make some adjustments.

Academics

I have a further five pupils to add to our list of Academic Status holders:

  • Grace Labdon
  • Todd Brades-Payne
  • Betty Stone
  • Zoe Labdon
  • Imke Trenkner

The full list will be published on the Academic Notice Board outside Mr List’s study.

Drama

As the new year continues to gather pace I am pleased to announce that the Captain of Drama for this year will be Sparkle Menzies.

Sparkle has made a very significant and positive impact on Drama both academically, where she applies her keen intellect and in the school productions, where she is very thorough in her approach to rehearsing a text and is completely committed to the role she is playing. She has played many roles on the Ondaatje stage most notably as Jack in Into the Woods and more recently as Mary Warren in The Crucible.

This term, she will also be tackling one of Shakespeare's most complex and well-loved fools, Feste in Twelfth Night. She has boundless enthusiasm for the subject and is therefore an excellent role model for the younger years. It is for these reasons that she is being awarded the coveted role of Captain of Drama.

Sport

Luke and Millie will do the sports reports.

I am pleased to announce that the Captain of the 1st XV this year is Sam Kennaugh and his Vice-Captain will be Luke Simpson.

Colours

It is my great pleasure to make the first Colours Awards of the Year and there could hardly be two more deserving candidates than these two outstanding role models in girls’ games. They are by no coincidence the Vice-Captain and Captain of the 1st XI Hockey team and have both played 1st XI for a number of years already.

Trixie Nicholson

Trixie is one of those sports women who will never know how good they are because in their mind they can always be better and that is what sets her apart from the rest. Trixie is a natural athlete with excellent physical attributes which help her in a number of sports. Although Trixie is an exceptional hockey player she could play any sport to a high standard and it is noteworthy that she was one of the top three Javelin throwers in the country at the National Schools Competition, something she has achieved with minimal training and support. As well as athletics Trixie has contributed to many sports whilst at Blundell’s including 1st team netball, girls cricket and represented the first ever Blundell’s Girls Sevens Rugby Team where they came runners up at Roslyn Park in 2017.

Trixie is formidable on the hockey field and the only person that can beat Trixie is Trixie, most comfortable as an attacking defender she is as comfortable without the ball as she is with it. She is devastating coming from deep breaking through opposition’s presses with ease and often creating attacking opportunities from nothing. Very rarely does Trixie get beaten but if she does it isn’t for long, her explosive speed and power make her a force to be reckoned with. It is these kinds of attributes that allowed Trixie to help her U14 and U16 side reach national success coming 3rd and 4th at the England Hockey National Schools Competition in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Since joining the 1st team in year 11 Trixie has gone from strength to strength. As well as school hockey, Trixie has also represented Isca Hockey Club at U16 and U18 level going to the National Club finals at Lee Valley Hockey Centre in London. This year Trixie is breaking in to the Isca Women’s 1st team who play in the England Hockey Investec National League West Conference. Where she holds her own against adult players.

A diligent and conscientious student; Trixie manages her studies around hockey and athletics training. She is well respected by her peers and teammates alike and has taken on the added responsibility of being Vice Captain this season as well as being a School Monitor. Trixie is a superb role model and it is for these reasons that Trixie Nicholson is thoroughly deserving of full colours for hockey.

Millie Attwell

In this day and age where sports icons often adopt a look-at-me approach, it is even more special when a sporting talent like Millie Attwell comes through the school. What makes her one of the most humble students is her quiet, no fuss attitude that just gets things done, someone whose best work is done in silence and when no one is watching. This is Millie down to a tee.

She personifies hard work, commitment, diligence and a desire to better herself at every opportunity.

With all this talent you might forgive Millie for being overly self-assured but she is quite the opposite, she demonstrates humility at all times and never ceases to put the needs of others above her own.

If you have had the opportunity to watch Millie play hockey you will most likely be amazed at what she can do on the pitch. She is fast, strong, tenacious in attack and annoyingly persistent in defence. Direct with the ball she poses a real threat going forward. She plays with a maturity beyond her years and reads the game better than most adults. From this she has been able to help her U14, and U16 sides reach National success coming 3rd and 4th place at the England Hockey National Schools Competition in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

The hours she puts in to her hockey and her academics in order to not fall behind is outstanding. She manages to balance her studies with playing for Isca Hockey Club in the England Hockey Investec National League. As well as this she also represented England at U16 where she has played in a European Six Nations. She played in the England U18 age group a year early and was unfortunate to miss out on a European Championship due to injury. Although deeply frustrating and upsetting she showed her true character with her resilient fight back to fitness and this year we can enjoy watching her at her best.

Millie has contributed to many sports whilst at Blundell’s including athletics, cricket and represented the first ever Blundell’s Girls Sevens Rugby Team where they came runners up at Roslyn Park in 2017.

This year has culminated in Millie being 1st team captain, a role she has taken to seamlessly. She has instant respect from peers and teammates alike. Millie is an exemplary student and was appointed as Deputy Head of School and she is a superb role model. It is for all these reasons that Millie Attwell thoroughly deserves to be awarded full colours for hockey.

Other Sports Results

Basketball

Blundell’s Bull v Queen’s Taunton: Lost 24 – 27

Hockey

Hockey v Canford

  • 1st XI: W1 – 0
  • 2nd XI: L 0 – 6
  • 3rd XI: L 0 – 3
  • 4th XI: L 0 – 4
  • U15A: L 1 – 4
  • U15B: L 0 – 3
  • U14A: L 1 – 3
  • U14B: L 0 – 2

Kayak Racing Squad

Division 6
  • 2nd Will Hones
  • 4th Alastair Johnson-Ferguson
Division 8
  • 2nd Matilda Huntingford and Jess Taylor
  • 5th Isaac Low and Duncan Johnson-Ferguson
  • 6th Isabella Smart and Mrs Taylor-Ross
Division 9
  • 1st Toby Peyton-Jones and Ben Wright
  • 5th Max Banton and Todd Brades-Payne
  • 9th Grace Chapman and Honor Jones

Rugby

Rugby v Plymouth and Queen’s, Taunton

  • 1st XV v Plymouth: W 15-8
  • 2nd XV v Queens 1st: D 12-12
  • 3rd XV v Plymouth 2nd: L 23 -17
  • U16A v Exeter: Cancelled
  • U16B v Queens U16As: L 17-34
  • U15 A v Plymouth: W 34-0
  • U15B v Queens U15A: L 0-65
  • U14A’s and B’s – various wins and loses v various Plymouth and Queens Teams
  • U13A’s v Plymouth: W 10 tries to 1

Athletics

English Schools’ Multi Event in Bedford. This is an event that competitors have to qualify for and each age group has 40 competitors. Three Blundellians competed:

  • 3rd: Megan Hamilton-Strong
  • 14th: Daniel Hamilton-Strong
  • 19th: Tom Putt

Announcements

Could all Lower Sixth pupils stay behind at the end of Latin Prayer?

Tesco on Wednesday afternoon. This Wednesday there are not that many fixtures on so I expect lots of you will be making your way into town to do some shopping at Tesco. Could I ask you to please be mindful that when you are there that you behave yourselves really well? Obviously the school’s good name matters a great deal to us but what may not be as obvious to you is that if there is a big crowd of you being quite loud and boisterous that other shoppers can find that quite intimidating. I am sure that is not what you want so please just be aware enough to always be polite and considerate to members of the public going about their own shopping.

I know you are all so proud to belong to this school so make sure that at every opportunity you show us off at your best, whether that be in Tesco, on the sports field, on the Geography Field Trip in Lyme Regis later this week or just when interacting with visitors to the school.

Bart Wielenga
The Head