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Chigwell Spring 2013


In this Issue Old Chigwellian is

02 President of the CUSU

09 Junior Art Exhibition

Andy Murray’s mum Judy

20 visits Chigwell

and much more... FIND A WAY OR MAKE A WAY


Oxbridge Bound

Once again this year the members of the Middle Sixth have secured some very encouraging university offers and seven students have been successful in winning offers from Oxford and Cambridge.

Cambridge, Engineering), Rachel Maton (St Peter’s College, Oxford, History with a Choral Scholarship), Callum Fleming (Homerton College, Cambridge, Engineering), Jessica Maton (Queens’ College, Cambridge, Classics), Angus Paterson (Girton College, Cambridge, Theology) and Qinning Lou (St Hilda’s College, Oxford, Mathematics).

Under founder Samuel Harsnett’s kindly eye stand (left to right) Xiaoxuan Liu (St John’s College, Cambridge, Natural Sciences), Oliver Albert (Queens’ College,

Head of Sixth Form, Mr Andrew Long, said that they have all combined raw talent with industry and initiative, and have well deserved their places. n

Old Chigwellian is President of the CUSU Former Chigwell School student Felicity Osborn has been elected as the new president of Cambridge University Students’ Union, with effect from July. The president leads the union, which represents the interests of all Cambridge University students, to the university, the National Union of Students and to the Governors.

Felicity (right) left Chigwell in 2009 and took one year off to carry out charity work in Uganda before going up to St John’s College, Cambridge, where she read Theology. Headmaster Michael Punt said to be very proud of Felicity who is the first former Chigwell pupil to be elected to this role at Cambridge. ‘Flick’ will make an excellent president and we hope she will be able to return to Chigwell to tell current pupils about the role. n

Analyst Competition Three of our current Lower Sixth came second in the regional heat of the Royal Society of Chemistry Schools’ Analyst Competition held at Queen Mary University of London during half term.

Katie Marshall, Richard Stavri and Yitian Zhao carried out a practical described as being undergraduate standard and performed exceptionally well. Head of Sixth Form, Mr Andrew Long said that the students worked effectively together and were praised for their teamwork as well as their individual contributions. n

From left to right: Yitian Zhao, Richard Stavri and Katie Marshall.

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Top of the Bench

Emma Jackson, Henry Bird and Emma Cadman.

Physics Olympiad The Chigwell team did extremely well in this year’s British Physics Olympiad competition. From a field of almost 2,000 of the country’s brightest Sixth Form physics students, Xiaoxuan Liu and Callum Fleming achieved the prestigious Gold Award for coming in the top 100, with Qinning Lou gaining a Bronze. Yuan Yau, Stuart Innes and Abhijit Jha all received commendations. Xiaoxuan’s score was particularly impressive and as a result she was invited to compete in the next round of the competition. The ultimate aim of the British Physics Olympiad is to select the British physics team for the International Physics Olympiad which this year will be in Copenhagen in July. We wish Xiaoxuan all the very best of luck. n

For the fourth year running, Chigwell School was one of the top four schools in Essex taking part in the final of Royal Society of Chemistry Mastermind at King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford, on 6th December. The Chigwell team, with James Mulholland, Emma Jackson, Emma Cadman and

Henry Bird, earned its place in the final by successfully winning through two earlier heats of the competition, beating a number of local schools along the way. Head of Chemistry and Science, Dr Tracy Martin, said that despite James being unable to attend the regional final on the day, the remaining three members of the team worked well together and although they did not win on the day, they should be commended on the achievement of getting to the final stage of this prestigious competition. n

Howard and Mitchell Essay Competition Sixth Form students submitted independently researched essays for the Howard and Mitchell Essay Prize Competition, and the winners this year are Xiaoxuan Liu, who researched Einstein’s theory of relativity, Rachel Maton, who wrote about 16th and 17th century witchcraft, and Stuart Innes who looked into attitudes to mental health. n

Target Two Point Zero Chigwell’s Target 2.0 team won the regional heat of this highly prestigious economics competition. Target Two Point Zero – the Bank of England and The Times Interest Rate Challenge – gives teams of students aged 16-18 the chance to take on the

role of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, assess economic conditions and the outlook for inflation, and tell panels of judges what monetary policy they would set to achieve the Government’s inflation target of 2.0%. Jason Driver, Anastasia Mishchanenko, Jack Mitchell

and Ben Silverstone competed against six other schools and won the regional heats on 26th November. After the event, the judges said that the Chigwell team had given a logical and detailed presentation and answered the questions very well. n 02 | 03


Rotary Youth Speaks Two senior and two junior teams took part in the Rotary Youth Speaks competition. The senior team (above) with Gabrielle Leadbeater, Matthew Scudder and Frederick Cooper-Rendu reached the East of England Finals, after winning the two previous rounds. n

Junior Primary Maths Challenge Winner Year 6 pupil, Jude Panter, was the winner of the Junior School Primary Maths Challenge, a nationwide competition with multiple-choice problems aimed at the top 60% of pupils in Years 5 and 6. Jude received a silver medal in the Bonus Round, he was one of 168 pupils who scored between 22 and 23 marks. A fantastic achievement! n

BBC School Report We had over twenty Third and Fourth Formers taking part in this year’s BBC Report Live News Day. ICT1 became the Newsroom as our intrepid reporters became real-life journalists for the day. They worked tirelessly, producing some wonderful reports which made the BBC website and of course our own! Pictured right: Jack Sullivan and Joshua Klein interview West Ham team players on BBC Report Live News Day.

