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FORTHCOMING OR EVENTS <strong>2011</strong>/2012Annual General Meeting to be held onSaturday 12th November <strong>2011</strong> at 6 pmin the High ChamberAGENDA1. Welcome and apologies.2. Approval of the minutes of the last AGMheld on 13th November 2010.3. Matters arising from the last minutes.4. President’s Report.5. Chairman’s Report.6. Secretary’s Report.7. Treasurer’s Report.8. Future Events.9. Election of Officers and Hon ORs.10. Any other business.11. Date of next AGM.THREE PRESIDENTS GOLF DAYThis year, David Pepper is President of the Old <strong>Repton</strong>ian Society, PeterGill is President of the <strong>Repton</strong> Pilgrims and Tim Hampton is President ofthe Old <strong>Repton</strong>ian Golfing Society. They have chosen to commemoratethis on the day after the OR Dinner. You could make the wholeweekend an OR weekend by joining them at the Little Aston Golf Club,Sutton Coldfield, B74 3AN on Sunday November 13th for golf.The day will commence with coffee at 9.30am. At 10.00am 18 holesof Stableford Team Golf will commence. A Two minute silence will beobserved at 11.00am. Lunch will be served at 3pm.You do not need to be an O.R.G.S. member to participate, everyone iswelcome and you are still welcome if you are not attending the dinner.Cost for the day including lunch and wine at the table is £55. For thoseunder 25 the cost is £25 and for those under 35 the cost is £35.If you would like to play, please either let the OR officeknow, jcobb@repton.org.uk, or email Tony Bishop ontonybish@btopenworld.comDRINKS IN THE CITYDrinks in The City will be at the East India Club, London, on 28thFebruary 2012.2012 GAUDYThis will be held on June 16th 2012, and years to be invited will beanyone joining the <strong>School</strong>, prior to 1961OLD REPTONIAN NEWS - SNIPPETSHarriet Burford (A’03) has been awarded a 2:1 degree inClassical Literature and Civilisation at The University ofBirmingham.Nick Burns (N’90) is appearing as John, an eco-obsessivecommercial director in Penelope Skinner’s new play The VillageBike at The Royal Court Upstairs.Peter and Paul Carter (P’35), who were born in OrchardHouse on 21st January 1922 recently made a nostalgic journeyto <strong>Repton</strong> to visit the grave of their brother is who buried inthe churchyard.Tom Chambers (N’90) took time out from rehearsing for thefirst stage production of the classic Fred Astaire and GingerRogers romantic comedy Top Hat to return to Foremarke Hall tocut the turf on the school’s Quad, a multi-purpose project tohouse music, three classrooms and a language laboratory.Francis Cheung (L’89) is a Detective Senior Inspector of Policein Financial Investigations, Narcotics Bureau in the Hong KongPolice Force.Simon Clarke (N’78) has been appointed High Sheriff ofStaffordshire for <strong>2011</strong>/2012James Cottle (M’90), having worked at SKY for 2 years and10 years at the BBC in London, now teaches English at TheCardiff and Vale College and is Head of the College's MediaDepartment.(4)


OLD REPTONIAN NEWS - SNIPPETSMatthew Dewis (L’05) deferred his place at university topursue his dream of being an international triathlete. Heentered the UK-tri World Championship qualifier for June <strong>2011</strong>and began hard serious training from August 2010. Hisaspirations were delivered a serious blow when on the 11thApril <strong>2011</strong> he was knocked off his bike during training by amotorist, the accident broke Matthew's collar-bone and lefthim bruised and battered. After a prescribed rest period, hestarted back in training late May <strong>2011</strong> for the WorldChampionship qualifier on 5th June <strong>2011</strong>, which he dulycompeted in, and won his age group category.This means he has qualified for the Triathlon Sprint WorldChampionships as part of the GB team to compete for his agecategory in Beijing this September.Richard Hodgkinson (M'81), a mere 25 years after leaving<strong>Repton</strong> has now completed a First Class Honours Degree inLiterature and Creative Writing from the Open UniversitySam Kingston-Jones (S’05) is attending the National YouthTheatre training course.Robert Kirkland (O’59), owner of Icy Colt had a win recentlyat Uttoxeter race course in the Always Waining Beginners’Chase. Robert was unable to attend and asked the Headmasterto be his representative. RAH is pictured with Mrs PennyHolroyd, Joanna Holroyd (F’08) and Scarlett Flight (M’08).Winning jockey is Will Kennedy. Robert is keen for theHeadmaster to be present at Icy Colt’s next run in the hope thatthe Paul Webber trained gelding continues the promising starthe has made to his chasing career.Hannah Lancer (A’03) has qualified as a Doctor from SheffieldUniversity and has started her first house job at SheffieldChildren’s hospital.James Leavesley (N’75) has been appointed a DeputyLieutenant for Staffordshire.Victoria North (M’04) has graduated from Medical <strong>School</strong> atBristol, being placed third in the year and winning the SuplePrize for Medicine. She begins work in Cheltenham GeneralHospital with immediate effect.David Poon (H’85) has been promoted to Chief Inspector ofPolice in the Hong Kong Police Force.(5)Peter Stones (L’05), the eldest son of OR Secretary, MikeStones, came back to <strong>Repton</strong> <strong>School</strong> on June 8th to perform inwhat was a memorable concert. He was joined by a fellowfinal-year student at Birmingham Conservatoire, Sean Pepper,Peter playing the tromboneand Sean the trumpet.A good audience in theBeldam Hall, includingpupils and staff alike, wereroyally entertained to awide variety of solo piecesby each artist, bothshowing an impressivecommand of theirinstrument and winningthe admiration of all thosepresent. As final recitalsand degree completion at the Conservatoire were literally daysaway for both young men, each of them showed tip-top form.The highlight of the concert was a finale piece, “Duet for TwoCats”, not only played very well but also performed.Lena Thiel (M’08) has just completed a six month internmentat Schmolz Bickenbach and Kindernothilfe in Germany, whilststudying for her Business Administration Bachelor’s degree. Shewould like to do an Internment in England, ideally for 6months, in 2012 to enable her to extend the theoreticalknowledge she’s learnt at university to real world situations. Ifany ORs are able to help her with this please contact the ORoffice.Derbyshire County Cricket Club now has four ORs on theirstaff. Ross Whiteley (N’04) has played regularly for the FirstTeam this season, Tom Poynton (S’06) has also been selectedduring the season. Paul Borrington (S’04) and HamzaSiddique (S’07) have been regulars in the 2nd X1. Tom, Pauland Ross are on the full time professional staff and have beengiven long-term contracts. Ross has played regularly for theclub's senior side during the <strong>2011</strong> season and was the recipientof two awards at the club's <strong>2011</strong> Awards Evening; the "EddieBarlow Inspirational Performance Award” (for his centuryagainst Northants) and the “Most Improved Player Award”.Paul has been named Kingfisher Beer World Cricketer for themonth of July <strong>2011</strong>. He achieved three centuries in five innings,scoring 409 runs at an average of 81.8. They join HowardDytham (B’84) who will be heading up the Academy in asystem that will see the Cricket Board’s age group system andthe Club Academy combine to provide an integrated pathwayfrom development squads to the first class game. Howard willperform this role alongside his current position as ExecutiveManager of Derbyshire Cricket Board.Sir William Gage (O’51), retired High Court Judge, has chairedthe enquiry into the ill treatment of Iraqis.Old <strong>Repton</strong>ians can now keep in contact with the OROffice and fellow ORs via Facebook – go towww.facebook.com/ORSociety and click ‘Like’


BIRTHSTom (N'90) and Clare(née Harding) (A'95)Chambers welcomed ababy boy, WilliamRobert Stanley, on 29thMay <strong>2011</strong>, weighing 8lb4oz. Pictured here at 12weeks with his favouriteteddy, the <strong>Repton</strong> Bear(a gift from our veryown Rev. AdamWatkinson)Jonathan Hart (H’86) and Diptyka are delighted toannounce the birth of their second daughter Anoushkaon January 21st 2010.Sarah Jones (née Harding) (A'91)and John are delighted to announcethe birth of their son Dylan FrederickJones on 3rd August <strong>2011</strong>.Philip Robinson (S’02) and Laurenare delighted to announce the arrivalof their son, Thomas Bryan, on April5th <strong>2011</strong>.ENGAGEMENTSTony Bishop (P’72) to JoanneBurton. Seen here celebratingon the day of theirengagement at the home ofAngie & Richard Fry (N’60)at Littlestone on Sea.Richard Hodgkinson (M '81) to Ceri Worman.Harry Newbould (C’89) to Sarah Emmerson. The marriagewill take place on April 14th at St. Augustine’s Church inKirkby in Cleveland..HAPPY BIRTHDAY’SORs, (l – r) Tim Cutts (C’55) John Hings (P’55), Michael Newbould (C’55) and Philip Scott (N’55) celebrated their forthcoming70th birthdays by watching England v India at Trent Bridge on 29th July.(6)


MARRIAGESJames Cottle (M'90) was married to Miss JenniferLouise Dolan at Miskin Manor in the Vale ofGlamorgan.ORs in attendance were Johnny Wilson (B'92)Jeremy Saul (O'88) Christopher Haincock (M'88)Rebecca Haincock (G'92) and Emma Warrilow néeThomas (Foremarke).Paul Elliott (M’ 90) married ClaireLouise Jones at St. Just-in-Roseland,Cornwall on March 31st, <strong>2011</strong>. BestMan was Russ Elliott (M’93) andother <strong>Repton</strong>ians in attendanceincluded: Greg Hill (H’89), JamesNash (O’90), Chris Wilcox (O’90),James Clarke (M’90) and AndySeaton (L’90).Steven Greenall (C’87) and Kate Rogers (G’96)were married on September 18th 2010 at <strong>Repton</strong><strong>School</strong> Chapel. Old <strong>Repton</strong>ians who attended were(left to right): Hannah Ellis (G'97), Philip Brindley(N'02), Sophie Brindley (née Rogers) (F'00),Jonathan Greenall (O'89), Steven Greenall(C'87), Kate Greenall (G'96), Dominic Burns(O'85), Lucy Baker (née Rogers) (G'94), LucyBurns (née Chilton) (G'96), Jeremy Baker (O'98),Xavier Teasdale-Firth (O'00), Matthew Pope(Best Man) (L'85), Sarah Birkett (M'04) andMischa Teasdale-Firth (F'02).Rob Hinton (C’88) married Joanna Hallifieldon July 9th <strong>2011</strong>. Other ORs in attendancewere Alistair Callander (C’88), JamieBattrick (C’88) and James Hands (N’91).(7)


