Summer Term 2013
A Level Exam Results 2013
I am pleased to announce strong provisional A Level results this year. 91% of pupils achieved grades of A* - C and there were some notable highlights with 14 pupils gaining at least one A* and 26 pupils gaining AAB or better, from a year group of 83. Many pupils achieved at an extremely high level with almost 40% of all grades this year being A* - A. Particularly impressive with three As and above were Will Browne, Will Coon, Calum Findlay, Tom Golden, Natt Jungmeechoke, Tom McPherson, Bea Miles, Jianan Mo, Will Muirhead, Emily Nash, Alec Reade, Charlotte Routledge, Lars Thode, Josie Vos and Sebastian Wooff.
This is an exciting set of results due in no small measure to the hard work and determination of our Upper Sixth pupils. We are all very proud of them. To gain more than 90% A* - C grades is a terrific achievement and I am thrilled that the vast majority have gained their chosen university places.
CREST Awards for SH
This academic year SH pupils have been working on Bronze CREST awards. They are awarded by the British Science Association. CREST stands for Creativity in Engineering Science and Technology. The pupils have worked on 10 hour projects on titles they have chosen or designed themselves. The standard of the projects was impressive to see at the recent STEM celebration event and the pupils were able to explain and answer questions fluently to parents, teachers and guests. Well done to all who have achieved the award 27 pupils so far have received certificates and a group of 11 more pupils should expect them early in the Autumn term. Well done!
EES Team - Further Accolades!
This year's EES team entered their "Bench Top Wind Tunnel" project into the National Science & Engineering Competition (NSEC) by taking their project to the Big Bang South West at Exeter University. They were awarded with the CREST award for "Creativity in a Project or Outcome" and won a plaque plus Amazon vouchers. They also were one of only 10 projects nominated from the South West area to go through to the finals of the competition in London in March 2014. A fantastic achievement for the team. Ollie and Gabriel are pictured below at their display stand at the Big Bang in Exeter 27th June.
Year 8 Go4SET Success!
The three Blundell’s teams from year 8 successfully completed their Go4SET projects and received their certificates from Linda Fuller from the Engineering Development Trust at the STEM celebration at the end of term. The projects were judged at the Big Bang South West at Exeter University. The judges were very impressed by the high standard and very professional reports from the Blundell’s teams. Well done to all of them and thank you to the engineers from Pell Frischmann and Mouchel who inspired and motivated the three teams. Details of all the teams and their mentors are given below.
As part of the project the teams also went on a company visit to Mary Tavy Hydroelectric Power Station hosted by South West Water, many thanks to Paul Harding and Ray Arrell for looking after us on a very informative day.
||Create Sport “Community Sports Venue”
||Flic Charlesworth & Ottilie Mundy
||Hal Dare, Charlie Fanous, Edd Smith, Alexander Thomas and Harvey Wilder
|Working with Engineer:
|Monika Szczyrba, Mouchel
||Create Sport “Eco Stadium”
||Jamie Hayes Pankhurst
||Tom Brent, Will Curtis, James MacLaurin, Tom Morrison & Sam Taylor
|Working with Engineers:
|Jessica Meredith & Daniel Parker, Pell Frischmann
||Eco Classroom “Eco Arts Classroom”
||Barney Ames, Jack Dummett, Ellie Emo, Mayla Lee, George Pitts & Stephen Walton
|Working with Engineers:
|Emma Bazeley, Mouchel
SH Scholars Explore Ancient Greek Language
Learning Ancient Greek is fun. It is not just enjoyable, but is also practical and is intellectually stimulating. We have the Greeks to thanks for inventing Western democracy. Many of the most important philosophical ideas originated with the Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle. Virtually every major literary genre – history, philosophy, oratory, love poetry, epic, satire, comedy, tragedy – was developed in the classical world.
So in SH Scholars' meetings we have been doing an introduction to Ancient Greek, learning the alphabet, doing some basic transliteration both into and from Greek, all working towards translation of proper Ancient Greek.
Greek sharpens analytical language skills and improves knowledge of English; it introduces Greek words that have been borrowed by English and terminology found in a range of subjects including science. Ancient Greek teaches precision. The Greeks had an enormous vocabulary, and a tremendous capacity for inventing new words. Choosing the right word to match an English concept is an intriguing exercise: there will almost certainly be several possibilities, each with its own nuance. Indeed, there is arguably only one major European language with a vocabulary as subtle and as flexible as that of Ancient Greek, and that is – English.
We have had lots of fun over the course of the year learning something completely different. It has been a challenge for some and has come naturally to others. Either way, the sense of achievement in each and every scholar has been a pleasure to see.
Art: Portrait of Tim Dyke by Judit Lam
Judit Lam, GH Yr 10, surprised Tim Dyke, Head of English, today with a gift of his portrait. The talented artist has been practising portrait painting in acrylic for a number of years and having completed commissions of Sir David Attenborough for the Biology department and a copy of the Mona Lisa using peanut butter and chocolate spread she felt ready to take on this major challenge. She has managed to capture an excellent likeness as well as some of the character of a man who has played such a vital role in the Blundell's community for the past 32 years.
Junior UKMT Maths Challenge
This year we had 27 certificate winners in the Junior Maths Challenge from year 7 & 8.
