LOVEDAY LENT NEWSLETTER life: from the Verdi Requiem performance, to lunchtime concerts, the school production of ‘Suicide’, CCF and Duke of Edinburgh Award overnight exercises, national and regional success at hockey, rugby 7s and swimming. They have certainly been busy and are ready
Housemaster’s Comments Twelve weeks have flown by and as the boys’ trunks and suitcases fill the corridors of Loveday it seems like only yesterday that they were all being unpacked and the chill of January was very much in the air. The Lent term is always a challenging one: short but very busy, dark in the mornings and the time of year that an outbreak of cold or flu is most likely to decimate the House. Thankfully we have more or less avoided this last hazard and despite the darkness and cold the boys have been (on the whole!) cheerful, good company and as supportive of each other and me, as ever. Lots of news and stories are mentioned in this newsletter but for me the term had two particular highlights. Firstly, the Loveday House production of John Godber’s “Up‘n’Under” in week six was a great success and I am delighted that in these increasingly exam-filled times there is still the room for these fantastic events. Produced, acted, lit and stage managed by members of the house it was not only a great fun evening but allowed the immediate and wider house community to come together. As Mr Longshaw wrote in his review (on the school website) ‘It was refreshing to see a mixture of familiar and less familiar faces in major parts and the success of the run was reflected in the sheer pleasure on
for a rest. Underpinning all these activities is, of course, academic study and for the three year groups with major public exams in the Summer Term there must be plenty of self disciplined revision balanced and supported by some fun and relaxation. Please use this time wisely, the examinations are upon us very early in the summer. We must also say one goodbye this term: Mr Rob Lane who has been in Loveday for two years and is currently a tutor to the Lower Fifth, is moving to East House as Day Warden. Congratulations to him on his promotion and our loss will certainly be their gain. He was awarded a pair of Loveday cufflinks at the end of term House Prayers – he may have to wear them secretly in East. All that remains to be said is to wish you all a restful and enjoyable Easter from my family to yours, and I look forward to seeing you all at the start of the Summer Term.
Andy Logan U6th Dinner
the audience’s faces’. I could not have agreed with him more. My second highlight has only just occurred: the Loveday House Charity Walk in week eleven. The Loveday weather gods were kind to us again and the sun shone for much of the morning. Mr Wilson was on the bbq from 6.00 a.m. making sure all the walkers had a bacon sandwich before departure and by 8.45 over 150 walkers and dogs were heading up into the Surrey Hills for a 10K circuit, many wearing their charity Loveday T-shirts. All made it home in one piece, indeed at one point we were even in ‘dog credit’ as we managed to acquire a retriever that had no connection to the event or House whatsoever but had clearly seen that it was a good thing to be a part of. The money is still being counted but it seems that when all is done we will have raised over £2,000 for three charities being supported. Well done and thanks to all who took part but particularly Mr Batchelor who was the organisational mastermind behind the event. There have, of course, been many other individual and collective successes this term and Loveday boys have been thoroughly involved in all spheres of school
This was of the best evenings of the five years in Loveday. A tasty curry along with plenty of drinks created the perfect atmosphere for a thoroughly enjoyable evening, with tutors, students and of course the parents. It was a very pleasant celebration of our time together at Cranleigh. Speeches and thanks were made all round and then Loveday hit FNG. This left us with many stories to discuss on Sunday evening when we returned to school. A small list: Jack got lost, OD “blagged’em”, Matt’s surprise visitor and Eddie met a rugby player. All in all it was a great evening and thanks must go out to the parents and teachers for putting it all together. Tom Gillen Public Speaking Having blown away all challengers in the school event last term, the Loveday Team of George Lee, Fraser Shearer and Charlie Humberstone by default became the Cranleigh School team. Our first assignment this term was the straightforward task of dispatching Cranleigh School B and Box Hill School in the first round of the nationals. Although
George won Best Speaker, some could say it was only political voting which denied Loveday a clean sweep in the “Best” category. We moved on with confidence to the Regional Finals in Guildford, taking on the best that Surrey had to offer. A storming effort, particularly from Charlie, had the audience voting us as the clear winners by half time. However, we were not placed in the top two, to the frustration of Mr Hardee (our mentor). However, George won Best Speaker for the third round in a row, leaving us with something to smile about. Thanks to North’s FTH for his help.