The winning Hanover’s team.

Junior School Debating Junior students debated on the motion: ‘School uniform is old-fashioned and students should be allowed to wear what they want’. In a very tight contest, Hanover’s were adjudicated the winners thanks to an outstanding performance by Andrew Abbott who made an extremely convincing closing statement. n

Junior pupils dress up for World Book Day.

World Book Day Over £300 was raised on World Book Day in the Junior School, when pupils dressed up for the occasion! The money raised will be spent on class libraries. n

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News from the Modern Languages Department Over forty students, the youngest aged 12 and the oldest 18, took part in the United Kingdom Linguistics Olympiad over two days, on February 6 and 7. The School entered pupils in all three levels, foundation, intermediate and advanced. Questions ranged from Yodaspeak through indigenous American languages to ancient Phoenician. Chigwell has a long record in participating in the competition and was among the first schools to take part in last year’s new foundation stage for younger pupils.

Chigwell’s Mandarin Clubs began at the beginning of Lent term for both Lower One and Upper One pupils and Lower Sixth students with Mr Sun, who is based at Kingsford Community School in Beckton and comes to us as part of cooperation between the two schools. Some of the youngest pupils celebrated Chinese New Year with a morning of workshop in February. Whilst our younger pupils are learning some language and Chinese culture, the Sixth Formers will focus much more on linguistic competence as part of a ten-lesson introduction to Chinese language. n

Pupils working at the Linguistic Olympiad.

Junior School pupils learn martial art as part of the Chinese New Year Workshop activities.

A Lower Sixth Form Mandarin language class with Mr Sun.

The Williams Project Series of Talks The School’s Williams Project is now a wellestablished part of school life, offering large audiences fortnightly speakers on just about anything. Among the many speakers who came to Chigwell: Bernard Williams’ widow Patricia, as well as the well-known philosopher Nigel Warburton, who spoke on ‘Moral Luck: an Oxymoron?’; Old Chigwellian Dr Nicholas Perkins, who

teaches English at St Hugh’s College Oxford, and spoke about Old English poetry; Toby Houlton, an Old Chigwellian studying for a doctorate at the

Dr Nicholas Perkins.

University of Dundee, told us about shrunken heads; and poet ‘Adisa the Verbalizer’ who gave us bravura performances at the end of the Lent term.

All meetings are written up on our Archive, for more information please visit: n

The Poet, Adisa the Verbalizer. 04 | 05


‘Drama is an affair of the heart, or it’s nothing.’ (Laurence Olivier) In the Michaelmas Term Drama got off to a fantastic start with a Gala Evening organised by Lower Sixth pupil James Harrington. The event, which featured songs, music, sketches and monologues plus an auction and raffle during the interval, raised over £1,600 for Haven House Children’s Hospice. On Open Day, Rosemarie Swinfield, author of the GCSE text book Stage Make Up, held a workshop for six pupils. This provided a useful development of skills and pupils came away enthused for future projects. The excellent Festival of the Spoken Word saw many Senior School pupils perform with great skill. The GCSE plays took place in October. These proved to be, once again, of a very high standard.

Michaelmas Term Drama

a modern context, as did the haunting voice of Ellis Toms who sang unaccompanied bringing the final scene to a moving close.

The Middle Sixth students worked hard on their devised pieces in November. Their workshop, with the internationally renowned Director Alexander Zeldin was a great experience for all involved. The Senior School Play, performed at the end of November, was Sophocles’ Oedipus, the King. Outstanding performances were from Ramana Ahilan, in the title role. Matthew Scudder, Esther Mackay and Carrie Pollock, all ably supporting the lead, made this a memorable evening, as did the multi-media presentation of this ancient tragedy. The highly inventive chorus consisting of Sarah Chamberlain, Phoebe Carter and Ami Saunders brought the ancient tradition of choral movement and singing into

A Level Drama

The A2 drama set also performed three outstanding devised pieces making use of dance, ensemble movement, multi-media presentation and

expressionistic influences to explore the issue of illegal immigration in Europe. This was a varied and impressive evening of contemporary theatre.

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The Senior School Play, Oedipus, the King.

