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News from - Rugby School

Spring

2010

Number 43

Contents

2 Speakers’ Corner

5 Music Notes

7 Books & Plays

8 Trips Home & Abroad

11 Transforming Lives

13 Brag Board

14 Games Round-Up

News from

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For the First time, a delegation

of five pupils attended the threeday

Model United Nations

conference at haileybury, where

they distinguished themselves

representing the republic of

indonesia. in the Disarmament

committee, Jonathan Willetts

guided through a resolution on

the unregulated international

transfer of nuclear weapons with

12 signatures when only ten were

required - an astounding result.

in the human rights committee,

salem Qunsol obtained ten

signatures by skilfully merging his

resolution, designed to protect the

rights of orphans, with two others.

then elise Johnson collected more

than ten for her resolution against

the exploitation of young workers,

which meant all the delegation’s

co-written resolutions were passed

into debate - an extraordinary

achievement.

Also concerned with international

affairs, the Politics Society heard

Alistair Jones deliver a fascinating

lecture asking ‘is Britain a federal

state now?’ in theory it was not, he

said, but in practice power was being

dispersed, especially to the Celtic

fringe, while more sovereignty was

being pooled in the eU. Political

themes were also popular at Brains

trust, now renamed Question

Time after the tV programme

which confronts panellists with

questions they have not seen but

might expect if they are following

the news. the effect, pleasingly,

was shorter speeches and more

contributions from the floor. As

the chairman observed, ‘for those

brave enough to sit on the panel, it

Model united Nations

teaches quick thinking and clarity

of expression.’ Qualities absolutely

necessary at Black Lamp Society

which, after viewing online lectures

by harvard Law school’s Michael

sandel, examined the arguments

put forward concerning the ethics

of murder.

Philosophy Society heard a

stimulating talk by Professor tom

stoneham or, head of Philosophy

at York, on the philosophy of

George Berkeley, posing the ageold

question of the conceptual link

between existence and perception.

Can objects exist unperceived?

Berkeley’s highly counter-intuitive

negative answer was given a clear

and sympathetic exposition by

Professor stoneham, prompting

society members to question

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the existence of the fine food

they enjoyed afterwards, once

it had passed beyond the veil of

perception.

Another new venture was the

Extreme Physics residential course

attended by nearly 100 14-15 yearolds

from 24 Midlands schools over

the easter holiday. topics included

‘Low temperature Physics with

Liquid Nitrogen’, ‘how to survive

a Nuclear Attack’ and ‘Ballistics’.

on the practical side, pupils

faced various individual and team

challenges including a dragster race

and parachute drops, sky diving in

a wind tunnel and rock climbing.

Alongside these events teachers

attended iNset sessions aimed at

making Physics more entertaining in

the classroom.


other Science lecturers included

Professor Averil MacDonald,

returning to give a science

Partnership Lecture on ‘Fantastic

Plastics’, and asking what the link

is between disposable nappies and

flat screen tVs, false legs and zero

pollution cars, oil slicks and cress.

Answer: polymers. A conferencecum-iNset

course on ‘Boomerangs

and Gyroscopes’ showed the Physics

of spinning things, from the hubble

space telescope to falling cats and

top-spun tennis balls. Dr John snaith

gave a ‘factual and humorous’

lecture on ‘the role of Chemists in

the Discovery of New Medicines’

from 3000BC to the present day. All

were ‘amazed to find that the first

antibiotic, prontisil, was originally

found as a red dye in clothing’ and

to discover that chemists are not

only manufacturers but also involved

in research, distribution and testing

of new drugs.

the head of science addressed two

local scientific societies - the rugby

Astronomy society on ‘searching for

Life in the Universe’, celebrating both

the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s

first astronomical observations with

a telescope and the 40 th anniversary

of astronauts setting foot on the

Moon – and the rugby Natural

history society on ‘the star of

Bethlehem’, asking whether the

star was a supernatural miraculous

object or a story made up to satisfy

old testament prophecy. What was

the historical and scientific evidence

for the star and could astronomical

records from ancient Persia and

China explain what the Magi saw?

on a not unrelated topic, Dr Finnegan

offered the Junior Scholars a

magisterial ‘history of Witchcraft’,

combining graphic images and

contemporary eye-witness accounts

to reveal a magical universe in which

satan was more active than God. it

was fascinating to see how the fear

of apocalypse generated conspiracy

theories and imaginative delusions,

such as the sabbat, which in an age

of dualistic thinking grotesquely

parodied and systematically inverted

the practices of the Church.

