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The Stortfordian

2018 - 2019 • No. 346


Editorial The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

Editorial The academic year of 2018-2019 was notable as the College celebrated its 150th Anniversary. There has been a lot of change since the establishment of the College in 1868 when the community fitted in to the original School House; a building that is now under renovation due to the evergrowing body of pupils and staff. Across the course of the year there were a number of events for pupils, staff, parents, Old Stortfordians, Governors and the wider community to share our successes and celebrate our achievements. The burial of a time capsule containing artefacts that included poems and a quilt made of College ties, a visit from the LordLieutenant of Hertfordshire, hosting the penultimate 2018 broadcast of BBC Question Time and our biggest Festival of Literature yet are just a few of the highlights of these auspicious celebrations. Hopefully the time capsule, which will be opened fifty years from now, will serve as a reminder of what life was like at the College. As ever, College pupils have embraced the opportunities afforded to them and the extra-curricular calendar appeared to be busier than ever. There were triumphs on the sports field, but perhaps the most memorable were securing 1st place in the Bath Cup, the U18 Boys’ Indoor Hockey and U16 Girls’ Hockey teams being crowned County Champions, with the girls then going on to become joint 5th in the country. There was a strong emphasis placed on charity this year with initiatives that included a YMCA dance, non-uniform days and plenty of cake sales. College pupils also had the opportunity to experience a wide range of international trips that took them all over the world including Kenya, the Philippines, Spain, Germany and Holland to name a few! Finally, but by no means least, we must celebrate the academic successes of our A Level and GCSE pupils, which included record-breaking success at GCSE. Unfortunately, the end of the 2018-19 academic year saw us say farewell to many longstanding staff, Chris Woodhouse (Deputy Head), Mike Tomkys (Head of Media), Linda Dickinson (Head of Sixth Form), and Lyndsay Shepherd (Director of Sport). We wish them all the very best as they move on to pastures new! Lucie Michell Editor, The Stortfordian

Heartfelt thanks, as always to the many, many pupils, staff and parents who have contributed words and images for this edition of The Stortfordian. Photographs came from numerous sources but in particular, I would like to thank Ian Taylor, Andy Todd, Steve Beeston, Paul Harding, John Kirton, Matthew Drury for their photographic contributions. Most importantly, an extended thank you to Sarah Gowans, Eve Fuller, Rikke Gregory and Andrea Lamyman for their invaluable help and support throughout the publication process.

Contents Editorial �������������������������������������������������������� 3 150th Celebrations�������������������������������������� 4 Academic Results���������������������������������������� 5 Hockey Feature �������������������������������������������7 Art������������������������������������������������������������������ 8 Design & Technology������������������������������� 12 Drama��������������������������������������������������������� 14 Music����������������������������������������������������������� 18 Languages��������������������������������������������������� 22 Activities���������������������������������������������������������� Brains Trust���������������������������������������� 28 Duke of Edinburgh���������������������������� 29 Rotary Quiz����������������������������������������30 Reading Competition�������������������������31 Festival of Literature������������������������ 32 Stars in your eyes������������������������������ 33 Chaplain’s Chronicle���������������������������������34 Sport����������������������������������������������������������������� Girls’ Hockey�������������������������������������� 36 Rugby��������������������������������������������������40 Netball������������������������������������������������44 Boys’ Hockey�������������������������������������48 Cricket������������������������������������������������� 52 Aquatics����������������������������������������������56 Rounders�������������������������������������������� 58 Tennis��������������������������������������������������60 Pearl & Yeo Cup�������������������������������� 62 Police Cadets��������������������������������������������� 63 Houses��������������������������������������������������������64 Trips�����������������������������������������������������������104 Speech Day������������������������������������������������������ Head Boy’s Speech���������������������������110 Head Girl’s Speech��������������������������� 111 Prizes��������������������������������������������������112 Farewell to Chris Woodhouse����������������114 Farewell to Mike Tomkys������������������������116 Farewells����������������������������������������������������118 Welcomes��������������������������������������������������119 Leavers Destinations�������������������������������120 3


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150th Celebrations

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Academic Results The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

A Level Results 2019 In this, the first year of fully reformed A Level examinations, Bishop’s Stortford College Upper Sixth Formers once again celebrated a 100% pass rate. 74 of the 120 strong year group achieved grades of ABB or higher. Nearly half the results were graded A and above, far outperforming the national average of 25.5% (ITV/BBC).

Students Zeling X, Luke E, Nena N, Wendy C, Ai K achieved the top results with 17 A* and 3 A grades between them. A quarter of the year group gained 3 A grades or more. Of the 13 pupils who took the optional EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), seven achieved an A* and five achieved a grade A.

GCSE Results 2019 115 Bishop’s Stortford College Upper Fifth (Year 11) pupils and their teaching staff celebrated once again, as 75% of all examinations were awarded grade 7-9 making these the best results ever achieved*. Of the 1100+ examinations taken, 337 were awarded the top grade 9 whilst 625 were graded 8 or 9. 38 pupils have been awarded the College’s coveted Ten Club tie for achieving 10 or more grades at 9 -7 with a total of 238 grade 9s between them.

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Of the 5 sets of twins in the cohort, Freddie and Hattie C, Charlie and Tom M, Charlotte and Elizabeth T, Lewys and Owain W and Annie and Penny Z have a stunning 48 grade 9s between them. Top performers were Elizabeth G (twelve 9s), Penny Z (eleven 9s), Holly H and Sachi P (ten 9s each), and Freddie C, Isabel G, Clara H, Lauren H, Caspar S, Lana V, Adam W-B and Annie Z who all achieved at least nine grade 9s.


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U18 Girls Hockey Tour to Holland At the beginning of half term, 17 players and 3 members of staff set off for a 5 day hockey tour to Holland, based in Den Bosch. The tour consisted of three matches against Dutch opposition, four training sessions with the Den Bosch 1st XI players, a Hoofdklaase match, go karting, laser quest and copious amounts of McDonalds! All the players thoroughly benefitted from an intense, busy but hugely satisfactory and enjoyable tour and came back better players for the experience. Whilst the standard of opposition was lower than we expected the training sessions run by the Den Bosch players were high intensity and gave the girls a real insight in to the Dutch philosophy of implementing fast attacking hockey. N. Prowse

Results: vs Oranje-Rood vs Geel Zwart vs MHCK

Won 6-0 Won 10-0 Won 13-0

Awards: Top goalscorers Lana Vitorovic and Tabby Beaumont Most improved Dara Selway John’s award Grace Latchford Player of the tour Emelia Mitchell Best tourists Imogen Basavaraj and Demi Juniper

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Art The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

Art The Art Department has had yet another impressive year, exam results were praiseworthy with outstanding achievements at A Level and GCSE. At GCSE, 83% of the cohort achieved grades 7-9 compared to the national standard of 22.7%. Highlights of the A Level year group included a large scale painting by Nena Nurbhai, superb digital rendering and CGI work by Max Jacoby, advanced ceramic work by Emily Kerr, which utilised the Raku kiln to create breath-taking surface effects with the glazing process. Finally, the bamboo sculpture by Jake Morris is well worth a view with its inclusion of a water feature! Further highlights from the year include the Art Exhibition in the Memorial

Hall to celebrate the College’s 150th Anniversary. It was a spectacular showcase of past and present student work to celebrate this momentous occasion. Aside from public examination success, pupils’ talents were also recognised in National and local Competitions with Sally Hull having her ceramic work exhibited as part of a student show at the Royal Academy. The quality of artwork being produced at the College continues to amaze me and the dedication of the students and staff working in the department makes it a wonderful place to teach. I invite any visitors to come down to the department and view the work first-hand and truly get a feel for what we do.

GCSE Millie C

GCSE Isabell H

Fourth Form Freya

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Fourth Form Emily S


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GCSE Phoebe M

AS Level Sukhmani B

Fourth Form Sam B

A Level Emily K

A Level Amber M

A Level Matilda D

GCSE Addi N

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Art

GCSE Isabella H

GCSE Georgina M

GCSE Zahra M

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GCSE Edward S


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A Level Victoria E

GCSE Panayiota Z

GCSE Clara H

GCSE Sally H

Fourth Form Freya V

GCSE Imogen S

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Design & Technology The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

Design and Technology

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Drama The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

Fourth Form Play

Lower Fifth Devised Play

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Drama The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

Upper Sixth Exam Pieces

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Music The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

Music “Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.”  – Plato

It has been a particularly exciting year in the Music Department as we contributed to the 150th anniversary celebrations as well as running our normal busy programme. There were many impressive and memorable moments as a result of the commitment, and creativity of our pupils.

Founders’ Day Service 23rd September 2018 The College Choir was in magnificent form for our Founders’ Day Service on 23rd September, which took place in the Memorial Hall. A brass quintet together with the organ added to the celebratory mood, especially in the beloved hymn, Jerusalem, which could be heard all over the campus! Choir members are drawn from Senior School pupil body and staff and they make a beautifully blended sound, which was most obvious in the anthems. Even more impressive is the skill they displayed in learning all this music in just a few weeks!

Directors of Music in each House. Each House set high standards and there was an atmosphere of lively enthusiasm throughout. The results were:

House Music

Instrumental Hayward House Robert Pearce House Benson and Rowe House (tied) Part Song Young House Collett House Sutton House Unison Trotman House Tee House Benson House

The House Music competition lived up to its reputation, thanks to the efficiency and organisation of the

Overall winner: Trotman House Overall 2rd: Collett and Benson House Overall 3rd: Tee House

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Bishop’s Stortford College Lunchtime Concerts The increasingly popular Lunchtime Concerts took place at the Water Lane United Reformed Church in Bishop’s Stortford. This attractive Church has historical links with the College: the latter being founded in 1868 by a group of Nonconformists. Returning to Water Lane for the 150th anniversary of Bishop’s Stortford College marked our old association with the United Reformed Church, and we are indebted to the Church for welcoming us so warmly. The series began with Anthony Tuch, violin with flautists Yuki Cheng and Inez Parsell. Later recitals featured, amongst others, Fifi Dunphy, harp, Elle Xiong, solo violin, Nadja Vitorovic, bassoon


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and Daniel Evans, Charlie Evans and Emma Haythornthwaite, French Horns. The series concluded with a singer’s concert, chamber music and a recital with guitar ensemble. Each concert was wonderful as all the performers were excellent and the audience was able to relax and enjoy the beautiful music played by our pupils.

Rotary Young Musician Competition 2019 It was another notable year for the College musicians in the annual Rotary Young Musician Competition. The April 2019 edition featured a record number of entries with more than 120 young participants from various schools in the local area. With very few exceptions, we had representatives from our school in most of the 15 categories which included Junior, Intermediate and Advanced sections for Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Piano and Vocal categories. The final of the competition took place in the Memorial Hall during the evening and the winners of each respective category performed once more in front of a large audience and panel of adjudicators, who were tasked with finding a Young Musician and Young Vocalist of the Year. Finalists from the College were Rosie Ahmed, Junior Vocal winner, Justin Man and Edward Campbell, winners of the Intermediate Piano and Woodwind sections respectively and Emma Haythornthwaite and Billianna Instrall who were the Senior Strings and Vocal winners.  Special mention should go to Justin Man who, as overall winner of the competition, was presented with the trophy of Young Musician of the Year. Justin will now play again in the district final that will take place in Chelmsford Cathedral. Many congratulations to all the players and singers that took part in this very worthwhile event and I hope that we see even more College musicians entering the competition next year. 

The complete list of prizes gained by College pupils is as follows: Rosie Ahmed 1st Prize Junior Vocal  Peggy Shen and Ishani Mariathasan Commended Junior Piano  Edward Campbell 1st Prize Intermediate Woodwind  Charlie Evans Runner Up Intermediate Brass  Justin Man 1st Prize Intermediate Piano  Daniel Evans Runner Up Senior Piano & Runner Up Senior Brass  Billianna Instrall 1st Prize Senior Vocal  Emma Haythornthwaite 1st Prize Senior Strings 

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Music Instrumental Competition Thursday 4th July 2019 The annual Instrumental Competition was once again a fantastic showcase of talent from College musicians. Throughout the day we heard an eclectic programme of different musical genres, styles and instruments, as pupils competed in front of our guest adjudicators for the top prize. In the Advanced Piano section Ishani Mariathasan, Charlie Evans and Oliver Martinelli were highly commended for their excellent performances, and the winner was Justin Man. Anastasia Zacharatou won the Strings Grade 4-6 section while Anish Mariathasan was the winner of Advanced Strings. Edward Campbell won Woodwind Grade 4-6, Joseph Ash came first in Advanced Woodwind while Joshua Pilcher was the winner of Advanced Brass. The four advanced competition winners went through to the final and the overall winner was Justin Man for his enjoyment of the music and communication with the audience. Many congratulations, not only to those who won, but to all those who took part and I hope to see even more pupils taking part in 2020! H. Pervez

Picnic Concert The annual Picnic Concert is a celebration of music across the College and once again it featured a broad range of musicians. The evening focussed on ensemble music and we were privileged to hear most of the College’s large instrumental groups. The weather was kind to us and in a break from tradition, we managed to enjoy some tasty treats and drinks on a sunny and dry Middle Green.   The first item in the programme was a specially commissioned work composed by Belinda Aitken entitled ‘Friends Through the Years’, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the College. To perform the piece a special ensemble, the Celebration Choir, was created inviting pupils from every year group in the school. It was lovely to see Pre-Prep pupils sing together with members of the Upper Sixth!   The Junior and Senior String Orchestras conducted by Christopher Gould played a selection of classical and contemporary works. The Senior Big

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Band delighted us with an excellent rendition of Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock, featuring a great number of outstanding solos. Helen Pervez conducted the Senior Concert Band and Senior School Orchestra, who brought the concert to an end with an energetic performance of the First Movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C.

The evening concluded with a farewell to our Upper Sixth musicians who often take a leading role in our ensembles, motivating and inspiring their younger colleagues. Iago Núñez 

The Busking 5 The Busking 5, formed of pupils Daniel Evans, Joshua Pilcher, Joseph Ash, Alex Smink and Charlie Evans came together in November on their own initiative to raise funds for a charity trip to support a school in Kenya. They had a few rehearsals before the five were invited to play at the Bishop’s Stortford Christmas Fayre. There, they delivered an authentic sound of rock, pop and blues from a magnificent position on a restaurant terrace in Market Square. The rain poured down, but an appreciative crowd gathered and spirits were high as they sailed through numbers such as Stand By Me and All I Want for Christmas is You, featuring powerfully high trumpet melodies, penetrating baritone and tenor sax solos and robust horn tones,

Chamber Music Concert – 9th May 2019 The College provides a great number of performance opportunities for any aspiring young musicians ranging from playing or singing as a soloist in a recital or assembly, to being a member of one of our large ensembles and choirs performing major symphonic or choral works. We also nurture a multitude of smaller ensembles that rehearse week after week preparing

all underpinned by electrifying drums. The boys played with amazing energy, talent and enjoyment. They have since busked in Cambridge, performed at College events, the spectacular Trinity Hall, Cambridge Garden Party and a wedding at St John’s College. The talented but modest boys in

the band continue to be amazed at the generosity of the public and the warm reception they receive at each performance. Their fundraising enabled them to contribute £8000 to their project school in Nakuru, Kenya.

delightful chamber music works. At the Chamber Music Concert we heard various instrumental groups that combined pupils from both the Senior and Prep Schools such as the Guitar Ensemble and the Clarinet Group.

provided one of the musical highlights of the evening with their interpretation of the ‘Rondo’ from Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds. The concert concluded with an impressive medley from Star Wars by John Williams performed by the Senior Brass Group.  

The Saxophone Quartet opened the recital with a lively rendition of ‘Monsters Inc’ and the Horn Ensemble performed the joyful ‘Call of the Horns’. Not many schools in the country can boast to have 12 young horn players performing together! The Wind Quintet

H. Pervez

Many congratulations to all the players involved as well as to all the teachers that have been coaching them for months in preparation for this concert. I. Núñez

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French The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

French Fourth Form Correspondence This year, the Fourth Form started an epistolary correspondence with pupils from L’Institution St Dominique, Saint Herblain, a small town near Nantes in western France. The French pupils sent letters written in French to which our pupils responded in English. We are hoping this will be the beginning of new links with South Brittany and a means of improving the pupils’ respective written language.

Lower Fifth French Language day On Monday 1st July, French GCSE pupils took part in a French language day at Bishop’s Stortford College. The day comprised of a variety of activities based on French music. The pupils discussed various reasons why people would listen to music and watched several video clips, which they rated from bad to worse. They then worked on a song by Mika titled ‘Elle me dit’ and had to produce their own version of the video clip. In the afternoon we watched ‘Intouchables’,

the acclaimed French movie about the unlikely relationship between a multimillionaire tetraplegic and a young Senegalese misfit. After sampling delicious homemade crêpes covered in nut free chocolate sauce and Chantilly cream, we attended the premiere of the video clips produced by our budding French artists. M. Cunin

Matinée Carte Blanche The Sixth Form induction day was designed to immerse pupils into French culture; pupils were set to complete a range of different activities to experience lots of unique ideas. It started with some of our pupils baking two different versions of the famous Quatre-quarts Breton in Trotman House. Whilst the cakes were rising, several card games were played which challenged the pupils to think speedily in French. Next, a trip down to the Music

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department saw Toby Hunt, a professional singing coach, encouraging them to master the art of rolling R’s through songs, which could then be used in their French speaking. In the afternoon, pupils found time to debate about the redesigning of the park under the Eiffel Tower in a mock radio programme, providing pupils with the opportunity to develop their evaluating skills whilst holding a French conversation. A busy, but purposeful day!


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Swiss Exchange to Porrentruy On Friday 24th May, 17 French pupils from the Lower Fifth travelled to Switzerland to take part in L’Échange Suisse. We spent six days immersing ourselves in the Swiss culture and French language. We all successfully boarded the plane from Luton airport and landed in Bâle where we began our escapade. After arriving at Saint-Charles (the school we were partnered with) we met with our exchanges and took part in some typical Swiss lessons. For me, this was an interesting experience as I found the differences to be quite unexpected. The teachers were quite lenient, allowing a few pupils to pop balloons in the middle of a geography class without batting an eyelid. As a result, the lessons were rather entertaining but filled with disruptions. We spent the evenings with our exchanges, indulging in Swiss chocolate and trying our best to converse in French. By the end of the trip, I found that I was much more comfortable speaking the language and could really

hear the improvement. We spent the weekend with our partners, with many us travelling to Bâle for the day and ending the Saturday with the town party. The party was probably one of the highlights for me as I made so many new friends that I am still in contact with and had an amazing time going on all the rides and walking around with them. On Monday, we all met together with the teachers at school before taking the train to Saint-Ursanne where we spent the day canoeing. We walked 8km through the beautiful Swiss countryside before canoeing all the way back to the starting point. Overall, the experience was hilarious, with many of us hitting branches, rocks and getting soaked.

This was another highlight for me as we got to see the town whilst putting our Duke of Edinburgh skills to use and just having fun while doing so. We also spoke some French when we got lost and had to ask the locals for directions. My team won (due to our incredible map reading skills which meant we got lost only five times) and overall it was an amazing experience.

The next day was just as fun, with a visit to the fromagerie of Saignelégier where Tête de Moine cheese is made, and a quest around Porrentruy. The quest consisted of reading a map of the town and trying to visit all the sites where keys were marked on the map.

Tuesday evening was by far my favourite. I could really see the difference in my French and I had formed a good friendship with my exchange. Quelle aventure formidable! Vibha Menon

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Spanish The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

Spanish

Lower and Upper Fifth Spanish Exchange, 2018 October 2018 saw the first ever Spanish exchange at the College, and both legs were a real success! This is a report written by the pupils themselves: During the October half term, 21 pupils travelled to Valladolid to each stay with a pupil from the Spanish School, Las Augustinas. Despite feeling apprehensive about staying in an entirely different culture, country and family to our own, we all set out for a good week with our host families. We each, of course, had to stay in our exchange’s house. This was intimidating at first, as it was the first time for many of us to have to constantly push ourselves to speak a different language. After a few days, we quickly found we were speaking far more fluently and understanding more Spanish which helped us in the classroom quite a bit. During our stay, most of the exchanges met up in Segovia for the day, one of the most beautiful areas of Spain. We were able to visit the Roman Aqueduct which is nearly 3k long, 94 metres high yet built in 50 AD without any cement, or without any glue, as it was translated for me by my exchange! Without doubt, we were able to experience the cultural

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and historical centre of Spain and were even introduced to food such as cow’s tongue and pig’s ear, both of which I would not recommend trying! Overall, Segovia gave us a sense of traditional Spanish way of life and after just a brief walk you were able to understand what it was to be Spanish, listening to the multiple street bands and visiting the traditional corner shops. Monday was the first official day of the exchange. In the morning, we spent time at the school and all sat in our exchange partner’s lessons, despite not having a clue what was going on. However, meeting some Spanish pupils seemed to wake us up from the early morning. The following day, we sat in a lecture at the university which Mrs Bravo had previously studied at and it was compelling to see the English Literature Theory being taught to Spanish students. On our walking tour we discovered many things about Valladolid, including that it once was the capital of Spain, Napoleon briefly occupied the city causing chaos and that many famous people are associated with the city, such as King Philip the Second and Cervantes, the Spanish Shakespeare equivalent.

On Friday, we visited the science museum; an old flour mill not converted into a 5-storey museum. There, we were toured around the museum and participated in many interactive activities through which we could explore the periodic table displays, the effects of water, energy and mathematical principles such as the Pythagoras theorem. Our favourite part of the museum, however, was sitting in the auditorium, and watching the short, 3D, Spanish film. The experience was extremely enjoyable and eye-opening for all of us. The Spanish culture was familiar enough to not be too scary, however it has its own quirks that fascinated us. The experience was unforgettable. Some of the pupils’ comments: Valladolid me gusta porque es muy grande y pintoresco (Caspar Slee) Lo que más he ha sorprendido es la historia de Valladolid y la gente acogedora (Annie Zacharatou) Estoy orgullosa de mí misma ya que he hablado un idioma distinto para una semana (Sachi Patel) Un sitio que recomendaría es Segovia, porque hay un acueducto enorme (Will Keen)


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Lower Fifth Word Association Competition: Second Best Activity at Ministry of Education Conference

The Word Association Competition was voted second best activity due to the originality of the examples presented, all of which were created by the pupils. These were superb; a real testament to the pupils’ creativity and thinking skills.

The Lower Fifth Spanish pupils have been very creative in their approach to language learning and vocabulary recall. The Word Association Competition was launched last October to encourage pupils to discuss language learning techniques and view vocabulary learning as a collaborative, engaging activity, as well as getting pupils to use both parts of their brain by linking visual elements to words. In November 2018, their work was selected to be shared in a Show and Tell Conference, an event organised by La Consejería de Educación, a branch of the Spanish Ministry of Education in the UK.

Lower Sixth Enrichment Activity It would not be fair to promote the culture of Spain without teaching pupils how to make a Spanish omelette. This term, Lower Sixth students had a break from grammar and tenses to do a practical cooking session which was great fun. We now hope they can put it into practice! Thank you to our assistant, Lucía Sanchez, for peeling potatoes and to Mrs Wyatt for letting us use the Trotman kitchen.

Fourth Form Spanish Film Club On Wednesday afternoons, Fourth Form pupils have analysed the camera angles, movements, special effect and impact of sound of The Others, an Alejandro Amenabar and Nicole Kidman 2001 horror film, winner of eight Goya awards (the Spanish Oscars’ equivalent), including Best Film and Best Director. They enjoyed the suspense, the very unexpected final twist and the experience of hearing a nail-biting scene but having no visual aid. We then moved onto storyboarding and pupils made and edited their own mini-film describing the different parts of school in Spanish, which made them think about the complexity of film making!

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German The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

German The academic year started with our wonderful new German assistant, Sophia Eckardt, joining us and her support throughout the year has been invaluable. As always, 2019 has been full of events and successes in the German department. In September we had our first Sixth Form German society evening where Harry Champion gave a presentation on Dresden and Sophia entertained us with fabulous quizzes and games in German. In the Autumn term we also had our first Kulturklub evening for the younger pupils where the usual German treats were shared whilst watching a version of ‘Extra’. This was followed by another Kulturklub in February. This year the weekly German film club has continued along with a weekly Kaffeeklatsch for the Lower and Upper Sixth. In November, Izzy Grout and Elizabeth Gliznutsa took part in the annual Year 11 debating competition at The Perse and had a decisive victory in the finals beating both Bancroft School and The Perse. However, this was not our only success as both Emily Bond and Amber Pearson entered the UEA creative writing competition, in which participants were asked to combine word and image in German. Two hundred years on from Caspar David Friedrich’s inspirational piece, Amber Pearson and Emily Bond rose to the challenge with huge original flare. The University of East Anglia judges were suitably impressed. Amber was awarded the First Prize and Emily’s submission was commended. We took our Lower Fifth German pupils to the Frankfurt Christmas market in Birmingham. As always, the phrase ‘Sprechen Sie Deutsch?’ came in very handy and the pupils had a wonderful time practising their German and buying lots of festive German treats. It was a real privilege to welcome Dr Geoff Brammall to the College for our bespoke ‘Goodbye, Lenin’ Workshop with the Sixth Form. Our speaker brought with him his huge expertise and experience as a German teacher, writer, examiner and educationalist, and offered

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Sailing on the Lower Fifth exchange in Kiel

the Sixth Form students an excellent opportunity to work intensively on this A Level set film. A Level students attended the fifth Cambridge Undergraduate Conference in German Studies at Gonville and Caius College, entitled Grenzenlose Möglichkeiten. During the day we gained insights into aspects of translation, literature, theatre and cinema in the German-speaking world. Our busy year continued with the Sixth Form German Debating Competition at The Perse, Cambridge. This time Emily Bond and Amber Pearson stepped up to the mark and in the first round the girls had to debate on two topics against The Stephen Perse Senior School. The girls spoke fluently, and their well prepared and researched arguments meant that they beat their opponents in each of these debates. This put them through to the final where they came up against a second very strong team from The Stephen Perse Senior School, which had managed to knock out the home team from The Perse in their first round. In the final, Emily and Amber had to debate for the motion that fashion and image lead to stressed young people. The girls worked perfectly as a team, supporting each other in their prepared arguments. When it came to the 4 minutes of open

Standing with Beethoven on the Sixth Form Induction day in Bonn

debating in German, the girls remained calm, logical and easily defended themselves against their opponents and questioned their opponents’ arguments. When with clarity and confidence. Emily and Amber won the competition with a decisive score of 8 points to 5. The Sixth Form German Society donned fancy dress for its Karnevalthemed evening. Amber and Emily had gone to considerable effort sourcing Dirndl for the occasion. They were joined by Bob der Baumeister (aka Harry) and a Hogwarts’ pupil, who bore a striking resemblance to Sophia, our German assistant.


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In March our German exchange partners returned to us to celebrate our 20th anniversary exchange and were treated to an exciting programme of lectures in the College as well as days out in London and Cambridge. The Upper Fifth were excellent hosts and there were many tears as they said farewell to their partners at the end of the week. Our lower school pupils were given the opportunity to enter the Oxford German Olympiad competition, which had the theme of Animals and Monsters. Vibha Menon was commended for the second year running with her wonderful version of the Greek myth ‘Perseus and Medusa’ recounted beautifully and complimented with stunning illustrations. The year culminated in a trip to the Tate Gallery with the Lower Fifth to hunt out art connected with the German speaking world and a trip to Bonn to serve as an induction into the Sixth Form. Both of these days saw the pupils filled with enthusiasm and enhanced their knowledge of the German language. And finally the summer holidays brought the Lower Fifth exchange to Heikendorf where we spent a spectacularly hot week sailing, climbing the high ropes, trying traditional foods and living with our host families. The week included going to the beach and swimming in the Baltic sea! Thank you to my wonderful colleagues who make all of these activities possible whilst at the same time working so hard with our pupils to gain our excellent results. And also to our pupils for their incredible enthusiasm and for rising to the challenge of our competitions and extracurricular activities. Wir sind ein echt gutes Team.

Lower Fifth Christmas market Tom and Ben

Lower Fifth Exchange group in Heikendorf

Harry, Sophia, Emily and Amber at the German Undergraduates Conference at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

The German and English pupils before the big football match in Heikendorf

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Brains Trust Competition This year’s Brains Trust Competition began with two preliminary round matches, the first between Robert Pearce House and Trotman House, and in a nail-bitingly close contest Trotman was victorious by 60 points to 59. The second preliminary round match was also evenly contested but Tee House edged out Rowe by 57 points to 52. The first quarter final saw Alliott comfortably overcome Young by 68 points to 49 before three close matches saw Collett House, Benson House and Trotman House edge past Hayward House, Sutton House and Tee House.

round whilst Collett scored 18 points. The Mastermind round saw Nena answer eight and a half correctly (17 points) and in reply Luke answered eleven and a half correctly (23 points). This meant that Collett House had reduced the lead by 6 points heading into the final round (CH 59 BH 80). The final round (treble chance) saw Collett slowly eat away at the Benson lead, scoring two bonuses, but the lead proved too great and despite closing the gap the final score read Collett 79 Benson 88 as time ran out.