In the Lent Term, Drama began with the Lower Fifths’ scripted performances. This was their first course’s performance and included Teechers by Godber, In This Our Profession by Tennessee Williams, Semblance of Madness by Newmeir and Gonna Be Late by Mr Joe Maingot. This was an evening of outstanding performances with almost all candidates achieving A or A*. The English Department’s offering this year was an excellent pair of performances of another Tennessee Williams play, the famous A Streetcar Named Desire. The play was produced with two casts, one acting the first half and one acting the second half. Adapted in the 1980s’ East End London, the play was a moving and disturbing experience for all. The second half of term focused intensely on academic performances. On 7th March, the Upper Fifth performed

Upper Fifth performance.

their final shows for the year. These were five devised pieces touching on a range of themes from true love, WWII, Yorkshiremen, mad and abused women and much more! The evening was a great success with some outstanding performances creating impressive comedy and serious drama. Technical candidates offered costume, lighting and mask making, all of which enhanced the evening’s effectiveness considerably. On 20th March, the Lower Sixth’s scripted shows included The 39 Steps, Patrick Barlow, Frozen by Bryony Lavery and What’s the Matter with Mary Jane by Wendy Harmer. Once again, the standard was exceptionally high and offered both comedy and more disturbing drama, physical theatre and some powerful home truths about anorexia and bulimia. We also enjoyed some excellent lighting from our technical candidate.

What’s the Matter with Mary Jane

English Department’s adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire.

Finally, the term was rounded off by a raucous ramble through Shakespeare’s Scottish play in Mr Roderick Lonsdale’s own spoof, Cawdor. The play provided a great couple of evenings’ comedy with kilts abounding and witches cavorting. A splendid way to end a very busy term! n

Cawdor. 06 | 07


ARTiculation Winning Talk Sixth former Tereza Ruzickova was invited to attend the ARTiculation Competition Finals held at Clare College, Cambridge, on Saturday 9th March. Sixty-two schools entered the competition which is run in partnership with Cambridge University and encourages firsthand knowledge with the work of art being discussed. Tereza talked about the sculpture the ‘Man Pointing’ by Alberto Giacometti and was praised for her research, enthusiasm and wit. n Right: Tereza Ruzicova with Mrs Juliet Boughton, Mr Roderick Lonsdale, Miss Sharon Wales, Olisa Maduegbuna and Lolita Gendler who also went to the ARTiculation finals to support her.

Chigwell Lower Fifth’s

High Profile Posters Four Lower Fifth students studying graphic design have created posters which will be used in a mural in Charing Cross Road. Emma Tillbrook, Sonal Ohrie, Yash Chopra and Jack Breyer created the posters selected to go in one of the’s ticket outlets.

Above: The posters produced by Emma Tillbrook, Sonal Ohrie, Yash Chopra and Jack Breyer which will now grace a mural in Charing Cross Road.

The students will be invited to the press launch to publicise the designs and visit the graphic studio of the company responsible for the project. n

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Junior Art A large variety of work from 150 pupils aged 7 to 13 from 20 local primary schools was exhibited in the Art Centre Gallery at the Open Art, Design and Technology Exhibition which opened on Saturday, 2nd March. Families and friends of the local young artists attended on the opening day of the exhibition, which was the 16th of its kind, where maintained and private schools are invited to submit up to six pieces of 2D or 3D work, without restrictions on size or medium. It was delightful to see the joy on the artists’ faces and to share the pleasure of their families and teachers.

The six Chigwell’s pupils who exhibited their work at the 16th Open Art, Design and Technology Exhibition.

Joshua Hart

Every piece of work submitted was exhibited. The exhibition has no fixed theme, or prizes; its aims are to celebrate the achievements of young people and their teachers. All the two-dimensional exhibits were framed, giving the exhibition a uniform and professional appearance. Next year, with the opening of Chigwell’s own Pre Prep School, the participants’ age-range will be extended to include Reception and Year 1 and 2. n

Mrs Claire Tillbrook, with Governor and former Head of the Junior School Mrs Jenny Gwinn and the current Head of the Junior School, Mr Simon James.

Kush Chavda

Rosie Beckley

Lucy Crouch

Gayathri Gowrikarad

Ali Shah

Best Dressed Beehive Milena Barrett was the winner of ‘The Best Dressed Beehive’, a competition linked to the ‘Save the Bees’ campaign, run by Neal’s Yard Remedies. Milena’s prize included her beehive design being reproduced onto a real life beehive located at the headquarters of Neal Yard’s in Dorset. n Pictured left: Milena Barrett ‘s beehive design transformed into a real life beehive. 08 | 09


‘Music is what feelings sound like...’

Evensong at Pembroke College

Mr Howard Ebden reviews the last six months of music making at Chigwell... The Chapel Choir singing Evensong at Pembroke College, Cambridge, on Sunday 16th September, fittingly kicked off the new academic year. Musically stunning, it was an astonishing performance of power, sensitivity, maturity and enjoyment. House Music was another evening of great musical quality and entertainment, providing opportunity for all the members of the Senior School to represent their respective Houses in a variety of musical performance. The evening commenced with four highly accomplished and polished performances of the unaccompanied madrigal, Farmer’s Fair Phyllis.

House Music

Caswall’s were the winners of the Part Song, but then followed a clean sweep by Penn’s in item 2 and 3 in the House Ensemble and the House Unison Song respectively. Gabriella Erratt and Sage Kugathasan, Heads of House, lifted the winning cup for Penn’s, but special mention should also be made of Katie Marshall, Alex Bromwich, Elizabeth Van Maanen and Gopal Kambo for their tireless work in preparing the House for this competition. Schola Cantorum from Loyola Preparatory School conducted by Mrs Carmel Thomas joined our School Chapel Choir for the Roman Catholic Mass on Sunday 7th October celebrated by Father Tony Chantry, OC. The Mass setting written for the boys of Loyola by Michael Derry, was sung with youthful joy and with confident command.

