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Red Nose Day successes, scholarship successes and chess champions are all par for the course this week

Year 9 pupils from Taunton School have been busy – they recently took part in an exciting Energy, Science and Technology challenge, when representatives from the new EDF Energy Hinkley Point C visited to run STEM activities. How could you create a vehicle to transport delicate objects? They were tasked with making an aerodynamic egg transporting vehicle that would travel the furthest distance without damaging the precious cargo. They had to consider factors such as materials, resistance, gravity, flight, style and trajectory – all the things which engineers have to think about! They didn’t just have to build them though. After they had built their vehicles, a pressure pump was then used to rocket their vehicle across the room, with varying levels of success.

Papplewick boys deserve to celebrate after scholarship successes. Wilf La Fontaine Jackson, 13, has won one of Winchester College’s first ever sports scholarships – just 636 years after the school was founded! Wilf, an excellent all round sportsman will go on to enjoy the benefits of specialist coaching sessions, regularly assessed strength and conditioning programmes and a special tutor from Winchester’s sports department, to name but a few of the benefits of this award. Also celebrating success is Alex Bovill, who has been awarded a coveted Eric Abbott sports scholarship to Cranleigh School. He will benefit from an Elite Sports Programme designed to ensure talented athletes such as Alex are equipped with every opportunity to achieve their highest goals. Another scholarship success, in a different area, goes to Monty Johnstone McLaren Clark who earlier this year was awarded a drama scholarship to Shiplake College.

Clayesmore Prep School‘s Chamber Music Group took Clayesmore to an entirely new audience this week when they travelled to Leiston Abbey in Suffolk to give a concert at the head quarters of Pro Corda. The group, who are the UK’s under 12 chamber music champions, produced a fantastically varied 45 minute programme that demonstrated a wide variety of instrumental, vocal and dance skills.  Before they returned, head of Prep Mr Will Dunlop, was very pleased to receive the following message from one of the audience: ‘It was a delight to see – and listen to – the Clayesmore students.  What a talented group they proved to be. Their programme was varied and full of fun, and their enthusiasm was infectious.’ Mr Dunlop adds, ‘Rather wonderfully, it was pointed out to me this week that Clayesmore is essentially the Hebrew word for orchestra, klezmer.’

Hallfield’s chess stars have made it through to the semi-finals of the national primary school chess championships. On Saturday the qualifying competition was held  at Hallfield School in Edgbaston, Birmingham. Throughout the day the school’s teams Under 11s and Under 9s teams beat off tough competition from a number of top local schools including Blue Coat, West House, St Mary’s and Stafford Prep. An amazing 50 per cent of teams from each section have got through to the National semis which are due to take place at Pontins in Prestatyn on 9 and 10 June.

Bishop’s Stortford College U13 Boys’ Hockey team are county champions. Another triumph! The Hertfordshire County Championships were held at Oaklands College on Monday 29th January. The College boys won all six of their matches and will now represent Hertfordshire at the east finals in March. To take their winning title, the team played Haberdashers’ Aske’s (5-3), Aldenham (3-0), Watford (6-0), St Albans (6-1) and Hitchin (8-0). Their final match, against Merchant Taylor’s, was critical as both teams had won all their previous matches. Playing their best hockey of the day, against a strong team, the boys recorded a 2-1 victory to clinch the championship. Nick Prowse, head of prep school hockey, said, ‘I am very proud of how much the boys have achieved and how far they have come.  They played incredibly well against strong teams, scoring 30 goals during the course of the tournament.’

New head alert! Sherborne Girls has an old girl starting at the helm in September. Dr Ruth Sullivan has been appointed as Headmistress of Sherborne Girls – as the stand-out candidate who impressed all those who met her, including the senior leadership team, and she will bring real commitment and a wealth of academic, pastoral and co-curricular experience to Sherborne Girls. As well as a wealth of academic qualifications (including a Masters in Population and Health and PhD in Non-communicable Epidemiology) Dr Sullivan has travelled extensively throughout Europe, North and South America, North Africa and India, swims regularly, has run several half marathons over the last year and competes in half ironman and ironman events. A force to be reckoned with!

A hockey player from Oakham School has won the U18 Hockey Writers’ Club National Youth Award. Matt, a seventh former at Oakham, received his award at a presentation last week at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in Knightsbridge. This prestigious award, sponsored by Higgins Group, is voted for by hockey journalists and recognises players who have performed well over the year. It also takes into consideration their contribution to hockey through their character and involvement.  Past winners include GB Olympians Ashley Jackson and Maddie Hinch. Charles Randall, chairman of the Hockey Writers Club said, ‘We would like to congratulate Matthew for winning the 18-group category ahead of some very strong candidates. The judges noted that, as an established National League player, he went out of his way to inspire younger students in what is clearly a good hockey environment. Matthew is a credit to the coaching staff and to the school. Well done.’

And finally, a talented prep school artist at Rydal Penrhos has achieved a notable accolade from a high-profile national competition. Isabella Peevor, a year six pupil, beat out hundreds of thousands of other entries to finish second in The Red Nose Design Challenge. The 11-year-old’s design will now be transformed into a 3D nose by designers and sold in Oxfam stores across the country. Art teacher Suzy Morris introduced the competition at the prep school and received dozens of creations, and Isabella is now set for a trip to see her design of a fairy with a hula dress brought to life. Congratulations Isabella!




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