The first semi-final between Alliott Mike Tomkys House and Collett House saw Collett dominate from the beginning, building a commanding lead and, despite a late comeback from Alliott, Collett won the contest by 96 points to 84. The second semi-final saw Benson House become the only team this year to score 100 points and this enabled them to see off a spirited performance from Trotman House who scored 74 points in reply. So, the final of this year’s Brains Trust Competition was between Collett House and Benson House. Collett House were captained by Ben Smollett, alongside Luke Furnace, Ed Suckling and Jonah Burnstone-Cresswell whilst Benson House were captained by Nena Nurbhai, alongside Amy Craft, Penny Zacharatou and Ellie Brown. The individual questions in the first round saw Benson House edge the round on Food and Drink (CH 8 BH 10), extend their lead in the round on Art and Artists (CH 2 BH 8) and Collett come back into the contest by winning the round on Current Affairs (CH 8 BH 3), so the scores read Collett House 18, Benson House 21 as we entered the buzzer round. Benson really came into their own in this round, earning two bonuses to Collett’s one, with Amy Craft proving particularly fast on the buzzer, giving Benson the first shot at most of the follow up bonus questions. Benson scored an impressive 42 points in this

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award 2019

Gold Award Jordan Badman Peter Hall Gregoire Imber Emily Kerr Shreeya Khetani Claudia Lax Tanner

Amber Magson Hannah Marsden Oliver Maszlin Jonathan Minihane Fraser Muir Elliott Needham

Emma Povey Ella Stephens Laura Talbot Rice Nadja Vitorovic Ben Withers Zeling Xiong

Silver Award Joe Ash Jared Bassingthwaighte Lachlan Brown Huw Burgin Jack Clenshaw Xanthe Constantinou Hattie Cooke Freddie Cooke George Craft James Daniels Charlie Downing

Fifi Dunphy James Finch Harry Gallagher Clara Hall Holly Harrison Bella Hart Emma Haythornthwaite Lauren Homan Sally Hull Philip Humphries Emily Jarrett

Fletcher John Will Keen Finn Leuzzi Ellie Lewis Georgie Magson Tom Marks Marcus Moon Heather Needham Harry Ni Josephine Owen Alex Povey

Matthew Precious Wesley Rodgers Jude Rossi Aathiran Sabesan Edward Suckling Alice Tasker James Tasker Henry Taylor Finn Tiernan Lana Vitorovic Georgia Watkin

Alice De Bohun Rosie Civil Aimee Eedes Thomas Eedes Ruby Fakile Jenny Hamshere Jamie Hepburn Callum Hinge Kitty Holleyman James Hotson Charlie Hughes Fiona Humphries

Sophie Imber Sadie John Demi Juniper Jessica Lawson Edward Lewin Eric Lush Sophie Magson Phoebe Man Anish Mariathasan Samuel Martin Marcin Matys Vibha Menon

Tara Mistry Abigail Moore James Morris Grant Muir Patti Mussard Freya Notley Thomas Noy Toayo Onajobi Annabel Palmer Arnav Peehal Ella Penkul Thomas Pettit

Tommy Williams Anya Wilson Owain Wilson Lucian Wou Smith Francesca Young

Bronze Award Joshua Balshaw Charlie Bennett Sofia Bishton Eddie Bond Ben Brown Eleanor Brown Tom Burton-Gidman Samuel Butcher Jessica Cane Adam Champion Joseph Cinnamon Conran Connor

Calum Reed Lewis Riley Isabel Smink Max Smith Florence Stephens Arabella Stiffell Lottie Sutcliffe Hannah Towns Conrad Yip Kingsley Yip

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Rotary Quiz and Youth Speaks Rotary Youth Speaks Competition On the evening of Monday 26th November, Henry W, Emily S and Scarlett K represented the College in the Intermediate section of the Rotary Youth Speaks competition, only just missing out on first place by one mark! The team’s chosen topic was Life without music is flat. They looked into the various benefits of music, from social, medical, cultural and educational perspectives and spoke with real passion, enthusiasm and authority. The trio worked very hard in the lead up to the event, writing and learning their speeches and adding in quotes, facts and a few cheesy music puns. On the night they delivered brilliantly and won a very well-deserved second place. They all enjoyed taking part and are already talking about next year! Well done everyone. Two teams took part in the Senior competition, Team 1 on the subject

of marriage - Is it time to divorce marriage? and Team 2 about anger and why society is becoming more angry - Anger, It’s all the rage. Both teams delivered excellent speeches and presentations and they had all worked extremely hard in the run up to the

competition. Competition was fierce but we were delighted that Team 2 came runners up. Congratulations to them all! S. Wilson

This year’s Rotary Club of Bishop’s Stortford Inter-Schools Quiz took place at the College in the Ferguson Lecture Theatre against Hockerill (x2), Leventhorpe, Herts and Essex, the Bishop’s Stortford High School, St Mary’s and Birchwood.

Quarter Finals:

Semi-Finals:

The College team of Luke Furnace (Capt.), Elizabeth Gliznutsa, Aveline Garland and Phoebe Morris took on the side from St Mary’s. A close competition eventually saw the College avenge last year’s result to triumph by 260 points to 220. The Leventhorpe team were up next against Herts and Essex who proved stronger and so booked their place in the semi-final by winning 250 points to 160. The third quarter final pitted the High School against Hockerill’s B team and it was Hockerill who proved strongest from the start, winning quite comfortably by 390 points to 230. The last quarter final saw Birchwood take on Hockerill’s A team and Hockerill were victorious again by 300 points to 170.

The College team faced the Herts and Essex side in the first semi-final. This time the College side started well and established a lead they never relinquished, so it was they who triumphed by a scoreline of 260 to 140.

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The second semi-final saw the Hockerill A and B teams play each other and this proved to be the match of the night. The two teams just could not be separated and the lead changed hands constantly. At the end, the scores read 290 apiece so three tie-break questions were asked. It all came down to the final question and it was Hockerill B who were triumphant!

The Final: Bishop’s Stortford College vs Hockerill B Team A disappointingly one-sided affair, the College were just not quick enough on the buzzer to get to the starter question before Hockerill and this meant that they struggled throughout. Hockerill College were deservedly awarded the cup for the third year in a row. I congratulate all four of the College competitors, all of whom will be around to try to win the trophy back next year. M. Tomkys


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Reading Competition

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Festival of Literature

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Stars in Their Eyes

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Chaplain’s Chronicle The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

Looking Back to Move Forward The opening verses of the third chapter of the book of Ecclesiastes are often quoted at significant events, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens a time to be born and a time to die, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to love and a time to hate…” To its list of times I would like to add, “a time to reflect and a time to reaffirm”. For in this year of our 150th celebrations, we have done just that, looking back to the past, uncovering our roots and reaffirming the values that are the soul and heartbeat of the College. Fortuitously, the College’s 150th anniversary of 23rd September 2018 fell on a Sunday that enabled us to hold the Founders’ Day Service that was attended by past and present members of the Bishop’s Stortford College family. The theme was, ‘Christ our Foundation’ and in addition to the many excellent musical items, pupils and governors read memoirs from across the ages; that of a German refuge who ended up at the school during the First World War; an account of one master’s hugely enjoyable night of entertaining the boys, a review of a concert given by the guitarist, John Williams, and Irene Pearman’s hilarious first-hand account of the challenges of being amongst the first cohort of girls at the school. Mr Woodhouse’s informative address about the College’s history showed how from a tiny seed of faith, the College has blossomed into a thriving community, rooted in the ideals of a “liberal and Christian education.” In October, a service was held prior to the burial of the time capsule that pupils and staff from right across the College had been working on during the previous year. The occasion provided the opportunity for us to be reminded that values rather than valuable items are what really matter when it comes to what we leave behind. Moreover, it was lovely to hear from the 1968 Head Boy, John Perry (RPH, 63-68), about what went on behind the scenes of the Queen Mother’s visit marking the College’s centenary! The weekend of the centenary commemorations marking the end of World War I was observed with great dignity and respect. The placing of two ‘Tommies’ from the veterans charity, There but not There, added even greater poignancy to each of the three services that were held in the Memorial Hall. It was lovely that the Prep School could, for the first time, mark the occasion in there and so well observed was each aspect of the moving service that many of the staff were blinking back the tears as they considered the great sacrifice made by so many young Old Stortfordians. Speaking at the Senior School service the following day was Keith Quilter, an old, ‘old boy’ on the outside but very young at heart on the inside! This World War II Spitfire pilot recalled his first childhood memories of

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Armistice Day and told us how at 90 years of age he ventured to Japan to the grave of his best friend who had been shot down in action some 70 years previously. We were humbled by this genuine hero’s humility and honesty. Finally, on 11th November 2018 an OS service and lunch were held with Steve Benson, former Headmaster of Bishop’s Stortford College giving the address. We were delighted that John Trotman, was also present, meaning we had a trio of Heads in attendance. As the Summer term drew to a close, a very special OS 150th Anniversary Celebration Service was held to round off this remarkable year. As we looked at the past, the present and the future of the College, we echoed the founding principles of Edward Grimwade and Robert Pearce MP, who wanted to establish a school that would, “provide a liberal and at the same time religious education.” For a century and a half, the College has sought to follow that guiding light, allowing each to live according to their own conscience. Yet for the sake of everyone’s future, freedom has to have boundaries. That’s why this school’s liberalism is held within a theological framework. The founders of Bishop’s Stortford College saw that liberalism’s best chance of success is when it is rooted in something beyond the shifting sands of contemporary society. Many of the values of yesterday are not the values of today, and today’s values may not last beyond tomorrow. Contingent things can only exist if there is a necessary existence and honouring

that necessary existence enables us to stand firm in an increasingly fluid society. Thus, it makes sense for us to reflect and build on Christ’s foundation rather than going with the flow of a rudderless society and risk being swept away. Unlike previous generations of Bishop’s Stortford College pupils, this and upcoming generations face an increasingly uncertain and confusing future as a secular society offers a myriad of options that challenges and questions who and what we are. It was Freud who remarked that it’s not what you say, but the way that you live which reveals what you truly believe. For our children to step into their futures boldly it is imperative that they are given the time and space outside the business of the classroom to consider the life defining issues they face. Bishop’s Stortford College was, is and must continue to be, a place where all can learn to become the men and women they are meant to be. Bishop’s Stortford College has been, is and must continue be a place where we can learn and discuss agreeable and disagreeable ideas about who and what we are. We must continue to do so within the absolute and the unshakeable truth that every one of us, especially those with whom we disagree, is a unique human being made in God’s image, worthy of dignity and respect. Only then can we step into an uncertain future with certainty. I. Morris

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Girls’ Hockey

1st XI 2018 Report Coach – Nick Prowse Sqaud – E. Tupman, A. McGloin (c), N. Vitorovic, G. King, G. Latchford, M. Newitt, L. Vitorovic, E. Mitchell, I. Swann, T. Beaumont, G. Watkin, D Selway, I. Basavaraj, C. Ryan, I. Smink Players of the Year – Emelia Mitchell and Lana Vitorovic Players’ Player – Imogen Basavaraj Most Improved – Grace Latchford Top Goal Scorer – Mads Newitt Playing record – Played: 12, Won: 6, Drew: 1, Lost: 5, Goals For: 40, Goals Against: 33 The season began in customary style against the Old Stortfordians and it was certainly the highest standard of hockey on display in this fixture that I have seen in my 12 years. The Old Stortfordians boasted a number of excellent players including 1st XI record goal scorer Abbie Barrett (teaching at the school) and Jordan Homann (England U18). The College team passed with accuracy, pace and composure and deservedly took the lead through Ryan executing a great goal. The lead was doubled with an excellent team goal, rounded off with a thunderous strike from Mitchell. The Old Stortfordians retaliated with a stroke at half time, reducing the deficit to 2-1. The second half saw Tupman soak up a lot of

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pressure to keep the College in front. Vitorovic marshalled the defence well and McGloin made some crucial interceptions, which slowly allowed the College to gain a foothold in the game and score three more times in the second half. Our first inter-school match against Sevenoaks was tough (6-0) and reflected their hunger and our blearyeyed start, although it was an excellent start from which to set objectives for the season. Historically, they execute their game plan and play well together. Although we had chances in the second half, it was not enough to make an indent into the final scoreline. The local derby against Felsted, played under Friday night lights, turned into a disappointing loss despite being in contention to win at half time. We took the lead against the run of play, courtesy of Swann, but Felsted retaliated with 2 goals. Unfortunately, Felsted had more hunger finishing with a 4-1 win. Frustratingly, we lost a game against Culford despite dominating proceedings, but we lacked a clinical edge in the attacking circle. The transfer and patience demonstrated from our defensive line was the strongest yet and allowed the midfielders to execute their leads to retain possession. The

trip to Framlingham was always going to be a tough task against an excellent team (top four in the country). Despite the scoreline, the girls performed admirably against a very talented and well-drilled side. Conceding three early goals did not dampen spirits and we demonstrated resilience and determination right to the final whistle. What impressed me most was their ability to implement the game plan of moving the ball on early and instigating the transfer despite the pressures. King worked tirelessly in the centre of midfield and Mitchell proved her versatility as an effective right defender. I was proud of the character everyone showed on the pitch. Despite these losses in the first few games the girls really tried hard to improve in training. The return of Newitt gave the team a huge lift and potent goal threat. This was evident in the last match before half term with a comprehensive victory over Coopers. Saffron Walden’s pace and power proved too much and we lost 2-1. Unfortunately, Latchford took a nasty blow to the head from a short corner strike and this (understandably) threw the girls. The team ended up conceding 2 goals in quick succession and despite a goal from Vitorovic, we could only halve the deficit. It was a fantastic comeback victory for the team against Kimbolton, scoring with the final touch to record a thrilling 3-2 victory. After a lethargic first half, we found ourselves 2-0 down. However, players responded magnificently to a player led half-time team talk and pulled back an early goal (Smink). Hungry for the win, Smink went on to secure a hat trick and a memorable comeback victory. Friday night lights returned vs Haileybury in what was an incredibly fast paced game of high quality. We were unlucky not to come away with the victory after dominating the last 25 minutes of the second half. The match began with the team being too hesitant, which allowed Haileybury to score from two short corners. This


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spurred the College into life and they pulled a goal back (Newitt) and a breakaway goal followed when Newitt found Swann who finished with a belter. The second half started but two moments of hesitation in the Stortford defence allowed Haileybury to score 2 further goals to take a 4-2 lead. Tupman then produced an excellent stick save to keep it at 4-2 and a minute later the College pulled it back to 4-3 after a well worked short corner routine. The equaliser came 10 minutes later when Basavaraj found herself unmarked at the back post to slot the ball past the keeper. Final score: 4-4. A comprehensive 9-1 victory followed over Stamford and another comfortable victory over RHS continued our fine form towards the end of the season. The season ended with a solid victory against New Hall. Newitt opened the scoring with a thunderous reverse stick strike and the lead was doubled when a short corner fell to Swann who dispatched her shot with accuracy and power. Newitt then grabbed her second of the match and Latchford scored her first for the 1st XI. In summary, it really was a term of two halves; the first being one of development and improvement and the second being performance and results. With much of the side returning next year, I hope that we can really build on the momentum we gathered in the second half of the term and I look forward to seeing what this undoubtedly talented side can achieve.

Hockey General Report 2018 Whilst the 1st XI, U14A and U14B teams had positive winning records, unfortunately the remaining teams did not quite achieve the same level of success. However, intensity in training has been a major drive over the past few years and this had certainly stepped up a notch. I am confident that this can be transferred into match situations

and can build on established strengths. Highlights of the season include: the U16A team being crowned county champions and the U18s were runners-up. The U16 indoor team gaining qualification to the National Indoor Finals – This was an amazing achievement, considering the limited time we get to train indoors, and we finished a very credible joint 5th in the country.

2nd XI Player of the Year – Annalise Tran Most Improved – Addie Nicholls Top Goal Scorer – Chloe Jones Playing record – Played: 12, Won: 3, Drew: 1, Lost: 8 The 2nd XI girls had a competitive season, with most matches being closely contested and lost by only one goal. The girls have worked hard in training to develop their skills and worked well as a team throughout the season. Nurbhai led the team from defence and has had an outstanding season. Addie Nicholls’ attendance at goalie training definitely paid off with improvements made week on week! Highlights include: beating Culford 9-1 early in the season; the incredible comeback against The Perse to draw 2-2, as well as the penultimate match against RHS where the girls performed with a great team effort, winning 3-0. Jones scored 10 out of the 22 goals

scored. Tran is deservedly Player of the Year for her great distribution from the middle and threatening strike at goal.

3rd XI Player of the Year – Amber Magson Most Improved – Phoebe Barford Top Goal Scorer – Amber Pearson Playing record – Played: 9, Won: 4, Drew: 1, Lost: 4, Goals For: 13, Goals Against: 15 The 3rd XI took many aspects of training into their game play with some excellent competitive matches being played. Defensively, the back four worked on transferring the ball around the back, which they have grown in confidence. Their tackling and strong defence was crucial and they worked well together under pressure. Midfielders have worked tirelessly up and down the pitch, contributing to both the defensive and attacking aspects of our matches. In training, focus was on meeting the ball and winning 50/50 balls, which considerably improved options when out-letting from the back to our midfielders. They also developed their passing earlier and moving off the ball to create more width and attacking options. Our forwards had a tricky season coming up against some strong defensive opposition. In training we looked to build on our width and movement off the ball, as well as utilising the speed of our wings

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Girls’ Hockey with some baseline runs down the right-hand side. These aspects have set up many goal-scoring opportunities and have made us look strong in the attacking quarter. Highlights of the season include the 1-0 win against Haileybury with no subs, where the whole team worked for each other and showed excellent resilience. Our last game of the season against Stamford was also very exciting, eventually winning 3-2 in a close game of hockey. Overall, the team have worked together well and bonded as a group, trained well and played some excellent hockey across the term.

4th XI Player of the Year- Jospehine Owen Most Improved – Hattie Cooke Top Goal Scorer – Josephine Owen The 4th XI had a tough season against strong opposition. Defensively, they applied pressure and showed that they could work as a unit. Training was made fun and enjoyable, ensuring the drills and games were hockey specific, for example Queen of the D, to improve their dribbling skills. Throughout this season we have been working on using the width of the pitch when attacking and worked on the press and forcing the opposition to play narrow whilst defending. These were real improvements as the season went on, showing that they were implementing their training into matches. Highlight of the season would be the positivity shown, no matter what the scoreline was and the determination to carry on.

U15A Player of the Year – Fiona Humphries Most Improved – Scarlett Kedadi Top Goal Scorer – Jenny Hamshere Played: 13, Won: 5, Drew: 0, Lost: 8, Goals For: 32, Goals Against: 37

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Humphries improved dramatically, which made her a valued member of the team. Her confidence has really grown and the amount of effort she put into training was reflected in her improved performances each week. We had a tough start to the hockey term as we suffered a heavy loss against Sevenoaks, however, we learned lots from it and it gave us an opportunity to set goals for the season. The best performance was against Felsted. Despite losing, the team battled hard and we were unfortunate to concede two late goals.

U15B Players of the Year: Ellie Brown and Imogen Donald Most Improved: Toayo Onajobi Top Goal Scorer: Ellie Brown Playing record – Played: 9, Won: 4, Drew: 0, Lost: 5, Goals For: 15, Goals Against: 29 A 13-1 loss to Sevenoaks in our opening match of the term was a tough one and the girls could easily have allowed this to set the tone for the coming matches. However they worked hard in their training sessions and came back fighting for their match against Felsted. Stephens was superb on the right wing and teamed well with Brown. Donald was highlighted in our defensive unit on many occasions with strong performances against The Leys and Stamford. The scoreline finished in Kimbolton’s favour (4-1) despite moments of strong attack and good clearances out of defence. In the second half, Eedes found herself being charged down by four defenders, but kept her composure and scored a fantastic goal. Our goal keeper, Onajobi, has undoubtedly improved and communicated well to the rest of her defensive unit. Notley took up good positions on the back post and finished off the shots coming in from Magson. The term didn’t end with a scoreline in

our favour, however, the girls finished with the same drive and enthusiasm they have shown all season.

U14A Player of the Year – Esha Singh Most Improved – Imogen French Top Goal Scorer – Emily Shaw Playing record – Played: 14 , Won: 7, Drew: 2, Lost: 5 A positive season against some strong opposition. Passing, movement off the ball and use of the width on the pitch have been areas we have tried to improve and judging from our recent performances I am happy to say we have succeeded! Our defensive line came under a lot of pressure but demonstrated great persistence and teamwork. Our midfield players have been instrumental in linking play and transferring the


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ball. Our attackers have worked well together and used their pace to eliminate defenders. Esha Singh, our goalkeeper, has been outstanding; she has received a barrage of shots, but opposition are denied goals due to her fantastic reaction time and agility. In our last match of the season against New Hall it was clear that the team wanted to end the season on a high. Our movement off the ball was fantastic and we worked the ball down the right wing with ease. We had plenty of opportunities at goal and I was thrilled that we were able to convert these. The match finished 6-1; the perfect end to an enjoyable season!

a free hit or short corner. Lello was always there to regain the ball when we lost possession and then carry the ball forward, threatening opposition. James’ positional awareness was excellent and managed to poach numerous goals. Hanson improved her spatial awareness, managing to make some fantastic leads and creating space for herself to receive the ball. Despite never playing on pitch before, Cornish developed her skills and became a regular starter. Individually, many girls were selected to attend JDC and JACPC. Imogen

Swann was selected to U16 NAGS as well as playing for Saxon Tigers at Futures Cup. Lizzie Tupman, Emelia Mitchell, Lana Vitorovic, Imogen Basavaraj and Natasha Reid were all selected to attend the England Hockey Performance Centre. On behalf of the girls, I would like to thank all the coaches and umpires who have made it possible to train and play matches, Gary Law and all the catering staff for providing superb after match refreshments and to the parents for their continued support throughout the season.

U14B Player of the Year – Lola Brown Most Improved – Prettney Mukiri Top Goal Scorer – Imogen James Playing record – Played: 10, Won: 6, Drew: 1, Lost: 3, Goals For: 20, Goals Against: 13 Every girl improved due to their hard work and determination. We started the season without a goalkeeper, but Norris admirably stepped into the role and went on to make some fantastic saves. In defence, Mukiri’s tackling was fantastic, but she was also an attacking threat down the right-hand side. She was rewarded from her performances with an opportunity to play in the A team. A great strength of the girls was their ability to carry the ball forward; Brown would drive forward into space to win

U15 B Coach: R. Lewin Back Row (L-R): E. Penkul, M. Harding, A. Palmer, A. Eedes, F. Notley, F. Stephens, S. Imber, C. Milnes, L. Haddow Front Row (L-R): A. De Bohun, P. Hutchings, B. Coe, L. Hallwood, C. Pham, T. Onajobi

1st XI

2nd XI

Coach: N. Prowse and D. Hughes Back Row (L-R): I. Swann, E. Mitchell, T. Beaumont, C. Ryan, G. Watkin, G. Latchford Front Row (L-R): D. Selway, L. Vitorovic, M. Newitt, A. McGloin, G. King, I. Basavaraj, E. Tupman

Coach: A. Barratt Back Row (L-R): F. Young, E. Kerr, N. Vitorovic, V. Poulter, I. Malyon, H. Needham Front Row (L-R): A. Povey, A. Tran, C. Jones, Y. Fearon, S. Williams, E. Povey

3rd XI

U15 A

Coach: J. Malings Back Row (L-R): C. Gisborne, P. Barford, M. Fraser Andrews, A. Craft, H. Fox, Y. Cheng Front Row (L-R): A. Wilson, C. Hall, K. Whitehead, P. Zacharatou, A. Zacharatou, A. Pearson

Coach: D. Roberts Back Row (L-R): A. Wood, F. Humphries, L. Sutcliffe, D. Juniper, S. Magson, E. Brown, H. Beckett Front Row (L-R): S. Kadadi, S. Bishton, J. Hamshere, A. Stiffell, K. Pugh, V. Menon, P. Man, J. Lawson

U14 A Coach: H. Fordham Back Row (L-R): A. Snelling, S. Best, E. Shaw, P. Mukiri, Z. Clark-Jones, T. Reid, I. French Front Row (L-R): R. Bender, B. Gibbons, E. Keen, S. Aubrey-Robson (Capt.), A. Halligan, I. Good, E. Singh

U14 B Coach: R. Lewin Back Row (L-R): F. Hill, I. James, G. Couser, L. Hanson, H. Freeman, L. Bruce, A. Beaver, F. Lello, M. Baines, P. Mukuri, M. Aruna Front Row (L-R): L. Brown, K. Sinitsyna, T. Cornish, I. Millard, G. Dromard, R. Baker, E. Dreblow, E. Norris

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Rugby

1st XV Another successful and promising season for the Bishop’s Stortford College 1st XV team. At the start of the season, it was decided that their vision would be to encourage a change in the culture of College rugby, both during training and matches; this precedent was adhered to from the offset. The season started early at Brentwood School when the team faced some tough opposition. This provided an important introduction to the physicality and pace of rugby at this level, particularly for some of the younger players coming into the 1st XV. The following match, against Sevenoaks, was a superb start to the rugby season and a clinical performance meant we came away with a two-point victory. Unfortunately, Matthew Ige suffered a season-shortening injury and was subsequently ruled out for the remainder of the term. Up next was St George’s School in what was the team’s biggest win of the season, putting fifty points past them and ending the game early! The forwards showed their dominance in this game with ball carriers such as Curvis Esdelle and Harry Eedes showing off their strength. The local derby against The Boys High School was a big highlight of the season with a victory to the College of 16-14. Despite not playing to their full potential in this game, the force of the boys’ collective spirit carried them

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through this tough match, coming out on top. Alfie Perring put in a star performance and was awarded Man of the Match. The centenary game at Allianz Park was another great highlight of the season. In the first twenty minutes the team shocked Felsted with their defence and energy on the pitch. Being only 12-0 down after the first quarter was massive for the boys considering the strength and experience within the Felsted side. Later in the match, Joseph Radley launched himself into the sky to receive a high ball which led to a try from a lovely grubber kick by Charles Favell to Thomas Howell in the corner. This was an occasion not to be forgotten by the squad who took part. This year, for the very first time, the 1st XV had their own strength and conditioning coach, Mr Richard Gill. The team had an extra two training sessions a week in the gym alongside extra fitness sessions. It was evident that the fitness level within the group had grown significantly and it showed towards the end of each game. Attack expert, George Cullen, oversaw the organisation of the backs and the boys have greatly valued the knowledge and professionalism he has brought to the team. Rugby professional, Andy Long, has also worked with the forwards and helped with defence and the breakdown

of play. His experience and expertise of the game is an inspiration and his work on the breakdown has been crucial in getting quick balls this season; the squad became a more connected and physical outfit. Overall, many good memories have been created for the boys this season. The 1st XV squad has displayed phases of play that I would not have thought possible just a few months earlier. The depth of players within the squad was valuable over the whole season and it looks to be another respectable outfit come next year.

2nd XV The 2nd XV had a productive, enjoyable and highly rewarding season, filled with optimism under the guidance of team coach, Mr Bashford. Although the lack of wins was a little disappointing, it was an enjoyable rugby season nonetheless. There is a mix of abilities within the squad including four boys who had never played rugby before the start of term, with two, Raphael Nahmany and Cong Cheng, both having represented the College in competitive matches. Despite the scoreline not always going in favour of the boys, they deserve full credit for their spirit and attitude throughout all of their matches. The individual level of skill and patterns of play continued to improve and there is a need to balance


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performance with participation and the opportunity to wear the College shirt. Equally, in the unfortunate event of injuries to the 1st XV, there is a ‘knock on’ effect to the squad, and maintaining a regular team is not always easy for a 2nd XV side. Thanks go to Mr Swart- Wilson for all his assistance and to the guest coaches for their technical support. Congratulations to Theo Barrett, Jordan Badman, Thomas Howell, Matthew Barrett and Matthew Precious who subsequently played, or were selected for, the 1st XV squad. The finest performance of the season was against The Boys High School in which the team played some of the best rugby the College has seen for years. Despite two pupils being put in the sin bin (always a heated local derby) and with only five minutes to go the team was lagging just two points behind. However, it is not over until the final whistle! Led by an inspirational performance from Captain Sam Farrington, the team managed to win a penalty inside the opposition half. With the final play of the game and moving from left to right, an injured Daniel Evans set up Matthew Precious who fought off three defenders to score in the far corner. Jubilant celebrations from players and supporters summed up the end to a close and pulsating match; it will live long in the memory. There were also competitive losses to The Perse and The Leys but these performances were taken forward with wins against Framlingham and Haileybury. Highlights in the second half of the season included the development of James Catton after three years away from the game, the leadership of Sam Farrington and the improvement of players such as Arthur Sullivan, Alexander Ignatiev and the aforementioned Daniel Evans.

U16A Under the calm supervision of Mr Brooks, training was fun but focused, matches were exhilarating and all in

all the U16A team had an excellent season with many players who will be knocking on the door of the 1st XV squad next season. The U16A team out-rucked every opposition team, which is no mean feat given that they were several stone lighter, per player, than most. The collective hunger, the consistency in training and a deep-rooted desire not to give in made them a phenomenal group of boys. Well-led by Captain William Darlington and with highly committed performances from the other senior players, the boys learned a lot about themselves and about the pleasure of working in a great team.

U16B A season full of highs and lows for the U16B team, which was commendably rounded off with a performance to be proud of against Haileybury; losing 42-21 with a hat-trick of tries for Joseph Ash. At the start of the season, a small selection of unenthusiastic boys arrived but within weeks, under the supervision of Mr Littlechild, the U16B coach, twenty-four boys attended training each week and thoroughly enjoyed their rugby. The boys improved every week, gave 100% effort in every game and had a new star player from every match including Tom Hextall’s big hits, Henry Taylor’s playmaking and Darian Paraschita’s blistering pace down the wing in every game. Their biggest

highlight of the season was a ‘Miracle ball’ (which was the call for a cross field kick); Jack Evans with the kick, George Craft with the catch and then a pass out the back door to Joseph Ash on the wing to score the try of the season!

U15A Thomas Eedes captained from the front, with outstanding onpitch performances; he kept calm a head under pressure and led the team superbly. The stand out team performance was against Mill Hill School where they showed tremendous strength in the forward line and a classy running display from the backs. Another highlight was their performance against St Edmund’s School in the National Natwest Cup game; they played with grit and determination from the first to the final whistle!

U15B It was a long and challenging season of rugby for the College’s U15B team but one that has shown more positives than negatives. The struggles of B team rugby can be those of a disjointed team at times, both because of injuries and because players are often called up to the A team. However, the core group of players stuck at it throughout the season and brought their energy to every session with smiling faces.

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Rugby

1st XV

Conran Connor captained the side well and showed good leadership in some difficult circumstances. A couple of fantastic performances from Alistair Deane-Wake at full-back who showed class in his defensive work, as well as stand out performances from Calum Reed, David Ayeni, Thomas Pettitt and Josh Balshaw. Well done to Samuel

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Martin who was the most improved player of the season.

U14A The U14A team showed resilience, particularly whilst they found their feet at the start of the season. The area which all players needed to focus on was their understanding of the constituent parts of the game they had the skillset but they needed to evolve their thinking when circumstances changed and to the scenarios that unfolded ahead of them. They were

Coach: D. Elsom, A. Beukes, A. Long, G. Cullen Back Row (L-R): E. Holman, M. Precious, M Potts, J. Woollerson, B. Brooks, A. Perring, T. Howell, H. Belton, J. Radley, B. Scilly, P. Thomas, F. Muir, H. Eedes, M Barrett Front Row (L-R): P. Humphries, M. Ige, T. Barrett, J. Sisterson, G. Imber, J. Morris, J. Brooks, J. Basavaraj, C. Favell, A. Tuch, C. Esdelle

2nd XV

The results this season were very mixed. When on form, this team was a serious challenge to any opponent; some schools were beaten by over 50 points such as King’s Ely and Framlingham. But when not at their best, the boys were taught some tough lessons by losing heavily to some very good schools. Away at Framlingham was certainly a highlight of the season; the boys played at their absolute best to win 55-0. Team coach, Mr Chris Bolton, pointed out the performance of Marcin Matys who managed to fly-hack the ball from his own try line to the opposition’s and score.

stronger contenders in the second half of the season and the margin for a win became increasingly closer! The group has buckets of potential.