Junior Debating Society met for

its customary warm-up debates,

revealing new talent and growing

confidence, but it was the

competition itself that drew the

crowds. Kicking off mid-freeze with a

double assault on simon Cowell and

snow itself, and continuing through

Gurkhas, iPads and the voting age

(which, it turns out, is fine as it is),

the contest inspired arguments

ranging from the sound and

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persuasive to the decidedly shaky. in

the Final, teams debated the Pope’s

influence on equality legislation

and the dangers posed to British

manhood by computer games. As

always, it was superior engagement

with the opposition’s arguments

that prevailed, leading tudor to

victory with a robust performance

and confident responses to the (all

too rare) Points of information.

the Arnold Society welcomed

Judith Affleck to speak on ‘telephus:

the Last Word in Myth’ – a rigorous

examination of the facts behind

the ambiguous stories of telephus

through artifacts and history.

hellenists in the D block and above

heard the LXX speak about Lysias

and his famous law court speeches,

giving insights into the background

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of the Persians Wars and comparing

ancient rhetoric with that of modern

politicians.

the Geography Society engaged

with more contemporary myths.

Professor hazel Barrett of Coventry

University addressed Upper school

geographers on the myths and

mysteries surrounding hiV/Aids

with particular reference to Africa,

where finding a cure and preventing

the spread of this catastrophic

disease was still an uphill struggle.

Dan Box gave a vivid talk on the

evacuation from the Carteret

islands of the world’s ‘first climate

change refugees’, as the press

would report it. Were these friendly,

generous islanders being evacuated

because of climatic changes or were

other factors in play? And finally

amelie Weber

rosie hamp explored Gap year

opportunities and the importance of

considering what one actually plans

to achieve. By all means explore other

landscapes and cultures, but make

sure you can justify it in the current

competitive employment market.

that said, helping communities less

well-off than our own was hugely

rewarding - and volunteers were

carefully selected and placed in the

light of their skills and abilities.

one particular skill area was explored

by MedSoc, where Mr richard

Nicholl, a consultant neonatologist,

looked at issues of survival for

very small babies and the routine

ethical decisions involved. then,

on Activities Day, Dr Nick Crombie

presided over a road traffic accident

simulation which gave a fascinating

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insight into the work of the rapid

response and Air Ambulance

services. While one pupil played the

victim of a bicycle accident (and

other pupils other roles), Dr Crombie

endeavoured to get him to hospital

without further endangering his life.

the Careers Convention brought in

six more medics: Vicky harries or,

a fourth year student at Newcastle,

considered how to choose a medical

school; parents Nicky Browne and

Lynda scott showed the importance

of performance and strategy and

the value of good communication;

ed Cartwright or discussed his

work as a paediatrician and parent

Professor Karen Morrison hers in

neurology. Captain ryan Wood,

an Army surgeon, provided some

balance, talking about his work in

Afghanistan. small wonder, given all

this input and the other preparation

provided for our medics, that all

candidates for Medicine this year

have gained university offers – a

remarkable achievement in a very

competitive field.

Probably the most delicious

speaker meeting was the Modern

Languages Society wine-tasting,

generously sponsored this year by

Charles Pridgeon’s father and hosted

by tuggy Meyer of huntsworth Wine

Company. A member of Decanter

Magazine’s wine-tasting panel and

well-known expert on French wines

thanks to summers spent there ‘as

long as he can remember’ and visits

to vineyards around the world to

taste new vintages ‘en primeur’, he

was the perfect guide to the three

very different classic Bordeaux reds

he had brought with him. Mr Meyer

demonstrated persuasively that a

more costly wine does not necessarily

indicate superior taste; indeed

our oenologists concluded that

preference was largely subjective.


