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The Cranleigh School Newsletter Issue No 41

Cranleigh School, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8QQ Tel: 01483 273666

Michaelmas 2011

Head’s Up HEADING FOR THE HILLS Dear Parents,

I always love this time of year – the sense of festivity that pervades the School at the end of term, the Christmas spirit that gathers momentum with each seasonal event that takes place. The Foundation Christmas Fair in November set the scene beautifully, raising substantial funds for the Cranleigh Foundation. The Christmas Concert showcased Cranleigh’s broad range of outstanding ensembles and, in addition to the spectacular performance of Messiah, the extraordinary depth of musical talent among pupils and staff. The celebrations concluded this week with the traditional Christmas dinner, an uplifting Carol Service and a truly spectacular dance show. This is a tough term academically, with many pupils preparing for January modules, interviews or mock exams. Alongside their studies, there has been much to enjoy, with outstanding drama including the superb production of Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Nikki Lockwood, Ibsen’s startlingly shocking Ghosts, directed by Martin Allison, and two highly entertaining East House plays. In the Art and Design Faculty, key projects are now well underway. On the sports pitches, the pupils have played their hearts out, with particular success for the girls on the hockey pitch, in both school and national events. Some exciting rugby has also been played, the highlight being a resounding 1st XV win against Wellington (the final match on the old pitch before the switch to the new one in 2012), and our riders scooped another National title. And, of course, there have been trips to Iceland, the Alps and Zambia in recent months – a busy term indeed! Enjoy the well-earned break, have a wonderful Christmas, and we look forward to seeing everyone back in the New Year.

Guy Waller Head

Cranleigh has recently seen the opening of its first ‘fully fledged’ Outdoor Education Centre, taking pride of place on the South Field. The driving force behind this area of Cranleigh life, Dr Simon Young, talks camping, climbing, canoeing – and the call of the wild. Tell us briefly about yourself, what you do at Cranleigh, and how you became involved in Outdoor Education over the years? In theory I am employed as a Biology and Geology teacher at Cranleigh, but I feel that my main roles at School are as Head of Outdoor Education and Officer in Charge of the CCF. Certainly these are the ones, which seem to take up most of my time! I have always been interested in “things outdoorsy”, but I caught an evangelical bug as a Sixth Former when I used to help my old prep school (Winchester House) with their Scout camps in the Lakes and North Wales. As a university student, I kept up this contact and started to use my holiday trips to work towards my Mountain Leader qualification.

Canoeing (including the prestigious Devizes-toWestminster marathon); the Fourth Form Outdoor Education Programme (a series of compulsory taster sessions); Archery; Orienteering; Rifle Shooting; Mountain Biking; Bushcraft and annual Expeditions, both home-based and overseas. These activities are offered throughout the School. In the Fourth Form it is very much something for everyone, the Fifth Form opt for things that they have enjoyed, and in the Sixth Form there is the opportunity for greater leadership and specialism.

You are obviously passionate about Outdoor Education, but what is it about it that you would like to ‘pass on’ to the pupils? Firstly, I would like to feel that it gives everyone the opportunity to be pushed out of their comfort zone; be it by being dangled off a bridge during an abseil, or managing to walk 100km across the bogs of Mid Wales with blisters and a 25kg pack on their back. It is only in these circumstances that we really find out who we are and how we cope with novel situations and pressures. Leadership, determination and fortitude sound rather Old Hat, but are eminently transferable qualities to all aspects of our lives. A brief exposure to some form of compulsory Outdoor Education also gets around what I call the ‘Brussels Sprout Syndrome’… “Do you like sprouts?”“No.” “Have you ever tried them?” “No, I don’t like them…” This leads on to my second aim – to give those who have ‘got the bug’ the necessary skills to leave Cranleigh confidently standing on their own two feet in the Great Outdoors, able to look after themselves and appreciate what wonderful opportunities exist out there. What exactly does it encompass at Cranleigh? At the moment the OE umbrella covers: the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme (for which we hold an Operating Authority Licence); the CCF (Combined Cadet Force); Climbing (both outdoors on ‘real rock’ and indoors on our own bouldering wall and at various other locations);

What are the key developments that the OE department has seen in recent years? From a physical point of view, the move down to the old Art Block on the South Field has given a new focus to things, particularly raising the profile of climbing in the School. However, I feel that the success of the Fourth Form OEP has spread the word and encouraged greater numbers to at least have a go at activities they might otherwise not have tried. From a management point of view, the personal involvement of the Deputy Head and the Assistant Deputy Head has helped to raise our profile, and the active interest of several School governors taking time out to do things such as visit the CCF on their annual camp has been much appreciated. Outdoor Education is clearly a growing phenomenon at Cranleigh. Why do you consider it such a core part of the pupils’ school experience? Apart from the numerous benefits to pupils outlined above, I am always aware of the vast amount of pastoral interaction that takes place on the hill, down on the wall or while paddling on the Wey. I truly value the ties built between the different age groups and with Common Room under these circumstances. We frequently find niches where pupils who are not necessarily drawn to other activities flourish and build their self-esteem.