U14B This has been a challenging season for the U14B team. They were on a tough circuit so it was always going to be a tall order at this stage of their Senior School rugby careers to overcome many of the challenges placed before them. Outstanding performances came against Haileybury, The Bishop’s

Coach: Paul Bashford Back Row (L-R): T. Brown, K. Cheng, P. Collins, A. Ignatiev, E. Newsome, A. Sullivan, A. Alexander, R. Nahmany, L. Henchie, B. Smollett, O. Stevenson Front Row (L-R): G. Elliott, J. Hunt, J. Tasker, O. Lennie, Z. Francis, S. Farrington, J. Padfield, J. Le Grove, J. Catton, H. Morgan, L. Krinks


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Coach: G. Brooks and A. Ingram Back Row (L-R): L. Brown, W. Rodgers, B. Hunt, F. Cooke, C. Marks, D. Zeolla, J. Charsley, A. Siddiqui Front Row (L-R): T. Marks, M. Heath, O. Walker, J. Tasker, E. Lewin, W. Darlington, F. Leuzzi, L. McMahon, J. Alfieri, C. Downing, W. Padfield

U14A

U15A

Coach: M. Wilson and S. Murtagh-Howard Back Row (L-R): M. Smith, E. Williams, W. Howell, T. Pearson, J. O’Connor, B. Brown, T. Burton-Gidman, T. Lewy, K. Yipp, L. Riley Front Row (L-R): G. Muir, W. Thacker, J. Sisterson, F. Cooke, C. Self, T. Eedes, J. Cinnamon, C. Yipp, E. Bond, E. Hastings, A. Deane-Wake

U14C

U14B

Coach: O. Murley Back Row (L-R): M. Simons, G. Spice, S. Barrett, J. Gilbert, W. Lipscombe, G. Taylor, D. Jacoby, C. Lancaster, K. Sinitsyn, M. Farrow, K. Zannino Front Row (L-R): J. Hitchman, H. Wilson, V. Vascon, Y. El-Tawil, F. Needham, W. Blackmore, J. Rider, A. Edwards, O. Sewell

U16A

A. Beaukes

Coach: M. Wilson and S. Murtagh-Howard Back Row (L-R): C. Parsons, S. Bashford, J. Omolayole, S. John, M. Poulter, W. Lipscombe, L. Dunkley, H. Walker, T. Howell, D. Jacoby Front Row (L-R): A. Pyle, H. Sugden, G. Jarrett, L. Barrett, F. Chapman, A. Dromard, H. Dearmon, H. Wilson, F. Watkins

Coach: N. Featherstone Back Row (L-R): F. Gadd, S. Harrison, G. Spice, C. Lancaster, C, Lancaster, A. Wall, A. Seewoosurrun, D. Viner, K. Sinitsyn Front Row (L-R): M. Simons, A. Bovaird, H. Dearman, V. Vascan, Y. El-Tawil, A. Edwards, J. Leakey, A. Dayama, O. Skynner

U15B

Team coach, Mr Oliver Murley, reported that players who gave their all for the team all season included: Henry Wilson, whose defensive skills in particular were outstanding and James Hitchman, an improved and increasingly effective fly-half as the season progressed. William Blackmore proved to be an outstanding talent and Victor Vascan might rank as one of the most improved players, progressing from the C team to the B’s very own powerhouse. William Lipscombe was always a handful for the opposition and Samuel Barrett had a particularly admirable season. Thanks must go to Frankie Needham for his captaincy and positivity throughout.

Coach: Chris Bolton Back Row (L-R): A. Peehal, A. Mariathasan, J. Balshaw, T. Pettitt, J. Hotson, P. Lush, E. Lush, J. Hepburn, A. Wadhams Front Row (L-R): M. Matys, M. Smith, D. Ayeni, E. Hastings, C. Connor, S. Martin, C. Bennett, C. Phelps, C. Reed

U16B

Stortford High School, The Leys and Framlingham College. The performance against Haileybury, in particular, proved that the B team could be a force to be reckoned with when not affected by injuries to players from both the B and A teams. When they had players such as Niáll Mulheron, Dexter Jacoby, Charlie Parsons and Luke Barrett amongst the squad, they were a tough match for anyone.

Coach: G. Littlechild Back Row (L-R): J. Ash, E. Khun, J. Bassingthwaighte, E. Paliy, A. Wade-Baylis, F. Tiernan, G. Craft, B. Brazier, J. Evans, J. Rossi, D. Paraschita Front Row (L-R): L. Walsh, H. Burgin, C. Slee, H. Taylor, L. Wou-Smith, F. Mason, A. Sabesan, T. Hextall, R. Macmillian

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Netball It has been a mixed term of results for the netball teams, however, each and every team has worked extremely hard and made notable progress.

General report The U18B team worked closely with the U18A team helping to promote a competitive training environment and one in which team selection was a difficult decision each week. Player of the Year was Nena Nurbhai (who also received the players’ player award) and she has been invaluable in the defensive circle. Although the team was on the end of a couple of unlucky losses, they also found form and enjoyed dominant performances against Culford (23-8) and Aldenham (30-10). Grace Latchford has shown real progress across the term playing the centre position and creating a great link between the defensive and attacking end of the court. Her hard work saw her awarded Most Improved Player for the U18B team.  The U18C and D teams, coached by Miss Barrett and Miss Mallings, contained a mixture of experienced players and players who were enjoying their first ever experience of the game. Their early loss to Felsted, frustrating as it was, only spurred them on to work a little harder and earn some excellent wins. This included a solid triumph over Framlingham with a huge 24 goal difference. The U15A and B teams were made up of a talented group of girls who did not fail to deliver this term. It was a day for the shooters when we faced Felsted early in the term. Alice De Bohun from the A team and Ella Penkul from the B’s were both influential in the shooting circle. The A team liked to keep the scorelines close with many of their games coming down to the final quarter. Amber Wood stayed composed in the match against SWCHS, which saw them push to the end winning by just 2 goals and both the Kimbolton and Norwich matches

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were also last-minute wins. Despite the B team narrowly losing to SWCHS the team should be extremely proud of their results. They had impressive wins against many of our notoriously strong opposition. They beat Framlingham (26-12), Kimbolton (19-12) and Norwich (20-17) to name but a few. The U15s are an exciting group of girls moving through the school and I look forward to coaching them within the senior teams next year.  The U15C team were coached by Miss Poulter this year who did a fantastic job at keeping morale high and putting the girls through their paces, stimulating an energetic training environment. It was great to have such a large squad, which meant we were able to rotate players freely. Tara Mistry was the stand out player in their match against Framlingham. Her continued hard work on court and positive attitude spurred the rest of the team on to a fantastic 26-12 win.  The U14A side were lucky this year to be coached by our very own international player, Miss Emanuel. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience and the girls thoroughly enjoyed learning from her. A stand out player of the team this year has been Rosie Baker. Her versatility, when playing in both shooting and defensive

circles, has meant she is a force to be reckoned with. An early loss in the term did not send them off track and they followed up with close wins over Culford, SWCHS and Framlingham to name a few. Beatrice Gibbons has also been a name mentioned on a regular basis and is a player to watch moving up to the U15s next year. Mrs Kay was new to our coaching team this year and proved to be a superb addition. Despite it being a term of mixed results, the progress the girls made from start to finish has been


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great to see. Their term started with a huge win over Culford (29-2) with Roxy Bender putting her mark on the game. They were unfortunate not to come away with a win against Felsted but a few poor decisions in the final few minutes proved costly. SWCHS was a tough fixture again this term, losing by 2, but Lucy Hanson played well keeping the team well within reach of a potential win.  The U14C team were coached by the duo of Miss Francis and Mr Littlechild. Miss Francis brought the knowledge and Mr Littlechild brought the enthusiasm. The girls were kept on their toes in training sessions and thoroughly enjoyed their term of netball. A draw against Felsted at the start of term was a great opening match with Katya Sinitsyna performing well. A mixed set of results followed, however, every fixture followed with a much-improved performance which was great to see.  Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those people who help make this term such a success; Gary Law and his catering team, all of the supporters who come to watch in what is not always the best of weathers and the coaches who tirelessly share their knowledge and expertise with the girls.

U18A Player of the Year: Verity Poulter Player’s Player: Ellie Lewis Most Improved: Amy Craft  Despite a relatively young side, it provided an opportunity to develop tactical awareness, knowing that next year we can come back stronger! Many of our younger members of the team are involved in National Super League hubs and brought plenty of knowledge and experience with them. The season started with a new addition against Culford; a confident start so early on provided the springboard to boast morale. That said, the remainder of the season was a little turbulent and unfortunately, we did not have a clean scorecard. Both Felsted and Norwich penalised us heavily, however, the final scorelines of both matches do not give a true reflection of the game. In reflection, Norwich was all about a

poor start and poor finish. Being down by 8 after the first quarter is always going to be a tough challenge to overcome, but testament to the grit of our pupils they clawed their way back in the middle section. Eventually, they lost by a narrow margin of two goals. A lot of positives were taken from this game, proving to ourselves that at times we were more than capable of playing at the desired standard. Despite the girls applying themselves well in training, having to face Felsted so early in the term is always a hard challenge. The match this year turned out to be a big learning curve for the

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Netball group. For one reason or another it was a lack lustre performance where we did not react to the opposition, but we allowed them to dictate the state of play. After this heavy loss, the team were acutely aware of the need for mental toughness and could not afford to dwell on these two heavy losses. From analysing the game, we recognised that the difference between us and our opponents was our unforced error rates. Norwich had 11 and Felsted 16 more turnovers than us, which highlights the importance of us looking after our own possession.  We targeted specific areas to focus on for the subsequent weeks during intense and purposeful training sessions. As a team, we were starting to gel and work well as a whole unit having identified individual responsibilities. Our next fixture against Kimbolton allowed us to recalibrate the season and was a major step up with us rectifying many of our previous wrongs. Historically,

U14A Coach: C. Emanuel Back Row (L-R): S. Best, E. Shaw, Z. Clark-Jones, R. Baker Front Row (L-R): E. Keen, A. Halligan, P. Mukuri, B. Gibbons

Kimbolton has been a physical match and this year was no different. The plan was to stick to task and work on our own processes and to do that whilst battling the physicality was impressive. It was a close game to start but we finally managed to take the lead and more importantly, push the scoreline out.

two losses. Framlingham on the day were far superior and their rotating goal circle proved too difficult to defend. Looking at the statistics from the Sevenoaks match we achieved over 80% shooting stats, which once again proved when we had the possession, we were converting it but our error rate needs to be decreased significantly.

Aldenham was another match that threw up a few challenges: poor weather, poor playing surface, a depleted squad and then injuries during the match all grouped together to test the girls. It was one of those matches where we should have been the better team but nothing seemed to go our way, with every passage of play proving difficult to take to goal. It was our first quarter that ended up winning us the game, which was great to see as in other matches our slow starts had been costly.

Our final match of the term was against the Old Stortfordian team. This was all about our performance and proving to ourselves the progress we had made this term. The match did not disappoint with the girls at times dominating in certain areas of the court. It really was like watching a different team to that which arrived at the first training session back in January. Unfortunately, it was the experience of the opposition that came out on top, but a performance the younger team should be proud of.

The roller coaster continued with our two wins being followed by another

L. Watson

U14B Back Row (L-R): L. Hanson, T. Cornish, M. Ayana Middle Row (L-R): G. Dromard, I. James, I. Millard, R. Bender Front Row (L-R): H. Freeman, L. Brown, I. French, N. Reid

U14C L. Bruce, B. Cresswall, R. Clarke, S. Kadadi, A. Snelling, G, Couser, E. Higgs, S. Dogramaci, G. Abedajo, E. Rogers, A. Beaver, B. Van de Heijen, I. Hall, E. Dreblo, E. Whirledge, F. Hill, K. Sinitsyna, M. Burgin, M. Issacs, C. Coburn-Lum, F. Lello, E. Norris

U15C U15A Back Row (L-R): L. Sutcliffe, A. Stiffell, D. Juniper, A. De Bohun, F. Humphries Front Row (L-R): K. Pugh, A. Wood, J. Hampshere, R. Fakile

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U15B Back Row (L-R): E. Penkul, F. Notley, A. Eedes, C. Ryan, I. Basavajav Front Row (L-R): P. Duncan, V. Menon, B. Coe, S. Bishton

Back Row (L-R): T. Cheung, C. Poon, J. Zhang Hwo, T. Onajobi, C. Phem Middle Row (L-R): L. Hallwood, T. Mistry, L. Haddow, S. Imber, F. Stephens Front Row (L-R): P. Mussard, A. Moore, J. Lawson, C. Milnes


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U18A Coach: L. Watson Back Row (L-R): A. Craft, G. Gvero, A. Povey, Y. Cheng, H. Herbert Front Row (L-R): C. Jones, K. Whitehead, V. Poulter, E. Lewis

U18B Coach: H. Fordham Back Row (L-R): Y. Butt, F. Young, T. Beaumont, N. Nurbhai Front Row (L-R): G. Latchford, A. Tran, Y. Fearon, A. McGloin

U18C Back Row (L-R): M. Dawson, I. Malyon, C. Gisborne, A. Magson, C. Hall Front Row (L-R): E. Kerr, M. Wilde, P. Barford, G. Watson

U18D Back Row (L-R): J. Fu, L. Robinson, E. Noskova, D. Shiryaeva, C. Tupman, A. Nicholls Middle Row (L-R): J. Owen, S. Young, X. Constantinou, E. Jarrett, K. Cheng, G. Magson Front Row (L-R): M. Saif, E. Dunkley, S. Carter, I. Hart

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Boys’ Hockey Results (Regular and U18 Cup) Played: 11, Cancelled: 4, Won: 8, Drawn: 1, Lost: 2 Goals: For 59, Against: 23 V

Hitchin

Won

6–1

(Grove-Smith 3, Bassingthwaighte 2, Brooks)

V

Culford

Won

8–2

(J Brooks 3, Grove-Smith 3, Power, Smink)

V

Bedford

Cancelled

V

Felsted

Cancelled

V

Kimbolton

Won

4–2

(J Brooks 3, Snelling)

V

The Leys

Won

4–1

(J Brooks 3, Kuhn

V

Framlingham

Drew

1–1

(J Brooks)

V

Watford

Won

10 – 1

(J Brooks 4, Marsden 4, Kuhn 2)

V

Norwich

Lost

0–2

V

The Perse

V

Felsted

V

RHS Holbrook

V

Bancroft’s (Cup)

V V

Cancelled Won

7–1

(J Brooks 5, Evans, Marsden)

Won

9–0

(J Brooks 5, Power 2, Brown, Evans)

Forest (Cup)

Won

8–2

(J Brooks 4, Grove-Smith 3, Colclough)

Bedford (Cup)

Lost

2 – 10

(J Brooks 2)

Cancelled

Scorers J Brooks 31, Grove-Smith 9, Marsden 5, Power 3, Kuhn 3, Evans 2, Bassingthwaighte 2, Snelling, Colclough, Brown, Smink

Players Ed Catton*, Tom Snelling^, Jamie Munro*, Ben Brooks^, Peter Hall*, Adam Bassingthwaighte^, Freddie Colclough** (Captain), Emil Kuhn^, Josh Brown^, Tom Grove-Smith^, Jake Morris, Tommy Williams, Daniel Evans^, Henry Marsden^, Alex Smink, Joe Power^, Jamie Brooks** (Vice-Captain) (*new full colours, ^new half colours, old full colour**)

Awards Preston Cup (Sixth Form player who has developed most) Jamie Munro Cotton Cup (Player who has helped the Captain most during the season) Jamie Brooks Taylor Shield (1st XI Captain) Freddie Colclough

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1st XI Report This was a side with several players who had experienced outside school hockey and at times they were just too powerful for their opponents and had the ability to score goals at will. Hence, they achieved several large victory margins. Against stronger opponents they sometimes showed a little defensive frailty, if individuals were exposed, although very often some excellent circle defence prevented this from being disastrous. The playing and personal discipline problems of last year were much reduced and only occasionally reappeared. It is good to report there were more players this year with a very positive attitude, exemplified by the excellent Captain, Freddie Colclough, who gave a good example to those not finding this so easy. The team was usually very secure, varied and creative in outlet and build-up play. Any distribution errors were usually recovered before they became serious. Against packed defences, the attackers sometimes reverted to excessively direct methods but, to be honest, eventually their opponents often buckled and allowed penetration into shooting positions. However, they could have made last third attack against set defences easier for themselves at times by more and earlier passing and creating and using space. In counter attack the team was devastating, showing considerable pace and skill to score some spectacular goals alongside a strong penalty corner routine; they were a force to be reckoned with. Defensively, the forwards press was often a little uncoordinated and individual, although the midfield did win some good ball by interception. Group midfield defence could be excellent and could be moderate, especially after transition if any individuals did not do their job properly. The back-line tackling was generally very good, especially when the marking intensity was improved and their defensive penalty corner was generally secure.

In the regular season, heavy wins against Hitchin and Culford were followed by an ill disciplined and scrambled win against Kimbolton. A better performance and win against The Leys was followed by a weakened side travelling to Framlingham and earning a hard fought draw when their England GK kept them in the game. Watford were beaten very comfortably, and some good goals scored before a strong Norwich side were a little too good in terms of their tactical appreciation and ability to expose errors, which caused the only regular fixture loss of the season. After yet more cancellations by other teams with last minute commitments, Felsted were kind enough to send their team over at short notice to play the postponed game from early in the season. After an even first period, this turned into quite a one-sided affair and resulted in a heavy win for the College. The U18 Cup involved three one sided games. Two very easy wins against Bancrofts and Forest were followed by a very disappointing performance against Bedford when the boys were given a lesson in both use of the ball and defensive discipline and lost heavily. Ed Catton was good in goal, when called upon. Jamie Munro was a brave and outstanding tackler in central defence, although he needs to develop his touch and distribution. His partner, Ben Brooks, was an excellent distributor, showing great variety in his passing range and tackled well around his body, although he needs to develop his defensive intensity in larger spaces. Tom Snelling showed real desire as LH, tackled very well and was a secure short ball distributor, although needs to develop his longer passing options. Peter Hall was a very dependable tackler at RH. Unfortunately, Adam Bassingthwaighte played little due to injury, but he showed huge potential as an attacking WH with good defensive attributes as well as skills on the ball.

In midfield (and sometimes central defence) Freddie Colclough was immense, covering miles, winning a vast number of tackles and passing well and with variety. As Captain, Colclough was excellent, blending an occasionally disparate cohort well and leading by example both on and off the pitch. Emil Kuhn, visiting for the year, had a great engine and good skills on and off the ball although needs to develop his option choices in possession. Josh Brown forced his way into the starting line-up because of his defensive energy, tackling and good skills on the ball with a desire to promote others via his passing. Tom Grove-Smith had some decent moments on the ball but unfortunately did not realise his potential. In attack, Daniel Evans led astutely and linked up sensibly, whilst Joe Power learnt very quickly the new role of striker and contributed greatly in all areas. Henry Marsden grabbed his opportunity and showed how he had developed his game defensively and in terms of option choice as well as having an eye for goal. Alex Smink showed huge energy and work rate but just needs to tidy up his possession skills. Jamie Brooks was an effective oldstyle centre forward. He dominated central areas near their circle and was a devastating goal scorer in open play, with both open and reverse stick shots, as well as being a decent penalty corner drag-flicker. His goal tally for the season was exceptional (31), including 7 hat-tricks or better in 11 games (!) and Felsted will be pleased to see the back of him after his 5 against them! Several players are leaving this year, some after many years in the team. We will miss them and wish them well in their future hockey. However, there are a good group remaining and some decent players coming up so hopefully the success of 2019 will continue next year. C. Bannister

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Boys’ Hockey A summary of the results of the boys’ teams in their regular fixtures and full-length Cup Games for the 2019 season are below: Results

Goals

Percentages

Team

Played

Canc’d

Won

Drawn

Lost

For

Against

Win

Win + Dr

1st Xl

11

4

8

1

2

59

23

73

82

2nd Xl

8

2

4

1

3

17

17

50

63

3rd Xl

7

0

3

2

2

21

14

43

71

4th Xl

4

1

0

1

3

7

11

0

25

16A XI

5

1

3

0

2

14

11

60

60

15A Xl

7

2

4

1

2

18

15

57

71

15B Xl

6

1

4

1

1

11

6

67

83

14A XI

8

1

4

1

3

10

18

50

63

14B XI

7

0

2

0

5

12

21

29

29

Totals

63

12

32

8

23

169

136

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In addition, EHB Cup results were: U18 Team: Got through to 3rd round, losing to Bedford U16 Team: Got through to 3rd round, losing to Whitgift U14 Team: Did not progress from County Tournament I am aware that relative statistics have some limitations in validity as conditions differ from year to year. However, they are a guide and after the disappointment of 2017, 2018 was a better year with 38% overall wins, but 2019 was a big improvement with the 51% wins being much closer to what we expect from College hockey. The College again suffered from cancellations of fixtures (16%) due to ours and other schools having to arrange Cup Games at short notice but luckily there was little disruption for weather. The disruption of regular fixtures caused by the Cups is probably the ‘new way’ for school hockey and is largely unavoidable. It was good to see 6 of our 9 teams achieving over 50% wins with the 1st Xl being particularly successful along with both the U15 teams. It is very hard to get U16 fixtures nowadays, as many schools do not run U16 teams but with some Cup games and opportunities to play in the senior teams later in the season, I hope that most of this age group were able to get enough hockey. The 1st XI, ably led by Freddie Colclough, won 8 of their 11 games, many by large margins and Jamie Brooks scored 31 goals in the process. The 7 – 1 win over Felsted was the performance and result highlight for everyone.

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The second XI got stronger and stronger and finished the season very well. An indicator of their improvement was how they turned around a 0 – 7 defeat by Felsted at the start of the season into a 5 – 2 win in the second game. The 3rds, ably marshalled as ever by coach Paul Bashford, had a good season, not only playing well but also enjoying their hockey which was particularly encouraging. The U16 (boosted by several U15s for the Cup) did well overall reaching the 3rd round of the EHB Cup and the U15 year group did well in both As and Bs. The U14A had some good wins but also came up against some strong opponents in other games, whilst the 14B tried hard and developed as the season progressed. In conclusion, can I offer some thanks on behalf of the College Hockey Club to: All the coaches for their massive enthusiasm, expertise and hard work; Nigel Witherden and his staff for their work on the grounds; Mike Tomkys for umpiring all of the 1st Xl matches; Gary Law and his staff for their excellent catering. Tim Hanks and his staff for their help with the washing of the team shirts In summary, this season was much more encouraging overall than the last couple and with some decent young players coming through the junior teams, and ever-increasing numbers playing club hockey outside school whenever they can, we can be optimistic for the immediate future of hockey at the College. C. Bannister


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1st XI Coach: M. Tomkys and C. Bannister Back Row (L-R): A. Snelling, J. Brown, D. Evans, B. Brooks, A. Bassingthawaighte, H. Marsden, A. Smink, E. Khun Front Row (L-R): J. Munro, P. Hall, F. Colclough, J. Brooks, J. Power, E. Catton

2nd XI Coach: J. Kirton Back Row (L-R): A. Wade-Baylis, V. Menon, C. Favell, M. Heath, F. Cooke, A. Smink, J. Bassingthawaighte, P. Collins, T. Williams Front Row (L-R): H. Champion, J. Morris, A. Alexander, J. Woollerson, J. Hawkins, J. Pilcher, B. Smollett

3rd XI Coach: A. Ingram and P. Bashford Back Row (L-R): E. Holman, J. Holman, B. Hunt, O. Walker, J. Ash, J. Charsley, L. Wilson, F. Leuzzi, L. Brown Front Row (L-R): C. Downing, B. Mehmet, S. Farrington, E. Newsome, M. Sharman, G. Imber, H. Eedes, H. Burgin

U15A XI 4th XI Coach: A. Ingram Back Row (L-R): F. Mason, J. Rossi, H. Nell, G. Craft, T. Marks, O. Martinelli Front Row (L-R): A. Sidiqqui, J. Alfieri, R. Macmillan, A. Sabesan, J. Hunt

U15B XI Coach: R. Lewin Back Row (L-R): C. Hinge, A. Wadhams, W. Howell, T. Noy, J. Cinnamon, D. Ayeni, A. Peehal, W. Thacker Front Row (L-R): S. Martin, A. Maraethisan, C. Yip, J. Sisterson, J. Hotson, T. Burton-Gidman, C. Hughes

U16A XI Coach: N. Prowse Back Row (L-R): L. Wilson, A. Wade-Baylis, J. Ash, J. Bassingthawaighte, W. Darlington, J. Evans Front Row (L-R): J. Charsley, M. Heath, F. Cooke, T. Williams, W. Keen, J. Tasker

U14A XI Coach: G. Brooks and C. Bolton Back Row (L-R): H. Walker, S. Bashford, S. Harrison, W. Blackmore, O. Sewell, J. Drake, M. Farrow, M. Simons Front Row (L-R): H. Wilson, A. Dromard, M. Poulter, E. Swift, A. Wall, F. Watkin, A. Gisborne

Coach: L. Michell and D. Roberts Back Row (L-R): E. Williams, J. O’Connor, A. James, T. Eedes Middle Row (L-R): C. Connor, W. Cutlyn-Smyth, G. Muir, M. Matys, A. Champion Front Row (L-R): T. Pettitt, K. Yip, M. Smith, F. Cooke, C. Evans, O. Henderson-Lea

U14B XI Coach: D. Hughes Back Row (L-R): H. Sugden, F. Needham, J. Omolayole, L. Dunkley, S. John, D. Jacoby, H. Yoxall Front Row (L-R): J. Gilbert, G. Jarrett, J. Hitchman, T. Howes, A. Dayama, J. Rider, A. Pyle

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Cricket The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

Cricket Played: 13, Won 9, Lost 2, Drew 2 Players: Adam Bassingthwaighte, Joseph Hawkins, James Woollerson, Jake Morris, Jamie Brooks, Thomas Snelling, John Tasker, Joseph Radley, Joshua Pilcher, Edward Catton, Tommy Williams, Jared Bassingthwaighte, William Cutlan-Smyth, Thomas Howes. Captains: Adam Bassingthwaighte, Joseph Hawkins. Coach: Mr N D Hughes, Mr C Bolton After a long and hard-working winter programme, the 1st XI began their eagerly awaited season with three preseason matches. The first of which was against the ever-strong Felsted and, whilst we lost the game, we showed the impressive calibre of cricketer we possessed and could be excited about the term ahead. Joseph Radley took three good wickets and Joshua Pilcher two, as we gave a good account of ourselves with the ball. Chasing their score of 267, Adam Bassingthwaighte and Joseph Hawkins were in fine form and both played superbly for 84 and 60 respectively, sharing a wonderful partnership of 102 runs and while they were at the crease the game was in our hands. Sadly, after they were dismissed, we fell away slightly and finished 35 runs short of our target. A few days later we hosted King’s Worcester for two matches, the first of which was a 20 over game in which James Woollerson and Joshua Pilcher set the standards with the ball with excellent economical spells and, along with good performances from all the bowlers, we restricted the opposition to 118. Adam Bassingthwaighte and Joseph Hawkins were again impressive, both scoring 46 runs to put us in a commanding position, however, with their dismissals came a little pressure and the game got tight towards the latter stages. Thankfully, John Tasker kept a cool head and played a little gem of an innings with 16 not out from only 10 balls to win the game off the penultimate delivery of the match.

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The second of these games was a 40 over match and King’s Worcester again batted first: the wickets were shared around all the bowlers who did their job well to restrict the opposition to 224 for 6. Our batting display in this game was nothing short of sensational: Adam Bassingthwaighte and Thomas Snelling shared an opening partnership of 109 before Thomas was dismissed for 32. Joseph Hawkins then joined Adam and the two of them played beautifully in an unbeaten 2nd wicket partnership of 118. Joseph finished the innings 47 not out while Adam ended a truly outstanding knock on 145 not out and the game was won with 5.2 overs to spare. Brentwood is always a tough fixture for us, but we felt we had a good chance with the strength of our side. They batted first and, despite a tight spell from James Woollerson and two wickets apiece for Jamie Brooks and Joshua Pilcher, they amassed an impressive total of 185 for 6 in their 30 overs. Adam Bassingthwaighte was again in imperious form with a majestic 76 and his innings was winning us the game; we had been losing wickets steadily at the other end and suddenly, when he was out, we could have let the game slip. Cutlan-Smyth played brilliantly to steady the ship and his 26 was vital. It was then left to Catton to close the game out and he did just that with a magnificent 39 not out from only 33 balls, including a huge six to finish it in the penultimate over. A great win, and an excellent platform for the rest of the season. A few days later our next opponents were the MCC; this is one of the biggest days of the season and a highly prestigious fixture for the boys who are lucky enough to play. As is customary in this event, the MCC batted first and, due to our bowlers excellent discipline, the MCC never got away from us, as we kept the scoring rate under control. Joshua Pilcher took two good wickets but the pick of the bowlers on the day were two young leg spinners: William Cutlan-Smyth was excellent taking one wicket from his 5 overs for just 15 runs, his control and

variations kept the batsmen guessing and it was a great spell of bowling. The other was young Thomas Howes, in his first game for the 1st XI, who produced an outstanding spell and took one wicket for only 18 runs in his 9 overs: a wonderful start to his 1st XI career and proving himself to be a very promising young cricketer for the future. The MCC finished with 234. We lost wickets at steady intervals, but Bassingthwaighte stood firm and played another mature and classy innings: he was eventually dismissed for 85. Cutlan-Smyth and Catton held things together in the middle order with Edward scoring a valuable 23, while William compiled a superb 46 from 44 balls. The cunning and experienced MCC bowlers maintained their control and kept the pressure on our batters and we were slipping behind the rate; despite a little cameo of 22 runs from Radley we finished an agonising 11 runs short of the target and drew the game. Bassingthwaighte was awarded the “Spirit of Cricket” cap by the MCC Captain for his player of the match performance.


