The Dunelmian 2014-2015
The Dunelmian 2014-2015 Contents Essential Information
The Caffinites School House Poole House Pimlico House MacLeod House
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Speech Day Prizes Headmaster’s Report
Chaplaincy News Music
News from the Departments 34 Sport
Introduction Girls’ Sport Boys’ Rugby Boys’ Cricket Rowing Swimming
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Royal Navy Section Army Section
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Global Awareness Week
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The Dunelmian 2014-2015 Essential Information Headmaster K J McLaughlin, MA (Hons)
Deputy Head (Pastoral) Dr J M Burns, BA, PhD
Deputy Head (Curriculum) J M Webb, BA PGCE Senior Master Dr M P Alderson, BA, MA Bursar Mrs D Leigh, BA, FCA
Director of Marketing Mrs N McCann, MCIPR
Academic Staff M C T Baldwin, BA PGCE Miss K Baylis BA M Bedworth, BA B Brownlee, BA, PGCE, (PCE)
E C Bryant, BSc (Hons) M F Burke, BSc PGCE I J Campbell, BEng PGCE
M J Clayton, BA PGCE P Dias, BSc (Hons) Mrs K E Dougall, BA Mrs C L Eccleston, BA Miss K M Finch, BSc, PGCE C S Fordyce, BSc, PGCE
M A Gardner, BSc, MA P G Gerrard, BEd Mrs M Gordon, BA, GGEE Mrs E L P Hewitt, BA PGCE, MA R N Hewitt, BEd Miss L J Hinde, MA; PGCE C Hope MA, MPhil, BA O Hughes, BA (Hons), PGCE Ms K J Lowery, BSc PGCE
Miss R MacCabe, BA S MacNair BA, MSc B Mason, BEd (Hons), MSc Mrs E Melville, BEd Mrs T Moore, BSc R A Muttitt, B Mus, MA, ARCO Mrs E P Murray, BA, PGCE Miss A Parkin, BA Mrs C Piñén, BA, PGCE Durham Miss J Plummer, BA Mrs M F Proud, MA J C Renshaw, BA; PGCE D Reith, MA, MA, PGCE Mrs K Rochester, BA, PGCE A Smith, BSc Dr. M Smith, BSc P D Sturt, BSc
Mrs F Swan, BA: PGCE S Thompson, BA PGCE Mrs N J Thompson, BA; PGCE D Tyreman, BA, MA, PGCE
History and Politics
Head of Art and DT Classics Physical Education Head of Psychology, Assistant Director of 6th Form Studies Rowing Head of Biology Head of Physics, Director of Middle School Studies Design Technology, Art & ICT PE and Games Girls’ PE, Games & Geography Modern Languages Maths Head of Maths, Housemaster of Caffinites House Head of IT Director of 6th Form Studies Maths History Geography, CCF (RN) Modern Languages Head of Classics Head of Business Studies & Economics Chemistry & Biology and Junior Housemistress of Pimlico House Economics & Business Studies Head of Politics Director of Sport English Chemistry Director of Music & Scholars Assistant Director of Music, CCF (Army) Head of Drama Modern Languages Science and Games Religious Studies Head of Geography English and Housemaster of Poole House PE and Housemistress of Pimlico House Physics Resident Tutor Biology Biology & CCF Contingent Commander, Deputy Housemaster of School House Head of English English DT & Art and Housemistress of MacLeod House Head of History
The Dunelmian 2014-2015 Essential Information A R Wallace, BSc, PGCE Miss S Watchman, BSc Dr D P Wiles, BSc, PGCE Mrs K L Wilkinson, BA; PGCE Wright, BSc, PGCE M Younger, BA, PGCE Pastoral Staff Miss H Wood Mrs J Haley Mrs S Taylor Mrs I Relph Mrs P Abbott
Science, Head of Careers, CCF (Army) Psychology Biology Head of French Mathematics Art & DT and Assistant Housemaster of Poole House Poole House Pimlico House Caffinites School House MacLeod House
Medical Centre Staff Mrs A Dutton Mrs P Abbott
RGN – Nurse RGN – Nurse
Estates Staff Mr B M Hunter, BSc, MCIOB Mr A Rewbury Mr R Wilson Mr G Ditchburn Mr G Gamble Mr B Boustead Mr D Merrigan Mr H Shannon
Estates Manager Maintenance Craftsman Maintenance Craftsman Maintenance Craftsman Maintenance Craftsman Groundsman Groundsman Electrician
School Marshall Mr P R Atkinson
Administrative Staff Mrs E Cathrae Mrs L Jackson Mrs S Langthorne Mrs C McAdams Mrs V Payne, ACMA Mrs A Petty Mrs S Spence Mrs D C Woodlands
Technical Staff Mr P Sanderson Miss L Bailey D Burton M Ridsdale G Taylor C Looker Miss J Hall
Governing Body Mr A MacConachie, OBE, DL, FRSA Mr F Nicholson Canon D Kennedy Miss G Kerr Mr R H Langdon Mr D W Welsh Mrs H G Weston Mrs Coates Mr A Martell Professor S Hackett Mrs S Langdrige Mr A Petty Mr G Hodgson Mr R Ribchester Mr N Turner Miss J Kirkley Mr R Salkeld
Admissions Marketing Assistant Events Manager Assistant Bursar Exams Officer, Data Manager Langley Foundation/Alumini Officer Headmaster’s P.A. Administrative Assistant Head of Digital Strategy Senior Laboratory Technician Laboratory Technician Network Manager IT Technician Print Manager DT Technician
Head of School Jasper Wiese (S)
Deputy Heads of School Peter Lotts (S) Millie O’Dair (M)
Caffinites House Alex Brown MacLeod House Emma Gray
Pimilco House Kathryn Buchanan-Black
Poole House Sebastian Hunt-Farmer
School House Sebastian Robson Caffinites House Andrew Brown Mark Davison Tom Howe MacLeod House Lexy Powell
Pimlico House Katie Erwin Su Kuyucu (International) Maddie Lowes Lauren Marsh Grace Ramsay
Poole House Peter Risk Alasdair Reith
School House Jamie Kirkbride Isaac Walton Michael Walton
House Reports Speech Day Chapel The Dunelmian
Head of House Report
This year has been one of change, new beginnings and achievement for the whole House. For all the Caffinites, I must commend them the endevour endeavour, effort and respect that they have displayed throughout the year not only in House competitions, but in each and every school day since September. They are a credit to themselves and the House.
At the beginning of the year the â€˜Clansâ€™, as part of in-House competition, were introduced for the
first time (which are aptly named as a direct result of our Housemasterâ€™s Scottish roots!) These Clans include Arkaig, Lomond, Katrine, Shiel, Rannoch, Ness, Tay, Torridon and Lochy. The idea behind their introduction into the House system was to bring about more opportunities for the older boys to mix with the younger in a competitive and fun way; it would be an understatement to say this has worked well. Throughout the year it is noticeable how relationships between the years have become far stronger and have added to the overall togetherness of the House.
Competitions between the Clans have been fiercely fought and included doughnut eating, bowling, dancing and cooking omelettes and have been spread throughout the year. As it stands Arkaig is the top of the leader board with a total of 28 points for the whole year, followed closely by Lomond at 27 points and then Katrine with 24 points. Well done Arkaig! All
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of these competitions have had maximum turnout from each of the Clans to support their fellow Clansmen and it was good to see all the lads getting stuck in to each challenge!
Staying with competitions, we have seen the Caffinites participate in annual Inter-House competitions with incredible enthusiasm and commitment. The Inter-House music competition was a fine example where for weeks leading up to the actual evening, the boys put in a tremendous effort to make rehearsals so that they performed at their best and as a result we came a very respectable second place behind MacLeod. It has to be said that the Part Song and Instrumental ensembles went beyond the call of duty staying many late nights and some weekends to prepare for the competition. To me, this shows the brilliant commitment and loyalty that the lads possess for their House and for each other and therefore
that was the most important part in all the competitions.
A special mention must go to Chris Field who led all the rehearsals leading up the big night for all unison, part song and instrumental. This was a great responsibility that he took in his stride.
There was great participation in the Inter-House Cross Country, and interHouse Swimming, with everyone involved giving 100%. Although he did not gain the victories we were pursuing, we can hold our heads high knowing we did everything we could and our effort could not be faulted.
Through the year other competitions included inter-House Basketball and Hockey. It was brilliant to see lads who went to get involved despite the sport not being one in which they their interest regulary participated – this certainly made me proud of them. House Suppers at the end of the Christmas term was an occasion to celebrate the end of term and there was much excitement for the Christmas break. The suppers place over two evenings with lower years on the Wednesday and older years on the Thursday – both went extremely well and the Clan competitions of dancing and bowling were full of laughter, embarrassment and good
fun! As we come to the end of another tremendous year for the Caffinites, a massive thank you must go to the Housemaster Mr Fordyce, Deputy Mr Thompson, Matron Sharon and all of
the tutors within the House, as without their guidance and help the House would not be the fantastic place which it is today. Finally a note from myself – thank you to my deputies Mark Davison, Andrew Brown and Tom Howe who have helped fantastically with the organisation of the House and preparation for House competitions.
Without a shadow of a doubt the Caffinites House had a brilliant year 20142015 and will have many, many more in the future to come. This is a result of the lads being the fine characters they are and they must continue to believe in themselves and the House. ‘Floreat Dunelmia’ Alex Brown Head of Caffinites House
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Head of House Report
Bungite Report The new academic year opened with 22 new recruits to Bungites who along with the ‘old hands’ have helped to make 2014-15 one of the House’s most successful years in recent history both in terms of competitions but also through its presence in School life. The House had achieved a strong presence in the monitorial body with Jasper Wiese and Peter Lotts appointed Head and Deputy Head of School alongside Jamie Kirkbride as Deputy Head of House and the unrelated Walton boys, Isaac and Michael. Supported by a strong team of House Monitors, it has been a privilege for me to lead the House over the course of the last year, most notably achieving success in some of the major School events.
The Christmas term is traditionally the busiest of the year, beginning with Bungite representatives running in the Great North Run and culminating in the House’s annual Oktoberfest celebrations. In the House service, we argued for the need for preparation to minimise stress and achieve our goals – lessons that would prove useful as the term developed. As ever, the Remembrance service was a beautiful moment in the Chapel calendar offering an opportunity to reflect on the accident of history that separates us all from the sacrifice of our antecedents, particularly in this anniversary year, whose names are carved so beautifully in Chapel and so poignantly in the House.
Knowing the depths of the House’s musical talents to be profound, preparations had begun early for the House Music competition; the traditional debate regarding song choice allowed us to reflect on the efficiency of our preparations without hampering our rehearsals. With Isaac Walton’s help, rehearsal schedules were produced and the boys rallied. This was to be our last chance to prove our startling musical prowess in our
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Weekend Activities - mountain biking
part-song, Just Haven’t Met You Yet, and the instrumental, Hawaii 50, while our rendition of Don’t Stop Believin’ was designed to weaken the heart of the adjudicator who, unfortunately, did not appreciate the finer qualities of 100 boys grumbling along to Journey. However, our efforts were rewarded with a respectable third place, with the House winning the outstanding performance commendation for our part-song.
Boarders’ attendance at the Advent Procession at the Cathedral indicated the nearing of the end of term, and preparations for the House Supper quickly followed. As ever, the evening was a huge success, enjoyed by boys, tutors, and the guests; I am certain no one present will ever forget the discovery of the secret footage of Herr Paul Gerhard and his attempt to achieve world-UKAS domination.
Victorious Dr Alderson
However entertaining and late our evening, the House mustered in full for the Dunelm Run the next morning. As a demonstration of the House spirit and community, the run was fantastic in perfect winter conditions, and our victory was a perfect end to a superb term.
The Easter term opened where we had left off at Christmas; the seniors were successful in House Basketball, although victory eluded us in the Hockey. A visit to the Old Dunelmian Lodge provided insight not only into the life of the organisation but also the lives of old boys and their time in the House. Honour was returned, however, in the Swimming Gala which saw a strong performance from the juniors, gaining second place, but victory for intermediate, senior, and relay teams, and Bungites achieving overall first place. March witnessed the most visually stunning victory of the year, when during Reading Week when Austin Anderson appeared as Edmund Pevensie from the Chronicles of Narnia with his very own breathing Aslan. To my own discredit, I suffered public shaming in a House spelling bee where the intricacies of ‘practise’, ‘receive’ and ‘mortgage’ challenged the House’s intellectual pedigree.
Without reducing pace, the House proved to be equally successful in the Summer Term, taking on Poole and
the Caffinites with gusto. A draw in the House football was a welcome result, while the House Cricket proved a trickier competition with victory only arriving for the Intermediate squad. House rowing, however, returned some silverware and it was particularly pleasing to see so many juniors achieving at a high level. Throughout the year, many boys had represented the School on the stage both dramatically and musically, and it was a fitting reward to see efforts rewarded in the Chadeyron. The House Athletics was the final major competition of the year, resulting not only in the House taking the overall boys’ trophy but also André Robson [Shell] being named victor ludorum.
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After such a successful year, it was only fitting that the Bungite staff relay squad, under Dr Alderson’s merciless training programme, should bring the ginger baton home for the fifth year running. It was in this spirit of glorious triumph that the term closed with Bungie Nites 2015, the disco-themed House BBQ. As a survivor of Philfest in my first year in the House, the sight of the House lawn transformed into a Durham Ministry of Sound will be unfortgettable.
This year has been a superb end to my time in Bungites; as ever, it has been frantically busy from the very beginning until the very end. As a
School House Boys in CCF Sailing winners
House, we have been involved in anything and everything, and we have achieved much; around the School, the House has been represented in every activity and has been instrumental in achieving success in business competitions, the Sailing team, every Drama production as well as individuals in rugby league, and software development. The most memorable moment, however, will be as we said goodbye to Rupesh Barode after his three-week visit to the House, and the lesson he gave us in the value of community.
I would personally like to express my thanks to you all for all that you have done to make 2014-15 so successful, but especially to the UVI and Jamie
Kirkbride as Deputy Head of House organising and maintaining some degree of order. I would also like to thank Dr Alderson for all the hard work he has put into the House and all the support he has provided throughout our time at the School. To those of you who board, I hope you continue to enjoy the ringing of the morning handbell – I promise I shall think of you! I offer my best wishes to you all for next year and especially to Austin Anderson as he takes on the most important job in the School. S. G. Robson, B.S. Head of House
Head of House Report
We had an impressive team helping the Head of House Seb Hunt-Farmer take the reins of Poole House with Peter Fisk and Alastair Reith as school monitors, and Adam Redman, James Hawkes, Sam Barker and Thafer Bustami as House monitors. Thank you all for your hard work in helping make it such as successful year.
We welcomed new tutors to the house this year: Mr Brownlee and Mrs Melville in Year 13 proved brilliant very approachable, good fun and excellent sources of support when the senior boys were sorting out their university applications. Mr McMillan became the resident tutor, and a great support to Mr Reith. Never have we seen so much kite-surfing equipment! We also welcomed back Sam Milton, who had an extremely impressive year, directing rehearsals for House Music, achieving a stunning top grade A -level Drama performance in his devised piece, and taking the lead role as Gatsby in the school play. It was another extremely impressive sporting year. Adam Redman captained the First XV throughout an excellent Rugby season, well supported by first XV Poole regulars James Hawkes, Matt Procter and Ben Langthorne. There were also caps for future stars, such as Ryan Allan. We were delighted when, towards the end of the season, Adam was offered a professional contract to play Rugby for the Newcastle Falcons. Ollie Simmonds took captaincy of the 2nd XV, and again had impressive support
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from Pooleites such as Rasih Hitchins, Dan Baker, Fred Enticknap, Rob McAneney, Sam Taylor Gell and Sam Milton. The Under 16 squad was also powered by Pooleites: Will Gray, Ryan Allan, Adi Hitchins, Tristan Grant, Sam Newton, Nathan Bushnell, Henry Hudson, Ryan Donaghy and Jonty Megginson. One of the great success stories this year was the U15 team, again dominated by Poole: the speed, agility and commitment of Harry Jackson, Rob Milbanke, Reece Amir, Kyle Elliot and Will Jewitt helped the team take virtually every match of the season. Naturally, the successes of the Autumn Term carried over into the Sevens season. In one particularly memorable day, for example, the U15 Rugby Sevens team, led by Will Jewitt, with the able support of Harry Jackson, Kyle Elliot, Rob Milbanke and others beat Hill House, Barnard Castle, Woodhouse Grove and Sedbergh (twice) to win the trophy and the tournament.
We also dominated throughout the cricket season, thanks to superb performances from first team captain Sam Taylor Gell, and the multiple century-scoring batting partnership of Luke Henderson and Matthew Procter. The first eight teams who tried to oppose them were just swept away. Other fine cricketing performances this year came from Nathan Bushnell, Will Jewitt, Will Gray, Adam Kahn, Sol Bell and Jonny Bushnell. Football was also a sport that saw some resurgence this year, with the Sixth Formers enjoying regular matches against adult sides at Soccarena. The day Ollie Simmonds secured a Durham win with a very
impressive hat-trick was particularly memorable. The Inter-House football was also a very enjoyable event. Though we did not win, Myron Dempsey and Harry Tait made particularly impressive individual contributions. Another Inter-House competition that was enjoyable and closely fought this year was the Inter-House Basketball. Kai Yu Leung was our stand-out star in the senior competition. In the Under 15 competition, the most exciting match came against School House. With Harry Tait managing, Steven, Reece, Will, Kyle, Rob and Stephen rallied to the challenge and we won the game by a single basket as well as the excellent team performance, there was a particularly impressive individual performance from Stephen Zhu.
In other field sports, Conor Dougall was again a superstar, winning the national Scottish tetrathlon championships for his age group, as well as the British National Tetrathlon Championships. In the Dunelm runs, Poole achieved some impressive finishes, with Conor Dougall winning the Removes run, Joe Stelling winning
the Swainston, and, in the Dunelm itself, Sam Taylor Gell came second, and James Hawkes third, a particularly impressive feat for James who has moved from around 50th to 30th to 3rd in just three years.
From the field to the water, where some of the Poole boys were remarkably adept. Elliot Edworthy was part of the winning team in the national U15 Water Polo Championships and, along with Cameron Fyfe, Conor Dougall and Greg Halliday, played a key role in the successful swimming team which triumphed so convincingly against other schools. Winning the Sedbergh fixture was, as ever, very satisfying.
We also enjoyed the Inter-House Swimming Gala: particular credit to Timi Agbebi here for his unstinting performance for the team.
On the river, Captain of Boats Peter Fisk and Sam Barker, stalwarts of the first Rowing VIII, enjoyed a super season. In the Tees Long Distance Sculls and Small Boats Head, Sam won both his pairs and his doubles events, out-rowing the Collingwood College team; at the Durham Small Boats Head, Peter and Sam, along with Alex Brown and Ryan Bewick, won the coxless fours outright; and they also won a tankard on home ground at Durham Regatta. In the National Schools’ Rowing event, as part of the coxless fours Sam and Peter achieved an extremely impressive third place. Peter Fisk had further success, winning the gold medal at the Northern Indoor Rowing Championships. Outside the first team, Pooleites Charlie Procter, Fraser Reith, Joe Stelling and Danny Paterson enjoyed competing in several regattas.
Academically, the Poole community got very busy this year organizing some superb extracurricular events. In an election year, Kristian Hall did much elsewhere to raise the profile and quality of political debate within the school, organizing a superb debate. He did a brilliant job of chairing the Question Time style debate with all our local parliamentary candidates. Our pupils distinguished themselves by the quality of their questions and their contributions to the debate. In the Marsden Public Speaking Competition, Kristian won the senior
event outright, with his entertaining diatribe against an elected judiciary. The spirit of debate carried over into Heretics' Society where seniors met regularly for some lively and rich discussions. Alastair Reith cofounded MedSoc and invited a string of medical academics to give very enjoyable and thought-provoking lectures at the school: students enjoyed listening to Dr James on endocrinology, Professor Hunter on the future of the NHS, Professor Rubin on diagnosing cancer, Dr Hole on reproductive immunology. There was also a very engaging lecture by Newcastle’s plant physiology professor, Anne Borland, on different types of photosynthesis. We also had a number of students perform very successfully in a range of academic
competitions. Joe Stelling, for example, was part of the team which won the Top of the Bench Chemistry competition.
There were of course some excellent extracurricular opportunities again this year: many Pooleites took part in Duke of Edinburgh competitions from bronze to gold awards, and many others took the opportunity to go on exciting World Challenge trips to Borneo or Ethiopia. One particularly successful extracurricular experience we enjoyed this year for the first time ever was Global Awareness Week.
This included trips to the BBC in Newcastle, Nafferton Farm, the Centre for Life, Durham University, University, Leeds Northumbria Armouries and the Thackray Medical Museum. There were also some amazing activities on site: the Year 7s made a radio programme to go out on Star Radio, while Years 8 to 10 got involved in Espionage Training and Global Conflict Resolution. The Year 10 students even taught the local Year 5 primary school pupils on a range of topics, which they really enjoyed.
What leavers may well remember most of course are the social events and the great spirit that runs through Poole House. There were social events for younger pupils such as the Three Schools’ Disco, and the thoroughly entertaining Healthy Eating competition, in the style of Ready Steady Cook, with our own chefs Kelvin Liu, Rhys Hook, Mike Wang and Stephen Zhu all competing in different teams under professional guidance. There were also boarders’ activities and trips every weekend – offering everything from surfing and paintballing to shopping. And there were many great social occasions throughout the year: the Oktoberfest party at School House, the Poole House Christmas Party, dinner at the Freemasons' Lodge in January, the May Bank Holiday Poole Party, and of course finishing the year in style with our Poole House Caribbean-themed Barbecue, complete with limbo dancing, reggae, palm trees and a feast of hot food and games.
It has been a delightful year – one to absolutely treasure – and at the end of a super year as Head of House, Seb handed over to Ben Langthorne who takes over as Head of Poole House for next year. Sebastian Hunt-Farmer Head of House
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Pimlico House Pimlico House Report
This year has been a memorable one in Pimlico and once again it is the girls and staff in the House who make it so special to all of us. This year saw an increase in the number of boarders we had in Pimlico and this resulted in a small group of our Upper Sixth boarding in Caffinites whilst still being members of Pimlico. Most of the Upper Sixth had a term boarding across the road and enjoyed their time with Mr and Mrs Fordyce.
Excellent House spirit shone through once again when we competed against MacLeod in House events. Up against a strong MacLeod cross country team in the Dunelm Run before Christmas saw us losing in all events but notable performances were from Jessica Crawford finishing 3rd in the Removes events and Orla Jackson and Heidi Rochester finishing second and third respectively in the Inters run. After Christmas, the swimming gala, probably the Houseâ€™s least favourite House event was closely contested with our small team swimming well. Exhausted at the end we were disappointed to find out we had finished second in a close run battle but well done to MacLeod.
House Music at the Sage was our main focus before Christmas and after five changes in House song, we finally settled on Accidently in Love. Led by Kirstie Kirkley, Beth Snegir and Phoebe Dormand, our part song, The Longest Time and instrumental, Under the Sea and unison were performed
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superbly despite our nerves. Thank you to Kirstie, Beth and Phoebe for all their work getting us to sing and perform as well as we did.
On the Social front, everyone enjoyed the House Suppers at Christmas and the company of Mr and Mrs McLaughlin at their first House Supper. The Year 7 and 8 girls organised an evening out with Matron and Mrs Rochester to Spags and other year groups had fun on their seemingly regular visits to Nandos and Fat Buddha. The Sixth form enjoyed the Sixth Form Dinner at the Ramside Hall in February and all looked very glamourous as usual and most of the Upper 6 attended the Dinner at the Masonic Hall with the OD Lodge
back in January.
Boarding in Pimlico is a fun filled adventure (most of the time) and our boarders have enjoyed weekend activities such as a trip to Edinburgh, paintballing and a trip to the beach to name but a few. We all do enjoy our frequent trips to town and have enjoyed our many film nights in the Common Room, especially on our pizza and
pancake nights on a Saturday evening. The summer term is always very busy with so much to fit in alongside exams and planning for the summer. A Toy Story theme was adopted for the House BBQ as apparently the film was launched during the year most of our Upper Sixth were born. With some interesting costumes, girls enjoyed good food (thank you Mr Rochester for cooking), excellent company and fun activities. We said goodbye to our leavers who all locked their Pimlico padlocks onto our metal butterflies in the garden and we also wished Mrs Proud, Miss MacCabe and Dr Wiles the best of luck with their new ventures. As we come to the end of another year, we must say a huge thank you to Mrs Rochester (and Mr Rochester), Ms Lowery, Miss Hitchin, Matron and all our tutors for all they do to make life for us in Pimlico so enjoyable. I would also like to thank my fellow Monitors, Maddy Lowes, Lauren Marsh, Katie Erwin, Grace Ramsey and Su Kuyuc for all their support during the year.
It has been another really enjoyable year this year and I wish everyone in Pimlico the best of wishes for another successful year next year. Work hard, enjoy life and stick together! Kathryn Buchanan-Black
MacLeod House MacLeod House Report
4th September… the inevitable arrived, summer holidays were over and for the Upper Sixth every house competition would be our last. We welcomed record numbers of Year 7s into MacLeod this year alongside new members in Years 10, 11 and 12.
It was strange to see the Year 12s arriving in their smart new suits and high heels, ready for the challenges of the sixth form. Hopefully all the new girls settled in quickly, bringing more smiles and individual talent to the house. We hope they will be very happy at Durham School and embrace the many opportunities that the school offers. Thanks to Lucy Kirk for surprising her fellow Sixth Formers with a homemade apple and blackberry crumble at the start of the year. An appreciation of desserts is a very important MacLeod attribute.
MacLeod House thrives on Inter-House competitions. The Christmas Term was dominated by music; the House Music Competition was returning to The Sage as part of the School’s final 600 year celebrations. House Music is such a big competition because it involves the whole House, requiring everyone to take part. Once we finally agreed on our musical choices the house worked tirelessly together. The efforts of all of the girls should be applauded but in particular, we must thank Lexy, Alex and Fran for the devotion they showed to the competition from the early part of term; they were an inspiration to us all, and really helped me, as I have no clue when it comes to music whatsoever. Our performances were outstanding and we clinched the House Music title for the second year in a row… no pressure for next year, girls. Hot on the heels of our musical achievement we showed our sporting colours, winning both senior and junior house netball. Thanks to Millie for getting our teams together and leading them to victory.
This was followed by the most dreaded House event of the year… house cross country. Helped by the fine weather (and due to some exceptional individual talent), we managed to win both junior and senior cross country. Special mentions to Olivia Colby and Scarlette Bell for their impressive 1st and 2nd in the junior run; Kari Dougall for 1st place in the Swainston, and for breaking the School record, and finally Anna Roberts, Jodie Cameron, Lucy Mcillroy, Katie Hall and Sandra Griffin for their top five places in the senior event; a fantastic effort from everyone.
The MacLeod Christmas supper came at the end of long term, bringing the whole house together, a personal highlight being the return of ‘M Factor’ with the Upper Sixth letting their hair down to perform their own take on “Greased Lightning.” The MacLeod winning streak continued into the Spring Term with House swimming at Freeman’s Quay,
this house event can be hardest to muster enthusiasm for – due mainly to costume and hairdrying issues. Thank you to those girls that took part, and took one for the team. We won both the senior house swimming and the relay competition.
Towards the end of term we had the junior and inter House hockey….the senior house hockey has yet to be played. Our Year 7 and 8s beat Pimlico 8 goals to 6 and our year 9 and10s narrowly lost 1-0. The girls displayed a great team spirit – well done to all twho took part.
The summer term started with a burst of sunshine and before we knew it the end of the year was approaching and the Upper Fifth and Lower Sixth disappeared on study leave, followed by Upper Sixth after half term, resulting in a quieter but ever busy House, with the younger years preparing for drama plays and the first ever girls inter House football competitions, supported enthusiastically by coach Romany Kullar.
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MacLeod girls have also excelled individually, with Kari Dougall recently becoming the U17 Great British Pentathlon champion, this is a great achievement in itself but Kari is also only 15 - making this achievement even more remarkable. Lexy Powell winning a national Latin competition.
This year the theme for House BBQs was 'Festival'. Each member of the House had festival wrist bands to gain access to the band in The Grove garden and other exciting entertainment areas. The weather was sunny so we successfully managed an actual BBQ without rain spoiling it!
Thank you to Mrs Thompson for her support and guidance throughout the year, for caring about our wellbeing, our studies and some of our fake tans; it’s made my job so much easier and more enjoyable. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the tutors and house staff for their guidance and good humour, and to the cleaners, for putting up with the endless birthday celebration mess left around the house and for keeping the house looking clean and tidy.
I’d like to take this chance to thank all the Macleod girls for their hard work they have put in this year. I’m going to miss your smiles and catching up with you all in the kitchen at break times so much! Good luck and enjoy every second, take every opportunity you can, love every day - because time flies by and before you know it you’ll be spending your final days at Durham School.
Sports day was a great success, making up for last year’s not so good performance. We managed to win all of the age groups, all of the relays (apart from the staff relay race - more training and dedication required for next year please) and therefore 14 The Dunelmian
managed to regain the overall house trophy. A special mention must go to Lucy McIlroy who broke records in the 100m and 200m and contributed to the record breaking win in the senior relay.
Good luck to Ella as Head of House, I’m sure you’ll do a fantastic job. Have fun, enjoy the responsibilities and continue to support and inspire the rest of Macleod. Hold Fast Floreat Dunelmia
Speech Day 2015
SPEECH DAY PRIZE LIST 2015
The Tristram Prize for Academic Excellence in Science The Metcalf Prize for Mathematics The Robson Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Sixth Form The Durham University Prize The Henry Smith Prize for Physics The Special Prize for Services to Drama The Chaplain's Prize The Vernon Ferens Community Service Award The Hodgson Prize for English The Ker Memorial Prize for Modern History The Gough Prize for English Verse The Senior Prize for English Recitations The Senior Prize for Music The Senior Prize for Music The Ian Nuttall Prize for Biology The Fred Hurrell Prize for Music The Fred Hurrell Prize for Music The Ker Memorial Prize for Ancient History The Ker Memorial Prize for Ancient History The Senior Prize for Art The Senior Prize for Art The Senior Psychology Prize Prize The Portwood Prize for Computer Studies The Senior Politics Prize The Senior Politics Prize The Marsden Public Speaking Trophy (Senior) The Morley-Wells Prize for Geography The Stationers' Prize for Printing The Reader Trophy for Leadership The Senior Additional Mathematics Prize The Senior Prize for Drama The Lowson and Salkeld Prize for Chemistry The Reader Prize for Spanish The Senior Prize for Economics The Richardson Bunbury Prize for Modern Languages The C.H.A. Howe Prize for Practical Skills The Senior Theatre Studies Prize The Senior Theatre Studies Prize The Bishop Lee Prize for Religious Studies The Senior PE Prize L6 Classical Civilisation Prize The Special Prize for Excellence in English The Gawan-Taylor Prize for English Essay The Jackson Prize for Latin Prose The Raynor Prize for Religious Studies The Mitchell Prize for Service to the School The Scott Latimer Prize for Modern Languages The Scott Latimer Prize for Modern Languages L6 Music Prize L6 Theatre Studies Prize L6 Economics Prize The Bell Prize for Politics L6 Art Prize L6 Art Prize
Alastair Reith B.S. Peter Lotts K.S. Lexy Powell K.S.
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Isaac Walton K.S.
Francesca Brown K.S. Sebastian Robson B.S.
Henry Wadsworth Felicity Warcup Emma Gray B.S. Tom Howe Kristian Hall
Alexander Brown Graham Campbell Helen Cuthbertson Mark Davison James Hawkes Jamie Kirkbride Lauren Marsh K.S. Robert McAneney Sam Milton Charlie Conway Georgina Swart Michael Walton Claudia George K.S. Ben O'Neill B.S.
