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‘2012 has been a year in which the richness of a rounded education at PGS has been fully evident and enjoyed.’

2012 Review If 2011 was the Year of Science at The Portsmouth Grammar School, then there can be no mistaking to whom 2012 belonged.

PGS Extend Evening and to see him present the Ithaka Prize to Bobby Abernethy for the second novel in his epic political fantasy series.

Yes, the Year 13 Leavers’ Assembly in the Cathedral was interrupted by a 24-gun salute and fly-past to welcome HMS Diamond into her home port to signal the beginning of national celebrations of the Queen’s Jubilee.

Dickens the journalist would have been delighted to see the coming of age of the Portsmouth Point team in 2012. Not only was there a magazine dedicated to the life and work of the great man, published to coincide with the Portsmouth Festivities’ theme of Great Expectations and the University of Portsmouth’s academic conference, but a blog has also burst into life, capturing the reactions, opinions, ideas and views of pupils, staff and even parent contributors. As one expert in IT and education recently commented to me, it is probably the best school blog of its kind currently available on the internet, and it certainly makes a great complement to the established journal that is the Portmuthian!

Yes, anticipation sizzled for the arrival of the Olympic Torch – carried across the Isle of Wight by Year 11 athlete Hattie Gould – and our young sportsmen and sportswomen defied a gloomy summer to win a place in the U15 Twenty20 National Finals, to come sixth in the Junior Girls National Athletics Finals, and to record a PGS first by becoming U15 National Champions in Rounders. But for Portsmouth, 2012 meant even more than the Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As Senior Prefect Anne Cole and her team reminded us, this was the bicentenary year of Charles Dickens born in the city in February 1812, and the Grammar School was to be at the heart of the celebrations of a man whose work continues to inspire on stage, in film and above all, in the written word. A Dickensian presence has been felt in most areas of school life this year. A ceramics project made possible thanks to the return of artist-in-residence Christine Derry and the re-firing of the enormous kilns in the Art Department, produced some stunning work by Year 9 pupils based on significant objects in Dickens’ stories. And how wonderful it was to see them displayed as part of the Summer Art Show on board HMS Warrior, a ship once vividly described by Dickens himself in a former life as a reporter The David Russell Theatre was transformed into the ghostly setting of The Chimes and played host to another mesmerising author, Anthony Horowitz, who blew Miss Havisham’s cobwebs away in a high-energy talk to budding authors in Year 7. So how fitting it was, earlier in the year, to welcome the author’s great great grand son, Ian Dickens, to the same venue for the

Of course, not everything has been Dickensian this year, but it has been exciting to see quills sharpened, metaphorically at least, and pupils of all ages engaging so imaginatively in the projects and opportunities Dickens 2012 has inspired. Dickens would be proud too of the engagement with the wider community by pupils, whether it was raising money for the charity Debra through the ceramics exhibition itself, or sending out the entire Year 12 on a Social Apprentice Day to visit charities throughout Portsmouth to learn about their work and to forge links for the future. In A Christmas Carol, the Spirit of Christmas Present reveals two children under his cloak to a chastened Scrooge: “This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both …… but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is doom.” Scrooge’s re-education means understanding the importance of education itself. 2012 has been a year in which the richness of a rounded education at PGS has been fully evident and enjoyed. I look forward to all that 2013 now has to offer!

James Priory


A beastly sticky history of The Portmuthian

‘A plea which countless editors have expressed in different ways, and with varying degrees of desperation over the years, “Write for it, or it will perish of inanition. Buy it or it will die of debt.”’

1883 was an eventful year in Portsmouth. The town’s first public library, infectious diseases hospital and communal baths were opened, and an armoured cruiser, Imperieuse, was launched from Portsmouth Dockyard. Meanwhile, a nine page publication named The Portsmouthian was launched with considerably less pomp and splash at Portsmouth Grammar School. The new school magazine superseded The Record and Portsmouth Grammar School Chronicle, a publication produced by some of the older pupils which very soon sank like a stone through lack of support. This started as a hectographed paper in 1881 and, because of this technique, must have had a very small print run. Otherwise know as a jellygraph, it was evidently a messy and unsatisfactory business. One P G Wodehouse character, who used this technique to run off a school magazine, declared, “This jelly business makes one beastly sticky. I think we’ll keep to print in future.” The editors of the The Record came to the same conclusion, and some later editions were properly printed, but this did not prevent its demise through lack of interest. Unfortunately, no copies survive in the PGS Archive. The new magazine, then, was a brave venture, launched against the tide in a sea of apathy. But, unlike The Record, this publication had the approval of the Headmaster, Mr Jerrard, who put the Classics Master, Reverend C D Williams, on the Editorial Committee. With this endorsement, authority and perhaps intimidation it was considered that pupils might be more encouraged to contribute. The idea for a school magazine is thought to have originated with C P F O’Dwyer, a scholarship boy who joined the School in 1879 and left in 1884 having obtained an Open Exhibition for Classics at Wadham College, Oxford. He played a leading role in the editorial team of The Record and appears to have been the primary editor of The Portsmouthian during its first two years.

The Portsmouthian 1st edition Around a half of the first edition was devoted to sports, including a report on a rugby match played by the School 2nd XV against the Royal Academy at Gosport. The School was “completely overweighted and overmatched”, wrote the kindly reporter, whose kindliness took precedence over his duty to report: “We will spare their feelings and refrain from giving the exact score”. Whether anyone felt that the tuppence (2d) they had handed over for the new magazine deserved a fuller account of the rugger, or at least the score, is not known, but in the first editorial came a question: “Has anyone a grievance?” “If so,” the editor wrote, presumably hoping to get some easy copy for the next edition, “let him exercise his British faculty for grumbling by writing to us”.

The aim of the new publication was stated in its first editorial: “We ask you to support The Portsmouthian, because it may be a means of spreading useful information, of suggestings (sic), improvements, of ventilating ideas, of encouraging good deeds and censuring bad ones”. Then came a plea which countless editors have expressed in different ways, and with varying degrees of desperation over the years, “Write for it, or it will perish of inanition. Buy it or it will die of debt.”

The response was far from overwhelming, suggesting that pupils at the School were either happy, happily indifferent, or scared of the consequences of grumbling aloud. The editors published regular reassurances that noms de plume were acceptable, though all correspondents had to include their real name with submissions to demonstrate good faith. Perhaps having a member of staff on the Editorial Committee had something to do with the lack of take up.

According to the accounts, the first issue sold 208 copies, possibly a ten-fold increase on the circulation of its ill-fated predecessor. As there were 300 boys and 12 Masters at the School at the time, a good majority appear to have taken an interest. Given that some boys’ sole purpose in buying it was probably to see their names in print, the number of copies sold happily exceeded the number of names printed.

The Portsmouthian appeared twice a term but very soon expanded to 12 pages, despite the lack of response to appeals for reports, articles and literary contributions. In 1891, a poem with the title, The Editor, appeared, evidently written by a harassed pupil who lived in fear of the persistent and slightly menacing editor who lurked around corners, demanded copy and wouldn’t take no for an answer.


A grand opportunity to grumble came in the 1890s, when there were suggestions that The Portsmouthian name should be changed. The Portusian was advocated by one correspondent and dismissed with a scholarly snort by another. In 1894, the Science teacher H T Lilley found an inscription on an ancient seal belonging to the Mayor and Corporation which included the Latin version of the town’s name, “Portemutha”. As a result of his research, the editor declared that “the name of our magazine has been changed to Portmuthian, which is certainly far more euphonious than the old title of Portsmouthian”. It also suited the classical academic aspirations of the School but was not appreciated by some: “The name change is a great change for the worse and not for the better”, penned one anonymous writer with utter conviction and clarity. But the name change was not all. The versatile Mr Lilley also designed “a new and most artistic title page” which upset another correspondent who ridiculed the design of the crest for its perceived heraldic inaccuracies, incorporating what he described as a “worm-eaten butterfly on a pin”. Many articles and letters appear to have come from staff and Old Boys. By 1896 the magazine was described as “flourishing”, not least because “the pecuniary support received from the Old Boys is more substantial than it has been of late”. Not unconnected with this support was an expansion of news about former pupils in a column called “Old Boys` Chronicle”, a precursor of the Old Portmuthian magazine and Opus. Over the years, the loudest and most persistent grumbling came from the editors themselves. One, new in post and writing for the December 1901 issue, embraced the festive spirit with a world weariness beyond his years: “Although the prerogative of editors from time immemorial has been to indulge in frequent grumbling, and although we, in this, our first editorial, feel strongly tempted to follow the example set by our illustrious predecessors, nevertheless, in view of the near approach of the festive season of Christmas, we will refrain from enlarging upon the many trials of an editor’s existence…”. To be fair, the attempt to fill six editions that year had failed and the writer was clearly feeling the heavy burden of responsibility. By 1933, the magazine was being published once a term, but the message was unchanged. The editor posted an appeal for contributions on the school noticeboard and, eight weeks later, complained that only four articles from members of the school had been received. “Is this good enough? The success or failure of any issue depends not on the boy sitting next to you, or on any other person, but on YOU.”

The first photograph, a formal portrait of the First XI Cricket Team, appeared in 1898, but it was to be several decades before pupils’ photographs and artwork were to appear. As well as giving pupils the opportunity to share their interests, hobbies and artistic talents it was a godsend to editors anxious to fill space. And so, by the 1950s, amid erudite essays, cartoons and humorous poems, Deane Clarke was able to share his passion for photographing steam trains while Alan Scaife contributed prize-winning ornithological studies. The Portmuthian’s lively “magazine” content was, according to one editor, “leaven to the reports”, which often made for very dry reading. Inevitably, perhaps, some boys’ humour and comment went beyond acceptable limits. Whether the Anti Portmuthian magazine, was made up of the work of spurned contributors or was a parody is not know, but an extract was reproduced in The Portmuthian aimed at demonstrating its shameless character involving the printing of a four-letter word (which was censored). Fifty years later, the editor was positively encouraging subversiveness, but not on his watch: “So many things go on beneath the unruffled surface of the School that this magazine cannot report them all: and, being an official publication, it cannot describe what really happens. May we suggest that someone assumes a nom de plume, and writes – in an entirely unofficial and unsubsidised publication – the behind the scenes story of school life”. Unfortunately, if this suggestion was taken up, the account didn’t make its way to the PGS Archive. But there has always been an occasional dash of mild subversive humour in The Portmuthian to rub against the prevailing conservativism of the School. As early as 1895 the following advice was offered: “Always cut your name on every desk you use… it will probably be the only way in which you will give the school a chance of remembering you.” Ironically, it is the record of pupils’ achievements and talents in The Portmuthian that survives, rather than the desks. The Portmuthian archive offers us is a unique and valuable record of life at PGS, a treasure trove of facts, arcane, trivial and fascinating. Its references are sometimes obscure, the history bitty and incoherent, but each edition reflects the time it was written, both in content and in design. If there is one constant it is the PGS spirit that, notwithstanding the occasional grumbling editor, shines through in its grim determination, ever since its launch in 1883, to keep the boat afloat and to proudly show in its pages what PGS has achieved and is capable of.

John Sadden


PGS Extend Celebration Evening This year’s presentation of the Ithaka Prize was a wonderful celebration of the best independent research by Portsmouth Grammar School pupils and also showcased musical talent from the Sixth Form. Michael Roderick recited Constantine Cavafy’s poem Ithaka to set us off for the evening. The poem which inspired the name of the Prize for the best PGS Extend project highlights the benefit of relishing a challenging journey and engaging with all the experiences along the way. The eleven pupils who presented to the on their extended projects gave the audience impressive descriptions of their research journeys. Three of the pupils were International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) students who spoke about their IB Extended Essays – these are a requirement of the IB course and marks awarded for these contribute to their overall IB result. Chelsie Tang told us about her research into the question: To what extent was misogyny, or at least a low estimate of women’s power to resist evil, responsible for stimulating the prosecution of women as witches in early modern Europe? She carried out extensive reading for the essay, which has prepared her well to read History this year. George Chapman is another IB pupil but he completed his impressive research before starting the course, as he chose to do his PGS Extend, during the summer after Year 11. He had a two week placement at Portsmouth University and benefited from laboratory experience and the expert guidance of university professors there to study The Localisation of voltage-gated potassium channels and D2 receptors in the rat nucleus accumbens. The third IB pupil to present was Anna Bazley who answered: To what extent did the Orange Revolution provide the basis for the establishment of Liberal Democracy in Ukraine? There were eight presentations by A Level pupils which demonstrated a great breadth of interests. William Haward spoke about his project Building and Testing a Variable Pulse Generator, in which he particularly enjoyed writing a program for the Microcontroller in his electronics circuit. Jack Woodford gave a fascinating review of the way in which he researched The Role of Time in Mediating the Recall of Emotive and

Neutral Word Associations, raising the interesting question for me of whether ‘pencil’ is always a word disassociated from emotion, and the challenges of finding such neutral words. Charlie Eldrid addressed the somewhat controversial question of whether we should avoid marrying first cousins with a wide range of lively images and research. Stephen Dunne asked: Did the American Revolution create a New World or did it merely remain a mirror of the Old World?, displaying historical images of the time as he did so. Joe Grant’s answer to the question: Is it possible to explain why Autism Spectrum Disorders are more prevalent in males than females? showed a great breadth of research and required the audience to reflect on the influence of the type of testing on results. The audience’s senses were delighted by the stunning photography of images of Paris Metro stations by Emma Spruce from her PGS Extend project entitled Le Métropolitain. Claire Stephens continued the French theme with her PGS Extend written in French about the Algerian War of Independence; La République francaise était-elle complètement responsable de la guerre d’indépendance algérienne. The musical performances of Ed Fry (Trumpet) and Hannah Seal (Voice), accompanied by Karen Kingsley gave the audience time to refresh their minds between the presentations and reminded us of the many strengths of PGS pupils. Mr Ian Dickens, great-great-grandson of the Portsmouth born author, Charles Dickens, awarded prizes to the two commended pupils, Fergus Kaye and Helen Jones, for their exceptional PGS Extend projects which researched Frankenstein and family history. The Ithaka Prize 2012 was then awarded to Bobby Abernethy for his novel Red Nightfall, a sequel to Grey Storm. The depth and passion of the research projects presented at the Ithaka Prize event in March were outstanding and in some cases displayed a standard that would not be out of place at Masters Degree level. The presenters certainly gave us the marvellous journey an adventurer to Ithaka would hope to find.

Louise Wilson

‘The presenters certainly gave us the marvellous journey an adventurer to Ithaka would hope to find.’ Ian Dickens and the Headmaster with Robert Abernethy, Ithaka Prize winner

From left to right: George Chapman, Charles Eldrid, WINNER - Robert Abernethy (also in centre picture), Chelsie Tang, Emma Spruce, Claire Stephens, Anna Bazely, Jack Woodford, Joseph Grant, Steven Dunne

BBC Question Time Visits PGS

The IB at PGS Second Cohort of PGS International Baccalaureate pupils continue IB Diploma success Our second cohort of International Baccalaureate pupils have continued the successes of their pioneering predecessors in 2011, and recorded an excellent set of IB Diploma results in 2012, Olympic year. Raising the school’s average by a point from last year’s 35 (out of 45) to an even more impressive 36 this year, they not only have excellent grades to boast, but also have again enjoyed superb university (UCAS) success. At the time of writing (midAugust), thirteen out of sixteen have already secured their first choice university place, two their insurance choice, with one pupil looking at new courses in Clearing. Particular mention must be made of Caitlin McHale and Anna Bazley, who achieved outstanding scores of 44 and 43 points respectively. Caitlin will be reading Medicine at Birmingham and Anna History & Politics at Oxford. Other pupils have secured places on courses ranging from English or History at Exeter, Architecture or International Management with Spanish at Bath to Medicine at Southampton and Geography & International Relations at Oxford Brookes. Pupils have enjoyed notable success with Scottish universities too (the IB has some resemblances to Scottish ‘Highers’) and we have pupils off to St Andrews to read French & Italian, Edinburgh to read Chinese & History and Aberdeen to read Neuroscience. One particularly pleasing feature of the results is that 98% of our pupils achieved grades 7-5 in their Higher Level subjects (each subject is scored out of a maximum 7 points). If one, very crudely, equates this with the top three A Level grades, this would give a total of 98% A*-B grades in pupils’ chosen, specialist subjects. IB pupils will also have the benefit of having

studied three other subjects, albeit to a lower (‘Standard’) level. This gives each pupil an appealing array of skills and experience, offering specialisation but versatility too for both university and later careers. Finally, mention should be made of the IB’s ‘core’, the combination of Theory of Knowledge (critical thinking), the Extended Essay (a 4,000 word essay on a subject of the pupil’s choice, particularly popular with universities as evidence of the ability to research and work independently) and the CAS programme (Creativity, Action and Service). These elements really enrich the experience of IB pupils and we enjoyed some outstanding successes again this year in each element. For those wishing to know more, a Theory of Knowledge essay will be published in the forthcoming edition of Portsmouth Point, current Y12 IB pupils are producing a CAS featurebook, celebrating the range of CAS activity undertaken by our pupils to date, and IB essays will be celebrated along with PGS Extend pieces at the next Ithaka evening in the Spring. We therefore celebrate the achievement of our 46 PGS IB graduates to date, and look forward to the success of our current Year 12 pupils this time next year. We hope too that in the future many others will join them, and become not only PGS graduates but also IB graduates. This will allow them to join the hundreds of thousands across the world who have achieved this internationally-acclaimed badge of quality. If pupils or parents in any year groups have questions about the IB, please do not hesitate to contact me or other members of staff to chat through these, or see the PGS website for further details.

Simon Taylor Director of IB (

“It’s coming to PGS... yes they’re filming in our DRT... we’re going to be on TV...” Pupils are shown behind-the-scenes as Question Time visits PGS Whispers were running around the school in the week beginning 25th March, but nobody would confirm any of the rumours. What was going on? Who was coming? Why were they coming? Everything seemed so mysterious, it just added to the confusion and excitement of what was going on. Everything was kept under wraps until the very last minute when it was revealed that yes, Question Time had not only come to Portsmouth, but into PGS’ very own DRT. On Thursday morning PGS students walked into the quad to be greeted by a large van that could only mean one thing, they were officially here. The BBC and Question Time had arrived. A topical debate programme aired on television on Thursday evenings, Question Time allows the public to directly ask at least three politicians from three different political parties, along with other public figures, questions relating to what is in the news at the time. The ruthlessness of the audiences’ preselected questions, very often prove to be a test for even the best politicians. During the afternoon, a handful of PGS students, who were interested in a career in the media, were lucky enough to be invited to watch firsthand the workings of what goes into a production backstage. Cameras, cables, ladders, lights, microphones, backdrops, a green room, control centre, portable editing station, you name it, and the BBC crew had it. In only half a day, the DRT and its surrounding rooms were unrecognisable to what we know from our assemblies and lessons. Those selected were not only fortunate enough to watch the equipment in action as the team prepared for the evening’s broadcast, but the Director took some time out to talk through how the programme is put together and how some of the more technical equipment worked. One particular piece of


equipment that caught the attention of students was that of the ‘steady cam’, a camera which we were told is used in all the blockbusters to allow film crews to get right into the heart of the action. Excitement really began to build when 5 students (Georgie Boxall, Andy Jones, Emma Kissane, George Neame and Daniel Rollins) took to the stage alongside the presenter, Mr David Dimbleby to engage in a debate, very much like the official aired version, to allow the film crew to test out the sound, lights and cameras. Taking on the personas of the panellists to be featured in the evening, comedian Alexei Sayle, MPs Douglas Alexander, Sarah Teather and Anna Soubry and newspaper columnist, Sir Simon Jenkins, the four sixth formers and Year 11 pupil were challenged with questions relating to petrol, pasties and churches, all whilst cameras rolled around them, catching their every word. Although it is true that their footage would not go out to the nation on telly, they were very brave as the footage was given back to PGS for all the school to see... after watching it, I can say they definitely held their own and delivered speeches to rival those that were to be broadcast later that evening. With an event such as this coming to PGS, Portmuthian knew that their pens had to be poised at the ready to capture every moment, and that included seizing the opportunity when it arose to be allowed an interview with David Dimbleby himself. Lucky enough to step into the green room for a chat, Portmuthian grilled Mr Dimbleby on politics, past times and everything in between. A special thanks must go to Mr Lockyer for making this all happen.

Ollie Velasco and Sarah Gray


Interview with David Dimbleby

Portmuthian: Who is the person you admire the most? David:

Portmuthian: When did you know you wanted to go into the media?

Portmuthian: What do you think makes Question Time so popular?

David: It wasn’t until I left university that I decided to give it a go. I wanted to earn some money and the careers I had thought of apart from that, which were law or the foreign office, didn’t pay very much whereas working in radio and television seemed to offer a bit more cash. And also it seemed quite enjoyable!


Portmuthian: You’re well known for being impartial towards the panel – do you find it difficult to bite your lip? David:

No, if you’re chairing a programme like Question Time you take exception to things people say and you quickly get used to the idea that you have to allow both the audience and the panel to have their say. The point of the programme is to get argument going – but the idea that I would in any way want to say anything about my views on any subject would be completely against the character of the programme and against my instincts.

I’m not sure … when people come up to me in the street and say they enjoy the programme I always ask ‘what is it you like about it?’ Quite often they say they like the way the panel engage with each other. It’s also the only forum for political debate which is easy on the ear; it’s not the same as listening to a Newsnight discussion, its more down to earth and robust than that.

My answer would be very pretentious because it wouldn’t be a living person. I’m not in the admiring business really…

Portmuthian: You went to Oxford – what did you enjoy most about your time there? David:

Portmuthian: If you could have gone into any other profession what would it have been? David:

I think law really, as a barrister or a judge. Though I think it might have been rather dull … I think on the whole I’m glad I did what I did because I think it’s more interesting. Also I’m beyond the retirement age of judges now so I can keep going while they all have to go and mow their lawns, which is nice …!

Portmuthian: For somebody applying to university today what tip could you give them for the interview? David:

Portmuthian: Who have you enjoyed having on the show the most – and least? Portmuthian: What question do you get asked the most? David:

I never have an answer for that – and actually I wouldn’t say because the person who I said I most enjoyed would think they had an easy ride, and the person who I said I enjoyed the least would go away feeling sad! The kind of politicians I like to have on the show are people who don’t just parrot a party line, but under pressure can think on their feet and are bold enough to say what they really believe.


‘If you could have anyone on the show who would it be?’ I also get a lot of statements of ‘I wish the politicians would answer the questions’, which if they did would mean people like me and Paxman and Humphreys would be out of a job. If the politicians answered a question just by listening to it and responding to it then there would be nothing further to say.


We’ve always had difficulty getting the top ranked politicians. I always like to have the Chancellor of the Exchequer on or the Prime minister, but they tend to back off doing it directly with the public; they think they’ll get torn apart.

Portmuthian: If you could give any advice to someone looking to go into politics what would it be? David:

I think to be a good politician you have to have a very strong commitment and belief about the good you think you can do.

Watch The History Boys. I think you have to show a spark of originality, but you also have to be aware that the universities have to think about whether you are going to benefit from going. I think there’s a downside to Oxbridge in the sense that they’re, compared to other universities, quite closed-in communities that may not suit some people. It depends on what your home and school life has been like, but I think it is very dangerous to think of Oxford and Cambridge as the absolute peak.

Portmuthian: What has been the highlight of your career?

Portmuthian: If you could have anyone on the show who would it be? (!) David:

The freedom, and also the burst of suddenly not being at school, which was quite overwhelming. Nowadays schools are much freer but mine was quite constrained. I also thought Oxford was extremely beautiful. I’m quite a visual person; I draw and I paint and I found the place exciting.

The thing that I felt most pleased by after having done it was a study of the Africana in South Africa called the White Tribe of Africa, which still stands up as one of the best descriptions of why the apartheid came about, how it was caused and why the whites believed in it. It took a long time to make, but one of the things that is rewarding in television is when your programme comes out and you realise that the things you found were things that no one else knew, and that is very exciting.

Portmuthian: Lastly, could you tell us one thing that nobody else in the public would know? David:

Ha ha ha … I could, yes, but I’m not inclined to!

Portmuthian: What about the media?

By Sarah Gray and Ollie Velasco David:

Sarah Gray and Ollie Velasco Interview David Dimbleby

You need persistence and excitement about things. People fall by the wayside because they think it’s like any other job. If you want to get into television or journalism you just have to batter away until somebody gives you an opportunity.


Time for Questions

Frozen Plant OP Returns for Celebrations

An air of anticipation surrounded the BBC’s visit on March the 29th, before the Question Time team walked through the arch and began to construct the memorable panel in the David Russell Theatre. I was lucky enough to be one of five students taking part in a mock debate hosted by David Dimbleby himself, only hours before the real show was recorded. The aim was to check sound settings, organise seating arrangements and to finalise camera angles.

John Aitchison came back to PGS as an OP to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hampshire Wildlife Trust. John has had a keen interest in Natural History from a small boy, and put down roots with Wildlife Club under the guidance of Nik Knight, founder and former Head of Biology.

Taking our seats around the table, we were fitted with microphones and given a quick briefing on the real politicians whose places we would be taking for the practice run. Andy Jones and I sat at either end, adopting the personas of comedian Alexei Sayle and National Trust chairman Simon Jenkins respectively. Daniel Rollins took a slightly ominous position next to David Dimbleby, posing as Douglas Alexander, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary. Emma Kissane became Conservative MP Anna Soubry, whilst Georgie Boxall played the part of Children’s Minister, Sarah Teather. As the lights went down and the pounding of the Question Time theme tune began, the host introduced his ‘guests’ under the watchful eye of a student and teacher audience. With cameras facing all directions and a slightly off-putting television screen at the front showing our own faces staring back at us, the debate commenced. The controversial topic of a ‘pasty tax’ was first to be tackled, with expert responses and thought-provoking ideas provided by the panellists who quickly took on their individual roles. Following this, a question was posed by the audience on the

‘With cameras facing all directions and a slightly off-putting television screen at the front showing our own faces staring back at us, the debate commenced.’ state of the Church and the use of religious buildings for anything other than their intended purpose. This incited a range of reactions from both the students and members of the audience, some claiming a Church should be used for worship only, others pointing out the impracticalities of constructing new buildings when there are current ones which are underused. After a nerve-wracking but enjoyable debate, the rehearsal ended on the subject of petrol stockpiling, following the recent threat of a fuel strike. All the students involved were grateful for the incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that gave them a small taste of what the professional politicians would be facing later in the evening on national television, though further debate is still needed on which show proved to be the more interesting, gripping and entertaining.

George Neame

Andy Jones, Emma Kissane, Dan Rollins, Georgina Boxall and Geroge Neame on the panel with David Dimbleby

Ever supportive of young people with an interest in wildlife, he spent an hour and a half with current Wildlife Club members before his public address, giving them a chance to discover how John came to be a wildlife cameraman following his studies at Cambridge. Hard work and perseverance were essential, with an introduction to his chosen career path offered by the RSPB, before moving on to the BBC’s Natural History Unit. Wildlifers were gripped as he regaled them with tales of his wild and frozen encounters, answering questions and giving the “inside view”. During the evening we heard about how polar bear training for film crews required precision shooting of warning flares so that they landed between him and the bear, rather than behind the rampaging bear, which would force bear and cameraman into each other’s clutches. We laughed at tales of penguin mischief, as crew members wondered how little red flags carefully placed in the snow outside tents overnight to mark the spot where they had followed a slightly different “call of nature”) had been moved by morning. A little detective work found that those adorable little penguins were guilty and the morning brew was no longer guaranteed to be pure as driven snow! Controversy was anticipated, John commented, over footage of a zoo-born polar bear cub and its mother without the explicit indication on film that this was not a wild bear in its den. The BBC brought the fact to public attention on the website but

their explanation did not satisfy everyone. John was a member of one of about 50 crews involved in the series; he showed wonderful stills and clips that had not been seen in the series. It was a great presentation coloured by a unique and very personal insight.

Andrew Jones

The Headmaster, John Aitchison and PGS pupils

‘Wildlifers were gripped as he regaled them with tales of his wild and frozen encounters, answering questions and giving the “inside view”.’

Acrylic painting by Year 11 pupil Jordan Moon (part of GCSE coursework) Acrylic painting by Year 13 pupil Tonya Neame - completed in 15 hour examination


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Kirsten Cox When I first heard there was a PE and Games teaching position at Portsmouth Grammar School last Easter I could not resist going for the job. I have always lived in Hampshire and remember playing against PGS at sport whilst I was at school. I was always in awe of their fantastic reputation on the playing fields and of course the match teas. The job was offered to me and I started in September 2011, and it has been more than ever could have expected. I have always wanted to be a Physical Education Teacher. My passion for this started at my own school in Winchester. I thoroughly enjoy playing sport myself and thrive on learning new skills. The reward of being able to conquer something you previously could not is an achievement that I wanted to give to others. My path towards teaching started at Brighton University where I studied Sport and Exercise Science which gave me the theoretical grounding about Sport as a whole. I then went to Exeter University for my Postgraduate Teaching Certificate where I was thrown into a number of different teaching experiences

Lucy Crockford

‘It is very difficult to pick just one highlight of the year as there have been just so many.’ in the West Country. I decided to move back to Hampshire where I did my NQT year at a challenging school in Totton, which I thoroughly enjoyed as my first year of teaching and ignited my passion for teaching further before being given the fantastic opportunity to work at the prestigious PGS. My main sport is Hockey which I have played since I was seven years old. I have played for a number of different teams. My best achievement has been playing for a Southampton First XI, where we worked hard as a team, and were promoted to National League where I played a couple of seasons. I have loved being able to teach Hockey at PGS and have whole heartily enjoyed taking the Under 12 Girls Hockey team who have been a pleasure to coach. They are a fantastic set of girls and truly reflect the how hardworking, passionate and enthusiastic all of the pupils are at PGS. It is very difficult to pick just one highlight of the year as there have been

It was my mother’s idea to give teaching a go. I thought, what could be better than sharing my tricks of the trade with others in a subject that I have a great enthusiasm and passion for? Art has so much to offer. For me, it has been an outlet for selfexpression and it has helped me to gain an understanding of the increasingly visual world in which we live. My first year at PGS has been the busiest year of my life. Not only have I managed to complete my NQT year, I am also now engaged to be married and am currently trying to buy my first house.

How did I end up teaching at PGS I hear you ask? My journey began when I undertook a BTEC in Art and Design at Chichester College. I then went on to study Illustration at University of Portsmouth, followed by completing my PGCE at Brighton University.


I have really enjoyed being part of the team in the Art department at PGS and have had the opportunity to participate in many exciting and memorable projects. From the

just so many. I have fully enjoyed and embraced the life at PGS. There have been many experiences including the Germany Indoor Hockey Tour, Athletics Lanzarote Trip, Tutor Reward Trips and going to all of the Sport Fixtures this year. I am very much looking forward to my next year here and it looks to be even more thrilling than the last.

Steven Dymock When I first saw the position for Teacher of Technology advertised I thought that to get an interview would be an achievement in itself. To receive the job offer from the Headmaster has to be up there with Portsmouth Football Club winning the FA cup; it was an amazing feeling. I had been working in a school near Southampton so to be working in my home city was an exciting prospect. Before I became a teacher I worked around the South of England as a Design Engineer for various companies, the prominent one being BAE Systems. It was during a visit to my old school, to offer help to GCSE students, that the teaching bug bit me. I soon enrolled on a teaching degree course at Winchester University as a mature student, and I was successful in obtaining a BEd in Design and Technology. My teaching career then began, with spells at Wildern School, King Richard School and Long Bay College in New Zealand.

To me, PGS had a lot to offer a teacher: a dynamic range of extra curricular activities, excellent facilities and resources, friendly staff and, most importantly, a set of pupils who want to achieve. I have not been disappointed. Teaching is a passion of mine and to be involved with such a prestigious school is a privilege. I enjoy the fast pace of the day and the new challenges that I encounter almost hourly. Outside of PGS you will find me either running along Hayling Island seafront, spending time with my family - a wife, two children and a dog or playing bass guitar in a local pub or club with a band. My only complaint with PGS so far – some of the terrible jokes shared in the Technology Department! Steven Dymock

‘PGS had a lot to offer a teacher: a dynamic range of extra curricular activities, excellent facilities and resources, friendly staff and, most importantly, a set of pupils who want to achieve.’

Kirsten Cox

installation at Fort Widley with the Year 12s at the beginning of the year, to holding the Summer Show on HMS Warrior at the end of the year. I have also had the pleasure of working with the two Artists-in-Residence this year, Cara Wassenberg and Christine Derry. Not only did they impart knowledge to the Year 10s and 9s, they also taught me a thing or two! I have encountered many talented pupils this year at PGS, and I am looking forward to seeing how they develop further over the years to come. Bring on next year and the next exciting projects and events!

Lucy Crockford

‘I have really enjoyed being part of the team in the Art department at PGS and have had the opportunity to participate in many exciting and memorable projects.’ Year 7 Heroes and Villains project - lino print by Bella Barrington-Clark


Sam Gladstone

Stephanie Farmer I joined the PE and Games department in September 2011. Being a local girl I had heard of PGS previously but never knew much about the school. I went to school in Stubbington near Fareham. When I was 13 years old I spent most of my time travelling the country to play sport. At school I participated in every sport possible including athletics, basketball, cricket and even the school football team. At this point in my life I was also playing county level netball and hockey and had to make the very hard decision between the two sports. I first started playing hockey at the age of 6 when I was determined to beat my older brother at everything. I then had to play in the boys’ team because they did not have an under-10 girls’ team at my local club. I believe this had a positive impact on my outlook on sport. Having to play against boys gave me the toughness and determination in every tackle. Due to the support from my parents and my coaches I continued to pursue my hockey career. This was not an easy task, having to manage my studies alongside my hockey commitments. Many sacrifices had to be made along the way; for example, I could not attend my school prom due to being called up to play in Germany for the U21 England Hockey team at the time. I struggled through my A levels due to playing in Argentina in the Junior World Cup for the month leading up to my A level exams. If I was to do it all again I would not change my path. I have travelled the world and competed at the highest level. Sport is my love so becoming a PE teacher made sense to me and I could not imagine doing anything else. Whilst I was attending Chichester University, I was also part of the World Class Performance programme which supports future Olympians. I was funded by the National Lottery and things were looking good. I was in the squad for the coming Commonwealth Games in Manchester and the Champions Trophy in


Such is the vibrancy of music at PGS, that as I write this I can hear African drumming from a year 7 class, sixth formers rehearsing songs from this year’s school musical The Producers drifting through the window, trumpet and violin lessons from upstairs and a GCSE chamber group rehearsing for their forthcoming ensemble performances. I am tremendously privileged to have the opportunity to work within such an exciting, active, diverse and thriving department, and in a school where music takes such pride of place. The amazing thing about music is that everybody is musical and music takes a central role in every culture worldwide. That repressive regimes and dictators do all they can to control or ban it (and, largely, fail in so doing) just proves its power and potency. We have a weird tradition in some parts of this country that it’s possible to be “unmusical”. I hope at PGS that we can provide opportunities for everybody to get involved actively as a musician and I’d love to hear ideas for what else we could be doing! My musical life began with piano lessons at the age of five and, whilst I also learnt the clarinet and violin, keyboard instruments have always been my home. I grew up in Peterborough, where I was taught music by a certain Mr Ben Charles, and was fortunate to spend two years as organ scholar at the Cathedral, from whence a love of choral music has grown. I vividly remember hearing Trinity College Choir performing for the first time and being stunned by the amazing sound of 40 voices singing so beautifully together. This led to three years at Cambridge, as Organ Scholar at Jesus College, followed by five inspiring years as Organist at The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula, within

the Tower of London. I had always loved opportunities to share music with others, and a year as Organist in Residence and Music Teacher at a boarding school in Berkshire fully converted me to pursuing a life in teaching. A PGCE at the Institute of London was the natural next step, including a brilliant placement at a school in Harlesden which, whilst challenging, was the most exciting place I have worked. I learnt a huge amount about so many different musical cultures from the pupils and discovered in a very real sense the power music has to overcome hardship and adversity. Following a PGCE, I taught at a large independent boys’ school in Croydon followed by four years as Assistant Director of Music in a fully-IB mixed independent boarding school in Kent with a thriving musical tradition. I have been fortunate to take pupils on tours throughout Europe, lead pupils in performances alongside some of the greatest professional ensembles in the country, and see many former pupils go on to further study in music. However, the most rewarding aspect has been the day to day enjoyment of sharing what I love with so many people through lessons, rehearsals, conversations and performances. No two days are the same and there is certainly never an opportunity to get bored! I think I can confidently say that I have the best job

Peter Jordan Back in 2004 I was sat in my office in Edinburgh when I had that awful feeling that I was 12 months into the job I had aspired to all my career and I wasn’t enjoying myself. While it was easy to decide that I had come to the end of my road in financial services, it was not quite so easy to work out what to do. During a career break to do a Sports Science degree, some Ironman triathlons and a brief return to financial services I thought a lot about teaching. Firstly as a Sports Scientist in higher education and then, after realising I did not have enough traditional science in me, as an Economics and Business Studies teacher in secondary education so that I could share the expertise I had acquired from a first degree in Industrial Economics and over 25 years in life assurance, pensions and investment marketing. In my mind successful teaching is essentially about sharing knowledge and experience, communication, motivation, and paperwork! These were all things I had been doing for several decades in financial services but with adults instead of children. Although a wide range of transferrable skills has made the transition relatively easy, there are some aspects of teaching that are hugely challenging. In particular a teacher has no support team and has to do absolutely everything, there are very limited opportunities to prioritise workloads as the timetable happens every day without fail and you almost always end up at the end of each day with the feeling that you could have done your job better. There just isn’t enough time in teaching and there is almost always a long list of things you wish you could have done to help your pupils. Despite this, teaching is a very satisfying, captivating and rewarding role especially if you enjoy helping other people to excel. This possibility always inspired me when I worked with adults in work and in recreation, but the satisfaction is so much greater when you can help young people to gain self esteem and confidence through success in education and leisure activities. As the children at

PGS are highly motivated and want to do well, I feel I can add a lot of value to their development through sharing a wide range of experiences in life. In Economics and Business Studies this is a huge strength, as it is possible to inspire students by giving their studies relevance by connecting theoretical economics to how financial markets and economic agents operate. In the space of 9 months I already feel I have achieved a lot with my pupils, who are beginning to realise that I might actually be more ambitious for them than they are themselves and that in my classes everyone is required to focus on and strive for the best they are capable of achieving. As a result I suspect I am looking forward to the first set of results in August as much as my pupils are. In teaching I do believe that even if all your students thoroughly enjoy your lessons that will count for nothing unless the results they achieve live up to and hopefully exceed their expectations.

Peter Jordan

‘In teaching I do believe that even if all your students thoroughly enjoy your lessons that will count for nothing unless the results they achieve live up to and hopefully exceed their expectations.’

‘Sport is my love so becoming a PE teacher made sense to me and I could not imagine doing anything else.’ Malaysia. Unfortunately at this point I picked up a back injury and needed an operation on my foot from a previous injury, so I had to pull out of the Commonwealth campaign. I had to make an extremely hard decision at this point, probably the hardest decision of my life. I could either go into rehab, therefore continue with my hockey career, or chose to finish my degree and start my teaching career. At this point I had achieved over 100 junior international caps and 11 senior international caps and been in the GB development squad. I found a new passion and that was and still very much is Physical Education. I knew I had made the right decision; my first job was at Meoncross School a small Independent School in Stubbington. I was able to pass on what I had learnt from my personal sporting experience but I also started to learn from the pupils I taught. My second job was at a state school called Bay House School in Alverstoke where I was promoted to Head of Key Stage 4 and a Mentor to trainee teachers. This was the best foundation for my teaching I could have asked for; I was able develop my passion and I found learning to be a journey that I shared with the pupils not simply an education that I gave them. Hockey is an important part of my life however teaching and learning and the concept of learning to learn are what interest me the most. I still play for a local National League hockey club called Trojans for whom I have competed in the top flight league in the country. I captained the team when we were promoted into the Premiership league a number of times over the last 12 years. This year I competed in the Maxifuel Super Sixes Indoor Championships. I have learnt a huge amount from my hockey career; it has given me drive, focus, persistence and discipline. Although I have been teaching for 6 years now, I am still excited about my teaching career, which I believe is just beginning. I was thrilled to be appointed as PE and Games teacher at PGS and hope I can contribute to the already established sport at PGS.

Stephanie Farmer


Alexandra Murray-Bruce (now Clarke!)

Dr Patrick Stephenson

After completing an MA in Classics at Durham University, I spent six years working in marketing and project management for a number of Financial Services providers. However, in 2004, I decided that I wanted to do something different as a career. After careful consideration, I applied for the PGCE in Classics at King’s College, London University and quit my job as a project manager. Luckily, I was readily accepted onto the course so everything worked out well!

I grew up in North Cornwall with my parents and five brothers. Originally planning to become a lawyer, my love for the sciences didn’t begin until I was inspired by my 6th form Biology teacher. I went on to Nottingham University to complete my first degree in Biotechnology in 2005, and the stage was set. Desperate not to leave university I went on to Southampton to complete my PhD in Molecular Biology in 2008, leaving me forever destined to explain that “sorry, I’m not a medical doctor… I have a PhD”! Again, not wanting to leave University I decided to

As soon as I started my PGCE, I loved teaching and I knew that I had made the right decision. My first teaching post was at RGS Guildford where I stayed for just over four years. It was here that I first became involved in the naval section of the CCF and I also had responsibility for developing trainee teachers and NQTs. In May 2009, I was approached by the Headmistress of Camden School for Girls, a comprehensive school in North London. She was looking for a new Head of Classics to revitalise the department. I worked with my team to rebuild the reputation and popularity

of the department. I am very proud that we managed to get Classical Civilisation back onto the curriculum for GCSE and that the number of pupils opting to study Classical subjects at GCSE and 6th form level improved significantly.

‘The members of my department have been very supportive to work with and it has been fun sharing an office with Mrs Clifford who makes me lots of cups of tea.’

I met my husband, Adam, in the summer of 2010 on the CCF central camp at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. He is an officer in the Royal Navy so we were hoping that a job at PGS would come up. We were very excited when it did and even more excited when I was appointed. I have really enjoyed my first year at PGS. The members of my department have been very supportive to work with and it has been fun sharing an office with Mrs Clifford who makes me lots of cups of tea. I have also liked being involved with the CCF again and the Adventurous Training trip has been one of the highlights of this year. I am also enjoying living by the sea and of course, the shopping at Gunwharf Quays!

Alexandra Clarke

Stuart Price Sixteen years ago, I left PGS. I had been a pupil at the school for over a decade and, at the time, never imagined that I would be back again as a teacher! Four years of studying at Warwick took me deeper into Mathematics than I ever thought possible: it really is a vast subject with everincreasing challenges. During this time I became captivated by fractals and, after graduating, I settled into the research field of complex dynamics.

researchers. My teaching experience developed further with the creation of the International Gateway for Gifted Youth (IGGY) programme at Warwick, within which I introduced teenagers from around the world to many fascinating areas from cryptography and information theory to topology and symmetry groups, using team games, origami, soap bubbles and many other practical activities to bring the maths alive.

Staying in academia provided me with two opportunities that appealed to me equally: the chance to teach mathematics to undergraduates, sharing my passion for the subject and guiding them through the trickiest concepts; and the chance to travel and spend extended periods in other countries with like-minded

I believe I am as much a teacher as I am a learner. Since leaving school I have learned new languages, developed IT applications and worked up to grade 7 piano. Even this summer I’ll be finishing a course on forensic science. Stay curious and keep learning!

Stuart Price


‘Sorry, I’m not a medical doctor… I have a PhD!’

Patrick Stephenson

Oliver Stone Following a course in Hispanic Studies at Bristol University, I began my career on a graduate training scheme in a Londonbased ad agency, eventually working as Account Manager for Volvo Construction Equipment. While this involved considerable fun with driving big diggers in Sweden, the joys of Soho editing suites, and a stay in the Bellagio Las Vegas, the perks soon wore off. I sought a direction that was less superficial and having run sailing courses for children at Itchenor, decided to give teaching a whirl. I qualified in Edinburgh and soon found myself immersed in Fettes College where, beyond my Spanish teaching, I ran the boys’ and girls’ squash and tennis teams. My wife-to-be secured a teaching job in Oxford and I followed, using the interim as an opportunity to pursue an idea I hatched with an Argentine friend of mine, one evening out on the pampas. I started a specialist travel company, Argentina Autentica, delivering bespoke trips to Argentina and the neighbouring countries. We have since delivered all

‘Stay curious and keep learning!’

stay on a Southampton for a further two years researching biofuel technologies. I began my teacher training course in Poole in 2011 and started at PGS in the 2012 summer term. Although my school experience is still limited, since starting I have been most impressed with the family atmosphere created by staff and pupils and the staff dedication to providing an all-encompassing school experience. When I’m not working I enjoy cycling as much as possible but never over a Formula 1 weekend!

number of holidays with no two the same, including a private flight over Cape Horn, supporting a 6 x 6 off-road trip around the country and introducing avid riders to the lethal, native equestrian sport of pato. While life was good, working off laptops via Skype, the new way to do business, was a constant frustration and to be frank, I missed the classroom hugely. Realising that teaching was my true vocation, I found a job in Oxford and became Head of Modern Languages at d’Overbroeck’s College, an independent day school. A few years have passed, a baby has come since and we decided that returning to my Sussex routes made sense, the greatest benefit being a return to live beside the sea. A keen windsurfer in a past life, having explored beaches from Brazil to Hawaii, I now hope to introduce my boy to the joys of the sea. My arrival at PGS has been fast paced and I am enjoying it. The pupils have a sparkle in their eyes and my departmental staff are, as yet, tolerant to my ideas. I

have started a digital photography club, having a keen interest in landscape photography myself, and look forward to launching this as a Year 9 activity next term. Plans are also afoot for a Sixth Form dinghy-sailing activity and I hope to put this in place from September.

Oliver Stone

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Prashant Ramaraj and Edward Harding outside the Guildhall.

AC Grayling Lecture


Edward Leaske OP Lecture


Engineering Scheme


Gappers Interview


Holo caust Survivor Visit


International Fair


Miriam Margoyles


Mary Rose Day


Modern Languages Day


OP Annual Dinner


Portsmouth Point Magazine


Portsmouth Point B lo g


Psycholo gy Lecture


Year 7 Roman Day


Science Ambassad or


Science Day


So cial Apprentice Day


The Facts Ab out Alc ohol


Year 7 Activities Day


Year 9 Activities Day


Year 12 Activities Weekend


Year 10 Tapas


Youth Environment C onference



The Holy Grayling: A discussion with A C Grayling On Friday 11th May 2012 Professor AC Grayling came to PGS to speak at the Higher Education Evening being held in the DRT. However, several sixth form students had the privilege of listening to him speak beforehand not on university education, but on philosophy - the area of study he is famous for. I was a little apprehensive about attending as I knew that Grayling is known for being anti-religion and as a result I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to listen to him if he spoke aggressively on topics concerning my beliefs. However, there was nothing to fear. Although he did speak about religion, and although I know our views will probably never match up, I found everything he said stimulating and thought provoking. Professor Grayling began the session by telling us a little about himself and how he became interested in Philosophy. He was born in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) and spent most of his childhood there. At the age of 12 he discovered an English translation of one of Plato’s dialogues in the local library. He became fascinated by Greek mythology and the story of the birth of civilisation: when Athena created the idea of popular participation. This developed into the study of the Socratic Method and the exploration of civic virtues such as what it means to be “good”. From this story-telling Grayling managed to produce a crash course in philosophy with deep sounding phrases such as “Confusion is the beginning of wisdom”. The session very quickly moved onto questions such as “What is truth?”, “Is the discovery of a universal truth possible?” and “In an increasingly secular society, what will fill the void that a lack of religion is creating?” (the answer? “There is no void”). Grayling spoke about how to approach debate and how

scientists and philosophers alike are continually striving for greater knowledge and understanding of the truth. He said that discussions start with doubts and quoted Paul Valery, saying “A difficulty is a light. An insurmountable difficulty is the sun.” When asked which aspect of Philosophy was his favourite, Professor Grayling gave us all an interesting statistic saying that he loves the theory of knowledge (several of the IB students in attendance pricked up their ears at this) and moral philosophy, particularly the search of an individual for “what makes me me?”. He told us that an average human life is less than one thousand months. Of these months we spend roughly three hundred asleep, three hundred doing tedious activity (washing, eating, working), leaving us with only around four hundred months to discover who we want to be. He urged us all to stop thinking “life begins when [it’s the holiday, exams are over, I’ve left school, I’m married, I’m retired, etc]” but to understand that life is now. We did also discuss Grayling’s latest role as first master of London’s New College of the Humanities. With its first intake of students arriving this year, the college offers a new kind of higher education for the humanities, working hard to produce good quality courses which address multiple aspects of learning and knowledge. The session was a thoroughly interesting and challenging exploration of many aspects of philosophy and clearly captured the imaginations of everyone there because many of us stayed behind to continue chatting with Professor Grayling and develop our understanding.

Emily Duff

‘He urged us all to stop thinking “life begins when [it’s the holiday, exams are over, I’ve left school, I’m married, I’m retired, etc]” but to understand that life is now.’ A C Grayling and The Headmaster


Professor Grayling talks to Sixth Formers


OP talk with Edward Leask It is always both a pleasure and an honour to be given the chance to speak and listen to OP’s that have left the school, started careers and families, and who are welcomed back to share with fellow former pupils, as well as current pupils, their journeys and their successes; especially when those successes include representing your country in the Olympics! Pupils, parents and people of all ages gathered in the foyer of the Bristoll-Clavell Centre on the evening of Friday 9th March as PGS welcomed back former pupil, Edward Leask, to the school to share with us his “Olympic Dream”. As Veteran of both the Seoul and Los Angeles Olympic games, as well as Chairman of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (the 2012 Olympic sailing venue), it’s safe to say 2012 is a big year for this OP as the world famous sporting competition storms the UK this summer. Mr Leask shared with us his journey through Sailing, where it has led him, and where it is taking him. He gave us an insight to how things are looking for the Olympic Sailing team and venue down at Weymouth and the legacy he hopes that will bring. The talk touched on both the OP’s achievements, although very modestly, but also the achievements of the team down at Weymouth in preparation for the 2012 Olympics (who were ready to host the sporting event over a year ago!). The venue has acted as a centre of education since its completion. Edward Leask very proudly told us of the sailing tutoring it has in place

for children of all different ages and backgrounds. A scheme has been set up which offers local young offenders the chance to visit the site and take part in work experience aimed to open their minds to the wonders of sailing. The site attracts more than 200 young people every day and is estimated to pump 11.5 million pounds pack into the economy over the course of the Olympics, not to mention the 180 jobs that have been created as a result of the development. Echoed throughout the talk was the OP’s dedication and desire to create a venue that will live up to all Olympic expectation, but also a venue that will leave a positive legacy for all generations of the present and the future. Opened by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on June 11th, 2009, huge congratulations must go to Edward Leask and his team for all the effort, hard work, dedication, motivation and loyalty to both the sport, the people and the dream. Edward Leask’s passion for the sport shined through more than anything else and as expected, it was both an honour and a privilege to have been part of the audience. The talk concluded with a question opportunity in which a member of the audience congratulated Mr Leask and all at Weymouth for the amazing venue and helpful staff who make her countless weekends at the club with her sailing children very enjoyable.

In discussion witb Edward Leask Portmuthian: Do you think that having lived by the harbour in Portsmouth affected your passion? Ed Leask:

Definitely! It meant that I could sail anytime... I could sneak off for the afternoon and just go sailing! It was my hobby and my talent; I would spend every day of the summer holidays sailing as well as most weekends throughout the rest of the year. As a family, this is something we still do.

Portmuthian: How did you feel when your son said that he wanted to sail competitively? Ed Leask:

Well all three of my children ended up sailing competitively, and all have been extremely successful both professionally and recreationally. Although, it’s always a bit of a worry when your children start to get better than you! I’m very proud of them.

Portmuthian: Do you think it’s important for young people to be engaged in sport? Ed Leask:

Georgie Boxall

Absolutely. Sport not only keeps you fit but helps to build character and forces you to make decisions. Being involved in any sport also means that you can make likeminded friends that you keep for the long-term; I still have friends in the US from my competing days. With sailing in particular, it is a chance to travel the world. My journey with the sport has taken me to a lot of different countries; Australia, South Africa and the US are just a few.

Portmuthian: If you could have been involved with any other sport, what would it have been? Ed Leask:

When I was about 13, I used to enjoy swimming and I loved watching rugby. For both that is still the case, whether I could have continued either of those sports professionally however, is another matter.

Portmuthian: For anyone with sporting aspirations, what would you say to them? Ed Leask:

Love your sport. It’s going to be in every part of every minute of your life for at least the next ten years of your life. Show your ability and don’t be afraid to put the effort in; there’s always room to improve.

Portmuthian: If you had to describe your sport in 3 words, what would they be? Ed Leask:

Exhilarating, speedy, fun.

‘Edward Leask’s passion for the sport shined through more than anything else.’


Charting new horizons


Engineering in Education Scheme

Gappers 2012

This academic year five pupils, Jamie Diamond, Alice Blois, James Hammond, Seth Jackson and Lewis Garland, took part in the Engineering in Education scheme. This scheme couples local engineering business with A level pupils and sets them on a design engineering task. GE Aviation asked PGS pupils to design a wing box which holds the wing together, and then test it to destruction. Many complex calculations were made and the box (2 of them were in fact made) was fabricated on a residential course at the University of Surrey. The engineers at GE Aviation were so impressed by the standard of the pupils they are looking into possible work placements and even funding through university. The scheme is an excellent opportunity for pupils to showcase their abilities and to connect with companies in the business of engineering and see it in action through the company visits which are also necessary for the scheme. As part of the process pupils are entered for certification and the certificates can be Bronze, Silver or the highly coveted Gold Certificate signed by Lord Sainsbury. Our pupils achieved Gold certificates and we are very proud of all the hard work they have done during this time. Lloyd Ansell

Nick Miller, Ciaran Walshe

Mr Ansell, Alice Blois, Lewis Garland, Jamie Diamond, James Hammond(Cat) and Seth Jackson.

‘The scheme is an excellent opportunity for pupils to showcase their abilities and to connect with companies in the business of engineering.’

Acrylic painting by Year 13 pupil Sophie Gunn (part of A2 coursework)

and Ieuan Anthony This year’s group of gappers are certainly a diverse and busy bunch! We’ve managed to squeeze a few minutes with three of the team to work out what makes them tick.... What sort of things have you been doing as gappers within PGS this year? James Hall: I’ve been working in the careers department, teaching maths and taking part in the Portsmouth festivities. Ciaran Walshe: I am the outdoor pursuits and drama gapper. Ieuan Anthony: I’ve been mainly based in the library and English department. How would you describe your year at PGS in three words? Walshe: Exciting, non-stop, surprising. Hall: Manic but fun. Anthony: Ambitious, manic (apologies for the repetition), fun. Where is your favourite place at PGS? Walshe: The Piano in the Rotunda. Hall: I’m often found in the staff common room until very late fixing the photocopier. Anthony: Hiding in the English office. What was your highlight in your time at PGS? Walshe: Helping with the whole school play ‘The Wizard of Oz’; I also particularly enjoyed the Chamber Choir performance at St John Smith square on Remembrance Day. Hall: I have gained lot of experience through teaching maths and helping organise The Portsmouth festivities.

Anthony: I have had the pleasure of meeting many new people. What has your experience taught you at PGS? Walshe: This has been a turning point in my life, I’ve grown as a person, learnt how to adapt and become part of a team. Anthony: Persistence is key to success. How have you found working with the staff at PGS? Walshe: I have found them welcoming and warm. Hall: Pretty cool! Anthony: They’re all very pleasant. What advice would you give to future gappers? Anthony: Do your best. Walshe: I believe all gappers should be given a handbook about stapling, printing, malfunctioning photocopiers and whole punching. What are you hoping to do after your gap year? Hall: I would really like a job that would allow me to keep singing. Walshe: I am going to Royal Holloway University to study music. Anthony: I am planning on returning to Pembrokeshire to open my new business: a shared cafe and antique shop.

Emma Kissane

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Middle School International Fair

Holocaust Survivor visits PGS Walter Kammerling, who escaped the Nazis mere weeks before the outbreak of World War Two at the age of 15, visited PGS at the beginning of July to talk to Year 9 PRS and History students.

On the 6th of October a rainy Friday lunchtime, the whole of the middle school gathered in the DRT for the International Fair. What is the International Fair? The International Fair was an event when every tutor group picked any country and created a stall, including any imaginative idea they wanted. The event as a whole was a fierce competition as there were 16 countries; for example there was Mexico, Canada, France and Japan. But out of all these stalls my tutor, MGD, won the category of the best stall in year seven (Mrs Sparks won year eight) and we were representing India.

