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talk of TRINITYNEWSLETTER AUTUMN 2013Exam success forTrinity studentsTrinity School pupils had causefor celebration last August whenthey opened the brown envelopescontaining their A-level andGCSE results.A* grades at GCSE55The School received its best ever publicexamination results at GCSE level with its50highest ever percentage of A*- A grades(84.6%) and a fantastic 99.5% A*-C grades.The percentage of A* grades (51.3%) was alsowell ahead of last year’s previous record results% A* grades4540(41%). Over 70 students achieved 5 or more A*s35with particular congratulations to Leo Benedict,Seb Blount, Jamie Cox, Jaibir Dhanoa, AlastairDixon, Will Holmes, Oscar Lally and JamesLovering who all achieved 10 A* grades.302010 2011 2012% A* grades2013At A level Trinity celebrated its first intake of Upper Sixth girls to graduateIt seems like yesterday that Trinity welcomed its first intakeof 30 girls in September 2011! They have done themselvesand the School proud with a superb set of A-level resultsincluding 28% of A* grades. Overall this was a highlycreditable year with 88.5% A*-B grades and 98.4% A*-C. The highest ever number of students (50) achieved 3Agrades or better, with particular congratulations to LloydAbbott, Rachel Chatterjee, Alice Gallop, Kate Gardner,Saptarshi Manna, Josh Meyer, Shan Pandya, Ed Tidball andGeorge Webb who achieved 3A*s, whilst Krishan Sareenand Jess O’ Sullivan secured an outstanding 4A*s. The vastmajority of the U6 pupils secured a place at their university ofchoice including all 14, the highest ever number, of those whohad been offered places at Oxbridge.Meet our new studentsenior team p2• • • • • • •ifs Student Investor Final p4• • • • • • •Exciting Exhibitions p6-7• • • • • • •DramaticEffects p11

Meet ournew studentsenior teamAndrew FanthorpeHead Boy“I feel extremely honoured to havebeen appointed Head Boy at Trinity.My subjects are Latin, History, RS andSpanish, with a little bit of AncientGreek at GCSE thrown in on the side.I have a passion for all things ancientand wish to study Classics at Oxford. Ienjoy the feeling of reward from hardwork, competing on the hockey pitchand playing the clarinet when timeallows. What I like most about Trinityis the family atmosphere and theamazing people I have had the pleasureof working alongside since joining theSchool seven years ago. Finally, I dosimply enjoy being in the companyof my peers both inside and outsideof school. I hope that I can reallyrepresent the School well in my newrole and I look forward to contributingto School life as best I can.”Vanessa UptonHead Girl“Moving to Trinity for the Sixth Formhas been an excellent experience. Istudy English, History, Economics andMaths and I hope to pursue Englishat Cambridge. Beyond academicsI’ve been a presenter on Trinity News,debated for the School and played inthe rounders team. Outside of schoolI’ve been in plays and volunteer at acharity called ‘Waggy Tails’. What hasimpressed me most about Trinity ishow much the teachers care abouteach student. I know I will be very wellsupported in my university applicationlater this year.The Head Girl is still a relatively newrole and I am looking forward toexploring its potential and hopefullyhaving a positive effect on studentsthroughout the School.”Double joy for GCSE twinsWell done to Nick and Dan Thompson who playedfor England in the ISFA Tour of Spain last springand achieved 17A*s and 3As between them!James LarmanDeputy Head Boy“I’ve been at Trinity for six yearsnow and still enjoy coming toSchool every day. I consider myselfan all-rounder. Hockey is my mainsport, although I also play cricket,and I am part of the orchestra too.For A2 I’m studying Maths,Economics, Geography andChemistry. I’m planning to readGeography at university, thoughwhether in the UK or the USAis still undecided. What I findgreat about Trinity is the range ofoptions available to everyone andthe friendly interaction across theyear groups.I’m looking forward to workingclosely with Andy and Vanessa. It’shard to think of ways to improveTrinity but the important thing tome is that we promote the School,not only as a great place to study,but also as a place to develop theskills needed for later life.”2