Beth Snegir Ming Yang
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SPEECH DAY PRIZE LIST 2015
L6 Chemistry Prize L6 Mathematics Prize L6 Physics Prize L6 Biology Prize L6 Geography Prize L6 Geography Prize The Tom Percival Prize for History L6 Computer Studies Prize L6 Computer Studies Prize L6 Photography Prize Design & Realisation Prize L6 Business Studies Prize L6 Psychology Prize L6 PE Prize The Sidney Dunn Prize for High Achievement in the use of Digital Media Yr 11 Prize for Academic Achievement Yr 11 Prize for Academic Achievement The Middle School Drama Cup The Peter Lee Prize for International Pupils The Junior Prize for English Recitations The Junior Art Prize The Junior Art Prize The Katem Prize for Effort The Middle School Prize for Music The Middle School Prize for Music Yr 10 Prize for Academic Achievement Yr 10 Prize for Academic Achievement Cecil Yuill Prize for Academic Progress in Yr 10 Cecil Yuill Prize for Academic Progress in Yr 10 Yr 9 Prize for Academic Achievement Yr 9 Prize for Academic Achievement Cecil Yuill Prize for Academic Progress in Yr 9 Cecil Yuill Prize for Academic Progress in Yr 9 The Marsden Public Speaking Trophy (Intermediate) Yr 8 Prize for Academic Achievement Yr 8 Prize for Academic Achievement Cecil Yuill Prize for Academic Progress in Yr 8 Cecil Yuill Prize for Academic Progress in Yr 8 The Junior Drama Cup The Junior Drama Cup The Bell Twins Prize in the Lower Remove Yr 7 Prize for Academic Achievement Yr 7 Prize for Academic Achievement Cecil Yuill Prize for Academic Progress in Yr 7 Cecil Yuill Prize for Academic Progress in Yr 7 The Johnson Perkins Prize for Biology in the Removes The Keeton Prize for Removes Music The Keeton Prize for Removes Music The Removes Prize for English Recitations The Marsden Public Speaking Trophy (Junior) The Chadeyron Music Senior Competition The Robin Myerscough Cup for Singing The Senior Business Studies Prize The Portwood Prize for Computer Studies The Headmaster's Prize
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Stephanie Yipeng Stephanie Yipeng Edward Arthur B.S. Iain Choyce K.S. William Hewitt Kirstie Kirkley K.S. Josh Arnott K.S. Leigh Armstrong Gabriella Tunstall Emily Bateson-Roseberry Edward Carr Joseph Glass Amy Lumsden K.S. Jacob Weightman James Bray Helena Campbell K.S. Anu Krishna K.S. Chris Coleman Nurul Fadilah Katie Hall Beth March Dominic Fox K.S. Billy Short Aydin Simsek K.S. Ben Pulman K.S. Sophie Atkinson K.S. Ben Prentice Laura Mitchelson Adam Morris Orla Jackson K.S. Hal Burke K.S. Sophie Fascione Lucia Speed Dominic Gaines K.S. David Hardern Lottie Craven K.S. Jessica Crawford Thomas Dawson Siobhan Bell Daniel Coleman
Freya Court K.S. Frances Clifford K.S. Elise Besford Monica Speed Tadhg Burke K.S.
Piers Oxenham Thomas Reynolds Oliver Sullivan Jessica Bramwell tba tba Jasper Wiese
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Headmaster’s Speech 2015
Mr Chairman, Chief Constable, distinguished guests, ladies, gentlemen, ODs and current pupils, many thanks for your warm welcome. I say this not just for today, but for the welcome you have shown me since I was appointed back in March of last year.
It’s a great privilege to be the 44th Headmaster of Durham School, and no better time to start at the School than during its 600th anniversary year. This is a School with a long and impressive history. From its founding in 1414, its refounding in 1541, its move across the river, devolution from the Cathedral, the admission of girls, the increase in day pupils; the common theme running through the story is of change. Of growth. For a school with such history and tradition, it is one which is remarkably adept at facing new challenges and adapting to them.
One of my first duties last Summer was to attend the dedication of the statue of the Durham Light Infantryman in the market square. It was a very moving occasion and it gave me the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifice that 98 Old Dunelmians made in the First World War and whose names are engraved on the pillars of the Chapel. I know from talking to the pupils that climbing the 98 steps three times a week is for some in itself an act of commemoration; a way of acknowledging the school’s history as they go about their daily business. Time and again over the last year I have been struck by the sense of pride in the school that the pupils have. Every one I have met has a sure sense of the ethos of the School and is conscious of the responsibilities on them to fulfil that.
The School has a hugely strong awareness of its own identity and it was uncanny how each pupil can identify what it is that makes Durham special: the sense of belonging, the breadth of activities and opportunities, and the strength of its pastoral care.
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When I open the door of my house on South Street to make my morning commute to School, I am greeted by a spectacular view of the Cathedral across the Wear. As you look more closely, it becomes impossible to tell where the base of the Cathedral ends and the rocky outcrop of the bailey itself begins. This to me is rather like
Durham School itself. The roots of the School are mighty strong, and deeply embedded in the north-eastern ground. Those roots wind their ways into all areas of Durham life; they are intermingled with those of the Cathedral, but also the university. More than that, they are the roots of generations of families in the North East – the names on the honours boards go back over a hundred years but those same surnames keep cropping up. The story of Durham School is the story of Durham itself, and the impact the School has had on the lives of many hundreds of families is incalculable.
I can honestly say that I have never worked in a School where the connection and affection felt by former pupils of the School is so strong. They are loyal, supportive and they feel a deep affinity for the School.
I met recently one OD who was looking to reconnect with the School. I asked him, why? He looked at me and said “Simple – I owe where I am today to my time at Durham School.” It’s an extraordinary tribute and one which
tripped very lightly off the tongue of this particular OD. That sense of belonging also extends to you, the parents who are here today. The support you show the school, and of course your children, is hugely valued. Whether it’s on the touchline, in the Luce Theatre, at concerts in the Chapel or just enjoying a coffee in the Orangery (better known as Costa) your presence around the School strengthens that sense of family that the school possesses.
However, I must turn to my brief - to report on the year. I thought rather than an exhaustive list of achievements of the School over that time, though there are many, I thought I would focus on just a few highlights for me and I hope for you as well. As I mentioned earlier, the School was coming to the end of its 600th celebrations when I joined, but one of the first events of the year was the dedication of the marvellous stained glass window in Chapel. As I hope you know, it is an extremely impressive piece of work; all the more so for being designed by one of our (at the time) year 11 pupils, Alex Douglas. The design cleverly weaves in so much of the School’s 600 years, and the light it casts in Chapel on a sunny day is magical. I should also add the commemorative tapestry, to which every pupil in the school was invited to make a contribution, which provides a great complement on the other side of the Chapel wall. The undoubted highlight of the Christmas term, if not the year, for me was the Festival of Music at the Sage Theatre in Gateshead. This has rapidly become a Durham School tradition and seeing how well the pupils rose to the occasion was staggering. Most of them will never again in their lives, have the opportunity to perform to 1700 people in a world-class venue and I think the term “house spirit” barely does justice to the way in which they conducted themselves, literally and
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The Easter term brought us an evening for the Upper Sixth at the Old Dunelmian lodge. Whilst not entirely demystifying the inner workings of the tradition, it provided another fascinating element to the School’s history. If you’ve never been there, the Lodge building on Elvet is amazing and I hope that those who are leaving now find a reason to go there soon.
The time post-Christmas is a stressful one for the U6 with university applications very much in the forefront of their minds. Four of our pupils secured Oxbridge offers but beyond that I was impressed by the ambition, the determination and the modesty with which those young men and women approached decisions about their futures. They are ably supported in many ways at School, but the decisions are ultimately theirs and they displayed a maturity beyond their years in that process.
Summer brought public exams but also Global Awareness week, Leadership training day, Durham Regatta and a number of other events. For me though, highlight of the term, and for very different reasons than the Sage, joint highlight of the year, was the visit of Rupesh Barode. Three times this year I have felt extraordinarily privileged to be Head of this School: the remembrance service, House Music at the Sage and when Rupesh arrived. For those who don’t know, Rupesh joined us courtesy of the Cricket beyond Boundaries charity. Rupesh is an Indian orphan with talent for cricket who was given the opportunity to play here to develop his skill in the sport. No doubt he benefited in that way, but what really struck me was the effect he had on the School community. Despite the language difficulty, he made instant friends as was welcomed with amazing generosity. By that I don’t
just mean material goods, but the spirit with which he was welcomed into the community. That for me speaks volumes about the nature of Durham School pupils and he will live long in the memory of those who got to know him best. I should add that, totally unsolicited, the pupils put together a collection for Rupesh to take back for his family which was the equivalent of 5 months wages. The retiring collection today goes to the same charity which brought him here; money raised will go to fund English teaching for Rupesh’s companions, as well as providing running water for his home. Please give generously.
It will ill behove me to omit sport from my review of the year. Again, if you will forgive me, I shan’t overwhelm you with facts and figures about the year but just express what I think has been a theme throughout it. At all the sports dinners I have been to, the same message has been brought home to me. Pupils participate. Whatever standard, from the excellence of the first team, to the gung ho spirit of the under 12s, boys and girls at Durham love their sport. You will hear much talk regarding character and grit in the papers, but the experiences at all levels the pupils here enjoy provide more education in those qualities than any curriculum lesson. It is about the taking part, not the winning. Though the first XI beating Sedbergh in cricket this term made my weekend.
601 years of life in any school is some achievement, but that long history is made up of each Dunelmian’s individual experience of the School. This year is no different, and we pay tribute to the 81 pupils who are leaving us in the U6 to move into the next phase of their lives. I will run the risk of boring them by repeating what I said at the Leaver’s Dinner at half term: for a new head starting at Durham, they were the living embodiment of the product of a Durham School education. And what a prod-
uct: open, honest, welcoming, kind, ambitious, humble. The list of adjectives goes on. The greatest tribute I can pay is the one which I had from a prospective parent earlier in the year. She said, if my child ends up being like the guide who showed me round I will be delighted with Durham School.
Somebody asked me recently what advice I would give to school leavers making their way into the challenges of life after School. My advice to leaving sixth formers is to take a piece of the school with you. Not literally I hasten to add, but over your time I hope you will have absorbed not only information, knowledge and skills but also Durham’s values, our culture and our history. I want you to take that experience and use it to make a difference in the world. Clearly, that means being prepared for the rigours of educational life at university or college, but it’s just as important that you are ambitious for your part to play as responsible members of a global society. Make your mark; challenge yourselves with new experiences; have the confidence to be yourself and to stand up for what is right, even if it means doing the unexpected or unpopular. Pursue true happiness: not self-gratification or self-indulgence but the happiness that comes from the knowledge that you have contributed to the greater good of yourselves and other people.
I’ve enjoyed getting to know each you, briefly, over the year. It is invidious to single out any individuals, but it has become a tradition to reward those of you who have made it all the way from Badgers to the U6. This year there are two of you and, as luck would have it, you are both related and come from a long line of Dunelmians. I’d like to ask Mrs Champion, Badgers legend, to present Mark Davison and Tom Elliott with your special cufflinks in honour of the 15 years you have spent at Durham School. Traditionally colours are awarded at this time of year too – in the interests
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of time, ties and badges can be collected from me later, but I am pleased to announce that full Sports colours for Cricket go to Sam Taylor Gell, Jamie Kirkbide and Mark Davison. Half colours go to Piers Davison and Dominic Scott. Swimming full colours go to Alex Brown and Kathryn Buchanan-Black. Full music colours go to Fran Brown, Alex Davies, Anna Roberts, Seb Robson and Isaac Walton. Half colours for music go to Phoebe Dormand.
Of course, at the end of an academic year it is not only some of our pupils who leave us; a number of our staff will be moving on to pastures new. I would like to thank Toby Bain and Jake Newport for their work in houses over the past year, and wish them luck for their future careers. Our rowing coach, James Davidson, leaves us also after one year to take up the post of Head of Rowing at George Heriot’s college in Edinburgh. James has made a huge contribution to the Boat Club at Durham School and elsewhere – he has thrown himself into a wide range of activities and helped out above and beyond the call of duty. We wish him well for the move North.
On the classroom front, Duncan Brown has provided admirable cover for Emily Murray in the Music department this year for which we offer our gratitude and appreciation.
Rebecca MacCabe came to us fresh from Northumbria University in 2013 armed with a degree in Business Management. Over her relatively short time with us Rebecca has demonstrated a real talent for teaching, as well as huge commitment to helping her pupils.Countless sessions at at lunchtimes and after schools have made a difference to many in the Sixth Form and their success in examinations has been bolstered by this help. Rebecca leaves us to take up a management training post, returning to her alma mater in Northumbria. 20 The Dunelmian
Duncan Wiles came to us with experience of both ends of the educational spectrum; a PhD in Biotechnology and a qualification in primary school teaching. Duncan immediately settled in to teaching Biology in the Senior School and pupils have enjoyed his sardonic wit and understated subject knowledge. He leaves us to pursue interests, for now, outside the teaching profession and we will keep a weather eye out for him in the thoroughfares of the city and beyond.
There are two members of staff retiring this year who have a combined service of 62 years. John Renshaw has been as long at Durham School as girls have; 30 years ago he began his time with us as Head of Geography, taking a middling department and building it into a subject which was one of the most popular in the Sixth Form. Following that success, John spent 5 ½ years as Housemaster of Ferens House, for junior boys aged 11-13. His compassion and warmth, strongly underpinned by his Christian faith, made his time in Ferens a memorable one for every boy in the house. He came out of the House and renewed his focus as Head of Geography in 1992 and has led the department with distinction ever since. Outside of the classroom John ran the water polo at the School and helped considerably with the swimming. He has also demonstrated his facility with watercolours over his time at the School, and those who visit his classroom cannot fail to be awed by the quality of the pictures which adorn the walls. He will continue his association with the school through his art, and will help out in the Art department next term. Aside from that, John will move into retirement with Jackie and we wish them a long and happy time together.
The departure of Frances Proud means that Durham School next year will have more gaps to fill than Liverpool’s defence: RS and Philosophy Teacher, Head of Department, Head of PSHE, Acting Chaplain, PGCE co-ordinator, INSET leader, teacher trainer, Speech day organiser, the list goes on and on.
Frances arrived at Durham in 1983 – coincidentally beginning her secondary school career at the same time as I did – as a part time Divinity teacher after a good deal of experience teaching Theology and Hebrew at the university and New College; at that time there were only six female members of staff, all of whom were part time, and no girls.
Frances demonstrated her organisational skills very quickly involving herself in a bewildering number of aspects of the School. Governors academic committee, Ferens music club, ISI inspector and so on. Few Schools have teachers who serve them in so many different ways, and Frances will be sorely missed. On a personal level I have much appreciated her advice and support this year, and though she too will remain semidetached from Durham School, I wish her great fortune with Malcolm in her retirement.
Two governors end their long period of service with us this term. David Welsh joined the governing body in 2004, returning to the School where he began his career teaching Languages in 1969. As the retired Head of Dame Allan’s School in Newcastle, David has brought a wealth of educational experience and wisdom to bear on the School in the past 11 years, most recently as Chair of the Governors’ Education Committee. He too has been a source of much wisdom and we thank him today.
Richard Langdon is our longest serving Governor, having joined the Board in 1997 at the height of the devolution negotiations, when the School ceased to be a formal part of the Cathedral. He came as parent of two Old Dunelmians, having also been greatly influenced by Canon Luce in his choice of career. Richard’s experience as a solicitor has genuinely been invaluable over the years; his time given freely, not at standard professional rates, has meant he really has been the “lawyer lacking fee”. Seriously though, Richard’s commitment to the School, most recently in its international endeavours, and his regular attendance at School functions have been much appreciated
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by the pupils and staff and in his absence we thank him. Leaving the Governing Body at Christmas is Vice Chair Frank Nicholson. His financial capabilities, business acumen and canny experience have served the School well through difficult times. He too will be sorely missed after 16 years’ service and we wish him and his wife Lavinia well.
My final message though goes to the pupils of Durham School. Schools will often have straplines on websites and in their promotional material which, when you drill down into them, are effectively meaningless. Durham School is different with its unofficial motto of Confidence for life. There is a lot wrapped up in that statement and In know from talking to many of you how much you appreciate our help in guiding young people through what can be difficult adolescent times.
So what does confidence for life mean? I believe it comes from understanding
yourself – knowing your strengths and weaknesses so you are able to build on the former and compensate for the latter.
Confidence comes from having a clear sense of right and wrong. It’s easy when faced with a difficult moral choice, under pressure from your peers, to make a decision that is expedient at the time; the one that allows you to fall in with the crowd and avoid the taunts or name-calling. The confidence that comes from your values though, allows you to make what you know to be the right decision; the confidence to be your own person means you won’t do something which you know to be wrong.
comes from an understanding of others; an awareness of people as individuals, with a diversity to be celebrated. I think Durham School gives confidence for life in all these ways. Our values as a School are reflected in you and I have every confidence that those values will stand you in very good stead when dealing with life, both here at the School and when you leave it. As I said at the outset, it is a privilege to be head of Durham School and I look forward to its success in the years to come. Floreat Dunelmia.
Confidence comes from experience; from having tried, failed and learned from the setback. We all know the Beckett quote about failing better. Confidence comes from preparation; the knowledge that you have put in the effort before an exam, a fixture or a concert so that you are ready for the challenge when it arrives. Confidence
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From the Chapel
t has been a great privilege to continue as acting chaplain throughout this year. We got off to a spectacular start with the dedication on 5th September of the tapestry (which now hangs at the North West corner of the chapel). This was designed and made by Alison Wood but about two hundred members of the school community also contributed to making it. An oak tree, planted on a hill, with every leaf unique reminds us of the unique nature of every member of our school community.
On 26th September the Dean of Durham, the Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, dedicated the new stained glass window, designed by Alex Douglas and funded by the O.D. Lodge. We were delighted to welcome many members of the Lodge to this service. On bright days the sun streams in through this window on the south side of the chapel and diagonal shafts of colour infuse the stone of the chapel walls.
The generosity of the O.D. Lodge has also been seen in their co-funding (with the Friends of the School) new hymn books for the chapel. These have the School’s name embossed on the covers, and they will be in use from September 2015.
Our remembrance service was a particularly moving occasion, which ended with ninety eight pupils lining the steps with candles while the whole school processed down in silence at the end of the service. This year, as it was the centenary of the outbreak of
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World War 1, representatives of the CCF laid a wreath at the Remembrance Sunday service at St. Margaret’s Church, where the oldest memorial to the ODs who died in WW1 is located. Cathedral services have followed our usual pattern, with Canon David Kennedy (our Canon Governor), Canon Bob Hoskins, and the Dean of Durham as our preachers. A large number of pupils have read beautifully and I must pay particular
(Jack’s wife) has been raised higher up the wall and the two plaques now sit side by side.
A highlight of this year was the Confirmation service held in the school chapel on 30th April. This was the first time since 1998 that we have been able to have the confirmation in chapel. Five pupils (Kathryn Buchanan-Black, Gabi Matthews, Cameron Ffye, Robbie Fyfe and Thomas Reynolds) were confirmed by the Bishop of Jarrow. We were
tribute to the team of pupils (led by Peter Lotts and James Hewitt) who have set out (and cleared up) the cathedral so diligently at each service. Their work has been particularly appreciated by the cathedral stewards. The carol service, as usual, put us all in the mood for Christmas with inspiring music from the choir combined with traditional readings.
At the start of September we were saddened to learn of the death of Revd. Jack Marsden who had been Head of Classics and then Second Master at the School, but was also Chaplain from 1962-1985. The Headmaster and I attended his funeral in Kilburn, North Yorkshire. The OD Lodge service in April doubled as a memorial service for Jack and included reminiscences of his life from Godfrey Hedley O.D, Derek Baty O.D. (and a former Housemaster of Langley House) and myself. During the service a plaque to Jack was unveiled by his daughter Anne. The plaque for Audrey Marsden
delighted to welcome their families to the service (and to a reception with the Bishop afterwards).
Thank you to the monitors who have kept the chapel running smoothly throughout the year, to all those pupil “volunteers” who have read lessons or led prayers, to the members of staff who have led Wednesday morning chapel services and to the House representatives who have produced inspiring House services. My thanks go particularly to the choir and to Mr. Muttitt and Mr. Hays (on the organ) who have produced week by week such lovely music to enrich our worship.
We are looking forward to the arrival in September of our new Chaplain, the Revd. Simon McMurtary. He will be licensed by the Bishop of Durham in the School Chapel at our service on Friday 25th September.
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2014 was an exciting time for the Music Department as we celebrated the school’s 600th anniversary. In March we staged three performances of Les Misérables to a packed Gala Theatre in Durham; the first time we had used this venue and it will surely not be the last. For the celebration service in the cathedral in June the choir performed a beautifully haunting setting of In This Place, especially commissioned for the occasion by composer and Old Dunelmian Will Todd. The piece has since gone on to become a firm favourite on Classic FM.
Much of the Christmas Term was spent in preparation for the final extravaganza of the sexcentenary; our fourth visit to Sage, Gateshead. The event certainly lived up to the hype and was a fitting end to a special year. You can read Isaac Walton’s excellent report of it in this magazine. However, there was plenty to keep the musicians busy before that: there were some informal lunchtime concerts in the Exhibition Room and a well-received Autumn Concert just before half term in the chapel. Highlights included the chamber choir’s singing of Stanford’s Beati Quorum Via, The Turtle Dove by Vaughan Williams, Alex Davies’ and Jodie Cameron’s performance of the first movement from Bach’s double violin concerto and Stephanie Yipeng’s playing of Chopin’s Polonaise in A, making her debut as the school’s first Peter Lee Scholar.
The Remembrance Service was especially poignant, marking as it did not only a tribute to fallen Old Dunelmians but also a commemoration of 100 years since the start of the First World War. After an introit of Pie Jesu from Lloyd-Webber’s Requiem, the choir sang an anthem I had composed using words from the poem Before Action, a celebrated work by Noel Hodgson, Old Dunelmian, who died during the Battle of the Somme. Alex Davies was superb on the trumpet playing the Last Post and again during the gathering of the whole school on Master’s Green on Armistice Day. 24 The Dunelmian
Term ended with the traditional service of nine lessons and carols in the cathedral. The standard of singing from the choir was as high as I can ever remember, with particularly memorable performances of Riu, riu, chiu by Mateo Fletcher the elder (with impressive solos in Spanish by various members of the U6th) and a jazz arrangement of Away in a manger.
The Easter Term began with some further informal lunchtime recitals as practice for those taking ABRSM exams at the end of January. February saw everyone’s heads down, busy learning new repertoire for concerts ahead and juggling pressures of academic work. Musicians are generally excellent at multi-tasking (the boys too…) and this period of hard work was to reap benefits later on.
The half-term cathedral service was an uplifting affair, with a buoyant
performance by the choir of Let the People Praise thee O God by William Mathias. The occasion was also the last day before Mrs Murray began her maternity leave and not long afterwards we congratulated her on the birth of her beautiful baby daughter Elizabeth. Mr Brown, husband of our piano teacher Venera Bojkova, stepped into the breach to teach in the department for the remainder of the Easter and Summer terms.
On the 2nd March the Chamber Choir joined forces with St. Chad’s College Choir for Choral Evensong in the cathedral, singing Batten’s fourth service (with solos from Seb Robson and Isaac Walton) and Bairstow’s Save us O Lord). A few days later the annual Scholars’ Concert was held in chapel, with many notable performances, opening with the Dunelm wind quintet playing a nicely dance-like minuet by Danzi. There featured some items on folk instruments: some fine accordion playing from Tianyou Tong and a traditional Chinese piece on the guzheng by You Mei Xie had the audience mesmerized.
The final week of term was busy with two further days of ABRSM exams, music GCSE and A level recordings, with a Lenten service on the last day which featured the choir singing Allegri’s Miserere Mei. The first musical occasion of the Summer term was the annual music dinner on 8th May. It was a splendid occasion, with excellent food provided the school’s caterers and Big School filled to capacity. As well as a multitude of chamber items, the following performed by some of the ensembles reveals the breadth of repertoire performed. Orchestra Music from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone - Williams Soul Bossanova - Quincy Jones Waltz from Jazz Suite no. 2 Shostakovitch
Choir Nobody Knows – trad. The Lord’s my Shepherd – Goodall Happy – Williams Bohemian Rhapsody – Mercury
Junior Ensemble Budapest – Ezra Shake it off – Swift All about that bass - Trainor
Chamber Choir El Grillo – Josquin Butterfly - Makaroff
Big Band Sing, sing, sing – Goodman Blue Skies – Berlin It don’t mean a thing - Ellington
The evening ended with two especially stylish operatic items by Mozart sung by Seb Robson and Lexy Powell, which will last long in the memory of all those present.
Tribute was paid to all the Sixth Form leavers in the cathedral halfterm service, which included rousing singing of a perennial favourite: Parry’s I was Glad.
A pleasant concert in the chapel on 18th June paved the way for many of the performers for their ABRSM examinations in the final week of term as well as the Myerscough and Chadeyron competitions. Adjudicator Mark Mawhinney had a very difficult decision deciding on winners but awarded Seb Robson the Myerscough singing trophy with a beautifully sung extract from La Bohème. Winners of the closelyfought Chadeyron competition were: 1st: 2nd: 3rd:
Isaac Walton (piano) Beth Snegir (flute) Seb Robson (euphonium)
It was a wonderful evening of extraordinarily high standard music-making.
Next year, although many exceptionally talented musicians in the Upper Sixth will have left us, there is a good deal to look forward to, not least a production of Grease in the Gala Theatre in March. One of the great features of the school is the way in which students rise to the challenge and I have no doubt that music will continue to flourish.
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immediately started the quick, tense introduction to The man from U.N.C.L.E. with impressive virtuosic solos from the majority of the band.
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A Celebration of Music in the Sage. Heads of houses and musicians of all levels had been acutely aware that the house music competition was once again taking place on the floor of concert hall one in the Sage Gateshead. With dedication and enthusiasm that all the school’s sports teams could only dream of, musical talent from all sections of the houses had been rehearsing and perfecting week in, week out. As we came to the final few days before the event, thoughts on who might win were so fraught with competition, an underground staff betting syndicate, complete with live odds based on informers, came into being (or so we were told)!
On the evening itself, with the orchestra in position, Mr. Muttitt appeared and without a word, Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian began, the frantic sound of the timpani echoing across the packed stalls. As the applause subsided, proper introductions were made, and the orchestra continued with their main piece, Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Márquez. Graham Campbell played the long and varied clarinet solo that was described as ‘a feat of pure musicianship’ by one professional musician. Additional soloists Anna Roberts (oboe) and Isaac Walton (piccolo) also contributed to the performance, immediately setting the standard consistently high for the following acts. Following this was the Dunelm Wind Quintet; comprised of Isaac Walton (flute), Anna Roberts (oboe), Graham Campbell (clarinet), Francesca Brown (French horn), and Lexy Powell (bassoon), all demonstrated solid musical skill performing Zortzico de Espagna by Isaac Albeniz. Bow Junior Choir then performed two sea creature themed songs from the choir risers to the delight of the audience. The Big Band then took to the stage, and began with a jazzed up arrangement of ‘We three kings’, a piano duet accompanied by the big band that was performed by Isaac Walton (primo piano) and Fred Enticknap (secundo piano). When the applause had died away, they 26 The Dunelmian
For the sheer amount of free time lost to pursuing excellence, this was its own reward. All those involved overcame great challenges to give the most exciting, varied and engaged celebration of Durham School’s music I have ever had the pleasure (and stress!) of being a part of.
When the hall was once more free a face some might recognise, Miriam Davis OD (violin), took to the stage with Ellena Hale (piano) performing a set of Romanian dances by Béla Bartók, showing impressive dexterity and performance skill. Finally, the Bow Junior choir and the School Chapel choir with Old Dunelmians combined to sing Gaudete a traditional carol, Before Action,the words of Noel Hodgson OD, an officer who died in the First World War set to music by Mr. Muttitt, and a show-stopping rendition of Freddie Mercury’s Bohemian Rhapsody’ complete with visual thunderbolts and lightning!
After a quick interval, all feelings of teamwork between the houses that was palpable in the whole school performances instantly evaporated as the house music competition began. Kicking off with the instrumental round, all arrangers received individual applause from the adjudicator for their impressive performances, with the scores so far being MacLeod 1st, The Caffinites 2nd, and Poole, Pimlico and The School House on joint 3rd. This was followed by the Part song, in which The School House and The Caffinites came joint 1st, MacLeod, Pimlico, Poole. At this point, everything was still to play for, and all houses conveyed their passion for victory in the final unison round. With fantastic final performances, the adjudication was announced; winning this year’s house music was MacLeod house, with The School House winning the special performance prize! For the sheer amount of free time lost to pursuing excellence, this was its own reward. All those involved overcame great challenges to give the most exciting, varied and engaged celebration of Durham School’s music I have ever had the pleasure (and stress!) of being a part of. Report by Isaac Walton
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ABRSM RESULTS 2014-15 SIOBHAN BELL
WILLIAM CARMICHAEL SEBASTIAN COLLINS
ALEXANDER COOPER LILLIE FAWCETT
CHARLOTTE HOLMES ADAM MORRIS
B FLAT CORNET
YFKE VAN DEN BREMER
HANNAH GORDON KIRAN HOPE
DEANNA LOWERY AYDIN SIMSEK
HARRIET REYNOLDS MONICA SPEED
CHARLOTTE HOLMES DOMINIC GAINES PIERS OXENHAM
TENOR SAXOPHONE ALTO SAXOPHONE
B FLAT CORNET
CAMERON REGAN-TEASDALE ALEXANDER SMITH KARI DOUGALL
JONATHAN GAMBLE PIERS OXENHAM
ALTO SAXOPHONE PIANO
FRANK XIAO SHENG
B FLAT CORNET
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Distinction Pass Pass Merit Merit
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Jack the Ripper – Mary Kelly’s Dream
GCSE Drama Practical Performances
Charlie Conway Helen Cuthbertson Sam Milton
Both in November and April, the GCSE drama students proved their worth by performing their assessed pieces to large audiences. In November, the Year 11 Devised thematic work dealt with material in line with the World War 1 Centenary celebrations. The boys were particularly thrilled that their entirely devised scene set on Christmas day in the trenches - the famous ‘Christmas truce’ pre-empted the Sainsburys controversial TV Christmas ad. Scripted pieces ranged from John Godber’s Bouncers to Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and again demonstrated the high levels of talent from Durham drama students.
More recently, Year 10 performed two ensemble Physical Theatre pieces, White Feather, a piece set during WW1 which explores the theme of cowardice and Arbeit Macht Frei’ a sensitive portrayal of one Jewish family’s experiences during the Second World War. The pupils should be commended for their maturity in dealing with such sensitive content and their very moving portrayal of the themes and issues explored. Very well done! Miss A Parkin
The Year 13 devised piece was inspired by a trip to London, where we walked the streets of Whitechapel and visited the murder sites of many of the serial killer’s victims. The group were fascinated with the hardship and suffering the people of east end Victorian London experienced and his most famous victim Mary Kelly. They wished to create a piece that went beyond the glamorised Hollywood perception of Jack the Ripper and prostitution.
AS and A2 Theatre Studies: February 4th 2015 A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams Stanley – Austin Anderson Blanche – Elisabeth Snegir Stella – Charlotte Stone
This was a hard hitting and immersive piece. It involved audience members being taken on a ‘tour’ of Whitechapel, following the tour guide around the school site before being led back into the Luce Theatre for a multi-media theatrical experience. The quality of the acting was superb and the pupils’ ability to play multiple roles exceptional
Phenomenal performances from all involved with all students gaining top band marks and Elisabeth Snegir achieving a staggering full marks for her role as Blanche.
The group’s Stanislavskian approach to the piece was fully realised with a full set replica of the house created on stage; including a bathtub! A highly impressive performance.
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What a fantastic show! The cast and student led crew continued to impress me throughout rehearsals with their enthusiasm and engagement with the production.
It was not an easy story to bring to life on stage and as a novel originally, the glamour, intrigue and ultimate tragic downfall of Gatsby could easily have been lost had it become too narrative led. However, the incorporation of a narrator (played by Chris Coleman) proved to be a hit, as he moved seamlessly from scene to scene as a bystander, party goer and associate of the man himself. The narrator helped to effectively represent the eyes of Dr TJ Eckleburg watching onâ€Ś
I was keen to try adding a multi-media edge to the production and decided early on that using projections of still and moving images would be an effective way of setting scenes and giving the play a modern twist. I also decided to use a combination of original tracks from the 1920s and some modern day jazz and pop tracks. The Durham School Drama Students really proved their worth in creating such a dazzling and enthralling spectacle. A roaring successâ€Ś. Miss Parkin
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Year 9 Drama trip: The Muddy Choir
On Tuesday 20th January 2015, the Year 9 Drama students travelled to the DLI in Durham to see a performance by the Theatre Centre of The Muddy Choir, an original play by Jesse Briton. The Muddy Choir was written to mark the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and tells the story of three young men from Sunderland serving with the Durham Light infantry in 1917. In keeping with Durham School’s history and in remembrance of the Old Dunelmians who served during the First World War, this seemed an excellent opportunity for Year 9 drama students to experience moving and thought provoking theatre that tells the story of the First World War landscape through three young soldiers’ eyes. We hoped the play would engage the pupils as it is a story about growing up and the humanising power of music. It would also give them the experience of live theatre, a hugely important part of our Drama studies. The outstanding performances transported us back to 1917 on a powerful journey filled with humour and sadness. Following the show, pupils were treated to an enlightening Q and A session with the cast about the story, the rehearsal period and the acting industry. A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller The King’s Theatre, Edinburgh Wednesday 29th April 2015
this production of one of his most popular plays. Set in 1950s New York, the American classic simmers with tension as longshoreman Eddie Carbone’s obsession with his orphaned niece spirals out of control. Before curtain up, the Theatre Studies students were treated to a ‘page to stage’ talk from the show’s director and a workshop with two of the actors. This proved to be highly insightful, as the students learnt first hand of the director’s production aims and intentions. Students were also keen to get involved in the workshop and one Year 12 student even volunteered to direct the actors as they performed a scene from the play.