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the MUsiC & DrAMA highlight

of the term was undoubtedly

Gilbert and sullivan’s the Pirates of

Penzance, which, according to one

reviewer, ‘managed to convince

over 1300 people that the temple

speech room was really and truly

a rocky cave in Cornwall’. A huge

cast recreated the ‘explosive and

fun-filled plot, with a slight modern

day twist’. the pupil principals were

outstanding, but the use of school

porters and other ‘suitable’ male

members of staff ‘put the icing

on the cake – their constabulary

policemen left the audience in

hysterics’. the result: ‘A real hit

– more musicals please!’

singing, indeed, was the musical

emphasis of the term. the Arnold

singers were invited back to

edgbaston’s beautiful old Church

(we now seem to be a fixture in

their calendar) where the audience

is always appreciative. As ever,

proceeds were divided between the

church appeal and Future hope.

the singing Competition drew

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soloists and whole house choirs

into the limelight to be judged by

Nicholas scott-Burt, organist of st

Andrew’s Church, whose perceptive

comments also kept the tone light

and encouraging. on an even

larger scale, the Choral society

(with 150 members it grows every

year) presented what is sometimes

seen as a chamber piece, the

sublime requiem by Gabriel Fauré.

however, the large forces proved to

be at one with the music, bringing

a thrilling tone to the dramatic

‘Libera me’ whilst proving divinely

sensitive in the hushed moments

of ‘in Paradisum’. As a curtainraiser

the girls of the Arnold singers

joined forces with a battery of

percussion, plus string orchestra, in

the ever popular adiemus suite by

Karl Jenkins.

this was also the third year

running the Chapel Choir made

it to the Finals of the BBC Songs

of Praise school Choir of the

Year Competition. the result

proved to be not in our favour,

but it was gratifying for the choir

to be described by the judges as

‘technically flawless’ and for the

school to receive so many supportive

letters from total strangers who

had felt surprised by the judges’

decision.

Men in Blue

Anyone wishing to hear the choir in

their own home will soon be able

to buy the new CD, recorded over

two intensive days of exeat. this

may not have been everyone’s idea

of a holiday - after the umpteenth

take, even the choir’s favourite

pieces could temporarily lose their

appeal - but the producer proved

a master of charm and persuasion.

‘that was simply wonderful – why

not one more time just to make it

outstanding?!’ Blue Note Girls

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bookS

& playS

Book WEEk this YeAr slid from

Advent into Lent but, while less

lavish than last year’s, made up in

piquancy what it lost in substance.

the autobiography of Jordan/

Katie Price jostled with James’s

the Bostonians, the Monk by Lewis

with the endearing Biff and Chip

books selected by a member of the

Levée with clearly a long memory.

two others selected amsterdam by

Mcewen – interestingly one of his

less critically acclaimed works. the

school’s collection of old printed

books and incunabula was on display

and the usual compendium of pupil

reviews was published to coincide

with the event. Mrs scanlon and Mr

Colley talked entertainingly about

their favourite poems (Donne’s

‘the Flea’ and Keats’ ‘La Belle Dame

sans Merci’ respectively) and Mr

Pappenheim invited an old college

friend (David Whitley, aged 25),

who is now writing his third book,

to discuss his the Midnight Charter. it

concerns a country where everything

can be sold – even thoughts and

feelings - so an interesting interval

was spent discussing which feelings

we would be prepared to sell. the

week began with an homage in

Chapel to JD salinger who had died

Dean House Play

a couple of days before, an occasion

which allowed the speaker to fulfil a

long cherished ambition of having

the famous ‘edgar Marsalla’ episode

read out in the very surroundings it

describes – with the consent of the

similarly salinger-struck Chaplain.

