Latin Prayer

Latin Prayer Summer Term 2018

Monday 26th June 2018

I hope that you all had an interesting and different day yesterday with field day in the sweltering heat. Certainly the raft builders in the swimming pool had the best slot. Thank you to all the staff who ran the different events for you and to Mr Dawe for his overall coordination.

On Saturday all of FH Year 9, and a group from Year 10, completed the Inflatable 5k challenge in Exeter. On a roasting hot morning, it was no easy feat, and the boys stuck by each other well to get everyone over the line. With donations still coming in they have managed to raise over a thousand pounds to be shared across a variety of selected charities. An extra big thank you goes to Miss Ho and Mr Bond for stepping up to help alongside their tutors Mr Clayton, Mr Frappart and Mr Lambert. The Charities that will benefit are: Oddballs, Young Minds, Great Ormond Street, School in a Bag, and Help for Heroes. I also received a wonderful email from a member of the public saying how impressed she was with your combined attitude and thoughtfulness for each other. Very well done.

I am delighted this morning to have a few academic awards to hand out. Firstly the Biologists have competed in the National Biology Challenge. This competition had over 40,000 entries and the resulting awards mean that Gold awards are in the top 7%, Silver in the top 12%, and Bronze in the top 18%.

Bronze awards went to: Elizabeth Curgenven, Misha Pemberthy, Max Banton, Thomas Yeadon, Mia Butterfield, Erica Park

Silver awards went to: Harry Perring and Laura Smith

Gold awards went to: James Elderfield and Harry List

The UK Junior Maths Challenge Certificates have also arrived. Once again the numbers of pupils taking part in this competition comes in at tens of thousands nationally.

From Year 8, Gold awards went to: Tristan Donald, Liam Li, Louis Hinchliffe and James List. James also won Best in School and Best in Year.

From Year 7, Freya Gillard also gained a gold award and received an award for Best in her Year.

I would also like to announce this morning that Oliver Leyshon and Oliver Squires have both been awarded Arkwright Associate awards from the Arkwright Engineering Foundation. This is a highly prestigious and competitive award, and candidates have to work through several rounds, including a three hour design exam and an interview at Bath University to gain this recognition. We shall wait to hear if both gain sponsorship from businesses over the summer, at which point these awards become full Arkwright scholarships.

Sport

Moving on to the sport, the swimmers have had a busy week. Last Saturday 14 travelled to King's College, Taunton for an afternoon of water polo. The two hour session was run by the England Academy coach and consisted of learning the skills and drills to practise water polo, followed by a number of games with mixed teams from Blundell's and King's.

Then last Wednesday, we welcomed The Maynard School for a gala at home. The U12, U13 and U15 girls’ teams swam exceedingly well. After the individual races the Blundell's teams were winning and going into the final event of the afternoon, Maynard were leading by just one point! Unfortunately, we narrowly missed out on winning, despite some brilliant swimming and we were beaten overall 113 - 109.

Individual wins were recorded by Rachel Brown (2), Meg Sharp, Klara Faulhaber, Molly Clayton, Ellie Sproul (2), Maya Schiffer and Flossy Ames.

Relay victories were recorded by U15 Medley Relay Team and U13 Freestyle Relay Team.

The tennis players recorded a win this weekend with a mixed match against Queen’s (away) on Saturday. Four pairs played and we won 10-6. Antoine De Vogue and Maddy Cotton won all 4 sets as did Ben Wright and Sparkle Menzies.

Earlier in the week though our U13 girls won the semi-final of the LTA Team tennis schools competition against Stover. The girls all played well against a good side and managed to win all 6 sets. This was a great win and now puts us in the Devon final to be played next week.

We didn’t have the best of days on Saturday in our cricket against Sherborne. For the 1st XI, Will Bucknell played well, scoring 28 runs and taking 2 wickets. For the 2nd XI, Abdullah Merchant got 56 runs. For the U15’s, Zoe Dare and Tom Murphy played well, taking 3 wickets.

However during the week, the U12’s played in the Devon Final against Exeter School. Exeter batted first and made 78 runs of 20 overs. Harry Southgate took 5 wickets for 7 runs. Blundell's made 79 for 8 in a tense run chase which saw Will Maunder make 35. We won by 2 wickets and are now Devon Champions and qualify for the National Bunbury Cup next season.

The U14A's also won their midweek match against Kingsbridge Community College in the quarter finals of the regional cup by 156 runs. Harry Huggett was the top scorer with 45 off 39 balls, and Nathan White managed 5 wickets for 2 runs off 2 overs. Nathan therefore earns himself the match ball.

Finally, the equestrians had a terrific day on Sunday at the Sedgemoor NSEA qualifier. In the 70-75cm class the Blundell’s team of Hattie Barnes, Lucy Vaux, Alice Burnand and Lucy Squibb came 1st qualifying for the final and the other team of Hattie Barnes, James Clarkson, and Harry Clarkson came 3rd. Individually Hattie Barnes swept the board securing a 1st and 2nd, Lucy Vaux came 5th and James Clarkson came 6th.

In the 80-85cm the team of Scarlett Vaux, Molly Joyner, James Clarkson and Alice Burnand won, individually Scarlett came 2nd! That means both places in the qualifying round have been secured by our teams. Well done to all!

Notices

  • Could all Year 10 and 12 pupils attending the Chalke Valley History Festival on Wednesday please stay behind for a few minutes so Ms Flavelle can hand out some last minute information to you.
  • Mrs Corden would like to speak to all Year 9 briefly at the end of Latin prayer.

I shall now hand over to Mr Wielenga and Mr List who are going to talk to you about changes we are making to the school timetable next year.

Nicola Huggett
The Head