OBITUARIES - J.E. LINDLEY (B’44)J.E. Lindley was in Brook House from September 1944 until July1948. He had turned 80 only two months before his death – ithad been his great ambition to make 80. He had a massive heartattack 34 years ago, then later-on a bypass. He had done well.He also had Parkinsons disease for the last 7 years.He took such a great interest in <strong>Repton</strong> all his life, despite thefact that we lived in South Africa from 1958. In the early dayshe was a participant in a small group of active ORs in CapeTown. We paid many visits to England over the years, and twicemanaged to be there for events. His children have been toldmany times of the fun he had there and in particular hiscricketing days – of which he was very proud.He was astonished when one of the many gap years we hostedlong ago was Lucinda Tosh (A’79), and when he asked whereshe had been at school she replied “<strong>Repton</strong>”. The news thatgirls were also there astonished him, but he was delighted. Thenews of progress had taken a quite a while to filter through todarkest Africa! We met many ORs of all ages over the yearswhich we much enjoyed. I even met up with a school friendfrom my long ago Benenden days – she was married to an ORand we met at a Gaudy some time ago.Sue Lindley (Mrs J.E.Lindley)We visited and stayed with two of his old chums some yearsago, and still exchange Christmas cards with Chris Drouet(B’44) and his wife. Anthony Lawson (B’44) was Godfatherto our elder daughter. The regular postal arrivals of the <strong>Repton</strong>Magazine were always a great delight.OBITUARIES - JOHN KENDRICK TAPLIN (B’33)John Taplin died in Tourrettes, Provence on 23 July <strong>2011</strong> aged 91JKT was born in Bristol in 1919. His father was a brewer inYarmouth. From an early age he learnt about trades in thebrewery and about the horses which drew the drays. He waseducated at <strong>Repton</strong> and from there attended Royal AgriculturalCollege, Cirencester. He then studied accountancy and Tamil inLondon prior to sailing from Liverpool in 1938 to be an AssistantManager on a tea plantation in Ceylon.Prior to WW2 he joined the Ceylon Mounted Infantry, aterritorial self-defence regiment. Upon outbreak of war hevolunteered and was sent with his unit to Cairo and attached tothe British army in Egypt. He saw action in the Western desertand attended an officers' course in Cairo.When Japan entered the war in 1941 John was transferred toIndia as part of the Indian Army and was attached to 2/2 PunjabRegiment, part of 25 Indian Division. After time on the NorthWest Frontier digging trenches against a possible Russianinvasion and learning Pushtu, John married Bee Anley néeFaulkiner, an Australian painter. Later he took part in thecounter-offensive against the Japanese in Burma with a Tamilspeaking unit in which he was fluent.When hostilities ended in 1945 and with political changestaking place in Ceylon John and Bee decided to go to Australiabut they had to wait a year for a ship. John, who had a goodspeaking voice, was employed during that time by All IndiaRadio as a news reader. When they eventually reachedMelbourne they started a company making furniture and doinginterior decorating.John and Bee divorced in the mid ‘50s. In 1956 John went tothe then Anglo-French Condominium of the New Hebrides(nowVanuatu) to visit French friends and decided to stay for a while.At first he was employed by the Condominium Treasury. Later heworked for Burns Philp, the major trading company in theislands, as supercargo on the Manutai and ran a store on TongoaIsland in the Shepherd Group for several years. Later he ran aplantation on Maewo. He took over management of Suluaplantation on Emae in 1968. He also owned a trading vessel,the Tui Cakau which carried copra, fuel and general cargothroughout the islands and New Caledonia. John remarried in1968 Ruth Gowing and they had a son John. Disaster struck in1972 when a hurricane devastated Emae late in the season anddestroyed the plantation house and most of the coconut trees.An era was at an end and John and Ruth went to live in Port Vilawhere John managed the BESA club, built a house in Mele andran a concrete plant. John was a fluent Bislama(local pidgin)speaker and was invited to interpret for the newly electedRepresentative Assembly before independence in which English,Bislama and French were used. His career there was short-livedas he had a tendency to say what he thought the electedrepresentatives should be saying rather than what they wereactually saying with which he frequently disagreed.In 1982 John returned to Australia where he lived first in TweedHeads, Queensland and then in Bega, NSW. John met his firstwife Bee again in 1986, her husband having recently died. Theydecided to get together again and to go to live in Provencewhere Bee had spent some of her life painting. Ruth went tovisit them there a number of times. Bee and Ruth died withinthree weeks of each other in 2010. John was buried at thevillage of Seillans in the Var on 31 July <strong>2011</strong>.David Browning(9)


BRANCHES OF THE SOCIETY - FOOTBALLOR Football <strong>2011</strong>/12Captain: Richard Wynne (P’92)President: Graham Blakesley (M’74)Chairman: Nick Walford (B’69)Follow us onTwitter@oldreptonianfc andFacebook - Old <strong>Repton</strong>ian FC.Email us on dbc@repton.org.ukLEAGUE: ARTHURIAN LEAGUE DIV 2CUP: ARTHUR DUNN CUPWWW.ARTHURIANLEAGUE.COMA social hub for Old <strong>Repton</strong>ians venturing to London, theFootball Club continues to attract young ORs who choose totravel south, putting together some excellent footballing sides inthe process.The finest example of this combination of the social andsporting is undoubtedly the club’s burgeoning OR Football Dayin September. This year 62 players were squeezed into fourteams to take on the <strong>School</strong>, with the 1st XI winning 4-2 andthe old boys achieving a clean sweep across all four fixtures.With the Arthur Dunn Cup 1st Round against Eton at <strong>Repton</strong> onSaturday 15th <strong>October</strong>, this was a tremendous warm up.As always, young ORs were at the centre of the action, withSam Graham (S’06), Dan Moxham (P’09), Andy Evans(N’03), Greg Fearn (O’06) and Chris Swann (L’06) all makingimportant contributions to the 1st XI’s victory, and puttingforward good claims for a starting place in the Dunn Cup. Withgirlfriends and non-footballers joining the players for drinks in<strong>Repton</strong> and Derby’s finest establishments after the games, it wasa fantastic day.For the London League squad, this is a vital aspect of the club,and forthcoming matches will provide ample opportunities tocatch up with fellow ORs over a few shandies, as well as revivingold rivalries with schools such as Charterhouse, Oundle, Forestand Haberdashers.We are always on the lookout for new players, so if you haverecently arrived in London, are planning to move south, or justspend your weekends visiting friends in the capital, please don’thesitate to get in touch and arrange a game and a drink. Followus on Twitter or Facebook to know exactly which games youmight be available for.FOR YOUR DIARY -Arthur Dunn Cup 1st Round:v. Eton (at <strong>Repton</strong>), Saturday 15th <strong>October</strong>OR Football Day, 3rd September <strong>2011</strong>This 3rd XI was a fine mixture of old and new ORs. They won 4-2.(10)


BRANCHES OF THE SOCIETY - GOLFLONGEST DAY CHALLENGEWE DID IT!90 HOLES OF GOLF - 26 MILES - 13 BIRDIES- NO CASUALTIESWE STARTED 5AM AND WE WALKED OFF THE90TH HOLE AT 7.50PMFANTASTIC SUPPORT FROM:Chef d’Equipe - David PepperCaddies - James Ross; Pat Hart; Robin Hart; Rebecca GillCourse Provider - Glyn Ridley, Little Aston G.C.Cameo Role - Robert KirklandTHE BERNARD DARWIN AT WOKING GOLF CLUBIn lovely golfing weather the first day gave rise to highexpectations, after all three pairs of Keith (O’66) and NeilAndrews (O’63), Richard George (H’57) and Peter Gill(H’61), and John Bolsover (H’61) and Myles Elliott (N’61)had very good wins over Radley and Winchester respectively tocarry ORGS into the semi-final v Charterhouse. It was thereforea disappointment to the team when theprevious day's form was not carried through,losing 3-0, although the Andrews pairingbattled hard to a narrow defeat despite Neildeveloping a back problem.Keith Andrews (H’57), John Bolsover (H’61), Peter Gill (H’61), SirRichard George (H’57), Myles Elliott (N’61), Neil Andrews (O’63)The clock doesn’t lie – 19th June <strong>2011</strong>. 4.47am at Little AstonRussell Embery(current staff), Joe Wilson (L’01), JamesWilson (L’99), Tony Bishop (P’72), Jonathan Avill (N’81),Jonathan Hart (H’86), David Pepper (H’53)'ARD MEN O’T NORTH V SOUTHERN SOFTIES: ALWOODLEY GOLF CLUB. 19th and 20th MAY <strong>2011</strong>Captain of the Society Charles Darby (O’75)made an inspired suggestion that the Northernhalf of this annual fixture be held at AlwoodleyGolf Club. Alwoodley is a big, ranging classicheathland course, set in beautiful NorthYorkshire countryside, half way between Leedsand Harrogate. The club made us most welcomeand the course was in super condition. The eight‘Ard Men were desperate for a win as theSouthern Softies won the trophy three years agoand had vehemently clung on to it.The singles Stableford match, of the Yorkshiremeeting, on Thursday afternoon doubled as apractice round. This, and the associated Bishop’sPlate was won by John Fletcher (L’66) with 36points. On the Friday, 36 holes of foursomeswere thrashed out amongst the heather.As this is the first time this event has been held in Yorkshire, it must be the case that the locally brewed Samuel Smiths bitter proveda little too strong for Richard Fry’s team of Southern Softies. The result was a 5½ to 2½ win for the North. Next year’s Captain isJohn Fletcher (L’66) and, as a full weight Southern Softie, he has already declared his revenge will be extracted; we shall see!Many thanks must go to Nigel Dickson (B’59) who, despite recovering from recent illness, organised the whole Yorkshire meeting,together with all the dining and accommodation for the 16 players, brilliantly.(11)


OR EVENTS - GAUDY <strong>2011</strong>An early June day, sunny skies and <strong>Repton</strong> looking a picture,these were some of the ingredients of this year’s Gaudy.Although the attendance figures were not quite as strong asusual, those who made the effort to come were rewarded witha great day out.It all started with a presentation by the Headmaster in the new400 Hall, giving visitors the chance to see what an impressivefacility this now is. There then followed a champagne receptionin The Garth. As guests arrived the school Jazz Band played aselection of suitably entertaining music to get everyone in theright mood. It was yet another admirable performance by theband who have supported this occasion superbly well over thepast few years, becoming an integral part of the proceedings.More entertainment was provided by The Reptiles, the school’svocal harmony group when guests moved into Pears and tooktheir places for lunch. Two close-harmony songs were sung toeveryone’s admiration. A sumptuous lunch was then consumedin familiar surroundings. In accordance with custom, guidedtours of the school were later provided by volunteer pupils.The current President of the ORFC, Graham Blakesley, with four of hisold team mates on the occasion of this years Gaudy.From left to right: Richard Coventry (B’73), Robert Sale (B’73),Andrew Colcombe (P’78), Graham Blakesley (Grimes) (M’74),Jonathan Proctor (O’76)“I really enjoyed showing the ORs round the House and listeningto their reminiscences about when The Mitre was a boysHouse.“ This was the reaction of Emma Clarke, a Lower Sixthpupil who acted as a tour guide. Her opinions of the day werevery positive and certainly not an exception, for all the pupilswho helped were of the same mind.Former staff attending included John Walker, Dick Morgan,Andrew Lewis, John Billington and Jill Pellow, all of whom sawnumerous former pupils and, I’m sure, enjoyed their day too.(12)


OR EVENTS - HALL ‘86 REUNIONThe mention of school reunions often provokes a mixed reactionand understandably so. But not in our case, when the wordspread there was to be a reunion to mark 25 years since leavingThe Hall House, <strong>Repton</strong> in 1986, the positive reaction of the ORsconcerned was quite encouraging.Last year, unfortunately, saw the loss of a fellow schoolcolleague, namely Robert Billson, and it was whilst a few ORsgathered at Bob’s wake that it suddenly dawned on us that<strong>2011</strong> would be our 25th anniversary as an OR, 30 years sincewe all first met and for some 35 years since we startedpreparatory school life at Foremarke Hall.25 years can do a lot to change a person and the roller coasterof life’s ‘ups and downs’ will certainly mature one. Hopefully,who has the biggest house or the fastest car wasn’t going to bea matter. They say: don't assume that the people who seemedleast likely to succeed have become failures. That bully who wasalways getting into trouble may now be a policeman or that guywho always missed classes is now a doctor. Thanks to thetwitter of Facebook, revelations of us all were soon to dispel ourcuriosity and our reunion would be more of a time talking aboutkids going off to school, 2nd marriages, economic climateetc……or so we thought!As much as you would like to see all your old mates attend asignificant reunion, inevitably some just proved too elusive andeven with the power of the internet, a few ORs had disappearedoff the radar! Maybe they just didn’t want to be found butthanks to the OR Society Secretaries and their database, ournumbers gathered strength and all that remained was a datefor the diary.With all the notice in the world, ‘unpredictability’ can stillscupper one’s best laid plans and bearing this in mind a datewas chosen knowing only too well that some would not be ableto make it. And as much as we would like to have met over a‘Gaudy’ dinner night, it was just not going to happen giveneveryone’s’ plans, even with advance notice.So just what do you do for a reunion after so long? Well, it wasbound to be a ‘trip down memory lane’ so why not go thewhole hog? And so began the day, for a few of us initially, witha morning frequent to probably one of the most beautiful,leading Prep <strong>School</strong>s in the Midlands: Foremarke Hall.On the eve’ of starting his new role as Headmaster, RichardMerriman very kindly gave us permission to once again visit theelegant Georgian Mansion under the careful watch of our hostMrs. Pauline Christodoulou. Miss Ramsey, as we once knewPauline, joined Foremarke in 1980 during our last year there andso was the perfect host to guide us through all the grounds withpast and new buildings and help unravel our jumbled memoriesof the place. But more minds are better than one and we tookgreat delight in brushing up her knowledge and history of thosedays in Foremarke Hall during the seventies; days that wereguided by Tom Davies, our then Headmaster. Though some timeago now, we’ll never forget the image of our icon rockingforward on his lectern staring at us all with his steely, blue eyespeering over the top and preaching his fixating words of advice,encouragement and authority. If you are reading this, Sir, wesalute you and thank you for a marked era of our lives that laidthe foundations for our futures!Our thanks very much go to Pauline for a wonderful andenlightening tour of a very special place, one that invokesprofound memories close to our hearts. Our thanks also go toMr. Merriman for the opportunity to visit Foremarke again.Back at our rendezvous in Newton Solney, one by one the oncedistant band of Hall brothers intrepidly reformed over a heartypub lunch and so began the celebration of us all reuniting afterso long. Whilst we supped our beers and slowly took in thegossip, emailed letters from disappointed ‘no shows’ werecirculated which made us realise just how nice it would havebeen if all of us could have been there that day to shareeveryone’s news and embrace each others company again. Theatmosphere was remarkably relaxed and very, very jovial. Insome ways it was a shame to spoil the flow as we all had toboard a minibus and continue proceedings by heading into<strong>Repton</strong> village, once again lay our eyes on The Arch with theformidable Pears <strong>School</strong> in background and meet our next hostfor the day, Mike Stones.After several correspondences with Mike in his role as ORSociety Secretary, helping us track down lost ORs and seekingadvice on how we should go about our visit, he very kindlyoffered (once we had the Headmaster, Mr. Holroyd’s permission,of course) to personally show us around the school and explainall the developments that have taken place over the years andboy were there a few! The blend of old meets new was quiteseamless and it was impressive to see that <strong>Repton</strong> was keepingbang up to date with technology and meeting the expectationof what a modern school should have; not just in IT but Sportand the Arts too. The new annex to the 400 Hall appeared veryeye catching and as much as we wanted to go inside andcheckout the splendour of the new build, time was pressing aswe had an unexpected meeting with a certain retired HallHousemaster who had been slipped word that we were on siteand he wanted to meet us!We shuffled in procession into his lounge not knowing quitewhat to expect and the air of anticipation was almostdumbfounding but, nevertheless, we were not to worry becauseas bold and witty as he has ever been Mike Charlesworth soonspoke out in his usual charming manner and made us all feelinstantly at home in his pad. “So then, remind me who you allare then and tell me what you are up to now?!” he requestedand who were we to refuse the demand of our faltering Mr.Chip’s?! By now we all pretty much knew what each other didso no one’s thunder was being stolen; a situation preferred atthe end of the day and not the beginning!(13)


