Latin Prayer

Latin Prayer Spring Term 2019

Tuesday 25th June 2019

Good morning everyone, please sit down.

I hope you all enjoyed Field Day and I particularly hope that the Year 7’s enjoyed their residential trip over the weekend. A lot of work always goes into organising Field Days so I hope that you thanked the staff who looked after you yesterday.

I was pleased to spend some time with Colonel Fulford yesterday and he gave a glowing report following his review of the CCF. He was hugely impressed by all that he saw and especially so with the senior cadets. It was also good to hear about the Field Gun being run out and I hope everyone enjoyed that experience. I know that Mr Dawe has already thanked the senior cadets personally but could I add my appreciation and admiration to his because I really am very impressed by the leadership and commitment shown by those pupils in Year 12 in particular who do so much to inspire younger pupils. Well done to you all.

CCF cadets
CCF cadets on Field Day

Could I thank Miss Partington and her team of staff who worked so hard last week to make the Islands Project such a success for the Year 8’s last week. I caught the end of your presentations in the Old Gym on Thursday and it looks like you did some amazing work. Well done to all of you for the manner in which you immersed yourself in the challenges. It certainly looked like you enjoyed yourself and I am sure you learnt a great deal along the way.

This week sees the last major production of the year as the Year 7 and 8 pupils take to the stage in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I know that you will be pretty tired going into this week and with all the different things going on over the last while there have been a few disruptions, but I hear that you have all worked tremendously hard and I am very much looking forward to watching all the Oompa Loompas in action. My very best wishes to you all – I’m sure it will be a great show.


We have had some remarkable academic successes this year especially in Maths and the Sciences. I was very pleased to hear about further success in the Salter Festival of Chemistry that was recently held at Exeter College. Our team of Finn Batsford, Flo Cave, Honor Tobin and Andrew Lin won the competition beating off 8 other schools along the way.

Mr Roffe-Silvester has given me a number of certificates to hand out following the Junior Maths Challenge. We had 10 Bronze and 12 Silver Awards but this morning I am pleased to hand out Gold Certificates to Dan Pugsley, Freya Gillard, Izzy Morrison and Sophia Rochfort – who scored the highest mark in the school. Well done to all of you. Please come and collect your awards.


Boys’ Cricket

Last Monday our U13 boys played in the Devon Finals Day here at Blundell’s. They beat West Buckland in the semi-final and Exeter School in the final thereby becoming Devon County Champions. The U13’s have had a really good season as they also made it through to the last 8 of the national knock out competition. Congratulations to all the boys involved in this outstanding campaign.

The 1st XI battled gamely in their match against Sherborne although some sloppy bowling made it a bit easier for the opposition. We were chasing a big target but batted well with good contributions from Jack Burnand, Joe Hancock and George Gibbs.

The U14A’s struggled to contain Sherborne on a quick outfield at Mayfield and we just couldn’t get going when it was our turn to bat. The U14B’s had the closest match of the day when they got within 12 runs of the oppositions total in what was a very determined performance with a good batting effort from Fred Walker in particular.

Well done to Ed Yeadon who took 5 wickets for just 4 runs in the quarter final of the U12 Devon County Cup match recently. Please come and collect your mounted ball, Ed.



A big thank you to Miss Youngs and the other staff who helped to organise and run the gala against The Maynard last Wednesday afternoon. We lost narrowly by 6 points but individual successes were achieved by Meg Sharp, Klara Faulhaber, Eva Gu, Bea Tanner and Bella Boyde.


The Year 9 and 10 Athletics team came second in a meet at Taunton School with excellent performances coming from Noah Fenton, Lizzie Elderfield, Beth Holly, Freddie Mercer, Gus Tiernan and Will Saltmarsh.

At the South West Multi event competition, Dan and Meg Hamilton Strong represented the county and both performed admirably coming 4th and 3rd respectively. This involves numerous events over two days and both achieved at a level that will qualify them to compete at the English Schools Championship in September. After recently having achieved a personal best of 1.64m in the high jump, Megan cleared 1.68m on Saturday. 


I was pleased to hear about two members of the school’s golf team who have had individual successes. Joel Warne in Year 8 recently won a Devon Junior competition at Thurlestone and Sam Pryce won the Tiverton Golf Club Net Presidents Trophy. Well done to both Sam and Joel on those results.

Outdoor Pursuits

Now that the Year 9’s have begun their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh preparation and the Year 10’s are getting to the end of their campaign, I am pleased to announce the following pupils’ success in achieving their medals. Tilda Huntingford and Alice Smith both completed their Silver Awards and a number of Year 11’s completed their Bronze qualifications. They include:

  • Duncan Johnson-Ferguson
  • Liliana Lambert-Gorwyn
  • Tom Yeadon
  • Tyler Read
  • Myles Rattigan
  • Carrie Lee
  • Harry Rackham

For those of you just starting your Bronze Awards or perhaps nearing the end, could I encourage you to make the most of the opportunity you have to complete these awards. Not only do you learn a great deal from all the different components of the qualification, but you will get a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction from completing it. Needless to say, it is an award recognised around the world and certainly looks good to prospective employers. It’s a great opportunity and it would be a shame to miss out when it is all set up for you to succeed.


And so we come into the last 10 days of term. Do your very best to end well. Make sure you tie up loose ends. Say sorry to people you have hurt and repair friendships before you go your separate ways. Say thank you to people who have been kind to you or who have worked hard on your behalf. Tidy up your own mess – literally or metaphorically – before you go. Leave behind a positive impression.

We have so much to be grateful for and for a moment, before we have Latin Prayer, I’d like you to sit quietly and think for a moment the things that you are most grateful for from this past year.

Have a good day everyone.

Bart Wielenga
The Head