George Lee Junior House Challenge In the junior house challenge, we went in with a promising team of Henry Graham-Rack, Nat Mcaleese, Christian Round and Eddie Mitchell. Our appearance in the final last year meant that we went into the semis automatically where we came up against a very good Cubitt team who we managed to beat fairly convincingly with very good contributions from Nat and Eddie. The final played against North was a tense and edgy game. We got off to a good start but North were hot on our tails and we were tied halfway through. However the deadlock was broken by a moment of inspiration from Eddie Mitchell and we began to, pull away from North to snatch the trophy at the end. Christian Round House Play Having searched the corridors far and wide for any form of acting talent in the lead up to “Up ‘n’ Under”, the Directors (APF, Tom Church and Sophie Shearer) were perhaps left a little disappointed to have the services of the rather motley crew of Charlie Humberstone, Eddie Hamilton, Jack Cohen, George Lee, Max Hager, Zac Baynham-Herd and Lauren Chitty. However, to the astonishment of cast, crew and directors, we didn’t find this acting malarkey too bad after all! After several rehearsals, confidence was a little dented by the lack of knowledge of ANY scripted lines. However, as the pressure stepped up, so did the cast and it was encouraging to know that we were all confident on every single line weeks and weeks before the performance.... Mr Forsdike was brilliant throughout and his timing was impeccable, he knew exactly the right moment to shut Jack up! Overall, the whole cast had a brilliant time, and perhaps some talent may have appeared from the cobwebs after all, Charlie was superb 2 throughout and Max Hager will be here for the next House Play; he has a bright future ahead of him. For the U6th, it
was an interesting experience in our last year here, but we enjoyed every minute of it. Eddie’s Welsh accent was hilarious, Jack found playing an idiotic character easier than expected, Zac was “devilishly-handsome yet handsomelydevilish” and George just enjoyed wearing a hair band on stage. Many Thanks to the Directors, and the West girls, especially Lauren and Sophie, both of whom provided talent, and maturity which was sadly lacking at times (I’m looking at you as well APF!). George Lee
House Music Loveday has gone through an encouraging term of House music, as more and more people are participating in musical events. There has been one of the highest numbers of participants in Lunchtime Music Concerts than there has been over the past few years; many of the performances were of a particularly high standard. Angus Barrett, Justin Browning and Eddie Mitchell have all played in a clarinet quartet and Chris Lehrter, Kuziva Ndewere and Will Nicholls have all played the piano. Tom Cooper and Tom Standen-Jewell have also put in good performances with the Alto Sax, whilst Will Wright has played the Guitar too. In the Helen Wareham Competition, Ian Lee played the Cello and Ali Young sang in their respective sections. There has also been the Verdi Requiem in which five Loveday boys sang, and several other small concerts where Loveday played an important role. Ali Young
Senior House Cross-Country Going into this year’s race we were quietly confident, with Ed Spencer one of the favourites to win, and strong runners throughout the team (Hall, Zac, Harvey, Cohen Lerts, Spence, Farah, Church, Steffens and Chumbs). We dominated the first lap (of the 2 lap 3.8 mile course) with Spence leading and Hall close behind. Others had more personal battles to win and Harvey was determined to prove the DW selectors wrong. As a team we did very well coming in a close second behind Cubitt, with notable performances from Spencer – 2nd, Zac – 4th and Hall 10th. Well done lads.
Junior Cross Country This year we had a fairly good team and set out feeling confident that we would do well. We started the race in a very strong state but as we got further through the course we all got more tired but thanks to the support at High Upfold we were given a moral boost that carried us through to the finish. Particularly well done to Bill Bathurst who came 13th which was in the top 5 of his year, Jonny Pike who finished in the top 10 and Ed Roberts who finished 4th and to Angus Young who came in first overall. Angus Young
Junior Water Polo
done to all who participated and I hope for a greater success next year. Jonny Pike
Senior House Hockey We came to the first match against Cubitt with a strong team, but without the injured Ed Stokes. We unfortunately lost 3-1 with a good goal from Cordy. We then arrived on Tuesday against North having lost OD to illness and Farrer to the Geography Field Trip and we again lost 3-1. The final match was against a strong East team, and with a few new additions to our side from the football team. We had a great match which we unfortunately lost 3-2 with Ali nearly scoring in the final seconds of the game.