OR EVENTS - HALL ‘86 REUNIONA sobering and emotional experience meeting our beloved ex-Housemaster called for another beer and whilst we visited thelocal watering hole we met our final host for the day: GuyLevesley. We first met Guy as a ‘Gap Year’ student back inForemarke also in 1980. Fortunately, he is a fellow OR from TheHall and today stills works in <strong>Repton</strong> <strong>School</strong> teaching drama aswell as a tutor in The Hall; although now it is called the <strong>School</strong>House. Not to question why, as the turn of events over the yearsis quite understandable and the decisions probably quitenecessary. However, we couldn’t help but feel that what madeThe Hall House unique has perhaps been lost. Our bygone eraof ‘Hall days’ may have been more special than we had thoughtin the grand scheme of the school’s history?The unfortunate timing of our visit over half-term meant thatFrank Watson, present Housemaster of <strong>School</strong> House, wasunable to meet us so he very kindly allowed Guy to show usaround the much changed premises. Oh the memories and howthey all came flooding back! With 12 of us in Guy’s tow it washard to get a word in edge ways.“Hey guys, do you remember this…?” was exclaimed at everyturn.One’s mind was buzzing with others’ memories as well as yourown, some good, some bad, some outrageous but all in all mostwere now very amusing; a sign that our time there was in factmomentous and endearing. By now everyone was very much atease with each other’s company and soon it felt like we hadnever been apart for so many years. What differences therewere in those frantic teenage days between us, just didn’tmatter anymore. This revived band of brothers was definitelyhigh in spirits by this unique occasion.Slowly, we meandered through the building pacing out thechanges and remarking at the drop in height from the ‘Tip Floor’down to the ‘Chaggers’ below….. old story! Remarkably, theoriginal cricket stumps were still standing in the yard and beinga fine summer’s day, it was only fitting that we tried to summonup the old magic of ‘Yard Cricket’ and try to recall those quirkyyet well honed rules before we left our once home.That evening, the finale was a meal out and some more roundsof beer as we exhausted our memoirs of ‘B Block’ through tothe Upper Sixth. After much reflection we all unanimouslyagreed it had been an epic day, much enjoyed by everyoneinvolved and we knew our visit back to <strong>Repton</strong> <strong>School</strong> could nothave taken place if it weren’t for the positive invitation from theschool and the support and guidance of Mike and Guy who weare deeply grateful to. Thank you all for your patience and kindhospitality, which made the day so memorable and enjoyable.The years of time have indeed etched out different paths for usall (mainly in sales it would seem!) but, nevertheless, there wewere standing briefly at crossroads with one anothercontemplating what meaning this might have.Long overdue as it was, 25 years certainly wasn’t too late tomark a school reunion. Talk of the next was often the topic ofconversation throughout the day and should it ever materialisethen hopefully we would see everyone this time seated aroundthe table. The best moment?…. Well, all of it! The mostpoignant was probably when we toasted ‘absent friends’ and toBob, to whom we owe everything for being the catalyst of ourreunion that day.The ORs from left to right on top row: Jon Webb, Jim Boyles, Ian Mercer and Pete Turner and bottom row: Carl Norton, Dick Darby, Marc Gresley, JohnSookias, Tim Lee-Elliott, Tony Holme, John Chapman and Rich Pinder.(14)


OR PROFILES - MARCUS BARNETT (H’83) continuedMB: Yes it was. He is interested in what all of us do once weleave his household but, as he is so keen on gardens, our pathscross more than I would have expected. He is interested, and Ithink he finds it all quite amusing to see me there. I'm not surethe designs I've done are quite his cup of tea but we had a goodcatch up and a bit of a laugh. He reckoned I might strugglewith the pressure of having such high profile sponsors!AP: How was the Queen’s visit?Marcus with Professor Robert Winstondriver behind The Times’ involvement was that the garden andtheme was linked to the monthly science section of the paper“Eureka”, hence why Robert Winston was ideal for the launch.MB: It all happened very quickly. It was cold and the pressurefrom others for her to hurry along was apparent but she stillcame onto the garden and I explained what we up to and why.She was particularly interested in the Kew link as she’s patron ofKew.AP: What did the week involve for you?MB: Many seem unaware of the time before the flower showbut we had spent three long weeks constructing the garden inaddition to twelve months of planning. The show week isactually a bit of a break as it all slows down and you get to meetall manner of people who come onto the garden as well aslistening to complimentary and not so complimentary remarksabout the garden from public and broadcast/written press.AP: Did the fact that it was The Times' garden mean you camein for particular criticism from other parts of the press?MB: Not really. Rivals have to be careful not to look like they’reintentionally criticising rivals but we did get a little flack from arival newspaper which said that new sponsors to the ChelseaFlower Show often set over challenging design concepts andthat ours was a particularly hard one to deliver. But The Times’editor, James Harding, who incidentally is a great bloke, thoughtthat kind of criticism par for the course.AP: The Times printed photographs of you with variousmembers of the Royal Family.MB: Yes, members of the Royal Family who attend the ChelseaFlower Show visit all layers of the show: retail, flower stands andshow gardens etc. We were particularly fortunate to attractquite a few of them this year: The Duchess of Cornwall, PrincessAlexandra, Prince Michael and Princess Michael of Kent, PrinceAndrew and Princess Beatrice, the Duke of Kent, the Duke andDuchess of Gloucester, Prince Albert of Monaco, and HerMajesty the Queen.AP: Are they all now close personal friends?MB: Put it this way - my invitation to the Royal Wedding musthave got lost.AP: It must have been strange to welcome the Duke of Kentonto your garden, now you are working in such a different role.Marcus with the QueenAP: Did any Old <strong>Repton</strong>ians visit your exhibit?MB: Not to my knowledge, but when I'm exhibiting at theChelsea Flower Show again I would urge any Old <strong>Repton</strong>ianvisiting the show to make themselves known and I’ll be sure togive them a drink and welcome them onto the garden.Particularly those from the Abbey 1986 to 1988 who I never gotto meet! Members of the Hall, with an emphasis on A-K canstay the night!AP: Does <strong>Repton</strong> play a part in your life today?MB: Regretfully not as much as I would like. I went to an ORdinner at <strong>Repton</strong> when my father was President of the ORSociety - I think it was 2000. It was great to be back there. TheHall has changed so much. I play OR golf which is great and Isee ORs of all ages there. The chat over lunch is pretty much thesame as if we were off to the grubber for a hot sausage roll andketchup. <strong>Repton</strong>ians seem to be down to earth, and if thosewho turn up to the golf days are anything to go by, they’re apretty high achieving lot too.AP: A good combination to be, high achieving yet down toearth. Thank you, “good show” as we say in Chelsea.(17)


OR PROFILES - TOBY FRICKER (P’88)It’s early morning on the rice fields of northern Laos. The rain isfinally easing and I’m filming as a family plant their rice seeds inthe knee-deep water. This in itself is not unusual but thecharacter I’m following is doing this with one arm. His left armwas blown off 5 years ago when he set off an unexplodedcluster bomb whilst farming. Today this land is still littered withunexploded bombs.This is part of a short video I’m producing about the ongoingimpact of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Laos. What a lot ofpeople don’t know is that Laos is the world’s most bombedcountry, per capita, and the bombs left over from the 2nd Indo-China war continue to destroy lives and limit access toagricultural land. In a country where two-thirds of thepopulation relies on subsistence farming this is a significantproblem.As head of the communications unit at the United NationsDevelopment Programme (UNDP) raising the profile andawareness of the UXO issue in the country is one of my roles.I’ve been in Laos two years now and the UXO problem is justone that I cover in my work with UNDP.The gradual opening up of the country has also helped lead tothe current economic boom. Unlike the UK and the west, Laosis experiencing rapid growth rates of over 7% a year. Roads andbuildings are being constructed at an extraordinary pace andthe government’s revenues are being driven by the extractionof its rich natural resources. Mining for copper, bauxite and gold,timber, and hydropower are driving the economy.This is also where some of the potential problems exist. Writingregularly about the issue of ensuring that the growth of thecountry benefits everyone, including those in the remotestareas, is key to our communications work. ‘Growth with Equity’is a tagline that is repeated regularly. At the same time ensuringthe sustainable use of natural resources will be key for thecountry’s future generations.How Laos copes with these issues in the years to come is yet tobe seen. People say that the country is at a crossroads. For nowthough it’s off to a meeting with the UN CommunicationsGroup. Finalising our new communications strategy tops today’sagenda.The role of UNDP and the UN as a whole is to support theGovernment of Laos in its efforts to improve the well being ofits people. My job is to highlight the results of UNDP work andto advocate on specific development issues, such as UXO.Working in the communications unit brings with it real variety.One day I’m filming a story about a community radio project inremote southern Laos and the next writing a speech for the UNhead to deliver at a government event.With UNDP a lot of the work is done at policy level and as aresult communicating this in a language that everyoneunderstands has its challenges. Highlighting the links betweenthe slightly complex aid effectiveness agenda and how thisbenefits the people is not always obvious.Another key component of my role is in building relationshipswith and supporting local journalists. Working closely with themedia can be a significant challenge. This is a one partycommunist state and there is a reason that Laos comes 165 outof 175 in the press freedom index. However, I’m told by reliablesources that there is no censorship, just self-censorship.In my position I have to also exercise a degree of this. The UN isin the country by invitation of the government. This doesn’tmean I can’t write or talk about sensitive issues but these dohave to be tackled in more subtle ways.This is also the case when dealing with international media. Laosis not heavily covered in the international press, partly due to itsgeo-political position and because it has generally been off limitsto foreign reporters. Times are changing though and particularlyon a regional level. My recent collaboration with the Chinesenews agency, Xinhua, the first to have a foreign bureau in thecapital Vientiane, has provided an additional outlet for storiesabout our work and development issues.(18)