The annual Chigwell Prep and Primary Music Festival on Saturday 13th October brought together 150 children from some 20 local schools in a day of practical musical education and experience. The day consisting of rehearsals for massed choir, orchestra, vocal group, guitar group and a Latin American percussion workshop given by Marc Cecil of Rhythm Connections was incredibly enjoyable and successful. The event culminated in a celebratory concert, where nearly 500 people were present.

affair with 25 performances spanning a broad spectrum of instruments, styles and standards. On Saturday 17th November the Chapel Choir joined the Chigwell Choir, formally known as the Chigwellian Choral Society, for their Jubilee Concert. The Chapel Choir were in fine voice, singing two particularly difficult and contrasting madrigals by Paul Mealor, Upon a Bank and A Spotless Rose. The following week the Chapel Choir visited

The Chapel Choir

A thrilling half term of musical excitement commenced with moving performances from the Chamber Choir of Rutter’s Out of the Deep and Pie Jesu from John Rutter’s Requiem in the Remembrance Services with beautiful and moving performances from Rachel Maton and Rebecca Hewes. In the same week, the Fourth Form Prom was a busy

Loyola Preparatory School, Buckhurst Hill, who were in fine voice, to celebrate a Mass for St Cecilia; the Patron Saint of Music. The largest event of the half term was without a doubt the Junior School Concert. Close to 500 people filled the Sports Hall to witness highly polished performances from the choirs of

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Junior Prom Concert

Lower One, Upper One, Second Form Boys, Second Form Girls, Third and Fourth Form Glee Club, Stringles, Junior Brass and Junior Orchestra.

Music Festival

On 3rd December, the Chapel Choir led the Advent Service in St Mary’s with a demanding programme. The standard of performance was another landmark in the quality and poise of this choir. Particular mention should go to Jessica Maton for her solo in Stanford’s Magnificat in G, and to the cantors, Stuart Innes and Angus Paterson. The Michaelmas Term Concert gave further opportunity for pupils to demonstrate their versatility, with bright and engaging performances from the Big Band, Clarinet Group, Senior Drum Corps, Chapel Choir, Symphonic Wind Band, First Orchestra, Lads Allowed, Senior Saxophone Quartet, Chigwell All Stars, Chamber Choir and one cannot forget the special appearance of the Glee Club.

Glee Club

The Chapel Choir was given the opportunity to perform in the wonderful setting of St Edmundsbury Cathedral on Saturday 12th January. Twenty-eight choristers, aged between 11 and 18, sang challenging works including the Preces and Responses by Humphrey Clucas, Canticles from the Evening Service in D by George Dyson and A Babe is Born by William Mathias. The quality of the musicianship throughout the service was exquisite. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity of singing in such a beautiful acoustic and with the added bonus of a powerful and majestic organ to accompany them, at the hands (and feet) of Mr Simon Winters. Lower Two and Third Forms continued the series of Prom Concerts providing confident, brave and lively performances. The Chapel Choir gave their first public concert engagement in a joint concert with Becontree Brass at St John’s Church in Epping on Saturday 9th February, and the choir crowned themselves with glory from the first to the last note. The programme was incredibly varied: from unaccompanied motets by Bruckner, Britten, Whitacre and Mealor, accompanied anthems by Howells, Mathias and Vaughan Williams, to the impressive sounds of Handel’s Zadok the Priest, Vivialdi’s Gloria and Rutter’s I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes, accompanied by both Organ (Simon Winters) and Becontree Brass (Adam Cooke).

The Charity Concert ‘Youth Makes Music’, organised by the local Rotary Clubs, took place in New Hall on Friday 1st March. The Chapel Choir represented our School giving some distinguished performances including Stanford’s The Blue Bird with soloist Jessica Maton, and Mealor’s Upon a Bank. The performances that were most captivating were perhaps the renditions of Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque and Britten’s Hymn to the Virgin, splitting the choir in different places around the hall. The annual Choral Concert was held in Brentwood Cathedral on Saturday 16th March, featuring our own

Three soloists

Choral Society made up of pupils, parents, OCs, staff and friends and Loyola’s Schola Cantorum Choir. A programme of great contrast was delivered with style and musicality, including the powerful Let All The World In Every Corner Sing, Vaughan

Isabella Bird

Isabella and Mr Howard Ebden

Williams, the Jazz infused A Little Jazz Mass, Chilcott, and the famous melodic lines of Fauré’s Reqiuem. The vocal soloists, Rachel Maton, Max Albert, Stuart Innes and Angus Paterson carried themselves with appreciable maturity and performed with distinction. Last year’s winner of Young Musician of the Year, Isabella Bird, performed the exciting and vibrant Piano Concerto No. 3 in D by Kabalevsky. It was a performance full of character and zeal. The final Concert of the term was the Chamber Concert. It provided opportunities for all our musicians to experience smaller scale performances which require significant levels of listening and communication between performers rather than direction by a conductor. There were memorable performances given by the flute groups and wind trio prepared by Mr McMillan, the clarinet groups prepared by Miss Mittell, the vocal quartet prepared by Miss Thomas, a quadraphonic Chapel Choir prepared by Mr Ebden and the male barbershop group by Mr Royall. The finale of the evening was the performance given by Beatrice Moore and the Chamber Orchestra directed by Miss Leach of Mozart’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 KV. 216. It was a heartrending performance which imbued musical maturity and understanding. n 10 | 11