This is an individual challenge which the UKMT describes as follows: "to encourage mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency in using mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems... mathematics controls more aspects of the modern world than most people realise... however the mathematical thinking itself is far more permanent than the wave of technological change which it has made possible."
Well done to all the certificate winners:
||Addie Chai, Imogen Cotton (Joint best in School), Kieran Smith and Will McIntyre
||Tom Brent, Ross Harvie, Bonnie Price, Sophie Al Hussaini, Stephen Walton, Ottilie Mundy, Ruth Konieczna, Annabel Chatwin, Will Scripps
||Victor Mills (Best in Year) and Jack Klinkenberg
||Henry Olsen, Flic Charlesworth, Ellie Emo, Ollie Clough, Harry Olive, Katherine Cridland, Jack Dummett, Ben Stevens and Monty Crowe
||Elliot Cole, Oz Kilbride and Barney Titchener
Design and Technology award for Oliver
Congratulations to Oliver Pritchard-Barrett (Year 12) who has won the top prize in the North Devon Manufacturers Awards for schools. He entered an extension lead for use in the construction industry, designed as part of his Design and Technology AS project, for the awards and was competing against more than 60 entries from other schools. The judges described his extension lead as a very aesthetically pleasing and extremely innovative design that would be suitable for going into mass production and awarded him the top prize of a cut glass trophy, a certificate and £100.
The Bees' Kneeds!
The Royal Horticultural Society principal education officer at Rosemoor, Sarah Chesters, invited Blundell's School Gardening Club to plant out a metre square raised bed which was to be on display during the summer half term holiday. Since Bee numbers are in decline the challenge was to create a plot which would attract the most bees. Two boys from year 9 took on the challenge and produced a plot with single flowered varieties which are more popular than more intricate types for the insects. This was designed to provide easy access for the bees so they could collect the most nectar and pollen. Pauline Black, mistress in charge of the gardening club, said the boy's display was magnificent and she hoped that it helped to make more of the visitors at Rosemoor aware of what they can do to boost bee numbers. (The photo shows Year 9 students Theo Belcher and Tom Adams)
Tanzanian Medical Work Experience for Bryce
Bryce Clark (right) has just returned from a two week medical trip to Tanzania as part of his pre medical school work experience. Bryce is currently studying his A levels and is particularly interested in orthopaedics. His visit was eye opening in many respects and he was able to assist with operations and attended a post mortem where the surgeons gave the students the opportunity to dissect and identify various organs. Bryce stated that the whole experience was fascinating and the differences in hygiene and health and safety were staggering. Despite this, within their limits, the patients were well cared for and he was impressed by the hard work and determination of all the staff.
Bryce also added that he wants to give something back to this hospital as health care is not free. As Bryce is an art scholar he has decided to raise funds by doing portraits of people for £15 each. All of the money will go directly to the Hospital and if you are interested just send a photo of yourself or family/friends or a request of some other drawing to email@example.com, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bryce.clark.585 (see that for examples as well) and he will do a drawing of it for you to have!
Riding: UK Junior Eventing Championships
Blundell's was well represented at the Junior National Eventing Championships by Georgia Wood, Will Smith, and a team entry of Bird Wood, Zara Cameron, Tabitha Pring & Didi Eaton.
The event hosted by Stonar School yet again proved that all three phases were truly influential. As is often the case, Blundell's forte was to produce a double clear at both show jumping and cross country to finish on their respectable dressage scores. This clean sheet was not achieved consistently by other schools and so individual placings of Will 8th, Bird 8th, Zara 9th and Tabitha 10th, the team came a very impressive 3rd place against 17 other schools.
Team results: 1st Queen's College, 2nd St Marys Calne, 3rd Blundell's, 4th Wellington College, 5th Stonar, 6th Sherborne.
Hockey: Girls U13 National Runners-Up
The Under 13 girls hockey team competed in the national finals last Friday at Cannock in Staffordshire. Drawn in a group with four other teams, the girls went through the group stages unbeaten beating Queenswood (Herts) 2-0, Kirkham (Lancs) 1-0, Trent (Notts) 2-0 and reigning champions Cranleigh (Surrey) 2-1. This meant the girls topped the group and played Eagle House (Berkshire) in the national final. Unfortunately the girls could not repeat their group games performances and lost to a very strong side, meaning that they came second in the country. All ten girls put in strong performances throughout the tournament with Anna Gabbitass, Millie Attwell, Ellie Emo and George Pitts in particular playing extremely well. Coach James Mayes said "the girls should be extremely proud as am I of their performance and to be placed second in the country is a fantastic achievement which really highlights their talent. With four girls still eligible to play next year this experience will stand them in good stead to go one place better."
Squad: Flic Charlesworth, Ellie Emo, Gracie Belcher, Bella Slade, George Pitts, Ottilie Mundy, Anna Gabbitass, Millie Attwell, Tabby Vause & Grace Francis.
The Head Boy and Girl of Blundell's have taken up the old tradition of having the right to keep a pig at the school for the time of their headship. The two pigs named Russell and Randall after Parson Jack and a former second Master respectively are eight week old saddle back crosses. Head boy Lewis Steer runs a small holding at his home and is used to animal husbandry having raised lambs, pigs and poultry since he was a little boy. He is currently sitting his exams and hopes to go to Cirencester to read Agricultural Business and International Food. Charlotte Routledge, the Head girl is hoping to read Medicine at Leeds or Birmingham. Both agreed that they wanted to keep the tradition going and so sought the permission and permits required to ensure the welfare of the pigs was paramount and will keep the pigs at school until half term.