He was born in Vienna in 1923, which at the time was 10% Jewish (it is now less than 0.5%), and grew up as the Nazi leadership increased the amount of anti-Semitic laws. He witnessed the horrific events of the Kristallnacht in November 1938, and saw Jewish men, women, and children be forced to do labour as a twisted entertainment for the local population. He realised at an early age that because of his and his family’s religious views, they were second class citizens and regarded by the non-Jewish community as sub-human.

We had lots of different and exciting ideas such as Indian sweets and samosas and many different types of food, as well as different, colourful and pretty Indian clothes, provided by myself.

He escaped on the Kindertransport as he was under 16. The Kindertransport was an arrangement by which Jewish children were taken to Britain to escape the persecution of their race; it was started after the British Government heard of the horrific events of the Kristallnacht. His eldest sister was able to escape to Britain on a domestic permit, but his other older sister, who was 17, was too old for the Kindertransport, but too young for a domestic permit. She had to stay with their mother and father in Austria and was sent to the Theresienstadt Ghetto, in the modern day Czech Republic, and then on to Auschwitz where they were murdered just 3 months before Auschwitz was liberated by the Red Army.

We also involved the other tutor groups with quizzes and fun games such as ‘Where is Wally?’ in India and an Indian-based quiz with lots of interesting prizes. We also had decorations and people persuading customers to look at our stall. To give you an idea of what the fair was like.... France had crepes, the Mexicans had tortillas and there were people buzzing around with quizzes and selling sweets: the whole theatre was jam-packed. Everybody contributed something from an idea to running the whole thing; it did not matter what it was - the important thing was that we had entered as a group and we won as a group.

In 1939 Mr Kammerling escaped, along with 10,000 other Jewish children, on the Kindertransport to Britain where he worked on a farm in Northern Ireland until 1942, when he turned 18. He then joined the British Army and was sent to Belgium in late 1944 in a support corp. He spoke of the fact that the key causes of the Holocaust are still present in modern day society, the most widespread of these being peer pressure. He told us a story of a non-Jewish friend he knew in Vienna who was instructed to attend a recruitment lecture in a nearby school. After the talk every person in the classroom other than him signed up; he then sat in the room for three hours with several people who had signed up trying to persuade him to do so. Eventually the officer in charge got bored and sent him on his way; Mr Kammerling said that the Holocaust could have been avoided if everyone had acted in the way that that man did. The main lesson from the Holocaust that has been learnt, in Mr Kammerling’s eyes, is that we should never give into peer pressure and should hold our views, even if everyone else disagrees with us and stick with it no matter how difficult it becomes. After the presentation we had a workshop, run by Graham Cole from the Holocaust Educational Trust, on how the persecution of the Jews increased over time in Nazi Germany, and how one by one things we take for granted like going to the cinema, owning pets, and playing in sports teams were slowly made forbidden within the Jewish community. We finished the day with a whole new perspective on our own freedom.

Charlie Henderson

The tutor group that raised the most money was Mrs Sparks group for Uganda and the total money made from the international fair was £350.

Shree Patel

‘The main lesson from the Holocaust that has been learnt, in Mr Kammerling’s eyes, is that we should never give into peer pressure and should hold our views, even if everyone else disagrees with us and stick with it no matter how difficult it becomes.’

‘To give you an idea of what the fair was like.... France had crepes, the Mexicans had tortillas and there were people buzzing around with quizzes and selling sweets: the whole theatre was jampacked.’

Acrylic painting by Year 11 pupil Yumi Stow completed in 10 hour examination


An interview with Miriam Margolyes As part of the Portsmouth Festivities, PGS was honoured to host the event ‘Dickens’ Women’ performed by the fabulous Miriam Margoyles OBE, actress and voice artist. Charles Dickens’ personality transcends his books and the characters explored in ‘Dickens’ Women’ were chosen not only because they are some of the most colourful and entertaining characters in Dickens’ writing, but because they were based on real people in his life; people he fought with and cared for, loved and hated. In this way, the play is as much about the man himself, as it is about the twenty-three characters performed by Miriam Margolyes. These characters are drawn from his novels and sketches, including his most popular such as Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and Nicholas Nickleby. Some characters are famous and iconic, others are lesser-known creations from Dickens’ books, but all offer a unique glimpse into the reallife Charles Dickens. Dickens’ popularity has waned little since his death and he remains one of the best known and most read English authors. At least 180 motion pictures and TV adaptations based on

Dickens’ works have been produced. However, Margolyes hopes to offer a different and perhaps more critical perspective on the man himself. ‘He’s a surprising man’, she says. ‘Much crueller than people expect, so I hope the show will shock the audience and remove them from the comfort zone people likely expect from Dickens’. ‘Dickens’ Women’ was developed by Miriam Margolyes and Sonia Fraser for the 1989 Edinburgh Festival. It has since travelled worldwide, including London, Jerusalem, Santa Cruz, New York, Boston, Sydney, Auckland and all over India. In 1992, Dickens’ Women was nominated for the prestigious Olivier Award.

Ollie Velasco and Courtney Spalding

Information regarding ‘Dickens’ Women’ taken from http://

‘There is an exuberance in his [Dickens’] writing that calls to my exuberant nature.’

The Portmuthian team were lucky enough to ask Miriam a few questions about her love of Dickens:

Many of our pupils are interested in becoming actors when they leave school. What advice would you give young people thinking of an acting career?

What is it that draws you to Dickens’ characters? There is an exuberance in his writing that calls to my exuberant nature. He had a vivid imagination, a gift of language & a moral force I admire.

Read, think critically, go to theatres, imagine acting the characters you see. And READ. And work on your voice; diction, articulation, change accent & timbre.

Of the characters in your show, do you have a favourite?

What role have you not yet played that you would love to play, either on stage or in a film?

Miss Havisham.

Mrs. Alving in Ghosts.

Do you have one that is particularly challenging?

What is your proudest achievement outside of acting?

Miss Mowcher. I have to stoop, do a Cockney accent, and stand on a stool, (knees!) speaking fast.

My work for charity, for Carers, for Palestine, for the Deaf/ Blind & for Asylum Seekers.

It is believed Dickens may have acted on stage at the Theatre Royal that once stood on the site of Portsmouth Grammar School. Do you think that his own experience of acting and his love of theatre helped to make him a good novelist?

What theatre production or performance (at any stage of history) do you most wish you’d seen and why?

Not really; it was his passion for detail & his experience of LIFE.

Which directors and/or actors have you most enjoyed working with?

The first production of King Lear. It’s the greatest play in our language.

Istvan Szabo, Martin Scorsese, Sonia Fraser, and Charles Dance.

Ollie Velasco and Courtney Spalding


Ollie Velasco, Caitlin Abernethy, Phillipa Abernethy and Georgie Boxall with Miriam Margolyes


Mary Rose Day On the annual Mary Rose Day 2012, year 8 pupils once again participated in a day of fun and interactive learning both at the historic Dockyard and school. The day started with an informative talk from Admiral John Lippiett, the highlight of which was the imminent opening of the 35 million pound Mary Rose Museum in 2012, unveiling the conserved ship and a superb new exhibition. The Mary Rose will be displayed in a large oval shaped, impressive, modern structure built by Wilkinson Eyre and Pringle Brandon (the architects given 30 million pounds to build the Visitor Pavilion Centre in the East London Royal docks.) It will be situated just a couple of metres from the place where the Mary Rose was originally built in the Dockyard, in the shadow of HMS Victory, and will be viewed from walkways beside the ship, corresponding to each deck. Opposite the ship will be a reconstruction of each room using the original artefacts so that glancing one way you can see the wreck and glancing the other way you can envisage what the inside arrangement of the ship would have been. After being conserved for such a long time, the Mary Rose will take 5 years to dry and the drying pipes will be removed in 2016, the drying process having already started. After the talk, half of the pupils went to the Dockyard and explored the current museum, answering questions and getting an insight as to what life on the ship would have been like; a video followed. Then the pupils were given the opportunity to handle and examine replicas of the artefacts and analyse them. Back at school, the pupils were fascinated by a session with Christopher Dobbs, the Head of Interpretation at the Mary Rose Trust and one of the original wreck divers, on the bones

Year 8 Languages Day: found on the Mary Rose. Everyone who visited the previous Mary Rose Museum was able to find out things about the ship and the objects found on-board, but nothing was told about the most important thing; the people. In the new museum Dobbs told the pupils that they are aiming to create cabinets that contain the remains of important people on the ship, such as the carpenter and master gunner, including a CGI of the person’s face, their personal belongings, professional tools and a description of their role and what it entailed on the ship. Also on display in a cabinet will be the ship’s dog that was found trapped in the sliding door to the carpenter’s cabin, looking less cute in his skeleton form. Dobbs fascinated the pupils as he said that the condition of health of a human being on the ship could be deducted from the mere remaining bones. He listed how many of the crew had a disease or had previously broken a bone with a substantial number having one, the other or both. Pupils moved on to a quiz about the day which was enjoyed by all. Next was Biology where exciting experiments took place showing how wood (the Mary Rose) decays over time when in salt-water. In Chemistry, pupils found out why some metals, such as the gold coins and bronze guns, survived on the Mary Rose and some metals, such as the iron blades of the barber’s tools, did not. The sea eroded the iron on the ship but the gold coins and bronze guns were not overpowered by the sulphate (the sea) and a displacement reaction occurred where the compound (the metal) was stronger and survived. The fact that bronze and gold was used gives the public today original artefacts to admire in the current Museum. Overall, the day was educational and exciting. Pupils look forward eagerly to the opening of the much anticipated new Mary Rose Museum.

‘Pupils look forward eagerly to the opening of the much anticipated new Mary Rose Museum.’

Cicely Podmore

Are Languages really important to PGS pupils? Having had a year off due to a calendar clash, the re-launch of the Year 8 Languages’ Day was much anticipated by its 145 members. The assembly, which began the day, explained that languages were important in life and for everyone’s careers but, far more importantly, were great fun to learn and learn and experience all the cultural, historic as well as linguistic riches of another race. So the Modern Languages’ Department had put together this day in order to show what can be done with a modern language to a decent level and how pupils could benefit in the future. As organiser in chief, I sent off the pupils in groups to have both educational and taster sessions in languages. This year, the group were able to try out Mandarin; Japanese and Russian. They danced to Spanish traditional dances and sang like French choir. They had to battle with the Euro Quiz which included some weird and whacky information about the continent of which we are a part. Then Mr Stone took them through the facts of how languages are needed in modern business and society as a whole. Of course, in the UK, it is easy and, sadly, still common to think that the rest of the world speaks English and so we do not need to bother! We set out to challenge this during the day and it is useful to give some facts for the wider audience here. For example, there are 6,912 living languages in the world today. In an estimated population of 7 billion, 876 million speak Mandarin as their first language; 206 million speak Arabic; 322 million speak Spanish; 64.8 million speak French and 309 million speak English. Interestingly, where Mandarin rises to over one billion and Spanish over 700 million when second language is taken into consideration, English only rises by a further 199 million speakers. This is hardly enough to leave us secure in our mono-language position. In Europe, where the majority of our pupils will live and work, the figures give further evidence that English is no longer dominant: German is spoken by the largest proportion of the members of the EU – 24% with French and English having the same proportion as Italian at only 16% each, so it is interesting to see a decline in those taking German at school or arguing that it is not useful! Coming home further, we see that in Wales 98 different languages are spoken by children as first or second language in the home; Scotland sees this number rise to 104 languages and in England, we have just over 300 different languages spoken by children at home. A survey in 2009 saw that in Portsmouth over 50 languages are spoken at home by children who attend Portsmouth schools. In addition to the most well-known examples are: Dari; Kikuyu; Afrikaans; Hakka; Kiswahili; Sorani; Ndebele; Pushto; Runyankole; Shona; Tagalog and Twee (!). Clearly, work has been completed by Languages organisation into what is needed and sought after in the workplace by employers and the same words are repeated time after time: communication skills; problem solving; confidence; openmindedness; flexibility; listening ability. If this does not fit the

The New Mary Rose Museum (Photo by Wilkinson Eyre Architects)

‘The hard facts remain: languages are no longer an option for PGS pupils who want to succeed in the wider world, they are necessary and are extremely stimulating to master.’ profile of a language learner, I am not sure what will. Clear also is that networking and being able to communicate in a local language is now taken as a basic skill, not simply a positive eccentricity. I always enjoy seeing how pupils react to the news that some of the best known actors, entertainers and sportsmen studied languages at university: Paula Radcliffe; Lucy Liu; Jonathan Ross; Rory Bremner; Fiona Bruce; Chris Martin and Nigella Lawson. Languages has come a long way since I studied them at school and their importance is more obvious than ever. In recent years, several former PGS pupils have been in touch to tell me that they have taken on a language in their second year at university when they were told the financial benefits this makes to their starting salary. Why leave it until then? Taking two languages to GCSE has enormous advantages and carrying these forward either with the IB Diploma – where one can also study Italian – or at A Level gives more chance of gaining a position with a better company three or four years later. PGS also runs a successful Mandarin and Russian club as cocurricular activities, so it is not just the traditional languages we offer. The MFL Department began the Year 8 Languages’ Day six years ago to try and encourage pupils to see beyond languages in the classroom. We hope to continue this with the exchanges, study trips and cultural events that we run. But the hard facts remain: languages are no longer an option for PGS pupils who want to succeed in the wider world, they are necessary and are extremely stimulating to master.

David Doyle


OP Annual Dinner Back in the autumn term, I was delighted to have been invited to the Old Portmuthian Annual Dinner. There were five of us from the lower sixth and five from the upper sixth invited to attend, and it was an honour to represent the present PGS pupil body at an evening with so many former pupils of all ages and all careers. All suited and booted in formal attire, it was the first time current pupils had been invited to the OP Annual Dinner and so the pressure was on for us to ensure that we were invited back next year! The evening began with drinks in the foyer of the David Russell Theatre where we were introduced to many different smiling faces of OPs. It puzzled me why the majority present on the evening were male. However, when I was reminded that PGS was once a boy’s only school, all became clear. A little while later, it was time to sit down at our assigned tables ready for the meal. Three courses later and a dress that felt as though it had shrunk a million sizes, we were all full to the brim. On my table, I was surrounded by OPs and it was a delight to hear their tales of their times here at the school. Something that I’ll always remember was their distinct stories of cruel Prefects and this was later echoed in John Bartle’s, the OP Club

President’s, speech. It was amazing to see how much the school had changed and I hope I will make a more friendly, shall we say, prefect! Sport was another topic of discussion as the keen Cricketers on the table recalled their successes and triumphs during and post PGS. Everyone on the table and around the room were so friendly and keen to learn about what subjects I, and the other PGS pupils, were taking and what aspirations we had for the future. It was such an honour to have been part of the evening; it really was a great joy to meet the rosy cheeked OPs in their suits and PGS ties or dickey bows. The warmth and welcome presented to us was amazing. I look forward to meeting the OPs again over the next year and learning more about their classrooms tales. The evening was a huge success. From fine food to friendly faces to humorous and interesting chat, everything slotted together perfectly and I must finish by echoing once again what a privilege it was to represent PGS amongst such amazing, and successful people.

Chris Carter (Mayor of Gosport), Sally Bartle and John Bartle (OP Club President) President of the OP Club John Bartle

Georgie Boxall

‘Three courses later and a dress that felt as though it had shrunk a million sizes, we were all full to the brim.’

David Doyle and OPs Jacob Poulton, Katy Iliffe (OP) and Miss Linnett


G at re pe ex i at ct o n s e su is

Portsmouth Point Magazine and its Editors

Portsmouth Point Blog At the beginning of this academic year I joined the editorial team of Portsmouth Point, PGS’s academic and cultural magazine, established in 2009 by Mr. Elphick-Smith in order to provide a platform for PGS pupils, staff and parents to share their ideas and interests. The name of the magazine reflects the values of eighteenth-century coffee houses (including one located in Portsmouth Point, in Old Portsmouth) where people of the day met to read newspapers and discuss and debate contemporary issues. Since September 2011, the editorial team has been led by Mr. Burkinshaw, but remains motivated by the same “Coffee House” values, the magazine fuelled by the same blend of culture and thought.

magazine, to present a vigorous debate between Mr Richardson and Mrs Godfree over Dickens’ merits as a writer, interviews with Dickens biographer Michael Allen and Dickens’ greatgreat-grandson, Mr Smith’s exploration of Dickens’ love of bad theatre, Mr Sadden’s account of the controversy over a Dickens memorial, Mr Hogg’s evaluation of Dickens’ radicalism and Louisa Stark’s elegy for the lost art of book illustration, as well as many other exemplary pieces.

PORTSMOUTH POINT When Mr. Elphick-Smith launched the first issue of Portsmouth Point, in Spring 2009, he explained that his aim was for the new magazine to be “a lasting record of what we think, celebrating stimulating ideas and craft”. I was impressed by the range and quality of the articles published in each issue, reflecting the depth and breadth of intellectual and cultural interest among pupils and staff at PGS. Topics ranged from Chaos Theory to the geography of sun beds, Heidegger’s ontology to a recipe for bouillabaisse (written in French) and an appreciation of weathervanes. It has, therefore, been a privilege to follow in Mr ElphickSmith’s footsteps, as editor of Portsmouth Point, publishing two new issues of the magazine this year. The first was published in February 2012, focused on the forthcoming Olympic Games. PGS has an exemplary record of sporting achievement and we were delighted to include profiles of inspiring Olympians from members of the PE Department, as well as articles on the history of the original Greek Olympics (including an explanation of how to win an event even when you’re dead) from Mr Lister, Britain’s re-invention of the Olympics (including a description of the traditional sport of shin kicking) from Dr Galliver, accounts of the Berlin, Paris and Barcelona Olympics in German, French and Spanish, Joe Grant’s interview with an Olympian (his grandfather) and George Chapman’s controversial question “Does Compulsory Exercise Harm Children’s Health?”, among many other excellent articles. In June 2012, we published an issue devoted to native son Charles Dickens, in recognition of the centenary of his birth and linked to the “Great Expectations” theme of this year’s Portsmouth Festivities. We were grateful to be able to include an image of artist-in-residence Christine Derry’s haunting sculpture of Miss Havisham on the cover, and, within the


In both issues, we have continued Portsmouth Point’s eclectic tradition, including free-ranging articles on K-Pop, fractal geometry, the rise of Fascism in contemporary France, the rebirth of The Stone Roses, predictions from distinguished scientists of what great discoveries will be made this century (the most popular choice being the discovery of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe) and an appreciation of the life and work of Christopher Hitchens. I am grateful to Mr. Dunne for his stylish and inventive design of each issue of the magazine. I have also been lucky to inherit some of Mr Elphick-Smith’s “Early Club” team, George Hope, Max Jewell, James Smith and Claire Stephens, whose energy, enthusiasm and professionalism have been invaluable. In addition, the following pupils (from Years 9 to 13) have joined the editorial team as the year has progressed: Charlie Albuery, Julia Alsop, Madi Barker, Anna Bazley, Rob Bendell, George Chapman, Zach Choppen, Kiara Clement, Lucy Cole, Emily Crowcroft, Fay Davies, Zoe Dukoff-Gordon, Nick Graham, Tom Harper, Siena Hocking, Andrew Jones, George KimberSweatman, George Laver, Tim MacBain, George Neame, Micha Oates, Oli Price, Michael Roderick, Ben Schofield, Melissa Smith, Louisa Stark, Will Wallace, Ross Watkins, Greg WaltonGreen, Ben Willcocks and Bea Wilkinson. Each member of the editorial team has made an invaluable contribution to the Portsmouth Point blog, an exciting new venture which we launched in March 2012. As editors, they are asked to contribute at least one new article per month, meeting agreed deadlines. They have not only been consummately professional in that regard, but have demonstrated an astonishing range of intellectual and cultural interests in their writing. I am particularly grateful to our blog editor, Daniel Rollins, who enthusiastically accepted the task of designing and developing the blog and, whose technical knowledge, design flair and sheer energy, enthusiasm and determination have been essential to it’s continuing success. It has been an exciting year for Portsmouth Point.

James Burkinshaw

‘They have not only been consummately professional in that regard, but have demonstrated an astonishing range of intellectual and cultural interests in their writing’

Daniel Rollins looking visionary

‘Posts come from all areas of the school community with articles from pupils of all year groups.’

Soon after I joined the team, Mr Burkinshaw told us that he wanted to start a blog to run alongside the printed magazine; he asked whether I would like to help design, build and edit this new website. We had a prototype site up by December 2011, with an article by Mr Lemieux about the disastrous 1795 wedding of the Prince Regent and Princess Caroline. In March 2012, we launched the blog officially; four months later (July, 2012), and we have posted 240 articles on the blog and received over 25,000 page views (visits). Despite the high volume of posts, the quality has remained extremely high, with over 100 pupils and staff (plus one parent and an Old Portmuthian) writing interesting, insightful, knowledgeable and creative posts on a whole range of subjects, including: an explanation of the Higgs Boson, two Isle of Wight Festival diaries, coverage of Euro 2012 and Eurovision (as well as the travails of the Euro currency), a discussion of gay marriage, a profile of Mario Balotelli, a review of the controversial Damien Hirst exhibition, various responses to George Osborne’s even more controversial 2012 Budget, an evaluation of the psychological effects of music, investigations of hacking and of Twitter abuse, an analysis of the financial problems of Pompey FC, a critique of 3D films, an exploration of the most popular internet memes, tributes to music legends Donna Summer, Robin Gibb and Earl Scruggs, and an analysis of the horrendous situation in Syria. In addition, we feature regular music reviews (from Bruce Springsteen to the Ting Tings), poetry reviews (from Giovanni Pascoli’s “La Quercia Caduta” to Spike Milligan’s “Kids”), theatre reviews (from PGS Sixth Form’s “Coriolanus” at Southsea Castle to “Blue Remembered Hills” at the Chichester Festival Theatre) and film reviews (from new blockbusters such as “The Dark Knight Rises” to older films such as “The Passion of the Christ”). We have also published a range of poems, short stories and photographs from PGS pupils and staff. Posts come from all areas of the school community with articles from pupils of all year groups, from 7 to 13. We hope to continue attracting as wide a range of articles from as diverse a group of pupils next year and beyond, so, if you are interested in writing an article about something you find interesting or exciting, email either me or Mr. Burkinshaw. If you consider yourself more of a reader than a writer, then visit us at www. and see what PGS is thinking about. Daniel Rollins


Neuropsychologist, Dr Guy Sutton, visits PGS

Year 7 Roman Day

The time had come around again on the psychology calendar to welcome back neuropsychologist Dr Guy Sutton for a day of talking stress, hallucinations, taxi drivers, oh and the cutting up of the odd brain or two. For weeks, if not months before, Miss Wood had talked excitedly of the day and we were not disappointed; an engaging and enthusiastic speaker, Guy inspired not only the psychology students but also budding medics with his talks that spanned the studies carried out on brains and also the technicalities of how and why our brains can do so many things. The diversity of Guy’s talk meant that there was something for everyone, A Levelers and IBers alike. The talk in the morning specifically tailored to the A Level course, I am told was extremely interesting; the focus on neurogenetics in particular sparked one student to write eleven pages of notes! The psychological and biological view that Guy was able to take, thanks to his experience, allowed for those wishing to study medicine at university a great insight into the ways in which both areas of study go hand in hand.

On Thursday 28th June all year seven pupils were fortunate enough to experience the famous annual Latin Department Roman Day. The day was filled with fun activities to do with the Romans, how they lived, facts and adding to our knowledge of Roman times. There was a ‘Who wants to be a Roman Millionaire?’ testing our knowledge on different facts about the Roman times. Chariot racing was likened to the modern-day preoccupation of watching a movie; it was made evident how different our entertainment is nowadays and how our opinions on chariot racing have changed so dramatically. Many people in the class disagreed with chariot racing mainly because of its brutality towards the animals.

For someone who chickened out of the brain dissection following Guy’s talks, I have not only had to deal with the looks of disbelief from more hardier classmates at my missing the most interesting part of the day but also the regret myself that I snuck out the door as soon as the ‘d’ word was mentioned. Following talking to those who were brave enough to stay, I have learnt that not only was the dissection exciting as it’s something that cannot be done in school but also very useful. For students who only ever see the parts illustrated in

textbook diagrams in relation to which are involved in certain processes, the dissection proved very informative. By being talked through the different areas on a practical level (meaning getting to handle various parts I am told), they were able to apply the information directly to the course. When asked what fascinated her most, one A Leveler replied, “It was the things that you wouldn’t get from textbooks - in the dissection I got a clear view of ‘l’arbre de vie’ (The Tree of Life), which is a term used to describe the anterior lobe of the cerebellum... it looks just like a tree with lots of branches and I spent ages looking at it”. Another interesting thing about Guy was his ability to weave in seemingly non-psychological things into his talks but then apply them to psychological principles. One such thing that really caught my attention was that of Voodoo dolls. “Voodoo dolls really work”, Guy exclaimed. Looking around, I could see that it wasn’t just me that thought Guy had forgotten that he was supposed to be talking psychology rather than dark magic. However, after our initial surprise, we were able to see how this statement can be true, and that yes, in fact if a person knows that there is a voodoo doll of themselves being tortured somewhere, then they can feel excruciating pain and even death. For the non-magic folk among us, this fact was difficult to imagine - however Guy was able to give an explanation to a non-scientific idea with a simple psychological theory. Wondering how Guy could possibly have deemed such a thing possible? Don’t miss his visit next year.

A bit later we had to look at a piece of text written in Latin and translated it into English, however we had no clues to help us other than our common sense. It showed how so many of our words in English come from the Latin language; we were all able to translate it easily proving to ourselves how much we have learnt over the year as well as improving the understanding of the language. We were later told all about the Olympics and many facts about it. They used to do the games naked and many of their games are all combat sports e.g. wrestling, boxing and, of course, the famous gladiators.

In the afternoon we experienced the Roman Olympics on Governors Green allowing us to realize how much strength was needed to undertake all of the sports. We had the opportunity to take part in wrestling, standing long jump, discus, running with armour and running bare foot. It was really enjoyable and also taught everyone who took part a lot about Roman culture. My favourite event was Heralding; we had to shout facts and announcements and see how loud we were. When you stand up and read out the speech you feel like you are speaking much louder then you actually are. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and I’m sure everyone else in year seven did too. It’s a great fun way to learn.

Naeve Molho

‘We had the opportunity to take part in wrestling, standing long jump, discus, running with armour and running bare foot.’

Sarah Gray

“Think voodoo dolls are a myth? They’re not.”

The Ancient Olympics


Science Ambassadors 2012

Year 7 Cosmic Science Experience

The aim of the day was to get children excited about STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), its possibilities after school and raise their aspirations. To do this a game had been created by a company called Exscitec in conjunction with Imperial College London, which involved three make-believe islands all working together to reduce their carbon emissions by 30% by 2030. This meant not only did the children have to look at ways to cut the emissions using science and technology, they had to work out specific figures using their mathematics skills. It all began with a brief outline of the rules (the main one being you can not start a war!). We had all already been randomly mixed into our teams so that there were two parallel worlds, each with 3 islands. Each group on an island had two sixthform mentors to help them if they got stuck. The morning was spent sorting out what each island needed and what they had that was desirable to the other islands. It was also a great time to get everyone introduced and talking, and soon their barriers were down and the game was in full-flow with each pupil showing a passion for trying to cut the energy emissions of their island and still make sure their island was not being taken advantage of!

‘They told us about how the Milky Way is going to collide with the Andromeda Galaxy, but that we shouldn’t worry about it as it will only collide after over 3 billion years.’ On Monday 12th March, the Portsmouth Grammar School held a “Cosmic Science Day”, celebrating the National Science and Engineering week. The University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG), and the South East Physics Network (SEPnet) came into our science block to teach us about astronomy and physics. In the science block, an Astrodome had been placed in the foyer. All of the year 7 classes took it in turns to go in the Astrodome, with some year 5s, to watch a planetarium show.

There were heated discussions concerning all aspects of energy saving from hydrogen fuelled cars to carbon capture storage. The world summit meetings meant advice was given to each Island on the negotiations so throughout the day. There was an additional activity for each school to compete against each other, with all of the pupils of each school clubbing together to make their own blade for the wind turbine. The competition was to see which style of blade generated the highest voltage when put in a wind tunnel. I believe all the children who participated in this wonderfully unique activity learned about science and its application to real life in an exciting and fun way, which by the end had every person involved in every aspect of this ‘game’. It was meant to be science outside the classroom, which I think it achieved perfectly. It was worth while for us as mentors and science ambassadors as we really were able to inspire the children who we had got to know so well over the six weeks of mentoring which was very rewarding. It was an overall fantastic day and I would love to do it all over again. This year’s Science Ambassadors were Luke Granger-Brown, Prashanth Ramaraj, Chloe Sellwood, Edward Harding, James Collingwood, Muzzammil Ahmed, Megan Cassidy, Natasha Beeby, Katie Husselby, William Crawford, Alice Blois, Katherine Godfray, Katie Logan-Rose.

Natasha Beeby


In the Astrodome, there was a curved projector, which projected the stars around the inside of the dome, and made them appear 3D. Along with the projector, there was other equipment, such as the computer with its planetarium program. Inside the Astrodome, it was very dark to give it the “night-time” effect. The scientists at ICG and SEPnet first told us about who they were, what they were trying to teach us, and gave us a talk about astronomy and physics. When we went inside the dome, they showed us the equipment that they would use to see the sky (telescopes, binoculars), and told us about the dome.

‘I believe all the children who participated in this wonderfully unique activity learned about science and its application to real life in an exciting and fun way.’

The Team huddles for discussion

and even if our sun became a black hole, it couldn’t suck us in as we are too far away. Also, they told us about how the Milky Way is going to collide with the Andromeda Galaxy, but that we shouldn’t worry about it as it will only collide after over 3 billion years. After our Cosmic Science Experience, we knew a lot more about astronomy and physics than we did before. Hopefully, next year’s cosmic science day will be as good as this year’s, and the new year 7s will experience and learn as much as we did.

Katie Sharp

When the show started, the scientists set the date on the computer program so we could see what would be in the sky that night. They then showed us the constellations, and told us the stories to go with them. Also, we were shown the clusters of stars and galaxies close-up with the program. We had to guess from a distance whether something was one bright star, or a cluster of small stars close together. Even though we got most of them wrong, it was fun! When the planetarium show finished, the scientists were telling us about black holes, supernovae, and neutron stars, all results of a star dying. We wondered whether our sun could become any of these, but they told us that it was too small,

The Astrodome in the science block


Social Apprentice Day 2012 Thursday 5th July proved to be an intriguing and innovative day for PGS’s Year 12, with the introduction of a newly-conceived idea in the form of ‘Social Apprentice Day’. Details had been left highly ambiguous so the students were completely in the dark about the day ahead. In the morning, the entire year were introduced to Francis Davis, an OP who since leaving PGS has become an influential social entrepreneur, chair of the Portsmouth Cathedral Innovation Trust and adviser to the coalition government. He posed questions about how we would like to be remembered and got the students asking how they could use business to make a real change in the world. Following this, the year was split into several groups and visited a range of local charities, including the Samaritans, Salvation Army, Motiv8 and homeless shelters. Here they took part in a variety of activities, from talks to mock-counselling sessions, to arranging to flowerbeds. This provided not only an insight into what the charity does, but the ability to actually help and make a difference. On return to school, the groups were rearranged to provide a mix of experiences for the following task. In a relatively short period of time, the pupils were asked to design or plan charitable actions that could be taken to improve lives and make a difference to the community. ‘Mind-App’ aimed to provide assistance to those with mental disabilities and learning difficulties by offering information on where they could find help and a guide to aid daily routines. Other ideas included sending sixth-formers to tutor children in deprived areas and many more, which we hope will be put into action with the help of Mr. Davis. Finally, the year group hit the streets of Portsmouth and Southsea for a large-scale clean-up. With a colourful array of ‘Social Apprentice’ t-shirts and plenty of bin bags and rubber gloves, they embraced the community spirit and met on Governor’s Green an hour later with a satisfyingly large

Be Drink Aware

James Langrish and Tom Wood in ‘Social Apprentice’ t-shirts

Dr Aric Sigman addresses Year 10 Pupils

‘The pupils were asked to design or plan charitable actions that could be taken to improve lives and make a difference to the community.’ pile of litter collected from the surrounding streets, parks and beaches. After an ice cream in the sun and a final thank you to everyone who made it possible, the day came to a close with all the pupils involved having gained a wider appreciation of the possibility to change the world or the life of someone less fortunate than themselves. George Neame

On 6th March Dr Aric Sigman visited PGS to give pupils a talk on ‘The Facts about Alcohol.’ Although the audience was too young to legally consume alcohol, the lecture was intended to prepare the pupils in advance and make pupils think again before starting any early drinking habits. The pupils found the talk informative and eye-opening. Dr Sigman showed the devastating effects of alcohol on young bodies and the consequences that alcohol can have on both school and home life. In his American drawl, he cautioned pupils about alcohol but also expanded, giving the wider picture about alcohol. He stressed that he was not trying to put young people off alcohol as, he admitted, he enjoys alcohol just as much as anyone else. He gave the bare facts and showed just how deadly alcohol can be. Studies have shown that at the crucial stage in a person’s life when the brain is still developing (childhood), alcohol can drastically reduce the size of the brain. Research comparing children taking exams when they had and had not recently consumed alcohol showed that in the cases of the individuals having had consumed alcohol the test results were notably reduced, confirming that drinking shrinks the brain. Dr Sigman said that drinking small amounts of alcohol early in life, as the French advise, is wrong because if alcohol is drunk early then it is more likely to result in alcoholism. Worryingly, recently it has come to light that Britain has more drunkards than any other part of the World. However, the reputation as drunkards is not the only reputation Britain may be acquiring. Obesity is already a huge problem in Britain and alcohol contributes to it. Shockingly, a normal can of larger contains the same amount of calories as approximately 6 slices of bread. Also, alcohol triggers hunger and makes you crave food.


At parties and events, Dr Sigman told pupils to be wary. He play-acted a scene at a bar where a girl was getting her drink spiked by an unknown man. He said that the only drug that has been found after a drink has supposedly been spiked is only ever extra alcohol. Dr Sigman told us to take care of friends in these situations and keep an eye on drinks. The pupils were warned about the confidence and aggression you may feel once drunk and the ease at which, in this state, you can be provoked into a fight. Most importantly, only one night of binge drinking can do long-term damage to the brain that is irreversible. The effects of binge drinking include liver damage, breast cancer and stillborn and brain-damaged babies. Recent celebrity deaths such as Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse were caused mainly by alcohol because alcohol is the most damaging drug known to man. Dr Aric Sigman was a great speaker and got the audience involved with questions and acting. His talk surprised and shocked the pupils.

Cicely Podmore

‘Studies have shown that at the crucial stage in a person’s life when the brain is still developing (childhood), alcohol can drastically reduce the size of the brain.’


The Team Building Day at Hilsea We were all set into our tutor groups and assigned, along with our tutors, an instructor. “Ours was great. She helped us with all the activities we did and explained really well it was really fun”, says Megan Dosset in Mrs Dray’s tutor group. In our first challenge we had to try and make a structure that would hold not only itself but also as many bean bags as possible. In our group, the girls did not excel at this particular task because their structure could not support a fly! Yes, it was that bad. Of course the boys’ structure held an amazing amount of bean bags: 10 to be precise; yes it was that good. So the boys won. The second task was to have the tips of our fingers on a bamboo cane and slowly lower it to the ground. If one finger tip came off the cane, we had to start again. We all were rubbish at this task because everyone was rushing to get it to the ground as quickly as possible to beat the other team. This task was fun because it was so hard yet sounded so easy. We were all blaming each other for taking our fingers off the cane when actually it was all our faults.

Then we had an amazing barbecue lunch cooked by the Hilsea staff - it was absolutely brilliant! After this we had a short break in which to muck around and chat to our mates. Then we went back with our instructors and played a short game. One of the best tasks was the third because it was, again, easier said than done. We had to have a tube each and roll a marble into it and keep the marble moving. When the marble had passed through our tube we had to run round to the back and connect our tube with the people at the back. It was really hard. The fourth and final task involved two teams, the instructor and a tennis ball. One person from each team was blindfolded and the other members of the team directed them towards the ball. The first person to pick up the ball was the winner. It was a brilliant day and we all had a lot of fun getting to know the other members of our year. Guy Billington

‘We all had a lot of fun getting to know the other members of our year.’

Year 9 Activities Day It seemed like any other Monday morning - the new Year 9s casually making their way into tutor rooms, ready for another day of lessons. We had only been in our tutor groups for around three weeks at this point, so this activity day was needed to help us get to know our new tutor groups. It was then time for a trip down to the ferry terminal, ferry across to the Isle of Wight, then a coach journey up to the Kingswood centre at Bembridge, where we were greeted and given a (very!) brief tour of the centre, before splitting up into tutor groups and starting on our activities. Our first activity was Team Challenge, a series of obstacles and activities designed to test how we worked as a team. This was possibly (or not possibly, however you think about it!) the best activity to start with, as it proved how well we could work with our fellow tutees. Firstly we had to go under and over raised bars, which everyone completed, albeit with some help from our tutor. We also had to find different ways to travel from one end of a rope to another, which resulted in some creative sloth-like methods of crawling along the rope, and some not so creative ways, like simply walking next to the rope. Our second activity was Nightline, an activity I had taken part in before, and was one I was apprehensive of. We were led into a wood, blindfolded, and had to rely on our senses and our fellow tutees to help us navigate the various obstacles. Needless

to say, my worries were quickly forgotten! We managed to actually leave the course and head into the wood because of the idiot leading us - I’ve written their name at the bottom of this article. Lunch gave us some time to recover before our third activity, which was Problem Solving, where we had to work together to complete activities such as removing a fake bomb from a container with two ropes, carrying a ball using only four long poles, relocating tyres, and operating a tilt maze as a whole tutor group. The fourth, and final activity, was Zipwire. Arguably not a team-building exercise, as we went up one at-a-time, but still a lot of fun as we leaped off of the great “Kingswood Tower”, flying along until we reached the end cheered on by our fellow tutees. When we had finished Zipwire, and had some time to spare before the journey home, a ball was produced and an impromptu game of volleyball started. A great way to end a sunny and very worthwhile day! Finally, thanks to everyone at Kingswood for providing the venue for the day, to all of the Year 9 tutors, and everyone who helped orchestrate this great day.

Adam Blunden

‘We were led into a wood, blindfolded, and had to rely on our senses and our fellow tutees to help us navigate the various obstacles.’



Year 12 Induction Starting a new school is always daunting. However, when you’re starting a new course at one of the top schools in the South East, which you’ve always dreamt of going to, with more than 150 people in your year group you’ve never met before, perhaps daunting is a bit of an understatement. Nevertheless, the support and welcome that I, and more than twenty others in my position, received when starting our new adventure into PGS made the whole prospect a lot less… daunting. It’s hard to remember back to almost a year and a half ago when I first ventured through the bright arch of PGS early on a Saturday morning of November for my interview. More than anything I distinctively recall being welcomed by the friendly faces of three prefects, of which one led my parents and me up the deep concrete stairs and into the sixth-form memorial library. Everything seemed perfect; I was bewitched by the central light fitting, by the endless amounts of books and by the table of daily newspapers that I wanted to be able to touch, smell and see everyday for the next two years. More than ever, I wanted to be part of the Portsmouth Grammar School community. If it wasn’t for the friendly welcome at the arch, or the smiling faces waiting for us in the library and of course, the warmth I felt after my interviews, my feelings towards PGS probably wouldn’t have been quite the same. I walked back out of the arch with my parents anxious to find out the news of whether I’d been accepted or not already. The only problem was that I had a good few months and a whole lot of GCSE examinations to get through before I could even contemplate the idea of being accepted. The time couldn’t have past more slowly but when I did finally receive that letter, I was ecstatic. I couldn’t wait to start!

The next time I stepped foot into PGS was for my first induction day. This one came shortly after finishing my GCSE’s and was a chance to meet other new pupils, talk to current pupils and liaise with future tutors, heads of houses and other senior staff. As well as this, we got a chance to watch preview of the upcoming Sixth-Form Shakespeare play that pupils had been working hard on for weeks. I came out of the day a lot less anxious about not knowing anyone as I had met others, made friends and felt confident that I would be greeted with those same smiley faces in September. Summer was great but for me it could not pass quickly enough; I couldn’t wait to start my new journey into the sixth-form. The morning of the next induction day, this time in September and just a few days before we were due to actually start, bought nerves, naturally. They were soon dismissed, however, as we were put into groups with the familiar faces of other new pupils. None of us had a clue as to what we would be doing over the course of the day; it was all a big surprise. In the morning we were set a task, of which we all chose to accept, to partake in a treasure hunt around the school and the local area. The aim of the activity was to ultimately get to know the area better and to get our bearings around the school. After all, it is a large building. We were given photos of different signs and landmarks and once we had matched up the picture to the real thing, in our groups we had to pose for a photo to show as evidence that we had actually been to all the places and not just ticked them all off in a bid to win the prize; not that I would do such a thing!

The afternoon bought something very different; after lunch we were whisked away in a coach to a surprise destination. As we ventured onto the motorway and then through long winding country roads, bets were being made about where it was we were actually heading. Horse riding, the driving range and ‘Go Ape’ were all contenders that I heard flying around the coach. However, if I remember correctly no one had put money on us being whisked away to Goodwood! As the coach pulled up, we were welcomed by a row of smartly dressed waiters and were greeted with tea and cake. In my head I thought, ‘I could probably get used to this’. The afternoon that followed included an array of team building exercises on Goodwood land, a falcon demonstration and the chance to hold our very own falcon as well as a light game of croquet with tutoring from local Goodwood croquet champions. Of course with every game of croquet, a deluxe two course meal at Goodwood hotel must follow. It’s safe to say this wasn’t any normal induction day. We had been well and truly spoilt! That evening we all ventured back onto the coach happy and overwhelmed at what a lovely day we’d had, not only because we had been given the chance to take part in all the activities and in all the beautiful locations, but also happy that we’d been able to spend the day in one another’s company. The following day was Induction Day No.3. This time we were due to spend the day with the rest of the sixth form body. Although the idea of this bought those nerves rushing back again, it was also exciting and enjoyable to meet new people. Their friendliness and the welcoming nature meant that for me the term couldn’t start soon enough. Mainly, this day was spent in the Bristow-Clavell Theatre partaking in a ‘Maximise’ lecture. The aim of this lecture from an external company was to engage our minds before the start of our sixth-form learning and to motivate us ready to get back into the routine of work. It certainly did this. After this had finished, we spent the rest of the day meeting with our tutors once again and sorting out any logistical changes to subject choices.

The fourth and final day was the next day; the Saturday before we would begin the term on the Monday. This time we weren’t at PGS, or Goodwood even. Instead, we spent the day at Hilsea Playing fields with the whole year group taking part in Team Building activities within our tutor groups. This was a great chance to make friends again and to put it bluntly… completely embarrass ourselves in activities such as an egg assault course and the challenge to put up a tent blindfolded (I’d never even put one up without a blindfold). This was all part of the fun and everyone engaged with it. We were treated later on in the day with a barbecue and the option of staying to watch a preseason rugby match. For me the Year 12 induction process was brilliant. It was enjoyable, fun and served for its purpose. I felt fully prepared to start my sixth-form learning. The induction process didn’t stop there either. All new pupils were invited to the Spinnaker Tower at the end of the first time to talk to one another and members of staff to discuss how the past couple of months had gone, all accompanied with tea and cake. The whole of the year also were invited to attend the ‘Sixth-Form Induction’ party in October of our first term. It was fancy dress themed and a great opportunity to socialise with new found friends outside of the classroom. Organised by the sixth-form council, it was one of the highlights of the first term for all. Now approaching the end of the first year at PGS, I feel as though I have been here for years and years and years. The welcome offered by all has been amazing and I’m excited as to what Year 13 (besides coursework deadlines and scary exams). I can’t thank everyone at PGS, both pupils and staff, enough for making my Year 12 experience one to remember.

Georgie Boxall

‘I came out of the day a lot less anxious about not knowing anyone as I had met others, made friends and felt confident that I would be greeted with those same smiley faces in September.’



Youth Environment Conference: Ditcham Park School 2012 On Friday afternoon, February 24th , 11 pupils from years 9-11 and I participated in a Youth Environment Conference at Ditcham Park School near Petersfield. The event was attended by a range of local schools and involved a host of distinguished speakers including Professor Hugh Montgomery (UCL, and founder of Project Genie) and Gareth BaynhamHughes, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Whitehall.

‘The world of Tapas is also a world of eating with friends, enjoying food without making it the centre of attention.’

Year 10 Tapas La tapa, para que se pueda considerar como tal, tiene que tomarse entre las comidas principales y como alimento que permite al cuerpo aguantar hasta la comida o la cena. Whether the history of tapas does indeed lie in the story of Alfonso X being too ill to eat and food had to be prepared in small mouthfuls between regular meal times, or just something that has grown up around the wonderful climate that leaves most Spaniards incapable of eating until late in the evening is, to be honest, irrelevant. The main point is that they exist and are exceptional in both quality and variety. Imagine a life of tasters, being able to have a little sample of a dish and not having to commit to a large plateful – that is tapas. Of course, one can go to any main city in the UK now and see examples of Tapas Bars and restaurants – though this seems a contradiction – but it does not have either the authenticity or the atmosphere of the real thing. When I lived in Valladolid, one could go along the Calle Mantería or de Fuente Dorada and have a selection of bars where one could accompany a beer or glass of Yllera with various examples of the genre: calamares; tortilla; albóndigas may all be common enough to the UK palate but also try empanada de atún; mejillones rellenos; garbanzos con chorizo; boquerones; revueltos to increase your range. One of my favourites is morcilla which is prepared with pine nuts. It sounds delicious until you let the English know they are eating blood sausage… it amazes me how many try and enjoy until they know what it is! The world of Tapas is also a world of eating with friends, enjoying food without making it the centre of attention in the way French cuisine has done, an almost reverence that cannot be changed or questioned. Spanish food in general has been far more practical and, therefore, flavoursome and the regional varieties are a pleasure to discover. Paella is a wonderful


traditional dish from the south but is known as a standard “Spanish” dish. Of course the addition of rabbit is less common in the UK but recently I tried a wonderful fillet of pork, chorizo and spinach paella which certainly was a twist on the original but a welcome one.

The event started off with input from some of the speakers, and the viewing of a short film about the perils of global warming; after a short break it continued with group work focused on the practical actions that we can take to reduce the issues discussed. This was also a time that pupils could talk in more depth with one of the experts about any of the topics raised. I was very proud of the pupils that represented PGS at this event. They initiated inclusive discussion with another school that was present and were warm and welcoming with them. They also demanded depth and detail from the expert that they talked with and were not satisfied with platitudes; I am sure that this will have left a lasting impression on the gentleman concerned!

A final bonus at the event was the opportunity for myself and the pupils to catch up with Mr Rowley (ex-Deputy Head of the Junior School) who is now the Head at Ditcham Park School. He sends his best wishes to all.

Fiona Nicholson

‘I was very proud of the pupils that represented PGS at this event. They initiated inclusive discussion with another school that was present and were warm and welcoming with them.’

I have much enjoyed on occasion sharing this with the pupils not only as part of the trips to Valencia (where I accidently tried the local delicacy ‘morro’ – pig snout – mistaking it for setas), Barcelona (where we found the most delightful Tapería off the Ramblas) and Madrid in recent years but also this year with the International GCSE group at PGS where we prepared and enjoyed several tapas one morning and celebrated the cultural contribution of Spain to the world. We cooked a couple of tortillas which of course has the drama of turning out the contents onto the plate without spilling any and of course dealing with the hot oil for the calamares. We also tried some of the famous Serano ham and Lomo as well as chorizo. We also explained the term ‘picante’ which denotes the spiciness of the chorizo. All chorizo has some heat but one can really find some that ignite the senses on the tongue – for the grown-ups, try with chilli flakes and reduce in a robust red wine – such as from the Ribera del Duero for a most wonderful Tapas dish. Tapas is a great way to keep the tummy rumbles at bay for a few hours but also a great way to waste an hour or two with friends. Taking the fuss and formality away from food, they get to the heart of matter: great flavours and great company ¡ Que aproveche !

David Doyle


Year 12 IB Artwork

Ali Sparkes Challenge


under detection at PGS


Amy Crellin IB Art


Anthony Horowitz


Chawton House Research Extend


Fort Widley


Ian Dickens


John D onne Lecture


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National Poetry Day


Summer Art Show


Year 7 B ig Draw


Year 9 Ceramics Project


Year 10 Celeb rate Olympics



Under Detection at PGS

Ali Sparkes: In Interview with Naeve Molho As part of the English Department’s annual ‘Ali Sparkes Challenge’, Year 7 pupils were lucky enough to enjoy the presence of Ali Sparkes, the author of Unleashed, Switched, Shape Shifter and many more. All pupils took part in group projects during lessons to develop an original and exciting idea for a story. Winning groups from each class were selected and then presented their ideas to the panel of judges including Ali Sparkes, Mrs Wilson and Aline Nassif. Pupils also had the opportunity to listen to Sparkes’s journey to becoming an author. She talked about the stages in her life, which found her in a variety of jobs from writing silly books to bestsellers. She explained to us that she had written many books which had not been published; in fact, she tried for two years until her first book The Shape Shifter: Finding the Fox came out. However, her dream had not always been to become an author; it was in fact to become an actress. As the years had gone by she had been on TV, radio and then finally her story started and she became an author. Here is an interview with Ali:

Ali with Year 7 pupils

BB who wrote Brendan Chase, and Anthony Buckeridge who wrote the Jennings books and lots and lots of other brilliant authors who gave me an escape hatch from the corner of the playground into another world… What other books are you working on at the moment? I’ve just finished writing the last of the five books in the Unleashed series - the next batch of C.O.L.A. adventures. This is where I get a chance to grab some of the other characters in the Shapeshifter series and take them off on a series of action packed stories of their own. The first adventure - Lisa’s Story - came out in August 2011 - the next one, Mind Over Matter, is out in March 2012. I’ve also been working on the second S.W.I.T.C.H. series - next six books are out in February 2012.

Andrew Lane, award winning author of the Young Sherlock Holmes series, visited PGS on a February afternoon as part of the World Book Day celebrations, an international celebration of literature which takes place in thousands of schools all over the world. He spoke to a group of Year 9 pupils. His series of books starts with Sherlock aged about fourteen in the novel Death Cloud. His fifth novel Snake Bite is due to be released later this year; he plans to continue his series up to the point when Sherlock meets Dr Watson where Conan-Doyle started the original books.

and slightly autistic, thus he noticed everything and stored it all in case it became useful at some point. He had only one true friend, Dr Watson whom Sherlock treated very unpredictably, sometimes like a best friend and other times like a servant.

During his talk it soon emerged that as well as being a ‘Sherlock Holmes adapter’, Lane is also a Sherlock Holmes fanatic, and he has extensive knowledge of most adaptations of Conan-Doyle’s classic detective series. He spoke to the Year 9s about how Sherlock’s adventures have been adapted over the years from the good, the bad, and the simply bizarre (notably a film in which Sherlock had to fight off dinosaurs and invading aliens). He also spoke of how The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was the first novel that really got him interested in literature and that throughout his career he has always wanted to write a Sherlock Holmes adaptation. He is an expert on Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle’s career and has a vast collection of Sherlock Holmes related memorabilia. He gave Year 9 an in-depth analysis of Sherlock Holmes’ personality; he describes him as very intelligent, an obsessive compulsive,

Charlie Henderson

After talking about Sherlock Holmes he talked briefly about some of his other work, including Dr Who novels, and did a question and answer session on what it is like to be an author. It was a fascinating day, being able to listen to a writer talk about their work and the process of writing.

‘Sherlock’s adventures have been adapted over the years from the good, the bad, and the simply bizarre (notably a film in which Sherlock had to fight off dinosaurs and invading aliens).’ Year 9 pupils enjoy the book signing event

Our last question for Ali was: Are authors fabulously rich? Sadly I’m not one of them!!

What was your first proper book? The Shapeshifter: Finding The Fox, the first in the five part series of adventures about Dax Jones, who turns into a fox and all his COLA (Children Of Limitless Ability) friends. Oxford University Press published it in May 2006. I was in such delight overload I had to lie down with a damp flannel on my face.

Naeve Molho

‘Authors gave me an escape hatch from the corner of the playground into another world…’

Who inspired you to write? Lots of people like my mum, dad, brother and sisters who had always listened and laughed (usually in the right places); my friend Val, and teachers; Mrs Dann at Beechwood School and Mr Tucker at Bitterne Park Comprehensive (spot them in the Shapeshifter series!). My editor on the Daily Echo was also brilliant and people at BBC Radio Solent in Southampton, where I worked as a presenter and producer and as lots of other things, have also been a fantastic help. Probably it was mostly down to Joan Aiken who wrote The Whispering Mountain, and Ali Sparkes with Elizabeth Jones and Ajayviv Khara



IB Art Exhibition: An interview with Amy Crellin Pupils, teachers and other members of the school community came together to celebrate the work of one IB art student, Amy Crellin, in late March this year. Amy is the only student in her year to be taking art as one of her six IB subjects but this certainly did not stop her from producing a high standard work; incorporating vast amounts of materials and techniques to present us with an impressive and well rounded portfolio. It was clear that countless hours, energy and motivation went into her work throughout the course. Bodies from all different departments from around the school fought their way to the front to catch a glimpse of Amy’s work. As we wandered through the doors of the art department, we were presented with sketchbooks from the previous 18 months. This enabled us to be toured through the art student’s thought process and experimentation, and the array of final pieces put us in touch with not only Amy’s high technical ability, but also her development of thought and resolution. Perhaps one of the most impressive parts of her exhibition was her final piece which took the form of a Catholic Confession Box, initiated by her topic which looked at the ‘guilt of consumerism’. The piece’s sturdy and well erected structure was impressive in its own right, but the detail in design that Amy had engineered and crafted was astounding. We say this not only as Year 12 IB art students ourselves, but as a collaboration of thought so prevalent in the room. Amy Crellin, Year 13

The exhibition was a success in everyone’s opinion. A massive well done should be echoed for Amy’s dedication and commitment to the subject, and to her amazing portfolio which she deserves the highest grades for; we certainly have a lot to live up to!

Georgie Boxall, Sarah Gray, Ollie Velasco

‘Perhaps one of the most impressive parts to her exhibition was her final piece which took the form of a Catholic Confession Box, initiated by her topic which looked at the ‘guilt of consumerism.’ Interview Portmuthian: What do you like about the way the IB Art course is examined? Amy: I like the fact that the examination is in the form of an interview. It is called a VIVA and is conducted by an external examiner who has never seen your work before. This gives you an opportunity to discuss the thoughts behind your work that you have produced and how your personality has been portrayed. Portmuthian: What was your favourite part of the course? Amy: It’s got to be the pop-up shop as it gave me a chance to get involved and engaged with a new challenge. It allowed me to experiment and personalise aspects of what was displayed. Making the shop was a totally new experience.


Portmuthian: How did you decide on your theme for your final piece? Amy: The theme for the pop-up shop was consumerism and I liked this so I decided to continue with it. This angle to the project allowed me to explore the culture of consumerism and the buying/throwing away of materials. I tried to convey what I found in the colour and the idea of the guilt of consumption, particularly with my final piece. Portmuthian: What has been your favourite part of the course? Amy: I’ve enjoyed so many pieces but particularly being able to work outside of a book for a change. Portmuthian: How would you sum up the IB Art course? Amy: Hard work and challenging.

Amy Crellin, Year 13


Keeping the Audience Captivated: Anthony Horowitz Visits PGS

Do you have any special writing techniques for getting to know your characters?

Anthony Horowitz, acclaimed author of television, theatre and both teenage and adult fiction, visited PGS on Tuesday 26th June to give a talk about his work. His talks are rare due to being a ‘very busy man’! His talk, delivered to both pupils and teachers from PGS and other local schools, was a prize for raising the most amount of money in an ‘Up for Reading’ challenge. His witty talk moved rapidly, keeping the audience captivated all the way through. After the talk, a lengthy queue of pupils and teachers alike, waited to purchase his books, showing how interesting Horowitz’s talk had been. A good hour later, a group of three from the Portmuthian team were given the excellent opportunity to interview Anthony Horowitz.

How careful do you have to be writing violence in children’s books?

Do you prefer writing books or for TV?

I love the historical element as its interesting finding the untold stories and telling them - I find that exciting.

I like both - they’re challenges in different ways. TV is more fun - you can create explosions but I’m most proud of my books because they have a value. Which do you enjoy more: the process of writing or the finished product?