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Our attention next turned to the visit from The Leys, a strong cricketing school. They scored a competitive 138 in their 20 overs with all our bowlers taking a wicket except Cutlan-Smyth, who took two. The early stages of our run chase were dominated by a powerful innings from Snelling: he scored 37 runs from just 27 balls and it was his early onslaught that put us ahead of the game. Bassingthwaighte carried on his fantastic early season form and, along with Joseph Hawkins who scored 29 off 27 balls, they took us to the brink of a great win. Adam finished the innings unbeaten on 55 and we won with two balls to spare. Next, a trip to Haileybury for a 40 over game and we were put under pressure early by an impressive top order; Woollerson bowled with good discipline and picked up two wickets, while Williams took three. Their score of 251 in 40 overs was impressive and would be a tough ask for us to achieve: Joseph Hawkins played very well for his 55 in response but we were struggling in the game when the rain came and curtailed the match. After half term we faced St. Alban’s School, a school with a proud cricketing history. Bowling first Pilcher produced a good spell, conceding just 24 runs from his six overs but it was Williams that was the pick of the bowlers on the day with three wickets for 27 runs. Despite this, they scored a daunting 203 from their 30 overs. Our run chase did not go to plan, as we lost regular wickets and were well behind the asking rate, and the game seemed comfortably lost. We then witnessed one of the finest innings played by a schoolboy; Hawkins was still there playing the innings of his life as he brought up his 50 at a steady pace then unleashed numerous outstanding and breath-taking shots on the opposition. He scored his last 85 runs from just 36 balls to finish a magnificent 135 not out to win us the game from nowhere in the last over. Jared Bassingthwaighte played his role perfectly at the back end of the

game, ensuring he got Joseph back on strike by manipulating the ball into the gaps; an astonishing win. Our next opponents were Gresham’s, an impressive side that outplayed us on the day and despite a good 37 from Hawkins and 22 from Cutlan-Smyth we lost comfortably. We had an opportunity the very next day in a 20 over match at Haileybury. Batting first Snelling went hard at the opposition bowlers and struck the ball beautifully scoring 38 from 25 balls, he and Bassingthwaighte got us off to a good start scoring at over 9 runs an over for the first 7 overs. When they were dismissed, we lost our way a little in the middle overs, but Catton came to the rescue and timed the ball incredibly well to score an unbeaten 42 from just 27 balls to get us a competitive target of 141. Our bowlers then produced their best group effort of the term; our first wicket set the tone with Radley taking a full-length diving catch off the bowling of Woollerson to dismiss their best batsman. Bassingthwaighte was the bowler of the day with 3 wickets for 17 runs in his 4 overs; we won the game by 21 runs - a superb team performance. Our attention then turned to TBSHS. Batting first we scored 153 in our 20 overs which was a good score thanks to 63 not out from Joseph Hawkins and 35 not out from Catton. Our bowlers then dominated the opposition batters with Tommy Williams taking three early wickets for 12 runs and Jared Bassingthwaighte picking up two wickets for 8 runs; we ended up winning the game by 49 runs. Our season ended with two matches on the last weekend of term and what matches they were. We travelled to Colchester RGS on the Saturday and produced a recordbreaking performance. Batting first, Adam Bassingthwaighte and Snelling put on a phenomenal 223 runs for the 1st wicket; a sensational achievement and one that took us to a formidable total of 234 for 1 wicket in 30 overs. Adam was dismissed shortly before the end of the innings for a superb 84

while Thomas finished with a hugely impressive and well-deserved 135 not out. Our bowlers then got to work; Woollerson bowled brilliantly but with no luck, whilst Pilcher delivered the spell of the season with four wickets for just 6 runs in his six overs and we ended up winning the game by 111 runs. The next day we took on a strong OS side on President’s Day. Bowling first, it was the bowlers turn to set the game up and they did just that. Woollerson took four excellent wickets while Pilcher, Radley and Adam Bassingthwaighte each picked up two to restrict the OS to 125 in their 20 overs. Our run chase was as clinical as it gets, with Adam Bassingthwaighte and Snelling finished unbeaten on 57. A special mention must go to Adam and Thomas for scoring 351 runs together for the loss of only 1 wicket over the weekend. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the boys who have represented the 1st XI this season for their hard work, dedication, commitment and enthusiasm; it has been an outstanding term with some memories that will last a lifetime. I wish Adam Bassingthwaighte, Joseph Hawkins, James Woollerson, Jake Morris, Jamie Brooks, Edward Catton and Tommy Williams the best of luck in the future, they will be hugely missed. I would like to congratulate Adam Bassingthwaighte (742 runs), Joseph Hawkins (482 runs) and Thomas Snelling (393 runs) for their magnificent seasons with the bat. James Woollerson, Joseph Radley and Joshua Pilcher are to be congratulated on each taking 15 wickets for the season, while Tommy Williams took a highly commendable 12 wickets. Lastly, I would like to thank Adam Bassingthwaighte and Joseph Hawkins for captaining the side so amazingly this season; they have both done a wonderful job and shown they have good leadership qualities. They have been excellent role models and I hope good things are to come for them with their cricket in the future. D. Hughes

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Cricket General Senior School Cricket report This year we celebrated cricketing success before the start of term with the inclusion of Joseph Hawkins and Adam Bassingthwaighte in the 2019 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack top 100 schoolboy cricketers for their 1st XI achievements in the 2018 season. Their success, (at 22nd and 25th place respectively), was spotted by the eagle-eyed broadcaster and OS, Andy Peebles. The College maintained our Cricketer Magazine ‘Top 100 Schools’ status, sharing that honour with some of the most prestigious schools across the country. It can be no coincidence that our inclusion in this internationally respected publication played a role in the College being approached not only by the MCC Foundation to become their Bishop’s Stortford ‘Hub’, but also by the England Cricket Board as a base for their education programme. The weather played an inconvenient role in the 2nd XI’s season so only 3 matches were completed, with 1 win and 2 losses. Notable performers were Henry Marsden with the bat and Jared Bassingthwaighte with the ball. Congratulations to Giles Elliott for his role as captain for the last two seasons. The U15A team had an enjoyable season, and with a little good fortune the St Alban’s and Bancroft’s fixtures could have easily gone into the ‘win’ column. There were some positive batting performances from captain Max Smith and Freddy Cooke, Tom Burton-Gidman, Charlie Bennett, Charlie Evans, Charlie Self and Joseph Cinnamon, although there was a struggle throughout the season to establish partnerships at the crease. Joshua O’Connor and Oliver Henderson-Lea were the joint leading wicket takers. The U15B team won 3 of their 6 matches this season, including Felsted and Haileybury amongst their victims! The stars with

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the bat were Thomas Pettitt and Thomas Lewy, with Jamie Hepburn, William Thacker and Alistair DeaneWake leading the way with the ball. The U14A team made great progress this season and will enjoy success in years to come. The bowling attack was led by Anna Snelling with some superb spells, supported by Edward Swift, Arthur Edwards and Freddie Chapman. Thomas Howes scored halfcenturies against Brentwood, Coopers’ Coborn and Chigwell. It was a tough season for the U14B team: despite only gaining one victory there were many good performances and close matches throughout the term. Lucas Dunkley was the pick of the batters including a fantastic knock of 72 not out against The Perse. With the ball, many impressed but the leading wicket takers were Sebastian John and Jamie Hitchman. Another successful Junior Inter-House Cricket afternoon saw Collett House pip Rowe and Hayward to the title. At the end of the day, the umpires agreed that William Cutlan-Smyth, Charlie Evans, Grant Muir, Joshua O’Connor and Thomas Howes were the standout performers in the A team games. From the B teams, Lewis Riley, Adam Champion and Will Lipscombe were commended for their efforts. Twelve Fourth Form girls played cricket during Friday Activities, quickly getting to grips with the fundamentals of batting and bowling and ending their sessions

with a game on the 1st XI pitch alongside a match tea in the Doggart Pavilion I remain convinced that our next Test cricketer will play for England Women, and with the outstanding work being done with girls’ cricket in the Prep School now feeding into the Senior School, it is surely just a matter of time. At the end of a great season, and for the final time, my thanks go to: Nigel Witherden and Ben Baker for their phenomenal work throughout the year in providing our cricketers with top quality playing surfaces and outfields. As generations of OS return to watch or play cricket, they invariably comment on the continuing high standards of our facilities and how lucky our boys and girls are to learn and enjoy their cricket on good wickets! Mention here must go to Ted Witherden, who sadly passed away earlier this year; so much of what we value and enjoy about College cricket is founded upon the decades of work he dedicated to the sport. Gary Law and his team in the Dining Hall for the provision of teas at the Doggart and for the excellent quality of food. Last, but by no means least, the coaching staff who have given up so much of their time and put in so much effort to ensure that the season ran smoothly: to Dave Hughes for his outstanding dedication and commitment to the 1st XI, alongside


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the architect of the ‘Seam Team’, Chris Bolton. Thanks also go to Shaun Murtagh-Howard and Alex Ingram for managing the 2nd XI, to Paul Bashford and Simon Lipscombe (U15s) and to Ryan Lewin (U14B team). I must also thank Luke Humphrey of HECC for his expertise with the Elite cricket programme during the off-season and for his enthusiasm in working with virtually every squad during the Summer term – the College is very lucky to be able to call upon his talents. I took on the role of Master in charge of Cricket in September 2005 with the country basking in the glow of an amazing summer of Ashes cricket. I step down from the role with the buzz of England’s men having won the World Cup and, at the time of writing, looking forward to the possibility of them also regaining those Ashes. I have been fortunate enough to watch the College cricket go from strength to strength, both at home and abroad, and as Dave Hughes takes over in September 2019 I am confident that this trend will continue. Strategically, the College has done precisely what is required in appointing a College Head of Cricket and there is no doubt that Dave will establish and implement a programme of coaching and development for cricketers from Shell to the Sixth Form and we are tremendously fortunate to have such a dedicated coach and leader at the helm. M. Drury

U14B Coach: R. Lewin Back Row (L-R): J. Hitchman, J. Rider, H. Sugden, S. John, L. Dunkley, F. Needham, A. Dromard, N. Mulheron Front Row (L-R): A. Dayama, H. Walker, H. Yoxall, W. Lipscombe, A. Wall, G. Jarrett, M. Simons

End of season awards Doggart Bat: this award is traditionally given to the best batsman in the 1st XI. Through sheer weight of runs and an exceptional batting average, Adam Bassingthwaighte was awarded the cup in his final year at the College. Robert Cave Bowling Cup: awarded to the best bowler in the 1st XI this was eventually decided by the narrowest of statistical margins as Joseph Radley, ahead of James Woollerson and Joshua Pilcher, prevailed to win the cup. Geoffrey Owen Sharpe Fielding Cup: there is no doubt that the standard of fielding displayed by the 1st XI this year contributed significantly to their success. For his outstanding efforts both in the outfield and close to the wicket, Thomas Snelling was awarded the cup. Henry Wacey Cup: given to the young player of most promise in the College, this year the cup was given to Thomas Howes for his performances in the Under 14 ‘A’ team, scoring 245 runs, (including three half-centuries), at an average of 61.25. Tom was also selected to play for the 1st XI against MCC, bowling a very impressive spell of leg-spin. Full Colours: Joshua Pilcher, Joseph Radley, Thomas Snelling and John Tasker.

U15A Back Row (L-R): J. Cinnamon, J. O’Connor, F. Cooke, T. Burton-Gidman, C. Evans, O. Henderson-Lea, S. Martin Front Row (L-R): C. Self, C. Reed, M. Smith, C. Bennett, H. Eedes

1st XI Coach: D. Hughes and C. Bolton Back Row (L-R): W. Cutlan-Smyth, T. Snelling, J. Tasker, J. Radley, A. Pilcher, A. Catton, T. Williams, T. Howes Front Row (L-R): J. Brooks, J. Woollerson, J. Hawkins, A. Bassingthawaighte, J. Morris

2nd XI Coach: S. Murtagh-Howard and A. Ingram Back Row (L-R): J. Bassingthawaighte, J. Tasker, H. Marsden, J. Ash, M.Reid Front Row (L-R): V. Menon, H. Belton, G. Elliott, J. Le Grove, P. Collins

U14A Coach: M. Drury Back Row (L-R): J. Gilbert, W. Grindal, F. Watkin, F. Chapman, A. Pyle, S. Bashford Front Row (L-R): W. Blackmore, E. Swift, T.Howes, A. Edwards

U15B Back Row (L-R): T. Lewy, E. Lush, L. Riley, P. Wong, A. Deane-Wake, C. Hinge, G.Muir, A. Peehal, T.Pettitt, A. Sabesan, P. Lush, C. Phelps Front Row (L-R): M. Matys, J. Hepburn, W. Thacker, T. Pearson, A. Wadhams

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Aquatics The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

Aquatics There was a consistent number of swimmers and water polo players throughout the year, which helped to build on the teams strengths and gain a competitive edge. As a major game across all three terms, members of the swim squad train three times a week but also have access to the 80 club every morning for those wishing to swim the ‘extra mile’. On a Tuesday, following the burgeoning success of the water polo squad, training is available for those involved.

Awards: Charles Mellows Award for the Most Improved Swimmer – Piers Clayton Esme Worth Swimming Prize – Ben Porteous The Best Male Swimmer – Samuel Solway The Best Female Swimmer – Evie Grattan Captain’s Cup – Nicholas Botha and Alex Catton The swim squad competed regularly across the year and had tremendous success winning 80% of their galas and were unbeaten against The Leys School and Forest School. Additionally, we narrowed the margin between us and Harrow who are historically a very strong swimming school. We had success in the District Gala, finishing 4th in the Girls’ Competition and 3rd in the Boys’ Competition. The highlight of the season was our success in the Bath and Otter relays, which, to add to their prestige, are held at the London Aquatics Centre. The girls’ team consisted of Elinah Phillip, Jess Penkul, Olivia Rix, Isabella Good and Laura Hull. They finished 2nd in the Freestyle Final and 3rd in the Medley Relay. The boys’ team consisted of Will Picton, Matthew Honeyman, Bryn Couser, Alex Catton, Nicholas Botha and Mehdi El Mansar. They finished in 2nd place in the Freestyle Relay but their impressive performance in the Medley Relay

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Swimming Team won them top of the podium and the prestigious Dunelm Cup. The Inter-House Swimming Competition had a great atmosphere with House support and camaraderie for everyone taking part. The trophies were awarded as follows:

goals against Bedford School. Our final matches in the Summer term saw us finally beat both Oundle and Bedford. Both coaches, John Bauer and Deborah Huggett, saw a massive improvement in the players as the year progressed which will hopefully continue next year.

Girls

Awards: Player of the Year: Ben Porteous Most Improved: Markus Webb

Coopers Cup – Trotman House Revell Cup – Tee House Dent Cup – Alliott House

The Squads

Boys Coopers Cup – Robert Pearce House and Sutton House Revell Cup – Hayward House Dent Cup – Collett House

Water Polo In the Spring term we had two matches against Oundle, one at home and one away and we unfortunately lost both. However, the lessons learned from these matches allowed us to draw 8

The squad Captains were Samuel Solway, Olivia Rix and Vice-Captain Elinah Phillip. Members marked * were part of both the swimming and water polo teams. The Junior girls (Fourth Form) team consisted of: Isabella Good *, Laura Hull, Emilia Doble These girls have been a valuable addition to the squad, training well and competing up an age group with the intermediate girls. Laura Hull and Isabella Good are both members of the


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school’s Elite Swimming Programme and competed at the Hertfordshire County Championships. The Junior boys (Fourth Form) team consisted of: Tom Ahmed, James Gisborne, Beau Anten, Mehdi El Mansar, Markus Webb *, George Spice, Henry Wilson *, William Grindal, William Lipscombe *, Niall Mulheron * These boys proved to be a great asset to the squad and have great potential for the future. Mehdi El Mansar and James Gisborne are both members of the school’s Elite Swimming Programme. James competed at the Hertfordshire County and East Region Championships during the year. Mehdi competed at the Arabian Championships and at the East Region and English National Championships. The Intermediate girls (Lower and Upper Fifth) team consisted of: Sally Hull, Evie Grattan *, Sophie Magson, Sienna Doyle This was a strong team and, with the help of the two Fourth Formers, had a virtually unbeaten year. Sally Hull is a member of the school’s Elite Swimming Programme. The Intermediate boys (Lower and Upper Fifth) team consisted of: Nicholas Botha, Alex Catton, James Daniels, Harry Gallagher *, Arseniy Shumilin*, Edward Suckling*, Pierce Ward*, Lewys Wilson*, Owain Wilson, William Garland* Paco Wong, Angus Tam *, Ben Brown*, Euan Hastings, Edward Bond, Tom Farrar, Calum Reed, Edward Swift The whole team are quite strong and had an excellent, virtually unbeaten season. Nicholas Botha and Alex Catton are both members of the school’s Elite Swimming Programme and competed at the Hertfordshire County and East Region Championships during the year. Alex also competed in the English National Championships in July.

Elite Swimmers The Senior girls (Lower and Upper Sixth) team consisted of: Olivia Rix, Elinah Phillip, Annabel Hunt, Misele Seleznova, Ella Stephens, Nadja Vitorovic, Olivia Grice, Kaitlin Lyall, Shreeya Khetani, Jess Penkul The senior girls have been our strongest team and have had an unbeaten year. Elinah Phillip, Annabel Hunt and Jess Penkul are all members of the school’s Elite Swimming Programme. Elinah and Jess both went to the Hertfordshire County and East Region Championships during the year. The Senior boys (Lower and Upper Sixth) team consisted of: Samuel Solway*, Will Picton, Matthew Honeyman, George Lee, Oliver Lewis, Luke Eddershaw, Oliver Tofts, Dan Mason-Smith*, Toby Brown*, Ben Porteous*, Harry Belton, Bryn Couser, Piers Clayton *, Justin Lau *, Jamie Munro * The senior boys have had a good year, winning nearly every outing. Will Picton, Matthew Honeyman and Bryn Couser are all members of the school’s Elite Swimming Programme. All three went to the Hertfordshire County Championships and Matthew and Bryn went to the East Region Championships during the year. Bryn also attended the British Championships in April and the British Summer National Championships in July.

Water Polo Team part come along to the pool and swim 8 lengths. There is an award for completing 80 days and a silver spoon for completing 120. The following pupils from the Senior School completed 80 days: Alex Catton, Bryn Couser, James Gisborne, Jess Penkul, Laura Hull, Nicholas Botha, Sally Hull, Ben Porteous, Ella Stephens, Flo Stephens, Mario Pedrazzi, Piers Clayton, Shuyu Yao, Tara Mistry Elle Xiong and Samuel Solway went on to complete 120 days. The 80 club house competition finished as follows: RPH

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Trotman

465

Hayward

459

Rowe

272

Alliott

269

Sutton

213

Tee

117

Collett

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Young

6

D. Huggett

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Rounders The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

Rounders As ever, the smooth running of the Rounders programme is heavily reliant on the cooperation of the weather! This year, we were fortunate to be blessed with sunshine for the first two weeks allowing the U18s to play their fixtures before exam season got underway. Bishop’s Stortford College hosted the England Rounders Festival for which the U18 side returned. Unfortunately, battling against their U21 team proved too difficult for our girls and we could not compete against their exceptional fielding. Sadly, they lost 18-1... at least there is room to improve for next year! Their second game vs Kimbolton was marginally closer, but they were once again outplayed and lost 6-2. The final game was against the England U16 team and finally form had returned, and they were able to contest the score line. The margin between the two sides was a little more even, but they edged into first place to win 6.5 to our 3.5. The Most Valuable Player awarded by the England Umpires went to Emelia Mitchell. Full colours were awarded to Sophia Williams and Emma Povey for their invaluable commitment during their time. Due to the shortened term and encroachment of exam season, the U18B team only had time for one huge win against Saffron Walden County High School before they went off on study leave. A shame given the strength players showed, but I am sure they will challenge for places for the A team next year. Tabitha Beaumont and Grace King deserve a mention and also Annalise Tran for her amazing onehanded catch. For one final hurrah, Mrs Shepherd (Director of Sport who retired at the end of the academic year to enjoy time in Spain), led the U15A team with competence and dedication. They won 7 and lost only one game against an U18 side. They also played in the England Festival producing a very strong performance throughout the day whilst battling against the wet

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and blustery conditions and incredibly strong opposition. Against older teams, they raised their game and kept the scores tight. The best match of the day was against the England U14 side and a fantastic run of catches and stumpings saw us within half a rounder with only two batters left in for England. Unfortunately, between them, they put on the winning rounders. It was a great experience for the girls to play and be umpired at the highest level. Most Valuable Player was awarded to Katie Pugh for her excellent bowling. The girls were crowned District Champions this year after playing and winning all five matches. Scoring 40 rounders and only conceding 16.5 they outplayed the opposition. Having narrowly lost last year’s final the girls were determined to take the trophy home, beating Leventhorpe decisively in the final, 6 – 2.5. The U15B team had a mixed term of results. They had a convincing win against Queenswood in their first match of the season (17.5 - 3.5). Another notable match was winning 19.5 - 10.5 against Hockerill’s U15A team. They competed in the District Tournament but as they were the only B team entered, their matches were all against other A teams. They displayed some excellent rounders, competing against some well-drilled A teams.

Brooke Coe has batted well all term and has bowled consistently and reliably, giving away very few rounders. Pippa Duncan has been excellent in the field, responsible for stumping out many players in matches. All the girls in the U15C/D group have made excellent progress and have remained enthusiastic throughout the term. They showed great teamwork and tactical thinking when we beat Hockerill 10 – 4. Using the batting tee’s for practice, they’ve increased their consistency of hitting and scoring rounders and we’ve had many competitive matches during training. A special mention to Libby Haddow for being an outstanding backstop for the team and Abbie Moore who has taken many catches in games and is a crucial fielder between 2nd and 3rd base. The U14A team have had an excellent season with far more convincing wins than losses. With a few changes to the team since last year the girls have always worked well together drawing on each other’s strengths. In the U14A District Tournament, their first game against Birchwood was an easy win (6 - 4.5) thanks to some strong batting skills from Lola Brown and Emma Keen. Joyce Frankland proved to be a little more challenging as they managed to get a large number of our batters out quickly, however, good communication between backstop Beatrice Gibbons


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and Lucy Hanson at 1st post, alongside solid fielding from Imogen French, secured us a win 5.5 - 4.5. Leventhorpe were next and this time we didn’t take anything for granted in this match, winning 6 - 4.5. Herts and Essex did not cause us as many problems as we expected. Previous games had showed us that they had powerful batters, but with the forceful bowls from Natasha Reid and tight fielding from Heather Freeman and Imogen Millard we came away with a winning score of 10 - 3.5. This resulted in us going through as winners of our section and playing St Mary’s in the semi-finals. St Mary’s batting wasn’t strong and we got their team out in less than 20 balls, winning the game 11.5 - 3.5. The final was against SWCHS and this time our concentration tended to dwindle, and we lost focus on stopping the half rounders. Sadly, we only lost by half a rounder (3 - 3.5) which was a bitter pill to swallow after such an amazing tournament from the team. A good effort from this year group. The U14A also took part in the England Festival with some disappointing results. In some very wet and windy weather conditions the team coped incredibly well. We had a fantastic start against the U14 Kimbolton side with all the team hitting the ball well and fielding tightly, winning 18 – 3.5. The standard of the opposition then increased significantly, however, the girls should be very proud of their performances and their determination was impressive throughout. Imogen French was awarded our Most Valuable Player award for her outstanding batting and fielding. The England coaches and umpires were very impressed with the team’s performance. The U14B team had more matches than the A team as many schools deemed us too strong to play against our A team. Their wins were significant, scoring a total of 100 rounders this term. They also entered the District U14B team Tournament and won the trophy

with some excellent performances. Tilly Cornish was definitely the most improved player in the team having only joined us this school year. Georgia Drommard could always be relied upon to make excellent catches and was always the top scorer. Both Roxy Bender and Zara Clark-Jones played so well this term that they were both on the verge of being moved up to the A team had the term been longer. Overall, a successful rounders term from the U14C and D teams. Out of a total of 4 fixtures we won 3 and lost one! The girls improved in every session becoming more confident when batting and increasing their success as fielders. Stand out performers this year were Esha Singh who batted with consistency and power and Isobel Hall for her reliable bowling and fielding. Overall, an enjoyable end to the year.  The Senior House Rounders was unfortunately cancelled due to the persistent rain that dogged the rounders term. However, we managed to play the Junior Matches at a later date and were blessed with glorious sunshine. The results were as follows: 1st Trotman House 2nd Young House 3rd Alliott House 4th Benson House 5th Tee House K. Atkins

U15A Back Row (L-R): D. Juniper, L. Sutcliffe, C. Ryan, R. Fakile, A. Wood, F. Humphries Front Row (L-R): I. Basavaraj, A. Stiffell, K. Pugh, V. Menon

U15B Back Row (L-R): F. Notley, E. Penkul, A. Eedes, P. Duncan Front Row (L-R): S. Bishton, P. Man

U14A Back Row (L-R): I. Millard, L. Hanson, I. French, E. Shaw, E. Keen Front Row (L-R): L. Brown, H. Freeman, B. Gibbons

U14C U14B Back Row (L-R): E. Norris, F. Hill, Z. Clark-Jones, T. Cornish, M. Isaacs, I. James Front Row (L-R): G. Dromard, R. Bender, G. Couser

Back Row (L-R): C. Coburn-Lum, B. Van Der Heijden, I. Hastings, R. Clarke, M. Aruna, E. Rogers, A.Beaver, F. Lello, Front Row (L-R): L. Bruce, E. Higgs, K. Sinitsyna, P. Mukuri, S. Kedadi, M. Burgin

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Tennis The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

Tennis The 2019 season has once again been very busy, with both players and staff working well together as new faces arrived. This, alongside the introduction of a Tennis Handbook for staff and pupils, has helped to define the vision and expectations for all involved, as well as bringing it in line with the other Core Sports. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with the tennis programme at the College: this year we have benefitted from strength and conditioning sessions in the gym, regular school fixtures, staff vs pupils’ competitions and the success of the U14 National Road to Wimbledon Tournament. As is often the case, we lost some senior school players due to exams, but, fortunately, the strengths of our lower school squad bolstered our competitive results. In particular, two very talented Fourth Form girls who will be a force to be reckoned with in years to come. Fingers crossed, next year we will have added strength as new pupils come into the Senior School. The season culminated in the staff and pupil tournament, followed by an afternoon tea and awards presentation. The awards for this season are as follows: Half Colours: Harry C, Shreeya K, Misele S Contribution Cup: Amy H, Alex J Most Improved Players: Adam C, Kate N Best Performance: Scarlett B, Conrad Y U18 College Girls’ & Boys’ Singles Winners and Runners up: 1st Place:Ben H and Amy H Runners Up: Conrad Y and Imogen S Staff & Pupil Doubles Tournament

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Winners and Runners up:

Results:

1st Place: Maxime S and Aryan D Runners Up: MacKenzie P and Alex J

1st Trotman House 2nd Benson House 3rd Young House 4th Tee House 5th Alliott House

Road to Wimbledon Winner and Runner-up: Kristian Z – He went on to play in the County Finals at Queenswood where he had an enjoyable day playing other club and school winners from Hertfordshire. Well done! Connor L – Runner up

Girls’ House Tennis – Tuesday 25th June It was great to see some of our Upper Fifth players return to take part in the competition; and we saw a variety of tennis skills from all who took part. We had a fantastic turnout of supporters and even the picnic blankets were out!

Senior Girls Benson’s Penny and Sophia hit some good winners and fought well in the final, but Lisa K and Kate N played a great game and were victorious, winning the Senior House Tennis for Trotman 3-0.

Junior Girls Benson’s Emily S and Heather F battled well, but Alliott’s Scarlett and Emma were just too strong on the day and took the winner’s shield with a 2-0 win. Results: 1st Alliott House 2nd Benson House 3rd Young House 4th Trotman House 5th Tee House

Boys’ House Tennis – Tuesday 18th June There was a high standard of play throughout the afternoon from the boys in both age groups. A competitive, yet friendly, afternoon’s tennis with some nice weather, once the rain had disappeared. The winners from each competition successfully defended their Number 1 positions from 2018!


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Senior Boys: 1st Collett House (beating Rowe in the final 3-1) 2nd Rowe House 3rd Robert Pearce House 4th Hayward House 5th Sutton House

Junior Boys: 1st Sutton House (beating Hayward in the final 4-2) 2nd Hayward House 3rd Collett House 4th Robert Pearce House 5th Rowe House

The season’s results: U19 National Schools Championships: U19 Aberdare Cup 1st round loss vs The Leys (1-5), although the score did not reflect the true closeness of the matches. A pleasing effort by Amy H, Scarlett B, Imogen S and Lana V. U19 Glanville Cup The boys did exceptionally well to progress into the 4th round (semi-finals of the group) after some excellent wins in early rounds. We lost to a very highly rated Cooper Co and Coborn School. Despite our pupils creating a

competitive environment, they were not quite strong enough to contend for a place in the final group stage. Players involved with this competition were Maxime S, Tom C, Ben H, Conrad Y, Jack H and Ed H. U15 Aegon Schools Team Tennis Competition In the girls’ competition, they were unfortunate to be knocked out of the group stage in a shoot-out against Berkhamsted and St Albans. Both schools had considerable depth to their teams which made it hard for us to make an impact. In the preliminary group rounds of the boys’ competition we won two matches but lost two, which prevented them from moving through to the next stage. General fixtures Played: 13 ‘Age group’ matches Won: 8, Lost: 4, Overall Schools Played: 4, Won: 3, Draw: 1 The tennis fixture calendar was bursting at the seams to capitalise on the shortened term that is often littered with public examinations. The boys’ tennis fought some tightly contested fixtures against New Hall and Felsted. The relatively young squad worked hard during training sessions to improve upon their singles play and reducing the rate of unforced errors. Pupils also focused on improving their

tactical awareness and strategies to refine their doubles game. All in all, this has been a successful year and we can only hope to build upon these performances next year. The girls’ tennis squad was strengthened with the arrival of four extremely competent athletes, which helped add the necessary depth to our squads against some of the bigger schools. They too had tightly contested games against Felsted and New Hall along with other regular fixtures. We look forward to continued expansion of the tennis programme next year with the new timetable and facilities and hopefully more success! I would like to thank all the staff for their time and effort this season; Mrs Griffin (helping behind the scenes as well as with the coaching), Ms Sanchez, Ms Wyatt and Mr Roberts who have contributed enormously by attending coaching and away fixtures with myself. We would like to wish Mr Roberts every success in September when he starts his new teaching post in Cambridge. We would also like to thank Ian Zellner (Level 4 Head Coach at SLTC) for his contribution to the squads on Thursdays, plus the odd Saturday, and of course his participation in the Staff and Pupil Doubles Tournament. Report by C. Pryce (LTA Licenced Level 4 Coach)

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Pearl & Yeo Cups Junior Pearl Cup 1st Young House 2nd Alliott House 3rd Benson House 4th Trotman House 5th Tee House 1st Place: Sophie Magson 2nd Place: Imogen Basavaraj 3rd Place: Flo Stephens

Junior Yeo Cup 1st Hayward House 2nd Sutton House 3rd Robert Pearce House 4th Rowe House 5th Collett House 1st Place: Charlie Evans 2nd Place: Mehdi El Mansar 3rd Place: Ben Brown

Senior Pearl Cup 1st Alliott House 2nd Young House 3rd Benson House 4th Tee House 5th Trotman House 1st Place: Annabel Hunt 2nd Place: Emelia Mitchell 3rd Place: Imogen Swann

Senior Yeo Cup 1st Rowe House 2nd Robert Pearce House 3rd Sutton House 4th Hayward House 5th Collett House 1st Place: Daniel Evans 2nd Place: Emil Kuhn 3rd Place: Joseph Ash

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Feature The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

Police Cadets Last year the local police force was looking to put together a cross town, teenage cadet group of young people who are keen to learn more about local policing strategies, how to engage with the community and key life skills, such as first aid. The take up from the College was impressive with approximately 30 of the 50 new cadets being College students, recruited and organised by Miss Speight. The group meets every Wednesday evening in the local fire or police station and engages in a range of activities run by local police officers. These can vary from lectures with lawyers through to real life scenarios being acted out with cadets forcing them to think on the spot. The squad has become very close and there are leadership opportunities within the group. Pleasingly, in January, Sally Hull was awarded Head Cadet and Owain Wilson, Lydia Hallwood and Sienna Doyle were all given positions of responsibility; another proud moment for the College. Members of the squad are constantly offered opportunities outside of the regular sessions to work closely with the community and many have taken up undercover operations and neighbourhood safety work to learn more about their local area and the ways the police work to protect it. Throughout the year, the cadets have also paraded on Remembrance Day and marshalled many local events. In May, Miss Speight was nominated for an award for her service to the community in helping to engage young people in police volunteering and the College has been very supportive very supportive of her efforts with our students. The cadets continue to be an activity that can serve as a Duke of Edinburgh skill or service and so it has many benefits besides those of acquiring new knowledge and socialising with peers.