But then the celebration of the

eternal child – to say nothing of the

protection of essential innocence

– is something which we must all

join with salinger in endorsing,

especially in Lewis Carroll’s old

school.

Meanwhile, the house Play season

was guaranteed to produce

moments of equal hilarity, of which

we may mention just a few. Michell

presented a programme of sketches

by stephen Fry and hugh Laurie,

all written for double-acts, ‘almost

universally at the risqué end of the

taste scale but much appreciated by

a good gathering of parents, pupils

and staff’. the most striking feature

was a cast of 37 actors, ‘a pleasing

cross-section of the house’. Favourite

characters included an eccentric

test Match special commentator

(played by a tutor), a ‘terrifyingly

clinical’ surgeon and a pair of insane

yet plausible psychiatrists.

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Griffin House put on a ‘hearty

and memorable evening that both

serenaded their audience and

captivated them with Drama’. the

programme featured a ‘talented

array of singers, a charming number

by the wind ensemble, and also a

spot of bagpiping’. then, ‘after a

seamless set change, the audience

were thrust into the world of

comedy’ with Griffin’s very own

adaptation of the Happiest Days of

Your life, a play where ‘confusion

reigns’ and which aroused ‘many an

amused grin or lingering chortle’.

Southfield staged a ‘spectacular

performance of the classic tale

Cinderella, the likes of which have

never before been seen’. this was

partly owing to a ‘fantastic script,

adapted and improvised by the

girls, and a range of hilarious

characters’, the most memorable

being the ugly stepsisters, ‘true to

form in Burberry and bling’. tutors

played cameo roles to general

delight. ‘if ever one should wonder

how best to bring together funny

characters, a love story about

overcoming adversity and truly

shocking costumes’, this play was it.

No less hyperbolic, the Town

House reviewer declared the

Scramblings at Spriggly torch to be

‘really one of the most entertaining

evenings i’ve experienced at

rugby’. the plot seems to have

been less important than ‘the

mayhem on set and much desired

witty banter which can only be

expected from a house play’.

But all this was greeted ‘with the

genuine smiles and laughter of a

fantastic audience’, among them

the head Master, who afterwards

paid tribute to the ‘comic genius’

of one player ‘battling with the

whisky decanter’.

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Vienna Exchange

LeNt is the terM of Modern

Language exchanges and initial

anxieties quickly allayed. ‘”the

Vienna experience starts now.” this

is what our teacher said to us at the

airport as we arrived in Vienna and i

will remember this sentence for a long

time. From that moment everything

was quite new, strange, interesting

and surprising’. ‘At the start it was a

bit nerve-racking going into different

classrooms as a new pupil, but on the

other hand it was great to find out

how friendly and curious the people

were.’ You just had to be there.

‘Before the exchange, i thought it

would be unbearable to spend my

holiday in a classroom getting up at

seven in the morning… But after the

first school day came the city walk

and the view of Vienna in the winter

was beautiful; then i thought it might

not be so bad.’ Another summed up:

‘i really enjoyed my visit; the family

was kind, the school relaxing and the

excursions (schönbrunn, esterhazy,

Neusiedlersee) informative. i did so

much and learned so much about

Viennese culture (state opera, coffee

houses, dancing lessons). i was

sometimes a bit homesick but the

people were always so hospitable

that i soon felt better’.

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the hispanists experienced similar

emotions in Madrid. ‘We all

congregated nervously at the arrival

gate trying to match all the eager

faces of our exchange partners to the

photos we had received, dreading

the first conversation in the car on


the way home, being separated from

each other and having to live alone

with families who can hardly utter a

word in english! however, we were all

lucky to stay with wonderful families

who were keen to show us the real

spain, from cooking to sightseeing.

school was a challenging experience,

as being taught philosophy and

graphics in fast spanish was tricky,

but the students were patient and

encouraging, which helped all of

us to converse and attempt our

spanish on them.’ there were

several excursions – to toledo and

its old castles and cathedrals, to

six museums including the Prado

and reina sofia, and to famous

landmarks like the Plaza Mayor,

the royal Palace ‘and, of course,

the Gran Via, where we scurried off

to buy some souvenirs on the last

day!’ ‘All in all, it was a fantastic trip

where we all benefited from the

necessity to speak spanish and the

opportunity to explore new things.

