Latin Prayer

Latin Prayer Spring Term 2019

Monday 18th March 2019

Good morning everyone. I hope you have all enjoyed the weekend and that for those of you who had the time to enjoy the Six Nations rugby that you have recovered from the excitement. I think that you might find Mr Marshman, Mrs Klinkenberg and Mr Radley unbearably chipper over these next few days – and Mr Lambert may have some words to say too. But it was a lot of fun nonetheless.

It was of course a busy weekend for many people and I will tell you a bit more about the Ten Tors and all the other sports fixtures in a minute. I want to start today with an item from the Spring Concert which happened last Wednesday evening. I was very pleased to see so many of you coming along to support. It was a tremendous occasion with many, many highlights. Well done to the 1st XV choir who accompanied the Year 7 choir in their rendition of Swing Low Sweet Chariot, I particularly enjoyed that although there were many outstanding performances. Our singing teacher, Ms Shaw sang Nessun Dorma with the full school orchestra and that was quite a breath taking performance. There was one piece however that many people said they wanted to hear again so we have the musicians on stage to give us another take of Run Boy Run.

Saxophone

Music

While we’re on music I am very pleased to report that last weekend Cosi Mundy of Year 10 took part in the Devon Performing Arts Festival, winning the Advanced Strings class. This is a class open to anyone up to the age of 18, which makes Cosi's achievement even more impressive. Cosi please come up and collect your trophy.

Dr Leaman reports on the Spring Concert and I will read a bit of it to you:

“Last Wednesday we were also treated to the most spectacular Spring Concert - Blundell's at the Games, a themed concert where all the music had a connection to sports and games.

After nine months of hard work and practice, over 125 musicians from the senior school from Years 7 to 13 gave an exceptional performance of high calibre and wonderful musicality.

The Orchestra have never sounded better and their confidence in performing the extremely difficult music of Jupiter and Bolero was quite staggering. The backing they gave our singing teacher Ms Shaw in the famous aria Nessun Dorma would have fooled anyone into thinking they were a professional orchestra.

We were delighted to welcome over fifty pupils from the prep school and it was wonderful to see the interactions between younger and older pupils and the inspiration that was provided on the night.”

Dr Leaman would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the pupils for the amazing amount of hard work that they have put into rehearsals and preparations. It was an excellent evening that will live long in the memory.”

Ten Tors

The Ten Tors teams completed another gruelling 24 kilometres across some of the most hostile terrain Dartmoor has to offer. The weather conditions though bitterly cold and wet at the start did not dampen the spirit of the walkers, all showing the now normal grit and determination to overcome the challenges they have become accustomed to. The visibility was very good which enabled the teams to push on at over 4 kph, completing the 24 kilometres in six hours including breaks. They all showed good pace and excellent navigational skills on their final Dartmoor walk before the event in May. They have three days walking across the Brecon Beacons during the Easter break to look forward to. Though those selected for Brecon were walking, Mr Dawe would just like to thank all those who started training back in September as their efforts over the past six months are also worthy of a mention, their courage and commitment is equal to any that have started the long selection process and he hopes they are justifiably proud of their achievements, all would, if places were available for the event still be training. Also a huge thanks to Mr Mycock, Mr Waters and Mr Driver for providing the safety circle around the walkers.

Shooting

During the Autumn Term 36 students competed against students and adults from across the country. The students competed in leagues of between six and eight competitors. Out of the twenty leagues Blundell’s students won twelve. Their medals are currently being engraved and will be sent through and given to House Parents to present during House meetings. Mr Dawe would like to congratulate everyone who competed last term and wish those shooting this term the best of luck. A huge thanks to Mr Mycock and Mr Driver in supporting the shooting club at Blundell’s. The winners of the Autumn Competition are:

Oliver Dalman, Fin Backhouse, Toby Peyton-Jones, Grace Chapman, Maya Corbin, Olly Gibson, Xavier Kennington, Will Venner, Will Saltmarsh, Wilf Sargent, Charlie Tomlinson-Hodge and Ryan Liu.

CCF

As CCF continues to reward students for their commitment with vocational awards I am pleased to announce the following students who are currently studying for their BTec Level 2 Diploma in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community. They have all successfully completed the first phase of the course and have been awarded the Extended Certificate, therefore could the following please come up and receive their awards:

Sam Provis, Oliver Squires, Jessica Taylor, Tilda Huntingford, Oliver Leyshon, Nell Curtis, Tommy Ryder, Theo Rees and Hannah Kidner.

Academic

On Thursday, a team of Physicists will be representing Blundell’s at the Ogden Trust Physics Competition in Exeter. We wish Lafite, Bill, Prad, Josh, Alastair, Tilda, Sophia and Orlagh all the very best of luck.

Sport

Kayak Race Squad

The kayakers continue to excel, helped by super conditions on the Thames in full flow yesterday, with yet another gruelling 6 am start for a 19 mile race. Alastair Johnson-Ferguson again paddled solo, coming 3rd in his race. Isaac Low and Duncan Johnson-Ferguson were 15th boat in their race. Matilda Huntingford and Jess Taylor were the 2nd school boat in their class, coming 4th overall.

With one more race next Sunday qualification for the DW is in sight and we wish them luck with their training in this crucial week.

Netball

Netball v Queen’s, Taunton
  • 1st VII                   W            55 – 10 (Grace F., Grace L., Millie and Meg)
  • 2nd VII                  W            65 – 8 (Devin and Katie)
  • U15A                     W            27 – 13
  • U15B                    
  • U14A                     L              15 – 18 (Eva)
  • U14B                    
  • U13A                     W            18 – 15 (Honor)

Rugby Sevens

Devon Finals

The under 15 qualified via last week’s Exeter and district tournament winning all their matches. It was no different this week winning their three pool matches, semi-final and beating Uffculme in the final to be crowned Devon Schools Sevens Champions.