OR PROFILES - FIONA HAROLD NÉE HARDING (A’93)With 8 years in London under my belt, working in sportsmarketing and event management, it was time to break out ofthe rat race and try something totally different! It was June 2010,I had recently got married to Tom and having just come backfrom a wonderful honeymoon in sunny, beautiful and spaciousCalifornia, we were both feeling a little disillusioned with Londonlife. There was little chance of buying a flat unless we werehappy to settle for a box, I spent many miserable mornings andevenings on the overcrowded tubes into Canary Wharf, and,though some of you may beg to differ, attending footballmatches and sports awards dinners for a living was beginning totake its toll.So Tom and I decided to head to the French Alps to try our handat chalet hosting! Rather than travelling with a guilty conscience,we thought this would be the perfect way of combining workand play, whilst coming out of it, breaking even (or so wethought!). We both love skiing, can host a half-decent dinnerparty and whip up a cake, so how hard could it be? When wetold our family and friends what we were planning to do, wewere met with mostly positive responses such as ‘wow, good foryou, so jealous’ and ‘why not, you only live once’, along withthe odd ‘so… what exactly is it you’ll be doing?’. I’m sure mostpeople secretly thought we were completely mad. It was a risk,but we were confident it would pay off. We discussed sabbaticalswith our employers, both of whom were open to it, butultimately decided to make a clean break and resigned.In <strong>October</strong>, we gave up our jobs, flat, car and put our lifepossessions in storage in various places around the country withfamily. With our 4 suitcases, we went to Buckinghamshire for amonth to chill out in the countryside at my sister’s house. If we’dknown the extent of the graft we were about to embark on, wemight not have spent that month feeling so guilty about doingnothing!After various leaving parties and tears, we met up with our newcolleagues in Putney on 1st December and boarded a coach forMeribel. We felt like it was our first day back at school again,and we felt old! We were surrounded by gap year students andrecent post-grads alldecked out in theirtrendy ski gear. Aftera 5hr mission to getto Dover in the freaksnowfall we tried toget some sleepsurrounded by overexcitedandinebriated 20yr oldstalking about‘kickers’, ‘punters’ and ‘gnarly moves’. A delayed ferry, punctureand 24hrs later, we arrived in Meribel, exhausted and wonderingwhat on earth we were doing. As soon as we got off the coachand took in our surroundings, we felt better. Meribel is a verypretty resort at the heart of the Les Trois Vallees, which is thelargest linked skiing area in the world. We were surroundedby mountains, snow-covered trees, wooden chalets andbright blue skies. No buses, pollution or overcrowdedstreets in site! We were split into groups and taken to our staffaccommodation. As a married couple used to having a homelyelse, you can expect worse accommodation than student digs!flat, we were slightly apprehensive but had been assured thatwe’d have our own double room in the chalet we were hostingand, although it wasn’t luxury, it was more than adequate andwe grew very fond of it during our 5 months there. For anyoneWe had deliberately chosen to work for a higher end skioperator and a comprehensive 2-week training and inductionprogramme began – stocktaking, hot tub maintenance, healthand safety, fire safety, customer service, cooking, cleaning, foodshopping, food hygiene, wine tasting, store orders, transfers,changeover day, guest manifests... We wondered how we’dever fit any skiing in! This was followed by chalet set up. Foralmost three weeks we were teased by bucket loads of snowcoming down and we weren’t given our precious lift passes untilset up was complete. Clicking our boots into our bindings forthe first time in 3yrs was a great feeling and to know we hadanother 4 months of this was amazing.Reality soon dawned as our first guests arrived any day. We wereexcited about it and really ready for it having been in resort fornearly 3 weeks by then, not to mention sick of ‘deep cleaning’every nook and cranny of the chalet on our hands and kneeswith toothbrushes and cocktail sticks. Our guests were due toarrive early evening on Sunday 19 December – the beginningof Christmas week. We were beginning to feel the pressure!Receiving our first guest manifest was an exciting moment – 7adults, including 2 vegetarians and one with a dairy intolerance,and 1 infant. They had also requested a nanny from ourcompany. They were on the Gatwick – Grenoble flight, due toarrive in resort about 5.30pm. We were all ready and lookingsmart in our uniform, the chalet was sparkling, the beds weremade, the cot put up, the toilet rolls pointed, the Christmas treedecorated, log fire lit, canapés prepared, champagne in thefridge, butter cubed, bread cut diagonally, dinner table laid,candles lit, background music on… we waited and waited andwaited as the twice-baked salmon soufflé starters deflated andthe beef and ale pie sat stewing on the hob. They finally arrivedat 1am due to bad weather in London. It was also snowingheavily in Meribel at this point but our guests arrived in highspirits with their 6-month old wide awake. Having administeredour much-rehearsed welcome speech, they informed us theyonly wanted the champagne and 2 of the 3 courses! So at1.30am we served up house wine to go with the beef and alepie (mushroom bourguignon for the vegetarians), dauphinoispotatoes and green beans (roast potatoes for the dairyintolerant), followed by lemon and ginger cheesecake (fruitsalad for the dairy intolerant). Naturally, they wantedpeppermint tea, camomile tea, fresh coffee and mints after thatand thought they might as well have a cheese board too. At3.30am, having sterilised the kitchen and taken the bins out,Tom and I shuffled downstairs to our bedroom stinking ofcooking, feet aching, backs sore, hands chapped and bleedingfrom the mountains of washing up (even with a dishwasher),and numerous burns. We set the alarm for 6.30am to be in thekitchen for 7am latest.(19)


OR PROFILES - FIONA HAROLD NÉE HARDING (A’93) continued“So that’s 6 poached, 1 fried, 1 scrambled, 3 portions ofporridge and all fry ups with bacon but only 3 with tomato…and yes, no problem, I’ll just get you some hot milk for yourcoffee’. I couldn’t address her by name as I couldn’t rememberwhat it was! This was a common problem for the first couple ofdays after guests arrived. I scuttled back into the kitchen withmy scribbled mess of a breakfast grid. Tom was bracing himselffor the order and ready with a basket of hot croissants and painsau chocolat for me to take back out with the refilled carafe oforange juice and tomato ketchup that we’d forgotten to putout. Of course, I forgot to heat up some milk, partly becausethere was a baby bottle steriliser in our microwave, more likelybecause there were just too many things to remember!With breakfast cleared and the dishwasher on for the third timethat morning, we were relieved that we’d got through itwithout any major catastrophes and our guests were now outon the piste so we could relax a bit. Whilst I baked the afternoontea goodies, raspberry and white chocolate cookies (delicious!),cleaned up the kitchen and laid up the table again, Tom donnedthe pink marigolds and began the cleaning process in the 5bedroom, 5 bathroom chalet. Whoever did the afternoon teawould also hoover all the communal areas, including 3 flights ofstairs. With a deep red carpet throughout the chalet, not doingit wasn’t an option! Once done, we wrote a friendly ‘welcomehome’ note that we’d leave out with afternoon tea, check thehot-tub, log the fridge and freezer temperatures, makebaguettes for our lunch, and put the bins and bottles out. By thetime we’d gone through the rigmarole of changing into our skistuff, rushing to get all our kit together to get out to the slopes,it was no wonder we’d nod off on the first chairlift we got on!There’s nothing like your first run of the day to make you forgetall about the toil of chalet hosting though.Christmas Day was the full works – posh breakfast, mulled wineand mince pies for afternoon tea, and turkey and all thetrimmings for the evening meal. We escaped the kitchen for acouple of hours to meet colleagues on the piste for champagneand secret santa with the snow coming down. Back in thekitchen, we somehow managed to pull off the meal whichthankfully our guests said we ‘nailed’, not that we tasted a biteof it! Certainly a Christmas Day we won’t forget. New Year’sEve followed a similar format, with Tom’s duties extending tosetting off fireworks for the kids who were staying with us. NewYear’s Day breakfast was less fun – out until 3.30am and up tocook breakfast at 7am for 4 adults and 4 kids is not a good idea!The pressure of Christmas and New Year over (the mostexpensive weeks of the season), some nice tips in our pocketand into January - we were well on our way to becoming dabhands. The afternoon tea cake would often be in the ovenbefore any of the guests were at the breakfast table, cleaningtimes were halved thanks to a few shortcuts that we’d learntfrom the youngsters, and we’d have dinner wrapped up in timeto make it to the bars by 10pm latest. We were spending11.30am – 4pm on the slopes every day (except Sunday, thedreaded change-over day), getting a quick nap in before dinnerservice, and we were receiving glowing reports from our weeklychalet checks about the cleanliness of our chalet. You couldn’tleave so much as a grain of sugar on the kitchen surfaces as it(20)would be found and noted down on our report form! Tom andI had even learnt how to bicker with each other in silence duringstressful moments in the kitchen and somehow we could go outand drink several jaegerbombs until 2am and not have ahangover when the breakfast alarm went off. We still lived forWednesdays though – our precious one day off.From January onwards, it was all about the skiing and partying.We had a great group of colleagues and were working for areally fun company who organised numerous fancy dressoccasions on and off the slopes, bar crawls, birthday barbecueson the piste and team challenges such as the 3 valley rally. Theyalso turned a blind eye to the hot tub parties we conductedwhen the chalets were empty of guests! We were fortunate tohave great guests for 99% of the time so we also had someamusing nights out with them, or would just join them at thetable for a glass of wine after service which was a nice way toround off the evening. Plenty of family and friends visited andthe weeks flew by. Although we were constantly reminded thatwe had one of the worst seasons in 25 years for snowconditions, it didn’t matter and by the end of April we weresunbathing in the 30 degree heat, having picnics and doingwalks down the valley instead of skiing.It was a sad day when we did our last run, especially as we knewthat we had shut down week which meant endless deepcleaning again, followed by the dreaded coach journey home.Even though we were probably ready to go home by thebeginning of May, we had become happily accustomed to ourlittle Meribel bubble away from the responsibilities of reality. Wewould definitely be going home with no regrets and freshperspective.We look back with only positive and happy memories. It wassuch a brilliant experience and a great time in our lives to do it.And thankfully the risk paid off. After a couple of months livingout of suitcases with family and friends, we are now both backin full time jobs and living in Oxfordshire, planning our skiingholiday to Meribel this winter.I can highly recommend doing a ski season to anyone. The agerange of chalet hosts, drivers, ski guides and managers was 19– 55yrs and anyone would come out of it with amazingdomestic skills, first class customer service and life-long friendsand memories, not to mention pro skiing skills and patience!Just don’t expect to earn much money.If you are thinking of doing a winter season and wouldlike any more information, feel free to get in touch.fionalharold@gmail.com