Miss Parkin Head of Drama
‘Institute’ On the 1st October, the AS and A2 Theatre Studies students travelled to the Northern Stage, Newcastle to see Institute by the award winning and internationally acclaimed company, Gecko. The company works through collaboration and experimentation and has created some phenomenal productions in a physical theatre style. I hoped this visit would provide the Theatre Studies students with an insight into different styles of theatre and provide inspiration for the Year 13
each individual as it allowed us to react in different ways to the concept. We were left feeling exhilarated and filled with lots of questions. This was an excellent start to the course for the students and a great starting point for devised work and live theatre exam responses. The Woman In Black – GCSE Drama Theatre visit
On Thursday 22nd January the year 10 and 11 drama students travelled to the Darlington Civic Theatre to watch The Woman in Black, the highly successful stage version of Susan Hill’s chilling novel. The Woman In Black started off as a Scarborough theatre's budget Christmas show and twenty five years on, remains one of British theatre's biggest – and scariest – hits. Following the recent success of the film of the same name starring Daniel Radcliffe, pupils were intrigued as to how a play could possibly be as scary as the film! Pupils were impressed with the incredible use of multi-role in the performance (there were only two actors throughout) and the superb way that tension was built. Judging by the amount of screams and jumps of terror coming from the stalls during the performance, one can safely assume that the show lived up to expectations. The Woman in Black proves that live theatre is an incredibly powerful thing and can create an
On Wednesday 29th April the year 12 and 13 Theatre Studies students travelled to Edinburgh to see Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh. We were particularly
intrigued to see how this Modern Greek tragedy was brought to life by the Touring Consortium Theatre Company, as the play is an A level Set text. 2015 is the centenary of Arthur Miller’s birth and the company were celebrating this with
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practical piece. The exploration through theatre of the term ‘Institute’ and what it means challenged the concept of a world filled with ambition and control, focused on those on the edge of society, and what it means to care. This was a truly gripping piece of theatre and the best thing I have seen in a long while. Part of what the group enjoyed was the play’s capacity to provide different interpretations and meanings for
experience for an audience beyond that of a cinema or TV screen.
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design for the window could be realized.
600 Year Anniversary
2014 marked the 600 year School anniversary. Several projects were selected to commemorate the event which involved a wide cross section of
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At the beginning of the autumn term in September 2013 the Art and Design departmental team decided to organize an inter-house art competition to design a stained glass window for our Chapel, based on the anniversary theme. The OD Lodge were very keen to involve all members of the school community in the designing process. Each of the five houses was allocated the necessary resources and the pupils were given a month or so to come up with some original and exciting ideas. Pupil participation was very good and by the end of October we had a wide variety of entries from all ages. Godfrey
the extended school community. Two visual arts projects were earmarked to spearhead this event, both involving the Art and Design Department.
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During October and November I had a number of conversations with Godfrey regarding who would be commissioned to construct the window. Clearly the artist who would take on this role would have to be experienced and capable. Fortunately one name came to mind, Janet Rogers, a glass artist who works from her studio at the bottom of South Street.
Janet is an accomplished artist and had worked with pupils from Durham School in the past her own daughter, Nikki, attended the school some years ago. I knew that Janet had already undertaken a variety of commissions including designing and constructing windows for the home of the former Conservative MP, Michael Portillo.
Godfrey reported back to the OD Lodge and Janet was selected to construct the chosen design.
I was first contacted by Godfrey Hedley, of the Old Dunelmian Masonic Lodge, in June 2013. Godfrey informed me that the Lodge members wanted to commission a stained glass window to celebrate the event and to provide a long lasting memory of the anniversary. Godfrey was looking for help with the design of the window and in order to give me an idea of the possibilities Godfrey was keen for me to view a similar project at Barnard Castle School.
There a window had been installed in the school chapel some years earlier. I arranged to meet Godfrey and Arthur H Walker, OD Lodge Member, in Barnard Castle School chapel, during the first week of the summer holiday in July 2013. The window was indeed impressive casting a blue and red diffused glow over the altar and nave. Arthur and Godfrey spoke with great enthusiasm about possibilities for a similar window to be installed in Durham School’s Chapel. I left them with a much more focused idea of their intentions and in particular, how the
place after school on Wednesday 4th December 2013 to discuss how we would judge the competition entries.
Original drawing by Alexander Douglas a Durham School pupil
Hedley was keen to be involved and I was in close contact with him during this stage of the proceedings. Godfrey and I decided that a meeting would take
Eric Robinson and Godfrey, Members of the Lodge, myself and Janet met to choose a winning design on Thursday 9th January at 4.30 pm. The process was difficult as there were many entries of a high standard. In the end one, by Alex Douglas, a Year 11 pupil at the time, was singled out and selected. The design included imagery which represented events throughout the school’s 600 year history. Alex’s composition was well-balanced and he used colour skilfully yet the simplicity of the imagery allowed it to be translated into an effective glass window design with impact.
All were in agreement and the chosen design was selected. Godfrey and I visited the Chapel to discuss the location of the new window. It was decided that the south facing elevation would be ideal because the abundance of natural sunlight would maximize the illumination of the stained glass panels. The plain middle window on this elevation would be the location for the new window.
By July the finished window was ready to be put into position.
The installation of the window was complete by 10th July 2014. On the 11th July the OD Masonic Lodge held its Installation Meeting in the Luce Theatre and the Chapel was opened before the meeting so that Lodge Members could visit the Chapel and take their first opportunity to view the window. According to Godfrey those who attended ‘were amazed’. The chapel had been transformed and the window added a totally new dimension to the south elevation. Coloured light streamed into the building, filtering over the pews, creating a more modern and dynamic atmosphere. All involved in the process were very pleased with the outcome and the objectives had been achieved.
In order to dedicate the window the OD Lodge arranged for a Friday chapel service followed by a dedication dinner to take place on Friday 26th September. The Dean of Durham, The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove officiated during the service and before the dinner thanks were given to all those involved.
The Rev’d. Jack Marsden (retired School Chaplain, Second Master and Head of Classics) who had been kept up to date about the project by Godfrey was not present as he sadly passed away on 6th September. I was informed, however, by Godfrey that Jack was absolutely delighted with the window once in situ. The window is a long lasting memorial to the 600 year anniversary and the OD Masonic Lodge provided an unparalleled opportunity to create a dynamic piece of art work on a large scale. For Alex Douglas it facilitated a once in a life time opportunity! It was a great pleasure to work with the OD Masonic Lodge and particularly with Godfrey Hedley who gave so much time and effort to ensure that the project was a success. I would personally like to thank all involved and particularly the OD Lodge who also very kindly provided a sizeable donation to the Art and Design Department in recognition of our contribution to the project.
The school also commissioned a tapestry to celebrate the 600 Year milestone in the history of the school. My involvement came when I was contacted by the previous Headmaster, Martin George, who asked me to coordinate the project from the school side. He put me in touch with Jane Arthur and Alison Bain who, as members of the parents’ liaison committee, expressed an interest in creating a tapestry to celebrate the 600 year school anniversary. Both ladies were very enthusiastic and I met Jane and Alison in the autumn term of 2013 to discuss the project. They knew of a textile designer living in Durham, Alison Wood, who had produced work of excellence with which they were familiar. It was agreed they should approach Alison and ask her if she would be interested in producing the
tapestry. Fortunately she agreed and in December 2013 the two Alisons, Jane and I discussed the imagery on which the tapestry could be based. In the end the final design drawing was produced by Alison Wood and was influenced by some of the design work produced by the pupils for the stained glass window.
In early 2014 Mark Younger and I collected a loom from Alison Wood’s house in Durham and it was erected in the Annexe. Alison worked quickly setting up the loom and work began in earnest.
It was very much the intention from the beginning that the tapestry should involve as many members of the school community as possible, each producing a small part. Rotas were created to facilitate this with all pupils spending at least one Art or Design Technology lesson weaving a section of the tapestry. Even Upper School pupils who did not study these subjects were encouraged to take part as well as teaching and support staff. The names of all who participated were recorded in a book for posterity. Little by little the design began to appear. Jane Arthur and Alison Bain worked with Alison Wood to construct the design. Alison Wood was not employed full time so Jane Arthur and Alison Bain ensured supervision of pupils on days when Alison was off. The tapestry was completed in May 2014 and my first impression was of the large scale and brilliance of colour, qualities that were further enhanced when it was hung at the rear of the chapel in July 2014. A very big thank you to Jane and the two Alisons for all their help and support in creating an outstandingly successful piece of art work! Mark Baldwin Head of Art and Design Technology
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BUSINESS STUDIES & ECONOMICS
The Business Studies & Economics department were delighted with the excellent results achieved by the graduating class of 2014; the students had worked conscientiously and productively and were justly rewarded. Half of the Business Studies cohort achieved an A or A* grade overall, with Brad Cleary scoring full marks in both his A2 exams, a great achievement. In Economics three quarters of the group secured an A*, A or B grade, with Liam Wilson, Patrick Hardy and Dale Bailey deserving particular credit for their efforts.
Over the 2014-15 academic year the department made great strides in its subject enrichment programme, designed to aid students’ understanding of Business and
Economics and their relevance in the wider world. Kevin Roberts, Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, visited the school in March and delivered an engaging talk on leadership and innovation in business, leaving the entire audience with a great deal of food for thought. We visited Durham University on three separate occasions, forging what we are sure will be a long-lasting relationship over the coming years. The university provided a series of workshops and presentations on the power of enterprise education, a day of Economics related investigations and lectures and gave us the chance to meet and listen to Professor Ha-Joon Chang, renowned economist and author.
In addition to trips and speakers a group of four A2 Economists (Kristian Hall, Oliver Simmonds, Katie Erwin and Kristina Lightburn) competed in Target 2.0, the Bank of England’s inflation rate challenge, putting forward their proposals for controlling inflation to a panel of Bank of England employees and monetary policy experts. A selection of our AS Business students (Alasdair Denby, Lucy McIlroy, Alex Grecoe, Alex Vassallo, Euan Gardiner and Alex Colby) excelled in the BASE Business Challenge competition, finishing as regional runners-up in the national accountancy contest after demonstrating impressive teamwork and presentation skills.
Thanks go to the department team of Andrew Gouge and Rebecca Maccabe. Rebecca is actually leaving the department this year to take up a position at Northumbria University; I would like to thank her for her valued work over the past two years, she has made a positive impression on all her students with her perseverance and frequent support. 2014-15 was also the department’s first year without Mark Bushnell, whose leadership, compassion and excellence in the classroom have been greatly missed. Mr O Hughes
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I took over the running of our smallyet-active Department this September from Trevor Davies. In his years heading the Classics Department he had kindled a love of the ancient world in so many students and solidified the position of Latin and Classical Civilisation within the School. He managed to get Classical Civilisation on the Year 9 options for this year and it is now set to remain a popular subject for that year group thanks to his efforts. The primary legacy from his tenure, however, is clearly the fact that Latin is now taught to all those in Years 7 and 8, becoming an option in Year 9 – this was something he worked tirelessly to achieve and is a great testament to his enthusiasm and attitude, which made him a successful and very popular member of staff. It was therefore with a degree of trepidation that I took the helm in September but in truth there has rarely been a moment spare which would afford the time for reflection – hopefully that will come during this summer.
In the first couple of months Miss Baylis took two groups out to see performances of two Greek tragic plays which are on the syllabuses of our GCSE and A Level courses, while since Christmas there have been trips to Hadrian’s Wall, Latin reading competitions, a talk by a University lecturer and various activities. The articles below focus on these events and provide a snapshot of the range of offerings which the Classics Department has been involved in. Currently we offer Latin and Classical Civilisation to A Level and the pupils have been very committed in pursuing these subjects. A2 Latin had not been studied here previously but Lexy Powell, who is set to read English at Merton College, Oxford, has now set the precedent for others to follow and indeed this challenge will continue next year and hopefully beyond. At the GCSE level take-up has remained consistent and at an appropriate level for what is a challenging subject in a small school. Classical Civilisation at
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GCSE was not offered at Year 10 this year but the Year 11 group came through their examination cycle relatively unscathed and half the class will continue with it at A Level and this will be supplemented with a couple of pupils who will take up the subject anew since it is an A Level which can be studied without requiring previous knowledge. The whole of the AS Level Classical Civilisation group plan to continue on with the subject and I hope for this trend to become the norm; they will enjoy reading Virgil’s Aeneid and learning about Roman Britain.
Current students are looking at the possibility of studying Classics-related degrees at University and there are a number of avenues to explore when considering such matters. It is exciting that William Hewitt, who is studying Classical Civilisation at A Level and is considering pursuing Archaeology at university, is not only participating in an online course offered by the distance-learning provider Future Learn on Hadrian’s Wall, run in conjunction with Newcastle
University, but is also all set to spend a week digging at the Roman auxiliary fort just south of Durham at Binchester. Having spent a summer season excavating at the Porta Stabia in Pompeii myself, I know the tiring yet rewarding experience that being part of a dig is and I have already threatened William with a visit during his time there which I am sure will embarrass him no end. Claudia George enjoyed a day at Oxford University at the Classics and English Open Day
where she sampled what university teaching is like and learned much about the options of pursuing such a degree. Benjamin O’Neill spent two days in Cambridge attending an A2 Classics Study Day on the first day before staying in Gonville and Caius College overnight in order to be present at the Cambridge Open Day on the next.
GCSE Greek is an off-timetable option next year and I hope to get a couple of pupils interested in expanding their experiences as well as their CVs to help re-establish Classical Greek at the School. We had a lunchtime Greek Club for interested Year 9s to give them a taste of the subject and this will be a regular offering next year so pupils can find out what the language is all about.
Links with Durham University were pre-existing but are being strengthened and I hope to establish a full, mutuallybeneficial working relationship with the Department there. To that end I invited a lecturer to give a talk at the
School in May and this will be the first of many. We are also looking at creating closer ties with Bow School, starting a Classics Society (though now a VI Form society for Classicists and MFL pupils, the Hillard Society, has been founded and will run next academic year) and hopefully running another trip or two: tempus neminem manet. Mr C Hope
Our outgoing Year 11 students excelled themselves in their exam results for 2014 with 90-92% A*-C for English Language and English Literature IGCSEs. Our Sixth form students also performed well and demonstrated their real enthusiasm for the subject with nearly half of the cohort going on to study English at University, a gratifying progression. There were numerous theatre trips expanding our students’ experience of Literature with viewings of award winning shows including the National Theatre’s Streetcar Named Desire (see Alex Smith’s review), Broadway’s acclaimed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time and the heartwrenching The boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
In January a party of English students from Years 11-13 visited London to view the excellent West End Show Shakespeare in Love, a quirky engaging show that began life as a film. This proved excellent entertainment and provided some contextual reference for the period. We were further immersed in the period with an extremely informative tour of the Globe Theatre the next day. (See Amy Lumsden’s report of the visit.)
Debating Society began the year with aspirations to vanquish three years of runner up at the Rotary Club’s Youth Speak Competition, however the Rotary club were unable to run the competition this year. Fortunately a Public Speaking competition, the Marsden Cup was proposed and so students from all age groups turned their attention to writing entertaining, educational, witty and inspirational speeches. The topics covered were diverse; cyber bullying, animation, feminism, politics why dogs are better than cats, to name but a few. The standard, even in the heats, was extremely high so our thanks go to Mr Muttitt who organised the final and The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove for taking on the difficult role of judging. The Dunelmian 37
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Other competitions fiercely fought over this year included the Poetry Recitations; Ozymandias by Shelley for the Removes, If by Kipling for the Intermediates and Maude Clare by Rossetti for the Seniors, The Gough Prize for Verse and The Gawan- Taylor Prize for Essay.
Reading Week inspired literary discussion and the Sixth form, Martha Bradley, Allie Jackson, Alex Smith, Claudia George, Amy Lumsden, Joe Glass, Katherine Pears and Emily Goed worked hard supporting various elements of the week including the themed lunch. Under Katherine and Amy’s guidance the hall was decorated from fairy-tales and glass slippers and apples hung from the candelabras. Thank you to the kitchen staff who produced fine fairy-tale fare.
Whilst Year 6 and 7 were out at Seven Stories recreating everyday objects into magical things and enjoying the Book to Film exhibitions. Kate Fox acclaimed poet /comedienne was at school conducting talks, workshops and performances of her poetry to students from all key-stages.
The week ended with dress as a character from a book day raising money for World Book Day’s charity Book Aid International. The Sixth form were charged with the near impossible task of judging costumes with the winner announced as Peter from Narnia and Aslan the lion (usually known as Elsa, the dog.) The Sixth form also judged over nearing a hundred entries to the Fairytale mini saga competition. Subsequently many students re-drafted their mini sagas to enter the Young Writer’s Mini Saga competition, A Twist in the Tale. We are delighted that 36 of our students’ mini sagas have been chosen to be included in the Anthology, Grim Tale – The North East. We intend to capitalise on this moment next year with the addition of a Creative Writing activities to complement The Durham Eye and Debating.
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Mrs Melville, Mr Reith, Mr Thompson and Miss Watchman for their creativity, humour and hard work this year. Mrs Swan
Seven Stories Reviews
The Seven Stories trip was so much fun. It’s unbelievable how much information there is about stories and books. I’ll be honest, I hated reading but after the trip I haven’t put a book down yet. It widened my knowledge and the activities were so much fun. You were able to dress up and re-enact scenes from movies and chapters of the book. Throughout the day, I had gathered so much knowledge and memories I will never forget. I have to say, this was one of my favourite trips. I would definitely recommend it, especially to people who don’t like to read. Jessica Bramwell Year 7 MacLeod
My review of Seven Stories is that I
thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought the tour around the different books was spectacular and the layout of the areas were all unique and contained various information that I would not have discovered in the comfort of my own school. I would have to go back here again and maybe have another browse round the bookshop. For now, I would fully recommend this as an educational trip or a trip out as a family. Especially for young kids - the fairy-tale level was extraordinary as children can really get to grips and become their most admired character from their favourite fairy tales…
Year 7 MacLeod I think the seven stories trip was a good experience to learn about books that you read when you were young. I liked it when we made our own ‘lost thing’ because it tests your creativity in a lot of ways and I like that. I would recommend it to young children because the books there are suitable for them. Bernard Esisi School House Year 7
Shakespeare in Love and Globe Theatre English Trip
On Wednesday January 7th 38 pupils from Sixth Form and Year 11 who are studying English boarded a coach from school and headed to London. On the coach we met our guide, Simone, who would explain some of the renowned sights in London once we arrived. After the tiresome coach journey to our hotel at Heathrow, we unpacked and got ready for the night. We then got back on the coach excitedly and headed into the centre of London. As we travelled through London to the Haymarket Simone pointed out sights and gave us details of the history and stories surrounding them. Some, for example Harrods were recognisable and some such as Apsley House and its address No1. London were less familiar to us.
Once in London, we walked through Trafalgar Square and up to Noel Coward’s theatre where we would later see the hit play Shakespeare in Love. Prior to the evening’s entertainment we were all given the opportunity to go off in groups to find somewhere to eat, the girls in Year 12 all decided to go to Planet Hollywood for a was very tasty meal!
Back at the theatre we very much enjoyed the play which had tragedy comedy and a real dog! It was also very interesting to us as the Shakespearean context provided information into what life was like in those times, the trials of writing plays and sonnets, and how it was illegal for
we got back on the coach to head back to school.
women to be actors. The staging was very clever with a balcony that moved up and down stage to complement the action and of course, was used in a Romeo and Juliet style encounter that in the world of the play inspired Shakespeare’s tragedy. The music was another engaging feature with minstrels frequently on stage as extras or almost part of the scenery musically accompanying dances and dramatic speeches alike.
On the second day we took the coach back through to London and learnt about the sights we passed, this time we travelled past the Houses of Parliament and the Law courts. At the Globe Theatre we were introduced to our tour guide who showed us around the globe and elucidated some of the history of both the original and the rebuilt theatres. We learnt a lot about where different classes would sit and how richer ladies couldn't sit in the general seats as their dresses were too fashionable and therefore wide, that they couldn’t sit down and the high benches we saw were built specifically for them to perch on! One thing that was particularly interesting was how expensive the theatre was, and the different prices for the different areas; one of the most expensive areas being above the stage where really you couldn’t see the action but crucially you could be seen.
After our tour of the Globe we headed to Covent Garden where again we were allowed to go off in groups to get some lunch and have a look at the stalls before
Overall the trip was very beneficial to our studies as it provided us with context for future essays on Shakespeare, however it was also beneficial to our knowledge of London and we greatly enjoyed the whole experience. Thank you to Mrs Swan who organised the trip and Mr Thompson, Mrs Melville and Miss Watchman who accompanied us.
Amy Lumsden Year 12
As I stepped off the plane, a wall of warm sticky air slammed into me almost knocking me from my feet. Excitedly, I galloped down the shiny metal stairs, the loud clang of my stiletto heels ringing through my ears. It was nine o’clock in the morning and I didn’t plan to waste a second of my day. The sweltering heat had already begun to take its toll on my Northernweather-accustomed body. My makeup, so precisely applied that morning, was now cascading down my face, picking up little hitchhiker beads of sweat as it fell. A drop of the salty beige concoction glided down the bridge of my nose before diving off the end, plummeting to its demise and as it hit the floor, I’m sure I heard a sizzle.
I slumped down on to the rough, frayed fabric-covered backseat of a taxi. Out of breath, I summoned what little energy I had remaining to heave my large fuchsia duffel bag into the oven (some may call it a vehicle) and pulled the door shut. A sigh of pure relief escaped from between my glossy crimson lips.
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The airport had somehow squeezed the population of New York City into the capacity of a shoebox! It had been hectic, to say the least. The driver of the sauna asked me where I wanted to go, in a rich accent from behind a particularly impressive moustache. After a rather long exchange, consisting of many hand gestures and a puzzling game of charades, I was whizzing along the winding narrow backstreets of Peru.
The taxi was hurtling along the uneven streets so I took the opportunity to roll down the window and embrace the welcoming breeze that rushed over my body, it prickled the skin on my arms into goose bumps and I shivered contently at the sensation. The aroma of native food and spices filled my nostrils and I inhaled them deeply. Scents of saffron, sassafras and sumac swirled in the surroundings.
One harsh slam on the breaks later and before I knew it I was watching the taxi disappear into the distance. Standing in the middle of a very authentic-looking crafts market, I thought that this would be a good time to dive in and immerse myself in the culture. The liveliness was apparent immediately. Foreign voices howled foreign words between their stalls. Small children laughed and squealed as they navigated expertly through the winding alleyways. Beautiful tanned women danced happily along the dusty cobbled paths humming native songs and carrying towers of fabric upon their long dark braided hair. I was in awe. A sea of hand created tapestries laid atop wobbly wooden tables. The vibrant pinks and yellows standing out from the cool blues and greens, all peeking out from the traditional browns and oranges, like the sun from behind the clouds on a chilly British morning. The silky fabric was so smooth it almost slipped through my fingers. Awash with colours from the beautiful textiles, it seemed as though every step I took brought something new and amazing into view that commanded my full attention.
Hours and hours passed as I dodged the hustle and bustle of the narrow swirling Peruvian streets. My feet were so disgustingly sweaty that I was slipping and sliding about in my shoes, perhaps it was time for a break? I walked a few minutes further, when I smelt it. The strong, sweet scent of coffee. Almost instantly, I possessed a newfound energy and practically sprinted towards the intoxicating aroma. I seated myself at a small mosaic table on a chair that had most definitely seen better days, but I didn’t care. The cafe I had chosen perched on the outskirts of the market overlooking the majesty of the South Pacific Ocean. I nestled quietly in my seat, took in a long deep breath of salty sea air, sipped my coffee and reflected on the utter simplistic beauty of my current surroundings. Alone in a foreign land, I’d never felt more at home.
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The wind whips through my hair. Its wispy fingers, slicing through the strands causing them to slap haphazardly against my cold, damp cheeks. I stare at the waves rolling onto the shore, battling against each other in a never ending race. Shimmering foam spurts from them, casting an ivory sheen upon the sand.
I watch, looking out from the jagged rock, men loading up the ragged boats with torn, seaweed-stained nets, unaware of my attention. Their faces, displaying a light tan, evident from being caught in the sun’s blaring rays, displayed years of hard labour. Even the younger men carried deep wrinkles, etched deeply into their skin. look out onto the increasingly greying skies, the Sun’s determined dulled by the vengeful clouds rolling in, stirring harsh winds in their wake. A light mist follows, preventing one from looking far out to sea.
A bright light emerges from the distance, beckoning ones attention, barely visible through the ever thickening mist. It grows and I begin to see to see the silhouette of a boat hurriedly approaching the ends of its days. Burgundy and blue paint chipped away, a layering of rust coating the metal bars at the bow side of the boat. Ragged chunks of wood were jutting out of its fretted form. As it draws nearer the men on the beach drop their nets, and shout to the forthcoming boat. Laughter and joy light up the quiet beach, like an open flame to a bonfire, as the men relax and begin to unwind from their hard day’s labour.
The boat abruptly stops near the shore, a white wash of foam rises from the sides. Its haggard body proudly symbolising years of work. I watch with curiosity as young nimble men jump overboard into the swirling depths. They clutch onto the boats body in order to stay standing as waves crash into them. They slap at the sides of the boat, seeking the attention of them men above. My fingers, which were clutched purposefully to the stone I was sitting on in order to stabilize myself, unfurled themselves, the joint clicking and cracking as I stretched them out. Unconsciously I blow warm air onto my frozen fingers. My breath billowing like steam in front of me coated my knuckles with light warmth, soon to be whisked away by the harsh winds.
The mist has crept closer, and I find myself squinting in the fading light to watch the scene unfold down below. Shouts from below grew louder, surfing along the whistling wind. I watched as sturdy ropes were thrown overboard, to the awaiting hands o the men below. Laughter ricochets of the jagged rocks, as a man is swept away by the tide, surfacing abruptly on the sand. I watch as his peers slap him on the back as he stumbles to his feet. My own laughter is lost within the wind as I stand. My clothes whipping around as I turn my back on the forthcoming storm, taking a long lasting glance towards the tormented sky, waging war with the unforgiving sea.
The Gough Poetry Prize: Highly Commended The Christmas cake Aydin Simsek
My very best memory of Christmas as a young child was my grandmother’s famous Christmas cake. On Christmas morning, it had become a family institution to sit round the crackling fire and to enjoy the tasty delight in all of its goodness with strong tipple in-hand (though not a drop for me). I used to visit her frequently, almost every day near to Christmas; after all, it was my favourite time of the year, and hers too. I would watch, staring in awe, as she fed fat the hungry cake, and day after day, witness it growing progressively larger. I wanted to be a part of that magical creation.
When I got a bit older, grandma even let me mix the ingredients together. My first task was always to cream the butter and brown sugar, then after the eggs were added, we grated lemon and orange rind to give the cake its quintessential Christmas flourish. Then came almonds, and the thick, gloopy treacle into an already sticky mixture. I sifted the flour, sifted again to get rid of any covert lumps, then added grandma’s secret spices and the dried brandy-soaked fruits, which like little dancing fairies leaped into the bowl. As the mixture amalgamated, fold after fold, It started to look more like a proper cake.
We mixed in the brandy (which grandma had sampled 6 or 7 times) and then squeezed the cake into the small oven; It was God’s work now. The beautiful golden-brown cake always impressed and was begging, begging to be finished in its layers of marzipan and royal icing peaks. It was truly something special, the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.
But this year, there’ll be no Christmas cake, not from granny. There’ll be no pleasure in knowing what wonder we’re giving birth to, not least our traditional Christmas speciality to enjoy. But perhaps I will bake my own cake, one that’s better than all the rest, produced from the living memory of a boy and his grandmother.
The Gough Prize for Verse: Winner. Lexy Powell
Flying the Nest My wings are strong, they are ready to fly; I raise my head, my sights are high; I want to be brave, take risks and be bold, soar over the earth, let my wings unfold;
yet teetering and tottering I cannot let go; I am caught by caution, Scared by what is below. My nest is safe, sure and secure; it scares me to think I will live here no more.
With baited breath, consumed with dread I quash my fears to look ahead. I’ve longed for this moment, a chance to be me, to follow my spirit and to be free. So I will take flight, soar up to the sky, my fledgling feathers will lift me up high, I will see the world from the top of the spires, my passion alight as I reach my desires.
The Gough Prize for Verse: Highly Commended. Oliver Sullivan yr 7. The Doctor Fish
Through the undergrowth we crept quietly and set up. The green murk of the lake opened before us.
In the rain, it is like everything is sped up in time.
Tiny raindrops on our umbrella, like little dabs of paint. Our lines sat in the time lapse.
We resecued a moorhen and a bream took the bait, we were now at one with nature, a good sign. But still we waited for the Doctor Fish. Tench-ion was mounting.
The sun came out, a change of light,
The rod tweaked and I sprang to life, Amin!
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News from the Departments.... GEOGRAPHY
In September the Year 10 Geographers spent a day doing fieldwork on Seaham beach to support their GCSE course. They were able to observe first-hand, note and sketch features of coast erosion in the cliffs. They also did some surveying of the beach gradient in order to produce a transect diagram from the sea to the cliff. Along the transect they used a sampling process to measure the size of the beach material to see if there was a relationship between beach gradient and material size.
Also in September, resident tutors Toby Bain and Esther Hitchen, both recent Geography graduates of Durham and Exeter Universities respectively, came in to talk to the Upper Sixth students who were contemplating reading geography at university. The students were able to get a useful insight into university geography.
In December the Upper Sixth geographers visited the Nissan factory in Sunderland. This supported their course on Globalisation by giving them an insight into how a large Transnational Corporation operates its automated production line and organises its links with component suppliers.
In June the Lower Sixth geographers spent a week at the Lochranza Field Study Centre doing A2 fieldwork on coasts and rivers. The following month twenty Year 9 and Year 10 pupils are going to Iceland during the first week of the summer holiday. The trip will be led by Mr Hewitt, accompanied by next yearâ€™s new Head of Geography, Mrs Scott Warburton.
I am retiring in July, after 30 enjoyable years leading the Geography Department. I am greatly indebted to Mr Hewitt for his hard work and support during all of that time. Mr J Renshaw Head of Geography.
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GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS 2014 EU Debate – 14.11.14
To kick off the academic year the Politics Society invited the candidates for the North East standing in the November 2014 European Election. A fiercely contested debate over the European Union pros and cons ensued with contributions from Dr Christian Schweiger at Durham University’s School of Government and International Affairs, the Labour Candidate Paul Brannen, and UKIPs representative Jonathan Arnott.
Powell put up a tremendous motion against the closure of public libraries they were sadly defeated, though the quality of their debate was reflected in Alastair picking up the best overall debater prize at the end of the evening.
2015 London (Westminster) 11.02.15
On a sunny February day the Lower Six Politics students took a trip to London to take a tour of the Houses of Parliament, undeterred by a 05:30 start they had a great time exploring the rich political heritage of the building and the city through a walking tour led by Mr MacNair and Mr Webb. The
students were fortunate enough to see the Magna Carta exhibition during their trip and witnessed original copies of the iconic documents such as the 1689 Bill of Rights, the 1832 Great Reform Act and the 1928 Equal Franchise Act. Documents that represent the cornerstones of the evolution of our democracy and it was a rare opportunity to see them all in one place.
Housesteads Trip – 08.03.15
Politics and Classics combined to take a group of borders out to the Northumbrian border country to experience discovering one of Hadrian’s Wall most iconic forts, Housesteads. Despite the best efforts of the Northumbrian wind the group had a thoroughly enjoyable day experiencing a first rate tour of the site led by Mr Hope. Academics and politicians were however not the only members of the panel, Durham School parent and friend Richard Mews stepped up to the offer to join the debate, joined by host and President of the Politics Society Kristian Hall who chaired the debate and made sure the panellists were not given an easy ride.