I’m always horribly inappropriate - my publishers always make me take some out. I do think though that too much violence can spoil a book. What are you most proud of? Alex Rider.

I always have an image of my characters before I start writing. I think that a name says everything; just look at Charles Dickens’ Fagin in Oliver Twist - the name creates the image before we even know the man. And a question from Mr Priory ... So what do you think of your name? It’s an annoying name, but it’s too late to change it now!

Do you prefer writing the modern or historical stories?

What is your opinion of e-books? Perhaps because of my age I prefer paper-back books but I am all for e-books if they encourage reading.

What is your favourite gadget from the Alex Rider series? It would have to be the insect cream that encourages insects instead of repelling them! What were your concerns about writing The House of Silk, a take on Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes?

Who are your favourite authors? I love thinking up stories. The process is exciting when everything comes into shape. Being on set and working with directors is also something I enjoy - seeing everything come together. Is it exciting seeing the finished product for the first time? Watching the TV episodes for the first time is very exciting - I get a buzz. I get excited by everything I do. Stormbreaker has already been made into a film but do you intend to make any of your other books into films?

I like Charles Dickens and Stephen King.

I suppose that my three main concerns were that The House of Silk would be cynical, unoriginal and not as good as Conan Doyle’s creation.

What is your favourite horror film? I really like the Omen and the Shining. 28 Days of Night is also a great one. Who are your favourite characters? Alex Rider. And if not him, Nick Diamond (from Diamond Brothers).

Do you base your characters on people that you know in real-life? Absolutely! I have included all of my old teachers into my books and also eventually killed them off! Horowitz’s fifth book in his Power of Five series, Oblivion, comes out later this year.

Cicely Podmore, Sarah Gray and Ben Wallis I would love to have more of my books on screen and I am talking to my producers about it currently, but it is an expensive process and a big commitment. What does it feel like having a book turned into a film? Thrilling, amazing! It was exciting to watch a BMW speed along whilst being chased by a man suspended from a helicopter and being able to think, I wrote that! Do you get much input into who plays your characters? I get lots of insight and input into Foyle’s War as my wife is a producer on the TV show but in Hollywood, they’ll ask my opinion, go away and ignore what I’ve said. How do you approach writing any new material? I get the shape and structure first - everything is much easier after that.

‘A prize for raising the most amount of money in an ‘Up for Reading’ challenge’

Chawton House Project 2012

‘Inspiring Lifelong Learning and Research’ Research is like a fine wine: it takes years of maturing before it develops its depth of flavour and richness of colour. It is a process that can not, and must not, be rushed. And this is how research, in any subject, must be approached. It used to drive me mad when my dad, who was also a teacher, used to drone on about ‘preparation being the key’ to any project that one undertakes - be it decorating a house or writing a 10,000 words thesis. I just wanted to get on with it and complete a task as quickly as I could. However, my studies at undergraduate and post-graduate taught me that this can never be the case with academic research, and nor should it be. The process of researching, finding out nuggets of information, stumbling across an idea, making connections across texts, periods of time, literary movements, is something that should be savoured. In my opinion the end result, the dissertation, the thesis, the project, almost becomes immaterial. What should be valued is the process of discovery. So, this year this is what I set out to do: engender in Year 12 English Literature pupils the love and excitement of discovery and research. Our location: Chawton House Library for Women’s Fiction, Hampshire. The year started with Sarah Parry visiting PGS to give a talk to Literary Society about the history of Chawton House and why it has now become such an integral part to any student researching the development of women’s literature. It was a fascinating insight into how Jane Austen’s brother, Edward Knight, used the property and about how it eventually fell into disrepair. Luckily, Sandy Lerner, creator of Cisco Systems, bought the lease for the house and donated her rare collection of first edition women’s fiction in a bid to create an amazing library and centre for research.


We then followed up this talk by visiting Chawton Manor and Jane Austen’s cottage in the village. When researching, I always find immersing oneself in place really helps to connect one to the material that is being considered. And I am sure the Year 12 pupils would agree, visiting Jane Austen’s home, walking through the corridors of the manor, wandering through the walled kitchen garden (eating the fallen apples) and getting lost in the ‘wilderness’ all helped to connect us to the period in which the library dedicates itself to: 1600-1840.

A lovely place to read!

Pupils had the opportunity to visit the rare book collection: it was all about looking and not touching, which was excruciating for all involved. This was very much about tempting everyone into wanting to return to open a book and ponder on its content. And it worked. We had two more visits to Chawton Manor Library, resulting in 5 Oxbridge candidates all using the material on offer to develop their research for either PGS or IB Extended Essays. What is even more satisfying is that the majority plan to re-visit in the summer and become independent users of the library and its vast collection. I am hoping that I have passed on to all the pupils involved, not just those undertaking independent research at the library this summer, that research is a gradual process and can not be rushed. We started the project in October and have only just started the process of independent research as we enter the holiday period nine months later. But the ideas are ripe for the picking. Get the corks ready.

Bryony Hart


Art Show Provides Brave Vision of the Future AS level and IB Art pupils in Year 12 joined forces in November 2011 to create an ambitious and chilling multi-sensory installation in the underground tunnels and chambers at Fort Widley. The work was inspired by Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World, which anticipates developments in reproductive technology and hypnopedia, and the ways in which they combine to shape society.

Ollie Velasco, Courtney Spalding, Georgie Boxall

The pupils were given two days at the site to create the installation and they utilised a variety of media and techniques, including video projections, audio recordings, sculpture and found objects. The exhibition was open to the public for one night only on Friday 18th November and visitors were encouraged to navigate their way around the tunnels and chambers by torchlight. Head of Art and Design, Miss Alison Dyer, said ‘This was a fantastic opportunity for the pupils to work on a site-specific project. The pupils translated the text in an imaginative way and the final installation was very atmospheric and compelling’. Alison Dyer

International Baccalaureate Year 12

Kate Murphy We Think

‘The work was inspired by Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World’


Micha Oates Possibly

The IB Year 12s


race. It’s really funny and a good romp. A Christmas Carol is also a favourite; everyone knows it and is moved by it. If you had to be a Dickens character, who would you choose? Good question. Well, I like the spirit in Pickwick because he’s just taking life with a huge dose of irreverence and finds fun and humour in everything. That’s just like me…and as I grow older, my waistline starts to look more and more like Mr Pickwick’s. Do you have any family stories about Charles Dickens?

Interviewing Dickens … the great, great grandson of Charles Dickens Ian Dickens is the great, great grandson of Charles Dickens. For 21 years he had a corporate life, doing pretty well. So why on earth did he give it all up and head off around the world on an ocean racing yacht for 11 months? And not just that, he has started the Cresta Run 50 times, successfully completing it on 49 occasions. He learned to fly, taking up a Tiger Moth solo and raced his MG Midget to the Arctic Circle and back again for charity. We interviewed Ian to find out what really drove him to undertake such adventures and how he feels about his connection to one of the greatest writers in history. What made you take up yachting, did it begin in your childhood? All my family were in the Royal Navy so the sea, I guess, was in the blood. I was taken on a yacht for the first time when I was 8 years old. My grandfather had asked to be buried at sea in the Thames Estuary so we sailed out in the yacht to put some flowers on his ‘grave’. They say one of the worst people to sail with is a naval officer and when you’ve got three of them on a boat it’s absolutely appalling because they all think they’re the captain; they all shout at each other. I thought, if this is sailing, it’s not for me. But there was something beautiful about being out on the water and the solitude of it. I didn’t do anything for another 20 years but my kids got to an age where we thought it would be great to go on holiday and do some sailing; I really enjoyed those holidays. Then I opened a Sunday magazine a bit later and I saw and advertisement saying “you could take part in this round the world yacht race.” I thought, “Blimey, that looks like quite a thing” so I sent off for the brochure. It looked fantastic so I talked with my wife and she thought it looked fantastic and my kids thought it looked fantastic so I went and got interviewed. I got accepted so I went on and did my training and then headed off for a round the world, circumnavigation, 36,000 miles, 11 months. We started from Portsmouth in 2000 (again this link, it keeps coming back to Portsmouth) and we


came back into Gunwharf Quays. It was a fantastic experience at so many levels. It was a year of extremes. The weather was extreme, fierce gales or flat calm; the wildlife was extreme: penguins, sharks or killer whales. The night skies were extreme. I’ve never seen stars like it in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with dolphins swimming alongside you. The people you sail with are the most incredible people: without them you wouldn’t be able to do it and without you they wouldn’t be able to do it so the sense of teamwork and spirit was really uplifting. I got such a buzz out of it that 7 years later my wife decided to do the same thing, so she did half the race (Liverpool to Australia), now, living so close to the sea, I’d hate to be away from it. Do you enjoy reading Charles Dickens? Yes. I was lucky, or my parents were wise; it wasn’t forced down my throat. You grow up knowing you are connected to this famous man and it would have been dreadful to have been told “you must read everything by the age of 20 and be a walking encyclopaedia on it”. That would have just put me off straight away. I know people in school find it hard to enjoy because in school you analyse and analyse and it takes away the pleasure of the story. Fortunately when I was at school we always did Shakespeare. I came to read Dickens when I felt I wanted to. I must have been about thirty-ish. And it wasn’t because I was forced to. Have I read all of them? No, certainly not. But I started reading Dombey and Son and I think it takes time to get into the cadence of the way he writes, it’s very descriptive. But once you get into that it romps along, it’s a really cracking story, with a lot of humour and a lot of drama and cliff hangers, because of course it was written as a soap opera so when you get into it, it really flows. What’s your favourite Dickens novel? Ooh, probably The Pickwick Papers. I took that on the yacht

Well, for me, it’s tantalizingly just out of reach. It’s documented so well that it’s hard to have personal stories. But my father used to read A Christmas Carol to us at Christmas time when we were kids. He would do his readings based on his childhood memories from when he sat on the knee of his grandfather who would read to him. His grandfather was Charles Dickens’ son, Henry. Henry would go and watch his father do public readings so when Henry gave a reading of A Christmas Carol, it was absolutely in the style of his father because he’d heard him. So, it’s so close, but just out of reach. Henry Dickens, my greatgrandfather, wrote a book called Memories of my Father and that gives you some great insight about his dad rather than this great Victorian and that throws up some fantastic stories. Whenever you see pictures of Dickens he always looks very austere and severe. But everyone looked like that. But actually he was a real livewire, a ball of energy. He loved entertaining. There’s a great story in Henry’s book: they’re in his house in Kent and it’s a hot day in the middle of summer. They’re all in the hall trying to find some cool air when a bat flies into the room. I don’t know what it is about bats but whenever one’s there everyone freaks, I mean they’re tiny little things – but everyone panics, with this little thing fluttering around and around. Dickens’ daughters are screaming, his wife is screaming, everyone’s screaming. There’s absolute pandemonium. So he goes into the library and gets the library steps, but to protect his head from the bat he goes and finds a tin bath which he wears on his head. He climbs up the ladder, with a tin bath on his head, with a stick, trying to get the bat out of the way. He suddenly realises what a ridiculously comical situation this is so he roars with laughter, throws his head back, tin bath falls 20 feet to the floor, everyone is in hysterics and the bat disappears out the door. That’s not the sort of character you think of when you see that severe man with his quill. He loved life and loved to party. For his children, it must have been difficult; it must have been like being the child of the Beckhams because he was an absolute superstar. My grandfather remembers walking through Regent’s Park with him towards the zoo and he said there was a family coming towards them, a mother, father and a daughter skipping ahead. The daughter suddenly stopped in a track and ran back saying “Mummy, it’s Charles Dickens!” So he was getting recognised in the street. Henry said his father was hugely embarrassed but “oh so pleased.”

‘Whenever you see pictures of Dickens he always looks very austere and severe. But everyone looked like that. But actually he was a real livewire, a ball of energy. He loved entertaining.’

So, what’s it like for you? Well, it’s normal; there isn’t an occasion when you’re ten years old where you’re sat down and someone tells you who you are connected to. It’s just that, and as you grow you learn and obviously you’re hugely proud of your heritage. It’s a great privilege. What’s weird though, is because of that connection, and name, people who are passionate about Dickens go quite silly sometimes. When I was speaking outside the City Museum in February, somebody rushed up to me and said “can I have your autograph?” I hadn’t done anything, just walked there! But they said, “No, no, it would mean so much if I could have your autograph.” So I said, “OK”, and then more people came and then someone came up with a beautifully bound edition and asked me to sign it. If it means a lot to them well then of course, but I can’t quite get my head around it; it’s slightly curious. Do you write? Yes, I have written, when I did my yacht race, The Times newspaper were the sponsor and they wanted someone on each boat to write a weekly, a 500 word diary. So I wrote from my boat and it went in the newspaper and on the website. In the end, I won the competition for the best diary which was very nice. A lot of people enjoyed it because it wasn’t just about sailing. When I got back people said, “are you going to put it in a book?” so someone introduced me to a publisher and…bish … bosh, it came out. It’s called Sea Change, so that’s my one claim to fame. But I really enjoy it and I guess that came through. It’s all about engaging people, taking them on a journey and depositing them somewhere else, to be moved or inspired or laugh or cry. What is the thing you are most proud of creatively? I think probably the book (Sea Change) and the journey behind it because it was such an eye opener and it just taught me so much about life. I remember we sailed into Hong Kong, having just spent months at sea living a really simple life and I wore shorts and T-shirts for 4 weeks straight. But in Hong Kong every second shop is a designer label. I thought, “Gosh, we live in a really material world that is all about money and status”. You are viewed as a success because you have a badge on your car or your dress. But actually, real fulfilment comes from very little. Having said that, I still have to pay my mortgage so coming back into being a grown up and going to work in the morning is hard. That journey though, and the people I shared it with, are incredibly important. I have my blood family, my in laws and my yacht race family. We were a really close knit team because out there, there is nowhere to hide. That bond, and communicating that, was great. People, at the interviews for the next race would say, “Oh I read your book, that’s why I’m here! I read it and I thought, this is what I’ve been looking for”; that’s the greatest compliment you could ever have. Someone went on the journey with you and was so inspired they wanted to do it themselves. But I made the mistake of looking at the reviews on Amazon, so that was levelling. But if one person is inspired then that’s a good reason to write.

Emily Duff and Sarah Markus


John Donne Lecture 2012

Leonardo Competition

In the Spring term, the English department welcomed a renowned Cambridge lecturer, to PGS in order to allow both A Level and IB students a greater insight into the works of radical poet John Donne. Both English courses focus on the works for either the final exam or an individually assessed piece of internal work and so the information and analysis proved invaluable to those who attended.

Every year, the Leonardo Competition has been run by the English and Art Departments, as a combination of the visual arts and literature. Members of all classes throughout the Senior School were given the opportunity to write a piece of poetry on this year’s subject of ‘Leafing through Childhood’. This gave many pupils the chance to explore their own creative potential, by searching within themselves for memories to provide the inspiration for such pieces of literature. The Art Department ran a course simultaneously during curricular lessons, to aid students in their introspection. The final event took place in the Memorial Library, with a warm-up act of poetry reading by Miss Hart, Miss Meadows and Mr Richardson. The judges, Mr McCarthy and Mr Richardson, had a particularly difficult decision in picking a winner, with the high standard and fierce competition, but eventually Louisa Dassow was proclaimed the overall winner.

Although it is true, the word ‘lecture’ often carries a few negative connotations, that they are for people to sit for long periods of time, doodling, daydreaming about everything else other than the topic at hand, name proved that this is certainly not always the case. Speaking enthusiastically about everything from Donne’s life experiences to the technical characteristics used in Donne’s work, name took us on a journey through Donne’s literature very much like those Donne took us on through his poetry. He allowed the English students a fresh look at Donne, taking them a step back from all the interpretations found in books and on the internet and providing them with a stepping stone from which they could look at the poetry from a different angle; “Donne’s work is a journey that takes 2012 to the 1600s... great poetry should say what everyone wants it to say, but what not everyone can”. By looking into the work by theme, many more things about Donne became clear and it was easier to establish links between both his early and late works. The morning’s lecture spread through so many different aspects, from philosophical to religious, to metaphorical and the modern. His vast exploration of both Donne and his poetry allowed those who attended to now not only look at the works purely from one dimension but two, three or maybe four, a skill which would only help when the time came to write about the poetry.

The day did not stop there, Year 12 and 13 A-Level and IB English students were certainly in for a treat. Sat in the red cushioned seats of the Bristoll-Clavell centre, we waited anxiously at what was about to prevail. As an old bell rang and the silhouette of a man in full length cloak emerged from the middle isle, it was clear that this was far from another afternoon lecture. Instead, we were delighted with the opportunity to be part of the audience for a one-man rendition of the life and works of Metaphysical Poet, John Donne. Capturing every myriad of thought and page of life, (actor name) gave us insight into what the poet behind the words and lines of sonnet was really like. Suddenly the work we had been studying prior to the day began to build a bigger picture. A story was formed; the life of John Donne. At the beginning of the piece came a prologue, a foreshadow of Donne is his later years. However, it wasn’t long before we were taken back to beginning with a gentleman much brighter, much bolder and perhaps much cruder as the actor before us embodied a Lawyer that was in fact, the early John Donne. Extravagant clothes, a gleaming smile and a glass of something strong in his hand all helped to built up a persona of a young, free and single Bachelor in the 16th Century. Nevertheless, this wasn’t kept for long. As the afternoon progressed, so did Donne’s life. We were guided step by step through every phase of the journey. We witnessed a forbidden marriage, its’ consequences, the birth and death of three young children, the steady decline of Donne’s mental state of mind and not before long, a poet undoubtedly much different than his earlier years. We knew from our studies that the poets work changed towards the end of his life. His scepticism around religion from his younger years was abolished when Donne joined the church in a bid to be forgiven for any sins. Now however, we knew exactly how this all unfolded. The clever use of props and integrated costume changes lead us to attach ourselves mentally and emotionally with John Donne; an opportunity beyond the abilities of a classroom. We’d been reading about specific events in the poets’ life that explained his bald style of writing, but now we were seeing it with our very own eyes. As the day came to a close with a question and answer session, we were all keen to continue our research and analysis into the work of John Donne. Our now enhanced conceptual knowledge from the play and matured analytical ability from the morning lecture left us all keen to continue studying John Donne. The day overall was an amazing opportunity for all present.

Tim MacBain, Ben Willcocks and Emily Duff

Leonardo Winner 2012 The Beach T W I C K L E S Bit by bit. Sticks to my memory, GLITTER AND GLUE. Painting pretty pictures of the pretty golden treasures, Sea stories whispering their secrets in the sand, Cutting quickly through the surf with dripping knees Glittering shells grabbing at your feet.

Georgie Boxall and Sarah Gray Time is trickling, when you return. Whale memories stranded in the jagged rocks, unable to dive once again into the ocean. Tears and sand make mud. Mud, bleak and grey. Soon washed away. We forget and move on. The beach is gone. Louisa Dassow, 10Y

Acrylic painting by Kate Murphy for AS examination unit


National Poetry Day 2012 Tom McCarthy and I shared a mutual sigh when we realized that this year’s theme for National Poetry day was ‘games’. As English teachers, this did not present itself as the most stimulating or indeed thought-provoking subject. However, we must never underestimate the talent of our pupils, or indeed Tom McCarthy. Leading a select number of pupils from Years 7-13, Tom exposed them to a plethora of poems, all of which were linked (albeit some loosely), to games. From this, pupils were asked to produce their own poems. Those printed below are testament to the creative flair of our pupils, but they also serve as an accolade to the man who inspired this work, our own poet, critic and friend in residence; Tom McCarthy.

Emma Kirby

‘The poems are testament to the creative flair of our pupils, but they also serve as an accolade to the man who inspired this work, our own poet, critic and friend in residence; Tom McCarthy.’

Happy families We stepped in; The warmth of the restaurant was comforting. My mother’s flimsy frock floated over the seat, My father’s majestic mantle moped across the coat hook. My mother looked so, happy. She was smiling, laughing. I liked it. She felt motherly once more. My father looked so, relaxed. He was proud, gloating. I envied it. He felt fatherly again. Our Happy Family. Just A Game. We stepped out. The fingers of the warm night started to grip me round the neck; getting tighter and tighter. The vision of a nightmare had been paused rewound. And played back again. We swept off our masks of lies. From Dr Jekyll to Mr Hyde. It had returned: The Nightmare, my reality. Zoe Dukoff-Gordon 10W

A Dark Well The sun is drowned in a dark well – The creature lies detached from life’s loquaciousness poised and symmetrical, bathed in his egotistical majesty. He has no fear, no strife, And throughout his life he has executed his business with utmost precision. A sudden susurrus in the mead inebriates his soul with intent, and with mind content, he releases a mellifluous hum of satisfaction and determined, he leaps – The target sustains a piercing ululation, and, with struggle, submits, his limbs lulled. He hesitates, recognizes the disappearing chatoyant moon, caresses his treasured toy and thrusts it towards the night’s silver halo. Like a wild bandersnatch, vengeance gleaming in his eyes, his vicious frenzy continues, his insidious persistence tearing through his reason. He repeats his game, before, disturbed by the early bird’s tender dulcet, He yowls, and claiming victory over the night, He retires to the woodland undergrowth.

The Sailing Race One hour. Preparation pays the most, As people bustle, reading those last tips, Rushing in, taking the car park’s last post Pulling those boats along the grit trail, rigging galore. Forty five minutes. Chucking your bag into last place, You pull on tight neoprene, trying to keep warm. It’s a competition, trying to find space, Stepping out is like a snake biting you with its sharp poison. Thirty minutes. Slip, slide and slither down the slipway, Screeching wind stomach-churns the sea, Clouds move fast covering up the sun’s way With a collage of boats moving along the harbour, Fifteen minutes. A practice beat: A sailor looks up; a squawking sea gull ends the peace, Hiking, you stretch legs - an uncomfortable seat, Back down to the line, an agonising wait.

Five minutes. The preparation horn goes. Four. Shouting. Avoiding. Stern words. You try to get onto the line. One. Tension. Bracing, trying not to over the line. A creaking chorus explodes as rope gets pulled though the blocks. Start. Pulling the boat flat, the peaceful battle takes place for that prized place.

Playing Games Games - too often played Pointlessly? How to be content Together or apart?

Round the top mark, exhausted you skim over blue mountains. A plateau of colour goes down the final leg, Waves sprout out like fountains. Mast snaps. Anyway he comes last.

Word games, song games, Short games, long games Dr Seuss games, fast and loose games, Sports games, chess games More or less games All of them.

One keen sailor leads the fleet towards the line, Rounding the mark, he tenses for that pat on the back. The horn goes when he passes the line, Second, third, unprized. They pass a sigh.

Card games? – Cheating multitudes – Better to avoid them. Board games? – Too competitive – Better not annoy them.

Slowly, Aching, They head back tired, Waiting for prize giving, Waiting to get back home........ Longing to sleep. Ross Watkins

Why can’t it be The games unplayed That are the most deadly? Jokes teasing, Noiseless stealing, War games training, Torture maiming. Love and honour, Hate and lies Never stop – Why no surprise?

Young and Easy When we were young and easy When we And the world were young, easy in The Morning And the afternoon, when we could hear The orange-ethered dawn And run as feathers in the twilight.

We chased in the flow-footed warmness Of air And there we laughed and played And wept Among the trickle of the leaves And gamed Among the sadness of the earth.

We sought each other, away from My mother Away from my father, away from The Other Life. We and the world were young. We played In our days with the hours that swam and sang With us And all the force of our existence resounded Screaming from The summit of the world

It seemed to us we were playing the ancient Human game And flinging ourselves, we could only let All life To fling itself on us. For we and the world Were young and easy All life in the visage of that game When we danced to the music of mornings And then slept in the evening of days.

Could it be wiser Content to be Without curiosity? Games of age and games of youth, Courteous games and games uncouth. Games of the animal: teach to kill, Show how to hide, provide skill. Games of the mind Games of fun All these games the same one. When to run, laugh or cry? Singing sweetly, lullaby, Ancient folk to newborn babe, Are games simply to be played? By Gregory Walton-Green

Michael Roderick

Julia Alsop


Mr McCarthy and Mrs Kirby with pupils from yr7-13


Summer Show at HMS Warrior celebrates pupils’ achievement in art The Art Department was delighted to hold this year’s Summer Art Show on HMS Warrior 1860. The exhibition on Tuesday 3rd July was attended by around 300 guests. It showcased work from Years 7 to 13 and included an impressive range of disciplines. The artwork was hidden throughout the ship’s lower deck and visitors were encouraged to discover the paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, animations and prints by exploring the many different compartments and cabins. Head of Art, Alison Dyer said, “The annual Summer Art Show provides a fantastic opportunity to share our pupils’ achievements in the subject with parents, staff, governors and OPs. We were excited to hold the event at such a prestigious venue in the city and it certainly made it a special occasion for the school community. This historic venue provided a superb backdrop for the wide range of traditional and contemporary artwork on display”.

Ben Wallis and Ollie Velasco

‘This was a really good experience, working with everyone else to achieve something fantastic.’

Year Seven Big Draw In October 2011, visitors to St Thomas’ Cathedral were delighted by dazzling artwork decorating the knave created by Year 7 pupils as part of The Big Draw, the biggest festival of its kind in the world. Inspired by The Portsmouth Book of Days, a quirky historical guide by PGS archivist John Sadden, each class began work on the ambitious project by exploring a pivotal point in the city’s history, from the sinking of the Mary Rose to Portsmouth Football Club’s FA Cup wins in 1939 and 2008. Research done, they then used scissors as ‘pencils’ to cut out shapes from brightly coloured paper to produce six large eye-catching banners in the style of early American modernist painter Stuart Davis, who created bold, brash compositions. The work was then wrapped frieze-like around the colossal columns in the knave where it stayed on public display for three weeks. Year 7 pupil Xavier Harris enthused: ‘This was a really good experience, working with everyone else to achieve something fantastic.’ Matt Roberts added: ‘It was amazing! Individually the banners looked great, but together they looked awesome!’ Head of Art Miss Alison Dyer commented: ‘Every pupil in the year thoroughly enjoyed taking part, from their historical research right through to adding the final touches in situ in the Cathedral.’

Just some of the artwork on display

The Big Draw is run by The National Campaign for Drawing and aims to bring communities together in creative ways. It is the largest drawing festival in the world with more than 1,000 venues participating throughout October, from national galleries, museums and heritage sites to nursery schools and village halls. The Big Draw aims to show how drawing can be used to connect people with cultural heritage, be it a natural or built environment - and with each other.

Alison Dyer


Simon Whitcombe gets involved in The Big Draw


Year 9 Ceramic Project meets Great Expectations In the spring term, Year 9 pupils had the opportunity to work with Artist-in-Residence and Old Portmuthian, Christine Derry on a ceramic project to commemorate the Dickens’ bicentenary. Inspired by Cornelia Parker’s ‘The Maybe’, the pupils created their own Dickensian ‘Museum of Curiosities’ out of clay. Each pupil identified a passage in one of Dickens’ novels which featured a key object and recreated the artefacts as beautifully crafted ceramic pieces, encased in Victorian style boxes. The pupils experimented with the different ways clay can be manipulated and decorated, under the expert supervision of Christine.

Year 10 pupils create collaborative sculpture to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics ‘Since this chance encounter, the charity has formed a relationship with PGS.’

In addition to this, Christine worked in the Residency Studio in the Art Department, developing her own practice relating to the theme of Dickens. She chose to focus on the wellknown character of Miss Havisham from Great Expectations and set up a rather chilling installation in her work space. Christine transformed the departmental skeleton into the haunting character using clay moulding, costume and props. After trawling numerous charity shops in the local area, she eventually stumbled across the perfect wedding dress for her interpretation of Miss Havisham in the DebRA shop in Fareham. DebRA is the national charity working on behalf of people in the UK with the genetic skin blistering condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). Deborah Baber-Taylor from the charity was instantly intrigued about the project and Christine’s intentions for the wedding dress. Since this chance encounter, the charity has formed a relationship with PGS and a short documentary about the project was created.

This year, Year 10 pupils studying GCSE Art and Design, have had the exciting opportunity to work closely with local sculptor and PGS parent, Cara Wassenberg, as part of the Artist in Residency Programme. Each pupil selected a different Olympic sport to investigate and produce visual research in their sketchbooks. The aim of the project was to design copper discs which relate to the individual Olympic sports and create them in the workshop under Cara’s expert supervision. Pupils were introduced to different techniques for folding, manipulating, texturing and embellishing copper. The designs are based on the logos, equipment and movements associated with each sport and many of the discs have developed into striking abstract designs. Each pupil has produced three copper discs inspired by their chosen sport and these have been fixed to a large spherical armature to create a collaborative sculpture to mark the London 2012 Olympics. The final sculpture has been installed as a permanent fixture at our Hilsea sports ground and we hope you will enjoy seeing it weather into its surroundings over time.

Alison Dyer

Making the Hilsea Art Sculpture

‘The designs are based on the logos, equipment and movements associated with each sport.’

The artefacts and sculptures produced by both Christine and the pupils were exhibited in St.Thomas’ Cathedral from 26th June to 1st July, to coincide with the city’s Festivities celebrations. Head of Art and Design Alison Dyer said, ‘Having Christine working with us has been a fantastic opportunity for the pupils; she has brought the discipline back to life in the Art Department at PGS. Her enthusiasm for the subject matter has been infectious and the final outcomes are most impressive.’

Alison Dyer


Chains in a box

Miss Havisham by Christine Derry

Naomi Brigg

Hilsea Art Sculpture


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PGS Sport 2011-2012

Senior Boys Hockey – 2012

We have enjoyed another fantastic year of sport at PGS with continued progress in all sports and the addition of some new ones. Our coaching team has worked incredibly hard to give as many pupils as possible the chance to enjoy playing sport and challenge themselves to be the best that they can be. Our pupils have trained through rain and shine throughout the year and are a credit to us all, not just in terms of their performances but with their behaviour and sportsmanship. Another pleasing aspect of sport at PGS this year has been the continued increase in numbers at our after school clubs. Our clubs are open to all pupils and we always have more pupils than spaces available in teams. In the next few years we are hoping to arrange additional fixtures so that more pupils can represent PGS Sport.

This season has been successful in many ways. The integration of the Year 12s into the sixth form, including the new face of George Neame who has more than held his own in the squad, created a more cohesive unit. There has been a new found enthusiasm and desire to compete at the high levels required by such a demanding fixture list. The efforts and ability on the pitch have not always been rewarded with consistent performances, but there has no doubt been a transformation.

My personal highlights of the year included the trip to Cannock with our Under 16 girls’ hockey team for the National Finals-we were so close to victory but could not quite convert our short corners when we needed to. I also enjoyed watching our 1st XV rugby team fight it out with the top schools in the country at the St. Joseph’s, Ipswich tournament. By finishing as runners up in the Plate Final we demonstrated that we can dine at the top table; we have been invited back next year and will be looking to play even better. Our senior girls also did us proud by reach the final of the Independent Schools’ Netball final, beating Millfield, Bancroft’s and Emmanuel on the way. Finally, an early morning start to take our very excited U15 rounders team to Corby in July was rewarded with some stunning batting and quite exceptional fielding to win our first national trophy in rounders. There were lots of other successful performances in our winter sports of rugby, hockey and netball. For the first time in my seven years at PGS we won all three county rugby titles (U14, U15 and U16), with the U16’s in particular enjoying another stellar year playing running rugby throughout. In netball all three national cup teams reached the regional finals with a number of girls being selected for the South of England Regional Academy. The hockey teams also had a successful year with the U16 girls setting the standard in hockey by finishing 5th in the national finals, the U14 girls were Hampshire Champions and all three boys’ teams (U14, U16 and U18) reached the regional finals after successfully qualifying from Hampshire. The summer term was disappointing in terms of weather; I do not think I have ever had to cancel so many fixtures, but this did not dampen the spirits of PGS teams. Our cricketers backed up an impressive 2011-2012 with some excellent performances at national level. The U15 team will play in the National Twenty20 finals day in September and reached the quarter finals in their defence of The Lord’s Taverners’ Trophy. The 1st XI had an excellent run in the Twenty20 cup before falling to the eventual winners, Millfield. In athletics our Junior Girls ran, threw and jumped their way into the National Final of the Track and Field Cup and finished a creditable 6th. The most pleasing aspect of the athletics season was the progress of the boys’ team; both the Junior and Intermediate teams reached the Regional Final for the second successive year and the Year 8/9 team won the Hampshire Track Knock Out competition. This augurs well for next year where we should have three very strong teams aiming to reach the National Final of the Track and Field Cup. We

also have an international javelin thrower at PGS after Joseph Brown won a silver medal with a massive throw of over 62 metres at the English Schools’ Track and Field Championships and was selected to represent England in the Home Countries International. Rounders also continues to go from strength to strength with over 70 girls regularly attending the after school club on Tuesdays. As well as the U15’s winning the national title our U12, U13 and U14 teams won their Portsmouth Schools’ competition and enjoyed some excellent wins over other schools in Hampshire. On the touring front our Year 8 girls and boys enjoyed a long weekend in Germany competing in the Braunschweig Indoor Hockey tournament and we took twenty five girls to Lanzarote for some warm weather athletics training; next year we will be taking boys for the first time. Preparations are already well underway for our senior sports tour to Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia in 2013. It was also pleasing to see successes in a variety of other sports. Cycling has started to become more and more popular and it was great to hear about Harry Hailwood, Callum Cross and Fergus Houghton-Connell’s victory in the National Hill Climbing Championships. Squash has also flourished due to the enthusiasm of Di Spencer-we now field three teams in the Hampshire leagues. Emily Jenkinson continued her winning streak by claiming her sixth consecutive British Biathlon title and Jamie Mist played in the final qualifying round of the British Open shooting a level par 72 in his final round at St. Anne’s. Douglas Tandy won the New Forest Triathlon and Connor Guille was placed 2nd in the British Junior Small Bore Rifle tournament. Liam and Devlin Stigant competed in national fencing competitions and our judo team produced some excellent performances at the HMC Schools’ competition. PGS also has a Table Tennis team and a Ski Team that competes at various local and national competitions.

The Seniors learned a lot about themselves early in the year and made conscious decisions about their game play and work ethic. After a heavy defeat by Millfield (7-1) followed closely by another at the hands of Whitgift (11-1), the boys continued in their development and showed sound progressions. James Woolas has shown on many occasions why he is the 1st X1 goal keeper and could have found himself despondent early in the year, but he has been a guiding force to those in front of him and has been willing to put his body on the line when required. Having a strong group of characters, with unrivalled determination and the belief that their efforts would be rewarded in the long run, meant that the road to success would start at a cross roads and this is where the boys found themselves. Sure enough victories did come with a 5-1 win home to a strong Millfield development team followed by a gripping 6-5 win over local rivals Havant College in the National Cup run. Thomas Farnworth found himself playing out of position at the business end of the pitch, where he showed his abilities as a striking force, combining with Joshua Gibbard, who has served the team well all season. This was superseded by a 6-2 win at Lord Wandsworth to put the boys into the Hampshire Final against a well drilled KES 1st team, and eventually through to the regional play-offs.

The team also found themselves competing at the regional stage of the Indoor competition held at Trinity after Christmas, but failed to make it through the group stages as this is a strongly contested event with opponents such as Cranleigh, Trinity, Reeds and Sir William Borlase all throwing their names into the hat. Here performances from Iain Pollard, Charlie Warren and Lewis Garland showed there experience in the Indoor game. Daniel Choppen has captained the group of young men with a desire to maintain positivity and belief in individual and team achievements. This has been supported by his Upper sixth peers, who after finishing the year with a 7-1 win over Bedales, can all leave the arches of PGS with their heads held high and the contentment of “a good year.” Special mention must go to those boys who have been willing to leap into action from the bench. Prash Ramaraj, Alex Love, Huan Xie and Thomas Arnold have given something different to the team at times of need and have often made their mark. The “godfather”, Nicholas Britton, and “professor”, James Gill, have both given energy and experience to the team; where others have fallen they both have shown determination and grit to work for their teammates. S eth Jackson has marshalled the pitch industriously with his trademark performances although running in steam unlike his new age athletic opponents he always finds himself in the thick of battle. This year of Senior hockey will always be remembered for the tears, smiles, laughs and somewhat original methods of play, as well as the many fashion statements that can only be described as tributes to Bruce Springstein. Only Thomas Purcell can pull off the head band. The boys rock ‘n’ rolled their way through a challenging but enjoyable season. Alex Leach

‘This year of Senior hockey will always be remembered for the tears, smiles, laughs and somewhat original methods of play, as well as the many fashion statements that can only be described as tributes to Bruce Springstein.’

The Senior Hockey Team

As ever we have enjoyed great support from parents and other family members at Hilsea throughout the year. If you have not visited Hilsea on a Saturday morning I hope you will make the effort next year to support our teams and enjoy one of our famous Hilsea teas.

Chris Dossett - Director of Sport



U16 Hockey The U16 team have had a successful year only losing the penultimate match v Trinity School; then beating St Georges College 2-0 in their final match. The U16’s also won the Hampshire Cup and Hampshire Tournament. Including the cup and tournaments they scored 89 goals for and 17 against. Indoor Hockey is an important part of hockey development. They qualified by beating Seaford, Tonbridge and Cranleigh which took them into Semi-finals at Whitgift School where they lost 3-1 to Whitgift. Phil Horton and Joseph Brown strengthened our indoor squad. The Captain, Josh Darlington along with Will Seebold, Tom Penlington, Tom Lavery, Alex Langrish, James Davis and Sam Collings-Wells made up the squad. Brown, Darlington, Penlington and Seebold have been excellent indoor players. Phil Horton proved an excellent Goal keeper too. U16A & B teams have used four keepers this season. Phil Horton was used in the Cup Matches and he will develop into an excellent keeper with his solid temperament and character. Dan Finch and Joe Dennis have both developed well. As new ot the sport, Joe’s football skills helping him naturally develop. Both have shared the A & B matches, and Ali Gray has played when available. The U16’s started well beating Millfield School away 3 – 0 an excellent team effort. We also beat them at home 3-2, leading to a victory against Whitgift school 8-0, and Kingston Grammar School, 1- 0; the three best hockey schools in the south and west. The toughest game was the Hampshire Cup v Churcher’s. Despite being minus two key players, we won 5-4. We then played King’s School winning 11-3, with Joseph scoring seven goals. Milo Peart scored a brilliant goal which changed the game. This qualified us for the South Heats during March. They beat Eastbourne 4-0 and Reed’s School 1 – 0. The U16’s have a very strong defence with the goal keepers mentioned. Will Seebold is consistently the best defender

on the circuit; his vision, skills and temperament are top class. Charlie Futcher, Justin Wilkinson and Tom Penlington have consistently performed well all year. Tom Penlington an excellent complete player. We have used various half backs, Tim Roberts, Justin Wilkinson and Sam Street who all played well. Their mid- field is strong ably led by their Captain Josh Darlington who is developing his captaincy skills. Sam Collings-Wells is an outstanding sportsman who consistently performs well, and in adversity. James Davis is an equally aggressive player who is learning to control his emotions. Their forward line ably led by Tom Lavery, skilful and athletic who links well with Sam, Milo , Alex Scott Moncreiff, James Scott who are developing well as forwards. Alex Langrish scored some brilliant goals. In the New Year they beat Bedales 9-1, King Edwards VI School, Southampton 7-0, KCS Wimbledon 6-0, Pangbourne 4-1, Lost 2-4 Trinity School, St Georges’ College 2-0 and finally Seaford College 6-2. These boys have the ability to develop into a good 1st XI with regular Wednesday and Saturday matches. U14A Hockey Team U16B Team The two best results were beating King Edwards VI School, Southampton 3-2 seconds before the final whistle, with a Rueben McArdles’ goal through the keeper’s legs, beating Trinity School in Croydon 2-1. They drew with Perrins 2-2, beat Bishop Luffa and lost to Pangbourne 3-1. Jack Marston Captained the side when available with his brother Andrew who plays inside right have brought their cricketing skills into play, particularly at corners. The back four have included R.Bungaroo, R.Wilson,R. Holden, T.Robert, D.Wells and J.Wilkinson, with D.Finch and A.Gray have been the goalkeepers. Ben Stirrrup attended all training sessions and improved his skills foraging forward at every opportunity. They had the pace of Harry Dry and Simon Williams up front, with Reuben McArdle scoring decisive goals. Jonathan Blackwell played in a supporting role in MidfieldJames Scott progressed to the A squad early in the season. U16Ayear Hockey Team These boys will develop into a good 2nd XI next

‘These boys have the ability to develop into a good 1st XI.’

U14A Boys Hockey Noah Darlington’s ability as captain has been tested this year by the strong characters that make up the dynamic team. He has shown qualities of a senior captain in his management of the team and his ability to focus and unite his players, as well as personal performances that take the lead. The season started with a convincing 4-1 away win at Millfield. This was shortly followed by a challenging away fixture at Whitgift where the boys competed well but lost 5-1. The defensive unit has proven impenetrable many times over the year but not on this day. This experience and performance gave the boys focus and direction to their season. “How does a team play so well and have so many chances, but struggle to convert?” There has been many examples of maturation in play and team ethic over the last few months at a crucial time for development. Acknowledgements should be made for the efforts of Will Jones, Ben Stainton and James Campkin who often found themselves playing out of position, but responded with a hunger for new experiences. All players holding different positions and responsibilities allowed Jadon Buckeridge to be released from his defensive duties, and give presence and vigour to the attacking unit. This was a catalyst for a change in the dynamics of how the boys played. Attacks were breaking out from the wings and there became a new confidence in the teams’ scoring capabilities after many training sessions. This new style of play was complimented by the St Bedes coach after a comprehensive 7-1 win that could have so easily been more. Matthew Roberts, Jonathan Entwistle and Tom Woolas in goal have given the stability at the back, which has allowed such a potent strike force to evolve. Special mention must go to Will Dry who has repeatedly dominated games with devastating results. This was no more evident than during the clash with Trinity school where the boys came away with a 5-1 victory. In


this match Christian Masters showed his talents in the business end of the pitch. Noah took his squad of men to the Hampshire Cup in Southampton where they proved on the day that they are the best U14 team in Hampshire. Unfortunately they were unable to score in the final against Kings Winchester and only lost out on penalties due to a master class by their goal keeper. This was undoubtedly a disappointing end to the day, but was short lived as they overwhelmed a strong KES team a couple of days later in the Hampshire final 5-1. This took the boys to the Regional heats where they were unlucky not to progress to the finals as they came second in the group to Whitgift. Supporting acts by Jack Dry, Amir Thakrar, Sam Shingles and Nick Gatenby has shown how much depth there is to this team. All of those boys have repeatedly performed to high levels for their team and the School. Reflecting on this year’s season, the boys deserved more for the efforts. Looking forward there is a driving hunger for success and achievement in the future. Within this group of players there is a real sense of belief; why shouldn’t there be when there is so much talent at their disposal? Next year will give time for the boys to harness and mature their talents so they are ready for another National cup run at U16 level. These boys have deserved every success this year and have played with vigour, enthusiasm and at times maturity beyond their years.

‘Within this group of players there is a real sense of belief; why shouldn’t there be when there is so much talent at their disposal?’


Boys U15 Hockey It has been a tough year for the U15 hockey team and a learning experience for everyone involved. We were a fairly new team at the start of the season and as a result, lost some of our early matches as we were still finding out about how each member of the team plays. As our team developed we achieved some good wins such as a 2-1 win over Whitgift and a 2-0 win against Kingston Grammar School. We lost the winning momentum after the Christmas holidays when some key players were injured but managed to come back to win the last few matches of the season. The team has showed great commitment and has had some promising results that indicate the talent in our year. Due to the inexperience of our team we have not won as many matches as we had hoped but due to the encouragement of our coach, Miss Farmer, and the desire of the team to do well we had some good results. It has been a season of learning for all players involved and we are all looking forward to a productive season next year. Roshun Laly

‘It has been a season of learning for all players involved and we are all looking forward to a productive season next year.’

U12 Boys Hockey Reflection on the year from Miss Farmer I took on the U15 Boys Hockey Team this year with great delight. At the beginning of the term the team started unconfident and a little apprehensive. It has been an absolute pleasure to watch them develop and mature into a team that now has conviction in their play and belief in each other. They have shown true determination and played with their hearts on their sleeves during a number of difficult fixtures. Roshun Laly has been a key part of this growth, leading his team with real fortitude. The boys now have a good foundation to build on for next season and I hope they will continue to pull together and develop the potential they have to be a successful hockey team. Stephanie Farmer Captain: Roshun Laly Most Improved Player: Dillion Hoddle Player of the Season: Philip Horton Team: Roshun Laly, Jamie Parker-Jervis, Sam Williams, Dillion Hoddle, Philip Horton, Alex Gibb, Hugo Andrews, Oliver James, Todd Newman, Dominic Waters, Charlie Holloway, Cameron Duncan Fredrick Dennis Ben Webb Thomas Millet

U13 Boys Hockey Following on from a very positive and encouraging season as U12s, this year’s U13 squad have proved that they can play good quality Hockey and compete with many of the best teams in the south. There is a core of talented players in this year group and they have formed the basis of both 11 a-side and 7 a-side teams. James Harper has grown in maturity and led the teams by example; he could be more vocal on the pitch but his captaincy has generally been very good and his play excellent. Alongside him Matthew Horton has been a fine and dependable influence at the back. His organisational qualities have been very positive and have helped less experienced players around him. The main attacking force of the team has been Travis Yung-Hok who continues to be the outstanding athlete on the pitch in every game we have played. Travis has supplemented his speed with good quality skills and an exemplary attitude. The team have also been able to call on two good goalkeepers which will continue to be valuable in future years. The boys have enjoyed some very good results alongside occasional poor performances, often against weaker teams. The ability to rise to the occasion was clearly shown in the South Area finals. We qualified comfortably from the Hampshire event without losing a match and then beat Cranleigh and drew with Whitgift who had both previously beaten us at 11 a-side hockey. Unfortunately we still went out at the group stage due to losses against two of the weaker teams in the group. It is this will need to be addressed next year: there will be even less chance to relax in matches and mistakes will be punished even more ruthlessly.


U14B Hockey Team

The rest of season contained many highlights and a number of very high standard matches. A 4-4 draw with St. Georges and a 5-3 win against KES were both excellent performances and very entertaining matches to watch. I am confident that all those involved have had an enjoyable season and I look forward to seeing this group of players continue to develop in the future.

‘There is a core of talented players in this year group and they have formed the basis of both 11 a-side and 7 a-side teams.’

U12A Hockey Team For the first time this year, boys in Year 7 did Rugby for the Autumn Term and Hockey for the Spring Term. Whilst it gave us greater numbers to choose from, most had limited hockey experience compared to many of the schools they were to play in fixtures U12A - Captain Ethan Hoddle This was the strongest of the four groups, with most boys having played club hockey and attended hockey training during the Autumn Term. The term started with a loss by a single goal to a strong RGS Guildford and improved the following week with a major come back from 2 – 0 at half time, to draw 2 – 2 against Whitgift. This result earned them Team of the Week for a fighting determined display. Other notable wins were against local rivals King Edward IV, Southampton 3 – 0 and Kings, Winchester 3 – 1. In all games Harry Hoolahan and Adam Brown have been mean in defence and were supported with some excellent saves by Harry Harrison in goal. The engine of the team has been a midfield of Harry Wratten, Harry Minall and Ethan Hoddle. George Wilcockson, Joshua Ellard shared the duties of forward and Tom Baker played every position bar goal. The final game away to St George’s College, Weybridge was a big disappointment losing 3 – 5 despite a hat trick from Harry Minall. In a game they dominated for the most part, the lesson learnt was that you must concentrate throughout the whole game. This will be a sound group to move to the 11 a-side games next year. U12B - Captain Gordon Stone This was a tough introduction to hockey for many of the players in this group, with only one win against Kings, Winchester. Although very keen and battling through every game, most boys were lacking hockey experience. Exceptions were Gordon Stone and George Campkin who play club hockey and both had performed well throughout the term. All games were close results and the team had two excellent goal keepers. At the

U12B Hockey Team start of the term Alexander Dassow showed great potential and later it was the tern of Seb Ansell Virgo to shine. The most improved player has perhaps been James Mellor, who played in both the “A” team 11 a-side games with great credit. Although there were few victories, the boys enjoyed their hockey and fought hard in every game. Their will do attitude was a credit to them. U12D/C - Captain Jack Hussey This group started out as the U12D team but were promoted on mass after spectacular wins by 3 – 0 over Trinity School and 4 – 0 over Kingston Grammar. The defence of Fergus Gibson and Joseph Hunter has been strong, with Matthew Roberts in goal getting better by the week. Captain Jack Hussey has scored the most goals and led from the front. In the midfield Guy Billington and Sebastian Hiller have both got better game by game. In the final game against Kings, Winchester the team won comfortably 4 – 1, with Noor-Aldeen Shihadeh and Gianluca Dellesite both outstanding on the night. I think that several of these players will develop into 1st team players in the future. U12C/D - Captain Ajay Patel The group did not originally have a Captain appointed but Ajay Patel led the boys from their first game, so naturally assumed the role as Captain. His personal play was strong and he was the backbone of the team. Henry Massey performed well in goal and has improved week by week. A variety of other pupils have played well for this team Sam Crosby, Thomas Leggett and in particular Julian Davis who has been the corner stone of the defence. Unfortunately in most fixtures their opposition have had greater hockey experience and the team suffered a heavy loss to both Trinity School and Kingston Grammar. Haraman Badial and Hector Bonnin have also played regularly with good personal performances. This term has had a steep learning curve for all the boys but throughout their matches, team spirit has been high and they have enjoyed their hockey.

David Rutherford


1st XI Girls Hockey

U16 Girls Hockey

This year, the sixth form hockey girls had an impressive squad of around 30 players consisting of both upper and lower sixth, coached jointly by Mr Rutherford and Miss Farmer.

The U16 girls’ hockey team have had a fantastic season this year, full of great memories and achievements with every member of the team making great strides forward developing their game play and reaching their full potential.

We had a good start to the season with the majority of the girls turning up to both pre-season and after school training sessions. Throughout the season, our commitment began to pay off and after a few rusty performances both the first and second teams started to work together and the goals started to role in. Our first triumph was against Chichester College with a 2 - 1 victory with goals from Josie Blagbrough and Alice Worsley, who were our top goal scorers for the season. The good news didn’t stop there when we won our first National Cup Match against the Churcher’s College with a 3 - 0 win. The training sessions really began to improve our core skills with another win against Kingston Grammar. However, our next round of the Cup saw a disappointing loss against Hampshire Collegiate by one goal. This caused a lack of confidence which was with us in the Hampshire Tournament where we came fourth. This was worrying as our next match was against our rivals King Edward VI Southampton, to whom we had recently lost a key player. The girls trained hard in the lead up to this match, and our hard work paid off with an amazing run away goal from Hannah Seal and strong defensive work from the back with Caitlin Abernethy, keeping us in the game with numerous impressive saves. As the end of the season approached, our confidence and skills continued to improve with two 5-0 wins against King Edward Witley and Portsmouth High School with a hat trick from Elizabeth Ann Lewis. Our final fixture was a triangular tournament versus Ryde and Frensham Heights and we came out with a win, ending the season on a high note. However, our work did not end there as we faced the challenge of taking on the Old Portmuthians in the traditional OP match in December. Both teams had an excellent turn out with everyone getting into the spirit of the game seen by Alice Worsley appearing in a cow onesie. This attire seemed to be our lucky charm as we won 3-0 against our strong opposition with goals again by both of our top goal scorers. Our squad was Captained by Philippa Paxman and Emily Crowcroft, and consisted of Alice Worsley, Caitlin Abernethy, Charlotte Plowman, Hannah Seal, Lucy Cole, Claire Monfared, Lauren Smith, Ellie Hughes, Chania Lambrinudi, Sophie Andrews, Josie Blagbrough, Emma Spruce, Emma Kissane, Naomi Munns, Immy Street, Kate Murphy, Alice Tilbury, Frankie Materna, Ilana Rogers, Jess Lavery, Jess Wilcox, Taylor Langford Smith, Lucy Moore and Elizabeth Ann Lewis. Many thanks to Mr Rutherford and Miss Farmer who had to put up with us for a whole season; they did a great job and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

‘The season, our commitment began to pay off and after a few rusty performances both the first and second teams started to work together and the goals 86 started to role in.’

Being managed by Mr Rutherford for the first time, we all had much to prove and we were determined to reach the National Finals following in last year’s U16’s footsteps. After our trademark slow start, causing us all much frustration and resulting in early season draws and losses, we worked hard to improve our fitness and enhance our skills back up to scratch. Our determination paid off with solid wins against local rivals Churcher’s College, Bedales, Seaford College, St Bede’s, Hampshire Collegiate and a determined victory against King Edwards VI, Southampton 5 – 0. Along the way the team became well-deserved winners of the Hampshire Cup.

‘We worked so well together as a team, motivating each other when times were tough and building a great team spirit. We wouldn’t have been able to achieve what we have this season without the support of Mr Rutherford who has played an important part in our success.’ build our strength. One highlight was by beating Portsmouth University 6-0! The National Finals put us up against stiff competition: the best 8 teams in the country. Despite our passion, practice and positivity, we lost, won and drew our respective games, just knocking us out of the top spot and landing us in 5th place.

In November we won our pool in the South Tournament and progressed to the South Semi-Final the following month. Here we had to beat Stowe School to reach the final but did so in style with an excellent performance to win 4 – 1. Now all that stood in the way was arch rivals St George’s College. In a tough game, it all came down to our favourite short corner, Katie Paxman out to Charlotte and then back to Katie to earn a deserved 2 – 1 victory. We walked away South Champions for the second year and qualifying for the National Finals, which was our season goal.

Even though we didn’t win this important competition, we worked so well together as a team, motivating each other when times were tough and building a great team spirit. We wouldn’t have been able to achieve what we have this season without the support of Mr Rutherford who has played an important part in our success.

We put in extra training during the netball season to make sure we were in the best form for our trip to Cannock Hockey Club at the beginning of March. Mr Rutherford and Miss Farmer arranged practice games against much older squads to help us stretch our capability and

Congratulations to the Cup team: Emily Jenkinson, Zoe Rundle, Hattie Gould, Jess Kissane, Annie Materna, Katie Paxman, Tamara Manuel, Sophie Brigg, Sammy Gibb, Lucy Sullivan, Charlotte Stephenson, Rosie Bell, Phoebe Shepherd, Anna

Warming Up

Our thanks to the girls who didn’t play in the Cup team but played in our friendly fixtures and helped to build the team spirit that was so key to our success: Molly Cranston, Natalie Laking, Phoebe Carter and Katie Campkin.

U15 Girls Hockey It was a successful season this year with 5 wins, a draw and 3 losses. Our biggest wins were 8-1 and 7-0 against Bedales, Ryde and Seaford College. We started off the season with high spirits and great enthusiasm with our inspiring new coach Miss Gardner. We were all very keen and excited for a new season. We won our first match 3-0 against City of London Freemen’s School; this made us very eager and raised our hopes for the rest of the season and for our next match against Canford School, which is always a tough game. The fixture was closely fought and could have gone either way; it was 1-1 at half time. Unfortunately Canford managed to slip in two more goals near the end of the match making the final score 3-1 to them. Our next match was against Kingston Grammar School, another tough opposition. The game was extremely close with Georgina Millward playing exceptionally well at centre back. In the end Kingston came out with the match, the final score being 1-0 to our opposition. Congratulations to Phoebe Shepherd who was our leading and consistent goal scorer again this season; we missed her when she was not playing because of a fractured ankle. Also congratulations to Sally Hall in goal for only conceding a few goals in her 2nd year of being our keeper. Rosie Bell and Holly Govey worked extremely hard in midfield rarely having a break from the action. This year’s awards went to Anna Reynolds for Coaches Player of the Season, Gracie May Jones for Most Improved Player, Alice Bennett for Star Player and Rosie Bell for Player’s Player of the Season. Thanks to everyone else for their great skill and commitment to our team this year; let’s hope that we can do even better next year.

Anna Reynolds ‘We started off the season with high spirits and great enthusiasm with our inspiring new coach Miss Gardner.’

