Latin Prayer Summer Term 2017
Monday 24th April 2017
It has been a very good purposeful first week of term. The Year 12s begin their internal school exams today so please be thoughtful and quiet from now on when you are passing by some of the central exam areas including the FoBs room.
I would like to congratulate those who have taken Speech and Drama examinations recently. We have moved from LAMDA to a new exam board who are more efficient in publishing their results and 87% of our students have achieved Distinctions. I would like to commend Mark Schoellhammer and Helen Cheng for getting over 90% in their grade 4 acting as well as Bea Tanner, Carolina Gomez-Baumgartner, Louis Hinchliffe, Lochy Cronkshaw and Harvey Dawe for all achieving over 90% in their examinations too. James Holden achieved an exceptionally high Distinction in his Grade 8 Acting examination for which he has also gained UCAS points, so I would like James to come and collect his certificate.
On Wednesday evening last week, Imi Sanders-Dutton and Adam Soul were invited to perform at the ESU Annual Dinner in Exeter. They made up a group of just eight sixth form students from several schools selected to perform Shakespeare monologues to the invited audience. Both represented the school brilliantly. We have also been sent the certificates for the senior instrumental exams taken last term. There are also some terrific results.
Trinity College London examinations:
- Lafite Lo – Trombone – Level 4 Diploma (above grade 8)
- Freddie Carew – Drum Kit – Grade 8 with Merit
- Tom Kennaugh – Saxophone – Grade 8 with Distinction
- Tom Kennaugh – Flute – Grade 8 with Merit (taken on the same day)
- Kieran Smith – Violin – Grade 8 with Distinction
- Mantha Unsworth-White – Singing – Grade 8 with Distinction
- Imogen Cotton – Piano – Grade 7
- Louisa Everett – Piano – Grade 8 with Distinction
- Toby Whitehead – Awarded: ARSM Associate of the Royal Schools of Music – Clarinet with Distinction
I shall have Musical Theatre Singing certificates to hand out next week.
Over the weekend, a section from CCF competed against other service cadets from across Devon in a Tri-Service Cadet Challenge. Completing a variety of military and team building exercises in and around Okehampton battle camp. There were nine teams in the competition and with excellent leadership from George Pitts who remained calm under pressure and a determined effort from all the cadets, they finished second with only one point the difference. They should be justifiably proud of themselves, and Mr Dawe confirms that their Blundell's grit and cheerfulness stood out, as we would expect. Please come up to collect your medals: Georgina Pitts (Team Capt), Joe White, Matilda Huntingford, Tommy Ryder, Joe Horsey, Dom Vause, Harry Charlesworth, Oliver Leyshon.
Moving on to the sport, firstly I want to congratulate the U13A girls’ hockey team for their performance at the end of last term in the Wests Hockey Finals. They won matches against Clifton, Taunton, Truro and Knighton House before beating Millfield in a tense semi-final that pleased Mrs Klinkenberg immensely. They finally qualified for the National Hockey finals as runners up to Dean Close, and we wish them the best of luck when they play those in Nottingham on May 12th. Please can their captain, Anna Maunder come and collect the award.
The athletics team took on King's Taunton, Taunton School, Wellington, King's Bruton and Bryanston at Yeovil Athletics Track on Saturday. Our athletes all performed well, with 1st places for:
Bertie Frankpitt (hurdles), Luke Simpson (200m), Sam Kennaugh (hurdles), George Stubbs (shot), Kitty Dart (100m, long jump), Trixie Nicholson (discus and javelin), Macy Sidders (high jump) and the U16 relay team.
The senior tennis players had a tough set of fixtures. They both had close games with the girls against Clifton and the boys King’s. Charlie Donovan and Freddie King played extremely well to win the majority of their matches.
The U14 girls’ tennis had some success. Special thanks to a number of Year 8 girls for playing up a year. For the U15s, Betty Stone and Charlotte Mallinson played well, as did Ella Park and Mattie Hudson.
The swimming team had a promising first gala of the season at Sherborne School competing against both Sherborne schools, Marlborough, Kingswood and Canford. The U16 girls finished in fourth place overall and had two individual heat wins from Katharine Walton and Sophia Marr.
The U16 boys finished in second place overall and had individual heat wins from Josh Huggett and Tommy Bouchier-Hayes. The U16 freestyle relay team also won their heat. The U18 girls’ team swam well and finished in fourth overall. The U18 boys’ team won and had three individual heat wins going to Will Klinkenberg, Barney Ames and Jonathan Lane. Will and Barney swam again in the freestyle relay with Henry Davey and Charles Foster and came in first place.
