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Issue. 26

THE VOICE

17 JUNE 2022

As part of the long standing St Albans School tradition,

all First Form classes experience a residential trip to the

School’s Welsh outpost in the Brecon Beacons. The time

spent at Pen Arthur away from home, with friends and

not the normal range of electronic gadgets to hand, puts

a real focus on the relationships within the group and

on the activities all the boys share. It was 1.1's turn first

followed by 1.3.

Amongst the football and games around the farmhouse,

the boys experience plenty of trips out in the area. Pupils

visited Carreg Cennen Castle, an imposing ruin on the

crest of a hill, the perfect place to work out defensive

strategies, or to retreat into its underground bunker

down a long, dark tunnel.

As if one subterranean experience was not enough, the

boys also went caving, exploring some of the network of

chambers under the hills, before re-emerging into the

air to walk down the Ystradfellte Valley and under the

famous Porth-y-Ogof Waterfalls.

BACK TO PEN ARTHUR!

Pupils also visited Pembrey Country Park beach where

they had fun splashing in the water, building sandcastles

and playing on the beach. The boys also enjoyed a trip

to Dolaucothi Gold Mines where they learnt about

Victorian and Roman mining and panned for gold.

With such a range of activities, challenges and

experiences, it is no wonder the boys returned

exhausted. But they also returned enriched and

enthusiastic, full of memories of all they had achieved.

More adventures will follow, as class 1.2 is up next for

their expedition!

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MINI-BREAK TO DORSET

Second and Third Form pupils really enjoyed their

recent activities trip to Dorset. Pupils had the

opportunity to try out a variety of activities from pickaxe

climbing to canoeing! On their second day, they

enjoyed various water sports including kite surfing,

stand-up paddle boarding and sailing. It was chilly at

times and only nine students braved the water again in

the afternoon for kayaking! More adventures followed

the next day, but a highlight at the end of the day was

the staff vs pupil frisbee match, with the staff vastly

outnumbered. The boys enjoyed some trips out; one

group went hiking to Corfe Castle and the others

enjoyed a day at the beach. Back at camp, axe throwing,

fire starting and water sports continued to entertain! On

the last day of the trip, students enjoyed a final chance to

splash around and capsize each other on the lake. Before

heading home, awards were presented to all pupils who

made an outstanding impression during the trip. A big

thank you to Mr Spencer for organising it all.


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VISITING THE CATHEDRAL ARCHIVES

As part of their Friday Afternoon Activity of working in

the School's Archive, Lower Sixth Form Pupils, Daniil

and David, visited the Archives of St Albans Cathedral.

It was a fantastic opportunity to see and handle some

unique artifacts and explore other parts of the building,

which are usually closed to the public, and learn more

about the rich history of the Cathedral.

The Cathedral Archives contain materials pertaining

to the life and faith of the Cathedral over the course of

its history. While only a few manuscripts and charters

survive from before the Reformation, the Archives are a

treasure trove of photographs, books, letters, drawings

and other documents which tell the story of the

Cathedral and Abbey.


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UMRIO CHARITY CHALLENGE

The 24-hour touch event in support of UMRIO took

place on the first day of the Easter holidays involving 137

pupils. The challenge was led by the Sixth Form Sports

Scholars as part of their leadership initiative. Pictured is

Robert Malengreau who runs UMRio and Mr Walmsley

together with Nikki & Anne from the Woollams Second

Hand Uniform Shop, which donated an additional £1000

to UMRio. Together with the money raised from the

24-hour touch event, the impressive total sum raised is

£4,500.

UMRio’s mission is to use rugby, education and

healthcare to create a safe space, creating an environment

for children and young people in Rio’s most vulnerable

regions, where they can access and forge new

opportunities, develop and pursue their aspirations, and

build confidence in their own identities.

St Albans School has had a connection with UMRio,

since the 2017 South American Sports Tour, in which

pupils had a pen pal scheme before their trip and

fundraiser. During their trip, they met on the beaches of

Rio to play touch rugby. In 2018-2019 there was another

fundraising action, in addition to UMRio pupils coming

over to England to watch the Varsity game between

Oxford and Cambridge (they are two of their main

supporters, with Robert being a former Oxford Blue).

They were hosted by St Albans School families who

attended the 2017 tour to South America.

You can find more about UMRio through: https://umrio.

org/

Thank you to Mr Burger, Mr Turley, Miss Hodson,

Miss Whittle, Mr Odgers and Mr Daurge for giving up

their time to support and volunteer and to Mr Forsyth,

Mr Fisher, Mr Kenward, Mr Orme and Mr Smith who

volunteered in the early hours of the night and morning.


CRICKET

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SPORTS NEWS

ATHLETICS

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The U14s performed strongly in the County Cup

match against St George's School last week. The team

secured a dominant 166-2 from 20. A solid chase got

St George's School to 111-5 in reply but some steady

bowling and good fielding secured the victory.

On 20 May we celebrated a fantastic evening of

tennis success at the Lawn Tennis Association

Tennis Awards. Congratulations to Fifth Former

Ben, who won the Young Person of the Year

Award! We did not go home empty handed

ourselves, as St Albans School was presented the

School of the Year Award.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Take a look at what's happening on our social media accounts! Follow us at:

@SASHerts stalbansschoolherts sasherts

Well done to our athletes for such successful

performances at the County Championships this

year! Zac, Henry, Luca, Matt and Ethan were

awarded for the 800m, 400m, 1500m and Triple

Jump. Congratulations to all!

TERRIFIC TENNIS TRIUMPH

Congrats to the Lower School Science

Photography Prize winners Matthew M,

Karthik and Matthew W. 17

Thank you to Beechwood Park School for

inviting us to give a cricket masterclass.

Great to see pupils so enthusiastic. 17

Thanks to Killigrew School for a

fantastic Partnership Book Club, we loved

the collaboration & your messages! 13

NEWS COMING SOON...

20 - 24 June Activities Week

25 June Parents' Summer Ball

28 June Middle School Drama Club

Performance Showcase

30 June Leavers' Graduation

30 June - 1 July Lower School Drama Club

Summer Show

1 July Sports Day

28 June Art, Design & Technology 2 July Founders' Day Service

Summer Exhibition

and Festival

Keep an eye out for Sports Fixtures on our website

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