Clifford Chance – 22.03.15
The Politics department took four of best scholars to the international British Parliamentary Style debating competition, hosted once again by Durham University.
Debating Matters – 24.11.14
The Durham School sixth form debate team started the competitive season with a trip to Teesside University in an attempt to secure a place at the regional finals of the Institute of Ideas ‘Debating Matters’ competition. Though Alastair Reith and Lexi
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News from the Departments.... HISTORY
The History students and Department have had a successful year, and look to next year with confidence. With changes to both A-Level and GCSE on the horizon this is a busy and interesting time. Overall I am in favour of the increased academic demands of the new papers, as History has always been regarded as one of the â€œGold Standardâ€? subjects. Long may this continue.
The A-Level students continued their connections with the University and the Royal Society of the Arts, with the School hosting several local Academies and Schools in a research and seminar day. This was then followed up with a day at the University, working alongside PhD and Third Year students. This taste of University life is invaluable and makes the A-Level students more aware of the challenges and enjoyable experiences of History at University.
We bid goodbye to Henry VIII and British imperialism with the demise of the old AS papers, and there is some sadness to this. The School is of course connected to the Cathedral and went through the Reformation itself. Durham
School students pass through the Ker Arch daily, and how many know he was the first Governor of the Sudan, following Omdurman?
The GCSE students were rewarded with fair papers this year, with the long awaited Battle of Britain paper for Unit 3. The Department is inching towards decisions on the new GCSE, but the content looks good. Take-up from GCSE to A-Level remains strong and this is something to be very pleased with.
The Years 7,8 and 9 students continued to enjoy their studies, with the highlights being the trips as part of Activities Week. Leeds Armouries, Thackray Medical Museum and the Discovery Museum were all visited and the interest and knowledge of the students was excellent. Annual trips for these year groups is now the aim.
Looking to 2016 I want to be on the Somme for the anniversary of the death of Noel Hodgson during the Battle of the Somme. All students will be aware of the importance of this in the History of the School. Mr D Tyreman
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It has again been a very busy year in the ICT department. A new VLE system will be greatly welcomed by the department as teaching resources will be migrated across to this new, web based, digital platform from September 2015. Mr Andrew McMillan will be promoted to Head of Academic ICT also from September 2015, as Mr Mark Gardner will step down to focus upon changes to the A level and GCSE ICT curricula now on the horizon for 2016/17. We also say goodbye to Ms Alexa Wright and Ms Debbie Coggins (our student teachers this year) and would like to 44 The Dunelmian
thank them for their support and hard work. We wish them both every success as they embark upon their teaching careers in ICT and Computing. We will no doubt see an introduction of a further two new student teachers from September, who will be invaluable in supporting the department, as we continue to improve upon the curriculum taught and the opportunities our pupils have to develop their future ICT skills.
We look forward to the year ahead, having closed the year with excellent academic results and, again, with record numbers of pupils selecting ICT courses at Durham School.
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The Mathematics Department continued to grow and develop this year.
External examinations were again top of many pupils’ minds. At GCSE we once again had a 100% pass rate, with 86% achieving A*-C. The GCSE Statistics course was sat by both Set 1 and 2 again this year, with another 100% pass rate and 96% A* - C. The A-level examinations in Mathematics were tougher than ever this year but our pupils rose to the challenge with another 100% rate in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Our A*-B rate at 68% was the highest for the last four years in Mathematics. The Department are very proud of our 100% A*s in Further Mathematics, an excellent result and three years in a row now.
For all of our top mathematics students there was the opportunity to participate in the UKMT Maths Challenges at the Junior, Intermediate and Senior levels with many pupils obtaining Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. I’d like to mention a few of our top performers; at Intermediate level Steven Zhu and Hal Burke did well enough to do the Grey Kangaroo and at Senior level Jaeseon Hwang, Chai (Miranda) Muyao and Kate Yuen achieved participation awards for the Pink Kangaroo with Lu (Stephanie) Yipeng and Xie You Mei achieving merits, putting them in the top 25% of entrants.
We have continued to develop links with Durham University. This year the Year 12 Further Mathematicians spent a morning talking with the Mathematics and Computer Science departments. At the Mathematics talk the pupils helped produce a collage from rubix cubes of pikachu. The morning finished with a tour of one of the halls of residence.
There are a lot of challenges to come, especially in the changes to both the KS4 and 5 syllabuses but I am sure with the ground work that has been put in the Department will continue to flourish. Mr C Fordyce
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I read a quote recently by Frank Smith, a well-known psycholinguist, who said, ‘One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way’. It struck a chord with me given the number of pupils studying in the Department on their journey to learning at least one additional language. It has been a really busy and enjoyable academic year in Modern Languages with French, German and Spanish being taught on a weekly basis across the year groups. In addition to academic lessons we have had several memorable moments including: snail tasting; French baking; debating and Le tour de France, albeit on stage!
In October, Mrs Eccleston organised a gastronomic treat for the Year 7 and cooked some escargots. We were amazed at the number of snails that some of the pupils managed to eat once they had overcome their initial trepidation.
In fact, food has been a recurring theme throughout this year with trips to El Coto for the sixth form Spanish pupils for lunchtime tapas; Ms Pínãn and the group definitely took studying Healthy Lifestyle to the next level! In addition, six pupils in Year 9, Orla Jackson, Jack Coupe, Adam Khan, Joely Wood, Joe Hogan and Robbie Hall took up the challenge to enter into the Great Languages Bake-Off run by
the University of Sunderland. Dressed in aprons and chefs’ hats the pupils baked meringues à la française in Pimlico’s kitchen one sunny Monday morning in March. With the challenge of narrating everything in French, very little space in the kitchen and a certain degree of nerves in front of the camera the group did an amazing job. Although they did not win a prize at the final awards ceremony, their performance looked fabulous on the giant screen. The spirit of competition was also in the air in the Christmas term as Lauren Marsh and Ben O’Neill travelled to York with Miss Hinde to take part in the Joutes Oratoires. In the final year of A-Level, pupils are expected to be able to debate a topic for their oral examination. This is a challenging task as they have to be able to defend and justify their opinions on their chosen issue. In recent years topics have included the legalisation of drugs in sport, the death penalty, abortion, the decriminalisation of cannabis, and whether we should leave the European Union. The competition at St. Peter’s in York was to serve as training for this demanding skill. Both Lauren and Ben presented their arguments with confidence and fought their way through two very tough debates on ‘Allowing drugs in Sport’ and ‘Not allowing children to have mobile phones’. The judges were looking for factual knowledge, strength of conviction and the ability to debate; each of these qualities was displayed by the Durham School team. The Dunelmian 45
Congratulations must go to Ben O’Neill who has been awarded a prestigious German government scholarship to spend a month in Germany this The summer. German government runs an annual essay competition for all British sixthformers and Ben O’Neill selected the eight best winners; their prize is an allexpenses-paid month study programme in Germany. Ben won one of the eight places with an essay in German on how young people in Germany and Britain may best commemorate the Great War. The German Scholarship Programme will be a fantastic opportunity for Ben to improve his knowledge of the German language and German culture while gaining first-hand experience of living with a Germany family and we look forward to hearing all about his experience in September.
Between the 20th April and the 1st May, the School hosted an exhibition which explored Germany’s response to the Holocaust since 1945, and encouraged visitors to ask questions about how, what and why we remember the past. While its focus was primarily on how Germany is
coming to terms with its history, the exhibition challenged visitors to consider the ways their own societies are facing up to other pasts – and presents – that may still be unresolved. Along with a lecture on how the Holocaust is remembered on Wednesday 29th April by Dr Catherine Moir of the University of Durham, this exhibition was a thought-provoking moment for pupils and staff alike.
One of the benefits of learning a language is that it gives one an insight into the culture of a different country. This is one of the main reasons we study a literary text at A-level and why we look at films at certain points throughout the year, to give pupils an idea of the richness of the language and to see it in action. A group of Spanish sixth-formers went to the University of Sunderland to study a Spanish film. The event revolved around viewing a film entitled Los Colores de la Montana which is based on the events of a small community in Columbia that is gradually torn apart by warring guerrilla factions. Overall, the event was a great success which aided the pupils in a variety of ways giving a small glimpse into the intriguing challenge of modern languages at a university level.
Pupils have also had the chance to visit the theatre this year. The LVI and
The Great Languages Bake-Off On Monday 2nd March a team of pupils from Year 9 (Jack Coupe, Robbie Hall, Joe Hogan, Orla Jackson, Adam Khan and Joely Wood) became celebrity French chefs for the morning. In Pimlico kitchen, they prepared meringues à la française while narrating the whole process in French. Their efforts were entered into a Languages Bake-Off competition organised by the University of Sunderland. The rules of the competition were to film and submit a video of your food preparation in the target language with a short commentary on the key language points covered; we chose modal verbs. The final judges were kinder than Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood but although our entry looked superb on the big screen it was Hummersknot who came away with the first prize!
Mrs K L Wilkinson
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UVI French pupils, accompanied by Mrs Wilkinson, Mrs Eccleston and fellow Francophile Mr Wallace, avoided the General Election broadcasts by watching Cyrano de Bergerac at the Northern Stage. This was a spectacular performance by Nigel Barrett in the lead role in a very energetic and impressive adaptation of Rostand’s classic tale. Federico Garcia Lorca’s Amor de don Perlimplín con Belisa en su jardín was enjoyed by the LVI and UVI with Ms Pínãn in early May. Before the show commenced they were invited to attend a fascinating talk by Professor Mike Thompson from Durham University in which he discussed the censorship of Lorca’s theatre during the Franco dictatorship. To end the year on a very different note, The Flying Theatre Company came to the Luce Theatre on 17th June to perform Le Tour de France for the Year 6 from Bow and our Year 7 and Year 8 classes. A lively and interactive performance which needed a lot of audience participation saw the younger linguists in the school showing just what they can do. The future certainly looks bright for Modern Languages at Durham School and we are looking forward to what 2015-16 might bring. Mrs K L Wilkinson
Here is their recipe: Bon appétit ! La Recette
Meringues à la française Ingrédients • trois blancs d'œuf • cent-cinquante grammes de sucre • une pincée de sel Méthode 1. Il faut prendre trois blancs d'œuf, cent-cinquante grammes de sucre, et une pincée de sel 2. Premièrement, il faut préchauffer le four à cent-vingt degrés Celsius. 3. Deuxièmement, il faut séparer les blancs des œufs 4. Ensuite, il faut battre les blancs en neige avec une pincée de sel. 5. Puis on doit verser tout le sucre dans la neige ! 6. Il faut battre à pleine puissance pendant cinq minutes. 7. La meringue doit être bien ferme et brillante. 8. Il faut former des "becs d'oiseaux". 9. On doit préparer une plaque de four recouverte de papier sulfurisé. 10. Ensuite, il faut former des meringues comme vous voulez. 11. Puis, il faut les mettre dans le four pour une heure et trente minutes. Puis on doit les laisser encore trente minutes dans le four éteint. 12. Les meringues doivent être sèches et croquantes mais ne doivent pas dorer. 13. Après, il faut les laisser refroidir. 14. On peut prendre des fraises et de la crème pour manger avec.
Cyrano de Bergerac
On Thursday 7th May, a group of Alevel French students went to Newcastle with Mrs Wilkinson, Mrs Eccleston and Mr Wallace in order to watch an adaptation of the original text, Cyrano de Bergerac, which was written in 1897 by Edmund Rostand, at the Northern Stage. Although the performance was very long and we were all tired, particularly towards the end, due to preparations for examinations, an excellent evening was had by everyone. Although the play was performed in English, it gave us an excellent insight into the culture and of course, the very interesting history of France, which any Francophile can appreciate. As Camus said, although heroism is accessible, it is very difficult to be happy, and no-one demonstrates this more clearly than the protagonist, Cyrano de Bergerac, who, On s’est bien amusé!
Nigel Barett as Cyrano de Bergerac
although very distinguished in terms of poetry (even being an influence on Voltaire, as comically pointed out in the final scenes!), philosophy and military matters, was completely lost with women and failed in his pursuit of happiness. After having fallen in love with his cousin, Roxane, yet not wanting to admit it out of a sense of embarrassment and worry of making a mistake, he encourages and helps Christian, a new recruit in his regiment, to woo her, thus constructing one of the
most famous love triangles in literature. At the Northern Stage, it was not a typical hero which we discovered, but a less assured hero, with plenty of doubts and human problems. The stage was brought to life by the acting, which was both dramatic and lively, with the odd physical exercises thrown in. On behalf of all those who attended, I would like to say a huge thank you to the three members of staff who accompanied us. For me, the evening marked the beginning of the end of what has been a very fruitful year for the MFL Department, thanks to the hard work of the very dedicated staff. Thank you so much for both an excellent evening and exceptional year! B T F O’Neill B.S.
On Wednesday 17th June pupils from Year 6, Year 7 and Year 8 were treated to a French extravaganza from the Flying Theatre Company, Le Tour de France.
It was an extremely high quality production as the company has over 15 years’ experience in educational language theatre. The performance combined comedy, music and slick physical theatre; we watched juggling, magic tricks and unicycle riding with every bit of dialogue in French.
The pupils were transfixed as George’s attempted to win the famous maillot jaune of Le Tour de France. We accompanied him on his travels around the French countryside as he tried to relocate his stolen bicycle and get in shape for the race; ordering food in cafes, asking for directions, and singing the Health and Fitness Rap. He certainly met some interesting characters along the way!
The pupils were keen to participate and were ready to count, shout out directions and even join in the rap on stage with the actors. It was an excellent show and a fine end to the academic year. On a bien rigolé!
Mrs K L Wilkinson
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On Saturday 29th November, Lauren Marsh and Ben O’Neill took part in the North-eastern heat of the infamously difficult ‘Joutes oratoires’ (French debating competition) in York. This was the first event of its kind to be held in this part of the country, and by its very nature, could only by undertaken by some of the most proficient linguists. True to form, Lauren and Ben faced the challenges confidently and fought their way through two very difficult debates on ‘Allowing drugs in Sport’ and ‘Not allowing children to have mobile phones’. The competition was tough, but the DS team’s factual knowledge, strength of conviction and ability to debate were considered excellent. Only one point behind the team which went on to the finals, Lauren and Ben came close to victory, but it was not to be theirs this time round. Miss L J Hinde Bon appétit!
Earlier in the term, Mrs Eccleston and Mrs Wilkinson gave us the chance to sample some ‘escargots’ in our French lesson.
I’m not scared of trying new foods and all I was, was excited to try “les escargots”. When the teachers brought out the snails I was filled with excitement and dread. However, as soon as I tried the first one, I found my new favourite food; by the end of the tasting I had eaten 5! 48 The Dunelmian
Sixth form Spanish trip
Spanish Theatre Evening
Although the film was shown with English subtitles it was a good opportunity for the pupils to gauge their understanding of the language particularly in a South American dialect which is less familiar to them and increase their own fluency by listening to authentic Spanish. Having watched the film the pupils briefly discussed their own ideas with a partner to compare their understanding and interpretation of the story. However the most interesting part of the event was undoubtedly when pupils discussed the themes and characters with a Spanish language lecturer and were encouraged to do so in the target language. This element of the event was hugely beneficial as conversational skill and communication is an essential component of the oral exam at AS and A2. On this occasion it was the Upper Sixth Form who demonstrated their experience and skill, contributing the lion’s share to the discussion.
The play was a huge success and the pupils were thrilled to discover that they were able to follow most of the dialogue and only needed to look at the subtitles a couple of times – it was a great boost to their confidence! The acting was excellent and the story was both touching and hilarious. All in all, a great evening and a much deserved break from all the hard revision the pupils have been involved in over the past few weeks.
In the Easter term the AS and A2 Spanish groups attended an event at Sunderland University’s language department. The event revolved around viewing a film entitled Los Colores de la Montana which is based on the events of a small community in Columbia that is gradually torn apart by warring guerrilla factions. The students were introduced to the background of Columbia by one of the lectures (who is a native of Columbia) and gave the pupils a real insight into the rich culture of the country as well as its current humanitarian issues.
Overall, the event was a great success which aided the pupils in a variety of ways giving a small glimpse into the intriguing challenge of modern languages at a university level. Furthermore it was evident that all the pupils thoroughly enjoyed themselves and hopefully took away some valuable experience for their studies in Spanish.
Alexander Smith Year 12
On Tuesday 5th May a group of Sixth form pupils accompanied me to the Gala Theatre in Durham to watch a wonderfully inventive production by the multilingual theatre company Théâtre Sans Frontières performing Federico Garcia Lorca’s Amor de don Perlimplín con Belisa en su jardín. Before the show commenced we were invited to attend a fascinating talk by Professor Mike Thompson from Durham University in which he discussed the censorship of Lorca’s theatre during the Franco dictatorship.
Ms Piñán Tapas
As part of our topic ‘Healthy lifestyle’, one of the areas we study in AS Spanish is Mediterranean diet so it seemed fitting that we should go out one Friday lunch time to the lovely tapas restaurant in Durham, El Coto. Before booking our table, I ensured that the waiters would know to only speak in Spanish to the pupils and this they did! The students managed remarkably well and were able to order their food in perfect Spanish. The food as always, was delicious and the calamares, jamón serrano, queso manchego and pan tomaca proved to be the favourite dishes. After a very tasty lunch, we had a nice leisurely walk back to school but all agreed that we would have much preferred to have gone home for a nice long siesta! Ms Piñán
News from the Departments.... PSYCHOLOGY
The last academic year has seen Psychology continue to go from strength to strength at Durham School. The 2014 graduating class achieved fantastic results, enabling them to progress into higher education; pleasingly, a good number also chose to pursue psychology or a related discipline at university. Record numbers in Year 12 has resulted in the largest A Level Psychology cohort ever, with the Valance often a hub of activity. Regularly would psychology students be seen brandishing clip boards and using unsuspecting pupils, staff, parents and members of the public as guinea pigs (sorry ‘willing participants’) for research. Although the Psychology A level syllabus is rigorous, this year has also seen students becoming involved in a number of extra-curricular activities, ranging from attending lectures delivered by leading academics and participating in undergraduate taster days at Newcastle University. Independent research has also been paramount throughout the year; the now annual AS research competition, where students design, conduct and report a piece of original psychological research, was hotly contested, thanks no doubt to the engaging topic ‘what do people look for in relationships?’ In addition, this year has also seen two students conduct Extended Project Qualifications involving original psychological research – Dominic Warby who investigated the ‘Levels of Processing’ theory of memory, and Peter Fisk who investigated conformity. With the changes to the A Level syllabus, 2015-2016 will no doubt be another hectic but enjoyable year in
Psychology. We look forward to welcoming a new cohort of psychologists and wish every success to those leaving Durham School. As a parting note, one should remember what the inimitable Sigmund Freud once said – ‘Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar…’
I have been delighted that Mrs Sheila Butler has again been
able to come to help us out with the teaching of Year 12-13 Philosophy this year. Her wide-ranging experience as both teacher and examiner makes her an invaluable member of the department. The Sixth form pupils attended an A Level conference at York with Mrs Butler, and they were able to benefit from lectures by Professor Peter Vardy from the University of London (Heythrop College). As he is such a great communicator this was immensely worthwhile. They also had the opportunity to attend a public lecture organised by the Philosophy Department of Durham University given by Professor Peter Singer from the University of Princeton. GCSE is now a fully optional subject and a lively group have made the most of opportunities for individual research projects. Miss Hinde has continued to lead the Year 8 classes and I am very grateful for her wonderful support. We are looking forward to the arrival of the new Head of Department (Revd Simon McMurtary) next year to take the department into a new phase of its development. Mrs F Proud
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News from the Departments....
Olympiad success in Chemistry One of our Lower Sixth students and 4 of our Upper Sixth students were chosen to complete a two hour exam paper put together by the Royal Society of Chemistry set to challenge the most able A-level chemists. It certainly was a challenge, and expectations of both chemistry knowledge (not just related to A-level studies) and mathematical prowess were very high indeed. All students were certificated for this achievement, three receiving a Silver award (Kate Yuen (U6), Alastair Reith (U6) and Stephanie Lipeng (L6), which for a Lower Sixth student to be that good at this stage is incredible. Special mention to Peter Lotts who achieved a Gold standard – amazing.
It was a MaD day for scientists! A group of Year 9 students visited Newcastle University to experience a day in the life of a doctor and dentist. The MaD Day allowed a sample of current Year 9 students to experience a day of interactive and informative sessions exploring Medicine and Dentistry.
Students had the opportunity to take part in a session in the Medical Clinical Skills lab and the Dental Learning Resource Centre in a series on hands on activities. They spent time in the Faculty's lecture theatres, as well as interacting with the current Medical and Dentistry students.
The aim of the MaD Day is to raise pupils’ aspirations by introducing them to Medicine and Dentistry and increasing their awareness of the different careers available through science subjects. A great time was had by all! A lot of our students have asked if they can do the day again next year.
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Durham School were Top of the Bench November saw a Durham School team of four go to Teesside University and fight off strong competition from local schools, winning the local heat comfortably. Students chosen were Michael Banks (Y11), Joe Stelling (Y10), and Hal Burke and James Macnaughton-Jones (both Y9).
All four boys were incredible, oozing confidence in the individual buzzer rounds. They were one of the few students who turned up in uniform (to psyche out the competition apparently; smartly dressed equals a smart mind!). Michael Banks managed to answer questions about A-level concepts that left even the teachers in attendance aghast and Hal Burke remembered every detail about what had been taught so far, but also knew information about elements he had seen on the news. What a star! The group attended the final at Loughborough University for the weekend (with Charlie Procter as a sound stand-in for Joe Stelling, if a little bit too excited at the prospect of staying in the hotel without his parents). The day began with an epic
buffet breakfast at the onsite hotel. It was a long day with tests, practicals and quizzes. They put in a sterling effort up against the best chemists of their age in the country, and came away with a goody bag of goggles, pens and periodic tables and came in the top 28 schools in the country. Fun was had by all, and they performed
excellently. Thank you to Mr Banks (Michael’s Dad) who kept
me company for the day and to all of the parents who came along for the competition. Everyone appreciated the great support, and it definitely helped boost the confidence of the boys on the day.
Allotropes of Carbon – This year’s chemistry competition Every year Chemistry runs a competition for Year 9 and Year 10. The competition for this year was “allotropes of carbon” and entailed designing a project about containing two aspects. Firstly students had to produce some information about their design and relate it to GCSE chemistry. The second important aspect was to produce a model of some sort reflecting their information.
A lot of students from both year groups entered the competition (motivated by the prizes of chocolate), with varying levels of success! Some fantastic posters can now be seen in the Chemistry labs created by Archie O’Dair and Harry Dodds, whose work deserves a special mention. The competition certainly brought to the fore talented computer genius reflected in the work of Ben Lumsden and James MacNaughton Jones, who both created their very own computer programs designed to answer questions on their chosen allotrope. Both then demonstrated these programs to other students in the school, and both won a prize for their efforts. The competition also showed up some creative talents such as Jesse Parkinson, Maddie Clark, Nick Blowey and Heidi Rochester all of whom designed and made some incredibly intricate models. The most interesting entry came from Danny Patterson with his bean bag Mole. Rumour has it; it contains exactly 6.02 x 1023 beans….
National Science week 2015 Science week was a roaring success, with every year group taking part in some form. We had a Robot competition, run by the Physics department and a poster competition that was assessed externally, run by Dr Coleman. Year 7 and Year 8 were given the opportunity to complete a tower building task in teams of 4, where they were given a set amount of straws and cello tape or spaghetti and marshmallows. They had an hour in which to work as a team, and build
the highest tower possible. The tower had to then hold a small Easter egg without collapsing. Straws and cellotape were the most successful, and everyone had a fun time. Winning teams were rewarded with Easter eggs and everyone received a certificate for taking part.
On the Thursday it was national demo day, and a lot of the Sixth form went into lessons to deliver some scientific demonstrations. The department was buzzing, and some of my Year 9s still mention the “elephant toothpaste”, which produced way more than we anticipated! For a moment, we thought we had created enough for a herd (which would have been bye bye laboratory floor!).This was also a great experience for our Sixth form volunteers, some of whom enjoyed it so much they would consider teaching in science in the future!
The week ended with a fantastic viewing of the eclipse with the special dark goggles organised by Mr Campbell. The whole school were amazed, and it was a fab end to a fab week.
In December, the Lower Sixth Biology students visited the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Durham University, where we were hosted by Professor Marc Knight. During their visit, the students visited the Advanced Light Microscopy Suite as well as the Electron Microscopy Facility where they were able to see how a variety of microscopy techniques are put into practice at the cutting edge of Science. Following their visit to Microscopy, the students received a short lecture from Professor Knight on the divisive topic of Genetic Modification in crops and the potential Genome Editing has as a possible solution to the agricultural challenges faced by the modern world. This stimulated a lively debate in which the students advocated the advantages and disadvantages of GM crops, as well as the moral and ethical issues associated with this new technique.
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Once again we have had a fantastic year of sport. From the mass participation of our extensive games programme, to teams and individuals who have competed on a national level, all have had the opportunity to achieve to a level appropriate to them.
In our competitive inter-school sports we have taken steps forward in a number of areas. We continue to compete on a county, divisional and national level in both our girls and boys sports. Credit must go to not only the hard work of our highly
SPORT - Girls
2014-2015 has been a very busy year with a large number of fixtures throughout the year.
The younger years have done particularly well this year with the Year 7s winning the majority of their fixtures in all the main sports. At senior level the 1st hockey has fought well to stay in a difficult senior league and the girls rowing is continuing to reach a high level at all age groups.
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talented and competitive students, but also the dedication and expertise of the committed staff that help drive our teams forward.
Plans were put in place to develop further the professionalism of our sports provision by extending our strength and conditioning facility as well as a more detailed approach to how we use video analysis to develop our sports men and women. The new gym has a purpose built conditioning room and a more extensive lifting gym to allow for more functional lifting techniques
jumping at Harrogate finishing an impressive 2nd overall.
Kari Dougall created history by becoming the first Durham School girl below the Sixth form to compete for GB as she was selected for three internationals in Modern pentathlon including the U17 European Championships.
The house events as ever were highly competitive. The netball was very close at senior level with MacLeod coming out overall winners while Pilmico won the Inters and Macleod the juniors.
MacLeod had a clean sweep in the Dunelmian run winning every age group. The individual winners in the school run all broke their respective
and dynamic movement.
Our video analysis has extended to students being able to use their season highlight clips to complement their University applications by sending these highlights to the Directors of Sports at their chosen Universities. A huge well done to all individuals and teams for their commitment and achievements this year, well done! Mr B Mason Director of Sport
records. Olivia Colby in the junior run in 24.12 with Scarlette Bell second, Kari Dougall in the Inters in 21.16 with Orla Jackson 2nd and Anna Roberts in the Senior in 22.18 with Jodie Cameron 2nd. Once again MacLeod took a clean sweep in house swimming which was help at Freemans Quay. The overall individual winner in House Swimming was Kari Dougall. House athletics was also won by Macleod with Lucy McIlroy winning the Victrix Ludorum. Unfortunately due to bad weather the senior hockey had to be cancelled but competition was fierce in the junior and inter matches with MacLeod winning the junior and Pimlico the senior. Mrs K Dougall
First Hockey Squad
The First Hockey Squad started the season on a high following a successful pre-season training programme and excited having won promotion to the first division of the Durham Women’s County Hockey league. Our squad play in different levels of competitions; Schools Competitions including the National Schools Competition and Tyne and Wear Knockout Cup, friendly matches against other Northern hockey schools and in the Durham County Senior Womens’ League which saw us playing in twenty Saturday league matches, seven schools fixtures and eight matches in tournaments.
Very soon reality hit; the standard of competition in the first division was much higher than we had played before and we lost several players early through injury and illness. However, despite this we started the season well with a draw against Ampleforth and winning the Ampleforth 7-a-side tournament, beating St Peter’s, York, Scarborough College, Pocklington, Sedburgh and Ampleforth in the final. We also beat Barnard Castle and QE Darlington to win the County Championships. Our start to the season in the League was not as successful losing our first six games.
Our annual sports dinner was a very enjoyable evening with the following
prizes being awarded:Y7 Achievement
Amy O’Kane, Libby Houston
Olivia Colby, Scarlette Bell
Zara Alexander, Ellie Heydon
Katie Hall, Emma Reed
Emily Bateson Roseberry,
Lowes Hockey Captains Trophy
Netball Captains Trophy
Sockett Tennis Award
Charlotte Von Bockelmann
Thompson Netball Trophy
Elliott Junior Sportswoman
Millie O’Dair and Emma Gray.
This year our squad was very young with Kari Dougall, Zara Alexander, Sophie Atkinson, Ellie Heydon (Year 10) and Heidi Rochester (Year 9) all being regular members of the team. They adjusted to the higher level of play well soon learning to fend for themselves to keep the ball. Our more experienced players led by Emma Gray with Rowan Rochester, Sara Murray, Sandra Griffin and Kirstie Kirkley certainly maintained the calm and structure on the pitch supporting our younger players really well.
We reached the North East Finals of the National Schools Competition played at Pocklington on the rainiest day in November. The squad were fully prepared both physically and mentally for the competition and with outstanding performances from Rowan Rochester, Sara Murray,
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Jo Heron and Sandra Griffin, we won our first two games. Play was going well in our third game until Sara took a blow to the forehead with the ball needing hospital treatment; this upset the applecart for us and having to play GSAL last, we didn’t quite have the reserves to pull off a victory, although we were very close.
The mid-winter weather did not stop the league and we played matches late into December. We started several games only to abandon them due to ice and freezing conditions. This resulted in us having to play league games on weekday evenings in January often starting at 8pm which was less than ideal but we rose to the challenge beating Gateshead, Darlington, Norton and drawing with Stockton.
After Christmas, players returned from injury and illness and we fielded a more regular team which boosted confidence and allowed us to develop our strategies and tactics consistently. We finished the season third from the bottom of the league table but safe from relegation. The team would like to thank our keen parents for their continued support and Emma Gray as our outgoing Captain for her support and dedication to the team. We are
Second XI Hockey
The second XI had a tough start to the season this year, suffering defeats from difficult opposition such as Ampleforth and Newcastle Royal Grammar School. However, the team used these matches as a learning curve and our first win of the season came from our visit to Darlington, where a solid performance secured a 1-0 victory over Polam Hall and our first goal of the season from Katie Willis. All season Katie had the propensity of being in the right place at the right time, thus rightly earning herself the title of top goal scorer!
In the face of subsequent setbacks, one of the highlights of the season has to include the nail-biting local derby against Durham High School for Girls. We had the home advantage for our last game of the season and
impressive hockey the second XI had been a part of. The girls’ determination to win shone through and they managed to claw back two goals in the final seconds of the game, ending the season with a 3-3 stalemate.
A number of injuries within our squad could have caused disruption to the stability of the team, especially the loss of our dependable goalkeeper Gabriella Matthews. However, the girls did not let this shake them, particularly Honey Kennedy who was an integral part of our defence, and Gabriella Tunstall who consistently held the middle of pitch reliably all season, as well as keeping spirits high within the team at every opportunity. With Katie Hall in at right half, Gabriella and Katie were able to make some fantastic plays up the right hand side of the pitch and put
looking forward to a successful 2015 season and hope the girls enjoy their summer training programme and strength and conditioning throughout next season, which should ensure we are fitter and stronger.
Mrs K Rochester Hockey First Team Coach
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used this to take an early lead. Despite playing some fantastic hockey, it seemed we were unable to broaden the goal difference, and even discussed the possibility of a force field across the goal line. Durham High then caught us on the break of our attack on two occasions and took a late lead in the game. The last five minutes of the hockey season saw some of the most exciting and
some excellent passes through for our new-to-hockey-and-pocket-rocket Lucy McIlroy. Emily Hughes also made some excellent runs up the right hand side of the pitch, carrying the ball so fast and well on one occasion the pitch just wasn’t long enough! Our front line also consisted of the notable skill set of Alexandra Grecoe, as mentioned, top goal scorer Katie Willis and our centre forward
Katherine Pears, whose contribution to the second XI was exemplified by her winning the Commitment to Sport Award this year. Together with Helena Campbell, Katherine and Katie were able to make some excellent link play through the left of the pitch, and this was a combination that developed enormously throughout the season. Those girls who were new to Durham School, and in some cases new to hockey, Iâ€™d like to give thanks to and commend for their commitment to the team. The second XI hockey team have played some fantastic hockey this year and the improvement they made as a squad over the season was astounding and something they should be immensely proud of.