The cricketers showed they had benefitted from their winter training. The 1st XI just lost the opening match of the season to Taunton School by 43 runs on a respectable total of 250. There were notable performances from Christian Cabburn batting 68 not out and taking 3 wickets and Tom Mortiboys taking 2 wickets.
The 2nd XI won their match by 8 wickets with Alfie Gardner making an unbeaten 81. The 3rd XI Gentlemen were led out on the field, in their traditional shirts and ties, by this year's newly appointed captain Antony Liu. The Gentlemen batting first amassed a total of 121 runs from their 25 overs, but despite Homer Johnson and Elliot Cole as top scorers, Taunton passed the Gentlemen' s total with a couple of overs to spare.
The U12As gave a solid performance and won by 7 wickets. Notable performances came from Ben Fitzherbert as Captain, Harry Southgate, playing up a year, with 49 not out and Josh Withey who took 2 wickets for 14 runs. The U13Bs tied their first match against Taunton Prep School in thrilling match that came down to the last ball.
The U14As won against Taunton by 122 runs. Will Bucknell bowled very well taking 4 wickets for 18 runs. Tom Reynolds and Joe Du'Gay were a brilliant partnership. Tom finished 85 not out and Joe completed a fine century, finishing 109 not out. As is our tradition, Joe, please come and collect your award for your century.
The Senior Captains of sports teams this year are as follows:
- Captains of Athletics: Lucy Walliker and Bertie Frankpitt
- Captain of Cricket: Christian Cabburn and Vice-Captain Jack Lockwood
- Captains of Tennis: Charlie Donovan and Tabby Pring
- Captains of Swimming: Bethany Mettam, Henry Davey and Jonathan Lane.
The Equestrians took part in the NSEA UK show-jumping championships this weekend. Phoebe Stephenson, Lara Clarkson, Scarlett Vaux and Rachel Brown produced four lovely rounds, with some unlucky poles against the clock just nudging them to 14th place out of 32 teams.
Finally, our junior shooting team had some success in the West Kent Winter Rifle League last term, competing against schools from across the country. All students shot very well and the following won their leagues and have been awarded winners medals: Max Banton, Dominic Blackmore, Ollie Butler, Henry Crease and Tom Yeadon
Mr Jones would like all the sports scholars to remain in Big School after Latin prayer for a very brief notice.
There is a Sixth Form Climate Science Lecture this afternoon at 4pm in Ondaatje. All Y12 Science, Computing and Geography students must attend but it is open to anyone.
A few thoughts on... running a marathon
I am sure some of you will have been awake early enough on Sunday morning to have seen the start of the London Marathon. I always enjoy watching it and still feel the nervousness, even from this great distance, as I remember what it was like waiting in the time pens getting ready for the start in Greenwich Park in 2002 when I ran in it for the Ron Pickering sports aid fund. I know there are other staff here today who will have similar memories and have run far longer distances.
The London Marathon of just over 26 miles has actually not been going as long as you might think. It was founded in 1981 by former Olympic champion and journalist Chris Brasher and athlete John Disley who were inspired by the New York Marathon. They staged it for the first time in 1981 and in that first year, more than 20,000 people applied to run. 6,747 were accepted and 6,255 crossed the finish line on Constitution Hill. The Marathon's popularity has steadily grown since then and yesterday. Yesterday’s marathon saw the highest ever number of runners take part, with over 40,000 people setting off on the challenge. Over a million people have now completed the race since it began and the event has raised well over £470 million for charity since 1981. It holds the Guinness world record as the largest annual fund raising event in the world. A number of us will know people who have raised money for charities that way.
I think what is most fascinating about the marathon though is that, whilst the elite runners are obviously trying to battle it out to win the title, the vast majority of people doing it are not worrying about winning, or even beating a time. They are being true to a much-used phrase, that it is not the winning but the taking part that counts. So the London marathon and any other such test s of physical strength and character shows the people who complete it, that they can do something they never thought possible. It is without doubt the hardest thing I have ever done, but also the most rewarding.
I also read an article over the weekend about an ex-RAF sergeant who has become the first double amputee to complete an even tougher challenge, the 156 mile ‘Marathon des Sables’ in the Sahara desert. This is the equivalent of 6 marathons in 6 days and Duncan Slater did it on prosthetic legs last week, in 50°C temperatures, carrying all his supplies for the race including his water.
Duncan Slater was serving in Afghanistan in 2009 when his vehicle was blown up and his legs were amputated the following year, but he has raised £23,000 for ‘Walking with the Wounded’ by his efforts just last week.
What an incredible feat that is. I hope you will take the opportunity sometime in the future to push yourself beyond what you think you can do, for a good cause like that. I am certain you will never forget the experience.