U15A Girls Hockey Team


U12 Girls Hockey

U14 Girls Hockey The Under 14 Girls Hockey team have been an absolute pleasure to coach this season. The girls in both the A and B team have worked extremely hard throughout the term. Their commitment and enthusiasm to training and games lessons has been second to none. The year has been a mixed one in terms of results however the girls managed to pull out the performances when needed. The team successfully defeated King Edwards in the Hampshire Round of the National Cup to become Hampshire Champions and went through to the South Round where they faced some stiff opposition. Unfortunately this tournament did not go in our favour, missing out by 1 goal in the group stages meant we did not go through to the semi-finals. Nevertheless Kingston Grammar School who won this tournament only beat us by 1-0 in the group stages, a very pleasing performance by the girls. The highlight of this 2011 season has to be beating King Edwards Southampton in the final at the Hampshire Schools Hockey Tournament. The day was surprisingly hot and long. However the girls dug deep and managed to produce some excellent performances claiming victories against Bedales 2-0, Ryde 4-0, Hampshire Collegiate 1-0 and drawing 0-0 with Farnborough School. This allowed the girls to win their pool and go through to the Semi-finals against Lords Wandsworth School. With the support of the Caitlin Hoddle and Dominic Warren from the U13 team the girls again worked hard and won 1-0 against Lords Wandsworth School. In the Final we met our local rivals King Edwards Southampton who we knew had a strong team: the battle was on. The girls

‘In the Final we met our local rivals King Edwards Southampton who we knew had a strong team: the battle was on.’ pulled together in the boiling heat and after playing 5 games previously. Alexi Paxman did an amazing job as captain and Naomi Brigg maintained her stability in the centre of the park not allowing any opposition to attack our circle. Both teams were suffering from the heat and as the final whistle blew the score was still 0-0. The tournaments format was to go straight to a penalty shoot-out. Most of the PGS girls had never experienced this before. 5 confident players stepped up to the challenge. After a tense 10 penalty flicks later we were still equal with KES Southampton. So it went to ‘sudden death’, stroke for stroke. Naomi White saved the day by deflecting a KES penalty flick away from her goal and making PGS Hampshire School Champions. A Team Squad: Alexi Paxman (Co-captain), Naomi Brigg (CoCaptain), Naomi White, Anna McHale, Ciara Dossett, Cat Ellis, Ayeshia, Ella Tusler, Evie Howarth, Alex Stanford, Jenny Evans, Darcy Hyatt, Jenny Evans, Jess Walden- Day, Charlotte Povey, Hannah Coyle, Sophie Locke-Cooper. U13 Players: Caitlin Hoddle, Dominic Warren, Ashley Dekker. B Team: Charlotte Randell, Gorgina Buckle, Filippa Furniss, Claudi Materna, Aisling Hicks, Isabel Edwards, Alice Priory, Maisie Sharp, Isabelle Welch, Francesca Strongitharm-Cornell.

Stephanie Farmer U14A Girls Hockey Team

U14B Girls Hockey Team

What a fantastic start it has been for the Under 12 girls’ hockey career at PGS. We have played as a squad 30 games, 1 tournament, had 38 girls representing the school and scored 112 goals. Those are just a few of our statistics which show how hard all of these girls have worked this season. There have been many highlights to the season, including achieving Team of the Week. This was when the A and B teams played against Churcher’s College away. The A team came back from being 0-0 at half time to winning the game 3-0 overall. This was a game changer in the way they played hockey where finally it was as if everything started to click in to place and we worked as a team. The girls started to pass the ball out wide, move elegantly along the pitch and have more fight in their tackles. This play continued for their first tournament at Westbourne House. The girls worked hard throughout their pool games coming top in their group and just lost 1-0 to Westbourne House in the final minutes of the semi-final. PGS came third overall, which we were thrilled about and celebrated with a few too many bags of Haribo. The fixture I have seen all the girls play was when all four teams represented PGS all the way at Millfield. Depsite the very early morning wake up call and tired faces, the girls were already in high spirits and excited as we pulled away from the Arches. With all 32 girls ready to play and support one another the games got underway. It was a fantastic day out whether they were playing, or supporting one another; all of the girls were smiling and laughing. When the A and B teams were playing, the C and D teams were cheerleaders coming up with their original PGS chants, and vice versa when they were then playing. This sense of one big squad continued throughout the day, including having a huge sing along with the top 40 on the way home where at one point I actually thought Lady Ga Ga was on the coach. This sense of team spirit among the girls continued through to the end of season party where they came dressed as a huge slumber party. With all 38 girls there, they put together all their knowledge

Back Row from the Left: Maria Buckeridge, Megan Dossett, Sabrina Leung, Sophie Forrest, Eve Stainton . Front Row from the Left: Ameera Gyenning, Isabelle Sambles, Mia Austin (GK), Lydia Buckeridge and Elizabeth Jones. to come 3rd in the Hockey quiz beating of a number of the older teams. The winning continued throughout the night including pink hockey sticks, glittery hockey balls and international playing shirts. This year the Most Improved Player was won by Louisa Buckle. She has come to every training session and always wants to know what she can do to improve. Louisa started off as a very timid player on the pitch to becoming one of the most versatile players in the squad whether up front scoring goals, or stopping anyone getting into the D in defence. The Players’ Player went to Megan Dossett who has always turned up with a positive attitude, helps support other girls in the squads and is so friendly to everyone. The Star of the year went to Loren Dean who always helped to organise equipment, and keep everyone motivated by her positive attitude. Finally the Coach’s player of the season was given to Eve Stainton. Eve has always dug in deep to give everything in every game and training session, helped to motivate everyone around her to stay positive and keep a cool head even when under pressure. Eve Stainton, along with Sophie Forrest, have both got into the County Hockey team for their age group which is a fantastic achievement for both of them. I have loved having all of the girls in Year 7 as my first squad at PGS and I cannot wait to see how their hockey career continues to flourish both individually and as a team throughout the following years.

U13 Girls Hockey

U13A Girls Hockey Team

U13B Girls Hockey Team

The U13 hockey season has been phenomenal this year. We may have had a slow start but as the season progressed we all realised what we were capable of. By the end of season we had won a fantastic number of matches including drawing with our toughest opposition St Georges 1-1 (who we had lost against earlier in the season). All team players showed commitment and persistence throughout the season, which resulted in all the players stepping up to a different level and improving in leaps and bounds. Our top goal scorer was Dominique Warren with 19 goals. The team included Alice Cheshire, Dominique Warren, Ashleigh Dekker, Caitlin Hoddle, Meg Dennis, Jasmine Nash, Georgia Grant, Ellie Seabold, Holly Baker, Isabel Boden, Lana Watt, Louisa Palmer,

Cameron Manson, Kira Walker, Liz Sherwood, Annabel Fuller, Emma Dorricott, Frederike Rademacher, Olivia Hooper and Anna Thornell. Well done for an excellent season girls. None of this would have been possible without the wonderful and delightful coaching of Mrs Day; she never gave up on us, even if we were having a bad day. She has transformed us into a proper team. I also want to say a massive thank you to Mr Rutherford who has organised all of our games and has turned up to every single training season we have had. Without these two people none of our success would have been possible.

Alice Cheshire


‘All team players showed commitment and persistence throughout the season, which resulted in all the players stepping up to a different level and improving in leaps and bounds.’


2nd XV Rugby

3rd XV Rugby

1st VII Rugby

We took an early set back in the season after we were informed that we were without the expertise of Mr Early. However, hope was not lost as we learned we were under the guidance of a new coach and Head of 6th Form, Mr.Gallop. Our season wasn’t incredible but was definitely an improvement from the two wins achieved last year and we managed to record some memorable victories against some tough opponents.

For a second season running, PGS fielded a strong 3rd XV. Through playing expansive rugby, the side achieved great success with five wins out of the seven matches.

We began at Bryanston School 7s. In our group we defeated Wellington School 31-5, Abingdon 28-17 (eventual Plate winners), drew with Dauntsey 17-17 and lost to Bryanston 24-31 (eventual Cup winners). At times we played some outstanding 7s and with a little more composure could have fared better. We simply imploded v Wellington College in the Cup quarter final losing 7-29. The day was slightly marred by the horrific facial injury to Josh Gibbs Dean (fractured eye socket). Unfortunately the PGS South Coast 7s was cancelled due to poor weather.

The main highs of the season included beating a strong Millfield team in the last play of the game and also beating, for the first time, Canford - with a very convincing score line of 29-3. Special mentions must go to Tom Wood and Leo Patterson who played consistently all season and were a valuable asset to the team due to their sheer size and speed making them a nightmare for any defences. The lower sixth showed some real promise and a lot of potential; all of them showed a lot of determination especially young James ‘Windmill’ Langrish. Sean Young constantly rallied a number of experienced upper sixth players scoring a number of crucial tries. The dogged determination and ‘turnover’ skills of Guille were also exceptional throughout the year. With a number of ‘flying’ wings being selected up in to the 1st XV, we did however lack some pace in our squad without our key players; we were fortunate enough to have Spraggs to add some pace to the backline although he will go down in PGS folklore as failing to outrun an a 2nd XV prop in a 50m race to the line. Despite some disappointing results, it is definitely fair to conclude that we have improved as a team from last year . Our fighting spirit and determination paid dividends on many occasions and we managed to get some great results against tough opponents which last year would have seemed impossible. One match in particular epitomised the character of the team as we faced an Australian side more used to boxing than playing rugby. However we didn’t let this affect our discipline, and we managed to cruise our way to victory simply by keeping our heads down and playing some attractive rugby. It has been a pleasure to captain the team and play alongside some great players and I’m sure many of the players will go on to play 1st team rugby next year. Tom Moyse

The season began with 2 home matches: the first, a good win against Lord Wandsworth, which was shortly followed by an entertaining match against St Pauls School, a touring league side from Australia. The next game, Canford, provided more of a challenge. A beatable side proceeded to walk all over us as injuries to vital players left us with only 12 men on the pitch at times. A few weeks later and back to full strength, the team played a fantastic game against Millfield, winning 3410, with tries from Gerard (2), Stanford, Miles (his first and only in his school career), Bray and Flatman. Flushed with success we went into the Brighton match in high spirits. An extremely close fought match, on what appeared to be the slopes of a small mountain, ended in disappointment; after initially dominating the first half and leading by two tries at the interval, a dip in concentration and further injuries lead to a narrow 2 point defeat. A very strong side travelled across the Solent to play Ryde; the result was a high quality match, with another convincing win for PGS. The season culminated in a 2-try win at Hilsea; playing the Old Boys was a fitting finale to a superb season, especially as this would prove to be the final time the Year 13’s pulled on the PGS colours. A big thank you to Mick Earley, all the boys and everyone else who has contributed to a fantastic season.

‘Playing the Old Boys was a fitting finale to a superb season.’

‘We managed to record some memorable victories against some tough opponents.’ 90

We entered a strong Hampshire Schools U18 7s in good spirits; we had worked hard on our defensive pattern and knew we had pace that would unsettle most teams. We started strongly defeating Peter Symonds College 28-7 and Oaklands School 42-5. We went to sleep v SJC and deservedly lost 7-12. The 1st VII then defeated Brockenhurst ‘Rugby Academy’ College 21-

‘Game and season over!’ 10 in the Cup quarter final and Alton College 19-0 in the semi final. This set up a great game v Lord Wandsworth College in the final. We thought we had clinched victory when Tim Orton raced in from our own 22m line – but from the resulting kick off we did not regain possession and LWC recycled the ball well and took victory from us finishing the game 19-21. We knew we had a 7s team capable of making day 2 at the National Schools finals. We started well v Beaufort School 31-5, St Georges Harpenden 17-7 and Wellington School 45-0. This set us up with a ‘winner takes all game’ v RGS Lancaster who had had a good 7s year. We thought we had won the game when Tim Orton (again) making a brilliant score out of nothing and with the following play providing us with a penalty 5m from their try line. We ran a complex move which resulted in PGS dropping the ball – when the nearest LGS player knocked the ball on everybody stopped (neither the referee or he didn’t)

1st XV Rugby The season began with a 15 aside tournament at King Edwards School, Southampton. We started strongly with wins over Prior Park College, Sherborne and Glantaf, however we lost the following game to a very strong and organised Hartpury College side 22-0. Oddly we entered the plate competition and had to play Glantaf (again) who we lost 0-5. The 1st XVs first ‘block’ fixture v Lord Wandsworth College turned out to be the ‘game of two halves’ with PGS going in to a strong 15-0 lead. With a dominant pack, the 1st XV had a tight hold on the game – unfortunately we gifted LWC an intercept try just before half time that gave them hope. The second half was mainly LWC who created a number of nice scores coming away 20-26 victors. Our first major win was defeating an excellent RGS Guildford side. The PGS pack showed dominance again with two well worked caught and driven lineouts; a deserved, but narrow victory 17-14. On the road continued with a win against a determined Churcher’s College 26-14 and Canford 17-3. Defeating Canford was one of our season highlights as the 1st XV have not managed to a win for over 10 years. The squad we were very pleased with their form as it gave them good momentum leading into the highly prestigious St Joseph’s tournament. The St Joseph’s tournament is a national invite competition with schools entering from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the four corners of England. We began with a bang v Stamford School racing in to a 10-0 lead. Stamford’s fly half began to get a foot hold on the game generating two excellent scores 10 take it to 10-10. A missed last minute tackle resulted in a 10-17 loss. Next we played the host team, St Joseph’s College; we used the first half (0-17) to play everybody who did not play against Stamford. The second half PGS were dominant making the final score 8-17. Finally we played John Fisher School losing 10-12 - despite the three losses, we had confidence leading into the second day as we were only defeated by very acceptable narrow margins. The second day was more promising; we defeated RGS Newcastle 0-7, Whitchurch High School (Cardiff) 8-3 and a narrow

loss to Merchiston Castle School (Edinburgh) 5-7. As result went our way in other fixtures we were rewarded with a place in the plate final of the plate v Bedford School losing by a disappointing 0-6. We followed St Joes with a two week half term. In the past two seasons we have normally played our best rugby v Bryanston, however this year our worst performance was against a strong (4 International players) Bryanston School where we didn’t seem to play as a team, and we rightly lost 0-30. However the team bounced back well with a win against Millfield 2nd XV 39-12 and a superb effort against Brighton College where yet again we lost away 17-20. The Michaelmas season ended well with comfortable wins against St John’s College 49-6. Lent term rugby was hampered by AS exams meaning that all Upper 6th players were not available for selection for the first three fixtures. Our one (and only) 1st XV game in Lent term versus Reigate Grammar School provided the team with a final opportunity to display all of their abilities. True to form the 1st XV ran Reigate ragged until the 50th minute (as most boys had not played in 6 weeks) leading 468; we then had virtually no energy left and defended for the last 15 minutes to keep Reigate from our line. It was a wonderful display of attacking rugby.

‘True to form the 1st XV ran Reigate ragged.’ 91

U16B Rugby

U16 7s Rugby

Sir Clive Woodward once said that he would rather lose a great match than win by 60 every time, and this is a message the U16Bs have fully embraced this season. Every player in the squad was essential in producing the 9 great performances, and whilst winning just 2 games, the season saw some of the best matches ever produced by the squad in the 5 years that the squad has played together. One such match was the epic home encounter with Seaford College at Hilsea, which saw the visitors gain a 12 point lead within the first half; however a 30 minute high class performance saw two unconverted tries pull the gap back to 2 points. In the final play of the match PGS had a one man overlap on the wing, 5m from the line, certain victory, but in a moment of unique inspiration, centre Joe Hawkins decided that a kick over the defence would be far safer than the pass out to a waiting Nevin Subramaniam with no-one in front. The result was the Seaford captain catching the ball and finishing a thrilling match in defeat, but an excellent defeat. Whilst every player deserves to be commended for their contribution and commitment to the team, special mentions can only go to those who exceeded all expectation of them. One such player this season has been front row James Christian who has shamed some of the backs with his pace, agility and sheer luck, resulting in one of the highest try counts in the squad. Others worthy of note include Joe Roberts for his collection of ferocious carries and tackles, Tristan Orchard has continued his habits of playing on the fringes of play, as well as the rule book, and Joe Hawkins, debatable choices aside, also put in a series of strong performances in attack and defence. Fly-half William Smitherman should also be commended for his last play drop goal to clinch a narrow defeat, and succeeding in not tiring the lines men’s arms out by causing them to raise the flag to confirm his kick at goal succeeding; possibly an unfair representation of a season filled with excellent performances. The thanks of the whole squad are extended to Mr Herbert who coached the team this season and whose inspiring leadership has developed the team, with such encouragements as ‘my daughter could beat you’ and a demand for refraining from ‘Squineying’. Coaching aid has also come from Mr Cooper, Mr Dossett and Mr Baker who must all also be thanked for their contributions to the team through both standard drills and fitness sessions that were completely exhausting, but ‘for your own good’; apparently. The team highly anticipates going on to represent the school in future matches in the school’s senior teams.

Mr Jim Herbert

‘The season saw some of the best matches ever produced by the squad in the 5 years that the squad has played together.’ 92

‘Coached by Mr Early and Alex Wilckockson, the team played some very good rugby, advancing into the knock-out stages first in the group.’ Our first tournament of the season was Warwick. Although the weather was not favourable for our playing style, we started the day very strongly with a 22-10 victory against RGS Lancaster. Following this, we were very pleased to see off Kings Macclesfield with a comfortable win before facing the hosts, Warwick. Unfortunately we did not enter the match with the right frame of mind, and lost to a team we had previously beaten. We were not able to shake off this poor result going into the next game, and left the tournament after losing to RGS Newcastle by 2 points. Obviously disappointed with the poor performance, we realised there were many things to work on. It was not long before we were able to bounce back from these poor performances; however we started badly at Stowe school, losing to a strong RGS High Wycombe side. We overcame this loss by winning the remainder of our pool games, making it through to the knock-out stages in second place. The next game was against Wellington College and after defending boldly, our efforts were in vain and the defence was broken in the last minute of the game. Conceding in the last play of many matches was becoming a trend for our team, so we recognised our mental attitude needed to be changed to avoid this. We put out our ‘B’ sevens squad into the Hampshire cup tournament on the same day as the Stowe sevens. Coached by Mr Early and Alex Wilckockson, the team played some very good rugby, advancing into the knock-out stages first in the group. After some high class tactical substitutions against Bay House, Guy Snowball scored in the final play after Nevin Subramanium ran the length to set him up. The dream was faltered as we lost the final 17-0 to Westgate after a valiant effort all round. The final tournament, held at Rosslyn Park, was the national sevens and we hoped to correct our previous errors in this prestigious event. With the weather on our side, we played excellent rugby throughout the group stages, beating two Welsh schools, Kings Macclesfield and the Bourne School comfortably. However this success was short-lived as we crashed out to St Joseph’s Ipswich 33-12, with a very poor performance in the last 32. St Joseph’s went on to beat an outstanding Sedbergh side who were victorious at Warwick sevens.

U16 Rugby

U15 Rugby

After a good start to the season with three wins against King Edwards, Amery Hill and Lord’s Wandsworth, we then met RGS Guildford. It was our first time playing against RGS in rugby and it proved to be a wakeup call to how we should approach our game.

This season’s results do not reflect the performance levels that the team has reached throughout the year; there has been significant improvement over the last few years.

The game ended in 0-0 draw due to our handling errors and low morale within the team. After this hiccup within our under 16 campaign, we began to find our stride again with wins against Churcher’s, Canford and then two well-earned wins against Bryanston. We proved our defence could not be beaten with an outstanding win against Millfield. These two wins showed our teamwork and sheer determination to beat the top schools in the country.

After many weeks of training hard, and adopting new skills in our matches, we managed to pull off some impressive results. A highlight of the season would be the narrow victory over Magdalen College by 29 - 27. After being 2 points down at half time, Magdalen scored to go 7 points ahead. But a brilliant fight back from the team gave us a 2 point lead at the final whistle. Everyone in the team contributed considerably but particular acknowledgement goes to Chris Smith, now in America, who has scored a fair few tries and made some big tackles during the matches. We now have good pace in our back line. Harry Buchan Hepburn, John Wragg and Jacob Montgomery have added to the score line on many occasions, as well as Hugh Raymer showing great footwork to beat players, and the forwards showing good technique and power in the rucks. The scrum has been very dominant this year, allowing the backs to run.

After a narrow loss to Brighton College, we then went onto to play Oaklands in the Hampshire cup semi–final. We won convincingly allowing us to go through to the final. After another two good wins against Magdalen College and St John’s, we were split up to play for the 1st and 2nd development squads where we would play Hampton School and Whitgift School. After these two games our aggression in defence had remarkably changed, working in our favour when we played Reigate’s 2nd team who we beat 65-3. The 15’s season had started to come to an end and the 7’s season was right around the corner, but we still had one game to play and that was the Hampshire Cup Final. Our opponent, Lord’s Wandsworth, did not prove to be the most challenging of teams as we went on to beat them convincingly and won the Hampshire Cup for a second year. Overall, the under 16 season turned out to be a very successful season and this would not of been possible if it was not for the hard work of Mr Cooper. Nick Cooper

‘These two wins showed our teamwork and sheer determination to beat the top schools in the country.’

U16A Rugby Team

Unfortunately the majority of our games have not been successful but these have improved from performances from previous years. The boys have a lot of fun in training and matches and this bodes well for the future.

Rory Prentice

‘There has been significant improvement over the last few years.’

It was not the way we had hoped to end our season, but we must now concentrate on making up for our losses when we return in two years time.

Tom Kershaw


U15A in action

U14B Rugby

‘Excellent team spirit and determination.’

U15A Rugby

U14A Rugby

The U15A’s produced a strong start to the season winning all but one fixture in a busy first half term.

Without doubt the whole team has made excellent progress this year and should be looking forward to an even more challenging season as Under 15’s. Throughout the season the boys have trained hard and worked specifically on their ball handling skills. The pack was small but very mobile enabling us to play Total Rugby from all areas of the pitch. In the backs we possessed plenty of pace with Jevon Subramaniam and Harry Norton evading opposition tacklers at will and scoring lots of tries.

During this period they achieved strong victories against Lord Wandsworth College (53 – 5) and Churchers College (47 – 7) and turned around a last year loss to Canford with a 17 – 5 victory. The boys suffered two defeats straight after half term to Bryanston and Millfield. They displayed excellent team spirit and determination in both these matches and learnt some valuable lessons in both their defensive and attacking play which was to be beneficial for the remainder of the season. They quickly bounced back to winning ways with victories against Brighton College (27 – 14) and Magdalen College School (44 -10). The boys were in a confident mood as they approached their final match of the autumn term; a home fixture against RGS Guildford in the National Daily Mail Competition. PGS had already achieved three strong victories in early rounds to reach this stage of the competition. The boys felt they had a point to prove against RGS Guildford as they had already been defeated by this XV earlier in the season 29 – 10. A wet Tuesday afternoon unfortunately did not allow our backline to play with their usual flair, speed and high standard of handling. This meant that the forwards had to take a more active role in the match and they produced their match of the season displaying real character and aggression. The boys had a number of close scoring opportunities throughout the match but a commitment Guildford defensive unit held us out and we exited the competition narrowly but with heads held high in a 13 – 10 defeat. The spring term resulted in a victory against Hampton School (31 -24) and two defeats to Whitgift and Wimbledon College. The final match of the season saw the boys play King Edward VI Southampton in the Hampshire Final. They dominated all facets of the game and secured a 53 – 7 victory. This outstanding team performance clearly demonstrated the progress that all players had made throughout the season; they all played with confidence and skill and scored many impressive tries.

In many ways our two heaviest defeats were the times when I was most proud of the team. Against Bryanston we came up against a monster pack that had only one tactic-to pick the ball up and run hard with it. Their ball handling skills were minimal but they were very powerful. PGS refused to lie down and made tackle after tackle as well as running the ball whenever the opportunity presented itself. At half time we were 34-0 down but proud of the efforts we had put in and determined to keep working hard. The second half was magnificent with two length of the field tries from Harry Norton and Ben Quera matching Bryanston’s two tries to give us a moral victory. Even more pleasing was the boys’ determination straight after the game to play even better next year. We also suffered a similar defeat away at Whitgift but again never gave in and scored two brilliant tries.

Self-doubt started to creep back into the side when they realised the next opposition was Bryanston. The scoreline of 40-10 was flattering to a Bryanston team that had no expansive or imaginative play, and their only attack was to try and pick and go to break our defence down. Credit to all involved, the players remained firm in defence and made the task as difficult as possible for the Bryanston players. The confidence and solid defence of the team carried over

‘Their commitment has enabled the team to move forward and progress with confidence.’

to the following week against Millfield. The result was an outstanding team effort and a fantastic 38-7 victory. This, by far, was the highlight of the year. The team gave everything they had to ensure that at no point Millfield got a chance in the game. Quick ball, fantastic turnover and an aggressive attacking style resulted in one of the finest games of rugby I have witnessed throughout the year. Kalvin Cheung, Harry Dutton and Harry Neame orchestrated a team that was untouchable. It was a credit to several players who were given the chance to play in the ‘A’ team, with Ieuan Williams and Harry Neame finding regular spots in their starting line up as a result. Thankfully the U14 squad was strong enough that ‘B’ team players were able to fulfil the role expected of them when they stepped into the ‘A’ team squad. With the majority of the ‘B’ team taking to the field to record convincing victories over St. George Catholic School (40-26) and Oaklands Catholic School (38-22). This year special recognition needs to go to the consistent performance of Harry Dutton, both in attack and defence. He was often hard to stop in attack and backed that up with fantastic and consistent displays in defence. When Kalvin Cheung backed himself to run forward instead of sideways, he was often unstoppable and scored several tries as a result. Matt Wells was often solid in defence on the wing, however needed more self belief in attack as he has the speed to run rings around other players. When James Brader came out of his shell at full back he regularly took on 4 or 5 defenders and often made fantastic ground. I would like to finish by thanking all the players involved with this year. Their commitment has enabled the team to move forward and progress with confidence. I look forward to carrying this progress forward and improving further over the next year.

Toby Hill

Aside from these two defeats we won 15 games including 50 point victories against Churcher’s College, Canford and St. John’s College, Southsea before a season ending finale against Reigate Grammar School; the 73-5 margin against a team we had lost against the previous year reflects the progress that the team has made. The team also had a successful sevens season with tournaments at Hampshire Collegiate School, Warwick and Sherborne. In many ways the shortened version of the game suits this team with the emphasis on pace and ball handling. They have the potential to excel in the next few years if they can improve their tackling and not give away cheap tries.

All boys involved in the U15’s season should be proud of the journey they have made in their individual game as well as the way have developed as a cohesive team unit.

Next year we will be looking to make further progress by keeping the ball for longer periods of play, improving our defence and developing our kicking game (we had a no kicking policy this year). We will also be looking to reverse our three other narrow defeats against Millfield, RGS Guildford and Hampton.

Scott Curwood

Chris Dossett


The start of the year saw a team with low confidence levels which suggested it was going to be a long season. However as each game passed the confidence in their ability grew stronger, both in attack and in defence. This was due to the commitment of each of the boys to turn up for training often resulting in 6-8 substitutes at each game. The first game was at home against Lord Wandsworth College and the attitude of the team suggested that they did not believe in themselves both in attack and defence, resulting in a 62-10 loss. The first 5 minutes of the following week looked to be heading in the same direction; however the solid defence fought off wave after wave of RGS Guildford attack, and created a great attacking position for ourselves. This attack was lead by Sam Gibb at fly half as well as the distribution provided at the break down from Ieuan Williams. As a result a fantastic 26-5 victory was exactly what the team needed to boost morale and confidence. This confidence was carried over into the following week against Churchers, which followed up the RGS Guildford result with another fantastic 36-17 win with Sam Gibb again leading the attack with Harry Dutton and Harry Neame solid in defence.


U13A Rugby

U13B Rugby

U12A Rugby

U12B Rugby

With just four wins and a draw from 13 matches, the U13A rugby team had a disappointing season in terms of results. However, they should be encouraged by some good progress in a number of key aspects of their game, particularly their handling. They also performed creditably at 7s, narrowly losing in the final of the Boundary Oak 7s, and also giving a good account of themselves in both the Warwick and the Rosslyn Park 7s.

This U13B team has been a pleasure to work with; their desire to learn and achieve has been on show all season. The year began very well with a convincing victory over RGS Guildford 43-10 with the handling ability from 1 to 15 the team was able to score some well worked tries. Two close games against Churcher’s College and St George Catholic School for Boys were to follow. Unfortunately the winning start was not to continue nonetheless the performance standard did not dropped, and the effort put in by all players was noted.

Our season started with mixed feelings as this was the first time we had all played together as a team. However, after a convincing win of 54-5 against King Edward’s School, team spirit was high. During the season we had many victories against some tough teams such as Lord Wandsworth College, coming home with a win of 17-12. We also had a great game against St George’s College, Southampton, winning with a score of 66-0; the biggest winning margin and highest score for a PGS U12’s team! With a tight game against Magdalen College, Oxford, we managed a last minute charge down try by George Wilcockson, although unfortunately it still wasn’t quite enough to win. My personal favourite game was against Churcher’s College when we were down 14-0 at half time, but during the second half Harry Hoolahan scored twice making it 14-14, and with a last minute try we won 24-19.

The beginning of the U12B team was the beginning of many things: my coaching career and the rugby playing career of half of the entire team. We did not have many fixtures as we only had half of the season due to the change of sport at Christmas. We started the season playing against a few weaker sides which enabled our new players to be eased into the physicality and complex rule structure of rugby. The enthusiasm of the players and their eagerness to improve their skills was shown in weekly training sessions during and after school, where the attendance was some of the highest I have ever seen at any school level. As the weeks moved on the team’s skills improved, which showed in their performances with an outstanding win away at Magdelen College with probably the best try I have ever witnessed at an under twelve level scored by our winger Jai. Throughout the entire season the squad were permanently pushing for places in the A team.

The season opened positively with a 10-10 draw against KES, and a 25-12 victory against Lord Wandsworth. Thereafter, some heavy losses, partly due to a lack of focus, commitment and self-belief, were interspersed with victories against HCS (24-10), Magdalen College School (36-33), and St Georges (34-7), and also some narrow defeats – most creditable of the latter were an honourable 10-24 loss against Hampton, and a 7-22 loss against Whitgift. On the whole, the pack was mobile and made progress over the course of the season. James Lilley, Nick Perryer and Marcus Horton were a strong front row, and were complemented by an impressive back row including the captain, the dynamic Joe Stirrup (later in the season moving to outside half), the big-tackling Dan Mugford, Sam Tucker and Jack Ross. Good support was also provided by Devlin Stigant, James Cracknell, Doug Mileham, Bill Barnes, Ishaq Miah and George Andrews. At scrum-half, the nimble-footed Jake Ellard grew in confidence through the season and was a natural ball player. Ezra Hind too was outstanding, and combined great handling skills and awareness with agility and speed. Effective support was also provided by the powerful Jim Derby, Oakley Murphy, James Woodward, Ben Gilbert and Alfie Perry-Ward. The players have made some good progress in the season and I hope that they continue to develop as a team in the years to come.

Simon Taylor

‘On the whole, the pack was mobile and made progress over the course of the season.’


We returned to the training ground to continue to improve the team’s fitness and handling ability. The effort was worth it as the team then won three out of the next four fixtures beating HCS 26-5, Oaklands Catholic School 49-10 and a fantastic win over Magdalen College School 55-29 (this result really showed how far the team had come since last year because against Magdalen College School the year before they had lost 22-10). As the 15’s season began to come to a close the results started to turn against us; however, the commitment to training on a Thursday night never ceased to amaze me (even when the weather dropped to below freezing). If they continue to train as well as they have done this year, there is no reason why they cannot turn some of the narrow loses this year into victories next year.

Alexander Wilcockson

‘If they continue to train as well as they have done this year, there is no reason why they cannot turn some of the narrow loses this year into victories next year.’

We scored some amazing tries from the forwards such as Tom Leggett’s try, where he ran from the half way line to the try line with three people on his back, and several tries from the two flankers and Alex Dassow with his ‘pick and goes’. Harry Hoolahan scored many tries down the wing, along with Tom Smith breaking through lines. It has been a great season and we have learnt to play well as a team. It has also been a good start to our careers at PGS and there is room for improvement next year. George Wilcockson

‘It has been a great season and we have learnt to play well as a team.’

I have thoroughly enjoyed coaching these players as well as getting to know them as individuals; there are some brilliant rugby players as well as some original characters. I wish them all the best in the future James Gibson

‘As the weeks moved on the team’s skills improved which showed in their performances’


U16 Netball


‘The highlight of the coach journey to Basildon was the picking up of and subsequent consumption of the scrumptious cupcakes from Hilsea Netball 2012 (thank you, Mr Charles!).’

It has been another successful year for senior netball at PGS. Having a huge commitment from all players in the sixth form, we were able to put out a 1st, 2nd and even a 3rd team for many fixtures.

were unfortunately beaten by the better team. Although we lost, we were all very happy with the achievement of getting to the cup final, something the school had never done before.

The highlight was the 1st team’s success in the Independent Schools National Cup, during which we beat recognised netball schools such as Bancroft’s, Colfe’s and Benenden; playing some of our best netball of the season, culminating in beating old rivals Milfield 30-25 in the semi-final. The final was played at Basildon Sports Village in Essex against northern Champions Oldham Hulme Grammar School, who had won the national cup the previous year. The highlight of the coach journey to Basildon was the picking up of and subsequent consumption of the scrumptious cupcakes from Hilsea (thank you, Mr Charles!).

The 1st team came away with a winning trophy from the Hampshire Collegate Tournament on a bitterly cold day in February, winning 7 games and drawing 1. The 1st team also had notable victories against Bryanston and Marlborough and a fantastic 28-28 draw with Canford.

On arrival at Basildon we were met by our group of dedicated supporters including my sister, Sammie Materna, dressed as our mascot in a lion suit, which really raised morale. Our coach, Miss Gardner, was joined by Mrs Prentice, who has been with us all season, Mr.Dossett and Mr.Charles. We achieved success in the cup competition through a great team effort. The squad consisted of GK-Lucy Giles, GD-Eleanor Ball, WD-Ilanna Rogers, C-Rachel Montgomery (vice-captain), WA -Kirsten Hall, GA-Frankie Materna, GS-Philippa Paxman and reserves being Lizzie Lewis, Anna Pembery, Claire Stevens and Jess Lavery. It was a very fast and furious game with Oldham leading at the end of the first quarter. Despite us winning the second quarter and getting within 3 goals, Oldham pulled away and won the game 57-45. We tried our best and both teams played a high standard of netball, but on the day we

Our season began well in high spirits with the squad eager to continue the success from last year’s season. Unfortunately our season did not start as planned, experiencing an early departure in the National Schools competition and narrowly losing our first triangular fixture at Hurstpierpoint. We began to notice that we were turning over a vast amount of play however we were unable to convert these into goals, which was frustrating for everyone. We now knew what the problem was, but we were uncertain on how to solve it, until Mrs Prentice proposed a few changes. We took these on board with an open mind and they proved to be a success the following week, during our second triangular fixture, against Brighton College and Caterham School. We knew that our match against Brighton would be a tough one after defeated 37-38 last season. This year we were determined to win and with Georgina Gardner now brought into shoot, this aim was now achievable. With Georgina’s extra height and strength, backed up by our strong attack, we were leading the way at half time. During the second half we came out with a strong mental attitude, putting every effort to come out with a solid victory. Sammy Gibb, Lucy Sullivan, Zoe Rundle and Tammy Manuel capitalised on all of the turnover balls, which were later converted by our favourable shooters. Annie Materna stepped up to fill GG’s shoes at GK and together with Katie Paxman and Hattie Gould; we worked hard on zoning the defensive circle resulting in an amazing victory ending 33-17. This was the turning point in our season; our positional changes within the team had paid off and we began to regain our confidence. This was apparent during our mid-season match against Priestlands, who were recent National qualifiers. During our National campaign we had lost to Priestlands 6-5

and once again we were determined to be the better team this time. The game seesawed with both teams edging one or two goals ahead. At 28 all in the final seconds of the match, the ball fell through our net with a great goal from Lucy Sullivan but unfortunately the full time whistle had already been blown. This resulted in the game being drawn; although we were disappointed at the time in reflection this was a great achievement for us as a team, signifying our progression throughout the season. Our confidence continued to grow with wins rolling in against Bryanston School, Wellington College and Canford. Towards the end of our season many of our U16 squad were invited to play with the seniors; this was an amazing opportunity and we were keen to accept. The U16’s had players in both the 1st and 2nd teams which represented PGS at the U18 Hampshire County tournament; all of our players thoroughly enjoyed this occasion and it gave us a small insight into the bright future of senior netball. This was also the case during our final match against Churchers College with many U16’s taking their place within the 2nd and 3rd senior teams. With our youth, we managed to gain the 2nd team a 40-19 victory. This 2012 season has proven to be tough to organise with players having GCSEs, Art exams and Drama assessments, thus limiting our training sessions to small numbers. Although this may have hindered our results ever so slightly, we still managed to enjoy and create yet another successful season. We say thank you to Mrs Prentice and Miss Gardner for their enthusiasm and hard work in helping us to have a great season. Helen Prentice

‘Our confidence has continued to grow.’

The 2nd and 3rd teams have had good seasons and their enthusiasm and teamwork has been a credit to them. Emma Spruce led the 2nd team throughout the season superbly, with notable wins against Portsmouth High school 1st team and Kings School, Canterbury. Emma was well supported by the commitment of fellow Year 13 players Jess Wilcox, Chelsie Tang and Megan Evans, who were joined by year 12 players Charlotte Plowman, Claire Monfared and Emma Kissane. The 3rd team had some great victories against Churcher’s college and Bedales, with excellent performances by Tash Phillips, Tor Murphy, Caitlin McHale, Tonya Neame and Beth Albuery. Everyone was very determined and motivated to produce some excellent netball and do the best they could. Our thanks go to Miss Garnder and Mrs Prentice for the excellent coaching and motivational support on and off the court. I’m sure next years team will continue to build on the success of PGS netball over the last 2-3 years. We have thoroughly enjoyed our netball this year and no doubt others will in the future. I wish them all the best of luck.

Frankie Materna


U15 Netball

U12 Netball

The U15 netball season this year has had its ups and downs. The first game was a triangular match against Hurstpierpoint and King’s School, Canterbury. After only a few training sessions, we weren’t too disappointed with a one-goal defeat in a very close match. After a few match cancellations due to the frost, we caught up on some much needed training sessions; we were ready for Wellington College! For this game we went out feeling confident and ready, but unfortunately after our hard work, we came away with a loss, but our heads were held high after putting up a strong fight. We were on a high as our next match was against Millfield. After the first quarter we were two goals up. We kept this lead easily throughout the game, playing some of our best netball and went home in high spirits, winning against one of the best sports schools in England. Our final match was against Portsmouth High School and we went in hungry for a win. We went on court and did our warm up straightfaced, a first for our team. We got a good lead in the first quarter with some outstanding shooting from Emily Cheshire. In the second

U14 Netball We have enjoyed a really happy and successful year with each of our 3 teams flying high.

quarter, the High school stepped up the game; with some fantastic interceptions from Georgie Millward and Sally Hall, we scored off our turnovers and managed to keep the lead. The B and C teams have had a very successful season as well, both winning all their matches apart from one, which was a mixed B and C team against Ryde’s A team, losing only by a few goals. There have been some fantastic performances by Charlotte Nuttall, Katherine Tobin, Eleanor Jewell and Alice Bennett and the high numbers at training each week have really paid off with the success of the teams. Overall, it has been a successful season for U15, our main highlight being all three teams beating Millfield. We look forward with high hopes for U16s national schools. Many thanks to our dedicated coach, Miss Linnet, for putting up with us throughout the season.

Helen Linnet

‘We couldn’t have done it without our amazing coach; she is much more than that really, our friend too, Mrs Spencer.’


Caitlin Hoddle, Holly Baker, Alice Cheshire, Ashleigh Dekker, Izzy Boden, Cat Sillett, Issy Stancliffe, Dommy Warren, Megan Dennis, Louisa Palmer, Kira Walker

‘The netball season has been a very exciting and memorable one.’

U13 Netball

The A team have had an excellent season with lots of triumphs. There have been tense moments and exciting moments, but at those stressful times we always seemed to keep our heads high, and not let our nerves show. The only team we lost to, and our biggest rivals this season were Guildford High School who just managed to beat us in the PGS tournament, but we were determined to be victorious against them in our next match…which we were.

We started the season brilliantly by going undefeated and winning the Hampshire round of the National schools competition. Unfortunately, we suffered the disappointment of not qualifying through the Regional round, though we finished a respectable 4th. We were not used to losing but it was a lesson to learn and grow from. We continued through the season and between our 3 teams we only dropped 3 matches. We have some fantastic victories against Bryanston, Canford and Priestland’s and a hard fought draw with Hurstpierpoint, who we look forward to meeting again next year.

Charlotte Povey

We started off the season with a long coach trip to King Edward’s School in Bath and both teams were worthy winners. The players experienced one of the downsides of playing netball in February when we entered the Cranleigh tournament where everyone ended the afternoon hardly being able to feel their fingers, it being so cold. But the girls fought to the bitter end, and although we didn’t qualify for the play offs, they acquitted themselves very well and learnt a lot from the experience.

This year’s netball season has been fantastic and, yet again, it’s been a very successful one. All the teams have been busy: The C team, captained by Phoebe Nisbet, have won most of their matches and the B team, captained by Emma Dorricott, have also flourished.

The squad has remained unchanged all season and this consistency has allowed us to settle and develop team confidence. Working with players you know and trust has improved team cohesion and our netball became more fluid and dynamic.

We have all improved so much over the year, as individuals and as a team, and we couldn’t have done it without our amazing coach, but much more than that really, our friend too, Mrs Spencer.

This has been a very successful season for the U12 netball teams, winning the majority of their matches, with some very convincing victories against some very good opposition. One noticeable fixture was when we put out 4 teams against St Georges and won all 4 matches.

The Friday after school training sessions have been a huge success where the number of players attending has been consistently in the high 20’s and sometimes even in the 30’s. The players worked extremely hard at improving their skills and game play; the atmosphere was one of enjoyment coupled with them wanting to improve. The whole year group has been a joy to work with and on the final training night we ran a versatility tournament where the players showed what good all round players they are, able to play in any position irrespective of what bib they had on. It’s been so rewarding to see the players steadily improve over the season, and where hard work has been rewarded with them playing some very exciting and free flowing netball. The End of Season Awards Evening was an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the success of the season, and whilst only some players can win awards, players from all four squads deserve a massive recognition for their hard work.

Pete Carter liza Sharp, Loren Dean, Amy Stokely, Lydia Buckeridge, Iman Alayyan, Isobel Sambles, Serena Graham, Sabrina Leung, Eve Stainton, Charlotte Amenta Lynch

The A team consists of Izzy Boden, Meg Dennis, Issy Stancliffe, Alice Cheshire, Kira Walker, Ashleigh Dekker, Katerina Sillett and Dominique Warren. Mrs Day has been our coach this season and I would like to thank her for being such a support for our team. All round, the netball season has been a very exciting and memorable one.

Megan Dennis Jessamie Waldon-Day, Jenny Evans, Charlotte Povy, Francesca Strongitharm-Cornell, Catriona Ellis, Darcy Hyatt, Maisie Sharp, Alexi Paxman, Evie Howarth

‘The players worked extremely hard at improving their skills and game play; the atmosphere was one of enjoyment coupled with them wanting to improve.’ 101

1st XI Cricket

Squash 2012 This season PGS have placed 3 teams in to the Hampshire Junior Leagues with a squad of fifteen players turning up weekly for training. The season has been a hugely successful one, with Team 2 winning their league, Team 3 finishing second and the 1st Team a commendable third.

‘Jamie Rood showed immense strength and character in leading the side throughout the season.’

The first and second division of the Hampshire leagues are comprised mainly of county and regional players, which meant that the 1st Team were against players of a high calibre, and so coming away with third place was an extremely successful accomplishment.

While the 2012 cricket season will be recalled by many as the wettest on record causing numerous fixtures to be cancelled, it will also be remembered for some outstanding performances by some outstanding developing young cricketers making an impact in the 1st XI.

The 2nd team have won every match this season, with Geoff Sherwood not dropping a single game and Alex Brader and Harry Grinsell winning all their matches outstanding achievements.

Despite finally crashing out to the eventual winners, Millfield, in the quarter final of the National Twenty20, we saw the emergence of some future stars, most notably Rory Prentice and Andy Gorvin. Both had already established themselves as 1st XI regulars, almost managed to rescue their more senior counterparts on the big stage through a magnificent display or courage, skill and match awareness, as they dominated some of the countries leading cricketers, still being 3 years their junior, almost getting PGS over the line on the day.

The 3rd team just missed out on winning their league by 2 points; given that for most this was their first experience of competitive match play, this represents a fantastic achievement for their part. With this year being my last in school squash, I’d like to say that it has been encouraging to see PGS squash grow from having just one team of four set players to now having three teams playing competitive squash in the Hampshire Leagues. The driving force behind this has been Di Spencer, who has given up her Thursdays and Sundays to encourage, organise and support these teams. Without her PGS squash would not have progressed as far as it has and we all owe her huge thanks.

Emily Crowcroft

‘It has been encouraging to see PGS squash grow from having just one team of four set players to now having three teams playing competitive squash in the Hampshire Leagues.’

Having helped PGS U15 A’s to the Lord Taverners title in 2011, the continuing progression of Rory Prentice undoubtedly stood out as the find of the season; he bullied 1st XI batting lineups across the south, not only with alarming pace and bounce for someone so young, but also with his relentless accuracy and ability to shape the ball in both directions. With support coming from James Hammond and Leo Patterson, both of whom showed glimpses of brilliance throughout a shortened season, as well as the now feared spin duo of Seth Jackson and Andrew Marston, the future of PGS’s bowling attack looks bright, given that all of the above still have at least another year to serve at PGS.

U15A Cricket 2012 The U15A’s have had a disrupted season in 2012. Due to the persistent rain many of the weekend friendly matches have had to be cancelled, leaving the focus of the whole season on retaining the Lord’s Taverners trophy and competing in the Hampshire and then National stages of the Twenty20 competition.

The quarter final of the Lord’s Taverners took the boys to Swansea to face a strong Pontarrdduilis team. This proved to be an Avon Bridge too far and the PGS batting order could not muster a defendable innings after some excellent bowling and fielding from the Welsh team.

The Lord’s Taverners cup run started with a comprehensive win over Ryde School where Rory Prentice closed the Ryde innings with a five wicket maiden over. He was also shown promising signs with the bat scoring an attacking and impressive 97 in this match. In the same week the boys battled through a wet Hampshire Cup first round Twenty20 match away to Churcher’s College. Over the next couple of rounds Canford School and Chelthenham College also saw their Lord’s Taverners dreams and aspirations dismantled by commanding batting performances from Joseph Brown, Jadon Buckeridge, Andy Gorvin and Ben Caldera. Andy Gorvin scored a mature and disciplined 52 not out in securing a tight victory against Cheltenham College. In the next round PGS batted first and displayed real confidence with the bat the highlight being an 130 run partnership between Jadon Buckeridge (48) and Joe Brown who finished on 112. The bowlers worked extremely hard with Rohan Hegde taking three crucial wickets against Canford and Harrison Whitworth bowling with excellent control in his opening spells. Peter Rapp should also be commended for the improvement he has shown in his wicket keeping and he produced two excellent performances in these two vital matches.

The boys bitterly disappointed from their Lord’s Taverners exit travelled to Parley Cricket Club for the Regional Twenty20 Triangular. Previously they had become Hampshire Champions with two impressive victories with Joe Brown scoring another century in the Hampshire semi final. Their first match in the regional play offs resulted in a comprehensive win over Sherborne School; in this game we defended our total of 138 by bowling them out for 48, with Andy Gorvin taking 5 wickets and Harrison Whitworth taking 3. The second was a rematch against Ryde School and the same result revealed itself, but this time Ryde could only achieve 39 and Alistair Mugford partnered Joseph Brown to deliver the bulk of the runs. These two victories meant that PGS had reached the finals of the South and West Play offs others schools to also reach this stage of the competition were Bradfield College, Dauntseys and Exeter School. Due to the poor weather, the winner of this region had to be decided by an indoor match. PGS defeated Exeter School in the final. They will now travel to Arundel Castle in September for the National finals, which will include the four best U15 Twenty20 schools from around the country. This will be the second year running that we have reached this stage of the competition. Let’s hope this time round they can lift the trophy. Alex Leach

The season should also be remembered for the final contributions of some of the sides senior players, notably Joe Collings-Wells, who continued to compile useful runs in difficult batting conditions, more often than not at a devastating rate of knots. Also the contributions of Hampshire Academy cricketers Rob Gibson and Jake George, who despite limited opportunity to represent PGS showed immense class, most memorably during the destruction of the Bradfield bowling attack in the National Twenty20 competition, during which Jake George charged to a memorable 96 from 64 balls which included seven 4’s and seven 6’s. Finally praise should go to the sides’ captain, Jamie Rood, who despite difficult circumstances was able to show immense strength and character in leading the side throughout the season, performing to his usual high standards behind the stumps and providing consistent stability at the top of an inexperienced order. With an exciting group of young players waiting in the wings, and a new winter training schedule ahead, hopes are high for 2013. Aspirations will be firmly focused towards winning a 1st XI National Title for the first time, something that appears to well within our grasp given the talent continuing to be


‘Canford School and Chelthenham College also saw their Lord’s Taverners dreams and aspirations dismantled by commanding batting performances from Joseph Brown, Jadon Buckeridge, Andy Gorvin and Ben Caldera.’ 103

U14B Cricket

U15B Cricket

U14A Cricket

A mixed season was had by the U15 B team. Our goal at the start of the season was to be better cricketers by our last game, and I’d like to think that we have achieved that.

A successful year for the U14A cricket team began with a less successful pre-season tour. We had our first match cancelled, and then after restricting Radley to 170 with three impressive early wickets from Akshay Singh, we then began our run chase. We scored 90 in total before the rain set in and the match wasn’t finished.

We struggled to maintain a consistent team through the season, mostly because many squad members were called up to the A team at points throughout the season, which meant the players must have been doing something right. Some highlights of the season include Dom Baker’s batting and captaincy through a tough season, Oliver James’ batting against RGS Guildford and Hirstpierpoint College, Alex Taylor’s 3 wickets against Churcher’s College and Roshun Laly’s 4 wickets against Hampton School. Tom Fuller’s much improved performances with both bat and ball was highlighted by his batting display against Seaford College A XI and excellent spells with the ball. Tom Millett, Chris Nash and James Lee also provided valuable support with the ball and should be congratulated for their improvement and hard work. The poor weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the boys, when we did actually get to play, and it was really good to be a part of a team that enjoyed their cricket during a frustrating season. This is a credit to all the boys that represented the team through the season. Scott Curwood

‘The poor weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the boys, when we did actually get to play, and it was really good to be a part of a team that enjoyed their cricket during a frustrating season.’


Although rain continued to effect the season, we played a total of 7 matches. Our losses came against Lancing College, where a poor batting performance put us on the back foot, and Lancing had no difficulty in reaching our 91 run total. Our next defeat came against Lord Wandsworth College, in the second round of the County Cup. Although Ben Caldera’s individual score of 47 was a highlight at the end of our innings, another collapse meant we only posted 150. Despite a good spell from Sam Caldera, taking 3 wickets, we lost by 5 wickets. Batting first again against Hurstpierpoint College proved a bad decision early on Saturday. Again, PGS only managed 148, Jadon Buckeridge top scoring with 87 not out. An aggressive start from Hurstpierpoint’s openers left them at 68 from only 8 overs. Ben Caldera, Alex McKirgan and Harry Norton bowled well at the new batsmen, giving us a chance, although the runs were scored with 2 overs to spare. Our best victory came against Bryanston, where Ben Quera and Jadon Buckeridge’s 97 run opening partnership was consolidated by an unbeaten 59 from Ben Caldera taking PGS to 223. Bryanston were skittled by a pacey opening attack from Harry Norton and Ben Quera, both taking 2 early wickets. After 4 wickets from Jadon Buckeridge and a great spell from Sam Shingles, Bryanston were bowled out for 173. PGS beat Royal Grammar School Guilford by 6 wickets, after chasing down 143. An unbeaten 83 not out came from Jadon Buckeridge and Max Moore also contributed with 25. Against Hampton PGS batted first again, with William Jones opening the batting on his A team debut. He contributed a solid 15 to a 45 run opening partnership. Ben Caldera led the batting again with another unbeaten 69, while Jadon Buckeridge scored 77. We opened the bowling well, with Alex McKirgan taking 2 wickets. Despite injury, Harry Norton surprised the Hampton batsmen with pace, taking a 3 wicket haul in a sharp 5 over spell, before Charlie Boyd’s pace attack ended Hamptons innings 42 runs short.

‘A very mixed season in all, but I thoroughly enjoyed working with the boys who throughout the season showed some fantastic moments of sportsmanship and kind and mature behaviour.’ Like every other team, the season started indoors watching the rain pour down and feeling depressed about the English summer. However, this gave me an opportunity to get to know the boys better and to understand what roles they would take in the side. The first match was on a gorgeous day at Lancing College. Strong performances from Sam Shingles (46) and Matt Leung (3-15) helped us to an easy victory. We then suffered from two defeats against Churcher’s College A team and RGS Guilford. We managed to turn things around with a good win over St Johns College A team with some assistance from players from the A team (86 from Danny Heyes) and then a very close victory in the penultimate over to Hurstpierpoint College with Harry Dutton starring with the ball taking 4 – 17. The boys finished the season in style by defeating Bryanston by 7 wickets with Alex Young scoring an impressive 42 and Harry Dutton taking further wickets. A very mixed season in all, but I thoroughly enjoyed working with the boys who throughout the season showed some fantastic moments of sportsmanship and generally kind and mature behaviour. The boys should be also commended for their excellent attendance to after school training and their work ethic whilst at training. Stand out performers throughout the season were Matthew Leung, Sam Shingles, Will Jones, Elliot Ebert, Amir Thakrar and Harry Dutton. Captain Scott Cumming led by example both on the pitch and in his general organisation of the team. Scott Curwood

U13A Cricket In what has been a highly frustrating cricket season with the weather, it has however been a pleasing season for the U13A team this year. The boys have matured through the season and ended up with a playing record of Played 9, Won 7 & Lost 2. At the time of writing, the boys had progressed through to the Hampshire U13 Final versus St Neot’s Preparatory School, but unfortunately the weather has once again played a part, meaning the final could not be staged and the cup shared between the two schools. The U13’s also excelled themselves by winning the annual Reigate 6’s Tournament, which has been the highlight of the season. There have been some notable individual performances this year from Marcus Horton, Ezra Hind and Dan Mugford with the bat. All three managed to score impressive half centuries this season, in what were not the easiest pitches to bat on. They showed both the maturity and patience to build an innings and then accelerate their strike rate as the respective matches required them to do so. This will prove important in their years ahead as cricketers, and a lot will be expected of these boys as they progress through the school. Dan Mugford, along with Sam Caldera, Jonathan Brook and Joseph Beard have proved to be the fulcrum of the bowling attack, taking many wickets between them, and often frustrating the opposition batting line-up. With further honing of their skills next season, they could prove to be a very formidable bowling attack with more consistency and control. Another to impress this season has been James Harper, who has changed to wicket keeper this season, and has some excellent hand-eye coordination, and with hard work could be a very successful keeper in the future. I have enjoyed coaching the U13’s this season and special mention must be made of Marcus Horton, who has captained the team very well this season. He has been very thoughtful with his tactics, and at the same time making everyone feel part of the team, and including them in his game plan. I hope to hear of this team developing and believing in themselves as they could be a very capable team in the years to come. Nick Cooper

‘The U13’s excelled themselves by winning the annual Reigate 6’s Tournament, which has been the highlight of the season.’


U13B Cricket The U13B cricketers have suffered as much as anyone with the rainy English summer and have only been able to fulfil a small percentage of their fixtures. Despite this, the enthusiasm never waned and the matches they did play were amongst the most exciting of the season. Attendance at training was excellent and it was only a shame that the huge squad wasn’t used to its potential due to the weather. The team was co-captained superbly by Joe Stirrup and Alfie Perry Ward, (the latter scoring an excellent 34 against Hurstpierpoint College), with both making excellent on field decisions and leading the team by example. The match of the season came against Hampton on a breezy, sunless morning at Hilsea. At the end of the visitors 25 overs they had 122 on the board with Josh Titley taking 4 for 17. Victory would only be achieved if PGS managed to score their highest total of the season; they didn’t disappoint. After an excellent keeping display, James Woodward stepped up and made an outstanding 62 and gave the team the stability it needed. Some strong batting displays from Sam Tucker, James Northey, Joseph Littlehales and Alex Cummings brought PGS within reaching distance of the final target. When Hampton finally managed to dislodge Woodward, the win seemed to be fading, but up stepped Bill Barnes and James Gray at 9 and 10 to edge the team ever closer. When James fell, there was just one over remaining and George Sidnell walked purposely to the middle. One ball remaining and still 2 needed for the win; Bill hit the ball through to cover, ran the single to get the draw, saw a fumble in the field so took the final winning run. However, this wasn’t enough and he yelled at George for the third and scrapped home with millimetres to spare. An outstanding end to a rain soaked season. Well done, boys! Nick Cooper

‘The team was co-captained superbly by Joe Stirrup and Alfie Perry Ward […] with both making excellent on field decisions and leading the team by example.’