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How do you go about enthusing the pupils with it across the ages? By being a big kid and being out there with them. My aim in life is to go straight from adolescence to senility, and miss out the boring bit in the middle. I am doing what I enjoy in an environment I love and the Bursar even gives me money for it. It would be difficult not to be enthusiastic! Does it work? Do you have a lot of pupils involved in it? The simple answers are ‘yes’ – and lots. If anything, we are getting too successful and are finding it difficult to cope with the numbers who sign up for things – a nice problem to have, though, so I am not complaining.

DEPUTY HEAD’S POINTS Exam year groups: I would urge all pupils who are sitting public exams this year to heed the advice given before the end of term about revision. If you leave it until January, it will be too late! UVI and UV parents and pupils: Please note that in the summer, it is expected that pupils fulfil all School commitments after the exams and before the end of the term. Last year many had organised holidays, which was very disappointing.


CHILD SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMME In conjunction with the commendable efforts being made by many Cranleigh pupils and staff at the Kawama School, Zambia, Cranleigh is keen to get as many parents and pupils involved in the Child Sponsorship Programme as possible. This vital programme provides basic education, nutrition and medical care for children aged 5-15 years at the Kawama School. For just £12.50 per month, the following can be provided:

Driving 1: Please be reminded that the speed limit on campus is 15mph. Drivers are requested to take extreme care when driving on School grounds. The pupils have been told to pay more attention to cars, but on campus pedestrians do have right of way.

A meal each school day A new school uniform Paying towards teachers’ salaries Paying the cooks of the feeding programme Purchasing ongoing school resources Basic medical care

Driving 2: Please also be reminded that we do not allow pupils to drive to or from School unless in a dual-control learner vehicle.

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Haircuts: Quite a number of pupils need haircuts after 14 weeks’ growth. Styles should not draw attention to individuals and excessive use of colouring for the boys is not acceptable. Have you had any pupils that you or your team have taught go on to do great things once they have left Cranleigh? Most years we have at least one OC back to tell us about their exploits: rowing across the Atlantic, climbing in the Greater Ranges or being generally adventurous. We also keep track of former cadets who have gone into the Regular Forces; occasionally we catch a brief interview on TV. On a more personal level, I always enjoy receiving postcards from former pupils enthusing about some mountain or climb I introduced them to, which they are now visiting independently, occasionally even with their families.


What is the next School expedition you have planned?

The holidays will provide a crucial time for many of our pupils to get some academic work done. The three senior year groups will face significant exams in January: for the Upper Fifth a challenging week of mock exams – beginning directly on our return to school – will provide a vital snap-shot of progress with the GCSE courses in advance of the exams proper (which begin very early in May next year); for many of the Lower Sixth there will be a first revealing taste of modular AS exams; and for the Upper Sixth, key modules in many A2 subjects may provide results which impact to a major extent on ultimate university prospects. It will be important for our pupils in these year groups to start the holiday with some rest and recuperation after the busy end-of-term period, but then to use some of the time before – as well as after – Christmas to cover revision along lines which have been suggested in the last two weeks of term by their teachers.

I am taking a group of 13 pupils off to the Indian Himalaya for a month next summer. The aim is to climb the 6200m peak of Stok Kangri: quite a challenge.

At this time of year it perhaps seems a little premature to anticipate the summer too much. However I am

What has been your favourite expedition over the years, and why? Of all the trips I have ever been on I retain very fond memories of an expedition to Arran, off the west Coast of Scotland. We had a really mixed bunch of pupils, who all wanted differing things from the trip: physical challenges, geology investigations or natural history. Quite simply, we just had great fun on the hills and crags of an island I love. And your worst?! There is no such thing as a bad expedition – only learning opportunities!

And what aspirations do you have for the future? On-site We are in the throes of having a permanent Orienteering course set up around the School grounds, which is very exciting and will receive much use by all year groups. In the long term, I would love to see a fullheight climbing wall at the back of the TASC and the reinstatement of the rifle range, which was recently dismantled. 2

Sunday Evenings: Please be reminded that Chapel evenings for boarders are compulsory and that boys and girls should be back in School for 8.00pm at the latest for Callover.