Public Speaking: Blundell's Team Triumphs for the South West at National Finals
The team from Blundell's School representing the South West region triumphed at a national competition to find the best young public speakers. More than 300 schools from across England and Wales entered the English-Speaking Union's public speaking competition and, at this year's final, Blundell's School were crowned the winners. The team, Oscar Mustard, Freya de Lisle and Rowan Carew, all in Year 11, had already won four rounds to get to the finals, which were held at Goodenough College in London. In addition, Oscar Mustard won the individual category as Outstanding Personality, which was judged by a ballot from amongst the audience of all the schools competing and their supporters, while Blundell's Head of English Tim Dyke was presented with a long service award by the ESU.
Blundell's has entered the competition for the more than 25 years and this is the first time the school has reached the final. Speaking after the event, Mr Dyke said: 'The team did what they had to do and did it perfectly with grace, charm and intelligence. As for Oscar, he is an outstanding young man and has a brilliant future ahead of him as a politician.'
The Blundell's team discussed the quote by Churchill 'Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts'. The judging panel, chaired by Baroness Maggie Jones, the Shadow Minister for Education in the House of Lords, commended all the finalists on the high quality of this year's competition.
EES South West Winners
On Tuesday 30th April the Blundell's year 12 Engineering Education Team won the South West competition!
After an intense process involving the submission of a report for the judges' scrutiny a 15 minute presentation and an in depth interview to test understanding the team impressed the judges and managed to secure an overall 1st place in this very competitive project!
The team had a unique blend of skills which helped them to win in a field of very high standard projects. Ollie Pritchard Barrett had the DT and CAD expertise, Gabriel Cheung put in extensive research and had a brilliant understanding of the technical side of the project and Elliot Finch emerged as a strong leader, making sure that the team met his weekly deadlines and to the highest of standards. Our thanks go to Adrian Irwin from TDK-Lambda UK who gave freely of his time and experience to help the team. The team members gained greatly from the experience and now have a very worthwhile project to talk about at university interviews and beyond, we await to see if they have also gained their Gold CREST awards."
Spring Term 2013
Father and Sons Fishing Day
Following a short but arduous term the Blundell's anglers attended a Fathers and Sons fishing competition at Exebridge fishery at the start of the holidays. In very chilly conditions the boys accompanied by dads and one mum were greeted with a bacon butty and hot drink as the rules of the competition were explained by Nick Hart. At 10.30 the start whistle sounded and the fishing began. Advice and assistance were given by coaches, Mr Deighton-Gibson and John Dawson as the morning progressed. At lunch JD gave a demonstration on filleting and ADG cooked the fish along with Mr Bourne's sausages on the barbeque. Fortified and warmed, the second session of fishing took us to three O'clock. At this point Simon Kidd, an England fly fisherman arrived to give a casting demonstration and then presented the prizes kindly donated by Nick Hart and Snowbee.
Results: 1st Jamie Hayes Pankhurst, 2nd Ed Pawson, 3rd Henry Barlow
Fathers: 1st Mr Scripps, 2nd Mr Pawson
Youngest angler: Jack Armstrong Williams
Top Lady: Mrs Armstrong Williams
BBC School Reporters
On Thursday 21st March a group of eighteen year 8 pupils were the Blundell's BBC School Reporters for the day. The year 8 pupils have been working on reporting in their enrichment sessions this term and submitted their reports to Mrs Sherwood and Mrs Olive last week. The team for the day was then selected although most of the stories were completed in time to make it onto the website. On the day the pupils gathered the news, filmed interviews and made broadcasts of the sport and weather. Great fun was had by all involved. Please see the dedicated area of the website to see the full stories. Year 8 would like to thank Mr Dyer and all the IT department for all their hard work on the day to ensure that the stories went out by the 4pm deadline.
Hockey: Girls U13 Qualify for National Finals
The Girls U13 have qualified for the national hockey finals having competed in the regional tournament recently. Competing in a group with seven other champions from Counties in the west of England, Blundell's went through the group unbeaten without conceding a goal thanks to the terrific defending of Ottilie Mundy, George Pitts, Tabby Vause and Flic Charlesworth in goal. Anna Gabbitass and Millie Attwell were excellent in attack scoring five and three goals respectively. This meant we finished second in the group behind Millfield on goal difference. In the semi-final we played All Hallows, who had won the other group with a place at the national finals to the winners. The girls performed fantastically well to record a victory with Grace Francis scoring the goal to secure a place in the national finals to be held at Cannock on the 10th of May. Ellie Emo led the team in an exemplary manner and the team should be very proud of their excellent achievement.
Squad: Flic Charlesworth, George Pitts, Ottilie Mundy, Tabby Vause, Grace Francis, Ellie Emo, Anna Gabbitass, Gracie Belcher and Millie Attwell.
Counties present: Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Avon, Gloucester, Hereford, Wiltshire.
Archie's Cross Country Success
Archie Stoneman, aged fourteen, has just competed in The National Schools cross country championship at Cofton Park, Birmingham. He competed in the under-fifteen category and set himself a target of finishing in the top fifty in a field of over three hundred. On the day, in wet cold conditions and on an undulating course Archie excelled and managed a top ten place coming in ninth. He was really pleased with his performance and has now set a target of a top three place next year. The young Exeter Harrier is also an accomplished rugby player and is currently on tour with the Independent schools Barbarians in Ireland.