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Alliott House The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

Alliott House Housemistress Mrs Sarah Wilson Deputy Housemaster Mr Adrian Barlow House Tutors Mrs Judith Bichara and Mrs Beth Wheeler Heads of House Emma Povey and Ella Stephens Prefects Ella Stephens and Nadja Vitorovic Monitors Alex Goodman Annabel Hunt Shreeya Khetani Avni Patel Nadja Vitorovic House Colours Bianca Amorelli Sofia Bishton Lauren Homan Annabel Hunt Jessica Lawson Ellie Lewis Shauna Murtagh-Howard Sachi Patel Alex Povey Flo Stephens Lana Vitorovic Wilson Contribution Cup Autumn term Ellen Dromard Spring term Jess Lawson Summer term Scarlett Kedadi Girl of the Year Cup Millie Court Arthur Evans Tie Shreeya Khetani Avni Patel Pettit Senior (Autumn) Emily Bond Savills Art Prize Ellie Lewis Music colours Shreeya Khetani Nadja Vitorovic Drama colours Charlotte Arnold Lizzy Kesterton

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Autumn term 2018 The first term was a great one and started on a really positive note when we welcomed our new Fourth and Lower Sixth Form girls to the House. They took to our House community like ducks to water and it was not long before there were happy smiling faces adorning the common rooms and our ‘old hands’ were fabulous in helping them feel settled and welcomed. With an early social evening for the Fourth Form and Upper Sixth girls organised, bonds were formed and friendships made. The first House competition was the Pearl Cup where we fielded a brilliant team for the Junior and Senior sections. Everyone completed a great race and particular mention should go to Annabel Hunt for her first place in the Senior race. We finished second overall in the Junior team competition and first in the Senior one – well done girls! It was not long into the term when Shreeya and Nadja kickstarted our House Music campaign and boy, or should I say girl, did they work hard,

rehearsing, practising, singing and playing. Our pieces for this year were: Instrumental – Shotgun by George Ezra; Part Song – Super Trooper by Abba; Unison - Shine by Take That. The actual evening was great fun with a super atmosphere and the girls accomplished themselves very well in all three parts. After half term came the Brains Trust competition with our team of Shreeya Khetani (captain), Emily Bond, Flo Stephens and Scarlett Kedadi. The girls put up a great fight against Young House and moved through to the semifinal where we met our twin House, Collett House. Considering the team that they fielded, the girls came back against stiff competition and held their heads up high right to the very end. Shortly after this we took part in the Senior Debating competition with our team being Emily Bond and Sachi Patel. The girls debated ‘Parents should be allowed to choose their baby’s gender’ and Emily was on fire in her handling of


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Speech Day Prizes 2018-19 Fourth Form Academic Endeavour Matilda Baines, Mia Burgin, Georgia Dromard, Felicity Lello, Katya Sinitsyna Lower Fifth Academic Endeavour Sofia Bishton, Ruby Fakile, Flo Stephens Upper Fifth Academic Endeavour Hattie Cooke, Imogen Swann Upper Fifth Prize Lana Vitorovic Lower Sixth Academic Excellence Jessica Penkul Upper Sixth Academic Excellence Avni Patel Upper Sixth Academic Endeavour Emma Povey Lower Sixth Classical Civilisation Elizabeth Kesterton Lower Sixth German Emily Bond Lower Sixth Politics Sukhmani Basra Lower Sixth Spanish Rebecca Sugden Upper Sixth Biology Ella Stephens Upper Sixth French Emma O’Gorman Ferguson (Project Research) Avni Patel Geographical Fieldwork Avni Patel Orchestra Nadja Vitorovic Roger Heath Special Award Emma Povey Paul Knowles Recognitions Award Ella Stephens

the questions and summing up. Unfortunately, victory went to RPH, but it was some of the best debating I have seen over my time by Alliott girls. House Hockey followed on a cold and wet November afternoon. Our teams competed fiercely and played their very best, but silverware eluded us this time round with the Juniors finishing fourth and the Seniors second. Our charity event this year was to help organise the Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party, so plans started not long after half term when we worked in our year groups on devising quiz rounds and wrapping presents. We also had the challenge of making 40 table decorations for the event and, spearheaded by Ellen and Shauna, our creative team designed and made some very cute Santa hats which were the envy of the guests. We finished the term with our annual ice-skating trip to Van Hages (no broken bones – phew!) and a fun packed social evening which saw some quality entertainment by the girls.

Spring term 2019 The term started with mock GCSE exams but within days of being back we were busy rehearsing for the Literature Live competition which saw us enter 3 teams: 4th Form – Scarlett Kedadi; Intermediate group – Flo Stephens, Hattie Cooke, Lauren Homan, Sachi Patel and Megan Reed; 6th Form – Lizzy Kesterton. All the girls delivered their best performances in the first round and did the House proud.

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Only the group entry got through to the finals and they were fantastic on the night, giving a polished and moving recital of their poem. Hot on the heels of this was the Junior Debating competition which saw Jess Lawson and Flo Stephens face Hayward House proposing the difficult motion, ‘This House believes that advertising degrades the quality of life.’ Up against some stiff opposition they did a sterling job and put forward some very strong and coherent arguments. Despite this, they did not make it through to the next round but we hope they will take to the library floor again sometime in the future. House Netball followed and it was a fun afternoon with some great play by all the girls. We finished a very pleasing second position in the Senior competition and fourth in the Junior competition. After half term we enjoyed our annual theatre trip to London where we saw the amazing School of Rock; the anthems from the musical could be heard around the House for days afterwards! The Lower Fifth girls sprang into action with their charity t-shirt competition and I know they really enjoyed putting it together. Spring term finished with one last competition in the form of House Swimming and wow, did we swim our hearts out, finishing second in both the Junior and Senior sections of the main races and winning the Dent Cup once again – hurray!

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Summer term 2019 The Summer term was a strange one as three year groups disappeared off on study leave after just two weeks of term! The House was a bit like a ghost house with just the Fourth Form and Lower Fifth rattling around. The inclement weather put pay to Senior House Rounders and Sports Day before half-term and we all wanted to don some lilac and represent the House. The second half of term seemed a little more normal with the Lower Sixth girls returning and the weather picking up a little. The penultimate week of term saw two House competitions – House Tennis and Junior House Rounders. In the tennis we were represented in the Senior competition by Ellie Lewis and Lizzy Tupman and Bianca Amorelli and Phoebe Barford. In the Juniors, we had Scarlett Best and Emma Keen as one pair with Sofia Bishton and Jess Lawson as the other. All 8 girls tried really hard and made us proud. We were delighted to see Scarlett and Emma make it through to the Junior final and win it, retaining the trophy for the House. Junior House Rounders was a fun afternoon with the sun finally making a guest appearance too. We knew the pressure would be on against Trotman and it was. All girls played really well

and there was some exceptional batting and fielding with Phoebe Man being player of the competition for us. We finished a dignified third position overall. As we headed into the end of term, all eyes were on the merit totals as this was what was going to decide the House Championship. We were delighted to win the Merit competition for the girls and overall and that meant with the help of our twin House, Collett, we won the House Championship for the second time – yay! As always, the summer term is fabulous in that we celebrate so many successes and have lots of super memories but at the same time we have to bid farewell to some of our girls, which can be hard as they have left their marks on us and our community in so many positive ways. Leaving us this year are Megan Reed and Imogen Swann in the Upper Fifth who are going to pastures new for Sixth Form and, of course, the amazing Upper Sixth young ladies, to whom we owe a debt of gratitude for all they have done during their time in Alliott House. They have been the ultimate role models, have led by example throughout the year and have given us all so much – we will miss them greatly. S. Wilson

Commendations Fourth Form Matilda Baines, Rosie Baker, Mia Burgin, Cree Coburn-Lum, Georgia Dromard, Felicity Lello Lower Fifth Sofia Bishton, Patti Mussard, Flo Stephens Upper Fifth Ellen Dromard, Lauren Homan, Sachi Patel, Alex Povey, Imogen Swann, Lana Vitorovic Lower Sixth Bianca Amorelli, Emily Bond, Lizzy Kesterton, Ciara King, Jessica Penkul Upper Sixth Avni Patel, Emma Povey, Ella Stephens Fourth, Lower and Upper Fifth Form Merit Milestones 20+ Merits Rosie Baker, Sofia Bishton, Lindsey Bruce, Eloise Dreblow, Katya Sinitsyna 30+ Merits Tilly Baines, Scarlett Best, Cree Coburn-Lum, Georgia Dromard, Felicity Lello 40+ Merits Mia Burgin 10+ Awards for Excellence Bianca Amorelli, Charlotte Arnold, Sukhmani Basra, Emily Bond, Lizzy Kesterton, Avni Patel

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Benson House The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

Benson House Housemistress Kate Gregory Deputy Housemistress Charlotte Munck Academic Tutor Claire Bond Heads of House Amy Craft and Elinah Phillip Deputy Heads of House Nena Nurbhai and Grace De Bohun Prefects Amy Craft, Nena Nurbhai Head of Fourth Form Sophie Alexander Head of Lower/Upper Fifth Anna Hardy Head of Lower Sixth Lilly Brash Head of Music Ellie Bennett Head of Sport Sophia Williams Head of Social Nena Nurbhai and Grace De Bohun Head of Charity Hannah Kieley House Colours Charlie Tupman Sophie Alexander Lilly Brash Charlotte Gisborne The Autumn term began with fresh enthusiasm and determination and what an amazing term it was. We welcomed into Benson ten, and then an eleventh, new Fourth Formers all of whom have brought their own flair and intelligence to the House: Roxy Bender, Bea Burnstone-Cresswell, Rosie Clarke, Tilly Cornish, Heather Freeman, Niamh Hayes, Maddie Isaacs, Erin Norris, Emily Shaw, Rose Sullivan and Freya Vinther. In the Lower Sixth we were delighted to be joined by Amber Pearson and Michela Wilde, bringing the total number of girls in Benson this year to a wonderful 58. The Autumn term was full of achievements and successes including

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our fabulous House Music result under the tireless guidance of Ellie Bennett and Nena Nurbhai, with Benson coming joint second overall and placed third in both Instrumental and Unison. What an achievement and the excitement over the following days was palpable. A mention must also be given to our wonderful Brains Trust team of Nena Nurbhai, Amy Craft, Penny Zacharatou and Ellie Brown, who beat Trotman House in the first round (we were the only House to score over 100 points in a round this year) and then took on Collett in the final to win a decisive victory. I always feel that the Autumn term is the busiest as far as events are concerned. The girls have been tirelessly volunteering and I am so proud of the willingness of the girls to join a variety of committees and working parties. The major events this term have included House Hockey, House Debating, where Sophia Williams and Penny Zacharatou debated with passion and intelligence about driverless cars and both Senior and Youth Speaks Rotary Competition, where we were represented by Penny Zacharatou in the Seniors and Emily Shaw in the Juniors. Anti-bullying status was awarded to the Fourth Form, an enthusiastic group of Sixth Formers helped serve breakfast at the Whitechapel Mission, UCAS forms including the Oxbridge applications were completed and the amazing 150th celebration play ‘Not That Different’ was performed (and subsequently went on to sell-out performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival). House Charity Day took place and the charity Christmas card competition was launched (the winners were Roxy Bender, Pippa Hutchins and Alice De Bohun). Elinah Phillip swam at the Youth Olympic Games, while Zahra Munir and Penny Zacharatou read at the Carol Service. Many of our girls helped at the Senior Citizens’ Christmas party and finally it was a term of House Socials, House ice skating and not forgetting the House

Christmas decorating competition in which each year group decorated their common rooms and also entertained the House – plus many music concerts and assemblies. It is no wonder that we were all looking forward to a bit of a rest over the holidays! The Spring term proved to be busy too. The term started with House Reading, in which Sophie Borthwick represented us beautifully in the Seniors while Penny Zacharatou, Zahra Munir, Annabel Palmer, Freya Notley and Ellie Brown performed in the group section. Freya Vinther and Heather Freeman partnered up to enter the Fourth Form competition. Freya and Heather got through to the finals and were absolute superstars on the stage. In the House Netball both the Juniors and Seniors played beautifully and came third in both sections and in House Swimming the Juniors and Seniors came 4th and Benson came 3rd in the Dent Cup. It was a superb effort from the girls and I am always so proud of the way we make every effort to get everyone involved. Junior Debating also took place this term and for us it was an especially busy day as Kitty Holleyman and Ellie Brown debated against Rowe House in the lunchtime, followed by Ellie taking part in the House Reading at the end of the day. The Summer term arrived with the public exams and study leave for the Upper Sixth and Upper Fifth. Unfortunately, Sports Day was cancelled but House Tennis took place with Sophia Williams, Charlie Tupman, Penny Zacharatou and Clara Hall coming 2nd in the Seniors and Emily Shaw, Heather Freeman, Kitty Holleyman and Ellie Brown coming 2nd in the Juniors. A superb effort! It was also an absolute pleasure seeing Roxy Bender, Heather Freeman and Tilly Cornish perform in the Fourth Form play. The term concluded with Benson coming 4th in the House Rounders.


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Below is just a snapshot of the year. There were, of course, many other activities including DofE and a wonderful morning when the new Upper Third visited Benson. We said a very sad farewell to our Upper Sixth and we wish them every success and

happiness in their future careers. We also said farewell to Roxy Bender, Emma Haythornthwaite and Millie Slee and wish them all the best in their new schools. All the girls will be greatly missed. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my wonderful

Benson colleagues: Charlotte Munck, Claire Bond and Jo Vernon-Harcourt. Their encouragement and enthusiasm throughout the year help to make Benson the fabulous House it is.

To celebrate our achievements and events this year, I thought I would do this in photographs with a little explanation for each photo. Below is a table with a description which corresponds to each photograph. 1

Bea, Sophie, Elinah and Sophia at the ice-skating trip – where do they get their energy from?!

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House Music unison led by Ellie.

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Fabulous Benson support for the Pearl Cup from the Sixth Form!

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The Fourth Form still smiling before running the Pearl Cup.

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Ezme and Amy going into the final rehearsal for House Music.

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The winning Brains Trust team!

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Watching the boys have their legs waxed on our joint Charity Day with Sutton.

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Sophie and Ellie looking stunning on the ice at Van Hage’s.

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Roxy and Erin using the ‘war’ paint to get ready for the Pearl Cup.

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The Fourth Form are awarded antibullying status.

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Nena on the drums for House Music.

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Lower Sixth enjoying time on the ice.

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Sophia taking the floor at Senior Debating.

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The hard-working group at the Whitechapel Mission.

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Lilly and Anna blowing bubbles at the U6th and U5th Study Leave Breakfast.

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Zahra gracing the boards in the U5th devised play.

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Emily helping at the Senior Citizens’ Christmas party.

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Millie absorbed in watching last year’s House Music DVD at the Social Evening.

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Kitty and Ellie ready to debate on vegetarianism in the Junior Debating Competition against Rowe House.

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Michela in charge of the ball at House Netball.

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The L5th holding their winning certificates for the T-Shirt Competition.

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Freya and Heather in the final of the House Reading Competition. 17

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Ellie, Kitty and Sadie getting ready for DofE.

Junior Contribution Cup

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Rhea, Annalise and Sophie in Kenya.

Spring – Ellie Brown

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Michela, Sophie, Rosie and Charlotte working together on the leadership course.

Summer – Heather Freeman

Autumn – Emily Shaw

Senior Contribution Cup

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House Tennis stars!

Autumn – Nena Nurbhai and Panayiota Zacharatou

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Sophie, Elinah and Sophia filming for the leavers’ video.

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Collett House Housemaster Alex Swart-Wilson Deputy Housemistress Despina Savva Academic Tutors Ruth Bravo (Lower Fifth)  Graham Brooks (Upper Fifth) Heads of House Jacob Self and Matthew Jones  Lead Mentor Max Jacoby  Heads of Sport Jamie Brooks and Jake Morris  Director of Music Matthew Jones  Prefects Jacob Self and Matthew Jones  Head of Charity Ben Pegrum  A little over a decade ago, I heard a sage colleague talking to a very irritated young man in an all too familiar context. He was struggling in class, underperforming across his subjects and had taken to disrupting as many people as much as possible for most of the school day. He could not see the point of education and had lost his purpose. “Why should I bother? I just don’t care anymore- how will any of this be relevant?” It is a common and yet dangerous train of thought. The answer came with a calm clarity that was razor sharp in its simplicity, “Because at no other point in your life will you have as many people trying help you as you do right now.” Indeed, this is a lesson about experience, the most informative and cruellest of teachers; knowledge only comes after the event. The older we become the more we look back at the opportunity of youth wishing that we had listened more carefully with a guiding light of experience on our shoulder. So how do you teach this most challenging of lessons? There is no easy answer but we may start by giving pupils as many educational experiences as possible. There were plenty of Collettian’s in the last 12 months who embodied such a mantra.

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The Collett Upper Sixth 2019 were a very unified, intelligent and talented group. The breadth of their ability was only matched by their dedication to self-improvement and they set the standard for another hugely successful year. ‘Team Luke’ again took to the floor of the Library with the oratory skill that left many judges mesmerised. In the final against a formidable Robert Pearce House they opposed the motion that ‘Democracy leads to the best decisions being made.’ It was a classic contest typified by the Head of School Ollie Lewis facing up to Luke Eddershaw in the closing remarks. Ultimately, Luke’s mastery of classical rhetoric was the defining factor and Collett won a split decision which was described by Mrs Linda Dickinson as ‘the finest debating final she had seen in over ten years’. Luke Eddershaw thus departed having never been defeated in any debating competition across his five years at the College. As a tribute to his discipline, integrity and intellect and to honour the impact he has had on the House, the Eddershaw Award was created. Awarded in the form of an inscribed fountain pen, dubbed The Collett Pen, this is for the pursuit of education for education’s sake and seemed a worthy way to protect the

legacy of a pupil described by many of his teachers as ‘the finest pupil they ever taught.’ Elsewhere, a depleted Senior Rugby Squad competed hard in a losing cause during House Rugby. Missing Jake Morris and Alfie Perring, younger players really stood up to be counted and I will never forget the sight of Charlie Downing felling 6 ft 5 inch, 17 stone Greg Imber. Outstanding courage. The Juniors were more successful reaching the final where they lost out to Robert Pearce. Overcoming significant injuries to James Drake and Tom Burton-Gidman the boys showed great resolve. In the Brains Trust Competition Luke Furnace took on the Virgil Van Dyjk role of taking the team to within a whisker of victory, but ultimately coming second. A very strong team led by Ben Smollett also comprised of Ed Suckling and Jonah Burnstone-Cresswell who will be back next year with 3 out of the 4 participants outside of the Upper Sixth. Answering questions with 150 people looking at you is not easy and anyone who undertakes deserves huge respect.    As always, the highlight of the term came in House Music. Many of our


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musicians were in younger age-groups and song choices were changed mid-way through September. So, with ferocious determination the Upper Sixth took to their task. Daily rehearsals of the Part-Song (Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Deep Blue Something) driven by Matt, Jacob Self and Jamie Brooks brought the House 2nd place in that category (“we were robbed” was the boys’ general consensus afterwards) and the uplifting rendition of George Esra’s Shotgun was delivered with great precision. Special mentions to Charlie Hughes, Arun Seewoosurrun, James Finch, Anish Mariathasan and Matt Jones who took part in all three sections; it was an outstanding effort. The Spring term was punctuated at the start and end by some real highlights for the House. The Junior Debating Team took itself all the way to the final, with Anish Mariathasan and Charlie Hughes proving themselves to a highly intelligent, conscientious and capable team. A split decision took the title from them but the consistency of their approach was excellent. With Luke Eddershaw moving on in the summer it was pleasing to see that the future of House Debating is in very good hands.   The House Reading Competition always provides wonderful entertainment and variety to the College Calendar. This year Daniel Viner and Joe Leakey’s rendition from George’s Marvellous Medicine was a personal favourite of mine with the alliteration of Dahl’s prose proving particularly timeless. Special thanks as well to Ed Bond, George Craft, Jack Evans and Tom Marks for the Tea Party scene from Alice in Wonderland. Many pupils and colleagues commenting that the casting appeared appropriate, I am inclined to agree with them. Finally, Arthur Sullivan stepped up to the plate with Why the Birds Sing by Maya Angelou and deserves great credit for filling in at the last minute. It is more important than ever that we cherish events such as these as more often than not it expands horizons that might not otherwise be touched which can only be a good thing. 

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The final week of term saw the Junior and Senior Hockey squads take to their respective astroturfs. A stoic Junior side came in 2nd due to a superior goal difference. Tom Pettit and Josh O’Connor were particular standouts as was new Collettian: Alex Wall. The Senior won both of their games very convincingly dispatching of both Sutton and Hayward with ease, Jamie Brooks scored a masterful hat-trick in the final, including one goal straight from the push-back. Although Jamie was the most talented player on display, there was not a weak player in the side and they worked exceptionally hard. Henry Marsden, Jamie Munro and Ben Brooks will ensure another challenge next year, Ben Smollett was the most improved goalkeeper in the Senior School last season and the young guns Ollie Walker and Jared Bassingthwaighte never looked out of place. Winning the trophy so convincingly was very impressive.   As we entered the final term, Collett and Alliott were still very much in the race for the House Championship but the House faced its nemesis in the first week of term; House Swimming. The simple truth is that we simply do not have many Collettians who do swimming and thus many pupils had to swim as many as four events against regional and national swimmers. Will Grindal in particular showed a lot of spirit, having spent much of the year recovering from serious injury he stood up to be counted against much older and more experienced swimmers. Given our deficit for the competition we decided to stack the Dent Cup

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team with our non-swimming sportsmen. It proved a clever move and we came out as winners to keep us in the title hunt.   Sports day was cancelled due to rain and thus only House Cricket and House Tennis remained as stand-alone competitions. House Cricket is always a wonderful event and this year we had two very even teams. The B team had some strong hitters with Tom Lewy and Will Lipscombe taking a very 20:20 approach to their innings. They won three and lost one of their matches (their one loss coming against a dubiously strong RPH team) and showed good composure to win two matches with only two balls to spare. The A team were similarly successful. After an opening victory against RPH, they held on to beat Sutton by one run with Charlie Bennett’s off-spin proving very effective and Callum Reed exceptional in the field. After bowling too short versus Rowe and paying the price it was set up for a winner takes all match against Hayward. Josh O’Connor decided at this point to, as Mr Brooks said, “go berserk” and launched 1st XI bowler Will Cutlan-Smyth for 18 off one over including a six that cleared the boundary by some 50 metres. Chasing down a relatively meagre 49 to win, Hayward only needed 7 to win off the final over. The ‘death bowling’ from Josh was outstanding and the fielding from Callum Reed and Tom Burton-Gidman excellent as Josh took 1 wicket for 5 runs in the final over. The combined effort of both teams meant Collett won the competition. Special mention should go again to Will

Grindal who was one of the few Fourth Formers in any of the A sides. He had the best economy rate of any bowler in several games and held his nerve throughout. Cricket, I was once told, is the most individual team sport there is and thus it shows a great deal of character to hold your own under such pressure.   With two weeks to go until the end of term, House Tennis presented Collett’s final opportunity to wrestle back some points. In inconsistent drizzle the Junior Team came a commendable 3rd with youngsters Connor Lancaster and Alex Wall beating several much more experienced opponents. In the Seniors, Jamie Brooks had his last foray into College sport with Conrad Taylor and they won all but one of their matches and the A team duo of Ben ‘Lightbulb’ Halligan and Maxime Shaw were flawless, beating all their opponents and winning the final versus Rowe. It was a comprehensive victory for Ben and Maxime who, thus far, have never been defeated in House Tennis. With Alliott playing House Rounders and House Tennis in the subsequent weeks it was set for a tense finish. With Trotman proving difficult opponents in both Senior Tennis and Rounders, we were 5 points behind ahead of the final merit table.  


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Hayward House Housemaster Simon Lipscombe Deputy Housemaster Mr John Bauer Academic Tutors Mrs Jane Daly (Upper Fifth) Mr John Kirton (Lower Fifth) Heads of House Gregoire Imber, James Catton Prefects Gregoire Imber and Peter Hall House Sports Co-ordinators Matt Barrett and Fraser Muir House Social Secretary Archie Alexander and Dan Hepburn House Music Co-ordinators Sam Solway and Dan Evans House Colours Greg Imber, James Catton, Josh Pilcher, Alex Smink Arthur Evans Ties Peter Hall Hayward Junior Contribution Cup Charlie Evans Form Prizes Fourth Form: Sam Barrett, Matthew Teare, Harrison Yoxall Lower Fifth: William Cutlan-Smyth Upper Fifth: Caspar Slee Lower Sixth Academic Prize Sam Waters, Josh Pilcher Upper Sixth Academic Prize James Catton History, Geography and EPT Daniel Mason-Smith Chemistry Tom Snelling Economics Daniel Evans Junior Public Speaking Prize Matthew Teare Choir Prize Sam Solway Special Service Award (4 of the Busking 5): Daniel Evans, Charlie Evans, Josh Pilcher, Alex Smink Top Merit Scorers Oscar Bullen: 55, Sam Barrett: 38 Matthew Teare: 33

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Having had the warmest summer on record, 68 bronzed and slightly pink pupils ambled up Maze Green Road and into a newly refurbished Hayward in early September. The House now boasted a large new common room with which everyone was absolutely delighted! Stifled exclamations of ‘whoa!’ and ‘wow!’ could be heard as the boys beheld the vast space before them, complete with TV, Pool table and Tennis Table. We had a place to get together as a House without having to feel like sardines and it set the start of term off with a renewed sense of determination and confidence. With new Heads of House, Greg Imber and James Catton at the helm, the House was primed and ready for another successful year. Once again, we had twelve new Fourth Form recruits who were keen to get going and make a name for themselves. They were certainly an eclectic mix this year with musicians, academics and sportsmen amongst them and we looked forward to seeing them contribute to the House. We were also to welcome Sam Waters back from Hills Road, Callum Phelps from Rowe House on a free transfer and Henry Morgan from St. Nicks in Harlow. Special mention should go to two of our amazing swimmers, Alex Catton and Nick Botha, both of whom swam in the England Nationals over the summer. Both did extremely well, achieving personal bests in the process and Nick also brought back the gold medal for the U16 200metres Breaststroke - the

first in the country! Well done, Nick. Hayward salutes you! Yeo Cup, traditionally a strong event for us and in preparation there were many lunchtime fitness sessions to gain that competitive edge. As the event drew closer, we were fairly confident that our secret weapons, in the form of the Evans brothers, would lead from the front! As promised, and for the first time in Yeo Cup history, a pair of brothers were victorious, Charlie in the Juniors and Daniel in the Seniors. Unfortunately, Daniel did not have the necessary back up to ensure Hayward won the senior competition. The next Haywardian to finish was Abz Siddiqui in 15th place, followed by Peter Hall. The Junior competition was different, however, as Charlie Evans was followed closely by Ethan Williams in 4th, William Cutlan-Smyth in 5th and Matthew Simons in 9th position. Well done boys on a great effort. Next year will be even more interesting as the brothers will both run in the Senior competition! Who will win? With the thrill of our first victory done and dusted it was on to House Rugby. With a strong Senior squad and an enthusiastic Junior squad, we set our aspirations high. Unfortunately, our aspirations were not quite lived up to! We were beaten by two other Houses in the Seniors and failed to push on. In the Juniors, we had a distinct size disadvantage and struggled to compete in the break down area and with only one Fourth Former who could play,


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we had to call on some non-rugby players to help in the squad. We still did well, winning two of our games. Unfortunately, again, we failed to reach the final but came another 3rd place out of 5. With some rugby players coming up from the Prep School next year the future looks a lot brighter on the rugby pitch for us. Many thanks must go to Greg Imber, Fraser Muir and the rest of the Seniors for battling hard and to Charlie Evans, Grant Muir and Lewis Riley who shone for the Juniors. The approach of half term meant one thing; House Music! With Sam Solway and Dan Evans at the helm we knew we could do well this year, especially after the success of the House Instrumental last year. Auditions took place, songs were selected and rehearsed and the House was ready. Our instrumental was another musical mash-up, this time between I like to Move it by Reel 2 and Glad you Came by The Wanted. The Part Song was a rendition of the classic Surfing USA by the Beach Boys and the Unison was We are Young by Fun. All sounded fantastic, so we awaited the evening with an optimistic fervour that permeated the whole House – it was on! Rhapsodic was the word to describe the instrumental. Greg Imber’s chugging bass kept time with Dan Evans on the drums to lay a bed of musical melody that Alex Smink’s sax and Justin Man’s piano soared over to hit the notes and add to the mellifluous maelstrom.