Trinity School Newsletter• • • • • •Autumn 2013AcademicHighlightsHistory RememberedThe History Department took the Third Year on a daytrip to the battlefields of the Somme and Arras. It wasthe opportunity for pupils to stand on the ground wheresome of the bloodiest battles of the Great War werefought and experience the incredible atmosphere createdby the seemingly endless rows of crosses, in both alliedand German cemeteries. “It makes you think - that couldhave been us...” said Rohan Redican.Holocaust survivor, Rudi Openheimer, spoke to a captivatedSecond Year audience about his experiences during World War II.He prompted many thoughtful reactions: “It made me feel whatit would be like to live during the war” (Prem Woods); “Peoplehad to go through so much suffering. It really made me think,and made me sad too” (Qasim Bhamani); “I got the feelingit could have been me” (Jay Ahuja). As Adarsh Shah rightlyconcluded: “It was an honour to meet Mr Oppenheimer”.Fourth Year STEM ChallengeFourth Year boys had a weekto come up with ‘creativeuses for cargo containersin social reconstructionfollowing natural disasters’.They presented their finalprojects to a panel of external judges led by Dr Sunday Popo-Ola,Research and Teaching Fellow in Civil and Environmental Engineeringat Imperial College, who said: “I have really enjoyed spending timewith Trinity pupils and getting to hear how they arrived at theirproposals. This is exactly the kind of learning we like students tohave before coming to university”. Congratulations to the winners:Benjamin Pearce, Victor Finn, Jarrod Nelson-Robb, Charles Fatoma,Max Stockwell and Anton Poyntz.Cambridge Essay FinalistVanessa Upton (L6) made the final shortlist of commended essayists ina competition run by Peterhouse, the oldest of the Cambridge colleges.Vanessa wrote on the subject of Virginia Woolf and Jack Kerouac. Shediscussed the representation of labour in their writing and the judgespraised the “breadth and subtlety” of her argument.UKMT Maths ChallengesIn the Junior Maths Challenge we had over doublethe number of gold certificates from last year – ourbest results since records began! Jack Cernoch (1R),Toby Mills (1S), Charlie Broughton (2J) and LukeHoulahan (2P) qualified for the Junior MathematicalOlympiad (see picture). In the Senior Team MathsChallenge, Robert Davidson (5P) won a medal for hisperformance in the MacLaurin Olympiad – he waswithin the top 60 in the country. Congratulationsgo to L6 students Barney Wolstenholme and KarimBacchus (pictured left), Stephen Gower (L6) andHenry Gale (3P) whose excellent performance hasresulted in them being invited to masterclasses at theRoyal Institution. Well done to all!Trinity School Newsletter | Spring 2013 3

Sport in briefOlympian Sean Kingreturns to TrinityTeam GB water polo player andformer pupil, Sean King (pictured withmembers of our Senior SwimmingTeam), paid us a visit to speak abouthis experiences at the 2012 Olympicsand give an insight into life as a topcompetitor. Sean donated a Team GBshirt and signed autographs.ifs Student Investor FinalOur virtual share trading team Stochastic - made up of U6 students EjaazAhamadeen, Peter Chambers, Ed Tidball and George Webb (pictured L to R) -was crowned best overall trader for 2012-13 and then went all the way to the laststage of the ifs Student Investor Challenge.In the national final our team performed exceptionally well and put together acompelling presentation on how trust in LIBOR could be restored. The judgeswere unanimous in declaring it the best presentation they had seen. They werepipped to the post, however, by RGS Guildford and finished second overall.The performance of Trinity pupils in this competition over the last few years hasbeen nothing less than magnificent. As Headmaster Mark Bishop said: “Thesestudents, led by George, have shown a business flair which will stand them in verygood stead for the future”.Young Enterprise (YE)Trinity Triathlon 2013On Sunday 30th June, a recordnumber of 325 girls and boys aged6-16 competed in the third TrinityTriathlon, part of the Olympic legacyand the biggest of its kind in the UK.Well done to all participants and ourthanks to the 100 volunteers from theSchool community and Crystal PalaceTriathlon Club, who ensured that theTriathlon was another big success.Full sports roundup in our dedicatednewsletter On the Front Foot.Our next wave of entrepreneurs cameaway from the Young EnterpriseGala Finals with an array of prizes inrecognition of their work starting upand running their own companies.Congratulations go to L6 studentsHarry Bailey, Ben Foreman and AlexNardiello nominated for the ‘Achieverof the Year Award’ with Alex collectingthe runner-up prize. This meanshe joins next year’s YE Area Board.Kumaran Ragupathy (L6) was named‘Best Financial Director’ while HarryBailey picked up the award for ‘BestTeamwork’. Well done to all studentswho took part. Involvement in this kindof competition is an excellent way to‘Best Company’ went to ACE Ltd for theirJust-to-Say Bear, a cuddly gift and card all inone. Find their ad here: the kind of experience that helpscandidates stand out from the crowdwhen looking for that first job.4