U12B Cricket All boys have showed real enthusiasm and interest for their cricket in their first year. Although the results do not show it, having one only one match, they have played with good team spirit and worked hard to improve their individual skills. Special mention must go to Henry Massey and Mark Dockerty who have led by example throughout the season, whether it has been on the pitch or in the general organisation of the team throughout the week; their help has been greatly appreciated.

U12A Cricket The under 12A cricket team got the season off to a flying start with four straight wins. The first game of the season saw us record a 3 wicket victory over Kings Winchester in the Hampshire Cup, before then defeating Lancing College by 10 wickets, thanks to Harry Wratten’s 3 for 1 from five overs and a great batting performance by openers Josh Ellard, 32 not out and Joe Hunter 17 not out. Our third match saw us travel to Salesian College for the next round of the Hampshire cup, and a hundred partnership between Harry Hoolihan (60) and Harry Wratten (53 not out), saw PGS set a huge total that Salesian’s never got close to, with Jay Thakrar ripping through their top order with three wickets.

The batting of Jamie Mellow and George Wilcockson has been strong and they have been consistent performers in this area. The bowling of Tom Crundwell, Ed Donnelly, Adam Boxall and Henry Doyle (when not playing in the As) has been consistent and they have been rewarded for their efforts during the season with pleasing bowling spells. I do hope that the boys have learnt many valuable lessons from this season, and now fully understand the importance of batting for long periods in matches and becoming more consistent in their bowling. I look forward to watching them develop and improve in the years ahead turning around many of their defeats from this season. Scott Curwood

‘They have played with good team spirit and worked hard to improve their individual skills.’

The performance of the season came in game four against RGS Guildford. Joe Hunter top scored for PGS with 26, but the game looked to be slipping away, until Harry Hoolihan took a crucial wicket and Harry Wratten mopped up the tail. It was a great all-round team performance in the field, with everybody showing a real determination to win. On a dreadfully windy day in mid June, we were defeated by Reigate despite the efforts of the greatly improved Ethan Hoddle with both the ball and bat. The cup semi-final followed three days later against Yately, but our 102 for 8 in 25 overs just wasn’t enough, although Henry Doyle put in a good performance with the ball to give us a chance; it wasn’t to be. Towards the end of June, we travelled to Reigate for their annual 6 aside competition, with eighteen strong sides taking part. Great batting performances from Josh Ellard, Joe Hunter, Harry Hoolihan and Harry Wratten saw us record three wins and one defeat in the group stages, which meant we qualified for the plate final against a very good City of London Freemen’s School, who had beaten Reigate. The whole day was affected by the rain, and the final was played in very trying conditions; the whole PGS team played superbly, with Tom Baker and Joe Hunter bowling unbelievably well, and the cup was won. A number of matches were lost to the rain, but all in all, the team showed great promise for the future, with Gordon Stone, Ajay Patel and Tom Smith all showing real improvement to cement themselves a ‘A’ team regulars.

Scott Curwood

‘The whole PGS team played superbly, with Tom Baker and Joe Hunter bowling unbelievably well, and the cup was won.’ 106

Acrylic painting by Phil Rouse AS examination


U13 Boy and Girl Indoor Hockey Tour to Braunschweig October 2011 Having had a successful trip last year with the introduction of a girls’ team to the trip, there was an understanding that preparation for this year would need to match the enthusiasm and stretch the players. Starting before the summer break gives more depth to the players’ game, but the trip always seems to be so distant, lucky then that we had James Read to keep us entertained and on our toes. Soon enough the October break came and we were able to get those last minute training sessions in. Thursday morning we met at Southampton Airport with excitement and willingness to get on the plane, but Flybe had other ideas as our flight BE1725 was delayed….what a great start! Finally we were propelled into the sky Germany bound and no sooner had we taken off, we were landing. Tired and fed up by our extended journey, the group was met by some friendly faces and with German efficiency players were partnered up and whisked off to their hosting families’ homes. Thursday evening saw the boys and girls entertained with socialising trips organised by the parents. Mr Leach and Miss Cox were able to relax as all was in hand and they were able to enjoy a game of Tenpin bowling with the girls. Friday was a day for exploring the Braunschweig town centre and take in its sights and learn about its historical monuments. We quickly got down to business with a training session held at the tournament venues. The boys and girls were at separate locations for training and would be for their tournaments on the first day, which meant that they would see each other post Airport until the Saturday night Disco. The Saturday’s games revealed to both the boys and girls the level of competition that they were facing. Strategies and our understanding of the indoor game evolved as we became more experienced, picking up hints and tips through watching and learning. The big clubs were in town. Berlin HC, the winners from last year. Bemerode, Zehlendorf and of course BHTC the hosts were all gunning to qualify in the top spots for Sunday’s finals.

were indeed human and made mistakes just as we would. Crucially we found ourselves able to match the intensity, and at times ability, on an individual basis. Great performances from James Read and Jak Whaktare held out much of the firepower for the boys, and Llana certainly made her presence know across town. James and Jak had impressed so much that they even found themselves having International caps as they represented German teams in their quest for success. James Harper, Matthew Horton and Jack Sharan repeatedly showed their skills were up to the task at hand. Victory would surely come our way through perseverance and a helping hand from “Lady luck”. With the first day of tournament done and loaded with stories to exchange, the PGS pupils merrily made their way to the Dinner and Disco event held at the club house. Most of the girls’ stories would surround the talents of Ashleigh Dekkar and the experience of Alice Cheshire, who having been the year before as a year 7, showed the other girls how to go about their business on court. Who else would make a stand and show what spirit PGS pupils are made of? Enter Dominique Warren, the Trojan of girls Indoor hockey. The German boys may have been fooled by the cheeky smile at the disco, but their female peers knew otherwise to cross Miss Warren who had even managed to injure our own staff before the trip had even left these shores. Both sets of players had grown in confidence, both on court and during their hosting experience. No need to talk to Mr Leach or Miss Cox when you can chat in English to your new German friends. These friendships proved invaluable during the finals day. Sunday’s matches were all played at the girls venue. This meant that the boys and girls would be able to cheer each other on as well as their new friends. As the day progressed “Team PGS” was soon translated into “England”. Shouts of “Let’s go, England!” filled the hall and echoed around any time a PGS foot stepped onto court. After our matches had been played, we found ourselves placed Boys 9th and Girls 10th; these positions by no means reflected the ability and passion displayed by all.

Athletics 2012 PGS athletics has had a very busy and successful Olympic year! Serious training started back in the cold days of January, leading into a warmer and successful warm weather training trip to Lanzarote and pre-season training at the Mountbatten Centre over Easter. As soon as the summer term started we were immediately back in action. Both the Year 7 Girls and the Year 8/9 Boys won the first round, the semis and the final of the Hampshire Track Knockout to become County Champions. The Year 8/9 Girls teams also reached the finals of this competition, coming a close second overall. Three teams in this county final was a truly excellent achievement. We had a friendly match at Marlborough College where we won three categories - the Junior Boys, Junior Girls and Intermediate Girls - and another at Guildford High school, where our Year 7 and Year 8 teams both came second, and our Year 9 pupils won overall. In the Hampshire Athletics AA Championships at the Mountbatten Centre we had over 50 pupils competing with some excellent results. Many people in the athletics world commented on our outstanding turn out. For the third time now we have hosted the Trinity Schools Athletics Championships at the Mountbatten Centre, where our Under 15 girls were champions and the Under 15 boys were a very good 4th place. We were lucky enough to have county officials and the entire games staff helping us out which made the day run so much more smoothly - we are very grateful to them. In the individual Hampshire Schools Championships, PGS had several winners: Emily Jenkinson - 300m, Joseph Brown – Javelin Travis Yung Hok - 80m Hurdles and Jessamie Waldon-Day – Shot Putt. These pupils, plus Ciara Dossett and Darcy Hyatt, were selected to compete in the Inter Counties match in Kingston. Emily and Joseph competed for Hampshire in the English Schools Championships in Gateshead in July, Joseph was 2nd in the Javelin and still has another year in this age group and Emily was 7th in the 300m. Joseph has now been selected to represent England in an international match in July.

‘Our most exciting competition is undoubtedly the annual English Schools Track and Field Cup where we continue to show just how strong both our girls and boys teams are.’ The County Multi-Events competitions have featured some talented athletes from within PGS - including Tom Miller, who was selected to represent Hampshire at the Inter Counties fixture where he came 7th, this is a great achievement as Tom has another year in this age group. Our most exciting competition is undoubtedly the annual English Schools Track and Field Cup where we continue to show just how strong both our girls and boys teams are. Three of our teams won the Hampshire round outright and the fourth, the Junior Boys, were second. We therefore progressed to our now annual visit to Millfield School for the regional finals with all four teams and the Junior Girls came out victorious, gaining a place in the national final in Chelmsford. The Intermediate Girls were 3rd, Junior Boys 4th and the Intermediate Boys (who were somewhat depleted by a national cricket fixture and various injuries) finished 8th. In Chelmsford at the national final all the girls performed very well and we finished a very creditable 6th place which is an excellent result for a very young team. Unfortunately due to the bad weather sports day was cancelled this year, which was a great pity. Next year we will revert back to the all weather track at HMS Temeraire. The end of season social and awards evening was also affected by the weather and we had to have an indoor BBQ and party games. We certainly have some talented limbo dancers in the athletics teams! We honoured many athletes but I am very proud of all of them; their commitment and dedication is a great life skill which is a transferable and hopefully will help them in many other walks of life. Finally, I would like to thank all the staff who have helped so brilliantly with the teams this year: Helen Linnett, Simon Baker, Chris Dossett, Kirsten Cox, Steph Farmer and our throws coach, Bron Carter. Mandy Day

Soon enough the PGS pupils realised that their opponents After many “thank yous” and “good-byes”, the travelling group were whisked away once more to commence their return journey. Bags packed and ready to go it was all halt yet again at the airport to wait for Flight BE1726 to Southampton. Eventually

‘Who else would make a stand and show what spirit PGS pupils are made of? Enter Dominique Warren, the Trojan of girls Indoor hockey.’ 108

Boys and Girls Teams at Regional Finals

Lanzarote 2012

Inter Boys Athletics

On the 15th of April, 2012, twenty-two PGS athletics girls (ranging from year seven to eleven) all heading to Lanzarote, learned the hard way that 3:10 a.m. is much too early to get up and meet at school. But after a long journey, everyone was very relieved to arrive at the amazing sports complex Club La Santa on the island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. The girls instantly jumped straight into the busy routine of Club La Santa. Throughout the week, all our activities were varied, from doing an intense training session in the morning, to lounging by the pool eating ice cream in the afternoon. Not to mention the numerous classes we attended (including the teachers), such as Zumba, body toning, ballroom dancing and, the most memorable, body combat! In the evenings we had fun activities, which included performing a dance for the whole resort in a show! We also had a birthday party for two of the year sevens, a karaoke and the famous PGS treasure hunt. I think we all confused some other members of the club, running around with a sock full of sand, a bouncy ball and trying to work out the word “Flamingo” from an anagram. At the end of each day, we would all cross our fingers to receive one of Mrs Day’s famous stickers, which we would get if we’d done something particularly well in the day. This trip was absolutely amazing and completely unforgettable. Thank you so much to the teachers who took us on this wonderful week. We couldn’t have wished for a better trip.

The Inter boys Athletics team again won the Hampshire Track and Field round with a record score of 400 points, notable performances from Jevon Subramanian 40 points and JJ Brown 43 points. We travelled to Millfield for the South West regional A final short of a number of key Athletes; JJ Brown and Andy Gorvin were playing in the Regional Cricket 40/40 final and Alex Boden had damaged his knee on 3 peaks over the weekend. Nevertheless, the reserves came in and performed wonders giving us a score of 398. Notably performances from Harry Norton 39 points, Jevon 38 points, Lukas Quera 35 points. This bodes well for next season as many of the Inter boys were year 9 and are available for selection next season.

Simon Baker The Lanzarote Team on the Dancefloor

Girls Tennis The season started early this year, in mid February, and found our senior team a little out of practice with both hockey and netball competitions still in full swing! A narrow loss to a strong team from Bishop Luffa in the opening round of the National Schools’ Aberdare Cup was a big disappointment. Two of the singles matches for Anna Reynolds and Jemima Lawson, both in year 10, went to close run third set tie-breaks. In spite of this early defeat in the competition, the up side is that the team is young, with no seniors amongst them, so the future is bright. A soggy start to the summer term meant that we had to cancel our inaugural U13 Doubles Tournament. Very few matches have been cancelled since and we have played over 50 matches this term giving 47 girls the opportunity to play in a variety of League and friendly competitions. We entered two teams into the Aegon age group leagues this year allowing the Year 7s and more Year 9 & 10s to compete in singles matches. The U13B team had a tough match against a strong team from Ditcham Park but drew with Bay House and Ryde overcoming both in the match deciding championship tie breaks. Both Maria Buckeridge and Isobel Porter have demonstrated a growing maturity in game tactics and court awareness in the Aegon competition. This culminated in the well-deserved winning of the Portsmouth Schools year 7 & 8 Doubles competition in late June, played in the worst conditions we have ever for a school tennis match. They overcame a first round defeat to win all their other matches, quickly learning that there was no point standing at the base line at the south end of the courts as every shot was a drop shot by their opponents.

Filippa Furniss

‘At the end of each day, we would all cross our fingers to receive one of Mrs Day’s famous stickers.’ The Lanzarote Team at the hotel

The U13As came up against higher rated players in almost every match. Holly Baker and Megan Dennis have had the longest games in each of their matches, especially against St Swithuns where we were drawn against both their A & B teams. Alice Cheshire played in the highest number of matches this year although most of them were in older age teams and has willing stepped in to play at a moment’s notice on several occasions. Our U15A & B teams both won their respective Divisional semifinals demonstrating our strength in depth across years 9 & 10. The As, Lara Spirit, Georgie Milward, Evie Howarth and Alexi Paxman, put in some strong performances and lost narrowly to King Edwards in the Hampshire Final. Siena Hocking, Rosie Bell, Phoebe Shepherd and Sophie Clarke were selected as the B team to face Bedales and won convincingly. They await the chance to compete in the final in the autumn term. The closing events in the tennis calendar include the year group house matches, which were all played in the inevitable rain but presented the most closely fought and loudest matches of the season. Prizes (if awarded!) of the year would go to the team of Middle

‘Highlights include Anna Reynolds net-play: positive, hard-hitting and plain scary.’ 110

School players including Maddy de Vere, Anna McHale, Alice Cheshire, Carly Storm, Jasvinder Chahal, Sophie Whitehead, Isobel Porter, Maria Buckeridge, Holly Baker and Louisa Palmer who battled the elements at Southsea Tennis Club in the Portsmouth Schools Girls’ Doubles Tournament in late June. Gale force winds, sand and sea spray blowing across the courts did not daunt this team of stalwarts. Highlights include Anna Reynolds net-play: positive, hardhitting and plain scary. Siena Hocking’s first serve which requires a speed gun with pads and a helmet borrowed from the Head of Cricket (please!); Katie Twist – as the most improved tennis player and Maddy Bacon for playing in her first ever tennis match and winning.

Boys Tennis This has been the wettest and consequently most disrupted summer term in recent memory. The weather played havoc with the boys’ tennis fixtures with many cancellations and rearrangements. This has been particularly disappointing as there are enthusiastic and dedicated players in all year groups who have not been able to compete as often as they should have this term. The senior boys began their competitive season before Easter with good wins in the National Glanville Cup against St. Johns College and Totton College. Their run came to an end against a very strong Queen Mary’s College from Basingstoke. At all age groups there were hard fought fixtures against Canford, Bryanston, KES Witley and Winchester College in the first half of term. A large number of the age group league matches were lost to the weather, which was a shame because of those that were played there were promising performances from all years. The term closed with a senior defeat to the OPs and our usual trip to Eton for the National Independent Schools tournament. The senior boys lost to the third seeds from Millfield and the major success was our leading U15 pair of Hugh Raymer and Will Coghlan who enjoyed good wins against Rugby and Shrewsbury before losing a close fourth round match against New Hall. The U13 boys played some strong opposition in their round robin groups and gained valuable experience for future years. We again hosted a very successful and enjoyable Parent and Child doubles event and the early morning sessions continue to be well attended and a valuable way of pupils playing regular tennis throughout the year. SD Hawkswell

‘The U13 boys played some strong opposition in their round robin groups and gained valuable experience for future years.’


U15 Girls’ Rounders The U15 girls crowned a fantastic year of rounders by winning the national title on July 5th July at Corby, Northamptonshire. The team was quietly confident after winning the Portsmouth Schools’ tournament and the Hampshire Games as well as matches against Ditcham Park, Churcher’s College and Bedales. Every player in the team had the ability to score rounders and the fielding has been exceptional throughout the season. We left school at 0700 for the three and a half hour minibus ride to Corby. On arrival we found out that we were drawn in a group with three other county champions. Georgie Milward crushed the first ball of the day into to offside and set the tone for the day as we scored 8½ rounders in our first innings of 18 balls against Bosworth School from Leicester. Superb fielding in the deep from Anna Reynolds and Holly Govey kept our opponents score down to 3 rounders to record our first victory. Next we beat Pocklington School from York with some more excellent fielding including one brilliant catch from Gracie-May Jones. Our final group match against Wright Robinson School from Manchester resulted in a 8½-3 victory with Rosie “Dinger” Bell smashing three rounders. Next up was a nervy quarter final against Oasis College from The Wirrall. Our below par score of four rounders could have been worse if Sienna Hocking and Emily Cheshire had not scored two more crucial rounders with the final two balls of our innings. Our fielding then came to the fore again with some excellent bowling from Emily Cheshire and a dominant fielding display from captain Flo Stow restricting Oasis to just 2 ½ rounders. Our semi-final opponents were St. Helen’s and St. Katherine’s from Abingdon,

U14 Girls’ Rounders the reigning national champions. After a team discussion, Flo decided to field first and put the pressure on St. Helen’s. More excellent handling in the field kept their score down to 2½ before a couple of Anna Reynolds special hook shots and a Lara Spirit monster strike sent us into the final. The excitement, and tension, mounted as we prepared to play Pocklington again after they had beaten favourites Sheffield High School in the other semi-final. Pocklington batted first but struggled to hit bowler Emily Cheshire’s away, especially her newly mastered fast ball. After smashing the ball a couple of times they got very excited, expecting to score rounders, only for Charlotte Nuttall and Flo Stow to grab exceptional high catches in the deep. When they did try to steal half a rounder at second base Lara Spirit, Anna Reynolds and Phoebe Shepherd were on hand to fizz the ball in and run them out. Incredibly we managed to keep Pocklington’s score down to a miserly one rounder from their 18 balls but there was still work to be done. After a couple of half rounders tied the scores we were still a bit nervy until Sienna Hocking placed the ball in a gap to score the winner and cue mass hysteria from the rest of the team. The minibus ride home was great fun with Lara keeping spirits high with her game of Zumi, Zumi! This has to be one of the most enjoyable days I have had at PGS. These girls have always managed to find the correct mix of fun and banter with hard work and skill. They have developed into a national winning side after four years of hard work and fully deserve their success. I would also like to thank Steph Farmer for sharing the minibus driving with me and helping to prepare the team.

‘These girls have always managed to find the correct mix of fun and banter with hard work and skill.’

The energy and enthusiasm the U14 girls have brought to rounders has been excellent and, even through torrential rain, they were standing with rounders bats in hand ready to go. Captained superbly by Catriona Ellis, the girls won the majority of matches, including the Portsmouth schools tournament, beating old rivals Portsmouth High in the process. An incredibly friendly and sociable team, once they finished chatting they were able to field impeccably with Flavia Elphick-Smith and Kimiya Erfanmanesh taking outstanding catches on 2nd and 4th bases, respectively. It was also the incredible accuracy and power of Alexi Paxman’s throws from deep that fooled many an opponent’s batter in to think they would get a rounder, only to be run out or stuck at 2nd. Alexi was backed up brilliantly by

Darcy Hyatt, Sophie Clarke and Sophie Whitehead as well as the excellent combination of Jenny Evan’s legendary bowling and Evie Howarth at batstop. Francesca Kooner Evans, Sophie Locke Cooper, Alice Priory, Claudia Materna and Maddy DeVere all contributed to a much enjoyed season. Bring on the sunshine and the next exciting rounders season in 2013. Suzanne Gardner

U13 Girls’ Rounders

U12 Girls’ Rounders

With a rather unfortunate start to the rounder’s season due to our wonderful English summer, there have not been as many fixtures as usual. However in the games that have been played the Under 13 girls team has been a pleasure to coach. With their upbeat and enthusiastic attitudes, they played every game with a huge smile whether scoring rounders or making a few misfields. There have been a total of 26 different girls who have represented the school in both the A and B teams, and all of them have helped support and motivate one another at all times. There have been a number of highlights this season in particular in local derby games against Ryde and St Johns. These were the final two games and it felt as if everything just clicked into place. There was fantastic teamwork between the core triangle of the bowler Alice Cheshire, backstop Caitlin Hoddle and first base Elizabeth Sherwood where they managed to get 4 players in a row out through their excellent hand eye coordination. With excellent deep fielding from Isabelle Stancliffe, whose fast reactions enabled Cicely Podmore to get a couple more players out on second base, put the girls in even higher spirits. Finally, with big hitters such as Dominque Warren and Elicia Seebold, the girls began to have more confidence in themselves into the second innings. Here risk takers Holly Baker and Megan Dennis were able to get the score even higher enabling the girls to win 19.2 to 2.5 against Ryde.

Unfortunately the rounders season, just like the cricket, has been hit by the bad weather this summer term. We had to cancel a number of fixtures yet I was delighted to see over 30 girls at the two training sessions we managed to fill this term. The enthusiasm for rounders was also highlighted by the attendance at batting practice at lunchtime. I have had enough girls to field an A, B, C and even D team. The girls have worked hard to improve their skills including batting, striking and fielding this term. We improved after a shaky start where we were defeated in the Westbourne House tournament. Valuable lessons have been learnt along the way. There have been a number of highlights including the recent Portsmouth Schools tournament where we triumphed. The West Hill fixture where we won 16 – 7 rounders. I would like to thank Lydia Buckeridge, who not only has performed brilliantly in every game but she has been an excellent captain on and off the pitch. Sabrina Leung’s fast bowls have been problematic for our competitors. Emma Priory has prevented opponents from scoring with her safe hands at second base. Eve Stainton’s agility and fast thinking at backstop was unstoppable. Loren Dean, Maria Buckridge, Louisa Buckle and Olivia Watkins in deep field, fielded the ball and managed to throw it into fourth base with great power and accuracy. Not forgetting the batting and fielding skills of Megan Dossett, Serena Graham, Clemmie Gumm, Maisie Elliot, Sienna Bentley, Caitlin Betteridge, Katrina Trim, Naeve Molho, Ameera Gyening, Olivia Smitherman, Katie Leader, Georgia McKirgan, Louise Askew, Shree Patel, Izzy Porter, Mia Austin, Kirsty Hogkins and Bella Barrington-Clark.

I hope to see the all of the girls who have been involved in rounders this year to continue their excellent hard work and positive attitude in future years. I look forward to seeing how these girls get on next year when hopefully the weather will also be on their side. Kirsten Cox

All girls (including the ones I have missed off this long list) have shown dedication and commitment to rounders and they have all improved. I look forward to seeing them progress next year and I hope their enthusiasm continues. Stephanie Farmer

‘With their upbeat and enthusiastic attitudes, they played every game with a huge smile.’ 112

‘An incredibly friendly and sociable team, once they finished chatting they were able to field impeccably.’

‘The girls have worked hard to improve their skills including batting, striking and fielding this term.’ 113

The Cast gather before the performance

The Wizard of Oz


The Arsonists


Titanic – Master of Ceremonies


Titanic – All Ab oard!


The Chimes - Review


The Chimes - Interview


Sixth Form Shakespeare


Stage Crew



The Wizard of Oz

‘There was even snow that shot out into the audience at the end of the poppy scene from the dress circle.’

‘All cast to the stage please, all cast to the stage.’ The whispers and murmurs both backstage and from the audience die out as Louisa Dassow begins to hammer from behind the curtain. The safety announcement ends, the overture strikes up and the first night of PGS’ production of Frank L Baum’s The Wizard of Oz begins. Three months of rehearsals, hours of line learning, buckets of grey paint, endless dance rehearsals and countless sock puppets, masks, rope lights and blue caps are what it took to create the musical production of that well-loved film.

the blue caps of the munchkins peeping out from behind them. All of the characters were on stage the whole time, lined up at the back. Whenever they were needed in the plot they were transported by the workers into position before being removed, back to their places.


Tim MacBain was Uncle Henry and proved incredibly good at keeping perfectly still as he was carried, statuelike, across the stage by workers before coming to life for his various scenes. Miss Gultch, who later transforms into the Wicked Witch, was played by Alice Worsley and was wheeled on an off stage on a trolley, as was Professor Marvel (later Oz) who, played by Jami Hanif, arrived under the cover of a large cardboard box.

Benji Sperring was the school’s director in residence from 2010 to 2012 and this was the second production that he had directed at PGS. He stripped the play back to its bare essentials and used the style of meta-narrative, a play within a play, to give it a unique edge. The cast was made up of nearly 60 included pupils from years 8-13 as well as other pupils who painted set, made masks, and formed part of the technical crew at the theatre. The musical tells the story of a young girl who runs away from home to save her dog. Caught in a hurricane on her way home Dorothy is transported to the magical Land of Oz where she has to follow the yellow brick road to reach the Wizard who is the only one with the power to get her home. Along the way she meets Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion as well as facing the evil Wicked Witch of the West. The cast was bursting with talent and Hannah Seal charmed the audience with her performance of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ in the Kansas section. Pippa Harris played Dorothy in the evenings (Jessamie Waldon-Day was Dorothy for the matinee performance) and skipped and danced her way through Oz in rather tall ruby slippers. Will Sparkes and Ben Schofield played two different sides of the scarecrow and managed to manoeuvre themselves across the stage while bound back to back with great skill. James Gulliford played the loveable Tin Man and Ben Newman was the cowardly lion. Besides these main characters Anna Pembery played the beautiful Glinda, Jessamie Waldon-Day was entertaining and lively Toto, or rather Toto’s sock puppeteer, and Maddy Shand threw new light on the character of the Wicked Witch apparelled in high-heeled boots, a studded collar, long black gloves and a somewhat frightening, spiky, metal belt.

The chorus was involved throughout the show, as both workmen and as part of the workmen’s production and the audience was constantly reminded of the workmen’s role in creating the show. In Oz the poppies were played by workers with large colourful fans, the crows were gloved hands waving through holes in the flats, the trees had large green wigs with Velcro-ed apples and the witch’s entrances and exits were punctuated by flaming pyrotechnics. There was even snow that shot out into the audience at the end of the poppy scene from the dress circle. And, of course, the play was always filled with well-known songs that were sung, often, not just by those on the stage but in whispers by cast off stage as well. ‘The Jitterbug’ in particular provided great enjoyment to actors and crew waiting in the wings as the catchy tune and the dancing lights that made up the bug filled everyone with the infectious need to dance, just as the characters in the forest were forced to do until they could dance no more.

Anna Pembery, Pippa Harris, Melissa Smith, Rory Greenwood and Zoe Barnes in Munchkinland

Benji said that the use of meta-narrative was for multiple reasons. “The style of presentation we have employed was informed by the flurry of questions that arose from early creative meetings: How are the witches going to fly? How do you make a tornado appear on stage?” The ideas that resulted were pulled off to great effect and the hard work of so many people produced four performances to remember, despite the occasional burst balloon, broken set of rope lights, escaped helium balloon, collapsed mushroom or wardrobe malfunction. All of the cast were fantastic and the effort put in by Benji Sperring as director, Gemma Williams as choreographer, Brian Moles as Musical Director, Ali Dyer as Set Designer, Emily Bustard as Technical Director, and Sarah Green as Costume Mistress is certainly not to be skimmed over.

If I only had a brain....

The difference between Kansas and Oz was very cleverly constructed through colour and lighting. The Kansas scenes were conducted almost solely in black and white, with the exceptions of the workers. The characters were painted grey, the costumes were all black and white and there was even a specially made Toto sock puppet that was black and white instead of brown. Then, when Dorothy wakes up in Oz she is suddenly, blonde, in a blue dress and surrounded by multi-coloured mushrooms with

Emily Duff and Ben Willcocks

Maddy Shand as the Wicked Witch of the West

Jessamie Waldon-Day

The Arsonists

Dominic Baker and Joshua Arnold

Emma Read and Isabella De Guisa

Hugh Summers and Charlie Albuery looking suspicious...

Guy Billington sings out

On the 19th and 20th of March a 13-strong cast of year 10 pupils performed an adaption of a 1950’s German play called The Arsonists by Max Fritsch after over 10 weeks of rehearsals. It was the first play directed by Sandra Maturana as director-in-residence and featured an elaborate set as well as intelligent choreography. The highlight of which Tom the butler shows his rebellious side by breaking out into a dub step inspired dance. The play revolves around an unspecified town which has been plagued by a wave of fires set by unknown arsonists. The main character Ms Biedermann is an average businesswoman who lives with her house mate and friend Sophie. At the start of the play she is notified by her butler, Tom, that there is someone at the door for her. This turns out to be Schmitz – a homeless wrestler who is only looking for a place to stay. He manages to find a bed in their attic through a combination of intimidation and persuasion. The action of the play is observed by a chorus of fireman who seem powerless to stop the upcoming disaster. As the play unfolds, a friend of Schmitz (Eisenring) appears and before Biedermann can do anything to stop it; his attic is piled high with oil drums full of petrol. However Biedermann refuses to believe that what he has read about in newspapers could really be happening to him. At the climax of the play Biedermann reluctantly gives Schmitz and Eisenring matches and it is left ambiguous to the audience as to whether Biedermann and Sophie’s house is left unscathed and whether or not Schmitz and Eisenring were Arsonists or simply innocents looking for a place to stay. Although it may have seemed a simple dark comedy, The Arsonists had many underlying serious themes. It was written in the years following World War Two and is a metaphor for Nazism and shows how easily normal, everyday citizens can be taken in by evil. I would like to thank Sandra for giving up so much of her time to direct us and the stage crew for creating the set and for undertaking the difficult task of organizing all the actors and props.

Joshua Arnold

‘Although it may have seemed a simple dark comedy, The Arsonists had many underlying serious themes.’


Isabella De Guisa, Hugh Summers and Charlie Albuery

‘It was amazing to think that this was a real record from one of the most disastrous maritime incidents ever to happen.’

Master of Ceremonies The Middle School production, Titanic, was a great success. It took a lot of rehearsal, blood, sweat and tears (metaphoric of course!) but we got there in the end and in my opinion all went extremely well on each of the three nights. Things all started with the Middle School Drama Club run by Mr Hampshire and Miss Meadows. From 4pm to 5pm once a week to start off with, but then as the production neared, we stepped things up and rehearsed for half an hour longer each Wednesday and on three Sundays too. At the Sunday rehearsals some of the cast came at 10am and then the rest of the cast joined them at 1.30pm. At the morning rehearsals we had great fun when we tried to improvise other people’s parts. The week leading up to the production was very busy with a Technical Rehearsal, Dress Rehearsal and three evening performances. It was very tiring but also extremely rewarding when all went to plan each night. Included in the scripts were extracts from real people’s experiences; it was amazing to think that this was a real record from one of the most disastrous maritime incidents ever to happen. At the end of the show we flashed up images on the big screen in the DRT of all the other maritime disasters since. Mrs Giles designed the costumes for all the cast. The chorus all wore red white or blue so they looked like crew on a ship.

The comedian (Alex Sidnell) and I had individual costumes, different from everyone else’s. I had a pinstripe suit and the comedian had a red and white striped blazer. The chorus took up their individual characters once they put on one of a large selection of hats from the costume tables. Half an hour to the show and tension mounted in the cast and reached its peak. Outside were meeters and greeters who showed people to their seats. This was once they had got their name from a hat (they could use that to see if they survived or not) and they were taken to a table of either 1st class, 2nd class or the lowly 3rd class. So all in all it was great fun to perform in, and from our feedback the watchers enjoyed it too. I played the MC and was part of a duo with the comedian. One of our more unfunny jokes was: “What do you get if you cross the Atlantis with the Titanic?” “Half way!” We weren’t making light of the situation, but were instead heightening the sense of tragedy by juxtaposing it with humourous excerpts – as you would appreciate if you came along! Guy Billington – Master of Ceremonies – Year 7


All Aboard! We chose this year’s Middle School play, Titanic, with care; designed to suit time and place and to have a patriotic flavour. Playing to packed houses over three nights, the audiences were submerged in the style of Total Theatre where they became active participants rather than passive onlookers. All were invited into the Captain’s Cabin, on Titanic’s maiden voyage, to take part in a journey out across the Atlantic and into history. Arriving at the David Russell Theatre, everyone was met by the skipper of the Titanic, Captain Smith, along with the Master of Ceremonies, the Comedian and other members of the cast. They were then shown to their seats, having drawn a name from a hat, which was the identity of one of the passengers from the original voyage. Once seated at tables, either in First Class, Second Class or Steerage Class, they were served refreshments. The wealthier and more important guests were given champagne in crystal glasses, whereas steerage passengers drank from jam jars. Those having drawn the names of the poorer passengers or of men also had significantly less chance of survival, as they discovered at the end of the night. The playtext was interspersed by actual accounts taken from a local survivor as well as reports from that time. To further immerse audience members, all the action took place in the auditorium and around their tables. Guests enjoyed a cabaret opening with Caitlin Hoddle, Emma Dorricott and Laura Verrecchia performing numbers from West End shows before inviting everyone to join in with communal singing from the era. Canapes were served all evening and the Middle School string quartet – featuring Kirsten Goves, the Spirit - played throughout the evening. Led by Mr Sam Gladstone, Director of Music and the production’s musical director, Miss Sarah Heath. Jake Austin and Oliver Saunders (Captain Smith) also joined them with some memorable solos. Passengers ‘dressed to impress’ and there were some notable figures in the audience, including Captain Peter Sparkes, the real-life captain of our modern Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol Vessel, HMS Protector; though even his presence, alongside his wife, Mrs Karen Sparkes, Teacher of Biology and President of Senior Common Room, could not change the course of history and avert disaster. Co-director, Mr David Hampshire, and I are well aware of the many other commitments of our pupils and we made an early decision to promote the cast from our existing Middle School Drama Club and to rehearse and prepare during these timetabled weekly activities. We managed to achieve this, with just a couple of extra hours’ rehearsals over the weeks and with an additional three Sunday rehearsals nearer the time. We could not have achieved our vision without the unstinting contribution of Mrs Christine Giles, Teacher of Geography and Senior Teacher, who masterminded the topical red, white and blue costumes and set: to mark this Diamond Jubilee year and to fly the flag. The final touches were applied by professional hairdresser Sam White and publicity was overseen by Miss Ali Dyer, Head of Art.

The lighting and other effects were very slickly executed by Crew Manager, Emily Bustard, ably helped by Stage Manager, Melissa Talbot (Year 9) and other members of the Stage Crew. A collection taken during and following the three performances raised £175 for the Sailors’ Society, which we all feel is very fitting. Special mention must also go to Henry Percival, Year 8, who was so determined not to let his fellow actors down, he came out of hospital each evening to perform, before returning to his hospital bed. So many people in this area have ancestors who were personally affected by the disaster. Significantly, on performance nights, PGS chef, Mr Richard Irish was on duty. His step father’s great, great grandfather’s brother, Quartermaster Walter John Perkis, from Ryde, Isle of Wight, was a hero at the sinking of the Titanic a hundred years ago. He manned Lifeboat 4, rescuing 60 people and taking them to the waiting vessel, Carpathia. His heroism is marked with a plaque in his home town. Here is one man doing his duty and making a difference whilst working as part of a team; these attributes are encouraged by involvement in Drama classes and productions at PGS and visibly demonstrated by the members of the Middle School cast, musicians and stage crew this year.

Performances took place in the David Russell Theatre on Wednesday 30 May, Thursday 31 May and Friday 1 June 2012

Gilly Meadows

‘Special mention must also go to Henry Percival, Year 8, who was so determined not to let his fellow actors down, he came out of hospital each evening to perform, before returning to his hospital bed.’

Alex Sidnell

Interview of Sandra Maturana, Director of The Chimes

‘This powerful image underscored the mood of the production for me – we were on a sheer edge and looking down into an abyss, but able too to look up and see the beautiful calm face of the moon, reassuring us of continuity through change.’

The Chimes The DRT, a darkened space with pools of light, was drenched in the heavy, incense-like scent of lilies – the flower that embodies both love and death. At one end, in front of a projection of an ornate church interior, rich and golden, four stylish worshippers alternately crossed themselves, prostrated themselves and raised their hands in supplication, their black veils fluttering around them, to the sound of incantatory chanting. We were here to be witnesses to the life, or lives, of Toby ‘Trotty’ Veck, in Sandra Maturana’s Year 9 production of Dickens’ The Chimes. Trotty is a poor man who has made the (forgivable!) mistake of allowing himself to sink into pessimism and despair at the accounts of human tragedies he reads about in the paper while he waits for casual hiring as a porter outside the local church. ‘No, no. We can’t go right or do right,’ thought Trotty in despair. ‘There is no good in us. We are born bad!’ When, late in the evening, the bells in the church steeple seem to call Trotty up to them; he has a vision of his own future and that of his beloved daughter and her future family. In his dream, Trotty himself falls to his death from the tower and his family’s lives slip into extreme poverty, degradation and death. In a climactic scene with his despairing daughter on the brink of the mortal sin of suicide, Trotty finally accepts and understands the message of the chimes – he must resist despair and hold onto trust in human goodness : ‘I see the Spirit of the Chimes among you!’ cried the old man …. ‘I know that our inheritance is held in store for us by Time. I know there is a sea of Time to rise one day, before which all who wrong us or oppress us will be swept away like leaves. I see it, on the flow! I know that we must trust and hope, and neither doubt ourselves, nor doubt the good in one another.’ His family is restored, all is as it was and their happiness will continue unthreatened.


Trotty and the Priest Ms Maturana’s production was a sensory overload of colour, sound and emotion and the young cast immersed themselves impressively in that world. The exotic appearance and movements of the spirits – not by any means heavenly angels, but with an intense and strange otherlife of their own - were in powerful contrast to the simple dignity of the poverty-stricken Trotty (Harry Norton), his daughter Meg (Jess Waldon-Day) and the decent but woefully misunderstood Will Fern (Fergus Kaye). During the course of the play one character spoke of the man who, falling from a high building, glimpses through windows as he falls scenes that make him know that life is after all worth living. This powerful image underscored the mood of the production for me – we were on a sheer edge and looking down into an abyss, but able too to look up and see the beautiful calm face of the moon (another striking back projection), reassuring us of continuity through change. The stage effects were always startling and thought-provoking; the glossy black paddling pool and the red jelly added a bizarre and disturbing touch. The way the pupils grasped the intensely poetic spirit of the story, as interpreted by Sandra Maturana, was enthralling and convincing, and impressive in such a relatively youthful group. They had clearly wholeheartedly embraced the fierce imaginative vision of their director, and the experience of this work will surely be a memorable one for them, as it was for this audience member.

Charlie Henderson

Why did you choose The Chimes?

Why did you choose to come to PGS?

I chose The Chimes because as the play would be performed as part of the Portsmouth Festivities, which this year had Dickens as its theme; I wanted a story by Dickens that could be exciting, but at the same time one that people weren’t so familiar with. As it is quite a dark play it allowed me to explore the magical world of ghosts and spirits, whilst at the same time making it a fun experience for the Year 9s. The play also allowed me to explore the movement of the scenes using a Japanese dance technique called Butoh to enhance the actions of the ghosts.

Primarily I chose PGS because I knew that here I would be able to work with lots of artistic freedom and be able to explore texts that I wanted to explore working experimentally and with more unusual methods. With the passion that young people possess I knew I could do that here. I also wanted to bring this new type of theatre to the year 9s at PGS and broaden their theatrical exposure.

What would you say to someone to entice them to see the performance? It is a very beautiful story and was something quite new for people in Britain; it is much more experimental and visual than British audiences are used to. It had beautiful choreography using Butoh which makes the play unusual but at the same time making it much more interesting to watch.

If you could produce any play next, which play would you perform? I would like to produce The Method by Jordi Garcerán, because it deals with an experience (a job interview) that most people have had but adds an aspect of surrealism with the characters being subjected to mind games. It is an exciting play with many twists and turns, with the characters confusion being transferred to the audience; all of this combined make it one of the best plays I have seen. I just need to wait for it to be translated to English!

Tell us a bit about the play and its production.

Charlie Henderson Trotty Veck is a porter who waits for jobs at the door of a church. Every day he reads the newspapers and feels helpless about the suffering of the poor. Both Trotty and his sister Meg become even more discouraged after their encounter with some wealthy social leaders. During the night, Trotty feels the church bells are calling him, so he heads to the tower and climbs up to the bell chamber. This will be the beginning of a revealing journey. We have used a devised process to generate material that draws inspiration from The Chimes by Dickens. I have enjoyed plunging with some year 9 students into the world of Butoh. Butoh has a strong connection with the unconscious and the work of Carl Jung, that’s why it was the perfect discipline to explore the realms of Trotty’s dreams as well as the vocabulary of the ghosts. I am aware that it was a huge challenge to teach actors a technique such as Butoh. It required from them time and energy to learn the basics, to become confident with the style and to apply it in the play. All the performers explored the connection between imagination and physicality through improvisations and choreographies. I think music in Butoh should not dictate the movement of the dancers, but that it should support the dancer’s movements. As a result, there was a strong dialogue between me and the sound designer regarding what was happening with the performers in the rehearsal room in order for us to find the appropriate music that could respond to their work. Our rehearsal room has been an inspiring place where every single actor has contributed to generate creative material. It has been a collaborative process full of discoveries where the students have been at the very centre of the process. It has been a lovely experience to be part of that journey.


A Director’s view on the Sixth Form Shakespeare’s Coriolanus The Sixth Form Shakespeare is an annual event where Year 12 pupils are completely responsible for casting, directing, organising and performing an outdoor theatre production. We chose Coriolanus as we wanted to perform one of his less renowned plays, yet one which dealt with themes that are relevant to modern society. As we were completely independent, this therefore gave us a perfect opportunity to showcase our own ideas about Coriolanus in a modern style. James Gulliford, Ollie Velasco, Phin Jones, Oli Price and I were all directors this year. Particular praise should go to James Gulliford for his efforts towards the show, directing many scenes, creating all of the sound and music, and choreographing the stylised fight scene. Having a total of five directors allowed us to share responsibilities for different scene rehearsals and to explore a diverse interpretation of the play. We were gifted with the most talented cast we could ever have wished for, and therefore the competition for roles at the start of the process was immense. After Owen Jones delivered a powerful performance in the auditions, we all turned to each other: “Guys, I think we’ve found our lead”. From there on in, he was an intensely committed member of the cast during rehearsals, and he polished off an outstanding representation of Coriolanus in the performances. Emily Duff, who played sensible Menenius, was also an extremely talented actress and a joy to work with, as well as Katy Greenwood and Anna Pembery, who represented the roles of mother and wife in sensational fashion. Harry Harwood and Alex Love were impressive in showing signs dominance and status, especially after crushing the directors (James and myself: Brutus and Sicinius) in a scene towards the end of the play, which must have felt satisfying after committing to endless hours of dictating in rehearsals. Phil Belcher also stole the show after killing Coriolanus, excelling in the sadistic and threatening role of the arch nemesis Tullus Aufidius.

I can’t thank the chorus enough for their efforts as well, as the performance would have been stripped to almost nothing without the tense and threatening atmosphere that they provided in their scenes. Being responsible for directing this outdoor performance has been a hugely worthwhile experience, not just for myself, but for all the cast. However, at times it has been beset with unforeseen challenges, such as a key cast member dropping out and having to be replaced, various members of the cast being unavailable for rehearsals at short notice, due to prefect duties, university open day visits and school trips and outings. In fact, we may be the first ever PGS performance to have never had the full cast on site, until the opening night. Other circumstances have also been beyond our control, such as the inclement British summer, but we are hopeful that the rain will stay away on the performance nights. I would like to thank Sandra Maturana for stepping in as sound technician at short notice, Chris Blatch-Gainey for choreographing the fight scene between Aufidius and Caius Marcius and the Titchfield Festival Theatre for supplying the costumes for the war scene. Ben Willcocks

‘After Owen Jones delivered a powerful performance in the auditions, we all turned to each other: “Guys, I think we’ve found our lead”.’ Coriolanus is carried off in a dramatic finale by Courtney Spalding, Theo Wing, John Wiggins, Emma Ralph, and Maddy Shand

Ali Gray and Emily Duff fix a lantern in the gantry

PGS Stage Crew – Revealed Every year, the school put on a veritable smorgasbord of dramatic performances, with casts of varying ages and shows of differing genres. The atmosphere before a show is electric. Upon arrival, the audience do what all audiences do best - mingle, have a drink and take the opportunity to have a catch up. All the while, excited cast members rush around, frantically adding the finishing touches to their costume or make up. This is all very hectic and it’s clear that excitement is building, so much in fact, that you’ve probably never noticed the people wandering around, dressed all in black. Those people are us; the stage crew. We provide technical assistance before and during the performance, from providing microphones and the lights that illuminate the stage, right down to (very rarely, sadly!) operating pyrotechnics (the big flashes and bangs), and, on the odd occasion, we’ve even been known to operate snow machines! Our involvement in a production will start very early on in proceedings; we will assemble a team made up of a stage manager (the person in charge of organising the technical side of the show) a deputy stage manager (to assist the stage manger), the operators of lights and sound, and any additional crew to provide assistance from the sides of the stage throughout the show. Once the team is assembled, and roles are decided upon (often with some dispute!), the stage manager will meet with the director, beginning the technical involvement. Over the rehearsal period, whilst the cast learn their lines and practice their scenes, the stage crew will build up a technical profile of the show. This includes; character movements on stage for each and every scene, lists of props required, choreography during dance numbers, designs for lighting and lists of who requires a microphone during each scene. Towards the latter stages of the rehearsal process, we will begin to rehearse our roles backstage. This is done parallel to the cast rehearsing their scenes onstage, so that the final result at the end of the rehearsals is a seamless display of cast and crew working in tandem. When the production is only days away, the crew will assemble all the props, set and costumes, and they will be transported to the theatre or venue where the production is being put on. Whilst the cast finish the final details of their scenes, the crew will construct the set, lay out props in the relevant places, and in cases, the


Jack O’Leary and Will Forrest sorting lighting and sound in the box

more surreal tasks, such as filling the theatre with sand, preparing custard pies, or filling balloons with helium - much to the cast’s delight! Once the performances are underway, the crew busily perform their tasks, all under the watchful eye of Emily Bustard, the school’s theatre technician, and guru of all things ‘techie’. Emily can always be counted on to fix broken lanterns, microphones, or, in fact, anything with an ON/OFF switch! We’ve lost count of the number of times that Emily has saved our necks, sometimes with only moments to spare, but the audience are always oblivious to this, and we have little time to celebrate: the show must go on. When the curtain has finally fallen on the last performance, and the audience begin to make their way to the exits, the crew immediately begin the next phase of the production (yes, there is another phase!): the clean up, or as we call it, the ‘get-out’. Now, we couldn’t exactly call this phase our favourite. We have much better things to do on the night that the show finishes, but we usually end up staying later than everyone else, in order to peel bits of tape off of the stage, or put all the costumes back where they came from. These nights can get very late, such as the ‘get-out’ after our whole school musical in the King’s Theatre, when the last of our technicians leaves at around two o’clock the morning after the production finished. This is done without a break, working right through until absolutely everything is taken down and packed away, so that there is no trace left that we were ever there in the first place. This can often be a saddening experience, as the crew have been familiar with the production for a long time, and seeing it all disappear in one night after weeks or months of preparation is hard. When we are not involved in productions, we will meet every Monday after school. During these one hour sessions, we teach the less experienced members how to operate lights and sound, as well as repairing broken equipment and setting up/taking down lighting plans for shows. Our illustrious crew is made up of the following men and women in black, aside from myself: Emily Bustard, Sam Stirrup, Sam Mckinty, Alex Dalgleish, Emily Duff, Melissa Talbot, Dodo Charles, Hakan Hazzard, William Forrest, Finlay Connor, Jack O’Leary and Tom Randall. Alastair Gray

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Christopher Weekes pauses on the rock face

CCF Adventure Training Weekend


Charlton Chase


Chawton House


Derren B rown


Fishb ourne Palace


French Exchange


German Exchange


Go odwo od Farm


History Lectures


IB CAS Marathon


Latvia Lithuania


Lo ckheed Martin Challenge




MFL Madrid




Navy CCF March Camp


New York




Philosophy C onference




Ten Tors


Year 9 Ypres

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Easter Adventure Training Camp On Friday 30th of March, 15 cadets from all sections of the CCF embarked on a week of adventure training in Newquay, Cornwall. Following a 5 hour journey in the minibuses, now nicknamed the ‘fun-vee’, with Mr Baker’s favourite techno remix of Pirates of the Caribbean blasting from the speakers, we arrived at RAF St Mawgan late at night.

Charlton Chase 2012

this we travelled to the cliffs near Fistral Beach where we embarked on definitely one of the most challenging activities of the week: coasteering. This included a mixture of swimming, climbing and jumping off rocks of up to 40 feet high into choppy waters.

Saturday’s activity was Kayaking on the Fowey river estuary, where we explored the coastline and got suitably wet from falling and being pushed in. We were even lucky enough to be accompanied by a dolphin for some of our journey.

In the evenings, activities were organized by staff throughout the stay at St Mawgan, including Mr Harris’ historical charades and tests of our map reading skills. There was also plenty of banter between all the cadets, most significantly regarding Ed Harding’s creative use of an icepack.

For the next two days the cadets were split into two groups, with one group going rock climbing and abseiling and the other surfing on Fistral Beach in Newquay, before swapping over on the second day. Climbing consisted of scaling Roche Rock, a 20m high rocky outcrop with a ruined chapel perched on top. The rock provided challenging climbs, panoramic views and a chance for Mr Baker to indulge in some geology. Surfing was met with great enthusiasm from beginners and experienced surfers alike and everyone managed to fall in plenty of times.

However, after the four days of activities and staying in the comfortable accommodation of the RAF base, it was out to Dartmoor for a two day expedition. During the hike we witnessed every weather type, from snow to bright sunshine to heavy downpours, and the experience was very rewarding for everyone. The trip was fantastic and we all took home moments that we will never forget. Thanks must go to the staff: Mr Harris, Mr Baker, Miss Murray-Bruce and Mr Smith, for a great and memorable week.

On the Tuesday we were split into two teams and undertook challenges in a disused army camp – such as orienteering and puzzle solving – which soon got very competitive. Following

Ben Wallis and Ollie Velasco

‘It included a mixture of swimming, climbing and jumping off rocks of up to 40 feet high into choppy waters.’

‘Snowy but amazing’ Torch? Check. High Visibility Jacket? Check. Backpack crammed with food? Check. Sled complete with eight huskies to pull us through the six inches of snow? We must’ve forgotten that one. Pulling up to our starting point, the grand backdrop of Seaford College, small specks of snow started to drift down and settle on the grass. “I’m sure it’ll pass,” I thought as I hopped out of the car, ready and raring to go in my team hoodie and flashing headlight. The rest of our PGS teams soon arrived (our school amassing an impressive fifth of the whole event) and group by group, we assembled for the part that I think, many of us were dreading the most: the team photograph. Then, with that out of the way, it was time to go inside, empty our bags and plan the route that would take us to our first check point. Three hours later and only one checkpoint down, it felt as if we were following in the footsteps of Captain Scott, trekking in the Antarctic, rather than traipsing along in the usually mild surroundings of the South Downs. We marched on however and with each step we realised the enormity of the challenge that we had undertaken. 25km? In eight hours? With a severe weather warning broadcast all over the news? What had we got ourselves in for? As the night wore on, I feel I can speak for everyone when I say that our initial embarrassment at the thought of being photographed in our attire was forgotten (the woolly hats had been pulled out, even more layers added and faces almost obscured beneath scarves and hoods). Passing the half way mark and the snow falling so that you couldn’t see further than a metre in front, our group decided that it was time to call it a night. We had achieved so much that, stopping didn’t feel like giving up. Sitting in the four-by-four on our way back to Seaford, the radio crackled into life, delivering the news that in fact, the whole event had been cancelled. Over the next few hours all the remaining teams were delivered back to Seaford, where a cooked breakfast awaited. Although a feeling of disappointment hung in the air, the spirit was still undeniable back in the hall, teams welcoming their friends back in from the cold, and chatting with other trekkers from across the county, sharing their experiences of the night. Songs to keep up moral, the teams that had pointed them in the right direction, that tempting smell of curry that had teased so many a team from one of the event supervisor’s tents, the building of snowmen on a quick break from walking.... there were so many different stories which emerged from the Charlton Chase and it’s the small things like these that make me proud to have been a part of it. And what would have happened if the event had been able to continue? PGS would have won of course!

Chawton House Library There have been two trips to Chawton House Library this year and both have been a very interesting and exciting experience for many of the Year 12 English students. Chawton House Library is a resource devoted to women’s literature from 1600 – 1840. There are books that are over 300 years old. The first trip on 9th November 2011 was made up of a tour of the house and grounds – the library resides in Chawton House that belonged to Jane Austen’s brother – a lecture about Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein) and a tour of Jane Austen’s cottage which we found almost as exciting to look round as the American tourists who were with us. The second trip, on 28th February 2012, was just as exciting. The excitement was evident as we all gathered around the table in the Chawton House library- we were about to get to touch books that were, in some cases, 500 years old and first editions including a first edition of the Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe. The tension was built by our guide Sarah as she handed out the books that we had requested. Topics ranged from social etiquette and fashion, to economics and religion, to how to kill your turtle in preparation for cooking. ‘It’s just like Christmas!’ exclaimed Ms Hart, who along with Mrs Mitchell, was just as excited as the pupils, if not more, about all the books that we were surrounded by. Resting our books carefully on our special foam stands and using lead ‘snakes’ to hold the pages, we all began to pore over the texts, drawing surprising comparisons between what was written then and what we know today. Although we had all individually selected the books that we wished to look at, in topics that particularly interested us, we were soon swapping and trading so that we all had a chance to hold the most interesting, oldest and most attractive book. Every one of us, even when it came to going for lunch, felt a great reluctance to exit the library and leave the books behind. After lunch we had another tour of the house that centred on the paintings of the house. There was even a painting of Kitty Fisher from the nursery rhyme “Lucy Locket lost her pocket, Kitty Fisher found it.” The house was full of interesting stories and we even got to see a secret cupboard, now a cleaning store. Our guide, Sarah Parry managed to explain the incredibly complicated history of the house in a surprisingly short period of time. She never failed to interest us and we all asked lots of questions. Both trips were lots of fun and we would like to thank Miss Hart, Mrs Mitchell and Sarah Parry for organising them, driving us and giving us the opportunity to enjoy such rare books in a wonderful location.

Emily Duff and Sarah Gray Sarah Gray

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Preparing to surf at Fistral Beach

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Pupils at the Palace: A visit to Fishbourne On Wednesday, 4th July, the whole of Year 8 travelled to the Roman Fishbourne Palace for a day of learning about the life of the occupants at the time and about the palace itself. Before arriving, the coach drove through a housing estate and caused the pupils to wonder if we were lost. Nevertheless, a sign reading ‘Fishbourne Palace’ emerged. We were later told that when the Roman remains were under excavation in 1995, the land had already been bought for housing. Today, one of the neighbouring houses holds a Roman bath in its basement!

