barnardian Bar nard Castle School magazine 2011/12 >> number 287
Dramatic excellence continues for every age group…
Biennial CCF Inspection a success…
BBC presenter Julia Bradbury helps tackle National Science Week…
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Headmaster’s address School Prizes Chapel – Centenary
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PREP SCHOOL Prep Headmaster’s Report Class Reports Music Drama Sport Art, Design and Activities Reports from Prep School Groups Special Events and Trips Fond Memories of Year 6
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SENIOR SCHOOL Senior Common Room Activities Chapel and Charity Reports Overseas Music Old Barnardians House Diaries
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AUTUMN TERM Senior Play – The Royal Hunt of the Sun House Singing CCF Departmental Events Sports Lectern Club
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SPRING TERM House Speaking Competition National Science Week Musical – Little Shop of Horrors A Level Theatre Studies Departmental Events CCF Sports Barney Bash and Barnard Run Skiing Trips SUMMER TERM Library Nissan Trip Longfield Dinner Chemistry NESIP Creative Writing Competition The NeST Canoe Trip Sculpture Park Junior & Inter Drama Sports Day Summer CCF Summer Sports CCF Summer Tour Year 11 Prom Leavers’ Ball
Front cover >> BCS joins in with Olympic spirit! Editor >> Mr T. Scott Edwards I Special Thanks to >> Mark Fuller, Ben Jeffrey, Tom Evans and Olivia Metcalfe (photographic contributions) I Collation >> Mr T. Scott Edwards I Prep School Editor >> Mr Nick Seddon (With thanks to Laura Turner and additional contributors and photographers). Design and Production >> yellow torpedo byrå I www.yellowtorpedo.com
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Alan Stevens’ Speech Day Report
Chairman and Mrs McCallum, Mr Whatley, governors, noble guests, ladies and gentlemen of all ages, it gives me great pleasure to present my report to you. I suspect that we have all noticed that Independent education as a whole has been something of a punch bag for the press and politicians over the last year, and I want to re-affirm this morning that what we believe in and strive for is not privilege, but excellence. Before I turn to that, I must say that I am delighted to have with us this morning Mr Frank Whately, a former Head of Northumberland House. Mr Whately has devoted his life to education and his zeal for the Arts has not only equipped Kingston with a top-class theatre, built on the precise dimensions of the Elizabethan Rose Theatre, but he has also secured a series of world-class performers to tread the boards there. I felt very privileged, if a little fraudulent, when
empathy with all my might. With his phone still grasped in his hand, he replied, “I’ve just been called up to prop for England and I have to go to Surrey to train this weekend. Will you come with me to tell Mr Edwards that I have to miss rehearsals?” To his lasting credit, Mr Edwards was fulsome in his congratulations and, we suspect, was actually quite keen to secure a speaking part for himself as an understudy. The young man in question was, of course, Alec Clarey and he was to join our Head of School, Guy van den Dries, on the England team which was, I say with mixed feelings, convincingly victorious in its Easter international against the Ireland U18. This has been an auspicious year for elite sport in School: Peter Wickham spent his Easter touring Italy as scrum-half for the Independent Schools’ Barbarians and won all of his games and Jonny Coser was selected for England U16s. We congratulate all four of them on their remarkable achievements. In Hockey Emma Peat has continued to represent that North of England with the Pennine Pumas and was recently selected for the North’s U21 team; in cross-country running Alice McBain competes for British Schools; Josie Amery
I want to re-affirm that what we believe in and strive for is not privilege, but excellence.
Frank allowed me to stand on the stage back in April – it was a very special and memorable experience which lasted for around 30 seconds before some busy technicians made it clear that I was in the way and they had work to do. When I told Frank that Uncle Vanya was among this term’s dramatic projects in school, he was delighted and, I think it’s fair to say, a little surprised that a school would dare to take on such a challenging production, especially since it didn’t involve our Sixth Form who were busy with exams. Those here who enjoyed Uncle Vanya, Sparkleshark, Little Shop of Horrors or Royal Hunt of the Sun will appreciate the dedication and value of drama to the children who were on stage, back-stage and behind you in the tech room, and I know that you acknowledged the great efforts of the teachers involved, particularly our Director of Drama, Mr Edwards. A mark of Mr Edwards’ influence was an incident on a Friday night in March while the cast was rehearsing, a young man knocked on my study door, looking ashenfaced. I sat him down and prepared to enter Headmasterly counselling mode – “I’ve just had terrible news, sir,” said he. “Oh, dear,” said I, exuding
has again represented Barnard Castle at the national Schools Fencing Championships; Thea Thompson played netball for Team Northumbria in the NTL and Tori Richardson played lacrosse for the North of England. Our cricket captain, Bret Upton, is in the Durham Cricket Academy and Dan Potts, Anthony Harrison, Bruce Clegg and Alex Beaumont have all played rugby for the North of England. We also have fine examples of leadership among our Sixth Form and I was delighted to learn last term that Will Barnes has been awarded an RAF Sixth Form Scholarship, a highly-competitive and prestigious award which has come to Barney twice in the last three years. Calum Matthews continues to set the pace academically, not just for his peers here, but much further afield: last month Calum won an international Cicero Award. It is sadly impossible for me to list all of the accomplishments of the boys and girls of this fine school. I am conscious of the fact that ever-increasing numbers of them are recognised throughout the year. To all of you who have received such recognition this year, my warmest congratulations – you have done so on your merits and earned your reward. To the many
people whom time alone prevents me from mentioning by name this morning, forgive me and well done. Also recognised this year was the work of our Combined Cadet Force: recognised both by October’s biennial inspection report and in the award of Diamond Jubilee medals to 6 of its personnel. We are fortunate to have such a popular, thriving and well-led CCF under Major Caroline Hall with her loyal and invaluable Senior Staff Instructor, RSM Martyn Lewis. The CCF has impressed not only me, but also our inspecting officer this year, Wing Commander Richard Turner, who commented that “Enthusiastic, motivated, cheerful, eager and disciplined are words that capture the essence of the contingent.” The CCF’s Army and RAF sections provide not only a wide variety of training, principally delivered by the senior cadets led by Cdt RSM Sam Hunter, on Monday afternoons, but also camps, adventure training and a valuable annual service to our wider community as every November our cadets attend the town’s remembrance service in St Mary’s church before leading the local community to parade at the war memorial in the Bowes Museum’s grounds. We are very proud of our cadets; we know the value of the contingent and, as ever, we acknowledge gratefully the work of all involved in making it what it is. First, Mr Chairman, in trying political and economic times, it is my pleasure to report that we have made important progress this year towards the objectives of our School Development Plan and we have resolutely sought to do so even in the belief that what we already do is fundamentally good and largely excellent. This year my Heads of Department have introduced measures to hone the quality of prep and assessment; intra- and inter-departmental lesson observations are now commonplace as tools of constructive criticism and spreading best practice; Mr Mark West has established and continues to develop the Balliol Group to enrich the experience of our young academic scholars; for boarders we have greatly improved the quality of evening catering which was recently highly praised by an independent catering audit, we have overhauled most of the boys’ boarding facilities and the remainder will be similarly improved over the next few weeks; S-Block was upgraded and felt in September, according to the consensus of Year 8, like a new building; our grounds are being tended and looked after with a new level of care and attention to detail by our Head Groundsman, Mr Gary Ventress and his team, and their striking visual impact is such that few visitors now come here without commenting on them; I hesitate to mention it, but as parents you now receive your bills electronically as an indication that the Accounts Office, like the School’s whole Bursary function under Mr Simon Dowson, is moving into the 21st century; we have commissioned an extensive ICT audit to establish how best to make progress to ensure that we remain not just in, but ahead of the game; we have reviewed the implementation of our excellent EPQ opportunities for Sixth Form so that they derive most benefit from them and the Sixth Form promises to be an exciting place to be in the coming years, led by the gifted and effervescent Mr Chris Butler; Mr Chairman, our aim is ambitiously, confidently and unashamedly to provide the best Sixth Form experience in the North. There is much to do, but we have already begun and while the lofty presence of Guy van den Dries will be missed as Head of School next year, I am delighted to say that I have great confidence in Calum Matthews as our new Head of School, to lend his ideas and his enthusiasm to leading the new Sixth Form and helping to move us forward. For all of these developments and for their sense of vocation, good will, good humour and above all for the extraordinary amount of time that they devote to the boys and girls here, I must register my admiration of and thanks to the whole staff of the school.
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The company 3M, which makes the humble Post-it, does so in 18 colours, 27 sizes, 56 shapes and 20 fragrances. So perhaps it’s quite normal and reasonable that parents want something from School that actually meets the needs of their children. Equally, as a School, we reasonably expect parents to support the principles according to which we work. I stand by our conviction that a purely intellectual education is only developing one part of any child. As the saying goes, “what do they know of cricket who only cricket know?” I hope the parents here invested in a Barney education for academic reasons – yes, of course – but also because you bought into the philosophy that breadth is good for us; I go further and suggest that it is good for society. Niall Ferguson, lately History Professor at Jesus Coll. Oxford and now Harvard, asserts that the financial crisis that is affecting us all was the triumph of short-term specialised theory over historical experience and good sense. As a historian,
recent ramblings about O’Levels and the likely shape of A’Levels in the future are 2 cases in point. Our country needs young men and women of character and this, to those who leave school today, is your charge. An education that is characterbuilding, even though that is normally said with derision these days, is an education for life and ultimately for success. Confidence, assuredness, humility and openness will serve you well. This is an important day for you all, and as you embark upon the next stage of your lives, I would encourage you to be positive and ambitious, even though there will be moments of uncertainty and anxiety: how you feel about it is important and remember that your feelings are determined by your words, thoughts and actions; you are not the prisoner of them. In his classic text “Man’s Search for Meaning,” Viktor Fankl reminds us all that “you cannot choose your circumstances, but you can always choose your attitude to your circumstances.”
Our country needs young men and women of character and this, to those who leave school today, is your charge. I’m inclined to listen to him. There is a strong case to say that we should place more faith in character than in credentials. In our teachers and in our Sixth Form and especially in our leavers, for our country’s sake, we need people of judgement and moral courage – we need leaders and real leadership is not the same as just getting ahead. True leadership and true success cannot be measured, regardless of what Lord Sugar says, by bean-counting, nor is it achieved by sharp practice, half-truths and exploitation. Whether it’s your grade, your car or your bank balance, the over-emphasis on attainment as the object and pinnacle of achievement in British society has perverted and inverted values by suggesting that first our young people must above all else be successful and that only this will lead to happiness and belonging. But our purpose is not to produce what Prof. Deresiewicz from Yale describes as “excellent sheep” who ruthlessly jump through hoops, who become serial collectors of evidence for the CV and just conform in order to achieve their goals; for such young people happiness depends only upon wealth, success and status. Instead, in this school we stand by our belief that belonging to a community, living and working together across ages and backgrounds creates happiness and that this creates the optimum environment for success. Our purpose here is to prepare young people for life. In our community they learn how to live with people, to work with others, to lead and to compromise, to give more than they take and to uphold responsibilities rather than rights; duties for the greater good rather than privileges for the few. Far from being sheltered from the real world, they are extremely well prepared for its realities. They have values, and they value others. However, as we progress and strive to improve, we must avoid the British curse of rejecting good ideas simply because we’ve already used them or because we once believed in them – it is not the case that everything goes out of fashion and needs to be replaced by an initiative. The helpful hand of educational progress often has the motion of a pendulum so, if you are in the business for long enough, you will find it hitting you twice as it swings almost inevitably back and forth – Michael Gove’s
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I hazard a guess that as our leavers recollect their most memorable times at School, many of them will conclude that their best experiences here were outside the classroom. They may remember a Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition, a concert, Lectern Club, CCF, Choir, Sport, Drama, Chapel, or some of the 130odd weekly activities that are too many to list. These activities are often described as extracurricular but here they are not extra; they are integral to our school day and to our philosophy. That is not simply a desire to clock up many more activities than other independent schools, remarkable enough as that is. We believe that these activities are worthwhile per se, they develop character and they are inclusive. When in 1943 Abraham Maslow first published his hierarchy of needs, at a very basic level and just above the essentials of food, drink and safety, come the psychological needs of belonging and friendship. In a close community such as ours where teachers really understand boys and girls, and where profound friendships are formed, we not only observe, but we build and enrich the human condition. Those friendships, I am delighted to say, are clearly life-long, judging from the turnout of young and old OBs on Barnardian Day last Sunday and at our annual OB dinners in London. Moreover, the altruism and generosity of several OBs this year to their old School has, as the Chairman has noted, been touching and gratefully received. Sadly in this country many young people do not value or experience community life. I seriously doubt whether there can be any functional society, “Big” or otherwise, if the majority of its members have no concept of living in a community and where education is divorced from community roots? I had the very good fortune this year to speak to Prof. Lord Layard, who is the Director of the Wellbeing Programme at the London School of Economics’ Centre for Economic Performance. Basing his studies on 22 years of empirical evidence and on the philosophies of Mill, Bentham, Aristotle and Jesus Christ, he is utterly convinced that caring for others and having a robust sense of self-esteem have direct and rewarding personal, organizational and ultimately national benefits. I discussed with him how our programme of activities and our pastoral care aim to
provide a sense of community and a set of values which can withstand the nihilism of militant modern society which can be so destructive and negative in its default response to almost anything worthy or courageous. As a result, next year Barnard Castle School will help to improve the lives of schoolchildren throughout the nation by working with the Centre for Economic Performance at the LSE to develop a National Wellbeing Charter for Schools. I began by saying that there are many threats to the sort of independent education that, as parents, we invest in to give our children opportunities; many of these threats are from a government most of whose ministers were educated in the independent sector and one can’t help feeling a sense of the ladder being pulled up behind them. The Minister for Education, Michael Gove, who also enjoyed an independent education, took a swipe at independent schools last month in a speech at Brighton College when he said that it was morally indefensible that executive appointments in so many careers were dominated by men and women who had been independently educated; he said that such privilege was wrong. What complete tosh; he is wrong, and what’s more, not even he believed his own spin as he pandered to prejudice and uninformed jealousy – to cite privilege was cheap and easy, but it wasn’t true. Eighteen months ago the same Minister stood before me and a group of my fellow HMC Headmasters and Headmistresses and told us how much he understood and valued independent schools for continuing to get the very best out of young people, for showing the way in exam success, university entrance and lifeskills from which the nation benefits; for these reasons he claimed that his new academies would have the “DNA” of the independent sector. The silliness of that aspiration is already becoming apparent. We do not believe in, nor do we practise privilege – it is a concept that is alien and repulsive to our values in this school. It smacks of pretentiousness and complacency, laziness and inequity and it has no place here, just as it has no place in the homes of our children or among the parents and grandparents who work hard, invest and expect value for money. Mr Chairman, I will conclude with a parable that happens to be true. On a typical wintery Wednesday afternoon this year I entered the dining hall to observe one of the most fiercely-contested senior house competitions. There were the House captains, directing operations, the monitors dashing back and forward, and a legion of younger boys and girls doing everything within their power to impress Mrs Ellison and be awarded first place in Cake Decorating. I approached the Tees House table where an army of boys, wearing green ties which had recently been enhanced with icing sugar, melted chocolate and food colouring, were pondering their sticky creation while eating the various confections that they had bought with which to decorate it. I glanced at the neighbouring tables where Bowes were looking calmly at their fondant icing swimming pool and Marwood’s girls were putting the finishing touches to a striking likeness of the Olympic stadium. Returning my attention to the Tees table, I said the only thing that seemed reasonable: “What is it?” Alec Clarey, was standing with his chest out – he has little choice in the matter – and proudly advised “it’s an abomination, sir.” And so it was, but once again boys and girls of different ages had worked together in good spirit to do something that was outside their comfort zone and, as it turned out, actually surprisingly difficult, and therein lies a lesson. Mr Chairman I conclude my report with the undertaking to continue in all areas to strive for excellence, not privilege. Alan Stevens
School Prizes UVI Prizes Governors’ Prize for English Language Barker Prize for English Literature Adlard Prize for Mathematics Parkinson Prize for Further Mathematics Sowerby Prize for Biology Robinson Prize for Chemistry Wiseman Prize for Physics Walton Prize for Practical Sciences (Biology) Walton Prize for Practical Sciences (Chemistry) Walton Prize for Practical Sciences (Physics) Crosby Prize for Pre-Medical Studies Munro Prize for French Governors’ Prize for German Governors’ Prize for Spanish Shields Prize for Classics Farrar Prize for Ancient History Scott Prize for Geography Jackson Prize for Field Study Mowitt Prize for History Governors’ Prize for Politics Prest Prize for Religious Studies Rowlandson Prize for Economics Vincent Prize for Business Studies Mellanby Prize for Technology Horwarth, Clark, Whitewell Prize for I.T. Blaxland Prize for Art Taylor Prize for Drama Gibson Prize for Theatre Studies Director of Music’s Prize Johnson Prize for Piano Niven Prize for Woodwind Governors’ Prize for Sports Studies Barker Prizes for Sport Barker Prizes for Sport Barker Prizes for Sport Barker Prizes for Sport Barker Prizes for Sport Hughes Prize for Service Contingent Commander’s Prize Contingent Commander’s Prize Commandant’s Certificate of Outstanding Service Aquila Prize Dinning-Cooke Sword of Honour Westwick Prize for Achievement Southern Prize for Chapel Reading
Harriet Ward Natalie Shaw Adam Miller Varun Balupuri Adam Miller Adam Miller Andrew Bussey Alice McBain Alex Beaumont Iain Swall Adam Miller Neil Stanwix Luke Shield Natalie Shaw Natalie Shaw Christopher Robinson Stephen Webster Iain Swall Natalie Shaw Neil Stanwix Imogen Ridley No award Oleg Zubenko Thomas Vickers Chelsey Cole Finlay Tait Martha Moore Martha Moore Esther Lee Esther Lee Regina D'Oyley Andrew Lister Alex Beaumont Bruce Clegg Anthony Harrison Emma Peat Victoria Richardson Oleg Zubenko Lauren Carden-Grigg Victoria Richardson No award Dale Keogh Sam Hunter Paige Wilkinson Imogen Ridley
Southern Prize for Chapel Chorister Chaplain’s Prize Chaplain’s Prize Chaplain’s Prize Chaplain’s Prize Rotary Club Prizes Rotary Club Prizes Rotary Club Prizes Rotary Club Prizes Headmaster's Prize for a Day Girl Headmaster's Prize for a Day Boy Headmaster's Prize for a Boarding Girl Headmaster's Prize for a Boarding Boy Corkish Shield for Musical Endeavour Bury-Harrison Cup for Public Speaking Gibson Award for Boys' Sport Child Award for Girls' Sport England Cap for Rugby England Cap for Rugby England Cap for Rugby Thompson-Richardson Prize The Old Barnardians’ Club Centenary Cup
Ivy Lai Adam Boukraa Charlotte Dickinson Freddie Metcalfe Barry Wong Mathew Brown William Prior Jessica Roberts Sophie Wray Abigail Graham Anthony Harrison Harriet McHugh Sebastian Ullrich Ceara Sutton-Jones Neil Stanwix Finlay Tait Emily Turner Alec Clarey Jonathan Coser Guy van Den Dries Martin Ryvola Guy Van Den Dries
LVI Prizes English Language English Literature F Mathematics Mathematics French German Physics Chemistry Biology Geography Religious Studies History Politics Business Studies Art Latin Classics Music I.C.T. P. E.
Lucy Parkinson Whizzy Gorman Christopher Moore Hugh Carter Sophie Brown Calum Matthews Matthew Pinkney Christopher Moore Jonathan Wanless Adam Carnell Whizzy Gorman Calum Matthews Evie Kennedy Trutz von der Trenck Charlotte Holmes Calum Matthews Calum Matthews Regina D'Oyley Ian Cameron Chloe Thacker
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Barnard Castle School Chapel The Centenary 1912-2012
The Chapel was dedicated a few days before Whit Sunday in 1912, having had the foundation stone laid in July 1910. The foundation itself was a spectacular event. Masons from the three counties of Durham, Northumberland and York, led by Lord Barnard, the Provincial Grand Master, processed in full Masonic regalia to lay the foundation stone with the same ceremonies used to found King Solomonâ€™s temple. Bringing offerings of oil, flour and wine, the foundation commanded huge publicity in Teesdale and the surrounding area. Original plans for the chapel show a floor patterned in the Masonic chequer board style. This never came to fruition but Masonic signs abound in the building, signifying the continued support for the chapel over the years, revived recently with a service and dinner for the Knights Templar. The Chapel is unusual in being oriented North-South and doubly unusual in carrying no denominational tag, though the Lord Bishop of Durham and his suffragans have always had a close relationship with the school through annual confirmation services and Diocesan representatives on the Board of Governors. Built in local stone in the collegiate style, with seats facing inwards to the aisle, the building was adorned over the years with oaken pews and war memorials, stained glass, a spectacular Willis two manual organ and a central picture painted by the French artist Ary Scheffer, called Christ the Consoler. The stone mason carved the four evangelists on the Chapel turret but misunderstood the Johannine eagle for any old bird, and depicted a parrot instead. In the centenary year the school plans a modern stained glass window, sharing the sun with older windows in memory of the first headmaster Francis Lloyd Brereton, and Second Master, Harold, his brother. Depicted as the Biblical friends, David and Jonathan, they gaze at one another across the aisle from behind the choir stalls â€“ a testimony to the sense of community which is still tangible in Chapel today. SJR
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Carl Rycroft’s Speech Day Report
I would like to start this year by thanking parents for your continued support of the school. We function much more effectively as a school owing to the positive relationship that exists between the school and the parent body. The children’s education obviously benefits from a strong partnership between school and home; learning is at its best when it is not confined to school hours. The parent network is a strength for the school and a support to new parents. The Barney Friends provide the management of a parent contact list, enjoyable social events, support at school events such as Open Days and Sports Days, as well as providing a useful sounding board for the school. The inaugural Prep School Ball was a big undertaking and, I am pleased to say, a huge success. The hard work of Mrs Gray, Mrs Osborne, Mrs Rycroft and Mrs Forster in organising the ball ensured that a super evening was had by all those who were able to attend. We are also thankful for the support given by the companies that generously sponsored the evening. The ball was a great addition to the social calendar of the school and we intend to make this a biennial event. As parents, you will know something about our assembly programme from your thorough reading of the newsletter each week. Our assemblies address issues involving personal development and living as contributing members of society. For one such assembly this year, I decided to use images of signs to highlight that there are many ways in which we are guided through life. However, during my search on the internet for signs to do with children, I also came across a few signs that seemed less appropriate for the assembly, such as: “Crocodiles are fed every Wednesday and Saturday at 4:30. Bring the children.” and “For Sale: boa constrictor: 6:5 foot long, hand reared. Likes children.” Speech Day is an excellent opportunity to update you
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on the progress of the school and to share with you some of the outstanding achievements of this academic year. The strength of Barney is, and always will be, that it’s a school where we focus on the character of pupils: their resilience, motivation, self discipline and creativity. Where assessment is not too narrow, where a range of abilities and talents are recognised, where pupils are encouraged to get on and be the best they can be. We are pleased to have a school which offers a broad education, focusing on the whole person and based on huge variety and all-round excellence. Academic matters are at the heart of what we do. Sport, music, drama, activities, community service and trips are an essential part of what we offer, and they all complement what goes on in the classroom. We are proud, therefore, that all of our Year Six pupils were offered places in the Senior School following the academic entrance test procedure and this was just reward for their hard work and the teachers’ guidance. In addition four pupils were awarded academic scholarships in recognition of their aptitude, hard work and potential. At the same time, this school is also about having a wide range of clubs and activities, matches and high quality concerts and plays. In everything, there should be an opportunity for the excellent to excel and the keen to participate and enjoy. Music continues to play a full part in life at the Prep School. A third choir, representing the Pre-Prep, has been added to our list of ensembles, as has a recorder group. I have been pleased that the Music and Art departments have linked up for two concert events, the ‘Sweets and Music’ concert and the Autumn term ensemble concert and Art Exhibition. The Choir and Harmony Choir have performed well in Chapel and in concerts; members of the Harmony Choir supported the Chapel Choir in singing evensong at York Minster and I am pleased that they will be supporting the Chapel Choir in future public events. We held two ‘Have a Go’ concerts this year. These informal events, watched by parents, provide an opportunity for the children to take their first foray into performing music in public. Needless to say these were very enjoyable events, as was the excellent PrePrep concert. As well as the aforementioned art exhibitions we also held our first inter-house and Pre-Prep Art competition this term. The Olympic theme was appropriate and I hope you enjoyed the digital exhibition of these pictures on the big screen prior to the start of Speech Day. Our commitment to drama is significant through role play in lessons, through class assemblies and through our productions. With regard to the latter, the Pre-Prep Nativity Play, ‘Busy, Busy Bethlehem’, got us off to a super start in the Autumn Term. This was followed up by our first ever Year Three and Four play, ‘Aesop’s Funtastic Fables’, which was also a great success. The Year Three and Four play was a noteworthy addition to our calendar of drama events, which concluded with ‘The Pirates of The Curry Bean’. This show was great fun for our Year Five and Six pupils and the audience alike as well as being a showcase for drama in the school. On the sporting front, I have been particularly encouraged by the development of the girls’ U9 sport this year and it is pleasing that we have managed to establish a good fixture programme for this age group. The performance of the U9A Netball team in winning the Plate trophy at the Yarm tournament was a good example of our progress and this early development should stand us in good stead in the future. Related to development, I have also been encouraged by the increase in B, C and even D level
fixtures this year as we endeavour to give more sporting opportunities to all the children. We were also pleased that four Year Six pupils were awarded Barnard Castle School Sports Exhibitions. The continued excellence of our Cross Country and Athletics teams, two sports in which the girls and boys excel, is noteworthy and this was particularly evident in winning performances at the Teesside High School Cross-Country race and in our recent athletics match against Yarm Prep School. Individually Cameron McKnight, Carla McKnight, Edward Lockwood and Jake Metcalfe all broke school Athletics records this term to continue our proud tradition on the track. The U9 Rugby team had an excellent season both in regular fixtures and in their victorious performances at the Yarm and Sedbergh tournaments. In U11 Rugby Max Pepper and George Spink represented the North of England Prep Schools’ team. Despite the best efforts of the weather, we did manage to get some sport played this term. The two Sports Days were excellent and the Olympic themed opening ceremony at the Pre-Prep event was a triumph. The U11 Cricket team were runners up in Durham School six-a-side Cricket Competition and the U8 Tennis team won the Durham County Games. There have been fifty activities on offer this year and on top of this we have enjoyed a variety of educational trips and cross-curricular themed days. The Jubilee Day and the Olympic Torch relay were real highlights and in addition to this we have also raised money for a wide variety of good causes this year thanks to the hard work of the School Council, amongst others. I would also like to mention the support staff today, the amount that goes on in the background is extraordinary. Our wonderful matrons, cleaners, catering staff, medical staff, maintenance and grounds staff all play a significant part in the success of the school. This is also the case with the business and administration staff, and this includes, of course, Mrs Morse our incomparable and highly talented Prep School secretary. Well done to all pupils this year for making the school such an enjoyable place to be. You have all played an important part in the school’s continued success. I would like to wish the Year Six pupils all the best as they embark on the next exciting stage of their education. You can afford to move on with confidence and make the most of the opportunities both in and out of the classroom in senior school. In conclusion, in twenty-one days time the Olympics opens in London. The Olympic spirit is in many ways in harmony with the spirit at Barney. Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympics, espoused the view that doing your best should be your aim, that putting everything into taking part was, in itself, the essence of success in life. This is reflected in school where success is often measured by what we put in, our commitment to roll up our sleeves and give everything a good go. Pierre de Coubertin said: “The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.” My simple version of this and my challenge to you all as we look forward to a new academic year is, “Do your best to be your best” That is after all the Barney Way! Thank you. Carl Rycroft Headmaster
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Playing in the snow at Richmond
Ice skating – just like the professionals
Getting wet on the water rides
Old Courts The boarders have had a fantastic year in Old Courts with many highlights. They settled in very well in September and the new boarders adapted well to the new routines. The children have performed in several Talent Contests and their confidence levels have soared. Throughout the year, we have had different monitors who have assisted the younger members of the house as well as chairing the boarders’ meetings. Many children have been given the opportunity to go to clubs in the local area. Horse riding, playing for Barnard Castle Rugby and Cricket clubs, and attending the local Guides have all kept many of the children busy in the evenings. We have been on several weekend trips which have proved to be very popular. The boarders thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the South Lakes Animal Park and Light Water Valley. They had great fun bowling and ice-skating but most of all they have enjoyed going out and about in the local countryside for walks and completing the occasional Geocache. We have had great fun in and around Old Courts, and the fantastic school grounds have meant we have been able to get outside to play football, tennis and rounders. Many children have their own bikes and scooters with them so the tarmac areas are ideal for them to play on. Our Christmas play, ‘The Wizard of Auz’, was fabulous. The children performed their parts to a very high standard and Miss Sanderson worked hard to make sure the children had learnt their lines and were ready to perform in front of their friends and families. We have been busy decorating the House with the boarders’ art work and the children have produced some outstanding masterpieces, which we have framed and displayed around Old Courts. Makings models has been a popular activity at the weekend, as has painting. Many of the children have individual music lessons at school and they enjoy going to Music School to practise in the evenings. Many boarders have taken exams in their chosen instrument and performed really well. We have had a very busy year and can’t quite believe it’s over so soon. We look forward to meeting and getting to know the new boarders in September and wish the children in Year Six all the best as they move up into Senior School. Mrs Killeen
Our Halloween Party was great fun
Having a splashing time!
Sparklers on Bonfire Night
Horse riding lessons
The Wonderful Wizard of Auz and the hilarious parrot
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First day at school
Reception In September 2011, Barnard Castle Pre-Prep welcomed another seventeen new faces into the ‘Barney family’ and what an exciting, action packed year we have had! From their first day at school the children quickly settled in and become accustomed to ‘The Barney Way’. Being kind, helpful and respecting each other helped the children quickly build the bonds of trust and friendship within the class. We were fortunate enough to move classrooms this year, and with this came the fantastic addition of our outdoor classroom which has allowed free-flow access into the safe, secure garden throughout the day. Come rain, or shine, you will always find someone pottering about in their waterproofs and wellies, building houses, sailing the seven seas, digging in the flower beds or simply taking their imaginative play outside to a much larger – and usually messier – scale. The
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educational opportunities have been endless! We have all learnt and developed so much, academically, personally and socially. We have studied a wealth of topics including ‘The Seasons’, ‘Arctic Life’, ‘People who Help Us’, ‘Festivals’ and many, many more. The hype and excitement around the celebrations in London, with the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympic Games, led to a very exciting Summer Term curriculum for Reception. We began with a London bus for our role-play corner, which allowed us to explore various London hotspots and traditions. The children have also initiated their own topics which we have been able to develop further including things that move, farms, skeletons, trains and historical events. We have had visits from the school nurses, local police officers, Curtis Jobling, Team Wales and, of course, the Olympic torch bearers. We have had our
Where’s the fire?
annual visit to Raby Castle, to see Father Christmas and to the Pantomime in Darlington; walked to the Fire Station in Barnard Castle and ended our year with a colourful treat to the Tynemouth Sea Life Centre and Longsands Beach. Throughout the year we have developed our skills in reading, writing, counting, drawing, investigating and much, much more! We have enjoyed our PE lessons and a highlight has been our swimming lessons at the Teesdale Leisure Centre. The children have achieved so much this year and I am so very proud of them all, with how they have progressed their independent reading and writing skills. I thoroughly look forward to watching the children grow, develop and progress throughout the school. Well done Reception, excellent work! Mrs Turner
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Year One We have had another very busy year in Year One. Although small in number, the children have thrown themselves with great energy into all the activities, projects and challenges presented to them. Our first week of the Autumn Term came with great excitement as we moved into the brand new class room. Our first trip was to the Bowes Museum, where we had a super day exploring artefacts and taking part in craft workshops to enhance our ‘Toys’ History topic. There was an exciting clockwork toy race, and we learned all about toys from the past. Harvest Festival was our first key event in Chapel, and Year celebrated by making ‘leaf print’ Harvest cards and baking bread. After half term we began rehearsing for the Nativity. The Year One children were shepherds and we all enjoyed the singing and acting. The class very much enjoyed the visit we had from Curtis Jobling, of ‘Bob the Builder’ fame, who informed and entertained all the children with his talk and drawing workshop. The children have gained in confidence, not least in Art, and this visit from a ‘real’ artist seemed to inspire many of them. Charity work is an aspect of life that runs throughout the School and, over the year, the class have enjoyed dressing up, solving problems and running, all to raise money for good causes. We led the fundraising for Marie Curie Cancer Care this year and as well as planting and caring for their ‘Pots of Care’ daffodils, Year One asked all the Pre Prep children to decorate cakes which they then sold to all their friends from their classroom ‘shop’.
Our Class Assembly all about the Victorians
A trip into town came early in the term, to look at different buildings for our Geography and History work on ‘Houses and Homes’ and the children helped to build their own wooden house, cutting with hacksaws, and using glued assorted materials to create the detail and we explored life in Victorian times. The children presented a super Assembly all about how domestic life has changed in the last hundred years. Prior to Mothers’ Day, we visited Radio Teesdale as part of our Science topic on ‘Sound’. As if hearing their own voices command the Dale to ‘Wake up and listen!’ was not exciting enough, they also recorded some very special messages which were broadcast on Mothering Sunday. Shortly after this came the Pre Prep Easter Concert and the children worked really hard to learn songs and A.A. Milne’s ‘Half Way Up’ by heart: The concert was a real delight. In a Summer Term, Year One enjoyed a little of the Caribbean, learning about Jamaica in Geography. They sang songs, danced and baked traditional ‘Easter Bun’. The term finished with a fantastic outing to the Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth. All the children had a super time! A close-knit group, the children have worked, played, learned and laughed their way through the year and are all eagerly anticipating the challenges of Year Two. I wish them all the very best! Mrs Michelin
Baking bread for Harvest
Creating a salad for our Healthy Eating project
Our visit to Radio Teesdale
Year One led the fundraising for Marie Curie this year
Making toys at the Bowes Museum
Using watercolours for still life
Using the laptops – all dressed up for Help the Heroes
Playing the violin as part of our Sound topic in Science
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Year Two This year’s saw the largest Year Two, the children eager to learn and set a good example. The topic of Hinduism was their first in-depth look at a religion in school. We carried out a puja around the classroom shrine, which was resplendent with the huge Ganesh, surrounded by offerings of food, flowers and lights. Our Geography focus ‘Where We Live’ enabled us to take the children on a walk around Barnard Castle town. They followed a map and looked at where the centre of town originally was and the children all produced a poster, enticing tourists to pay the town a visit. The Great Fire of London was a very successful topic; inspiring research into the buildings of Tudor London and the fire-fighting equipment available. The year group also produced a mini Pudding Lane out of cardboard boxes. Amidst swimming lessons, Pre-Prep choir, Judo, ballet, an introduction to French and cookery club, the words “Nativity play” were heard more and more frequently. ‘Busy, Busy Bethlehem’ was led superbly by the Year Two children in Chapel with Mr Atherton’s musical expertise. In the Spring Term, our History and Geography topics revolved around Egypt. These projects were aided by a voyage of discovery at the Oriental Museum in Durham where they studied mummified bodies up close and participated in a weighing of the heart ceremony. We were then visited by several very important guests. Firstly Curtis Jobling popped in to show the Pre-Prep how to draw his beloved Bob the Builder characters. The Welsh First Nation Home Team then visited us and Year 2 were able to present them with a basket of ‘Fat Rascals’ for energy before we all had a marvellous time participating in the Sport Relief Mile. The term was completed with the Easter Extravaganza including an Easter Bonnet Parade. The Summer term focussed on preparation for Year Three and we began to equip the children for the move to Prep School. They rose to the challenge and proudly received ‘Move-Up’ certificates at the End of Term Gathering. Our topic for the term had a nautical theme. In Geography we explored the Isle of Struay and in History we learnt about the exploits of Grace Darling and Victorian lighthouses, culminating in a fabulous visit to Souter Lighthouse. This year has been exceptional, full of fond memories. It is probably best summed up by one of the children who said, “It was just too good, I can’t describe it!” Mrs Bale and Miss White
After a busy day learning about the Egyptians
2B with the Olympic Torchbearers
Our own Captain Jack Sparrow
Celebrating the Torch Relay
Creating diva lamps
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Learning about roots in Science
Orienteering at the Bowes Museum
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Digging for artefacts
Building bridges at Arbeia
Year Three began their journey in Prep School with Miss Biggart and Mrs Priestley getting fully involved in the busy life of school. They thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Romans in the Autumn Term and the trip to Arbeia was a great success, where they pretended to be archaeologists for the day. The weather topic in Geography proved to be great fun and we enjoyed making our own rain gauges and placing them around the school to record the rain fall. Our Science topics lent themselves to some excellent experiments and on the sunny days, we enjoyed going outside to make some shadows. The nappy experiment was great fun and we used disclosing tablets to see how well we brushed our teeth. We enjoyed finishing the first term with the Christmas Carol Service where many of us participated in the Prep School Choir for the first time.
Trying out the furniture in the Great Hall at Bede's World
In the Spring Term Mrs Killeen returned and we went to Bede’s World to see how the Anglo-Saxons lived and worked. Many of us would have preferred to be farmers than monks as the children decided that writing a bible for a couple of years wouldn’t be that much fun after all! Healthy Eating was our main topic of the term and we all managed to choose a healthy, balanced and adequate meal each day in the Dining Hall. We learnt all about Kenya in Geography and discovered the different lifestyles by studying artefacts and photos. Our School Play was the highlight of the term and the children had an immense feeling of achievement when their parents watched them perform ‘Aesop’s Funtastic Fables’. Year 3 children were also able to represent the school in the U9 sporting fixtures and enjoyed success.
The Summer Term came around very quickly and the children had fun in English writing their own adventure stories and newspaper reports. In Maths we enjoyed learning about capacity and produced some spectacular repeating patterns. In Science we grew marigold plants and lovingly cared for them. We made some very imaginative treasure maps and the children were able to put their map reading skills to the test when we went orienteering. It has been a busy year with many fun memories. We enjoyed celebrating the arrival of the Olympic Torch, the Diamond Jubilee and learning all about the Olympics. The year has gone extremely fast and the children should be pleased with how much they have achieved both academically and socially. Mrs Killeen and Miss Biggart
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Life gets busier in Year Four and this year was no exception! We went back in time to Medieval England on our visit to Bolton Castle. The children became foot soldiers, learning spear drill and marching through the courtyard in unison. There were some very scary looking faces as they shouted back the commands to Master David! At lunch we sat down to a Medieval banquet, slurping pottage from our bowls and drinking orange ale from goblets. The U9’s had a very competitive side this year in rugby with strong additions to complement an already talented team. They managed to share the Yarm School tournament. The girls continued their busy fixture list, with the highlight being plate winners at the Yarm School Netball tournament. In Science we enjoyed using our new circuits and experimenting using buzzers, bulbs and motors. In addition we went on a habitats walk throughout the school grounds and extended our work on learning about the body. Our trip in the Spring Term transformed us into scientists for the day as we visited the Centre for Life at Gateshead. It was a terrific experience, where we took a trip into space in the planetarium and on the 4D ride before watching some dramatic experiments with optical illusions. We performed our own experiments, looking at Darwin’s worms and created our own experiments on how they travelled in different environments. Probably our proudest moment was our dramatic debut in ‘Aesop’s Funtastic Fables’. There were outstanding performances throughout the cast which led to two very successful dates in the school calendar. We were very proud of the children. In Art we focused on single point perspective, with the children particularly enjoying the figure drawing topic. A particular highlight was a joint Year 4 and Year 6 Maths lesson when our children solved a variety of puzzles created by the top mathematicians in Year 6. Our trip to Leeds Armouries concluded our Tudors topic in History. We really enjoyed looking at the Armour of Henry VIII in the tournament gallery before learning all about knights, tournaments and the different weapons and armour. This year group have been a joy to teach, approaching everything with a smile on their faces. They have achieved high academic success overall and we look forward to seeing how they develop in Year 5. Miss Bennington and Mr Wicling
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Looking cool in France
Six new children joined Year Five this year as they move onto the senior part of Prep School. The term’s Geography topic saw a visit to White Scar Caves and we enjoyed a walk to see the Ribblehead Viaduct. In the classroom Mr Ayres and Mrs Thompson combined Maths sets and the children enjoyed both the content of Maths investigations and working across the groups. A particular favourite was Pentominoes. In Science the Solids, Liquids and Gases topic provided a variety of experiment possibilities including making some very large bubbles and carbon-dioxide “bombs!” In English “The Angel of Nitshill Road “provided the backdrop for many discussions about bullying and some thoughtful work with Mrs Seddon and Mr Ayres. Hockey and Rugby were the term’s sports. Many of the girls represented the A and B teams and all the boys played for the Rugby teams. We returned after Christmas with thoughts of House Singing. Many children also had the chance to perform individually in the ‘Have a Go Concert.’ The children enjoyed writing their own book as part of the ‘Myths and Legends’ topic. The trip in the last week provided us with some beautiful weather at Hartlepool Historic Quay, which allowed us to enjoy our tour round HMS Trincomalee.