Scout Camp to the Scilly Isles The Scouts had a great time on St Agnes, the smallest of the inhabited Isles of Scilly. They were blessed with mainly glorious weather, and a wonderful campsite by the sea with evening meals cooked on the beach. They explored the archipelago, cycled round Tresco, and enjoyed a speed boat tour on a sparkling ocean haunted by seals, puffins and jellyfish. n

Trip to Salamanca The Spanish university city of Salamanca was the destination for a group of students, from Remove to Lower Sixth, over the Michaelmas Half Term. Led by Mr Simon Coppel, with the support of our Spanish assistant, Ms Maria Lozano, the students lived with local host families and attended Spanish classes at the ‘Mester’ language school every morning.

German Exchange Over the February half term, Mr Lukesch led the German exchange visit to Hamburg. Over Easter, Mrs Feeney, Mrs Clarke and Mr Ogle took a group of pupils to Montpellier in south France for a tuition homestay visit. n

In addition of the lessons, the students had guided tours of Salamanca and Valladolid as well as a Spanish cookery lesson and salsa classes. Two of the Lower Sixth students in the group, Georgina Holford and Bradley Rains, did work experience placements while out there and all pupils drew praise from their hosts and teachers for their politeness and enthusiasm to improve their Spanish. n

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Visit to the First World War Battlefields A group of Chigwell School students travelled to Ypres and the Somme to visit the First World War battlefields. The trip was organised by the school’s history department.

Kian Nikookam in WWI ‘Tommy’ uniform.

The two-day tour complemented the students’ study of the conflict and focused on the outbreak of war, the development of a stalemate and trench warfare on the Western Front, how new technology was used to break the stalemate, and a case study into the Battle of the Somme, arguably Britain’s greatest military disaster. During the visit students laid a wreath during the daily ceremony of remembrance at the Menin Gate. n

Anna Gleadell found the grave of a relative.

Patrick Murphy and Joshua Schaffer.

Thomas Bromwich.

Induction Day at Gilwell Park Pupils in the Third Form had a whale of a time on their induction day at Gilwell Park where activities included raft building, gauntlet, leap of faith, archery and climbing. n 12 | 13


Football The 1st XI had a successful season and enjoyed fine victories against Kimbolton (4-1), Brentwood (2-1) and Dover College (5-1) making great progress since the beginning of term. Upper Fifth pupil Max Salador finished as top scorer. The other senior teams have all enjoyed good victories over the half term but the performances have been most impressive with the boys showing positive attitude and great commitment. The U16s have qualified for the Final of the ISFA National Shield and will play Abbey Gate school from Chester on Thursday 25th April. The U15s were unfortunately knocked out of the ISFA Cup in the third round by Brentwood. The boys worked

The 1st XI team.

incredibly hard in order to keep a talented Brentwood team at bay, but eventually lost 4-0. The U15A team finished the season with an impressive record and should be pleased

The U18s in November.

The 1st XI team featured here with the Doshisha Kori School’s team, from Osaka in Japan, on the day of the Japanese school biannual visit to Chigwell on Wednesday 27th March. Our 1st XI boys won 4-2 and the U16s won 2-0.

by their second round victory over Dulwich College. Jevan Rana met up with the ISFA U15 national squad at the FA’s new St George’s Park facility over the Christmas break and played against Leicester City and Sheffield. The U14s completed their season with an excellent 4-1 victory over Forest. This was the perfect way to finish the season and again demonstrated the hard work of the players. The year group as a whole have been so committed that we even managed to field an U14C team against City of London with forty boys from the year group of forty-four representing the School.

U12 and U13 boys at Stadium:MK.

The U13s have struggled this year in terms of results but have really demonstrated an excellent attitude towards both training and matches. Congratulations to Alec Osborn, Chris Everitt and Khan Gorgulu who were selected for the ISFA U13 Herts & Essex team. The U12s continue to impress and there has been excellent attendance at training. We also managed to field an U12C team against Forest. All teams look to play the game in the right manner and the A team have been particularly pleasing with their performances against much larger schools.

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National Honours for Joshua Banfield

The glorious U11 team showing off their medals and trophy after winning the Woodford Green Prep School 5v5 Tournament in March.

Some of the U12 and U13 boys met Premier League referee Martin Atkinson when they attended the Independent Schools’ U18 ISFA Cup Final between Millfield and Alleyn’s on Thursday 21st March at Stadium:MK, the home of League 1 side Milton Keynes Dons. The guest of honour at the game was Howard Webb. Needless to say, the boys had a great time. In September, 24 teams from local primary schools took part in Chigwell’s annual U11 Football Festival which

is run in conjunction with the Independent Schools FA. The teams were placed in groups of eight and played a round robin format. Although there was no eventual winner all matches were competitive and there was an impressive high standard of play. The junior boys have played a number of fixtures and all the boys in Lower Two and Upper Two have represented the School this year. The Upper Two boys won the recent Woodford Green Prep School 5v5 tournament. n

Lower Sixth student Joshua Banfield has represented the full ISFA U18 national team this year playing matches against Leeds University, Loughborough University and the Royal Navy.