Miss S Watchman
The U15 have had a varied season. They won a number of very tight games and shown a great deal of skill in all areas of the pitch. The teams strength is its speed in the forwards and much of the play has been in our attacking third. Having struggled with no goal keeper, Macy Donoghue and Joelly Woods stepped in doing a good job both of them learning the positioning and skills need to be a successful goally very quickly.
They were almost unbeaten last year but due to three or four of their players being promoted to the first team, they had to reorganise quickly. With two very tough games against RGS and Yarm at the beginning of the season, they realized that their defence needed to be much tighter. With a lot of work in training the defence improved and they managed wins against Sunderland High and Richmond. Sophie Hogg transferred to a centre forward and Georgina Brown moved from a defender to a midfield position. Zara Hudson improved greatly as the term progressed and the skills of Kari Dougall alongside the speed of Ellie
Heydon gave them a lot of scoring chances.
Sedbergh were the next challenge and they held the score to 0-0 for a long time before tired legs took over as four of the players had already played a full first team match. A lack of numbers and therefore substitutes proved to be a problem. Sophie Atkinson continually put tackles in preventing them breaking through and Zara Alexander had a number of good runs down the right side of the pitch.
A draw against Barnard Castle in the final game of the season capped a disappointing few weeks. Laura Mitchelson worked hard in midfield during this game and despite the ferocious wind Durham had the majority of possession but were unable to convert it to goals. This year was a steep learning curve for players of all abilities, those who have progressed into senior hockey and those who have had to step up to be the main players at U15 level. The whole group have trained well and given 100% in matches which will only be of benefit for the future.
The U14 hockey season was an enjoyable one with all the girls improving both individually and as a team. Results were mixed but the girls did qualify to represent the county at the North East finals at Leeds. With having only eleven girls from Year 9 playing hockey, having to select a team was not a difficult job this season. This meant we could call upon some of our talented U13 players and give them the exposure to playing a year up and on a full pitch. Oliva Soppitt captained the team and did an excellent job - her enthusiasm both at training and on actual match day rubbed off on the rest of the team.
Orla Jackson and Heidi Rochester were the two outstanding players both girls represented the 1st XI in league fixtures on a Saturday. I look forward the seeing all the team develop further as hockey players with further hard work at training next season. Mr M Fishwick
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This is an extremely small year but have produced some excellent results. The U13 team was controlled by Scarlette Bell as centre mid with the speed of Olivia Colby and Jessica Crawford being a real asset. They played seventeen games winning twelve, drawing two and losing three. A winning start against RGS 4-2 gave the girls confidence and they followed with three more wins against Choristers, Yarm and Durham High. Lilly Kennedy played well in goal only allowing one goal in against a strong Yarm side. The first defeat was against Barnard Castle in a very close match, Barny scoring the winning goal in the last few minutes. Siobhan Bell had little to do in the next three matches with a 10-0 win over Sunderland High, 9-0 win over Polam Hall and 13-0 win over Queen Mary’s. The link between Scarlette as mid field and Olivia Colby at right forward had begun to work effectively.
Cundall Manor was a different matter, we lost 3-9 but kept working to the end. Lottie Craven, Scarlette Bell and Jessica Crawford tackled tirelessly throughout the game. Lucy Hogan played well in attack against Austin Friars and Yr 7 players Emily Khan and Libby Houston were a great asset. The county cup was held at Barnard Castle and the whole team played well. Charlotte Payne came in as goal keeper and Freya Court did well in defence. They won the tournament and so qualified for Northern Semifinals in Wakefield.
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and WIN! Our Year 7 girls joined Durham School, some having played a lot of hockey and some having never heard of the sport. Our first game was only a couple of weeks into the season playing tough opposition against RGS. The girls fought well but lost, starting our season with promise. In the following weeks, all the girls trained hard, developed new skills and learnt the rules. We were victorious against Sunderland High, Durham High School, Yarm, Choristers, Polam Hall, Queen Mary’s, Barnard Castle only losing to Cundall Manor.
In goal, Charlotte Payne kept us in many a game with excellent saves and good organisation of her defence. In defence, Freya Court consistently tackled well to prevent the opposition shooting; in mid-field, Jessica Bramwell, Emily Khan, Holly Coupe, Imogen Nicholson and all worked tirelessly up and down the field to defend and attack, which is crucial in the 7 aside game we play at Under 12 and 13. Many attacks came from Libby Houston and Georgia Crawford. Amy O’Kane and Monica Speed having never played before, improved tremendously and were also regular members of the squad. Top goal scorers for the season were Libby Houston and Emily Khan; both girls showed outstanding commitment and levels of skill. This team is certainly one to watch in the future as they have huge potential and are already playing at an excellent standard. Mrs K Rochester Under 12 Hockey Coach
This team continued their winning ways with ten wins out of fourteen. Accurate shooting by Zara Alexander and Sophie Atkinson led to a large number of goals being scored. In mid court Kari Dougall and Sophie Hogg worked tirelessly round the circle
allowing the shooters to have good positions. In defence the long arms of Zara Hudson combined with the speed of Ellie Heydon and Laura Mitchelson led to many interceptions. Georgina Brown played a number of positions in mid court moving effectively at all times. Captain Sophie Hogg was enthusiastic throughout and encouraged them to work as a team. They beat Framwellgate 19-5, Park View 16-7, St Leonards 14-4 and Durham Johnson 13-6 in the area league. The Tyne and Wear competition was probably the best performance of the year where they ended up third, winning four games then narrowly losing to Newcastle School for Girls in a fast and furious match. Sedbergh and RGS were tougher calls with the height of the opposition being a particular problem! We held our own in mid court but found interceptions difficult in the defensive circle. A convincing win against Polam Hall 13-5, where the shooting was outstanding. The final was very exciting and a close game against Barnard Castle showed the competitive spirit in the team. We finished with a great 14-11 victory over Barny due to some excellent blocking by Ellie and Laura. The team showed great improvement and spirit as the year progressed so should be proud of all that they achieved. Well Done.
The 1st team only had two matches due to cancellation because of weather then exam leave.
They won both against Yarm and Durham High convincingly with Rowan Rochester and Sandra Griffin being top scorers. Captained by Laura Bennett at 2nd bay, they fielded well with Sara Murray and Lucy McIllroy passing long hard balls to the bays. With Emily Bateson Roseberry and Emily Hughes as bowlers the opposition found hitting the ball difficult. Jo Heron and Emma Gray at backstop were effective while Lauren March and Charlotte Davison also played an important part in the success.
Undefeated for the second season in a row! Well done to the Under 15 girls who won the Durham Area League with victories over 5 of our local schools. Top scorers were Ellie Heydon and Kari Dougall whose direction and distance of shot fooled most fielding teams we played and
bowler to back stop to first base; Georgina Brown to Ellie Heydon to Laura Mitchelson, being a class act stumping many opposing batters out.
Teamwork was also excellent between Kari Dougall on second base, Megan Brown on third and Zara Alexander on fourth where again our quick decision making resulted in outs. The fielding was also excellent in the outer field with Claudia Mason, Sophie Atkinson, Sophie Hogg and Zara Hudson returning the ball long distance, quickly and accurately. Other School games against Yarm, RGS and Queen Maryâ€™s were also successful fixtures for this team. Well done this season to the Under 15 Rounders team. Mrs K Rochester
This year the Under 14 Rounders squad had a hard time competing with other teams. They have some good players and worked hard and
never gave up when we played friendlies against Yarm we lost 3.5 â€“ 11.5. Barnard Castle was next losing 10 - 24 and Teeside High was our last game losing 4 - 7. The girls all worked hard as a team and encouraged each other all the way. Well done.
This was a team who fielded brilliantly but had difficulty batting at the beginning of term so struggled to score rounders. Every girl in Year 8 played and they worked extremely well as a team supporting and backing up effectively. Scarlette Bell controlled the game as bowler and was the highest scorer when batting by a long way. Throughout the term they had many close matches but a few silly errors in these games meant they were just on the losing side. The league was much more successful with an 11.5 - 9 win over Durham Johnson with Jessica Crawford fielding quickly and efficiently, and an 11 - 4 win over Framwellgate.
U14 Rounders squad
U15 Rounders squad
with Claudia Mason, Zara Alexander and Sophie Atkinson also scoring well, we certainly set opposing teams a high target to beat. In the field, the team were a slick operation, with
tried their best but this was just not quite good enough to win their games. We played in the Durham local league against Durham Johnston School but this had to be abandoned due to a very bad lightning storm. The High School beat us 7.5 - 7, a great effort. Framwellgate was our only victory winning 5 - 9, so close. Park View beat us 7 - 4. The squad
Jessica Appleby and Lucy Hogan learnt to catch and pass accurately to second bay which was very effective in stopping half rounders. Our annual match against Barny was a wild day with gale force winds making throwing very difficult. The team fought on and narrowly lost 10 12. Alex Seed playing particularly well at fourth bay stumping a number
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backstop (Emily Khan) and first base (Georgia Crawford) dynamic caused opposing teams many problems if they couldn’t hit the ball. The slick bowling and delivery between these three stumped out many players. Imogen Nicholson on second base also controlled much of the fielding well taking several excellent catches. Out in the field Daisy Smith’s awesome long distance throw prevented many teams scoring rounders and tight fielding from Jessica Bramwell, Amy O’Kane, Holly Coup, Codie Alderson and Freya Court also contributed to our wins. U13 Rounders squad
Lottie Craven as captain played well at second bay often stumping players and she also took a lot of catches. As the term progressed the hitting began to improve and the results became more successful. The accuracy and speed of throws from Lilly Kennedy and Siobhan Bell in the deep improved greatly and Katie Colburn stopped a lot of hard balls before they reached the deep. The highlight of the season was
Some good batting by Olivia Colby and Lilly Kennedy allowed a 4-3.5 win.
No surprises with the Under 12 Rounders team showing the same great attitude, determination and competitive spirit in this sport as they had displayed all winter in Hockey and Netball.
Batting was also a strength with Daisy Smith being our top scorer. The team enjoyed the tournament at Cundall Manor where they played Schools we do not regularly play such as Queen Margaret’s, Ashville and Loretto. The team had mixed results in this competition but certainly played well against tough opposition. Well done to the Under 12 rounders team.
Mrs K Rochester
The 1st tennis team had 2 matches before departing on study league. Unfortunately they lost both against Barnard Castle 4-2 and Yarm 5-1 but excellent play by Rowan Rochester allowed her to win her singles matches. Kristina Lightburn as captain also played well, putting her opponent deep into her court. Other players were Georgina Swart, Kathryn Buchanan-Black and Amy Lumsden. U12 Rounders squad
winning the Tyne and Wear U13 rounders competition. They won all their games beating Lord Lawson, Kingsmeadow, Newcastle High and Dame Allans in the first round. The final against Durham High was very exciting with outstanding bowling by Scarlette Bell the team managed to stop the High School hitting the ball as they had in the rest of the tournament. 60 The Dunelmian
It didn’t take the team long to gel and work well together and overall the team won 10 and lost 7 matches this summer. In the local Durham League we beat DHS, Framwellgate, Park View and lost to Durham Johnston by half a rounder finishing second in the league. In friendlies we beat Yarm, Choristers and DHS. Like most of our school teams, our bowler (Libby Houston),
At U15 level, there were a number of close matches. Durham Johnson beat us 4-2 but many of the matches were
close with some long rallies. Heidi Rochester played a tactical game to beat her opponent and she joined with Sophie Atkinson to play a strong doubles match.
The second match was much more successful with a 5-1 win over Barnard Castle, Zara had a convincing win over their number one while Laura Mitchelson and Kari Dougall both placed the ball accurately to win their singles. Ellie Heydon played particularly well in the match against Durham High hitting the ball with conviction and volleying effectively. Unfortunately, the Under 15s didn’t manage to beat Durham High but gave a good fight. With two matches cancelled due to rain it was a short but enjoyable season.
The Under 13 team of Scarlette Bell, Olivia Colby, Freya Court and Jessica Bramwell showed a great improvement as the term progressed.
This year saw the introduction of a newly formed Show Jumping Team at Durham School. This was the first time in many years that the school has been represented by an Equestrian team and it was an excellent way for students who have an interest in horse riding to showcase their talents in school competitions. The team got off to a flying start by entering the Yorkshire Equestrian Team Challenge in September. The first round of the competition required each rider to complete two courses of show jumping and working hunter style fences. After an impressive performance in the first round, the team, consisting of: Emily Hughes, Kari Dougall, Megan Brown and Olivia Colby, managed to secure a place in the final round. This
involved another round of jumping, but over a course of higher fences and against the clock! The girls and their four legged companions all performed excellently under the pressure, with extremely fast double clears coming from Kari Dougall and Megan Brown. Emily and Olivia also made some impressive turns to cut corners, and indeed seconds off their
time. All of this resulted in the girls’ achieving a fantastic second place out of eighteen teams from across the whole of the north. A fabulous accomplishment and a great start to the Equestrian team’s career at Durham School.
Following the school’s affiliation with the National Schools Equestrian Association, Emily, Megan and Olivia then went on to compete at an NSEA show jumping event at Northallerton Equestrian Centre. Once again the girls had a very successful day achieving team second overall! Individual successes also came from Emily Hughes achieving an impressive 4th place in both the 90cm and 100cm competitions, as well as Megan Brown who took home the red rosette for first place in the 90cm competition. I would like to wish the team a huge congratulations on their successes for both school and pony club competitions this year, and I look forward to seeing the progress we can make at NSEA events next year. Miss S Watchman
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S P O R T - Boys
o say it has been an eventful season would be an understatement. It has been a very troubled season, plagued with injury and bad luck. I could bore you all with the details of this bad luck, and make excuses but there is no sugar coating it, this season has been tough.
However, despite the disappointing results, this season hasn't been all bad in fact there are a lot of positives, and that is why I've chosen the topic of growth, and so Mr Mason can relate to it!
who we ran close in a game with an unreflective score line. It should be noted they went on to the NatWest Champions’ Cup final.
The last game of that first half of term was the Noel Sheering trophy and I'm sure the players will agree that this was the highlight of our fifteens season, beating Ampleforth College 26 - 5, with two great individual tries from new addition Connor Stewart, and a whole load of heart and endeavor from the rest of the boys. As a team it was an honour to retain such a sentimental trophy which has never left Durham School grounds and long may that continue.
Such is the nature of schoolboy rugby ever changing squads, and number of leavers each year, it is important as a senior squad you prepare yourself the best you can for the upcoming season. Our talent-packed squad started pre-season superbly, beating Stamford who went on to have an unbeaten season. However, in that pre-season, which only lasted a week, we suffered six injuries, and in the first half of the first game we suffered a further one. These setbacks made it harder to flow into the season as smoothly as we would have done otherwise.
The matches in the first half of term followed a similar pattern: strokes of brilliance, followed by inconsistency and a lack of concentration by the team as a whole. Having said that, as each game went by, we were growing as a team, and started to find our feet. Firstly, with a 42-5 victory over Dame Allan’s which also saw a hat trick scored by second team captain Olly Simmonds.
We also ran various teams very close including a late come back at Hymers, which also saw the return of Chris Field from a broken ankle who showed great commitment to get back that quickly. Another notable game was against Leeds’ Grammar School 62 The Dunelmian
against a strong Yarm School side. This game gave us a chance to retain the Bell trophy, named after our number one supporter Maurice Bell who again has been brilliant all season. We drew the game 27 – 27!
The last two games saw the last home game and last away game for the Upper Sixth. Our final home game saw us come up against an on form Woodhouse Grove side. A lapse in concentration in the opening tentyminutes saw us 14-0 down giving ourselves a mountain to climb, however the boys dug in and we just fell short suffering a tense and emotional 26-20 loss.
We spoke all season of that complete performance, and going into the second half of the season this played heavily on our minds. With a week off we were able to recover, get some rest and that saw the return of most of our injured players. In this second half of term it started with a tough trip up to Scotland to play Merchiston Castle, with a mix of first team and second team players, we got our refreshed campaign off to a great start with a 33-12 victory and a much better performance.
The second game saw us come up
The last game saw us come flying out the blocks against St Peter’s, York, something we hadn't done for most of the season. We scored an early driving maul courtesy of James Hawkes. The game also saw Tom Elliott score his first try for the first team, in his last game for school after fifteen years of stellar service. However, we just couldn't hold on losing 24-35, but again showing the potential we had all season. It was also in this game that I unfortunately tore the cruciate ligament in my knee which ended my season.
In the second half of term, we conceded 100 points, and scored 104, and I feel the second half of the season saw us exhibit the dog ‘as Mase would say’ we have as a team, and how we managed to turn round a severely disrupted season and still come out of it with some good wins and trophies.
The 7s season, lead superbly by Michael Walton, saw us flex our muscles and show our potential especially in the Hymer’s tournament, where the boys beat RGS Newcastle, Hymers, Woodhouse Grove, St Peter’s, and Sedbergh to reach the final only to just lose out to QEGS Wakefield by one try in a close match. The 7s season enabled our flying machines to show off their wheels with Connor Stewart, Garry Izomor and Lewis Bunce not needing a second invitation to let loose. Only Garry sometimes liked to run through and demolish people instead of running round them! A special mention to James Elliot, next season’s 1st XV Captain, who had a great sevens season.
The hard work in the 7s season spans across the entire school and we have seen some outstanding successes. Having won the HMC Super Sevens Championships two years ago, we were always going to be in with a chance this year, although as last year’s winners, Sedbergh would always be our main rival. Due to the 1st VII success at Hymer’s, a strong U16 campaign, an unstoppable U15 season, and an outstanding finish from the U14s, we managed to beat Sedbergh by 8pts to become the overall HMC Super Sevens Champions which is a fantastic achievement.
We have a host of pupil honours this season with special mention to Dominic Warby and Henry Wadsworth making the England U18 Lambs side, Tristan Grant and Ryan Allan playing for the North of England and Josh Pratt who made the England U17 Lions squad. Garry Izomor continues as an England Academy Scholar with Tristan Grant and Cameron Keanurico being
Rugby: Honours 2014-2015 County U18:
Lloyd Purser, Michael Walton, Dan Taylor, Charlie Scott (Northumberland), Connor Stewart (Northumberland), Ben Langthorne
Ben Langthorne, James Elliott, Josh Pratt, Matthew Howe, Ryan Allan, Matthew Proctor (Yorkshire), Connor Stewart (Northumberland)
Ryan Allan, Tristan Grant, Matthew Howe
Kyle Elliott, Cameron Keanurico, Will Jewitt, Reece Amir, Rob Millbank
North of England U18: Michael Walton
North of England U16: Ryan Allan, Tristan Grant
England Academy Scholars:
England Lions U17 Rugby League:
Adam Redman, Garry Izomor, Cameron Keanurico, Tristan Grant Josh Pratt
U18 Lambs XV:
Dominic Warby, Henry Wadsworth
Adam Redman, Lloyd Purser, Michael Walton, Connor Stewart, Ben Langthorne, James Elliott, Garry Izomor Ryan Allan, Tristan Grant Cameron Keanurico, Kyle Elliott, Reece Amir, Will Jewitt, Rob Millbank, Harry Jackson (Yorkshire Carnegie)
Newcastle Falcons Academy:
Professional Rugby contract with Newcastle Falcons: Adam Redman
selected to join him. Having secured a professional contact for next year, Adam Redman goes to join ODs Micky Young, Craig Willis, David Nelson and Dan Taylor at Newcastle Falcons.
As I and the 7 boys who have had more than one season in first team (Henry Wadsworth, Dom Warby, Mark Davison, Chris Field, Loyd Purser and Michael Walton) and the three boys winning caps this year (Olly Simmonds, Rasih Hitchins and James Hawkes) prepare to leave Durham School in summer, I can honestly say some of the best days of my life have been wearing the green and white hoops running about on a rugby pitch with these guys, whether it be the Playground, Kingston Park,
Allianz park or any of the famous grounds we have played at.
It is something we will all cherish for the rest of our lives and we put it to the people stepping up to continue with pride, respect and endeavour, the rugby legacy which is engrained within Durham School.
With five of the current lower sixth including Ben Langthrone, Austin Anderson, Matt Proctor, Garry Izomor and Charlie Scott all winning first team caps last year, five of the lower sixth winning new caps this year including Harry Pearson, Jacob Weightman, Josh Pratt, Alex Vassallo, Lewis Miller, James Elliot and Connor Stewart alongside 3 year 11s named Ryan Allan, Tristan Grant and Joe Nordli we feel this legacy is in safe hands. The Dunelmian 63
Mr Mason and Mr Bedworth’s support to the team, as ever has been above and beyond the required call of duty and they are the reason much of our success comes about. Their roles within Durham School rugby have delivered so much success and bring the best out of us all as players, and we are all in their debt. Their banter almost makes it enjoyable to wake up at 6.30am and go in the gym, but that’s probably because they don't realise we tend to be laughing at them! I would like to add a personal thank you for their support to me this season in helping me achieve my goals.
To conclude, I would like to say thank you to everybody who has tolerated us and supported us this season and over the years, especially mums and dads who have been fantastic and are greatly appreciated. The boys are extremely grateful and all our success is attributed to you all.
Adam Redman (1st XV Captain 2014/15)
2nd XV Rugby
The season did not get off to the greatest start with just over half a dozen Year 11 pupils not coming back for Sixth Form, for one reason or another. This meant we were always going to be up against it this season. Some extensive recruitment from Mr Burke brought several players out of retirement (Rob McAneney, Joe Hodgson, Phil Turnbull-Adams, Fred Enticknap, Rory Jackson, Euan Gardiner and Jordan Hauxwell) and some rowers were somehow convinced to double up with Saturday morning rowing training followed by an afternoon rugby game (Sam Barker and Verus von Haeften). Six injuries to the first team during pre-season meant we went into the first game of the season with just one substitute. We managed to compete well up front, dominating up front thanks to Fred Enticknap, Dan Baker, Lewis Miller and Jonny Fletcher’s 64 The Dunelmian
strong scrummaging. Uncontested scrums were even considered by the Barnard Castle referee. A couple of injuries meant we limped to the final whistle on the losing side. RGS were up next, with two serious injuries and a couple of knocks through the game,
shoulder dislocation, stopped feeling sorry for ourselves and proceeded to put together the best 30 mins of rugby for the season. This proved to be a real turning point for our season. Winning the second half was scant consolation for shipping 40 points in
we ended up playing most of the game with 13 players. RGS obviously did the right thing and drop their numbers to match up and keep it competitive, oh wait….no they didn’t. This was to be a taste of things to come. The build-up of injuries meant that we were unable to field a team against our new fixture, the Grammar School at Leeds.
The Turbo Hawks dominated all areas of the pitch against Dame Allan’s, with key positions being filled at 9 and 10 by Sam Newton and Jonty Megginson. Their continuity from the U16’s made sure that the great platform set by our forwards was well distributed to our backs. Injuries once again took their toll for numbers the Hymers game was cancelled. As we approached half term, injuries started returning to the first team and the second’s starting benefitting from familiar faces returning to the fold.
Sedbergh were up next, Mr Burke stated at half time that this was the worst 30 minutes rugby he had seen in the ten years he had been at the school. Feeling sorry for ourselves at half time was short lived, we took the dressing down, wished Matthew George the best, with a serious
the first half. Special mentions go to Josh Pratt, making his Durham School debut did not miss a tackle and made some solid yards down the middle. Jonny Flecther’s war cry of ‘jog it back lads’ after watching Josh score a try, whilst himself ambling back, will live long in the memory. Rasih Hitchins made some serious yards as always and the effort and attitude towards rugby form Lewis Miller was second to none.
Ampleforth saw another slow start, going down a few tries early on with some soft defending gave Ampleforth a lead they never relinquished. Durham came within a penalty in the final few minutes, of getting what would have been a wonderful victory. Merchiston 1st XV were playing in their semi-final of the national competition so a composite team of first/second team pulled on the famous Hawks jersey and won convincingly. I was pleased to see a first team player take a late, illegal hit, but respond in the manner that we expect of all Hawks players and not involve himself in any ‘afters’. A large victory ensued. Can we claim this as a second’s victory? History will say yes!
Woodhouse Grove saw a return of the turbo Hawks. After some appalling behaviour by the Grove in previous seasons, a strong referee was required and thankfully we got one in, Mr Gerrard. Matty Howe, Tristan Grant and Adi Hitchins made strong yards down the middle and Joe Nordli provided some craft out wide. The game ebbed and flowed and, unfortunately, Durham came out losers, missed kicks being the only difference between the two teams. This really was a fascinating game of rugby to be involved in. Yarm was our best all round performance of the season. We conceded just the one try, but came back strong to win convincingly. Jonny Hedley ran some wonderful lines throughout, constantly posing a threat. Oliver Simmonds had his best distribution game in mid-field and was putting people through holes at will and Lorenz Kurozcik once again outstanding as a last line of defence.
St. Peters, York, was our final game of the season. Injuries had once again taken their toll and we arrived with no substitutes. Injuries to the first team meant we were down to 13 by the end of the second half and 12 by the first few minutes of the second. Once again sportsmanship was not the order of the day for the opposition meaning that the game was a non-event in the second half. This somewhat spoiled what was supposed to be a real send off for the Upper Sixth, but didn’t dispel the good cheer for those whose last game it was for Durham School. A huge thank you goes to all the members of the second XV, their commitment to rugby, effort and attitude during mid-week training and on a Saturday really helps galvanise the team and makes it a special environment in which to be involved. Parents play a huge role in this environment too and all the boys really do appreciate the support you give us on the touch line. A final word goes to the Upper Sixth boys of the Hawks; Dan Baker, Tom Elliott, Rasih Hitchins, Matthew George, Joe Hodgson, Phil Turnbull-Adams, Sam
Barker, Jonny Fletcher, Rob McAneney, Seb Robson, Thafer Bustami, all abley led by captain Oliver Simmonds. Mr Burke hates being called a coach, so has administered and managed the team well this season, along with constantly running on to try and stop any fracas from developing further, what he intends to do is anyone’s guess.
As a wise Hawk once said, ‘Hawks fly together, Hawks die together, Hawks for life’ Floreat Dunelmia Oliver Simmonds (2nd XV Rugby Captain)
A lengthy summer break came to an abrupt end with a gruelling pre-season camp, which helped dust off the cobwebs and prepare the U16 boys for a tough term of 15 a-side rugby. We had a warm-up game during the pre-season week against a physical side from Stamford. Unfortunately we lost this game six tries to two; however the boys gave a good account of themselves and it gave us an opportunity to try out different combinations and team strategies before the first block fixture against Barnard Castle.
We were at home against Barnard Castle with both sides struggling to play expansive rugby in poor weather conditions. The first half was a tight encounter with the sides going in 5-5. Unfortunately a couple of lapses in concentration enabled Barnard Castle to score two soft tries and we ended up losing 5-19. There were many positives to take from the game, particularly the strength of our lineout and catch and drive.
The following week we travelled to RGS Newcastle, where we were greeted by the sunshine and some excellent playing conditions. Initially this seemed to play in to the hands of the RGS team as they scored two early tries in quick succession. Much to their credit, the boys showed excellent resolve and they started to create pressure by looking after the ball, building phases and tackling aggressively. A catch and drive try and an opportunist score from Sam Newton brought the scores level and, with confidence high, Ryan Allan, Dominic Fox and Will Gray all scored in the second half, giving us our first win of the season. This game has to be one of the highlights of the season, as in previous years the boys have been on the wrong end of a heavy score-line against RGS.
U16 7s at QEGS Wakefield
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Leeds Grammar School were next on the agenda and this proved to be a very physical and tough encounter. Again we started slowly and a flurry of tries at the start of the game put us on the back foot, but much to the boys’ credit, they got stuck in and started to build pressure and string together some good phases of play. The score-line ended up 33-17.
Unfortunately our next fixture against Hymers College had to be cancelled, as their bus broke down! This meant that we were slightly under-cooked when it came to playing Sedbergh at home. A 5-67 loss highlighted the need to work on our defensive strategy and one on one tackles, and this was the focus in the build up to the Ampleforth game.
Like most of the games over the course of the term, the Ampleforth game was a physical encounter, with two evenly matched packs. This time it was the backs who made the difference between the two sides and it was pleasing to see a much more solid defensive display. While a couple of try scoring passes didn’t go to hand, we ran out comfortable winners 17-7.
The up and down nature of the season continued as we took on Merchiston Castle in our next game. The weather wasn’t conducive to expansive rugby which meant it became an arm wrestle up front. We actually played some very good rugby in this game, however, as was the case against Sedbergh, some lapses in concentration led to some soft tries being conceded. The final score was 0-52.
The remaining two fixtures saw the U16 team play on the 1st XV pitch and they fittingly produced their two best performances of the season. Yarm were first up, and we demonstrated some excellent continuity play running out 76-5 winners. Adi Hitchins, Will Bowles and Cameron Wright deserve a mention as they played for Yarm when they went down to 14 players due to a number of injuries. St Peter’s, York was the final fixture of the 15 66 The Dunelmian
a-side season and in my opinion this was our best performance. A very mature performance ensued, with clever tactical kicking, good use of the driving mall and some excellent ball retention, starving the St Peter’s team of possession and forcing penalties. Comparing this performance to the start of the season, it is clear that the boys have improved hugely. They have shown an excellent team spirit and I have thoroughly enjoyed coaching them. A special mention must go to Ryan Allan and Tristan Grant, who were both given North of England rugby trials and I would like to congratulate Tristan on his selection. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Will Gray for his efforts in captaining the side he has done an excellent job!
Mr P Dias
U16 7s Rugby
The Easter term came round, and with it the 7s season. With the majority of the team made up the forward pack, we had to think carefully about how we played; a slightly more direct and less expansive brand of 7s! Our first test came when we travelled to the Sedbergh 7s, this is a tough tournament with many of the best
rugby schools in the north attending. To their credit, the team played very well on this day. We recorded wins against Sedbergh and Manchester Grammar school (both excellent team performances), however we drew our last game and subsequently failed to progress out of the group based on points difference. The boys took a great deal of confidence from how they played in this tournament and a good platform had been set for us to continue our 7s campaign. Next came the Weston 7s hosted at Durham School. Given this was our home tournament we were keen to continue the form that we had shown at the Sedbergh 7s. Unfortunately we started slowly and went down to a strong Woodhouse Grove team. We then went on to beat Yarm comfortably and then played in an epic game of 7s against St Peter’s, which ended in a draw. As was the case at Sedbergh, we were let down by points difference and subsequently didn’t progress. St Peter’s actually went on to win the competition that day, which shows the level we were playing at.
Our final tournament was the QEGS Wakefield 7s which, again, was another tough encounter. The firstgame was against the hosts on a huge pitch, which didn’t really suit our style of play and we just felt short. Next up we had Hymer’s College,
who we beat comfortably. The following game against Sedbergh was another tight affair, with some excellent rugby being played by both side, the physicality of this game told and we were left with a number of injuries. Finally came Barnard Castle, our local rivals, it was a play off for 3rd and 4th place in the competition and pride was at stake. We got off to an excellent start, however with only eight boys left in the squad, fitness got the better of us and we conceded a last play of the game try which put the teams level. This time points difference was on our side and we took 3rd place.
Like the 15 a-side season, the 7s season has been tough, but hugely enjoyable and it was great to see the boys develop their game and improve individually and collectively. Henry Hudson and Adi Hitchins, showed excellent pace and finished off some good team tries, Will Gray, Matthew Howe and Piers Davison were physical in the pack and Sam Newton, Jonty Megginson and Joe Nordli created a lot of space for others. Nathan Bushnell, scored some excellent individual tries and Phil Chapman tackled tirelessly. Well done on an excellent season.
Floreat Dunelmia. Mr P Dias
The 2014-2015 season will live long in the memory of players, coaches and supporters of the Durham School U15s rugby team. A phenomenal blend of outlandish attacking flair and individual brilliance in combination with a cast iron defensive solidarity enabled the team to register an almost unblemished record. In fact, the group managed to extend their winning streak on the tough North Super 7’s circuit to over 50 games (2013-2015), running out victors in all 4 of the competitions in which they took part. Sedbergh took the brunt of the Durham juggernaut, losing out in all 7 encounters, including 3 finals.