Henry Taylor and Alex Pilcher on the trumpets and Charlie Evans on the French Horn added even more to the heady mix of funk and pop to deliver an outstanding performance that got everyone up dancing and singing. Ten young men then took the stage to sing their hearts out about surfing and looked awesome in their colourful Hawaiian shirts and shorts along with some questionable dance moves – Theo what were you doing. This was followed by the House Unison in which everyone sung their hearts out and did the House proud. It was a great evening and overall, we came third out of the 10 Houses achieving a well-deserved 1st in the Instrumental – never in doubt – 5th in the Unison and a little lower in the Part-Song – we will not talk about that. I would like to personally thank those involved and Sam and Dan for leading the way; next year it will be ours…

Debating was up next for the Seniors and we had a formidable and academic pairing in Alex Smink and Josh Pilcher who took on a Benson pair debating ‘Driverless Cars’. With a wellstructured and confident argument, we were victorious and went on to the next round where we found ourselves against RPH debating that humans are too dependent on computers. This was an incredibly close battle in what really should have been the final. Unfortunately, it did not go well this time around but with both boys gaining valuable experience, for next year we will have high hopes. The very next week Alex Smink, Peter Hall, Josh Balshaw and Harrison Yoxall all fought valiantly in the Brains Trust Competition unfortunately being beaten by Collett 85- 76. Having cleared away the Christmas tree and wished each other a happy

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New Year we returned to school to find ourselves a few points behind the leaders in the House Championship. So our focus turned to watching the Juniors strut their stuff in the Junior Debating Competition. Step forward the likely pairing of Oscar Bullen and Thomas Walsh, two incredibly gifted and technically minded Fourth Formers. Against Alliott first we were to oppose the motion that ‘Advertising degrades the Quality of Life’. They answered questions from the floor confidently and gave a convincing conclusion that was enough to secure the win and progress into the next round. This time it was against a strong Sutton House team opposing the notion that ‘this House believes that the official voting age in England should be lowered to 16 years of age.’ Like in the Seniors, it was a tough ask and we were narrowly beaten in a very close contest. Both boys will back next year with fire in their bellies and a taste for revenge. On next was the eagerly awaited ‘Stars’ competition in which the House was ably represented by Josh Pilcher, Alex Smink, Charlie Evans, Dan Evans, Callum ‘Sheeran’ Hinge, who performed another excellent ‘solo’ performance, and Dan ‘Artic Monkeys’ Hepburn who played the right strings – the second time around. Yours truly also went all ‘Green Day’ in another attempt to recapture past glories and felt extremely lucky that

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no one noticed the 3 bar mistake in the middle of one of the songs – the obscurer the song the better it seems! It was an honour to be part of such a great event and with such talented boys in Hayward. After the delights of this we were then beaten in the Staff Brains Trust competition before the final – oh the ignominy! I do not think Mr Bauer has recovered yet. Undeterred by our beating in House Rugby we now focused on House Hockey. With five first team players in our Senior team, we had high hopes of reaching the final. In the Juniors we were a little weaker but still had hopes of a top 3 finish. As it came to pass, the Juniors finished 4th after a very close game against Rowe House and the Seniors got to the final to face a very strong Collett House. Yet again we were pipped at the post but with all of our players still with us next year, revenge will be sweet. Special thanks should go to Peter Hall who captained the Seniors and Grant Muir the Juniors. Summer arrived with the rattle of cricket bags and the slow whirring of anticipation and brains around the

campus as the exam season kicked in. The first event of the term was traditionally one of our strongest: House Swimming. In the Seniors we had the swimming captain Sam Solway, national swimmers Nick Botha and Alex Catton, school swimmers Dan M-S, Ben Porteous and James Catton who all swam brilliantly to secure us the Senior Cup – a long awaited victory. In the Juniors we had Charlie Evans, Tom Ahmed, Tom Farrar, Sam Barrett and Lewis Riley who also swum fantastically and came second behind a strong RPH and Sutton who came joint first. In the ‘Dent Cup’ we were short a few swimmers so many thanks to those who volunteered, especially to Arnav ‘the fish’ Peehal. It was


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another wonderful afternoon of House sport and I was very proud of the boys giving their all yet again. Eventually one of my favourite House events approached as the cricketers set their sights for glory on top field in the sunshine. In the A team we fought well only losing against Collett, a match that Will C-S will rather forget I expect even though he and Charlie consistently punished bowlers to all parts in other matches and were our star players. The B team was not so successful however, as the only U14A teamer we could play had just broken his wrist so was unavailable. Luckily, we had a few Lower Fifth who knew how to swing the willow as well as some competent Fourth Form B teamers they secured us one win against Sutton thanks to some suspect fielding of theirs where they allowed us to score four runs off the last ball to win. Thanks to both teams we came a great 3rd place overall, a great result! 2 pupils leave us this year from Hayward so we would very much like to pay tribute to Abz Siddiqui and Edward Catton, both great sportsmen and true Haywardians. We will miss Ed’s contribution to sport in the House and at the College and wish him all the best as he goes to Repton for the Football. We will miss Abz’s sense of

humour and loyalty to the House as he was happy to get involved in anything. Hayward salutes you gentlemen – play hard, work hard and be lucky. 0 excuses were given this year as, joint with Tee House, we raised a massive £1,900 for Thrombosis UK, a charity very close to a Haywardian whose sister was helped hugely by their services. The boys and girls opened their own tuck shop, sold hoodies to their House, baked cakes and played their instruments in Cambridge as part of the now famous ‘Busking Five’ who were generous in giving up their time to perform to a live audience of shoppers to raise money. A big thank you goes to Josh, Tom, Alex P, Alex S, Charlie and Dan for helping to organise the events and raise such a massive total – well done boys, you made me very proud! 1 thing left to do and that is to give thanks to Mr Bauer for his unending

support, Ms Daly for her time tutoring the Upper Fifth over the last few years and last but not least, an inspirational Upper Sixth who fostered a great atmosphere in the House this year. Ably led by James and Greg, with help from Peter, Fraser, Archie, Matt, Sam and all the others, they helped make Hayward the leading point scorer of the boys’ Houses this year and I’m eternally grateful for their maturity, loyalty and sense of humour. 9 million thanks go to those boys and in fact the whole House who aside from a few pool ball shaped holes, were outstanding this year and exceeded my expectations in every shape and form. Gentlemen, it has been a pleasure and while we say goodbye to those who leave us, we look forward to the contributions of those who remain. Hayward will be back in September and raring to go. S. Lipscombe

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Housemaster Mr T. Atkinson Deputy Housemaster/mistress Ms. C. Cottee Academic Tutors Ms. C. Cottee and Miss L. Michell Heads of House James Basavaraj and Giles Elliott Prefect James Basavaraj and Giles Elliott Speech Day Prizewinners Upper Sixth subject prizes Harry Champion – German Zachary Whiting – Music Giles Elliott - Schnadhorst History Coursework Prize James Basavaraj – Roger Heath Special Award for those pupils who have made their most at the College Lower Sixth subject prizes Joshua Cawthray Stern - Latin Harry Belton – Theatre Studies Lower Fifth prize Will Collins Academic Endeavour Awards Alex Ainsworth Max Potts Freddie Cooke Fletcher John James Tasker Adam Wade-Baylis Adam Champion Conran Connor Jacob Whiting Max Smith Markus Webb Henry Wilson

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Autumn Term Sutton welcomed 11 new Fourth Form this year. Whilst many had come from the Prep School with existing friendships, they welcomed the three external entrants with ease. As a spirited year they should be able to offer much to the House over the coming years. Alex Moore joined us in the Lower Sixth from another House, meaning his entry was seamless. Overall it was a good year for Sutton, the House was led well by the Upper Sixth and I was delighted with the overall contribution of the boys. The House Rugby Tournament was a wet, cold and mixed afternoon for Sutton. The Juniors were challenged before the first whistle with boys off games and unable to play. This hampered their success but the determination they played with was remarkable. Despite finishing with only six players at the end, they were not last overall. With brilliant leadership and commitment from the Fourth Form, they represented Sutton with pride. The Seniors however did very well indeed. Having beaten Collett, Hayward and Rowe, they would face RPH in the final. Despite a last minute try from Freddie Cooke in a tense game, they lost 3-2. James Basavaraj led the team very well and their teamwork and determination could not be faulted. We were inundated with volunteers to

run the Yeo cup this year and many of the boys did well. James Hotson and Adam Champion ran well in the Junior team, whilst Max Potts and Ed Lewin finished in high positions in the Senior race once again, helping Sutton hold its own against other Houses. Whilst this event might not be everybody’s favourite to compete in, I was delighted with the commitment and spirit of the supporters. Louis Henchie and Harry Belton picked up the reins of Senior Debating this year, working well together to form a formidable duo. In their first debate against Young House they proposed the motion that ‘Human cloning should be allowed in the UK.’ Winning that meant they met Tee in the quarter final where they won again opposing their motion that ‘Freedom of speech should never be restricted.’ Facing a tough Collett pair in the semi-final was going to be a challenge. Whilst Harry and Louis ably proposed the motion that ‘Celebrities are paid too much’, sadly they could not overcome the Collett juggernaut. Losing the semi-final however, highlights a wonderful run in one of the most challenging House competitions. Sutton excelled in the biggest event of the year – the House Music competition. Giles Elliott led the House again, supported by Zac Whiting and Harry Belton. Though Rock Lobster by


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the B52’s might not have been to the judges liking, it sounded great. Many across the College enjoyed our Unison version of Wake me up by Avicii, with the boys having worked hard in overcoming the challenges from the previous year. However, the Part-Song was the highlight of the night, once again coming 3rd. In what is often the most challenging and vulnerable of pieces for a boys’ House, the boys sang Viva La Vida by Coldplay. Harry led the group with skill and care, especially with the younger boys, notably Henry Wilson who excelled in a solo verse. Though the boys might have been disappointed not to place in the Unison round, they worked hard in preparation and particular mentions must go to Giles and Harry for their leadership, to Zac for his piano accompaniment to the Unison, and to Giles, Niall Mulheron, Josh Cawthray Stern, Thomas Paley-Menzies and George Lee for being in both the Part-Song and Instrumental rounds. An excellent Sutton effort overall. In a new initiative whereby Houses team up with their twinned House for a Charity Day, a joint Sutton-Benson effort raised £503 for Saffron Walden based charity Support 4 Sight and the Teenage Cancer Trust. We were the first Houses to work together and proved how much could be raised in a small space of time, much to the efforts of the L6th. Again the boys lost some leg hair, cakes were sold and Christmas cards produced.

Brains Trust Whilst working with Benson on our Charity Day, competing against them in the Brains Trust competition was not as successful. Coming back from a wide margin to rival them in the final round, the boys sadly lost 78-68. Well done though to George Lee, Josh Cawthray Stern, Will Collins and Adam Champion. In other successes, Alex Ainsworth secured an interview at Oxford

highlighting his academic achievements. With the College’s 150th birthday being celebrated and a school musical written for the celebrations; Sutton was wellrepresented in the cast. Sam Moss played a leading role with humour and stage presence, whilst Harry Belton, Thomas Paley-Menzies and Josh Cawthray Stern were principle roles within the ensemble with individual solos. All 4 boys were stunning with their talent and singing abilities. This kind of commitment is incredibly demanding, and all their hard work paid off in dividends. It was a joy to

watch and I personally felt proud of the 4 boys performing.

Spring term It was occasionally tricky finding boys for the Literature Live competition, but not this year. Henry Wilson and Josh Cawthray Stern quickly volunteered for the Fourth Form and Sixth Form entries respectively, and many Fifth Formers were keen to form a team for that round. Perhaps having too many U5th in the team meant their ‘mock exams’ interrupted rehearsal time, meaning they did not make it to the second

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round. However, Henry and Josh did. Henry performed very well on the night. Having chosen a different poem: English Oddities by Adam Schmidt, he was the only Fourth Former to read individually and was noted for his ‘excellent delivery’. Josh, having memorised the Trunchbull Monologue by Dennis Kelly, won the Sixth Form round. The judge commented on his delivery and noted that we might ‘see him on our screens sometime in the future’. What a wonderful way to end another successful evening. Very well done to Henry and Josh. After the success of last year’s win, Will Collins and Adam Champion took the reins of Junior Debating this year. In a first round match against Tee, the boys proposed the motion that ‘This House believes housewives and househusbands should be paid to stay at home’. With Harry’s careful thought and Will’s rebuttal, they made it to the next round. This pattern continued all the way to the final, where they met Collett: a tough pairing. Choosing to propose the motion that ‘Patriotism is ultimately destructive to international relations’ Will and Adam proposed a board argument which impressed the judges. Will, they commented, was a ‘stunning’ debater, whilst Adam was the best he had ever sounded. So good in fact that they won, retaining the gavel for another year! The applause they received in Sutton afterwards

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said it all. They worked so hard and achieved so much. An incredible performance. Another Junior success came in the form of House Hockey. With Freddy Cooke leading the team, a fine combination of Fourth Formers and Lower Fifth dominated against every House, winning all 4 of their games. Freddie was named top scorer. He himself nominated Henry Wilson as best Sutton player in the team. Very well done to them all. The Senior team replicated last year’s outcome. They beat Rowe in the first round after penalty flicks, then lost to Collett in the semi-final. It was great to see so many boys playing in a ‘solid’ team according to Mr Brooks. Credit must be given to Will Keen for his efforts in goal and the entire team. Notable effort was from Joe Power, Joe Radley and Gus Purvis for their skills of the field. Another hockey success of the year was Marcus Sharman. Marcus was an admirable captain of the 3rd team, and for his efforts and leadership with this Senior team, Mr Bashford awarded Marcus College cufflinks.

Summer term With only a handful of swimmers in Sutton, once again the boys held their own in the House Swimming competition. Will Picton led the Seniors to a strong second place finish, himself

coming second in the 50m front crawl. Particular mention must go to the Junior team of James Gisborne, Markus Webb, Henry Wilson and Mackenzie Poulter who all swam very well, positioning us joint top of the Junior competition with RPH. James and Markus both won 2 races each and all 4 boys winning the freestyle relay. The ability of only 4 boys to achieve that should not be underrated. They all swam very well against tough opposition. Once again the Upper Sixth and Upper Fifth turned out for the Dent cup, with many swimming in for the first and final time, whilst Luke McMahon joined the team as we were a swimmer down! Whilst Sports Day was cancelled due to the rain, many junior boys were eager to play in the House Cricket competition, and we are very impressed with Cameron Lancaster who volunteered at on the day itself. Cameron, in the B team played well taking 1 wicket, whilst Adam Champion (a tennis player) scored numerous boundaries, including one 6. The A team, led by Max Smith and Freddy Cooke, also played well, beating RPH convincingly in their first game. Both teams narrowly lost to Collett and Rowe in very tense final overs. Whilst it was not quite Sutton’s day, as usual it was great to see so many boys playing well. Particular mention must go to those who do


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not play cricket: Cameron and Adam, along with James Gisborne, Conran Connor and James Hotson. House Tennis was another success. The Seniors - Harry Champion; Pat Collins; Joe Power and Reuben Mussard – either playing for their final time or as seasoned House Tennis players, all played well and had fun at the same time. Similar to the Junior Debating success, another Lower Fifth pair worked well together to win the Junior Tennis competition. Conran Connor and Alex James played well proving their abilities and demonstrating why they play regularly for the College. Though they lost one match, they won the rest, beating Hayward in the final. Adam Champion and Kristian Zannino played well together in another Junior pair. As another able tennis player, this will be Kristian’s sporting highlight in future years. Overall this was another year of Junior successes, and also a year where the eldest three year groups showed the potential and leadership we have always known they had. Therefore showing the best example to the younger boys. I must thank Giles and James for their calm and careful leadership over the year as Heads of House. The Upper Fifth will be missed for the variety they offered: the characters, the friendships, the humour, the individuality, the various talents and qualities they possessed. I must also thank Ms Cottee and Miss Michell for the work as Deputy Housemistress/ Upper Fifth Tutor and Lower Fifth tutor respectively. The House would not function without them. T. Atkinson

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Tee House Autumn 2018 15-week term. 13 weeks of study. 82 days. 2 weeks of half term holiday. 9 Saturdays. 52 school assemblies. Which is about 1040 minutes or 17 hours and 20 minutes. 10 new Fourth Formers. 1 new Lower Sixth, all settled brilliantly. You have played in about 125 Hockey matches including County and House matches. 3 pizza evenings. 1 ice-skating trip. 2 fantastic debates. 2 nail-biting Brains Trust lunchtimes. 5 Spanish exchange partners. 26 PSHE or tutor sessions you have each been to. 36 timetabled lessons per week. So, Upper Fifth have been to 468 lessons and the Sixth Form taking three A Levels have been to 312 lessons (hopefully). 5 parents’ meetings. 5 150th Year Celebrations. 360 loaves of bread consumed with accompanying spreads and 150 pints of milk. 16 Pearl Cup runners. 22 House Hockey players. 5 half term school trips. More than 25 UCAS places secured. 319 merits. 4 Thespians in the play: Not that Different. 2 Tech team in the theatre. 7 St Cecilia’s singers. 3 Orchestra members. 12 Choir members. 4 Band members. 2 String Orchestra members. And 2 Quartet players.

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Over 200 reports written for members of the House. 12 Duke of Edinburgh awards received. 3rd overall position in House music. 2 wonderful Heads of House. 48 amazing Tee House girls.

Spring 2019 Assemblies: 32 hymns. Tutorials: 1680 for all the girls in the House. Lunches: 2976 in Tee House either sandwiches, salads or 3 course meals in the dining hall. Ceiling in the common room fell down twice! 4 common rooms painted on the top floor. 1 new toilet on the top floor. 1 new vanity top in Sixth Form bathroom. 1 new panini toaster. 2 weeks of Upper Fifth mock exams. 80 Club; one regular Lower Fifth swimmer. 3 Upper Sixth went to Cern to the Hadron Collider. Drama rehearsals and productions. PSHE talks on topics including engineering, body image, food, relationships and drugs. Stars in their Eyes. Lower Sixth Oxbridge talk. Water Lane Church lunchtime concerts, guitars, singers and a quartet; 6 girls involved. 2 Junior debaters. Staff Brains Trust finalists, 6 members of staff put on the spot. Exam practices for the Sixth Form, approximately 80 papers sat and marked. Charity Day, hoodies, tuck shop over ÂŁ500. 23 Festival of Literature. 1st place in the Fifth Form House Reading competition. Finalist in the Sixth Form House

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Tee House Reading competition. Whitechapel Mission breakfast challenge: 5 star Tee girls. Netball House matches with 8 games played. 3 Intermediate Maths Challenge. Theatre trip to see “Something about Jamie.” Bath and Otter swimming, 1 star swimmer from Tee. Upper Sixth mock examinations. Fourth Form concert. Lower Fifth, Fourth Form and Upper Sixth parents’ meetings 7 Ferguson Lectures. 10 GCSE options for the Fourth Form to choose from. Old Stortfordian 10-year Anniversary. 5 Elite Netballers coaching sessions. T shirt Challenge, a wonderful charity and third place. Ensembles concert, 6 Tee girls shone. 2 Hanbury Wealth concerts. 150th Anniversary Celebration Choral concert. Upper Fifth assembly on being positive with 5 presenters. Inter-House swimming gala, first place for the Senior team. Bowling trip, 20 plucky bowlers. 21 tour guides for numerous and various Open Mornings and interview days. Duke of Edinburgh Silver expedition, 3 Upper Fifth participants during the first weekend of the Easter holiday. Lower Sixth USA Art and Business trips with 2 Tee girls attending.

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Summer 2019 100 different public exams papers. 20 Tee girls taking public exams. 28 Tee girls taking internal exams. 30 different papers for the Fourth Form and Lower Fifth. 40 different papers for the Lower Sixth. 1 Old Stortfordian meeting for the Upper Sixth. 80 Club for early morning risers. 1 Hanbury Wealth music recital to enjoy. 150th Ferguson Lecture series continues. Senior House rounders matches cancelled due to terrible weather. 5 other occasions when rounders was ‘off’. 1 Inter-House Sports Day cancelled due to pouring rain. But the 3 rounders matches against England continued. Picnic Concert with 150th year choir performance. Five Tee participants. 3 Music competition participants. 9 PSHE talks including Body Image and e-safety. 3 Lower Sixth girls really enjoyed helping with Messy play at the Pre-Prep. Duke of Edinburgh Bronze expeditions were a huge success for 5 Tee girls. The Silver practice expedition was enjoyed at Easter by the 4 Upper Fifth. 3 Lower Fifth went to Switzerland at half term on the French exchange. Music exams were taken during the Summer term. Study leave meant that it was suddenly very quiet in the House as 30 girls were missing. The 10 Lower Sixth took part in the Leadership course and it was sunny. Whole school non-uniform day was a success. 1 new arrival into the Lower Fifth. 1 Fourth Former leaving us to move to Holland. 1 member of the Upper Sixth completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh assessed expedition. 4 excellent pairings for House Tennis. 1 thoroughly enjoyable afternoon at Junior Rounders. J. Oldfield

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Trotman House The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

Trotman House

Another September rolled around and we were ready to welcome our girls into the already established Trotman House. Looking good after the summer with plants and grass fully grown and a burst of sunflowers to greet them, the girls poured noisily, excitedly and nervously into the House. I love that time of year, but then again, it is like being hit by a truck! We were unceremoniously thrown into life in the boarding House with bonding parties and House Music practices. The Upper Sixth hosted the Fourth Form for a pizza night and a viewing of last year’s competition and we all found ourselves finding every spare minute to rehearse moves and lyrics. Add to this the tours we were required to do at all the open mornings, an outdoor viewing of The Greatest Showman (cancelled eventually due to rain) and our charity contribution of a whole school cake sale and a

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YMCA school-led dance, that by the time House Music came around we were already exhausted! However, we summoned up the energy to showcase our talents and by some fluke or other managed to win not only the Unison, but the overall trophy; at last we have some silverware! Post half term we received the photos from the shoot and proudly displayed them on our wall of gorgeousness; the girls look amazing. We had a magical night one Friday evening when the girls were wowed by ‘in your face’ magic; their faces were a picture…. literally! In November, six of us had an early start and went down to Whitechapel to cook breakfast for the homeless. Annie, Kate, Daria and Christine, accompanied by myself and our Jenny, worked tirelessly and enthusiastically until everyone was fed; a humbling experience.

Other events included a Sixth Form dinner, a boarding shopping trip, some parents’ evenings and the now widely anticipated ice-skating trip to Canary Wharf. It is so magical there, especially as the office lights all around were turned on and any poor unsuspecting couple who thought they were out for a quiet romantic skate were sadly mistaken. Fifty boisterous Trotman girls took to the ice with screams of both delight and fear! A lot of fun was had but the biggest laugh reserved for Mrs W. when she fell on her bum whilst photo bombing the Lower Fifth! Four weeks in plaster followed; serves me right! Finally it was House decorating and room tidy time as we wound down to the big day. No, not Christmas day… I am talking about the last day of term! The girls were worn out, worked out and ready to get out!


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Easter term began and mocks greeted us upon our return to school. Having an Upper Fifth for the first time meant that we needed to calm the girls and keep them focussed, whilst at the same time urging them on to great things. Our favourite trip this term was our Theatre trip to Norwich to see Calendar Girls; how we loved it! Much laughter and shock was had as middle aged women stripped off in the name of cancer. Despite road closures and a mid-show dash to McDonalds by one who will remain anonymous, we all returned home safe and sound. On a sporting front we brought home our first piece of silverware in House Swimming where a core of Good and Hull were ably

supported by others to win the Junior cup! House Netball saw us in second place by a whisker in the Juniors and the Seniors gave us much to giggle at. Another of our international dinners occurred this term in keeping with our Easter term tradition. Our boarders cooked up a real feast for their peers and the smells were delicious. This was reciprocated by a very English High Tea at Annie’s house later in the term; a lovely event as it brings our two Sixth Form communities together. The Summer term hit us like a steam roller. We have had so much going on for the girls that it is hard to log it all. For our Pizza Night a van came and

made us all homemade, delicious and healthy pizzas. The girls loved choosing their toppings and looked happy enough munching into them too! Each year group has had a personalised treat and this kicked off with a make-up evening for the Upper Fifth girls who really, really enjoyed being shown techniques and ideas by our beauty consultant. It was so lovely hearing them all complement each other on their make-up. The Lower Fifth had a cookery evening where they were taught how to strip a chicken by hand and make chicken and veggie enchiladas from scratch, followed by fruit crumble. I hope they can take away some culinary skills for future use. The Fourth Form had their picnic,

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Trotman House which is always a chilled and relaxed afternoon of food and ball games. Our boarders had a spa night, courtesy of Miss Speight, with massages and face masks and is now a real tradition post exams. Senior Rounders was cancelled due to the wet weather, but Junior Rounders are when our sporty Fourth Form and Lower Fifth can show off and we were delighted to have won all our matches and took home the silverware! Hooray! The end of term drew nigh and it was time to say goodbye to our first cohort of Sixth Formers as they move on to pastures new. They all coped so well with the stress of A Levels and I am certain they will have done very well. Gap years, universities, jobs or an apprentice scheme, each one is off on an exciting journey. We wish them all well. Another busy but happy year here in Trotman. No longer the ‘new girls’, we proudly hold our own in all competitions and I am proud of the girls as we urge them to better themselves, uphold high morals and be considerate. We try to celebrate ALL that the girls are involved in but know we fall short as there is so much. We urge them all to share their successes with us and we wish Billianna a great summer as she starts to record some of her own songs in a studio, Zara and Pip with their riding, Vibha with her cricket, Annie with her club hockey, Sally in her county cadet competition, Christine and Annie as they head to Kenya and all the girls as they pursue their outside interests. I am looking forward to hearing all about their adventures in September. S. Wyatt

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Rowe House The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

Rowe House

Houseparents Mr P Griffin and Mrs A Griffin Deputy Housemaster Mr C Sutherland Academic Tutors Mr C Sutherland and Dr O’Connor Resident Tutor Mr D Roberts Resident Assistants Mr A Ingram and Mr J Bauer Heads of House James Woollerson and Curvis Esdelle Prefect Curvis Esdelle House Monitors Max Bashford, Cong Chen, Curvis Esdelle, Jack Le Grove, James Padfield, Gordon Tseng, James Woollerson. House colours Jack Holman, Piers Clayton, Baran Mehmet, Joseph Ash, Jack Holman Speech Day Awards The Leslie Rice Prize for Design and Technology Leo Yao Economics Prize Matthew Honeyman Politics Prize James Woollerson Special Service Award Joseph Ash

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The concept of working hard does not need much explanation, which is why many pupils fall back on it as the best approach to College life. If people see you hunched over your computer during your lunch break or staying late to crank out one more project, they may assume that your strong work ethic equals work efficiency and results. “Working hard” is really nothing more than maximising the amount of time and sweat that you devote to your tasks. But working hard does not address how efficiently you are getting the job completed. A pupil might work all night to generate an essay that someone working smarter could have produced in two hours. If you ask any of the boys in Rowe House, all of them will have different favourite methods of ‘working hard’ and ‘working smart’ from their time at the College. However, I am certain that all of them will agree all of the hard work they have done this year has been worth it.  As Joint Heads of House, James and Curvis have been a great support to all.  I hope we will have more young men like them to lead the House and House monitors for years to come. I would also like to thank all the House staff: Diane, Tina, Yvonne, Maria and Carol for all the effort they put into keeping Rowe House in some form of order and helping the boys maintain a tidy and hygienic existence.  Mr Sutherland and Dr O’Connor have also done a great job managing the academic concerns of

the Upper and Lower Fifth Form. Mr Wilson and Mr Hughes have been great visiting tutors and I have greatly appreciated the fact that I can completely rely on them to care for the House during their duty evenings.   We were also lucky enough to have Mr Ingram and Mr Bauer as our Resident Assistants and Mr Sutherland continued as my most excellent Assistant Housemaster. All of our House have been such a support this year and I certainly would not be able to do my job without them. Sadly, the House has lost a fantastic resident House tutor in Mr Roberts, and whilst we will miss him, we must thank him for all he has done over the last two years. Mr Featherstone will be replacing Mr Roberts as our resident tutor and I am sure that he will become a very important member very quickly. My last thanks must go to my wife, Amy, for helping me to manage the House during a year that has been so busy.  This has been a trying and difficult year for a number of boys in the House, but it is the young men that form this House that enable us all to face difficult challenges, of any size, and come out stronger and better off for the experiences we have had.  P M Griffin Housemaster, Rowe House


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Rowe House Heads of House For Rowe House, this year has been full of success and the House has not failed to live up to previously set expectations.  The Autumn term was notoriously busy and this year it seemed to be busier than usual.  With great performances in House Music and other events such as the Yeo Cup and House Debating, Rowe House outshone past years and competing Houses.  The first term also saw the arrival of some new Lower Sixth Formers and Fourth Formers.  It has given us great pleasure to witness the Fourth Formers grow from shy, kind and endearing boys to being extremely confident, loud and energetic Rowe House lads. They have all joined in with, and contributed to, a spectacular House spirit; something that has been missing in our opinion from previous years.   The Spring term was full of hard work; something to be expected from a boys’ boarding House.  Although working hard and gaining fabulous grades was at the forefront of our minds, there was also time for Junior Debating, House Swimming and many other events, such as House Chess. The Summer term has always been hugely interrupted by examinations. This, however, did not stop a fantastic charity week, run jointly with Young House, in which all manner of tasty treats were sold for charity.   However, this term brought the very sad realisation that this would be the last ever term with our beloved staff member, and hockey / pizza guru; the one and only Mr Roberts.  It is sad to see him leave, as he moves to take up the role of PE Teacher at The Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge.  Despite great upset at his switch of allegiance, we all wish him the best of luck.  The role of Head of House this year has been extremely enjoyable.  We both agree that the high standard of sport, talent and music within the House was undoubtedly demonstrated throughout all of the InterHouse competitions and we want to thank all the Rowe House members for making our final year so great. Curvis E and James W

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Robert Pearce House The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

Robert Pearce House

House Parents Richard and Sharon Honey Deputy Housemaster Matthew Drury Resident Tutor Ryan Lewin Resident Assistant Chris Bolton Visiting Tutor Stuart Mc Peake. House Lower Fifth Academic Tutor Mel Brook. House Colours George Harding, Joe Harkins Arthur Evans Tie Oliver Lewis

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This year was the first full year in the life of Robert Pearce House in our stunning new building. The term started off with the new Fourth Form arriving ready for the challenges that lay ahead. They settled quickly to life in RPH with the help of the Sixth Formers and the early bonding party that was held. House Music was upon us almost immediately and we quickly decided to sing ‘Take me home, country roads’ for Unison. The Part Song choice was ‘Some Nights’ whilst for the Instrumental we opted for a favourite of mine, ‘Smoke on the Water’ by Deep Purple. Rehearsals went very well and on the night we performed brilliantly with the Part Song being place particularly highly. The Instrumental was loved by the judge although the Unison could have been a little more polished. We didn’t win this year, but we did have fun. Special thanks must go to Oliver Lewis for his organisation for both the Unison and the Part Song and Freddie Harris for his arrangement of ‘Smoke on the Water’ and for organising all the rehearsals. It was also great to see a

number of newcomers in the Part Song, particularly our Head of House Joe Hawkins who sang beautifully on the night. Thank you to the entire House for their commitment and the time and effort that they put in. Shortly afterwards a team of RPH boys, Alex Francis and Tom Howell got up at ‘stupid o’clock’ and joined me and some Trotman girls helping and serving breakfast at the Whitechapel mission. This was a highly rewarding and humbling event that was enjoyed by all. Mr Drury’s record of 100 eggs being cooked in the morning is still intact however. House Rugby was the first sporting event of the year and we were quite simply outstanding. We won both the Senior and Junior events with relative ease and it was great to see the junior team supporting the older boys and the Sixth Formers supporting the Junior team throughout the afternoon. House spirit was at his very best that afternoon, so much so that a number of parents commented on it.