ISFA team where he played against both Real and Atletico Madrid and will represent England Independent Schools when they take on Scottish Independent Schools at Bolton Wanderers’ Reebok Stadium in May. n

Joshua, who scored two goals in the 7-0 victory over the Royal Navy at Portsmouth, has represented the full ISFA national team at U14 and U15 levels as well as the South of England at U16 level. He spent five days over the Easter break in Madrid on tour with the Pictured above: Joshua Banfield, who scored two goals in his latest appearance for the national Independent Schools under-18 football team.

U11 Football Festival.

The U16 ISFA National Shield finalists.

U15 v Royal Russell in the ISFA Cup.

U11 Girls at St Aubyns.

Rio Popat for the U11s. 14 | 15


Boys’ Hockey Despite a challenging start, with snow disrupting training and fixtures, it has once again been an extremely successful start to the Boys’ 2013 Hockey season. For the second year running, two senior boys’ teams have qualified from the Essex to the regional stages of the Hockey Association Schools’ Tournament. The U18 boys qualified as Essex Champions, having won five out of their six matches, followed by an impressive 2nd place in the East Tournament at the UEA, Norwich. The squad narrowly missed out on qualification to the East Finals losing just one match to last year’s national finalists, Watford Grammar School.

Matthew Higgins.

Rory Taylor.

Conor Caplan The Higgins Junior Award for Hockey (boys 16-and-under) was won by Conor Caplan. Conor is regarded as a star of the future. He played in the Sainsbury’s School Games last year, was selected for the Old Loughtonians 1st XI squad and also for the England U16 squad, a year earlier than his peers. He collected his

Not to be outdone by the senior squad, the U15 boys, playing a year-up in in the Essex U16 tournament, played with maturity beyond their years and progressed a to the East stages as County Runners-up. Moving into the second half of term, the persistence of the cold weather and frozen astroturf pitches continued to cause significant disruption. However, a great deal of credit should be given to the boys this term; both Junior and Senior players showed their resilience and commitment highlighted by some fine displays, whilst numbers of pupils attending after-schools clubs continues to grow. The 1st XI squad has produced some first-class hockey and the signs for the future are promising with young players maturing with every game, when the weather has permitted!

1st XI Team.

U12 Team.

The U15 squad competed in the East Rounds of the National U16 Schools completion and finished a commendable third place in the group stages, whilst in the Junior School there were also some fine displays from the U13s and U11s at their respective Essex and IAPS Tournaments. A special mention should be made of the U11 boys finishing 5th out of twenty schools at the IAPS tournament hosted at Haileybury School. n

U15 Team.

trophy at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday 22nd January at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, London. n

U16 Team.

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Girls’ Hockey Girls’ hockey continues to go from strength to strength. The U15s have had some notable results against St Edmunds, Mill Hill and New Hall and the U12s have been a flagship side, remaining unbeaten so far this season; they had an excellent win at the start of the season over an U13 Queenswood side. The 1st XI girls have had a fantastic start to the season. They performed extremely well at the tournament hosted here at the start of term and following this came the Essex U18 County Competition in which we finished fourth overall. The team had three very impressive wins against Bancroft’s, Forest and Brentwood and did not concede a goal against these opponents. The girls were brimming with confidence and, with a very long tournament involving seven matches, Chigwell showed what strength and depth they had across their 16-player squad. The tournament winners were Felsted who only conceded one goal, and that goal came from Jessie David (Middle Sixth) in our match against them. The 1st XI girls travelled to Malta over half term to take part in the Malta Rally and played and trained at the National

The 1st team squad.

Hockey Stadium. Gabriella Erratt captained the side superbly throughout the whole tour; the team spirit and morale of the girls was exceptional and this made a notable difference on the pitch. The most notable match was against Clifton High School with Chigwell dominating the game from the start thanks to Faith Inch’s hat-trick that put the Chigwell girls 3-0 up within the first 7 minutes. The girls pushed on to finish the game with an 8-1 win, Faith Inch netting five, and Rayo Ladipo, Cordelia Griffith and Helena Tunks getting the remaining three goals. The

The 18-girl squad in Malta.

overall team performance was outstanding, every member of the 18-girl squad played a huge

part in achieving this victory and were all exceptional throughout the entire tour. n

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Netball The netball term has started very well with successful results from both junior and senior teams. The 1st team had a fantastic 25-16 win against Brentwood, there have been more teams per year group competing against other schools and we now have girls from the U9, U10, U11 and U12 teams playing for local clubs, as well as the entire U14 squad, and many of the 1st team are playing for Leyton Netball club. The senior teams have been outstanding this year, in matches and tournaments, with the 1st team losing one game throughout the season and the U14s unbeaten. In addition to this, the U14 girls were runners-up in the U15 Brentwood tournament, a tremendous result for a young team. The U15 girls deserve a special mention for their contribution to charity. They entered the Georgia Cordery

Netball in Malta.