We have grown to love the spanish

culture even if we became a little sick

of paella and jamón serrano!’

Further north, the Barcelona

Geography fieldtrip combined

business and pleasure as usual. Day

one involved getting wet measuring

river characteristics on the tordera,

day two asking whether the 1992

olympics had provided a beneficial

legacy for the people of Barcelona,

days three and four looking at

coastal management and the

regeneration of medieval Barcelona.

the highlights, needless to say, were

watching the final six Nations match

in a local sports bar and watching a

Messi-inspired Barca beat osasuna

2-0 at the Nou Camp.

Closer to home, a group of Sports

Scholars attended the World

Netball series in Manchester, where

‘the atmosphere was electric before

the matches’, just to see the five

teams warming up. When play

started, it was ‘amazing to watch our

equivalent positions using the space

and watching the quality of their

ball skills’. Moreover, ‘excitement

levels soared when power play was

introduced. this got the crowd on

their feet because each goal really

counted’. england did not win, ‘but

the standard of netball was very

inspiring and we couldn’t wait to

get back to school and try out some

new moves on court!’ ‘Netball just

got hotter.’

e Block Artists, by contrast, ‘braved

arctic conditions’ to visit London Zoo

for their GCse project. Actually bad

weather meant the premises were

almost deserted and the animals,

starved of human contact, seemed

keen to put on a show - except for

one meerkat which preferred to sleep

in a bucket under a heated lamp. the

day was spent taking photographs,

sketching, painting and gathering

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information about animals in captivity

and the commercial side of the zoo.

highlights included penguin feeding

time, a rather aggressive tiger trying

to catch snow flakes, and some very

sleepy primates.

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other groups visited London to look

at art. the XX Art Historians split

their time between ‘turner and the

Masters’ at tate Britain, highlighting

turner’s ambition and place in the

canon, and the Courtauld institute,

where Degas’ bronzes particularly

caught their eye. LXX Linguists

also visited the Courtauld but

chiefly to see the paintings: ‘one

of the classes had each chosen a

painting to study and present to the

rest of the class, so we were excited

to see the paintings in real life.’ the

intensive interactive workshop was

conducted entirely in French, ‘which

was hugely beneficial and added to

the effect of being in the presence

of such great Masters’ as Cézanne,

Monet and the Manet of the ‘Bar

at the Folies Bergères’. then it was

off to the institut Français to see the

latest film by amélie director Jean-

Pierre Jeunet, Micmacs à tire-larigot

- ‘an excellent way to practise our

French outside the classroom’.

some trips put the accent on

teamwork. the Engineering

Education Scheme involved

six pupils working as a team on a

real engineering problem for six

months in conjunction with Cemex

(formerly rugby Cement). the brief

was to explore ways of recovering

some of the wasted energy at the

plant. After a site visit they identified

three possible areas and then, using

individual research and information

from the company engineers,

developed two viable systems and

built models to demonstrate the

concepts. their final report is an

impressive document, as useful for

university interviews as for Cemex.

teamwork was equally important on

the e Block Easter Camp at West

tofts training Camp in the middle

of the thetford Forest. As always,

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mistakes were made and valuable

lessons learned on the practice

expedition, which assessed route

carding, camp craft, navigation and

group communication. the next two

days were a welcome break, with

activities like canoeing, mountain

biking, assault courses, high ropes

and archery. the last two days were

spent on the assessed expedition,

which was meticulously prepared in

the knowledge that no staff would

be walking behind and that ‘check

points’ had to be made at specific

times. it was then the weather

broke, but three hours of driving

rain failed to dampen spirits and all

groups arrived in the last hour of

light. Good camp craft and excellent

group work were rewarded by a final

day of sunshine and the thought of

a coach waiting, followed by homecooked

food and a full night’s sleep.

