Latin Prayer

Latin Prayer Summer Term 2017

Monday 26th June 2017

We have a busy week ahead, with Speech day and our leavers’ chapel on Saturday morning.

I think you clearly coped with the incredibly hot weather very well last week. It must have been very difficult for all those sitting exams. Well done for your patience and for keeping going with all your activities as normal. I hope that the Physicists enjoyed their trip to CERN over the weekend. Thank you to Mr Lodge and his team for running that trip. Thank you also to Mr Dawe who is out with the CCF senior cadets on camp currently.

This morning I would like to thank the musicians, as well as Dr Leaman and Miss Grant for the wonderful concert that you put on for the Tiverton Museum last Friday. It was great to watch as you seemed very relaxed and comfortable even at the end of what has been such a busy term. It was greatly enjoyed by the staff and visitors that attended. Thank you.

I have received the prize that was awarded to Tom Yeadon for winning the national poetry competition called “Never Such Innocence”. Tom was invited to go to London to accept the award, but it was not easy to arrange and therefore I am very happy to ask him to come up and accept it here in Latin Prayer. Well done Tom.

Next, I am pleased to award several sets of School half colours. Firstly, Ben Waller is awarded half colours for Debating as he has led this activity all year in support of Ms Lewis.

Jack Watt, Flic Charlesworth and Hal Dare were a fantastic support for the Year 9/10 play, giving generously of their time during the rehearsal process and acting as positive role models for their younger peers. I would like to reward them for all the time they have given to Drama over the years and their positive attitude in volunteering to help around the department whenever possible.


Moving on to last weekend’s matches, the 1st XI lost out to Sherborne by 7 wickets. We batted first and were bowled all out for 105. Sherborne chased the runs down in 25 overs and lost 3 wickets. Tom Mortiboys was the pick of the bowlers with 2 wickets.

The 2nd XI played against Sherborne in something of a makeshift team, given the many other commitments that there were. They lost by 6 wickets but there were good performances with the bat from Max Baker who was 41 not out, Mack Butterfield got 24, Jack Burnand 24 and Will Bucknell got 19 runs.

I would like to award School half colours for cricket this morning to three players, Sam Maunder, Charlie Fanous and Tom Mortiboys.

The U14As finished off their excellent season in style winning their 10th match out of 11 played this term. They won the Devon Final at Heathcoat’s against West Buckland by 64 runs.

Will Bucknell got 24 and Tom Reynolds 67 as they batted superbly early on and put on 85 runs for the first wicket. This solid opening stand then allowed Duncan Johnson-Ferguson (36 not out) to hit powerfully towards the end of the innings and enabled us to reach a good score of 167 off our 30 overs. The fielding was excellent, particularly from Joe Du’Gay with three run-outs, and 9 different bowlers used. Sam Pryce, Ed Carter and Tom Murphy bowled tightly as West Buckland looked to increase their run rate, while Zoe Dare took the final two wickets to cement our victory. I have the trophy to present to Joe Du’Gay.

The U12As played East Devon. After a shaky start of 2 for 6 they made 106 for 6. Nick Jones got 43. After a tense run chase by East Devon, we saw them pass the total in the penultimate over.

A top fielding and bowling effort came especially from Dominic Wielenga, Elliot Cole, Oscar Wetherall and Zeb Winzer. The eventual score was a loss by 6 wickets.

However, the U12s won the Devon Cup on Tuesday by 17 runs against Exeter School and represent Devon in the first round of the National Cup next year. This morning they are on their way to Wells for the cricket festival there.

Although a number of these U6 will not be in Latin Prayer today, I would also like to award School half colours for Swimming to, Will Klinkenberg. Henry Davey, Bethan Wesley, Annabel Cox and Barney Ames.

School half colours for Tennis are awarded to, Charlie Donovan and Freddie King.

For the equestrians, The NSEA ‘Jumping with Style’ qualifier at Kings Sedgemoor provided a challenging track that caused a few problems, but Blundell’s were still the dominant force. Archie Guinness won the 70cm class and in the final class of the day, for elite riders competing regularly at 1.10m, Georgia Wood and Bird Wood were the only competitors to complete the track with clear rounds. Georgia took the top honours with Bird in a close second. All have qualified to go forward to Addington Manor in October to represent Blundell’s and the SW in the UK finals. Many congratulations to them all.

The athletics teams also finished off their term in good style with some superb performances from Year 9 and 10. We await the results with interest.


Year 12 - no Futures sessions this week but Miss Norman will be available in the usual time slots if anyone needs any help or guidance before the summer holidays.

Please could all interested L6th Oxbridge candidates stay for a brief meeting with Mr Berrow at the end of Latin Prayer.

Finally today, I am very pleased to be able to acknowledge one of our finest athletes, and a terrific all round sportsman, Bertie Frankpitt.

Bertie is a talented and committed athlete who has grown in strength as he has progressed through school. Quick and agile, with great dedication to training, Bertie has always been a good hurdler and a key part of the athletics team. He has experienced success jumping and sprinting, winning the 100m at Sports Day in 2016 and the 200m in 2017, but it is as a hurdler that he has really developed in prominence. Bertie combines good technique with flat speed between the hurdles to ensure success even when going over the high hurdles.

In recent years, he has taken up the 400m hurdles, combining the anaerobic fitness gained from rugby and hockey, with the speed and technique gained through athletics. He has been Devon Champion three years running in this event. In 2017, though, he has seen further success, in two races; he has reduced his Personal Best by 3.5s to a time of 56.72s.

This secured a bronze medal at the South West Schools’ Championships and has earned him selection for the Devon team to compete at the English School’s Championships – an event where Devon can only send 40 athletes in total across six age groups. It currently places him 18th in the UK rankings.

Bertie has been an outstanding Captain of Athletics, leading warm ups, organising teams, filling in and performing to a high standard, regardless of the event. He has helped organise, encourage and officiate, leading by example at all times and he can mirror this commitment with talents in rugby and hockey where he has played for both 1st teams. Throughout his school career, Bertie has impressed. This final year has been no exception and he has been a superb school monitor and an impressive role model in the academic sphere too as a successful Oxbridge candidate.

In recognition of his dedication and achievement, Bertie is awarded Full Colours for Athletics and I am pleased to say I have a jacket waiting with your name on it.

For the final time this term, please stand and bow your heads for Latin Prayer.

Nicola Huggett
The Head