The summer term is always busy and this term was no exception. Jubilee fever hit the school. Year Five celebrated by making mathematical bunting and layered jelly in Science. An Olympic topic dominated English and the children enjoyed finding out about the ceremony, traditions and great Olympic moments. Hosting the Olympic torch and lining the road outside Prep School to cheer it on its way was, for many, the highlight of the year. Class talks were a feature of the Summer Term and this year saw a very high standard with good use of ICT and visual props. The House Art competition was a new experience for us and one that everyone enjoyed. Many children benefitted from residential trips this term including the fantastic Robinwood outdoor activities weekend and the cultural French trip was enjoyed by everyone who went. The ‘Pirates of the Curry Bean’ gave us the chance to be part of an excellent production. It was great fun and all the monkeys, buyers and sellers did us proud. Hamsterley Forest provided us with a great orienteering experience in the last week of term. Year Five have created a good atmosphere and we wish them well in Year Six. Mrs Seddon and Mr Ayres
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Orienteering at Hamsterley Forest
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Year Six is all about preparing the children for the next stage of their education. Placed into sets for English and Maths, we quickly settled into academic routine and began the work of Autumn term. Being in Year Six also gives pupils the chance to take on a little more responsibility and rotas for recycling, ‘milk and biscuits’ and even helping to supervise the younger pupils at break times were quickly established. School Councillors were soon appointed and, as the oldest, were useful in leading events throughout the school year. School work is at the heart of life in Year Six and, in January, pupils sat tests for entrance into Senior School. All the pupils were offered places, with eight awards being offered for academic achievement, sport and music. But life in Year Six is certainly about more than academic endeavours. In October we set off on our annual visit to London. We admired the staging of ‘The Lion King’, before exploring the Tower of London, HMS Belfast, The Science Museum and many more tourist attractions over the course of four days. Finishing with a tour of The Globe, and a drama workshop, we returned to school tired, but inspired! Other residential trips on offer included the popular muddiness of Robinwood and the opportunity to sample snails in France, whilst Year Six day trips went to Eden Camp and Beamish Museum this year. We also enjoyed the opportunity to get ‘Wet ‘n’ Wild’ followed by a disco as end-of-year treats. Sport kept us busy over the course of the year and we were pleased to achieve a number of successes as a school. The House competitions are always keenly contested as are the handwriting, art, merit and singing events. Music and drama were also celebrated in a number of other ways. All pupils had the opportunity to ‘Have a Go’ at musical performance and the various music groups within Prep School were ably led by Year Six pupils on a number of occasions. Year Six also took the lead when it came to drama, performing in ‘Pirates of the Curry Bean’ with consummate professionalism as well as a large measure of enthusiasm! We were delighted by their most enjoyable performances. The year has been a most busy and productive one. The pupils rose to the challenge of taking all the opportunities which came their way and are fully prepared for their move up into Senior School. We wish them all the best. Mr Seddon, Mrs Robertson and Mrs Brown
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Music It has been another successful and developing year for music in the Prep School. With over seventy five instrumental lessons taking place, the future of music at Prep bodes well. I have been impressed once again by the dedication and enthusiasm of the children for music and the standard continues to rise. A number of concerts and services have taken place this year to large and appreciative audiences and the desire to perform has been tremendous. Highlights have included the Sweets Concert and Gala Concert. Classroom music continues to develop whether practically or theoretically and every child participates in some form of school music each week out of the classroom. The commitment and support given by the peripatetic teachers to our ensembles is of great importance to our success at concerts and as a music department. Many of our pupils achieve success in the LCM and ABRSM grade examinations. The Prep School Choir continues to be the largest music ensemble. We began the year with a substantial work, Adam in Eden by Michael Hurd performed in November at the Gala Concert in Big School. It was then straight into Christmas anthems for the Carol Services. The New Year saw us prepare for Founderâ€™s Day, House Singing Concert, the Centenary Service and Speech Day. This year saw the launch of Pre-Prep choir, with Mrs Bale. The children have enjoyed developing their singing technique and performing in front of School. The Harmony Choir has performed at all the major concerts and services and their test piece was the singing of the introit via candlelight at the Carol Services of O Come Emanuel in harmony unaccompanied. The Spring Term saw a number of children in the Harmony Choir join the Senior Schoolâ€™s Chapel Choir, singing at York Minster. The Prep Orchestra has also performed at all the major concerts this year. The number of children playing in the orchestra has remained at an all time high and with only one short rehearsal a week, we have managed to play to a good standard. Brass Group has retained its title as the noisiest ensemble in the Prep School and this year with only 5 members we have managed to perform at all major concerts with much enthusiasm and commitment. String Group has developed into a fine ensemble. It has once again been a huge pleasure and privilege to work with the children this year. I have very much enjoyed my seven years at Barnard Castle Prep School and feel privileged to have been able to work with the children. When I move to pastures new at the end of the Autumn Term 2012, I will look back at my experiences here with great fondness. Mr Atherton
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Drama Pirates of the Curry Bean Aarrr me hearties! In a tale of buried treasure, kidnap, shipwreck and swashbuckling pirates, the Year Five and Six play made for a thoroughly enjoyable evening, from the opening song to the final bow. Young twins, Jack & Liza Periwinkle, yearn for adventure, so imagine their joy at discovering a real life treasure map! But when the infamous Redbeard and his pungent Pirates of the Curry Bean steal the map and kidnap their mother, the race is on to rescue her, reclaim the map and find the treasure! Accompanied by their faithful cat Fiddlesticks, the twins join Admiral Hornhonker and his crazy crew on a voyage of adventure that takes them from Old London Docks to the mysterious island of Lumbago in the sea of Sciatica! With a fabulous selection of jokes straight from the ‘Carry On’ stable, songs and dances (who can forget the excitement of the sailors’ mop dance?) the audiences were thoroughly entertained, aided by the enthusiasm and professionalism shown by all the performers. Thanks must also go to Senior School members of staff and pupils for their superb technical assistance and to Mr Atherton and the band, including Senior School pupils this year for the first time, for making the musical numbers go with a swing. Mrs Robertson
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The Mop Dance
Aesop’s Funtastic Fables The Prep School’s inaugural Years Three and Four musical play, ‘Aesop’s Funtastic Fables, was a tremendous success, being warmly received by parents and friends of the school alike. Thanks to the magical storyteller, Aesop, Kevin and Sarah’s picnic in the woods turns into an incredible lesson in life. Learning from nature, they listen to the secret of the ants, take tea with the bees, share honey with a dancing bear and howl with a lonely wolf. As they commence their incredible journey they
are shrunk to the size of a grasshopper and see the world through the eyes, ears and thoughts of the animals. Through a collection of catchy songs and wonderful characters, the children learn that in spite of all their differences, there is a spirit of love and caring that makes us all the same. All the children and staff concerned worked very hard to produce a most professional production.
The doves save the drowning ant
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The Periwinkle Family
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Sport The Pre-Prep have had a very busy year. In addition to their weekly gymnastics, skills, games and dance lessons, they have all enjoyed a term of swimming. The Olympic themed Sports Day was a resounding success with many outstanding performances following the opening ceremony consisting of a special dance and a flag parade led by Mr Woodward’s Olympic torch. This year has seen an increase in Under 9 fixtures, especially for the girls, culminating in the Under 9 Netball team winning the Plate at the Yarm Tournament and having won the regional Tennis matches at Durham High School, we were invited to take part in the County Durham School Games at Durham University where the children went on to become Gold Medallists. The Under 9 boys’ teams have had another successful year especially in the Rugby term where they managed to share the Yarm Rugby Tournament and were losing finalists at the Cundall Manor Tournament illustrating their potential.
The Under 11 Rugby team had a very competitive year with plenty of impressive performances. It was wonderful to see two of our boys being selected for the Northern Independent Prep Schools. Silverware came in the Spring Term where the Under 11 Football team won the Bow Tournament. Throughout the year all of the Year Five and Six girls represented the school at both Hockey and Netball. We had a very full fixture list and the girls showed great development throughout the year. In the summer term we were hindered by the weather. Unfortunately all of the HMC tournaments were called off which was a real shame as a lot of hard work had gone into their development. We had several established Athletics records broken over the summer showing our strength in depth. The Cricket teams had little chance to show their skills but at the Durham School competition we emerged as losing finalists, an excellent result. The termly House matches were keenly contested throughout the year with every child having the opportunity to represent their house and these matches often prove to be some of the most competitive of the year, demonstrating the children’s skills. Mr Wicling
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Cross Country Winners at Teesside High
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Art & Design This year the children have looked at the work of Gaudi, Delaunay and Kostabi. They have learnt about gridding, the Seven Elements of Art and single and two–point perspective drawing. They have also experienced shading, blended and mixing colours, watercolours, human figure drawing, architecture study, seascape painting, in addition to African and Indian art. There have also been many topics based on current events; such as our Diamond Jubilee collage and the Olympic themed Year 4 ‘Sporting Figure’ drawing and 3D modelling topics. In DT, Years Five and Six have built circuits in Electronics and enjoyed our visits to the Senior
Y6 Figure Drawing
School workshops. There have been ‘Stained Glass panels’ for Year Four to design in the style of Indian Mango patterns. We have designed and made mechanical toys using mdf and softwoods. We learnt about cam and follower mechanisms. Year Three learnt about simple lever mechanisms when making their ‘Wiggly Ear’ projects. Our Christmas tree in Prep School is traditionally decorated by Year Four. Out of lessons we have been just as busy in our Junior and Senior Art Clubs. Junior Art designed the ‘Sweet Sculpture’ for the concert in November. We had great fun turning footballs and polystyrene balls into sweets! Senior Art had the ‘Adam and Eve’
music concert to decorate with drawings and fig leaves! Both Art Clubs also played a part in making props for their respective shows in the Spring and Summer terms. The End of Year Show in November was an opportunity to showcase our best work from the last twelve months. An exciting development this year was the Pre-Prep and Prep School Art Competitions. Every child designed artwork on the theme of the Olympics, with trophies being awarded to the winners. Congratulations go to Grenville for winning the House cup. Mrs Brown
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Junior Art Club with thier Sweety Sculpture
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It seems as if the opportunities for both the Prep School children and Pre-Prep as well continue to grow with the range of activities on offer. There is something for everyone which allows children to participate in the extra-curricular programme, whether it is a team practice, rehearsal or something just for fun. Everyone is encouraged to join in and choose a number of activities and many children are keen to finish lunch as quickly as possible or stay late to join in. The activities vary from term to term thanks to the enthusiasm of the Prep School staff and we are also lucky to use â€˜expertsâ€™ for ballet and judo and our Senior School colleagues. This year also saw the introduction of Taekwondo which immediately proved very popular following an introductory demonstration. Each term our major sports are represented and extra sessions have been put on to allow everyone to join in at an appropriate level. There are indoor activities, such as chess, art, dance and languages and musical ones including choirs, strings, brass and orchestra. Drama rehearsals dominate the Spring and Summer terms and other sports like Lacrosse, squash, five-a-side and Kwik Cricket have all proved very popular as the children enjoy participating in their favourite pastimes as well as experiencing new ones. The Pre-Prep have enjoyed their choir practices and cooking also proved popular. A first for them this year was the chance to join in with the Judo club. Our thanks go again to all the staff who continue to willingly give up their time to provide these fantastic opportunities for the children. Preppies love to be busy at lunchtimes and are not content to finish their school day when lessons are over! Mr Seddon
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Chapel & Charity It is wonderful when something routine turns into something more profound. So it was that the normal Wednesday morning Chapel service turned into a Chapel Centenary celebration on Wednesday 30th May 2012, just a week later than the actual date in 1912. It was sunny for once, so much so that the screen showing the history of the Chapel had to be moved into the shadow of the organ loft for the congregation to see. But even that was a good omen – looking forward to the time when the same early morning sun will shine through the East window, destined for stained glass this autumn. The service had its usual humour and quality with a good turn-out from parents and Mr Atherton’s expanding choir spilling out of the stalls – which of course no Preppie would have occupied until 1914 and even then only under sufferance. The music was great and so were the readers. It is the nature of prayer to be uttered on the hoof and God to be invoked as he passes by. It is only afterwards that you think “there was something important” – like the first time a child reads the Bible and knows what it means or Mary in the Pre-Prep Nativity is suddenly caught by the wonder of it all or a parent wells up unaccountably at her child singing a solo. And then the moment passes, but the building somehow remembers them or hallows them until next time. Thank God for 100 years of those moments and for the children who have made them. Rev Ridley
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Children of Prep School, led by the School Council, have continued to take on the challenge of raising funds for charities and good causes. We strongly believe that our school is part of the wider community both on a local and global scale. As active citizens, the children demonstrate their commitment to helping others. The councillors, along with the rest of the school, raised money for Epilepsy in Action, Sport Relief and Military charities. This year the Harvest Festival provided local elderly people with food and flowers accompanied by an individually designed card.
The children proved that they are no mugs when it comes to fundraising. The Atkinson Hall was once again transformed into a café to stage an all day long tea party. Raising money for Epilepsy in Action, a charity that Prep School supports annually, provided fun for all as we took part in a very British tradition; drinking tea! We were visited by the Welsh First Nation Home team who were raising money for Sport Relief. There was a buzz of excitement around school as we waited for the celebrities to arrive. They answered lots of our questions and had their photograph taken with a large group of children all wearing Sport Relief T-shirts. In the afternoon we all set out with smiles on our faces, running round the mile-long course in the school grounds. Children at Prep School once again diligently applied themselves to helping less fortunate people and embraced each challenge with enormous enthusiasm. Miss Bennington, Mrs Thirling and Mrs Roberts-Lilley
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Tea for two… hundred!
To me, to you!
Barney Friends & School Council This year has been another busy one for Barney Friends. We continue to work closely with the School and hopefully, extend the community ethos through our support and building of parent networks. The most significant undertaking this year has been the opening of the Second Hand Uniform Shop. The shop has just completed its first year of opening, and it has to be said, that it has been an outstanding success in providing good quality previously owned uniform for both the Prep and Senior School. Certainly a welcome to all those parents who have to provide numerous sports kits in a week! As well as monthly meetings at NeST, which always include coffee and catching up, traditionally, Barney Friends in the Prep School holds a number of social gatherings throughout the year. We aim to think of
different events, which will appeal to, and include everyone. This year we have had our famous Quiz Night for the Seddon Shield and a Family Walk was extremely well attended on a lovely March afternoon, finishing in NeST for tea and cakes. We have also provided our usual refreshments at the Prep School Sports Day. A new addition and highlight of the social calendar was the Winter Ball; an outstanding success that we hope to repeat in the future. The main aim of Barney Friends is to extend a welcome to parents, and through some of our endeavours we generate funds. We donate an amount of this to the school and an amount to charity. This year we were very pleased to have been able to donate money to the Brownies in Barnard Castle, and £3,000 towards the Atkinson Hall staging. This has already been well used and is something that every child in the school will benefit from. It wholly reflects the philosophy of Barney Friends – it’s for everyone. Margaret Alderdice, Chair Barney Friends Prep School
In September it was election time once again. The children began excitedly writing their manifestos in the hope of being elected as their next class councillor. The Atkinson Hall was transformed into a polling station, complete with ballot boxes from the local council offices and special voting slips. Throughout the year the council held weekly meetings and organised lots of exciting events. The most successful were the Epilepsy in Action tea party and the Sport Relief Mile raising a combined total of £457 for Sport Relief and Epilepsy in Action. The school council remained members of the POD which is an interactive website for eco co-ordinators. This year’s focus was on sustainability. They ran another successful ‘Switch off Fortnight’ campaign and found that they had green fingers, planting lots of herbs and flowers into the raised beds in the PrePrep play area. They also built a bug hotel to attract different types of insects and bugs and provide them with a habitat in which to live. We bought bird houses and feeders which we refilled regularly and began putting the leftover apple from break times into the compost bin. We hope to use this to feed the plants in our flower bed next year. The class suggestion boxes resulted in the purchase of a playhouse which will be sited in school and available for all to play in. Our school council gives every child the opportunity to voice their opinion through each elected class representative from the youngest Reception child to the oldest Year Six pupil. Miss Bennington, Mrs Thirling and Mrs Roberts-Lilley
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Every term finds us doing ‘extras’ that make Prep School such an exciting and busy place. We come to expect that there is so much more to Prep School than just the classroom lessons, the trips, the sport, music and drama that make up a ‘normal week.’ Many events, led by the School Council, are Charity Fund raisers. The Epilepsy In Action Tea Party remains a highlight of the school year and our Sport Relief Mile combined with a visit from the Welsh First Nation Home team will linger long in the memory. It
is these whole school days that allow us to work together in a different yet purposeful way that shows the Preppies at their best. The Jubilee Day was a typical example of this and I suspect that no-one will ever forget when we hosted the Olympic Torch bearers and watched at close quarters the beginning of the relay through the town. We always enjoy going to Chapel and we take it for granted when we hold our Harvest Festival, Founders’ Day Service, Nativity or Carol Services there. This year was a memorable one when we celebrated its centenary with a special service. There were music concerts given by the Pre-Prep, beginner musicians and the more experienced orchestra members at variety of different concerts. We all enjoyed the production of ‘The Selfish Giant’ and were thrilled to welcome back Curtis Jobling, creator of Bob The Builder for two workshops for the younger and older children.
Happy Puzzle Day saw all the children working together to solve Maths puzzles and Mr Ayres’s Number Day had the children all enthused about Maths. Year Six then planned, built and played their own board games at the Probability ‘Fair’. There are also the other special moments that make up the school year. The pantomime visit after Christmas lunch, our Easter bonnet parade and the whole school photo that we had taken for the first time on the Prep playground are typical of the other things we do. It is wonderful to reflect back over the academic year on all the events that we have taken part in. We must remember that all this happens due to the dedication, time and effort that all our children, staff and parents give throughout the year. Mr Seddon
Happy Puzzle Day
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Trip to London Having travelled to the capital, the first evening was spent enjoying the Lion King at The Lyceum Theatre. We were entranced by the amazing costumes and wonderful well known songs. On Wednesday we started at the Tower of London. After the obligatory photo by Traitors’ Gate we entered the Tower and made our way to the Crown Jewels. Every year the children are “blown away” by the breath taking beauty of them. We then had the opportunity to explore the rest of the Tower; the site of the execution block, the Bloody Tower, the torture chambers and The White Tower with its interactive weapon display.
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We enjoyed an informative talk on HMS Belfast before having the opportunity to explore it, climbing and descending endless ladders to access the many parts of the ship. At the Science Museum we explored the various interactive games in Launch Pad. Having been prepared in Science lessons, we were keen to learn more about forces, lighting and magnetism and sound and energy. We even got to blow things up in ‘Flash, Bang Whallop’. On Thursday we made our way to the Embankment where we spent some time trying to find our names on the Battle of Britain Memorial before walking down Whitehall to The Cabinet War Rooms. We were fascinated to discover that what we saw was exactly how the rooms were left at the end of the war. A short walk to Downing Street gave us an experience of a lifetime when we were allowed past the gates and up to the famous black door. Many
Exploring HMS Belfast
photos later, we made our way to Trafalgar Square where we posed in front of the Olympic count down clock and the lions before making our way to The National Gallery. A walk through Horse Guards Parade followed before making our way to the Imperial War Museum. The London Eye was next with the fantastic views over London spotting many famous landmarks. On Friday morning, we drove through the city to St. Paul’s Cathedral before crossing the Millennium Bridge on our way to the Globe Theatre. Two actresses showed us round the theatre before we enjoyed a workshop when we studied different aspects of Macbeth. Four days and three nights of non stop activities was soon over and we were left to reflect on what a fantastic trip it had been; a real highlight of Year 6 and one the children will remember for years to come! Mr Seddon
The Big Guns at the Imperial War Museum
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Look where I’m sleeping tonight!
Trip to France Thirty-six children and four Prep School staff headed off on another exciting adventure to France. After experiencing the ‘Chunnel’, we arrived at Parc Asterix and the daredevils of the group rushed straight to the Gouderix, whizzing around and looping the loop several times! We enjoyed getting soaked on the Menhir Express, and shooting round the various rides throughout the day. Reluctantly we left the park and set off for our hotel in Paris. The next day we took in the sights of Paris, climbing the Eiffel Tower and admiring the fantastic view before enjoying a relaxing Batobus ride on the river. We had our photograph taken outside Notre Dame Cathedral, and ate our lunch at the Pompidou Centre. We enjoyed a final Batobus ride back to the Eiffel Tower to meet the coach and enjoyed seeing the Arc du Triomphe on our way to the Chateau. On day three we shopped at Le Touquet market. Mr Ayres’s group took shopping very seriously, and were successful with the challenge! In the afternoon we visited the chocolate factory where we learnt how chocolate is made and were able to sample the delicious products. We spent the rest of the afternoon building shelters in the woods. After tea we went to the beach at Hardelot. We played games and built sand castles in the sunshine after a quick paddle in sea.
Sad to say goodbye
A good night’s sleep was had by all and we set off for Arras where we explored the underground tunnels used during the First World War. The afternoon was spent at Vimy Ridge where we learnt all about WWI and the battle of Vimy. We walked around the reconstructed trenches where the children asked lots of interesting questions before visiting the nearby memorial. After tea we were given the opportunity to taste snails, some of the children were brave enough to do this and certainly pulled some interesting faces! After our evening meal we visited a local restaurant and enjoyed chocolate crepes before playing games on the beach on our way back to the chateau. On our final day we said our goodbyes to the PGL staff and began our journey home, stopping at Nausicaa sea life centre on the way. A particular highlight was the touch tank where the children were able to stroke the rays. A fantastic time was certainly had by both staff and pupils. Miss Bennington
Notre Dame...I forgot to look
We’re on top of the world!
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Waterfall group on the canoe lake
Scaling new heights
River deep, adrenaline high!
Robinwood’s Alston Centre April saw the Prep School return to Robinwood’s Alston centre for an action packed three days of crawling, climbing, swinging, jumping and much more. Bedecked in our green and orange hooded tops, we certainly stood out.
Hanging around before the zip wire
Even the top of the climbing wall wasn't enough to escape my group!
Although the rain had threatened to dampen the trip, the five groups navigated their way across the moorland, learning as much about themselves as a group as they did about the countryside around them. Once at the centre we were straight in the mix with teams squeezing through the caves, tackling the legendary Piranha Pool and getting to grips with the new ‘Dungeon of Doom’ and after three quick fire activities, excitement was rife as we all met up for tea ahead of the Team Challenge. After some outrageous judging, scandalous bias and disgraceful handicaps, the staff team failed to win the challenge, finishing last! Day two started early and at breakneck pace as the thrills and, in Waterfall’s case, spills came thick and fast. Eight sessions took place over the course of the
day with every child pushing the boundaries of what they could do, overcoming fears and working as a team to help each other through puzzles, problems and puddles. The dizzying heights of the Crate Challenge proved a hugely popular new addition as teams worked together belaying and communicating with the groups on the crates as they raced against the clock to build the highest tower they could. On a gruelling day the children excelled at working together and building bridges both in the metaphorical and physical sense. As the day wore on the children all grew in statue responding superbly to the mind bending problems and nerve testing high wire activities. Every group generated a lifetimes worth of memories across the three days. A particular highlight for me was the way the staff threw themselves into every task and approached the weekend with such vigour and enthusiasm. On the final day each team sped through three more activities from canoeing to climbing from leaps of faiths to flying down the zip wire. Sixty-one shattered children left Robinwood elated at what they had achieved over the three days and joined by invisible bonds forged in the heat of teamwork, problem solving and pushing each other to conquer fear and anxiety. A truly brilliant weekend was had by all. Mr Ayres
Ecstasy and agony
Aiming for the top
Mr Ayres's group having just been 'assaulted'
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Rapids celebrating the end of the nature walk
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Memories of Prep School
I remember when some of 6R got covered in purple marbling ink and Chloe and Connor had to get new clothes from the boarding house.
My favourite memories from Year Six are going to France; visiting all the different places and seeing the sights in Paris. It was also good doing lots of fun activities at the chateau. I also enjoyed going on sport fixtures in Year Six and representing Barney School.
My favourite memory was of when I went to London. I had always wanted to go and it was my first time. I even got to go with my friends!
Cameron McKnight The thing I remember in Prep School was in Year Four at the HMC Athletics. I was put in the 80m against a really fast boy. I was very nervous before the race but I crossed over the finish line first.
Daisy Oliver My favourite memory of Prep School was when I was new and we all had a meeting. All the teachers were really friendly and that’s where I met my first friend at the school – Ellie. I also really enjoyed going on fixtures and representing Barney School.
When we went to Robinwood, I was really scared to go on the 3G swing but one of my friends helped me to conquer my fears.
My favourite memory in Prep School was in Year Four when Elliot and I stayed in at break to finish the single point perspective starburst drawing on A2 paper. My second favourite memory was in Reception when we were learning how to write the numbers on a line.
In Year Five when we went to Kingswood and on the 3G swing we went really high and Lily’s face was really funny. Last year the play was really fun with lots of jazzy songs, and funny jokes.
My favourite memory in Prep School was when I did the zip wire and the giant swing at Robinwood in Year Six. My other favourite memory was playing football for the school team.
My favourite memories of Year Six were when the Olympic torch relay passed by the school and I got to hold the torch. I also enjoyed playing for the U11 cricket A team.
My best memory was when I came second in the 200m final at the HMC Athletics.
Chloe Laverick My favourite memories were when I first came into Year Five when I went to Kingswood. I loved all the activities, especially the 3G swing. Year Six was my favourite. I enjoyed everything this year especially the recreational trips like France when we went up the Eiffel Tower.
Anna Everall My main memory was when I first walked into the school in Reception. I was really nervous and couldn’t let go of my mum’s hand. Then I met Sarah and we got on like twin sisters. I have loved all the years especially Year Six.
Jack Nichols My favourite memories at Barney Prep School were at Robinwood where Connor and I both fell in head first in the piranha pool. It was also good fun when I got to hold the Olympic torch.
George Spink My favourite memory was going down to Rugby School to play for the North of England Prep Schools. It was great that we played with all the people we usually play against. We played the Midlands, South West and the South East and I even managed to score a try against the Midlands. My journey through Year Five and Six has been the best experience of my life.
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My favourite memory was in Year Six when Jasmine and I went on the giant swing at Kingswood and it was funny looking at the picture because Jasmine looked really weird.
My favourite memory at Prep school would definitely be playing in the cricket team in Year Four. I bowled two overs and bowled two wides! I opened the batting, batted for two overs and scored six runs. I remember it was very cold so we had a team huddle in some blankets.
My best memory is when the oven in the kitchen started to smoke during Cookery Club and everybody in Prep session thought the fire bell was a practice but then they saw the smoke coming out of the kitchen!
Molly Rice My favourite Year Six memory is when we went to the chocolate factory in France. I loved seeing all the chocolate and finding out how it was made. The smell of chocolate was glorious too!
I have enjoyed all of Prep School but my favourite bit was when the Harmony Choir went to York Minster.
My favourite thing about Prep School was the London trip when we went on the London Eye and went up Downing Street. The teachers have been brilliant.
My favourite moment was when I first arrived in Reception with Mrs Honess and heard about all the fun things at this school.
I remember our trip to Bolton Castle because we got to hold real shields.
Jasper Metcalfe My best memory in Year Six was actually the whole idea of Year Six getting us ready for the next step of life. Year Six was the best year of my life so far. Going to London and Robinwood and everything we saw and did there was fantastic.
My favourite memory was when I went on the giant swing three times on the Robinwood trip.
My fondest memory was when I came for my taster day. As soon as I walked through the door every one was so friendly. I also remember my first goal for the school football team.
When I first stepped into the class room I was welcomed by everyone. My favourite trips were the French trip, Robinwood, Wet n Wild and London. My favourite parts of the trips were the Eiffel Tower, the 3G swing, the water slides and the London Eye. We have all had a great time in Prep School.
My favourite memory is my first day going into Reception. I was scared and didn’t want to go in because I didn’t know anybody. Then Anna walked up to me, we looked at each other, she took me in and we became best friends. I have enjoyed every single bit about this school.
My favourite memory of Year Six is when I went to Robinwood and we were in the canoes. I said that I would get the ball as the water was only shin deep so I got out of the canoe and went up to my waist!
My favourite memory was on my first day when I was scared but every one was so nice, friendly and happy. I was not scared anymore because every one made me feel as if I belonged at this school.
My favourite memory in prep school was when we went to London. I remember Mr Seddon saying “BING BONG” whenever he needed to make an announcement.
My favourite memory was when I saw Freddie’s face on the Gouderix ride in France. It was so funny. It was great when I got moved up a set in Maths.
Charles Metcalfe Katie Shepherd My best memory in Prep school was probably when the fire alarm went off and all my friends were in the middle of getting changed! They looked really funny out side. I also loved it when we went to London and I got to sit on Winston Churchill’s chair at The Cabinet War Rooms.
Sarah Robertson I only started Barney School in Year Six. I was very nervous on my first day because compared to my old school it was enormous. Ellie and Daisy, who sat next to me, tried to make me laugh and I finally did. After that I felt much more relaxed. Now even though I haven’t been here that long, I feel like I’ve been here for years.
I remember in Year Three when I walked in and saw Mrs Killeen. My first trip away from home was Kingwood with school and I was a bit nervous. I met all different friends when I started.
Freddie Lockwood It was good in London when we went on HMS Belfast when we all tried on clothes. On the French trip we went up the Eiffel Tower and I had to close my eyes when we were going up in the lift.
Christopher Simpson I remember in Year Four when we learnt about the Iron Man because we read individually or Mrs Brown read it to us. She always left it on a cliff hanger. I also enjoyed it when we went to Downing Street.
I remember when I went to France with the school and went on the Gouderix ride. Emily was too small so Sarah had to go on with Mr. Ayres.
I remember in Art when we were marbling and Mrs White squeezed the bottle too hard. The lid shot off and the bottle exploded. It was purple ink so Chloe and Connor got covered and looked like blueberries.
My fondest memories of Prep School are from Year Three when I first rugby tackled someone. We also had Ugali, a Kenyan dish which was very tasty. I was also very proud when I did my Grade One drums in Year Six.
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My favourite memory of Prep School was on my first day and I met everybody and they were so friendly.
My best memory of Prep School was on my tester day when I met every one and found out where every thing was.
Sophie McEwan My favourite memory was in Year Six. I have liked taking part in all the sporting events, especially Sports Day when I won the 200m and Raleigh won overall! I also just enjoyed being part of the school.
Caitlin Terrill I liked it when I started in Year Five when everyone was nice to me and Maddy made me feel welcome.
Tomas Nicholson My favourite memory was when I first came to school, when we all went into the hall to meet all the others.
Ellie Dalton When I came to Prep School in Year Two, I was really nervous because I felt I wouldn’t fit in! But everyone was really welcoming and I soon made friends with Daisy.
Sophie Lillico My favourite memory would be when I re-joined Year Five and quickly fitted back into the routine of Prep School.
Robert Hardy My favourite memory of Prep School is playing rugby in the snow against Cundall Manor, I will never forget us all running into the changing rooms to get warmed up.
Connor Maguire My fondest memory of Prep School was being made captain of the B Team for rugby. I was very proud.
Maddy Forsythe My favourite memory of Prep School was the day that the Olympic torch came past our school. We squashed up on the small pavement in a line about 2 miles long, and screamed every time something to do with the Olympics drove past. This will certainly be something I remember in future years!
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Anne Lee We were very lucky to have Anne Lee join us in the in January this year to cover Kate Baptist’s maternity leave. Anne settled in very quickly. Her enthusiasm, kind, supportive nature and wealth of experience have made her a great asset. We are glad and extremely grateful, that she will be joining us again in September on a voluntary basis. SLR
Bernadette Ellison Mrs Bernadette Ellison, French and German teacher, founder of Bowes House in 2002, and only the second Senior Mistress in the School’s history, retires this year after 19 years service at Barney. Her career in foreign languages began early. She attended a Catholic high school in Rochdale where many of the Palatine nuns who ran the school were German. Her first experience of the continent came from school trips to Switzerland and overnight stays in draughty convents. In the years when Europe was becoming more accessible, she read French with German at Newcastle, meeting her future husband, John, who was training to become a lawyer. In her compulsory year out in France she was placed at a school in Argentan, Normandy where she shared rough accommodation with other young teachers and learnt real rather than classroom French. Left without
any timetable or supervision until Christmas, in a school which had never had a language assistant before, she eventually summoned up enough courage to have it out with the Headmaster – in French! She learnt very rapidly that linguistic mastery is not about asking the way to the station, but requires nuance, idiom, subtle colours and diplomacy – little of which she had at the time. Married in 1974, Bernadette soon placed her children, Richard and Catherine, in Barnard Castle School enabling her to pick up a teaching post at Carmel RC College in Darlington. Whilst attending Richard’s Year 7 parents’ Evening, she learned of a Modern Languages vacancy at Barney. Paul Johnson was Richard’s tutor. The rest is history, except that history is never a recital of roles or dates. In a school where girls were once vastly and now only slightly outnumbered, Bernadette was the voice of womanhood at House level and subsequently SMT. In this role she patrolled the dangerous perimeter fence of make-up, jewellery, skirt-length and ties whilst demanding that the girls become assertive and empowered themselves without expecting any favours. Some of her classic phrases? “You can do it, because why wouldn’t you?” and “It’s not about doing the right things; it’s about doing things right” Later, in the even more demanding role of Child Protection Officer, she pestered staff into updating their training and picked her way deftly through the minefield of law and statute which can destroy schools and families. Her relationship with the pupils in her charge has always been excellent. The highlight of this final year was the return of girls she had mentored to wish her well at the Bowes Christmas lunch when she announced her retirement. Since then in her final year her fortitude
has been tested to the limit – her sudden eviction to a downstairs office turning to her advantage as the medical consequences of fashionable shoes, then skiing conspired to cripple her body but not her spirit. Girls have queued up to wheel her to lessons, like Lady Bracknell, clutching her handbag and crutches, whilst some have cruelly suggested she has been retiring ‘bit by bit’. You will be missed, Bernadette. You have been a staunch colleague, friend and leader, and you leave an indelible stamp on the hearts of many – not least by one parent whose testimony could be echoed by many another – “You have given back my daughter her self-respect, because you believed in her”. Thank you Bernadette, for keeping the faith and fighting the fight and maintaining your belief in the goodness of pupils. Our love and best wishes follow you, John, Richard and Catherine into many sunlit years of retirement. Bon chance und Auf Wiedersehen, Pet! SJR
Gina Wilson There are many former and current pupils who will look back on their time with Mrs Wilson, their learning support teacher, with great affection and gratitude as she retires from Barnard Castle School after a long and distinguished career. Gina was an ideal person to recruit to the learning support department at a time when the School first began to appreciate the contribution which high quality specialist teaching could make to the learning and personal confidence of those diagnosed with specific learning difficulties. As a former teacher of English, and with a first-class honours degree, she had also obtained the most challenging of specialist teaching qualifications and was therefore able not only to teach boys and girls of all abilities and all ages but also to advise and encourage colleagues to adapt their teaching strategies to meet the needs of those with specific difficulties. Not only was she meticulous with preparation and organisation but she also had the understanding and compassion required to assure all that, whilst it could, very often, be a long road to an individual’s ultimate academic success, she had confidence both in their and the School’s ability to promote learning to allow aspirations to be met and often surpassed. At the end of the Spring Term, Gina Wilson retired to spend time with her husband and family. Her role within the Learning Support Department mainly involved co-ordinating support for Prep. School children, but Gina was often to be seen in the Senior
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School, working with older learners. A great believer in the ethos and aims of the SEN department, Gina was always keen to support new developments and improve the service the school provides. Her dedication and hard work have helped many students to gain confidence and self-esteem through her sympathetic manner along with her experience and knowledge of dyslexia and other learning difficulties. Over the many years she has been involved in the department, a great number of students and parents have benefited from her support and they have much to thank her for. She will be greatly missed and I particularly would like to thank her for the friendship, experience and support she offered to me in my first year as Head of Learning Support. She will be a great loss to the department. The Prep School recognised her considerable ability and, for several years, persuaded her to teach class English to those in Years 5 and 6 who found the subject difficult; she did this with great commitment and thoroughness, with the consequence that, overall, Key Stage 2 and Entrance Exam English results improved steadily. Perhaps more importantly, she took on the role of Prep School Learning Support Coordinator, a most challenging position as her colleagues and particularly the Directors of Studies asked her to test those with difficulties to establish more precisely the nature and extent of difficulties; such a task requires a minimum of three hours contact work per child, with additional time required to report, liaise with class teachers and parents to determine the best ways forward. The School wishes her and her family every success and happiness. MEW and Val Ewart
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Jane Hirst retires after many years of dedicated parttime work within the learning support department. Although she taught some pupils in the first years of the Senior School, the majority of her work was undertaken in the Prep School and the thoroughness both of her preparation and approach to teaching, and to the multi-sensory programme, has allowed children of different ages and abilities to progress more quickly both with their written work and reading. The advantage of recruiting to a large learning support department team a person with Jane Hirst’s patience, understanding and skill when promoting children’s reading and writing is that she was qualified to specialise in the teaching of those with specific difficulties; this assisted both with the development of their confidence and their literacy skills. Jane has been a completely dedicated and supportive teacher to many students over the years, encouraging them and helping them to progress and believe in themselves. Her quiet, sensitive manner always put students at their ease, along with her kindness and gentle support and she too will be much missed. After many years of involvement with the School’s learning support department, Jane has decided to retire and we wish her and her family every happiness; she leaves with our considerable thanks. MEW and Val Ewart
When we lost the services of Paul Everitt just three weeks into the Autumn term I was at a loss to know where we could find a replacement Physics teacher at short notice. Fortunately Mrs Houghton knew Miles Hudson from his previous time at the school and she also knew how to contact him. He was in New Zealand watching the rugby, in between surfing and generally enjoying himself, but I was soon in contact by e-mail. His travel plans meant he would be back in the UK for the second half of term and I was delighted that we could appoint him for the remainder of the year. Miles has been a real asset to the department and his knowledge and experience have been a great help to me as I have been working my way into the Head of Physics job. One of Miles’ claims to fame is the ‘BestFit’ ruler which helps students to draw accurate best fit lines through graphical data points. Miles will be taking up a two day a week teaching post in Durham and will have plenty of time left for making and selling rulers and enjoying himself. I am not jealous. DSW
Rachel Mitchell It is with a great feeling of sadness that I write these words, as Rachel has been with us at Barney for just one year, and so we have not had the best of opportunities to get to know her as much as we would have liked. What we have learned is that she is a highly efficient young teacher, who has always put her pupils first. She has spent what must have been many late hours producing valuable notes, exercises and worksheets for all her classes. Introducing the topic of ‘The Work of a Film Director’ to the German A2 course, she chose a film full of interest which stimulated not only the English boys in the group but also the two German boys, to whom it was completely new. And this was just one of her qualities; a kind of sixth sense which just seemed to know exactly the right thing for those she taught. Putting pupils first was also seen to perfection in Bowes House, where her Year 9 tutees have benefitted enormously from her time, energy and attention. She quickly got to know her new charges and to understand them, and was therefore able to care for them and advise them in a manner appropriate to their individual needs. I am sure that Amy Jackson will agree with me when I say that she will be a difficult person to replace. And so we say farewell to a dedicated and highly effective young teacher. Initially, it was going to be just a temporary leave-taking, whilst Rachel was on maternity leave and, of course, we all offer her and her husband, Simon, our heartfelt congratulations and our very best wishes for their new and extended family. What exciting times! However, a mere ‘au revoir’ soon became more of an ‘adieu’ as, having just about settled in Staindrop after a major move from Dublin, Rachel discovered that she was moving to Cambridge, due to Simon’s job. We are all going to miss her, colleagues and pupils alike and, as she sadly departs, we would all like to thank her for all that she has done in such a short space of time and to wish her and Simon every happiness in their new environment and with their new baby. CPJ
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RAF review A very busy and successful year for the section began with our Summer Camp at RAF Boulmer. Eight cadets and I ventured up to the beautiful Northumbrian coast and began a hectic week of shooting, base visits, a day’s exercise at RAF Spadeadam and even a day at Wet ‘n’ Wild. The accommodation was excellent and the boys were well fed by the busy catering staff. Hans Kukreja was chosen to have a flight in a Sea King search and rescue helicopter and was even winched up and down!
For our biennial review in October we had the privilege to be inspected by an RAF officer. Wing Commander Turner inspected stands on Leadership tasks, teaching a lesson on aircraft recognition, and shooting in the range. He proved himself to be a crack shot in the indoor range. He was very complimentary about the section and we have been very honoured to been invited to his Station us to see the Red Arrow display team at RAF Scampton on 3rd September. Our Air Experience Flights at RAF Leeming always prove to very popular and nearly everybody in the section has had the chance to fly a Grob Tutor. February saw Gliding Induction Courses recommence at RAF Topcliffe after a 5-year break! 6 cadets have now flown in a motorised glider and I hope many more will now get the opportunity to do so. In the last 12 months Sergeant William Barnes and Lance corporals Daniel Gilligan and Benjamin Earl have been selected for Gliding Scholarships with William and Benjamin achieving their Silver Wings. Sergeant William Barnes then went on to be selected for the Air Cadet Pilot Scheme and the Air Cadet Leadership Course at RAF College Cranwell.
He was also awarded a prestigious RAF scholarship award and will be presented with his award in the new academic year. In May we were invited back up to RAF Boulmer and 14 cadets got the chance to see the search and rescue helicopters of 202 squadron. The pilots and their crew enthusiastically talked about their daring rescues. We also got the chance to see a remote radar site in operation and witnessed UK airspace being monitored for enemy threats as it will be during the London Olympics. I must thank all the Sixth Form Cadets for their help and support, which without, the section wouldn’t run as smoothly. In particular I must thank Sergeant William Prior and Flight Sergeant Dale Keogh for their commitment and help. Dale has led the section well and is a worthy winner of the Aquila prize. Of course I also owe a debt of gratitude to my officers Flight Lieutenant Child and Flight Lieutenant Beaty. This year’s Summer Camp is at RAF Marham, a busy frontline base with Tornado GR4 planes, which I hope will be an exciting base to visit. MLW
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Young Enterprise & After-school Clubs Young Enterprise Aspiring Young Entrepreneurs Gain Valuable Skills. BUDDING entrepreneurs have been rewarded for their efforts. The Sixth Form business students took part in the Yong Enterprise Company Challenge 2011/2012 have been rewarded with ‘Company Programme Certificate.’ This year, there were three teams and new innovative products.
The Water Bottles Keep on Selling Rarely have I seen sales peak after the Christmas rush, but Sophie Evans, Vicky Raper and Katherine Walton came up with a new idea. Water bottles with the school badge and name tag have been a great success. The girls researched both the market and the product and were able to come with a winner.
Calendars Raise Money for Charity James Dickinson, Emma Peat, Sebastian Ullrich and Oleg Zubenko worked very hard to produce a fantastic 2012 calendar. The Company Programme offered an opportunity for the students to set up and run their own real company. The Business Studies students elected a board of directors from amongst their peers, raised share capital, marketed and financed the calendars and sold the product to the
public. Through participating in the Company Programme, students developed their enterprise knowledge and understanding, skills and attributes in a business context.
The Mugs sell out Matthew Brown, Xavier Remski, Adam Boukraa were in charge of Team Pink and found out straight away how difficult it can be to research a successful idea and rely on suppliers. After being let down on quality and delivery, the A2 Business students opted to reintroduce the famous school mugs. They continued with their successful merchandising operation and found record sales at Christmas ensured that they made a small profit and donated part of this to charity. The team showed great determination in selling the product at every opportunity. Congratulations to the students who have now been awarded the ‘Company Programme Certificate.’ NJC
The Props & Costume Club The Props and Costume Club had a very busy two terms supporting The Little Shop of Horrors and The Royal Hunt of the Sun. Students involved created costumes, jewellery, gold objects, crowns and hundreds of flowers to decorate the florist shop, for Little Shop of Horrors. The students were involved in the designing of the props and costumes, as well as the actual production of them. It was wonderful to see all of our creations on stage. MEW
Sewing Club Sewing Club ran for two terms giving students the opportunity to learn the processes involved in making clothes. Sixth formers and lower school students learned how to cut a pattern, follow the instructions on a pattern and use a sewing machine to create a garment they could wear. It gave them the opportunity to be creative and come up with designs of their own too. MEW
Cookery Club Cookery Club ran during the summer term, where we enjoyed creating savoury dishes such as Middle Eastern Carrot Pancakes with Greek Salad and Flat Breads. We also enjoyed the art of baking and eating! Chocolate was a popular ingredient in our baking. We were very pleased to see that we had encouraged male chefs to join the club this time. MEW
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Climbing Club The Barnard Castle School Climbing Club was formed in 1929 by Bentley Beetham; former student, part of the 1924 Everest expedition who later became a school master, head of York House and second Master here at Barney. The club later became known as the Goldsborough club due to their regular visits to Goldsborough Carr near Cotherstone. This year the climbing club has seen a fresh crop of members full of enthusiasm and talent. None of the students having had much experience meant starting with the basics. The first step was to learn how to put on a harness and tie the basic climbing knot- the rethreaded figure eight not that keeps climbers safe- all students mastered these skills with ease. After regular trips to Teesdale leisure centre during the Autumn and Spring terms it was time for the students to test their skills on some real rocks. We headed to the Wainstones overlooking the village of Great Broughton and spend the wonderful Saturday sunny afternoon scaling the rocks. The highlight of the afternoon was undoubtedly the ascent of Sphinx Nose Traverse (S 4a) by Zuka Alavidze, William Barnes and Tom Matthews - a fine climb. Thanks must go to Mr R Matthews for giving up his Saturday to help. A trip to the birth place of the climbing club (Goldsborough Carr) was a must for the club. The students spent a lovely sunny evening after school attempting some challenging climbs and some bouldering. Due to the poor weather our final outdoor trip was cancelled so we used the time to go to the Sunderland wall, one of the tallest in Europe. A highlight of this trip was Tom Mathewsâ€™ lead climb of the 23 metre wall, a feat requiring a cool head, stamina and bags of confidence. Over the course of the three terms I have seen Joel Hargrove, Dominick Russell, Matthew Sellars, Catherine Robertson, Fiona Matthews, Tom Matthers, William Barnes, Findlay Jordan and Zuka Alavidze improve a great deal. HWF
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Silver & Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award
Silver & Gold D of E Award Silver Award achievements this year: Hugh Carter, Jonny Connors, Katie Ferguson, Andrew Hutchon, Calum Matthews, Chris Moore, Nick Packham, Lucy Parkinson, Jack Roberts, Tom Vickers, Adam Miller, Freddie Metcalf, Chris Robinson and Will Barnes. Congratulations to them all. Over the past year we have seen 30 participants undertake their Silver expedition training and assessment. Achieving a DofE Award indicates to employers and universities that this young person has that X-factor and certain qualities to offer. Advice and guidance is given along the way but it is very much driven by the participant; they need to be in the driving seat throughout. During the Autumn term Year 10s sign up for the Award. When they turn 15 years old, they are registered with the DofE and can start their Silver Award. Expedition training starts in Year 11. During the Autumn term, navigation training, including a day walk in Teesdale, is delivered. During the Spring term cooking, food, camp skills, first aid and emergency procedure training was also delivered. This year we had a “Ready, Steady, Cook” competition on Trangia stoves which produced some interesting meals. One included the taste of methylated spirits. All this training was put into practice at the end of the Easter holidays when six teams were dropped off at Cow
There have been two expedition groups since the last Barnardian report. Ben Jeffrey, Ali Notman, Alice McBain, Harriet Ward, Sophie Evans and Josie Amery completed their assessed expedition in July 2011 while Emily Smith, Georgina Lea, Kate Wilson, James McNeil, Nick Packham, Rory Abraham and Jonny Connors completed theirs in July 2012.