Off-site Who knows? The world, as they say, is our oyster. I would love to take another trip back to Arran and get more pupils enthused about what is on offer around Britain. I am considering a variety of options for 2014, including a return to the Arctic Circle (Alaska?) or possibly Europe’s high point – Mt Elbrus. Personally I am beginning to work towards my winter qualifications and would love to spend a winter season in Scotland.

sure some parents will be glad of a brief forewarning of our plans for next summer with regard to Study Leave. The arrangements will replicate recent years: Upper Sixth study leave will begin after school activities on Friday 1st June; Lower Sixth study leave will begin after school activities on Saturday 19 th May and will run until the end of Long Leave on 10th/ 11th June; and Upper Fifth study leave will start after school activities on Saturday 19th May. Of course, as has always been our policy, there is no pressure for pupils to take up study leave. Pupils are very welcome in school, where their teachers can more readily be contacted and consulted, and each year a large number, especially of Upper Sixth pupils, feel they work better at school in any case. Finally, there are two Parents’ Meetings in the coming term, to be held in the Emms Centre – the Upper Fifth Parents’ Meeting at 3.30pm on Friday 27th January and the 4th Form Parents’ Meeting on Friday 10 th February, also at 3.30pm. We look forward to seeing you as appropriate at those occasions. (Please note that pupils and teachers are in class until 3.15pm and so 3.30pm does mark the realistic, practical start-time for the event.)

FIRSTS FOR THIS TERM This term saw the first ever Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards expedition to the Alps, which required the pupils to complete half of the Tour du Mt Blanc, from Chamonix to Courmayeur. On the first day alone the intrepid adventurers clocked up 12½ hours of hiking, rising 1,800m in the process. The majority of the expedition was spent above the cloud line, providing spectacular views of the mountains – with lunch on the third day spent perched on the Col de la Seine, surveying Italy on one side and France on the other. The inaugural Sir Nicholas Grimshaw Art Exhibition, held externally, saw various Cranleigh pupils submit artwork in competition with various private schools, both senior and prep. Abby Camsey, presently in the LVIth, won the 14-16 years age group, with her GCSE ceramic piece based on surfaces, while Lucy Bown was Highly Commended in the senior category for her textile quilt, The Heart, based upon the theme of the body. Both received a bag of art materials from Daler Rowney.

This term has seen Cranleigh Prep School hockey players attending weekly Indoor hockey practices with Senior School players at U16 level, as part of the Cranleigh 718 programme. It also saw Cranleigh School entering the U18 and U16 Indoor competitions for both boys and girls – with four teams competing in all.


Collaborative artwork created this term by the Fourth Form.

This term saw the relaunch of the Cranleigh School Travelling Crib – a tradition that originates in Peru. Although done before in the form of clay, this year saw the creation of Cranleigh’s first knitted scene, knitted by various members of staff over the course of this year, and housed in a stable created by Dave Wells. After an Advent Chapel service, the crib has moved around various Cranleigh families, so bringing the Christmas story into their home. The crib will return to the Chapel on Christmas Eve for a short service at 4.30 pm to celebrate Christmas.


There was a real treat for cricketers attending the SDW Academy this term, when England and Old Cranleighan fast bowler Stuart Meaker came to help out with a training session. Meaker, who made his debut for England in a One-day International against India in October, took the youngsters through some of the key points for a good bowling action, and passed on some tips that have helped him to have such a successful career to date. No doubt Meaker was impressed with the facilities offered by the new Cricket Centre which opened in October: a dedicated two-lane cricket facility, which allows Director of Cricket Stuart Welch (SDW) to run a comprehensive programme of coaching throughout the winter.

Figure 1 (above) is work created for the Maths Block, based on the Fibonacci number sequence found in flower forms – with each pupil designing and making one panel featuring a flower from the number sequence. Figures 2 and 3 are pieces created for the Chapel. For the piece in Figure 3, the pupils photographed themselves and then put the resulting image in a halo. The paper was then painted with dispersal dyes, which transfer onto manmade fabric when heated in a transfer press.




Well done to the following, who have been awarded their School Colours this term: Rugby:

Henry Taylor, James Thompson, Henry Lamont, Ben Roberts, Sam Kettle, Peter Sinderberry, Harry Elrington, Oliver Millward


Georgia Watson, Katie Richards, Mara Waters, Mia Milne


Madeleine Iafrate, Chloe Allison

Water Polo: Ben Steffens, Oliver Froy, William Osborne Squash:

Jonny Pullar, Mara Waters


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The Term in

PICTURES A selection of highlights from all that has gone on at Cranleigh this Summer Term, intended to give just a taste of Cranleigh life… Please refer to the website/The Cranleighan for a more detailed review of all news and events. Pictures, from left to right, working across:


East House Play A Midsummer Night’s Dream House Performance Competition Blue Lagoon, Iceland IDEA Debate Championships LVIth Design Trip Cubitt House Music Evening Interact Club Senior Lunchtime Concert Cranleigh’s Travelling Crib Big Band, Cranleigh British Legion Ibsen’s Ghosts Chapel Service Helen Wareham Woodwind Winner, Christian McCagherty A-Level results day Girls’ hockey 1st XI Purvis Society: Michael Griffin Phil Scriven: Complete Organ Works of Bach Rugby 1st XV v Wellington Senior Music Scholars Rugby 1st XV v OCs Schools’ Challenge winners A Midsummer Night’s Dream Band of the Scots Guard Junior Public Speaking Kayak trip, Guildford to Chertsey LVIth trip to Cambridge Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award trip,the Alps Climbing, Stone Farm Cranleigh’s riding team Master Class with Madeleine Mitchell South House Music Evening Physics Lecture: Dr Gary Mathlin Girls’ hockey tour, Holland Tom Lane, National Dressage Champions team Cooling down on the hockey pitch Christmas Dinner Dance Show Halloween, School Canteen Christmas decorations Chloe Allison, National Youth Chamber Orchestra of Great Britain Autumn view Kawama School, Zambia: Cranleigh’s pupil & staff building/decorating team Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education, and Mr Guy Waller Helen Wareham Woodwind Winner, Tim Ayling Remembrance Day Service Junior Music Scholars Mr Jonathan Aitken: LVIth Politics talk Christmas Concert Cranleigh’s County rugby players Schools’ Challenge Handel’s Messiah Cross-country competition Simon Singh, author, with Enigma machine


Following the success of the Cranleigh Foundation’s first-ever Christmas Gift Fair in 2010, this year’s event again proved to be a fantastic success, with over 1,000 parents and children attending over the course of day. With nearly 60 exhibitors, the Wyatt Hall at Cranleigh Preparatory School was again at capacity almost from the moment the doors opened at 10.30am – and many people were still making last-minute Christmas purchases as the doors closed at 4.00pm. A broad range of gifts and goodies for all ages ensured that there were presents for the whole family; mulled cider and sausages from local company Ben and Murrays kept visitors seasonally fed and refreshed, while a tombola and an excellent raffle – with many prizes generously provided by local exhibitors and businesses – all added to the festive atmosphere. Our sincere thanks go to the Fair organisers and Cranleigh Foundation Trustees, Lulu Hampson and Belinda Graham-Rack, for organising such a successful event, for putting us all in the festive spirit, and for raising a remarkable £8,500 for the Cranleigh Foundation in the process.


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SPORTS ROUND-UP by Simon Bird, Assistant Deputy Head

This has been a characteristically busy Michaelmas Term on the sports field. Most Saturdays saw over 30 teams enjoying the unseasonably balmy weather, and both Rugby and Hockey clubs have thrived on the challenges of their respective fixture lists. The 1st XV were undefeated at home, beating Guildford, Marlborough, Eastbourne and RGS along the way in a season that culminated in a 25-8 victory over Wellington in the final fixture on St Andrew’s (before moving across to the new Bluett’s pitch). It was the U15Cs who were the team of the year though, with a win-rate of almost 90%. In addition, no fewer than eight of the 1st XV have played representational rugby at county level or above: Henry Taylor played for the Combined Academies XV against England U18 and also for Harlequin’s As; Henry Lamont and Harry Elrington both played for the London Irish Academy; and two recent OCs, Seb Stegmann and Sam Smith have been regular members of the Harlequins side that has dominated the start to the Premiership season. The Hockey Club have had an even busier time of things, entering both Indoor and Outdoor championships for the first time in addition to the usual fixture list. This term has also seen the continued development of the Sport 7-18 programme, with Cranleigh Prep School players joining weekly sessions with their senior counterparts. In the usual school matches the club won or drew 72% of its fixtures, with the U14As remaining unbeaten throughout the season and the 1st XI winning 8 of their 10 matches, including the St George’s Sixes at the start of the season. Both U14 and U18 teams made it through to the South Regional Finals in their respective competitions. Seven girls were selected for the Regional squads in their respective age groups and two boys, James Gall and Will Calnan, were selected to play for England. The Girls’ U18 squad enjoyed a tour to Utrecht in September, and the Boys set off for a tour of their own to Almere just after the end of term. Although the Lent Term is our main netball term, we entered three age groups into the Surrey rounds of the National Championships. The U18s won their preliminary tournament and will join the U15s in the Surrey Finals in March. The U14s meanwhile are already through to the Regional Rounds of the competition in January. Furthermore, three girls have been selected to play for the Surrey Academy Squad.


As usual the Michaelmas Term has seen a lively minority sports programme too, with successful Lacrosse, Squash and Fives squads in action most weeks. The riders once more had a phenomenally successful weekend at the National Schools’ Championships in October, with our dressage team of Tom Lane, Mads Iafrate, Briony Pearson and Chloe Allison returning home as National Champions. We were Reserve Champions in the 95cm Arena Eventing and achieved placings in the top eight in every other final that we’d qualified for. With two teams making the top eight in more than one competition, Cranleigh was the most highly placed school over the two days of competition. Elsewhere, the Golf team played 12 matches, three tournaments and two internal competitions in the space of the first seven weeks, winning over half of these, and retaining two prestigious trophies: the West Sussex Golf Club Schools Invitation Handicap trophy, and the Epsom College Invitation Girls Challenge Bowl. The water polo team won all bar one of their fixtures this term, including an impressive victory at home against Charterhouse – the first time in several years that they have managed this against one of the water polo teams in the region. We have also had impressive performances in Cross-Country, with an outright win in the girls’ competition at Charterhouse and strong performances in the Waverley Trials, where Maddy Austin and Milly Windus came first and second in their category and have qualified for the next round, together with Angus Young, Matt Foster and Toby Nugent from the boys.


