The Voice Issue 27

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Issue. 27


6 JULY 2022


Pupils across the School recently experienced a brilliant

action-packed Activities Week! The Lower School

enjoyed the interactive French play ‘Mon Père Ne

Me Comprend Pas’, and put their language skills into

practice with its funny and relatable dialogue. The Lower

School also enjoyed a range of STEM activities. The First

Form completed a workshop where they built batteries

from coins and made a non-Newtonian fluid, measuring

whose slime had the most bounce. Meanwhile, the

Second Form enjoyed an architecture and engineering

workshop, collaborating to build various structure

designs. Other Lower School highlights included a First

Form history trip to Dover Castle, learning about the

history of the site from the Romans, to Henry II, to

WW2. The First Form enjoyed fascinating discoveries on

a trip to the Cast Gallery in Cambridge. Second Formers

experienced a creative Product Design activity, designing

and creating a new portable gaming console for an

assigned manufacturer. Pupils also went on a fascinating

Science trip to Greenwich visiting the Royal Observatory

and National Maritime Museum.

The Third and Fourth Forms kicked the week off with

a field trip to Whipsnade Zoo where they took part in

an educational workshop on studying giraffe behaviour.

The Third Form also had great fun playing paintball.

They were really excited about the Drama ‘make-up

and battle re-enactment’ workshop too. The Fourth

Form Geography students visited Wheathampstead to

measure the various characteristics of the River Lea in

preparation for their GCSE next year. The Fourth Form

enjoyed some sunny DofE practice walks and a trip to

Phasels Wood Activity Centre.

For the Lower Sixth Form, Activities Week was a chance

to explore their future career path during the Higher

Education and Careers Conference. The conference

featured various talks and discussion opportunities, such

as a visit from Dan Bedi (OA 2008) who delivered an

inspirational talk on Entrepreneurship.

We can’t wait to do it all again next year!

@SASHerts stalbansschoolherts sasherts







Sixth Form and some staff and pupils across the School ended the

term with a musical spectacular, performing two evenings of Cabaret

with songs from stage and screen. From Disney to Hamilton and

Bugsy Malone to Monty Python, their incredible performances

demonstrated the high level of musical talent we have at St Albans

School. Well done to everyone involved with the event.


Saturday 25 June was the long awaited Parents' Summer

Ball in the marquee at The Woollam Playing Fields,

an entertaining and fun evening for parents to come

together and celebrate another successful School year.

The evening began with a drinks reception, followed

by a delicious summer themed three-course meal,

accompanied by some evening entertainment. Dancing

continued until the early hours of the morning to the

highly acclaimed band ‘The Bright Sparks’- a 4 piece

band playing well known party music from across the

decades. It was a fantastic night and we hope everyone

enjoyed it as much as we did!



We celebrated our annual Founders' Day on 2 July.

Guests, pupils and staff were welcomed to the Abbey

by the Dean for the commemoration service, followed

by a lunch in the Refectory. The afternoon provided an

opportunity for some Sports and Games entertainment

at Woollams with parents, pupils and staff.


The Lower School Drama production of “Arthur Boy-King” took place last Thursday and Friday. The boys worked

very hard rehearsing this exciting and adventurous production.

They particularly enjoyed the process of sword fighting, which was further enhanced by the Stage Combat

workshops they had taken part in during Activities Week!

Drawn from Arthurian legend, the play recounts how Arthur, the son of the Celtic knight Sir Ector, outwits his

older brother Kay to draw a magnificent sword from a stone in front of a group of English knights. Arthur’s guide

is the magician Merlin, whom he meets right at the

start of the play, during a stormy night in a forest near

his home; Merlin is disguised as an anonymous old

man when Arthur meets him on that occasion, and

at the end of the play it is revealed that Merlin has

appeared in a variety of guises throughout the story –

as a knight, a monk, a miller Arthur encounters by the

roadside, and Arthur’s dog Jasper.

The rehearsal process, led by Mrs Macmull and Mrs

Drucker, was good fun and it was great to be free of

the previous Covid restrictions at last!

The piece was performed in the school Amphitheatre,

utilising special effects such as smoke along with the

use of a large stage with levels, and painted scenery. It

was very ambitious for a short space of rehearsal time,

but the final piece was a triumph!

Sadly, on the first night of the production there was

a huge rainstorm with thunder and lightning. With

just 60 minutes to go until curtain up, the entire

production was moved from the Amphitheatre to

The Gallery at New Place. The cast were resilient

and really showed their ability to adapt in difficult

situations with a can-do attitude, and we were very

proud of them all. On the second night, thankfully the

sun was shining, and everyone moved the props and

costumes back to the Amphitheatre for a wonderful







It was a great pleasure to welcome several 2020

leavers back to Woollams on Founders' Day to

represent the Headmaster's XI against the 1st

XI. Sadly no school cricket was played in 2020

due to the Covid pandemic, so this was a belated

opportunity for them to play a final match at

Woollams. Chasing 157 the 1st XI won by 5 wickets

with 2 overs to spare.


As part of our extensive Partnership programme, more than

120 local primary school pupils enjoyed a morning of fun

and fitness at Woollams. The pupils were treated to different

sporting and games activities run by our PE staff, focusing on

building teamwork, self-confidence and self-knowledge. It was

a really fun morning for all, and the children really enjoyed

the experience of being at Woollams and completing different

challenges and activities.


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

@SASHerts stalbansschoolherts sasherts

Despite injuries pupils still managed to rank fourth in

the U16s and collect the Area B round winning plate

at the County League Final! This is the first time the

School has won the area rounds. Well done to all!

Congratulations to JJ Wallace (OA 2020)!

JJ played the drums at Glastonbury

Festival with Celeste. v 161

Pupils went to Aldeburgh Festival, and

attended incredible concerts!


1.2 is enjoying their eagerly anticipated

trip to Pen Arthur where they enjoyoed



6 July Summer holiday begins

9 - 16 July CCF Summer Camp

18 August A Level Results Day

25 August GCSE Results Day

2 September Induction Day

5 September Autumn Term begins

Keep an eye out for Sports Fixtures on our website

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