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‘it’s GooD to see that, nearly

170 years on from the days of

thomas Arnold, greatest of rugby

school headmasters and father of

the modern public school system,

the school is still at the forefront of

new thinking on education.’ thus

Andrew roberts in his Ft Diary on

a new book, Liberating Learning:

Widening Participation, edited by

the head Master and the Vice-Provost

of University College London, which

aims to promote reflection ‘about

the need to liberate learning and

widen participation in what should

be a lifelong adventure of learning’.

Writing last February, roberts

went on to ‘predict that this book,

appearing only weeks before the

likely advent of my friend Michael

Gove as the most radical education

secretary since shirley Williams, will

set the education debate alight.’ With

contributions from such luminaries

as Niall Ferguson, AC Grayling and

sir stuart rose, the book ‘could

become a bible for reformers, those

fed up with the past 13 years of

missed opportunities.’ the book

certainly symbolises rugby’s mission

to transform lives, not only those

of its traditional intake but those of

less privileged children at home and

abroad - an endeavour to widen

participation already enshrined

in Future hope and the Arnold

Foundation.

in March, rugby announced a formal

partnership with Future Hope

school in Kolkata, india. the

charitable school for pupils aged

5-19 provides an outstanding

all-round education, based on

rugby’s approach, to orphaned

and abandoned street children - a

quite different kind of initiative, in

other words, from most overseas

educational ventures. rugby will

advise on everything from teaching

and curriculum to governance

and management. Pupil and

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staff exchanges and a gap-year

programme will foster a constant

exchange of ideas. As the head

Master said to the school recently,

‘since it was founded Future hope

has helped transform the lives of

some 500 children and its central

belief in the redemptive power of

education is something that has

been part of rugby’s DNA since

15 7.’ Future hope was founded in

the late 19 0s by old rugbeian tim

Grandage, who gave up his job as

a bank manager for hsBC to do so.

But while ‘much of tim’s approach

has been inspired by his memories

of rugby’, it is also, as he himself

says, ‘an exciting time for india: the

economy is growing and there are

plenty of new job opportunities. But

without an education, the poor are

unable to seize these opportunities

and they are hit hard by the rising cost

of living. our goal is to transform the

lives of children living on Kolkata’s

streets and in the slums by giving

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them an excellent education. With

rugby’s help, we can make that

happen for even more children’.

Closer to home and equally distinctive

of rugby, the transformative work

of the Arnold Foundation for

Rugby School was praised by the

NFer in an independent report which

found that ‘the Arnold Foundation is

providing life-changing opportunities

for the young people it supports.

rugby’s historic commitment to

widening access, partnerships with

educational charities, comprehensive

pastoral support for pupils and their

families, and the generous and

continuing involvement of its donors,

have contributed to the Arnold

Foundation’s impressive success.’

the theme of transformation was

happily underlined by this year’s

Arnold Foundation Lecturer,

composer howard Goodall, as he

expertly deciphered ‘the stravinsky

Code: Music’s Untapped Power’.

supremely, he said, music promotes

self-esteem, team work and social

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cohesion, whilst giving

enormous pleasure. sport

might achieve some of

these goals but here ‘there

were no losers’. Music was

‘the only thing that really

changes you’, that offered

‘an alternative timescale’

and ‘put the brain into a

different place’. he had

witnessed its transformative

power himself. there was

the iraqi child, traumatised

into voluntary mutism, who

had recovered her speech

through singing. there

was the gypsy wedding

in romania which this

‘comfortable Londoner’ had

found rather threatening until the

sound of an accordion suddenly put a

smile on every face. Music education

was vital to ‘create a virtuous life’

and singing in particular was a

‘birthright’, as important as literacy

and numeracy, not least because

‘music makes the brain grow faster’.

in children, music was a ‘magic’ that

transformed their lives.