July 2011 Josie, Sophie, Harriet, Alice, Ali and Ben made for an effective group, and their assessor, Bob Schofield, found them an enjoyable and likeable team. He was impressed with their ability to keep to time despite their route which encountered some tough terrain and the variable weather. Their journey took them to Little Stainforth, just to the north of Settle, to begin their expedition. This is a lovely campsite with great facilities – just the sort of place to relax and prepare for the demanding task that lies ahead. Their first night’s camp was at Moorgarth farm near Ingleton. The second days’ walk took them through Kingsdale to Dent where they camped at Condor Farm. This was their longest day, but they were rewarded with a delightful decent along the River Dee at the end of the day. Dent is a great place for group’s to camp as there alternative campsites for supervision in the village and
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Green Reservoir and walked back to school over three days. The students got a bit of a shock when they jumped out of the minibus at Cow Green into cold, wet and windy weather. As they moved down the valley, the weather improved, ending in glorious, warm sunshine back at school. Little did we know at the time, but this was our “summer”. The assessment expedition in July did not see any sunshine. Overcast with heavy showers was very much the typical weather of summer 2012. The week before, the Tyne Bridge was struck by lightning with floods in the North East. And two days after the expedition had finished, parts of the school were flooded. Luckily, we did not get the lightning and serious rain on the expedition. All six teams successfully completed their routes through Swaledale and Wensleydale. Apart from a few blisters and sore feet, no problems were encountered. An improvement on previous expeditions was the food and menus. The Ready, Steady, Cook competition must have given all food for thought as more ambitious menus had been planned for evening
meals. The assessor, Mr D Ewart, was very impressed with the standard of all the teams and passed them for the expedition phase. However, this section is not complete until a presentation or report has been done about their expedition. A presentation evening is planned for November. Year 10 participants had a flavour of expedition training when they did an overnight camp at Holwick in May. After a 10km hike to the campsite, carrying all their equipment, they struck camp and cooked their evening meal. For some this was their first night under canvas and cooking their own meal on a camping stove. The 20 who took this opportunity to get out and experience expedition training had a great time and were great fun to be with, as they all worked well together and created a great atmosphere. I would like to thank all the members of staff who have helped deliver the training during the year: Messrs. H Fairwood, A Wade, A Waddington, J Brettell and Dr D Walton. Also, many thanks to Mrs Heather Stevens, Mr Ian Greyston and Mr Howard Charlesworth, who have all given up their time to help. PCO
an excellent pub! Next the group trekked over Rise Hill into Garsdale, on their way to the almost ‘wild’ site of Yore House. There is a tap and a toilet, but little else. The final day took them out of the National Park, and over the watershed between the east flowing waters of the River Ure and the west flowing waters of the Eden. The final climb of the expedition took them over High Dolphinsty, with Wild Boar Fell rising on their left, to their destination and journey’s end: Ravenstonedale. All in all a very enjoyable expedition which passed through some of the most picturesque landscapes the country has to offer.
each other’s abilities grew. All of this was duly noted by their assessor, Dave Stannard, who was very impressed. He was impressed by their confidence, resolve and mature engagement with him and the task at hand. This he said was a ‘textbook ward group’ – high praise indeed. While it may have been plain sailing during the expedition, the group put themselves on the back foot as a result of last minute planning and route changes which almost cost them the opportunity to complete. This gave them a very long first day from Eshton Road camp site in Gargrave to Helwith Bridge, a distance of over 23km with a stiff climb through Malham Cove. The end of the second day took them west to Docklands campsite near Ingleton before heading north to Dent and on to their finish at the Cross Keys Inn. While they may have anticipated a half of shandy at their craftily engineered finish, they had to make do with scones and tea in this charming temperance inn. Despite the wettest June and early July on record, they managed to miss most of the heavier showers to enjoy their trek in mild weather with some sunny spells. CHA
July 2012 Jonny, Rory, Nick, James, Kate, Georgina and Emily made for an impressive and potent combination once on the hill. They worked very well and democratically as a team without ego, but with each member pulling together to achieve their goal. One thing which is really interesting is to see how group dynamics work and change as the expedition progresses. This group grew closer and more effective as bonds of friendship and respect for
Occasionally it’s nice to have our proudest prejudices reinforced. Two theological students from Cranmer Hall, a Methodist and an Anglican, visited the School recently to investigate Christianity in education. They arrived on a day when the Gideons distributed New Testaments to the Year 7s, stayed another day for the Prep School Chapel Centenary Service, visited numerous RS lessons and chatted over lunch or a conference table to children from Prep School through to sixth form. They were given liberal conversation time by hardpressed members of the SMT, colleagues on the run in the Common Room, and even Governors. Their conclusion? They didn’t know that schools like ours existed. Reporting back to their friends on similar visit programmes, they found that some of them had met with blank incomprehension even in schools carrying a faith logo. Others had witnessed the bland amalgam of multi-cultural agenda which passes for an assembly in other schools. They had seen PSHE masquerading as RS in the classroom, and politically correct reductionism posing as value neutral. Still others commented on the hopelessly truncated repertoire of scripture, hymnody and spirituality in schools which had forgotten their heritage or been persuaded to jettison it by rampant secularism, offering nothing in its place. So perhaps we have something to boast about – and, in the Chapel centenary year, why not? For a hundred years since its opening in 1912 children have trooped into Chapel every weekday morning, and the boarders on Sundays as well. We live in a much busier, more cosmopolitan age, but international students and pupils of other faiths find themselves at home in a place which is robustly Christian but threatens neither conscience nor culture and enshrines at particular times the joys, sorrows and loves of the whole school community. The very longevity is perhaps its greatest strength. This is the place which echoes equally to Houseshouts and applause at Monitors’ ties, to choral anthems and organ recitals. Sixth Formers weep as they sing their last ‘Jerusalem’ at the end of term, and hear the words of Ecclesiastes counting off the ‘times for everything’ at their final valediction following Speech Day. Newcomers to the School come to Chapel first before their ‘taster’ science lessons and subject carousel. In the truest sense of the word Chapel is part of the furniture of school life.
That said, people are apt to change their furniture according to fashion, so the Chapel remains in the business of persuading people that the transcendent values which founded the School still make sense today. At times it is self-evident. If the core belief in Christianity is that ‘there is a God and we are not him’, then the liturgy and music we hear week by week reinforces this message, not by reducing humanity to worm status but by lifting hearts to heaven. The work of the choir under Mark Mawhinney and Matthew Atherton is crucial in this respect and incredibly precious. Choristers inducted this year by Canon David Kennedy, Precentor of Durham Cathedral, carry a huge weight of responsibility to maintain worship in the midst of a culture which overlooks the sheer commitment and professionalism required to sing difficult music. Thanks to Matthew Atherton’s work in the Prep School, the disciplines are instilled earlier and prolonged later, but the overall desire is that the child who sings soprano in Year 5, is still wearing a choir robe by sixth form and graduates from afternoon Evensongs to the full McCoy in York Minster and Durham Cathedral. Matthew will be sorely missed when he takes on new responsibility at Aysgarth in January 2013 but I have no doubt that his legacy will live on in the small protégés on the way to being divas. Meanwhile, with the occasional break for good behaviour, the choir can rise to three sittings of Nine Lessons and Carols and an enormous confirmation service, stamping indelible memories in a slightly nervous Justin Welby as he conducted that Episcopal role for the very first time in the diocese as Lord Bishop of Durham. Equally, they can sing Festal
Eucharists at Advent and Easter, whilst adapting to the request of House services (an excellent one from North House this year) plain song liturgies and Taize canons sprung on them, as last minute requests from a Chaplain trying to keep tired boarders happy before brunch on an end of term Sunday. Thanks to Matthew again, and Mark, on wet weekdays pupils can arrive to ‘Raindrops keep falling on my head’ on wet days and ‘happy birthday’ on a staff natal day or ‘007’ to the tune of ‘When I needed a neighbour’. Most recently the Olympic Torch arrived with Andy Woodward in Chapel to the strains of ‘Chariots of Fire’. And so, if sometimes I catch a Year 7 whistling a hymn tune or hear a monitor reading in Chapel with understanding and conviction; if someone volunteers to go house-to-house for Christian Aid, having heard a preacher talking about hope in Sierra Leone; if the most selfish Year 8 can learn a little self-control and kindness in the wake of a Christian retreat and realise that confirmation is more personal than the oblique wishes of a church-going grandma – then the Chapel furniture does not need replacing just yet. So yes, the ordinands from Durham may have seen from a distance what we fail to see for being so close that 100 years of Chapel is a benediction which preserves something delicately, brilliantly unique. From the Headmaster who perseveres with Compline on dark exeat weekends despite fluctuating attendance, to the tiny soloist who sings the first verse of ‘Once in Royal..’ to a hushed Christmas congregation, on the verge of tears – the Chapel knits heaven and earth more closely together, one family under one God. We are greatly blessed. SJR
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Charity Committee The Charity Committee report always begins with a waiver that re-states its own non-existence apart from the energy of those who meet seldom but do a lot. This is certainly the case at the moment. Sixth Formers who meet only on ‘Facebook’ and by text, whilst hounded by exams, are planning a concert in the last week of term. In the midst of the customary English monsoon, their chosen charity of Wateraid for parched lands seems appropriate and is yet more testimony to the commitment of pupils who, stretched to the limit themselves, are prepared to stretch further for people in need. There have been some memorable events. Around Halloween we had extraordinary tableaux of ‘Angels and Demons’ to dance and music on a catwalk lit by pumpkins. The judges surpassed Simon Cowell in cruelty and humour. In February, at Valentines, Cupid’s messengers could be bribed to read out publicly the pink slips they carried. Better still was personal delivery by a Sixth Former in a ninja morph suit. Lying behind many of these events are the House charity reps who collect in non-uniform money, and more unusually this year filled Lenten jars with all that spare copper that lurks down sofas or in pots on the mantelpiece. Shelter Box became the richer for our pennies. The reps also got behind the annual ‘Gladiator’ competition, held in the Sports Hall just before exams began to bite. This year it was the international students who dominated – Martin Ryvola thinly disguised as Caesar, Kristina Musilova as a Russian goddess and a posse of Germans surrounding the Herculean Peter Wickham. No-one can remember who won but it was fun at the time. The perennial events still have attraction. At Christmas, Mrs Campbell’s shoe-boxes for children filled the sanctuary in Chapel. In the New Year, the Cake Auction raised huge amounts of money, even for cakes whose hygiene in the making was deeply questionable. Likewise the Easter Egg Hunt on a wet Spring day prompted the usual cries of foul against the big winners and the search for lost tickets to claim the remaining cream egg. Another good year, celebrating once again the remarkable ability of young people to recognise a brother or sister in the face of the poor, the sick and the needy. Thank you to everyone. SJR
Donations this year: Shelter Box £800 Christian Aid £1000 REACT £ 500 (Rapid Effective Assistance for Children) Barnardo’s £1000 Lepra £750 British Legion £400 Salvation Army £400 World Challenge £450 Lesotho/Durham Link £200 Henry Olonga Charity £250 Water Aid £300 TODYS £250 (Teesdale Opportunities for Disabled Youngsters) Dreamflight £3800 (Barnard Run Charity this year, with special thanks to Charles Alderson and his team) Total £10,100
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International Students Review One the best parts of being a teacher is welcoming the new international students to Barnard Castle School. I always do admire these students that are willing to travel thousands of miles, having to speak and learn a different language, experience a new culture and to make new friends quickly. Add this to the fast pace of life at the school, and it can be a shock to the system for some of the younger students. Therefore, it’s always important that these students hit the ground running. Luckily, they chose Barney.
Scotland Last September (2011), we started with the induction programme and an ice breaking trip to Scotland, staying over-night at the YHA near the University of Glasgow and then onto Edinburgh for the following day. It was the first time we had visited these two great cities, bubbling over with culture and it proved to be as great a success with Trutz and Johannes, taking hundreds of photos and visiting many different sites. It also gave the students the opportunity to purchase their first set of rugby boots. The experience proved invaluable and friendships started to form.
International Students v Staff Football Match (0-3 pens) It was great to see so many international students wishing to take part in the match. A strong German contingent and Barry Wong represented the overseas boarders with Captain, Seb Ullirch (Shalke) trying to intimidate the staff with his claims of great organisational skills, formation and determination – added to the fact that we never win a penalty shootout – seemed to them they were trying to unnerve us. Little did they know that many of the staff had read, ‘The Art of the War,’ by Sun Tzu. Therefore, “Age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill.” The first half saw some great football by the International team. Xavi Remky (Bayern Munich) was certainly the playmaker, forcing save after save from Mr Fairwood. It was deadlocked at half time, with a feeling that the students had the edge. At this particular point, the staff’s secret weapon was brought out of retirement, as pressure built up and the raids on goal increased – known to his friends as ‘The Cat,’ he replaced the battered Mr Fairwood. About this time, Mr Usher held tight the defence... and then went home after it got a little bit dark. Twinkle-toes Mr Allman ensured that we had a fair share of chances and also kept Barry Wong at bay. At full time it was a 2-2 with Mr West scoring a cracker from outside the box on his wrong foot. The equaliser was scored by Mr Dunn. The game went in to penalties, with rumblings by Mr Nicholson from the staff bench that ‘The Cat,’ had lost his technique. The Captain took responsibility and put himself in goal, ensuring a clean sheet on the day and the staff team winning by 3-0. NJC
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Overseas and Staff Cricket International Cricket – Summer 2012 Staff 125 runs (9 - 20 overs) International students 87 runs (all out - 14 overs) The staff cricket team booked their place as champions once again in the series (3-0) by beating the overseas students. The severe thrashing took place in the rain, a well thought through tactic by the organiser to play it on the day. Great play was seen by Dyma Hromov (Year 9 North), using an interesting Ukrainian bowling technique that dismissed Mr West for a golden duck. Nimble Austrian footwork by Severin Huber (Year 12 North) made sure that Mr Goldberg left the crease after a cracking innings. Spinner, Dr Mancino showed some Milano magic by taking three wickets in quick succession. Catch of the day had to go Mr Bishop (Hartlepool) and the ‘man of the match award,’ went to ‘The Pitcher,’ Miss MacMillan (USA) which just added to her July 4th celebrations. Speaking after the match, Mr Connor (Staff Captain) said, “I knew full well that these students had never played cricket before, never mind in torrential rain, and filling them with an English high tea at the break added to our home advantage.” Thanks go to all the staff involved and to Zuka Alavidez (Student Captain) and Will Barnes for helping to organise a well drilled overseas team. NJC
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Wind Band 2012
As the school year draws to a close amidst abandoned picnics, water-logged cricket squares and a weekend of flood warnings, it’s good to be able to look back on another busy musical year at BCS. The young music tour group which performed so successfully in Paris last summer with a major performance at Disneyland on Bastille Day returned to school in September with renewed enthusiasm and energy and have given us some memorable performances this year.
Esther Lee – Musician of the Year
The Wind Band played at the Darlington Arena in October, rounding off the annual Gala Concert with the Mission Impossible Theme and the whole school year with a spirited performance of Hot Latin on Speech Day. After many years in the Wind Band in the clarinet section, we say goodbye and good luck to Sophie Evans as she moves on from school. The highlight of the year for the Jazz Band was the Summer Evening of Jazz in late June. Although not blessed with summer weather, the pupils performed to an excellent standard in the chill out rooms in the first half of the evening, and then after supper played superbly with Mr Donnelly’s quintet as the evening drifted towards the midnight hour. There was an excellent audience for the jazz evening and a good profit was made which will go towards next year’s music tour to the Rhineland. Just as school summer exams were finishing, the Junior Orchestra of no fewer than thirty-eight players gave an excellent evening concert in Big School. The orchestra’s repertoire included Meet the Flintstones, I’ll Stand By You and Mango Walk, and the concert also featured solos from Kerin Borer, James Terrill, Tom Crowther, Alice Whitehead, Kate Martin, Michael
Liu, Caitrin Robertson, Jamie Spratt, Ceara SuttonJones and Zak Day. Earlier in the year the Junior Orchestra also performed at the Gala Concert, as did the Chamber Choir singing Michael Hurd’s Rooster Rag and the String Orchestra Some Classic Bits and Pieces and an arrangement of the Gypsy Rover. As well as two numbers from the Jazz Band, there were also solos from James Robertson, Naomi Day, Regina D’Oyley and Esther Lee. Chorally it has been a year of consistently high standards and some excellent concerts and performances. The Chapel Choir chorister induction service in September saw Ivy Lai as Head of Choir, with Imogen Ridley, Harriet McHugh and Lauren CardenGrigg as deputies. Special services during the year included the new Bishop of Durham’s first Confirmation Service in March, Remembrance Sunday Service, the annual Founders’ Day Service, Old Barnardian Service and Festal Eucharist on Advent Sunday and for Easter-tide at the beginning of the summer term. In addition to this the choir gave a concert at Newbiggin Methodist Church and sang Evensong in York Minster in March. The annual Friends of the Bowes Museum Carol Concert was a sell out
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and in addition to the festive favourites from the choir it included instrumental solos from Ross Currie (piano), Regina D’Oyley (clarinet) and Esther Lee (piano), a duet sung by Elizabeth Gorman and Lucy Parkinson and a solo sung by Nicholas Mackay. The numbers attending the subsequent carol services in the school chapel were excellent with a candle-lit service bringing the Autumn term to a festive close. Numbers have also been good for the Choral Society this year with two major concerts. The first in Big School was a performance of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with piano and harmonium accompaniment played by Venera Bojkova and Matthew Atherton. Soloists for this concert were Rebecca Lowe, Louise Mott, Simon Lee and Peter Coulson and the harmonium was hired from Phil and Pam Fluke, who attend numerous performances of this work every year. Pleasingly they gave the Choral Society’s rendition the full five stars. In the New Year our attention turned to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with
a sell-out concert in the Bowes Museum of British music written for royal occasions through the ages. The stirring brass of Parry’s I was glad contrasted well with the more intimate style of William Byrd’s ‘O Lord make thy servant Elizabeth our Queen’ and John Rutter’s ‘This is the day’ written for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. As well as the school’s major ensembles we also hosted concerts by Opera Nova in September, raising money for Marfen syndrome, and a Charity Concert in June organised by Imogen Ridley and Whizzy Gorman. Mr Atherton gave an organ recital to a large audience in Chapel to celebrate the Chapel Centenary and a large number of pupils played in the stage band for the Prep School Musical – Pirates of the Curry Bean and also the senior school musical, Little Shop of Horrors, in March. At Christmas we said a fond farewell to Mrs Judith Rousseau who had taught oboe and bassoon at the school for sixteen years. Mrs Rousseau will be missed by her many pupils over
the years but we look forward to welcoming her back to play for us at choral society concerts in the future. During the year over sixty pupils took music examinations with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and London College of Music with some excellent distinctions and merits being achieved. Our music competitions continue to generate much excitement and it was a pleasure to welcome Paul Harrison to adjudicate the House Singing Competition in October and Phil Noble to adjudicate the instrumental competition in March. Esther Lee won the award of Musician of the Year and Tom Crowther gained the cup for most promising instrumentalist. Both adjudicators commented on the high standards of music at Barnard Castle and also on the supportive atmosphere in which these competitions took place. It is good to be able to report that music making remains at a very high standard with enthusiastic and able pupils contributing so much. AMM
Music Festival This year’s Music Festival was held on Friday 2nd March and it was a great pleasure to welcome Mr Phil Noble from Newcastle-upon-Tyne Church High School to adjudicate the competition. Mr Noble studied at Huddersfield University and regularly plays the bassoon in local ensembles including Orchestra North East and the New Tyneside Orchestra. There were thirteen different classes and the winners of each section are listed below together with the overall winner and the most promising instrumentalist. Many thanks to all the teachers and the pupils who prepared so conscientiously for this competition.
Results Chapel Choir
Ivy Lai, Head of Choir
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Elementary Piano Intermediate Piano Advanced Piano Elementary Woodwind Intermediate Woodwind Advanced Woodwind Elementary Violin Advanced Strings Open Brass Open Percussion Open Organ Junior Singing Senior Singing Most Promising Musician Musician of the Year
Max Dalton Kate Martin Esther Lee Lexy Dalton Tom Joashi Regina D’Oyley Brogan Wilson Alice Whitehead Naomi Day Sam Leeming Esther Lee Alex Thompson Martha Clarkson-Cox Tom Crowther Esther Lee
Practical music examination results Some highlights of recent success include: Lucy Parkinson Grade VIII Hannah Robertson Proficiency with distinction Zak Day Grade VII with merit Elizabeth Gorman Grade VII Lucy Parkinson Grade VII Max Hargrove Grade VI with distinction James Robertson Grade VI with distinction Martha Clarkson-Cox Grade VI with merit Ceara Sutton-Jones Grade VI with merit Naomi Day Grade VI with merit Lizzie Knight Grade VI Harriett McHugh Grade V with merit Jamie Spratt Grade V with merit Iona Borer Grade V Fiona Matthews Grade V
Violin Singing Jazz Saxophone Singing Singing Drum Kit Jazz Saxophone Piano Piano Trumpet Piano Singing Clarinet Violin Singing
Old Barnardians What a talented and diverse bunch our OBs are and this year we have celebrated their many successes. In the new year we heard of the selection to the England rugby team of Lee Dickson (’03) and that of his brother Karl (’01) to the England squad. Giles Deacon (’88), the women’s wear fashion designer, was awarded ‘World Fashion Designer of the Year’ in Moscow in April. Graham Ratcliffe, MBE (’73) published his book ‘A Day to Die For’ in which he describes being on Everest in 1996 when 8 climbers were tragically killed and Alan Wilkinson (‘44, retired staff member and Vice President of the OB Club) also published his book ‘Dotheboys and Beyond’. Tim Wilks (’97) completed the Siberian Black Ice Race (marathon) coming in 1st place on foot. Frank Whately (’67) was our invited speaker at Speech Day and has just been made the first ever Honorary Fellow of Kingston University for his services to Drama. The news of OB comes in regularly and we try to keep the notice board in Chapel corridor as up-to-date as possible. There have been a number of OB weddings in the Chapel and the OBs helped to celebrate the centenary of the Chapel at the service on Barnardian Day.
The Chapel is often a very emotional place for many returning OBs and they regale us with stories of prayers before breakfast, two services on Sundays and the revered task of organ pumper! Especially this year we have remembered Capt C Dent who was killed in the Falkland’s War in 1982, his name is carved in the wooden panel behind the choir stalls. Many OBs have attended social events this year. The London Dinner in October 2011 was held at the East India Club. Over 60 OBs, from all eras were in attendance. It was a very pleasant evening with lots of very funny stories. On Barnardian Day we welcomed over 100 OBs back to school with many playing in the sports teams. The ‘day’ resulted in a draw with the OBs winning the cricket and football and the School winning the netball and girl’s tennis. During the AGM, which is always held on Barnardian Day, Gerry Camozzi (’57), past Chairman, Treasurer, committee member, great stalwart of the Old Barnardian Club and supporter of the School was unanimously voted in as Vice President. He was presented with a specially engraved piece of glassware. We hope that all of our Old Barnardians will keep in regular contact with the Club and School and continue to support this special community which is spread far and wide. DJ
Alan Chadwick 1939 – 2012 Much loved Prep School Headmaster, Chemistry teacher and polymath, Alan Chadwick, died this year, aged 73. His funeral was held in the School Chapel, 31st August, 2012. A grammar school boy from humble origins, Alan’s early achievements as Head boy of his school, then Cambridge graduate, were conventional enough but he had a life-long suspicion of pomp and ceremony, leant towards radical left-wing politics, regarded religion and most grand narratives of human existence as a weakness and forsook his first teaching post in Hull for a more grounded educational approach, which he found in Tanzania then Zambia. Married to Barbara (whom he had met as a lab technician in Hull) with small children, David and Nina, he returned from turmoil in Zambia, to be offered the headmastership of Barnard Castle Prep School. Here the legend grew. With a photographic memory and an ability to learn new skills at any time in his life (he produced the first timetable programme in the school), Alan was an engaging conversationalist but, above all, an eccentric with explosive tastes – literally! To the delight of staff and children, terms would often end with a march to the top of the school field and extraordinary pyrotechnics which would probably have failed any modern health and safety procedures. The most memorable was a device which left a crater in the field and cracked windows in the Bowes Museum. His skills were put to good use in more conventional ways, in the garden, where he was an expert on fertiliser compounds and, in retirement, tended a garden full of flora which bulked the arrangements in School Chapel on the day of his funeral. Prep School Headmaster from 1979 to 1989, Alan was the driving force behind the gooseberry picking expeditions, the sledging in winter, cub camps and hiking, swimming and rounders – the very stuff of childhood memory. He then took up the cudgels of Chemistry in the senior school from 1989 to 2001. I remember thinking the labs were ablaze, only to be told that Alan always lit every Bunsen burner in the winter to take the chill off the place. Retreating to part-time teaching between 2001 and 2003, Alan remained a fixture on the Waddington walking trips for several years beyond this and was only robbed recently by illness of the sparkling intellect and humour which lit up his career and all those around him. His legacy? Top flight chemistry students from Africa and this country who were fired by his thinking and personality, colleagues who found in him a counterweight to stifling educational convention and, of course, his family – Barbara, his wife of over 40 years, children David and Nina and grandchildren Nina, Alison and Tom. His daughter’s concluding remarks at the funeral were: “We love you very much and hope you are now at peace.” SJR
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Bowes At the end of my first year as Housemistress of Bowes, there is much to reflect upon and plenty to write about. Although it was a great honour to be taking over the position and running such a wonderful House, it was certainly tinged with sadness in September, as the girls and staff dealt with the incredibly sad news about Suzanne Cuthbertson, who passed away during the summer holiday. Changes in pupils meant we were joined by ten new pupils in Year 7 and said goodbye to nine in the Upper Sixth. There were also some staff changes as we welcomed Dr David Walton as Year 8 tutor and Mrs Rachel Mitchell as Year 9 tutor. As ever, the first really big event of the term was the House Singing Competition. Alice McBain and Paige Wilkinson set to work with the Juniors singing Elton John’s ‘Don’t go Breaking my Heart’, whilst the seniors rehearsed Bruno Mars’ ‘Marry You’. The part song took a little more practice, but eventually Mika’s ‘Happy Ending’ sealed the first victory of the term for Bowes House. The squeals of delight and happiness rang around the House for days. Every Wednesday afternoon there is a House competition and the girls always put their hearts and
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souls into competing as best as they can. These competitions range from the sublime to the ridiculous; however, each one is approached with meticulous order by the girls who organise the teams; Victoria Raper and Sophie Evans. During the first term, competitions included squash, ‘Angels and Demons’, cake decorating, pool, chess and swimming. As I have said, each of these competitions was undertaken with a competitive drive; however victory seemed to elude us. In the lead up to Christmas, the resurrected House Drama competition saw Alice McBain and Laura Spedding impersonating myself and Mrs Burgess in a sketch entitled “A Day in Bowes House”. Sadly, and once again, despite the girls’ accurate mimicry, victory was not ours. On our return from the Christmas holiday, it was time to start the Barney Run practice. Understanding just how cold and bitter running the course can be, it was decided that as a treat at the end of each practice, there would be hot chocolate and marshmallows for all. Although this idea may seem incongruous with the idea of a running practice, it certainly got the girls running around the course in quick time. Alice McBain and Sophie Wray came second and third and the senior girls sealed victory in the Chatt Cup. With the Barney Run event over, it was back to eclectic and entertaining Wednesday afternoon activities. These included Twister, table tennis, quizzes, table football, art, charades, croquet, golf, cricket, Danish longball, rounders, catch the flag and an egg chucking competition. We were victorious in some of these events, but if the truth be told, it was often more about the taking part. Croquet was definitely one of those events that most of the girls had never played before and yet every one of them had a great time taking part.
During the Spring term, much time was dedicated to preparing for the Inter House Public Speaking Competition. Natalie Shaw, Harriet Ward and Alice McBain represented the seniors, speaking very eloquently. However, the stars of the evening were Kerin Borer, Kate Martin, Chloe Thompson and Jessica Hunter, who won the intermediate competition. As the Summer term arrived, it dawned on Bowes House very quickly that time was running out to organise something appropriate to celebrate the retirement of Mrs Bernadette Ellison. Mrs Ellison was the founding Housemistress of Bowes when it started in 2002 and after nineteen years at School teaching French, it seemed fitting to organise a surprise party with former and current Bowes girls and their families invited along. As the event arrived, so did the bad weather; however, this did not stop the planned event and it was a truly lovely afternoon that highlighted what a fantastic and exemplary Housemistress Mrs Ellison had been. As the term came to a close, we said our farewells to the Upper Sixth; Alice McBain, Natalie Shaw, Harriet Ward, Victoria Raper, Sophie Wray, Sophie Evans, Emma Peat, Abigail Graham and Paige Wilkinson. They symbolise the Bowes House spirit and we wish them all the very best for the future. As we welcomed back Mrs Kate Baptist from her maternity leave, we said a fond farewell to Mrs Anne Lee who had been covering Mrs Baptist’s leave. Also, after too short a time, we said goodbye to Mrs Rachel Mitchell, who in such a short space of time in Bowes, made such a huge impact. AGJ Head of House – Alice McBain Deputy Heads of House – Natalie Shaw and Harriet Ward
Barnard Castle School is such a busy place that it is really only at the end of the year that it is possible to look back and take stock of the events of the previous twelve months. Writing this report in June gives me the opportunity to remember all those things that have taken place. Some of the events are the large, whole school activities such as Sports Day. Some events are equally significant but perhaps only witnessed by a small number of people. In this latter category I would highlight the impressive way the new members of the House have settled in. In September we were joined by William Body, Jack Dickinson, Oliver Dunn, Henry Gray, Jack Hudson, Rohan Kelsall, Michael Liu, Nicholas Mackay, Matthew Price, Max Rose, Dominick Russell and Matthew Sellars in Year 7 and Brian Hick in the Sixth Form. Without exception, they have all settled in and have made significant and telling contributions this year. Equally impressive has been Anthony Harrison as Head of House. His leadership style is subtle, considerate and gentle; rather different to the way he plays rugby. Adam Miller was appointed a School Monitor. The Autumn Term opens with the House Singing Competition. Other schools have music competitions; some have singing competitions. None I would suggest have an event that creates such a terrific atmosphere as our annual festival of song. It is certainly Barnard Castle School at its best and in some ways it is a shame parents and visitors are excluded from sharing the experience. However, it is because it is such an exclusive occasion that the atmosphere is so special. Our performances have always been unique and seeking the success that has eluded us in the past we decided to continue in the same manner. The Juniors sung Dynamite by Taio Cruz. The singing was impressive, the choreography inspired. We had our best result for many years coming second. Is this the Golden Generation? The Intermediates and Seniors chose The Lazy Song, by Bruno Mars – most would say an appropriate choice. The Part Song, Forget You by Cee Lo Green, was torpedoed below the waterline on the day of the competition when Chris Harrison, Agni Ghosh and Ivan Gaskin were selected to play rugby for
Durham County. Undaunted, and following the example set by Fleetwood Mac, but without the hard drugs and alcohol abuse, the line up was swiftly changed. Rather like the UK’s entry into the Eurovision Song Contest, we know that matters towards the lower end of the leader board will be of interest to us. It is the destination of the wooden spoon that concerns most members of the House. To our delight and relief, once again, it didn’t end up in Dale House. Also in the Autumn Term we won the Junior and Intermediate rugby competitions; the Intermediates without conceding a try. The Juniors also won their swimming competition; the Gillet Cup. Another terrific house competition is the Barnard Bash. Again effort is rewarded in a clear manner. It also gives individuals a chance to challenge and push themselves. The intermediates were third overall in their race, so were the seniors. As ever the strong runners need to be supported by those towards the end of the field. Whilst the Barney Bash gives every member of the House a chance to compete, and hopefully compete in a successful team; the Barnard Run is the opportunity for elite athletes to demonstrate that the miles of training have been worthwhile. Again, as in the past there were many individual highlights. James Watson won the Senior Race and Zak Day won the Junior Race. Ethan Kelsall was second in the Intermediate Race. The Seniors won the House Hockey Competition giving Andrew Lister the chance to ‘nail up’. Brian Hick, Varun Balapuri and Mathew Pinkney took part in a strong Public Speaking Competition. Throughout the year the pupils have competed enthusiastically in the Wednesday afternoon activity competition organised by Mr Gorman. We won the Cake Decorating Competition and got to the finals of each quiz. In the Spring Term the dedication of all those who had competed was rewarded when we won the Activities Cup. Sports Day was early this year; before the Sixth Form and Year 11 disappeared to revise for their exams. Every member of the House was selected to compete in at least one event – 74 boys in all. With some outstanding individual performances across the board and splendid results in the relay and tug of war Dale House won the overall competition. It was a fantastic outcome given that every member of the House took part and contributed to the victory. Individual winners in the Junior Competition included Zak Day in the 100 metres, 400 metres and high jump, Joseph Pickering in the 200 metres and triple jump and Cammy Glover
in the shot. In the Intermediate Competition, Cameron Waiter-Mackenzie won the 100 metres and 400 metres, Jerome Hardy won the 200 metres and Ethan Kelsall won the 1500 metres. Anthony Harrison won the 400 metres and javelin, James Watson won the 1500 metres. With such talent on display there were victories in the Junior and Intermediate 4 x 100 metres relays. Zak Day won the Junior Victor Ludorum, Anthony Harrison shared the senior award. Again it is worth highlighting every member of the House participated: Every member of the House felt proud about their achievements. These achievements on the sports field and elsewhere in the School have been matched by strong performances in the classroom. At Speech Day, 17 members of the House were awarded prizes. The Tutors award a prize each term. In the Autumn Term it went to Duncan Hewitson. In the Spring Term it was awarded to Jack Ellis and in the Summer Term it was given to Zak Day. The Charlesworth Cup is also awarded each term. Rohan Kelsall received it in the Autumn Term, Daniel Milne in the Spring Term and Sebastian Hampson in the Summer Term. Sadly we say goodbye to a strong group of leavers. Varun Balupuri, James Dickinson, Sam Hunter, Anthony Harrison, Andrew Lister and Adam Miller have all made significant contributions in their time in Dale House. We wish them well as they move on. Anthony Harrison has been a splendid Head of House, striking that difficult balance between setting a firm lead and at the same time being approachable. Next year’s Head of House will be Brian Hick. We also say goodbye to Mr Hudson. I know that Year 10 have appreciated all the work he has done for them as a tutor and I certainly have valued everything he has done more broadly for the House. He is moving to a school closer to his home and is looking forward to walking to and from work. I would like to thank the rest of the tutorial team – Mr Oakley, Mr Goldberg, Mr Nicholson and Mr Ince. The boys do recognise and acknowledge the work these gentlemen do on their behalf. Finally, I would like to thank Miss Broadbent who dedicates hours of her time each week to the House as Assistant Housemistress. This has been a very successful year. It has certainly been very busy and productive. The boys clearly have a great deal of mutual respect for one another and their tutors. This is demonstrated on a daily basis in Dale House. DWD
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Durham September saw me welcome my first batch of fresh faced Year 7 boys to Durham House. They were Jamie Adamson, Andrew Gedye, Matthew Hanmer, Joel Hargrove, Finlay Jordan, Tom Leeming, Harry Monkhouse, Jamie Spratt, Alex Swainston, William Swinbank, Ollie Theakston, Adam Wanless and Cameron Young, accompanied by George Shepherd and Lewis Maddison into Year 9 and Harry Dick into LVI. Improvements to the House are ongoing and although the pool tables didn’t quite stand up to the punishment dished out by the boys, at least we were able to continue our upgrading programme with more soft seating and posters in all the common rooms. We now proudly boast a flat screen TV in our entrance foyer, to display important information, pictures and videos of House competitions and I hope the BBC news channel, once we get the aerial connected over the summer holidays, so we can help further our boys’ current affairs knowledge. These improvements are possible because of the thriving tuck shop and the House subs I collect. I hope the boys realise the money is being ploughed back into the House for their benefit. Another initiative this year is the introduction of the much coveted ‘Tutee of the Week’ award; it is given to boys who make significant contribution to the House. One of the best parts of my job is watching the House perform in the varied competitions on offer and the first major one of the year is always the dreaded House Singing Competition. My fellow Housemasters and Mistresses agree that their main target is to avoid the much feared wooden spoon. Well, this year was a resounding success, we avoided coming last on all fronts; 4th in the Unison (It Must Be Love) and finishing a very respectable 3rd in the Part Song. We are happy to blame Mr. Donnelly for a poor song choice in the Junior section! Do-Re-Mi? More like Do-Re-Oh-Dear-Me! Our highly skilled public speakers were marshalled by Neil Stanwix, who coached the petrified Lewis Maddison, Joe Ferguson, George Shepherd and James Wren into a very encouraging 3rd place. Neil and his trusty mates Freddie Metcalfe and Chris Robinson romped to victory in the senior contest. Our very special Upper Sixth were up to there old trick again in the Drama Competition; having left it all to the very last minute, Neil and Chris put a fantastically funny and clever script together, which Euan Hobson and Andrew Gedye helped perform. I can say, as a judge, that the voting was very close; we ran out narrow winners! Our senior rugby players were always going to be up against it and duly won the wooden spoon, but thankfully nobody got hurt. Our Intermediate and Junior teams faired much better, with both finishing second. They should go one better next year. Our senior hockey players, led by Duncan Anderson enjoyed the House Hockey Competition and just a single goal made the difference between our third place and winning the competition, the Intermediates and Juniors again finished second, because of the odd goal. Next year will be our time. We were much fancied to regain our swimming crowns, so it was a shame we were denied the opportunity. We did, however, regain our cross country Bash crown with a superb all round effort from everyone in the House; a competition I hold in high regard. We also raised nearly £1000 for the Dream Flight charity. My wish is that we soon conquer the Bash and all the Barney Run competitions; we came incredibly close this time, winning the Junior Barnard Cup, just missing out on the big one, though, the Barnard Cup. Great individual performances from Daniel Burnett (6), Sam Leeming (1) and Robbie Thompson (2) deserve a mention.
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The summer brought more success for our intermediates sportsmen, winning against the much fancied Tees House in the cricket and finishing second, again, on Sports Day. Our talented juniors won their Sports Day team competition. Max Jones was our best placed senior, in the Javelin; he will be joined next year by some talented athletes, so again the future looks rosy. The Summer term ended with the junior and intermediate barbeques on the croquet lawn, the scene of Adam Wanless’ victory earlier in the term. It is just a small token to show my thanks for all the support shown towards the House activities programme and competitions. The Croquet, Golf, Cake Decorating, Danish Long Ball, Catch The Flag, Scrabble, Quiz, Art, Rounders, Squash, Football, Table Tennis and Pool events were all attended by keen, willing and competitive members of the House. Not surprisingly we won the House Activities Cup this term. A late announcement in ‘Nailing Up’ confirmed us as winners
of the unofficial merit prize for the boys Houses; making it a clean sweep for the academic year; we certainly try hard in Durham House! It is with some sadness we say ‘au revoir’ to our Upper Sixth; they will return for Old Barnardian days I hope. I wish Neil, Chris, Freddie, Richard, Adam, Andrew and Duncan all the best for the next chapter in their lives. Our meal at the Fat Buddha was a fine way to say thank you for all their hard work over the years. We also say goodbye to the Crowther brothers, who are moving to Hexham School. Our Year 11 leavers, who will be missed in our ever changing and improving Sixth Form are Robbie Thompson, Alex Rowland-Jones, Ben Ridley and Dan Priestley; they also go with all Durham House staff’s best wishes. My final thanks go to my excellent team of tutors; Mr.Everall, Dr. Child, Mr.Gedye, Mr.Donnelly, Mr.Maude and Mrs.Campbell all make my working day so much easier and enjoyable. BCU
Services Prizes Autumn
Year7 Year8 Year9 Year10 Year11 Year12 Year13
Alex Swainston Henry Thompson Sandy Stainthorp Joe Ferguson George Jones Euan Hobson Andrew Bussey
Harry Monkhouse Daniel Burnett Lewis Maddison Max Hargrove Sam Everall Euan Hobson Freddie Metcalfe
Andrew Gedye Dan Burnett James Jennings Sam Leeming Bradley Crow Sam Hobson Adam Butterfield
Junior Arts Shield The Tutor’s Trophy The Layzell Cup
Kieran Lewis Ben Roddam Chris Robinson
Kieran Lewis Sam Leeming Neil Stanwix
Alex Swainston Tom Metcalfe Rupert Barrett
Annual House awards The Arts Shield – Chris Robinson / The Egg Cup – Kieran Lewis / The Durham Cup – Neil Stanwix
This year seems to have flown and I cannot believe it is a year since my family and I moved into Longfield. I have been privileged to get to know the girls so well and I have found it to be an amazing and rewarding time. The year began by splitting the House into families in a horizontal style so that girls in each year group were put in small groups together. Leadership and team building exercises were top of the agenda and fun was had with water and eggs! Quizzes followed and there was plenty of fun and games had by all. The first major competition of the autumn term was the House Singing. The 7 junior girls practiced their hearts out led by Lauren Carden-Grigg and with Esther Lee on the piano. On the night, dressed as the Seven Dwarves, they sang their rendition of Heigh Ho. It was a great effort but not enough to win. The seniors likewise put plenty of time and dedication into both the Unison and Part Song. Both the songs were beautifully sung on the night. The unison – I Will Follow Him – scored well, as did Imogen Ridley’s carefully put together version of the Dog Days (Are Over) which was outstanding. Overall we achieved third. We believe that we should have won, but there’s always next year. After Christmas we were straight into run practices; there were not as many as in previous years but the determination was to ensure the whole house ran and took part. Unfortunately, this didn’t happen but each and every fit and able person did run. The juniors came second in the Bash, there were some brilliant performances from the Inters and the Senior Competition was hit by the sickness bug but all the girls persevered and got through it – just! The run was postponed until March and we ended up in third position in both competitions. Public Speaking was another well thought out, planned and practised competition. The Intermediate team of Clare Harris, Shaurya Aggarwal, Emma Robson and Leah Bloomfield spoke about silent movies. It was a shame we got very little feedback, leaving the girls speechless! Likewise the Seniors, chaired brilliantly by Imogen Ridley with main speaker and Lectern winner Katie Wilson speaking about ‘All Hail’ in the light of jubilee year was rewarded with a ‘NICE’. A little disappointing given the time, effort and quality put in. The summer term saw us straight into Sports Day on the Bank Holiday Monday. This was great as many parents were able to attend and it happened before all the bad weather hit us and many girls going on
study leave. For this reason it was less stressful than in previous years, however, it did mean certain pupils had little opportunity to practice prior to taking part in their events. That said, there were some outstanding performances. The senior girls won the 4 x 100m relay. Hannah Byers, to her own shock, won the senior 100m, Emily Turner the Senior Javelin, Fran Pollock surprised herself to win the Intermediate Long Jump, Leah Bloomfield the High Jump, and Emma Robson, despite dislocating her knee three weeks earlier, won both the 1500m and 800m at the Intermediate age group. There have been many other competitions and events over this year, including cake decorating in which we were placed with both the junior and intermediate entries of a pink retro tape recorder and a good copy of the super bowl stadium. House Art, the Intermediates won thanks to Harriett McHugh’s artistic prowess and a paint-by-numbers key. We had lots of fun in the Gladiator Competition with our very own Kristina Musilova clad in a very petit knight outfit belonging to a small blond boy who shall remain nameless! It was a real shame that she didn’t succeed in defending Emily Turner’s crown. Another memorable competition was seeing Emma Robson’s winning a marathon twister game on her birthday, prior to her dislocating her knee for a second time – her lengthy limbs and flexibility gave her the edge. This year we competed with our hearts and souls in all major sporting competitions, which culminate in Nailing Up, at the end of a term, if successful.