SCHOOL NEWS - LETTER FROM THE HEADMASTER continuedproudly en famille and in strict pecking order across the Squareitself. Yet one should not be lulled by these charming scenesinto sentimentalising the mother swan’s parenting of hercygnets. I know, having seen it happen year after year, thatcome late summer, pen and cob together will usher their broodaway, if necessary resorting to the snapping of beaks andaggressive flapping of wings to make the young swans realisethat theirs will be a home far away from the waters of the OldTrent where they were born. Cecil Day-Lewis, in his poem‘Walking Away’ reminds us that in the human context too, theeasing of ties, properly done, is just as significant a part ofparenting as the nurturing. ‘Selfhood’, he writes, ‘begins with awalking away / And love is proved in the letting go.’ In otherwords, it requires courage and love for parents to allow theirchildren to become independent of them. And all parentswhose children attend <strong>Repton</strong>, whether as day pupils orboarders, given the wholeness of life here, are exercising thatlove. That’s not a fashionable concept. Indeed, it is commontoday for many in society at large to snipe at boarding. Not solong ago I was asked to sit in at the selection of a publicrelations company to promote boarding education at a nationallevel. I was there, I think, as a natural doubting Thomas. Threewell-known public relations companies, each led by a powerfuland powerfully-dressed lady, made their pitch. The jargon, theneo-speak, came thick and fast, Very quickly we were all ‘hittingthe ground running’ and ‘reinventing (or not reinventing) thewheel.’ There were some good ideas and some downright sillyones. ‘What you must do’ said one lady, ‘is get rid of the word‘boarding’ in boarding schools. It’s positively Dickensian.’ ‘Well,what’s the alternative?’ we asked. ‘We advise not boardingeducation’, she replied, but live-in education.’ That, for prettyobvious reasons, was rejected, or, in the language of thatparticular day, ‘hit the rocks before it was barely out of theharbour’. ‘Well’, said the powerfully-dressed lady, ‘let’s trysomething else. Instead of boarding, why not try residential.’‘Sorry’, we said, ‘but residential for us has connotations withthe respectable elderly and the uncontrollable young but notwith our type of school.’ So let us stay with the word boarding,and give parents a bit of credit for not thinking they are sendingtheir sons and daughters to various versions of Dotheboys Hall.And doing so, what is more, for positive reasons, not reasons ofmere convenience. I’ve never been much of a fan of theargument of justifying boarding on the basis that it makesthings easier for parents. That, to me, seems a defensive stance,and one that doesn’t come close to capturing the magicalquality of the opportunities that boarding can bring, or the sheerconcentration and power of the influence that talented teacherscan have when shaping the futures of their charges in aboarding environment. Or, to put it another way, and if anyonedoes feel the need for an alternative to the word boarding, thenhow about an environment that is ‘total.’ ‘Total’ in the list ofqualities we hope to develop; ‘total’ in the life we lead- 24 hoursa day and 7 days a week (Overseas educationalists, as I havementioned to you before, never cease to be amazed by thehours colleagues put in at schools such as <strong>Repton</strong> and they arealways stunned by the particular time and commitment ofHousemasters and Housemistresses); ‘total’, and I have onlyreally thought about this in the past couple of days, in terms ofthe sheer number of people doing different things, who are anintegral member of this community. Think of this. In one singleday, boys and girls here can come into contact with teacher,tutor, Housemaster, Chaplain, Deputy Head Pastoral, DeputyHead Academic, the Headmaster (if they’re lucky, …… orunlucky), matron, the Infirmary sister, the doctor, thegroundsman, the gardener, the plumber, painter, ladies in TheGrubber, chefs and ladies serving teas in the houses, mySecretary ….. the list is endless. And everyone seems to knoweveryone else by name. This doesn’t happen everywhere, I canassure you. One of the best features of the <strong>Repton</strong>ian, I believe,is that he or she can talk easily with all the people on the siteand treat them with equal value. It is not the <strong>Repton</strong>ian’s styleto be condescending. So a total community, living together : anexperience, I might suggest, that is never to be repeated. Foruniversity will not be the same. University life, at a differentstage in a young man or woman’s development, is inevitablypartial and selective. But not school. And certainly not a schoollike <strong>Repton</strong>.Sometimes, and often when you are least expecting it, thattotality of life here creeps up on you and taps you on theshoulder in an almost tangible way. I had one such tingle ofrealisation, walking back to The Hall after the Palm Sundayservice a couple of months ago, when in the space of a fewminutes I was given a glimpse of the concentrated, dynamic andwide-ranging scope of what is on offer here. We had had awonderfully inspiring service in Chapel, with Amelia Andersonleading us in a soaring rendition of Allegri’s Miserere beneaththe cross of rushes so imaginatively fashioned by Robbie Astinand Dominic Johnson-Kerr; then followed coffee in the foyer ofthe new theatre so cleverly designed by Bryan Avery – do pleasego in there on your next visit to <strong>Repton</strong> if you haven’t alreadybeen in and give yourself a glimpse of what I hope you willagree is a <strong>School</strong> theatre with few, if any, equals in the land;and seconds later, walking back over into the main <strong>School</strong>buildings, I looked down onto the Square to see our cricketersalready changed after Chapel and limbering up to face theDerbyshire U18 squad flanked by a crowd of boys and girlsswelling the Paddock and giving it that unique atmosphere thatyou get here on match days; making my way back home Iwandered through the Library, quietly but purposefully buzzingas it always is under Mr Stevens’ stewardship these days andfinally, turning the corner by Overton’s Tower, I came across agroup of <strong>School</strong> House boys fishing the Old Trent, and moments(23)


SCHOOL NEWS - LETTER FROM THE HEADMASTER continuedlater a young B Blocker pulled out the first pike of the season,a smile as broad as the river itself on his face, those perilouswaters rendered marginally safer for the brood of cygnetsnavigating their way though the dangers of their first spring.And all of that on a Sunday, our day of rest – just think whatgoes on here in the week!As ORs know better than any, to get the most out of <strong>Repton</strong>,you need to accept that totality, you need to understand,whether as pupil or teacher, that this is not just a busy <strong>School</strong>,but, more profoundly, a way of life. It’s not for all, and somestaff come and go because they feel that totality intrudes toomuch. But for those who do have a natural sympathy with it, itis, in my view, the best kind of education, and nowhere has anintuitive understanding of that wholeness been better illustratedthan in the contribution made by our departing pupils and staffthis year. Simone Matthews and Frank Flight, Head Prefects,have spoken eloquently for the year group as a whole with theirperfectly dovetailed combination of qualities. Simone is adynamo, but also a good judge, and Frank not only has the kindof courage that saw him run through pain to win the Steep – hehas a nice line in laconic humour too. And their commitment isshared too by those members of staff who are leaving us thisyear, some after many years of service. We shall miss them all :Terry Blain, sympathetic and gifted teacher and manager ofModern Languages who has used his own wide knowledge ofopera to cultivate a love of that great art in the pupils;LuluBordoli, supreme all-rounder whether on the track, on thenetball court on in the French or English classroom;Frank Watson, outstanding Housemaster of <strong>School</strong> House,indomitable teacher of English, master in charge of cricket sanspareil; Mark Sanderson, not only an expert Head ofMathematics but maestro on the keyboard too; Ian McClary, atruly inspirational Head of English but more than that, a manwith a wonderfully creative and compassionate influence in somany areas of our spiritual and artistic life; Sarah Checketts,much admired not only for her dedication and talent as Head ofModern Languages but for showing us how to really use thetechnology; Christine Palmer, the epitome of what a goodaccompanist, that most valuable but under-rated of roles,should be; and, Harriet Fenn, Camille Bellagy and CatherineCharlwood move on too after shorter, but no less productiveand committed spells with us. We extend to all our leavers,whether they be staff or pupils, whether they be moving ontoretirement, promotion or the next stage of their education,every good wish for what lies beyond <strong>Repton</strong>, and I have indeedbeen fortunate in being able to make some very strongappointments, and to recruit many promising and interestingpupils to fill the gaps that will inevitably be left behind.And recruiting pupils is one of the best bits of my job. I wasreading only a few days ago the comments of a retired schoolprincipal in a guide for educational leaders called, appropriatelyenough, ‘Head to Head’. ‘The two single most important dutiesof the Headmaster,’ he claimed, ‘are to recruit the highestcalibre staff and pupils.’ I agree with him about the first, but notthe second. It’s all too easy to define ‘high calibre’ by the kindof rigorous entry tests that the big city day schools apply withrather less sensitivity than we conduct our own entranceprocedures here. And each year I consider it to be one of themost significant achievements of the <strong>School</strong> that we guide boysand girls of a wide range of ability to achieve the maximum oftheir expectations. The journey made by a pupil who joins us inSet 6, and leaves us with three B’s or better at A level, and eachyear we have a significant number of these, gives me just asmuch satisfaction as that made by the scholars who win a placeat Oxford, Cambridge and their equals.Perhaps this is one of the reasons why numbers remain strong atthe <strong>School</strong>, but that is not something I will ever underestimate ortake for granted, and for that reason we must seek to get evenstronger for the future, continuing to appoint the highest qualitystaff and developing the infrastructure. As I have said before,facilities are not as important as people in a <strong>School</strong>, but they arenonetheless important, and are a statement of the <strong>School</strong>’sambition, values and priorities. I am not going to spend toomuch time now updating you on the Development Plan – manyof you have been kind enough to attend one of the separate ORpresentations on that particular topic and I have been fortunateenough to have the opportunity to write to you all setting outthe details of the Campaign for <strong>Repton</strong> and the Science Prioryelsewhere. Suffice to say that despite the strong start theCampaign has made, with some £2 million of the £4 millionbalance required already raised, it will need the support of allconstituencies of the <strong>Repton</strong> family to achieve our demandinggoal of building the Science Priory in 2012 / 13. I do hope this isa venture in which you will feel able to assist us.Whilst on the topic of finance, it was a pleasure to welcome asthis year’s Speech Day Guest of Honour Mr Justin UrquhartStewart, Founder of Seven Investment Management andlegendary media markets expert. It was refreshing to have aspeaker who avoided the difficult challenge of condensing thesecret of success in life into a ten minute formula, but whoinstead gave us all, young and old (er!) generations alike, afascinating view of the pensions and investment landscape andgave all the <strong>Repton</strong>ians present some wonderfully practicaladvice for the future.Mr Urquhart Stewart was a wonderful example of a man with afirst-class brain applying it in an eminently practical sense, and ifeducation should be a cerebral adventure, neither should it ever,in my view, lose sight of the importance of practicality, whilst atthe same time being fun, a challenge and the foundation of thevalues that will last a man or woman for life.I hope that the <strong>Repton</strong> of today scores highly in each of theseareas, but we will not be complacent as we face the future. Youare always, of course, very welcome to come and see how weare doing first hand, and both Penny and I extend the warmestof personal invitations to you to do just that. I look forward toseeing very many of you in the year ahead and send you mywarmest good wishes ere we meet.Robert Holroyd(24)


SCHOOL NEWS - ACHIEVEMENTS & ACTIVITIES 2010/<strong>2011</strong>• The <strong>2011</strong> public examinations round saw The <strong>School</strong>celebrating record A Level results with 27.9% of all entries beingawarded an A* grade and 64.9% of entries receiving either A*or A grade. 84% of all papers sat were graded A*, A or B. Inaddition 57 pupils achieved wither A* or A grades, These resultsplaced the <strong>School</strong> 65th in the Daily Telegraph League Table and18th in the League Table of Co-educational schools published byThe Times, where <strong>Repton</strong> was also the leading boarding schoolin the Midlands.• 14 <strong>Repton</strong>ians received offers or places from Oxford andCambridge universities. Eleanor Holroyd and Kiki Betts-Deanhave also been awarded Choral Scholarships.• Hannah Green (5G), Lowri McIntosh (5F) and Danielle Wilcock(5A) have been awarded Arkwright Scholarships.• A number of <strong>Repton</strong> pupils have attended the competitiveGifted and Talented courses run by Villiers Park: CharlotteWright (U6A): Media Studies; Harriet Welch (U6A): Chemistry:Why Chemical Reactions Happen; Sophie Davies (U6M):Classical Studies: New Approaches to Old Ideas; Adrian Roseanu(U6C): Geography: Geographical Imaginations; Jamie Muirhead(U6C): Physics: How the Universe Lives and Dies; EmmaMonteiro (U6M): Drama and Theatre Studies: Aspects ofPerformance; Phoebe Whittome (L6F): History: Urban Britain -Medieval and Modern; Alexander Cole (L6C): Psychology: Socialand Forensic Psychology; Sophie Donoghue (L6G): Biology:Ecology and Evolution; Edwin Wilton-Morgan (L6L): Linguistics:The Language Detective; Katherine Urwin (L6A) and Luke Avery(L6O): English Literature: Exploring Shakespeare; Serena Slack(L6M): Creative Writing: Finding Your Voice; Lauren Finch (L6A):China: Economy, Culture and Society.• Lygon Bowen-West (5S) attended the Engineering the Futurecourse at the Gifted & Talented summer school at LancasterUniversity in Summer 2010. Jessica Stewart (L6A) and Sian Heap(L6G) attended the Cambridge University Sixth Form LawConference over Easter <strong>2011</strong>. Sophie Watson (U6G) andAnnabelle Church (U6F) attended Headstart, which offersScience and Engineering university experience for girls. CalvertHyde-Barker (L6O) has been given an honourary award by RollsRoyce.• Jessica Stewart (L6A) and Amelia Anderson (L6F) wereawarded places on the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessonsfrom Auschwitz Project and visited Auschwitz-Birkenau insouthern Poland.• Imogen Wollaston (4F) won 2nd Prize in the 11-13 yearscategory of the Wicked Young Writers Competition with hershort story, Circles. Lydia Fitzsimons (3F) had her storyRemembering Death published after she came in the top threeof the Daily Telegraph Ghost Story competition.• Xingzhi Zheng (U6G), Anqi Sun (U6F), Michael Fang (U6O),Yubo Jia (L6O) and Jake Tobin (L6S) achieved Gold Certificate inthe UKMT Senior Maths Challenge. Michael and Anqi alsoqualified for the prestigious British Mathematical Olympiad FirstRound. In the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge, FrancisSong (5C), Kaan Harwood (5N), Guy Davis (5L), George Moss(5O), Raees Rauf (4C), Michael Hynes (4N), Jonathan Leung (4L)and Deepak Devikanand (3P) achieved Gold Certificates.Subsequently Raees, Michael and Deepak were invited to takepart in the European Kangaroo where Deepak and Raees wereawarded Merits.(25)• Carla Peters (U6F) won a Gold CREST award for heroutstanding Nuffield project write-up on chimpanzee behaviour.Kamilah Lakhani (L6A) is the second <strong>Repton</strong> pupil in as manyyears to be awarded a prestigious Nuffield Science Bursarywhich she will complete with Boots UK in Summer <strong>2011</strong>.• The <strong>School</strong>’s collaboration with Rolls Royce Pure Flight toprovide activities to encourage young men and women tofollow careers in engineering has been a great success: the RollsRoyce graduates involved in the scheme won a national awardand the project is rolling out across schools in the UK.• A number of academic societies go from strength to strength.Med.Soc. was addressed by a number of distinguished speakers,including the Dean of Keele Medical <strong>School</strong>.The Gurney Societymeetings (Science) for both juniors and seniors have beenextremely well attended.The MFL Society has held regular meetings this year, includinga canapé cookery course followed by a literary recital for theSixth Form, a fascinating talk on the music of the Third Reich, alecture on Parisian art and architecture and more light heartedlinguistic fun throughout the year.• 12 <strong>Repton</strong>ians took the English Speaking Board’s Grade 8Advanced Certificate in Spoken English and achieved awards atmerit or distinction.• In the Spring, the second pupil exchange with <strong>Repton</strong> Dubaitook place. Twelve A-Block pupils spent two weeks at <strong>Repton</strong>Dubai in March <strong>2011</strong>, and welcomed their exchange partnersback to <strong>Repton</strong> UK at the start of the Summer term.• Many visitors came to the <strong>School</strong> to speak. Among thelecturers to the Upper Sixth this year were David Loyn (BBCForeign correspondent); Mrs Perween Warsi (founder and ownerof S&A foods) and Trevor Finn (chief executive of PendragonPLC).• Our third Lower Sixth Conference took place in June on thesubject of Creativity. It ran from 15th-18th June and involved allmembers of the Lower Sixth. The conference was addressed byinternationally-renowned artist and ‘spectacularist’ Keith Khan,strategy consultant Melissa Cooke, two of the Science Prioryarchitects, David Franklin and Joe Taylor, and the Bursar.• At the annual Careers Forum in June, ORs and friends of the<strong>School</strong> spoke to the Lower Sixth about life beyond the Arch.• RAF Gliding Scholarships have been awarded to JessicaStewart (L6A), Hayden Ball (L6S) and Gabriel Cowley (5C).Sophie Donoghue (L6G) has been awarded a place on theprestigious Air Cadet Leadership Course at RAF Cranwell. JessicaStewart (L6A) organised a 70th Anniversary Battle of BritainMemorial Parade and lecture which included presentations by JP,PJS and the NCOs.• Under the stewardship of Lucy Watson (U6M) and MatthewHodges (U6O), the Debating Society has had a vintage seasonat the senior end: we will miss stalwarts like Lucy and Matthew,as well as Tristram Fane-Saunders (U6O), Ben Hardwick (U6L),Josh Benn (U6S), Gautham Shiralagi (U6L) and Helmi Burton-Papp (U6F), who have provided the Society with manymemorable moments over past three years. Luckily, there ispromising talent emerging in A-Block and the Lower Sixth!• The <strong>Repton</strong>ian <strong>2011</strong> is a superb edition - the result of thevision of the Editor, Tristram Fane-Saunders (U6O), who haswritten for the magazine in each of his five years at <strong>Repton</strong> –