It was nearly the same story with the Under 14’s, winning all their games up to the final where they were narrowly beaten by a physical and mature Ivybridge team. They were awarded runners up medals.

Boy’s Hockey

The U14’s battled brilliantly on Thursday and played some excellent hockey, but it proved to be a really tough competition. We drew our first game 1-1 with Cheltenham College, with Tom Nicholson scoring from a short corner. We then played really well against Prior Park but lost 1-2. Ben Fitzherbert scored a skilful individual goal. Fortunately though we did enough to finish second in our small group of three by virtue of scoring more goals than Cheltenham and went through to the quarter finals. Here we met Dean Close and despite playing some good hockey for the most part, we lost 0-3. Considering that many boys had played in the Seven’s tournament the day before this was an outstanding effort.

Hockey v Wells Cathedral School

1st XI                    L                              2 – 6

2nd XI                   W                            1 – 0 (George)

U15A                     L                              1 – 2

U14A                     D                             0 – 0

U13A                    W                            5 – 2

U12A                     L                              1 – 4

Some very good fixtures. The U14A’s looked very good but couldn’t get past a very good goalkeeper and the 2nd XI continue on their unbeaten season. The best of luck to them as they take on King’s College to achieve what would be a quite outstanding campaign.

Fives

The Fives club enjoyed a resounding win against Malvern College earlier in the week. A notable performance came from Boris Ames as he put down a strong marker for the Nationals in beating a Chris Thomas, former master of Blundell’s School, in a hard fought singles match. The first pair of Ames and Bucknell combined well to secure strong wins in the doubles.

Cross Country

Huge congratulations to Archie Guinness and Ben FitzHerbert who finished 113th and 135th in the Junior Boys race at the English Schools Cross Country Championships in Leeds. They were the 4th and 5th Devon boys home in a field of 343 runners.

Although there were no football fixtures played on Saturday I am pleased to be make an award to a footballer today.

Liam Syed

Liam quickly adjusted to the increased demands of 1st team football in Year 11 and is one of the few players to have represented the 1st XI for three years. He currently plays in his favoured central, attacking midfield role where he controls much of the play with his energy and competitive spirit allowing him to break up opposition attacks through both a clever reading of the game and some superb tackling. Going forward, his distribution is excellent and he regularly drives at pace into the opposition penalty box, thus setting up chances for either himself or his teammates. His shooting is top quality and he has scored some important goals over the last three seasons, many of which have been from outside of the penalty box.

As Captain, he has proved to be a fine leader, taking considerable responsibility for his team. Leading by example, he commands respect from all those around him, and his competitive spirit allows him to not only raise his own game but also that of his teammates. In training, he always works hard to develop his individual skill set, whilst also demanding improvement from those around him.

Liam’s combination of technical ability, work ethic, leadership and competitive nature has allowed him to develop into one of the stand out players on the circuit this year. It is fitting that he should be awarded Full-Colours for Football.

International Committee

The International Committee have organised an International Evening for all pupils from year 7 to 13, this evening in the old gym. It will start at 7:30 pm and end at 9 pm and in order to allow people to integrate more, it’s a plus one, meaning that all international students can bring one friend with them. Food and drinks will be supplied and lots of games to play, with social areas, so it would be great if lots of people can come and socialise!

Many thanks to Miss Ho and the students who are hosting that function this evening and well done on your initiative in making this happen.

Closing thoughts

I expect that most of you will have heard of the dreadful shooting that happened in New Zealand late last week, when a gunman walked into a mosque in Christchurch and killed 49 Muslims during their prayers. The act of hatred was committed by a right wing extremist who was against immigrants and against Muslims. He was sufficiently filled with hate to kill dozens of people in cold blood.

The seed to hatred is intolerance and acts of anger and selfishness are its fuel. The antidotes are compassion and kindness. You must do everything in your power to ensure that any inclination, any seed of hatred is never allowed to take root in our community and when you are away from Blundell’s it is your commission to ensure that the positive life lessons you learn here are shared with all the people you come across in life. I know that already happens because I so frequently receive reports from members of the public, from visitors to the school and from parents who host you as their guests, that Blundellians are good people – that they are respectful and kind and considerate.

The world you are growing up in seems to be marked by division and polarisation, by people who shout the loudest to be heard but make no attempt to listen to an alternative perspective. It seems to be a world where confrontation and altercation are preferred to reconciliation and grace. Remember that it doesn’t need to be that way, that it is possible to find a middle ground, that relationships can be strong enough to survive even if we don’t agree on everything – in fact, that disagreeing on things might even enrich our relationships and that having different opinions might help us to understand the world better. Remember to value community: that it is better to belong to a complicated community than it is to live in simplistic isolation. There is so much to grieve in the world today that it is in stark contrast that we can celebrate belonging to our Blundell’s community. We sometimes lose sight of how fortunate we are.

Coming up this week...

Date (March) Event
18th International Committee Evening
19th NC / OH House Play (Ondaatje)
20th OB Winter Lunch: Debbie Hosking
Sports Fixtures
NC / OH House Play (Ondaatje)
21st A presentation on Sports Scholarships at US Universities (17:00 in IT2)
Open Mic (Ondaatje)
22nd Governors Meetings
Larkman Cup (Cross Country)
23rd Sports Fixtures / Old Blundellian Sports Weekend
24th School Service (19:00)

Bart Wielenga
The Head