Theory of Knowledge Trip to see Derren Brown On the 15th March Mr Taylor, Mrs Mitchell and Mr Dossett took 30 pupils to see the new show ‘Svengali’ by the illusionist and mentalist Derren Brown. The trip’s purpose was to encourage scepticism and to look for alternative answers to problems as part of the Theory of Knowledge section in the IB, and as we arrived at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton some of us were already doubtful that the show would live up to the high expectations that we have come to have after seeing Derren Brown shows on TV. However within minutes of the show starting it became clear that all our expectations would be exceeded and that seeing the magician live made his TV shows seem rather dull and boring – it was like nothing any of us had experienced before. After energetically striding on stage Derren immediately created a rapport with the audience and got us involved with every part of the performance. The first ‘trick’ was simple enough, involving Derren’s left shoe, three red boxes, some audience participation and the promise of being able to keep said shoe if we could outsmart him, which, naturally, we couldn’t. Later in the show Derren randomly selected members of the audience by picking tokens with a row and seat number on from a rotating cylinder. He then guessed the most embarrassing

confession of whoever had been picked by analysing their body language and though highly embarrassing for those picked, Derren’s wit kept it very amusing for the audience. The tension was almost unbearable each time a token was picked: we all wished it wasn’t our seat which was about to be called out (though I’m sure a small part in each of us secretly did!). This tension was stretched nearly to breaking point as our row was called out, followed by the seat number and the realisation that one of our group was about to be grilled by Derren in front of nearly 3,000 other audience members. Though what followed was one of the funniest moments in the show it wasn’t nearly as incredible as the end of show trick which baffled everybody and had us all staring wide eyed with disbelief at the stage. On the way back home we all tried desperately to sift through the two hours of mind boggling tricks we had witnessed, and though we had limited success in explaining how they were done, we had all developed the ways in which we questioned and looked in to things we didn’t understand by the end of the trip. We all had a fascinating time which would not have been possible without the staff that organised the trip and took us to the show. Ollie Velasco

‘The realisation that one of our group was about to be grilled by Derren in front of nearly 3,000 other audience members.’ 130

Inside the building, we were taken around to see the mosaics that have endured years of hiding but mainly survived. Designs ranged from simplistic black and white patterns to a stunning, colourful mosaic portraying Cupid riding a dolphin. Afterwards, we enjoyed a talk given about life in the palace. A Celtic King lived there, having had it built for him by the Emperor; it was vast, containing 100 rooms and holding 2 miles of foundations. We were shown and allowed to hold real artefacts that brought the whole thing alive for pupils. Artefacts included clay pieces, glass, stone and bones. Unfortunately, the soil around Fishbourne was unforgiving and did not allow any textiles or papyrus to survive. We saw a film showing impressive animations of what the palace would have looked like: its position beside the sea, close to a bustling Roman town (now Chichester). We also learnt of how the palace tragically burnt to the ground and were derelict for years. We then made our way around the museum, looking at the background information and completing work-sheets and illustrating some of the relics. The pupils then headed through a reproduction of the original formal Roman garden with well clipped hedges and cypress trees. Moving on into a garden filled with trees and herbs with medicinal purposes, pupils eagerly discovered what the herbs, plants and trees were supposed to do or mean. For example, liquorice was a remedy for a sore throat and a laurel tree was the sacred tree of Apollo. The day ended with entertaining performances of stories learnt throughout the year in Latin performed by members of each class. The day was enjoyed by all and we returned, satisfied knowing a little more about the history of our county.

‘Some of us discussed subjects such as the French elections and the Turin Shroud – not your normal French lesson!’

The French Exchange During the first week of the Easter holidays, 22 Year 10 pupils visited Paris for the first French exchange with our new partner school, the Institution Sainte-Marie in the suburbs of Paris. The group of 22 PGS pupils arrived on Saturday. The first night was an exciting but challenging experience as many of us had never stayed with a foreign family before. The idea of having to speak French, for real, was daunting but we were made very welcome and some of us discussed subjects such as the French elections and the Turin Shroud – not your normal French lesson! Throughout the week we spent the days as a group, visiting the sites of Paris. On Monday we visited the Louvre, a huge art museum with about 35,000 pieces on display, spread out over three wings of the former palace. The paintings and sculptures were breathtaking, even the ceilings were covered in incredible carvings and mosaics. The next day we went into Paris to take a boat trip down the Seine. It was amazing to see Paris from the water but as the sun shone down on us it was hard for some to stay awake. On the Wednesday we spent the day near the school, buying crêpes from the local market before heading to the Parc de Sceaux for a game of football. In a warm up for the upcoming Euro 2012 meeting between France and England PGS beat the French pupils. The next day we went to Palace of Versailles. The Palace was magnificent; everyone went in unsure of what it would be like but left wishing they lived there. After lunch we set out on a long walk around the beautiful grounds. By the end of the trip we were sad to leave our new families. As we left Antony we were given a full French goodbye with hugs and kisses: it was strange to leave. The French exchange was a truly memorable experience. It has really helped our French and I would strongly recommend it to anyone. Even if you are not too confident speaking French you can have a go and only rarely did one or two of the group have to resort to the old trick of speaking English loudly or in a French accent. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the teachers on the trip, Mr Waters, Mrs Willcocks and of course the mastermind behind it all - Mr Gamble, all of whom were very good to us over the course of the trip and ensured that it ran smoothly.

Ben Webb and Hugh Raymer

Cicely Podmore

‘Today, one of the neighbouring houses holds a Roman bath in its basement!’


The German Exchange

Goodwood Farm Trip

The day of the flight was a day of first experiences for many: Adam Blunden’s first journey on a plane, Melissa Talbot’s first time ever searched by customs, and for the majority, the first ever time in Germany. After landing we were kindly met by Herr Brant, who would be our means of transport for the next seven days. He took us directly to the Anne Frank Gymnasium, where we met our welcoming exchange partners.

On Wednesday 16th and Friday 18th May, Year 7 went on a trip to Goodwood Farm, on the Goodwood Estate. Overall, the trip was fun, and we learned about how farms work.

covered in flour! After this, we took a look at the shop. Just the sight of some of the cakes offered made some dizzy with excitement!

On the day(s) of our trip, we headed off to Goodwood Farm. The group on Wednesday was lucky, as it was a nice, sunny day, but unfortunately for the Friday group, the Great British weather decided to make the day cold, wet, and miserable.

By the time we got to have lunch, we had found out that pigs were the particular favourite of our class. It made us laugh to find out the story of how there were so many piglets running around. The male pigs, who were separated from the females, decided they could high jump, and used this new-found ability to get into the female enclosure... We had also been sniffed, nuzzled and licked by the little calves in their pens, which was very strange.

The next day, we experienced a typical day in a German school. After being introduced to the school by Herr Hartel, we spent the rest of the day with our exchange partners in their lessons. On Tuesday, we went to the H20 complex, which made the Pyramids Centre look like a garden pond. We spent a few hours there enjoying the hot tubs, outdoor pool, diving boards and slides with rubber rings. “You English are cool and crazy”, was one of the expressions heard after we clogged up the big water slide. The next day we travelled to Munster, mainly to learn about the history of the town, visiting the “Hall of Peace”, and the town’s treasury, although unfortunately missing out on the astronomical clock. We then had some free time in Munster to shop or eat lunch. All of us managed to amuse ourselves somehow in this time, whether it was buying and eating raw sea food, or dancing with random members of the Munster community. On Thursday, we enjoyed a guided tour around the modern history museum in Bonn. We learnt about the situation in Germany just after the war, from the “Wirtschaftswunder” in the 1950s, to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. We then went to the local town of Lüdenscheid on Friday, primarily to visit the hi-tech museum. We were given the opportunity to try out the modern equipment and machinery, whether it was a sound proof room, a pyramid of mirrors, or simply a table containing countless optical illusions. The museum was fascinating; we spent hours trying to work out how the certain components worked, which gave Mr Hogg and Miss Coward a chance to relax with a quiet cup of coffee in the café. We then went into the grand Stern shopping centre to grab a bite to eat and generally have a look around before the barbeque back at the school. Our strength was tested on this journey, as we had a bus driver who clearly found driving in one direction challenging. We were tossed and turned in a sickly manner, which put the majority of us off the idea of burgers and sausages. The day closed with a very competitive Germany vs. England football match. The weekend gave us a perfect opportunity to embrace the German culture as we spent the remaining two days with our exchange partners and their families. It also allowed us to improve our German because as we had to use it on a more regular basis. The journey home was relaxing; we all had made new friends in the process, and had an enjoyable and gratifying experience away from England. Therefore, we would like to thank Mr Hogg and Miss Coward for running and organising the exchange.

Ben Willcocks

‘We all made new friends in the process, and had an enjoyable and gratifying experience away from England.’ 132

However, the patches of rain didn’t dampen our high spirits, and we were still feeling excited. When we got there, we were greeted by our education tour guide. We first walked by the cow fields, which made an interesting photography point. After we’d used most of our camera’s photo capacity, we moved on. We went to one of the barns, where our guide gave us some samples of fresh cheese and milk (which were very tasty!). By the time we had finished the plate of samples, it was time to do another activity. This turned out to be crushing the wheat by hand to make flour, which ended up with our hands being

This trip showed us exactly how a farm is run, and what kind of things they make… and how intelligent the male pigs can be! This trip would not be one to forget anytime soon, and it has helped us with work in geography about how farms are run. It was good fun and we enjoyed seeing the baby animals.

Katie Sharp

‘We first walked by the cow fields, which made an interesting photography point.’

Year 9 Lockheed Martin Day

The A Level Early Modern Historians On Monday 20th February 2012, twenty A Level History pupils left from PGS and took the train up to Camden for a series of lectures on Martin Luther and the Reformation. The first lecture was given by Richard Rex from the University of Cambridge. This explained to us the causes of the reformation and highlighted the importance of the invention of the printing press in spreading Lutheran ideas. We then stopped for a short break before the second lecture which showed the prominence of Luther’s work in Germany as he ousted all of the other writers of his time. This was particularly interesting to me because it helped me to better understand what we are doing in class and helped me gain a better understanding of the Reformation as a whole. After this presentation all of the pupils and teachers had an hour for lunch and to look around Camden. While many groups rushed off for a quick walk to the market, others were less adventurous and occupied the spaces around the nearest fast food chains. This break gave us energy for the afternoon and we were looking forward to the next two lectures. The first of these examined and explained Luther’s timeline and how he came to formulate his own, new ideas about the church. The second talked about his anger with the way the church was run and that, despite his efforts, he ultimately failed to achieve what he wanted to do in the reformation of the church. We then travelled home with greatly increased knowledge but ready to start school again after half term. Thank you to Mr Lemieux for organising the trip and braving London transport to get us there and back.

During the past term, we have been looking at engineering in physics, and to tie in with this we were given the opportunity to work with Lockheed Martin, one of the top engineering companies in the world. We considered multiple aspects of engineering and we found that physics touches on a wide variety of careers.

Kirsten Hall, George Laver, Emma Kissane, Courtney Spalding and Izzy Byrne

IB CAS Trip to London Marathon In the Autumn, PGS Year 12 pupils pioneered the school’s first trip to Sweden, and in the Spring they were the first PGS group of pupils (to my knowledge) to assist at a London Marathon water-station. The driverless Docklands Light Railway was a fun and novel experience, with the East India dock giving an echo of Portsmouth, as our group made their way to the water-station at Poplar High Street, at the 20 mile mark. The waterstation was managed by the London Fire Brigade and East London Runners, and the pupils’ task was to help hand out water bottles to the 35,000 runners streaming past. The elite runners and TV cameras passed within inches of pupils, the helicopter hovering overhead. The experience was a heady mixture of contrasts: the towering glass and steel of Canary Wharf and its commercial wealth were just a dual carriageway’s distance from the water-station, adjacent to Tower Hamlets, one of London’s most deprived areas; as a group, we were stood next to the Devas Youth Club, a London charity for disadvantaged young people from the Wandsworth area. Our Year 12 pupils assisted runners, young and old, British and foreign, in their dream of completing the Marathon. The one disappointment of the day was that we managed to miss seeing Mr Lockyer as he raced past us on his way to a very impressive 3 1/2 hour time for the 26 miles. Simon Taylor

‘Our Year 12 pupils assisted runners, young and old, British and foreign, in their dream of completing the Marathon.’

The Hill of Crosses, Latvia

History Trip to Latvia and Lithuania 40 intrepid pupils set off for Eastern Europe in the Easter Holidays, a historic tour of Latvia and Lithuania promised to be unlike any other school trip. Over the next week we would see the infamous Stalin World, numerous Soviet Prisons and a Soviet nuclear missile base. After charging up the remains of a medieval fort, visiting a Renaissance Manor, partaking in a Soviet prison experience and touring a property that was used by both the Soviets and Nazis as an intelligence base, the group had learnt a good deal more about the USSR, World War II and the impact the occupation had on these two nations. Between dogs barking as we marched around the dark tunnels of a soviet station, Tim MacBain falling 17m down a medieval castle’s grass banks and enjoying ‘72 long and beautiful years’ in the Soviet Naval Prison, we had a little time to enjoy the many markets and national dishes such as the Zeppelin on offer.

We were then presented with our challenge: We were split into multiple groups of five. We were then given a scenario in which a Lockheed Martin Stealth helicopter had crashed in the desert and it had to be removed immediately from the scene. Our task was to build a crane that could lift the craft in order for us to slide a trailer underneath to move it. Everyone in the group was assigned a specific role in the project. Each group was assigned a Lockheed Martin employee who gave us advice on how best to design and construct the crane. At the end of the day, each of our hand-built cranes were tested and marked on the weight of the craft and whether or not the crane would be capable of lifting the craft to allow the trailer to be slid into place. Despite not doing as well as we hoped in the challenge (we came second last), it was a great experience and I really enjoyed it. I worked with people I would not normally get a chance to work with and learned to share roles, listen and incorporate other’s ideas, which I must confess is a skill that does not come naturally.

Izzy Welch

‘Everyone in the group was assigned a specific role in the project.’

All that’s left to say is Thank You Nick and of course thanks to Ms Bush, Ms Cross and finally Mr Lemieux our very own tour commandant!

Emma Kissane

‘The group had learnt a good deal more about the USSR.’


Killington Ski Trip 2011 The Killington trip of the “modern era” continues to develop and those who were on the trip a few years ago, might not recognise the more intimate jaunt of today. Not that what we do is that different but with an average of 35 on the trip, and we all fitting on the one bus each morning to go up to Killington from Rutland town, there is a far more cherished atmosphere than ever could be achieved when we took 115 pupils. We again set off with the sound of carols – and weren’t there a lot this year – ringing in our ears from the end of term service and headed for Heathrow. The sun was shining and our driver even had the awareness to get off the motorway a junction early as he spotted delays ahead so we arrived relaxed and ready for the flight. Virgin, again, were superb in looking after us and we headed through to departure lounge happy and excited. Even the demise of the traditional bagel bar from Terminal 3 did not ruin the moment and we headed for the plane, joined by several passengers who had missed their NY flight due to the motorway collision and were forced to go to Boston and then find a train to NY. Unfortunately, the vehicle issues of the M25 seemed to be contagious and we had to wait for an hour on the ground while they found a replacement fuel truck for ours which had broken down en route. That, coupled with quite a weather front which slowed us down markedly, meant that we arrived 90 minutes late into Boston and it was already dark. However, the coach was waiting and Mrs Harris and Mr Doyle got on the shuttle to collect the hire car and before long, all headed off for Vermont. It was a strange journey to undertake in the absence of snow. A total absence of the white stuff was evident all the way up and when we arrived in Rutland, it was clear that this year would be more challenging. The hotel was as welcoming as ever and we noticed that they had redecorated extensively and upgraded the en suites too, adding to the wonderful stay we always have there.


Day Two began with meeting of old friends as Mark Davis arrived in the faithful school bus to take us up the mountain. The first thing we noted on the 25 minute journey was the aftermath of the devastation caused in the region by the floods of September caused by Hurricane Irene. The sight of where the torrent of water had roared down the mountains, along the route of the small river, devastating all in its path was truly shocking. Having followed it on Facebook, I had been aware of the damage but to see avenues of space where trees once stood and banks of rivers simply having vanished and open chasms now in their place showed the effect of nature at its worst. Of course, at its best was the amazement of the brand new road that was in place within one week, four lanes and fully operational in time for the season. We also then had ski fit where we met with Brad, Chip, Jim, all of whom we had looking after us in previous years and they were joined this year by Sue, who took on the beginners. Due to the conditions, there were less runs open but the joy of going to Killington is that our instructors were not about to let that spoil the fun of the pupils and they were taken off Day One to runs at the back of the mountain which were probably more challenging than they might have otherwise tried. All had a full day’s skiing and came back exhausted but elated. Luckily, it snowed that night and the rest of the week was as normal, our only slight sadness was that none seemed to fall on our favourite run, Ramshead. Of course, skiing is only half the tale of this trip and Day Two saw the beginning of the annual madness which is shopping for the treats and prizes for the Quiz and Awards night. In the absence this year of Miss Linnett, Miss Bush and Mrs Harris ably stepped in and led the charge around Navy Stores, Dollar Tree and the incredible sight that is the Rutland Mall’s Department Store. Not only are 2kg bags of Peanut Butter M&Ms sitting happily next to hair colouring sachets and picture frames nestling alongside jars of cookies, where

‘All had a full day’s skiing and came back exhausted but elated.’ else would you be able to purchase a pair of yellow pants and get a laptop bag free? Laden with goodies, we headed back for a relaxing hour by the pool before heading into dinner. Of course, another advantage of being fewer in number is that we have the chance to speak to everyone on the trip about how their day had been and where they had skied. As ever, the group PGS ski at the end of the day remained popular for those with a little bit of energy left and we headed up and down Snow Shed each day before getting on Mark’s bus back to the hotel. In the evenings, entertainment is always provided and, as well as the mall visit and pool time, we enjoyed the annual bowling fight between staff and cinema night with the traditional sending Mr Doyle to watch the worst film of the Christmas season: as a better person said: ‘until you have heard a chipmunk screeching to Lady Gaga, you have not heard anything’. The final day’s skiing saw a stop off on the way back at the new Ben and Jerry’s store where all were treated to ice cream for having completed 5 days in one piece, notwithstanding the odd bump and scrape! Two shop assistants never worked so hard for a full on half hour to get us all served with our two scoops and the weirdest and best of B&J is samples – though personally I still cannot bring myself to try the Phish Food. The penultimate day saw us heading for Burlington for the annual shopping extravaganza and we again helped the local economy with Abercrombie and Fitch; Hollister; Macy’s and local specialists such as Apple Mountain all feeling the benefits. But we saw the results of the US recession also here with empty shops and fewer shoppers meaning great deals again on clothes and presents. The biggest gap on Church Street was, however, the closure of Border’s bookstall which went into receivership last year. We also took an hour for lunch and the bison burgers and sweet potato chips again proved popular. Returning from Burlington would not be the same without the stop off at Frank’s to see his collection of Christmas

lights which he has erected on his and all of his neighbours’ gardens. It is a real sign of the proximity of Christmas, in particular after all the shopping. The final evening was completed with the Awards and the singing of the Twelve Days of Christmas, adapted for the trip and each group adding a verse of their own. Mr Blewett came up with this idea a few years ago and it is always a great way to end the 8 days in the USA. We continued the tribute began last year of having the first verse being that my true love sent to me: “A song for Mr Blewett” and then went ahead with other entries including 4 Black Diamonds conquered; 7 tonnes of shopping; 11 total wipeouts and, of course, 5 skiing days! Miss Bush’s awards night, quiz night, with Mr Baker doing admirably in a team on his own, Mr Leach trying to organise pool time, Mrs Harris trying to get the girls to go to bed and Mr Doyle the boys to turn the music off, good food, being exhausted at the end of the day and the celebration of a birthday are all part of the Killington experience. Idiotic bus games, lots of shopping bags and UNO make the stories we remember and the rush of doing a challenging run for the first time is what it is all about. Simply put, it is the best trip in the PGS Calendar and a great experience, never forgotten, for all who go on it. Clearly, a huge debt of thanks is owed to those members of staff who give up 8 days of their holiday to go on the trip and they do work incredibly hard 24/7 to make it work. Miss Bush, Mrs Harris, Mr Baker and Mr Leach, we salute you. However, the stars are the pupils and all arrived back far better than they had left. Tom Whyte-Venables, Emily Peters, Ella Holden, Tom Griffiths were picked out for special mention by the instructors and Anna Reynolds was deemed to be Champion Skier for the trip. Bring on Killington 2012!

David Doyle


a group of us to Atlético de Madrid stadium where we had the tour of the stadium itself as well as one of the most impressive trophy rooms in existence. It was fascinating to realise that Atlético de Madrid is far more than a football club, enjoying success under the brand in boxing, basketball and even chess. That evening, we finally made it to the Retiro and dinner in the Plaza Sta Ana. Before setting off for the airport on the Friday, we were taken to pay our respects at the memorial in Atocha to the 191 who died when a number of terrorist bombs were exploded on trains at Atocha station in 2004. The permanent memorial, opened by the King and Queen on the third

Bernabéu Trophies

Day one and, after breakfast, we headed to the Prado, Spain’s national gallery, where Mr Doyle battled in Spanish with the most unfriendly ticket salesmen ever to get us in as students, but ultimately worth it as its collection of Spanish and European art and sculpture is impressive. From there, we


David Doyle

‘It was impressive to see how vibrant it was, even late at night and we spent half an hour soaking in the atmosphere before returning for our first night’s sleep in Spain.’

The MFL Madrid Study Trip On 17th October 2011, nine pupils and two staff set off on a dreary Portsmouth morning, looking forward to an adventure over 5 days in the capital of Spain. It was a mixture of Year 10 and Year 12 pupils and all in the capable hands of Mrs Gozalbez and Mr Doyle, veterans of such trips. The coach drivers were efficient and we got to Heathrow in good time to buy all the last minute items we seemed to convince ourselves were needed for the journey and then we were off. Mr Doyle had taken his first group there the previous year and had decided to make a few changes to the itinerary, including “dining on the hoof” or not pre-booking restaurants beforehand, which proved a real bonus to the trip. The idea of the study trip is to gain exposure to the cultural, historic or economic aspects of the city or country where you are travelling and to ensure that you can use this for your benefit in the examination. Clearly, the VI Form are at an advantage as both IB and A Level have speaking elements which require personal research into a topic and the new International GCSE also has this so we had plenty to keep us busy on the trip and Mr Doyle had certainly scheduled an array of visits to facilitate this. On arrival at the hotel, centrally placed and overlooking Atocha station with its impressive arch and roundabout as well as construction of the latest AVE line (the fastest type of train in Europe and this one heading north and west to Valladolid and beyond) – we were well placed to reach all the major sight-seeing destinations, we settled in and, after a briefing in the lounge, headed off for dinner. The first evening, we ate behind the hotel itself and were treated to an interesting array of food in ridiculous quantities which the Year 10 boys seemed to think more Tapas size and finished off without any hesitation. Reinvigorated by a G&T, Mrs G-G led us on a walk to the Plaza Mayor where we learned something of the history and geography of both Madrid and the plaza. It was impressive to see how vibrant it was, even late at night and we spent half an hour soaking in the atmosphere before returning for our first night’s sleep in Spain.

anniversary of the atrocity, 11 March 2007. We finally headed back to the UK having enjoyed a really full and profitable few days in Madrid. We spoke Spanish and, more challengingly, listened to it being spoken at full speed; we learned lots regarding the culture and history of Spain and the problems it faces in the current economic climate; we embraced the culture both culinary and socially and, most of all, we returned enthused to study the language more so we can return and have a little more of everything!

Year 7 Heros and Villains project - lino print by Jemma Holden

walked to the Plaza Mayor – very different in the daytime and had lunch before going the short distance to the royal palaces where we went around and had a tour in Spanish about the history of the monarchy as well as the palace itself and its place in history of Spain – quite distinct from that of our own Buckingham Palace. Then we were treated to a bus tour of the city which took two hours but took in all the best places to see; shop and relax – a perfect way to end the first day and get an idea of where to go. Dinner was in a Tapería which we stumbled across and Mr Doyle’s nose for such things did not let us down as it was a great evening and, clearly, where lots of the Spanish locals went for dinner also. One curious moment was the smiles we received from some other diners, we were unsure but think they thought the nine were Mr D’s / Mrs G-G’s own children. Apart from the Maths of all being approximately within two years of each other, we were not exactly look alikes! Dinner was very Spanish – two hours – and so we did not get to walk the Retiro which had been on the list but all seemed content! Day three took us to El Escorial, half an hour’s journey by train to the north, where the kings of Spain are all buried. It was a fascinating mix of history and intrigue, also containing the tomb of the present king’s brother, mysteriously killed in a hunting accident some years before he was made king. On our return, we went to what was for many a highlight of the trip, el Museo Reina Sofía to see, amongst many other Picasso works, Guernica. This is truly an iconic work which was inspired by the bombing by Nazi planes of the Basque Country in 1937 during the Civil War at the behest of the Nationalist forces. We ate that evening on the Plaza Mayor and were fascinated by the number of street artists who stayed late to try and coax even a few Euros out of the tourists, though we all agreed we would pay happily the woman in the clicking dog’s jaw outfit to go away and leave us in peace. The final full day saw a very unique tour of the Plaza de Toros. Bull fighting divides opinion in the UK but there is no doubt that seeing the magnificence of the bullring in the flesh does give one the idea of the atmosphere of a Sunday afternoon, basking in the sunshine and enjoying the spectacle amongst friends and family after a good lunch… We had the remaining part of the day free to explore further our own favourite places and, naturally, to shop. Mr Doyle took


‘Looking smart in their astronaut blue tour shirts, the party headed out on NASA Freeway to the Johnson Space Flight Centre.’

Houston – No Problem! Present day space exploration is a shining example of cooperation and shared endeavour, uniting people of all nations in common goals of exploration and understanding. These inspiring ideals were emulated this Easter by seven PGS pupils, who joined forces with pupils from Cantell Maths and Computing College, Southampton and two national prize winning students, to visit NASA’s legendary Johnson and Kennedy Space Centres. The visit began in rain soaked Texas, with violent tornadoes ravaging the northern state, which seemed worrying until everyone realised that the whole of the British Isles would fit inside the Lone Star State! Looking smart in their astronaut blue tour shirts, sponsored by Portsmouth space company Astrium, the party headed out on NASA Freeway to the Johnson Space Flight Centre. This is a truly amazing place, where NASA astronauts do their normal, day jobs preparing for space missions. These include training in full size flight simulators of all existing and next generation space craft, and training for Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA), or spacewalking, in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab, the world’s biggest swimming pool. Coincidentally, one of the astronauts we saw training here was Tim Peake, from Chichester, who will be the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut. An interesting contrast at Johnson, was between the preserved Historic Mission Control, where all the famous Apollo Moon Missions were controlled from, and the very much alive and working International Space Station (ISS) Mission Control, with a team of engineers constantly planning and monitoring the lives of six astronauts orbiting the Earth sixteen times a day. Live feeds from the ISS made the surreal experience seem slightly less like science fiction and more like the first steps towards permanent human presence in deep space. After flying over to Florida, we settled in our hotel at Cocoa Beach, the seaside resort where all Apollo astronauts stayed during their preparations to go to the Moon. During our visits to Kennedy Space Centre, we stood up close to one of the few remaining mighty Saturn V rockets and saw the actual space suit worn by Jim Lovell during the magnificent failure of Apollo 13. We were also allowed inside the Vehicle Assembly Building, designed in the optimistic 1960’s to be a production line for rolling out Moon missions four at a time! Tucked away in a quiet corner of this vast, multi-storey building was one of the finest and most inspiring sights of our whole visit, the Space Shuttle Discovery. She looked dirty and worn, but like a real spaceship should, and was awaiting her final voyage, being flown out a few days later to her final resting place in Washington DC. As well as space hardware and history, the PGS pupils had a series of encounters with some fascinating people involved in space exploration, past and present. These included having dinners with and talks from astronauts, such as Scott Kelly (Shuttle Commander); T. J. Creamer (ISS Mission Specialist) and Mike Massimino, who was the last person to


perform repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope. Astronauts are supported though, by whole teams of people doing incredible jobs, such as Heather Saunders, Crew Health Systems Engineer and Adele Luta, astronaut EVA instructor and flight controller. Our host, who provided us with many of these opportunities, was Michelle Ham, herself a qualified astronaut training instructor, who visited PGS in 2010 with her husband, Ken, commander of Space Shuttle Mission STS-132. The younger members of the party, still thinking about future ambitions, were particularly inspired by some of the people they met:

Around Mission Control

Mike Massimino gives a talk

“For me, the NASA trip was one of the most interesting and inspirational things I have ever done in my life. I got the invaluable opportunity to meet and also speak to the amazing people who have dedicated their lives to the exploration of space. So overall, this trip has motivated me to pursue the thing that I enjoy the most: Astronomy!” (RaunakMukherjee8Y) Older participants, already beginning to aspire to degree courses and careers, were also excited by the future prospects of becoming involved in space exploration and forming lasting friendships from many different backgrounds and nationalities: ‘It was a trip of lifetime where we got to see things of legendary status from past, present and future; the space shuttle Discovery and the Mars Rover robots to name a few. And to meet new people who were so friendly and fun was also fantastic. Seeing machines so large, powerful and complex such as the Saturn V Rocket has continued to inspire me to pursue my chosen degree course, which heavily involves space.’ (Tim Buckman, Year 13)

Navy CCF Camp On the 16th March a group of Naval Cadets set off from Portsmouth, bound for the Isle of Wight. As we left Portsmouth on the ferry, ten cadets were invited onto the bridge by the Captain. This part of the ship was big, and about ten metres above the water. After the Captain negotiated a gap that was only two metres wider than the ship, he explained the operation of the ship and allowed a couple of cadets to helm the five thousand tonne ship for a couple of minutes each. After we docked we set off on foot, navigating our way towards our lunch stop about five kilometres away. Incredibly, one group managed to get lost less than a mile into the walk. Following a brief break we were off again climbing one of the hills that span the breadth of the island. We then jogged down the other side to meet up with the other two groups who had taken a different route to us. That evening we had a presentation from the founder of the Isle of Wight Bat Hospital, who after a presentation on why they founded the hospital and the kind of injuries they deal with, showed us in small groups two of their “long term patients”, who he assured us were quite used to visitors. The next morning after a breakfast of beans on toast and eggy bread we set off, into pouring rain and muddy fields. The rain persisted until about midday, turning every field in its wake to mud. After lunch we set off again at reasonable pace, making good headway into the route that afternoon. During a brief rest we called one of the other groups, it soon transpired that they were experiencing navigational errors, involving arriving back at the lunch stop more than an hour after leaving it. We set off again and after a brief spell of being in an ‘unmapped location’ and the subsequent ‘exploring’ we were soon back on track and were back at the farm we were staying at first of all the groups. That evening after a dinner of roast chicken and all the trimmings, we went to one of the barns at the farm which had been converted into an archery range. Following a briefing on the basics, the staff demonstrated a series of games involving point and penalty balloons. On our last morning we set off in Sandown in much nicer weather than the day before. We climbed Culver Down which forms the eastern most point of the island and jogged down the other side towards Bembridge, our final destination.

Charlie Henderson

‘Incredibly, one group managed to get lost less than a mile into the walk.’

“The NASA trip was a really great experience. We met loads of people involved in the space industry, including representatives from NASA and SpaceX, who are really pushing forwards into the future of space travel. I also made some new friendships and still keep in touch with them we actually had a NASA trip reunion only a few weeks ago!” (Luke Granger-Brown, Year 12)

Jeremy Thomas


New York Drama Trip would shy away from but bravely led by Mr Hampshire, none of us got lost and all arrived home safely. That night we saw How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. It was a truly amazing show. I think all the girls on the trip then had a new found love in Nick Jonas (the lead in the play). Michael Urie was also an astonishing actor, who made everyone laugh at his awkward onstage presence.

New York. What an absolutely amazing place to go. When I stepped out of the coach, delirious from travelling I looked around and felt at home. The noise, the people, the air; it was magical from the outset. Looking back on it now it felt like a dream but it was one of the best dreams I’ve had in a while. After nearly a days travel we had arrived and were on a coach through Queens to the Big Apple. As we crossed the bridge, I felt an urge to listen to “Empire State of Mind” and “Theme of New York” at the same time, feeling the modern and historic worlds meeting so clearly. That night, having been up for what we realized would have been about 30 hours (with only a couple of hours of sleep), we climbed to the top of the Empire State Building. It was an amazing sight to behold. It would be hard for me to put into words just quite how amazing it was, so I won’t try to do it justice.

The next day we al shopped until we dropped and then boarded a flight in desperate need of sleep. We all arrived home safely in need of about three weeks sleep, but we all loved the trip. We would like to thank the four people who made it possible; Mrs Giles, Miss Dyer, Miss Meadows and Mr Hampshire.

Isabelle Byrne

‘It was a strange experience to walk past such iconic places.’

The next morning we set off early for a 4-hour walking tour of New York. In this walk, we went down 7th Avenue to Central Park. We stayed in the South West corner, going through Strawberry fields and down to the fountain. From there we walked up to 5th Avenue. It was a strange experience to walk past places as iconic as The Plaza Hotel, Tiffany & Co., the Apple building, and Central Park itself. These are places that we are familiar with, although many of us have never actually set foot there, as a result of films and TV shows such as “Stuart Little”, “Gossip Girl”, “I Am Legend” and “Ghostbusters”. From there we went on to do a workshop looking at how to make a scene which was very exciting especially being in a building where auditions for plays like “Billie Elliot” are happening at the same time. After this we made a trek back to the hotel to rest our very weary feet. After that we all went down to the south of Manhattan to see Pier 17 and the Brooklyn Bridge at night. This was on the same day as Valentine’s Day, so going into any restaurant was rather amusing. It became clear to us that in America, Valentine’s Day is a much greater celebration. The next day a select few of us awoke extra early at the promise to get on national TV, and we are glad to say we were not disappointed. We went to the Rockefeller Centre and watched the Today Show through the glass windows. After rejoining the rest of the group we went to another workshop, this time on creating a musical number. Two dancers who happened to be in the show we were watching that same night instructed us. They were fantastic and a true inspiration. After this we climbed aboard the Staten Island Ferry and saw the Lady Liberty, a true symbol of America. After this we made the sorrowful trip to see Ground Zero, a sight which was truly breathtaking. We visited the church that amazingly survived the falling of the towers. We saw the new tower being built, a true symbol of hope and strength. It’s indescribable the emotions and the thoughts going through your head when walking around that area. After this we took the subway home, a trip which most teachers

Playing the Big Piano

The Liberty Bell


143 Getting ready to do some drama

Philosophy Trip to Paris Far too early on the morning of the 13th February, 12 Sixth Form pupils gathered with Miss Kirby, Mr. Kirby and Mr. Dolan to begin the journey to Paris, for an existential quest inside the heart of the city where Jean-Paul Satre, Simone de Beauvoir and Albert Camus lived, loved and worked. After a sleepy and trouble-free Eurostar journey, we arrived at the hotel. The morning of Valentines Day was a bright and early start and, following breakfast, we crammed ourselves onto the metro for a 10:30 slot to go up the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower was the perfect setting to ponder Albert Camus’ ‘greatest question of philosophy’, whether on not to commit suicide. However, as we all made it down in one piece, clearly we had successfully created enough meaning in this meaningless world for us to face up to and embrace our freedom. After the Eiffel Tower, we were taken for a river cruise down the Seine, to see the fantastic architecture and cultural highlights of the Latin Quarter. After disembarking, we went straight into the grand cathedral of Notre Dame, a good chance perhaps to ponder alternatives to existentialism. The next day involved a whirlwind trip around the Louvre, fighting the crowds to see the Mona Lisa and considering philosophical questions arising from different pieces of artwork, an important aspect of the IB course. After the Louvre, lunch in café and some time exploring the heart of Paris we headed for the beautiful sights of Montmarte. Observing mass in the Sacre Coeur again allowed us to reflect on the larger questions and ideas articulated by existentialism, specifically, Satre’s accusation that the religious live in ‘bad faith’. After dinner we headed to a typical Parisian jazz bar, to experience some of the underground culture that the great existentialists had been part of. With a live band and many Parisians on the dance floor showing off their almost professional standard of jazz dancing, we entered into the swing of things, with everyone, including the teachers, being able to demonstrate their slightly less accomplished, unique dancing styles. On the final day, we were allowed to investigate Paris for ourselves, with pupils splitting into different groups, roaming along the river and around the Latin Quarter and Champs Elyses. From the beginning of the journey home, it was clear that some especially potent cheese purchases had been a mistake and we soon became the most unpopular people in the carriage! Thankfully, we arrived safely back at PGS on the evening of the 16th, glad to be home but sad that such a brilliant trip was over.

Anna Bazley

‘A live band and many Parisians showed off the almost professional standard of jazz dancing.’ 144

‘These lectures began to delve into the depths of modern philosophy.’

Philosophy Conferences An introduction into the world of Quantum physics, the world of the old philosophers and the fine line between what is credulous and what is credible. These were just some of the array of topics discussed at this year’s philosophy conferences. Perhaps one of the most memorable of these was the TOK conference given by Dr Peter Vardy, one of the most renowned modern philosophers. A combined audience of A Level and IB students enjoyed a varied lecture given by Dr Vardy followed by a discussion on the purpose of education. These lectures began to delve into the depths of modern philosophy. They also addressed a wide array of subjects including the study of evolutionary psychology which has revolutionised the ways in which biologists and psychologists alike categorise human behaviour. In previous years Vardy has given lectures on the influences of Maths within nature and also lectured on Economics. Another of these philosophical conferences took place in Croydon, at Trinity school, where again Peter Vardy hosted the conference. The guest speakers included Alister McGrath who in his lecture challenged what it meant for scientific evidence to be credible or credulous. Mr McGrath’s conclusion would certainly have been one which Richard Dawkins would have rejected, concluding that even the most proven scientific evidence required a degree of faith to be considered credible. This was complemented with video extracts of Richard Swinburne who lectured on the God of the Philosophers exploring the opinions of early philosophers through to modern day opinions alongside Dr Vardy. The final of these conferences, offered again another broad array of topics, including the possibility of alien life, and an introduction into quantum physics. These conferences certainly worked to broaden students’ horizons and demonstrate how varied the subject of Philosophy really is. I would also like to give a huge thanks to the Philosophy Department who organized these conferences which have been thoroughly enjoyable for all those who attended.

Andrew Jones

PGS Students and their Swedish counterparts

Sweden and Portsmouth Students How does it sound to travel around the globe on a Tall Ship, surrounded by your friends and co students, to complete your Sixth Form Studies? To visit vast multitudes of different countries, cultures, and peoples all over the world, whilst at the same time, learning how to crew a ship, taking ship’s watches at four o’clock in the morning, to climb amongst the sails and the rigging, twenty feet from the floor? Some Swedes do this. In the half term of October 2011, the Tall Ship Gunilla came to berth in Gunwharf Quays, as part of link between the Portsmouth Grammar School and the Öckerö Gymnasieskola, which is based on the island of Öckerö, in Sweden. As part of their studies, top performing students are awarded the opportunity to sail around the world as part of their studies, Portsmouth being one of their ports of call. Therefore, we Portsmouth students were given the opportunity to host some of these students for one night during their stay. Of course we were all nervous – students from another country, speaking a different language; scary! So when we went on their boat for the first time, most of the students hosting were in different stages of petrified. However, their excellent English put us all to shame, and soon enough we were swapping stories,

laughing and joking with all of the sailors, and getting to know who we would be hosting. Hosting itself was another daunting prospect – what to say to them, how to make conversation, what to do in the evenings – all of these questions were asked by us at least once. But the students made for easy houseguests, providing conversation, stories, and only too eager to play on the Wii or PlayStation. For the first time since this partnership was set up, five IB students and one A Level student made the journey over the North Sea to Gothenburg in Sweden. We were in for a ride, as our journey took us across schools, allowing us to sample life as a Swedish student from Year 10 to Year 13 in various areas of Öckerö, a visit to the Chalmers University based in Gothenburg which is a world leading university, and a Volvo factory. The latter was much more enjoyable than it sounds! We sampled a plethora of Swedish cuisine in the city, spent copious time with Swedish students, managing to learn a few Swedish words along the way, to make up for the enormous language gap. Our Sweden trip was a whirlwind tour of the country well known for Ikea and meatballs, and was excellent for all students studying IB. All of us cannot wait for next year.

Gathered for a Swedish feast

Lucy Moore

‘We Portsmouth students were given the opportunity to host some of these students for one night during their stay.’ 145

Year 9 History Trip to Ypres 9th February 2012

Ten Tors Challenge 2012 On Friday the 11th of May, six year 10 students left for the Ten Tors Challenge on Dartmoor. They had been chosen from forteen to represent the school on this challenging expedition across the SAS training area. The first time that this group of 14 students had met up was on a very cold morning with snow on the ground in the New Forest. Here we were tested on our navigation skill, as well as checking that we could actually walk a fair distance. I am pleased to say that after that cold day we were all accepted to go on to the next stage, a full two day hike around the New Forest, carrying all of our kit and camping out. The next day was just as bad, with sleet and snow but at some points sunbathing weather! We were pulled in by the leaders as there was a risk of hypothermia; we were all soaked and the weather conditions were still very poor. The next stage was the ‘big one’; another two day hike, but this time on Dartmoor itself. We were all set, knowing that we had to complete this to make the final team; we had unfortunately already seen two people leave. The two teams had a big task: to walk over 25 miles to the campsite that night. The weather held out but near the end of the day it came in hard and as we still had a way to go, both teams had to cut the day short. Our hearts were lightened when we were allowed into the ‘Plume of Feathers’ to tackle the immense double bacon cheese burgers, instead of having to eat the less than appetising ration-packs! A week after the Dartmoor training expedition, the seven people left in the running were summoned to the chemistry department to be told which six would be returning to Dartmoor. The final team was Al Harding, Rowan Dixon, Helen Jones, Alex Taylor, Ollie Howard and Dom Waters. Setting off at 08:30 on the Friday morning we all had a good time on the bus, listening to music, chatting and quizzing Mr Williamson on the capital cities of every nation in the world. We arrived at around 15:00 at the Ten Tors campsite where we tried to get the best ration packs, and bigger tent off the 45 mile team!

Al Harding, Ollie Howard, Dominic Waters, Alex Taylor, Rowan Dixon and Helen Jones

We went through the rest of our kit making sure we all had of the correct equipment, and then went to the briefing were they seemed more interested in rare birds than anything else.

Later on, we boarded the Euro tunnel and journeyed further. When we arrived at our destination, we drove to the Lijssenthoek Cemetery.

At 04:50 on Saturday morning we were all woken up by ‘motivational music’ which began with Chariots of Fire. Mr Smith cooked us an energy packed breakfast and we headed up to the start line for the 07:00 start. After a motivational speech, and the Ten Tors prayer we set off; the three helicopters providing air support did a fly pass! We got off to a bad start as we tried to take a short cut through bog; but with some quick walking we got to the fourth Tor without further trouble, and stopped there for some lunch. We were aiming to camp at the 6th Tor in order to make the next day shorter, so we picked up the pace after lunch and got to the 5th Tor by 17:15; leaving us enough time to get to the 6th Tor just 4km away. On arriving we began preparing for the night. Water was collected from a nearby stream, three tents were pitched, and the boil in the bag dinners were heated up.

Then we went to Talbot House where we got a talk on the history there and had a walk in the garden, as well as a tasty cup of tea, which warmed me up nicely.

On Sunday morning we were up at 05:00, pack up and ready to leave by 06:00. We made good time up to the 8th Tor with a few challenging river crossings, managing to get to the 9th Tor only a bit behind schedule. We now had the last Tor, a 9km hike beginning with an uphill leg which took a long time as we were all tired. Upon reaching it we discovered we had to change our route to avoid a rare bird nesting area. This meant going up to yet another Tor. We now had to get to the finish quickly, down and up a steep valley and then along a road. Although it was the end of an arduous weekend, we managed to maintain a good pace until the end, finally finishing at 16:07.

After that we walked to the Execution Poet Poperinge, where we got a very interesting talk from Mr Lemieux on the different punishments/executions in the First World War. We also looked at one of the Death Cells. The next destination was Essex Farm where we listened to a poem read by Mr Jordan and observed the concrete dugouts, as well as looking around the cemetery. Then we went to our hostel and raced to the beds we wanted, as well as putting the sheets on. At half past six in the evening, we had dinner, which consisted of soup and bread as an appetizer and Burger and chips for main course, our table was freaking out as we though we weren’t going to get any chips, but in the end we did. At 8 o’clock, we went to the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate where many different soldiers’ names that served in the war were on the walls. It was a beautiful and very moving experience.

After a long day we made our way back to the hostel. 10th February 2012 The next day we woke up feeling rather cold, and it turned out it was because some lunatic turned our fan up to the maximum rate, thinking it was a heater. We went to breakfast and then packed up our stuff, and boarded the coach. The first place we were heading was Bayernwald and Cryer Farm, where a guide talked about the different tactics used in the War. We also got the chance to enter the trenches. Then we went to Hill 60 and Caterpillar Crater. The crater was absolutely massive. After that we went to Passchendale Museum where saw many different interesting things about World War One including the different uniforms and weapons, after the museum, we walked to Tyrne Cot, the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces in the world. At 3 o’clock we went to the Diksmuide Tower, where we watched a rather off putting video on events that occurred in the war and when the video finished we made our way up the tower, when we were finished me, Will and Pearson, went down the stairs, where each floor was part of the creepy exhibit, there were various spine chilling manikins that kept on popping out. At half past five in the afternoon we had dinner, a very tasty chicken and chips, when we finished, we got on the coach and started our journey back home.

Kelvin Shiu

I would like to say a huge thanks to the teachers who made it possible, Dr Webb, Mr Williamson, Mr Smith, Mr Jordan, Mrs Hooton, Miss Stewart, Mrs Sparkes, Mrs Mitchell and Mr Harris.

Rowan Dixon

‘Our hearts were lightened when we were allowed into the ‘Plume of Feathers’ to tackle the immense double bacon cheese burgers, instead of having to eat the less than appetising ration-packs!’ 146

Dear Diary, Today I had to wake up at quarter past five in the morning, so it was an early start for me. I got myself ready and then my dad drove me to PGS, where we were meeting. When I got there I saw Sam and we had a chat about what we were looking forward to, as we made our way to the gatehouse, where we got registered and handed in our passports. There, I met up with some of my other mates, including Dutton, Shirley, Henry and Fergus. A few minutes later we headed onto the coach. During the journey I listened to some Oasis and talked to some people, Declan was eating loads of food and Henry was in his own little world listening to heavy metal.

Later that evening we went to the chocolate shop where the seller persuaded me to buy 20 euros worth of candy. As I came out the shop just thinking what had I done, my fellow pupil, Shirley seemed to think otherwise, as he came out the shop waving two massive bottles of coke in his hands like an very hyper gorilla.

‘The crater was absolutely massive.’ 147

Year 7 String Quartet performing for Titanic

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Chamb er Choir Evensong


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A Musical Year This year, it has been fantastic to see such a large number of pupils involved in music-making at all levels at PGS, from the Remembrance Concert to the House Song Competition, the Chamber Choir’s visit to sing Evensong at Christ Church Oxford to the massed ensembles in the Gala and Summer Concerts, to the weekly Tuesday lunchtime solo recitals accompanied by the inspirational and indefatigable Karen Kingsley. 2012 started with a stunning Music Scholars’ and Exhibitioners’ Recital. From Fay Davies’ sophisticated, sensitive performance of Stravinsky and Oliver Chubb’s stunning trumpet playing to James Lee’s witty, stylish rendition of On the Sunny Side of the Street and Dan Breen’s enthralling performance of his own composition, an enthusiastic audience of pupils, staff and parents were treated to a vibrant evening of the highest quality, variety and sophistication. In January and February, musicians from both the Senior and Junior schools were busy performing outside of school in productions and competitions. Well over 100 pupils took part in the Portsmouth Music Festival with many being awarded distinctions, awards and trophies. Among the winners were the Year 5 and 6 Corelli Orchestra, the Year 7 and 8 Fiddle Group and the Year 10 String Quartet, as well as many soloists from every year group in the school. These impressive results are testament to the enthusiasm of such a large number of pupils and reflect many hours of hard work and commitment, as well as the inspiration of their individual and group music teachers. With several students taking London College of Music diplomas in Musical Theatre during the year, it is clear that singing is continuing to thrive at PGS and we all look forward to the start of preparations for the school musical, The Producers, in September. Two students stand out in particular: James Gulliford and Annabel Roberts took lead roles in the Minerva Theatre’s production of the Sound of Music and, more recently,

James has been selected to take a lead role in the National Youth Music Theatre’s production of The Dreaming. The Baroque Ensemble (Phoebe Pexton, Jemima Carter, William Wallace and Julia Alsop) took part in the Pro Corda National Chamber Music Festival, the largest and most prestigious chamber music competition for schools. They sailed through the regional heats, receiving praise from a team of illustrious judges who commented on their musicality and communication, and reached the semi-finals for the second year in a row. Music-making has not been confined to the pupils , with the knock-out performance of “Short People” by the Staff Choir at the VIth form Variety Show and the Massed Choir of over 600 singers (led by award-winning vocal harmony group Voces8) at the start of the Festivities in June. As well as celebrating the musical successes of PGS pupils, the Summer Term provided the opportunity to showcase the talents of PGS Parents, Former Pupils and Staff in the inaugural PGS Community Choir Soirée. The Community Choir, a thriving and lively group of over 50 staff, parents and friends of the school, presented an eclectic programme of choral classics, from William Boyce’s Alleluia to stylish arrangements of Moon River and Goodnight Sweetheart. They were joined by special guests Ciaran Walshe and James Hall, who treated the audience to duets and solos, including music by Jamie Cullum. The evening was accompanied on the piano by the wonderful Organ Scholar Nick Miller, whose sensitive accompaniment is a vital part of Community and Chamber Choir rehearsals. The choir is open to all parents, staff, former pupils and friends of the school, and new members are very welcome to join us.

Remembrance Concert at St John’s, Smith Square In 2001, the London Mozart Players became The Portsmouth Grammar School’s Associate Musicians. Since then, the LMP and PGS have had an on-going programme of commissions. As part of this programme, the Composer of the Queen’s Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davis, and the then Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion, were brought together for the first time to create The Five Acts of Harry Patch in 2008. Steven Montague was commissioned to write The Trumpets Sounded Calling Them to the Other Side in 2009. On 11 November 2011, these pieces were brought together for a special remembrance concert in St John’s Smith Square, to commemorate the dead and to celebrate such a relationship between PGS and the LMP

landings, particularly the 110 former PGS pupils killed during the Second World War. The Community Choir joined the Chamber Choir for the 2011 performance. Soloist Annabel Roberts counterbalanced this large choir with a simple yet beautiful vocal line, based on the folk ballad, conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton. During the performance, shivers ran down my spine. The use of innovative sound effects, such as a bowed cymbal on a timpani, wine glasses and fog horns, really made you feel like you were part of the D-Day landings, if only for a moment or two. The use of four timpani placed strategically around the building led to a confusion of the senses, which caused me to envision scenes from the war and felt so realistic.

The Five Acts of Harry Patch was conducted by Susan Digby Eatwell OBE, with soloists Helen Sherman and Håkan Vramsmo. What seemed like angular, almost awkward melodies and harmonies at the start suddenly intertwined effortlessly together and felt almost natural to sing. The piece was extremely difficult to learn but it was incredibly effective and I believe all the hard work certainly paid off in the end.

This concert brought together two every different pieces to create an extraordinary evening that left me emotionally exhausted. When performing pieces with such a deep, historical meaning you cannot help but invest all your emotions in the music. This is what I believe created so much magic that evening, an amazing way to mark such a special moment in time.

The Trumpets Sounded Calling Them to the Other Side used text from the 18th century folk ballad Johnny’s Gone for a Soldier and Dies Irae, which was written around 1250. The piece was a tribute to all those who took part in the D-Day

Charlotte Rowden

Sam Gladstone

‘During the performance, shivers ran down my spine.’

Chamber Choir at the Carol Service 2011

‘These impressive results are testament to the enthusiasm of such a large number of pupils.’


Jordan Banting performing at the Remembrance Concert

House Song Competition ‘All too soon, the song had finished, secretly wishing we could perform another number to the school.’ Overall, no event in the school calendar this academic year came close to matching the excitement of the House Song competition. By the very same token, as House Music Captain and conductor for Grant, none was initially quite so daunting. After months of reluctant participation in Wednesday morning rehearsals during House Assembly, motivational intervention from Mr Charles caused productivity to blossom. Soon, the afternoon in early December on which we were invited to kick-off PGS’s first ever inter-house choral singing competition could not have come sooner. Conveniently organised to coincide with the autumn term’s mufti day, looking across to the judges’ table through the rich, vibrant sea of PGS students proudly sporting their house colours (and their house’s unique colours only) just succeeded to further heighten the atmosphere within the Cathedral and the intense anticipation radiating from myself and others in the Grant choir. Then was our turn to take our positions upon the stage. Moments later I recall Owen Jones completing one of Hey Jude’s famous rubato chord sequences introducing the piano accompaniment to the audience, briefly followed by a few quick (and indeed carefully rehearsed) wrist movements of mine, simultaneously asserting the pulse of the piece and ‘bringing-in’ the choir for the first verse. What felt merely to be milliseconds later, Will Wallace reinforced the choir’s wall of sound on the Cathedral organ. All too soon, the song had finished and we returned to our seats in the audience amidst rapturous applause, secretly wishing we could perform another number to the school. Fortunately, this was just the first performance of the competition. We were subsequently succeeded by seven further magnificent Middle and Upper School entries, yet my second favourite recital of the afternoon (my favourite was, of course, Grant’s) was the penultimate and winning performance. No doubt engineered by Mr Elphick-Smith, their semi-eponymous yet wholly enthusiastic Head of House, Smith’s inclusion of inspiring upper-body choreography was without question a contributing factor in the house’s success. Personally, however, the highlight of the competition for me was the opportunity to help establish what is undoubtedly to become a new tradition in the school’s events calendar. An event which succeeds in promoting healthy interhouse banter through the medium of music, uniting pupils of differing musical ability and interest through singing.

George Chapman

Chamber Choir sing Evensong at Oxford

On Thursday evening the 20th March, those of us studying GCSE, A Level and IB Music were given the chance to experience the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. I have to say before going to the Guildhall, I had a mixture of emotions from dread to excitement. It is evident that seeing the BSO live is so greatly different from the classroom.

Emma Read, Frankie Kooner-Evans, Julia Alsop Chamber choir travelled to sing evensong in one of the smallest colleges in the University of Oxford – Christ Church. We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to sing in such a magnificent venue, the cathedral having been built in the 12th and 13th centuries; in fact, Christ Church is the only college in the world to also be a cathedral. On arrival, we had an instructive masterclass with Daniel Hyde, the Director of Music at Magdalen College, in their cathedral. This masterclass helped us to improve features of choral singing, such as phrasing, diction and working as an ensemble. Daniel Hyde focused the masterclass on our anthem for Evensong – a spiritual arrangement of ‘Steal Away’, helping us to emphasise the dynamics and bring the song to life for the congregation. Some of us had the opportunity to quiz Daniel Hyde about choral and organ scholarships at Oxford, while the others were given a tour of the college grounds. After a quick warm-up in the song school, we were unleashed into Christ Church Cathedral to run through the music for Evensong with the organ. Mr Gladstone prepared us meticulously during this rehearsal so the whole choir felt confident with their parts. Our performance seemed to have been very well received by the congregation who were comprised of parents and supporters, visitors, students, music staff and clergy.

Phoebe Pexton

‘This masterclass helped us to improve features of choral singing.’ 152

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Concert

The first half of the performance featured neo-classical 20th Century music by Stravinsky, the dissonant chords and unusual timbre wasn’t completely to my liking. However I grew to enjoy the sound more as it came to the same composer’s Octet for Wind. This provided something a little sweeter, and it was followed by Richard Strauss’s Serenade for Wind. The whole section was played with incredible precision that really emphasised the high quality of the orchestra. The piano solo which followed really inspired us all. Firstly the pianist’s hair was stunning, but his playing technique also had such fluidity, strong enough to stand out despite the dynamic orchestra (which was not yet full!). The first half of the performance had ended on a high, and we were ready to hear something powerful and dramatic – that was certainly provided! The second half undoubtedly began with a bang. The volume of sound from the full orchestra and how they played Beethoven’s Fifth left me bewildered. The sheer sound that was being produced was so lyrical. There was a subtle rivalry between the strings on each side of the orchestra, as though they were competing with each other; at one point I thought one of the violinists was going to fall off her chair. The required tension and drive from each section was equally important and you could really the feel the player’s passion as they played.