We finally got to nail up on the last day of the year for winning the senior rounders competition. We also won the merit prize for both the Michaelmas and Summer terms, which speaks volumes about the girls approach to their academic work. The Year 8 girls deserve a very special mention this year as they have entered into the spirit of every single competition. To do your best is what is expected and to do it willingly and with a smile too. I congratulate them and thank them for their efforts this year. They had to have rules adapted to accommodate them and they did Longfield very proud. The event of the year has to be the Longfield Dinner. It is an occasion which all the girls look forward to and this year the Lower Sixth took responsibility for organising it, with the help of Harriett Mc Hugh, Chelsey Cole and Imogen Ridley. It is an opportunity to say goodbye to our Upper Sixth and wish them all the luck with their futures. The night will be remembered for the tears, the fantastic food and the brilliant atmosphere that the Lower Sixth worked so hard to achieve. I thoroughly enjoyed the occasion and would like to thank the girls for working so hard to ensure success. There are a number of people who deserve great thanks for their help and support over the course of my first year; Miss Jones for her superb and wise advice. I am indebted to her constant support, along with Miss Flack, who works tirelessly above and beyond that of any matron I know and without whom many of the jobs that need doing would not happen. I’d also like to thank my Assistant Housemaster Mr Edwards for all the fun activities he has brought into the House and the little extras that have eased my load at times. Also the duty staff; Miss McMillan and Miss Mackenzie for their time and dedication to the house. Miss Sanderson for all her care of the Old Courts girls. We have missed Miss Snaith for much of this year and look forward to seeing her return in the near future. My thanks also go to the tutors, Mrs Waddington and Mr Kean, for their tireless support. I am also sad to say thank you and good bye to Mrs Gorman whose input, care and experience has been a true asset to Longfield. She will join Dale House and we will gain Miss Burgess as a replacement. I am pleased to announce that next Year’s Head of House will be Evie Kennedy and she will be very ably supported by Sophie Brown as her Deputy. I look forward to seeing the House go from strength to strength. AA
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It was a great honour to be asked to become Marwood’s Housemistress, following on from Mrs Armstrong who had moved to Longfield House. My first experience of this new job was the New Pupils’ Induction Afternoon in June, and I knew just how nervous the, soon to be Year 7, girls felt. We spent a pleasant afternoon getting to know each other while Charlotte Dickinson got used to her new role as Head of House. Together we faced the challenge of the new academic year and what a busy one it has been! As soon as the term began Charlotte Dickinson and her team of monitors sprang into action and the House Singing rehearsals began in earnest. The seniors chose ‘Automatic High’ by S Club Juniors for the Juniors. They were placed fourth. Part Song was ‘Beautiful Girls’ by Jo Jo; we received 19 out of a possible 20 points and won this part of the competition. The Unison was ‘You’ by S Club 7; unfortunately the adjudicator only scored us as 24 out of 30. Overall we finished 3rd equal. There were many other House competitions in this first term: Squash, ‘Angels and Demons’, Cake Decorating, Pool, Chess and Swimming. We performed extremely well in the latter; the Juniors and a combined team of Intermediates and Seniors won the White Swimming Cup. Another competition was the newly-resurrected House Drama. Well done to Martha Moore, Charlotte Dickinson, Lottie Holmes, Emily Newton, Rebecca Watson, Martha Clarkson, Erin Porter, Megan Sowerby and Alex Thompson, who wrote and acted out a very morally wrong but entertaining script. The House Hockey is usually the main event in the second half of the term and this year it was no different. The Junior and Intermediate House Hockey Competitions were delayed due to snow flurries and frost, but the Seniors managed to play their match. Marwood were extremely happy that this effort was made, as they were victorious; they drew 1-1 with Longfield and beat Bowes 3-0. The weather didn’t really get much better, but the frost did subside a little to allow the Juniors to play their House Hockey Competition. As with all of the other House events the Marwood Juniors were victorious, beating Longfield by 4 goals and Bowes by 3 goals. Unfortunately the Intermediate girls did not manage to complete their competition. This term will also be remembered for the play ‘The Royal Hunt of the Sun’. Martha Moore took on a lead role in this production and Rebecca Watson and
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Pippa Naseby were beautiful Incas. Their performances were excellent and very much enjoyed by all. Well done also to Alice Jackson who was part of the backstage crew. At the Christmas Nailing Up Ceremony there were many Marwood girls who were awarded for their efforts. The House Activities trophy was awarded to Marwood and we also won the best assessment average for Years 10-13; a very pleasing achievement. The girls came back from their Christmas break to start the spring term with smiles on their faces; they were well rested and ready for another busy term. As always, this term started with the dreaded Barney Run practices, although there were only to be two this year, much less than previous years. Almost all of the girls participated in these practices and they were rewarded at the end with hot chocolate, cream and marshmallows; a lovely end to a gruelling run! The Barney Bash was a very successful event for Marwood; as a team we were placed first in the Junior age group, and second in the Intermediate and Senior age groups. Overall we won the Butterwick Cup. Well done to Ellie Shannon, Katie Body and Thea Thompson who were all placed first in their age groups in the Barney Run. Once the Barney Bash was out of the way the ‘serious’ House competitions got under way. We had the Quiz, Art, Cake Decorating, Twister, Fussball, the ‘Egg Chuck’ competition and charades. We were very successful in the majority of these events; particular congratulations to Kim Hodgson as she was awarded a prize for the ‘Best Design’ for her ‘chucker’. Marwood House did exceptionally well in the main sports events of this term, House Netball and House Lacrosse. We won all competitions at every age group. The beginning of March saw the School Music Festival. Many Marwood girls entered this competition and several won and went on to perform in the Winners Concert that evening. Well done to Lexy Dalton, Alice Whitehead, Alex Thompson, Naomi Day and Martha Clarkson. One of the main events of the spring term is the Inter-House Public Speaking Competition. For the Intermediates Lizzie Knight, Fiona Matthews and Shannon Currah were the speakers, Caitrin Robertson the chairperson. The topic that they chose to speak about was single-sex education versus combined-sex education. The Senior competitors were Charlotte Dickinson as chairperson, Martha Moore as the speaker and Lottie Holmes as the vote of thanks. Their topic, which was written by Kiera Davidson and Juliet O’Brien, was about the media and how they influence people’s lives, particularly celebrities. All three spoke extremely well, particularly Martha who had to respond to some difficult questions from the audience.
The musical, Little Shop of Horrors, gave many in Marwood the opportunity to stretch their dramatic muscles and tread the boards in a thoroughly enjoyable production. Among those who appeared were Martha Moore, Lucy Parkinson, Whizzy Gorman, Martha Clarkson, Lizzie Knight, Caitrin Robertson and Fiona Matthews in the Company and Charlotte Dickinson as the prompt. We also had Pip Naseby and Alice Jackson working behind the scenes. We were, once again, very successful at the Spring Nailing Up Ceremony. Amongst other things, Marwood again won the House Activities Trophy. The summer term started with the House Gladiator competition. Marwood’s entry was Josie Amery who came into the sports hall to heavy metal music; she managed to beat Longfield but was defeated by Bowes. Sports Day was very early this year, the third week of the term. Marwood were very successful in all age groups and we were first overall. There were many other House competitions during this term: Speed Rounders, Croquet, DLB, Catch the Flag, Cricket, Rounders and Target Golf. We won and lost many of these competitions but, most importantly, we had fun trying. One of the main events of this term was the combined evening’s entertainment of the Junior play, ‘Sparkleshark’, and the Intermediate play, ‘Uncle Vanya’. Well done to Kim Hodgson, Erin Porter, Alice Whitehead and Caitrin Robertson who spent many hours rehearsing; all of their performances were outstanding. The summer term saw the first Charity Concert of the year. This was organised, in part, by our very own Whizzy Gorman, and it was a very successful evening with many entertaining acts from Marwood. Congratulations to Whizzy Gorman, Juliet O’Brien, Lizzie Knight, Martha Clarkson and Alex Thompson. Sadly, we say goodbye to two staff and many of those mentioned in this report. Thank you to Mr Mawhinney and Mr Atherton, our Year 8 tutors, who are both leaving Marwood House. Mr Mawhinney has been in Marwood since he started teaching at the School and Mr Atherton has been with us for the last 2 years. The Upper Sixth leavers have made this a thoroughly enjoyable year for me and I greatly appreciate all they have done for Marwood House over the years. We wish Josie Amery, Charlotte Dickinson, Martha Moore, Emily Purvis, Tory Richardson and Kat Walton good luck for the future. We will miss their vibrant personalities, particularly in House meetings! As well as the tutors who are leaving Marwood I would like to thank all of the other tutors who have worked so hard in Marwood this year: Mr Alderson, Mrs Nicholson, Miss Brown, Mrs Hewlett and Dr McDermott. I would also like to congratulate Lottie Holmes who will be next years Head of House. LJB
North It is hard to believe that my two years at Barney are up. As is often the case, time has flown by, but this year seems to have gone quicker with much more responsibility as house captain and many more exams than ever before. It’s been another successful year for Northumberland House even though the year started off with disappointment in the fiercely contended house singing competition. The junior competition was led by Mrs Beaty and Mr Fairwood and the 6 junior boys gave a unique rendition of ‘Don’t stop believing’ by Journey. The seniors were hard done by with their songs, guided by Mr Monument and York House beat us in house singing, something which would later be corrected throughout the year through the sporting excellence of North. The house has had numerous county representatives for rugby at all age groups and also North of England representatives with Bruce Clegg and Alex Beaumont. Peter Wickham, our tenacious 1st XV scrum half, was selected for the International Independent School Barbarians squad for a tour to Italy for which he deserves much credit. Harry Holden has represented the Irish Exiles. A special mention though goes to Jonny Coser who has not only captained the school U16s and given great performances for the 1st XV two years young, but has also gained a cap for England at his age group which came as little surprise. Having such a strong rugby contingent with 9 players representing the 1st XV, house rugby was a comfortable trophy for the cabinet, but not the last of the year. Unfortunately, this could not be repeated at junior and inter level though, although great performances were given by Ivan Ng at junior level and Jarlath Hetherington at inter level. In the spring term the house public speaking was, as always, a particularly entertaining evening. Peter
Wickham, Ben Duffield and Will Barnes did the house justice with a very funny speech which was extremely well received and a well deserved second place was more than welcome. Although the house is known for its sport I believe that we excel much better in team events. This is due to the closeness of all of our house members and why we have not flourished in the Barnard Run since the split of North and York. This year was no different and although all 12 senior runners tried extremely hard we were not placed in the competition. Due to very low numbers in the junior part of the house a combined team of North and York juniors was made but this made little difference to the final outcome. The main event for the spring term for boys was house hockey for which we are not distinctly known. Some over excited Germans (Sebastian Ulrich and Xaver Remky) made the games very exciting but we were unfortunately outmatched by the other houses. Although the spring term was not as successful as hoped, the summer term made up for it. Our house cricket team put in outstanding performances on a cold Saturday afternoon to win the competition. There was a tense wait though at the end of the day as North and York were on the same number of wins. But due to a higher amount of runs we were the successful house much to our delight and a second nailing up of the year. Sports Day was very early this year and again a cold day but also quite wet. Again due to low numbers of juniors in both North and York a combined boarders’ team was made but like the Barney Run the day houses were just too strong competition. The inters had little more success but did beat York house; Rory Holden deserves mention for success in the triple jump. Seniors, however, triumphed over the other houses to win the senior competition which was a highlight for the Upper Sixth who leave this July. Some outstanding performances should be recalled. Bruce Clegg as last year jumped huge distances in the long jump and triple jump to take first place in both and Christian Pollock took second place in the triple jump. Mathew Brown took first place in the 800m and also came a very close second to the winner of the 100m just 0.02 seconds behind. Alex Beaumont led from the front in the 200m to claim a convincing victory.
My team of house monitors have done a great job with duties and set a good example, not only for the rest of the house, but the school as a whole. I would like to thank all of the boys of North House for doing everything asked of them and for putting in maximum effort all of the time, especially the new year 7s who settled in to life at boarding school very quickly and hassle free. A special thank you goes to my deputy house captains, Bruce Clegg and Sebastian Ulrich, for helping organise many of the house events, and thanks also to all of the tutors and of course Mr and Mrs Beaty and Mr Monument. Finally, I would like to thank Matron Brown for all of her efforts not only this year but throughout the years for her tireless efforts with the boys. I wish my successor every success next year and hope he enjoys his role and duties. May North House continue to excel. Alexander Beaumont – House Captain Post Script My thanks must also be added to all that have helped make Northumberland House run smoothly over the course of the year, not least the House Monitors and Boarding Tutors who have given so much of their time. We sadly say goodbye to Mr Monument who has served the house since his arrival in 2005 and as Assistant Housemaster since 2008. His no-nonsense approach and commitment to the boys will be missed by us all and we wish him well as he joins Marwood House. Mr Connor retires from boarding duties but thankfully remains with us as a non-resident tutor. My proudest moment this year was our House Chapel Service on the theme ‘Brotherhood’ which saw some fine readings from many members of the house. The following awards were made in house: Challis Cup Sportsmanship – A Beaumont Parkin Plate Contribution to boarding life – S Ullrich Tutor Tassie Contribution to sport – M Brown Visser vase Gentleman of the year – X Remky Whatley Tankard Contribution to the arts – D Brown AMB
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Tees In September we welcomed Mr Pepper, a dual house Captaincy in the shape of Finlay Tait and Iain Swall, and a crop of fresh Year 7 faces to the house. Practice for the house singing started immediately and if Tees can be relied on for anything, it is putting on a good show. Mr Johnson had ‘High Hopes’ both metaphorically and literally as this was the name of his chosen song. We sang and waved and impressed everyone save the adjudicator who placed us in runners up spot and, much like Andy Murray, we were left wondering what we have to do to win. The seniors lifted the roof with the most memorable performance of the night and performed an acapella version of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance. Fake blood, choreography and a few bars of Poker Face was everyone’s favourite highlight. I thought our choral version of Queen’s Fat Bottomed Girls was loud but we were robbed, jilted, underscored and unloved by the only person who counted (or so some say) and clearly crowd pleasing will have to do as our reward as no silverware was coming our way. It’s hard to follow such an act but on the rugby field and in the swimming pool we did our bit. Victories in rugby over North and York helped get one hand on the trophy but a banana skin moment in a 5-all draw with Durham meant we were runners up despite the best effort of our first team players like Tait, Swall and Potts and the up and coming talent of Wynn Jones and safe hands of Swires and Wilson along with Fenwick. In the pool out smallest of the species took to it like tadpoles and Tyrell-Edwards showed us the way with a win in the backstroke and with another win in the relay with Greaves, Morrison and Dickinson and r/up to Will Carter and Farr. However, a tight splashy event it was and we came second overall. Undeterred we threw ourselves into house activities and Borer and Vickers won the TT, being unbeaten despite lots of Chinese expertise. In the cake decorating Mr Stevens found our recreation of Stonehenge to be too difficult for Clarey to explain. However, it was sticky and chocolatey and both ugly but yummy. By Christmas we were all exhausted but buoyed up by Terril and Fenwick reading in the carol concert services and settle down to enjoy our Xmas pudding knowing that Barney running was coming our way soon. Coming first or second in the overall Bash is a commendable thing and we did both! First we were first and then there was a second count and we came second. In any event money was raised and sweat was shed and later on with Barkes, Brooks and Gardiner all regularly running X-Country for the school we gritted our teeth and dug in hard for a tremendous victory in the Barnard Run. Winning this was a sweet moment for us all and particularly so for those with a podium finish such as Brooks & Ferneyhough (A) who were both placed 3rd in the junior and inters races. By now it was time to celebrate the cerebral and the shear amount of top academic performances by Tees boys was becoming too difficult to ignore; and by this I mean those judging the inter house quiz competitions. Tees have now reclaimed the Nigel Stevens trophy for the senior quiz team and given it a mantelpiece friend with the cup for the intermediate winners, too. Tees were on a roll and Joashi collected a prize in the music competition for Clarinet and Alex Sowerby was the top candidate in
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the school in the Inter Maths Challenge. In assessments first we had one then two then our people with an average of 50 points, and then went on to rack up 791 academic merits. By now, we might have felt we could put our feet up but not so. Tees went on to triumph on the Astroturf when we won the Intermediate and also the Junior Hockey. However, my favourite and most whimsical recollection of the term was the Senior Public Speaking. Here Abraham, Harrison and Matthews urged us to get in touch with our inner pirate and reconnect with boyhood dreams of a life on the ocean wave and a deeper appreciation of Johhny Depp and Captain Morgan. There was a lot of cheering in the Housemaster’s office. It had been a good term. The pupils seemed quite pleased too. By the time we reached the summer term we had shown an eye for detail and an eye for the target. Mr Lewis was pleased that Tees retained the house shooting competition and over a quarter of the House were getting HM certificates for their work and assessments.
However, Sports Day loomed and helped by the Lower 6th, Tees remained in first place and kept a hand on the trophy all day. All day until the last announcement, that is – and in the very last moments Dale House pinched it from us and we were left to cheer the efforts of those who had put us in contention from a Matthews 3000m winning slog to Tremewan and Tait’s Victor Ludorum triumphs and Swall’s new record for the Shot, beating Rory Underwood’s from the 1980’s. Swall now holds that and the Discus and long may they stand. As we readied ourselves for Speech Day and prize giving I ran my eye over the list of winners and was delighted to see that Tees was being presented with 27 awards. Tees remains a house of calibre and character and so I am delighted to announce that next year the Head of School and Head of Day, along with a Deputy Head of School are all boys from the green team. I am sure we are in good hands and with Hugh Carter as our House Captain I anticipate much more success. GB
York It is hard for me to believe that I have reached the end of my third year as York Housemaster, my daughter Phoebe now a year old, I am feeling old! No on a serious note, I can genuinely say that I have enjoyed every moment and feel as enthusiastic as ever at leading York House. There have been many successes this year, but for me I feel that this has been largely down to the way that Dale Keogh has organised the House and the way that the Monitors have led the House. Martin Ryvola has been a superb Deputy Head of House and his wisdom has helped younger members of the House and I know that they will miss him next year. Guy van den Dries has been a very good Head of School and has shown passion for both the School and House throughout the year. Luke Shield has organised several events for the House in the Arts categories and his knowledge and skills will be missed next year. William Prior has been a superb ‘Head of Sport,’ organising, coaching and managing all of the House sporting events. He has a clear talent in this area. Finally Oleg Zubenko and Barry Wong have run very effective prep times for the Juniors and have been able to contribute to a number of issues and events in the boarding community. This year we welcomed the following pupils into York House: Year 7
Jack Barker, Terry Cheung, Tom Harris and Aaron Slade Year 8 Edward Butler, John Chui, Tom Atherton Year 10 Lexter Li, Leon Hactmann Year 11 Mattia Di Rienzo Year 12 Jimmy Cai, Reggie Fasa, Jan-Marc Purpur, Johannes Vollmer, Trutz von der Trenk, Jack Wong and Daniel Yiu It was also a pleasure to welcome back Nathaniel Davis in the Spring Term As soon as the Autumn Term began, Luke Shield was keen to rehearse the songs that he had chosen for the House Singing Competition. He ran a strict regime and both the Juniors and Seniors were feeling very confident that we stood a chance in the competition. We felt that the songs were good and
House pride was carrying us forward to a new high. This was clearly evident on the night, the Juniors managed to retain the trophy for the second year running with their version of ‘Rock around the clock’ and the Seniors came second after singing ‘Take me home country road,’ to a very high standard. Due to having small numbers in each Year Group it makes it hard for the boarders to compete to the same level as the Day Houses in some of the sporting competitions. However I was delighted by the effort and performances in all of the Rugby, Hockey and Cricket competitions. I was particularly impressed by the effort that Connor Lewis, Tom Harris, Edward Butler, Tom Atherton, Jack Barker, Aaron Slade, Alfred Tsoi, made in the Junior Competitions. I was also impressed by John Clouston, who broke his leg playing rugby, but made a speedy recovery and played well in the Hockey and Cricket Competitions. For the Intermediates, Jack Blackburn, Daniel Brown, Harry McGuire, Josh Picken, Arran Keogh, Edward Young and Jake McGrath were outstanding members of the team. Finally the key members for the Seniors were, Adam Boukraa, Trutz von der Trenk, Guy van den Dries, Luke Shield, William Prior, Guy Coser, Alex Finkill, John Brogden, Reggie Fasa, Jake Van’t Hoff, Richard Harland, Dale Keogh, Joshua Brooks, Sam Goyette and Ben Jeffrey. I am very proud that two members of our House have represented England Youth Rugby. Guy Coser has played for the North of England in his age group and is an up and coming star for the future and Guy van den Dries has represented England under 18s. We hope to see both of them with full England caps in the near future. We have performed well in both of the Running Competitions this year in each age category. I was very impressed that the Seniors managed to win the Barney Bash. The particular stars in the House were, Connor Lewis, John Clouston, John Brogden, Stanley Wong, Ben Jeffrey and William Prior who finished second overall in the Barnard Run. Although the weather was not kind to us on Sports Day, it was great to see so many pupils from the House taking part in a range of events. The tug of war was the highlight and we were grateful that Matron even baked a cake to celebrate the achievement. It was a shame that our efforts did not lead us to victory overall, but we are hopeful that next year we will stand a chance of victory. I was delighted to see many of the members of the House taking part in the plays and musicals this year and I was particularly impressed by Dale Keogh and Daniel Gilligan’s performance in ‘The Little Shop of Horrors.’ It was also fantastic to see Nathaniel Davis take on the part superbly of Astrov in the Inters play called ‘Uncle Vanya’ and Tom Atherton as Finn in the ‘Sparkleshark’ Oliver Morrill and Ben Jeffrey have
been assets to the technical crew and I know that Ben will be missed next year by Mr Edwards and his team. He has worked very hard in the teach crew for 5 years. The term ended with our annual awards ceremony and the following awards were given: Prestigious House Awards (voted by all House Staff): Junior York House Cup Year 9 York House Cup Year 10 York House Cup Year 11 York House Cup Lower 6 York House Cup Senior York House Cup
J Clouston E Young D Baker S Wong Trutz von der Trenk M Ryvola
Sports / Academic / Pastoral Awards: The Gedye Sports Award The Inters Sports Award Junior Sports Award Junior Resident Award Inters Resident Award Senior Resident Award Junior Merit Award Inters Merit Award Senior Merit Award Junior Academic Cup Inters Academic Cup Senior Academic Cup Junior Arts Cup Inters Arts Cup Senior Arts Cup
W Prior D Brown C Lewis J Clouston E Young J Brogden Jack Barker Joshua Picken Dale Keogh J Chui G Poon D Keogh O Morrill H McGuire L Shield
I am very grateful to Mr Butler for all of his hard work this year. He has worked endlessly hard to assist the running of the House and I have enjoyed working with him again. I was delighted that he was appointed the Head of Sixth Form midway through the year and he is doing an outstanding job in this role. I look forward to working with him again next year. I am extremely grateful to Matron Broadwell for all of her efforts. She has worked extremely hard all year to ensure that the pupils are growing up with the correct manners and maintain tidy appearances in and around school. Matron Broadwell has also continued to bake numerous cakes and buns with Miss Ingram and the pupils have been very lucky to enjoy such treats. Although Matron Brown is associated with North House, I am grateful for all of her efforts in the Boarding Community also. As always my team of tutors have been outstanding. Mr Jacobs has continued to run efficient and proactive duties, as well as organising football activities during the evenings and has also hosted ‘International Nights,’ with his wife, which has been appreciated by the overseas pupils. Mr Tomlinson has continued to run two duties effectively and has run successful Tutor trips to various places. Miss Cover and Mr West have continued to be assets to the Tutor Team and have worked endlessly hard with their Tutor Groups and have also assisted with Sporting events. Mr Dunn has continued to run an effective boarding duty each week and has taken various trips to the Cinema. We have also been very fortunate to welcome Mr Wade to our team. He has been a superb Tutor for Year 8 and has added a great deal of humour into the House. Next year I am delighted that Nathan Brown will be the Head of House and Jake Van’t Hoff will be his deputy. I look forward to my fourth year at the helm. Housemaster – Mr A J Allman Head of House – Dale Keogh AJA
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Autumn Term Senior Play â€“ The Royal Hunt
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Senior Play The Royal Hunt of the Sun
In my first year as the newly appointed Director of Drama, I was determined to make an impact with moving and entertaining theatre, pushing the boundaries of school performances. How better to start, then, with Peter Schaffer’s The Royal Hunt of the Sun. Schaffer is known for his ‘Total Theatre’, subversive and engaging theatre which grabs the audience, forcing them to question their own morals, whilst bombarding them with sound and colour. Essentially a tale of conflict within religion, it tells the story of Francisco Pizarro, played to perfection by Imogen Ridley, struggling to do the right thing in the face of a so-called God on Earth, Atahualpa, performed with superb restraint by Martha Moore. The bond which grows between these two conflicting characters, and their friendship in the face of adversity is a truly moving piece, as the priests insist that Atahualpa must die. The two priests, Valverde and De Nizza, were portrayed by Sarah Perkins and Kim Brolly with zeal, arguing that no man on Earth could be a true God, despite the contradicting ‘evidence’ in the Bible. The play is narrated by Old Martin (Will Barnes), telling the story as he remembers it, as a young and impressionable boy (Daniel Gilligan) embroiled in the action. The supporting cast of golden women and embittered soldiers created a true sense of drama, as the greed of the men leads to the mistreatment of the indigenous population. Music was created and supplied by Miss Jackson and Alex Rowland-Jones, creating a haunt and immersive score. This was also the first time in which the students have been actively involved in the technical team, with Andrew Bussey and Ben Jeffrey leading the lighting and sound teams respectively, as tutored by Mr Butler. Arts ties were awarded to Martha Moore and Paige Wilkinson for Dramatic Excellence. TSE
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House Singing As the Autumn Term got into full swing, Wednesday afternoon activity time was given over to House Singing rehearsals. Choices of songs had been made and essential practice began to take place as each house prepared for the first major house competition of the year. On the eve of half term Paul Harrison, currently Director of Music at the City of London School, travelled north to adjudicate the competition. Having been Director of Music at Barnard Castle from 1994-2002 he was ideally placed to adjudicate the competition but had to talk down any perceived bias towards Durham House where he had previously been a tutor. The Junior Competition drew a large and excitable audience in Big School with York House winning the
day with their performance of Rock around the clock. The runner-up place was shared between Dale who sang Dynamite and Tees with High hopes. The Senior Competition began with part songs where a maximum score of 20 was possible. Marwood won through here with Beautiful girls scoring 19, but were closely followed by Durham singing It’s my life and Bowes’ rendition of Happy ending each gaining 18 points. The highlight of the evening was the senior unison song where 30 marks are available. In spite of trailing with a second place in the part song, Bowes version of Bruno Mars’ Marry You gained 28 points giving them the Coombs Cup for 2011 with a total of 46 out of 50. The excellent singing of York House with the traditional Wild Rover brought them into second place with a total of 44 points. The effort of all the houses and indeed the staff made this a memorable evening. Mr Bishop did a great job to rewrite words from Mary Poppins, and the staff entertained the school with Super Pepper’s Barneyliscious. I am very grateful to Mr Paul Harrison for giving his time and expertise to adjudicate a great House Singing Competition. AMM
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Cadet SAAM A team of 4 cadets were selected to represent the Contingent in the annual Cadet SAAM, a shooting competition held at Strensall Camp in November. With so many CCF and ACF teams entering this popular competition, it meant leaving School at 0630am as the team needed to be ready for their brief at 8am. The cadets had the opportunity to zero their rifles on the practice range with the Headmaster, our expert coach, before taking part in the section, individual and pairs shoot, the butt marker’s shoot and the falling plate shoot. Although we didn’t bring any medals home with us that day, the cadets were a credit to the School and certainly worked hard and gave each competition their best.
Colts Canter After a wet and windy start, a strong team of 8 cadets deployed from school to take part in the annual Colts Canter Competition held at Gandale Farm, on Catterick Training Area. This Brigade competition tests the cadet’s knowledge in a number of military areas that they learn as part of the army proficiency certificate that they are taught each Monday evening. The first stand of the day was the inspection. The cadets had spent a number of hours ironing their uniform, polishing their boots, cleaning their weapons and ensuring their webbing contained all the necessary kit. This hard work paid off, as the team were awarded maximum points. The team were split into groups for the next stage. Colour Sergeant Adam Miller and Corporal Steve Webster had to demonstrate their first aid skills in a calm and confident manner as they had to administer the correct first aid to a casualty with a gun shot wound to the chest and a young boy who was coughing up blood. Naturally these casualties
were acting, however with the aid of stage make-up and blood capsules, the casualties wounds looked very real indeed. Colour Sergeant James Dickinson and Lance Corporal Jonny Coser had to complete the skill at arms stand. Both cadets did exceptionally well in gaining maximum points for this stand as they had to strip and assemble their weapons, name certain parts of the weapon, fill a magazine and carry out the correct drills for a weapon stoppage. The field craft stand had two elements to it. Firstly Section Commander, cadet RSM Sam Hunter had to complete a written paper which included questions on field signals, giving orders and badges of rank; and secondly Lance Corporal Guy Coser, aided with a pair of binoculars, had to observe a field to his front and identify 10 military items which had been partly hidden by the undergrowth. Sergeant Emily Turner and Corporal Will Prior completed the final map reading stand. A written test on grid references, parts of the compass and conventional signs were included on this paper which the team completed in a very quick time. After taking on plenty of water and a Mars bar, the
team mentally prepared themselves for the strenuous part of the competition, which was the 4.5 mile forced march carrying their webbing, bergan and weapon. The team, lead by Section Commander Sam Hunter put 100% effort into this element, as they navigated their way around the hilly course and moral was certainly lifted as they overtook another 3 teams along the way. As they finished the course, spirits were lifted even further when the team found out they had completed the route in the quickest time of the day. The final stand was the shoot. Cadets had to run 100m, before getting down into the prone position and firing 10 rounds at the target which was situated 200m away from the firing point. Although this stand wasn’t our strongest, the cadets took on the challenge, with some of them even surprising themselves at how well they had shot. As we all waited with anticipation as the scores were collected and counted, the hard work certainly paid off as we came second overall. The cadets enjoyed the day and look forward to taking part in the competition next year.
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Remembrance Day Year 10 CCF Field Day
On Sunday 13th November, 22 cadets and 4 Officers represented the Contingent by leading the Barnard Castle Remembrance Parade from the Buttermarket to the cenotaph in the Bowes Museum. The cadets were smartly dressed and having marched through the town to the sound of Barnard Castle band, there was a short service at the cenotaph. Cadet RSM, Sam Hunter, our senior cadet, laid a wreath on behalf of the CCF.
56 year 10 cadets enjoyed a day off timetable in the Autumn Term and spent the day learning the necessary skills to both handle and use the cadet GP rifle safely. The cadets were split into 5 sections and the year 13 NCOs had the task of teaching the rest of the rifle syllabus to the cadets in a fun and enthusiastic manner. The year 13 NCOs had all completed their Methods of Instruction Cadre last year, so were fully qualified to deliver well executed lessons to their sections. Throughout the day, the year 10 cadets were put through their paces as they had a revision lesson on what they had learned in the previous weeks, before embarking on new territory of the syllabus. Cadets learned how to assemble and dissemble the rifle for cleaning and the drills for loading and unloading the rifle using a blank magazine. After a quick lunch, the cadets spent the afternoon in the School grounds confirming what they had learned in the morning. The year 13 NCOs did an excellent job of delivering the lessons in a confident and enthusiastic way which ensured that the year 10s thoroughly enjoyed the day learning new skills. At the end of the day, all cadets were very confident in using the rifle and were all ready to take their weapon handling test.
Jarvais Cup Four members of the Schoolâ€™s CCF represented the Contingent at the annual Jarvais Cup shooting competition held at Durham TA Centre in November. The team, consisting of Sergeant Chris Moore, Corporal Hugh Carter and Junior Corporals Jonny Wanless and Andrew Hutchon took part in the indoor shooting competition using number 8 rifles. The competition was made up of three shoots which included a timed shoot, a deliberate shoot and a rapid shoot. The cadets shot with accuracy and precision and at the end of the competition, Barnard Castle School were the clear winners, with Corporal Carter also being awarded a medal for being runner up in the individual shoot.
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Training Programme Overview The term got off to an excellent start with 191 cadets attending the first parade night of the term. During this first parade, Major Hall was honoured to promote several cadets from their efforts at annual camp and Sam Hunter and Tori Richardson were presented with their rank slides for cadet RSM and cadet CSM respectively. The training programme was certainly very busy for all year groups this term. The year 10 cadets spent the first 8 weeks completing their weapon handling training and then the rest of the term was spent completing a combat cadre where they learnt fieldcraft skills, for example, patrolling, duties of a sentry and basha building; the year 11 cadets completed their advanced map reading and first aid cadres, the year 12 cadets spent the term working towards their BTEC Award in Public Services and the year 13 cadets, put into practice their skills from the methods of instruction cadre by teaching the year 11 cadets the map reading and first aid lessons. As well cadets parading each Monday evening, they also had the opportunity to represent the contingent in a number of competitions, including the Cadet SAAM, Colts Canter, the Jarvais Cup and the Remembrance Day parade. All cadets also took part in the CCF Biennial Inspection.
Biennial Inspection Wing Commander Richard Turner was invited to the School in October as the Reviewing Officer for the CCF’s Biennial Inspection. On arriving at School, he was welcomed by the windband playing a variety of songs and an honour guard lead by cadet RSM Sam Hunter. Throughout the day, Wing Commander Richard Turner was shown a number of activities that the cadets spend their weekly parade nights training for. In the morning, he listened to a couple of lecturettes on aircraft recognition, a flying scholarship and the weather, as well as watching a variety of commanded tasks, military swimming and he even had a go in the School’s indoor range.
After a hearty lunch, he saw the army section demonstrating weapon handling skills, fieldcraft and first aid. He watched the some of the cadets take part in a section attack across the School fields and the day ended with a final parade, where he awarded some cadets and officers promotions, medals and certificates. A special moment for Wing Commander Turner was when he promoted his daughter, Emily to Colour Sergeant. In his inspection report, Wing Commander Richard Turner made recognition that the Contingent is “extremely well led and motivated and is provided with excellent support from the wider school community”, that the CCF staff “certainly put in a lot of time over and above their primary teaching roles and deserve great credit for this” and he described the cadets as “enthusiastic, motivated, cheerful, eager and disciplined” We are very grateful for Wing Commander Richard Turner for giving up time in his busy schedule to take the role of the Reviewing Officer.
The Wartime Memories Project The CCF was contacted before the summer holidays by the McGuinness Gallery situated in Bishop Auckland Town Hall regarding information about a family who sent their sons to the School. They were putting together a family history event exhibition and had chosen to use the Dent family, a local family from Bishop Auckland in their 3 week exhibition. The Dent brothers had been pupils of Barnard Castle School and had been members of the CCF (then called the Officers’ Training Corps). Looking through the CCF archives, we found some pictures of two of the Dent
sons who were attending annual camp at Gandale Farm, Catterick (a base we still use today). We were invited to a private viewing of the TimeSlides Exhibition which enabled the cadets to view artefacts of the Dent family and their family history in the lead up to the outbreak of the Great War. 12 cadets from School listened to the exhibition and enjoyed learning about the history of William and his brothers and what they did in the 6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry in 1915.
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Chemistry Things never stand still in the Chemistry department: from our younger students competing in the finals of national competitions through to our sixth-formers taking part in cutting-edge research at , we’ve enjoyed another fun and successful year. Back in November a team made up of Hans Kukreja, Hannah Roache, Kerin Borer and Jack Ellis took part in the first regional heat of the ‘Top of the Bench’ chemistry competition, which is organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry. They won this heat comfortably, and found themselves in pole position heading into the regional final. Facing stiff competition from local schools, Hans, Hannah, Kerin and Jack romped home to win by a record margin, which, for the second year in a row, meant that had a place in the national final, held on 31 March at Imperial College London. The team took part in some gruelling quiz rounds and practical challenges, before being treated to an exciting lecture by a research professor on the topic of mobile phone technology (complete with the presenter literally smashing apart his own smart phone so that we could get a peek at the materials inside). The team competed brilliantly to finish a very respectable
Art 6th form trip to London On Thursday 3rd of November, 12 AS and A2 Art pupils joined their teachers on a day trip to London. The course requires that pupils include primary sources in their work, and this is a fantastic, annual opportunity to see some of the art they have studied first hand. We started at the Tate Modern, looking at the permanent collections as a group. After a brief lunch break, the pupils were allowed to split into groups to go and see exhibitions relevant to their own particular area of interest. Several made their way to the V&A to see their fantastic collection of fabric and furniture. A small group went to Tate, and the rest to The Royal Academy to see the Degas exhibition. This was an excellent exhibition, showing works by Degas that have rarely been on public view, or seen together in sequence as he had originally intended. It was particularly relevant to two pupils who are basing their projects and personal studies on dance and movement.
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Barney students (right) listening intently to instructions.
Destruction of a mobile phone: a classic example of the sacrifices scientists must make from time to time.
thirteenth out of 30 schools, which was actually one place better than in 2011. All in all the team thoroughly enjoyed their trip to the capital city, and represented the school exceedingly well. The aim in 2013 must be to assemble another first-class team to make it all the way to the national finals once again, which would make it an amazing three years in a row. Just around the same time as the Top of the Bench were competing in the capital, Mr West and four Year 8 pupils entered the Salters’ Chemistry Challenge at . We were competing against 15 other teams from across the North East and we had two challenges to complete during the day. The morning challenge was spent undertaking analytical chemistry with the race to find out who the murderer was in a ‘whodunnit’ mystery. The afternoon was spent looking at acid–base chemistry and different indicators. The team of Lexy Dalton, Max Dalton, Kim Hodgson and Kieran Lewis worked tremendously well together throughout the day. Unfortunately they weren’t rewarded for their efforts with a top three place in what was a very strong competition. The pupils were then treated to a series of demonstrations that included setting fire to hydrogen and methane balloons, and setting off a rocket with static electricity. Overall it was a very enjoyable day! EEM
Next we dashed from gallery to gallery in , avoiding the torrential rain. A great opportunity to see what is selling at the moment, and just how much art can go for (even when the artist is still alive and well). After a well earned tea break, it was back on the train. It was a great day. Pupils gained inspiration for their own work; all enjoyed the day and were a pleasure to accompany.
minute poses, 30 minute poses, and use a variety of different drawing media. It was an excellent opportunity to learn about proportion and foreshortening. It was great to see the pupil’s drawings improve radically in just a morning. It was hard work, intense, but a very valuable exercise. A couple of pupils have gone on to attend local life drawing classes to continue to develop their skills.
A life drawing class at the Bowes Museum
Folder Designs 2011
During the first half of term it became apparent that a few A level pupils would be using the human figure in their work, and would benefit from some life drawing lessons. Bowes Museum was able to offer a morning workshop to 12 of our pupils. Although we all see the human figure every day and feel familiar with its shapes and proportions, it is surprising how difficult it is to represent it in 2 dimensions. The pupils bravely sat around the model and did their best to draw 2
At the start of each academic year, all Key Stage 3 pupils design a cover for their art folders, responding to different briefs. The designs are marked by both pupils and staff, and the very best folder designs from each year group receive a prize. This year’s winners are: Molly Nixon – Year 8 Eve Wilby and Ben Roddam – Year 9 SLR
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October 26th 2011, 41 pupils and four members of staff set out on an adventure to Iceland. The last School trip to Iceland took place in 1992 and the pupils not only sailed across the Atlantic to get there, but they also camped! Nineteen years later and for our group, it was an easy going transfer from School to Manchester airport and then very good quality Icelandic accommodation for the rest of the trip. From the arrival lounge at Keflavik airport, we were taken by our coach driver and guide straight to the Blue Lagoon complex. Nothing quite prepares you for the milky azure blue water flowing through the barren volcanic landscape. Over the period of our stay, the group enjoyed incredible experiences, including; towering waterfalls, the mind boggling Pingvellir valley, sailing on a glacial lake, walking across a glacier and lava tubing. Many of the experiences and views were so overwhelming at the time, that it has been during lessons since the trip that the pupils have been very animated in relaying their times in Iceland. The only slightly disappointing element was that we were not fortunate enough to see the Northern Lights during our stay. However, this just means that we will have to go there again! Whilst we were in Iceland we produced a daily blog of the trip. This helped family and friends to see what was happening every day. AGJ
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This year saw the first of the newly annual House Drama competitions. Each House was given the vaguest of outlines, ensuring the greatest freedom and dramatic and artistic licence. The groups had to produce a short scene, as original as possible, involving at least one person from the junior, inter and senior contingent of the House. There was a maximum of ten members, and a minimum of four. Other than that, the pupils were free to do whatever they wanted – leading to some outstanding pieces of original theatre. It had been a rushed job for many Houses, who had invested so much time and effort into House Singing that they were forced to spend a focussed three weeks pulling together a script and rehearsing. The competition was judged as impartially as possible, with one member of staff acting as a representative for each House – Mr Usher for Durham, Mrs Hewlett for Marwood, Mrs Shovlin for Bowes, Mrs Waddington for Longfield, Mr Oakley for Dale, Mr Pepper for Tees, Mr Wade for York and Mrs Beatty for North. Each judge marked the performances based on Acting (10) and Performance (10), looking for engagement, originality in theme, standards of performance and overall ‘enjoyability’. The evening was a huge success, thanks for the most part to the pupils who came to cheer their House on – particularly enjoying joining in during Tees House’s reality TV show audience. I would like to thank all of the staff who supported the event too, making it a very successful evening, and one which will continue in the years to come. In second place was Longfield, with the winning team from Durham House scoring almost full points, adding yet another trophy to the bulging shelves of Mr Usher’s awards cabinet. TSE
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1st XV Rugby
Captain: G. Van Den Dries. Team from: R. Abraham, A. Beaumont, M. Brown, P. Borer, A. Clarey, B. Clegg, G. Coser, J. Coser, J. Dickinson, G. Van Den Dries, B. Duffield, D. Hall, A. Harrison, C. Harrison, J. Harrison, S. Hunter, A. Lister, R. Newman, C. Pollock, D. Potts, I. Swall, F. Tait, B. Upton, S. Webster. P14/W10/L3/D1 For 492/Against 194/Tries 76/Cons 44/Pens 8/DG 0 Results: Durham Yarm RGS Pocklington Hymers Woodhouse Grove St. Peters QEGS Wakefield ---Sedbergh Dame Allan’s
won won drawn won won lost won won lost won
23-17 31-7 12-12 44-6 59-26 23-25 20-9 34-7 24-43 55-11
Daily Mail Cup Results: Ullswater Community C. Keswick East Durham College Woodhouse Grove Leading Points Scorers: Name Tries 1 B Clegg 1 2 G Van Den Dries 9 3 M Brown 7 4 C Pollock 6
won won won lost
90-7 41-7 41-0 3-7
Total 109 45 45 36
The claim made by a 1st XV player in the June before the season started, ‘let’s be honest, who in the North of England is going to beat us?’ will haunt me for a long time, whenever I ponder over this season. The natural talent, rugby potential, experience, physical attributes and skill we possessed in abundance; the last one or two little ingredients we lacked were to prevent us from having what could have been one of the best ever seasons that the school would have ever witnessed. 24 players started for the 1st XV this season and a further 11 gained experience from coming on as a replacement. In terms of age the squad was a mature one consisting mainly of Upper 6th formers, who had plenty of 1st XV exposure the previous season. Early wins against Durham and Yarm should have been more convincing than they were. The draw at RGS was frustrating, as with the two previous games, the squad was ravaged by injury, and to be so dominant in certain aspects of the game the players deserved a better result. An outstanding first half performance at Hymers where Christian Pollock and Alex Beaumont returned to the backline was as precise as I have ever seen a 1st XV play. Alec Clarey arriving after his failed driving test, late, added extra momentum too. The following week we travelled to Woodhouse Grove, and being 20-8 up just after half term it would have been easy to conclude we were heading for another victory. That is until the little Barney bubble burst and suddenly we looked second best to a much more
determined and aggressive ‘team’. The drop goal, with the last kick of the game, to provide Grove with their win was well deserved. To be fair this sort of second half performance could have occurred on a couple of occasions, against lesser opponents. Even though Grove was in fact from the North of England it was hoped it had been a big wake up call. Thankfully things were back on track against St. Peters and QEGS Wakefield the following two weeks. Convincing wins helped with a few changes to the starting XV ensured more effective performances. In dreadful conditions against Sedbergh the following Saturday we were all square at 24-24 at half term, and probably deserved to be in the lead. The second half proved to be a different affair. We rarely saw the ball and Sedbergh controlled the scoreboard to win comfortably. The highlight perhaps was the final try of the game, allowing Reggie Fasa to show his huge potential at 1st XV level. Again in dreadful conditions the team travelled to Woodhouse Grove for the 6th round of the Daily Mail Cup. At half time and with a gale force wind behind us, which to be fair was no real advantage it was so strong, we were 3-0 up. In the second half, having played what little rugby that had been played, it was heart wrenching to see us concede a try in the 4th minute of injury time (even though we had been told there was only two). It was an injustice to all the players concerned; they had given everything and answered several questions about their character and application, but unfortunately had still undeservedly come second to that team in the North of England. A straight forward victory in the last game of the season against Dame Allan’s was a bitter sweet reward. A special mention should be made to Anthony Harrison who was outstanding all season; he would have been MTP’s Player of the Season, as he was the Players’ Player of the season. If it wasn’t for the unfortunate injury he sustained playing for the North of England he would have surely played for England in many peoples’ eyes. Along with Anthony Alec Clarey, Dan Potts, Guy Van Den Dries, Bruce Clegg and Alex Beaumont all represented the North; an outstanding achievement for the individuals themselves but also for the school to have so many representatives in one team. Alec and Guy went one step better and played for England U18 Schools and Clubs against Ireland emphasising the huge potential they have. For James Dickinson and Fin Tait along with Alec, Dan, Guy, Anthony and Bruce it was no mean feat to see them presented in chapel with their 1st XV shirts having made twenty five starts over the last few seasons. The work Mr Woodward did in the Autumn Term on the fitness and general conditioning of the players’ demands recognition. His work on technical aspects in the gym combined with running/speed sessions has been well received by the players and I am aware of how they have benefitted individually and collectively. The players should also be indebted to Ian Peel for his expertise throughout the season. Our scrummaging and general body position was a significant success, not just for the 1st XV but for others teams in the school too.