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First Schools’ Day

the school itself was ‘magic’ to 240

excited youngsters on First Schools’

Day, judging from the whoops

and shouts that rang around the

campus that sunny but chilly March

morning. their first challenge was

an observation quiz which involved

exploring various sites in and around

the Close. then their pupil mentors

took them off to activities ranging


from science experiments to Maths

puzzles, from Drama to sport. After

lunch in houses, there was a concert

featuring some rokeby Juniors who

have been coming into school every

thursday to learn the recorder.

Finally, after a prize-giving ceremony

for the best quiz answers, there was

a ‘fun run’ the full length of the main

rugby pitch. With some regret we

said our goodbyes; for a few happy

faces it was, as ever, ‘the best day of

my life!’

Last but not least, present

rugbeians may have found their

lives transformed by the biennial

Careers Convention. No fewer

than 70 speakers, including 2 old

rugbeians and 27 current parents

from an unimaginably wide range

of occupational backgrounds,

revealed what lies behind the

professional title, advised on how to

develop a life plan and succeed in

a competitive employment market.

the day opened with an inspiring

keynote address on ‘the Future

Graduate’ by Dr Paul redmond, an

authority on Generation Y and how

the graduate job market evolves and

adapts to accommodate those born

into the technological age. Despite

the global economic downturn,

pupil feedback spoke of ‘inspiring

opportunities’. ‘i want to thank

the tV and theatre panel for the

inspiration they gave me to keep on

working on my ambition of being in

theatre’. ‘the military speakers gave

concise, informative talks, but most

importantly they were honest and

spoke about both the positives and

negatives of life in the armed forces.’

‘Just to let you know i really enjoyed

the entrepreneur panel, especially

the organic food man: i thought he

was really inspiring and what he has

achieved is pretty cool!’

Athletics: Charlie Ogunkeyede

represented Warwickshire in

the regional indoor athletics

Championship, recording a personal

best of 1.95m in the high jump.

Charitable Efforts: Joe Moxham

and amy Collis organised an upper

School Charity Ball which raised

£1000 for the Haiti Earthquake Fund.

Wendy Smith and friends completed

the adidas Silverstone Half Marathon

in aid of Cancer research. ‘it was

hard in parts but we finished. Not

bad for a group of mums who really

could not run!’

Chemistry: the a team of tillie

lloyd-thomas, Charlie Style, Eva

van den Belt and Freddie Wildblood

won the uppingham School quiz,

while the B team of Guy Cochrane,

Kezia Fender, Charlotte Hoggarth

and Seong Park finished a creditable

sixth.

Duke of Edinburgh: Silver was

awarded to Stephen Frost and Bronze

to George terry.

Golf: Qahir Popat played for Kenya

boys in the african Junior Challenge,

where ‘the weather was very similar

to England’, finishing 13th out

of 44. ‘Despite being the highest

handicapper in the Kenya team i

finished the lowest’.

Hockey: alice Stuart-Grumbar was

selected to travel with England u18

to Holland to play in the Four Nations

tournament against Germany, Spain

and Holland.

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Journalism: rory Hellier had an

article entitled ‘the people’s chancellor

- conviction politician or opportunist?’

published in the independent’s Eagle

Eye. ‘if power-sharing happens under

any guise,’ he wrote, ‘then the second

biggest job in our country, if the public

have anything to do with it, will go to

Vince Cable.’

Music: Distinctions in aB exams

were achieved by Michael Varley

(Grade 4 Piano), Harry Pateman

(Grade 5 Violin), Noel Newman

(Grade 6 Singing), Jinseog lee (Grade

7 Organ) and Matthew Gallagher

(Grade 8 tenor Sax). Eight pupils

passed Grade 8 exams.

Range Shooting: Emma Sweet

qualified for the second stage of the

Prone rifle Event at the NSra/Eley

Postal Competition 2010.

Real Tennis: Chris atkins was

selected for the British Junior Squad.