The 1st team.

Cup, which is a teenage cancer charity set up by Georgia, a student at Brentwood school, who sadly died a few years ago. The girls took part at Brentwood and put together ÂŁ80 towards the charity. The Junior School teams have also excelled this term, performing well at IAPs, in the Redbridge league and local matches. More of the girls aged from 9 to 13 years have joined clubs and this has benefited their skills and team performances for Chigwell. n

U11 Netball Festival Eighteen teams took part in the netball tournament in September which, with lowered nets, saw many more goals scored, with players building confidence with each match. Teams were placed in three groups to ensure each match was enjoyable and provided close competition. The tournament was won by Bancroft’s School after some closely fought matches. n

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Dance Show It was wonderful to see so many Junior School pupils involved in the Dance Show this year. 41 girls in total were involved, performing a variety of styles of dance. As always, the performers worked very hard to choreograph the dances themselves and they spent many hours working on their routines. Mrs Sheila Bint was congratulated by all for producing such a tremendous and successful performance. n

Cricket News Cordelia Griffith and Sam Imtiaz training at the Essex Cricket Academy.

Essex Cricket Academy second year scholars, Cordelia Griffith and Saf Amtiaz, have progressed even further. Cordelia was selected to represent England with the U19 MCC Ladies’ team who travelled to Abu Dhabi in Dubai during the February half term to play against Essex, Devon, Durham in the ARCH Trophy Tournament. Cordelia top-

Golf News We were delighted to hear that Harry Butler in the Lower Fifth has been invited to join the Essex County Boys Golf Squad for 2013. Harry

joins Edward Tyler in the Upper Fifth who is already a member of the squad and we send them both our very best wishes for the new season. n

scored with a wonderful 38 not out in the final against Sussex to win the Tournament. At the same time, talented wicket keeper and batsman Saf Imtiaz embarked on a five-day training camp with the Essex 1st team to La Manga in Spain. It was a fantastic honour to be asked to tour with the Essex 1st XI squad and work alongside England players such as Ravi Bopara and captain James Foster. n

Table Tennis News Lower Fifth student Joseph Klein has been selected as one of only four juniors (14 to 17 years of age) to be part

of the Great Britain male table tennis team that will play in the Maccabiah Games this summer in Israel. n 18 | 19


Andy Murray’s mum Judy serves up a treat for our pupils!

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Judy Murray, mother of US Open champion and Olympic gold medallist Andy Murray, came to Chigwell on 4th March to give students a special coaching session. Year 5 pupil Dominic Tunks won Judy’s visit in a competition run by Highland Spring Water and supported by the School’s catering company Chartwells. The competition asked entrants to say in fewer than 100 words why their class should win the special coaching clinic. The judges liked Dominic’s entry because it was ‘passionate’ and showed that Dominic clearly has ‘a keen interest in tennis’. His entry stated: “A lot of us in my class play tennis. You (Judy) have helped your sons to be brilliant tennis players so I think you are the best person to train us. My class and I want to beat all the local teams in the summer and we know your coaching would help us to achieve that. We are very keen and well behaved and we would listen

to everything you say. We would love to meet you and be coached by you.” During the two-hour session, Judy – helped by three other coaches – took the pupils through various exercises before holding a boys versus girls game and then ending the special morning with a question and answer session. Judy said: “I completely understand the importance of grassroots coaching and it’s great fun for me to be able to come into schools and work with kids that I haven’t met before and hopefully inspire them to try tennis or play tennis a little bit more.” She added: “This is where it all starts. Kids learn to love the game and if they learn to love the game they are going to stay in it a whole lot longer.” n

Cross Country

Senior girls.

Senior boys. 20 | 21


Chigwellians’ main charitable activities since September included a Dance Show, a Toy Sale, a Coffee Morning, House Music, a Charity Gala Evening, an Evening with Michel Roux Jr and much, much more with over £20,000 being raised by pupils, staff and parents for the School’s local, national and international charities. These are some of the highlights...

Gala Evening Middle Sixth student James Harrington organised another successful gala evening in aid of Haven House Children’s Hospice. The gala, on Friday 5th October, attracted over 100 guests and featured music, dance and drama performed by students with a raffle and auction to raise further funds and made possible by local businesses’ kind donations.

The evening raised over £1,750. James, who stagemanaged, directed and performed, said to be very proud and privileged to have been able to play his part in supporting the charity. He said: “I have always felt that the work of Haven House is invaluable to our local community and the children it serves, and I’m already thinking about next year’s event.” Hospice chief executive Mike Palfreman said: “James

The Charity Match teams.

James Harrington, centre, with Kurran Gujral (left) and Ramana Ahilan.

has pulled off a great event and raised a good deal of money for Haven House in the process.
It’s heartening

to see young people giving their time to help other less fortunate youngsters in their community.” n

The OC team in blue.