Art: Egg Painting Competition
In full Easter spirit School House have been painting eggs as part of a national competition, The Big Eggsibition, the biggest school egg decorating competition ever. There were some stunning entries from the highly decorative to the completely bizarre. Before photographs of all the eggs were submitted for the main competition the school held its own judging for the 'Best Egg in Show' which was unanimously won by Fenella Mably for her wonderful Andy Warhol inspired Campbell Soup design. The winning eggs from the London judging are to be show-cased in Covent Garden over the Easter Weekend. The Big Eggsibition is a fundraising event, supporting the children's charity Action for Children to run breakfast clubs across the country. Mrs Armstrong Williams, i/c Eggs, also arranged for a 'Guess the teachers from baby photos' to run alongside the event to raise some money for the charity and many thanks go to her for arranging the whole omelette.
Hockey: Boys U14 Enjoy a Strong Season
The boys U14 hockey team have had a superb season. They competed in the Devon Championships and won the tournament. They overcame a strong Exeter side in the final 1-0 which was sweetened by the fact we drew with them earlier in the term. They then went on to represent Devon in the West of England finals at Kings Taunton.
The boys were on a high after beating Queens earlier in the week but understood how tough the tournament was going to be. In our group we had KES Bath, Warminster, and Canford who are all top hockey schools and had won their county tournaments. The boys played superbly to draw 1-1 with KES, beat Warminster 6-1 and draw 2-2 with Canford. This meant we qualified for the semi-finals where we met Dean Close. The boys showed grit and determination but went down 4-1 to the eventual winners of the tournament. Coach Andy Mead commented on what a great bunch of lads the squad were and added that at school level they were unbeaten scoring 21 goals and conceding none.
Junior UKMT Team Maths Challenge
Four pupils went to Exmouth Community College to represent Blundell's in the SW final of the Junior Maths Challenge run by the UKMT on Tuesday 19th March. They were Toby Whitehead and Hatty Nash from year 9 and Will McIntyre & Imogen Cotton from year 8. After a perfect (full 60 marks) first round and near perfect second round (58/60) on some very stretching questions the Blundell's team were in the top few teams. Unfortunately a mistake early on in the third round cost them dearly as the answer from one question fed into the next etc. meaning that one mistake can lead to a group of 4 questions being written off. They then had an excellent final relay round answering all 30 questions.
Although the team did not make the top 3 they came well within the top third out of 28 schools taking part with some tough competition. They represented the school in a valiant manner and never gave up. They are to be congratulated for making it into the final and being selected initially by their Maths teachers as the best pupils in their respective year groups to tackle these difficult problem solving type questions. Well done.
Five students (Sam Combe, Curtis Pitts, Holly Keevil, Tom O'Brien and Ben Charles) competed in the Devon Young Enterprise Competition in Exeter recently. They had worked hard to produce a lever arch file protector made from locally sourced materials and manufactured in Cullompton which they sold to members of the public. Sales exceeded expectations and they were only left with two products at the end of the day. They were awarded runners up in the competition and, as a result, were invited back to an innovation fair later this year. Mr Horsington was impressed by the pupils' behaviour and their good humoured negotiations throughout the day.
School House: Go4SET has launched!
On Wednesday 13th March twenty year 8 pupils went to the Fybe Training Academy in Exeter for the launch of Go4SET, a ten week team engineering project run by the Engineering Development Trust. The pupils are to be working in 3 teams and have chosen to work on an Eco Classroom or a Sports Venue. They will be helped by engineers from Mouchel Engineering Consultants and South West Water. The project will be running through the summer term as an activity and at the end of the process the pupils will write up a report, give a presentation and be questioned by a panel of engineers before qualifying for their Go4SET certificate. The pupils were enthusiastic on the day and impressed the organisers with their questions and positive attitude. They also all got to try out the flight simulator at the Flybe Academy. Best of luck to the 3 teams!
Careers: Healthcare Event
Over twenty five Year 11 and Lower 6 students interested in pursuing a career in Healthcare gathered to hear from a number of different healthcare professionals covering the fields of physiotherapy, veterinary medicine, ambulance service, dietetics, nursing and medicine.
The mentors gave a short presentation on their career with the opportunity for question and answer. They covered the qualification route, pros and cons of the job, skills and personal qualities needed and top tips for students.
Our pupils now have a much clearer idea of what it takes to become a healthcare professional but I think one mentor James Chaffe (FH 2001-06) summed things up with his comment: "Hard work, determination & team work is needed to pursue any career in healthcare and don't forget to pay attention in Chemistry lessons!"
Marine Biologist for a Day
A group of nine Year 11 students attended the 'Marine Biologist for a Day' event held at the Marine Biological Association of the UK in Plymouth. They were very privileged to have a tour of the Seawater Hall, successfully used their skills of analysis and deduction to identify the killer algae, Alexandria and were fascinated by the amazing world of seaweed.
The Blundell's packed lunches were topped up by a seaweed tasting session offering a range of flavours and much nutritional value! All agreed that a career as a Marine Biologist offered a wide range of opportunities.