PGS Musicians in the Portsmouth Festivities ‘There is something uniquely special about hundreds of singers from different backgrounds performing such inspirational music together in harmony.’ International Award-Winning Voces8 lead workshops with the biggest choir ever seen in Portsmouth On Tuesday 23 June, a large number of PGS Year Sevens, parents and staff joined a Massed Choir of 600 singers from Portsmouth to welcome Collective Spirit (the Cultural Olympiad Boat Project) as it arrived at Gunwharf Quays. Led by international award-winning vocal octet Voces8, the massed choir performed Erin’s Song, a new arrangement of the Skye Boat Song, and Respect Your Heroes from the Spinnaker Tower in the largest choir ever seen in Portsmouth. Described on Radio 3 as “the slickest of the lot…two parts King’s Singers, three parts Swingle Singers, a dash of Bobby McFerrin and California sunshine…”, Voces8 lead workshops with thousands of singers every year throughout the world. Their ingenious warm-ups immediately conjured up a thrilling and breathtaking sound from the choirs. There is something uniquely special about hundreds of singers from different backgrounds performing such inspirational music together in harmony, creating a sea of sound to welcome Collective Spirit to Portsmouth. Festivities Masterclasses As part of the Festivities, PGS Senior School pupils took part in masterclasses with some of the country’s leading musicians over the last week. The Senior String Quartet (Fay Davies, Eleanor Targ, Lara Wassenberg and Alex Dalgleish) worked with one of the world’s foremost Chamber ensembles, the Brodsky Quartet; the Baroque Ensemble (Phoebe Pexton, Jemima Carter and Will Wallace) worked with internationally-renowned clarinetist Emma Johnson; and pupils from Year Ten and Twelve explored new approaches to composition with inspirational composer Stephen Montague. Congratulations to all pupils for their excellent performances. Sam Gladstone

I have to say despite my initial worries the evening really gave me an insight into the musical world and how the BSO were such a world class orchestra; with not a demisemiquaver out of place. I really enjoyed the evening and I have changed my appreciation of music. I thank the music department for given the GCSE, A Level and IB students such an amazing opportunity to see such an outstanding Bournemouth Symphonic Orchestra. Sophie Rose

‘The second half undoubtedly began with a bang.’

Pupils from PGS and Ryde School with composer Stephen Montague


Orchestra performing at the Summer Concert

Concert Band through the years Those who were at the school that long ago may remember Miss Mattock (the predecessor of Miss Heath). She was my music teacher in Year 7, and almost immediately after discovering I played the Euphonium asked me if I would join (despite the fact that the normal requirement for joining was being of grade 5 standard or above – I think I was grade 3 or 4 at the time, and little has changed over those seven years). Clearly I accepted, and the long journey began. For about two years, I can remember being the only Euphonium player (hence why Miss Mattock quickly brought me in), and the standard of playing in the section vastly improved by the arrival of Ali from the junior school (already grade 5 standard). Some of the pieces that we played were memorable – most notably a Beatles medley and the Euphonium section favourite: another medley, this time of Stevie Wonder songs. Although the lower brass section may have been small, a constant has been the incredibly loud noise coming from those just in front – the trumpets, which has long been a Concert Band joke. After a break for the School Musical in Year 10, I was eventually pleaded to come and talk to Miss Heath about returning by a friend of mine who was in the band. That was a Friday either late on in Year 10 or early in Year 11 for me, and I started again on that day. Since then, we returned to the old favourite of Stevie Wonder (with some ganging up on Miss Heath by the Euphonium section), and moved on to more challenging pieces. I was glad to see an extended percussion section (I don’t think I’ll forget seeing the percussion section dancing around during Lord of the Dance), and that the trumpet section was just as loud as ever. Many of the other sections had expanded in the year I was gone as well. 2010 saw the arrival of the first tenor horn in the band for about 5 years, and allowed us to perform the epic piece of Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack! Coming to my final year in school, we had the largest influx of people ever and hence the largest size of the band ever, with 70 plus members. It also saw the largest expansion of the lower brass: 3 new horns, a new Euphonium, an extra tuba and 2 trombones. The trumpets became 12, more woodwind arrived and the percussion section got an extra member – from the trumpets (he must have got fed up of being told to play more quietly!). This year was possibly the most fun, which I was determined to do considering it was my last year in school. Although in previous years some of the Christmas music was questionable (I will never be a fan of Cowboy Christmas), this year we got Mariah Carey’s Christmas hit, Tequila and the Homeowners guide to making music, complete with 3 members of the Senior Management team of Mr Priory, Mr Charles and Mr Lockyer playing the blender, the whisk (I think) and the hoover respectively. Most of all, we played The Incredibles theme tune! I have always found Concert Band immensely fun. I wish them all the best in the future, and if they want any more of my ‘witty’ catchphrases (or an extra Euphonium player) they know where to call.

James Smith

‘I was glad to see an extended percussion section.’ 154

The Sparkling Summer Concert This year’s PGS Summer Concert defied the unseasonal rain and wind to bring a touch of brightness to a dark Wednesday evening, with the school’s major ensembles in dazzling form performing to a packed Cathedral. The concert presented a snapshot of the tremendous variety of music at PGS, showcasing the talents and hard work of pupils from every year group. It was particularly wonderful to see the Intermediate Orchestra, with many pupils making their Senior School debut, playing alongside Upper Sixth pupils for whom the concert marked the end of a sparkling PGS musical career. The beginning of the concert was heralded by the Percussion ensemble in a dynamic, Samba-inspired fanfare directed in inimitable style by Alonso Mendoza. The audience was immediately transported to the Olympics with John Williams’ Summon the Heroes, written for the Opening Ceremony of the 1966 Atlanta Olympic Games. The Orchestra next performed Prokofiev’s Dance Infernale, a tour de force demonstrating virtuosic playing, syncopated rhythms and dramatic contrasts, before finishing with a medley of the instantly recognisable music for James Bond, again by John Williams. It was fantastic to see the orchestra of seventy pupils conducted with flair by YiRu Hall in her last concert with the Orchestra. The first half continued with a stunning performance of Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso Op.3 performed by Sinfonia, the school’s senior string ensemble, featuring soloists Fay Davies, Eleanor Targ and Alex Dalgleish. This was a performance of style, energy and supreme musicality. The versatility of the musicians at PGS was demonstrated superbly by the Chamber Choir. After their performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria earlier in the year, they showed a different side with performances of American Spirituals and Gospel arrangements, from the reflective and mesmerising Steal Away, Deep River and Shenandoah to a vibrant performance of the great Moses Hogan’s arrangement of Wade in the Water, complete with improvised solos from Emma Ralph. This perfectly prepared the audience for the second half which featured jazz from the Swing Band, Jazz FX and PGS Brass, and Adele and Louis Armstrong from PGS Glee. Both PGS Brass and PGS Glee have been busy in performances outside of school, with PGS Glee performing in a concert for Rowan’s Hospice that raised over £4000 and PGS Brass performing in the Portsmouth Schools Music Festival and the Cathedral’s Jubilee Summer Fete. The concert ended with the school’s largest ensemble, the Concert Band, in Robert Sheldon’s Iberian Escapades and Giacchino’s score for The Incredibles, bringing the concert to a thrilling conclusion.

Sam Gladstone

‘I was glad to see an extended percussion section.’ 155

Winners of the pupil competition, Anna Pembery and James Gulliford

Charity Review


PGS Charity Ballot


PGS C ome Dancing


Camb odia Appeal


Charity Extravaganza


Sixth Form Variety


Battle of the Bands


Amnesty International


Action Aid



Charity Review 2012 As I sit here in my office which overlooks Portsmouth High Street, on this typical Summer’s day, there is rain seeping in through the windows, puddles being jumped in by young schoolchildren and the wind howling through what appears to be the one tree left standing after today’s gale force winds, I realize that in providing a short overview of charitable events and donations at PGS this year is a bit like being asked to put a cork in the clouds, or to stem the endless rain with a flimsy piece of blotting paper. To say that PGS has been generous this year is a massive understatement. Causes as varied as Sport Relief, Action Aid, Rowan’s Hospice, The Rainbow Centre and Naomi House have all been supported through a variety of events led by pupils. The Musicals Concert in October, so ably fronted by Year 13 pupils Sam Morris and Ollie Mitchell, organized by Annabel Roberts, raised nearly £900 for Help for Heroes; the termly Mufti Days have always raised much needed funds for House and Year Group charities; Mr Lemieux introduced the school to the Charity Ballot in the Spring Term which gave pupils an insight into the democratic process through hustings and a vote for the charity of the pupils’ choice – The Portsmouth Down Syndrome Support Trust coming out as the overall winner and a worthy and popular cause. Other events such as sweet showers, cake sales and sponging the teachers have proved very popular amongst the pupils and not just because they can stuff their faces and inflict pain on the staff. Perhaps one of the highlights of the year was the incredible amount raised at the PGS Come Dancing evenings at the start of the Summer Term. An enormous £4,500 was donated towards our school in Chai Thom, Cambodia, following some superb performances from the pupils (and one or two of the staff…) and huge thanks must go to Mr Doyle for bringing everything together to make it such a special PGS occasion. It was also a delight to welcome the founder of United World Schools, Chris Howarth, as a judge for the evening and who explained exactly where the money would be spent. It has been a pleasure to support those individuals who have a particular passion for a chosen charity this year. Whether small or large organisations or whether the events arranged have manifested themselves as whole school, House or tutor group fundraisers, every penny has counted for these good causes and we are grateful for the enormous generosity and kindness of so many in the PGS community. Next year has a lot to live up to.

Ben Charles

‘An enormous £4,500 was donated towards our school in Chai Thom, Cambodia.’

PGS Charity Ballot The Teacher Perspective For some while, PGS has supported many worthy causes through its termly Casual Clothes Day. Yet to date, pupil involvement has been limited to suggesting on occasions the nominated charity, and of course coughing up the money on the day itself. For Spring Term 2012, it was all change! With my Head of Politics hat on, I thought it appropriate to let a little bit of democracy into the proceedings to which Mr Charles lent his full support. Hence we had the first Pupil Charity Ballot with pupils entirely responsible for nominating their chosen charity (with a £20 deposit to be forfeited if 5% of the vote was not achieved), a secret ballot and a clear set of election rules. A wide range of charities were nominated, local and national, some well known and others less so. Hustings were held, good natured campaigning took place and relatively little direct election fraud was observed. Handing out sweets by the ballot box was the worst it got. Some of my Year 12 Politics Class helped to count the papers having previously created some very convincing ballot boxes. That said, we had a slightly unconventional system for allocating the winner. The winning charity overall would receive all the money minus the second placed charity’s percentage of the vote – a hybrid electoral system suggested to me by Stephen Dunne, one of my tutees. With over half the school turning out to vote (more incidentally than the turnout for mock UK and US elections I have run in previous it should be said), the winning charity was ‘Footprints’ a vindication perhaps for the adage in US politics that ‘all politics is local’. Tom Ross, their lead campaigner, offers his reflections below.

and I was pitched against older year groups including sixth formers, came the realisation that I desperately needed a very cunning plan of action! Immediately, I approached my tutor group. They, and my tutor Mrs Dray, were incredibly supportive. We set about brainstorming ideas for our campaign. We needed ways to reach pupils in all year groups, and thus decided on a poster campaign. During the first phase, we designed and put up posters about Down Syndrome and the charity, and let people know that they could come to the tutor group to ask questions at any time. The second phase followed a week later, and I put up attention grabbing and humorous posters calling for pupils to vote for Footprints using iconic images like David Cameron, Yoda, Prince William and Katherine and many more. I even designed one showing Mr Priory backing our campaign, but Mrs Dray pointed out that Mr Priory must be seen to be neutral throughout the process. A bit like the Queen! Footprints was the only local charity in the ballot this year, but I decided to use that to our advantage. The motto for my campaign became ‘Charity begins at home’. We approached

my house, Summers, for support, and I went around the tutor groups to explain about the charity, and how everyone’s votes would count in the overall result. I also managed to wangle a slot in Middle School Assembly. I think we did a very good job canvassing, and covered all the different year groups thoroughly. Perhaps too thoroughly; one pupil desperately promised to vote for us, if we promised to not mention the word ‘Footprints’ again! I think the charity ballot was a huge success, and it gave pupils the opportunity to learn more about different charities and the whole voting process. It is a real privilege to be able to vote and to have the opportunity to influence things around us, and I think pupils appreciate this greatly. My tutor group and I all had a brilliant time during the charity ballot, learnt more about the voting system, and it helped us to bond more as a tutor group. I am really grateful for the support of my tutor group, and everyone who voted for Footprints. I’m looking forward to next year’s election!

Tom Ross

‘Relatively little direct election fraud was observed. Handing out sweets by the ballot box was the worst it got.’

Simon Lemieux

The Pupil Perspective Since I started at PGS in Reception, we have always been actively encouraged to support a wide range of charities, both at a local level and further afield. This year the Senior School launched a new venture which encourages individuals to nominate their favourite charity for the Pupil Charity Ballot. Pupils then vote for the charity they think is the most worthy cause, and the winning organisation wins the bulk of the funds raised from the Casual Clothes Day. Portsmouth Down Syndrome Support Group (Footprints) is a brilliant local charity right on our doorstep in Belmont Street which provides invaluable advice and support for children with Down Syndrome and their families. The charity is fundraising in an effort to replace the specialist educational and developmental services which were lost recently as a direct result of Local Authority cuts. This charity is particularly important to me as my little brother Max has Down Syndrome. When the names of the other nominated charities were released, including The Royal British Legion, Cancer Research UK and The Dogs Trust, each one a very worthy cause, I knew I was up against some tough competition. All the other nominations were national, well known charities, and with this, along with the fact that I was the youngest person taking part

Year 7s promoting the work of Portsmouth Down Syndrome Support Group


PGS Come Dancing “Why?” was the question I was most asked when I announced in October last year that I wanted to put on PGS Come Dancing again. The basic answer was that it had been two years since the last outing and it is always great fun to do and watch. Also, it normally raises a fair bit of money for charity. Despite others’ reservations regarding commitment of time and energy, I phoned James and Kelly Prouton, our dance teachers, and we arranged to meet. They were even more keen than I to put it on again so any last doubts disappeared. Forward to January and I began to twist arms amongst the pupil body to participate and received lots of promises, most of which I was not sure whether they were firm promises or the “say yes and he will go away”. Amongst the staff also there was a disappointing reluctance to participate and lots of finding something interesting on their shoe when I talked about it in Briefing. However, I was delighted when sixteen pupil couples turned up for the first rehearsal, all keen to see what this was about – or at least keen not to let me down! It also made me realise that a lot of couples were ‘couples’, giving the practices an extra frisson and ensuring petty excuses would not be tolerated. We began with a Cha Cha and the basic steps soon showed us those couples who were going to shine and those who were going to entertain. I was particularly proud of the showing from my own House – eleven competitors from the final thirty were Latter. After two hours, we were quite shocked at how quickly they had all grasped the basics and were keen to progress. By week three we had begun the Tango and it was clear that this really did better suit some of the couples who clearly knew each other well! All were spurred on by the competition, not wanting to let their partner down and, of course, the huge generosity of Kelly and James and the teacher couples who were putting reputation on the line for this. With the arrival of the Easter break, we had confidence that it was going to be a competent night – the first essential for success – and it was then down to my team to ensure a decent night was

had by the audience. I also was slightly worried that three weeks holiday might spell doom for certain relationships and would there be anyone left speaking to each other to dance on our return? I gave them all a gentle reminder of the importance of commitment and told them, no matter what, they were dancing! Over Easter the enormity of what was left to do, in basically one week on our return, hit me and making my famous list of “To Do” items did not help as it went over to a third page. Luckily, I was able to leave all the technical and artistic worries to Miss Rickard, who herself was to perform at the semi-finals and had been so generous with her lunchtime rehearsals for individual couples who wanted extra tuition. Ms Linnett did her best to keep everything calm and focused and Ms Cross was then on board when I finally decided that the money raised should go to the Cambodia Project, given that the last time we held this event, the money raised began the building of the new school for United World Schools, our partner in Cambodia. One of the most bizarre ideas I had was to have pre-voting, where pupils who were not able to come along on the evening to vote could see, on the VLE, extracts from the practices and vote for the best couple or simply to support their friends. This led us to scrap the idea of buying a vote and simply going with half the votes would be from the judges’ scores and half from the money raised. Running around rural Derbyshire in the Easter holidays whilst visiting family is not the time to have these ideas and the following day, looking desperately for 20 waste-paper size bins onto which to put the photo of the couple and into which the money could go was no mean task (nor will I forget the face on the woman in the hardware store when I told her how many I wanted). Bins purchased and photos stuck on, we returned and I was delighted to see fifteen couples there on time as ever for the first rehearsal. The teachers also looked far more confident and ready for the challenge and the following days saw the polishing of the routines, entrances and finishes put to the dances, music

finalised and cut to time and, of course, outfits discussed. I had implored the boys to find a relative who wanted to buy them an early birthday present and invest in a good pair of shoes. The ladies always go to great care and expense for their outfits and the boys rock up in black trousers, decent shirt and school shoes – always unpolished! Meanwhile, and staggeringly, the pre-voting had taken off in a major way. Some of the bins were filling up on a regular basis and I was emptying the contents three or four times a day. It had been decided early on that I would not dance this time, having loved competing before, and would host. This gave us the dilemma of how to get fifteen couples through with comments from judges; a few words from the dancers; interval; counting time and of course the show dances and still be out before midnight. We came up with dancing in the round where we would open up the Bawtree Building and allow couples to dance around as they would in a ballroom and make the event unique and more authentic. I also did my best to get the stories behind the scenes – including finding out one staff couple had spent the Easter holidays having a great deal of private lessons! Finally, the semi-final night had arrived and all was ready. Miss Rickard and Mr Akass kindly agreed to judge, the latter already earning my eternal gratitude for paying for the programme for the event. He then told me he was stepping aside as he had managed to organise for the founder and Chair of United World Schools, Chris Howarth, to be present for both nights and would judge himself. This certainly added to the poignancy of the night. As the lights went up, we entered to the tones of Sinatra and “Hip Hip, Chin Chin” and salsa danced on to the stage. We were then treated to the best night’s dancing I had seen in 5 seasons of this event. All were accomplished and all were spot on. Nerves seemed to leave them all as they entered – no mean feat when one remembers there was no where to hide with judges and audience on all sides. It was so sad that we had to lose 7 couples and not take them all to join the teachers the following night. As it happened the bottom two could not be separated so we took through nine couples to the final. I loved the relieved faces on some who had not gone through and the anguished faces on

some of the parents of those who had as they had to get to the bank in readiness for the final! One can imagine the panic the following day as all the couples had put their focus into their first dance and now scrambled to make the second equally good. We had not even properly practised the opening routine and by 6pm, there were lots of last minute checks and adjustments to what had been, on paper, the easier of the two evenings. Finally, as “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas filled the room, the lights went up and we began with our thanks and farewell to the semi-finalists before introducing the teachers and getting on with the show. The final was notable, not only for the quality of dances but also for the outrageous frock on some of the teachers – highlighter pink and My Big Fat Greek Wedding orange; it was certainly a colourful night! Of course both nights were graced by professional dancers: Miss Rickard and her partner, Sam Erricker on semi-final night and the Proutons during the final. At the end we had our winners: Anna Pembery and James Gulliford in the pupil category with Ben Charles and Karen Walsh winning the staff event. But from all of it two points will remain with me. Firstly the enormous dedication, effort and hard work as well as extreme good grace, in the light of some comments of the participants: Phil Belcher; Lucy Cole; James Byrne; Chloe Sellwood; Jake De Guisa; Rosie Young; Alex Gerrard; Anne Cole; Harry Harwood; Maddy Shand; Andrew Jones; Katie Logan-Rose; Andrew Knighton; Tammy Manuel; James Lacey; Amy Nguyen; Barney Martin; Beth Albuery; Henry McNamara; Annabelle Roberts; Jasper Oswin; Jemima Young; John Wiggins; Courtney Spalding; Craig Winfield; Eleanor Ball; Theo Wing; Emma Kissaine; Chris Weekes; Michael Roderick. From the teachers: Claire Jepson; Ben Charles; Karen Walsh; Raquel Cabo Acosta; Chris Williamson; Helen Harris; Anne Stephenson and Chris Reed. Finally, the generosity of PGS parents and families cannot be overlooked. I had hoped to raise £1,000, which would make it worth the effort. To raise £4,500 for Cambodia was, therefore, staggering. The money will complete the building of the well as well as the second classroom and certainly begin the accommodation block. Huge thanks are due to James and Kelly for guiding and inspiring us as ever and giving so much of their time to help make the event what it was. Also to the support I had from Lisa Rickard, Helen Linnett and Alex Cross. To Emily and the technical support – in particular to Sam Stirrup who did not let me go on stage with a blue or green microphone top but found a Latter yellow one! To the caterers for the bar; to Alasdair Akass and the Development Team for the programme and support; all the support and help given by so many pupils and staff on both nights in support, marshalling and counting. Having put it on for the enjoyment and to enthuse pupils to dance, it was satisfying to have 32 pupils who now know they can do it. To know that the magnificent amount raised will be used for such an amazing cause is humbling so, let’s do it all again… in a couple of year’s time! And if you need encouragement or would like to see what the fuss was about, watch for the DVD in September 2012. Keeeeep Dancing!

David Doyle

‘We were then treated to the best night’s dancing I had seen in 5 seasons of this event.’

The judges give the first ‘40’ of the evening

PGS Cambodia Appeal Over the past year, the Cambodia Committee has worked hard to continue to raise awareness of the school we support in Chai Thom along with raising the money we need to fund it. In particular we have been raising the money needed to build a well in the village and support the school by paying for its two teachers and their accommodation. Along with this we helped with the ‘Battle of the Bands’ where half of the funds went towards buying musical instruments for the pupils to interact with in their self-learning room. Also this year we have organised cake sales every other week, helped out at the Sixth Form Variety Show and sold candy canes and Christmas Cards next to the ice rink during December. Recently we organised a ‘Sweetie Shower’ so that we can pay for the school to be maintained and expand as it has been so successful that even children from neighbouring villages have been attending. One of the largest successes this year was PGS

‘One of the largest successes this year was PGS Come Dancing.’ Come Dancing, run by Mr Doyle which raised an incredible £4500 to go towards the cause, thank you to all the dancers, organisers and supporters who helped run this fantastic event. We have also run the Camper Van scheme where pupils got the chance to decorate and build their own camper van money boxes, this helped to raise money and also mirror the need for teaching road safety as the village has recently had a road built through it. Overall this year we have raised around £10,000 and hope to raise even more over the summer with people sponsoring Mr Ansell who is hoping to cycle 777 miles down Italy in only 7 days. Cycling this distance in such a short amount of time will be a huge challenge but we are hoping that it will raise the money we need to finish the well currently being built.

Alice Blois

Sixth Form Variety Show For many pupils across the school, the Sixth Form Variety Show is the highlight of the year; this year was certainly no exception. The fantastic Ben Stanford and Annabel Simpson hosted the show and there was a spectacular range of talents on show. The night got off to an impressive start with a performance by Owen Jones on electric guitar, followed by a belly-dancing debut from the Director in Residence, Sandra Maturana. The competition stepped up a gear when the Sixth Form Senior Girls Sports teams took to the stage in their own rendition of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” complete with anoraks and umbrellas. Despite a few prop mishaps, they gave a strong performance with excellent choreography by Anna Pembery, who also performed later in the show with Annabel Roberts in a tap dance-off. This was not the only dance talent on offer, as Rhiannon Jones proved with her exciting tap solo and a Year Nine dance troupe brought some attitude to the night with their Beyoncé dance. The boys, however, showed they were not to be outdone as ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ took to the stage and immediately had the audience in stitches with their gym prowess, leaving all sense of modesty firmly behind the curtain. It was then time for the teachers to sing their hearts out as the Teacher’s Choir performed, with Mr Hampshire proving that height isn’t everything. They were not the only teachers to show off their talents as Mr Baker demonstrated when he stormed the stage for his moment of glory during the 1st XV rugby team’s

The PGS Charity Extravaganza Day The PGS Charity Extravaganza Day, despite much wind and rain, was held on Friday 22 June. It was a unique opportunity for the school to help two important charities: the Piam Brown Children’s Oncology & Haematology Centre at The Southampton General Hospital, and The Cambodian School’s Project in Cambodia. The former improves the chances of local children with cancer, and the latter improves the prospects of Cambodian children through Education. The Charity Extravaganza Day, organised by Ieuan Anthony, Jamie Atkinson (Year 12), and Mary Mitchell, included a book stall selling second hand adult, teenage, and non-fiction texts, a cake stall (provided by Mr Ansell and his team), and an arts and crafts stall (provided by Mrs Jepson and her team) which delighted us all with an extravaganza of jewellery, household wares and clothing. All three stalls were very busy, but the cake stall must take an Olympic gold medal for brisk business; it sold out within the first hour of business! It is always with awe and amazement that we witness the enthusiasm and generosity of the pupils and staff at PGS. Each year we ask them to support, work for and donate to a myriad of charity events, and yet there is never a sign of charity fatigue: they just dig deeper and deeper. Thus it is with great pride, and upon much counting and re-counting, that it seems we have raised a staggering £1112.88 for these worthy and necessary causes. Through the selflessness and compassion of the pupils and staff of PGS many children will have a brighter future.

‘The cake stall sold out within its first hour of business!’

‘Mr Hampshire proved that height isn’t everything.’

Mary Mitchell Mrs Mitchell drumming up trade in her pink tutu


‘Under my umbrella-ella-ella’

version of the Backstreet Boys hit, ‘I Want it That Way.’ Tom Dry provided comedic value to the night with his quick wit, having the audience in tears of laughter, before Kieran Walsh jazzed up the show with his excellent piano playing. Ellie BurrLonnon brought some Irish culture to the dance floor with her Irish dancing before the extraordinary singing talents in the school were shown off by Joe Grant, with his Paolo Nutini number and Pippa Harris and Graihagh Guille’s Adele duet. The incredible evening ended with a number by the hilarious duo, Tim MacBain and James Gulliford singing “Anything you can do, I can do better”, summing up the competitive acts of the evening who had displayed their widely varying gifts and abilities that had been showcased so successfully. We were reminded during the evening by Mr Ansell’s cycling during the whole show of the purpose of the night; to raise money for the 777 Cambodia Appeal, and Mr Ansell managed to complete an impressive 42km in the night, beating the various audience volunteers against him, including Mr Gallop. The night was a huge inspiration and thoroughly enjoyed by all who came to support the evening. Our thanks go to all of those who worked so hard to make it such a success.

Katie Husselby

Battle of the Bands – An International Society Charity Event ‘A winner had to be chosen, so we

Action Aid As Katharine Whitehorn wrote in an article recently, these days raising money for charity sometimes requires people to undertake strenuous or difficult activities. It is not just about going out onto the street armed with a collection box and some sticky labels. Collecting money for a just and noble cause is more often than not an odyssey. It is true we don’t have to fight the Cyclops or overcome the calls of Sirens, but we do have to battle against the multiple good causes and the seemingly endless number of charities for this and that that we get involved in these days.

used a borrowed decibel counter from the Physics Department to tell how loud the crowd was cheering.’

George Chapman and friends International Society hosted its first Battle of the Bands competition in aid of the school’s Cambodia Appeal on 29th March. The event saw three bands – each with a member belonging to the school – play three songs each in an attempt to win over the crowd. After special guests Redshift, a band composed of Ops, played their set to warm up the audience for Owen Jones’ band ‘Fools and Scissors’ played their three songs. The unique and original mix of rock and dance music immediately got the audience moving and this, along with Owen’s fast-fingered guitar solos, set the bar very high for the following bands. Taking up the challenge and next on to persuade the crowd that they deserved to win was ‘This Way Up’, George Chapman’s band. They used the intimate venue of the

Old Gym to complement their indie genre and it was soon clear that the audience loved their music too. Dan Choppen took to the stage next with his band ‘Guilded Youth’ – their guitar-pop and upbeat sound was clearly popular with the lively crowd that was dancing in front of the stage and at the end of their set it was obvious that everyone would have loved to hear more from each of the bands. A winner had to be chosen though, and using a borrowed decibel counter from the Physics Department the audience was asked to cheer loudest for their favourite band. The scores were incredibly close – the cheers for ‘Fools and Scissors’ reached 104 decibels, ‘This Way Up’ scored 105 and ‘Guilded Youth’ claimed victory with a reading of 106.

PGS is involved in so much charity work that to find a day to fit in another event is quite a skill, so much so that it requires a high level of strategic planning, to be indifferent to the possibility of making a fool of oneself and, above all, collaboration. In this case the lack of fear of making a fool of oneself was essential. Given that I would be incapable of swimming to Hayling Island from Langstone, not because I’m not a good swimmer, but because in the icy waters of the Solent the sponsors would feel a moral obligation to donate their money on the Lifeboat service (yet another charity) as they fish my frozen mortal remains out of the water. Staff and pupils at PGS are going to have to wait to see me run a marathon, do a parachute jump or cycle one-legged from Portsmouth to Liverpool, as exemplary as these activities might be. And seeing that almost everybody is on a diet of some sort these days I have not been able to count on the typical tapas or tortilla, so I have had to fall back on other cultural stereotypes. But what is a person from the northwest of Spain, Galicia to be exact, dancing flamenco? Andalusia is not only geographically distant from my homeland, but culturally as well. While in Vigo it rains and a wind blows in off the Atlantic, in Seville it is sunny with warm, balmy breezes. It is hardly surprising then that tourists, desperate for sunshine and blue skies, know about castanets and flamenco and not the Galician bagpipes. So, if the end justifies the means, bring on a little Porompompero, guitars and stamping heels.

PGS continues to support a school in Chia Thom, Cambodia, which we helped to build, and which still needs our help. The money raised from this event is being used to send musical instruments to the school in order to enrich the learning experience of the pupils there. Thank you to all the bands who took part in what was a highly enjoyable evening.

Ollie Velasco

Amnesty International - AmnesTea Hand crafted bunting hung all around the Sixth Form Centre on date ready to welcome students, teachers and parents alike to PGS’ first AmnesTea, a charity event aiming to raise money for Amnesty International through the sale of tea and cake. A great deal of planning went into this event with everyone chipping in to promote the event, decorate the sixth form centre, and of course bake the cakes. Carrot cake, gingerbread men, millionaire shortbread, fairy cakes, cookies.... a whole array of mouth watering treats were laid out ready to tempt everyone in. In no time at all plates, cake tins and cases were scraped clean and it was time for the most important part: the counting of the money.

Previous campaigns for the PGS Amnesty team have included the designing of kites for ‘Kites for Women’s Rights’ and letters petitioning for a ‘Bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty’ written to David Cameron, however, I feel that it can be said on behalf of the rest of the PGS Amnesty Group that our AmnesTea brought with it a great sense of satisfaction and a feeling that we were taking a campaign into our own hands and doing something creative with it to raise awareness. We hope that this AmnesTea will be the first of many.

The whole caboodle couldn’t have succeeded without that other essential ingredient, collaboration. Without the contribution made by pupils and Mr Hogg to a noble cause, eradication of child poverty, and the knowledge that we still have as much as we need and more than many others could ever imagine having, we would not have achieved anything. And if a little stereotypical playacting raises a smile and helps collect £300 in a short time, then olé to stereotyping and olé too to Owen Jones, Louisa Stark, Eleanor Targ, Junshi Wace, Lucy Cole, Katherine Godfray and Sophie Andrews.

A special thanks must go to Ms Cross, for making all this possible. Sarah Gray

As a group we felt that with the event alone we had helped the charity but with the added bonus of a profit of £180, we knew that we had achieved something that could make a difference to someone somewhere in the world.

‘We knew that we had achieved something that could make a difference to someone somewhere in the world.’ 164

It may be that next year I follow the Headmaster’s advice and ask for sponsorship not to create a song and dance but to sit it out quietly without creating a fuss; admittedly, in my case, that would be a real challenge.

Liliana Nogueira-Pache

AmnesTea with Alice Tilbury, Georgie Boxall, Sarah Markus, Katy Greenwood and Misha Oates

Flamenco dancing with Mrs NogueiraPache, Mr Hogg and Owen Jones

‘In this case the lack of fear of making a fool of oneself was essential.’


Will Wallis, Policy Director, Ben Schofield, Best Delegate, and Andy Jones, Secretary Generalwith Prize Winner, Isabelle Byrne

Michael Roderick and Max Jewell, Former Secretary Generals, with Prize Winner, Isabelle Byrne

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A great year for chess at PGS

PGS Hackers

‘Despite coming last, it can be said that Smith house are inside the top four houses in PGS Chess’

Throughout all my life the only idols that I’ve held close to my heart consistently have been authors. The special people that manage to capture my mind and my emotions time and time again, read after read, from one book to the next. These are the people that taught me to read and why to write those who taught me how to live and how to love. Kerouac with his pounding rhythmic prose drawing me into a bygone era of long faded parties and the glorious road; I learnt big words don’t equal big emotions when I read Hemmingway, the minimalism of “The Old Man and The Sea” touched me and held me captive for its bare 100 pages more effectively than any Stephanie Meyer novel.

For years PGS chess has been sidelined by the larger sporting fixtures, with rugby, hockey and cricket stealing the show… until now. Over the past 12 months chess at PGS has undergone a revolution, having seen its first inter-school chess match in over 10 years, not to mention the hotly contested house and individual events. Since September, 77 different pupils at PGS have played in Chess Club or in a tournament and every player has a carefully calculated PGS rating and ranking. Over the last two and a half years Dr Ronaldson has nurtured the steady growth of Chess Club. The fact that he isn’t much good at the game itself has been more than compensated for by the years of experience that Mr Puchades is able to draw upon when advising players on how to improve their game. The year started with Grant House achieving victory in the Senior School House competition winning all its fixtures with significant contributions from Captain Sebastien McCue, Tim Buckman, Rowan Dixon and Tim Bustin. The tournament went to the last week however as Grant narrowly beat Whitcombe for first place. Latter and Smith fought out third and fourth, Latter eventually coming third. Despite coming last, it can be said that Smith house are inside the top four houses at PGS. November saw the turn of the Middle School pupils’ individual tournament, with many Year 7s upsetting some of the favourites. Noor Shihadeh was one of those pupils and emerged the winner gaining 15 points from a possible 15. Other notable performances came from Ajay Patel and Joe Allen who gained 13 points each.

At the start of the school year, PGS travelled to St. John’s College to play its first ever chess match against them, taking a team of four, led by captain Reuben McCardle. PGS won the match 3-1 with Reuben McCardle, Jerome Luchesa-Smith and Tim Buckman all winning. PGS’ next two games against St. John’s were equally rewarding as PGS won 7-3 and 7-2 respectively. Possibly the main event of the year, the Whole School Chess Competition, involved 30 pupils from all year groups, and started in February with winners gaining a chance to compete in a national competition after. Due to AS exams, all Upper Sixth Formers were given a handicap before the tournament had even started, seeming to pave the way for a Reuben McCardle victory. And as the tournament entered its sixth week out of seven, McCardle was indeed 2 points in front, ahead ofTim Buckman and Ajay Patel, a Year 7 who had defeated Jerome Luchesa-Smith two weeks previously. To everyone’s surprise however, including a “Win! You didn’t?” exclamation from Mr Puchades, McCardle lost to Buckman, setting up a final week shootout. It was between Buckman, playing Tim Bustin, and McCardle, playing Patel. Both Buckman and McCardle won their games, but Buckman came out on top on tie-breakers. Therefore, it has been an extremely successful year for PGS Chess. Timothy Buckman

Classics Club Classics club is a great weekly event. It is a fantastic place to watch amazing Roman and Latin related films. They all relate to what you learn in Latin so it gives you a head start with various topics such as gladiators in the arena in Rome and it is even better than Latin lessons! It is one of the best clubs PGS has to offer, with the fantastic Mrs Clifford running the club. What’s more, if you go there constantly for a few weeks, you get an early lunch pass so you don’t miss any of the film. We have watched many films, including ‘Asterix and Obelix’, ‘The Eagle’ and the series of ‘Roman Mysteries’. It is a great opportunity!

Writing is not an easy craft to master. Like every art form, to produce a work, beautiful and complete, it can take years of painful work even with a powerful genius. Jack Kerouac famously wrote On the Road in a three week frenzy fuelled by coffee and cigarettes, pouring out not only one of the best books ever written (in my opinion) at 5000 words a day but gallons of sweat in the process. However, history leaves out the years he spent on the road, keeping detailed journals where he would hone his craft, ‘sketching with words’ as he put it so he could later call on these individual scenes and coalesce them into a novel that epitomised a generation, and an era. During those years and his gestation into becoming the writer he was born to be, he was surrounded by other writers, from Sebastian Sampas when he was just a teenager to the years at New York among such people as literary giant and idol in his own right, Allen Ginsberg. If you have any aspirations to write, or simply enjoy doing it at Hackers, A.K.A. creative writing club, we band together to talk and listen every Thursday after school about our own writing and others. If you want encouragement, a critical eye, or simply a reason to write then come along every week from 4:00-5:00 in G3. Ben Schofield

‘Hemmingway held me captive for its bare 100 pages more effectively than any Stephanie Meyer’

PUG ‘My pen pal told me that he makes footballs out of banana fibres and bin bags.’ Over the past 4 years PGS has developed a link with a Ugandan school called Kikaaya College School (KCS). The Pupils’ Uganda Group is a society within PGS that helps to strengthen and support this link and develop friendships and relationships with pupils from Kikaaya. Our aim is not act as a charity, but to be ‘partners in learning’ with KCS. It was Miss Nicholson who set up the link with KCS. This was strengthened when she went out to Uganda and lived at the school for 10 days. She and a geography teacher from KCS called Madame Hellen initiated curriculum projects between the two departments and set the foundations for the link to develop into what it is today. The link was greatly boosted by a visit to KCS by the PGS Expedition Team in summer 2010, led by Miss Stewart and Mrs Sparkes and introducing 23 PGS pupils to KCS and life in Uganda. I find that being a member of Pupils’ Uganda Group can be extremely rewarding, I felt both very relieved and proud when I heard the news about our textbooks arriving in Kikaaya. It was a very satisfying feeling knowing that your help could in the end help to better someone’s life and certainly better someone’s education. I have a Ugandan pen pal with whom I attempt to be in regular contact with. I find that having a Ugandan pen pal both opens ones eyes to what life must be like in an LEDC and highlights the differences in our lifestyles. My pen pal told me that he makes footballs out of banana fibres and bin bags; I find the ingenuity of this truly astounding and feel humbled by the amount that I have in comparison to what they have. Being a member of PUG makes me feel part of something bigger. Over the past 4 years I have seen PUG flourish into what it is today and I look forward being a part of its future. It has a pleasure to be a part of PUG up to this point and I would like to thank Miss Nicholson very much for her continued commitment and support to the link.

Albert Wassenberg Freddie Dennis


Albert Wassenberg and Raunak Mukherjee


Model United Nations The Model United Nations has continued to grow in strength and number, as another round of budding speakers took to the floor in order to present on a variety of issues. This very popular society meets every Monday lunch whilst also hosting a conference in Easter Holidays. Speakers present on a chosen subject through a resolution which includes a range of proposed changes which the individual would make. The society attracts pupils from throughout the school, with an equivalent for Middle School pupils, affectionately named JUNMUN. Indeed such speakers have not just been limited to pupils, with a number of teachers including Mr Gallop and Mr Robinson taking the stand. This year the position of Secretary General was taken by Andrew Jones, whilst the Policy Director was Will Wallace. As the Model United Nations society approaches its fifth year, it is evident that the society has seemingly gone from strength to strength. This year has seen a complete variety of debates presented by both pupils and teachers, some more sedate than others. One of the more controversial to be hosted came from Year 10 pupil Alex Harding who advocated the abolition of Religion within the modern world. This resolution encountered both fierce resistance, particularly from the philosophy department, and support from a number of pupils. Another of the more interesting resolutions to be debated was introduced by George Neame, who argued for the introduction of Euthanasia. Among the teachers resolutions were presented by the likes of Dr Galliver, Mr Gallop and Mr Jordan which all included in depth introductions into their respective topics. The Summer Term also brought another round of debates also periods of prolonged hot weather dwindled attendance rates. Mr Robinson presented a resolution as Russia advocating the crushing of Chechnya rebels which encountered heated debate particularly from Michael Roderick. With future resolutions from speakers such as Mr Doyle and the celebrations of MUN’s five years fast approaching there is much to look forward to in the coming year. This year, the Model United Nations conference took place over the weekend of the 30th and 31st of March, including pupils from St Edmunds, Portsmouth Grammar and Springfield. The conference began with a session of lobbying in which delegates presented their resolutions to their respective committees. Within our own economics committee, topics ranged from plans on dealing with the Eurozone debt crisis to the problems associated with tax havens. After the delegates had had time to consider each of the resolutions, it was time for dinner which was followed by an internationally themed quiz organised by the Policy Director Will Wallace. Areas which delegates were questioned on ranged from scientific discoveries to European trivia. The conference resumed in the morning with a speech by Secretary General Andrew Jones in the Memorial Library about the impact of an individual on the modern world. Then came the real substance of the conference; the committee debates in which the most popular resolutions of lobbying sessions were discussed. After spending much of day debating these issues, the conference entered into the final phase; the emergency debate. The situation involved the IranianIsraeli conflict spilling into open war with the countries of


Caleb Barron, JUNMUN, with Andy Jones

Beach Run and Triathlon Club Another session, with ten of us standing on the beach wearing only very skimpy swimming shorts, goggles and swim hats, whilst fifty local junior school kids sit on the beach laughing at us. It’s June, but the sea is the same temperature as the beginning of January and the awful weather and twenty mile an hour wind doesn’t help with the chill. It’s not as bad as the Christmas Swim, but after twenty minutes we’re all dizzy climbing back up the beach, and putting trainers back on has become an interesting task, but after the run back and a hot shower it all seems worth it for the feeling afterwards.

the world taking side. The steady flow of news was brought to the delegates through a number of video clips which included news reports by Mr Elphick-Smith. Delegates then proposed solutions to the crisis which included annexing Israel, ending the production of nuclear weapons and demanding reparations to be paid to Israel. This was followed by impassioned speeches both for and against the proposed solutions by delegates from Brazil and the United Kingdom. Then the delegates voted on the resolution as a whole which surprisingly passed despite containing a few controversial solutions, including the dissolution of the Israeli state. The conference ended with the prize giving ceremony which included awards for delegates both within their respective committees and for the conference as a whole. Finally the conference drew to a close, having been one of the most successful to date. A huge thank you goes to Mr Burkinshaw in particular, who worked tirelessly for the smooth running of the conference, as well as to Will Wallace, Daniel Rollins, Kiara Clement and Julia Alsop for making it such a success.

We’ve been doing this for a year now and the feeling’s always the same, whether it’s arriving at the top of Portsdown Hill for the sixth time after a sprint-off and nearly falling off the bike as we try to get our breath back, or almost being sick at the end

of the infamous ‘Beater Test’. Despite the aches the day after, it feels great, and for some reason we all keep coming back for more. The training each week has been in preparation for the Isle of Wight Triathlon in September, which, after a lot of discussion we decided on as our challenge for this year: a sprint triathlon with a 600m swim, 35km bike and 7.5km run. Hopefully this is only the start, with talk of possibly organising a team endurance triathlon, in order to raise money for charity. Hopefully this would go some way towards paying back Mr Baker’s dedication each week, organising endless hours of morning swims, Beach Runs and other imaginative sessions.

John Wiggins

‘Despite the aches the day after, it feels great, and for some reason we all keep coming back for more.’

Alongside the conference which was organised by Portsmouth Grammar, delegates also visited the Winchester College conference in the Spring Half Term. After arriving at the conference, delegates were quickly split between the Security Council and the General Assembly ready for the day’s debates. Then came a period of intense lobbying which was followed by policy statements by each individual country which outlined the agendas the delegates would be following on each issue. At lunch the delegates were divided between the various houses of the College. We then returned to our respective assemblies before resuming the debates. The conference concluded with tea and prize giving before returning to PGS. The experience gave delegates an interesting taster of how other conferences have been run whilst also offering another opportunity for serious debate on an array of topics. Once again thank you to Mr Burkinshaw and Mr Jordan who organised the trip.

Andrew Jones

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Grant House Year 13 Leavers’ Speech To have a House is to have an identity and Grant house is hard to sum up in just a few words. Many of us have been part of Grant House for the last five crucial years of lives. It is extraordinary to think back 5 years ago and now taking a look at one another and far each of us has come. The House has excelled across a variety of activities including sports, music, drama and academia. Without the ever-willing pupils of Grant, such success would not have been possible and I would like to thank all of those in Grant house who have contributed to these successes. We will all will back on our school years and remember the significance that Grant house played. Whether sitting through assemblies or lounging on a sofa in our house base when we are supposed to be working. I believe that our House has given us all an opportunity at great success in our lives despite the increasing work load and exam pressures, we’ve all enjoyed every second even through the tough times. Particular dedication should be paid to our CCF Senior Cadets Bobby Abernethy and peer counsellors Carolyn Bingley and Eleanor Ball, not forgetting our multiple prefects and our senior prefects: Michael Roderick, Esme O’Hagen and Sam Morris. Although we are all thankful to leave school now, it is not because we have not loved it – Grant House has given us such ambition for the future and the challenges that lie ahead. Finally, we would like to give a big thanks to all of our tutors, our Deputy Head of House, Mrs Kirby, and most of all, Mr Gillies all of whom have been there for us when we have needed support and help. Thank you for the great times Grant house and I wish everyone one of you the best of luck for the future.

Taylor Langford-Smith and Henry McNamara

‘Without the ever-willing pupils of Grant, such success would not have been possible and I would like to thank all of those in Grant house who have contributed to these successes.’

Latter House Year 13 Leaving Speech In the general every day context, the word latter is used to refer to the last option given or to depict that a part of something is comparatively near to the end. Although we have reached the end of our school life, to describe our house as being the last choice is anything but the truth. The members of the Latter House this year have strived to be anything but the last option. They have made outstanding achievements and contributions to the house, but also to the school as a whole. Friendships and memories from the house will be retained and cherished for many a years to come. Bold and bright not only reflects the yellow colour of our house but also adequately describes the members of Latter. An abundance of Latter pupils have been implicit in school sport. Atticus Peart and Samuel Bourne played fundamental roles in the 1st 15 Rugby Team, previously contributing to wins such the Hampshire Cup and getting through to the national sevens tournament. Likewise, Phillipa Paxman and Jess Wilcox have been constant assets to PGS sport within the hockey, netball and athletic teams, with Philly’s outstanding performance in the netball team that came runners up in nationals earlier this year. With 1st team Hockey Captain Dan Choppen helped by players such as Nick Britton and Iain Pollard as well as the 1st XI cricket captain Jamie Rood in our midst, it would be fair to say members of latter do not shy from roles of responsibility and leadership. Our performance in house sport this year is one that should not go unnoticed with wins in house hockey and house volleyball.

‘Friendships and memories from the house will be retained and cherished for many years to come.’ To put it into context how much we value every single member of Latter, we could envision a scene perhaps, comparable to that of the television series of Lost where the members of latter are stranded on a remote desert island. As a team, there is no doubt of the abilities and skills of the 2012 ‘Latterites’ to escape from such mayhem. We would have the expertise of Rosie Young and Dan Choppen, striving marine biologists to check the waters for piranhas and sharks, thus ensuring safety. With their charm showcased in PGS Come Dancing this year, Andrew Knighton, James Lacey and Giacamo De Guisa (Jake) would no doubt be able to entertain us out of any terrifying predicaments. Huddled around a campfire on late nights waiting to be rescued, the sheer musical talents of Iain Pollard, Ed Fry and Joe Grant would lift our spirits. To easily bring a smile to our faces in times of desperation we rely upon Tom Dry, our comedian in residence to have us in stitches, which many of you experienced during the Latter House Showcase as well as Variety Show earlier this year. To cure the sick or injured, we would have the medics and chemists on site, George Rapley, Benarsh Laly, Caitlin McHale, Oli G Mitchell, Emily Bennett and Anne Cole, some of whom were dubbed most likely to find a cure for cancer. With the use of Jordan Came and Helen Dorricotts and their role as peer councillors in the Sixth Form anyone with problems could confide in them. With his entrepreneurial skills and dominance of the fast food market, Bilal Ahmed would be able to sustain any hunger when deserted on the island with Ollie A Mitchell’s economic expertise to help manage his finances. If the members of Latter ran into any face of evil such as that of in the chess game of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, we would have Chris Mirizaians to get us out of any sticky situations, and with him Sherard Graham who assisted a win for Latter in the House Chess competition last year. In case of a run in with the locals, Will Ireland could use his impeccable linguistic skills to negotiate our freedom. In the hope of ever returning to

mainland we could rely upon Sam Bourne and Rob Portlock to construct a sturdy ship using their knowledge of Physics with Tonya Neame and Megan Cumming calling upon their artistic talents to paint the outside. And if, despite the Latter teams best attempts to leave and all else failed, we could rely upon Jack Brays link with Darren Brown or perhaps Lauren Smith to use her connections with a certain member of One Direction to lift us all to safety. The message we are trying to convey is that every member of this house is treasured and their talents and abilities are acknowledged with great admiration; there is no questioning you will all go on to great things To our tutors in the past, but mainly present, we are truly grateful for your everyday guidance and support and for fighting our never ending battles, even if we were in the wrong. Thank you to each and everyone one of you for your constant reassurance and helping us to get to where we are today. To Mr Doyle, there is no better person for Latter House. Thank you for your absolute dedication to us and creating a wonderful environment for us in which we have thrived and loved every second of. For the last fourteen years of our lives spent in education, we have talked about the day when we leave school, and begin a new chapter of our lives. Well, that someday is today and it is an honour to have spent it with you, the members of latter house and the rest of the 2012 leavers. We will miss you, and thank you for making the years so memorable.

Amy Nguyen and Ollie Spraggs

Musically, Latter has not failed to impress. The moving ‘Last Post’ played on his trumpet by Ed Fry on the roof top during remembrance day is something that will not be forgotten as well as Joe Grants amazing performance in the PGS Variety Show. Dramatic talents are not lacking in Latter either, with outstanding performances from James Lacey during last years Portsmouth Festivities and also Charlie Eldrid’s performance in House Drama. The leadership qualities of those in the leavers of Latter this year can be clearly observed. With Anne Cole as Senior Prefect dedicating so much of her time to the school as well as an abundance of prefects, our house continues to strive set the standards for our fellow houses. Organisation has not gone a miss with members of the Sixth Form team such as Sam Stirrup and Chelsie Tang who placed much of their efforts into organising the Variety Show, Leavers Day and Leavers’ Ball.

Elinor Bendell speaks with the Headmaster


Amy Nguyen and Ollie Spraggs at the Cathedral


Smith House Year 13 Leavers’ Speech ‘The boys in mankinis is a memory that I hope will soon be erased.’

It has been a very successful year all round for Smith House. There have been many individual successes that are worth celebrating. To name but a few; Jess Lavery represented Great Britain in 420 at the ISAF Sailing Youth World Championships and was the female national champion in 2011, James Cunnison represented the CCF at the commissioning of HMS Protector; Jerome Luchesa-Smith raised £220 for charity after shaving his head, and Frankie Materna captained the 1st Netball Team . We are of course very proud of the House’s individual achievements. But what is particularly special is our achievements together. Yeovil Town FC, with whom Pompey will be playing their football next season in League one, have three words on their emblem: ‘Achieve by Unity’. And those three words really sum up Smith House, be it in our amazing rendition of ‘You’re just too good to be true’ in the House Song Competition or our undying team spirit in House Sport and Drama. Whether we have won or lost, there has remained a feeling of unity amongst us; together we have the ability to succeed. The house system is predominantly a source of stability in school when everything around us is changing so quickly. Soon we will be part of Smith’s past but our legacy as PGS leavers 2012 will live on, whether it be in the academic and sporting successes of individuals and teams, the inspirational speech to the 2nd XV rugby team by Connor Guille or the flashmob pillow fight on our last day, we are quite an unforgettable year group and the upcoming leavers have a lot to live up to. PGS and the experiences we have had here are sure to leave a legacy in each and every one of us, the opportunities that have been offered to us have enabled us to broaden our horizons - we’ve all been encouraged to take part in things that may not have been possible had we not been as PGS; experiencing different cultures on exchanges and sports tours, being involved in competitions that give us the opportunity to represent the house, year group or school has allowed those who excel to be rewarded for their skills - Rachel Montgomery’s chess success is bound to leave a legacy. We’ve been able to realise the hidden talents of some of our peers in the talent show but the boys in mankinis is a memory that I hope will soon be erased. The legacy of Portsmouth Grammar School will live on in all of us; we should utilise the good work ethic that has been instilled in us and should be thankful that we have been so fortunate to have been taught by some of the most inspirational teachers and have been able to meet the people who we now consider our best friends; the friendship bus stop in the junior school has been the catalyst of many successful friendships - we must endeavour to maintain the friendships that have been formed during our time here. Our time in Smith House is encapsulated by our incredible Head of House, Mr Elphick-Smith. Be it Wednesday morning wit or the undying passion and will to win in all competitions (especially when Latter are involved!) he truly embodies what it means to be in a House that we can be proud of; the eclectic fashion and that moustache will not be easily forgotten. The Smith tutors, Mr Lemieux, Miss Cox, Dr Howson, Miss Dyer and Mr Dolan, as well as our deputy head of house Miss Cross, have been a source of great support for many of us during our time spent in Smith however long it may have been, and we thank them for this.

Whitcombe House Year 13 Leavers’ Speech This year marked the inauguration of the House Trophy. Under the stewardship of Miss Bush and Mr Cooper, the Whitcombe and Summers class of 2012 secured our place in PGS history as we won the Lord Mayor’s House Challenge Trophy. The presentation was the culmination of the first House Song Competition which was a great success, and an event in which the true house spirit shone brightly. It would be fair to say that not all of the House are especially gifted with vocal talents, but nonetheless we all chipped in, and as ever, collectively we shone. Our motto that Whitcombe is ‘more of a home than a House’ is displayed by the daily influx of pupils from other houses accumulating in our house base; this ethos is also evident when we somehow manage to squeeze into the Rotunda every week for our assembly. The variety of assemblies is accompanied by words of wisdom from our House bard, Kieran Keel, as well as the week’s sports news read passionately by Tim Orton. In addition, we have heard of the toils of Graham Harding and James Byrne on the chess scene, with our captain Graham having emphatically never won a match! Charity has always been an integral part of Whitcombe life and during the Sixth Form we’ve seen Tim and Alex boldly shave their heads, and Ben Stanford entertainingly co-hosting the Sixth Form Variety show both in aid of the Cambodia appeal. As a House we’re never afraid to voice our opinions on global and school matters and during their time in Whitcombe our pupil councillors Ailidh Forlan, Tom Purcell, Chris Hall and Rachel Hodell have shared their views on all aspects of school life. In addition, our peer counsellors, Jack Woodford, Adam Pinkney and Graham Harding, have always been available to support the younger members of the House in confidence. We have a number of individuals in the

House on the Portsmouth Point Editorial Team this year, including Dominic Wells and our resident senior prefects Jake Grimwood and Claire Stephens. The House boasted a grand total of 5 Ithaka Award finalists this year, involving a very detailed and complicated electronics project undertaken by Will Haward. The Sixth form Shakespeare production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ last summer saw Claire Stephens and Ben Stanford as star-crossed lovers alongside Emily Crowcroft, Tom Purcell as the playful and mischievous Puck, and James Smith, who has taken part in every Whitcombe House Drama since year 9 and last year was awarded ‘Best Actor’ for his neon pink portrayal of Percy in our production of ‘Blackadder’. Our Model United Nations presence as a House is very strong thanks to Chris Hall and Anna Bazley, one of our four IB students, who hopes to go on to read History and Politics at the University of Oxford, joining Isabelle Whitaker, Kieran Keel and Claire Stephens who are also Oxbridge offer holders. Under the leadership of House Music Captain, Adam Pinkney, Whitcombe have gone on to win House Music twice in two years, featuring stars such as Eleanor Targ (who leads the orchestra), James Smith (who is currently Head of Chamber Choir) and Oli Laking who was also part of the successful team who came 43rd out of over 200 teams in the Ten Tors challenge last year. Finally we would like to thank all our tutors and everyone associated with Whitcombe for making our time here that bit more special. On behalf of the House we would like to wish Mr Cooper all the best as he moves on to pastures new, and say to him, that as for us, Whitcombe will always be a home. Thank you all for a fantastic time at PGS and good luck for the future.

Alex Gerrard and Junshi Wace

‘It would be fair to say that not all of the House are especially gifted with vocal talents, but nonetheless we all chipped in, and as ever, collectively we shone.’

Eleanor Targ, Junshi Wace and Michael Roderick

This year is the 350th anniversary of the school’s founder William Smith. As you can see, individuals at PGS are not easily forgotten. We hope you have enjoyed your time in Smith. Good luck for the future, for new doors are opening; just make sure you don’t let the old ones close.

George Hope and Ellie Hughes


George Hope and Ellie Hughes with the Smith flag.