This term has again seen some outstanding performances by Cranleigh pupils (individuals and teams) competing or performing at the very highest level, who undoubtedly deserve a special mention:


Helen Wareham Competition, Woodwind (Junior) Winner, Christian McCagherty (Oboe); Second Place, Cathy Hobbs (Flute); Third Place, George Wilkinson (Clarinet) and Emily Hill (Clarinet). Helen Wareham Competition, Woodwind (Senior) Harry McCagherty (Oboe), Chloe Allison (Recorder) & Chloe Allison (Clarinet) are all through to the Final. Helen Wareham Brass Competition (Junior) Winner, Tim Ayling; Second Place, Noah Frett; Third Place, Ben Mills. Helen Wareham Brass Competition (Senior) Millie Crane (Trombone), Alex Curtis (Trombone) and Henry Harrod (Trumpet) are all through to the Final. Robert Lewin Scholarship 2011 – awarded to Fayruz Megdiche in recognition of her strong commitment to musicianship and musical excellence. National Youth Chamber Orchestra of Great Britain: Sixth Former Chloe Allison has won one of only two places for clarinet players in the National Youth Chamber Orchestra of Great Britain (and is already reserve for the clarinet section of the NYO for 2012). She has also won a muchcoveted place on a Cambridge Early Music course next summer, to develop her recorder and harpsichord playing. The complete organ works of J S Bach in 26 recitals: this term has seen the start of Philip Scriven’s remarkable project (ending in June), with many performances over the course of the term entertaining pupils, parents and guests alike.


This term’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, proved to be another success story, to the full credit of its director, Nikki Lockwood, assisted by pupil Rosie Peters. With an all-star cast, it would be wrong to single any one actor/ actress out, but well done to everyone for a wonderful performance; to the band, Rosie Peters and Harrison White, and to the behind-the-scenes crew – not least for juggling four and a half tons of bark, four scaffolding towers, eight ladders and many other props with such expertise, under the skilful guidance of Mark Jenkins.


County-level representation: eight 1st XV players have already represented their county this season: Henry Lamont, James Thompson, Harry Elrington, Sam Kettle, Dave Forster, Peter Sinderberry, Henry Taylor and Ben Roberts. Combined Academies vs England U18 and Harlequins A league: Henry Taylor (1st XV captain). Henry Taylor (LVIth) is the fourth Cranleigh School rugby player in three years to represent England U18s, even though he is still U17. He played for England U18s against Ireland as scrum half – the same position that the School’s Director of Rugby (and former pupil!), Mr Andrew Houston, played for the same England U18 side exactly ten years earlier. London Irish academy: Henry Lamont and Harry Elrington both represented the club in a recent cup fixture. The 1st XV were unbeaten at home this season beating along the way: Guildford, Marlborough, Eastbourne, RGS and Wellington. The final 1st XV match on St Andrew’s 1 saw the 1st team beat Wellington 25–8, the largest margin of victory against them in the School’s history. RECENT OCS: Harlequins 1st team: Seb Stegmann and Sam Smith International rugby:Toby Quarendon (left 2010) has been called up to play for Malta: IRB Junior World Championship: Prop Will Collier (East 2009) was a member of the England side who finished runners-up to New Zealand in the IRB Junior World Championship in Italy.


Winners, the St George’s Sixes trophy: Girls U18 hockey team South Regional Finals: both the Girls’ U14A team and the Girls’ U18A teams got through to the Finals in their respective Outdoor National Competition. Unbeaten season: Girls’ U14A team. Junior Regional Performance Tier 1: of the sixteen Performance Tier 1 competitors, nine were selected to go one stage further to Tier 2. Charlotte Calnan, Ali Clift, Georgia Lord and Emily Robinson took part in the HiPAC training camp. Katie Batchelor, James Gall, Alex

Thompson, Will Calnan and Nathan Thorpe represented their region in the U16 and U18 Futures Cup competition, where they were under the scrutiny of the selectors for the England junior teams. In addition, all three teams (U18, U16 and U14) won their groups in the heats stages of the Surrey competition this year. The U16 and U14 teams performed particularly well with a final tally of 44 goals for with only 1 against.