Prep Art Week
As part of Blundell's Prep Art Week the Art department ran an afternoon of workshops for the whole of year 6. The theme this year was Shadow puppets and the pupils enjoyed making a camera obscura from cardboard boxes, relief prints from paper cut-outs and shadow puppet animations. Lots of great work was produced in a relatively short period of time and the pupils were really excited to spend some time familiarising themselves with the senior school. An exhibition of their work from the week will be on display in the Prep School in the Summer term.
England Call Up for Two Blundell's Pupils
Two pupils at Blundell's have been called up to play sport for England. Victoria (Torzie) Boylett, 15, has been selected for the Under 16 hockey squad, despite spending several weeks at the end of last year in a wheelchair following an accident at a tournament when her knee cap was smashed by a hockey stick; she wasn't able to start playing again until January. She is attending an England training camp over half term.
Meanwhile, Jack Maunder, also 15, has been selected for the Under 16 elite rugby training squad. He played for the England Under 16s just before flying off to Antigua where, because he is also an exceptional cricket player, he has been invited to train with Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club Academy over the half term, as has Sam Wyatt-Haines in Year 12.
Art: Clare House Surgery Exhibition for L6
Photographers in the L6 have teamed up with Clare House Surgery in Tiverton to exhibit a selection of their work in the new extension to the site. There has been a long association for the school with the surgery as many of the doctors have not only sent their children to Blundell's but also taken on the role of School Doctor. It is hoped that the images on display will enliven the new space and have a positive effect on the potentially stressful environment of a hospital waiting room.
Cross Curricular Afternoon for Year 8 - Psychology/Maths
This week it was the turn of year 8 to have a cross curricular afternoon. It started with a lecture in Ondaatje from Mrs Weaver on Memory. There were lots of interactive quizzes to demonstrate Mrs Weaver's points and the year 8 pupils already started to get an idea of the concept of memory. The year group then split off into four mixed ability groups in the Maths block and worked in pairs to test their memory for words and digits. Prior to this they were asked to state their Hypothesis. The group gathered back together to feed back their results and conclusions to Mrs Weaver. With some tips from the Maths department Statistics expert, Mrs Klinkenberg the year group will now work with the data in the next few Maths lessons to display their findings and to prove or disprove their original hypothesis about memory.
Our thanks go to Mrs Weaver for her expertise and hard work. This will be a great way for the year 8 pupils to apply their Handling data skills and also proved an exciting introduction to Psychology.
Art: Saatchi Art Prize for Schools Competition
Blundellian artists have once again submitted their best work into the Saatchi Art Prize for Schools competition. This brings in an international response from schools to exhibit on the Saatchi's on-line gallery and we have had great success in previous years where four of our pupils have found themselves in the lucky position of being shortlisted in the top 20 and exhibited in the gallery on the King's Road in London. The web pages linked here will take you direct to our entries for this year.
Art: Lam Sisters Exhibit
The Lam sisters, Denise and Judit, have organised an exhibition of their stunning drawings and paintings in the Friend's of Blundell's Room. They are both recognised as tremendous talents of very different natures and as members of the SAS, and Judit as an Art Scholar, they have both represented wonderful role models for the department. Judit's painting is highly expressive and instinctive and Denise has developed a high level of skill as an illustrator in pen and ink. There will be a Private View of the work on Friday lunch time from 1 to 2pm and the show will stay up until 15th February.
Art: Gloss Gallery Exhibition
Blundellian artists have been exhibiting their work at the Gloss Gallery in Exeter. The artwork formed part of a show called '20by20' where everything was made to the same size but in a huge variety of media. The private view also involved an anonymous auction where many pieces were sold to raise money for Hospiscare.
Autumn Term 2012
Rugby: A Great Season for Blundell's
It has been an outstanding season for rugby at Blundell's, not least because of the school's success so far in the Daily Mail RBS Schools National Rugby cup which it entered for the first time this year. Both the Under 18 team and Under 15 team have made it through to the post-Christmas stage of the tournament. In the Under 15 competition Blundell's have beaten Park School (Barnstaple) 77-0, Exeter School 29-19, Richard Lander School (Truro) 27-10, and King Edward's VI School (Southampton) 17-13. They now go through to the seventh round where they will play High Wycombe's Royal Grammar School in January. The Under 18 team have won against Queen Elizabeth's Academy (Crediton) 50-0, Exmouth College 38-8, Bicton College 30-25, and Millfield 27-19. They play Truro School in Round 6 of the competition next month.
Other rugby triumphs for Blundell's include both Under 14 and Under 15 teams being unbeaten in every game they have played against some top South West opposition, including Clifton College and Bryanston.
Engineering Education Scheme 2012/2013
Three year 12 pupils Ollie Prichard-Barrett, Elliot Finch and Gabriel Cheung spent the last 2 days of term and first day of the Christmas holidays at Plymouth University on the residential part of the Engineering Education Scheme. This is the second year that Blundell's has taken part in this brilliant scheme. The pupils are assigned a partner company who set them a real design problem to work on. This year we are partnered with TDK-Lambda Uk and are working with Engineer Adrian Irwin. The boys have been set the task to design and make a bench top wind tunnel for testing Power Supply Units under variable temperature and laminar air flow speeds. Having researched and completed an initial design before getting to Plymouth the team were in a strong position to make the most of the facilities there to start construction of their wind tunnel. They worked very well over the 3 days giving an excellent presentation of the work completed so far on the last day. They will continue to test and develop the product also completing a written report by the Easter holidays. The Assessment day is at the end of April where they will present their design and give a 15 minute presentation to a panel of experts. Our thanks go to TDK-Lambda and especially Adrian for all his advice and help so far.