U15s on the attack
In the main season, the A-team squad of around 25 players performed admirably throughout. At times, they were unplayable and by December the team had a perfect record, racking up over 550 points in 12 games. A closely fought and slightly nervous 33-27 victory against St Peter’s York in the Natwest Cup Fifth round set up a mouth-watering Sixth round tie against North rivals QEGS Wakefield on the Playground at Durham School. QEGS, steeped in Nat West Cup tradition, were the favourites. The Durham team fought valiantly throughout, with vice-captain Will
Jewitt leading by example with an outstanding display in the back row. The boys were down at half time but rallied in the second half, cheered on by a partisan Durham School crowd. A late spell of attacking couldn’t bring Durham the points they needed to close the gap on their counterparts and QEGS ran out 15-12 winners. As it transpired, Durham had lost out to the eventual winners of the competition in an enthralling game – many observers commented on its worthiness of a final. The Dunelmian 67
There were many excellent individual performances over the course of the season, however a few players deserve special mention for their efforts. Captain Max Weightman led from the front with skill and determination throughout; scrum half Cameron Keanurico impressed all who watched him play and is a real talent for the future; back row forwards Kyle Elliott and Will Jewitt had immense seasons with and without the ball; Rob Milbanke combined electric pace with his ferocious tackling to make him one the key members of the team; finally Harry Jackson broke all try scoring records for the team with over 40 tries in the 15 a side season. Mr A Smith U15 coach
2014 Tynedale Tournament winners Opposition
Ampleforth Hill House RGS Newcastle Stowe School (final)
36-0 (W) 48-0 (W) 50-5 (W) 17-5 (W)
2014-2015 results (Saturday fixtures plus Natwest Cup*) Opposition
Barnard Castle RGS Newcastle Leeds Grammar School Dame Allans Sedbergh Ampleforth Merchiston Castle Yarm Woodhouse Grove St Peter’s York* QEGS Wakefield*
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67-0 (W) 53-5 (W) 57-5 (W) 49-14 (W) 24-0 (W) 61-0 (W) 40-0 (W) 52-0 (W) 50-0 (W) 33-27 (W) 12-15 (L)
The team this year has had its fair share of ups and downs, building from last year we received several new players to bolster our squad and set-out with high hopes for our first game against rivals Barnard Castle.
The boys worked incredibly hard and completely dominated the opposition with both new players and members of last year’s squad producing a resounding seven try victory.
Unfortunately we found the remainder of the season quite a challenge playing against some incredibly well drilled and strong teams. The aim of this year was to build a squad in preparation for the challenge of the NatWest cup next year. And many of the boys have had the opportunity of playing in different positions to really test themselves.
Throughout our season we have proved time and again that we have an offensive game to match any opposition, and through sheer determination the boys have worked hard to bolster their commitment to defence of their own line. Finishing the season with some hard fought battles and a team which they can feel proud to be a part of.
U13 Rugby & U13 Sevens
The U13 rugby season got off to an encouraging start when we hosted the Parling Cup here at school. Some good attacking play and strong defence saw us beat St Martin’s, Ampleforth and Mount St Mary’s. We then drew in a closely fought match against Terrington Hall. Unfortunately they had won all of their other games too and ended up
progressing ahead of us based on the points difference.
With good foundations set for the rest of the season, it was pleasing to see us record comfortable wins against Yarm, NSB, RGS B team and Harton - the boys attacked well and played an attractive brand of rugby. Niall Butler and Jonny Bushnell worked well in the midfield and one of our new additions, Nathaniel Stanford, showed good finishing from the wing. In the forwards, Joe Houston and Conor Dougall were mobile and tackled well. Unfortunately we weren’t able to replicate this form against Merchiston Castle and Terrington Hall, both of whom beat us comfortably. The 7s season came around after the Christmas break. The highlight of this part of the season was when we went to the Terrington Hall 7s competition. This is one of the largest prep school competitions in England, with 32 teams attending. The boys played superbly, beating Barnard Castle, Merchiston, Red House, Pocklington and Mount St Mary’s. This saw them reach the semi- 0)finals where they lost in the last minute of the game to a strong Terrington Hall side. I should also congratulate Jonny Bushnell on his 12 tries in this tournament! Another highlight of the sevens season was the Bradford Grammar School 7s. Although we started slowly and lost to a strong Bradford Grammar School side, we managed to turn things around beating Mount St Marys, Barnard Castle and Yarm to win the bowl. Despite these strong
BOYS 1st XI Hockey
Hockey is now played at school by lots of boys at all different levels. Tim Hargreaves, who captained the team, has gone to play senior Hockey with Durham City first team. He is an excellent example of a young boy who has started playing at Durham School and has developed a real passion for the game. We have a fixture list that is competitive but also allows all boys who want to play to be able to participate. Playing in the Easter term is always difficult with the weather and this season we lost almost half the fixtures in January with snow and frost. When we did get out in the second half of term we played some skillful attractive hockey with all the boys enjoying the game. We have lots of young players coming through the school now so 1st XI hockey will continue to develop.
Mr M Fishwick
BOYS U15 Hockey
performances the team were not able to replicate this form consistently and subsequently struggled in our own Durham School 7s tournament and the Woodhouse Grove competition.
The U13s also travelled to Mowden Hall, where they came up against some tough opposition, but played very well. Having come second in our group due to losing to Mowden Hall, the boys played superbly against a strong RGS side, unfortunately we ended up losing in the last play of the game. So on reflection the season has been a mixed one in terms of results. The boys have shown the ability to produce some excellent performances, in both the 15 a-side format and on the 7s field. The challenge for
them now is to do this more consistently.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the boys for their efforts throughout the season, they have been great to coach and they should be really pleased with how they have developed as a team. A special mention must also go to Conor Dougall, who captained the team very well. Finally I would like to the parents for their support over the course of the season - I know that the boys appreciated this a great deal. Floreat Dunelmia,
Mr P Dias
The U15 hockey team showed some real potential playing some fast attacking hockey and they achieved some excellent results.The team were a mixture of talented players and raw athletic boys who were fast and aggressive. Harry Tait captained the team and he is one of the most skilful players the school has ever produced. Hopefully he will go on and play at a high level outside of school. Adam Khan has also developed into an excellent player and has gone on to further honours with club and county. The weather affected the fixtures in the first half of term but we did have some excellent results beating Barnard Castle 5 - 0 and RGS 4 - 1 All the boys enjoyed the season and improved as hockey players. Mr M Fishwick.
BOYS U13s Hockey
The U13 hockey team had an excellent season winning all of their games and playing some entertaining hockey along the way. Yarm 3-1, St Olaves 3-1, RGS 2-1
The weather affected the season but all Year 7 and 8 boys have at least one hockey lesson a week and this is enabling all the boys to enjoy the game and develop hockey at Durham School.
I thank all the boys for their enthusiasm, they have been enjoyable to coach. Mike Fishwick
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ollowing on from the 2014 cricket season where we achieved some brilliant results and had eight leavers in the team, the 2015 season was mixed in terms of results but excellent in developing young cricketers for the future.
The weather was not that warm over the term but it did allow us to play every fixture. The only game not to finish from rain was against Barnard Castle with the school being in a strong position at 101 - 2.
We played another twenty fixtures winning ten and losing ten. Highlights being victories against Sedbergh, Ampleforth, Durham Pilgrims and RGS Newcastle. Our disappointments came with our games against our Yorkshire opponents with losses against St. Peter's York, Woodhouse Grove, Bradford and Leeds Grammar school. We also lost against a strong MCC team but it was a fantastic learning experience for the team. Our yearly cricket festival took us to Cambridge where we had a brilliant win against Bromsgrove but lost two close games against Merchant Taylor's Liverpool and the Perse. In the National T 20 competition we again reached the Northern semi 1st Xl BATTING AVERAGES PLAYER
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finals beating Barnard Castle along the way but falling short against a strong St Peters York team.
These results show a talented but young team with Captain Sam Taylor Gell, Mark Davison and Jamie Kirkbride the only leavers this season. Sam did a great job as captain, both performing as a player as well as helping the younger players in the team.
Individual highlights of the season were Luke Hendersons 113 not out and Piers Davisons six wickets against Sedbergh, Sam Taylor's Gellâ€™s six wickets against RGS Newcastle. The biggest highlight was definitely having Rupesh arrive at Durham school from Mumbai India. Coming from his orphanage to Durham School was a daunting but exciting
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experience for him and not only his talent as a cricketer but his smile and willingness to learn inspired us all.
With young players like Luke Henderson, Josh Obrien, Dominic Scott and many more coming through our Junior teams at Durham School, including seventeen young players currently involved in Durham County teams, cricket here continues to look healthy for the future. Although our cricketing stocks look good our wicket on the playground and pavilion still need some work and investment is needed to improve the facilities for our young players.
HIGHEST SCORE 113 94 41 46 47
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AVERAGE 68.18 23.23 17 12 18.3
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We are looking at setting up a Durham School Cricket Club supporters fund and any help from ODs would be greatly appreciated. I must also thank everyone that helped make the cricket season run smoothly. Maurice Bell for his support at every 1st XI fixture, Mike Hirsch and all the coaching staff for their hard work. Last but not least, the ground and kitchen staff for their invaluable contribution. With continued hard work over the winter months we look forward to the 2016 season. Awards:
Batting - Luke Henderson Bowling - Piers Davison Fielding - Josh Obrien
Maurice Bell Award Most improved - Piers Davison
Mike Hirsch Award Outstanding 1st XI player Sam Taylor Gell. Mr M Fishwick
The 2015 cricket season was extremely successful and enjoyable for everyone involved.
As a team, they worked well together and played some entertaining cricket. They achieved some excellent results, winning five and only losing one game all year. Convincing victories against RGS Newcastle, Barnard Castle and Woodhouse Grove were the highlights, along with the exciting tied match against St Mary's Liverpool.
Individually with the bat it was a great season for Charlie Scott with two fifties. Lewis Carney was the outstanding bowler and Tim Hargreaves won the fielding award.
The successful season has to be attributed to the team effort as everyone that played for the 2nd XI contributed with bat and ball.
A special mention must go to Lewis Miller who did an outstanding job as captain and won the Ron Booth award for services to second team cricket. I look forward to a lot of this team progressing into the first XI next season. Dr Duncan Wilde.
Barnard Castle won RGS Newcastle won Leeds Grammar won Bradford Grammar won Woodhouse Grove won St Mary's Liverpool Tied St. Peter's York. lost Sedbergh/ Ampleforth cancelled
The start of the cricket season didn’t get under way quite as we would have hoped, not because of results, but because of the weather; our first five games had to be cancelled due to the rain!
Our first completed game came against High Tunstall in the National T20 competition. Durham batted first and got off to a shaky start in tricky batting conditions. Will Jewitt was the stand out performer, contributing 54 runs to our total of 116-5. With the ball in hand, we were then able to bowl High Tunstall out for 50, with Sol Bell and Chris Heron both taking 3 wickets. St Peter’s York was our first completed block fixture of the season. With the
sun shining and the wicket looking flat we elected to bat first. Adam Kahn scored 53 and Will Jewitt scored 91, taking us to 171-6. However this strong batting performance wasn’t backed up by the bowling, which resulted in a nervy last few overs. Fortunately we managed secure the win, with St Peters York finishing on 165. The match against the Durham County U15 team was one of the highlights of the season. Unlike our usual fixtures, this was a timed match. Durham County declared on 131-9 after 36 overs. On a tough batting wicket, this wasn’t going to be an easy score to get. Another shaky start ensued, however Jonny Bushnell managed to steady the ship with an excellent innings, scoring 32 not out. Durham School ended up scoring 132-7, recording a memorable win. During the half term break, the U15s played a two day game against the Northumberland U15 team. A poor display with both ball and bat saw Northumberland end the first day with a significant advantage. To their credit, they boys didn’t give in on the second day and held out for a draw with 9 wickets down. The U15s continued their unbeaten run when they travelled to Woodhouse Grove. Some accurate bowling from Sam Palmer-Muttitt, Sam North and James Wood saw us bowl Woodhouse Grove out for 93. We then got the runs for one wicket, with Cameron Fyfe scoring 44 not out.
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Next came the T20 county cup semi final against Barnard Castle. We bowled first, and despite gifting them 32 extras, we were able to restrict them to 94. Barnard Castle started well with the ball and had us 2 down for 8 runs. Sol Bell came in at number 3 and put in a solid performance scoring 42 not out and guiding us to victory.
The winning streak came to an end when we hosted Bradford Grammar School, playing on the small pitch, we were unable to contain a strong opening pair, who knocked off our total of 175 in 21 overs. James Coxon deserves a mention for his batting performance in this game as he scored 59 not out.
didnâ€™t take our chances and allowed LGS to get to a respectable 144. Early wickets fell with the bat and, despite spirited performances from James Coxon, Cameron Keanurico and Stavros Gidopolous, we fell short of the total.
Our final block fixture was against Ampleforth. We were fortunate enough to play on their first team pitch, which offered good batting conditions on, what was a sunny day. A slow start with the bat put the pressure on and wickets tumbled in quick succession. A spirited partnership between James Coxon and James Hughes helped us to 114 all out. Unfortunately the bowling was wayward and we were unable to
T20 cup. We bowled first and performed well; Will Elliott got hattrick and Sol Bell took 4 wickets. We restricted Shelley College to 102. A poor batting performance followed and we were bowled out for 78.
Despite the two losses the T20 Northern Finals day was an excellent experience. There were a number of U14 players in the squad, and this will stand them in good stead if they qualify for it again next year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the boys for their efforts during the season. It has been a successful campaign and I have really enjoyed coaching them. The parents also deserve a special mention for their support, I know that the boys really appreciated this. Cameron Fyfe should be commended for his efforts as captain this term as he has done en excellent job leading the team. There are some talented players in this group of boys and I look forward to seeing them progress during their time at Durham School and beyond. Floreat Dunelmia Mr P Dias
U15 T20 Northern Finals Day
Our opponents in the T20 County Cup final were St Thomas Moore School. We batted first and put on a dominant display, scoring 206-0 (Cameron Fyfe scoring 99 not out and Adam Kahn scoring 95 not out). We were then able to bowl St Thomas Moore out for 126. James Hughes, who has done an excellent job as wicket keeper for us this season, was the pick of the bowlers as he took 4 wickets for 3 runs.
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bowl Ampleforth out.
The T20 Northern Finals day has been a highlight for the U15s in previous seasons, and it was no different this time around. Our first game was against Sedbergh and we started well with the ball, getting threeearly wickets and bowling tightly. They had a strong six overs in the middle of the innings which swung the momentum in their favour, with them finishing on 164. Adam Kahn and Cameron Fyfe batted with intent and got us off to a good start. However we werenâ€™t able to back this up further down the batting order.
Our second game was against Shelley College, the winners of the Yorkshire
Its been a pleasure to work with the U14s this year. In all the years I have been at Durham School I have never had as many good potential players, with nine players representing the county team. With this many players, it has been hard to give everyone plenty of opportunity to play.
An impressive stat is that out of the 20 games that we have played in the regular season, we have lost just one, which was to St Peters York. Probably the stand out team performance was against the Durham County U14 team. We managed to bowl them out for 130 and then knocked off the runs in 25 overs. There were some very good batting performances from Chris Heron, Sol Bell and Jonny Pears. Adam Kahn has spent most of the season playing for the U15 team, but he has also
keeps working hard.
batted well for us when playing for the U14 team.
Alex Kobylka worked really hard on his bowling throughout the season which has improved immensely and his future is looking promising. Will Elliott, Dylan Fleming Jones, Tommy Bell have also bowled well.
In spin bowling we have been well represented by Sol Bell, Will Dexter and James Haydon who have all bowled well all season. We have been served by two wicket keepers with Jonny Pears and Josh Bland. Josh hasn't had many opportunities to bat but is a good little player. Jonny Pears has also done an outstanding job as captain and has had help from Sol Bell and Adam Khan.
Other players who deserve a mention for their efforts are Robbie Hall, Patrick Dawson and Harry Thompson, who havenâ€™t been given lots of opportunity but they have been good team players and always given their best.
During the first week of the summer holidays we took the U14s down to the south of England, where we stayed at the London University Royal Holloway College. Whilst on tour we played 4 matches, winning two and narrowly losing the other two. There were notable performances from Adam Kahn (93 not out against Skinners School), Sol Bell (100 not out against Portsmouth and 50 not out against King School) and Jonny Bushnell (50 not out
To round up, this has been a very successful season, not only in terms of results, but also with regard to how much the boys have improved. They still have a lot of hard work to do and I am looking forward to seeing them progress and develop as cricketers as they get older. Floreat Dunelmia, Mr M Hirsch
The U13 team have had a very good season this year. Watching the team develop their cricket and improve as players has given me great joy, and it was fantastic to see four players represent the county. We have been led by Jonny Bushnell with the help of Leo Giacomelli and Robbie Fyfe. Jonny has bowled well and his batting at times has been phenomenal, with great power for his age. In addition to this, Leo has started to become more consistent, but he still has a bit of work to do - when he gets older, I think he could be a very good player. Robbie Fyfe, like his brother, will finish up a very good player, if he
Other players who have really improved in batting are Niall Butler and Jenson Hibbitts, and I am looking forward to seeing them making hundreds as they progress through the school.
I have seen a big improvement by Thomas Dawson, Joe Brown, Myron Dempsey, particularly with their bowling, they are now bowling much more accurately and I hope that they keep working hard in this area. We have also had some all-rounders who have come on in Jared Warby, Kieron Williams and Nathaniel Stanford.
I would also like to mention some of the U12s who have done well when playing for the U13 team; Thomas Reynolds, Thomas Mackenney and Tadgh Burke have done a great job for the team, and have shown a lot of promise, both with the bat and the ball.
In terms of a summary of the season, we have had a successful campaign. There were notable wins against, Aysgarth, Mowden Hall, St Martins Ampleforth and some good close games which we didnâ€™t manage to win, against Sedbergh and Durham County.
Probably the highlight of the season was when we played in the Worsely Cup, down at Ampleforth. We ended up winning the competition, playing some excellent cricket. Jonny Bushnell deserves a special mention as he scored 270 runs in 6 matches.
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Manor and Mowden Hall, mixed with a couple of close losses to Woodhouse Grove , Barnard Castle and RGS Newcastle,the boys got plenty of opportunity to develop as individuals and to enjoy playing cricket.
U13 6-a-side winners
This season has been very enjoyable, I have enjoyed coaching the boys and listening to their terrible jokes, and I am looking forward to seeing them develop their cricket. Floreat Dunelmia, Mr M Hirsch
Thomas Reynolds captained the team and performed brilliantly with his 106 v RGS and 75 not out v Ampleforth being highlights. All the boys improved over the season and with continued hard work over the winter I look forward to seeing them develop even further next season. Awards
Batting - Thomas Reynolds Bowling - Sam Brown Fielding - Isaiah Jones Mr M Fishwick
Schoolâ€™s provision for sport to a new level.
Along with our cardiovascular room with a number of treadmills, bikes and cross-trainers, we also have our ergo room with 16 rowing machines and now an open conditioning room. This can be used for anything from aerobics classes and boot camps to one on one batting practice for our cricketers.
The conditioning facilities currently see a huge amount of use from Durham School pupils. Between 7am and 8am there are team conditioning sessions every day of the week. This is complemented by smaller group sessions during the day and lunch time, with team conditioning sessions again between 5pm and 6pm on most days of the week.
The arrival of AM Fitness has also seen the start of a parents boot camp from 9am to 10am on three mornings a week.
Mr B Mason (Director of Sport)
Durham Knights â€“ Basketball
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Strength and Conditioning
What was already a new strength and conditioning room in the Budworth has now been upgraded again with the arrival of AM Fitness. Adam Morton (OD) has relocated his high performance gym to Durham School where the Durham School pupils now benefit not only from access to top of the range conditioning equipment but also expert advice. Having recently competed for Great Britain for Triathlon, Adam helps bring Durham
This season saw the most closely fought inter-house Basketball competition of recent years, with all three houses vying for the top position and School House narrowly taking the honours. From this competition, selection of the Durham Knights began. Many new players joined the team this year for the opportunity of playing against strong competition in the form of Sedbergh or Ashville College.
The Knights showed real commitment during each of their games with Veterans such as David Leung and Joe Tang leading the way for new starters Lucas Wood and James Hewison to gain in confidence and experience. Thafer Bustami and Seb Hunt-Farmer showed real experience from last year in leading the team against often much stronger and well-established sides. A largely new team this year shows great promise for the future.
his year has certainly witnessed a few changes at Durham School Boat Club. There has been a huge increase in the number of pupils getting involved in the sport as well as increased competition at all levels. This is a really encouraging sign for the future, as well as an excellent present with an increase of wins and improved performance this year across all year groups. This is even more impressive when we look at the boat club, which is not big on numbers - both pupils and staff, and also the size of the school compared to those we compete against. With a new coaching team in place, a new training programme and a buzz around the boat club we started back in full flow setting our aims high for a successful season ahead. Several members of staff had departed at the end of last year leaving some gaps to fill. Mr Davidson joined the team and took on the roll as Coach for the Boys’ Squads and Boathouse Manager. Miss McCabe, Mr Gardner and Mr Thompson as academic staff continued to help us during their allocated games sessions.
The new programme started in September and after a few cobwebs of the summer holidays blown away we were back into the full swing of winter training. There were additions to the squads from overseas this year with Charlotte Von Bockelmann, Paul Andrä and Thomas Schmitz joining us from Germany for a year, this added great depth to our squads.
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chance to test crew combinations and see how the first four weeks of training had gone. The senior boys J18 Coxless Quad of Verus Von Haeften, Sam Barker, Ryan Bewick and Alex Brown put in a strong performance finishing 5th overall and the women’s J18 Coxless Quad of
Maddy Lowes - Boat Club Captain
Maddy Lowes, Charlotte Von Bockelmann, Emily Soppitt and Claudia George raced hard to come second in their category. The standard had been set for the rest of the year and we now had our goals in place.
One of the premier long distance sculls event of the year was soon upon us and Tees always proves to be a real test for all of the crews. Learning from Hylton it was now time to put all the training into practice. Our fastest crew of the day was the J16 boys Coxless Quad of Alex Jones, Matthew Storey, Thomas Schmitz and Luke Hargreaves. The crew finished 13th out of a possible 148 crews. An emerging double of Maddy Lowes and Charlotte Von Bockelmann were successful on the day winning women’s Intermediate 3 Double Sculls and then joining up with Emily Soppitt and Lauren Marsh to win the women’s J18 Coxless Quad. There were also successes for Ryan Bewick and Sam Barker in the Novice Double Sculls. At Tees we also raced two pairs with Ryan Bewick and Sam Barker successfully winning intermediate 3 Coxless Pair. Our other Pair of Peter Fisk and Alex Brown will never forget the importance of a top nut if you want to stay to dry after this event! Tyne Long Distance Sculls and Small Boats Head is always a tough event due to the nature of the river Tyne and the standard northern weather conditions that the weekend brings with it. A very dominant performance in the Coxed Four of Peter Fisk, Alex Brown, Paul Andrä, Verus Von Haeften and cox Alexander Smith witnessed them row in as the fastest boat of the day in the small boats division beating several crews of higher status. Again the J18 girls put in a strong performance with Maddy Lowes, Charlotte Von Bockelmann, Emily Soppitt
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and Lauren Marsh winning their category. Verus Von Haeften and Paul Andrä comfortably won the J17 Double Sculls after some tricky steering to avoid a pile up of boats as they rowed through the final bridge. Charlotte Von Bockelmann and Luke Hargreaves also competed in singles for the first time and were successful in their respective events.
This term also saw Peter Fisk join the Durham Institute of Sport, which opened the door to him for athlete support including Strength and Conditioning, Nutrition, Psychology and some funding. Of course, Peter also received free stash which is the most important thing!
Durham Small Boats Head fell on the first weekend of half term this year. This gave an opportunity for the younger pupils to get out in small boats while the seniors took a break from racing. There were some strong races from the J16 girls, Jayne Etherington, Chloe Bell, Anu Krishna and Aimee Youll. The win of the day went to Ryan Bewick who won the J17 Single Scull.
At the last event of the Long Distance Sculling Series to be held at Wansbeck the weather proved to get the better of some of the less experienced crews but everyone persevered with some solid results. Verus Von Haeften and Paul Andrä continued with their good form winning the J17 Double Sculling event and the Novice Double Sculls. Maddy Lowes and Charlotte Von Bockelmann also raced really well and won the women’s Intermediate 3 Double Sculls. The J14 Coxed Quad of Patrick Miller, Simon Fascione, Jack Coupe, Douglas Whitfield and cox Jesse Parkinson also performed well at their first race in tough and cold conditions. The County Indoor Championships were held at Maiden Castle this year and Durham School sent a strong squad across all age groups. Peter Fisk took gold in the sixth form category in a personal best time. Paul Andrä dominated the Year 11 event comfortably taking another gold 76 The Dunelmian
medal. In the Year 10 category Joe Stelling just missed out on the top spot taking a closely fought silver medal. In the Year 10 event Nick Blowey and Joe Hogan took silver and bronze after another hard race. In the girls events Katie Erwin lead the race for the first half but had to
settle for a deserved silver medal, with Maddy Lowes taking a bronze and in the Year 11 girls event Charlotte Davison pulled out the performance of the day taking an unexpected silver medal with Charlotte Von Bockelmann taking bronze in the same event.
After the County Indoors several pupils were also selected to join a tenweek programme with Durham University’s’ High Performance Academy. The pupils selected were Maddy Lowes, Charlotte Von Bockelmann, Katie Erwin, Alex Brown, Peter Fisk, Verus Von Haeften and Paul Andrä. This was a huge success and a great benefit to all the pupils involved.
Next stop was the last event of the Christmas Term at Rutherford. This is the North’s premier Head Season event and always attracts strong opposition from a far. Crews performed well and proved to all that the winter training was having the desired effect. A strong performance from the Senior Boys Eight gave them a top twenty finish beating George Watsons from Edinburgh.
Easter term started quickly from where we left off before Christmas with the initial sessions being pretty tough for those who may have over indulged over Christmas, including the staff.
The first aim of the New Year was to take the Tri-Schools Trophy from Yarm who according to the pupils always fix the event. Unfortunately the event had to be cancelled again due to adverse weather conditions.
Durham Small Boats Head ended up being our first big event of the year and we entered a strong line up of crews. DSBC had some pleasing performances across the day. The senior boys Intermediate 2 Coxless Four of Peter Fisk, Alex Brown, Ryan Bewick and Sam Barker stormed to victory with impressive wins over some very experienced crews. Verus Von Haeften and Paul Andra continued their winning streak in their Double Sculls with another win in their category. The crew of Alexander Smith, Joe Stelling, Danny Paterson, Ben Pulman and Charlie Proctor had their first win in their Coxed Quad. Maddy Lowes, Katie Erwin, Emily Soppitt and cox Max George (OD) were entered in a Novice Coxed Four and easily won their Novice event; they also beat all of the Intermediate 3 Coxed Fours and were 0.2 of a second off being the fastest Coxed Four of the day, an excellent result. Charlotte Von Bockelmann also racked up another win in the womenâ€™s novice single scull event. A special mention goes to Fraiser Reith who once again showed excellent steering skills whilst keeping a true line though Elvet Bridge.
The final head race of the season is always the School Head and a real test against all of the best schools and junior clubs in the country. After various seat racing and ergo tests, Schools Head crews were selected with a boys Coxed Four of Peter Fisk, Alex Brown, Ryan Bewick, Sam Barker and cox Alexander Smith, a boys J16 coxless quad of Alasdair Richardson, Paul AndrĂ¤, Luke Hargreaves and Alex Jones. Two girls Coxless Quads were also entered into the same event; Maddy Lowes, Charlotte Von Bockelmann, Jodie Cameron, Emily Soppitt and Katie Erwin, Claudia George, Emma Reed and Jayne Etherington. Schools Head is a national event raced over the boat
race course but in reverse. The course is about 7.5km and takes crews around 20mins depending on boat type and age. The Senior Boys Coxed Four finished 3rd in their category which was a very impressive result for the School. The J16 quad finished 4th, again with a very quick time. The girls also had very strong rows and battled hard against the other schools. The crews finished a very respectable 11th and 19th. These results were down to a solid winter training programme and the hard work the athletes put in over the year.
There was very little time left after the
head season before we were straight into the regatta season.
First up were the Junior Inter Regional Trials. This event is for athletes aged Under 16 Trials again this year were held at Cambois and ran over 1500m. The trial was very competitive as it comprised the best athletes and crews across the region. After a grueling day and some interesting decisions made by the selectors the squads were announced and several pupils from the school made the cut for the Northern Squad. Charlotte Von Bockelmann, The Dunelmian 77
Jayne Etherington and Emma Reed were selected into the Girls Eight and Paul Andra was similar selected into the Boys Eight. Thomas Schmitz was selected to row in the Coxed Four; Alexander Smith and Joe Stelling were also selected to row in the J15 double scull. Although Alasdair Richardson, Luke Hargreaves and Alex Jones won their respective trial they were not selected.
After the selection crews had around three weeks to refine technique and prepare for the event. The Junior Inter-Regional race was held at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham on a typical Holme Pierpont windy day. Three crews, both Eights and the Coxed Four made the A-final and all finished 5th in their events, very respectable results in this national event.
Training camp this year proved an early bone of contention between pupils and staff, as we were not going abroad but instead being hosted by Kings School Canterbury. Pupils were disappointed that we were not going away but after initial reservations from the seniors they soon realised that Canterbury was a suitable venue for what we needed. The weather was also on our side. Nineteen pupils and two staff and two volunteers travelled to Canterbury for a pre-national schools training camp. Unfortunately this year we could not take any junior rowers due to transport and staffing constraints. Camp proved to be worth all of the effort with all the crews making significant gains in boat speed across the week. I would like to make a special thank you to Mr. Smith and Mrs. Cowie-Smith who volunteered to help out and make the camp possible.
Soon after training camp the next round regional indoor rowing championships were held again at Maiden Castle; Peter Fisk (J18) producing another Gold for DSBC and promising J14 rower Nick Blowey a silver.
The first domestic regatta of the season was at Chester-Le-Street. Due to the nature of the event we used it as a chance to give experience to our juniors and removes. There were lots of debuts at Chester-Le-Street Regatta with Dan Coleman (J12), Sam Hall (J12) and Thomas Dyer (J14) all racing in their singles for the first time. This event also saw the J15 boys all put in strong performances across the day in doubles and singles but just missing out on wins. A big thank you to the seniors that helped out over this weekend. Heading towards National Schools Regatta and exams always proves to be a stressful time in May for most of the pupils but a day out at Tees Regatta is usually a welcome break away from the books and exam stress. Tees Regatta is always a good warm up race for National Schools. The weather conditions were less than desirable with a strong head wind, which caused extremely difficult conditions for all competitors.
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Lilly Beveridge and Heidi Rochester had their first race in the Double Scull, progressed to the semi-finals and just missed out on the final after leading most of their race. It was also a big weekend for the J15’s with several students racing for the first time. In the boys J15 Coxed Quad, Leo Heslop, Will Hodgson and Rob Tomlinson and in the girls J15 Coxed Quad Fern Hodgson, Macy Donoghue, Harriet Vasey, Faith Benson. Both crews performed really well in their first regatta in pretty awful conditions. The seniors were using the weekend as a warm up the impending National Schools Regatta. Senior girls, Maddy Lowes and Charlotte Von Bockelmann, comfortably made it into the Women’s Intermediate 3 doubles final, finishing 2nd to a strong crew. These girls then jumped into a
National Schools was upon us and all the crews that raced really stepped up over the weekend. The J16 Coxless Quad of Luke Hargreaves, Alasdair Richardson, Matthew Storey and Joe Stelling really showed their potential for the next couple of years although just missing out on a semi-final place. The J15 Coxed Quad of Alexander Smith, Ben Pulman, Joes Stelling
Durham Regatta is always an important race to the school. As a founder of the event, there is a huge amount of history involving the
composite women’s Intermediate 1 Coxless Quad with Fae Corrigan and Catherine Laing from St.Leonards School Boat Club to win the event against some tough competition. Maddy and Charlotte then jumped in a quad with Emily Soppitt and Claudia George to win the women’s Intermediate 3 Coxless Quads. Jayne Etherington also stepped up to win the J16 single scull. The Senior Boys Coxed Four had to wait until late on in the day to the race but they did not disappoint. In the Intermediate 1 Coxed Four event they raced a tough race against Yarm School edging out
Danny Paterson and cox Charlie Proctor had a tough time trial and did not qualify but could take away with them that they had beaten a local crew that had also beaten them all year. The Senior Girls Double rowed a really good technical race but were out gunned. They did not quite have the firepower to make the semi-final of a championship event but finished a very credible 14th in the event. The Championship Girl’s Coxless Quad also had a tough event with strong competition in a premier event and did not make the final but technically rowed very well. The Senior Boys 1st
school and it is a weekend when current pupils, parents, staff and Old Dunelmians join together to celebrate rowing at Durham School past and present. This year witnessed a record entry from the school totaling 38 entries across the weekend, from J12 up to J18 and some OD’s making an appearance in boats. The school had a very successful regatta and made a total of 9 finals, winning three of them. A Senior Boys 8+ featuring current rowers and two OD’s won the Intermediate 8+ on the Sunday retaining the Joseph Brown Challenge Cup from the previous
to an impressive win. Immediately both crews had to return to the start to race the J18 Coxed Four with the old enemy Durham Amateur Rowing Club (DARC) also racing. Yet again the boys did not disappoint edging out another win, beating Yarm and, more importantly, overcoming a crew that they had not beat in over a year, DARC were defeated, this was a huge confidence boost and proof that hard work pays off.