Rugby Football: Jamie Warr

and Ben Wiegman represented

Northampton Saints academy. Ben

Pointon, William Briggs and George

lewis represented Oxfordshire at

u14. Ben Pointon played for the

independent Schools’ Barbarian

lambs in the 25th anniversary

Jean rumeau trophy tournament,

which they won. Sam Pointon was

selected for the England u16 squad

and toured italy at Easter. among

recent Ors, alex Grove was selected

for Scotland’s forthcoming tour of

argentina, Oliver Grove was selected

for the Scotland u20 squad, and

rupert Harden played for Gloucester

in the Guinness Premiership.

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Round-up

Hockey v Oakham

iNeVitABLY the VerY cold weather

of January and February took

its toll on the main field games

programme; nevertheless there was

much to enjoy.

in boys’ hockey the U1 and U14 Xis

both won their respective County

championship competitions. they

went forward to the Midlands

Zone round and both won their

group, so reached the Midlands

Finals stage. the U1 s played well

and were unlucky in losing a close

semi-final, while the U14s were

runners-up in the Midlands Final

and therefore qualified for the

National Finals day in May. the

Xi had a frustrating season, and

lost out at the semi-final stage of

their County championships. the

U15 girls played in their County

competition too, beating Bablake

and stratford Grammar to win the

County championship.

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on the soccer field the 1st Xi had

a tough season and some close

matches which should have been

converted into wins with a bit more

composure when it mattered. the

pick of the teams were the U1 A

and the U15A and B sides, the

U15Bs losing their unbeaten record

only in the penultimate match of

the season.

on the Netball court the three

most successful teams were the 3rd

Vii, U15A and U14A Viis. All were

aiming for an unbeaten season but

each lost one match in the last part

of the season.

At Cross Country the intermediate

Boys’ team were very promising

and came third in the east

Midlands independent schools’

Cross Country League. in the

Crick run James Firth came first

in :59 mins, with David and

George Mackenzie equal second.

Chloe Quinlan was the first girl in

2:52 mins. the Barby run was

won by Ben sutherland in 42:4

mins, breaking the record by 45

seconds.

the Golf team had a very successful

term, winning the Gerald Micklem

Plate at Woking in March.

on the Polo field, in the National

senior tournament, the A team

won their tournament beating

Bradfield and shrewsbury before

stowe in the Final 3-2.

At rackets the first pair of Chris

Atkins and David Mackenzie won

five of their six matches. At Queen’s

Club in the Public schools’ Doubles

Competition they played well to

defeat the st Paul’s pair, but went

out to Winchester.

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Soccer v St Edward’s

Netball v Oakham

Polo v Ors

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Winner of the Crick

our rugby Footballers were busy. At

the Windsor sevens the U1 squad

reached the semi–finals of the main

competition, then at rosslyn Park

finished second in their group. At

the Qe Barnet competition the

Colts squad reached the final of the

Plate Competition, then at rosslyn

Park they won their group and lost

the play-off match against Lord

Wandsworth.

At real tennis the juniors and seniors

won their matches against radley,

while the 1st pair came third in the

Public schools’ tournament.

the boys’ squash team had an

exceptional season, winning 10 out

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of 10 fixtures - the best record in the

sport for a number of years.

though the rugby season was

over, some 0 prep school pupils

had the opportunity to play on the

Close, representing the Prep school

Barbarians U11 and U13 southern

and Northern teams. Both matches

were played in the attacking spirit of

Barbarians rugby.

Looking forward to the Cricket

season and reflecting the increased

concern about injuries sustained by

fast bowlers, Dr Mark King and Peter

Worthington of Loughborough

University gave a lecture to 40

coaches and masters in charge of

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cricket from leading schools around

the country which challenged

traditional methods of injury

prevention. Dr King also shared his

thoughts on the parameters of legal

and illegal action in fast bowling,

suggesting how to tell the difference

between throwing, which is elbow

extension, and bowling with elbow

hyperextension, as both look

‘suspect’ to the naked eye.

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