GH's Christmas Candy Canes for Charity
Year 12 Gorton House girls raised £350 for Crisis at Christmas by selling 750 candy canes to pupils who bought them for their friends in the school. Everyone who bought a cane wrote a message on a label which the GH girls tied onto the canes and then delivered the canes to the lucky (and surprised) recipients. This is the third year running the girls have sold candy canes at Christmas. The event was organised by the Head of GH House Katharine Sendell and she was helped by other House Monitors and girls in Year 12.
Sam's Fives Success
Sam Wyatt-Haines was selected to play at the adult National Fives Championships held at St Paul's at the weekend, having qualified in the regional round. He did brilliantly well, given that he is under 17 and gave the current four times National Champion, James Toop a real run for his money. He also played brilliantly against Luke Thompson and Inigo Ackland in the plate competitions, two former schoolboy national champions. This is a really amazing achievement.
Blundell's on a Hockey High
Hockey playing at Blundell's School is at an all-time high with 17 pupils selected to play for Devon in the county squads. This record number includes eight girls who will play for the under 14s, as well boys in the under 14, under 15 and under 17 teams and girls playing in the under 15 and under 17 teams. Heads of Hockey Mrs Klinkenberg and Mr Bucknell said they were pleased that the players efforts had been recognised and added that this was fully deserved after all their hard work.
The selections come just as a very strong Blundell's under 13 girls hockey team were crowned Devon champions, having won the county tournament without conceding any goals. They will now go on to represent Devon at the West final to be held next term. Five of these girls are amongst those selected to play for the county under 14 squad.
Hockey: Under 13s Crowned Devon Champions
The under 13 girls hockey A team won their county finals and will now go on to represent Devon at the West final to be held next term. Playing in very cold conditions, the team topped their group playing some excellent hockey. They won against Plymouth College in the semi-finals and, in the final against Exeter School when great hockey was played by both sides, Blundell's won 1-0. The Blundell's team did not concede a single goal over the whole tournament and scored eighteen goals themselves. Stand out players were Ottelie Mundy, Grace Francis and Anna Gabbitass. Team coach James Mayes said: 'I am very proud of the manner in which the girls played: they are a very talented group.
Music and Art in Harmony
Outstanding pianist Graham Caskie returns to Blundell's this Friday (30th November) to give a recital of music by Debussy and Chopin. Graham, who attended the school from 1980 to 1985, will be performing the Debussy Preludes, Book One and Chopin's Concert no 1 in E minor, opus 11 on a very special piano. For this event, year 10 pupils have been interpreting one of the Debussy pieces - La Cathedrale engloutie - through expressive paintings, relating musical harmonies to different colour contrasts. These large, remarkable works of art will be on display for the concert. Tickets for the concert, which starts at 7.30pm, are £10 (free to pupils) and are available from the school office on 01884 232401.
In addition to the recital, Graham will be giving a masterclass the following day, when pupils will be playing or watching and gleaning valuable advice from the noted pianist; parents and visitors are also welcome to come to the masterclass.
Hailed as 'a model of poetic subtlety and discretion', with impeccable virtuosity and 'musicianship in unfaltering taste' by Gramophone Magazine, Graham is particularly renowned for his interpretations of the piano music of Debussy, Ravel, Brahms and Schubert. His impressive CV includes working with many composers including Sir Michael Tippett.
Shoe Box Appeal
The annual shoe box appeal at Blundell's has just finished. The Samaritans purse charity collects shoeboxes filled with a myriad of gifts for children in Africa and Eastern Europe. School house managed to collect 47 boxes and the total for the whole school was 107. Organiser Henry Roffe-Silvester said the gifts included toys of all sorts and small stationery items all of which would benefit the underprivileged children at Christmas. Last year over 1.1 million children in 12 countries across the World benefitted from the charity. Year thirteen charity coordinators Milly Maunder and Lydia Cree were instrumental in motivating the pupils and thanked all those who had donated. They added that they hoped even more boxes would be filled next year.
Art: Tate Gallery Competition Success
Annabel Chatwin of Year 8 has won second place in a national art competition arranged by the Tate Gallery. The theme was 'butterflies' and the artist used ink and glue to make a stunning picture which is on display at Tate Modern. Many congratulations to Annabel!
Angling Trust Talent Development Scheme
Eight Blundellian anglers have been selected to progress to the next stage of the Angling Trust Talent development scheme. The keen fly fishermen have been selected after a vigorous series of tests recently. This included fishing for five hours non-stop with a coach analysing technique whilst asking searching questions about type of fly selection and methods used. This was followed by casting tests which demanded accuracy as well as casting to different distances. After all this the boys had an individual interview and were asked to return for the next stage near Oxford next year. This scheme ultimately ends up with selection for the England fly fishing team. The picture shows some of the boys holding their catch from the day.
The boys selected were Ed Barlow, Austin White, Ed Pawson, Ben Willder, Charlie Brown, Jamie Hayes Pankhurst, Will Scripps and Archie Fraser.