Coxed Four of Peter Fisk, Alex Brown, Ryan Bewick and Sam Barker made it into the semi-final along with Yarm and DARC. Both semi-finals of the 1st four events were incredible races with all 12 crews only being 4 seconds apart. Unfortunately the boys lost out on a final slot by 0.9 of a second. A tremendous effort and a hard fought race but proof how close the margins can be in racing.
Durham City Regatta was next on the calendar but due to torrential rain on Friday afternoon, racing had to be cancelled due to a flooded River Wear.
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year. The Women’s Intermediate 3 Coxed Four also won the TSB Challenge Cup which put to bed the disappointment of losing the Novice Fours on the Saturday. Maddy Lowes, Charlotte Von Bockelmann, Emily Soppitt and Jodie Cameron also put on a late show on the Sunday to retain the Women’s Intermediate 3 Coxless Quads in a tough final against Leeds University. The Intermediate 3 Coxed Four of Peter Fisk, Alex Brown, Ryan Bewick, Sam Barker and cox Alexander Smith were out classing their opposition throughout their heats but were disqualified after an interesting umpiring decision that neither crew agreed with as well as both coaches. On a lighter note more of our debutant rowers produced fine performances. Alex Dryden, Matthew Hindmarsh and Charlie Proctor rowed very well in crews with Leo Heslop and Will Hodgson. Our Removes crews included first races for Edward James, Alex Carr, Sam Cameron, Cameron Regan-Teasdale who rowed with Sam Hall and Dan Coleman and were delighted with a win against local rivals The Choristers School. The future of DSBC looks bright in the hands of all of our new rowers. The weekend also hosted the DSBC regatta picnic, which was a huge success, and the marquee that was run by Joanne and the rest of the parents was also a fantastic asset to the weekend. I just want to say a big thank you to all those involved in the regatta and made it a huge success for Durham School Boat Club.
This year it was decided to put a composite eight together with Yarm School to enter a boat at Women’s Henley Regatta. The girls prequalified for the Peabody Cup for Junior Women’s Eights and were drawn against Lady Eleanor Holles School in the first round. Maddy Lowes, Charlotte Von Bockelmann, Emily Soppitt and Claudia George made up the Durham School half of the boat with the rest from Yarm School including the cox. The crew put up a strong fight against the well-
drilled LEH crew only losing by one and a quarter lengths over the famous Henley course. It was a good weekend for racing and a good weekend for building relations between DSBC and Yarm School.
Now that the season draws to an end, I would like to wish all pupils racing at National Championships the best of luck as well as all OD’s racing internationally over the summer period.
Yet again several pupils leave us this summer and we hope to see them continue their rowing next year. Charlotte Von Bockelmann has been a formidable rower this year and it will be a shame to see her return to Munich at the end of the season. Alex Brown is hopefully off to Edinburgh University to study Sport Recreation with Management and join up with their successful lightweight rowing programme at the University. Peter Fisk will undoubtedly continue his rowing at Durham University or University of London while studying for a degree in Psychology. Katie Erwin has received a sports scholarship from the St. Josephs University in Boston to row (Crew) where she will continue to study business. Maddy Lowes will be studying German and rowing at Newcastle University following in the footsteps of past ODs. I wish all our leavers the best for their university and rowing careers or anywhere life takes them. They are all welcome back at anytime.
This season will be long remembered by pupils and coaches alike due to the progress of the younger athletes and
the achievements of the Senior Boys and Girls. I am very proud of what has occurred this year and my thanks to all of the pupils involved for their effort and organisation. I would personally like to thank Maddy this
year for all her efforts as Boat Club Captain. Maddy has worked extremely hard and has become a huge asset to the club and me. It will be a tough task to fill her shoes. I would also like to thank all of the staff, parents and ODs that have offered support over the year. Special thanks to Joanne Cowie, Quentin Smith for all your help and driving, Steve Pulman for help at all the events, the staff and volunteers who have given up their time to help coach during games, Mr Gardner, Miss McCabe, Matt Smith, Tom Edwards and Jesse Downing.
Finally I would like to thank Mr. Davidson for the vast amount of time and effort he has put into DSBC this year. The club would not have functioned without him. Mr Davidson leaves us at the end of the year to take on the role of Head of Rowing at George Heriots School Edinburgh and we all wish him the best for the future.
To finish with I just want to say how much of an awesome first year I have had as Head of Rowing at Durham School Boat Club. I look forward to next year with anticipation and excitement. Floreat Dunelmia Mr E Bryant
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This year the senior team consisted of: Emma Gray, Lucy Kirk, Emma Reed and myself and the junior team included: Orla Jackson, Kari Dougall, Sophie Atkinson, Eleanor Melville and Laura Mitchelson. There was only one girl’s swimming gala this year which we attended and this was at Barnard Castle between Durham, Barnard Castle and Sedburgh. We had two teams swimming; a senior team of Lucy Kirk, Kathryn Buchanan Black, Emma Reed and Emma Gray and a U15 team which consisted of Orla Jackson, Kari Dougall, Sophie Atkinson, Eleanor Melville and Laura Mitchelson who all swam really well. The seniors came 3rd and the U15 team came 2nd with both Lucy Kirk and Kari Dougall winning their events.
There were more swimming events which were mixed and were competed in by Lucy Kirk, Kari Dougall and Kathryn Buchanan – Black. These were against Barnard Castle, which we won 62-76, Sedburgh, which we won 20-22, and Ashville, which we sadly lost 81-99. We then travelled to Bradford Grammar which was a very competitive gala. There were five teams competing and Durham won by just 1 point in the Cannon Relay which was a mixed event – this really was a very nail biting event! The last gala of the year was the prestigious Bath and Otter Cup in the Olympic pool in London. Eight swimmers went down - a boys team and a girls team. The girls team consisted of Kari Dougall, Lucy Kirk, Emma Gray and Kathryn BuchananBlack. On Thursday night we swam at Whitgift School. 82 The Dunelmian
Unfortunately we were one swimmer down for this event due to an injury to Emma Gray – the “glue” had not set on her forehead following an injury! We thought that we would not be able to compete in the relays that night but a swimmer from another school joined us which was very lucky and meant now that we could compete. Fortunately this meant that we would be eligible to compete in the main event at the Olympic Pool the next day. Swimming in the Olympic Pool on the Friday was both exciting and nerve-wracking! Unfortunately nerves got the better of us and we did not make it to the Final.
House swimming was also a very competitive event this year, but Macleod took a clean sweep of the trophies and Kari Dougall won the best all round swimmer in the School. Very well done to the girls that have competed for the school in swimming, I have loved being your captain and want to say thanks!
Kathryn Buchanan - Black Girls Swim Team Captain 2014 - 2015
This year our season comprised of our Senior team of: Rory Jackson, Gabe Lewis, Iain Choyce, Chris Field and Piers Davison whilst our Junior team included: Elliot Edworthy, Cameron Fyfe, Tom Mackenny, Connor
Dougall, Joshua Bland, Nathanial Stanford, Patrick Miller and Piers Oxenham.
Our first gala against our rivals Sedbergh resulted in a strong victory of 76-72 to Durham. Commendable swims from Chris Field and Gabe Lewis in the 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly. Moving on our next away fixture against Ashville College was well fought but losing 81-99 was a close competition. In the Breaststroke Iain Choyce finished 3rd and in the 50m Freestyle Gabe Lewis also came in 3rd. In addition, Conor Dougall and Piers Oxenham in the juniors secured points by coming in the top 2 for the IM Medley and Backstroke. One of the main events in the calendar was the Bradford 6 schools swimming gala in late January. This competition was extremely well fought and had a nail-biting end as it came down to the final Canon relay; through sheer determination and each member of the team putting in 100% effort the Durham School took the win by just one point. A brilliant display of hard work and endeavour shown by all the team.
The last competition in the school swimming fixture list is the prestigious Bath and Otter Cup in London. The selection process for the team included timed swims with successful athletes averaging one minute for 100m freestyle. In previous years we have done well as a school and so this year we went into the competition with a strong enthusiasm. The team comprised of Rory Jackson, Gabe Lewis, Conor Dougall and Alex Brown. In the freestyle relay we came 4th in our heat and in Medley we came 5th in our heat. A good effort and respectable end to the season, and very promising potential in our juniors of next season. Well done boys!
Alex Brown Head of Caffinites House Boys Swim Team Captain
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At Durham School it is very clear to see that our pupils and staff not only work hard in lessons but also love life outside of lessons. Our huge range of activities, clubs and societies provide everyone with the opportunity not only to develop a broader range of skills and knowledge but to enjoy each otherâ€™s company whilst embarking on
Royal Navy Section
he academic year of 2013-14 ended in fine style for Durham School CCF Navy Section. Our cadets won the Bosun Trophy at the National Junior 12 Hour Race at Southport. As the name of the event suggests a team of cadets has to keep a boat sailing for 12 hours. The event is scored on average lap times, with pit stops to change crews and flying laps all part of the fun. Just as in Formula One mechanical problems can strike, and having built up a good lead over about 10 hours it almost all
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new challenges, benefiting our school and local community and gaining valuable life experiences. I hope you enjoy reading about the numerous activities, events, trips and fun our pupils and staff have had this year.
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came to nothing when the mast shroud came undone threatening to dismast the boat. Adam Morris did sterling work holding up the mast whilst the boat was towed to the pits and the necessary repairs were made. The crew then sailed back to the point that the mishap had occurred before restarting the race. No penalty was incurred and they got back on the racetrack just ahead of the second placed boat. In dying winds Adam Morris and William Hewitt were given the responsibility of keeping the boat moving and sailed with great aplomb to secure the victory. The final weekend of the year saw three cadets take part in the final event of the North East Youth Traveller Series. James Hewitt finished the series in second place overall, with Ed Carr in 11th and Adam Morris in his first competitive year finishing 6th. This was an excellent result for all concerned.
In September we made our customary yearly pilgrimage to the home of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth to take part in the CCF (RN) National Regatta. There was no Pico event this time but we were allowed two Bosun entries. Following a desultory drift around the cans in the first race on the Saturday the crews tied up line astern to the committee boat for an unhurried lunch. The wind however was 'out for the day' and no amount of whistling was going to bring it back. So a disappointed team headed in to the centre of Portsmouth for some retail therapy, a good film and pizza at the Gunwharf Quays. By the end of the day everyone was smiling again. The wind returned the next day with a vengeance and there was exciting racing to be had for all. Our team of William Hewitt and Adam Morris finished second out of sixteen crews from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, with James Hewitt and Ed Carr finishing sixth. The CCF (RN) National Regatta at Portsmouth is the most prestigious event in the CCF dinghy sailing calendar. This is the first time that we have had one, let alone two boats in the top half of the field and underlines the standard that our cadets are reaching in this sport.
Two weeks later it was time for the Northern Regatta at Southport. Fresh from their excellent showing at the National Regatta the RN cadets made a clean sweep of the trophies. William Hewitt this time partnered by Ed Carr won the Bosun Trophy, Adam Morris won the Topper event and James Hewitt won eight out of nine races to claim the Pico Trophy. When all the results were combined Durham retained the North East Trophy for the third year in a row and the Northern Trophy for the second successive year. The Regatta concluded with a relay race around the island involving all the boats and our cadets won that too. Seven schools took part, including two from Scotland. Traditional rivals Sedbergh and Sandbach were well beaten.
In August James Hewitt completed his RYA Dinghy Sailing Instructor qualification at the Scottish National Sailing Centre. This is a professional qualification and allows him to instruct at any RYA centre around the world. He used his qualification to instruct other cadets at the dinghy sailing course at HMS Raleigh, during the recent Easter holidays. James has now completed his time as a cadet in the CCF, but has been promoted to the rank of Sub Lieutenant and will continue to instruct sailing to CCF cadets during his time at university. This is the first time in at least thirty years that a RN cadet has been promoted to officer status whilst still a pupil in the school.
The cadets have also found the time to train and race at Teesdale Sailing Club and Adam Morris, James Hewitt and William Hewitt have all won trophies in club races this year. Though undoubtedly the highlight of the year was when yours truly ably crewed by Mr Geraint Morris showed everyone how to do it by winning the Grassholme Cup. A number of new cadets have joined the section this year and have demonstrated their enthusiasm by signing up for centrally organised courses during the summer holidays. The largest number will be undertaking dinghy sailing courses, but others will be powerboating, canoeing and motor cruising in the English Channel.
Ed Carr and James Hewitt try out the new Argo at Plymouth
E. Carr at South Shields NEYTS
E. Carr & W. Hewitt contest the mark at South Shields
Adam Morris and William Hewitt runners up in the National regatta
James Hewitt leads the Picos at the Northern regatta
Winners of the Simon Dawkins trophy for the fastest Bosun over 12 hours
The world is my sailboat
A. Morris capsizes but stays dry
Start of the National Regatta
Keeoing a weather eye on the spinney
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The CCF (RN) offer a large range of courses during the Easter and Summer holidays. These represent fantastic value. Most qualify cadets for governing body awards and cost less than ÂŁ20 for a week.
Following a break of a couple of years the CCF has invested in a large amount of new kit and windsurfing is back on offer. Six cadets took up the challenge of learning this exhilarating and fun sport, and even Major Sturt could not resist the challenge. Perhaps he has a secret yearning to be a Marine! Recently Mr Wallace has been putting the younger cadets through their paces on the river in canoes, or should that be kayaks? Much fun has been had and the occasional dunking!
The National Junior 12 hr Race this year will be the last competitive outing for the Bosun class of dinghy. It has served the Navy and the cadets as a learning and racing platform well over the last 50 years but increasingly it has looked dated alongside newer designs. Last summer when the threat of government cuts was lifted HQ CCF (RN) spent its windfall on replacing its Bosuns with Topper Argos. Although there will be Bosuns in school sections for many years to come, from September 2015 all competitions and national courses will be in Argos. Some OD RN cadets may fondly remember their time sailing Bosuns, but I for one will not miss lugging them up the hill at Grassholme.
I began this report by recounting how our cadets had triumphed at the National 12 Hour Race at Southport, and I can end it in the same way. We have just returned from the 2015 event and our team retained the trophy for the highest placed Bosun after a titanic struggle with Sedbergh that lasted for all 12 hours. The cadets improved their finishing position in the overall results by five places moving up to 14th overall, and they also won the trophy for the fastest lap by a Bosun dinghy. 86 The Dunelmian
Fun day after the 12 hour race
A. Morris at South Shields NEYTS
A. Morris J. Hewitt E. Carr & W. Hewitt sweep the board at the Northern Regatta
he Army section of Durham School CCF has had an exciting year, during which a variety of activities has taken place. The emphasis of the Army section is to develop self-reliance, leadership and team-work, all whilst gaining experiences within a military environment. Throughout the year, we try to offer opportunities to cadets that they cannot find in the classroom, and will often take them out of their comfort zone in pursuit of this. We run weekend exercises on school grounds as a basic activity and then as the year progresses we move onto Adventurous Training camps and the final Brigade Summer Camp – all this on top of the weekly training programme at Parade.
WO2 (SSI) Paul Atkinson continues to be the backbone of the CCF and has once again managed to get nearly thirty new cadets through the basic shooting and weapon handling programme, which has traditionally taken up much of the start of the academic year. This training proved very useful at the RCFA Shooting Competition in November 2014, during which five cadets were put through their paces at a local indoor range, firing a variety of shoots, in direct competition with other local CCF and ACF units.
As is tradition at Durham School, the Remembrance Day commemorations were once again a very fitting memorial to the fallen, and the cadets played an important role in both the schoolwide two minute silence on Masters’ Green and then the memorial service held in Chapel. It is great to see how the senior cadets of each section are able to help out on this important day. Moving into November saw the first opportunity for new cadets to experience a “field weekend”, with Ex November Warrior taking place
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on school grounds. The weekend exercises allow cadets that are new to the CCF to experience living in the field. Training during parade nights on skills such as patrolling, ambush drills and advance to contact means that we are able to run realistic exercises against an enemy force and the cadets are able to work as a real unit of soldiers; albeit being supervised by staff! Senior cadets CSgt Peter Fisk, Sgt Alex Brown and others like Cpl Alex Smith and Cpl Charlotte Davison are able to take these opportunities to show the more junior cadets how things work – this is the best way of them improving their leadership and communication skills. Throughout the year we have been supported by the 4 Brigade Cadet Training Team (previously of 15 NE Brigade). The advantage of this military support has been that cadets do not have to take my, or WO2 Atkinson’s word for it that the skills and drills we teach them are correct – they get it first hand from serving soldiers. This year we have been supported by Sgt Marty Robson and Sgt Jay Turnbull – both have been able to provide different experiences to the cadets and have been very much appreciated.
The Easter holidays brought a return to Crianlarich in the Scottish Highlands for the annual Adventurous Training camp. Numbers this year were down on last year, but this did not reduce the amount of fun that was had during the trip, which included activities such as mountaineering – sometimes a little more wintry than had been hoped for – indoor rock climbing and an overnight camp in a mountain bothy. The Crianlarich trip has been going for nearly thirty years now, and whilst it has changed in format over the years and numbers have varied, every year the cadets come away from their week in the hills feeling as if they have pushed their own boundaries, gained experiences that they would not have managed before and usually sleep for a week after just to recover. Hopefully it will continue for many years to come. 88 The Dunelmian
The March and Shoot competition held in April proved to be a great success and a well fought competition. Traditionally, a March and Shoot competition is undertaken by soldiers to test their fitness and ability to shoot a rifle after exercise. It builds team spirit and confidence in those that take part. At Durham School we like to make it even harder by adding in military knowledge stands throughout the march phase. Cadets were divided into teams of four and had to complete a tough course against the clock, answer a variety of questions on navigation and the military, and then finished off by firing the new 0.22 Air Rifles on an outdoor range on Top Ground. The cadets did a fine job and got a lot out of the event, proving the worthwhileness of the CCF.
The final event of the CCF calendar for 20142015 was the Barry Buddon Summer Camp held during the first week of the summer holiday. The annual camp is a centrally run event, at which many different CCF units attend. This year the cadets travelled to Barry Buddon in Scotland to get a different experience to last year at Wathgill. This camp is always very well run and gives cadets some opportunities far beyond what can be offered at school. Due to my love of the hills, we had to take a day hill walking, where the group of eleven cadets made it to the top of a 995m mountain before having to return via McDonalds. Once the non-military adventurous training had been completed, cadets were immersed into some serious training. This year cadets completed live firing ranges with both the cadet rifle and LSW, a 48 hour exercise in which Cpl Joe Stelling had to take command of the entire platoon of thirty cadets (half of which he had never met before) and assault five buildings to clear them of enemy forces and also a company sized night ambush! Other activities were large assault courses, paintball ranges and further training on patrols and assaults. Once again, the Summer Camp was a great success and brought together all the training of the year, allowing cadets to show off the skills and knowledge they had developed over the previous months. Looking forward to next academic year we will be providing more of the same opportunities to current cadets, and hopefully more new cadets. There will be more weekend exercises â€“ the enemy forces just keep coming back â€“ and more chances to push the boundaries of what the cadets think they can do. I look forward to seeing who joins us for all these opportunities! Major P D Sturt CCF
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D of E
he Duke of Edinburgh Award has continued to go from strength to strength this year and has seen many changes to the structure as members of staff have come and gone and numbers have increased.
As is the norm for Durham School, we have been able to run all three awards – Bronze, Silver and Gold – and for the first time have completed all assessed expeditions within the academic year. A very impressive cohort of pupils have managed to complete their Practice and Assessed expeditions, with 35 pupils at Bronze, 33 at Silver (more than double the numbers of the previous academic year), and 13 at Gold level. Obviously this is only one part of the Award, but is still great to see and a real achievement for the members of staff that were critical to the planning of these trips.
With the Duke of Edinburgh scheme moving into the 21st Century, we have seen, with some resentment, a move to online logging of evidence for the different sections of each award. eDofE is a central website that all pupils can access once signed up for a particular award, and this gives them a platform to show their assessors and staff what they have achieved.
Activities such as baking, playing an instrument and Go-Karting marshalling have all appeared on this years list of “skills” that have been worked on in pupils’ own time; Laura Mitchelson’s cake baking was a highlight for Mr Sturt, especially as he “needed” to quality test the produce. Dr Wiles was more than willing to help out on this one. Similarly, sports based activities for pupils such as Greg Halliday (football) and Isaac Walton (scuba diving) showed that this award really is open to everyone. Personally, I have found that the most rewarding section of any award level
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is the volunteering, as this is something rarely taken on by pupils during their busy lives. The reports of people helping out in their local church, or old-peoples’ home have shown that DofE is extremely worthwhile. At Gold level, the residential phase is one that can bring great satisfaction to the pupils – be it the Orchestra residential that Jodie Cameron attended in Germany, or the school building project completed by Emma Gray and her colleagues on the Morocco Gold expedition. This trip away, working with others not previously known to the pupil is a superb way to build confidence, improve communication and to generally be out of your comfort zone.
The section that most people recognise when talking about DofE is the expedition phase. This section takes the form of a short practice expedition to test the skills learnt during the training sessions, followed by the assessed expedition. Unfortunately for
pupils this year, they have found the expeditions to be much more testing – partly down to staff guidance during the preparation.
The Bronze award pupils completed a practice and assessed expedition in different parts of the High Pennines – Weardale and Teesdale. Unusually for this region, a mild heat wave made it much more difficult in terms of remaining hydrated during the two day expedition. Pupils found ways around this by cooling off in the nearby river (Max Weightman) and seeking out as much shade as possible. Fortunately the group containing Cameron Keanurico and Jonny Bray learnt from their practice expedition that it is important to navigate using the land features, rather than smoke that they can see on the horizon! “We just thought that it was smoke from the campsite – it turned out to be coming from a house next to the start point” – that was a long day for the pupils.
The Silver assessed expedition took place on the North York Moors, with pupils completing a gruelling three day expedition from Helmsley in the south-west corner of the moors to Robin Hood’s Bay in the north-east corner – they crossed the moors! Once again this expedition was hit by incredibly hot conditions, often getting close to 30oC, and so minor casualties were expected. Fortunately only a few close calls occurred during the expedition, but when I was called and informed that an RAF Rescue
The Durham School Medical Society is now in its second year. Colloquially termed “MedSoc”, we are a group of Year 11-13 students who have an interest in studying medicine or related courses at university. Our speaker evenings attract interested students from our school community, as well as students from schools in the surrounding area with whom we have established outreach links. Being part of MedSoc involves attending a highly informative, expert-delivered and medically relevant series of seminars and topical debates over the course of the year. We warmly welcome visitors and ODs to attend our events.
When I co-founded our society along with Alex Davies and Calum Richardson back in 2013, I never expected so many students to be interested in being part of MedSoc – even staff members at the school were keen to be involved in the society. Mr Brownlee, our Assistant Director of Sixth Form and Head of Psychology, has been of invaluable support from the get-go. I must also thank Mrs Arthur and Mrs Alderson for opening up MedSoc events to Durham High School and St. Leonard’s respectively. Isaac Walton – with the help of Mr Looker, James Hewitt, and Peter Lotts – has made MedSoc advertising beautiful to behold all around the school.
helicopter was about to set off to a group that had pressed the “SOS” button as someone was “a bit dizzy”, I was less than impressed. No names will obviously be given, Charlotte. Sorry.
Finally the Gold assessed expedition was possibly the most impressive expedition that I have ever been on. Based in the Lake District and going from Coniston to Keswick, both groups had extremely difficult conditions to overcome – both in terms of the heat, but also the navigation and distances to be covered. Never have I seen groups of young people working so well as a team to ensure the success of something like this. The organisation of the groups at meal time and in emergency situations was great to see and they should be proud of what they achieved.
So looking to next year, I am hoping that we can retain as many pupils as possible, looking to progress onto the next award, and that the benefits of the DofE award can be seen by others wishing to join up. Thanks should be given to the many staff that have endured many hours on the hills with me and my great stories (and bird / plant identification apps) and I hope that they too will continue to provide this great opportunity to the pupils at the expense of their time and sanity.
This year we are indebted to a range of engaging and entertaining speakers. Our events have consisted of a Q&A session with Dr. Richard Hardern, consultant emergency physician; a lecture on “Horrible Hormones!” from consultant endocrinologist Dr. Andy James; a talk on the state of the NHS in Britain from Professor David Hunter; a talk on cancer diagnosis in the primary care setting from Professor Greg Rubin; and a lecture on medical confidentiality from Professor Holger Maehle. Later in the year we were delighted to welcome back two returning speakers: Dr. Hardern returned to discuss the role of emergency medics outside the A&E; and Dr. Timothy Cheetham, who had spoken on endocrinology (with a hint of serial killers) to great effect last year, was happy to return to speak at our annual Scholars’ Dinner organised by Mr Muttitt.
Many of us who have worked with MedSoc from its inception, will be leaving the school in a month’s time. It has been a privilege to work with such fantastic speakers and society members, to help set up the medical community, and support academic enrichment, here at Durham School. Floreat Dunelmia. Alastair Reith, President (Incumbent)
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Frances retires this summer having taught in the school for 32 years. Frances joined the school in 1983 gradually increasing her commitment and introducing ‘O’ level and ‘A’ level RS into the school. When the Chaplain Robin Myerscough left in 1992 Frances agreed to a full time position as Head of Department. She built up close relations with her Sixth
Form students and helped a number continue with their RS related studies at University. Frances has used her skills and energy to benefit the school in also teaching lower school Latin, when required, and in deciphering government requirements and guiding the school delivery of PSHE. Her expertise in Hebrew also led to Alan Smithson, Bishop of Jarrow from 1990 to 2001, coming for lessons. Frances has been an Independent School Inspector for 20 years and has used her ‘insider knowledge’ to help the school understand and prepare for inspections. Such knowledge made her a natural for taking charge of training and at the end of the 20142015 academic year 14 current members of staff have had their training and teaching qualifications steered by Frances. Frances has also organised Inset in various shapes and guises and indeed until two years ago the various shapes and guises of appraisal. Since the early 1990s Frances has organised Speech Day, smoothly ensuring there were prize winners, rehearsals and honour boards. 92 The Dunelmian
The evolution of Open Days into more organised and thought out affairs, that other people could take forward, owes much to Frances. Frances has used her talents to run soft toy and model making activities and to effect wondrous repairs and alterations to costumes for numerous drama productions. Even creating the Atlantic Ocean from metres of fabric did not daunt Frances.
Frances was a non-resident tutor in the Caffinites before becoming a tutor and then Junior House Mistress in Pimlico for 5 years. Once again Frances very much pioneered the evolving of this post having effectively done it as a tutor when Pimlico was the only 11-18 House. I am especially grateful that Frances took the job on but her care, support, laughter and advice were appreciated by the girls, parents and all the House staff. Frances has made an enormous contribution to the Chapel. She has stepped into the role of Chaplain three times for a total of 6 ½ terms. With her in depth knowledge of the school and pupils she has been a good shepherd and encouraged many pupils to take part helping them to overcome nerves and have good memories and lasting values.
We wish Frances a happy retirement, knowing that as a part of the School and wider community Frances will never truly ‘retire’. Her husband Malcolm has given generously of his time to the school, most notably to the boat club and her daughter Claire and son, Steven are both ODs. The commitment and lasting legacy runs deep and the Common room and School community send their thanks and best wishes. Mrs ELP Hewitt
Beth Ross left at the end of the Easter term after ten years at Durham School, moving to Vienna with her husband Matt and two lively boys, Thomas and Samuel.
As Head of the Learning Support Department, Beth made a significant impact on the learning experience and overall achievement of pupils ranging from Year 7 to the Upper Sixth. She also provided valuable support to members of staff who sought advice on the best strategies to use with particular pupils.
During her time at Durham School, Beth was also a rowing coach and was involved with setting up Reading Week, which has involved the whole school.
Beth had many other interests outside school including encouraging local people to become involved with their communities, even appearing on BBC Look North having organised summer street parties and picnics for her local area. Beth also has a great interest in art and her individual talent was finally recognised when she received a coveted commission for the Lumiere festival in Durham; she has since received other commissions.
Under Beth’s guidance the Department has become a safe haven for some of Durham School’s pupils, as she added an element of fun to our specialist lessons, and we all wish her well in her exciting new venture. Vivienne
Mrs George has left Durham School to join her husband in Malaysia. Mr George is fondly remembered by all who knew and worked with him as the dynamic and extrovert head of Durham School (2009 – 2014). Mrs George might have been eclipsed in the consciousness of the staff, pupils and parents were it not for her boundless energy and enthusiasm for absolutely everything. She attended all the school functions and external events with her husband and with a remarkable memory she soon knew the names of all the pupils, their parents and close relatives and a goodly portion of the old boys of Durham School.
Her contribution to Durham School life outside of the classroom was exhausting just to contemplate. She organised and took a group of pupils to Ecuador on a World Challenge. This involved a year’s worth of planning and preparation and was hugely successful and included a trip to the Galapagos. She was a driving force in the Durham School Boat Club and her rousing cheers and hearty congratulations could be heard ringing out over the water. She was a stalwart of the Friends of Durham School and their tireless efforts to raise funds to improve the facilities of the school.
This included chairing the Ball Committee during the past year. The Ball is always the most eagerly awaited social event in the calendar and this year’s Masked Ball was not a disappointment! However, its importance as a fundraising event is of at least an equal importance.
Durham School will miss her energy and enthusiasm but I will miss a trusted colleague and close friend. We wish Viv good luck in Malaysia. I am sure she will relish the challenges and adventures that await. Steve Stephens
Dr Wiles (Doc) joined Durham School in September 2011 from Gosforth First, at the same time as his wife, Dr Barnett. In fact, if it wasn’t for Dr Barnett applying for the maths position here, Doc would never have seen the application that was posted on the school’s website! During his time here Doc has been Year 12/13 tutor in Caffs, guiding students through their UCAS applications and advising on university courses and destinations. He moved over to Pimlico (Year 12), aiding these girls in their transition from GCSE to A-level, helping develop them as independent learners. He has been an extremely successful 2nd XI cricket coach, guiding his team to another winning
season this year (just the one loss under his stewardship). His relaxed approach, good humour and drive to succeed was the perfect blend for a 2nd team that are looking for enjoyment as well as competition. DofE took Doc away to many hills across Great Britain (and Morocco). I know the pupils he led in these expeditions are extremely grateful for the time and support he gave them during these testing experiences, both mentally and physically. The pupils gained leadership, organisational, problem solving and life skills off Doc, with many, particularly the Morocco group having some excellent memories to take away with them of their time together. It is in the classroom where Doc did most of his great work though. He had one aim: to get the kids interested in Biology. He succeeded with this! Was it his teaching style (getting the pupils to think for themselves, a novel concept), his cockney accent, his sense of humour, his enthusiasm for Biology, his dress sense that got the pupils onside? Many suggest a combination of all. Whatever it was, pupils wanted to be taught by Doc.
Ten of the fourteen students from a previous cohort went on to study biological based subjects at University, a stat that gives Doc a great deal more pleasure than any value-added graph! Dr Wiles, I wish you well in your new career - if you leave me a handful of your cards, I will make sure that these are passed onto the Lower Sixth as they approach their Seventeenth birthday. Mr Burke
Heretics Society 2014-15
President: Sebastian Robson Secretary: Isaac Walton Social Secretary: Alastair Reith
The sixth form Heretics Society re-formed in 2011 and since then there have been a number of debates on various topics. The speaker proposes a ‘heretical’ idea, usually very controversial and non-conformist, and attempts to persuade everyone present to his view. After much debate and questioning a vote is taken: if the majority are not persuaded and vote against the motion the speaker is deemed to be a heretic (though spared from actual burning at the stake).
The following is a summary of the meetings held this year:
‘Screening for genetic diseases should be mandatory and carriers forced to be sterilised’ Proposed by Isaac Walton. Lost by one vote, therefore a heretic. ‘Animals should have no rights whatsoever’ Proposed by Alastair Reith. Lost by one vote, therefore a heretic. ‘Do they need to know it’s Christmas?’ (Are Christian religious festivals outdated?) Proposed by Mr C. Hope. Lost by 2 votes, therefore a heretic
‘Further scientiﬁc advancement should be stopped for the good of the human race’ (Improved medicine and technology will lead to chronic over-population) Proposed by Seb Robson Lost by 16 votes, therefore most deﬁnitely a heretic.