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The next sporting event was the Yeo Cup and again we had some success this year and in particular an outstanding run by Mehdi El Mansar who was placed second in the Junior event, and would have won if he had not taken a wrong turning!; next year I hope he will win. Good runs were also seen by Freddie Colclough and TGS who performed very well on the day. The Brains Trust, well it was always going to be hard to match the successes of previous years although in a close match against Trotman we were pipped at the post but with a young team it bodes well for the future. Perhaps the highlight of the term however was the Senior Debating. Our team of Ollie Lewis and Alex Francis were outstanding and to be perfectly honest the debates that I watched were the best debates that I have ever seen as a Housemaster here at the College. The way that both boys reacted to the opposition’s arguments was memorable. It was unfortunate that we were just pipped at the post in the final in a split decision. Although

Ollie has now left the College we still have Alex next year and I know that he will do well. As the nights draw in and everyone becomes more tired is always good to end the year with a party and this year was no different. The now annual trip to Zara’s Curry House was an amazing success, the food was good, the company great and the atmosphere brilliant. In the end of term assembly it was good to acknowledge the commitment that the boys had shown to all House events. House Colours were awarded to George Harding, Joe Hawkins and Mario Predazzi The Spring Term is always busy with trial exams but almost immediately upon us was the Reading Competition. This year Beau Anten and Alphie Dromard made it into the final, as did the Boy Band of Lush E, Lush P, and Will Howell. Both groups read brilliantly on the night but unfortunately we didn’t win this year. That said I believe we will have a strong team next February. Junior Debating is always a tough

event. Standing in front of your peers, in the library is always a challenge but something that Kingsley Yip and Oliver Henderson Lee. did with relative ease. Although we were beaten in the first round they debated confidently and learnt a lot about presentation and thinking on your feet. Kingsley even said he was looking forward to debating next year! Shortly afterwards Hockey competition was upon us and this year we look forward to it with some optimism. The Junior team struggled a little but they tried hard and never gave up. The Senior Team however played brilliantly but unfortunately seemed to upset the referee somewhat and as a consequence a few decisions went against them and they just missed out on making it through to the final. This was a shame because we really had a talented team that should have done better. In the annual Lower Fifth T-shirt competition we performed very well indeed and were placed better than we

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have been for many years. Although we didn’t win the teamwork shown by the entire group was admirable and their presentation impressive, as was the T Shirt design. The Summer term is always dominated by public examinations and this year was no different, in fact the examinations started even earlier than normal. So whilst the older pupils were involved with revising hard and taking exams the youngsters were having thoroughly enjoyable afternoon in House Cricket. The weather played ball, the sun shone and a memorable afternoon was had by all. The A team struggled but played well against a very strong Sutton and Hayward teams and were placed lower down the order. However the B team were outstanding winning all but one of their games which they drew. Perhaps the stand out performer of the afternoon was Will Blackmore who was hit on the chest, went to the medical centre, was luckily given the all clear, and then returned to

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us to play a key role in the match game of the competition; typical dedication by an RPH boy. House Athletics was going to be a strong event for us with a number of talented runners both in the short and long distances but the weather got the better of the competition which was really sad. Let us hope that next year the weather is kind to us and allows us to show our athletic prowess. House Swimming, however, is where we really shone. In the senior event, led by Bryn Crouser we had a successful competition being well-placed but the Juniors were outstanding and were placed equal first. Yet again our man from Morocco, Mehdi, El Mansar, swam brilliantly in all his events winning every one. He was admirably backed up by Sebastien John, and James Sisterson not forgetting Will Howell. Beau Anten and Victor Vascan- also swm very well on the day. It was a really enjoyable afternoon for all concerned and one

that will live long in the memory. Tennis at the College is going from strength to strength and the House Tennis competition was a really enjoyable spectacle. The Yip brothers played brilliantly as did our senior team, which included Owain Wilson and Will Darlington As has happened throughout the year we were just pipped at the post but it was good to see that the standard of tennis played by all Houses was outstanding. The final House event in the year found time for the cooking competition. We didn’t win overall but the ‘Mussels


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from Brussels’ were enjoyed by the judges and we didn’t manage to poison anyone either! The RPH House Quiz ran throughout the entire year, thanks to Mr Drury, and in the end it was team Farrington that came out on top. As we ended the year it was great to see that RPH was represented well at Speech Day being awarded a number of prizes both academic and sporting. The night before Speech Day a lovely evening was had by all as we sat outside in the cloisters with the sixth form, at their end of year dinner, reminiscing over their five years or more here at the College. Boarding houses are about the boys and girls in them but they’re also about the staff working in them. My team here in RPH is quite simply outstanding. My sincere thanks to Mr Drury for his help throughout the year, his brilliant quizzes and his excellence with the Debating and the Reading Competition in particular. Thanks too to Mr Lewin our resident tutor and a well respected member of the RPH community who is committed, hardworking and always keen to help, to Mr Bolton our very popular Resident Tutor whose commitment to both House and College can be seen in all he does, to Dr McPeake for his duty nights and time spent with pupils helping them with their sciences, last but by no means least I would like to thank my wife without whome this House would not be the same.

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Young House The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

Young House

Housemistress Mrs Tina Hood Deputy Housemistress Mrs Hannah Ferguson Academic Tutors Mrs Hannah Ferguson and Mrs Jo Taylor Heads of House Emily Kerr and Misele Seleznova Prefect Emily Kerr House Monitors Ruby Barford, Wendy Cowen, Mattie Dawson, Georgia Gvero, Chloe Jones, Emily Kerr, Amber Magson, Hannah Marsden, Misele Seleznova, Valerija Visnauskaite Autumn Term House Colours Chloe Jones, Mattie Dawson, Miss Sophia Eckhart, Mrs Jo Taylor Contribution Cup Yuki Cheng Terry’s Orange Awards Emilia Doble, Imi Basavaraj, Jiamei Fu, Moqi Cheng Spring Term House Colour Yasmin Fearon Contribution Cup Chloe Jones Easter Egg Awards Sophie Aubrey-Robson, Aisling Moat, Sophie Magson, Aimee Eedes, Olga Bakhurynska Summer Term House Colours Valerija Visnauskaite, Miss Grace Fricker Contribution Cup Issy Smink Maltesers Awards Sophie Magson, Toby Cheung, Yuki Cheng, Misele Seleznova Girl of the Year Shield Yuki Cheng

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September started with the usual whirlwind of activity and House Music was top of the agenda from the very start! Soon after, the Young House girls rallied round to start their rehearsals! However, first up was the Senior Debate. Nervously, Chloe Jones and Mattie Dawson took on the challenge. The girls gave it a valiant attempt but were knocked out by a strong Sutton House team. Next up, the dreaded Pearl Cup. Sadly, our strongest competitor Sophie Magson was injured and had not ran since May. However, the morning of the event she met with her consultant and was given the all clear to race after all. After a long and nervous wait Sophie was declared the fastest runner and retained The Pearl Cup. She insisted it was due to Imi trying to catch her up that spurred her on – excellent House spirit. Other congratulations go to Imi Basavaraj for second place and to Emelia Mitchell for second place in the Senior race. Young House won the Junior Cup and came second in the Senior Cup race. Ruby Barford (Captain), Chloe Jones, Clodagh Ryan and Aisling Moat faced the Alliott girls in the first semi-final of the Brains Trust competition. Alliott led from the word go as they answered more questions correctly in the first three rounds. However, in the Mastermind round Ruby was able to claw her way back into the running. Despite the Young House girls doing their best in the treble point round, the gap was already too great. Well done to Alliott!

Finally, after weeks of frantic rehearsals, House Music was upon us. The girls were incredibly nervous but they sang their hearts out winning the trophy for Part Song. The tears, the discord and the stress were all worth it in the end! From the oldest, me for sure, to the youngest, little Sophie Ferguson in her mini ear defenders, we enjoyed ourselves and all felt extremely proud of our girls. Fourth Form presented their understanding of the different types of bullying and how to help people caught in these situations, both the victims and the perpetrators. They were empathic and compassionate and showed great insight into conflict resolution. We were awarded BullyFree status and the girls felt proud of their achievement. House Hockey took place on a cold, wet and windy afternoon but supporters turned out in blankets, hot water bottles and thick coats! The Junior team drew one match and won the other three, never conceding a goal. The Senior team also drew one and won three and they won outright, with Chloe Jones scoring with 3 seconds remaining in the last match. Both teams played together like a piece of Swiss engineering and truly deserved to win. I felt like an icicle but was proud to bursting inside. Special mentions must go to Esha Singh in the Fourth Form who played goalie for the Senior team and was absolutely amazing and Imogen Basavaraj who was awarded Player of the Junior Tournament.


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Prizes Lower Fifth Academic Endeavour Awards Toby Cheung, Toayo Onajobi, Careese Poon Upper Fifth Academic Endeavour Awards Georgia Watkin, Katie Whitehead Lower Sixth Academic Excellence Awards Moqi Cheng Upper Sixth Academic Endeavour Awards Chloe Jones, Mattie Dawson Upper Sixth Academic Excellence Awards Wendy Cowen

Spring term arrived with a bang for the Upper Fifth as they embarked on their mock exams; a gruelling process but ultimately important for them to assess the work that needs to be done before the real deal! It was then full swing into a busy calendar of House Competitions. House Reading was first on the agenda with Olga Bakhurynska flying the Young House flag. She gave a stunning performance but she was sadly beaten to the podium. House Netball came on a mild afternoon despite bracing weather earlier in the week. The girls demonstrated good movement of play and teamwork to bring back both the Junior and Senior trophies.

place on a cold Sunday morning, but our Sixth Form girls woke up at 4am and braved the dark sky. They relished the experience and were humbled and inspired at the same time. We had a mini Q&A session on the following Wednesday during House Assembly; the rest of Young House were suitably impressed and all the girls wanted to volunteer for future visits.

After half term, the Junior debaters were in the firing line and, with limited preparation time, nerves were running high. However, Sophie AubreyRobson and Aisling Moat overcame their nerves and argued their point across confidently and concisely! Well done. Chinese New Year celebrations came very late for the College but Young House thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Yuki Cheng presided over the proceedings and encouraged everyone to help and participate no matter how messy the games were. Breakfast at Whitechapel Mission took

The atmosphere at House Swimming was electric. We had so many girls involved that we did not have enough space for everyone to sit down! Although we did not win, we were definitely the loudest with our enthusiastic cheering and support. I am so proud of all our swimmers and supporters; their behaviour poolside and in the gallery was exemplary.

Lower Fifth selected Young Minds as their charity for the T-shirt Design Competition. In Young House tradition, the girls felt very strongly on mental health issues. Unfortunately, the girls collapsed into giggles with nerves and did not do themselves justice.

Lower Sixth Psychology Prize Miley Chang Lower Sixth Biology E.W.Edmunds Prize Francesca Young Lower Sixth Physical Education Madeleine Newitt Upper Sixth English Prize Hannah Marsden Upper Sixth Mathematics Prize Ruby Barford Webb Lingos Science Award Ruby Barford John Blenkin Prize for Pottery Emily Kerr

Charity Day was a huge success. The girls, along with Rowe House boys, sold Krispy Kreme donuts during break times, which was rather ironic as

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we were supporting the British Heart Foundation. Our girls had a sponsored no phone day which was so great for socialisation. In addition, the boys and girls went into the stocks to be sponged; massive fun was had by all. The theatre trip this year was Mamma Mia in London. I think I thoroughly embarrassed my girls which made the show even more enjoyable than when I watched it many years ago. Everybody was up and dancing at the end and we sang all the way to the coach. It was a good thing we were not in a residential area! Then we all had a Krispy Kreme donut before catching a nap on the coach. We ended the term on a very tired note and everyone took their notes home so they could study over Easter. The first fortnight of the Summer term disappeared in a flash. The girls returned with a fervour to achieve and exam practice took on real urgency. After the first proper week back in school, Yuki surprised us all by playing the organ for the boarders’ chapel service on Sunday night. I thought she was missing chapel but discovered she actually arrived before everyone else. She played with such confidence; a true organ scholar!

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Unfortunately, due to heavy rain, Senior House Rounders had to be cancelled and with such a short period of time before their exam leave, there was no other time when we could re-schedule. History repeated itself for Sports Day; the heavens opened and the girls looked at the sheets of rain forlornly. So, with trepidation and prayers we waited for the storm to pass on Monday night and Tuesday morning. Luckily, the sun then shone for House Tennis. All our girls played tennis brilliantly. Isabel Smink, Sophie Magson, Emilia Doble and Bethany

Hyland represented our Juniors; Harriet Fox, Yuki Cheng, Madeleine Newitt and Yasmin Fearon represented our Seniors. The Seniors final was a hotly contested event, with three Houses lying in second place. After counting games won, it was still a tie between Benson and us, so Mads and Yaz had to play a deciding game. They narrowly lost to Benson but we were a really close third. The Juniors were also third. Well done girls! On to the last sporting event of the year: Junior Rounders. We played


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brilliantly and the weather was glorious. Trotman House were just too strong on the day and we came second behind them. Once again, the girls behaved impeccably and I was very proud of them. Thank you to Yasmin who came to support the Juniors. After their exams our Upper Sixths returned for an afternoon and evening in my garden; much celebration, chatting and hugging went on. Soft drinks were the favourites as most of our girls were now firmly in the driver’s seat. The weather was balmy and everyone had a great time. On the last day, we bid farewells to Miss Ward, Miss Eckhardt and Miss Daniels. They have been an integral part of boarding and the girls will miss them dearly, but we all wish them the best of luck in the next chapter of their adventures. Our girls achieved excellent A Level grades and it was a fitting farewell to a group of lovely Young ladies. I wish them all continuing success in life and resilience to deal with all the challenges they face. T. Hood

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New York Trip Day One Shortly after arriving at the hotel, and despite everyone being slightly jaded after the seven-hour flight and early 5am start, we were all ready to explore and experience the hustle and bustle of New York Times Square and to see the lights of New York from the top of the Rockefeller Center.

Day Two We were lucky to have a tour of the world’s largest department store, Macy’s, which gave us an insight into the in-store marketing that takes place in order to influence consumer behaviour, delivered by a very charismatic tour guide. It was particularly interesting to see the contrast in marketing styles between the male and female sections. Whereas the female section consisted of floral patterns of bright colours, with over a million dollars spent on display flowers, the male section consisted of more regular colour patterns in straightforward displays. The tour guide pointed out that the ceilings of the female section were much higher and there were spherical pillars in contrast to the square pillars in the male section. Interesting how this difference in architectural structure initially went unnoticed but is still set in place for effect. We also gained an understanding of the various jobs that exist in Macy’s, including Visual Merchandisers, Personal Shoppers and Shop Assistants. Visual merchandising involves developing floor plans and three-dimensional displays in order to maximise sales. These workers are responsible for the in-store displays and mannequins with the aim to give the shop an edge over competitors. Personal shopping involves accompanying a shopper on the way round, giving them advice on what to buy or not to buy. It was of course fitting that one of the first places we visited on our trip

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was the 9/11 Memorial museum. There we devoted some time to pay our respects to the thousands of people who tragically lost their lives in the events of September 11th, 2001 when Al Qaeda terrorists crashed airliners into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. Walking around the museum, which was situated underground, made us think about the attacks on a more personal level as there were exhibits telling the stories of those present on the day. The exhibits contained certain personal belongings that were recovered in the aftermath of the attacks, recordings of news broadcasts when the towers were hit, recovered scraps of cars, fire trucks and structural remnants from the Twin Towers. The memorial exhibition, two water filled pits in the position of the two World Trade Centre’s, were lined with black granite, and engraved on the slate were the names of the 2,983 victims of the attack on the World Trade Centre, Pentagon and Shanksville (where a fourth airliner was crash landed by passengers, assumed to be heading for the White House). Water cascades down the four walls and disappears into a bottomless black hole in the centre of the pool. The sound from the crashing water masks the noises of the surrounding city, leaving a silence which encourages visitors to reflect on the events that took place on the site. The site has been described as “hallowed ground” by the two architects, Michael Arad and Peter Walker, and therefore nothing will ever be built there in its place. Next was to go to the top of World Trade One with fabulous daytime views across the Hudson River and

the surrounding areas of The Bronx, Brooklyn and Newark.

Day Three It was a real privilege to have a behind the scenes tour of Madison Square Gardens, particularly viewing all the memorabilia and the VR component from Chase Bridge. We then took a long subway journey downtown to Wall Street. Here we learned some of the history of Wall Street and heard the impact of the Wall Street crash from somebody who had worked there first-hand. We also took the time to stop and view ‘The Fearless Girl’; a statue commissioned to advertise for an index fund that comprises gender-diverse companies that have a relatively high percentage of women among their senior leadership. The plaque below the statue states “Know the power of women in leadership. SHE makes a difference,” After another dinner of burgers and french fries we went to watch the musical, King Kong. Sadly, I do not think it was that memorable of a performance but it was a great


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opportunity to see a Broadway musical and some of the talented actors and actresses. The actual staging was impressive!

Day Four Another busy day started with an early rise to catch a ferry from Battery Park to Liberty and Ellis Island, the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the United States from 1892 until 1954. Today, inside the renovated building, is the National Museum of Immigration. The exhibits tell the entire story of American immigration, from the first European settlers, to the present day. In the museum we learned about the benefits and costs of immigration, as well as the reasons why people choose to immigrate. These were all concepts relevant to upcoming exams and so the students left with a lot of relevant examples to use. Perhaps the highlight of the tour was our bespoke tour of Morgan Stanley, kindly arranged by Ed Sisterson. Students were fortunate to experience what life is like on two of the trading floors; the noise, the energy and the hundreds of computer screens seemed a different world! We were then shown to one of the many conference rooms and given a talk by Alex Ehrlich, Managing Director of Prime Brokerage at Morgan Stanley. He is globally responsible for the firm’s Prime Brokerage, Listed Derivatives, OTC Clearing, Equity Finance, and Fund Administration businesses. He is also a member of the firm’s Equity Operating Committee and Equity Derivatives Executive Committee. He joined Morgan Stanley in August 2009 following six years as Global Head of Prime Services at UBS and 22 years at Goldman Sachs, where he served as global co-head of that firm’s Prime Brokerage business from 1998-2003. Alex talked about what Morgan Stanley look for in a candidate for Morgan Stanley’s Graduate programme. It was a unique insight

into the highly competitive scheme which has 10,000 applicants for 250 places. We would all like to say a very special thank you to Ed Sisterson for arranging the visit. Day four ended with a trip to the revolving restaurant at the top of the Marriott Hotel in Times Square. The city skyline was breath-taking and the food was absolutely delicious!

Day Five The trip culminated with a tour of the United Nations Headquarters. After successfully navigating our way through security we entered into an oasis of statues and sculptures in a beautiful little park. We then went upstairs to wait for our tour. Our tour guide was from Brazil, and she was able to engage everyone in our group; we had people from various states in the US. It was so interesting to hear the questions being asked, especially because everyone approaches the role of the UN Ambassadors from a different perspective. We saw several of the committee rooms and chambers and walked through a couple of

committee meetings while they were in session. The National Security Council, a personal favourite has an equitable structure, rotating chairpersons each month and bringing in new countries on a rotating basis. Thank you to all who contributed to making this trip memorable. S Murtagh-Howard, A. Barrat, L. Michell, N. Featherstone

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Lower Sixth Amazing Kenyan Adventure

At the start of July, twenty Lower Sixth students travelled to Nakuru, Kenya for ten days of volunteering at Ungana Academy, a school for local children in the deprived city of Nakuru. The trip was the culmination of a busy year of fundraising activities for the students, who raised almost £10,000, enabling the College to give £5,000 towards the deposit required to purchase the land on which the Ungana Academy is situated and pay for new floors, furniture, textbooks and food. Many fundraising projects took place throughout the year, including the five amazing and talented boys from The Busking5 who spent their weekends busking in Cambridge, a quiz night, a non-uniform day and two students shaving their heads at the end of term! The fundraising will continue throughout the years to come and the boys of The Busking5 continue to raise money for the Ungana Academy. Ungana Academy was originally set up to provide the local children from the slum area with a hot meal each day. Over the years, the Academy has developed and although it continues to look after the basic welfare of the children, it is now also an academic school with high expectations and 280 pupils. Arriving at the Academy, the Sixth Form students divided their time between teaching specialist subjects, including music, to the young pupils, and helping to complete construction work and painting. Lower Sixth student Inez described how the College students and staff “instantly felt welcome”, and “were greeted by lots of smiling faces from both teachers and children.”  After a week’s teaching and working at the school, the students explored the sights of Nakuru, going on an amazing safari in the national park, shopping at the local market and attending a joyous three-hour church service. On a visit to a dump site, the students saw for themselves how appalling it is for the children who live in such poverty and in such basic conditions.

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The pupils will never forget their time in Kenya and the plans are already in place for our trip in 2020. The trip has been “an honour...to create an impact on the children and teachers at the Ungana Academy” and “we’ve made friends for life that we will never forget.” “On behalf of the team, I would like to thank Mr Sutherland and Ms Gregory for organising such an incredible trip and making everything run so smoothly. For those lucky people attending next summer, it is by far the most rewarding experience and a once in a life time opportunity which will forever be in our hearts.”


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Los Angeles and San Francisco

Fourteen Sixth Form students and three members of staff spent the first week of the Autumn half term break in California on the fourth biennial Media Studies tour. Blessed with excellent weather throughout the trip, a great time was had by all.

Day Two Los Angeles and Hollywood An early start began with a tour of Los Angeles, including Santa Monica and the end of Route 66, with our hop on tour guide, Ryan, who provided us with a detailed history of the city and the film and media industry. A walk down Hollywood’s Walk of Fame was followed by tours of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre as well as the Dolby Theatre (where the Oscars are held). A real bonus was the chance to drive up to the Griffiths’ Park Observatory for a closer view of the Hollywood sign. Max Reid recognised the place from the classic scene from James Dean’s Rebel Without a Cause film whilst other students knew it from the Grand Theft Auto video game franchise. A trip to the OUE Skyspace tower rounded off the day, affording wonderful views of the city as well as the opportunity to slide down the outside of the building, from 70 floors up, in a glass slide.

Day Three Warner Bros., USC and L.A. Times At Warner Bros. the students were taken on a tour of the working studios. Ciara Kramer’s day was made when she had a photo with her favourite Harry Potter character, Dobby the House Elf. Everyone was excited to sit on the Friends’ sofa at Central Perk and we were lucky to arrive just as a scene from the show was being re-enacted. Amelia Bhatt played Rachel and Maddie Halford played Joey whilst several others played extras (James Catton played a very convincing barista with Zack Thorpe as his customer, whilst Sophie-Anne Alexander, Pendra Stewart and Ciara Kramer were other customers). Max Bashford seemed to particularly enjoy looking at the sports trophy cabinet on the tour of the University of Southern California.

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The final visit of the day was to the L.A. Times newspaper plant where the production and distribution processes of a print newspaper proved fascinating to the students. The robots, the printing presses and the sheer size and amount of paper used to produce a single day’s papers were bewildering. Whilst Baran Mehmet and Max Bashford were concerned by the dark marks being left on their trainers, Zack Thorpe recognised the scene from The Green Lantern that was filmed where the printing machines were.

Day Four Universal Studios The first activity on our tour of Universal Studios was an exclusive VIP access pass to the rehearsal of the Special Effects show. This was a fascinating insight into lighting, sound (foley effects), stage combat and visual effects and the students asked many probing questions. The highlight was Theo Barrett volunteering to go on stage to mimic the movements of a stick man on screen. This ended with Theo dancing as the bear from Ted, much to the delight of the rest of the students. After the backstage tour with the 3D King Kong and Fast and Furious experiences and the Jaws, War of the Worlds and Pyscho sets, the students (and staff) were free to explore the rides and Harry Potter World. An early finish enabled everyone to get down to Hermosa beach for a spot of beach volleyball before watching a wonderful sunset.

Day Five Los Angeles to San Francisco The transfer between the two cities is a long and tiring one but by taking the coastal road it does mean that everyone experiences one of the top ten drives in the world; breathtaking scenery of the Big Sur and the thousands of elephant seals basking on the beaches will be a lifetime memory.


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Day Six Silicon Valley We were joined by our second hop on tour guide, Barbara, for our trip to Silicon Valley and she was extremely knowledgeable of the history of computers and the tech industry. Our first stop was at the Apple visitors’ centre where a hands-on GarageBand class was arranged. Apple’s new headquarters is extremely secretive, but an interactive 3D display enabled a fascinating look inside. A trip to Google was equally interesting with their open campus allowing access to all. Onsite catering, a pre-school, hair cutting, doggy days etc. all support the ethos of the company never wanting you to leave. A tour of Palo Alto and a visit to the Facebook sign completed our tour of social media institutions. Having a little time to spare we were lucky to have perfect weather for a trip up to Twin Peaks on our return, offering beautiful views of the whole city and Bay Area.

