6 JULY 2022
ACTIVITIES WEEK HIGHLIGHTS
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!
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SPORTS DAY IN PICTURES
LIFE IS A CABARET
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!
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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.
LOWER SCHOOL DRAMA CLUB SUMMER SHOW
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
COUNTY LEAGUE FINAL
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.
FITNESS AND FUN DAY
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.
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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