2nd XV Rugby
Team from: Cameron, Prior, Newman, Borer, Matthews, Brown, Hall, Metcalfe, McBain, Keogh, Remky, Abraham, Shield, Hunter, Barratt, Dufield, Barnes, Moore, Fasa, Van’t Hoff, Brogden. P14/W9/L5/For 428/Against 232 Results: Dame Allan’s 1st XV Sedbergh 2nd XV St Bees at Penrith RFC 1st XV QEGS Wakefield 2nd XV Kings Tynemouth 2nd XV St Peter’s 2nd XV Woodhouse Grove 2nd XV Hymers 2nd XV Pocklington 2nd XV QEGS Penrith 1st XV RGS Newcastle 2nd XV Harton 1st XV Yarm 2nd XV Durham 2nd XV Mowden Park training session 1st XV group
U18 North of England: A. Beaumont, A. Clarey, B. Clegg, G. Van Den Dries, A. Harrison, D. Potts.
51-17 29-0 31-5 106-0 16-14 24-5 38-15 38-0 5-24 33-26 7-47 67-0 10-13
At the start of the season it looked like senior team injuries to key players could cost us momentum and that times would be hard. Indeed, a dominant performance by the pack did not prove decisive against Durham School in the opening match of the season and it looked like, after a defeat by Harton, we would not rise to the challenge. However, we are very proud of our response to a difficult challenge here on big side and within a couple of weeks we set about straightening out our expectations, raising the bar in terms of attacking rugby and leaving many a good team wondering what they had done to deserve being on the receiving end. GB
3rd XV Rugby Captain: Christopher Moore. Team from: J Beadle, A Boukraa, H Carter, B Jeffrey, G Jones, N Brown, W Barnes, S Everall, D Swires, C Lee, J Raper, J Thorman, T von der Trenck, B Jennings, J-M Purpur, R Jackael, C Lohmer, S Ullrich, Z Alavidze, R Harland, R Barrett, M Thorman, J Goudie, J Beauchamp, J Watson Results: RGS Newcastle QEGS Penrith Pocklington Hymers Woodhouse Grove St Peter’s QE VI Form
Representative Honours: U18 County Schools: A. Beaumont, A. Clarey, B. Clegg, J. Dickinson, G. Van Den Dries, R. Fasa, A. Harrison, D. Potts, I Swall, F. Tait.
cancelled lost won won won won won won won lost won lost won lost
lost won won lost lost lost lost
0-55 28-10 22-17 17-21 5-26 0-42 0-48
U18 England Schools & Clubs: A. Clarey, G. Van Den Dries. HMC Independent Schools Lambs:
P. Wickham MTP
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After last year’s unbeaten season, the 3rd XV came back to earth with a bump this year in what can best be described as challenging times. Not a single representative from last year’s mighty thirds was eligible this year so a young and inexperienced squad found the going very tough. Our first outing was against a polished and physical RGS side on a blisteringly hot day – who knew it could be so warm in Newcastle in September? We did our best, with Zuka Alavidze demonstrating the sort of determination which would typify his approach to rugby this term. Two victories against QEGS and Pocklington gave us some much needed confidence, although it took a fantastic run from Zuka in the last minute to post a win in the latter game. The rest of the season was, frankly, very, very hard. After relatively narrow defeats against Hymers and Woodhouse Grove we were put to the sword by both St Peter’s and QE VI Form, failing to score on both occasions. However, I cannot fault the level of commitment on the part of the boys in the face of considerable adversity. Their heads never dropped and I am confident that they will be far stronger next year. Christopher Moore led by example from the front, ably assisted by Will Barnes, Hugh Carter, James Beadle, Ben Jeffrey, George Jones and Nathan Brown. Sam Everall and Dan Swires formed an effective partnership at scrum- and fly-half and James Raper tackled everything that moved in the centre. There was pace on the wings, too, with our internationals – Cedric Lee, Trutz von der Trenck and Seb Ullrich. The most impressive player, of course, was Zuka: new to rugby this year he was strong, fast and determined; so much so, that he ended the season with the 2nd XV. Next year the 3rd XV will be keen to get back to winning ways. DSG
U16 XV Rugby
Captain: J. Coser. Team from: J. Brogden, G. Coser, R. Fenwick, A. Finkill, I. Gaskin, A. Ghosh, N. Gilbertson, J. Goudie, S. Goyette, W. Grundy, C. Harrison, H. Holden, G. Jones, M. Jones, C. Parnell, J. Raper, A. Rowland-Jones, L. Sowerby, D. Thompson, K. Wilson, B. Wynn-Jones. P9/W8/L1/For 283/Against 70 Leading try scorers: A. Finkill 9, I. Gaskin 9, H. Holden 5 Leading points scorer: J. Brogden 76 (4 tries, 2 pens, 25 cons)
Durham County U16s: G. Coser, J. Coser, I. Gaskin, A. Ghosh, C. Harrison, H. Holden. Results: Durham Yarm Richmond & District Pocklington Hymers College Emanuel Lions St. Peter’s QEGS, Wakefield Sedbergh
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won won won won won won won won lost
34-7 45-0 55-0 29-7 61-14 31-0 8-6 20-5 0-31
Expectations for the coming season were high as the group assembled for pre-season training. Jonny Coser was elected captain and this proved to be a good decision as he led superbly throughout the season. Right from the beginning the squad of players demonstrated a willingness to learn and their effort in training and matches could never be faulted. With Guy Coser being selected for the 1st XV there was some shuffling in the pack but whilst the loss of Guy was disappointing it did enable Ben Wynn-Jones to play in the back row, where he flourished, and for Chris Parnell to consolidate his position in the second row, where he, too, prospered. Selection for the first game against Durham was difficult, as indeed was the game itself. Some excellent individual tries secured a hard fought victory but it came at a price as Kit Wilson was injured preventing him from playing again during the term. Reagan Fenwick was summoned from the B XV and he secured his place for the remainder of the season. Comfortable wins were recorded against Yarm and Richmond and District and then a good performance against a previously unbeaten Pocklington meant confidence was high. Two more wins against Hymers and Emanuel Lions were achieved with numerous fringe players getting their chance in the latter of these. This, then, completed the first half of the term but potentially sterner challenges lay ahead in the second half. The first of these was against St. Peter’s and a super match ensued. The forwards battled fiercely and the backs defended solidly. Ultimately a close contest ended with a two point win for the team. The same approach and attitude against QEGS, Wakefield saw the team triumph once more and so the prospect of playing the final game of the season against Sedbergh loomed. Disappointingly the side fell at the final hurdle and on a heavy, muddy field the team could not break the tight Sedbergh defence. Defeat against a very able side was still hard to take but it should not deflect from what was a very successful term. The threequarters possessed pace and guile with Sam Goyette, Alex Finkill and Ivan Gaskin all posing problems. John Brogden showed his versatility playing in a variety of positions with James Raper and Agni Ghosh being skilful and dependable centres. Will Grundy and Reagan Fenwick combined well at half-back and they all contributed to 28 tries out of the 44 scored. Up front the forwards were both powerful and athletic. Lewis Sowerby, Chris Harrison and Alex Rowland-Jones showed skill in the front row with Max Jones being an excellent hooker. Harry Holden, Chris Parnell, Ben Wynn-Jones, Nico Gilbertson and Jonny Coser loved running with the ball and posed problems for every defence. Those that filled in were equally secure and James Goudie, George Jones and Dan Thompson all played their part. This was a good group of players to work with, I enjoyed their company and their performances. My thanks, then, to Mr Monument for his coaching and to the numerous parents, who supported positively. I look forward to seeing these players perform in the school’s senior teams. DCSE
U15A XV Rugby
Team: J. Davidson, M. Moss, J. Beckwith, B. Lilley, T. Stirke, T. Marston, H. Glover, D. Hewitson, G. Hall, B. Tremewen, M. Hargrove, S. Leeming (Capt.), A. Carnell, T. Pickering, C. Waiter-Mackenzie, O. Pearse. Results: Durham Yarm Harton Yarm (Daily Mail) RGS Newcastle Pocklington Hymers Woodhouse Grove St. Peters St. Bedes (County Cup) QEGS Wakefield Sedbergh
lost win win lost lost drawn lost win win win lost lost
32-22 33-14 36-17 38-14 26-21 26-26 22-14 31-0 21-5 50-0 30-19 50-5
This has been a season of consistent performances and great results. The squad came together with much to correct from last season, we were all aware of our potential but were yet to see that come to fruition on the field. Hard work and professional attitudes were needed and the squad started as they meant to go on, putting in a lot of hard work readying themselves for the season’s opener against Durham last season victors by a considerable margin. The game was hard fought with key players making a huge physical impact on the game, which was complimented by some excellent training paddock backs moves that sliced the opposition apart, unfortunately the game was narrowly lost, but the team took it is a moral victory and we knew we had entered a new realm of rugby. Preparations continued to be of a high standard with all the boys taking part in 4 separate sessions throughout the week, and we could not have been more ready to take on Yarm in our second game. Once again we were able to link forwards and backs to produce some excellent play and returned the victors in a well deserved and needed confidence boost. The squad continued this high level of performance travelling to Harton where once again a dominant performance and slick link up play destroyed a strong and physical south shield side. From friendly fixtures our attention turned to Daily Mail cup, where we had be drawn against our earlier opponents Yarm. Overconfidence and a slight change in personnel led to the seasons most disappointing performance, all of the impressive continuity play and phase building was lost to scrappy play handling mistakes and missed tackles, a clear step back to times gone and we lost the game by a significant margin. We knew that these low standards would not get us very far against a formidable RGS Newcastle team that had ripped us apart last season, and yet we would have to face them next, and so the squad set about preparing and building. Obviously something had clicked during practice because a completely changed team set about destroying the RGS dominance however the resilient Geordies were able to cling to a victory by the finest of margins.
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Inconsistency is certainly an issue with this side and this could not have been more evident as a tired and dejected side threw away a 26 point advantage to draw at Pocklington, where repeated infringement and frustration cost us heavily. Fortunately this seemed to be the wakeup call the boys needed and a rapidly maturing side won the next three games scoring 102 points and conceding only 5 proving that the on field issues are not physical but psychological. This was evident in the last two games where to physical well organised and sizeable sides wore us down to two convincing losses. As the coach I have spent an incredible two years with the squad, we have seen ups and downs, highs and lows, however their commitment has never faltered. I have seen an huge improvement in maturity, knowledge and understanding and self belief within the squad as a whole. It makes me very proud to look back at where we where eighteen months ago, and compare that to where we are now; a fully functional self motivating team with all of the skills and ability to achieve. I look forward to seeing what the next eighteen months brings. LDM
U15B XV Rugby Team from: S. Graham, A. Lea, T. Sowerby, D. Baker, T. Adamson, B. Tremewen, J. Scott, M. Hunter, B. Pullan (C), A. Keogh, S. Theakston, L. Beadle, J. Bolton, A. Sowerby, O. Larcombe, D. Oliver, N. Moore, J. Wren, J. Wardle, G. Hall, A. Carnell, L. Ononeze.
U14 XV RUGBY
U14B XV Rugby
Captain: H Barkes. Team From:, S Adamson, H Barkes, J Blackburn, O Carter, D Brown, A Ferguson, J Hetherington, J Hardy, T Hunter, R Holden, J Jennings, D Maidwell, J Marsden, H McGuire, T Metcalfe, H Roberts, B Roddam, C Simpson, S Stainthorp, H Watson & N White
Team from: Owen Carter, Jack Ellis, Alex Ingram, Dan Brown, Chris Douglas, Mathew Stirke, Tom Joashi, Josh Picken, Matthew Raper, Hugh Roberts, Mully Ryves-Webb, Rory Holden, Tom Metcalfe, Harry McGuire, Josh Bloomfield, Ed Young, Enoch Leung, Tom Johnston, Jake McGrath, Jake Glowienko, Harry Watson, Devji Hoxholi, Cieran Spence, Bailey Sowden.
Results: Durham Yarm Harton RGS Newcastle Richmond & District Pocklington Hymers Woodhouse Grove QEGS Wakefield St Peters Sedbergh Dame Allans Hetton 7 Aâ€“Sides Durham Schools
lost 17-10 won 21-0 lost 45-15 lost 43-0 won 45-10 won 41-0 won 47-0 won 14-7 lost 22-7 drawn 22-22 won 18-10 won 45-0 won 50-0 Plate Winners
P9/W5/L4 Results: Durham Yarm RGS Newcastle Pocklington Hymers Woodhouse Grove St. Peters QEGS Wakefield Sedbergh
won lost lost won won won lost won lost
17-5 12-40 7-57 17-39 33-12 35-7 0-5 12-47 5-17
The team played with heart and enthusiasm and, at times, a certain amount of skill. We were always going to lose Alex Carnell to the A team; he took to the sport very quickly. It was a shame, however, to lose Liam through injury so early in the season, and he was sorely missed. Our best performance was the clinical win away to QEGS Wakefield. The perfect pitch and conditions made for a fantastic, flowing game; it was a pleasure to watch. George Hall had a very impressive second half of the season and deserved his A team call up. Matthew Hunter is another player who should be looking to make the step up next season. Ben Pullan led the side by example; not an easy task with some of the temperamental characters on show. Joe Bolton deserves a mention; a very versatile player, who never complained when asked to play in a number of different positions, he is a talented, all-round sportsman. Leonard Beadle was at the hub of many penetrating runs in midfield, often just crashing the ball forward to good effect. By the end of the season we were playing the simple, but effective, brand of rugby suited to the talents on show. I would like to thank all the squad for listening to my requests, training hard and implementing them in match situations. They are a much improved unit, so hopefully will continue playing the game in their senior years. BCU
This has been a very encouraging season. From the first training session, it was apparent that this was a group of boys who were dedicated to their rugby. A lot of hard work was put into all the training sessions. Harvey Barkes was appointed captain and he led by example and showed throughout the season that he was an outstanding ambassador to the team and the school. Forward power was our key to success with a rampant and robust back row and a very solid looking tight five which meant we were able to produce the threequarters with some quality ball with which to attack the opposition. A very pacey back line of Tom Metcalfe, Jarlath Hetherington and Jerome Hardy was supplemented with the ruggedness and defensive qualities of Jack Marsden Jack Blackburn and Angus Ferguson. The connection between the pack and backs was maintained throughout the season by the inspirational Harvey Barkes. The season finished on a slightly disappointing note after a great performance at the Durham 7s we didnâ€™t perform to that standard in the Bradford 10s and Giggleswick 7 and therefore not showing our true potential. A special mention must be made to four outstanding players who without doubt can achieve great things in rugby if they remain focused: Callum Simpson, Tom Metcalfe, James Jennings and Harvey Barkes. I would also like to thank the occasional players who always supported the team from the sidelines. I would also like to thank publicly all the parents who have supported the boys in all types of weather throughout the season. MGL
This was a tough season for this gritty group of players. Several of the schools they played clearly had an intake of new pupils making this a challenging fixture list. The early defeat against Durham School was forgotten the following week after a victory over Yarm School. Harry McGuire and Tom Metcalf both had good games with Owen Carter effectively leading the backs. Despite losing to RGS Newcastle the team played with determination and certainly stuck to the task, never giving up. Jack Ellis had a very good season up to the point he fractured his hand and he was missed after that. Chris Douglas, Dan Brown and Alex Ingram certainly improved and developed their games. The game against Pocklington was disappointing; I hope they can reverse the result next year. It was even more frustrating given the way they played the following week against Hymers College to secure the second victory of the season. Three defeats followed against Woodhouse Grove, St Peters and QEGs Wakefield. Once against the team played well, continued to score tries and showed great spirit. Sadly, the County Cup run was short after they lost to a very strong Egglescliffe 1st team. Edward Young, Josh Bloomfield, Enoch Leung, Tom Joashi and Josh Picken all made significant contributions throughout the season. Matthew Stirke was probably the most improved back and Mully Ryves-Webb the most improved forward. In a way it would be wrong to highlight individuals since this group of players certainly played as a team throughout. DWD
U13 XV Rugby
Team: (Capt) T Atherton, Z Day, N Bridger, D Burnell, T Carter, W Carter, J Clouston, D Custance, J Dickinson, A Farr, C Glover, T Greaves, A Howarth, G Johnstone, C Lewis, M Moss, I Ng, J Pickering, J Raw, A Rusk, H Thompson, M Thompson, A Tsoi P14/W6/L8
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After an excellent win against Yarm and a good performance versus St. Olaves, signs looked encouraging for the season. There were some tough games ahead and with a few injury problems, not to mention J Clouston’s broken leg, results didn’t go our way. With some hard work – and a bit of self-belief – they finished the season strong, with good wins against Durham, Cundall Manor and Terrington Hall. Many thanks to Mr Everall, Mr Monument, Mr Lewis & Mr Pepper and for the parents for their support home and away. JL
U13B XV Rugby Captain: Max Thopson, Tom Atherton, Dan Baker, Alex Howarth, Jamie Stevens, Alex Booth, Tom Greaves, Tom Matthews, Angus Farr, Josh Raw, Max Thompson, Tom Crowther, Aiden Rusk, Edward Butler, Oliver Morril, Joe Andrew. Honours: Aiden Rusk – Player of the season Tom Greaves – Most improved player The fixtures commenced against Yarm, the boys were up for the game, but this well drilled Yarm School team were the stronger unit in the first half, however the philosophy of the School of never giving up and never giving a quarter, enabled the boys to put four tries over the line, thanks to Ivan Ng, with great support from Tom Atherton and Tom Greaves. It was a different story against a very strong RGS Newcastle XV with size and weight being a disadvantage, however Aiden Rusk (U13 player of the Year) and Tom Matthews tackling could not be faulted. Max Thompson’s drive and determination made sure we played until the end. After two heavy defeats, it was clear that was some restructuring to be done. Dan Baker, Angus Farr and Tom Crowther entered the team. These boys would play significant roles in the forthcoming matches and the end of season success. In October, we lost many players due to sickness and to the U13 A team. The coaching staff stepped up the training, the squad reacted, and a team was beginning to form. In the following weeks, Jamie Stevens, Alex Booth and Josh Raw helped with great wins against Hymers and Durham School. With thanks also going to Edward Butler, Oliver Morril and Joe Andrew for their support during the season. ‘Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.’ A Chinese Proverb. We were certainly a much better team by the end of season and next season is something to look forward too. NJC
Results: Yarm Aysgarth RGS Newcastle St. Olaves Hymers Woodhouse Grove Durham School St Martin’s QEGs Wakefield King’s Tynemouth
won won won lost won lost won won lost won
14-10 10-0 5-0 5-29 14-0 0-5 12-5 49-0 0-22 34-0
This has been one of my most enjoyable and successful seasons for some time. Putting together a team at U12 is always difficult as they are on the bottom rung of the ladder towards playing on the 1st XV. We have selected from players who have never picked up a rugby ball before, from new players to join the school and from seasoned campaigners from the prep school. I have been very impressed with the squad’s enthusiasm and commitment to the game and no more so than from the captain Jamie Adamson and his deputy R Kelsall. One of my personal highlights must be our victory away against RGS Newcastle away from home as this is a side I had yet to beat at junior level during my eighteen years at Barney. Another very enjoyable game for me was the Woodhouse Grove fixture which is always a very close run game and we only lost because of a few seconds lack of concentration allowing their winger to score with four miss-tackles! The boys will also not have to play again against their super girl winger who turned out to be their top try scorer for the season – boys only as from U13! Even when the going got tough the boys stuck at it and this was demonstrated by their performances against St Olaves and QEGS. QEGS was a new block fixture for the school and I was anticipating a very bad day at the office but the players put in a gutsy performance against a big and well drilled side. I was really disappointed with the end of season bad weather as the team was just building the momentum to finish with wins for the rest the term and they were desperate to play. I wish the team success as they progress through their playing career at school and I look forward to seeing them playing on the 1st team pitch and there is no doubt that some of them will be playing for honours at a much higher level when they leave. MHN
Girls 1st Hockey
We had better start off with the disclaimer. We lost a lot of players from last year’s team this season – eight in fact. It was, therefore, a comparatively inexperienced team that we started the season with. It is credit to them that they were able to piece together a decent season. It was a memorable season in many ways. A victory against was followed by a defeat against , who would also beat us in the later in the season. An excellent performance against Pocklington saw us defeat them for the third year in a row. The game against ’ was noteworthy for two things. One was the way they kindly insisted on starting the game just after we arrived at the school and before we had any warm-up time and the second was the fact that Hannah Byers dislocated her shoulder. (For those among you who have not experienced Hannah before, I had better explain that she dislocates her shoulder as often as other people eat!) Although some defeats followed, the team did not allow itself to get disheartened. Hymers, as always, were an excellent team and we were really impressed by Casterton as well. The result against RGS Newcastle was the first time they had beaten us, but it should be noted that because of a range of reasons we fielded what amounted to a 2nd XI. In the meantime we beat and had an excellent victory against Giggleswick before putting Austin Friars to the sword. A draw at home to Sedbergh rounded off the season. It was an enjoyable season and the squad was great fun to work with. Special congratulations go to the Year 11 players who tried their hardest and gradually got used to 1st XI Hockey. They will form the core of the squad for the next two years. It is also time to say a sad farewell to our U6th players who leave us this year. Three of them, Emma Peat, Hannah Byers (who finally broke her scoring duck for the team moments before leaving the pitch at Austin Friars after dislocating her shoulder again!) and Emily Turner, have been stalwarts of the team for the last three years and a fourth, Josie Amery, would have been if not for a long series of injuries. To be without them for next year seems unthinkable and I would like to wish them all the best for the future. Emma, in particular, has been a brilliant player for the school for the last three seasons and I will miss my ‘birthday buddy’. Lastly, I would also like to thank the U6th for their impeccable behaviour on the bus this season! MPI
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U12 XV Rugby
Captain: J. Adamson. Team from: M Brookes, T Colley, J Hudson, R Kelsall, T Leeming, H Monkhouse, M Price, M Morrison, D Russell, J Spratt, W Swinbank, O Theakston, R Tomlinson, T Tyrell-Edwards, C. Young
Team from: Emma Peat (captain), Hannah Byers, Emily Turner, Charlotte Dickinson, Josie Amery, Sophie Wray, Katherine Walton, Lottie Holmes, Katie Wilson, Sophie Brown, Abbi Glowienko, Laura Spedding, Rebekah Westgarth, Thea Thompson, Niamh Tait, Lucy Newton, Caitlin Bainbridge, Katie Body, Elise Ferguson W5/L6/D1
Captain: Kat Walton, Vice Captain: Paige Wilkinson Squad: Kat Walton, Paige Wilkinson, Charlotte Dickinson, Harriet Mchugh, Sophie Wray, Sophie Brown, Lottie Holmes, Jess Roberts, Chloe Thacker, Iona Borer, Katie Wilson, Amanda Usher, Alice Mcbain, Harriet Ward, Alex Stirk, Jenny Stephenson, Rachel Pratt, Laura Spedding, Evie Kennedy, Naomi Day P11/W5/L4/D2/For 22/Against 19
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Results: Ampleforth Sedbergh Casterton RGS Newcastle Austin Friars Giggleswick Hymers St Bee’s St Peter’’s Pocklington Durham Yarm
cancelled won lost lost won won drawn drawn lost lost won won
1-0 0-1 1-3 8-1 2-1 2-2 1-1 0-4 0-3 4-1 1-0
It was a mixed year for the 2nd team losing four of their twelve matches. The season started well with two very good victories against strong opposition in Yarm and Durham School but took a nose dive with the following two fixtures. The first half performance against Pocklington was very disappointing and we were lucky to reach half time only three goals down. The second half showed what we could have done against Pocklington and although there were no goals in the second half we should have scored at least two. Against St Peters we were second best and the performance was well below par and we fully deserved to get beaten. The girls really stepped up in training in the following weeks to make up for the previous two performances and it definitely showed with a very good performance against St Bees 1st Team. The Hymers fixture was possible the best I’ve seen the girls play even though the result, a draw, might suggest otherwise. We moved the ball in the match against Hymers better than I have seen any second team manage and the movement off the ball was just as good. I’ll never work out how we only drew the match as we were head and shoulders better than them and should have easily won the game. The beginning of November saw good wins against Giggleswick and particularly Austin Friars where our midfield dominated and we proved too good across the pitch scoring eight good goals to their one. Carrying on the theme for this season of inconsistency followed two below par performances against RGS Newcastle and Casterton. We managed to finish the season on a high with a good victory against one of our biggest rivals beating Sedbergh 1-0 in what was a hard fought game that had to be cut short due to an injury. Once again it was great working with the second team girls and I have enjoyed every minute of it even though it has been very much an up and down season. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my Captain Kat Walton and Vice Captain Paige Wilkinson who have played in the 2nd team for all three of their senior years and will be sorely missed in the Autumn both on and off the pitch. As always to the girls who will be here next year, see you at pre-season and I look forward to seeing you force your way into the 1st XI. To the girls who will not be here, I wish you a fond farewell and the best of luck in the future. CJG
Girls 3rd XI Hockey
Captain: Lauren Carden-Grigg. Squad: Evie Kennedy (GK), Rebecca Cliffe (GK), Naomi Day, Hannah Pullan, Kimberley Brolly, Helen Stevenson, Olivia Metcalfe, Rachel Pratt, Becca Watson, Jenny Stephenson, Rebecca Fraser, Alex Stirk, Sarah Child, Libby Spark, Kristina Musilova, Hetti Harper, Vicky Raper, Regina D’ Oyley, P7/L3/W4
I have been extremely impressed with the progress the 3rd team have made this season, with many individual successes. The results displayed do not reflect the hard work that the girls have put into every game. With a tough first game against a strong Pocklington side, eventually losing out 0-3, the girls picked themselves back up and showed great potential in their next game against . The game against St. Peter’s was by far the strongest team the girls have faced; but since those early games the team has flourished as a squad. By the end of the season the squad was going from strength-to-strength beating Giggleswick 2-0 and Durham High 2-1. Also many of the girls have progressed individually as players stepping up to the mark and playing for the 2nd XI. As it is my first term at Barney, I would like to say thank you all for the help and effort you have put in this past term, making it extremely enjoyable. For those of you who are not here next year I would like to take this opportunity to wish you well in your next career step and for those of you who are, all of you should be pushing for a 2nd XI if not 1st XI team spot next season. EKM
College and with the rust out of their legs they hit the ground running and proved far too strong for their opposition. The girls knew if they won this final match they would be crowned county champions and wasted no time scoring three unanswered goals winning 3-0, goals came from Elise Ferguson, Jenny Stephenson and Jess Hunter. The girls qualified as winners of the County Cup for the North semi finals at Leeds University on the 15th of November. This was always going to be a big ask of the team which was mainly made up of the U15 team, but they performed very well beating the team from Northumberland 2-0 in their first match. The girls ran out of steam in the second group game against a very good Hull collegiate team losing 3-0. The girls progressed to the next round finishing runners up in their group behind Hull this unfortunately meant they had to face Wakefield Grammar in the semi final. The girls worked hard but found this step a bit too high losing 5-0, but it was a great experience for the Year 10’s involved and will no doubt serve them well next year at senior level. CJG
Girls U15/U14B Hockey
Girls U16 XI Hockey Captain: Hannah Roache. Squad: Charlotte McAllister, Francesca Pollock, Sarah Stephenson, Jenny Walgate, Chloe Thompson, Caitrin Robertson, Abbie Hardy, Emily Watson, Stephanie Pratt, Clare Harris, Isobel Burnett, Jennifer Knox, Fiona Matthews, Holly Turner, Catherine Robertson, Isobel Knowles, Madison Faulkner, Bethan Findley, Charis Brown, Amelia Martin, Molly Hackett, Leah Bloomfield. P4/W0/L2/D2
Captain: Amanda Usher. Squad: Amanda Usher, Lizzie Clouston, Helen Stepenson, Iona Borer, Lorna Bussey, Katy Body, Emma Robson, Elise Ferguson, Chloe Atkinson, Naomi Day, Jenny Stephenson, Rachel Pratt, Katie Gibson, Lizzie Knight, Jess Hunter, Alex Stirke, Rachel Pratt P8/W5/L3/D0/For 13/Against 12
Another great season for the U16 team which as a result of six year 11’s playing for the 1st team this year included many U15 girls. The girls were naturally all very nervous prior to their county cup as they had never played together as a team before. Their first match was against Durham School, who had the advantage of home support as they were hosting the tournament. The team played really well and were led to their first victory by Captain Amanda Usher and scorer Emma Robson who secured the 1-0 win. After a long 40 minute break the girls took to the field again but never really got started against a well organized Durham High. It was an evenly matched game but Barney showed their true class in the last couple of minutes getting the crucial goal again scored by Emma Robson to once again win 1-0. The girls were straight back on facing Emmanuel
This season the U15/14B team have progressed massively as a squad, noticeably by the size of the squad and the amount of players who have stepped up to the mark and rightfully gained a position on the team. However the training and matches started at a slow pace and as the weeks went on the reality that some hard work needed to be put into training to see the rewards in the game, started to sink in. With two draws and two loses over the season the girls came up against some tough opposition but persisted nonthe-less. Captain Hannah Roache was a dominant figure within the team and led the girls well in every game; Leah Bloomfield was also extremely pro-active within the team and rightfully made the step up to the u15 A-team. I’d like to thank all of the girls for making my first term of intermediate hockey so enjoyable and I wish every single one good luck for the future years, especially the U15s who will move on to senior hockey in the winter term. EKM
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Sports Tour to The Netherlands Day 1
We set off from Barney at 13.30. Everyone had lots of bags as well as rugby and hockey kit, so it took quite a while to get everything stowed away underneath the bus. When we left for South Shields everyone was very excited. When we got to South Shields Mr. Monument and Mr. Bishop organized the rooms for the overnight crossing to Amsterdam. Before we boarded the ferry we had to go through passport control and then when onboard we went off to find our rooms. On the ferry we went to a disco and had some free time which was good and then went back to our rooms. Shortly after, Mr. Monument arrived to give us all our breakfast tickets for the morning and told us that we were in charge of getting ourselves to breakfast on time.
A continental breakfast was served on the ferry at 7.30; it was very nice as it was all you could eat. We got off the ferry at 11.00, where our bus was waiting for us ready to take us into Amsterdam. Once we had had lunch and had a look around Amsterdam we walked back to the bus ready for it to take us to our accommodation, a hostel in a nearby town, Soest. When we arrived at the youth hostel we were shown to our rooms and given a very nice tea. After everyone had eaten, we went straight back to our rooms ready to pack our bags as the hockey and rugby was kicking off at 7pm. The girls were dropped off first at their hockey pitches and the boys went onto Hilversum to play a local club. The hockey team was very good and the
final score was a loss, 2-4. They were extremely skilful, and played very fast hockey. One of the goal scorers was Caitrin Robertson, who was playing in a position that she had never played in before. The rugby boys however had a closer encounter just losing out 26-24, yet the game could have gone either way. They were a very welcoming club and let us into their clubhouse, where they served us soup and a drink each. The girls met us at the rugby and we all returned back to the hostel for a good night’s sleep ready for the following day’s matches. When we returned, we unpacked and got changed into something more comfortable for a relaxing night in the hostel; which was comfortable, snug and very warm – just what we all needed.
Day 3 Breakfast started at 8.30 and shortly after we went for a meeting in the lounge area of the hostel to analyse our games from the previous day. The Barney boys were sent for a run and some preparation for their next game, whereas the girls spoke more in depth about their game the day before. After our meetings we got taken to the local town of Soest to have some free time and to get some lunch. Shortly after, the boys were dropped off at their grounds, home to the Pink Panthers, and the girls went just around the corner to their second match. The rugby match was exciting and high scoring, so high scoring in fact that the final score was not recorded but it was a definite win to the Barney boys. The girls played a local club named, Shinty. Again, Caitrin was the only goal scorer leaving the final score at 1-7. The hockey clubs that the girls played had as many as seven teams at U14 level and over one hundred girls to choose from when picking a team, a luxury Barney School does not have. That night Mr. Bishop ran a Barney quiz, with lots of prizes – chocolate prizes. We packed our bags that night, ready to set off for the ferry in the morning.
Day 4 In the morning before we boarded the ferry, we went into Amsterdam to do some souvenir shopping and to have lunch. On the ferry we were given our dinner money and allowed to go and watch a film in the cinema complex. After another smooth crossing we awoke the next morning and had a lovely ‘all you can eat’ breakfast. Before leaving the ship we had a presentation meeting whereby presents were given out to certain individuals. Once docking, we boarded the bus and drove back to Barney, ready to meet our parents, who were all glad to see us. Clare Harris and Joshua Bloomfield – Yr 9.
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Lectern Club Lectern Club is an all-student committee-run organisation (under the guidance of Mrs Beaty) which arranges three evenings throughout the academic year for which a given theme is to be spoken about by members of the Sixth Form. The speeches are accompanied by a three-course meal, the opportunity to dress up and the exciting chance to see the heavy weights of public speaking, this year’s Neil Stanwix and Peter Wickham, at their best. Lectern Club does not only prove a test for the wit and imagination of speakers, but the endurance, creativity and organisational skills for the committee members themselves as well. Lectern Club has become an accepted part of Barney life for Sixth Form and teachers alike, providing an exclusive atmosphere, for which many teachers have been known to try to bribe, threaten and plead with members of the committee in the clamour of getting their own seat at the evening. This year has proved no different. After the Lectern Clubs of October and November passing off without a hitch, it was with some trepidation that this year’s committee of Becki Coxan, Natalie Shaw, Luke Shield, Emily Turner and Guy van den Dries set in motion their plans for their third and final Lectern Club. The theme set was “citius altius fortius” roughly translated as “faster, higher, stronger”, the official motto for the modern Olympic Games; an apt title with the Games coming
to London this summer. Thankfully, their anxiety proved futile, as the standard of speaking at the Lectern Club of 23 February proved to be another impressive showing. The evening was opened in the traditional style of a reading that examines the theme from another angle; this reading being the prologue for Christopher Marlowe’s ‘Faustus’. Immediately our own game was afoot, with Lottie Holmes – a strong speaker of the Lower VI – opening the short speech category by informing the room of her belief in the importance of winning. This idea was quickly contested by Abigail Graham, who used examples such as Winston Churchill and King George VI to prove her point that those who come first are not always the most influential, nor necessarily the ultimate winners. Abigail took second place as a result. A change of tack followed, with the charming international student Trutz von der Trenck using the extremely personal example of his father to highlight the Paralympic Games as another example of the theme. Hugh Carter continues to improve as a public speaker, with his topic of “Giant Dormice and Pygmy Elephants” culminating in an informing but amusing speech which linked to the theme in an atypical wayresulting in a special mention from the committee as a “one to watch” in the future. The winner of the short speech category, Georgina Lea, reflected upon Usain Bolt’s world-breaking speed of 9.58 seconds, while the confident and booming voice of Calum Matthews ensured a hilarious end to the first section of the evening. The highly-anticipated Long Speech category saw controversy from Will Barnes, who adopted the unusual tactic of using fellow speakers as examples in his speech. Nevertheless, the tumult created was in fact rewarded, and he took second place.
Katy Wilson, the winner of the Long Speech category, spoke about her own motto of “Achieve, Aspire and Adore”, rebutting Barnes’ comments and provoking thought about the different styles of male and female speakers and the perhaps typical outcomes. Charlotte Dickinson proved a natural comic, albeit unintentionally, with her reflection of Latin culture and its impact upon Harry Potter and her own life. Peter Wickham, the long-standing rival of Neil Stanwix in public speaking, continued his oratory success with an unusual introduction involving the microphone, but once more resumed his composed and confident style to deliver an effective speech. Finally, the winner of the two previous Lectern Clubs; Neil Stanwix proved himself again as a worthy speaker, but unfortunately failed to take the grand slam – nevertheless the now-dubbed “Living Legend” had the audience hanging onto his every word, some would say in a way similar to Cicero, as always. Thus, after the analysis of each speech by members of the committee, the final Lectern Club of the year was concluded, obviously after the traditional Lectern Club photo. Thank yous once more are owed to Mrs Beaty, my fellow members of the Lectern Club Committee, the speakers and the kitchens for their consistent hard work. The standard of public speaking at Barney continues to rise, with increased attendance, uptake and enthusiasm from students and because of it Lectern Clubs will no doubt continue to be so popular amongst students and teachers alike. Natalie Shaw, UVIth Bowes
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Little Shop of Horrors
A Level Theatre Studies
Junior and Senior Skiing Trips
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the usual mix of good humour, eclectic topics and strident eloquence
The Senior Interhouse speaking competition was the usual mix of good natured humour, eclectic topics and strident eloquence. This year’s event had the added piquancy of being adjudicated by Mr Andy Moorhouse (or Morph to those who were lucky enough to have him as a teacher), whose long and distinguished career on the staff of BCS is well known to many.
Dale House kicked off events this time with a strongly argued complaint about narrow minded attitudes in the UK towards drug control. Marwood had been prompted by the ongoing Leveson inquiry into making their own observations about the tabloid press and its excesses, while North too looked at excess in the form of footballers’ wages. If such information made one a little green (from either jealousy or nausea or both), York’s advice was to disregard all the bad news in which we were saturated on a daily basis on the grounds that “no news is good news.” Bizarrely, we were then diverted into the world of piracy by Tees House, an oddly retro topic, which contrasted nicely with Bowes who wanted to bring us bang up to date, linguistically at least: their prescription – don’t be prescriptive. With a nod towards contemporaneous excitements, Longfield asked us to reappraise our feelings about the role of the monarchy in 2012, and the evening was rounded off in style by Durham who basically hammered the notion that there can ever be such a thing as altruism. In his adjudication, Mr Moorhouse praised the high standard of all the speeches and said how refreshing and pleasant it had been to revisit his old stomping
ground. Everyone had deserved praise and plenty was forthcoming, but there could only be one winner and for the 2nd year in succession the trophy went off to grace Mr Usher’s cabinet in Durham House. Given that his team was on its last possible outing, perhaps the field will be wide open in 2013. Thanks for all who contributed to making the evening such a success. AMW
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National Science Week As usual the school tackled Science Week head-on with plenty of opportunities for pupils to get involved. This year the theme was ‘World In Motion’ and dozens of pupils prepared entries for the national competition to design an all-terrain buggy that could traverse the world in a global race. Before they went in the post, the Physics department chose a BCS winner, Tom Matthews, from over 100 entries. Within school the theme was also tackled in Biology with a ‘Nature In Motion’ photography competition won by Lewis Maddison, with a splendid action shot of a dog at full speed. The Chemistry department invited staff and pupils to think of as many musical connections with chemistry as possible. The staff winner was Mr Toyne with an amazing 350 examples (although not all them regular Radio 1 songs!). The winning student entry was from Kieran Lewis with an impressive total of 82. On Wednesday Year 11 had a visit from Dr Helen Brewser of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). She gave a presentation on what inspired her to pursue science and engineering as a career and described her role within GSK. The presentation was very well received, and showcased just a small part of the interesting and varied careers that scientists can have. Later we headed onto the field for our main House event of the week – The Great Egg Chuck, which was inspired by the picture book Egg Drop by author Mini Grey. The event was a fantastic success, and featured a range of different contraptions, some very simple (such as York House’s egg-on-a-football launcher) through to the beautifully constructed trebuchet (from Tom Greaves from Tees) and the
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remarkable crossbow-style ballister device made by Marwood’s Kim Hodgson. Bowes House, with their novel use of a dog-ball thrower, managed a distance of around 40 metres; however, their egg did not land intact. So the winner, with a 25-metre-plus chuck, was York House’s football. Unfortunately the chemical rockets of Max Dalton and some sixthformers from Durham did not ignite in the way intended, but perhaps they will come back next year after improving their chemical recipes! Perhaps the funniest moment involved Dr Walton, who successfully launched his egg a respectable distance but got soaked with water in the process whilst the Chemistry department rocket took its clamp with it!
On Thursday, GSK’s Dr Brewser and her colleague Dr Richard Finlay returned to school to do some fun experiments with our Year 7 and 8 students in Chemistry Club. Dr Brewser gave a presentation in which she described the role that GSK will have in performing all drug testing for the athletes involved in this Summer’s Olympic Games in London. The AntiDoping challenge that followed involved the students doing drug testing on ‘urine’ samples, which are
similar to the kinds of spot checks that will happen in the Olympics. Although they weren’t genuine urine samples (and none of them contained actual drugs!), the tests did give a real insight into the sorts of techniques used by analytical scientists. What was also impressive was the wide range of questions that our students asked the visiting speakers – perhaps we have some budding forensic scientists in our midst! Much earlier that morning Chris Moore and Hugh Carter (Lower 6 Tees) were to be found deep in Derwentside, County Durham, building a hiberniculum – a shelter for hibernating animals – whilst being filmed as part of an episode of the BBC’s Countryfile. The episode (screened Sunday April 1st) saw Julia Bradbury helping to catch and mark adders as part of the adder research project under way in the Waskerley area. Although apparently rather nervous of the reptiles she gamely watched closely as Sarah Edwards and David Liddle of Durham Wildlife Trust caught a large, feisty female and marked it with a letter J for Julia. This snake and the dozens of others in the area will be tracked and monitored. The students aim to help monitor the adder population, collect skins after shedding and get involved in the molecular biology studies of the snakes DNA. This should help check that the snakes are healthy and not suffering from inbreeding that can damage the health of a colony. Julia discussed early findings with Dr Noel Carter from Sunderland University at the site and the results should be shown in the episode. Chris and Hugh are shown with the presenter during a break from shooting.