Day Seven Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Walt Disney Family Museum, Alamo Square and Pier 39 The last full day of the tour began with our trip to Alcatraz, something that both Jack Holman and Alex Foster had been looking forward to. The audio tour is always interesting and gives a full insight into the history of the former prison. Imagine our surprise when we bumped into two OS in the form of Will Hart and Jonnie Smith (both having left the College 12 years ago). Barbara re-joined us for our tour of San Francisco. Golden Gate Bridge was in spectacular form for our photo stop, with fog surrounding its base but the bridge itself still visible. A short drive down into Sausalito provided our lunch break before returning to the city for our visit to the Walt Disney Family Museum, after which we went to Alamo square before being dropped at Fisherman’s Wharf. This fourth highly successful Media Tour was made so enjoyable by a group of fourteen positive, enthusiastic and polite students and I would like to thank them, as well as Mr Fulton and Mrs Dickinson, for their contributions to its success. M. Tomkys

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Speech Day The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

Head Boy’s Speech “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Those are the words of Malcom X, words I believe resonate strongly with our ethos. Since my first day here, everything I’ve done, everything I’ve been taught has been within a mindset that we are all here for the purpose of preparing for tomorrow, but in a way in which we cherish the experiences we have each day. Let me take you back to February 2012. I, an uncertain, quiet, absolutely tiny boy, wearing bright blue glasses, was sitting in the Leo Price Theatre. I was not a pupil here at the time but instead was watching my older sister perform in the College’s annual Stars in their Eyes talent competition. I was in awe, firstly at such incredible talent and secondly at the production value of the show which brought the whole thing to life. The idea that all this could be going on in a school was alien to me, and I distinctly remember saying to my dad, “I wish I could go to this school”. Fast forward to September and in I walked through the doors. I can tell you, not based exclusively on this, but after having competed in Stars myself for the past 4 years, and those evenings being amongst some of my favourite occasions of my time at school. Being here has allowed me the opportunity to discover my interests and grow them into lifelong passions. Along with music my other main hobby has been drama. The opportunities I have been given in the dramatic arts as a result of being a pupil here are second to none. This is a school in which all interests and talents are welcomed and facilitated, putting pupil leadership at the heart of it. It still surprises me when I discover one of my peers has a talent that I knew nothing about, and ultimately this leads to the development of well-rounded young men and women by the time we leave. But having these chances, being given such incredible academic and extracurricular support, has made me

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more rather than less aware, that the experience we are all lucky enough to have is not shared by thousands of children in this country or around the world. This was brought into clarity best during the highlight of my College career, our trip to Kenya last summer. During the 10 days we worked at Ungana Academy, we helped to build up the school and spent time teaching the children, aged 3 to 11. No prizes go for guessing that I didn’t opt to do construction in 30-degree heat, but rather I and others spent our time bonding with the children in lessons. I learnt many things in Kenya, but most of all, I learnt a lesson about values. When I saw the grinning smiles of these children, created only by handing them a new pencil, or a toy car, or a T-shirt, it came to light that everything we are surrounded by here, both material and not, is so incredibly valuable. That value is determined not by the price of our equipment or even the level of achievement in our exams, but rather the way in which we are allowed the freedom to grow emotionally and intellectually. One of the reasons that this school offers such an enriching experience is the House system, and I could not let this opportunity go by without saying a few words about Robert Pearce House, and a huge thank you to Mr and Mrs Honey, Mr Drury, and our resident tutors. I remember very clearly when I got my letter telling me that I would be going into RPH; I was filled with mixed emotions because by way of rumour, I believed that only a particular ‘type’ of boy went into RPH, a mould

into which I did not believe I fitted. However, looking back 5 years later, I could not have been more wrong. Even if I was significantly more useful to the House during House Music rather than House Rugby, where my contribution to the latter could be described as ‘moral support’ only, getting to know people in all years makes the system one of the College’s finest assets. I must take this opportunity to thank Heather – a lot of the work involved in this role goes on behind the scenes, and it truly is a double act. But rather than the moral or organisational support, primarily Heather, I have to give my thanks to you, for all year making me appear to be the more subdued one of the two of us, a trait I have never had before, and without you by my side, will probably never have again. To the Prefect team more widely, thank you. Heather and I have led a team made up of students who have responsibilities. We have seen outstanding leadership on issues such as the digital world, social inclusion, and our drive toward a greener school. For me, this symbolises a school that in its 150th year, looks to the future and aims to continue with the progress. Finally, to the Upper Sixth. This is a year group who have grown and evolved with the school, young people who are accepting of those who are different in a way that is so brilliantly subtle, which is so needed at a time when young people are under intense social pressures. Oliver Lewis


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Head Girl’s Speech I’ve been at this school long enough to know that Speech Day is no mere feat, but rather a test of pure endurance. But, no matter how many of these events I’ve sat through, nothing has quite prepared me for this final one. As for Ollie and I, and this year’s leaving class of 2019, today marks a monumental time in our lives as we say goodbye to a school that has supported and nurtured us as we have grown into independent individuals. Yet, today is as much a time for goodbyes as it is for celebration, especially in the College’s 150th anniversary year. The first thing that needs celebrating is the hard work, stress and hours that we, as pupils, invest into our education here. The education system is dominated by the pursuit of ‘good grades’, so academic rigor naturally formed a large part of our College experience. I tell you now, there were considerable pitfalls to this, especially in the formative years where this pressure to excel saw us worrying over unfinished diagrams of the reproductive system, or over history essays of how King Henry broke from Rome. However, following this rollercoaster of academic anxiety, the benefits of this became most noticeable in these final years, ironically our most challenging years, where this academic hunger and drive became internalised and was something we could rely on even during our most unmotivated days. This heavily academic environment is something I believe we should be most grateful for, and celebrate, as it has helped breed this mindset to simply want to do well. A message to the younger years would be that indeed you will experience times of stress, but remember, whilst good grades are important, do not let it dominate your time here. Other qualities such as creativity, communication, leadership and most importantly your sanity are most valuable in the long run. If anything, this is one lesson which is in my mind just as fundamental as within

any education; learning that one’s education extends far beyond any twodimensional grade. What we must also not forget is that whilst we are so quick to recognise ourselves as the key catalysts in our own success, it is the teachers here at the College, the backbone of our education, whom are the foundation of all our academic successes. To the teachers, on behalf of the year, we are so grateful for all your hours of presenting, marking, explaining and then explaining again. One of the best things about the College is the array of extra-curricular opportunities, which have been fundamental to providing us with a more balanced education. Like any child would, I tried my hand at sport and even found myself temporarily in the goldilocks zone of netball teams, not too high that I would be annihilated for dropping the ball, yet not too low that the ball was universally repelled by all in its path. But this of course fell through when I discovered my inevitable clumsiness at age 14, and at one point fell over my own hockey stick. However, the beauty of these so-called failures is that they led me to my true passion, drama. It has been this amusing narrative of trial and error, thanks to the exceptional facilities and opportunities here, that has been a guiding hand to the realisation of my passion for theatre, as well as the danger that I am to humanity on the hockey pitch. To those returning pupils at the College I would urge you to take up opportunities that comes your way, because the potential for the discovery of a passion is inevitably priceless. School is nothing without friends; the people that make off-days that little bit better, the best days absolute heaven and the people who share in our laughter as well as our misfortunes. I would like to thank all the friends that I’ve made here and who have stuck by me, for my loud voice, my eccentricity and for the

liability that I am on the hockey pitch. Let’s celebrate our Housemasters and Housemistresses, the hidden gems and our honest lifelines here, there to swoop in when you’re on the verge of a crisis or when you just need to go off-games. Mrs Oldfield, thank you for the home that you made Tee House over these past years. Truth be told, we were not your typical batch of girls, all so different, and on surface value you wouldn’t have thought to put us together. But, fast forward the House experience and you are left with a group of girls that, whilst is often unspoken, are extremely protective of their little community in all its quirks, quarrels and chaos. Finally, I would also like to thank Ollie, not only for the countless lifts, but because of his constant support and patience with me throughout the year. I But perhaps the greatest celebration of all goes to the privilege of an education that we received. In amongst the daily commotion of College life, it is so easy to forget the privilege of it all. The privilege that is having access to such knowledgeable teachers, having access to first class facilities and most importantly being part of such a welcoming and friendly community. Whatever you take from life here, whether that be a newfound confidence, a passion for a subject, a drive to succeed, or even the simple knowledge that it is customary to shout the ‘O’ of ‘clouds unfold’ in Jerusalem, the one thing you can do to give thanks to such an education, to such a privilege, is to take it and make use of it. To not hold back, but use it to move forward, to give to others, to make yourself a life that you can be proud of. Fellow Upper Sixth, I wish that you all find great happiness in life, and remember that the beauty of Bishop’s Stortford College was never truly in its buildings or its trees, but in its community, and the fond memories and successes that we were so luckily enough to share with one another. Heather Collier

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Speech Day Prizes FORM PRIZES Fourth Form Laura Hull, Matthew Teare, Samuel Barrett, Bea Burnstone-Cressswell, Harrison Yoxall

Physics Ashpole Prize Jamie Carr Psychology Miley Chang Media Studies Rosie Civil

Lower Fifth Jonah Burnstone-Cresswell, Vibha Menon, Will Collins, William Cutlan-Smyth, Charlie Hughes

Further Mathematics Anthony Tuch

Upper Fifth Elizabeth Gliznutsa, Casper Slee, Lana Vitorovic, Isabel Grout, Panayiota Zacharatou

Chemistry Thomas Snelling

LOWER SIXTH SUBJECT PRIZES

Business Amber Pearson

English Eleanor Milnes

Music Lola Robinson

French Eleanor Milnes

Physical Education Madeleine Newitt

German Emily Bond

UPPER SIXTH SUBJECT PRIZES

Spanish Rebecca Sugden

English Hannah Marsden

Latin Joshua Cawthray Stern

Classics Luke Eddershaw

Classical Civilisation Elizabeth Kesterton

Psychology Luke Eddershaw

Theatre Studies Harry Belton

French Emma O’Gorman

History Daniel Mason-Smith

History Amy Craft

Geography Daniel Mason-Smith

Geography Amy Craft

Ethics, Philosophy and Theology Daniel Mason-Smith

Business Madeline Halford

Biology E W Edmunds Prize Francesca Young

Design Technology Leslie Rice Prize Shuyu Yao

Art Bryn Couser

Design Technology Sir Charles Alexander Prize Maximilian Jacoby

Economics Daniel Evans

Art Victoria Edge

Politics Sukhmani Basra

Economics Matthew Honeyman

Mathematics Jamie Munro

Politics James Woollerson

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German Harry Champion Physics Ashpole Prize Elle Xiong Mathematics Ruby Barford Biology E W Edmunds Prize Ella Stephens Further Mathematics Ai Kawamura Chemistry Ai Kawamura Media Studies Jemima Fraser-Andrews Theatre Studies Oliver Lewis Ethics, Philosophy and Theology Jacob Self Physical Education Freddie Colclough Music Zachary Whiting SPECIAL AWARDS Fourth Form Academic Endeavour Awards Matilda Baines, Aimee Beaver, Mia Burgin, Selin Dogramaci, Georgia Dromard, Imogen French, Isobel Hall, Ella Higgs, Thomas Howes, Felicity Lello,

Henry Wilson, William Lipscombe, Katya Sinitsyna, Rose Sullivan, Bente Van der Heijden, Markus Webb Lower Fifth Academic Endeavour Awards Samuel Baker, Sofia Bishton, Adam Champion, Toby Cheung, Conran Connor, Pippa Duncan, Ruby Fakile, Elizabeth Haddow, Pippa Hutchins, Eric Lush, James Morris, Toayo Onajobi, Max Smith, Florence Stephens, Jacob Whiting, Careese Yui Tung Poon, Kingsley Yip Upper Fifth Academic Endeavour Awards Freddie Cooke, Hattie Cooke, Owain Wilson, William Darlington, Charlotte Gisborne, Clara Hall, Isabella Hart, Fletcher John, Marcus Moon, Imogen Swann, James Tasker, Charlotte Tupman, Adam Wade-Baylis, Anya Wilson,

Georgia Watkin, Katie Whitehead Lower Sixth Academic Excellence Awards Charles Favell, Samuel Waters, Joshua Pilcher, Maximillian Potts, Jessica Penkul, Moqi Cheng, Oliver Lennie Upper Sixth Academic Endeavour Awards Chloe Jones, Anna Hardy, Hannah Kiely, Matilda Dawson, Nancy McGarahan, Eleanor Bennett, James Catton, Clara Slee Upper Sixth Academic Excellence Awards Alessandro Ainsworth, Ruilin Xiang, Wendy Cowen, Kristy Tong, Emma Baker, Anna Butcher, George Harding

Senior Music Award (Old Stortfordian) Elle Xiong

Drummond Allison Prize for Poetry Vibha Menon

Choir Prize Samuel Solway

Alan Clodd Enitharmon Prize for Poetry Eleanor Milnes

Junior Music Prize Joseph Ash Schnadhorst History Prize Giles Elliott Drama Prize Heather Collier Findlay Award (for Geography Fieldwork) Avni Patel Ferguson Prize for Enterprise and Initiative Avni Patel

Craig Orchestra Prize Nadja Vitorovic Paul Knowles Recognition Award Ella Stephens and Jacob Self Harvard Prize (for top academic performance in a variety of subjects) Luke Furnace Piano Prize Harry Ni

Special Service Award The Busking Five

Public Speaking (Senior) Nena Nurbhai

Daniel Evans, Joshua Pilcher, Joseph Ash, Charlie Evans, Alex Smink

Public Speaking (Junior) Matthew Teare

Attenborough Activity Prize Sally Hull

Sportsman of the Year Jake Morris

Webb Lingos Science Award Ruby Barford

Sportswoman of the Year Elinah Phillip

John Blenkin Prize for Pottery Emily Kerr

Band Prize Freddy Harris

Chaplain’s Prize Charlotte Gisborne

Special Award for pupils who have made the most of their time at the College Emma Povey, Sophie-Anne Alexander, James Basavaraj Headmaster’s Prize Heather Collier and Oliver Lewis

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The One and Only CJW The Summer of 1975 was marred by high inflation, football violence, pitch invasions at the Ashes and a Scottish invasion of the music charts; The Bay City Rollers had their tartan trews at half-mast whilst Sir Rod was set to take ‘Sailing’ to #1. Meanwhile, 8000 miles away a young Marlborough educated man working in a missionary school wrote to his parents asking if there were any biology teaching posts in the Times Educational Supplement; he needed to leave Rhodesia pronto to avoid being called up for military service. His parents wrote back enclosing the one and only ad for a biology teacher, it was at Bishop’s Stortford College. In due course he wrote a letter of application, followed just a few days later by a subsequent letter from the Head that offered him the post there and then. Either Colin Greetham wanted the matter resolved before going off on his summer holiday or he somehow knew that CJW was the one and only for Bishop’s Stortford College. And so, it was in January 1976, just a few days after arriving back from his African adventure, a young, fresh-faced and athletic Christopher Woodhouse joined the College as a teacher of biology and RPH House tutor. Unsurprisingly to all of us who have had the pleasure of seeing Chris in action, he threw himself into his duties wholeheartedly, holding court in his lab as he took centre stage to bring his biology lessons to life by creating his own jungle and doing zany cell, insect and animal impressions, such as donning his academic gown and doing a handstand with an apple in his mouth to replicate a fruit bat! Strange you might think for one who never got in a flap! Furthermore, never was he more animated than when he was conducting the dissection of many a dead creature to reveal the glory of their creation. It was in RPH that he gained a taste for gin… by the pint (!) and spied in the neighbouring Grimwade House, an attractive matron by the name of Miss Joyce. As the boys will tell you,

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escape from RPH is never easy, but this beautiful young woman not only offered the promise of a life of endless love but also provided the means of a sharp exit! Within weeks Chris had proposed to Ginny and the two were married in the following year, which also led to Mr Woodhouse’s long love affair with School House. It didn’t take the new Mrs Woodhouse long to realise that married and family life would be a crowded affair as they would also have to accommodate the wild life of School House. Initially, Chris was a School House Tutor which still gave him the scope to pursue another of his many loves, athletics. Under his leadership, the team grew from strength to strength and such was the importance placed on athletics that in one year the InterHouse relays concluded the Speech Day festivities. It has been calculated that he himself has run around top field approximately 15,000 times (fuelled by the same number of bowls of porridge, 2000 kippers and 1600 cricket teas!) often with a beloved ‘Shumba’ in tow or hoards of runners chasing him in the Yeo and Pearl Cups. It was no surprise that he was in the running to become the Housemaster of School House. In fact, like so many of the positions Chris has held at the

College, he was indeed the one and only candidate foolish enough to take on the extra responsibilities in his stride! Perhaps that explains his longevity; he has never stood still but leapt at the chance to set up the PSHE programme, forge links with the Rotary Club, become Common Room President, act as Chaplain in times of interregnum, become Head of Boarding, Deputy Head and eagerly participate in many Duke of Edinburgh expeditions to... tea shops! His days of camping under canvas quickly came to an end when he discovered too late in the day that the bin bag he thought contained his duvet was actually just a couple of large fluffy pillows! Having worn so many different hats


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crushing lows too. Most notably, it was Chris (along with the Honeys) who felt most keenly the loss of RPH after the devastating fire of 2015. Yet, as Head of Boarding he was the one who had to ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’, offering support to those affected by the tragedy and solutions to the many problems that arose from it. Thus, no one was more pleased to see RPH rise from the ashes as well as the new boarding houses that were opened in 2018 than the one and only CJW.

during his time at the College, Chris’ influence has spread deep and wide. As a member of the Estates Committee, he has helped lay the foundations for many of the buildings around campus and has shaped the landscape of the sports fields with the planting of so many trees along the pathways. Moreover, through his integrity and generosity of spirit, Chris has laid firm foundations in the hearts of generations of children and an army of colleagues. His unwavering enthusiasm, endless groan-worthy puns and willingness to share one’s burdens over a cup of coffee has made an enormous contribution to the welfare and wellbeing of the community. Over four decades there have been many highs but some

Whilst most would consider winding down as they near retirement, it has been business as usual for CJW; in his memorable assemblies he has brought in a live chicken, made a right flipping mess making pancakes and been searched, handcuffed and arrested. At the Snow Ball he not only agreed to dress up as Father Christmas but got the party started by dancing on the tables, and in many of the 150th events that have taken place this year he has taken on major roles including giving thoughtful addresses on the history of the College, its Christian foundation and its ongoing legacy.

classes!) he has through word and deed and through his understanding of science and faith, borne witness to the love of God that means so much to him. Somehow, he and Ginny also found the time to help establish the Community Church in Water Lane and later BSV that in its early days met in the FLT on Sunday mornings. As he and Ginny begin a new chapter in Cirencester and seek new challenges (you honestly didn’t think he’d retire to put his feet up did you?), many of us who have relied on him to know what and why things are happening at the College will feel a little lost in September, as we come to fully realise just how many pies he had his fingers in which we will be trying to fill! Life at the College will carry on but for all of us it won’t be the same as there can only be the one and only CJW. I. Morris

Keeping alive that legacy has been the focus of his own deep Christian faith. Soli Deo Gloria (to God alone the Glory) is not only the College motto but one that he has lived out faithfully in every sphere of life. As a fan of the works of CS Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe being a stalwart of his Lower Fifths’ Summer term EPT

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Mike Tomkys, College Staff 1987 - 2019 Mike Tomkys joined the College from Summerbee School, Bournemouth in September in 1987 as a fresh-faced young English teacher and House Tutor in the old Alliott boys’ House. He immediately impressed everyone with his willingness to enter fully into the different academic, sporting and cultural areas of College life. This he continued to do throughout his career, right up to retirement. One of the biggest compliments we can pay Mike, apart from restating what everyone says, that “he is a really nice and kind person”, is that he is one of a sadly dying breed in education, being a true all round ‘school master’. Mike has always enjoyed life to the full both at work and at play. To mention convivial evenings in the Boar’s, the Robin, The Brickies, Brahms, The Fox and the Bakers Dozen as well as the Cricket Club will bring back halcyon memories to many OS and staff readers, but thoughts such as “where are you talking about?” to those who only know a more modern town. Mike probably enjoyed the hospitality of Ivor and Rose in the Brickies more than anywhere, possibly due to the twin facts they were not overly worried about the technicalities of closing time and that he regularly fleeced the regulars for an awful lot of money at poker, a game that at one point we suggested he take up as a second career due to his ability to keep a very straight face and sober at times when others were less analytical in their approach. Mike has worked successfully in the English department for all of his time at the College but several years ago, he started up the new Media Studies department and he has had huge success in making it a very successful area of the Sixth Form curriculum. Mike’s students always say how calm and encouraging he was in the classroom which brought the best out of them. They also say his invariably cheerful manner would brighten up a bad day and make them feel better

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about things, a sentiment with which we all fully concur.

of the TV shows of Julian Clary, which is a somewhat acquired taste!

In 1994, Mike decided to take a year’s teaching exchange in Sydney, Australia. He tells us he had a great time in Oz, met lots of people and saw many wonderful sights. It is a testament to how many people know Mike that when he was climbing up Ayres Rock one morning (as you do!), a young lady fellow climber (and member of a local English hockey club) saw him, recognised his shirt, and said “you must be Mike Tomkys”, which is a pretty remarkable coincidence so many miles away. On his return, Mike was annoyed to find his exchange teacher at the College, a slightly eccentric Aussie called Greg, had driven his campervan for many miles, all over the country and completely wrecked what was already a fairly ancient vehicle. However, he was even more surprised and rendered speechless to find his video collection in his flat had been massively augmented with a huge number of recordings of any and every Royal event and a definitive collection

On his return from Australia, Mike was offered the job of Housemaster of Hayward, a post he discharged for many years with great care for his pupils. He was immensely popular in this role, judging by the messages of goodwill that have been received on hearing of his impending retirement. Many pupils say how much they owe Mike for his kindness and guidance through their time in the College. Mike has always been keen to join in charity fundraising events at the College and when in charge of Hayward he developed their annual ‘gunge’ event to an art form. His brew would have been condemned by a modern Health and Safety Executive but it certainly had an effect on the staff or pupil volunteers that experienced its ‘restorative’ qualities when poured over their heads. However, on one charity day, he did raise several eyebrows and angered John Trotman, the Headmaster at the time, as he, and


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Alison Sloman, the Housemistress of Young House, decided to ‘cross dress’ for the day. At the time it was slightly unusual to see Alison spend the whole day in a man’s dinner suit but frankly frightening to see Mike teaching his lessons in a voluminous dress which was amply upholstered, fishnet tights, a huge blonde bee-hive wig, tastefully finished off with full make-up including purple eye shadow and mascara and wearing stiletto heels! A pantomime dame would have been proud! For many years Mike produced the annual House Play for Hayward, which he did with great success, always taking pride in keeping rehearsals for his busy actors to a minimum. He also directed several school plays to much acclaim. He has also run the school House and Staff Brains Trust Quiz with considerable dedication, undoubtedly honing his skills as a question master with the daily staff ‘quiz with coffee’ before school, an event many of us take very seriously indeed. I frankly have no idea how Mike has found the energy to organise the leaver’s ball for so many years and how he keeps so calm in dealing with some of the more bizarre seating and transport requests, often sent in at the last minute! Everyone says what a good event it is and he deserves a great deal of thanks for his organisation. The College ought to also be extremely grateful for all that Mike has done for College hockey over the years. A perceptive, knowledgeable and encouraging coach of both girls as well as boys teams during his career, he has worked with many different age groups from U14s to U18s with considerable success. Some of the more memorable occasions were undoubtedly the regular tours to Holland through the 1980s and 90s and less frequently in more recent years. Mike enjoyed these trips and was always one of the last to leave the AHBC clubhouse at night, representing the College impressively, although not always negotiating the

concrete steps to the fresh air so well. The hockey was wonderful and Mike’s U16s always gave a very good account of themselves against some of the best club sides in Holland. However, when we added a trip to Belgium prior to going on to Amsterdam, as we had been invited to play matches against their National U16 and U18 to help in their preparation for the European Cup, Mike was less impressed with the accommodation organised. ‘Le Sleepwell’, (by name but not by nature!) a very cheap hostel in the middle of Brussels was where everyone stayed to help save money. Paper thin walls, bed bug infested mattresses and breakfast consisting of stale bread and jam was not what Mike wanted! He has never forgotten or forgiven this booking error! Mike played regularly as a defender for Bishop’s Stortford HC for many years, both indoors and outdoors, before going into management of club teams, umpiring and organisation of umpires. Mike was also one of the regular members of Sawbridgeworth mixed hockey club, a synthesis of Stortford and Broxbourne playing under a flag of convenience on Sundays. In the last few years, Mike has umpired more and more, often in the East League and regularly for the College 1st Xl. The boys should be very grateful for his observant and impartial decision making. We all owe Mike a huge thank you for all he has done for Bishop’s Stortford College hockey in the 32 years he has been here.

I know Mike has seen many changes in both Bishop’s Stortford and the College in his 32 years in the town, mainly for the better, but sadly not always the case. He has always been a great sounding board to ask an opinion about something and his advice was always impartial and well considered. However, the beatific disinterested grin that spread over his face when the intricacies and demands of the new timetable were being introduced to the staff showed that he is ready for a break from teaching and well-deserved rest. He is planning to move to Cyprus, for well-priced housing, sun, sea, nice food, cheap wine, a pool by the back door and, to be honest, it sounds so attractive that maybe we all ought to go and visit...possibly permanently! We all wish Mike the very best of luck on his new adventure, we know that he will be back to see us at times and we all thank him for his friendship, all he has done for the College over many years and above all for being such a thoroughly nice and kind person. C. Bannister

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Farewells

Linda Dickinson

Lyndsay Shepherd

Anne Picton

Abigail Barrett

Head of Sixth Form; Teacher of English

Director of Sport

Teacher of French

Sports Coach PGCE

Anthony Fulton

Benjamin Branscombe

Christopher Pugh

Clare P Andrews

Teacher of English and Media

Estates Manager

Finance Manager

Nurse

Costa Fafalios

David Roberts

Dimond Margaret

George Littlechild

Teacher of Maths

Sports Coach PGCE

Catering Support Assistant

Sports Coach

Kevin H Webb

Marie-Louise Gough

Phil Elliston

Robert Fitch

Sophia Eckart

Development Director

Senior School Admissions Officer

Design Technology Technician

Maintenance Technician

German Assistant

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Welcomes The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

Welcomes

Alice Bourke

Alison Hunter

Britt Ellice

Christine Stanley

Christopher J Bolton

Finance Manager

In-House Recruiter

Development Director

Senior School Admissions Officer & Registrar

Sports Coach

Claire M Gale

Deborah Lyall

Eve J Hobson

Gemma Du Toit

Gillian Platten

Teacher of EAL (2018/2019) Teacher of English (2019/2020)

Library Assistant

Chemistry Technician

Catering Support Assistant

Payroll Administrator

James B Ferguson

Jesus Sebastian De Aza

Kenneth Betts

Louisa Piercy

Lucia Miguel Sanchez

Teacher of Chemistry

Events Catering Support Assistant

Maintenance Technician

Maria Angeles Franco Arroyo

Marie-Lorraine F Cunin

Mark Mcgrath

Matthew Palmer

Megan J McCauley

Head of French

Head of Maths

Senior Maintenance Technician

Chef

Naoko Edwards

Natalie L Thompson

Nicholas M Tether

Oliver J Murley

Paul J Harman

Resident Matron

Learning Support Assistant

Head of Geography

Teacher of English

Estates Manager

Housekeeper

Spanish Language Assistant

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Sixth Form Life The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

Leavers’ Destinations Surname

First names Institution name

Course Placed

Hall

Peter

Bath

Natural Sciences (with Year Abroad)

Imber

Gregoire

Bath

Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

Johnston

Laurie

Bath

Mechanical Engineering

Tofts

Oliver

Bath

Economics

Collier

Heather

Birmingham

Drama and English

Zharmakhan

Raziya

Birmingham

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Barrett

Theo

Brighton

Media Production

Baker

Emma

Bristol

Law

Elliott

Giles

Bristol

Philosophy

Fisher

Katherine

Bristol

Physics and Philosophy

FraserAndrews

Jemima

Bristol

Anthropology

Self

Jacob

Bristol

Philosophy

Badman

Jordan

Bristol, University of the West of England

Architecture (with Foundation Year)

Alexander

Sophie-Anne

Canterbury Christ Church

Primary Education

Champion

Harry

Cardiff

Modern Chinese

Khetani

Shreeya

Cardiff

Dentistry

Collins

Patrick Brian

De Montfort University

Engineering Year Zero

Moss

Samuel

Derby

American Studies and History

Cane

Henrietta

Durham

Geography

Franklin

Jasmine

Durham

Marketing and Management

Harding

George

Durham

Natural Sciences

Harris

Freddy

Durham

General Engineering

Moon

Bradley

Durham

Law

Pedrazzi

Mario

Durham

Mathematics

Lewis

Oliver

Edinburgh

Politics

Alexander

Archie

Exeter

Business and Management

Betser

Lucy

Exeter

Art History & Visual Culture and English with Employment Experience

Francis

Zachary

Exeter

History and Ancient History

Harper

Ines

Exeter

Liberal Arts

Hepburn

Daniel

Exeter

Philosophy and History

Honeyman

Matthew

Exeter

Business Economics with Industrial Experience

Marsden

Hannah

Exeter

English

Pegrum

Benedict

Exeter

Politics and International Relations (with Study Abroad)

Brooks

Jamie

Gap year

Butcher

Anna

Gap year

Nell

Emily

Gap year

Farrington

Samuel

Glasgow`

Philosophy

Ainsworth

Alessandro

Imperial

Aeronautical Engineering

Xiong

Zeling

Imperial

Physics

Visnauskaite

Valerija

Kings

Mathematics and Philosophy

Whiting

Zachary

Kings

Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology

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First names Institution name

Course Placed

Xiang

Ruilin

Kings

Mathematics

Seleznova

Misele

Lancaster

International Business Management (France)

Zharmakhan

Aituar

Lancaster

Finance

Jones

Matthew

Leeds

History

Morris

Jake

Leeds Beckett

Product Design

Purvis

Gus

Leeds Beckett

Product Design

Smollett

Benjamin

Leicester

Medical Biochemistry

Patel

Avni

Liverpool

Medicine

Tindale

Lucas

Liverpool

Ocean Sciences

Ladipo

Kolade

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

BA (Hons) Acting (Screen & Digital Media)

Wade

Ben

Liverpool John Moores

Sports Journalism

Craft

Amy

Loughborough

Geography

Jacoby

Maximilian

Loughborough

Product Design and Technology

Tseng

Chihao

Manchester

Architecture

Barford

Ruby

Newcastle

Biomedical Genetics

Hotson

Henry

Newcastle

Economics and Finance

Kerr

Emily

Newcastle

Marketing and Management

Foster

Alexander

Norwich University of the Arts

Interior Design

Beaves

Edward

Nottingham

Politics and International Relations

Brooks

James

Nottingham

Politics and International Relations

Dawson

Matilda

Nottingham

Psychology and Philosophy

De Bohun

Grace

Nottingham

Industrial Economics

Esdelle

Curvis

Nottingham

Politics and International Relations

Le Grove

Jack

Nottingham

Industrial Economics

Lyall

Kaitlin

Nottingham

Management

Slee

Clara

Nottingham

Psychology

Thomas

Patrick

Nottingham

Engineering and Physical Sciences with Foundation Year

Winfield

Tom

Nottingham

American Studies and History

Woollerson

James

Nottingham

Politics and Economics

Brockley

Alexander

Nottingham Trent

History and Philosophy

Greenall

Lucy

Nottingham Trent

Interior Architecture and Design

Grice

Olivia

Nottingham Trent

Fashion Management

Newsome

Ethan

Nottingham Trent

Furniture and Product Design

Reilly

Erin

Nottingham Trent

Business Law

Spittlehouse

Ellie

Nottingham Trent

Law

Bashford

Max

Overseas

Selivanova

Sofya

Overseas

Bassingthwaighte

Adam

Oxford Brookes

Real Estate

Hawkins

Joseph

Oxford Brookes

Sport, Coaching and Physical Education/Business Management

Magson

Amber

Oxford Brookes

Accounting and Finance

Lee

George

Plymouth

Marine Biology and Oceanography

Correct as of 2 September 2019

Surname

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Sixth Form Life The Stortfordian 2018 - 19

Surname

First names Institution name

Course Placed

Picton

William

Portsmouth

Mechanical Engineering

Halford

Madeline

Ravensbourne University London

Fashion Buying and Brand Management

Eedes

Harry

Reading

International Business and Management

Padfield

James

Reading

Geography (Human)

Sisterson

Jack

Reading

Business and Management with placement year

Bichara

Elizabeth

Royal Holloway

Physics

Goodman

Alexandra

Royal Holloway

Geography

Tong

Hei

Royal Holloway

Economics

Hardy

Anna

Sheffield

History

McGarahan

Nancy

Sheffield

English Literature

Rix

Olivia

Sheffield Hallum

Business Studies

Stephens

Ella

Southampton

Medicine

Vitorovic

Nadja

St Andrews

Physics

Colclough

Frederick

Swansea

Sport & Exercise Science with a Year Abroad

Solway

Samuel

Swansea

Biochemistry

Kawamura

Ai

UCL

Mathematics

Nurbhai

Nena

UCL

Arts and Sciences with Study Abroad

Radley

Louis

UCL

History (with a Year Abroad)

Lam

Ching

Univeristy of Kent

Accounting and Finance and Economics

Perring

Alfred

University of Buckingham

Psychology with Business and Management (2-year degree)

Abramson

Hugo

University of East Anglia

Economics

Barrett

Matthew

University of East Anglia

History

Basavaraj

James

University of East Anglia

Economics and Finance

Brash

Lilly

University of East Anglia

Film and Television Studies

Cheadle

Alfie

University of East Anglia

Philosophy and Politics

Jones

Chloe

University of East Anglia

Law

Chen

Cong

University of Essex

Sports and Exercise Science

Catton

James

University of Surrey

Business Management (Entrepreneurship)

Muir

Fraser

University of Surrey

Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year

Shekerzade

Ezme

University of the Arts, London

Fashion Management

Cowen

Wendy

Warwick

Mathematics

Reid

Max

Warwick

English Literature

Bennett

Eleanor

York

History of Art

Grove-Smith

Thomas

York

Business and Management with a Year in Industry

Gvero

Georgia

York

English Language and Linguistics

Kiely

Hannah

York

Biochemistry

O’Gorman

Emma

York

Accounting, Business Finance and Management

Povey

Emma

York

Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance

Scilly

Benjamin

York

Economics

Williams

Sophia

York

Business and Management with a Year in Industry

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Correct as of 2 September 2019

Leavers’ Destinations


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The Stortfordian 2018-19  

A year in the Senior School and Sixth Form at Bishop's Stortford College

The Stortfordian 2018-19  

A year in the Senior School and Sixth Form at Bishop's Stortford College