In the first game we played North. It was a gripping game Sanjay Appan where we went 2-0 up with a great goal from Nick Edwards. However in the second half things went down hill and we conceded 5 goals meaning that we lost 5-2. Which meant that we didn’t proceed to the final. A special mention Senior House Debating goes to Will Jay and Bill Bathurst for great performances. Overall I think we played well. Charlie Kane Our debating team this year consisted of Ali Craig, Brad Skillicorn, and Orlando Taylor, with Chris Lehrter helping out. Unfortunately, we were knocked out in the first round , by South, in a very close competition which could definitely have gone either way. Special mention should go to Ali Craig, who was praised for the high quality of his debating. If he hadn’t run out of time at a crucial point of his speech, then I’m sure that we would have been more successful. Well done to all.
Chris Lehrter 4th Form Hockey We went into the hockey with a couple of injuries. But this didn’t ruin our spirit. Our first match was against North which was a tight game and we managed a draw. Then we played East and unfortunately lost from a lucky goal. Finally we played Cubitt who were the best team in it and we lost to them 3-0. It was a good effort from everyone who played and we were unlucky not to do better. Charlie Gilbert
5th Form Hockey The 5th form team faced a strong East side to begin however the defence remained solid thanks to Ed and Brad and with the equaliser from Will the result was a 1-1. Unfortunately we were not as successful against Cubitt losing 3-0 but we had many close shots from Will Jay and a tremendously close volley from Porky! Yet our efforts were rewarded with 2-1 victory against North in our final match 3 with KK and Pikey both scoring bottom corner goals. Well
House Chess We went into house chess with high hopes this year, with a team originally consisting of Daniel Khalupsky, Angus Young, Kevwe Fadahunsi, Ali Young, and Chris Lehrter. Both Cameron Henderson and Will Wright also filled in at times during the competition. There were some excellent performances by our chess players, and Kevwe in particular had an excellent competition. In the end we did well to come second place overall. Well done guys, and I’m sure next year we can go for the win!
Chris Lehrter House Football Loveday went into the competition as favourites, having six members of the first eleven in our squad. Our first game was up against Cubitt, who also had a few first team players. We scored an early goal, making the most of our
early pressure. Then a lack of concentration allowed Cubitt back in the game momentarily, only for us to retake the lead from a couple of great finishes by Elliot who was running rings around the defence all game with his pace. Even another trademark Cross own goal couldn’t stop Loveday from progressing into the final against a competent East side. The final was a tense encounter from start to finish with both sides trying to assert their dominance on the game, however by the half time mark the scores remained 0 -0. Zac worked his way into some good positions, but in true Zac style failed to finish, and the closest either side came to scoring was Luke’s long range effort which went out for a throw! The second half required a shift in the dynamic of the team meaning that we were on the back foot and defending for the entire 30 minutes. A special mention has to go to our keeper Jack Scriven who never looked like being beaten and a late clearance off the line from Adam helped maintain this. Inevitably the game went to penalties, as it had looked like doing from the first whistle. Both Cross and Farrelly converted on their penalties (as did East) making the score 2-2. Then, Adam stepped up and scored the third penalty, and to the delight of the Loveday crowd which had accumulated over the course of the game, the East penalty was put over the bar. Luke was next to make the long walk to the spot and put his nerves out of the way to score Loveday’s fourth penalty, and once again East put their’s over the bar resulting in a much deserved Loveday victory! It was a great effort by everyone and was good to see so much support from the rest of the house, plus it is always nice to see another trophy in the cabinet! Let’s hope for a similar success next year.
Loveday House Awards Awarded this term House Socks: George Berry Charlie Clayton Daniel Khalupsky Milo Livesey Angus MacKay Freddie Philips Orlando Taylor Half Colours: Max Hager Nat McAleese-Park Nathan Thorpe Angus Young Oscar Chan James Corbishley Kevwe Fadahunsi Henry Graham-Rack Freddie Kindon Ed Roberts Will Farrer Bradley Scriven Full Colours: Sanjay Appan Tom Church Eddy Spencer Adam Sansom Nick Kehoe Ali Craig Jack Cohen Zac Baynham-Herd Awarded throughout the year House Ties: James Cordy-Redden Harvey Cullis Ollie Davies Tom Gillen Matt Gillott Luke Hall Eddie Hamilton George Lee Chris Lehrter