Charity Match in aid of the TCT A charity football match in memory of Old Chigwellian Eren Pars was held at the Old Chigwellians’ Grounds on Sunday 10th March Right: Sophia Mouzorides, Jemina Kushner and Zoe Wright are busy sweeping the stables at Chigwell Riding Trust and Alex Barnes gets a big kiss from a grateful resident on Charity Homes Day.

raising over £6,500 in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Eren’s former school friends organised the event assisted by Eren’s former teachers, several other Old Chigwellians and

their parents, who came out en mass braving the freezing weather and rain. Eren lost his fight to cancer on 25th May last year and his friends hope that this event will be the first of a series of annual matches in his memory. n

Keeping warm for a good cause.

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Return to the Ashram Chigwellians returned to the Saccidananda Ashram in Tamil Nadu, Southern India, over the February half term, the 10th trip of its kind. The group of students, parents, staff and friends participated in the life of the Ashram, visited, and taught at the School dedicated to the memory of Old Chigwellian Tim Pruss and witnessed the realisation of a number of projects run by the Ashram and their impact on the local

community. Thanks to the dedication of Chigwellians’ who have been fundraising for the last ten years, houses have been built in villages near the Ashram and this year our pupils have raised £1,800 to build a new house in the village of Verambur. However, one of the highlights of the visit was the redecoration of an Old Peoples’ Home. Led by parents Mr Bromwich and Mr Van Maanen the day was hot, messy, tiring and very rewarding. Some paint even reached the walls! n

Chigwellians’ return to the Ashram.

An Evening with Michel Roux Jr Over 130 guests enjoyed a very special evening in the drama centre on Wednesday 10th October when legendary restaurateur Michel Roux Jr made a star appearance at Chigwell School in support of the local charity, Chigwell Riding Trust.

Staff and parents were able to share Michel’s culinary secrets and a few lucky ones were also able to enjoy the great chef’s cooking! The charismatic chef gave a live master-class and cooked a three-course dinner in front of the very appreciative audience with alternative tables of six joining the inspirational chef for starters, main course and dessert together with quality French wines.

The evening was organised by Chigwell’s contract caterers of nearly 50 years, Chartwell’s, and in particular by the in-house catering manager, Steve Jeffs, who started the proceedings with a wonderful champagne reception at which Michel posed for photos and signed copies of his book, A Life in the Kitchen. To conclude the evening, Michel took questions from the floor and there were plenty! The evening, in the end, raised £1,000 for Chigwell Riding Trust. The Trust manager, Mrs Deborah Hall, said that it was the most enjoyable fundraising event she has ever been to! n

Right: The Harvest Appeal raised over £2,650 of which £2,000 in food was donated to Street2Homes. Far right: Pink Day in October raised £2,100. 22 | 23

Dates for your diary 2 May Musician of the Year Finals, New Hall, 7.00pm 20 May Upper One Prom Concert, Music School, 4.15pm 25 May-3 June Half Term 6-7 June Senior School Play, Stories from Faraway Places, Drama Centre, 6.00pm 13 June Junior School Summer Concert, New Hall, 7.00pm 16 June Catholic Mass, Chapel, 6.00pm 20-21 June Third and Fourth Form Play, Alice in Wonderland, Drama Centre, 7.00pm

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22 June Sports Day, OC Association AGM and OC Day 25 June Junior School Festival of the Spoken Word, Drama Centre, 7.00pm 29 June The Chigwell Choir, Broadway Comes to Chigwell, New Hall, 7.00pm 2 July Cricket Festival, 2.00pm 4 July The Sixth Form Play, Drama Centre, 7.00pm 6 July Speech Day and Leavers’ Summer Ball 8 July Cricket v Afghan Refugee Project Team, 2.00pm 9 July Senior School Summer Concert, New Hall, 7.00pm 10 July Term ends

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CHIGWELL SCHOOL OPEN DAYS 2013 Main Open Day Saturday 28th September For entry into the Pre Prep, the Headmaster and the Head of the Pre Prep School will speak at 12.00 noon in the Pre Prep School. For entry into the Sixth Form, the Headmaster and Head of the Sixth Form will speak at 1.00pm in the Sixth Form Coffee Shop. For entry at 7 and 11 years, the Headmaster and Head of the Junior School will speak at 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm in New Hall. There will be tours of the School led by current pupils after each talk, displays and exhibitions in all areas of the School. A wide range of bursaries and scholarships is available for entry at 11+.

Additional 4+ and 7+ Open Morning Saturday 12th October The Headmaster and Head of the Pre Prep School will speak at 10.30am followed by tours of the school. The morning will end at 12.30pm.

Additional Sixth Form Open Evening Thursday 7th November The Headmaster, Head of Sixth Form and other senior members of staff will be available from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The evening will end at 9.30pm.

Additional 11+ Open Morning Saturday 9th November The Headmaster and Head of the Junior School will speak at 10.30am followed by tours of the school. The morning will end at 12.30pm.

Individual Tours

Tours will also be available for prospective parents and pupils after Open Days. Please contact the Admissions Registrar for an appointment. For further information, please contact the Admissions Registrar, Mrs Janet Long T. 020 8501 5700 Email: Website: Chigwell School is an Incorporated Charity No.1115098


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News from Chigwell Spring 2013  

News of events at Chigwell School in Essex, UK

News from Chigwell Spring 2013  

News of events at Chigwell School in Essex, UK