SCHOOL NEWS - ACHIEVEMENTS & ACTIVITIES 2010/<strong>2011</strong> continuedand testament to the hard work of the Senior Editorial Board,comprising Lucy Watson (U6M), Kit Rees (U6M), JMJH andHannah Fullelove (U6M).• At the November Sale of Work, £33,000 was raised and wasdonated to more than 40 local, national and internationalcharities.• The Mitre girls ran Race for Life at Darley Park in Derby inmemory of Maggie, a member of their domestic staff who sadlypassed away in January of this year. Fifty girls and sevenmembers of the domestic and academic staff ran and raised£2,600 for Cancer Research UK.• The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme goes from strength tostrength: 42 pupils have completed their Duke of EdinburghSilver Award, many of whom will now progress to the GoldAward.• Joe Hilton (U6C) has been selected for a 5 week expedition tothe Arctic with the Army.• This year, once again, multi-disciplinary work has been at theforefront of the studio work in the Art Department withperformance pieces and installations of sculpture, film andsound being produced by Tom Hume (U6L), Freya Charnley(U6A), Somerset Geere (U6N) Charlotte Wright (U6A) and SarahCotterill (U6A). Painting and sculpture of a very mature naturehas been made by Joe Markham (U6O) Leta Bernhoeft (U6F),Zoe Dunn (U6G) and Laurence Webster (U6L), and CatherineMcGrath (U6G) had a one-woman show in Gallery No.1.• Textiles has been taught on the curriculum at A Level for thefirst time with astonishingly professional results produced by thepupils.• A large number of our Upper Sixth have been given offers atleading Art <strong>School</strong>s and universities, including Glasgow,Edinburgh, Camberwell, Newcastle and Falmouth.• The Sixth Form artists visited Budapest for a very enlighteningweekend in March.• The Art Department was very fortunate to be loaned aremarkable collection of ceramics by the Hands family to displayas the major exhibition of the year.• The <strong>School</strong> Play in November was William Shakespeare'sMacbeth, staged inside and outside Pears <strong>School</strong>.• The Junior <strong>School</strong> Play was an adaptation of The Wind in theWillows.• The Senior Literary Society devised, wrote and performed aseries of comic and serious sketches entitled Creative?• The Rep Theatre Company took Deathwish, a version of an ALevel Drama piece, to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August2010.• The Lent Term Charity Cabaret involved 180 pupils, playingover four nights to a total audience of 1200. A record sum ofover £17,000 was raised for Passing It On, helping to build anew Dreamlands Junior <strong>School</strong> in Ghana.• In November 70 pupils took part in an A Level DramaConference, a day of shows and workshops in support of theirstudies, hosted at <strong>Repton</strong> with groups from Denstone, LeicesterGrammar and John Port <strong>School</strong>s attending.• The Chapel Choir sang evensong in Lincoln Cathedral andgave very successful Christmas Carol Services. Radio 4 visitedthe Chapel, and recorded the choir for the programme SoulMusic to be broadcast in September. The Chamber Choir hadmany memorable performances again, including the singingof the world premiere of Brett Dean’s commission, ConcedasDomine (Text: IWM and CSD).The singing of an anthem by thewhole <strong>School</strong> on Remembrance Day is now an establishedtradition.• The Unison and Harmony competitions were particularly finethis year. The Unison was won by New House and the Harmonyby Latham House.• Mus. Soc. performed Elijah in November.• The Concert Band received another Silver Award at theNational Concert Band Festival.• The <strong>Repton</strong> by Candlelight CD was released featuring ChapelChoir, Jazz Band, Concert Band, Foremarke and <strong>Repton</strong>'sChamber Choirs and some readings.• Our resident string quartet, The Carducci Quartet, performedthroughout the school year.• The Inaugural Organ Half Hour, featured Kaan Harwood (5N),Joseph Jankinson (4L), and Kyoko Canaway from Foremarke.• Many prominent musicians played during the SubscriptionSeries including Peter Stones (OR),Alexander Romanovsky anda memorable Schubertiade involving staff and pupils.• The Informal Concert Series has become increasingly popularthroughout the year and many excellent performances havebeen enjoyed.• The <strong>School</strong> was a finalist in the Daily Telegraph IndependentSports <strong>School</strong> of the Year Awards and Johnny Gorman (U6C)was a finalist for the Male Sports Player of the Year award.• The Boys’ 1st XI football team had an outstanding season,winning 20 matches and scoring over 100 goals for the first timein our history. The team carried off the a2om ISFA Sixes title foronly the third time in our history and was awarded the ISFA FairPlay Award 2010/<strong>2011</strong>.• Sam Graham (U6S), Oliver West (L6P) and Josh Golding (U6P)were all selected to represent the full ISFA U18 representativeteam in Internationals against Scotland and Wales as well as atour of Finland.This is the first time <strong>Repton</strong> has had three playersrepresented in the squad. Patrick Tuffy (5P) was selected torepresent the ISFA U16 team. Stephen Kosmala (4O) James Frost(4O), Robbie Astin (4C) and Ryan Binns (4C) all represented theISFA U15 team whilst Joel Atkin (3C), Marcus Schneck (3N),Roshan Sooriah (3P) and Alex Needham (3N) all represented ISFAat U14 level. Lucy Setterington (L6A) was selected to representthe Midlands in the inaugural ISFA Girls’ national tournament.• Johnny Gorman (U6C) continued to make astonishing progressin the professional game, earning 8 full Northern Ireland footballcaps during his time at <strong>Repton</strong>.• The <strong>School</strong> enjoyed extraordinary success on the hockeypitches this year with teams reaching seven National Finals. Theachievement of the senior teams continues but, most notably,the junior teams have had their most successful ever year underSJC's guidance.The girls won the National Under 14 HockeyChampionships for the first time and retained the National U18Indoor Title. The girls were also National U18 Runners-Up andU16 National Indoor Finalists. The Boys U14 and U18 teamswere both placed 3rd at their respective National Finals this yearand the U16 Indoor Team also reached the National Finals.• Pupils also won representative honours in hockey: Jo Leigh(U6G) and Arjan Drayton Chana (L6S) represented England(26)


SCHOOL NEWS - ACHIEVEMENTS & ACTIVITIES 2010/<strong>2011</strong> continuedU18s,Wiz Mumby (U6A) captained the Welsh U18 team andRhiannon Rogers (U6G) played for Wales U21. AnnabelleChurch (U6F) also joined the England U18 training squad thisyear.• For only the second time in the <strong>School</strong>’s history, the girlsmanaged to qualify at U18, U16 and U14 level into the Netballregional tournaments. For the first time, the U14s qualified forthe Nationals and finished 9th place in the country. The U14Bnetball team had an unbeaten season.• In Cricket, six boys have scored centuries for the <strong>School</strong> so farthis term: Edward Ikin (U6C) (twice) and Sam Graham (U6S) inthe 1st XI, James Frost (4A) and Matthew Goodacre (4S) in theU15A team, and Franco Reinke (U6S) in the 3rd XI and AdamCartlidge (4S)• In September, the U15 team played in the National semi-finalof the England <strong>School</strong>s' Twenty/20 cup at Arundel where theywere defeated by Sedbergh. Last year's U14 team was crownedcounty champions for the second consecutive year, progressingto the North region semi-final earlier this season.• George Hodson-Walker (U6S) and Matthew Fletcher (L6S)have both played for Derbyshire CCC 2nd XI.• At the Athletics County Championships in June, gold medalswent to Ali Mehdi (U6C) (800m); Fabienne Peters (L6A)(Hurdles); Christian Priestley (L6L) (400m); Hannah Forsyth (L6G)(200m); Andrew Jopson (L6P) (100m); Cameron Winfield (L6C)(200m); Luke Avery (L6O) (Discus) and Kieran Taylor (L6P)(Javelin). Silver medals went to Hannah Barker (U6M) (TripleJump); Amelia Etherington (U6M) (200m); Frank Flight (U6O)(3000m); Dominic Chaffey (L6L) (400m); Grace Sanderson (5G)(300m); Milly Louch (5F) (Hurdles); Francesca Beharrell (4A)(Shot) and Nikolas Constantinou (4N) (Discus). Joshua Noakes(L6L) (1500m); Elliot Carlile (L6L) (Triple Jump); George Brockway(5L) (800m); Heather Marsay (5F) (Javelin) and Kamma Hvass(3A) (Shot) all received a bronze medal.• Furthermore, the 4 x 100m senior relay team (Hannah Barker(U6M), Amelia Etherington (U6M), Hannah Forsyth (L6G),Fabienne Peters (L6A)) and intermediate 300m runner GraceSanderson (5G) have both set new <strong>School</strong> records. In the hurdlesMilly Louch (5F) has set a new intermediate <strong>School</strong> record.• To date, the Girls’ 1st Tennis VI remain unbeaten for the fifthsuccessive year, won the Midlands Finals and have qualified forthe National <strong>School</strong>s Championships (the Aberdare Cup). TheBoys’ 1st Tennis IV are also unbeaten this year, won theMidlands Finals and have also qualified for the <strong>School</strong>s NationalChampionships (the Glanville Cup). The U15 Aegon Girls’ teamwon the Midlands title for the second year running, and theU15 Aegon Boys’ team are one match away from winning theMidlands title.• In Summer 2010, at the <strong>School</strong>s National Championships heldat Queenswood, the girls were runners up in the Aberdare Cup(for the first time in 22 years) and won the LoveBand Cup ISTANational <strong>School</strong>s title for the first time in <strong>Repton</strong>’s history.• Felix Swinbank (3O) won a silver medal at the British YouthFencing Championships in London. Hannah Walsh (4F) has beenselected for Wales U18 Fencing at the UK <strong>School</strong> Games inSeptember.• Victoria Leavesley (U6M) was awarded the prestigious honourof Gold Award by the British Show Pony Society at their AGMin Peterborough and has now qualified for Horse of the YearShow for the 15th consecutive year.SCHOOL NEWS - CCFCCF REPORT SUMMER <strong>2011</strong>The Contingent ran three residential events in the summer term<strong>2011</strong>, in addition to ongoing weekly training. Cadetsthoroughly enjoyed the RAF section and Army section militarycamps, which still take place post-term, in the week after allother <strong>Repton</strong>ians break up for the summer holidays. Extra thisyear, we mounted a CCF Duke of Edinburgh expeditions eventin the Lake District, whereby NCOs (who have volunteered toaugment their CCF service by additionally undergoing the DofEprogramme) were able to plan and execute their Silver and Goldassessed expeditions.The following morning was RAF Halton for weapons’ trainingon both the L98-A2 and the No. 8 rifles. Cadets then headedto RAF Benson for Air Experience Flying where each enjoyed 30minutes air time in the Grob Tutor. Next day, RAF Northolt,where the details visited several different sections (including AirTraffic Control, Fire, Bomb Disposal and Queen’s Flight).However, the highlight of the day was certainly the time spenton the Dismount Close Combat Trainer (DCCT) which many ofthe cadets viewed as a life-size playstation!RAF High Wycombe Summer Camp 2-9 July <strong>2011</strong>This year’s annual RAF section summer camp took place at RAFHigh Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. On the afternoon of SpeechDay, the 16 strong group set out with officers Flt Lt LeeAlderman and Fg Off Gemma Hill, and arrived at High Wycombejust in time for dinner in the Mess. The first training day beganwith a trip to the RAF Museum at Hendon, followed by thecompletion of a swim-test at RAF Halton. Upon returning,cadets were joined by Flt Lt Anton Smith and Mr Dale Stark (the<strong>School</strong> Marshall, and a retired RAF man himself). In the eveningthe cadets gathered to commence their foot drill practice forthe inter-flight competition at the end of the week.(27)