Surrey Prelims Tournament: the U19’s/seniors won their group and the U15’s came 2nd in their group which means both will be playing in the Surrey finals on 11th March. National Schools’ competition: the U14s came runners up in the Surrey rounds, and will be playing in the Regional round on 29th January Surrey County Academy Squad (U16): Poppy Bathurst & Tats St Pier Surrey Elite Satellite Academy Member (U14): Clemmie Ryder-Smith


England Lions/England squad: Old Cranleighan Stuart Meaker was selected to play for the England Lions side against the Sri Lanka A team this summer, and has been named in the England cricket squad for the one-day international tour of India this autumn. ICC Intercontinental Cup: the Kenyan line-up against the Netherlands featured two Old Cranleighans and past school cricket captains: Seren Waters (2008) and Duncan Allan (2010). Whilst Waters has been in the national set-up for some time, playing in the World Cup earlier this year, this match was to have been Allan’s debut for the full side. On September 12th, Allan became only the second Cranleighan to play in a full One-Day International match. He and Waters shared a 65-run partnership for the second wicket. Both have been awarded central contracts by the Kenyan Cricket Board.


National Champions, Dressage: Tom Lane, Mads Iafrate, Briony Pearson and Chloe Allison Reserve Champions, 95cm Arena Eventing: Tom Lane, Indi Thompson, Mads Iafrate and Erin McCombe. With two teams making the top eight in more than one competition, Cranleigh was the most highly placed school over the two days of competition.


West Sussex Golf Club Schools Invitation Handicap trophy: Charlie Craddock, Alistair Hills, Jonny Pullar, Marc Sadler Epsom College Invitation Girls Challenge Bowl: Lottie Grafton, Chloe Nicholls, Jen Vincent


Waverley Trials: Maddy Austin and Milly Windus came first and second in their category and have qualified for the next round, together with Angus Young, Matt Foster and Toby Nugent from the boys.


Ginetta Junior Winter Series: the Hillspeed team are to field a car for 14-year-old rookie William Palmer, brother of GP2 Series racer and OC Jolyon, for the Ginetta Junior Winter Series, which will run alongside Formula Renault at both Snetterton and Rockingham. Having debuted as a complete novice during rounds 11 and 12 of the main Ginetta Junior campaign at Snetterton in August, Palmer also competed on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit and at Silverstone for the championship finale.


A group of 16 UVIth students left Cranleigh at the start of Long Leave to make the journey to Zambia, for the second visit to Cranleigh’s partner school in Kawama, on the outskirts of the northern industrial town of Kitwe. The trip was a follow-up to the inaugural visit made by a group of OCs in August this year, during which a new school with four classrooms was built (see The aim of this Long Leave visit was to decorate the classroom block, and to take part in teaching the Zambian children. The next target for the Beyond Cranleigh charity is to raise enough money through child sponsorship to allow the school to be funded for the years to come. If you would like to find out more about the child sponsorship programme, please visit:

PERFORMING ARTS ROUND-UP In the year in which the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible has been celebrated, the Cranleigh audience were treated to Handel’s ‘Messiah’, with Charles Jennens’s inspired compilation of texts from this Authorised Version. The sublime message of scripture was especially clear in Kathryn Harries’s performance of ‘I know that my Redeemer liveth’, a reminder of how fortunate Cranleigh’s singing pupils are to have this world-renowned opera star as one of its vocal coaches. The singers of the augmented Chapel Choir will cherish the memory of performing with these professional singers, conducted by Marcus Pashley. Only 48 hours earlier the annual Christmas Concert showcased a range of ensembles, from the Symphony Orchestra to a wind and piano quintet, but the highlight was Bob Wilson’s Big Band and Jon Oldfield in ‘Beyond the Sea’: simply fabulous. Philip Scriven’s project to play the complete organ works of J S Bach in 24 recitals (ending in June) began in style in October with an evening concert, in which the School’s resident organist was joined by the Chapel Choir and the

Merriman Trumpet Ensemble. The lunch-time recitals have drawn listeners from far afield to hear Cranleigh’s new Mander organ under Philip’s expert hands and feet.

In the Brass section of the Helen Wareham competition, the highlight was Tim Ayling’s accomplished rendition of the virtuoso horn piece ‘Hunter’s Moon’ by Gilbert Vintner. In the Woodwind section Chloe Allison won through to the Final on both the recorder and the clarinet: her performances of Vivaldi and Lutoslawski were remarkable even by her own phenomenal standards.

I started my career in hospitality, and was Catering Manager at Rodean and St Catherine’s before moving into regional contract management, where I looked after the catering contracts for about 20 schools in the South of England. I then moved into corporate catering, before moving into facility management about eight years ago.

What qualities do you think a good Domestic Manager should have, and why? I think attention to detail is important, as is the wish to be able to walk around the School and be proud of what is being achieved by the many hands, mops and hoovers that help us to keep the place looking as good as possible.

What, in a nutshell, do you and your team do at Cranleigh? Domestic Services look after all of Cranleigh’s cleaning, portering, furniture and soft furnishing requirements, as well as running the School laundry.