Children In Need Fund-Raising
Year 7 & 8 pupils managed to raise over £380 for Children in Need recently. The pupils, their parents and staff all made cakes and pastries for sale during the school break on CIN day. Housemistress Kate Wolford said she was astounded at the response and generosity of all involved. The cakes ranged from ginger bread men to the ever popular cupcakes all of which were made with a Pudsey theme. Kate added that all the pupils had been tremendous especially Sophie Al Hussaini, Megan Grant and Clara Greenfield. The aim is to raise even more next year.
Cross-Curricular Workshop for SH
The Mathematics and Art departments teamed up this week to give what we hope will be the first of many cross-curricular workshops to School House. The aim is to stimulate a deeper understanding of topics covered in an exciting fusion of subjects and to foster an intellectual curiosity extending beyond the curriculum. Year 7 have been studying Transformations in Maths which proved a perfect starting point to reflect, translate, rotate and enlarge a variety of shapes to make large scale patterned drawings in the gym. Shadow shapes of aeroplanes were then projected on to the drawings and cut out to make huge planes to be suspended in the Maths block. Many thanks to Mrs Olive for organising the event and the Art department for organising the chaos!
Art: Trip to Simon Ripley's Print Workshop
Blundellian Sixth form artists and Year 10 printmakers were treated to an excellent and inspiring lecture and workshop by Simon Ripley, a local artist and founder of Double Elephant Print Workshop. He gave a fascinating insight into his journey from training as a lawyer to becoming a full time practising artist and a thorough demonstration of his working process. Everyone then created their own monoprints under his expert tuition and there will be an exhibition of work, inspired by his visit, later in the year.
Art: Blundellians' Art on Display at Tiverton Museum
Blundellian artists have teamed up with Tiverton Museum this week as part of The Big Draw festival to exhibit their drawings amongst the artefacts on display. The theme was simply to take a line for a walk, a famous quote by the artist Paul Klee, and the standard of entries was high. The aeroplane-shaped drawings stood out the best against a backdrop of fighter plane parts and war posters and were perfectly if coincidentally set off by a Battle of Britain soundtrack. The exhibition runs for just this week at the museum.
Cricketers Awarded with Visit to OB Box at Somerset CCC
Pictured is a group of Blundellian cricketers with Somerset bowler Steve Kirby. The boys were at the OB box as part of their prize for winning various awards during the cricket season. Master i/c Rob Turner, a former Somerset keeper, asked Steve if he would join us during the final game of the season versus Worcester. Fortunately he agreed and spent half an hour with the boys fielding various in depth questions. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the trip and were grateful to the OB's for hosting the event. Somerset also won the game to finish second in the County Championship.
Art: L6 Visit London Galleries
The L6 Artists and Photographers enjoyed an excellent trip to the London galleries this week to see some important exhibitions. Bronze at the Royal Academy has had rave reviews and it did not disappoint. Charting the history of the metal's use in art over the past 2500 years the exhibition grouped together some extraordinary pieces and served as perfect models for the pupils to draw. The Barbican's Photographic show 'Everything was Moving' will hopefully inspire our A level photographers to greater things. The Saatchi Gallery gave us a guided tour of their latest show and for once had some useful and interesting pieces to respond to. There is no substitute for seeing artwork first hand and many thanks go to Mr Goodwin for arranging this trip.
Careers: Jobs for the Girls
A group from Year 9 and Year 10 attended the Jobs for the Girls event at Maynard School in Exeter on Tuesday 9 October. Surveying, the Royal Navy, garden designer and writer, architect, business manager, robotics researcher, programmer, Flybe flight and safety attendant and surgeon were some of the jobs on offer. Each representative gave a short presentation with time available at the 'fair' for networking, questions and dressing up! All those who attended found it very worthwhile and look forward to the next event in 2014.
Field Day: Year 9 Visit Halden Forest
All 92 pupils in Year 9 have just spent a busy and productive day in Halden Forest exploring the creative potential of natural materials. Having considered the work of artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and Ian Hamilton Finlay they worked in small groups to create large-scale sculptures and poetry from tree fall, moss, mud and stones. Enormous thanks to Mr Hedley-Dent for coordinating this excellent annual event which enables our artists to appreciate our beautiful surroundings in a more profound way. The artwork will be on display in Ondaatje shortly and again at the Centre for Contemporary Art in the Natural World at Halden.
Art: SAS Students Visit Glass Sculptor
On Thursday members of the SAS (Special Art Status) took a break from covert training to visit local glass sculptor Annie Smyth in Bickleigh. She kindly opened her studio for everyone to see examples of her work and a brief slideshow before giving a practical demonstration in casting. An inspiring talk and with the arrival of Mrs Armstrong Williams to teach in the Art Department, who is herself trained in the art of glass design, we could well be setting up a means of working in this media at school in the near future.
Drama: LAMDA Exam Success
Blundell's LAMDA Students have been celebrating a fantastic set of exam results. A total of 38 pupils took exams in the summer and all passed, with an impressive 90% being awarded Distinctions and 10% achieving high Merits.
A range of exams including Speaking of Verse & Prose, Acting, Mime and Public Speaking were taken by pupils aged between 11 and 18 – nine of the older pupils took medal examinations and a total of three golds, five silvers and one bronze medal were awarded. These exams are recognised within the UCAS Tariff and provide UCAS points equivalent to A and AS level for University entry.