SCHOOL NEWS - CCF continuedWednesday saw the flights heading to Horseshoe Lake ActivityCentre where they undertook a rafting challenge. Aftercanoeing around the lake, building a raft and sailing it aroundthe island, the cadets were rewarded for their hard work withthe opportunity to divebomb from the jetty!Special thanks must go to WO2 David Platt, who is a regularsoldier serving with 49(E) Bde as Training Safety Advisor for<strong>Repton</strong> and many other CCF and ACF contingents. Hesupported every aspect of the training, giving advice on safety,developing both the cadets’ and the Officers’ understanding ofthe safe system of training. More than that, he was a humandynamo in his interactions with the cadets, who took him totheir hearts, adopting with affection his signature comments of“happy with that” and, when receiving information, “rogerthat”.On Thursday, training was firing No. 8 rifles on a live range anda high ropes course. In the evening, Wendover Woods for aNitex.The inter-flight competition climaxed with the Drill Competitionon Friday where each of the three flights performed theNationals Ground Training Routine in front of all the officers andan RAF High Wycombe Drill Sergeant. Each flight demonstrateda remarkable improvement from the beginning of the week butcongratulations must go to A flight, the winners of thecompetition. In the afternoon, cadets travelled to RAF Northoltfor a visit to Queen’s Colour Squadron.Army Camp (Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell,Nottingham) 2-8 July <strong>2011</strong>Army section carried out a self-help camp this year. 40 A-Company Army cadets (the whole of A Coy, bar those of Armysection who had attended the Easter AT camp) attended whatwas a strikingly successful series of training opportunities. Creditis due to the CCF’s Adjutant, Capt. John Wadsworth, who hadput much care and energy into planning and organising thecamp – the cadets gained good insight into a range of militaryand adventurous activities.The training activities on Army camp were: No8 live firing,Dismounted Close Combat Trainer, Army Obstacle Course,paintballing, sailing, self-built rafting, orienteering, mountainbiking,a morning on the purpose-built command task facility atChetwynd Barracks, a memorable afternoon white-water raftingat the National Watersports Centre, and finally a 24-hrnavigation exercise walking in the White Peak area and campingovernight. In addition, the section received a display from theChetwynd Barracks Dog-Handlers security team, and a soberingyet fascinating tour of the work of Notts Troop 721 Squadron,11 EOD Regiment RLC based on Camp. These men and womenare the “Army Bomb Disposal Team” for the Midlands.In all areas of activity, our Army cadets distinguished themselvesvia their positive attitude, and they ended the 6 day camp withmanifestly more team discipline, cohesion and get-up-and-gothan they started with.CCF DofE Assessed Expeds (Gold and Silver)Lake District 25-28 June <strong>2011</strong>Two expedition groups of O block cadets (drawn from bothArmy and RAF sections), and one Gold group (CSM SimoneMatthews, SSgt Harriet Welch, Sgt Hattie Rayfield, all of Armysection, plus a “civvie” Greg Fearn -who bravely coped with thethree female NCOs) made excellent use of the CCF initiative toallow cadets to additionally participate in Duke of Edinburghprogramme. The pupils execute much of the DofE programme(service, skills, physical recreation) as part of their normal CCFtraining, so it is a matter of squeezing in the practice andassessed expeditions into the busy life of the school, to fulfil thewhole DofE award for our cadets. Being CCF, the cadetsvolunteered to plan and execute their 3 and 4-day expeds in thechallenging terrain of the Lakes (Borrowdale to Patterdale,essentially), try wild camping, and generally bring their CCF skillsto bear on the navigation and campcraft involved. The assessorwas impressed with the self-motivated and self-responsibleapproach of our groups, commenting favourably about themutual trust shown by thesupervising CCF Officers (allML(S) qualified and able to giveeffective remote supervision) andthe cadets. The photographshows 2 Lt Ed Shawcross wardingoff the midges in time-honouredfashion.G Lawrence (Maj.)Contingent CommanderEd Shawcross(28)


SCHOOL NEWS - DUKE OF EDINBURGH SCHEMEThe striking theme pervading the Duke of Edinburgh’s AwardScheme at <strong>Repton</strong> this year was perseverance and self-discipline.On both the Gold and Silver Expeditions, participants overcameconsiderable physical, emotional and psychological obstaclesto complete their aims, at times displaying almost Nietzscheanwill-power.The Silvers had won the hearts of their supervisors throughoutthe Year – participants have a Training Weekend in Michaelmasand a Practice Expedition over the Summer Field Weekend, aswell as weekly sessions on navigation, campcraft, first-aid andsurvival techniques, before the June Assessed Expeditions.Particularly edifying was their undisguised delight at being outin the hills, their appreciation of their peers’ contributions, andtheir determination to pull (not to say carry) their own weight,and to embrace the whole experience with sanguineingenuousness. The Training and Practice Weekends,undertaken in the triangle between Matlock, Youlgreave andTissington, were completed in conditions so clement, and overterrain so relatively gentle that lesser teams might have beenoverwhelmed by the shock of the Assessed Expeditions, whereO Block tackled the wild uplands southwest of Buxton. Not theleast of the hurdles for the participants to overcome is theoccasionally Byzantine paperwork necessary before theExpedition is attempted; the groups are to be commended forthe tenacity and desire to do the job properly with which theyattacked this challenge; even at this stage, strong leadersemerged in each team, who channelled their peers’ efforts andensured that the stringent criteria were met.The focus now veered dramatically from the cerebral andorganisational to those of personal, physical and emotionalstrength. One day’s route saw the groups cover 24 km, climbingthe height of Scafell Pike in the process, all the while copingwith 26-degree heat and high humidity. Many physicallystronger and more experienced teams have succumbed to suchconditions, but there was never any question of these young<strong>Repton</strong>ians allowing themselves to give in. Quite the contrary, asthey trooped into the campsite at Gradbach, clearly sufferingfrom a tough day on the moors, they were quick to remark howmuch they had enjoyed the remoteness of their surroundings,and how pleased they were to have been able to suppress theurge to call it a day when the heat, literal and metaphorical, hadrisen above the levels they had previously thought themselvesable to surmount. It was, perhaps, the quintessence of what theAward aims to allow young people to do – to draw on reservesin one’s legs and mind to drive one way beyond one’s comfortzone; team spirit, such a feature of the O Block teams, was a keyfacilitator in this endeavour.The Golds, arguably at first a somewhat more disparate group,did themselves immense credit on their Expeditions in theYorkshire Dales. Images of hay meadows, sparkling streams andtea-shops are rather deceptive: the groups were walking for upto 12 hours a day, climbing up to 800m across potentially brutalfells – Nine-Standards Rigg, Greets Moss and Buckden Pike.From the final preparations on the very first night in the hostelin Kirkby Stephen, I was deeply impressed by the L6 groups’urgency in getting on with the job in hand, and with theirconstructive, coordinated focus. Again, after days that wouldhave destroyed others, spirits were indomitable, teamsdetermined to cajole each other along, and reflecting positivelyon what they’d learnt about themselves in the face ofconsiderable adversity; they won the respect and affection oftheir external Assessors and <strong>Repton</strong> staff alike. I’ve been on afew coaches back from Expeditions over the years; howrefreshing to hear participants looking back on theirachievements with pride, and even a certain fondness, ratherthan resentment at rain, exhaustion and blisters. Such was theatmosphere on the Expeditions, and the calibre of the<strong>Repton</strong>ians executing them, that, on the second night, I felt afrisson of regret – not necessarily shared by those under canvasthat evening! - that they would soon be over.49 <strong>Repton</strong>ians attained the Silver Award this academic year, and14 the Gold. With such a strong cohort coming through from OBlock, it is to be hoped that we shall have even more Goldparticipants than the 32 who started this year’s programme –already a very strong number.Clifford DammersSCHOOL NEWS - DRAMAThe first production in the newly refurbished 400 hall was a huge success. The <strong>2011</strong>Junior <strong>School</strong> Play was Wind in the Willows and over two nights at the end of thesummer term packed houses were treated to an escape to the Riverbank and exposedto the terrors of the Wild Wood. Excellent entertainment was to be had from the likesof Mole (Jack Carter (L)), Ratty (Harry Mead (L)) and Badger (Matthew Davison (S)).Highlight of the show for many was the hilarious antics of a superb Toad (OliverHetherington (N)); his perfectly judged upper class accent and his arrogance delightfullyportrayed. However, as always with a <strong>Repton</strong> <strong>School</strong> show, forty or more youngsterswere involved, filling the stage, and at times the auditorium, with fights, picnics andcourt cases. All in all it was an excellent night’s entertainment.J C SentanceA date for the diary:The <strong>Repton</strong> Mysteries, The 400 HallNovember 16th – 19th <strong>2011</strong>, 7.30pm(29)