How big is your team, who does it comprise and what are their key responsibilities? We have about fifty members of staff at any one time, but many work in more than one area. I and the School are hugely supported by all of these people, but in particular by Sheila and Mike. Sheila is my assistant and is invaluable with the soft furnishings – she alone has probably made 90% of the curtains on site and she does this on top of her normal duties. Mike leads our portering team and has a huge knowledge of how the School runs… and he also tries not to get cross with me when I add last minute requests to his day, for which I am very grateful.

Describe your (and your team’s) average year In my head the year is basically divided into ‘term’ and ‘holiday’. Term time is very structured as we work around the pupils’ daily routines, while the holiday time gives us more of a chance to do deep cleaning

was the swing music, skilfully performed by Rosie Peters, with the support of Harrison White on the double bass. The Mechanicals sho-bop-bopped their way across the stage, and even the fairies joined in by manipulating dancing rabbits, adding to the fun and warmth of this audiencefriendly piece of theatre’.

In September’s Senior Music Scholars’ concert it was a special pleasure to hear two musicians new to the School, bassoonist Rachel Hurst and pianist Benjamin Rudolf, but it was the rendition of ‘Zimba Zamba’ for marimba by Tom Hollister that displayed the most extraordinary virtuosity.

Martin Allison’s compelling production of Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts’ had Tommy Lyster as Pastor Manders, a terrifying study in hypocrisy; Mara Walters giving the performance of her life as Mrs Alving and Jon Oldfield as the young artist Osvald who moved many to tears, although for me it was a case of ‘Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears’.

In a brief round-up it would be invidious to name even one of the large cast of this term’s School Play: as Lizzie Bourne writes on the website, ‘The interweaving storylines in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ give ample opportunity for a talented cast to demonstrate a variety of strengths: Nikki Lockwood gave each group room to shine. A creative addition

Cranleigh has some pedigree in producing playwrights, with OCs Al Smith and Patrick Marber still active, but it was a new departure for a current pupil to produce his own play and Adam van Schaik’s ‘The Rum Doodlers’ showed precocious talent at work. To perform a play is one thing, to write and co-direct one is quite another. Adam led from the front as chief expeditionist Bernard, but Will Yeeles as Paine Bloodaxe stole the show. East’s double bill added ‘Trammel’ as a dark contrast.

BEHIND THE SCENES What did you do before you came to Cranleigh?

by PJL

Dennis Janes, Domestic Manager

and other remedial works or projects that just aren’t possible in term time. The busiest time of year is the summer holiday, where we support development, refurbishment and/or relocation projects, as well as doing most of our major remedial works such as floor stripping and sealing.

What do you enjoy most about working at a school? The way Cranleigh runs means that we have a lot of control over what we do when, and that in turn means we can usually react to issues quickly. This is very different from the strictly commercial world that I have been involved with in the past, where everything is bound up in service agreements and KPIs. I think that this means we can offer good value and a personal service which sits well with the ‘busy-ness’ of the School.

What are the key sorts of challenges that you have to deal with in your job. There are a huge number of personalities in a School like this, both within my own department and amongst the wider community. We have to react to all sorts of requests from all sorts of different people, and at times this can lead to a bit of a whirlwind, particularly when things need to be put into priority order quickly.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve had this term in terms of requests? The use of the Speech Hall in this final stage of term has been pretty relentless, and has involved some pretty tight turnarounds. The Christmas Concert on Friday 2nd December followed by Handel’s Messiah on the Sunday was a particularly tight turnaround, as it involved a complete re-stage to get the choral tiers in place for the School Choir and Cranleigh Choral Society. In cases like this, it is a real team effort and we liaise closely with Mark Jenkins our Theatre Manager who (often with his Tech. crew) is fantastic at working with my team to make the turnarounds achievable.

What are the most interesting projects you’ve been involved in in recent times? I am not sure that this would be everyone’s definition of

‘interesting’, but we have upgraded laundry recently so that our drying capacity matches our washing capacity(!)… It sounds a small thing, but it has made a huge difference to what we are able to do in house, and how quickly we can get laundry back to the houses. We are also rolling out hand dryers at the moment in place of paper towels, and based on some conservative estimates I hope this will save over 2,000 black bin bags of waste paper being disposed of every year.

What are your favourite parts of the job generally and why? To the annoyance of most of my staff, I think I get most pleasure in figuring out how we might be able to do things slightly more effectively or better than we do at the moment! We are here to provide a service, and I think that we provide one of which the School can be really proud, but there will always be things we want to do better. The other thing I really enjoy is dealing with my team – they have a great loyalty to the School and the areas that they work in, and the variety of characters that we have always makes for an interesting day, no matter what is thrown at us.

What is your fondest memory? That’s difficult to put into words, but the atmosphere that Cranleigh has is like no other organisation that I have worked in before. I am not saying that everything and everyone is perfect, but there is a strong feeling that everyone who works here is operating as part of a bigger team, and that everyone is an important part of the Cranleigh community. I think this is very special to Cranleigh, and it is certainly something that I value and will always remember.