Over 50 Blundell's students now take part in LAMDA lessons which aim to build confidence in performance and public speaking, improve communication skills, articulate ideas, develop vocabulary and improve literacy.
Students are taught by Mrs Ann Reed and Mrs Tammy Winsley who said "This is a particularly impressive set of results with all students achieving either Distinctions or Merits. They worked hard for these exams over the year and we are very proud of them all."
Rupert Batting's Riding Success
Rupert Batting has been presented with the first Western Counties Equine Hospital training bursary for eventing. Rupert was a very deserving winner of the eventing bursary which was presented to him by David Pipe of Pipeline Racing. His application for the bursary was combined with studying for four 'A' levels at Blundell's and a hectic eventing schedule. This year Rupert has competed both nationally and internationally, having recently returned from a successful trip to Haras du Pin in France.
Rupert hopes to use the eventing bursary to take his horses forward to the next level. He has demonstrated his passion for eventing from an early age. He qualified for the Pony Club championships every year between 2008 and 2012 and competed at BE Intermediate level this year.
The bursary scheme was launched by the Western Counties Equine team to celebrate the ten year anniversary of the Western Counties Hospital, for clients to the value of £500 to be spent with a trainer of the applicant's choice. The entrants were assessed by an independent expert.
UK Schools Eventing Championships at Stonar
Blundell's School had some impressive results at the UK Schools Eventing Championships held at Stonar, with two pupils coming back to Devon as national champions. Tabitha Pring, riding Prim and Proper, was champion in the 15 and under BE90 class; she and her team mates of Didi Eaton, Eleanor Ansell and Lola Watt were runners up in this class, with Lola coming fourth individually.
In the 18 and under BE100 class - the toughest of the competition - Eleanor Ansell, riding Grace, became national champion when she was outright winner of her section. The Blundell's team of Eleanor, Ed Barlow and Saskia Simonson secured a creditable fifth place, despite the disadvantage of only being a team of three.
Another Blundell's team, of Sara Wright, Zara Cameron, Will Smith and Georgia Wood, had their first run at the championships and gained a notable fourth place in the BE80 team, with Georgia taking seventh individual place.
Team trainer Tim Cheffings was delighted with the Blundell's representation and said that such a consistent performance across all levels at Championship level was a real cause for celebration.
Art: SH Pupils Visit Local Art Studio
As part of Devon Open Art Studios, the annual event where local artists invite the public to see their work where it is made, 15 pupils from School House ventured down to Crediton to meet the printmaker, Simon Ripley. We just about managed to squeeze into his garden studio where we were treated to a demonstration of his Lino-cut mono print process and an exhibition of his colourful abstract pieces on the wall. It was really inspiring to meet the artist, see the work first hand and understand the motives behind the work. At the end the pupils all chose their favourite prints but unfortunately all had forgotten their cheque books so they will have to be satisfied with the image left in their mind's eye.
Cricket: Devon U15 Selection
Four year ten boys have been selected for the Devon U15 Cricket Team. They are due to tour South Africa in February 2013 and are the latest in a long line of county representatives from the school. From left to right are all-rounder Dan Pyle who plays for Shobroke, Captain of Devon all-rounder Ben Steer from Bovey Tracey, Batsman and Heathcoat player Will Thompson and Charles Fitzroy who is right hand batsman. The boys are looking forward to the tour which will include six matches and a chance to go on safari and do some sightseeing. Chairman of Heathcoats, John Smith will also be accompanying the boys as Tour Manager and said it was a great opportunity for the boys to play under different conditions and against good opposition. He added that they will all return better cricketers for their experience. The boys are part of the Blundell's U14 team who have just secured a place in the Devon cup final with a convincing win over West Buckland recently. The cup games have been severely disrupted by the poor summer weather and may have to be concluded in 2013.
Art: Travel Photography Exhibition
The Art Department has organised an exhibition of travel photography in Ondaatje Hall. The opportunity was open to all members of the Blundell's community to submit an image based on their holiday experiences and the overall quality is impressive. There is also a competitive edge. Over the next two weeks pupils and staff will be voting for their favourite image for the coveted title of Blundellian Travel Photographer of the Year, currently held by our Head of Classics, Mrs Milnes. The exhibition will run to the 10 October whereupon the winner will be announced. (Featured images by Karen Green (Catering Staff) and Bertie Matthew (Art)
Art: Glamorgan University Workshops for U6
U6 Fine Artists were given the opportunity of experiencing what it is like to study at Art College for a day. Glamorgan university kindly arranged two inspiring workshops, one to make large scale aerial-view drawings which were folded into giant paper aeroplanes and another to experiment with scale and form in clay. A really interesting and useful day was had by all, especially by those who are in the process of applying to art colleges.
Art: Broomhill and Woolacombe Trip for Year 7
Year 7 pupils were treated to an excellent day of Art activities at Broomhill Sculpture Park and Woolacombe Bay. Despite the threat of heavy rain, the sun fought its way out and some very good work was produced, first sketching from the exciting array of artwork in the woods followed by the building of ambitious sand sculptures based on the theme 'Bugs'. The sculptures were judged by a willing member of the public and whilst noting the high calibre of work (a bee, snails, ladybirds to name a few) the dragonfly was voted 'Best on Show'. Many thanks to Mr Hedley-Dent for organising the trip.