Finally on Friday we were treated to a trip into the world of quarks, muons and the missing Higgs Boson, courtesy of Professor Alan Martin from Durham University, who was invited as a guest of the school’s British Association of Young Scientists committee. After more than 30 years in the world of particle physics, Prof. Martin was an ideal guest with which to provide an insight into the amazing world of the Large Hadron Collider Cerne, Switzerland and its mission to find evidence of the Higgs Boson particle. Prof. Martin enjoyed his visit and complimented the students for their attention and the lively discussions that took place afterwards. A busy week! Next year sees the main national science event The Big Bang held in Newcastle. We hope that some our CREST project scientists will be involved with this and look forward to more fun science in school. EEM
Musical of Horrors It was decided early on that this year’s musical would be a lighter, more upbeat and humorous affair than the previous year. For many years one of my favourite musicals, and the favourite of Mr. Mawhinney, Little Shop of Horrors was the perfect selection. What can beat carnivorous alien plants, Greek chorus street urchins, Faustian pacts for financial gain and the love of a poor, brow-beaten shop girl? Add to this a sado-masochistic dentist and a Yiddish shop owner driven by greed, and you have the perfect show. The show was cast towards the end of the Winter term, allowing the principles to learn much of their script over the Christmas holidays – in theory, at least! With 6 girls cast as the street urchins – Sarah Perkins, Chloe Thompson, Whizzy Gorman, Lucy Parkinson, Paige Wilkinson and Hetti Harper – to bolster the already impressive cast of Martha Moore as Audrey, Dale Keogh as Seymour and Euan Hobson as Mushnik, the show went exceptionally well, and was loved by all. Newcomers Dave Brown as Orin Scrivello (DDS!) Martha Clarkson as Skip Snip and Iona Borer as Mrs Luce all added to the experienced cast, also including Dan Gilligan in a trio of parts including Mr Bernstein. Once again, the Technical Crew, led by Mr Butler and Mr Oakley, coped wonderfully with the challenges of providing light and sound for such a demanding show. Due to sports commitments, Alec Clarey had to pull out as the voice of Audrey II at the last minute, leading me to have to step into the role, a character that I hadn’t played since I was in Year 13 myself! It was great to be back on stage, after a fashion, and it was a true privilege to work with such a talented bunch – With Martha, Dale and Paige leaving this year, there will be some big shoes to fill, but I am certain that the incoming talent can easily live up expectations. Arts ties were awarded to Dale Keogh and Euan Hobson for Dramatic Excellence, and to Andrew Bussey and Ben Jeffrey for Technical Excellence. TSE
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A Level Theatre Studies One cold and blustery night in March, our trio of performers took to the performance space in the Drama Room to perform a number of pieces for their final examination. 60% of their final result rested on the performance, and they didn’t let themselves down. Opening the evening were Dale Keogh and Paige Wilkinson in a scripted extract from Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire”, with Dale taking the role of the beer-swilling Polack Stanley Kowalski, as he returns home from the hospital to find Paige’s Blanche DuBois, fantasising as always, dressed in her ‘Mardi Gras outfit’. The tension was palpable as Stanley stripped back layer after layer of deception, forcing Blanche to face her own lies and demons. After a brief interval for a scene change, Dale returned to the stage, this time accompanying Martha Moore, in the opening scene from “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Edward Albee. In this scene, Dale took the role of George, a hen-pecked University professor, whilst Martha was the venomous, drunken, sharp-tongued Martha, constantly harassing her husband. The scene contains a rising level of tension, as the pair argue about two guests due to arrive, with multi-layered references to an unnamed child and a disturbingly acerbic final confrontation. Once again, an interval ensued for the group to make the last set change of the night, this time in preparation for their devised piece, “Through the Looking Glass”. A tale of a man with demons, haunted by the murder of two women, the piece built to the shocking finale, reminiscent of the film Identity, where it turned out that all three characters were, in fact, parts of the same shattered psyche. The piece used the theme of ‘Black and White’, suggesting that everything in life is actually shades of grey, and that no-one is who they seem. Videos were superimposed over the monologues, utilising disturbing and graphic images to show the inner turmoil each character felt, as we built up to the horrific conclusion. Shatter-Glass and red, black and white paint combined with destroyed props, rope, upturned tables and ripped clothing left the audience on the edge of their seat, haunted… TSE
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Model UN Barney Students contribute to the Olympic Truce.
Spring term means World Book Day in the library and this term as well as our usual celebrations we were lucky to have two authors visit us. Susan Gates explained to Mrs Waddington’s English class where she gets her ideas from for her stories. They were fascinated to learn that her ideas can come from the most ordinary conversations, sightings or meetings. They listened to her read from her books and took on the role of some of her characters. They were left inspired believing that anyone can get ideas to help them write and you don’t have to travel the world to do so. On World Book Day £1 book vouchers were given to all students and copies of the £1 (free with voucher) World Book Day books were available to all who wanted one. All over school there was a buzz of reading excitement as anyone caught reading for pleasure was awarded a raffle ticket. The owner of the winning ticket who received an Easter egg was Adam Wanless (year 7 Durham). There was also a prize on offer for the most correct answers in the Literary Quiz. Lexy Dalton (year 8 Marwood) successfully beat Dale House by half a point, well done to all who entered but particularly Lexy. To mark the end of our celebrations Curtis Jobling spent the day with us. Younger Prep School pupils were treated to his readings, animations and drawings and everyone got the chance to draw their own ‘Bob’ - carefully directed by Curtis. For the older pupils yes they still got to see how Curtis creates ‘Bob’, ‘Spud’ and friends and how he made his ‘Curious Cow’ animations for television but Bob evolved into a ‘Werecreature’ and Curtis then went on to talk about his recent fantasy writing (his ‘Wereworld’ books) and pupils got the chance to do some creative writing themselves. CLS
Barney students flew the flags of Argentina and Brazil in the Model UN as they helped to hammer out a resolution in the capital city. Evie Kennedy, Trutz von der Trenck (Argentina) Ben Jeffrey and Katie Wilson (Brazil) spent the day at the International Maritime Organisation building in central London, the home of the UN in the United Kingdom. Their brief was to consider a resolution to promote a Truce for the period of the Olympics, changes to the UN’s peacekeeping forces around the world and ways to broaden cooperation between the nations. There were 200 delegates from schools all around the UK. Barney was given a special mention from the platform for the Olympic effort our students made to get up at 3am to get to the event. For the rest of the day the four ambassadors argued, persuaded, planned and struggled to make amendments to the draft resolution. Ben Jeffrey received an honourable mention for ‘best deportment’ and was chosen to address the whole Assembly in summary at the end of the day.
Technology Tournament This year’s annual Technology Tournament was held at Catterick Garrison. Schools from across North Yorkshire compete against each other in three categories: Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. The event is organized by the Rotary Club and is a national event across the country, held during the same week.
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Our four ambassadors were outstanding in their preparation and participation. Speaking afterwards they agreed that this was a wonderful experience. All were agreed that the day was, “professional, formal and exciting,” while Evie said it was, “the best day ever”. Keep an eye on the news channels in years to come – you may recognise some of the world’s policy makers. AW
We entered three teams in Intermediate (Team 1: Tom Adamson, Tom Marston, Tom Pickering and Sam Leeming. Team 2: Tim Stirk, Lewis Maddison, James Swainston and Mathew Priestly. Team 3: Al Lea, Tilly McAllistair, Jane Metcalf and George Hall) and 2 teams in Foundation (Team 4: Charlotte Ferguson, Will Carter, Brogan Wilson, and Henry Thompson. Team 5: Kieran Lewis, George Sheppard, Jake Sargent and Tom Greaves). There were 22 teams entered from 7 schools. Our teams did extremely well. The two Foundations teams certainly gave the competition a run for their money. Their challenge was to design and make a coin sort machine for 1p and 2p pieces and to store in separate containers. Both ideas worked well and achieved a good success rate during the testing at the end. Unfortunately, they didn’t impress the judges enough to win. However, our Intermediate teams did impress the judges. Again, their challenge was to design and build a coin sort machine, but for 5p, 10p and 20p coins. Team 1 achieved third place and Team 2 came home with the cut glass first place trophy. Their winning design made mostly from cardboard achieved a 100% sort rate. All teams did the school proud with their effort and they learnt a lot about problem solving, designing and building a solution, through to team work. PCO
Adventure Training As we departed School for a five-day adventure training camp in the Lake District, the sun was shining brightly and all cadets were glad to have packed their sunscreen and sunglasses. At this point, little did we know that these items would remain in our bags and would be swapped for waterproofs, woolly hats and gloves by the end of the week. Having arrived at the Youth Hostel, cadets settled into their accommodation and after a briefing, challenged each other to a couple of card game tournaments. The girls spent the evening putting pirate tattoos on to their arms, hoping that these would bring them an element of luck on the water the following day. The 12 cadets were up bright and early on the Monday morning, and after a hearty breakfast at Derwentwater Youth Hostel, piled onto the minibus ready for the day’s adventure. Soon we had reached Derwentwater Marina and once the cadets had changed into wetsuits, cagoules and buoyancy aids they were ready for a day on the lake. The cadets spent the morning canoeing and kayaking and it was evident to see that cadets Al Lea and Alex Stirk were very experienced in this field as they powered through the water. Lance Corporal Amanda Usher and cadet Sarah Child, on the other hand had a couple of steering issues at the start and ended up colliding with the pier and then the bushes on the bank. After lunch, the cadets scrambled on to the sailing boats and once they had learnt how to jive and tack, had a couple of races against one another. Corporal Hugh Carter, Junior Corporals Calum Matthews and Andrew Hutchon and Lance Corporal Evie Kennedy won two out of their three races and having grasped the technique of how to handle a sailing boat, deliberately capsized their boat and practised their drills on how to get the boat upright again. A special mention goes to Junior Corporal Dan Gilligan, Lance Corporal Claire Wilkinson and cadet Jenny Stephenson for their excellent sailing drills too. The girls, lead by Lance Corporal Amanda Usher serenaded everyone by singing various songs from various musicals throughout the afternoon. The cadets spent an hour at Keswick swimming pool at the end of the day where they enjoyed the wave machine and slides. Tuesday brought the rain, but this didn’t stop us from taking part in a morning of abseiling near the Bowder stone. Lance Corporal Claire Wilkinson was the first cadet down the rock face, and clarified that the rocks were very slippery. Junior Corporal Dale Holden-Dalby obviously didn’t believe her advice, and ended upside down in his harness having slipped after his first step. Lance Corporal Evie Kennedy screamed all her way down deafening everyone in a one-mile radius of where we were. Due to the inclement weather, we
unfortunately couldn’t rock climb, so cadets spent the rest of the day in Keswick where the girls treated themselves to afternoon tea with scones, jam and clotted cream. Corporal Hugh Carter had other ideas and practised his bartering skills on a bookshop owner, managing to get over 50% discount on a book he really wanted. After a quick evening meal, we drove to Ambleside where cadets watched Pirates! In an adventure with scientists! at the local cinema. When we got back to the Youth Hostel, Mr Lewis challenged the cadets to a card game, where he used his psychic skills and interrogation techniques to ensure he was able guess the exact card that each cadet chose from the pack. He won every time, leaving the cadets astounded as to how he managed to do it. Wednesday brought snow, sleet and wind, but having travelled almost an hour to Langdale, the weather was much brighter and all the cadets were up for the gorge walk which lead to Stickle Tarn. Dressed in wetsuits, helmets and waterproofs, the cadets made their way to the start of the walk. Under 2Lt Fairwood’s supervision, the cadets followed him up through the freezing cold waters. At the first small waterfall, 2Lt Fairwood tested out the route, only to immediately slip elbow height in to the water below. The cadets, having some sense at this point, opted for an alternate route and managed to stay dry. Daredevils Corporal Hugh Carter and Junior Corporal Calum Matthews opted for the more difficult routes throughout the day with Calum being nicknamed ‘kamikaze Callum’ by the end of the activity. Junior Corporal Dale Holden-Dalby particularly enjoyed divebombing into the plunge pools and Lance Corporal Claire Wilkinson and cadet Jenny Stephenson showed no fear as they dived into the water from a tree branch. Junior Corporal Dale Holden-Dalby particularly enjoyed divebombing into the plunge pools and Lance Corporal Claire Wilkinson and cadet Jenny Stephenson showed no fear as they dived into the water from a tree branch. The real test of the day was the climb up a 25m waterfall which all cadets successfully completed. About 15 walkers stopped to watch the cadets as Lance Corporal Amanda Usher was first to climb the waterfall which she did effortlessly. Unfortunately for Junior Corporal Dan Gilligan, when his turn came, the wind got stronger and almost blew him to the bottom. Cadet Sarah Child and Junior Corporal Andrew Hutchon were able to pick their way carefully up the waterfall in very quick times. The last evening was spent in Keswick at the Royal Bengal for the Contingent Meal. Cadets enjoyed their five-course Indian feast with Junior Corporal Andrew Hutchon opting for the chilli dish, which was described as ‘very, very hot’ on the menu. He managed to eat it no problem, whereas Junior Corporal Calum Matthews attempted one mouthful and was in tears! It was very difficult for the staff to make a decision as to who would be awarded with the Hall Shield for Adventure Training, but after some serious thought the shield was awarded to Junior Corporal Calum Matthews. As the trip came to an end, all cadets were tired yet very happy with what they had achieved. The cadets had all certainly ‘stretched their elastic bands’!
House Shooting Competition Throughout the term, 160 cadets, both from the Army and RAF section competed in the Annual House Shooting Competition. The cadets had to fire the number 8 rifle from the supported position and had 10 rounds to fire at 10 targets. The highest possible score was 100. There was a very high standard of shooting from the cadets and the results are as follows,
Top cadet in each House Bowes House – Lance Corporal Iona Borer Dale House – Cadet Seb Hampson Durham House – Cadet Charlie Naseby Longfield House – Cadet Tilly McAllister Marwood House – Cadet CSM Tori Richardson North House – Lance Corporal Matthew Jeffery Tees House – Corporal Tom Vickers York House – Cadet Alex Finkhill
Top overall cadet With a score of 96 out of 100, the top shooter was Cadet Charlie Naseby
Overall House Positions 1st – Tees 2nd – Durham 3rd – Dale 4th – North 5th – Longfield 6th – Bowes 7th – York 8th – Marwood
64% 56% 46% 44% 37% 36% 35% 33%
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1st VII Rugby Teams from: A. Beaumont, M. Brown, A. Clarey, B. Clegg, G. Coser, J. Dickinson, G. Van Den Dries, B. Duffield, R. Fasa, A. Harrison, F. McBain, C. Pollock, I Swall, F. Tait, J. Van’toff, B. Upton, P. Wickham. The first major tournament was down in Hereford to the very prestigious Marches 7s. Some top English and Welsh schools enter this tournament. We had practised at the County 7s the Wednesday before, retaining the County Champions tag comfortably, and therefore felt confident. However, the approach from the squad was not a positive one and their performances were lacklustre. Although we qualified for the Cup competition by winning our group and reached the quarter final we were completely out played by a second string Filton College team; we certainly had underperformed. At the North of England 7s the attitude and approach was much more positive. We won our group convincingly and produced an excellent quarter final display to destroy Kings Macclesfield. Unfortunately, that what has already been said and will be again about this squad, our performance against Sedbergh in the semi was nothing better than poor, losing embarrassingly. Ampleforth was a real test after the North of England weekend. With a couple of changes to the squad the boys did very well to win their group, consisting of St Edwards, Mount St Mary’s and Hymers to progress to the quarter final. We then overcame Ripon GS comfortably to meet QEGS Wakefield in the semi. In a fantastic match we just came up short in a closely fought encounter conceding with the final play of the game. The format of the Mount St Marys 7s proves to be a test of endurance as much as anything else. Playing everyone in your group of seven teams then a semi final and a final is a real test in anyone’s books. We came through it remarkably well, losing to Sedbergh narrowly and the hosts disappointingly in the group stages but finished second to reach the semi against Wellington College. We were outstanding, winning comfortably to make the final to play Sedbergh. Unfortunately the semi had taken too much out of us and we were second best in the final. The Hymers tournament has always been a very positive warm up for Rosslyn Park; runners up last season and the winners the year before. We played some very good 7s throughout the day, convincing winners against Woodhouse Grove (providing great satisfaction to those that cared), Nottingham, Mount St. Mary’s and QEGS Wakefield. The semi final was a much tighter affair against Ampleforth with players dropping like flies but we managed to make the final for the third time in three years. We played the hosts in the final and having to dig deep using the whole squad scrapped a well deserved victory to become champions once again. At the National Schools’ 7s, Rosslyn Park, having beaten the ‘danger’ team in our group, Sherborne, we were odds on to win the group. However, the complacency button was pressed again and the defeat to Truro School meant we didn’t qualify to the last sixteen by scoring one too few tries; very disappointing. MTP
Sedbergh Rugby X Squad from: A. Beaumont, M. Brown, A. Clarey, B. Clegg, J. Dickinson, G. Van Den Dries, B. Duffield, R. Fasa, A. Harrison, R. Newman, C. Pollock, D. Potts, X. Remky, I Swall, F. Tait, B. Upton, P. Wickham. The performance from the players at Sedbergh 10s over the two days was nothing more than outstanding, apart
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from the first eleven minutes in our last group game on day one against Brighton College. Having won our first two matches with some ease against Manchester GS and Edinburgh Academy (who went on to lose in the final) we conceded five tries in the first half, scoring one with the last play before half time. We went on to lose the match six tries to four which meant we were equal on tries scored with Edinburgh and Brighton but to lose out and finish third due to points difference. We therefore had qualified for the Plate competition. On the second day we beat all comers including Stamford in the final by 28-0. I guess a degree of pleasure came from bringing home some silverware having only lost one match in what is a very tough, highly competitive competition, played by quality teams from across the country. MTP
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defending in the last minute a well deserved victory ensued. From this high came the season’s low in the final against RGS. Despite the team unfortunately losing the skills of Sam Goyette, he had broken his thumb in the Sedbergh game, there was still enough nouse and guile to do ourselves justice. Unfortunately silly mistakes and a sense of panic having gone two scores down prevailed and a trophy went begging. Eleven pupils travelled down to London with high hopes of doing well. The targets at the beginning of the season were to win a tournament and qualify from the group at Rosslyn Park. In very unusually warm temperatures the side began tentatively and just got through against Kirkham. From then on the opposition were brushed aside and so qualification was completed. The first play-off game against Bro Myrrdin was also successful and so just one more game remained in order to get to the next day. A tight game ensued against Bedford Modern and although the team scored the first try, they found the opposition defence very hard to penetrate. Ultimately a very tired squad just fell short by one score but the opposition ultimately got all the way to the final. Everyone one of the squad played well and were a credit to the school. They were good company and I must thank Jonny Coser and all those who played for their efforts. Equally my thanks to the fantastic support we received at every tournament and to MGL for his help and advice down in London. DCSE
U15 VII Rugby Squad: J. Coser (capt), J. Brogden, G. Coser, A. Finkill, I. Gaskin, A. Ghosh, N. Gilbertson, J. Goudie, S. Goyette, H. Holden, M. Jones, C. Parnell, B. Wynn-Jones.
Team: J. Davidson, J. Beckwith, S. Leeming, C. Waiter-Mackenzie, E. Kellsall, H. Glover, M. Hargrove, O. Pearce, D. Hewitson, D. Oliver, B. Lilley, T. Pickering
Results: Durham County Sevens: Emmanuel won 43-0 Yarm School won 36-0 High Tunstall won 61-0 St. John’s won 26-5 Durham School won 38-7 (winners) Durham School Weston Sevens: Newcastle School for Boys won 50-7 Ashville College won 48-0 Sedbergh School won 22-17 St. Peter’s School won 41-5 RGS Newcastle – final lost 19-29 National Schoolboy Sevens, Rosslyn Park: Kirkham GS won 17-14 St Edward’s, Oxford won 37-17 Honywood CS, Essex won 61-0 Cwmcarn CS, Caerphilly won 50-5 Bro Myrrdin, Carmarthen won 38-5 (last 32) Bedford Modern lost 17-24 (last 16)
With two tournaments cancelled at St. Peter’s and Sedbergh because of the poor weather the side had just three tournaments to show their undoubted ability. On the face of it, two losses in the three tournaments played represents a decent season but all the players and I knew it could have been even better! The first tournament held at Barney for the County sevens enabled the side to get rid of a few cobwebs and start the sevens season in earnest. Comprehensive victories ensued in all 5 games with the side only conceding two scores. What it also showed was that within the squad there was plenty of skill and speed. The next tournament at Durham School showed how fickle a sevens competition can be. In the group the games got progressively tougher. Against Sedbergh the team initially displayed some hesitancy and conceded two scores, but once the first try was scored so belief began to improve. So much so that a further three tries were secured and whilst there was some desperate
We began our Sevens season hoping to capitalise on the confidence that we finished the XV a side season. The first tournament took place late in February at Durham school in which we faced a strong group with Durham school as our season openers. The day saw much inconsistency and although we had some fantastic performances beating Ashville, Giggleswick and RGS Newcastle by considerable margins we were unable to achieve the same standards when confronting stronger opposition, and indeed struggled in the bowl final with a heavy defeat to St. Peters. Our confidence and performance improved as we were exposed to stronger opposition, and we lost out narrowly in two prestigious tournaments, Bradford and Ampleforth respectively. I am delighted to say that we finished the season with two fantastic tournament performances: Hymers – After looking like we were in a group of death from the programme, facing many of the North’s best rugby schools of which all but one had beaten us previously this season. We knew we were going to have a tough day at the office. Things started well with a narrow defeat to Ampleforth 14-7, Ampleforth having won their own sevens tournament outright but a week before. Confidence was high as we faced our nemesis St. Peters however we had them rattled until two late scores, put the game beyond us. The day progressed well as we were able to get a solid result against a physical Woodhouse grove side, beating them 22-7. The real results of the season so far came in the final two games. Firstly I have to say how impressed I was by the clinical tackling and defensive performance we showed against an enormous QEGS Wakefield side which gave us the opportunity to turn ball over and score. Lastly the performance against Durham school who had beaten us at every competition this far, what can I say dogged determination and fantastic pressure
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sevens had a highly competent Durham side on the ropes for much of the game, and as they came back we showed a maturity and arrogance that allowed us to see out a fantastically tough game of sevens. Durham County Sevens – unfortunately this was to be the last tournament of the year and we knew it was a real chance to finish with silverware. All we had to do was beat Durham once more and also get revenge against Yarm for our Daily Mail defeat before Christmas – no easy feat I can assure you. The boys rose to the challenge perfectly and were able to go unbeaten in all four games, resulting in being crowned County Champions, a feat that helps summarise the fantastic effort and achievement of all the players, their hard work both on and off the field and their teamwork. I feel immensely proud to have coached these boys in their journey from junior rugby and help in their preparation for the senior game. I wish them the best of luck, and I am sure that many will feature in the schools first team over the next three years. LDM
Squash 1st V
Kevin To captained the team and played number one all season, winning nine of his matches, often in convincing style. The gulf in standard between him and the other team members meant that he did not always get the most out of training and as a result his game didn’t improve as it might have done, but he had a memorable match against Ampleforth in the Spring Term and showed flashes of great talent in every game he played. Fitness was an issue when the games became long and more drawn-out. Nick Packham had a tough job to play at number two and he did well to win six matches, learning all the time and becoming stronger and improving his courtcraft as the season went on. We then had a trio of Year 11 players; Will Grundy, Nicky Stainthorp and Sam Everall. Will managed a fifty per cent win record from his ten games, battling well when it was tough, and learning the need for variety in his game. Nicky won eight of his twelve matches and Sam seven of his thirteen. All three of the youngsters showed great grit and determination throughout the season and along with Nick deserved their award of half school colours. Jonny Connors made seven appearances and was a capable and loyal reserve to call upon, winning four of his matches. Jeremy Kwan, Joe Bolton, Adam Carnell and Hamish Carter all deputised capably as well.
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Captain: Kevin To. Team from: K.To, N.Packham*, W.Grundy*, S. Everall*, N.Stainthorp*, J.Connors, J.Kwan, J.Bolton, H.Carter, A.Carnell *Half colours awarded P15/W6/L9
Captain: Jonny Connors. Team from: J.Connors, J.Kwan, A. Carnell, A Farr, M.Stirk, B.Ridley, H.Carter, A Thusing, C.Jeong.
Results: Autumn Term: Ampleforth (a) Ampleforth (h) GSAL Glaxo Pocklington Dame Allans Nunthorpe Spring Term: St Aidan’s Jesters Sedbergh(a) Sedbergh(h) Ampleforth Pocklington Glaxo GSAL
lost won lost lost won lost lost
2-3 5-0 1-4 1-4 5-0 1-4 2-3
lost lost won won won won lost lost
2-3 0-5 5-0 5-0 5-0 4-1 0-5 2-3
This was very much a re-building season for the 1st team. Four of last year’s team had left, so apart from Kevin To, there was a lot of youth and inexperience in the team, but they were all prepared to work hard in order to improve and by the end of two terms we began to see the benefits. In the National Schools Competition, the team lost both of their group games to Dame Allan’s and Nunthorpe – both competitive and good matches – and then lost another tight one 2 strings to 3 to St. Aidan’s, Harrogate in the first round of the trophy competition. The team was strong enough to defeat Ampleforth, Sedbergh and Pocklington twice each, whilst coming second to GSAL twice. The adult opposition of Glaxo and the Jesters were enjoyable matches and social occasions against very experienced, if aging, opposition.
Ampleforth Nelson Tomlinson RGS Newcastle Pocklington Sedbergh Ampleforth Pocklington GSAL NSB John Hampden College NSB
won lost lost won won won won lost lost lost lost
5-0 0-5 1-4 4-1 5-0 4-1 3-2 2-3 2-3 0-5 2-3
won lost won won lost
3-2 1-4 5-0 4-1 2-3
‘B’ Team: P11/W5/L6 Ampleforth Pocklington Ampleforth Pocklington GSAL
There were many interested players at this age group this year, and competition was strong for places throughout. It got stronger still as the team progressed in the National Schools’ Trophy after losing their group games to RGS and Nelson Thomlinson in the Autumn Term. Eventually Oliver Larcombe, Joe Bolton, Alfred Tsoi, Tom Sowerby, Joe Scott and Alex Carnell played in the finals at the National Squash Centre in Manchester, thoroughly enjoying the experience. The boys learned a lot about the game of squash during the season, and improved a great deal. It was good to see so many vying for places in the two teams and enjoying the sport, with boarders like Alex Carnell, Joe Scott, Alfred Tsoi, Enoch Leung and Ernest Liu making massive progress, as a result of playing a lot among themselves. It was tough going for Oliver Larcombe and Joe Bolton, our more experienced players. At the top of the order they faced some tough opposition but always gave their all. Oliver did a good job as captain, encouraging the other players well and taking responsibility for some of the organisation. My thanks go to John Lister and Stuart Gaydon for all their help with this age group. Individual School Champions: South Wales Borderer’s Cup – Kevin To. Plate: Jeremy Kwan Williamson Cup - Oliver Larcombe. Plate: Tom Sowerby Under 13 Champion - Alfred Tsoi House Matches: Gradon Cup (senior): Northumberland Robinson Cup (under 15): Northumberland
P6/W5/L1 Results: Ampleforth Pocklington(a) Ampleforth Durham 1st Pocklington Ampleforth
won lost won won won won
3-2 1-4 3-2 4-1 4-1 5-0
An enthusiastic group of seniors meant that we could field a strong second team this year. Captained by Jonny Connors, the core of the team was strong and all players were very close in standard, meaning that they competed with each other in training and improved a great deal. Hamish Carter, Jeremy Kwan, Adam Carnell and Matthew Stirk showed the strength in depth we had this year, the only defeat coming at Pocklington in the Autumn Term when we were far from full strength.
Birkbeck Cup (U13): York Five matches were also played at U13 and U12 age groups and we entered a prep school team into the County Primary Schools’ tournament for the first time, finishing in a very creditable second place. A busy and enjoyable season in which the numbers of pupils playing squash has been very encouraging indeed. JDG
Boys’ 1st XI Hockey
Squash U15‘A’ & ‘B’/U14 Captain: Oliver Larcombe. Team from: O.Larcombe, J.Bolton, T.Sowerby, C.Jeong, J.Scott, A.Carnell, D.Milne, E.Leung, A.Tsoi, M.Stirke, J.Shannon, E.Liu, S.Stainthorp, D.Hoxholli, A.Ingram Results: ‘A’ Team: P5/W3/L2
Team from: James Dickinson (captain), Duncan Anderson (captain), Andrew Lister, Patrick Borer, Rory Abraham, James McNeill, Joshua Brooks, David Brown, James Beedle, Daniel Hall, (cont. over)
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Ben Wynn-Jones, Max Jones, Nicholas Gilbertson, James Raper, Reagan Fenwick, Alex Allison. P10/W3/L7
This was another tough season for our boys. We were up against some very strong teams indeed and the results speak for themselves, really. Our defeats can be split into two categories. There were some opponents that it was always going to be virtually impossible for us to beat. Scarborough and St Peter’s come into this group. In games like this we did ourselves much credit by fighting hard and making life as hard as possible for the opposition. The 2nd match against St Peter’s comes to mind here when we were 2-0 down (a common position for us to be in!), but then pulled a goal back. For the next half hour we stopped them from playing any decent hockey at all, before they finally pulled away late in the game. The second category, however, is the self-inflicted defeats by opponents we should have done better against. Yarm, St Anne’s and RGS Newcastle spring to mind. In these games a mixture of over-confidence (arrogance?), inexperience and a tendency to blame each other when things went wrong were our undoing. Our three victories, on the other hand, happened because we played as a team and cut out silly mistakes. The wins against Durham came about because we played attacking, attractive hockey and kept our discipline, which our opponents failed to do. The same was true of the game against Ashville. There are lessons there that need to be learned. Well done to all the players that represented the school this year. I was impressed by the year 11s who were full of enthusiasm and energy. Their first season was tough, but they would have benefitted from the experience. I would also like to thank the U6th members of the team. James Dickinson tried very hard to lead the team and set a good example at all times. Patrick Borer and Andrew Lister did very well indeed when called upon. As for Duncan Anderson, he is, sadly, the last of his family to represent the school 1st XI. The Andersons have been the backbone of the team since 2006 and it seems strange, and sad, that this particular era has now ended. I know their dad would have been very proud of the contributions of David, Alasdair and Duncan. I wish all our leavers the very best of luck for the future. MPI
Boys 2nd XI Hockey
Captain: Jonathon Harrison. Vice Captain: Richard Harland Squad: Patrick Borer, James Beadle, Josh Brookes, Daniel Swires, Freddie Mcbain, Richard Harland, David Brown, Rupert Barrott, Trutz Van De Trenk, Chris Harrison, Reagan Fenwick, James Raper, Max Jones, Nick Gilbertson, Matthew Stirk, Andrew Lister, Harry Holden, Alex Allison. P7/W4/L2/D1
The results of the 2nd team this year were very good winning four and only losing two matches. The two losses were very disappointing and the guys were very upset at their performance in those matches. The 2nd team this year was a very good team and more than a match for
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most 2nd teams and some 1st teams of the schools we play on the circuit. The two performances and results that I was particularly proud of has to be the two match against St Peter’s School. We were desperately unlucky not to win our first fixture against them conceding a goal right at the end of the game to draw it 3-3. We have never beaten St Peter’s at 2nd team level in the seven years I have been at the school so the lads were gutted not to see the game and get the victory they deserved. When it came to the return fixture at St Peter’s School the guys were massively motivated and desperate to beat them on their home ground. The determination not to let St Peters into the game proved enough as the guys took a well deserved 2-1 victory with David Brown scoring a brilliant reverse stick shot from the top of the circle to win the game.. The 2nd team boys worked very hard this spring term improving their core skills and movement on as well as off the ball this paid dividends in some great performances and it was a pleasure to coach them. Apart from a four day blip which resulted in their only two losses this was a perfect season for them and show the strength in dept we have at senior level. I’d like to pass my thanks on to all the lads for working so hard during the hockey term and wish good luck to U6th players leaving this summer. CJG
Boys U15 Hockey
Team from: M Hargrove M Moss, B Pullan, T Marston, S Hampson, C Waiter-McKenzie, O Pearce, S Leeming, M Hunter, S Theakston, E Kelsall, Sowerby, B Tremewan, L Ononeze.
lost won won drawn cancelled won won cancelled lost cancelled lost
Boys U14 Hockey Squad: Jake Glowienko, Harey Barkes, Daniel Brown, Thomas Joashi, Tom Hunter, Rory Holden, Sandy Stainthorpe, Harry Mcguire, Callum simpson, Sam Adamson, Jack Blackburn, Joshua Picken, Tom Metcalf, Jack Blackburn, Angus Ferguson, Jarleth Hetherington, Jack Ellis, Joshua Bloomfield. P7/W3/L3/D1
This was a mixed hockey term for the U14 team winning three and losing three of the seven games they played. This team had an almost Jekyll and Hyde personality this year at their best they were fantastic but when not at their best they had some poor performances. Of their three wins their most impressive would have to be their first and last matches of the term. The first win came in their first match of the season against Windermere St Annes and showed how much raw talent there was in the team as they ran away with the fixture winning 7-1. The rest of the term was a mix of Jekyll and Hyde performances in which they showed glimpses and spells of great hockey and potential, but not always getting the results they deserved. Their final match was against arguable their strongest opposition in Scarborough College and the lads definitely saved the best until last as they played some magnificent hockey finally coming out on top against a very good team to win 3-1 Players of note were Jake in goal who looks a real star of the future, and Dan Brown who was outstanding in the final game against Scarborough setting up two of the goals. CJG
Boys U13 Hockey
Teams from: Dan Roberts, Nathan Bridger, George Johnstone, Tom Greaves, John Clouston, Andrew Usher, Zak Day, Joe Pickering, Max Thompson, Tom Atherton, Tom Crowther, Henry Thompson, Tom Wilkinson, Dylan Custance, Angus Farr, Will Carter, Aiden Rusk, Cammy Glover, Tom Carter, Tom Matthews. Jack Dickinson, Connor Lewis.
A’s: P8/W1/L6/D1, B’s: P4/W1/L3
Results: Scarborough Austin Friars Ampleforth Laurence Jackson Durham Ashville Cundall Manor Yarm St Peter’s Sedbergh Windermere St Anne’s
among the players meant that the standard of play and understanding improved. This is a team I would have liked to have had more time with but I will look follow those who continue with hockey over their senior years with interest. Player of the season was Max Hargrove and Most Improved Player was Mathew Hunter. AA
0-5 3-1 3-1 2-2
This has been an impressive season by a strong and talented group of hockey players, although some would argue rugby players. Immediately it was obvious that this group were able to work as a strong and effective team. Their match against Windermere was superb, with the midfield working hard against a very skilful opposition midfield showing an ability to close them down and keep out of them out of the game. It was the organisation when defending that caused the goals to be scored. St Peters was another strong team with a strong attack and midfield which split the U15’s defence and exploited any weaknesses; however, plenty was learned from this game. The remaining matches proved that the team had realised just what was required to win. Passing the ball and communication improved and that pure determination to win and score was demonstrated. A level of maturity within their game was reached and greater empathy and trust
Austin Friars (A) Austin Friars (B) County Cup (A) Durham School (A) Durham School (A) Durham School (B) Durham School (B) Laurence Jackson (A) Sedbergh (A) St Martins (A) St Olaves (A) St Olaves (B)
drawn won 4th place lost lost lost lost won lost lost lost lost
3-3 7-1 1-4 3-4 1-4 1-5 3-2 6-1 0-3 2-4 2-3
This U13 squad had a very enjoyable and rewarding season with several fixtures to improve their game. Selection for matches was a very difficult process as there was a huge squad of over twenty players. Within that squad there was a range of ability, but the majority of the group had speed, endurance, basic stick skills and lots of raw talent.
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The season started with difficult A and B matches against Durham School. Both teams played extremely well against tough opposition; the A team did particularly well in defence. The A team then had a positive match against Laurence Jackson at home; they secured a victory by just one goal. The next match was a very hard one against Sedbergh Juniors; they had a team of fast, strong and skilful players who outshone us in both attack and defence. Both A & B teams then went to Austin Friars for a mid-week game. This was a very friendly competition with many new players making their first appearance. Aiden Rusk did extremely well in his first match for the B team by scoring 3 goals, and Max Thompson also played in his first match for the A team. This allowed me to see many new players in varying positions which helped me to decide who should play for the U13s at the County Cup; this was an exciting competition at Maiden Castle. We performed extremely well against several schools and finished in 4th place, a sound result. Unfortunately the last three matches were difficult; we faced St Olave’s, St Martin’s and Durham School; they were strong and well organised; we played very well but just couldn’t finish in the D. I enjoyed coaching this group of boys; they were hard working and also good fun. With continued dedication and hard work these boys could make excellent hockey players. LJB
Boys U12A/U12B Hockey
Squad: Jamie Adamson, Theo Colley, Ross Gardiner, Joel Hargrove, Finlay Jordan, Tom Leeming, Harry Monkhouse, Jack Rowlandson, William Swinbank, Oliver Theakson, Cameron Young, Jack Dickinson, Matthew Hanmer, Jack Hudson, Rohan Kelsall, Toby Lush, Matthew Morrison, Jamie Sprat, James Terrill, Robert Tomlinson, Jack Barker, Jack Dickinson, Matthew Brice, Henry Grey, Jack Butterfield, Matthew Hannar, Thomas Tyrrell-Edwards, Matthew Sellers. P6/W2/L3/D1
This was a good year for the U12 squad even though the stats don’t really show this. The U12 team had great wins against Sedbergh and Laurence Jackson and even though they were beaten 5-4 by St Olaves and Drew 5-5 with Austin Friars they played some great hockey throughout the term with lots of boys got to play in the A and B team fixtures. This year group has some great potential and strength in depth and I have really enjoyed coaching them this year. It was also fantastic to see Jack Hudson and William Swinbank making it into the U13 7s team that competed in the County Cup for Durham and Teesvalley Area. CJG
Captain: Emily Turner. Squad: Iona Borer, Thea Thompson, Emma Robson, Tory Richardson, Kat Walton, Emily Turner, Emma Peat, Rachel Pratt, Ellie Sowden, Natalie Shaw, Kimberly Brolly.
Captain: H. McHugh. Team from: K. Brolly, S. Brown, R. Coxon, N. Day, S. Wray, E. Purvis, T. Richardson, L. Spedding, H. Stephenson, N. Tait, C. Thacker, K. Wilson.
P6/W3/L3/1 Tournament (2nd)
As a new coach to this group of girls, my expectations were high for all involved and from the off it was noticeable to see that there was endless talent running through the whole squad. An early convincing win over Windermere St. Anne’s, 37-12 proved my instincts correct, a very talented bunch that occasionally needed to be reined in. Next the girls played a physical Ampleforth side, starting strong and finishing with a forceful 21-10 win, similarly the girls also worked tirelessly throughout the court when playing Polam dismissing them 22-2. Next was Yarm away, the girls first match outside. Yarm were a tough side and with a crippling injury to captain Emily Turner in the fourth quarter the match was therefore abandoned. With a shuffling round of the squad, the girls looked ahead to their next game against Durham School. This was certainly a game of two halves; Barney started well but struggled to keep up the intense pace, leading to fatigue and numerous amounts of forced errors. A difficult game to watch knowing that the girls had so much more in them than what they had displayed, which ended in a disappointing first loss 15-19. Onwards and upwards and next to Sedbergh, with home advantage the girls were keen to finish their season on a high. Again with more tactical moving of players and bringing in players due to injury and unavailability, the girls began strongly, keeping Sedbergh’s key players at bay. The match was even throughout with Sedbergh just edging ahead at the end of each quarter; final score 29-20 to Sedbergh. This last game truly showed how far each individual had progressed and just how versatile each player could be. The last play for some of the girls was a tournament at Queen Margaret’s; led by injured captain Turner. Winning all of their matches in the group stages the girls progressed to play St. Peter’s 2nds in the semi-final, winning that game 14-9. Which took the girls to the final where they met St Peter’s 1st whom they had already beaten in the group stages. Emotions and nerves were running high for those on the pitch and those on the sideline. A valiant display was shown by all, but a few unforced errors were encouraged into Barneys play and the girls lost out 7-12. Not quite the perfect end to the season but close enough, with the phrase before the last game being entertained as “Miss, we’ve never been in a final” an achievement nontheless. All the girls have been a joy to work with in my first term at Barney and I look forward to working with those who will be here next year. To those of you who won’t, good luck with your next career step and good luck if you choose to continue your netball. EKM
Windermere St Peter’s Ampleforth Yarm Sedbergh Durham School
won lost lost lost lost won
21-3 4-17 10-19 15-7 22-14 29-5
The 2nd netball team got off to a strong start with a morale-boosting performance away at Windermere School. The girls were confident in attack, created plenty of opportunities and remained solid in defence throughout. Harriet McHugh and Sophie Wray linked well in the shooting circle and were named joint players of the match. This was followed by a disappointing defeat to St Peter’s at home. We fielded a combined senior team on this occasion but the visitors had the upper hand showing great work in the mid court and were able to consistently feed their shooters who rarely missed the net. Improvements were made during training, not just in terms of skill and application but also in their communication and team cohesion on court. The girls took an early lead against Ampleforth but tactical substitutions by the opposition put our defence under pressure. The defeat against Yarm was no disgrace – it was a closely fought game until Sophie Brown suffered an unfortunate dislocated kneecap. The stoppage in play whilst she received treatment disrupted flow and concentration on court and Yarm were able to stretch ahead. We expected a tough game against Sedbergh but acquitted ourselves well. It was an exciting contest with centre passes going goal for goal in the first quarter. Kim Brolly and Rebecca Coxon combined well in the centre court scrapping for the ball and supporting the shooters on the circle edge. However missed shots proved costly and the opposition raised their tempo and took victory. The team concluded the season with a decisive victory at home against rivals Durham School. Sophie Brown and Helen Stephenson made excellent interceptions in and around the defensive circle to deny their opponents chance to shoot. Tory Richardson returned from injury and put in an outstanding performance at goal attack. The effort and positive attitudes shown by the Barney girls on court, together with their quick passing and accurate shots ensured that they completed the season successfully. We say goodbye to Harriet McHugh, Rebecca Coxon, Emily Purvis and Sophie Wray this year. It has been a pleasure to coach this team and I thank everyone for their efforts in what has been a good season. TCB
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Captain: Thea Thompson. Squad: Iona Borer, Thea Thompson, Emma Robson, Kimberly Brolly, Elise Ferguson, Emily Cody, Katy Body, Rachel Pratt, Ellie Sowden, Helen Stephenson, Chloe Atkinson. Autumn 2011 P4/L1/W3/1 Tournament (2nd) Spring 2012 P3/W2/L1/1 Tournament (3rd)
The U16 team this year made an excellent start to the autumn season, becoming runners up in the County and winning all but one of their preparation matches ready for the Regional Netball round in late January. Their first game of the spring season was against a tough St. Peter’s 1st team that was predominantly made up of U6th players. The girls battled hard with the final score not reflecting this young side’s effort, losing out 15-24. Onwards and upwards and looking to make their mark at the Regional Schools. An outstanding day for all involved with each player showing pure grit and determination and having been the only team to beat the eventual winners the girls were looking strong for a top two finish. However fatigue crept in and the girls lost to one of the weaker side’s, leaving them third overall; a disappointing third meant we didn’t qualify for the Nationals. Nevertheless with a majority of the girls being at the bottom end of the age group they will be looking to avenge that third place next year. The season ended with convincing wins over Polam and Queen Mary’s. A mixed bag for the U16s this season but we will look forward to working with those eligible next year when Barney WILL be competing at the Nationals. For those that are departing the Barney Netball scene, I wish you all the luck in your future careers and hope you will all continue with your netball. TCB/EKM
U15 Netball Emily Cody (C) Team from: Lorna Bussey, Chloe Atkinson, Lizzie Knight, Sarah Stephenson, Elise Ferguson, Emily Cody, Katie Body, Emma Robson, Katie Gibson, Jane Metcalf. P5/W3/L1/D1 Results: Durham School Giggleswick (B) Queen Mary’s Sedbergh Yarm
won lost drawn won won
23-7 0-18 20-20 17-11 9-4
This U15 team had a difficult season as U14s, but due to extra netball sessions and several of the team training with and playing for the U16s, they were in for a very good season. Unfortunately, out of a possible eight matches we only managed to play five, this was due to poor weather and our opposition cancelling. Our season started with a game against Giggleswick. This fixture clashed with an important U16 game so five of the U15 starting team were not
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available. We travelled away to Giggleswick with a very enthusiastic U15 A/B team through high winds and heavy rain; when we arrived the weather had not improved. It was the worst conditions I have ever had to umpire in, and I was so impressed that the Barney girls worked so hard against a strong Gigglewick side. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to score any goals but the girls kept smiling throughout! Fortunately our season greatly improved on this performance; we had wins against Sedbergh, Yarm and Durham. Our last match was a great game against Queen Mary’s. Both teams were very evenly matched and both equally desperate to win. It was an end-to-end game and I feel that a draw was the fairest result. I know the girls were disappointed with a draw but they played their hearts out and should be very proud of their effort. I would like to say well done to this group of girls who worked so hard in both training and matches. I hope that they continue to play netball and progress on to the 1st VII next year. LJB
strength and depth in the shooting circle with Bethan, Amelia and Stephanie. After match teas we had a wild goose chase on our hands, hunting down the coach for our return journey due to the poor mobile phone reception in the Lakes! Competing against Sedbergh away from home from was challenging. The match was full of passion and intensity, and with scores level at 6-6 at half time the girls knew they were capable of victory but careless errors were made under pressure and defeat was inevitable. The season had a great conclusion with convincing wins over both Yarm and Durham School. The squad needs to be congratulated on the progress they have made mostly due to training against the year above. Most pleasing of all was the impressive development in skill levels and game intelligence shown by all of the girls. Best Player of the season: L. Hardie-Hammond Most Improved Player of the season: A. Martin TCB
Captain: B. Findlay. Team from: E. Atherton, K. Borer, E. Everall, L. Hardie-Hammond, A. Martin, P. Naseby, S. Pratt, S. Scanlan, P. Maw, A. Gilligan, C. Robertson, K. Shaw, E. Watson, H. Wynn-Jones.
