Latin Prayer

Latin Prayer Summer Term 2018

Thursday 24th May 2018

As you know, we did not have Latin Prayer on Monday this week, to allow you to talk to your tutors about your recent reports. However, I did not want to end this half of term without being able to say a few well done’s to members of the U6th as this will be their final assembly before Speech day.

It has been a busy half of term and it has been great that the sun has shone for the last couple of weeks. Yesterday, thanks to Miss Grant, a number of the athletics staff, and the Charity Committee, we made the most of that sunshine with our ‘Run for Life’. It was a terrific event, with well over 200 of you taking part, as well as a few brave teachers. I know we will have raised a large amount for cancer research. It was really good to see a number of you running specifically for friends and family members whose names you had written on cards on your backs. I am sure a number of them would have been helped by Cancer Research. This important charity certainly deserves our support.

Also this week I was lucky enough to attend the Year 9/10 play on Tuesday which was a murder mystery, set in the dining room, around a country house party and dinner. The cast as a whole were terrific, with some very good individual performances from some of our regular drama stars, as well as a number of quality newcomers too. I was personally really impressed not only by the delicious dinner that Mr Sampson and his team served to us, but also by the Year 9 waitresses who managed to ad lib their own part in the mystery all the way through the meal. Well done to you all for a wonderful show with many hilarious moments, and congratulations to Mrs Winsley and all the Drama team.

Other points of interest in the last week or so have come from some individual charity contributions. Klara Faulhaber took part in the London Moonwalk which entails walking 15 miles through the night in London to raise over £1,000 for breast cancer research. We wish Ellen Trigger the best of luck with her 100km bike ride which is coming up soon too and Petergate can be very proud that their pizza takeaway sale and house play donations have added up to a cheque for over £450 being sent to Clic Sargent.

Redmond Sanders travelled up to Edinburgh last week for the finals of the Rotary Young Singer of the Year. This was a real achievement and saw Redmond competing against some of the very top student musicians in the country, where he really held his own and received much praise.

On Monday last week, the pianists from Year 7 through to 13 produced a stunning concert of diverse repertoire that showcased the hard work they all put into their personal practice and development.

Also, on Friday of last week Hebe Stone, Freya Marr and Cosi Mundy in Year 9 all travelled up to London to play in the international concert venue of Cadogan Hall, alongside the London Chamber Orchestra. The three girls were also mentors to students in Berkshire schools from disadvantaged backgrounds and were wonderful ambassadors for the School with their own maturity and strength of character. It is very exciting that the choir has been invited to sing in a concert in the world famous Carnegie Hall in New York next spring.

Sport

Last Saturday was another busy day for sports teams. The 1st XI cricketers put in their best performance of the season against Clifton. Fielding one of the youngest teams we have had in recent history, the boys battled hard against a good Clifton side. Jack Burnand and Charlie Fanous lead from the front; both falling just short of deserving half centuries. Will Bucknell took two wickets, with one each for Tom Reynolds and Joe Hancock.

I am sure you will all have seen the amazing achievement of Dom Bess who was sitting where you are now, just a couple of years ago. Having gone straight from Blundell’s into a Somerset cricket career he is now one of only two uncapped players to be selected for the English team. Both Mr Gabbitas and Mrs Candler were quoted in the Observer newspaper last Sunday paying tribute to his achievements.

This morning, I would like to award some School half colours to members of the U6th who will be in exams later in the term.

U6th half colours for cricket go to: Henry Lunn, James MacLaurin and Alfie Gardner

The senior tennis teams for both girls and boys have had some tough opposition this term but their attitude has been really first class. Tennis half colours are awarded to: Shun Tanaka, Masato Watanabe, Eliza Roberts and Bird Wood.

The athletics teams have had three different meets this last week for different age groups. On Thursday a group of Blundell's pupils took part in the Exeter Schools v East Devon Schools Match. There were some great performances, including personal bests for Freddie Mercer and Anna Maunder.

15 pupils have now been selected to represent Exeter and East Devon at the Devon Schools Championships on Saturday 9th June and I would like to award half colours for athletics to: Millie Eaton-Jones, Mantha Unsworth-White, Bonnie Price, Dan Hoaen, Oscar Kolowski, and Will McIntyre.

Some further good news came from Mrs Taylor-Ross last week. On Saturday evening Will Hones and Alastair Johnson-Ferguson took part in the GB Surfski Doubles championships in St Ives, Cornwall, and came 2nd in the junior race which is a fantastic achievement. The following morning they raced in the South West regional kayak race, on the River Tamar. Alastair won the Division 6 race, with Will coming third.

I would also like to award school half colours for swimming to Keiran Smith and half colours for Fives to Barney Ames.

Finally I would like to present the trophies from the Senior School Sports day, Victor Ludorum, goes to Oscar Kolowski and Victrix Ludorum, to Trixie Nicholson

Notices

From Ms Lewis: There is a presentation on overseas universities by UK expert David Hawkins on Friday June 8th. Parents are welcome, and students from any year considering leaving the UK for university should attend. It will be held in EN2 from 12.40-13.40. Lunch provided.

I hope that when the end of tomorrow comes, you all have a very good and well-deserved rest over half term. I know that the Year 9 going to France on the battlefields trip at the crack of dawn tomorrow will really enjoy that.

To finish today, I would like to ask Luke, as Head of OH, to read Latin Prayer.

Nicola Huggett
The Head