Trinity School Newsletter• • • • • •Autumn 2013Trips and travelsto rememberCCF water sportsValenciaSome 46 CCF cadetstook part in a watersport extravaganzaat Aquasports inMerstham. Theytackled dinghy sailing,wind surfing, kayakingand raft building.“Everyone got so wetno-one noticed therain and it was greatfun!” said Jason Bird,Commanding Officer.The sun was shining for the Sixth Formlanguage trip to Valencia (unlike London!).A walking tour of the old town and itsimposing architecture, visits of the bull ringand the City of Arts & Science, shoppingin a market and relaxing on a sandy beachwere some of the highlights, with a tour ofan orange processing factory described as‘oddly fascinating’ by one of the students!Biology Trip to Wales“Our Sixth Form Biology trip to the Orielton Field centrein Prembroke was an enjoyable, incredibly educationaland hardworking course”, says Scott Morgan (U6).“The most enjoyable part was investigating smallmammal populations. When three shrews were captured(then released) enthusiasm levels were high.”ChinaNearly 30 Third Year boys travelled to China with a touringdrama production performed in English and Chinese. Ahighlight of the trip for many was learning martial arts fromthe monks at the famous Shaolin Monastery.TSSAC try out newlocal Dive CentreThe opening of a brand new scuba diving centrein Godstone called Diver’s Cove is an excitingdevelopment for our Trinity diving club. The centre isbased in an old quarry reservoir leased from Surreyand Sutton water.CCF flyingThe CCF (RAF) Section lived through an inspirationaland exhausting week at RAF Shawbury Station,which trains helicopter pilots. The chance of flying ahelicopter proved an absolute highlight!TunisiaA group of enthusiastic geography students spent time in Tunisiastudying desertification and had a good time in the process!Trinity School Newsletter | Spring 2013 5

Trinity School Newsletter• • • • • •Autumn 2013Design and ElectronicsOn 25th April, A-level students in Designand Electronics exhibited their work inthe Shaw Gallery. Deputy HeadmasterJoe McKee said their work displayed “ablend of innovation, problem solving,meticulous attention to detail and hardwork” which visitors commented on inequal measure.Rotary Club PhotographyCompetitionTrinity pupils won four out the six awardspresented at the Rotary Club of SouthCroydon’s Photography CompetitionAwards Ceremony in the presence of theMayor of Croydon.Congratulations to our four talentedphotographers:• 1st Prize in the Under 17’s Category -Overall Winner: Elisha Wilson (L6) –see picture• 1st Prize in the Over 17’s Category -People’s Choice Winner: Billy Searle (L6)• 1st Prize in the Under 17’s Category -People’s Choice Winner: Joe Clacher (4F)• Runner Up in the Under 17’s Category -Tommy Scopes (4L)Garden Design with Marshall MurrayU17 overall winner Elisha WilsonMarshall Murray, exhibitors at Hampton Court Flower Show, set Trinity thechallenge of designing a garden to the show’s specifications - a 2.5m 2 plot– and to include a sculpture selected from the Marshall Murray collection.Congratulations to winner Euan Baird (1R) and to runners up Max Finch(1R) and Luke Yeulett (JD), whose ideas influenced Marshall Murray’s showat Hampton Court.Richard Day, Head of Design & Technology, said: “This has been anexcellent opportunity for young students to get a chance to work on a realdesign-based project and get an insight into professional garden design. Ihave been extremely impressed with the quality and creativity of the finalproposals that were put forward and am extremely grateful to MarshallMurray for giving us this opportunity.”Trinity School Newsletter | Spring 2013 7