Captain: A. Ridley. Team from: E. Gossage, L. Newton, S. Nichols, I. Hewitson, C. McEwan, H. Swinbank, C. Waldin, F. Waiter-Mackenzie, R. Wilkinson. Results:
Results: Queen Mary’s St Peter’s Grindon Hall Giggleswick Windermere Ampleforth Sedbergh Yarm Durham School
U14A lost cancelled won lost won cancelled lost won won
U14B 10-12 25-1 6-16 37-15
Queen Mary’s Giggleswick Yarm Durham School Polam Hall St Martin’s
lost lost drawn won lost won
2-19 11-12 8-8 10-6 12-16 23-10
cancelled 14-11 15-11 24-7
U14 County Round of National Schools Netball Competition 3rd
The U14 netball season started early as the team entered the County Round of the National School’s competition. They played well and finished in 3rd place but sadly missed out on qualification for the Regional competition. We started the spring term with a close contest against Queen Mary’s. The game was neck and neck throughout but the opposition just managed to nudge ahead as the final whistle blew. However it was not long before success came in the form of an outstanding display of netball against Grindon Hall. Opportunities came thick and fast and most importantly shots were on target giving the team much needed confidence. The highlight of the season came away from home against Windermere. The team displayed excellent movement on court, delivered the ball effectively into the shooters and kept their opponents shooting opportunities to a minimum with their dogged defence. Once a convincingly lead had been established different substitutions and combinations were tested on court and proved that we have
The Under 13 girls had a busy season playing a number of matches both home and away. With a squad that remained unchanged for most of the season and captained extremely well by Alice Ridley the girls got the opportunity to capitalise on last year’s first season in senior school netball. The girls played 7 games in total losing three, winning two and drawing one. After a shaky start to the season with heavy losses to Polam Hall and Queen Mary’s, the girls rallied and after a one point defeat in an exciting game against Giggleswick went on to draw eight all with Yarm School. This was a very good performance as the match was interrupted by another player’s injury on the other pitch but the girls stayed focussed to earn a well deserved draw. The following week saw a good win at Durham School followed by a narrow defeat against Polam Hall but the girls finished the season on a high with the last game of the season by winning at St Martin’s by a large margin. A special mention must go to Under 13B players; Charlotte McEwan and Ruby Wilkinson for stepping in to cover for injuries in the last two games. Players of the season goes to Alice Ridley and Lucy Newton, Alice for her level headed captaincy and her ability to command the circle in defence and Lucy for her outstanding play and physical ability as Goal
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Shooter. Most improved player goes to Francesa WaiterMackenzie and Charlotte McEwan, who despite playing the majority of the season for the B team stepped up to the plate for the A team and not only played exceptionally well but also in a number of positions. AW
U12 Netball Captain: Jessica Pearce. Squad: Alex Thompson, Sarah Ryan, Sophie Hopkins, Jessica Pearce, Eleanor Shannon, Emily Warren, Antonia Allison, Georgina Penman, Ceara Sutton-Jones. P7/W3/L4/2 Tournaments (6th & 3rd)
The U12 Netball team this year have made noticeable improvements to all aspects of play on the court since they arrived on the Senior School Netball scene in January. Due to the slow nature of proceedings when the girls played their first few matches, I would imagine their first game against St. Mary’s whereby they lost 2-8 was an eye-opener for them all. Never-the-less the girls proceeded to train hard in their games lessons and start to show promise. Giggleswick away proved a success and a sign that things were getting better. When I first saw the girls play at Durham Choristers, I definitely saw a spark within the squad and that a loss of 2-8 against their U13 team didn’t truly reflect how the girls played. The two tournaments at Durham and on home soil were also a tribute to how hard the girl’s were working. Losing to Polam 2-1 in the first round at Durham and then beating them with some superb play when at home a week later 4-3, just proved how each individual was willing to adapt to get better. With a comfortable win over St. Martins 10-0 and a strong end to the season with a win over Richmond 4-1; the girls should now look forward to next year. With continued effort and enthusiasm during games lessons, a desire to perform and win, this team will continue to go from strength to strength. EKM
1st Lacrosse The 1st team girls’ lacrosse had a challenging season. The girls worked and played hard but were unable to come up with a win in the regular season. The girls attended the Small School Tournament held at Casterton and came 4th only losing to the number one team by 4. The girls were led by captain Tory Richardson who has also been selected to play for the North of England team. Despite the challenges of the season the girls came to each and every games lesson eager and ready to play. The girls organized a game against the 6th form boys as well as a game against the staff.
U15 Lacrosse The U15 girls’ lacrosse team has come a long way this season. They started the season with a loss to Queen Mary’s but were able to quickly turn the season around to draw against Ampleforth and to beat Casterton 6-1. Upon playing Queen Mary’s again the girls put up a better fight only losing by 1 in the last minute. Captain Shannon Currah stayed committed and enthusiastic throughout the season.
U14 Lacrosse The U14 girls’ lacrosse team won both of their matches this season. Through hard work and determination they beat Casterton 6-5 and Queen Mary’s 7-2. Pip Maw and captain, Ellie Everall, were among those who contributed most to the team and the season playing for both the U14 as well as the U15 team.
U13 Lacrosse This spring the U13 girls lacrosse proved victorious in their regular season lacrosse match against Casterton, winning 7-3. The girls participated in the North School Lacrosse Tournament where they played against the top teams in the northern region. The girls did well and had very close games against their opposition. EKM
1st XI Football Team From: Will Barnes, Adam Carnell, Chris Parnell, Seb Ullrich, Severin Huber, Freddie Metcalfe, Matthew White, Dale Keogh (capt.), Xaver Remky, Anthony Harrison, Sam Hunter, Agni Ghosh, Ivan Gaskin, Ben Paterson, James Beauchamp, Alex Finkill, Jan-Marc Purpur.
win the Intermediate Girls’ race with Katie Body finishing a very encouraging third. Molly Hackett did well to finish 7th while Naomi Day was 10th. Of the twelves schools in SW Durham, the Junior Boys and Junior Girls were third, while the Intermediate’s won each of their events. At the County Championships a number of pupils represented SW Durham and competed successfully: Ellie Shannon finished 9th; Miles Brookes and Jamie Adamson were 9th and 10th respectively; Zak Day was 16th; Calum Matthews was 16th and Alice McBain 9th. Of these Miles Brookes, Jamie Adamson, Ellie Shannon, and Calum Matthews went on to represent the County at the North Of England Championships while Alice McBain went on to represent the County at the English Schools’ CrossCountry Championships. Inter-School Competitions
P6/W5/L1 Goals for 16/Goals against 8
This has been a short but satisfying season. The team’s performances have been consistently good, with only a poor game and 1-0 defeat against Yarm putting a blemish on an otherwise perfect set of results. Some of our attacking play this season has been outstanding, as sixteen goals in our other five games would demonstrate. Both Sam Hunter and James Beauchamp in attacking roles have troubled opposition defences. The results have been all the more pleasing given the number of team members from Year 11; Matthew White performing admirably at left back, Agni Ghosh and Ivan Gaskin attacking at will from the wings, Ben Paterson and Alex Finkill both contributing to the goals tally and Chris Parnell fitting seamlessly into defence. They deserve a special mention as their attitude and work-rate has been excellent. Throughout the team, however, it has been difficult to find a weak link. Dale Keogh as captain, Seb Ullrich, Xaver Remky and Freddie Metcalfe have provided experience and a solid core to the side and Will Barnes in goal has produced some fantastic saves at crucial moments. It was good to see Anthony Harrison turning out for the football team again and Both Adam Carnell and Severin Huber have made excellent additions to the team. ARJ
Running South The first fixture was the annual Year 7 and 8 Boys’ and Girls’ match. William Body had an exceptional debut to win the Year 7 Boys’ race, with three further top ten finishers: Miles Brookes (3rd) and Jamie Adamson (5th) and Ross Gardner (9th). This was sufficient for them to win the Year 7 team event. The Year 8 Boys achieved two top ten finishers: Connor Lewis (5th) and Joe Pickering (9th), to help claim 2nd place overall. In the girls’ event, Ellie Shannon and Isla Hewitson finished second in their respective races, helping to win the team event. In Year 8, eight girls finished in the top ten to take first team place: Charlotte McEwan (4th), Francesca Waiter-Mackenzie (7th), Anna Coffey (8th), Alice Ridley(9th) and Katie Rhodes (10th). The Area Championships, at King James’ School were equally successful. In the Junior Boys’ race Zak Day took first place while Connor Lewis was 3rd. The best performance in the Junior Girls’ was Ellie Everall who finished a creditable 9th. James Watson did very well to finish second in the intermediate Boys, while Robbie Thompson, Jonny Coser and Sam Leeming all finished in the top ten (6th, 7th and 8th respectively). Thea Thompson put in an excellent performance to
There were a number of school fixtures. Against Ampleforth, at U15, Katie Body was first and Sam Leeming second, while at senior level Robbie Thompson beat James Watson and Callum Matthews into second and third places respectively. A fantastic result. Alice McBain finished a very good second in the girls race. Zak Day had an outstanding performance in the multi-school Rawthey Run put on by Sedbergh. He was third placed in a highly competitive field. At a similar invitation hosted by Giggleswick, Zak finished second, followed by Connor Lewis (11th) and Joe Pickering (12th). Jamie Adamson led the team in the Year 7 race to finish 5th, while Miles Brookes finished two places behind in a very creditable 7th. CHA
Captain: A Miller. Team from: K Chan, H Dick, N Miller, J Robertson, J Hall, B Ridley, A Lea, L Li, H Glover, J Shannon, J Beckwith, J McGrath, N Bridger, J Raw, J Pickering, A Farr, T TyrrellEdwards, M Price, T Leeming, J Adamson, A Ridley, K Shepherd, E Atherton, S Ryan Results: Junior Sedbergh Leeds Durham Ampleforth Bradford GS Four Schools Bradford & St Olaves Whitgift
Intermediate won lost won won 2nd
Senior won won won 1st
Overall won lost won won won
John Parry Relays Senior Medley 12th/Freestyle 10th Bath Cup Bath Cup 4x100m 33rd Aldenham Cup 19th Otter Cup 4x50m Medley 38th Dunelm 4x50m Medley Cup 19th
This year’s training has once again been interrupted by a lack of pool which has been somewhat frustrating. The seniors have often used the gym to try and maintain their fitness, but it is no replacement for water time.
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We started the year at Leeds – always a tough match and this year was no different. The John Parry Relays were at Blackburn the boys put in solid performances and narrowly missed the final. The U15 girls took part for the first time in a number of years, they found the competition tough but they are a very young team and will hopefully find it easier in future years. The spring term started with our usual match against Sedbergh, where the boys were on top coming first and second in 90% of the races. The matches against Durham and Ampleforth were slightly closer and there were some good races. This year we set up a four-schools competition involving, Bradford GS, Ampleforth, Sedbergh and ourselves which was held at Bradford for seniors and U15s, there were some fantastic races and the overall competition was one on the final cannon relay. Hopefully next year we will get six schools involved as well as the U13s. We also competed against St Olave’s and Bradford GS for the first time in a triangular competition. It was great to go to the new pool at St Olave’s and gain an extra competition for the U13s. The standard was very good and we managed to come second. The Bath and Otter Cup was once again at Crystal Palace. We had hoped it would be at the Olympic Aquatic centre, however the Olympic trials were taking place at the same time – hopefully next year
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we will be able to experience the Olympic venue. The seniors have worked hard all year with this in mind. A number of them recorded personal best times and for some it was their first swim in a 50m pool. Adam Miller has followed in his brother’s footsteps as captain. He has done an excellent job, organising the younger swimmer and has lead by example. Thank you to all the swimmers for their efforts this year. FC
down the field into the sticks of Emma McKenzie, Tanya Broadbent and Jo Barks leaving the captain of the first team, Tori Richardson, in the dust. The first team defence lead by Hannah Byers and goalie Vicky Raper put up a solid defence but were not match for the staff team’s sharp shooters. The game was long and gruelling but overall a grand success. The staff look forward to taking on the first team in many years to come. EKM
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Lacrosse The girls ended their season with a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to twelve members of staff. Master of the goal, Nick Connor, was the rock of the defence saving three goals. Ben Wickling, Dan Gorman and Judith Pepper were an unstoppable force against the first team shooters, Josie Amery and Lauren Carden-Grigg. The mid-field proved to be strongest for the staff, with players such as Andy Dunn, Riccardo DaRosa, Emily McMillan, Ben Usher and Lesley Burgess. Their innovative techniques helped the ball to move swiftly
On a sweltering day in mid March… the netball 1st team came up against their toughest opponents of the season… THE STAFF. With Mr. Bishop and Mr. Usher using their height to the staff’s advantage they were assigned to the defence, lacrosse/netball expert Miss McMillan and Miss Broadbent were given scoring duty, whilst the midfield was held together by Mrs. Burgess, Miss McKenzie and fresh from injury, unstoppable Mr. Gorman. The game was competitive throughout, with changes of Miss Jackson and Mrs. Armstrong strengthening the centre court and Mr. Usher changing ends to set up goal scoring opportunities for Miss McMillan. Final score was 20-14 to the pupils.
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The 120th Barnard Run The dawn of Friday 9th March looked a lot more promising than the cold, dark day in February when frozen ground and icy cobbles meant postponement of the 120th Barnard Run. Conditions were now much more favourable, and while not especially warm, there was no question that an auspicious day awaited a chosen few. In the Junior competitions Ellie Shannon and Zak Day each won their respective races – The Geoffrey Turnbull Cup and the Wilford Cup. Ellie finished almost a minute ahead of Charlotte McEwan who held off Anna Coffey by a few seconds in an evenly matched contest for second and third places. Zak Day was favourite to take the Junior Boys’ title, having won the same race last year. Connor Lewis fought a hard and spirited race to take a welldeserved second place, unable to keep with a very determined winner. In the end Zak pulled away to win comfortably. Miles Brookes gave a very good account of himself, finishing hot on the heels of Connor to claim third place. William Body had a very successful season, but was unable to take part in the run this year – I am sure he will be back next year, so Connor and Miles – watch out! At Intermediate level Katie Body came to the fore. After a nudge in the right direction earlier in the season, Katie realised that she was not half-bad at cross-country and went into this race as the one to beat. In the event she pushed Ellie Everall and Lizzie Knight into second and third places respectively to win the Fred Turnbull Cup. In the Blackett Cup for Intermediate Boys,’ Sam Leeming, the highest placed runner in his year in the same race last year, took first place in an impressive time of 17:40. An improvement of around fifty seconds on last year. Thea Thompson has won every Barnard Run race since Year 7 and she was surely in the mood to maintain this record, despite being pitched against experienced athletes like Alice McBain and Sophie Wray. In the end, Thea managed a comfortable win over Alice who finished second and third placed Sophie. Her winning time of 19:56 is a good target for any Senior Girl to achieve being around 25 seconds quicker than last year’s winning time of Rachel Brown who had a similar run of victories in her time at the School. The Lloyd Evans Cup, run over the Senior Boys’ 4½ mile course, is always the most keenly contested of races – the one which every boy with a liking for cross-country running wants to win.
In recent years James Ingram, Josh Gibson, Alex Roberts, Richard Smith, Nick Zissler and Luke Kelton have been winners. James Watson was quietly determined to take the prize, and he did not disappoint. He won in a very good time of 24:44, more than a full minute ahead of his nearest rival, Robbie Thompson. In third place was Will Prior who can be pleased with his performance. James was well prepared for the race and his winning time has been bettered on just three occasions since 2005. This year, Calum Matthews must surely have fancied his chances, but unfortunately for him, he was not well enough to take part and must wait until next year to try again. He will, I am sure, give James a run for his money. Marwood House had an excellent day winning all three individual races with a clean sweep in the Junior competition. Marwood’s strength in depth at ensured that they won the Ross Cup. However, despite individual successes at Intermediate and Senior level, it was Bowes who had a more resilient team, enabling them to win the Chatt Cup by a comfortable margin. The Junior Barnard Cup was won by Durham House, with Dale and Tees taking second and third places. The combined North-York team brought up the rear of this competition. The Barnard Cup was closely fought. Durham took a lead over Tees by just a single point in the Intermediate competition leaving the other Houses far behind. A more keenly fought Senior competition saw Durham take fourth place behind a resurgent North House, and just a single point separating Tees from Durham. The combined effect left Tees with a 10-point lead over Durham, to take the victory, to win the coveted Barnard Cup. Both Durham and Tees were comfortably ahead of North House who finished third. £3,800 was raised in aid of Dreamflight.
The Butterwick Charity Cup Over the past eight years the generosity of our boys and girls and the support of their families has raised thousands of pounds for five different charities: the Butterwick Hospice (2005, 2006, 2007, 2011), Pancreatic Cancer UK (2008), Help for Heroes (2009), the Samaritans (2010) and Dreamflight (2012). It is a great pleasure to see the whole School take part in practices for the Barnard Run. To see hundred of boys and girls streaming down Prep-School lane and out past the Bowes Museum and onto the demesnes is, for me, a highlight of the School year. Even more than this is to see the real camaraderie at the end as light fades and the temperature falls. Excited chatter and congratulations over a shared cup of hot chocolate – it’s hard to beat. The Bash event itself is a great opportunity for everyone to take part in a shared purpose, where each person’s effort is rewarded. It does not really matter how good a runner you are, but it is important to ‘get stuck in’. Each athlete is given a percentage score, and all of these are combined to find the winning House - the lower the score, the higher the finishing position. Only the top 90% of scores count, so an average score of 45% would be expected. York won the Junior Boys’ while Durham won the Intermediate and Senior Boys’ competitions. Bowes won the Junior and Intermediate Girl’s competitions while Marwood won the Seniors’. The combined scores gave victory to Durham, by a comfortable margin over Tees and York while Marwood claimed victory over Bowes by virtue of their tremendously strong Junior contingent. CHA
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Skiing Junior Ski Trip to Courchevel, France. The Junior ski trip to Courchevel is something of an annual pilgrimage, but the whooping and shrieking that it provides is always great to hear. After the whooping we are probably down as far as Scotch Corner and Miss Jackson has already started a geography tutorial. We were blessed with a beautiful week and masses of snow in the French Alps. It was wonderful to see such good conditions after the terrible previous season in Europe. We enjoyed some good sunshine on the first day and so set about creating our very own sun pandas. The snow park was a popular destination for speed and sudden falling over and by the time we got to the end of the week everyone seemed to have a story involving air that was ‘fat’ and a trick that was ‘sick’. The jumps and boxes tested everyone’s balance and the top station at over 2700m provided glorious views across the Alps. This year our two top groups
divided on the grounds of gender, or as the girls liked to put it, smell, and so our top boys impressed ESF with their speed and love of being airborne and our girls impressed everyone with their synchronised skiing and eagle-eyed spotting of anywhere that was good for a hot chocolate. During the week our beginners enjoyed double lessons and quickly accelerated out of the beginner’s area and on to the main pistes. Next season we will, I am sure, take them to the very top of the mountain. Giles and Françoise were terribly impressed by our can-do attitude that sets us apart from so many other schools and makes for a great time for the instructors. During the week at Hotel les Chalets we also enjoyed the opportunity to go ice skating and see an ice hockey match in Meribel. It’s not all about the skiing; indeed, much chocolate was eaten and two of us took to the tarzan swing in the forum. Mr Beatty regaled the group with stories involving tweed and Mr Alderson was quite excited about map reading on the piste. Miss Jackson explained lots of upland physical geography and found French skiing to her liking, particularly if it was with Mrs Bishop, who finds Michelin-starred restaurants to hers. Mr Nicholson finds the world is a better place if it is whizzing by you at great speed and Mr Charlesworth finds he just can’t retire. All in all we all found it a simply wonderful trip and 48 pupils and staff can’t be wrong. GB
Senior Ski Trip to Kitzbuhel The thing about this season that made it so memorable a trip ought to have been the wonderful snow. Superb, deep fluffy, cold, soft and forgiving off piste and magic moments on it. But this was not it. Could it have been the after-ski activities like sledging at night time over on the Gaisberg mountain? If it was, then the dimly lit and fast track would certainly have made us whoop and howl with delight as the mountain sprayed us white, again. Well, it did do this but that was not it either. Could it have been the surreal Kegelbahn (bowling, to you) experience and the random Tyrolian enthusiasm for trying to knock a nail into a wooden tree section with only the back of a chopping tool? No it was not this either. Truly then, it must have been the Karaoke night filled with legendary voices and such hits as ‘Sex on Fire’ or ‘Girls just wanna have fun’. It was dark and it was late and it was noisy, it was every bit as good as singing ‘Eye of the Tiger’ on the coach on the way to skiing, but it, too, was not the one thing. Was it dancing on the tables in the Londoner to the ‘Short & Curlies’ après ski set or was it off piste skiing with Ben or that jump off the avalanche protection by Zuka? All things considered this was not it either. It was in fact just one broad smile. It was a smile being worn by every single skier. It was the same smile; a smile that said ‘the mountains are beautiful’, ‘the snow is heroic’, ‘this is the best week of my life’. When I look back at Mr Fairwood’s excellent video and when I remember the beginners first day on the Kitbuheler Horn, I see this smile. When I remember the inters dodging the sniper at Jochberg and when I think of the Top Gunners skiing the men’s downhill course in two feet of new snow, that is when I see it most clearly of all. Will I see it’s like again? I am going next year to find out. GB
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The Library – David Almond’s workshop David Almond’s visit was very interesting. First of all he talked to us about his fascination with books and how important imagination is. He talked about how he liked the look of black print on white paper and when he was little he loved the library and imagined what it would be like to see his own book there. The best part was definitely when we got to make up endings to stories David Almond started about random objects pulled out of a bag. Overall I think that everyone enjoyed his visit and learnt a lot about him and writing. Genevieve Myhan, Year 8
On the 25th May, Years 7 and 8 were visited by David Almond, author of “Skellig” and many other successful books. David told us about how he comes up with the ideas for his books, and how he became a writer. He was full of helpful tips if you wanted to become an author, and how to transform your imagination into a book. We all really enjoyed his visit, and appreciated his time. Erin Porter, Year 8
30 Business students visit Nissan, Sunderland 30 Business students were given a rare opportunity to take a detailed tour around the Nissan Motoring factory in Sunderland. The whole tour involved a two-hour journey through the production of the Nissan ‘Qashqai’ family car. It followed the entire production stages from manufacturing the very first body panel right through to making the car fit for retail. This included a detailed insight into the various processes and workshops involved in building a car within the factory including the press works, body shop, paints hop and the final assembly lines. The tour was well received by students, who found it extremely useful and interesting. Al Lea, Year 11, a business student who took part in the tour said: “I was one of the lucky ones who had the opportunity to visit Nissan. The trip was really amazing!” Mr Connor said, “The tour offered the students an excellent opportunity to acknowledge how processes are put into practice effectively within a real world situation. This gave them the opportunity to relate the theory they have learnt in class to a productive manufacturing environment where ICT, JIT and Kanban are all used.” NJC
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Longfield Dinner Longfield Dinner is an annual tradition within the girls’ boarding house for the current students to bid a fond farewell to the Upper Sixth leavers. The evening is hosted by the Lower Sixth, who arrange the meal, seating plan and speeches. As always, the girls looked fabulous, donning stunning dresses and equally impressive shoes. We took to our seats for a lovely meal prepared with care by the kitchen staff, before being entertained, and reduced to tears, by the speeches – with several ‘private jokes’ wasted on many of the older people in the room! Even a fire alarm part-way through the evening couldn’t put a dampener on the night, as we said farewell to Hannah Byers, Lauren Carden-Grigg, Chelsey Cole, Becki Coxan, Ivy Lai, Esther Lee, Charlotte Oliver, Imogen Ridley, Jess Roberts and Emily Turner. As their tutor for the last two years, I shall miss them fondly, and we all wish them the very best as they head on to pastures new. TSE
Chemistry NESIP A busy, at times hectic, but ultimately successful year ended in July with four Lower Sixth students taking part in the North East School–Industry Partnership (NESIP) at Durham University’s Chemistry Department. Four members of the BAYS group, Lottie Holmes, Christopher Moore, Andrew Hutchon and Euan Hobson, along with Dr McDermott, spent a week working alongside top class molecular biologist Dr Gary Sharples on the isolation and purification of mutant viral proteins using the latest biochemical techniques. Dr Sharples will be visiting in September to give one of his entertaining and alarmingly informative talks on microbes at the invitation of the BAYS group. This year’s project with him investigated the effect of amino acid changes on the structure and ability of a protein to bind DNA during DNA repair processes. Their findings from a demanding but stimulating week of experiments were presented to the many other research groups present at the event and may form part of soon to be published findings. Euan and Andrew did brilliantly in coming close runners-up in both the poster competition and the final power point presentations – quite a double act. Evenings saw no
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rest for students as a full programme of events were laid on at Van Mildert College to give a taste of an undergraduate Fresher’s week-come-scientific conference with everything from Thai kick boxing, lindy hop dancing to a celidh rounding off the formal conference dinner. For the students to get hands-on experience of genuine academic research is a real bonus at this stage in their studies, and will hopefully prove to be very useful when it comes to UCAS applications and future careers options. Although this may have been the final year of NESIP due to current lack of industrial sponsorship, we hope that the great value of this scheme will be recognised and allow Barnard Castle’s participation in the annual NESIP programme to continue for many years to come. The students will also be submitting their projects for Gold CREST awards. These are national science research awards made by the British Association of Science, a scheme that the school has become involved in through CREST Club as one of our activities. The Gold is the ultimate award and projects can then become part of the National Big Bang festivals and win national prizes. Our NESIP team of 2011 (Ivy Lai, Jonny Harrison, Adam Miller and Kelvin Chan) were recently awarded their Gold CREST awards, no doubt the 2012 team will soon follow. However our younger CREST club members have also been busy and, with a new Bronze award made to Max Dalton (Year 8) and a number of Silver awards about to be assessed, we expect research work to continue to be a fundamental part of the school’s approach to science. EEM
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Wings of Fire by Lois Elder “He’s coming with us!” Paradisa screamed in her cousin’s face. “I refuse to leave him after all that’s happened, and not here!” “No he’s not! He won’t get through the Gates! And they do exist, no matter what you say!” Eden snapped back. “Well, then I’m not going!” She snarled. “I love him. Damien is my husband, Eden.” “He sinned, Paradisa, against you, against God. Just like the others. We are the only ones who can pass the gates, you know that.” He sounded weary. “But, if you want to watch him burn, then bring him along. Trust me Isa, he will burn. I know what he has done.” He shook his head and turned his back on his cousin. He would see tomorrow what choice she had made. For now he had his own problems to tend to. Damien had come into their room in the early hours of what she expected to be morning. She had told him to go away; she didn’t want him to see her like this. He said he would come with them, to try his luck though the Gates. But she knew it wouldn’t be the end, they would find each other someday. God would forgive his sins. She’d beg him too. But for now, she slept within his embrace, guilty for shouting on their last night together. Eden was waiting for her at the edges of the village; the burning, smoking remains of their pervious home. It had been ripped from the world and thrown, with all its inhabitants, into the middle of Hell. They were the chosen ones, the one’s that had never sinned, the only ones that could cross into Heaven. He couldn’t understand why Paradisa didn’t get it. She was so infuriating. His fists clenched as he saw Damien with her, the deep burning sky outlining their bodies. So she had chosen for him to burn, so be it. Damien was worse than the devil himself anyway. He began to walk, towards the future, towards the Gates, towards God. Damien burned inside, burned of the passion and love he felt for Paradisa and the anger and hate he felt for Eden. He knew he would burn, he had condemned himself to that, but he would live with it. Paradisa would be safe. He might be able to join her one day. Maybe there was that hope for them. He looked down at her, his hand in hers. They would be together until the end. That he had promised, the day he had told her he loved her, the day he had married her, the day their child was born. The child they had lost together. The love they had tied together. The kiss they had shared. It was their passion, their love. The day was long, the sky of fire beating down on their backs. Hell’s ground was rocky and bit the soles of their shoes. Paradisa was dragging behind, her breath coming in gasps. Her mother had forced her to wear four layers of thick dress, a heavy corset and boots. She was perfectly dressed for their previous England climate and culture, but not for the climate of this inferno. At ‘Midday’ she broke down, her face red and hair plastered flat against her head. She looked close to tears. “Please, stop!” She begged. Damien knelt next to her, resting his cool palm against her cheek. He took their water flask and pressed it too her lips. She drank quickly, only stopping when Eden’s sharp voice broke the air. “Stop, Isa, we don’t have much left already.” Damien nodded and screwed the lid back on, sliding it into his pack. He offered Isa his hand, but she stood unaided.
She let loose her red curls, shaking them out. “The day will soon subside, Isa, then we will rest.” The sky did not darken, but the world cooled. There was no dark here, Eden didn’t think it was possible. He peeled of his jacket and slid off his boots. His feet were tired and aching from the walk, much the same to Damien. He sat on his jacket, burying his feet in the now cool sand and stones. Damien and Isa sat close by, sharing his jacket. She didn’t look like the young woman that had set out that morning, she looked aged and haggard; like when she had given birth to her son, Dante. But she had glowed then, and no glow surrounded her body now. They sat and ate in a still silence. It was the closest thing he had had to peace all day. His head wasn’t spinning with thoughts of the future he would have in Heaven. The future he would have with his cousin. That he would finally find Iris again. His wife had perished of an illness four years ago. He had walked every inch of Hell and not found her, so she must be waiting in Heaven for him. That was why Isa was finding this so hard. He was gaining his love, while she was losing hers. He heard the words they were speaking, but not the meanings. His mind was drifting far away. Far into the kindness of his sleep. Damien was talking, but Paradisa was no longer listening to anything but the soft texture of his voice. Only awake to the feel of his arms around her, the brush of his lips on her cheek. She heard Eden’s breathing even out and knew he had found sleep. The stones jabbed sharp into her sides, but Damien’s coat shielded her from the worst. She felt her eyes droop and she turned her face up to Damien’s. “Damien, we should sleep. We have a long journey back.” He nodded and kissed her forehead. She nestled into his arms, waiting until his breathing evened and his arms slacked. Then she let herself drop into her nightmares. “Isa, we have to get going, while it’s still cool.” Damien was pulling her gently. Eden was already up, his jacket pulled on and his pack shouldered. As did Damien. She raised herself and pulled herself to her feet. They had a long day ahead of them… The ground was slowly getting steeper and with each step Eden grew more tired. But the goal was in their sights now. He heard the Devil whisper in his ears, telling him to give up, that they would never make the Gates. But he knew they would. He looked over his shoulder at Isa and Damien. Damien was talking in a low voice to a now crying Isa. Eden stopped and turned to his cousin. “I just want us to be a family again!” Isa exclaimed. “We will be Isa, one day we will.” Damien reassured, but Eden could sense the fear in his voice. “How do you know?” She whispered. For this, the ‘great’ Damien had no answer. She was getting Dante back, but she was losing Damien; her husband or her child? Both loves immeasurable, how do you choose? Paradisa’s head spun. Damien kept telling her it was going to be okay, but she didn’t know whether it could be anymore; losing her baby had been tough enough, but knowing she would have him again in time. Now she was losing her love that she might not get back, ever. How she could she spend her time in Heaven happily when she knew Damien was suffering. They walked up the slope, getting to the peak. There were the Gates. Eden ran, without thinking, towards the Gates. A pair of beautiful wings, set alight by a fire more intense than the sky. The metal did not melt away, nor tarnish. It was a pristine gold. He stepped towards it, forgetting Isa, forgetting Damien. He was so close now, the heat should have been burning him up, but it was like water rippling slowly over his skin. He reached for the handle, gasped it, and pulled down. The metal was cool to his touch. He opened it and stepped through the flames.
Damien watched Eden step through and disappear. So it was that easy. He felt Isa’s grasp tighten on him. “I don’t want to leave you.” She turned into him, her face buried in his chest. “Please Damien.” “Isa – “ But his throat had closed up. He tried again. “Dante needs you, he needs his Mother.” He let the words roll out of his mouth. “But I need you.” She sounded like a little girl. “You have me, in here.” He pressed his hand against her chest, feeling the familiar thud of her heart. She nodded. He bent his head, wrapping his arms around her and drawing her to him. “You will always have me, Isa.” He kissed her, all his emotions suddenly cracking and he felt hot tears roll down his face. She gripped him tighter as he pulled away. He grasped her hand and she began to walk forwards. The heat was rolling off the wings and the sight burnt his eyes. “Does it hurt?” she asked. “I feel only coolness.” “Of course not,” he lied. The heat was getting worse. “I love you Damien, whatever happens, I love you.” And she opened the Gates. She stepped in, pulling him through too. He gulped back a scream as the fire raced along his hand and onto his arm. The last thing his saw of Isa were her eyes; her beautiful, forest brown eyes. The first thing Eden saw was Iris, her beauty knocking him back. She wrapped her arms around him, her cheek wet against his neck. “I’ve missed you so, Eden.” She sobbed. Isa felt nothing as she stepped through. She tripped up and gripped Damien’s hand tighter. But there was no hand for her to grab. The ash fluttered onto the grass. She jammed her fist into her mouth and bit down hard to stop herself screaming. She had lost him. “Momma!” a boy cried. Dante wrapped his arms around her waist. She turned, a watery smile pulled across her lips. Those blue eyes sent pain through her, causing her to bite back a sob. He was just like his Father. She lifted him into her arms, hugging him to her chest. “I love you Dante.” She whispered softly, kissing his forehead. She heard a woman’s voice mixed with Eden’s. He was holding a sobbing Iris in his arms. She thought she would feel jealous, but nothing came to her. Her eyes roamed over the rest of the landscape, like England where she had grown up. Her eyes stopped when they met another couple. A large, darkskinned woman with a strong accent stood with her hand firmly on a man’s shoulder. Isa couldn’t hear what they were completely saying, but the man was repeating himself a lot. She knew this man, the curves of his back, though it was scorched and his clothes half hanging off him. She knew every inch of who she saw before her. She knew those burnt-away curls, and she knew the eyes that would sit on that face. Damien. She let Dante down and he raced towards his Father. Damien had turned, the woman - was she God? – letting go of him. The face she saw was burnt and disfigured, slowly changing, his clothes becoming what they had once been. The scars were fading, he was healing. And he was running towards her, lifting her into his arms, kissing her lips, his eyes glowing, hers dripping with tears. “I told you I would always find you.”
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The NeST For the first time Barnard Castle School’s A Level Art students exhibited their work out side of school in The NeST gallery in Barnard Castle. The exhibition was dedicated to Suzanne Cuthbertson, who had taught most of these pupils since they joined the school in year 7. Their work was testament to the high expectations she had of them, and we are sure she would have been very proud. 20% of all sales and any donations are to go to St Teresa’s Hospice and McMillan Nurses. The exhibition opened with a very successful evening event on Thursday 5th July. Over 80 people supported us, and many complimentary comments were made. One lady said she thought it was the best exhibition she had seen at the NeST. The exhibition was on for a week. This was an excellent opportunity for pupils to gain experience of life as a professional artist. It started back in March with writing their biographies. They had to consider giving their work titles and prices, curating the exhibition and then invigilating in the gallery during the show. A fantastic addition to their CVs. The exhibition was also a great opportunity for us to show a much wider audience the range and fantastic standard of the work produced at school. We very much hope this will become an annual event. SLR
Sculpture Park On Monday, the Year 10 Art students went on a trip to the Sculpture Park in Yorkshire. The trip actually serves as an integral part of their GCSE course as evidence of having visited exhibitions is required to get a good mark. It also acted as an inspirational outing, providing new ideas for techniques and proving size isn’t really an issue in art. Artists and sculptors on show included Anthony Caro, Amy Goldsworthy, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth – with special exhibitions by Miro and Anish Kapoor. We went on an extensive look around the grounds, finding new and exciting monuments everywhere we looked. We all took lots of pictures of the eye-catching work and many sketches were also done. The trip was very interesting and useful as it showed us lots of possibilities and new directions for our own art work. Thank you to Mrs Lee, Mrs Rothwell and Mr Gulliver for taking the time to take us. It is very much appreciated. Hannah Roache, Year 10
Canoe Trip We departed from Ripon on the Wednesday morning of Summer half term. Our destination was York but first we had to paddle 15 miles on the River Ure to our campsite at Aldwark. Water levels were good despite the recent high rainfall. We started with four pupils, two members of staff, equipment and food for two days in three open canoes. Most had not paddled open canoes before, only kayaks. Al Lea and Chris Douglas paddled together and quickly discovered how to keep a canoe straight. Zurab had Mr Fairwood (who was a paddler). I found myself with Mully R-W sitting at the front of my boat. Michael Wilkinson paddled the kayak as we had odd numbers for canoes. Zurab (from Georgia) remarked how beautiful the river was and certainly, for the first few hours, we were treated to sunshine. A weir descent, ice creams at Newby Hall, a low flying swan and lock gates added to an interesting morning. The afternoon saw the rain and wind pick up. The river had widened and it was head down until we reached Aldwark for our first night’s camp. Dinner was cooked on camp stoves, followed by huddling around the campfire to keep warm: We had to reassure Zurab that this was not a typical British summer! The following day Mr Andy Wade joined us with his two daughters. York was only 12 miles away. The river was to change its name from the Ure to the Ouse, and Linton Lock the only obstacle. Soon the weather worsened. However, the wind and rain did not dampen our morale as team banter and silly antics kept us going to the end. All enjoyed the trip and impressed me with their determination to keep going in poor weather conditions. PCO
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Junior & Inter Drama ‘Sparkleshark’ It was decided that this year we would change the format for the Spring term production. Previously there has been a Junior play with one performance, but it was felt that Years 9 &10 seemed to miss out a little so we had two shorter plays, one for each age group, performed for 2 nights. The Junior play (Years 7 & 8) was an unusual little piece, ‘Sparkleshark’, combining humour and a genuine message about tolerance. The cast auditioned in January and, with only one change, went right through to June. Set on the rooftop of a tower block, it concerns a loner called Jake who is the victim of the school bullies, in particular Russell. Jake’s ability to produce imaginative stories save him and, working together to create a story, the group of children learn to put aside their differences and accept each other as friends. The young actors did incredibly well, coping with a lot of dialogue as well as movement around the stage, and it was obvious that a lot of time and effort had gone into this. There were some promising young actors in the production which augurs well for the future of senior drama at Barnard Castle and the audience seemed to thoroughly enjoy the performance. Cast: Kieran Lewis, Ceara Sutton-Jones, Kim Hodgson, Erin Porter, Will Carter, Andrew Gedye, James Terrill, Ardin Jacques, Nicholas Mackay and Tom Atherton. EAH/TSE
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‘Uncle Vanya’ The Intermediate play (Years 9 & 10) was a far darker scenario, allowing some excellent young actors to get their teeth into a wordy and complex script – Chekov’s ‘Uncle Vanya’. Set, as are most of his plays, on a country estate in pre-Revolution Russia, this play dealt with the complicated relationships between members of an estranged family, their neighbours and friends, and looked at major themes of love and loyalty.