‘Euthanasia should be compulsory for everyone aged 90’ Proposed by Lauren Marsh Voting was equally for and against but the majority were abstentions: there was much debate about whether this constituted being a heretic or not. It was eventually decided that Lauren would be ﬁguratively tied to the stake but not set alight…. After this ﬁnal meeting of the year, hustings took place to decide on next year’s president. Ed Arthur was duly elected, with Claudia George as Secretary and Martha Bradley as Social Secretary. Mr R Muttitt
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Global Awareness Week
In the penultimate week of the Summer
Term, everyone in Year 7 to 10 took part in Global Awareness Week. This was a fun packed week with activities designed to challenge, develop teamwork, learn about global issues and enhance the learning and knowledge of all involved. Monday 22 June
With a whole week of activities planned as part of our Global Awareness Week, pupils in Year 7 were very excited to start the week by welcoming students from Teikyo University for a workshop in Japanese Art. The sessions included instruction in calligraphy and origami as well as learning about Japanese customs, costumes and the art of use of chopsticks! Meanwhile a pop-up French Cafe opened in the Languages Department and a game of Boules was enjoyed on the Astroturf pitch involving our budding linguists in Years 7 & 8.
Basic First Aid & Resuscitation was practiced by our Year 9 pupils using indoor and outdoor scenarios; pupils also got creative and practiced their skills in presentations and short film making as part of the ‘We are Durham’ workshop. Year 10 pupils studying Drama and English visited BBC Newcastle for a Global Media Workshop and joined presenter Colin Briggs in the studio. Meanwhile the Scientists diverted to Newcastle University for a Science & Technology workshop at Nafferton Farm in Stocksfield. For lunch we all enjoyed sampling food from around the world with our International Dinner – delights included Rogan Josh curry, spicy Thai vegetable curry and sweet & sour chicken with noodles!
Although the inclement weather put paid to House Cricket and Rounders planned for the afternoon our indoor rowing facilities came to the rescue, with pupils enjoying the benefits of virtual water indoors instead! Meanwhile our Business & Maths departments joined forces offering a variety of situations to combine these talents including a game of Monopoly!
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Tuesday 23 June
Day 2 of Global Awareness Week saw the sun come out and House Cricket & Rounders resumed for our Year 9 & 10s. A guest presenter was welcomed to the Classics Workshops and our nurses took charge at the First Aid resuscitation and basic first aid sessions.
Meanwhile Year 7 and 8 got to grips with the DEC Disaster Relief programme using science and ingenuity to tackle the aftermath of a flood: houses were re-built using mud and other available materials; contaminated water needed to be filtered for drinking and floating greenhouses were built, upon which crops could be grown in safety to feed the community.
Trips departed for BBC Newcastle and Nafferton Farm and this time our Year 9 & 10s got the chance to go behind the scenes at BBC Look North and to attend the science & technology workshop at Newcastle University’s farm in Stocksfield. Julius Caesar was waxing lyrical in the Luce Theatre for a rehearsal in preparation for the two night show on Monday 29 & Tuesday 30 June.
Mr Baldwin and Mr Clayton were busy setting up the Art, DT & Photography exhibition, displaying amazing artworks completed by our pupils as part of their GCSE and A Level submissions. Day 3: Wednesday 24 June “Experience is the teacher of all things!”
Solving a murder using psychological profiling and role play started the day for our Year 7 pupils with our Year 8’s solving the crime in the afternoon (not the same criminal)!
The rest of day included orienteering, a Business & Maths Challenge and for our thespians and technical crew, a dress rehearsal for Julius Caesar! Experience is the teacher of all things!
Our Year 9s set off on a day trip taking in the Centre for Life and the Great North Museum: Hancock, in Newcastle upon Tyne to experience physics and IT workshops, natural history and much more besides. Year 10 pupils attended a talk by Professor Louise Bracken at Durham University to discuss water as a global resource before returning to school for some First Aid and Child Welfare training sessions.
Down at our Prep School at Bow, the girls and boys enjoyed their Prep School Sports Day! Day 4: Thursday 25 June. Year 10 take charge on the homefront!
Another day packed with activities, new experiences, trips and visits; Year 7 & 8 pupils visited Leeds Armouries and Thackray Medical Museum; Year 9 pupils enjoyed La Fontaine, Survival Spanish, Command Tasks and Orienteering and our Lower 6 pupils immersed themselves in the UCAS Training Day.
So holding the fort and running the show for our visiting Year 5 pupils from local primary schools, were our very own Year 10 pupils! 160 girls and boys from St. Margaret’s C of E Primary, Lanchester EP Primary, Eppleton Academy Primary and Neville’s Cross Primary Schools all joined us for a special Year 5 Visit Day. The sessions included examining scientific evidence to solve the crime of ‘The Cheeky Burglar’; performance art in Drama; making masks in Art & DT; designing a poster in French, and Classics and a round robin of PE activities including rowing, tennis, running and shot putt! All interlaced with
well deserved refreshments and lunch and a music concert in Chapel before welcoming some of our visitors parents for an Afternoon Tea in our Costa Cafe. Phew what a packed day! All the sessions were run by our Year 10 pupils who did a superb job – perhaps some of them will go on to become teachers! Friday 26 June Star Radio Academy workshops, Espionage Training and Conflict Resolution
The last day of our global Awareness week. Our year 7’s took part in a Star Radio Academy Workshop, during which they learnt how to put together a news radio programme. They also recorded news for this Friday evening’s news programme. The workshop did not end there however, as they have also prepared and presented an hour long news show that will be broadcast on Star Radio later this year. Meanwhile the years 8 to 10 pupils undertook espionage and global conflict resolution training, all of which was based upon historical conflicts that they selected from the news archives. The day and week’s grand finale will be a year by year presentation following their day’s training, to the School and parents in Chapel.
Lower 6 have continued their UCAS training with a day spent visiting Newcastle and Northumbria Universities.
It has been a fantastic week enjoyed by pupils and staff, who have risen to all the exciting and thought provoking challenges presented by a completely off time table week, we have all learnt a lot about ourselves and the world in which we live.
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At Durham School we all have the daily challenge of crossing Quarryheads Lane running through School. Pupils, staff and parents regularly ask if we can ask Durham County Council if we can get a crossing or other traffic calming measures to help keep our community safer however, not through lack of trying and numerous letters we have not become a priority.
However, in the past year Durham School has been working closely with Durham Constabulary to educate motorists and try and slow the traffic down passing through School. A number of volunteers from Year 7 – 13 have worked with our local Police running a Speedwatch campaign in which a Traffic Officer uses laser technology to assess the speed of motorists and if they are identified as driving inappropriately they are cautioned and talked to by our own pupils. We must thank colleagues at Durham Constabulary for their support with this venture and look forward to it continuing next year.
Mrs K. Rochester
Marsden Public Speaking Trophy
On 11th March 2015 the school held the first Marsden Public Speaking Trophy, named after Jack Marsden who was for many years the school chaplain and second master. It was adjudicated by the Dean of Durham, the Very Revd. Michael Sadgrove, who provided detailed feedback and advice on the art of rhetoric when trying to deliver a persuasive argument in public. He admired the very high standard shown by all the finalists and all those present enjoyed the diverse subjects, as shown below. This competition will become an annual fixture in the school’s calendar. Junior category 1. Monica Speed 2. Daniel Coleman 3. Freya Court
4. 5. 6.
Kiran Hope Jessica Bramwell Imogen Nicholson
Intermediate category 1. Hal Burke 2. Ben Lumsden 3. Aydin Simsek 4. Faith Benson 5. Dominic Gaines 6. Archie O'Dair
Senior category 1. Alastair Reith 2. Kristian Hall 3. Lexy Powell 4. Ben O Neill 5. Edward Arthur
Mr R. Muttitt
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Capital punishment ‘Stuck’ High heels: heavenly or harmful? Religious oppression Friend or foe? (WINNER) War and religion Video games Dreams What is normal? Cats or dogs? Cyber bullying (WINNER) Millennium baby Designer babies Elected judges (WINNER) Feminism Hexham old gaol The point of creativity
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The President’s Section
Dear Dunelmians, past present and future,
Old Dunelmian Society
It gives me great pleasure as the President of the OD Society to bring you up to date with Society matters. Given it is a while since the Dunelmian was last published there is much to bring you up to date with.
By way of introduction I was elected as President in 2013 but, even before that, most ODs knew me one way or another. Six generations of my family, perhaps more, have attended Bow and Durham School. I attended Bow from 1964 to 1967, under Charlie Adamson’s tenure, and came to Durham School leaving in 1972. For approximately 6 years (1979 to 1986) I was Secretary of the Old Bowite Society when Bow was a separate institution and before it became part of Durham School. I was an enthusiastic sportsman, nearly played for the 1st XV at Rugby, and probably would have done, if there had been subs at that time. I played 1st X1 at cricket a number of times but mostly I was a 2nd team player that was pretty good. I was no academic but managed adequate O Levels and better A Levels, but not so by today’s standards!
I had a good time at School and by and large enjoyed it but more importantly I made a number of great friends, with whom I am still in regular contact to this day. In addition, I have made many other OD friends since. Even before I moved South, I was a regular attendee of the London Dinner, then run by Jeremy Thompson. I was asked to take over running it and with a short gap have done so ever 98 The Dunelmian
since (however, I’m always looking for a volunteer to take over!) By my reckoning I have attended about thirty five or so London Dinners, and the best part of thirty Dinners at School, not to mention a decent number of the Northern Lunches.
I was delighted and honoured to take up the position of President of the Society, and more recently still, Governor of the School. It is a very pleasing development that the President is now an ex officio member of the governing body and it means that, going forward, the views of the Society will be represented on the Board.
In brief, the aim of the Society is to facilitate ODs’ keeping in touch with old friends and to make new friends and to support and help the School whenever we can. However, there’s a lot more to the Society than that and we look forward to working closely with the School for the mutual benefit of both. Each year in London we hold the London OD Dinner and next year the date is Friday 12th February 2016. There are usually between 80 and 95 ODs of all generations attending.
The main Dinner is usually the first or second Saturday in September, hence this year’s date of 5th September 2015. We were pleased that this year’s event was a sell-out, with a number of groups of younger ODs making up the total of 150 attendees. A great deal of credit for making this happen should go to Amanda Petty to whom enquiries and bookings should be addressed. Thank you Amanda. Since the last Dunelmian we had alarge School reunion in June as it was the 600th Anniversary; over 350 enjoyed this event. There was also the Northern Lunch run by Godfrey Hedley on 9th November; this was hosted at the School. We do welcome as many attendees as possible to
these events, so please keep in touch.
May I also take this opportunity of thanking fellow OD main Committee members – John Malden, Rod Hepple-Wilson, Peter Bell and Peter Wright – for their help and support. Finally it remains my pleasure to thank the Headmaster, Kieran McLaughlin, for his support of the OD Society in so many ways.
Floreat Dunelmia Ritchie Salkeld
Old Dunelmian Lodge.
During the two years since the last edition of The Dunelmian the Lodge has been very active with its normal meetings, but has also enjoyed hosting the School’s Music Department who provided an enjoyable and very polished performance for the lodge and guests. On another evening about fifty members of the Sixth Form were entertained to dinner and a short talk about Freemasonry. There have been two Social Evenings when the Prince Bishop Riverboat was chartered for a cruise and barbecue with partners and guests welcomed. The Headmaster and Mrs McLaughlin enjoyed the Lodge’s company on the eve of Durham Regatta this year as the Prince Bishop moored at the School Boathouse landing stage for its barbecue.
Each April the School Chapel has been the venue for a Sunday Service for members and their guests followed by an acclaimed full Sunday lunch in Big School, and the Installation of a new Master in the Luce Theatre each July has preceded a formal dinner in Big School. We extend our thanks to the kitchen staff for their excellent meals and service.
OLD DUNELMIAN The Sunday Service which was held on Sunday 12th April 2015 was a Celebration Service of W. Bro Jack Marsden’s life. He was School Chaplain, Head of Classics and Second Master (Deputy Head) whilst at the School and also Provincial Grand Chaplain in the Province of Durham. The Service was attended by over 150 people including many O.D’s and 106 dined after the Service.
The next Lodge Sunday Service will take place on 10th April 2016 and anyone wishing to attend should contact the Lodge Secretary on the contact details below.
In July 2013 Andrew Thompson, an Old Ampleforthian and grandson of an OD was installed as Master of the Lodge, and in 2014 he was replaced by David Miller, father of a current pupil. July 2015 has seen the return to the Mastership by Kenneth Howe who previously occupied the position in 1982.
With funding provided by the Lodge, July 2014 saw the replacement of the centre window of the south aisle of the School Chapel with a stained glass window, designed by pupil, Alex Douglas, to commemorate the 600th Anniversary of the founding of the school by Bishop Langley. This was dedicated by the Very Rev. Michael Sadgrove, Dean of Durham on Friday, September 26th at 5.00 pm and a Sherry Reception and Dedication Dinner were held in the Exhibition Room at 7.00 pm.
The Lodge has in 2015 also donated over £1500 towards the purchase of new hymnals for use in Chapel and over £1000 to fund a project in the Department of Design and Technology.
The members of Old Dunelmian Lodge wish to record their thanks to the Headmaster, estate staff, catering
staff and Colin Looker in the printing department for the help and assistance provided to the Lodge. We are delighted that the strong ties with the School continue to be built on as we move past the school’s 600th anniversary, and approaching the 50th anniversary of the Old Dunelmian Lodge, which we’ll be celebrating in June 2016.
Anyone interested in membership of the Lodge is welcome to contact the secretary, John Liddle, by email at email@example.com for full details. We welcome enquiries from ODs, staff, and close relatives of past and present pupils for joining membership or initiation into Freemasonry.
Old Dunelmian Royal Arch Chapter
There are three degrees in Freemasonry, namely; Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason but through a quirk of history, the three degrees also explicitly include the Royal Arch, which in many ways completes the degree of Master Mason.
The ceremonies performed in the Lodge are based around the story of the construction of King Solomon’s Temple, built to house the Ark of the Covenant. History tells us about the construction and its subsequent destruction of the temple, and the building of a second temple on the foundations of the first. The degree of the Royal Arch continues the story of the Lodge degrees by bringing us forward in time to the construction of the second temple.
The Old Dunelmian Royal Arch Chapter is where those who have progressed up to Master Mason in the Old Dunelmian Lodge, or another lodge, can continue their masonic journey. Our Chapter is closely linked to the lodge, bearing the same Lodge
number in the United Grand Lodge of England’s register and is made up primarily of members of Old Dunelmian Lodge. Just like the Lodge, new candidates must express an interest in joining rather than be invited. The Old Dunelmian Lodge and Chapter have an extra qualification for membership beyond the usual requirements – every prospective member must have a close connection to Durham School such as ODs, Parents or members of Staff.
Our Chapter only meets twice a year, compared to the six meetings of the Lodge. The February meeting is a ceremony to place the newly elected officers of the lodge into their roles and our June meeting is a ceremony for new candidates who wish to join our Chapter. After each meeting we have a semi-formal meal together which gives us a chance to catch up with old friends, and make new ones. We also welcome guests from other Chapters. Being a member of a Chapter or Lodge entitles you to visit other Chapters or Lodges right across the globe, continuing the tradition of the travelling masons who built the great cathedrals and castles of Europe.
This year in February we installed Guy Rutter (OD) as First Principal (a position similar to President or Chairman), and in June we welcomed Stephen Glass (Parent) into the Chapter. Next year in February we will install Michael Liddle (OD) as First Principal for the second time.
If anyone is interested in finding out more information about the Royal Arch in general, or the Old Dunelmian Royal Arch Chapter in particular, please contact the secretary Lloyd Pickering (OD) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Caffinites (1943 - 1948) 28th November 1929 - 4th January 2013
Extract from the Register BILLINGHAM, David : b 28/11/1929, S of Revd. T. Billingham, Claypole Rectory, Nr. Newark, Notts. C. K.S. Mon. Classics & Acient History Prizes. Philpotts Exhib. Kings College Cambridge, 1949. Left Summer 1948, VI. King's College Cambridge 1949-1953. B.A (Hons. Classics) M.A. Later P.G.C.E. Cambridge Institute of Education 1952-53. Head of Classics at St Albans School Herts, Retired 1990. Nat. Service R.A.S.C. 1949, 2nd Lieut. St Albans School CCF. 1953-1987 Second in Command.
We received a letter from Mrs Billingham informing us of the death of her husband. David died suddenly at home and his funeral was attended by twenty members of his family as well as many friends. Our thoughts are with the Billingham family at this sad time.
Dr. Malcolm Cherrett 1935- 2014
John Malcolm Cherrett was born in Bishop Auckland (1935) where his father had a printing business, and started at Durham School (Caffinites) under Norman Macleod in 1947. Later, winning a State Scholarship and being inspired by Harry Perkins (biology teacher) he went to St John's College, Durham University to read Zoology followed by a PhD under Professor Jim Cragg in 1957. He then studied at the Institute of Education in London where he gained a distinction in theory and practice and was appointed Assistant Lecturer at University College of North Wales, Bangor in 1961.
He was a member of the Bangor Expedition to British Guiana (1963) working on leaf-cutting ants where his interest in tropical ecology began. Numerous papers on the biology and control of these insects followed with extension work involving local farmers in Paraguay, Brazil, Venezuela, Guyana, Trinidad, Argentina and Colombia. From 1966 to 1968 he was seconded to work as Honorary Research Fellow at the University of the West Indies (Trinidad) for the Ministry of Overseas Development. In addition to his core research on leaf cutting ants, he also founded and ran a highly regarded Masters degree in ecology funded by NERC, and between 1988 and 1996 organised the Erasmus and Tempus Science Student Exchange programme on behalf of Bangor University.
He served as Honorary Secretary of the British Ecological
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Society for 7 years and his interest in the ecology of below-ground organisms led to the building of the ‘Cherrett Rhizotron’ at the Treborth Botanical Gardens in Bangor.
On retirement from Bangor as Reader, he bought a narrow boat and enjoyed 8 years of live-aboard cruising around the waterways of the UK. He died after a short illness on August 29th 2014 and is survived by his wife Jane and his son Tom (also an O-D 1983-1987).
Poole House (1948-54) 27th July 1935 - 12th February 2013 Extract from the Register
Clark.Godfrey William: b.27/07/35,S.of G,G,Clark L.D.S(Dunelm),50 Walker Terrace, Bensham Road,Gateshead. P.H. Father of C.Clark O.D.Basketball VIII 1953/4,Cricket XI 1953/4. left Summer 1954,VIIB.King's College, Durham Univ. Diploma in Economics.Managing Director District Estates. KIng's College,Univ.of Durham Cricket XI. Full Royal for Cricket 1959, R.A.F.(National Service) Vice Pres. Gosforth Rugby Club, Chairman Gateshead Fell Cricket Club.
Maurice Bell saw Godfrey on many occasions at School when he supported the cricket. (his son Chris was a highly accomplished player); also at rugby matches at School and in Newcastle. A very keen sportsman he became involved in managing student games. He was a loyal supporter of the School.
School House 1958 – 1961
Martin Hill, who has died of cancer aged 71, championed human rights in Africa for more than 32years during his career with Amnesty International. He was instrumental in exposing the human rights violations committed in Ethiopia and Eritrea by the Derg military force, many of whom were subsequently convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity. He campaigned tirelessly for the release of dozens of prisoners of conscience, including Netsanet Belay, who is now Amnesty International’s Africa Research and Advocacy Director.
Martin, who was based at the Amnesty secretariat office in London, helped human rights activists in east Africa,
including those in Somalia who sought to build a human rights foundation in a country with no central government. He was a founding member in 2005 of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project.
His commitment and compassion touched all those with whom he worked. He was greatly respected by the survivors of human rights violations and the victims’ families.
Martin was born in Leeds, to Dudley Hill, a clergyman, and Nancy (nee Bates). From Durham school he went to Downing College, Cambridge, where he graduated in classics. He inherited his parents’ musical talents and was an accomplished pianist.
In 1965 he went to teach English in Uganda. He subsequently lived in Kitui, Kenya, with the Kamba people and wrote a dissertation that earned him a PhD in social anthropology from the London School of Economics. In 1976 he joined Amnesty and worked as a researcher on east Africa, and especially the Horn of Africa, until his retirement in 2008.
During his time at Amnesty, he taught at the University of London and was a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. After retiring, he continued to work on human rights in Africa and wrote reports on minority rights in Somalia, trials in Ethiopia and child soldiers in Eritrea.
Martin was passionate about gardening and RHS flower shows. He loved art and music, and delighted in his collection of African headrests. He was on the council of the African Studies Association and the Anglo–Somali Society and was a keen supporter of the Black Cultural Archives, in Brixton, south London. He is survived by his wife, Dawn, whom he met at the LSE and married in 1972, and by two children, Andrew and me, a grandson, Lewis, and his sister, Rachel.
Caffinites 1938 - 1942 The LSO is sad to hear of the death of former Principal Oboe Roger Lord on Wednesday 18 June 2014. He had recently celebrated his 90th birthday and until then had been in very good health and enjoying life to the full. Roger joined the LSO in 1953 as Principal Oboe. He was part of the famous resignation of Principals in 1955* but happily was persuaded to re-apply for his membership. He retired to Dorset in 1986, but remained an Associate Member until 1988. Roger began his musical education as a choir-boy in
Durham Cathedral, and continued his studies at the Royal College of Music from 1942-1943 and from 1946-47, the break being due to service in the RAF. After leaving the RCM he played in the BBC Midland Orchestra until 1949, and followed this with two years with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He was a member of the Prometheus Ensemble and Musica da Camera.
Roger's first wife Madeleine Dring died suddenly in 1977. He continued to promote Madeleine’s works after her death – she composed several oboe works for Roger, including the highly regarded Dances for solo oboe.
Roger is survived by his second wife Jenny, and our thoughts are with her and all Roger’s family and friends at this sad time. ----------------------------------*
In 1955 the LSO was divided over film sessions and whether the orchestra should devote more or less time to it. Eventually in May 1955 there was "vigorous discussion" at an Extraordinary General Meeting over the LSO's rules and traditions, the upshot being that all Principal players resigned en masse, with Roger Lord, arguably the true star of the 1950s LSO because of his extraordinarily supple playing, the only player to be convinced to reconsider. It was to be the turning point in the LSO's history - in being forced to recruit quickly and boldly the Board turned to the young generation, snapping up players such as Gervase de Peyer, Hugh Maguire, Denis Wick, William Waterhouse, Barry Tuckwell and Neville Marriner - all now highly revered names in the orchestral world. These exceptional young players went on to define the sound and secure the future of the LSO. From the LSO website
Poole House from 1943 to 1947 8th July 1929 - Aug 2012
Geoffrey Reay died in August 2012 in a nursing home near Beadle aged 83. He was in Poole House from 1943 to 1947.
Geoffrey was a kind unselfish and self-effacing boy who was always cheerful in encouraging others. I seem to remember being on the rota for stoking the boiler with him, which was a good thing as he understood “the nature of the beast”.
He left school in 1947 to study engineering in Newcastle and this was followed by a successful career in engineering with North Yorkshire County Council.
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He was a keen OD supporting reunions and keeping in touch with the other ODs. He was also a faithful member of the local church. If my memory serves me right he combined these two loyalties by doing some research on the Caffin memorial in Northallerton.
The great east window on Northallerton Church is dedicated to the memory of the Rev B C Caffin (2nd Master, Durham School 1863-77). Geoffrey was responsible for the restoration of his grave in the churchyard which included adding to the inscriptions on the tombstone.
He came to my ordination in York Minster and the preacher recommended that friends helped the newly ordained by helping them to buy books to keep up their studies. It was typical of Geoffrey that for years afterwards he sent me a book token and many of my books bore the words – “given by a book token from Geoffrey Reay”.
Geoffrey is a reminder that a school is not only judged by its distinguished old boys but by the lives of the multitude of former pupils who serve the local community with loyalty and devotion. Rev Michael Thistlewood 1945-1950
Tom Saint was born in Coxhoe, County Durham and he progressed through Bow School during the 1930’s and in 1938 he moved to the School into Pooleites. Tom was very sporty and was particularly good at althetics, shooting, rowing and rugby, all of which he represented the school at some stage or another. He actually was Captain of Boats and Shooting and a colour of the 1st XV.
He was made Head of Poole and School in 1943 and it was during this time he met his beloved wife to be, at the top of Chapel steps – she was Louie Craven, elder sister of Cass and Colin Craven, who were also former pupils.
Tom then went on to study medicine at Newcastle University and he joined Walker Medical Group in 1952, shortly after his marriage to Louie. He became a highly respected Doctor in the community of Walker, Byker and Longbenton and remained a partner of the Walker Medical for his entire career, providing GP services into Angus’s on the Coast Road and was the company GP for Fenwicks Ltd
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in Newcastle. Tom became Senior Partner of the Group in the 1980’s until his retirement in 1990.
Tom and Louie went on to have three children – Michael, OD, Amanda and Christopher, and there followed a number of grandchildren. Louie regrettably died in November 1997 and her ashes were scattered at the top of Chapel Hill, where they first met. Tom went on to live a happy life, helped by his very good friends and also Colin and Jane Craven, despite missing Louie and he made the weekly pilgrimage to Chapel Hill to “chat” to Louie and it was a common sight to see him climbing the Chapel Steps every Sunday morning to visit her. Tom died on the 23rd September 2014 after a short illness and his ashes were scattered on Chapel Hill, next to Louie – together again “Always”. Floreat Dunelmia
Poole House 1991-1996 21st January 2012
James died tragically as a result of a cycling accident in Singapore on 21 January 2012 aged 33 years. Whilst at school James was Deputy Head Boy and also Head of Poole House. He was Captain of the 2nd XV rugby team and rowed for the 1st VIII for which he was awarded full school colours. James was awarded a scholarship for art and design and won a number of prizes including the Robson Cup for outstanding contribution to the 6th Form. James was a petty officer in the Royal Navy section of the Combined Cadet Force.
James went on to take a BA in French at University College London where he also represented the University in the 1st VIII at Henley Regatta and other international rowing events. He was elected Captain of the Boat Club and awarded the Purple and Blue as a certificate of distinction. James subsequently took a post-graduate MA in legal studies at Bristol University and began a training contract with Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP in 2004 in the City of London. James qualified into the Projects Group in 2006 and met his fiancée Anna at the Firm. He left to join Norton Rose in 2007 and had been with Norton Rose in Singapore with Anna for approximately two years before his death. James continued his love of sports throughout his life including golf, ski-ing and diving. James was the son of Evelyne Sanford and the late Dennis Sanford OBE and brother of Charles. His funeral service took place at St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch on 10 February 2012.
Arthur Harrison Walker
School House (1941-1945) 13th June 1927 - 27th July 2013
Arthur’s early years and education.
Arthur Walker was born in Esh Winning on the 13 June 1927 and was an only child. He went to Esh Winning Primary School and at the age of 14 won a scholarship to Durham School, where he spent most of his time as a boarder in Bungites (School House) & where he eventually became a House Monitor.
Sadly, Arthur’s mother died when he was only 12 years old but for those twelve years he led a very happy family life. His father remarried when he was 15.
Arthur enjoyed life at Durham as it was such a happy family environment, especially having lost his mother at such a young age. He enjoyed cricket and played for the School 1st XI – rugby, where he played for the 1st XV and athletics in which sport he achieved the fastest time for one of the races which was not surpassed for a number of years. Arthur often reminisced about having Chapel Bell Report - which meant that you had to be up at the top of chapel steps (often in a very great hurry…) before the Cathedral clock bells stopped chiming at 9 a.m!
After Durham School, Arthur went on to study at Kings College, Newcastle - which was then part of Durham University – where he read for a degree in Mining Engineering. He continued playing cricket - representing Kings College - and was also sponsored by the NCB and the University to go to Germany and do a paper on mining in Germany along the Ruhr Valley - this was around 1947 and the total devastation of the area had a profound effect on him. Whilst at University Arthur was nicknamed “Johnny” after the famed Johnny Walker whisky brand and of course we all remember that he did like a tipple! Arthur graduated from University with a degree in Mining Engineering and subsequently worked for the NCB the rest of his life in various management positions. He also continued his sporting activities after leaving University.
Arthur met his future wife Lorna (who was from Bearpark) when he was 18 and she was 15 - at one of the Esh Winning Youth Fellowship Social Dances - as one did back then - and Lorna was, from that time onwards, the love of his life! Sadly his father passed away in 1948 when he was 21. Two years later Arthur married his Lorna at Bearpark Church. Along came Edith in 1952 and then the second bundle of trouble – Marion - in 1956; and so was the happy family complete. They lived first of all with Grandma in Bearpark, then moved to Esh Winning, then Crook and finally for the last years they lived at Witton Gilbert, where Arthur played cricket for the local
village team and managed to get a squashed ring on his finger, a scar on his eyebrow and “Funny Cricket Knuckles” from his playing. Sadly in 2009, Arthur lost the love of his life Lorna but said that it was Freemasonry that helped him through this very dark time. Work
Whilst with the NCB Arthur was a prominent member of BACUM – the NCB’s Management Union - where he was always very involved and enjoyed high standing. He used to be Quiz Master at the Union’s Annual Conference which was held yearly in Blackpool. All this was done in Arthur’s usual quiet way. He worked for most of his career at the Team Valley Office and then at Graham House. When he retired he was a Course Director at the Staff Training College. Freemasonry
Worshipful Brother Arthur was a member of no less than 3 Lodges, 3 Chapters, the Rose Croix and the Knights Templars, holding high rank in all these degrees. The one Masonic event that most thrilled him was when on the 21st October 2009 he received his 50 Years Certificate, having completed 50 years in Freemasonry! Arthur was a superb mentor for the newer and younger Brethren always offering friendship and guidance – and moreover, whenever asked to do so (and the occasions were many…) he could always be relied upon to step in at the last minute to do any piece of work as he was a first-class ritualist.
In addition, Arthur was always ready to provide support to and visit aged and infirm Masonic Brethren – one example being his many visits to Jack Marsden in Jack’s care home at Thirsk, where they would talk at length about the latest cricket scores. Finally, some simple facts that made the man
Arthur loved sport but he wasn’t much good at singing and when he was at Esh Winning school he was told to stand at the back with three other pupils and to mime but not sing!
He was a great supporter of Sunderland Football Club and his father used to take him to all the matches. He subsequently became Chairman and Director of Crook Town Football Club and even played against Bobby Robson (at cricket). At the NCB’s Staff Training College he lectured the third Charlton brother who, he said, was the best of those three football players but wasn’t interested in the sport and so went into Mine Rescue.
As a Member of Durham County Cricket Club, Arthur was at the test match where both teams were out in one day! Last year he went with daughter Edith to Lords and saw the Long Room and was found chatting to everyone and thoroughly enjoyed the day.
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He enjoyed a visit to a “Spa” and thought that the massage was great and then did some Yoga. He was always game to “have a go” at anything and was full of boyish enthusiasm. He could even text on his phone!
But the most important event for Arthur every year was Christmas, with all the family together. He was a generous, kind and loving man and a true believer Christian - 24/7 - one who always put his family first and foremost and was in turn adored by them all.
At their wedding Lorna carried a bouquet of red roses and Arthur, for every single year afterwards, bought her twelve red roses on their Wedding Anniversary. Today on the coffin, amongst the white flowers, there lies one red rose - along with the floral cricket bat in front!
You, like me, will all have very fond memories of this lovely man who was always very dapper, always wore shirt, tie, jacket, hat and highly polished shoes or, failing that, a suit!
Arthur Walker, you were a Man for All Seasons and our world – the world of family, friends and Masonic Brothers here assembled – is all the poorer for your passing to the Grand Lodge Above. We shall miss you in sadness but remember you with joy in our hearts for having had the privilege of knowing you. R.I.P.
Requiescant in Pace Name
Frederick J G Gill Michael H Oxley Barry D Perrott
James A Wilson Julian Richards
Geoffrey C Reay John B Hall
School School Poole
School School Poole
Richard G Ribchester Langley David D Billinham
Godfrey W Clark
Norman J Bolam David G French
Michael G Thompson School Alexander M Greig
Abdul Q Sher
Arthur H Walker
Bryce Goldsbrough Michael Vallance John H Jacob
Graham E Whitaker Hugh Dillon
Mark J Bushnell Colin B Gargett
Deryck P Walton Jack Marsden Roger F Lord
Tom M C Saint John E Coffell
Martin J D Hill Derek J Willis Paul Bull
Peter L Murray Hugh W Stead John A Robins
Robin J Walton
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