Musical MomentsSummer ProductionsTrinity Boys Choir had a busy summerwith productions throughout theholidays. Forty five boys were involvedin three different professional operaproductions: Hansel and Gretel forGarsington Opera (see picture), Toscafor the Royal Opera House and BillyBudd for the Glyndebourne Festival.Another Trinity chorister, Daniel Giffin(1S) was acting in Glyndebourne’sproduction of Falstaff.The Choir also performed twice atthe BBC Proms. We are very proud ofour long association with this mostprestigious of festivals. Forty boysjoined Sir Mark Elder and his HalleOrchestra in Wagner’s Parsifal on 25thAugust and two days later the BillyBudd boys performed their roles in theGlyndebourne Albert Hall Prom.A week’s holiday and then it was backto preparations for Hansel and Gretelon the Glyndebourne Tour, Parsifal forthe Royal Opera, a War Requiem, somerecording sessions and a visit to Italy!David Swinson, Director of Music,commented: “Our choir is always proudto take part in major concerts. It doesinvolve a fair amount of work for theboys but they get huge enjoyment fromsinging at that level as well, which iswhat making music is all about. Thesense of camaraderie is phenomenal.”Musician of the Year Concert inSt Martin’s in the FieldsOn Tuesday 2nd July, senior Trinitymusicians performed at St Martin inthe Fields in Central London. MatthewRaven L6 (cello) – winner of the TrinityMusician of the Year 2013 Competition– and Joseph Brandon U6 (trumpet)– the runner up in the competition –showed off their accomplished level ofmusicianship in front of an almost fullhouse in one of London’s most popularconcert venues. They were incrediblywell supported by Nigel Clayton, one ofthe most sought-after pianists in GreatBritain, professor of piano at RoyalCollege of Music and piano teacherat Trinity. He also happens to be anold Mid-Whitgiftian and we are verygrateful to him for coming and sharinghis wealth of musical experience withthe new generation of Trinity musicians.Stop PressAt the time of goingto press with thisnewsletter, Head ofPiano, Richard Evans isdelighted to announcea Trinity- Steinway Scholarship.Unique to Trinity School and inconjunction with the Royal College ofMusic, the scholarship will supporta top pianist both financially andmusically. Please contact RichardEvans for further details.For a full view of Trinity’s active music scene, please pick up your copy of Musical Notes.10

Trinity School Newsletter• • • • • •Autumn 2013DramaticEffectsPiratesA cast of over 30 boys from Junior toFourth Years served up a tall tale of lowcunning on the high seas, following themisadventures of “Dangerous” Jimmy,played with great comic timing by ArchiePointing (2J). Head of Productions,Andy Godfrey’s script offered plentyof satisfying roles for boys to get theirteeth into: Harry Jackson (3S) playedthe homicidal Spanish monarch,George Fleming (3W) the enthusiasticHangman, Jack Crispin (2P) the badpirate, to mention but a few. The playwas co-directed by Ifedapo Agiri (4W)and James Rodker (4C), who were ablybacked up by Zayd Ahmed (2S) onlighting, Adam Cady (1M) on soundand Thomas Kirkman-Wood (1A), whohandled the stage management. LukeHoulahan (2P), part of the Spanisharmy, said “It was my first ever play andI had lots of fun. I thought the resultwas amazing. I will definitely auditionfor a play next year”.A Starring RoleWell done to Ben Foreman (L6) onlanding a lead role in a British film beingshot at the legendary Ealing Studios.The film, All Good Things, concerns fiveteenagers taking a camping trip togetherand what happens after the death of onecharacter’s father.LAMDA Examination ResultsFor the fourth successive year Trinity students have excelled themselves in theirLAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dance) Performance examinations, with98% of candidates achieving the highest grades possible.Plaudits go to the following students for achieving Distinctions:Francis Oben (JM), Harry Kohn (2J), Will Roberts (2C) , Adarsh Shah (2J), HarryJackson (3S), James Slater ( 3S) and Alexander Kirk (3S). Louis Lyle (L6) said:“It was really exciting learning about directors and how a character is created. I’drecommend this course to anyone with a serious interest in acting!”Film FestivalCongratulations to Alex Howat (3J) whosezombie film Tape 261 was screened at theLeeds Film Festival. This enormously inventive,technically astute work was put together by ateam of Trinity pupils under Alex’s direction. Inaddition, Early Morning Auto Pilot, one of Alex’searlier films, was selected for screenings at filmfestivals in New York and Melbourne.Trinity School Newsletter | Spring 2013 11

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