And your funniest? Something that always raises a smile is Peter (one of our Porters) managing to offend pretty much any and all football supporters, when he does the rounds to make sure that any pain felt at a team’s loss on a Saturday does not get forgotten on a Monday morning. Not even the Bursar gets away without this ritual banter… but then again he is a Chelsea supporter! holidays, so that as the works department are moving out of an area we are moving in.

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DATES FOR NEXT TERM’S DIARY A quick-glance round-up of some key events (in-school and out) to which parents are warmly invited: JANUARY Friday 20

1.10 pm Senior Lunchtime Concert (MMS)

Friday 20

7.30 pm Concert Series: Merriman Concert Orchestra (SH)

Friday 27

12.30 pm Junior Lunchtime Concert (MMS)

Tuesday 31

7.30 pm Concert Series: Complete Bach Project: Recital 12 (Chapel)



Friday 3

1.10 pm Senior Lunchtime Concert (MMS)

Cranleigh School, 1894 Cranleigh was one of the leading schools in gymnastics, winning the Public School Gym Competition in 1892, 1893, 1894 and 1895 and coming second in 1898 and 1899.

Friday 3

7.30 pm Helen Wareham Competition: Strings Performance (MMS)


Friday 10

Marilyn Etheridge, who retired at Long Leave. She worked at Cranleigh for many years, and much of that time was spent in the Book Shop. She was always enthusiastic, caring and diligent in her varied role in the Shop. One of her favourite projects was Speech Day, helping Award winners with the selection of their prizes. Recently, she helped oversee the relocation of the Book Shop from the Quad to its new location (a pretty momentous task!). She had links with the whole school community, and was regarded highly by all Bursarial and Teaching staff thanks to her infectious smile. We wish her all the best in her retirement. James Reid, IT Support Coordinator, who leaves Cranleigh after three and a half years on the front-line of IT support – a gruelling job if ever there was one! He helped to modernise the IT department with a new ‘helpdesk’ system, and quickly became a very familiar face around the campus and enjoyed helping all parts of the community with their IT problems – as well as keeping pupils on the



...and finally, Cranleigh Staff would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday

straight-and-narrow with their ‘recreational’ use of IT (one boarding house came to know him as “Games-buster”!). His talents extended into the creative spheres and he readily became involved in the School’s new Media Club, helping pupils to film and edit a vast array of School events, as well as wowing pupils with the artistic possibilities of Photoshop, and with his professional motion graphics and design for the annual RocSoc concerts. He leaves Cranleigh to seek bigger and better IT challenges, and to renovate his new home, and we wish him all the best for the future. Rebecca Rice, who joined Cranleigh as the Chemistry technician in January 2010 and made an immediate impact in the department with her excellent organisational skills, her warmth and her willingness to get involved in everything. In addition to her work in Chemistry, her passion for working with horses resulted in many hours spent at the stables, and she also helped out with the Young Enterprise Scheme. Her enthusiasm and calm approach to dealing with even the most challenging of circumstances will be sorely missed as she embarks on her new life in Hong Kong.

A WARM WELCOME THIS TERM TO… Jona Young – IT James Burton-Gow – IT Archie Cameron-Blackie – Chemistry Technician Mandy Winnick – Retail Manager Sarah Gahan – Stables Jackie Cresswell – Medical Centre Hannah Young – Catering Michelle Taylor – Catering Hilary Tidbury – Domestic

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Tuesday 7 7.30 pm Cubitt / North House Play – Thurs 9     (VCT) 12.30 pm Junior Lunchtime Concert (MMS)

Wednesday 22 7.30 pm Concert Series: Sebastian Weiss Jazz Trio (MMS) Friday 24

1.10 pm Senior Lunchtime Concert (MMS)

Friday 24

7.30 pm Helen Wareham Competition: Vocal Performance (MMS)

Wednesday 29 5.00 pm Chapel Choir sings at Winchester Cathedral

MARCH Friday 2

12.30 pm Junior Lunchtime Concert (MMS)

Monday 5 – Fri 9

7.30 pm School Musical: The Producers (SH)

Wednesday 14 7.30 pm Helen Wareham Competition: Dashwood Piano Performance (MMS) Friday 16

12.30 pm Junior Lunchtime Concert (MMS)

Friday 16

1.10 pm Senior Lunchtime Concert (MMS)

In addition, Philip Scriven will be continuing his Complete Works of Bach on the Mander Organ, in the School Chapel, throughout the term, performing on Tuesday lunchtimes at 12.30pm or 1.10pm. If you would like to attend any of these lunchtime concerts, please email

N.B. Some events do require tickets. For full details of all of next term’s events, including individual teams’ sporting fixtures, please refer to the School Calendar and to the Events Guide (also available online at

For comments and requests for content you would like to see featured in Cranleigh Matters, please email A sincere thank you to Stephen Owen for providing the photography featured within, and to Nick Smith at Andesign for all the design and artwork.