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The audience appreciated the level of difficulty of the play, a real challenge to the cast, who rose magnificently to the occasion and produced thoughtful and polished performances across the bill. A lot of time and attention to detail had gone into this play and it showed. The cast comprised of Kerin Borer, Caitrin Robertson, Dan Gilligan, Jake Sergeant, Tilly McAllister, Emma Robson, Alice Whitehead, Nathaniel Davies, Fran Pollock and Sam Theakston. The technical requirements for the show were catered to by the usual motley bunch of ‘techies’ including Andrew Bussey, Ben Jeffrey, Sam Hobson, Lewis Madison and Oliver Morrill, led by Mr Edwards and managed by Mr Oakley. An Arts tie for Technical Excellence went to Sam Hobson, for his years of dedication. EAH/TSE
Sports Summer Term
Sports Day Sports Day was held on Bank Holiday Monday this year and true to form it took place in typical bank holiday weather. Due to such cold conditions very few records were broken this year, having said that there were some excellent performances. The format of the competition changed slightly this year with house competitions for both boys and girls in junior, intermediate and senior age groups. This resulted in some very close house competitions which were enjoyed by all. Many thanks to all pupils and staff for braving the winter like conditions. FC Event Boys Junior 100m Eric Scot-Ingram Trophy 200m 400m Caden Cup 800m 1500m Long Jump High Jump Shot Triple Jump Javelin Discus Tug of War 4 × 100m Relay House Relay
J Pickering Zac Day
C Lewis J Adamson A Gedye Z Day T Crowther J Pickering H Thompson C Glover
York Durham Durham Dale Durham Dale Durham Dale Durham Dale North
2.53.03 5.35.51 3.74m 1.51NR 6.97 8.95m 18.1m 13.17m 1.0015 2.56.31
Victor Z Day Boys Intermediate 100m Adam Barker Trophy 200m Adam Barker Trophy 400m Ladies Challenge Cup 800m 1500m Long Jump High Jump Shot Triple Jump Javelin Discus Tug of War 4 × 100m Relay House Relay Victor B Tremewan
C Waiter - McKenzie
C Waiter - McKenzie
S Leeming E Kelsall M Hargrove M Hunter B Roddam B Tremewan T Adamson B Tremewan
Durham Dale Durham Tees Durham Tees Tees Tees Durham Dale Tees
2.32.40 5.14.11 4.94m 1.57m 8.97m 10.83m 33.11m 27.78m 51.88 2.35.28
Event Boys Senior 100m Clark Challenge Cup 200m Richard Austen Cup 400m Richardson Cup 800m RT Bayles Cup 1500m Mutimer Cup 3000m Bayles-Blackett Cup Long Jump Yeadon Cup High Jump Shot Adam Wilkie Trophy Triple Jump Javelin Discus Tug of war 4 × 100m Relay House Relay
F Tait I Swall
B Clegg A Harrison I Swall
North Dale Tees Dale & Tees North York
I Hewitson C McEwan I Hewitson A Ridley
Marwood Marwood Marwood Bowes
15.70 31.28 50.01 3.00.00
E Shannon I Hewitson J Pearse A Ridley A Ridley E Gossage
Marwood Marwood Bowes Bowes Bowes Marwood Marwood Marwood
6.19.44 3.86m 1.25m 15.81m 20.30m 5.89m 1.01.39 2.23.50
S Scanlan K Body
5.50m 1.80m 13.02mNR 11.47m 35.06m 42.44m
Victor F Tait & A Harrison Girls Junior 100m 200m 300m 800m MacGregor Cup 1500m Long Jump High Jump Discus Javelin Shot 4 × 100m Relay House Relay
Victrix A Ridley & I Hewitson Girls Intermediate 100m Kelsall Cup 200m 300m
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Time/distance House Results
Sutherland Trophy 1500m Shot Long Jump High Jump Javelin Discus House Relay 4 × 100m Relay
E Robson E Watson F Pollock L Bloomfield K Body A Whitehead
Longfield Bowes Longfield Longfield Marwood Marwood Bowes Longfield
6.17.33 7.36m 3.90m 1.20m 22.28m 17.46m 2.23.65 1.01.03
Victrix K Body Girls Senior 100m Le Duc Trophy 200m 400m Auckland Cup 800m Stewart Cup 1500m Moss Cup Long Jump Robson Cup High Jump Westgarth Cup Javelin Shot Discus 4 × 100m Relay House Relay
C Bainbridge T Thompson
E Turner N Tait V Richarson
Longfield Bowes Marwood Longfield Bowes
27.56m 7.55m 23.84 59.60 2.23.31
Victrix C Bainbridge & T Thompson
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Junior Girls – Seddon Shield 3rd 2nd 1st
Longfield Bowes Marwood
33 86 122
Intermediate Girls – McGill Cup 3rd 2nd 1st
Longfield Bowes Marwood
77 88 89
Senior Girls – Ellison Cup 3rd 2nd 1st
Longfield Marwood Bowes
74 83.5 97.5
Parkin Cup – overall girls house competition 3rd 2nd 1st
Longfield Bowes Marwood
184 271.5 294.5
Junior Boys – Athletics Shield 4th 3rd 2nd 1st
North/York Tees Dale Durham
129.5 153 173.5 199
Intermediate Boys – Cutler Cup 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st
York North Tees Durham Dale
83 91.5 156.5 170.5 172.5
Senior Boys – Child Cup 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st
Durham York Dale Tees North
82 144 160 177 197
Cowling Cup – Boys Relays 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st
Tees York Durham North Dale
10 16 26 28 34
Ellis Cup – overall boys house competition 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st
York North Durham Tees Dale
356 418 451.5 486.5 506
Summer CCF First Look 46 fresh faced new recruits enjoyed a weekend under canvass as they took part in a 24 hour ‘First Look’ exercise in Downholme Woods, Catterick Garrison Training Area. Having spent the Saturday morning in the classroom, as soon as the bell went for lunch, the cadets had 30 minutes to eat a hot meal, change into their CCF uniform and be ready for deployment at 1320hrs. Once on the training ground, cadets were put into their 4 sections and were introduced to their section commanders, cadet CSM Tory Richardson, Colour Sergeant Hannah Byers, Sergeant Will Barnes and Junior Corporal Will Grundy who would be teaching them basic field craft lessons and taking them out on the night exercise ‘Pretty Face’. That afternoon, cadets were shown how to build a basha, cook a 24 hour ration pack, how to ‘camm’ up and also how to observe an area of land for possible enemy positions. Cadets Sam Adamson, Kerin Borer and Tom Hunter gained full marks in the observation competition managing to locate the 20 items hidden in the woods. All cadets were very attentive during the lessons which helped because a couple of hours later they were given a basha, 2 bungees, a length of green stove, a hexi burner and ration pack and were told that they had 2 hours to set up camp and cook their evening meal in their harbour areas. With a hot meal in their stomachs and their bashas ready for bed time, cadets made their way down to
the quarry where they were given a lesson on how to complete a command task. During their lesson, cadets learned that being effective communicators, listening to others and working as a team ensured that problems could be solved – valuable skills that they would have to use later on in the exercise. As the evening darkened, section commanders put their sections through their paces as they were taught how to patrol, the use of field signals and what to do in a close target recce (CTR). Once orders had been given, the sections began the night exercise. They had to patrol to an area where there was enemy activity and carry out a Close Target Recce on a group of enemy. Cadets Chris Douglas and Caitrin Robertson showed exceptional skills in the CTR and managed to gain lots of information from listening to the enemy talking, which included their password which was ‘airbourne’. As each section carried out a CTR and gained as much information as possible from the enemy, they patrolled to a lay by where a special agent was waiting for them. One by one, cadets had to approach the agent who asked questions relating to information they had gathered from the enemy in the CTR. All cadets who successfully got the questions correct, were free to patrol back to base camp, but unfortunately for 6 cadets who got the password wrong, they were held hostage and were unable to return to base camp. The best section on the night exercise was 3 section who managed to complete the patrol quickly and quietly and without any cadets being lost as hostages. Upon reaching base camp, cadets had a hot drink and chocolate bar before settling down in their bashas for the evening. Reveille was 6am the following morning, so after collapsing their bashas, eating breakfast and clearing away their harbour area, cadets began their first lesson at 0730hrs. They
completed a number of command tasks including ‘herding sheep’ and getting the whole section through a ‘spider’s web’ and also the paintball target lane. Cadet Nathanial Davis managed to hit every target and therefore was crowed the winner of that event. The finale was the long awaited section competition. Sections had to complete a course which included crawling under a cargo net, running across tyres and making a stretcher to carry a casualty down the hill to the finish line. Cadets Shaurya Aggarwal, Matthew Stirke, Amelia Martin and Kate Martin were the chosen casualties and enjoyed their rather bumpy stretcher rides to the finish. The overall winners of the section competition was 2 section in a time of 4 minutes and 5 seconds. Throughout the weekend staff and senior NCOs kept a watchful eye on the cadets in terms of their leadership abilities, how they worked well as a team, their enthusiasm and dedication. The majority of cadets fulfilled these qualities and after various discussions the following prizes were awarded; best year 9 female cadet was Kerin Borer, best year 9 male cadet was Callum Simpson and the runners up were Caitrin Robertson and Chris Douglas. A special mention also must go to cadets Callum Simpson, Hugh Roberts and Josh Picken who volunteered to help Mr Lewis with the unpacking and packing of the stores van. The weekend would not have run as smoothly had we not had the help of the senior cadets which I am very grateful for. As well as the section commanders, Corporal Dale Holden Dalby, Lance Corporal Matthew Jeffery and Corporal Dan Gilligan made exceptional enemies and played a huge role in the command tasks and section competition. The overall best NCO trophy was awarded to Colour Sergeant Hannah Byers. CEH
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drills required when they came under effective enemy fire, the ‘pepper pot movement’ and also what to do once the enemy position had been destroyed. In the afternoon, cadets were put into their sections lead by Lance Corporal Will Grundy and Corporals Claire Wilkinson and Amanda Usher. These cadets did an excellent job of thinking of their feet and being able to successfully communicate with the rest of their section to destroy the enemy forces. The addition of 3000 blank rounds, smoke grenades and flares also added to the excitement of the day. Each section displayed excellent drills as they carried out a number of section attacks and by the end of the day, although tired, they had leaned a great deal. Cadets now look forward to Annual Camp in July when they will utilise these skills when they complete a 24-hour exercise as part of the week’s activities. CEH
70 cadets made the short journey to Marne Barracks, Catterick this term to look at the Armed Forces Exhibition Day. Activities included hand on experience with the Royal Military Police, static displays by the Royal Artillery, Infantry, Army Medical Services, Royal Signals, REME, Royal Logistical Corps and the Royal Air Force. Cadets Martha Clarkson and Isobel Burnett were given advice on how to keep someone alive after stepping on an IED and they both enjoyed listening to one of the medical field combat technicians who had just come back from Afghanistan. The year 9 boys particularly enjoyed some pre-season rugby training with some of the Army rugby squad and remained the unbeaten School on the rugby pitch. The obstacle course competition was run by Barnard Castle School CCF as the team of cadets Sam Adamson, Callum Simpson, Ben Roddam, Tom Hunter, Jarlath Hetherington and James Jennings put in an excellent effort as they battled across the inflatable course. The cadets also enjoyed watching a spectacular display by the White Helmets as they completed various stunts including human pyramids and jumping through fire on their motorbikes. The cadets all had a most enjoyable day and there were activities and stands for all age groups. For those cadets contemplating a military career, there was plenty of relevant activities to gain experience in the fields of combat, engineering, logistics, communication, administration and finance, healthcare and officer training, and for those who do not want a career in the services, the day definitely gave them as citizens a better understanding of the Armed Forces. CEH
Sports Summer Term
Athletics 2nd May – HMC athletics 18th May – Track and Field Cup 19th May – Independent Schools girls athletics 24th May – Junior Boys v Pocklington & St Olaves 26th May – Girls v Casterton & Sedbergh 16th June – County Athletics Championships 23rd June – Inter-County Schools Athletics Championships U12 U13 U14 U15
BCS BCS BCS BCS
82 89 49 75
Cas Cas Cas Cas
94 87 57 79
Sed 68 Sed 54
It has been a very busy summer term for our athletes. The first competition of the season was the very competitive Northern HMC. Due to exam preparations, this event was in the second week of term, which meant very little time for our athletes to practise. We performed well as a team with several steady performances and lots of medal places; Ian Swall (Shot & Discus – 2nd), Dale Keogh (TJ – 3rd), Bruce Clegg (LJ – 1st), Alex Beaumont (HJ & 200m – 1st), Anthony Harrison (400m – 3rd), Natalie Shaw (HJ – 1st), Emily Turner (Jav – 1st), Tory Richardson (Shot – 3rd), Becky Coxan (LJ – 3rd), Alice McBain (1500m – 3rd & 400m – 2nd), Hannah Byers (100m – 2nd), Ivan Gaskin (100m – 1st), Harry Holden (HJ – 2nd), Max Jones (Jav – 2nd), Ben Tremewan (TJ – 2nd), James Watson (3000m – 3rd), Caitlin Bainbridge (LJ & 100m – 2nd), Niamh Tait (Shot – 2nd), Iona Borer (HJ – 3rd), Katie Body (Jav – 2nd), Rory Holden (TJ – 2nd) and Alice Ridley (Jav – 3rd). Senior boys and girls were both placed third, Intermediate boys were third, Intermediate girls were second, Junior boys were seventh and Junior girls were ninth. These were pleasing results at a very elite competition. The track and field cup was a very exciting competition this year where we had some inexperienced athletes who competed well. In the first round at Jarrow our Junior boys were third, Intermediate boys were second, Junior girls were first and the Intermediate girls were also first. We did extremely well and managed to get enough points in three age groups to get through to the next round; unfortunately the next round was during exam week and we were unable to attend. Our next fixture was the Girls Independent Schools Athletics at Huntington Stadium. This was a very competitive event where we performed extremely well against many other able and motivated schools. The U12 girls were seventh, U13 girls were third, U14 girls were ninth and the U15 girls were ninth. The Junior boys had a friendly competition against St Olaves and Pocklington at Pocklington School. The overall scores were St Olaves – 352 points, Barnard Castle – 330 points and Pocklington – 328 points. It was a very close and competitive competition which was just won by St Olaves in the relays. Individual winners included: Jamie Adamson (HJ & 1500m), Zak Day (HJ), Tom Leeming (Discus) and Andrew Gedye (LJ). Casterton School hosted BCS and Sedbergh for a girls’ athletics competition. The age groups were from U10 – U15. It was an extremely warm and busy day with girls competing in several events. The individual age group scores for the senior school were: Towards the end of the athletics season we planned to host boys and girls from Ampleforth, Durham School, Pocklington, Sedbergh, St Peter’s and Windermere. Unfortunately, just like last year, this competition was cancelled due to rain. Once again, weather played a part in the Area Athletics Trials; this competition was cancelled due to Sunnydale stadium being flooded. The teachers from all of the area schools then had to put forward pupil’s names to be entered to compete for South West Durham at the Durham County Championships.
Nineteen of our pupils went to Jarrow for this competitive event: Isla Hewitson (5th – LJ), Alice Whitehead (1st – Discus), Alice Ridley (1st – Javelin), Zak Day (2nd – HJ), Callum Simpson (4th - Discus), Rory Holden (4th – TJ), Bekki Westgarth (HJ), Niamh Tait (3rd – Shot Putt), Thea Thompson (4th – 300m), Kim Brolly (4th – Discus), Katie Body (2nd – Javelin), Max Jones (2nd – Javelin), Harry Holden (3rd – HJ), Ben Tremewan (2nd – TJ), Duncan Hewitson (2nd – Discus), Cameron Waiter-McKenzie (3rd – 400m), Ethan Kelsall (3rd – LJ), Iain Swall (1st – Shot Putt & Discus), Emily Turner (2nd – Javelin). Out of all of these pupils Alice Whitehead, Alice Ridley, Zak Day and Duncan Hewitson were chosen to represent County Durham the following weekend in Carlisle at the Inter-Counties competition. All four did extremely well to be chosen to represent the county and they all performed exceptionally well on the day. Duncan and Zak were placed 4th and both Alice’s were 1st. This has been another very successful athletics term. Well done to those pupils who performed well individually and also to all pupils who helped us gain valuable points in the team competitions. LJB
U15 Boys Tennis Team From: B Lily, L Ononaze, A Ferneyhough, O Larcombe, M Stirk, T Metcalf, E Kelsall, C Douglas, S Theakston, M Hargrove, Results U15A Whitburn Polam Durham Johnston Egglescliffe Hummesknott Ampleforth Pocklington Giggleswick
won won lost lost lost won lost drew
5-1 5-1 4-2 6-0 5-1 7-1 4-5
U15B Laurence Jackson Yarm Huntcliff Egglescliffe
lost lost lost lost
6-0 5-1 4-2 6-0
The boys have had a mixed season. We entered two teams in the AGEON league to ensure more boys got match play, although the B team lost all their matches they gained valuable experience and actually played some tougher opponents than the A team. The A team started the season well with wins against Whitburn and Polam which really boasted the boys confidence. A hard fought match at Giggleswick resulted in a draw, and the games were enjoyed by all. The trip to Ampleforth saw a great result and some excellent play by all involved. At Pocklington the boys had some very close matches narrowly missing out on a victory. In the league we then came up against much tougher opponents in Durham Johnston and Egglescliffe, they boys played some good tennis but the opposition were just too strong. The boys have made some real progress in training with Geoff my thanks to him for his help and expertise. Also many thank to Mr Bishop and Mr Dunn who have helped take them to all their fixtures. FC
U13 Boys Tennis Team from: A Farr, I Ng, H Thompson, T Greaves, H Valeyre, M Brookes, R Gardiner, R Kelsall, F Jordan, O Theakston, J Butterfield, J Rowlandson Results: U13A Whitburn Academy won 5-1 St Leonards won 6-0 Durham Johnston lost 5-1 Hummersknott lost 6-0 St Martins cancelled St Olaves cancelled U13B St Johns won 5-1 Hummersknott won 6-0 U12 Northern School Championship 5th equal and 19th equal
This year I have had a very keen and enthusiastic group of boys on the tennis courts. I was able to enter an A & B team in the AEGON league for the first time, which meant that more boys got to play in matches which was fantastic, as our two usual fixtures with St Martins and St Olaves were lost to the weather. Both teams started with wins against Whitburn and St Johns, on both occasions the weather conditions were terrible but the boys played well and learnt some valuable lessons about match play. The A team then took on St Leonards and came out convincing winners, the St Leonards boys somewhat struggled with the surface on the astro turf. The boys faced a much harder test when they played Durham Johnston, who had three very good club players. Miles Brookes, Ross Gardiner, Rohan Kelsall and Oliver Theakston took part in the Northern Schools Tennis tournament at Pocklington School. It is the first time we have entered this competition at U12. It did mean and early start form school and the weather was far from summer like. However the boys played fantastically well and really dug deep pulling off some great results. Miles and Ross got themselves in one of the longest tie breaks I have seen at school level, wining 20 -18 to secure a place in the quarter final of the main competition, they went on to play Manchester Grammar in the next round who proved to be just too strong. The boys have been great to work with. Geoff and I have enjoyed their enthusiasm and are already looking forward to next year. FC
U15 Girls Tennis
Team From: C Atkinson, E Ferguson, A Martin, H Wynn-Jones Results: Durham Johnston won 6-0 Queen Mary’s lost 4-2 Durham High won 6-2 Yarm B won 4-2 Yarm A lost 5-1 Durham and Cleveland Knock out – Runners Up
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The girls have had a good season. They started with a convincing win against Durham Johnston, wining all their matches comfortably, which gave the girls great confidence for their next match against Queen Mary’s. The girls played some very close sets of tennis narrowly losing out to Queen Mary’s. In the matches against both Durham High and Yarm B they played some good tennis, and dug out two very close matches. Their efforts we rewarded with a place in the Durham and Cleveland knock out final, which was held at the David Lloyd tennis centre. The matches were played on the indoor courts, although the surface took a little getting used to it was great to play inside and not be affected by the rain and the wind. All the girls played some of the best tennis they have played all term and really rose to the challenge put down by the Yarm girls. Chloe and Elise played some of the best tennis I have seen played at school level it was delight to watch them play. I know they we disappointed with the result but the progress they made that day was tremendous. Amelia and Honor also gained valuable experience and managed to take a set off Yarm. Thanks to the girls for all their hard work and to Geoff for coaching them. FC
U13 Girls Tennis
Captain C Waldin. Team From: A Ridley, I Hewitson, S Nichols, C McEwan, K Yung, J Hall Results: Queen Mary’s drawn 3-3 Durham Johnston won 4-2 Durham High won 4-2 Durham School won 6--0 Conyers won 4-2 Biddick won 6-0 Durham and Cleveland Knock out Champions
The U13s have had an excellent season. They have played some great tennis and have made fantastic progress. They started the season with a draw against Queen Mary’s; there were some great matches with games often going to deuce. The matches against Durham Johnston and Durham High were very close and some excellent play by the 3rd and 4th seeds meant we were able to secure a victory. A win against Durham school secured the girls a place in the Durham and Cleveland Knock out final which was held at the tennis centre in Sunderland. The girls comfortably won their matches against Biddick School, going on to play Conyers in the final. After the first round of matches the tie was very close. An excellent effort by first seed Caroline Waldin secured the title. The win against Conyers also meant that the girls have made it into the national rounds of the Ageon Championships which will take place in September. The day was a great end to the season. Well done to all the girls and thanks to Geoff Thomas for all his help with the coaching. I am looking forward to playing tennis is September. FC
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Captain: Bret Upton. Team from: N. Stanwix, R. Newman, M. Brown, G. Coser, R. Barrett, D. Swires, K. Wilson, J. Coser, A. Finkill, W. Prior, R. Harland, C. Pollock, T. Sowerby, T. Adamson, S. Leeming, T. Pickering, S. Webster.
Captain: Stephen Webster. Team from: S. Webster, R.Harland, J.Beedle, J.Brooks, S.Everall, J.Raper, H.Carter, W.Prior, A. Beaumont, P.Whickham, S.Hueber, W. Grundy, N.Gilbertson, C.Pollock, J.Brogden, J.Hall Giggleswick won/Ampleforth lost/Durham drawn
With one of the wettest summers on record the 1st XI were very fortunate to only lose three games to the weather. Most of the wickets played on were bowler friendly and it therefore it made scoring runs very difficult. After having the edge against the RAF in the season’s opening match, rain soon put an end to hopes of any victory. Making only 116 against Giggleswick the result was disappointing following that the opposition were 60-7at one point and we were unable to finish them off. A disappointing defeat in the 20/20 match against Durham was followed by a more spirited performance at the hands of the MCC. Under the leadership of new captain Bret Upton the players seemed to have rallied and produced an excellent win against Durham Pilgrims; Bret took 5 wickets with Rupert Barrett and Neil Stanwix scoring 50s. Our only chance of batting on a hard flat wicket was at Ampleforth. Batting first, our batters had a run feast, posting a score of 265-8. Neil scored another 50 along with Rory Newman and Mathew Brown. The Ampleforth openers got off to a flying start, but good spells of bowling from Bret, Alex Finkill and Jonny Coser restricted them to 245-5 by the close in what was a great day of cricket. A confident win against a youthful South African touring team, Centurion, a resounding victory against QEGS Wakefield provided the squad with a great morale boost prior to the festival in Edinburgh. Will Prior taking 5 wickets. On arrival it soon became apparent there was not going to be any play on grass wickets. The first day was a total wash out and the decision was made to complete the festival by playing 20/20 matches on astro strips, with very short boundaries, over the remaining two days. In the first match we made 194 with Rupert scoring 80 not out, Bret 35 and Rory 26. Edinburgh Academy needed a 6 off the last ball and unfortunately succeeded. In the second match against Ipswich we were chasing 223. Despite good knocks from Bret, Rory and Rupert we fell 54 runs short. Success came in the final match against Kings’ Macclesfield. They were 70-7 with Will and Jonny Coser taking 3 wickets each, and finished on 138. After losing three early wickets a great partnership between Guy Coser, 57 not out, and Rupert, 25, saw us home with three overs to spare. Overall it has been an encouraging season during which the attitude of the relatively young players and the team spirit has been excellent. The attendance at practice has been very good; thanks to Mr Lister, Mr Everall, Mr Usher, Mr Gedye and Mr Brettell for providing opportunities and expertise on a daily basis. The team has been captained well by Bret and many of the players have developed well which bodes well for next season. The squad is also very grateful to Mr Lister and Mr Brettell for giving up their time for the Edinburgh trip. Thanks should also go to the two umpires; Mr P. Jackson and Mr. I. Burgess. Gary Ventrass, the School’s Head Groundsman, has done a fantastic job on the cricket square in dreadful conditions this season. Finally, the support from Mr Finkill and Mr Coser both home and away was very much appreciated. MTP
This has been a short but enjoyable season for a keen group of senior cricketers, Four matches were scheduled and during one of the wettest summers on record, we were able to complete two and a half of them. At Giggleswick, James Raper took 3 for 18, whilst Hamish Carter and James Beedle took two wickets each as we bowled them out for 139. Richard Harland then made 52 opening the batting, before a flurry of wickets came. Alex Beaumont’s hitting at number nine saved the day with a quick fire 23 to ensure a winning start. A thrilling match on a sunny day at home against Ampleforth followed. Batting first we were two wickets down before a run was scored. Richard Harland and Will Grundy then repaired the damage, batting really sensibly and gradually increasing the run rate as they made a stand of 150, Harland finishing with 69 and Grundy 57 not out. The Barney total of 165 never looked under threat as the bowlers took regular wickets, Raper and Beedle with 3 each and captain Webster with two. Somehow we managed to lose the game as their tail enders took advantage of a couple of poor overs and passed the Barney total with two balls to spare. The Dame Allan’s game was cancelled by them, so we were left with the Durham game to close the season. Played through showers, Barney scored 141 in 25 overs with Gilbertson, Brogden and Beedle all scoring twenty plus. Raper again took three wickets before the rain forced the match to be abandoned as a draw. We would like to thank the players for their efforts. In amongst exams their commitment and enthusiasm for cricket hardly dropped and they played in the right spirit throughout. JDG
U15 XI Cricket
Captain: T. Pickering. Team From: T. Adamson, J. Bolton, A. Carnell, H. Glover, G. Hall, A. Keogh, S. Leeming, T. Marston, M. McKitton, M. Moss, O. Pearce, T. Sowerby, T. Stirke Results: Giggleswick School: won by 8 wickets Giggleswick 122-8/BCS 124-2/Pickering 4-24 & 79* RGS Newcastle: lost by 11 runs RGS 135-6/BCS 124-5/Adamson 44* Ampleforth College: lost by 20 runs Ampleforth 83/BCS 63/Adamson 2-10, Glover 16 Egglescliffe School: won by 5 wickets Egglescliffe 60/BCS 64-5/Stirke 4-17, Pickering 29* High Tunstall: lost by 2 runs High Tunstall 53/BCS 51/Hall 2-8, Pickering 18
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Leading run scorer: T. Pickering 167 runs, av.55.6 Leading wicket takers: T. Stirke: 9 wickets for 84 runs, av.9.3/T. Pickering: 8 wickets for 99 runs, av.12.4/G.Hall 7 wickets for 71 runs, av.10.1. Leading fielders: T. Pickering 4 catches/S. Leeming 3 catches
This was a very disappointing season, not necessarily because of the results but because the weather played havoc, not only with the scheduled fixtures but also with practice times as well. Tom Pickering, new to the school this year, was made captain and he along with Tom Sowerby did a good job on the field. Pickering also showed his ability on the batting front, scoring the season’s highest score at Giggleswick of 79*. He was no mean bowler or fielder so, all in all, highly impressive! Other batsmen found the going hard but Sam Leeming and Tom Adamson each had one worthwhile innings. Having started the season well at Giggleswick, the side almost won against RGS but just came up short. Against Ampleforth, though, a super bowling performance, where all five bowlers contributed, was not supported by the batting and chasing 84 for victory, only 63 could be mustered with Hamish Glover getting 16 of these. There, then, followed a month without a game, Egglescliffe were played in the County Cup and chasing 60, Tim Stirke having claimed 4 wickets, the side reached their target for the loss of 5 wickets. The final game of the season saw the team fail to chase 53 runs, with only Tom Pickering and Tom Marston reaching double figures, they finished agonisingly two runs short. In conclusion, then, this squad of players had a frustrating time of it. Their effort was usually good, if on occasions not very sensibly directed. The bowlers were steady with Tom Adamson being the most economical. The batting was too fragile for comfort and Tom Sowerby never got a chance to display his skills. Fielding was enthusiastic, catching relatively secure and Tom Sowerby showed good wicket-keeping skills. I would have liked to have had more time with the squad but ultimately everyone appeared to take on advice and enjoy the challenge of improving. Better weather next year please! DCSE
Our playing record reflects a reasonable season, but with some more dedicated batting it could have been far more impressive. We relied heavily on our accurate and potent bowling unit to win us games. William and Sandy tried to provide a steady platform for our more free scoring batsmen. As a team, however, we played across the line too often, losing our wickets to poor bowling rather than good balls. James Jennings has a cover drive straight out of the coaching manual, but also a heave across the line straight from the village green. Ben kept a tidy wicket, showing energy and leadership behind the stumps. Tom was our best bowler, but often lacked the luck to take the stack of wickets he deserved; his time will come, provided he keeps aiming for the top of off. Jarlath captained well, showing a good understanding of field placing and when to change the bowling. The two Harrys bowled well and took plenty of wickets; often bowling us to victory. Owen Carter enjoyed our last game of the season, taking four cheap wickets against Rossall, to ensure our playing record looked respectable, he is an improving cricketer. Our most improved cricketer is Jack Ellis, who showed real calmness, when seven wickets down, to ensure we knocked off a low score against St. John’s. He has a very good eye for the ball and is definitely a player to watch. Angus, George and Josh fielded with great desire and hopefully will play more important roles in the team in years to come. Tom Joashi’s style of bowling does not really suit the short formatted games we play, but he bowls useful leg-spin and could feature more heavily in school teams over the next few years, I certainly hope so. I have thoroughly enjoyed taking the team this year and look forward to seeing the players develop over the coming seasons. BCU
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Capt M Price. Team from: I Aggarwal, A Gedye, M Hanmer, T Harris, J Hudson, R Kelsall, T Leeming, T Lush, H Monkhouse, M Morrison, W Swinbank, O Theakston, J Terrill, T Tyrell-Edwards Results
Team from: S. Stainthorp, W. Edwards-Heathcote, J. Jennings, B. Roddam(WK), T. Metcalfe, J. Hetherington(c), H. McGuire(vc), H. Watson, O. Carter, J. Ellis, A. Ferguson, J. Picken, T. Joashi, G. Shepherd P8/W4/L4 Results: Giggleswick (H) Grangefield (H) St.John’s (H) Ampleforth (A) St.Beeds (H) Durham Johnston (H) Yarm (H) Rossall (A)
lost won won lost won lost lost won
Cundall Manor (A) Giggleswick St Olave’s (H) St Martin’s (A) RGS (A) Durham (H) Mowden Hall (A) Yarm (H) St John’s (H)
won by 10 runs (H) rained off lost by 21 runs rained off won by 2 wickets rained off rained off cancelled by St John’s
This has proved to be a most frustrating season. At the start of the term we had a very full fixture list but of the nine matches we only managed to play four. Of these three were won and the fourth, a match we should have won, was narrowly lost. While we did well, at the end of the day the weather proved to be the major winner.
We started with a solid win against Cundall Manor. We scored a reasonable 74 and a good bowling performance in the field saw them dismissed for 64, including three wicket hauls for both Lush and Swinbank, some good catches and a run-out. Pleasingly, there were no byes or leg-byes although the bowling extras were worryingly high at 18. Our next match, against Giggleswick, saw us clock up a convincing 125 in 28.4 overs helped by a mammoth 56 extras not to mention a useful 20 from Lush. Again, a good bowling performance saw us home, the stand-out this time being Price who took 3 for only 15 off his 6 overs. Leeming and Swinbank supported him well with a brace apiece. The next match, against St Martin’s, was one we simply should have won. We had our opponents at 53 for 9 but then allowed them to clock up over 100. Lush and Price took 5 and 4 wickets respectively; the other bowlers should have been able to finish them off but their Number 11 stood firm, scoring just 4 while their Number 8 clocked up over 40. Even then the run chase was not impossible but we lost our way. We started the last over needing 34. Aggarwal hit a 6 off the first ball, briefly igniting hopes, but it was not to be and we petered out some 20 runs short. The next match against Durham (on only 12th June) turned out to be our last. This was heading towards a routine victory for us. We bowled well, dismissing the opposition for only 66, of which 37 were extras. The only way we could lose the match was by losing wickets ourselves but unfortunately this was precisely what started to happen. Eventually, Gedye, Morrison and Theakston put down the anchor and guided us to victory but with only 2 wickets and 5 balls remaining it was a close thing. The highlights of the year were: • Lush’s fine bowling in every match (5-0-17-5 against St Martin’s were his best bowling figures but his overall analysis for the season, 17-1-50-9 represents excellent, consistent attacking bowling). • Aggarwal’s 21 against St Martin’s which turned out to be our highest individual innings of the season and included a big 6. • Price and Leeming’s excellent support bowling (18.3-5-52-7 and 12-0-62-4 were their figures for the season). • Sensible batting from the lower order to see us home against Durham. In summary, we completed 4 matches, won 3 and lost 1 with 5 abandoned without a ball being bowled. Our bowling was generally very good and there is potentially great depth to our attack with 10 genuine bowlers being used in the season. The only major issues here are the number of wides being bowled and the inability to polish off the tail; both can be addressed with practice. We are keen in the field and opponents generally found it hard to score runs off us. Where we were slightly less effective was with our batting; we tended to bat with little discipline or desire to build an innings. It is important that those with ability such as Lush and Aggarwal do not simply give their wickets away. Others like Swinbank, Price, Gedye and so on already show more patience and should develop into run accumulators. This year group has the potential to become a very strong cricket squad and future coaches should enjoy moulding them into a cohesive, match-winning unit. I wish the players and future coaches well for the coming years. DGG
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Sports Summer Term
U15 Rounders Captain: Lorna Bussey. Team from: Jane Metcalfe, Emily Cody, Holly Appleby, Lizzie Knight, Katie Gibson, Sarah Stephenson, Katie Body, Leah Bloomfield, Shannon Currah, Jenny Walgate, Jess Hunter. Results: Durham High Polam Hall Yarm St Peter’s
won won cancelled lost
match against Durham High was to be a low scoring affair. Barney struggled to hit the ball which was delivered at pace by the bowler and after two innings only two full rounders had been scored, much to the disappointment of the spectators. A draw was a fair result as both teams had fielded well but definitely need more batting practice. Best Player: Pip Naseby Most Improved Player: Emily Watson TCB
U13 Rounders This has been a somewhat short season of rounders, not helped by the great British summertime! The weather was against us on a number of occasions which meant training often had to be cancelled. However, this did not dampen the spirit of this team of girls who achieved some excellent results against some strong teams. Jane Metcalfe proved herself a competent bowler along with Emily Cody as backstop and Holly Appleby on first base meant that the opposition struggled against such strength and accuracy. This was backed up by the remainder of the team who displayed excellent fielding skills particularly within deep field. This team’s loss against St Peter’s was their first game of the season and I’m sure by the end of the season they’d have given each other a very good run for their money. This team have great ability and team spirit and more games would allow them to flourish and develop their true potential! AA
West Highland Way Expedition 2012
Captain: Stella Nicholls. Squad: Alice Ridley, Lucy Newton, Ellen Gossage, Francessca WaitorMackenzie, Kim Hodgeson, Isla Hewitson, Erin Porter, Katie Rhodes, Charlotte McEwan, Anna Coffey, Kora West. P5/W5/Tournament 4th
Captain: K. Borer. Team from: E. Everall, L. HardieHammond, A. Jackson, P. Maw, P. Naseby, S. Pratt, S. Scanlan, E. Watson, A. Whitehead, H. Wynn-Jones. Results: St Peter’s Yarm Polam Hall Durham High Queen Mary’s Durham School Giggleswick
lost cancelled lost draw cancelled cancelled cancelled
6-16½ 11½-12½ 5-5
Wet weather conditions disrupted training and matches throughout the season. Waterlogged pitches meant we struggled to practice much before our first match away against St Peter’s. Ellie Everall stepped into the bowling square due to the absence of Stephanie Pratt and she performed extremely well. The girls fielded quite well but were unable to hit into the deep field. The match against Polam Hall was a closely fought contest and with scores level after the first innings it was all to play for. Pip Nasby, Emily Watson and Alice Whitehead all batted strongly to put points on the scorecard but careless errors through an accumulation of no balls, obstruction and mis-fielding proved costly and the opposition won by half a rounder. Our next
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Captained by Stella Nicholls, the U13 rounders’ team have had a successful season, winning all of their fixtures. Despite the weather and the cancellations, the girls have trained hard during games lessons and during activities. Their first encounter with Yarm was a nailbitter. With little practice before their first match, the girls did well to hold on, winning 8.5-8. Their second fixture against St. Martins was always going to be tough, but with good catches from Charlotte McEwan and Francessca Waitor-Mackenzie the game was Barney’s for the taking. With their batting innings last, the girls knew they had to hit well, this came from Lucy Newton and Ellen Gossage, securing a 13.5-10 win. The girls faced Durham High next, and did well to overcome a strong fielding side. All term the girls have been working on their batting and being able to decide before they enter the batting square, whereabouts they are going to hit the ball; this was demonstrated effectively during this particular game, winning easily 11.5-6.5. At the Durham tournament however, Barney lacked passion and aggression losing to Cundall Manor and Durham Choristers, but putting in good performances again against Durham High and Durham School, leaving the girls 4th. All-in-all a successful rounder’s season for the U13 team. Having had a large squad, this has enabled me to fill positions when players weren’t available with only a few girls narrowly missing out on a competitive fixture, this just goes to show the talent and determination all the girls have shown this season. An excellent group of girls who have all been a pleasure to work with this summer term. EKM
This is one long distance walk that never disappoints: varied scenery, from lowland fells to loch sides to open wilderness to the highest peaks; and this year some 16 pupils and 8 staff were keen to hike the 93 miles from Milngavie to Fort William. Given the weather just before departure, all were steeled for a grim feat of endurance, but we were favoured with, well, weather that wasn’t dreadful, so it seemed fine. Our accommodation was the 3 youth hostels at Rowardennan (a hardy bunch taking to the waters of Loch Lomond every night): Crianlarich (cuisine of the highest calibre, courtesy of LN, MEW and a keen team of volunteers); and Glencoe (a verdant idyll with the cosiest ‘quiet’ room). As noted on a previous occasion, the highpoints are subjective, but the entry to Glencoe as ever seemingly diminishes the human to microscopic dimensions, and the sparsely furnished bothy at Doune was warmed by real camaraderie as we took a break during a tough afternoon. My thanks go to DSW, MEW, CHA, PEK, JB, LN and MHN for their support, and to the pupils who were great company during the whole week. AMW
CCF Summer Tour
As the busy term came to end, the excitement had only just begun for 38 army cadets who were packed up and ready to deploy for annual camp. After the short journey to Wathgill Training Camp, cadets had a couple of hours to familiarise themselves with their new home for the next 7 days, as well as sampling their first army meal of the week. That evening, the cadets marched up to the DCCT (dismounted close combat trainer), for some weapon familiarisation. Each cadet was able to fire laser beams from the modified weapons at targets on a projected screen, which subsequently collected information on their marksmanship principles as well as their grouping. Lance corporal Chris Harrison and Matthew Jeffery and cadet Sarah Perkins scored highly in the practice shoots, but during the knockout competition, lance corporal Guy Coser won, with sergeant Chris Moore coming a close second and lance corporal Amanda Usher third. After a bright and early start on the Sunday morning, cadets collected their weapons from the armoury, and after preparing them for firing, enjoyed a day on the ranges. All cadets fired a shot gun on the clay pigeon stand. The instructor was very impressed with lance corporal Sarah Child, who certainly was a natural despite having not fired a shotgun before. Lance corporal Jonny Coser and cadet Tom Adamson certainly made the task look easy as they managed to hit all their targets with ease. The cadets then moved onto the 100m outdoor range where they were able to zero their weapons. Sergeants Chris Moore and Hugh Carter had some excellent grouping ranging from 73 to 134 mils. Organising the cadets into groups, they completed a Marlin Shoot, running 100m before shooting at a target at a further 100m. After the
competition, cadets spent the rest of afternoon firing 30 rounds from an LSW (light support weapon). Cadets really enjoyed this introductory session and were amazed at how quickly they could empty a full magazine into a target. Cadets Tim Stirke, Ben Pullan and junior corporal Will Grundy especially enjoyed this stand. After weapon cleaning and tea that day, cadets were able to shake the cobwebs off their marching, as they had a session with one of the drill sergeants. On Monday, cadets were put into pairs and after a lesson on how to use a map and compass, they completed route cards before setting out on the orienteering course. Lance corporal Matthew Jeffery and cadet Craig Whalley completed the course in 29 minutes 38 seconds and sergeant Hugh Carter and corporal Calum Matthews completed it in 25 minutes and 33 seconds. Both timings have yet to be beat this year. During the afternoon, the cadets completed some leadership command tasks, where they had to work as a team to get safely across shark-infested custard carrying ‘Private Sackey’ to erecting a tent whilst blindfolded. The instructors were impressed with the leadership qualities of lance corporals Hannah Pullan and Iona Borer and cadets Sam Leeming and Dan Milne. The section consisting of cadet CSM Tory Richardson, sergeants Chris Moore and Hugh Carter, lance corporals Guy and Jonny Coser and cadet Jacob Shannon managed to successfully complete all the stands in the allocated time. That evening after warming up, cadets enjoyed taking part in the obstacle course. Lance corporal Niamh Tait made the task of jumping over a 6 foot wall unaided look easy. The cadets’ 21-man team completed the course in 4 mins 51 seconds, which was over 3 minutes faster than Kimbolton School. On Tuesday, cadets enjoyed a day out of military uniform at Ellerton Lake where they spent the day rock climbing, abseiling, playing volleyball, archery, raft building, canoeing and kayaking. Lance corporal Max Jones won the version of bulldog on the water, cadets Sam Graham, Seb Hampson and Tom Marston worked hard to build their rafts out of rope, planks and barrels and cadets Sarah Perkins (Doris 1) and Caitlin Bainbridge (Doris 2) displayed some excellent gymnastic skills as they balanced on the edge of their canoe and bounced up and down on it without plunging into the water.
On Wednesday, cadets enjoyed a day out on the training area where they took part in the advanced tactics stand. Cadet CSM Tory Richardson was the platoon sergeant and with her motivation and communication skills was able to lead the whole contingent through a platoon attack at pop-up targets. That evening, cadets prepared for exercise ‘Young Guns’ and after being given a set of orders and a lesson on duties of a sentry, each section prepared for battle. 1 and 3 section, led by lance corporal Matthew Jeffery and Alex Stirk patrolled down to Gandale Farm, which was quickly renamed the haunted house. They had to enter the building and search it for any enemy information. Colour sergeant Josie Amery (who was one of the enemy) had made a figure out of a broom, spare clothing and our mascot Dinger, so when the sections entered the building, it looked almost lifelike. 2 and 4 sections led by corporal Claire Wilkinson and lance corporal Chris Harrison carried out a recce of Locks Plantation, where they were ambushed and had to quickly run back to base camp. After securing Gandale Farm, cadets slept there before carrying out a section attack on an enemy position where they won the firefight. Friday was here with us far too quickly and after saying our goodbyes to the camp, we headed off to Lightwater Valley Theme Park for some ‘urban combat training’ where cadets enjoyed letting their hair down on the rides. Camp is certainly the highlight of the cadet calendar and once again, it was an absolute pleasure to take the cadets away again. Mr. Lewis, 2Lt Fairwood and myself were impressed with the cadets who completed all activities with determination and motivation. Cadet Sam Leeming was awarded the Kean Shield for the best Year 10 cadet on camp, lance corporal Jonny Coser won the cadet’s cadet trophy and cadet CSM Tory Richardson won the Jarvais Shield based on the staff choice. Cadets can look forward to being promoted in the autumn term and the majority of them are already looking forward to the next annual camp. Roll on 2013… CEH
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Year 11 Prom The Year 11 Prom, now in its second year, was a huge success once again, thanks to the efforts of Mr Stevens and the Prom Committee, led by Rachel Pratt, with representatives from almost every House. The majority of the Year 11 cohort was in attendance, along with several members of staff – Mr Stevens, Mr Butler, Mr Edwards, Mrs Hewlett, Mrs Abela, Mr Connor, Mr Fuller and Mr Nicholson. Those of the Year group that were unable to attend were greatly missed. Hosted at The Morritt Arms, the evening began with a drinks reception at 7pm, with the pupils, dressed in their finest, arriving to drinks – non-alcoholic, of course – and a slideshow of photos from their youthful Year 7 days, before taking their seats for a welcome speech from Rachel, grace given by the Headmaster, and a delicious meal, handpicked by the students. After the meal, further photographs ensued on the lawn area, before we retired to the dance floor, and saw the night out with a bang. A great time was had by all, and based on the way they scrubbed up, this group of students will make a fine Sixth Form. TSE
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Leavers’ Ball The Summer Ball is always an auspicious occasion; a farewell to the outgoing students – and some staff – it boasts excellent food, wonderful entertainment and magnificent company. Sadly, what it didn’t boast, this year, was the marquee. After the unseasonal downpours endlessly falling in the week leading up to Ball, the fields flooded and the marquee was abandoned, looking like a listing ship, as the Boiler House and Kitchen staff worked tirelessly instead on converting the Dining Hall and Big School into a fitting location for the leavers’ last night in school. Fortunately, the weather held off on the Saturday, and so upon arrival, there were photos and drinks aplenty, as the group gathered to wish each other the best as they headed off to follow their own paths.
The food was, as always, a divinely delectable banquet, and the evening was rounded off with raucous laughter, music and dancing. A wonderful group of students, we wish them all the very best of luck in the future, with whatever they elect to do – and hope that the ‘Barney Ethos’ sticks with them throughout their lives. TSE
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