SCHOOL NEWS - 400 HALLCountless <strong>Repton</strong>ians have benefited from the inspirationalproductions of the likes of Mike Charlesworth and Guy Levesleyin the 400 Hall and the school has a distinguished tradition ofnurturing both the amateur actor and the aspiring professional– Tom Chambers, Nicholas Burns and George Rainsford beingthe latest <strong>Repton</strong>ians to follow in the tradition of BasilRathbone. In <strong>2011</strong> the Governors decided to undertake asignificant upgrade of the building, retaining Marshall Sisson’smuch loved 1957 façade, but completely remodelling theauditorium and adding a foyer spacious enough toaccommodate guests in comfort for productions in the new 400Hall and adjoining Studio Theatre. Avery Associates, thearchitects responsible for the recent redevelopment of theVanburgh Theatre at RADA, were commissioned and drew up astriking design that is contemporary in feel, yet sympathetic tothe Precinct so beautifully laid out at the time of the 400thanniversary.The 400 Hall TheatreThis comprises two parts : foyer and auditorium. In additionthere has been marginal re-shaping of The Precinct, partly todraw people to the new entrance door in the new foyer but alsoto enhance the piazza feel. The highlight of the new foyer is thePrism which allows natural light to flood in during the day and,at night, is lit internally to provide a focus for people arrivingand also a back-drop for a mini performance area. The foyeralso features a proper bar to accommodate a full house whichwill double as a ticket-office.The Auditorium contains high-quality, proper, raked seating witha capacity of over 300. The stalls level is height-adjustable, thusenabling a variety of configurations. Further flexibility has beenachieved by installing an adjustable stage, also allowing fordifferent configurations. Part of the work on the new stage frontincludes a Juliet Balcony.The whole project involves a high degree of technicalsophistication. A tension wire grid has been used in the roofspace, providing infinite flexibility for placing lighting in additionto offering a safer option than tower scaffolding. Permanentsound and lighting booths have been installed at the back ofthe first floor with a new high-spec sound system.Finally, the theatre has much improved cloakroom facilities anddisabled access.Any ORs who wish to visit the theatre and see for themselvescan avail themselves of such an opportunity on the evening ofthe Annual Dinner, November 12th.PIGEON POSTDear EditorI was delighted to see (back page of Archive) that the Headprefect has been exercising his traditional privileges by riding ahorse through the Arch.In my time (1950s) it was widely believed that these privileges(then said to attach to the now abolished office of Head of<strong>School</strong>) included growing a beard and getting married. Theword was that a particularly bold Head had canvassed withLynam Thomas the possibility of exercising these rights andcharacteristically got the reply "Ers ,just you try!"RegardsRoger Cooke, (O’53)(Head of <strong>School</strong> but then wifeless and shaven,57/8)Cricket, Christianity, and the CorpsDear SirsYou published an obituary of David Johnson (H’41), the cavalryhistorian.In September 1944 as a study holder in the Hall in keeping withhis future, he adorned his study’s walls with swords andcutlasses – health and safety where were you then?These needed cleaning and polishing and who better to do thisthan his junior fag.“What do I clean these with?”“You use elbow grease.”“Where can I get it?”“The school shop.”So, naively, off I strode to be disillusioned.Yours truly,R.W.Jones (H’44)Hello, I was in New House from 1956-1959. Roger (R.G) Gunnerwho was in the same house at the same time, sent in a photoof some of the football 1st X1, on an away trip. This waspublished in the latest O.R. publication, and I want to let himknow how great it was to see this old photo, which had somany memories for me. Could you please pass my comments onto him. Thank you very much.With best regards ,Mike (M.A) Linton (N’56)(30)


PIGEON POST continuedI much enjoyed reading Geoffrey Morris’s reminiscences of theCorps in the late 1950s. I too, though a few years earlier,became a sergeant in the Weapon Training platoon, my specialtybeing the Bren Gun. We spent hardly any time actually firingthe gun, but hours taking it apart and learning the names ofevery piece. Naming of Parts was of great importance. I doremember the Barrel Locking Nut Retainer Plunger Spring,referred to by Geoffrey, though I’m not sure if I could identifythe item now.The Corps was huge in the early fifties, as important as the othertwo Cs, as I called them - the others being Cricket andChristianity - and it occupied a disproportionate amount of ourtime. We spent hours blancoing our belts and gaiters, polishingour boots, buckles and cap badges so they would passinspection on Friday parades. As fags, we had to the same forour prefects or study-holders, who were often critical of ourpainstaking work and would order us to do it again.Of my worst two moments in the Corps, one occurred on a FieldDay. After the morning’s exercises, we broke off for our packedsandwich lunch, which we ate in little groups of our friends,sprawled in the long grass. Before doing so of course we wererequired to eject all blank rounds from our rifles, which I haddone. Finishing my sandwich, for some reason my finger strayedto the trigger of my 303, lying beside me, and squeezed it.There was a deafening explosion. ‘Some idiot can’t haveemptied their magazine,’ I said. Then to my horror I saw a wispof smoke from the barrel of my gun. The idiot was me.Retribution followed at once, in the person of Major Eggar, TheBag, who came barrelling down the hill in a fury, red-faced, thesweat pouring off him, a terrifying sight. ‘Put that man on acharge!’ he roared. I was ordered to report to him at the end ofthe day, but when I did so, to my intense relief he rescinded thecharge, probably because he didn’t really know what it mightentail.The second awful memory was of a later stage in my Corpscareer, in the course of a House Drill Squad competition. I alwayshad difficulty with the movement called ‘Ground Arms’, becauseit meant stooping and laying one’s rifle on the ground (thoughwhy one should ever want to do that, I have no idea), and thenstanding up again, every man in the platoon in perfect synch ofcourse. And as soon as I laid down my rifle I lost my balance,and when everyone else in the squad stood up straight, I wasleft sitting rather conspicuously on my bum, for which pointswere of course deducted. To make matters worse, as I struggledto my feet I nearly knocked over the fellow standing next to me,and had a horrifying vision of the whole squad toppling to theground like dominoes. The House did not do well.Yes, cricket, Christianity, and the Corps ruled <strong>Repton</strong> in thosedays, and unfortunately I wasn’t very good at any of them. I didmake it to the Upper Sixth, so was allowed to ride a bicycle,which Teamers were not (unless they were also <strong>School</strong> Prefects).But I would have willingly exchanged my bicycle for a cricketer’sgold braid.Tony Houghton ( L’51)Dear EditorsMany thanks for the latest number of The Arch. The photo ofLatham 1937 identifies H.E.Ffoulkes sitting three from the endon the front row – my brothers and I knew him as “Uncle Hugh”a generation later when he acted as an unofficial guardian forus when our parents were in Hong Kong. He was then a Majorin the RAMC, who proudly kept up his family links to NorthWales. All his family treated us with quite undeserved kindness.Yours,Roger Buckley (M’58)Dear Mr StonesI am still an avid reader of The Arch in my92nd year.Some articles in the May newsletter havebought back memories, especially the letterfrom Geoffrey Fletcher concerning Latham1937 in Pigeon Post. Although a member ofthe Priory House I was well acquainted withthe majority of persons (and friends of a few)mentioned in the letter.I believe that one of the trophies (a shield) inthe front row is The Inter-House GymnasticTrophy won by Latham and carried in thephoto (left) by E.N.C.Hall.Hall and Ralph Bragg (pictured right)represented Latham House. Ralph Bragg was the right back in the football X1 of 1936.A ferocious tackler who took no prisoners, E.N.C. Hall was a most talented footballerwho never realised his full potential largely, I think to his slight physique. D.P.M. Bellwas another very talented footballer. Played inside right (old terminology) in thefootball X1 of 1938. Suffice to say I was in the Football X1 of 1936- 7/8Yours sincerelyVivian Edwards (P’34)(31)


PIGEON POST continuedDear Editor,As a retired British Columbian public school teacher, I sometimesmeet ex pupils who recall the times we had at school togetherand very occasionally I receive a thank-you. With these thoughtsin mind, I want to extend a belated thank-you to threewonderful teachers at <strong>Repton</strong> who, perhaps inadvertently,changed the course of my life.I had no wish to go to <strong>Repton</strong>, I wanted to go to a technicalschool in the next town, but The Cross House, <strong>Repton</strong> was myfather's "alma mater" and my arguments did not prevail. I wasneither bright nor diligent so I entered C block. I played in thefourth house teams and never managed to complete therequisite four athletic standards. I was stunned to find that"chapel attendance" was compulsory, that bullying wasrampant which reached its apogee at the hands of the seniorboys who doled out "flapping" for the most trivialmisdemeanours. Surprisingly enough I found that I was a crackshot on the firing range and was awarded my 'teamer' at theend of my third year. It made such a difference to the way I wastreated by my peer group and staff alike. I never did see ourcoach, Mr. Bolland, smile unless it was at one of his own jokes!I found myself drawn into the magic of John Emery's metal shopwhich became my raison d’être. I am so grateful to him forsharing some of his astounding skills with us in his spare time.As I became more involved in the shops I came under the wingof Mike Milford who spent countless hours teaching me toweld, cut, fabricate, read drawings and organise a shop. I talkedto him about my difficulty in reciting the Apostles Creed. Helooked at me with a slight grin on his face and told me that Iwas an "irredeemable iconoclast" but to preserve the indignityof a Housemaster's beating, that I should appear to mouth thewords even if I could not say them and that superficialcompliance with rules was an easier path to tread than opendefiance against implacable odds. At about the same time Ifound myself in Richard Grew's Physics classes. Richardimpressed me with his empathy for less than brilliant students,his tireless patience in helping us through the basics of light,heat, mechanics, sound , electrical circuits during which time Iunconsciously absorbed some of his classroom managementskills.After leaving school I worked for the Amalgamated RoadstoneCorporation in various quarries in the labs and explosivesdepartments but finally found myself at Trent Park Collegetraining to be a shop teacher. When sitting in the staff room ofa dreadful school in Watford at lunch one day, my life waschanged forever by a simple advertisement. "British Columbianeeds secondary school teachers." Within months my youngwife and daughters and I had emigrated to Northern Canadawhere salaries were 500% better than those offered by English<strong>School</strong>s. Our contract included paid time off to go to universityto obtain a degree in Technical Education. The ski hill was lessthan five minutes away, snowmobiling was at the back door,white water canoeing in summer but any semblance of culturewas a thousand miles away. A very different lifestyle. We movedsouth to the Fraser Valley near Vancouver as my wife's healthdeteriorated and my children became of school age.Throughout my time teaching in British Columbian schools, Idaily demonstrated those skills learned under the watchful eyeof those three teachers. I have had thousands of boys and girlspass through my workshops and classrooms many of whomhave unknowingly benefited from those three gifted <strong>Repton</strong>ianteachers from fifty years ago.Edward Monro (C'56)Dear Mike,As an ex-Brook OR of 1940s I may be able to "elucidate" JohnSwallow's "mystifying recordings on the back of his photographof Vivien Leigh of several film stars of the period" (Pigeon Post,May'11). The one thing they all have in common is that theywere British born. However some stars cited; Gracie Fields, JessieMatthews and Wendy Hiller (the first screen Eliza Doolittle)never obtained "Hollywood" status. The writer could haveadded other UK exports to Hollywood of the period - CharlieChaplin (born in Lambeth), Laurence Olivier (Vivien Leigh'shusband, star of Rebecca), Leslie Howard (starred in Gone withthe Wind with Vivien Leigh), Cary Grant (mid-Atlantic accent),and of course the redoubtable David Niven who crashed intoHollywood still wearing his dinner jacket after a drinks partyaboard a British destroyer the night before (Oscar for SeparateTables). It seems, nearly half the Hollywood establishment in the1930/40s were British. Also Basil Rathbone (Mitre '06 - '10)should not just be remembered for his archetypal portrayal ofSherlock Holmes, but for his outstanding performance as thecruel stepfather in David Copperfield. I clearly remember MajorCattley, Housemaster of the Priory in the forties saying: "Didn'the make you hate him?"John Reddington (B'42)Dear EditorsThank you for the latest edition. As ever it has been read fromcover to cover!I was most interested to read Ken Gregory's obituary. Clearly mymemory is not nearly as good as Gerald Mortimer's, despitebeing an exact contemporary at Latham, as I remember neitherKen's goalkeeping exploits nor Gerald's "stunning" free kick!!I am particularly intrigued by the reference to MowbrayPreparatory <strong>School</strong> in Ashbourne Road since I also attended it,presumably some 2 or 3 years behind Ken. We would both haveattended it in the war years, which would have involved a walkor bike ride to school. This was no great hardship for me as Iwas brought up in Friar Gate which is the town end ofAshbourne Road. This set me thinking about how many ORsattended Mowbray and were taught by the Misses Maltby.With best wishes,Brian Whitaker (L50)(32)


PIGEON POST continuedDear Sir,The pictures on page 17 in issue number 317 of <strong>October</strong> 2010 are of the demolition of the Priory outside toilets. One letter in thesubsequent issue mentions that they were doorless but in fact not all were. The first two had swing doors (but no locks) and theywere reserved for the prefects who on cold mornings would instruct their fags to warm up the seats for them. The rears in thiscondition provided an important function to the house in the way of social interaction and exchange of gossip and of course therewas general freedom of movement. In my subsequent career as a gastroenterological pathologist I often contemplated thatintrospection was the fundamental cause of diseases of this region and it was a known fact that Priory boys were renowned fortheir relative freedom from such ailments as chronic constipation, haemorrhoids and diverticulitis. Furthermore, the arrangementsgave us a good preparation for what we were to find at university.Peter Trott (P'48)David Pepper, President of the OR Society has sent in the picture below. There are Three OR Presidents in the photograph below.Jonathan Fry, (H’51) President <strong>2011</strong>, Charles Fry (H’53) President Elect 2012 and David Pepper (H’53) President <strong>2011</strong>.Can anyone identify them in the picture?(33)


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