2012 Leavers Unite


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University College London

Biomedical Sciences




History of Art



St Andrew’s

French and Italian with Year Abroad




Mathematics and Physics



University College, Falmouth

Art Foundation




Economics (Sandwich)








Economics and Management




Environmental Geoscience



King’s College London





Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity




Veterinary Medicine



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French and History



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English and Communication Studies





Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering







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International Management and Modern Languages - Spanish



Oxford Brookes

Economics, Finance and International Business




Primary Teaching (English)




Philosophy and Politics



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Information Management and Business Studies



Languages and Contemporary European Studies Law















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Gap Year




Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies




English Literature




Marine Biology



Limoges, France





Oxford (Queen’s)




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Gap Year




Gap Year



Oxford (Brasenose)

History and Spanish (4 years)




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East Anglia

English Literature

General Engineering



St George’s, University of London




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Business Management



King’s College London

English Language and Literature



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Oxford (Lady Margaret Hall)





History and Politics





Law with Politics



Oxford Brookes

Sport and Exercise Science






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Italian/Spanish (4 years)




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Royal Holloway, University of London

Comparative Literature and Culture and English




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Oxford Brookes

English Language and Communication/English



SAE Institute (School of Audio Engineering)

Audio Production



Royal Veterinary College, University of London

Veterinary Medicine




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Business Management

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French and Politics








Economics, Finance and Banking




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Modern History with Economics




Law (European and International)



Cambridge (Trinity Hall)

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies




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Gap Year








History with Contemporary Chinese Studies




Business Management




Economics and Finance



Gap Year



Queen Mary, University of London





Chinese and History




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English Language



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International Management and Modern Languages - Spanish




Information Management and Business Studies




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Psychology with Professional Placement




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English Language and Literature







University of the West of England, Bristol





Product Design



Cambridge (Selwyn)




Cambridge (Clare)





Psychology (4 years)



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Marine Biology



Imperial College London




Exeter (Cornwall Campus)

Flexible Combined Honours




Sport and Exercise Science






Guildford School of Acting

Musical Theatre

Economics and International Development (Sandwich)

Head Girl, Anne Cole, delivers her parting speech.


Shererd Graham, Lewys Jones, John Melville, Ollie Spraggs, Tom Moyse, Tim Orton.

Rachel Montgomery, Rebecca Love, Octavia Elphick-Smith, Emily McInnes.


The final departure from the Cathedral.


Lord Mayor Cheryl Buggy with Junshi Wace and Alex Gerrard

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‘All four Heads of House reported more parents than ever.’

The House Trophy “Many of you know the basics about your House - the name of the benefactor, after whom your House is named; the past Housemasters or Captains. However, would it surprise you to know the beginnings of the House system was due to a reluctance of many boys to take part in sport back at the beginning of the last century? Whether this was because scholars were too tired after a hard day being scholarly, or simply because they couldn’t be bothered, is not known. But, by 1909, it had got to the point where only a third of boys were taking part and it was clear that something had to be done to encourage participation. The first House Cup, competed for on Sports Day at Hilsea in April 1909, was won by the Reds (Smith House), narrowly beating the Whites (Whitcombe House). An observer wrote that “the desire to help his particular House inspired each competitor”.” The above, from the excellent article about the history of the House system at PGS by John Sadden in the 2010 edition of this publication gave us the definitive guide to the history of the Houses at PGS. However, we continue to forge the path forward and this year saw the awarding for the first time of the new House Trophy. The original House Cup was mainly awarded for sporting ventures on sports’ day: “in all races except the 150 yard handicap and such races as the Jockey race, Three-legged race, etc.” And, as the years have passed, new cups and trophies have been awarded for other areas of school life. Drama has seen a significant increase in input from the Houses as has non-sporting ventures such as chess, the annual House Challenge competition, House Music and even, a new addition this year, the House Song Competition. All are important in their own right and retain their independence with an array of cups and trophies to accompany them which can be seen dotted about the various House entrances. Yet sport itself has diversified and what began as the House Cup is now simply one cup presented on Sports’ Day. House sport, however, has become a staple of Monday lunchtime with dodgeball, squash and badminton, basketball, handball and volleyball all competed far more fiercely and the four Heads of House come out in force on the Saturday mornings or after school fixtures at Hilsea when the annual House rugby, netball, swimming, cricket and hockey competitions take place. However, we were conscious that the House Cup was not awarded for an overall position of the Houses. In 2009, we began to award the House Cup which was based solely on

Recognitions awarded that year, but this was not an accurate reflection either of the whole. A visit by Cllr Paula Riches, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth gave rise to a trophy for the new century which would incorporate the totality of the House competitions. She was keen to mark the strong link between school and the city of Portsmouth and proposed the Lord Mayor’s House Trophy which was carved in glass and carried the Crest of the Lord Mayor. This was to be the definitive trophy for the Houses and Upper School Houses would also be joined by its Middle School counterpart so that, in keeping with our roots from 1909, it would be awarded to a colour: Blues; Yellows; Reds or Greens.

House Drama 2012 Victorious Grant House with Dad’s Army

The theme for this year’s House Drama was a celebration of David Croft, the BBC Comedy writer, who sadly passed away in November 2011. Clearly, we had lots from which to choose, but eventually Grant went for ‘Dad’s Army’; Latter and Smith for different episodes of ‘Are You Being Served?’, and Whitcombe for the challenging ‘Hi-de-Hi’. After weeks of hard rehearsing, February comes around quickly, but this year’s teams all seemed to take to it well and the evening was a huge success. All four Heads of House reported more parents than ever joining them for drinks beforehand in the House bases, and Sandra Maturana, the Director in Residence and our judge for the evening, had a difficult job in picking a winner. Not that the four of us are competitive, but this year also saw the first time that House Drama is part of the House Trophy totals. Grant deservedly won with a brilliantly costumed version of the classic ‘Dad’s Army’, but all were congratulated on the brilliance of the performances and the faithfulness to the scripts. The sheer depth of acting talent, timing and flair across all four houses was enormously impressive; next year has a great deal to live up to!

It was decided that the trophy would run for a calendar year, and to award the new trophy each December, acknowledging its place in its own right and ensuring that all member of the school would be present to see and celebrate its award. Now, finally, the Heads of House can truly claim that everything pupils do in school counts towards the trophy: effort and achievement grades; recognitions; House sport on Mondays, co-curricular activities as well as all the above mentioned items. So, we began in January 2011, recording and recognising all we do. Periodic updates created an excitement throughout the school and everyone understood that they could make a difference to their House’s position. In December 2011, we marked the culmination of a year’s celebrations for the centenary of the Houses by a Song Competition in the cathedral; even this would count. All eight Houses sang out and dressed for the occasion in their House colour – more difficult for some than others! At the end, the individual House scores were revealed and the Trophy awarded by Cllr Cheryl Buggy, Cllr Riches’ successor. The scores were as follows: in the Upper School, Grant scored 1332 points, Latter 1696, Smith 1554 and Whitcombe 1624. In the Middle School, Barton scored 1777 points, Eastwood 1451, Hawkey 1398 and Summers 1766. Therefore, when collated, the Greens were awarded the trophy in its inaugural year.

Latter House produces Are You Being Served

One of the original reasons for House cup in 1909 was to foster “greater interest in school life generally”. A century on, Cllr Riches’ generous sponsorship of the new Trophy, not only cements this ideal for the next century but ensures that the links between PGS and the city of Portsmouth are themselves further strengthened.

Smith House provides Are You Being Served

David Doyle Best House: Grant House Best Actor: Peter Rapp (Latter) Best Actress: Agatha Newton (Whitcombe)

Pete Rapp (Best Actor), Sandra Maturana (Judge), Aggie Newton (Best Actress) and Tim MacBain, the Grant House Director (Best Play)

David Doyle

‘This was to be the definitive trophy for the Houses.’ 184

Whitcombe House puts on Hi-De-Hi


Latter House Report The 205 members of Latter House began the year in a convincing last place in the House Trophy competition, and were slightly non-plussed as we seemed to be doing well in all competitions and House Sports. We were, therefore, delighted to find that there had been a significant mis-calculation and the new scores were revealed. We were still last position, but by a far narrower margin than before – hurrah! This seemed to give the House some serious momentum and we charged forward for the final term with determination not to be last. October brought the good news from the postponed House Music Competition. Ed Fry won the overall individual prize and was awarded the prestigious Michael Nott award. Latter came second overall. Musically, we continued to reap the rewards of so much effort from the Music Department with individual tuition and we are always grateful to them for this.

There were two real highlights of the year. Firstly, we began the year in fourth place. We were proud as punch in December at the cathedral during the first House Song Competition – we were GOLD! but without much shine – when it was announced that, by sheer House spirit, hard work and enthusiasm, we had won the senior school competition. Sadly, the trophy went to the House that came second as it is a whole school competition and the Junior House did not step up to the challenge. It is something to work on next year, but the elation in the Housebase that afternoon – or was it simply disbelief – was profound and will be long remembered by all there; a testament and tribute to the staff who worked so hard to motivate us!

‘Latter has much to look forward to for the next 100 years!’

House sport has been transformed this year, or so we have been led to believe, and we have competed with vigour and success. The VIth Form led the way with a clean sweep of dodgeball and in the Spring Term, but squash and badminton were both disastrous. Final term saw us attack volleyball with the same vigour as dodgeball, winning all games in Years Nine and Ten but the Year Eleven crashed into the net. The final flourish of House sport was a new enterprise, handball. We were unsure before we began but winning has a certain positive effect on one’s opinion! Hockey was a triumph this year. We have always had some strong individuals in our teams, including the team and Junior England legend, PJ Russell, but none – even PJ – has been able to secure a Latter win when it came to House Hockey. Therefore, we were all overjoyed when Dan Choppen led us to victory and the best three games ever witnessed, including a very tense final versus Whitcombe. The girls then confirmed our supremacy with a fantastic three wins from three games, even though Philli Paxman did not tell their Head of House that she played the whole morning with glass in her foot from an injury the previous evening. Chess was our proudest moment of last year, when we claimed the title from Grant after many years. Chris Mirzaians Captained the House as defending Champions but, sadly, Grant House were much embarrassed after last year and won back their cup in some style, beating us into second place by six points. We also had some but not ultimate success in the House Challenge competition which we won in both the first two years of its existence. House Drama, now a firm favourite on the calendar, was again a fantastic night. We had a bumper year for supporters enjoying the House hospitality beforehand and then strolled across to enjoy the evening with a tribute to David Croft. Oli Price was a fantastic Director, bringing Are You Being Served to the stage. We were beaten into second place by Grant’s Dad’s Army but some wondered whether this was due to the judge forgetting our performance after the mammoth time on stage of Whitcombe.


David Doyle at March Through the Arch 2012 Individuals were also impressive in their achievements. We were served well on the VIth Form Council by Miss Tang, Mr Pollard and Mr Stirrup and on the Years 9-11 Council by Danny Rollins; Alice Bennett; Ella Tusler and Jamie Matheson. In sport, Sam Williams was selected to be one of a five-man England Schools Ski Team at the ISF World Schools Ski Championship in Gresonney. Following on a long tradition of staff participation, Mr Jordan took part in the Great South Run with Emily Jenkinson and Helen Jones who came 9th in the Junior Great South Run. Emily Jenkinson again was in the local and national press, having competed in the Regional Biathlon in Bath – 100m swim; 1000m run and she won overall to go through to the Nationals in March. Latter’s Frei and Duggan transformed school squash; Catriona Ellis has been selected for the South of England netball squad, after an intensive selection process over 3 weeks, and Michael Robinson and Chris Weekes came 3rd out of 40 public schools in the 4 x 100M freestyle Relay, followed by 4th in the 4 x 50m medley relay. In Drama, the Wizard cast included: Hannah Seal who reduced her Head of House to tears as Dorothy in Kansas; Zoe Barnes was a Guard in the Emerald City. In Music, Edward Fry, master of so much of the House musical success, enjoyed his own moment of glory with The Portsmouth Music Festival. Those who won their classes (shiny silverware awarded et cetera) were invited to the final concert where, like gladiators of Ancient Rome, they fought it out for the Portsmouth Music Festival Recital and Concerto awards – essentially a chance to have a whole concert of them playing. Ed won the Recital prize and in June 2013

gets to put on a concert in Portsmouth. We were also proud of Sam Gibb, taking on the mantel from Ed and representing Latter on Remembrance Day, playing the Last Post from the school roof. Lucy Cole was presented with the Philip Barrett Choral Scholarship this year – the second year in the three years this prize has been awarded that it has been awarded to a Latterite. This is not to be outdone on the academic side: in January, Helen Jones, Roxanne Goacher and Zoe Barnes were given a special History prize for their achievement in the National History Competition regarding WWII; we were also delighted to see a number of pupils in Latter commended for their PGS Extend work: Chelsie Tang; Joe Grant; Charlie Eldrid from the VIth Form for whom the work is compulsory and, more notably, Helen Jones and Fergus Kay who were commended for their works: “Written in Stone: the Foundation of my Past” and “Frankenstein: the Making of a Monster” respectively. Finally, late in the year, the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge was completed, with Chloe Sellwood and James Woolas winning Copper Awards and Jordan Banting and Chris Weekes winning Gold Awards. In co-curricular activities, Lucy Cole and Katherine Godfray helped raised over £300 for ActionAid with la Señora Noguiera by dancing flamenco in the quad and VIth Form centre and Michael Robinson was successful in gaining a place on a highly competitive student expedition to Peru and we look forward to a report in the next edition. Finally, Year Eleven all won the best song and best collage category in the Sixth Form and Beyond Day.

The second highlight of the year had to be the Latter House Showcase when we celebrated the centenary of the House in an evening of music, speech, comedy and general entertainment. It was truly a great event and nearly all of the senior years of the House were present and performing in some format. It was particularly memorable to see the Rotunda full for the evening and we managed to compose a play in the evening and even design a portrait of the Head of House. All agreed it was a unique event and one parent who has had three children in the school was moved to write: “Over the years I have been to numerous outstanding school drama productions and music concerts and some fascinating talks and lectures, sometimes involving my children and sometimes not. Some have been almost professional, some pupil-led and some low key and intimate. As I’m sure you may know I rarely write to congratulate the school on school events. This is not because I haven’t hugely enjoyed them, it’s because I haven’t got round to writing. However, your evening was so enjoyable that it has moved me to write! It felt relaxed and intimate and clearly you and some of the pupils had put in a tremendous amount of effort into marking the occasion, thank you so much for such a fun time.” Latter has much to look forward to for the next 100 years! For all their efforts to the House this year, we awarded Colours to: Jamie Rood; Iain Pollard; Edward Fry; Philippa Paxman; Guy Cripps; William Smitherman; Melissa Smith; Peter Rapp; Tamara Manuel; Charlotte Stephenson; Alastair Gray. At Christmas, we said farewell to Dr Burridge who left us to take up a research post at Portsmouth University. We welcomed Mr Stone, new Head of Spanish, and Mr Dymock, new teacher of Technology. As the year ends, we say farewell to Mrs Hammal who although remaining in the school, does so on a part-time basis and so leaves Latter as a Tutor. Many will have been touched by her caring and thoughtful approach to them as Tutees and her fabulous efforts in the life of the House. The yellow door is always open for a return, and to Mrs Copin who is leaving to join her husband who takes up the role of Second Master at Harrow and will teach Maths there. She will always be remembered for her fantastic and challenging Maths assemblies and also having given us a Latter addition: baby Maurice. We wish her well!

David Doyle


Smith House Report This academic year saw the 350th anniversary of the Baptism of the School’s Founder, William Smith. We marked the event with a talk by the School Archivist, Mr John Sadden, who considered some less well known aspects of the Founder’s life and opinions. Smith House is proud of its achievements, and, as you can see, individuals connected with Smith are not easily forgotten. The latter sentiment is drawn from the address of the House Captains, George Hope and Elinor Hughes, in the Cathedral on Leavers’ Day. I should also like to quote their views on House spirit: ‘Yeovil Town FC, with whom Pompey will be playing their football next season in League one, have three words on their emblem: ‘Achieve by Unity’. And those three words really sum up Smith House!’ So, let us begin with team affairs. Hopefully, Smith is closer to the Premiership than Pompey, and we can indeed celebrate the spirit and working together of the House. Our success in the first all-inclusive House Song Competition was a genuine triumph for the whole of Smith. All took part, took the prize and took us back to the world of cardigans and the 1960s lounge with a superb rendition of the Andy Williams’classic, You’re Just Too Good to be True. The spirit was more than enhanced by the enthusiasm of Mr Dolan and Miss Cross - our inspirational new Deputy Head of House – and the aptly ‘cheesy’ choreography and moustache stickers provided by Miss Dyer. Team spirit has also been at work in lunchtime sport across the age range, where successes were numerous – most notably, the netball ‘Redwash’ - and where the new Year Captains had the first opportunity to show their leadership and organisational skills. We are sure this will be a positive development in the House structure, which is further enhanced by the continuing work of the House Council which advises or comments on many matters of our activity, direction and environment. House Drama saw a specialised team in action again this year with the likes of Ben Schofield, Tom Harper and Greg Walton Green, accompanied by a wonderful range of actors and actresses from across the year groups, carrying on camping to produce an excellent episode of Are You Being Served? Directed by Octavia Elphick-Smith, it was a winner in every respect other than the opinion of the judge. There have, of course, been many individual successes of very particular note, too. Jessica Lavery and Gemma Bird are both sailors of renown at Great Britain level. Callum Cross was a part of the cycling team which won the British Schools’ Hill Climbing Championships, and George Kimber-Sweatman, umpire and referee, becomes the youngest member of the RA-FA Youth Council. James Cunnison has ranked high in the CCF and represented the body at the commissioning of HMS Protector. Frankie Materna captained the 1st Netball team this year, and no fewer than five of the School’s National Netball finalists came from Smith House. James Gulliford has attained national recognition for his drama, achieving a main role in the National Youth Music Theatre’s production of The Dreaming, as well as taking joint honours in the School’s Strictly Come Dancing competition. Isabel Howson continues to excel on the tuba, being selected for the National Youth Wind Ensemble, whilst Fay Davies, Lara Wassenberg and Alex Dalgleish also played in


‘Hopefully, Smith is closer to the Premiership than Pompey…’

Whitcombe House Report

an outstanding masterclass with the Brodsky Quartet. Highly Commended in the Hanging Basket Competition, driven by Ben Tucker, is also not to be sneezed at…though it might have been if the sun had shone a little more this summer. Academically, Jonathan Wan and Will Green from last year’s cohort are to be commended on five A* grades each at A Level, whilst current pupils Jacob Poulton and Jerome Luchesa-Smith currently hold Oxbridge offers. We have celebrated all achievements from national success to the award of certificates in House Assembly, and there is now more provision to view pictures and posters of events and attainments in the House base. We hope to augment this electronically in the year ahead, which will also see the further decoration in Smith House, along with the arrival of more sofas, clocks and the long-awaited fireplace; the moose head may take a little longer! We are sorry to say farewell to our Sixth Form leavers this year. They have made a great contribution and deserve success in their A Level examinations and UCAS applications this summer. We shall also miss Mrs Clarke (formerly Miss Murray-Bruce) who becomes Deputy Head of Whitcombe House, Mr Dolan, who moves on as Head of Economics at City of London Freemen’s School, and Mrs Clifford who has been an exceptional Smith tutor throughout her time at PGS, serving under no fewer than three different Heads of House. She leaves as our ambassador to Grant House. New Deputy Senior Prefects, Emma Kissane and Emily Duff, as well as new House Captains, Daniella Masters and Lewis Garland, will keep the splendid new House flag flying for Smith in the next academic year. It would be equally apt at this time of the summer Games to say that they will keep the torch aloft. Indeed, the ultimate symbol for Smith House this year came at the close of the Summer Term when Hattie Gould, athlete and netball player from Year 11, helped to carry the Olympic Torch on its journey through Hampshire! A true beacon to guide our efforts and aspirations.

Julian Elphick-Smith

Miss Bush leads Year 13 Leavers on March Through the Arch It has been a very busy year, and it seems no time ago I was welcoming the impressive new Year 12 pupils and Year 9 pupils into Whitcombe House. What has been most notable this year has been our academic success; with Jack Woodford, William Haward, Emma Spruce, Anna Bazely and Claire Stephens all being nominated as Ithaka finalists and a record number of pupils being offered/ gaining places at our top Universities; Eleanor Whitaker (English at St Hugh’s Oxford), Kieran Keel (Spanish and History at Brasenose Oxford), Anna Bazely (History and Politics at St Peter’s Oxford) James Smith (Vetinary Science at The Royal Vet College), Megan Evans (St Andrews) and Jushi Wace (Engineering at Peterhouse Cambridge). This shows the growing ambition of pupils in Whitcombe to strive for the best in all that they undertake. With many studying sciences at A Level this year it is no surprise that Alice Blois, Katie Logan Rose, Luke Granger- Brown, James Collingwood , Muzzammil Ahmed and Prashanth Ramaraj would be involved in The Imperial College Project and Star Gazing with the BBC, all as part of the Science Ambassadors scheme. After our success at Sports day, we have been keen to maintain our sporting profile although having to be content with often second or third placing in House sports this year. It is Year 9 under the leadership of Ben Stainton, Claudia Materna and Ciara Dossett who have shone the most in House Sports; they have also contributed most to House Hockey and Netball. We have retained the House Music Cup for the second year and Agatha Newton won best actor in House drama. Although we continue to pride ourselves in fielding a full team, whatever the competition, it was a real privilege with Summers to be the first House to win the House Trophy. This success was not only a result of the two ‘green’ houses pulling together throughout the year but also the hard work of our House Captains Jushi Wace and Alex Gerard. As we look forward to another productive and busy year it is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to two individuals who have not only embraced the spirit of Whitcombe House but have been very supportive of all that are in their care. Mrs Hall is to become Head of Music at St Swithun’s in Winchester, and her imaginative house assemblies as well as her encouragement of Music in the House will be missed. Mr Cooper leaves us to return to South Africa with his family. There is no doubt that much of our success has been due to his humour and quiet but effective competiveness. We wish them and all our leavers this year the very best of luck. Frances Bush

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Hawkey House Report

Grant House Report It has been another jam-packed year in Grant House with plenty to celebrate. The stairwell leading to the Grant common rooms has been painted a much brighter blue and some new seats were bought for the Sixth Form Common Room. Some large pictures from the Photography Competition will be a welcome addition to both rooms over the summer break. In the run up to Christmas, Miss Hart led a Shoebox appeal for orphanages in Liberia and the Ukraine. Pupils were asked fill a shoebox with gifts and essentials such as soap, toothpaste and a toothbrush, pencils, combs and a small cuddly toy. The House responded magnificently and 122 shoeboxes were collected – next year we hope to do even better! We also had a Christmas Party in the Housebase just before the end of term – with drinks in one common room and food in the other and chaos in both, I didn’t count heads but most of the 208 members of Grant attended and created very little mess!! There will be some changes next year but I hope it will become something of a tradition. In sport, the House was ably led by our Sports Captains: Yr 9 – Naomi Brigg and Noah Darlington; Yr 10 – Pippa Harris and Ollie Howard; and Yr 11 – Zoe Rundle and Tom Kershaw. There were many individual successes and too many to mention here – one highlight for me was Michael Roderick’s badminton performance in the winning Sixth Form Badminton/Squash Competition. There were individual successes for Jamie Mist in golf by reaching the final qualifier for the British Open for the first time. Joe Brown continues to excel in athletics – he recently finished second in the English Schools’ Track and Field Championships in the javelin with a throw of 62.57m. Given that he still a year young for his age group, he should be able to go one better next year. In sailing Jamie Diamond has had another very successful year; following his selection to the British National Sailing Youth Squad earlier this year, he will be competing in the European Laser Radial Championships in Belgium – we look forward to hearing how he got in next term. The House Drama Competition was another highlight of the year – an evening full of laughter. Tim MacBain ably directed an

‘208 members of Grant House attended the Christmas Party – creating very little mess!’

enthusiastic cast in Dad’s Army. Grant fielded the largest cast by some margin and Tim led us to success again – there is a tradition of excelling in this competition over the last few years. Next year Tim is handing responsibility to Rob Bendell; no pressure Rob…

The inaugural House Song Competition which took place in the Cathedral was a terrific event – our musicians chose “Hey Jude” and the House eventually warmed to this challenge – on the day, they were outstanding – despite the judging not going our way, both pupils and staff enjoyed the performance. As the outgoing prefects and senior prefects await exam results, the new team is ready to step up. George Chapman is an excellent choice as one of the two Senior Prefects (Head Boy?) and Harry Harwood will provide excellent support as one of four in the Senior Prefect Team. Closer to home, Maddy Shand and Owen Jones are our new House Captains, Tim MacBain will be our House Music Captain and Anna Pembery and Phil Belcher will be House Sports Captains (they were Barton Sports Captains back in Year 8!). Mrs Kirby organized a hugely successful House Photography Competition in the Summer Term. Our Photographer in Residence, Mr Reed provided a short course for our pupils and the results were outstanding. The winners were: Charlie Henderson and Eloise Flippance in Year 9, Chloe Wheeler in Year 10 and Maddy Shand in Year 12. The runners up were: Maddy De Vere, Evie Howarth and Alice MacBain in Year 9, and Katherine Tobin in Year 10. We hope to have a display of the winners up in the common rooms after the summer break. Sadly we say farewell to a number of staff: Mr Harrison, who is retiring after 26 years at PGS; Mrs Jepson who is moving to be Head of English at Meon Cross, and Mr Smith who is going to Cheltenham Ladies’ College as Head of Drama. We are also losing Mrs Bell who is defecting to Smith House to become a Year 9 tutor. I would like to thank them all for their support both to the House and to me over the years, and wish them the best of luck as they move to pastures new.

Julian Gillies

Hawkey House continued to post considerable achievements last year. The combination of talent, hard work and engagement allowed Hawkey pupils to shine in a wide range of academic and co-curricular activities. Pupils flourished scholastically with many gaining bronze, silver and gold recognition certificates. There were also a number of academic prizes won this year. Hawkey’s New Year 7 awardees include: Joseph Bradley and Max Lancaster who both won Foundation Exhibition prizes as well as Matthew Cheung and Ella Garratt who each won Governor Presentation Awards. Meanwhile the prize winners among last year’s Year 7 were: Loren Dean and Louisa Buckle (both Progress Prize winners); Ameera Gyening (winner of two subject prizes for French and Music); Matthew Waters (subject prize winner for History and Physical Chemistry); Florence Bishop (Mathematics); and, Georgia McKirgan, Hawkey’s new House Captain, who was awarded the subject prize in Art. For her literary piece, “Leafin Through Childhood”, Katie Green won the Leonardo Poetry Competition. Progress Prizes among last year’s Year 8s went to Isabel Boden and Zita Edwards. Subject prizes winners on the other hand included to Alexander Butler for Spanish and Travis Yung-Hok for Sports. Ilana Berney meanwhile, won the Vallum Cup. In addition to the academic achievements mentioned above, Hawkey pupils also performed well in the recognitions league tables. Dr Ronaldson and Miss Tabtab were successful in urging both their tutor groups to deliver a 100% sign-up record of their recognitions. Miss Tabtab’s tutees all gained recognitions in every term last year and were rewarded with a bag of sweets which everyone enjoyed! In sports, Hawkey pupils excelled on many fronts, many winning school colours, medals and cups for individual as well as for team performances in regional and national competitions. Sports colours awards went to: Iman Alayyan, Isabel Boden, Thomas Miller, Katerina Sillett, Isobel Stancliffe and Travis Yung-Hok. In House Sports, Hawkey won the Swimming Gala last year. In music, Ameera Gyening and William Lewis got Music colours for their excellent musical achievements. Will also won trophies for his tuba and viola performances at the Portsmouth Music Festival. On the drama front, a number of Hawkey performers won merits and distinctions in their LAMDA assessments last year. In addition, many of the principal players in the Middle School play, Titanic, were from Hawkey, notably, Benjamin Butler, Louisa Buckle, Loren Dean, Iona McKitterick, Amy Stokely and William Lewis. Samuel Crosby meanwhile, continued to perform in regional theatre, and was given the main role in Haslemere Theatre’s production of “Oliver” last year. Sam is also the recipient of the William Smith Medal for his excellent progress as a chorister. Hawkey’s other chorister last year was Alexander de la Ferra. Finally, in respect to charity activities, Hawkey ran a number of successful events last year to raise money for our Kikaaya School, our partner school Uganda. Douglas Mileham raised more than


£150 doing a sponsored run whilst Lana Watt turned over more than £40 from her sale of home-made cakes and cookies. Meantime, Dr Ronaldson’s tutor group raised more than £58 to support the DebRA charity. Matthew Waters, House mentor in Dr Ronaldson’s group wrote: As a tutor group we decided that EB (Epidermolysis Bullosa) was a horrible disease and that we should try and do something about it. So we did. We sent some people out with boxes to collect money. Within a week we had collected just over £58 and I went out with a charity bag and collected used clothes and books which could be given to the charity shop to sell and raise money for EB sufferers. I think the assembly on DebRA really touched us as many of us have younger siblings and the girl in the video was about 3 or 4 years old, so we could imagine how horrible it would be for them and us to live with. That is why I think we put a lot of effort in this charity drive. Hawkey’s charity cause in December last year was the Kaibigan Ermita Outreach foundation, an educational charity based in the Philippines. The Mufti Day proceeds during the House Music Competition raised over £150 which was sufficient to fund the educational needs of one secondary school child in the Philippines for one year. On that day too, Hawkey House came second in the House Music Competition with their rendition of the song “Thank You for the Music”. To cap last year’s achievements, Hawkey’s flower display once again won the first place in PGS in Bloom Competition. The House received a certificate and a £10 garden voucher in the last Senior School Assembly of the summer term.

Daisy Tabtab


Eastwood House Report This academic year has flown by with many victories in house sport, fun in the House Song competition, recognitions and more. As a House we all love to get stuck in; for instance, everyone in Eastwood is competing in sports day this year. House assemblies have been run by each tutor group in turn, either teaching others their skills and tricks or informing the rest of the house about current festivals or events. There is a real sense of community in Eastwood, with everyone contributing towards the house. Many people have contributed towards events over the year, whether they are academic, co-curricular, sport and out of school activities. Year 7 has settled in extremely well this year, already winning House tournaments such as House Rugby. Year Eight have continued to impress this year, winning House netball, squash and badminton. We have been lucky enough to have a strong set of actors and actresses featuring in some of the PGS productions this year. Many people have competed in the Maths Challenge and a selected few have shown their ability in the Science Challenge. Pupils from Year 7 to 8 have attended at least two clubs this year and have hopefully found a new skill or interest to take away with them. From chess competitions to table tennis matches the diversity of interests is astonishing. Music this year has been one of Eastwood’s triumphs, with pupils performing in orchestras and performing to the middle school in assemblies; of course, not forgetting the different choirs people have taken part in singing to large audiences and showing off their great voices. Many pupils have been proud to show their tutors their achievements outside school. Assemblies have been held to be able to commend these people in their success outside of the school walls, showing their medals or trophies won. It is hugely interesting and impressive to see what people are doing outside school. There have been endless tournaments and matches this year for year seven and eight such as: squash, cricket, hockey, tennis, rugby, swimming, table tennis, athletics, basketball and netball. Outcomes have been varied but always have been fun. We have taken part in house quizzes, been on trips to farms or roman palaces. Overall, Eastwood is a caring, generous house run by great, understanding and kind teachers, and we are proud to say I we been house captain for Eastwood.

James Dack and Georgia Henderson

‘Overall, Eastwood is a caring, generous house.’

Summers House Report ‘Guy Billington, dressed for the occasion, conducted the House Song in front of the whole school.’ This has been another successful year for Summers House. The highlight of the Autumn Term was the House Music competition. The Bill Withers classic Lean On Me was the unanimous decision for the House Song and assemblies were given over to learning and rehearsing the song. The House persevered with learning the arrangement and choreography, with a small but dedicated group of singers taking the more difficult parts. On the day, Guy Billington, dressed for the occasion, conducted the song in front of the school. Summers House won both the Middle School and Overall Prize with adjudicator commenting that the entry was ‘particularly entertaining, funny, full of variety and original ideas, with great choreography and great involvement from everyone involved.’ This followed success in the solo rounds of the music competition in which the Strings, Brass, Piano and Vocal classes were won by Christian Thomas, Matthew Llewellin, Joseph Beard and Caitlin Hoddle respectively. In the final, Christian was awarded third place and Caitlin and Matthew joint first. Points accrued from these music events were added to a year-long tally for performances in a number of inter-house competitions to find the winner of the 2011 Lord Mayor’s House Challenge Trophy, which went to Whitcombe and Summers. House assemblies have remained a popular event in the week with a range of activities and presentations. The end of term tutor group quiz final has been a spirited and competitive event with Mrs Dray’s tutor group winning overall. Another highlight was the Summers Got Talent competition. Due to the level of interest this year, there were several heats. These were adjudicated by prefects and the House captain from Whitcombe. The final was adjudicated by Miss Bush with Maddy Alcaraz and Caitlin Betteridge winning overall. Summers has continued to show enthusiasm for raising money for charity. The Christmas Lucky Dip was as popular as ever and funds raised were combined with a contribution from casual clothes day to enable £220 to go the House charity, Send a Cow. Special mention should go to Thomas Ross (Year 7) who took part in the Charity Ballot. He spoke eloquently and convincingly about his chosen charity, The Portsmouth Down Syndrome Support Group. He was successful in securing the majority of votes which enabled his charity to receive a large percentage of money raised on casual clothes day. There have been several changes to the tutor team this year in Summers. At Christmas we bid farewell to Ms Sarah Green and welcomed Mrs Elaine Hooton into the Year 7 team. The Summer Term saw further changes as Mrs Mary Dray left for her sabbatical and Mr Alex Leach recovered from an operation. Mrs Alison Cross and Mr Stuart Price have been fantastic replacements. At the end of term we bid farewell to all three tutors as they move on to a new school or new tutor groups in the Senior School. The tutors have been supported by an excellent team of mentors, led by Lily Cannon and Sebastian Chapman as House Captains.

Barton House Report This has been another extremely successful year in the life of Barton House. There have been individual and collective successes but above all has been a continuation of the spirit of participation and enjoyment that has marked all that we have done in recent years. This year the House has been led by two excellent Captains in Ashleigh Dekker and Joe Allen, supported by a team of high quality mentors. They have all enhanced the ethos that we will take part in as many events as possible and do so with a sense of fun, and I am confident that the Year 7s will continue this next year. We have won many House sports events including the Chess, Hockey and Rugby and also have been the leading academic House based on recognition totals. Miss Gardner’s Year 7 tutor group won the Middle School Quiz. The House Song competition provided a challenge of a different nature but, with some prompting, we performed an entertaining and musically acceptable version of “Money, Money, Money” which proved not good enough to win but certainly of high enough quality to impress many. Once again Barton put on a number of charitable events and raised a significant amount of money in the process. Most notably was the Sports Relief Mile where all members of the House ran a mile around the school site in various guises, some in fancy dress, some barefoot, on piggyback or even three legged. In total this event alone raised £1000, a very impressive effort by all concerned. As ever our Cafe Common Room events proved popular and a reliable fundraiser. None of this would have been possible without the support and expertise of the excellent team of tutors who have continued to support the pupils (and me) with insight, empathy and most of all, good humour.

S D Hawkswell

‘Once again Barton put on a number of charitable events.’

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Painted cardboard shield by Year 8 pupils Matt Emery, Charlotte Buchan-Hepburn and Oakley Murphy Year 12 IB Artwork

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Emily Jane Akass

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I first met Emily Toland (as she was then) in the ubiquitous queue for a coffee in the staff common room. She was being interviewed, as I was, for the post of Head of Science at PGS and instead of lacing my drink with a virulent strain of anthrax she was all sweetness and light. It is interesting how first impressions can be misleading.

Joined the school in September 2009, coming to PGS from a school in south east London, where he taught physics. He joined the maths department as an NQT and completed his training here. James read physics at Warwick University and then did a Ph D at Cambridge in stochastic processes. He worked for a short period in the city as a ‘quant’ (a back room programmer with a bank). Whilst there he wrote a number of papers and found that he was interested in the problems that arose rather than profits. James has a first rate mind, is widely read and is an interesting

On joining the school I swiftly discovered her caustic wit, her indefatigable work ethic and her absolute refusal to suffer fools gladly. I remember a number of times being firmly (but politely) put in my place and there is no doubt that I am a better Head of Science as a result. Although I had to work for it there is no doubt that the support she gave me was instrumental in making science at PGS what it is today. We were an unstoppable team and I will miss her greatly. Emily came to PGS from Christ’s Hospital and before that was at Cranleigh. The Head of Science at Cranleigh, Chris Mann, remembers her as a commanding presence who could silence a boy with a carefully aimed death stare. The murals she created in her lab lived on well after she left as did the fond, if rather fuzzy memories of the annual leavers’ balls she organised. Her influence on the Biology department at PGS has been legendary. Under her guidance the department doubled in size, infected the entire school population with Avian flu (not once but twice) and produced over 90 medics, vets, dentists and scientists. Her approach as Head of Department has been the perfect marriage of gentle coercion and bountiful praise. Even now there are fond memories of the personalised gifts and matching aprons that were bestowed, apparently at regular intervals to members of the department. I was once the recipient of a Biology department t-shirt proudly suggesting that “If a problem gets too complicated for the Physicists it gets passed on to the Biologists”. I appreciated the wit but realise now that I was merely being put in my place, as usual. Ultimately her mission was to make Biology fun and colourful and relevant and nowhere was this more evident than in her own lab which was filled with glitter glue, coloured pencils and “Miss T says fabulous” stamps. She could draw the most perfect diagrams created without the need for anything as lame as a textbook. Her legacy lies of course, as it does for all the best teachers, in the pupils she has taught. I had no problem

He enjoyed his classes although had a tendency to drift to a higher plane. His pupils found him kind and caring but were not always able to follow his assemblies on topics such as topological spaces. The board in his maths office was more Newton Institute, Cambridge rather than Cambridge house, Portsmouth. Whilst at PGS James built up a network of academic contacts and worked on papers with mathematicians as far afield as Australia.

James left the school to take up a post at the University of Portsmouth where he spends much of his time thinking about new problems and occasionally lecturing. He is missed by his pupils and colleagues.

Philip Robinson

Nick Cooper 2002-2012 Nicolas Lev Cooper joined PGS in September 2002 as our Games Administrator but no one could actually understand him until about February when his accent had softened and our ears had improved. Nick qualified as a Physical Education teacher in South Africa but came to England to play professional rugby at Havant. After a few seasons plying his trade in the National Leagues he decided to focus more on his teaching career and moved into a full time role as a Physical Education and Games teacher.

at all in finding OPs willing to provide me with anecdotes and reminiscences. The most suitable of these came from Robin Lucas who assures me that he wouldn’t be at Oxford reading Biology if it hadn’t been for her support and reassurance. Even now he follows her advice and covers his walls with A3 paper filled with revision notes all carefully coloured in But Emily was not just an excellent teacher and successful Head of Department. She could also be found knee deep in a leech infested rainforest with the PGS expedition to Borneo, sharing a quiet chuckle with members of her tutor group or, more often than not, throwing yet another party which she could do at the drop of a hat, her versatility after all did not stop at the school gates. She leaves us to move on to bigger and better things with her beautiful daughter India and we wish her and Alasdair all the very best for the future.

Ben Goad

‘Ultimately her mission was to make Biology fun and colourful and relevant and nowhere was this more evident than in her own lab which was filled with glitter glue, coloured pencils and “Miss T says fabulous” stamps’ 196

but demanding conversationalist, asking fundamental questions and questioning the status quo.

In the 1980’s some of you may remember the 1980’s Spitting Image song “Have you ever met a nice South African?” Well I have and his name is Nick Cooper; always calm but quietly confident and hugely competitive Nick will be sorely missed when he leaves PGS. He is always the first to put his hand up when a job needs doing and is keen to take on new challenges. In the recent co-curricular survey one pupil actually attributes the success of the Physical Education and Games department to the good looking staff, “especially Mr Cooper”!

Nick has had a tremendous impact on the Physical Education and Games department in his eight years at PGS. He is an outstanding rugby and cricket coach as well has having taught tennis, rounders, netball, hockey and athletics. He has taken two cricket teams to National Finals; his U15 team reached the Lord’s Taverners’ Final in 2007 and in 2010 his U13’s played in the Bunbury Final, in 2010 his U16 rugby team reached the semi-finals of the National Rosslyn Park sevens. His enthusiastic approach to coaching is backed up with a deep knowledge of sport and an eye for new ideas. Pupils really enjoy being taught by Nick and continually give their all for him. As well as coaching school teams Nick organised the most successful and enjoyable

tour I have ever been on to South Africa in 2009 and helped to run House Sport until a couple of years ago. He has also been Deputy Head of Whitcombe House and entered Strictly Come Dancing. I say entered as he did not actually have the bottle to compete, citing a bogus knee injury. He has also enjoyed teaching games in the Junior School. We will all miss Nick’s affable mannerhe rarely, if ever, gets flustered and his calmness has definitely helped all of us our department at one stage or another. I will miss our Friday evening golf games at the Meon Valley, trying our hardest to wind Simon Baker up and then standing back as the fireworks went off. Nick is one of the proudest fathers I have ever met. His iPhone is full of photos and videos of his son William (W.G. in the cricket season) and he never tires of telling us of Will’s latest feats. Nick will be moving back to his native South Africa with William and his lovely wife Ruth (who teaches a reception class in The Junior School) in July. I really do hope he keeps in touch with us all-we may need a free bed to sleep in when we are next in South Africa.

Chris Dossett


Madeleine whizzed into the life of PGS two years ago. She came to us after obtaining a Degree in Maths at Cambridge and teaching for four years at Winchester College, where she taught Maths and founded the Ballroom Dancing and Programming Clubs. Without wishing to cause offence to the former Head of Mathematics, Mr M McCall, I think it is safe to say that Madeleine’s superb wardrobe and footwear brought a great sense of style to

Madeleine Copin

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the role of Head of Mathematics that had perhaps been missing for the previous 15 years. But it is Madeleine’s great enthusiasm for Mathematics and energy of nuclear proportions that will be what we will remember most at PGS. Even in the face of an apparently limited Mathematics knowledge in some pupils, she remains optimistic that all can be guided to achieve well in Maths and enjoy it, with the right support and a positive attitude.

She has put many hours into teaching pupils, from the ones who struggle with times tables to the very best Upper Sixth pupils, heading for Oxbridge. Despite her claim that she is no good with numbers, her ability and love of Maths are evident and infectious to colleagues and pupils alike. What appear to be problems and obstacles to some are challenges to Madeleine. She cares about trying to get things right and to help and give ideas and advice when these are needed. The department has had a face-lift in her time here – and it is now safe to store food in the department’s fridge. And the Maths department had their first ever outing when they went to an inset, run by members of the department, at Portsmouth University. Madeleine refuses to accept defeat. Many may believe that Mr A Harrison does the school timetable and indeed he does, for the most part, but as Head of Maths she leads one of the biggest departments in the school and timetables the over 300 Maths periods a week. All this takes time – so much so that she regularly spent nights in a B+B in Old Portsmouth to squeeze more time out of the day. Saying that, some in the know assert it is not her commitment to work that kept her in Portsmouth but the challenge, as yet unmet I think, of passing her driving test – this is not for lack of trying nor arguments with the examiner who failed her. Madeleine’s interests stretch beyond Maths – in the last two years she has studied for a Masters in History of Art, run a business, worked out countless cryptic crossword clues and somehow found time to have a bonny baby boy, Maurice. It has been a real pleasure to hear about the joy his arrival has brought her and her husband, Alastair. It is an exciting time for the family –moving to Harrow where Alastair will be Deputy Head and she will teach Maths. We hope you will keep in touch, enjoy new challenges and we will miss your clever wit and your joie de vivre.

Louise Wilson


Nigel joined PGS three years ago, as a part time teacher. His timetable was quite heavy and spread across five days and so he has seemed, for much of the three years, a full time colleague. He came to us as an ex-head of department; he joined what has seemed on occasions, to be an elephant’s graveyard, with up to five exHODs in the department at one time. Nigel has thirty years experience as a Head of Department, nine years at the Silcoat School in Wakefield and twenty one distinguished years at Brighton College. Anybody who has chatted to

Nigel will know that he is calm, patient and tolerant and these qualities very much influence his style of teaching. Nigel has always been generous with his time and has put aside an hour after school each week for extra help and he has often come in from Brighton during the holidays to give revision classes. Nigel won’t mind me saying that he has felt under quite a bit of pressure in the last few years because of his mother’s health. Like a character from a Russian novel, he has spent a lot of time on trains, travelling up and down

between Bournemouth, Brighton and Portsmouth, not knowing at times whether he approaching Portsmouth or leaving Portsmouth and indeed, in the department we haven’t always known! So after thirty nine years Nigel has decided to retire. He has many interests and is an enthusiastic hill walker and I am sure he will spend a lot more time up on the Downs as well as helping his mother. Please join me in wishing Nigel a happy and fulfilled retirement.

Philip Robinson

Richard Dolan 2008-2012 Richard joined The Portsmouth Grammar School in 2008 as Head of Economics and Business Studies - quite a change from the fresh air, ski slopes and boarding school life of Switzerland. In the last four years, he has worked relentlessly to raise the profile of Economics and Business Studies at PGS; one of his most notable achievements was helping Sixth Form pupils to clinch the coveted title of ‘Young

Consumer of the Year’ in June 2011. Richard has been a valued Sixth Form Tutor in Smith House. He has delivered many memorable and witty assemblies and he was the music maestro in the inaugural House Song Competition in Autumn 2011, helping to lead Smith House to a well-deserved victory. Richard moves to City of London Freemans School from September 2012 and we wish him well in his post as Head of Economics. Ali Dyer

Sarah Green 2005 - 2012 It was always going to be fun with this Essex girl! Sarah was quite literally the whirlwind around the school, and could be found helping out in every corner. In the Design and Technology department she was a warm and welcoming teacher who always had the pupils’ best interests at heart. Her background in engineering, technology and love of all things designed meant she would think about the subject and give her best to the pupils whenever she could. In her time Sarah founded the Year 7 Food Technology club and the Year 9 Food Tech after school Monday activity. She also started a CAD/CAM club which proved very successful. I recall one time when I was running tech club we had many

pupils attending that day. Sarah pulled up beside me and said ‘ello’ in her famous Essex accent. I said I was running tech club. She said, ‘yeah, arm jast ere to elp en eye’. I was humbled by her generosity and her recognition of someone needing a hand. Sarah is a teacher you want to have as a colleague. Sarah was particularly fond of the school play and taking control of the costumes was her passion. She spent many hours refining the outfits and would be on hand to help out on the nights of the play. Sarah’s commitment to PGS life was second to none and so many staff and pupils have benefited from her presence

here. I am sure wherever she goes she will contribute and make the world a better place. I wish her all the very best for her career and hope she really enjoys Wales.

Lloyd Ansell


YiRu Hall

Alec Harrison



I feel very privileged to have been asked to write on YiRu’s behalf, having known her for only one of the six glorious years she has spent as Head of Academic Music at PGS. It is hard to imagine the music department, or indeed the school, without her. As I have got to know YiRu, I have discovered that there are many sides to the legendary Mrs Hall, and the reflections of pupils and staff that I have talked to over recent weeks have confirmed this. What struck me first about YiRu, and has been constantly evident since, is her absolute commitment to the highest of standards in all she does. She is passionate, committed and highly principled, and not afraid to defend these high principles. It is, then, no surprise that she is respected by all within the department, both by staff and pupils, and over the last few years has done so much to raise the academic profile of the department and the achievement of pupils in so many areas. She loves her subject, is hugely knowledgeable, and has a tremendous ability to enthuse and inspire. YiRu also cares an incredible amount for her pupils. This is clearly evident through her work as a tutor – she is generous with her time, perceptive with her advice, and a strong supporter of the principle that tutor time should always be accompanied by cake, gluten free naturally. As music teachers, we also spend a lot of time with pupils outside of lessons and are often one of their first ports of call in a crisis. YiRu’s patience, humour and kindness in dealing with each of them

is fantastic and they will miss her hugely. Her inspirational nurturing of the Middle School Allegro Choir is just one example of this. As one pupil said, “Mrs Hall is a great teacher – firm, fair and always supportive”.

its advantages in that no one is looking over your shoulder, complaining about the workload or difficult to work with. Alec’s ability to direct his own time and oversee his own activities has given him considerable freedom: rumour has it that he spent most of 1994 at home working on his motor-bike.

As I have discovered over recent months, YiRu is also a classy lady. Barely a weekend goes by without a Facebook update or photo of YiRu at a Michelin starred restaurant, Centre Court at Wimbledon, shopping for a new flash car or embarking on an exotic holiday. She has an amazing sense of fun – pupils reminisce about practising Mongolian Throat singing, legendary snowball fights, her remarkable, stratospheric vocal demonstrations of the piccolo part in orchestral rehearsals, or as recently as last week when she somehow found herself being carried around the Cathedral in a gift bag. Quite when she finds time to sleep, I’m not sure, and I have a sneaking suspicion that she managed entirely without rest back in November when she was undertaking the terrifyingly enormous task of organizing the Remembrance Concert in St John’s Smith Square.

High-powered vehicles have been a feature of Alec’s time at PGS. Rather than make use of his bus pass, Alec chooses to save the council money by riding his red Honda Fireblade to work – in full leathers, of course. The colour red is the sine qua non of the aficionado speedster, and Alec has had several cars in this colour, including a souped-up Vauxhall from the nineteeneighties.

YiRu has been the most fabulous colleague and I am so incredibly grateful for her kindness, patience, generosity and support over the last two terms, as well as her superb leadership of the department during the Autumn Term and the quiet way behind the scenes that she smoothed the path for me. I will miss her hugely, and St Swithun’s are truly lucky to be gaining such a fantastic Director of Music.

In 2007, Alec took over the timetable from two IT wizards, Roy Thornton and Chris Dean – a sign of his versatility and skill with software. Amazingly, given the new constraints of additional subjects and demands on the timetable, Alec still offers to accommodate colleagues’ requirements for afternoons spent on other activities, an offer gratefully accepted by many.

Sam Gladstone

AHH? ARH? Our initials have been a source of confusion since 1986 when we started together at PGS, as two members of a group of twelve newcomers. We are, or perhaps I should now say I am, the sole survivors, of the group, which numbered such august personages as Clive Barnett, Paul Dean and Nick Minns, to name but a few. When he arrived, Alec’s distinctive hairstyle gave him an air of gravitas which made him appear older than others of the same age. As we’ve aged, Alec has remained unchanged and now seems younger than the rest of us. Alec arrived to take over as the first Head of Computing, shortly after the invention of the computer, or so it seems from this


On an extra-curricular note, no Christmas would be complete without the get-together chez Harrison, with a particularly delicious mulled wine and a succession of delicious amusebouches, prepared by sons Toby and Miles.

point in time. The School then owned, as far as I can recall, only one “computer” – a golf-ball typewriter in what was then known as the Headmaster’s Secretary’s office. Since then the number of computers in the School has grown exponentially to an unknown figure, believed to be in excess of one thousand! Being a department of one, as the Head of Computing is, has its drawbacks, but also

Alec is also an expert on Roman history and architecture and has contributed several articles to school publications on the topic. The coming years will provide Alec and Alison with ample opportunity to revisit old sites and discover new ones. Alec, for your computing skill, your user-friendly timetable, good nature and companionship, your petrolheadedness, and above all your cheesebased snacks at Christmas, you who are about to retire, we salute you!

Andrew Hogg


Claire Jepson

Sandra Lopez de Maturana


January-July 2012

I am sure, like Barry Fitzgerald’s character in the film Going My Way, “the way to say what I want to say, will occur to me after I finish”. Being asked to speak at a farewell is somewhat daunting and choosing who to speak on one’s behalf is even more so. I have attended many of these occasions over the years, and I am fascinated always to witness how the speech is pitched. Some leavers are praised for their academic strength, getting fantastic grades inspiring pupils; some for their wider departmental input, organisation or helping of colleagues; some are noted for their co-curricular involvement and some for their personal strength and adding to what has become known as “well-being” of others or a stalwart of the Common Room. As I have thought about what to say over the past days, I realise that it is, of course, rare for all these to apply to one individual, but I would suggest that, in Claire, we have all these qualities. Academically, she is at the top of the game, and having the accolade of being one of those teachers the brightest pupils wish to be taught by. Being a Senior Examiner under the unique Peter Buckroyd at AQA, she can be relied upon for precision and preparing pupils well – and this is something I have enjoyed witnessing this year being in my office once a week as she teaches in my classroom – listening to the way she engages, inspires and yet knowing exactly what is needed for them to achieve the highest grades in the examinations. She has managed all this whilst working and gaining her MA in Shakespeare and Pedagogy. As a HoD, she was ever involved, even coming in to do GCSE moderation when she was clearly in the early stages of labour and calling Bryony hours after the birth of Cora to see if all was OK in the department, apologising for not being there! Dedication to the cause at its highest. Her co-curricular achievements has been equally memorable: PGS Come Dancing – twice – but only Champion with me ! and of course, being the inspiration, designer and picture arranger / editor for the incredible 2008 staff calendar. Killington where she balanced being a great chaperone with taking “Big Jim” down the mountain to buy her cute new ski boots (never to ski again due to the birth of Cora) – yet she managed never to be sponged and I am not sure how!

Her tireless efforts saw her appointed Senior Teacher and here she has brought focus, and much needed professional eye to the marketing of the school. It is to be noted that, as she leaves, her legacy includes one of the best ever Horizons which she put together, showcasing her talent and full of sumptuous photos and articles, expertly displayed. Her involvement in CR has not been confined to the above but also in her support of her colleagues and I know that I and many others turn to her for advice and professional ear. I always liked her comment when someone was wondering about the inclusion of an item in to an assembly: “Darling, think how it would look on the front page of the Daily Mail”. Claire is valued because her concern is always for the one talking to her and not herself. This brings us appropriately to her family, her wonderful parents and Steve, who has become part of our wider family too. Then, just over two years ago, she blessed us with the arrival of Cora. I think we then realised that she will be as special as her mother when she clung on in there for days, only to arrive on Shakespeare’s birthday! And I will ever adore them for asking me to stand as witness for her. In conclusion, fitting so much in to one role is impressive. That Claire manages it all and be that rare person – liked and respected by the CR – is rarer still. I still cannot quite grasp that she will not be here in September, but good for Meon Cross. A cross is an interesting concept. As a structure, it needs strength; stability and be central to the life of those it touches. I know that she has all these qualities and will put them in to Meon Cross – and so much more!

David Doyle

While the Cultural Olympiad has been running in London alongside the preparations for the sporting events, we in Portsmouth have had our own Olympiad of international theatre, under the able coaching of our Director in Residence, Sandra Maturana. The Globe may have staged multiple productions of Shakespeare in languages from around the world, but PGS pupils have performed Die Brandstifter by Max Frisch with a Spanish director and genuine Pompey fire brigade costumes, and Dickens’ short story The Chimes in a heady mixture of Japanese Butoh and Roman Catholic ritual. And was there a little Danish thrown in for good measure? With Sandra at the helm there has been no lowering of the brow where theatre is concerned, and those pupils who could take the pace have learned a lot about the discipline and commitment required to perform in these exacting theatre traditions. Sandra goes on to an Assistant Directorship at the RSC and with be working on the Christmas production of The Mouse and his Child at Stratfordon-Avon. We look forward to hearing more of her successes in the theatre and wish her good fortune. Mark Smith

Mike McCall 1996-2012 The deepest, darkest corner of the Maths department, room 2004, is where D McCall teaches black-belt mathematics to top further Mathematics classes. One might expect to find this place full of mathematical gadgetry: whizzy whiteboards, graphic calculators, Autograph statistics pages loaded up on laptops. Instead one finds: an old-school rolling whiteboard, a dartboard, a cowboy hat, and a gun. “This was left to me by a student”, Dr McCall mentioned when I first brought this up, “and of course I also use it to shoot pupils”. It is easy to understand why Dr McCall’s classes were often places of unfettered hilarity, much to the envy of students in the class next door, who would wonder what it was about the calculus that was so funny. If jokes are about mental agility, then teaching Mathematics is even more so: in Dr McCall’s case, explaining difficult Mathematics became an artful display of finding the most elegant presentations of ideas, carefully tailored to the needs of his students. Mathematics lessons can have the atmosphere of dental surgeries. As one of


my students once put it: “Further maths gives me headaches”. In Dr McCall’s cas , he made the subject so clear that it seemed as though he was simply opening doors to sunlit gardens. Writing down lesson plans, after thirty years of teaching, becomes a little redundant. Every lesson is in your head, and Dr McCall could make up funny and interesting problems at the drop of a hat, and then proceed to do massive calculations without a calculator, to the huge delight of students. They loved the game of trying to fine Dr McCall a pound every time he made a mistake. Needless to say he did not reach for his wallet very often. Dr McCall, who retired from being Head of Mathematics in the summer of 2011, was fifth on the scholarship roll at Winchester College, and went up to read mathematics at Cambridge. He then did a PhD in Theoretical Physics before coming to teaching in 1981. He taught at PGS for fifteen years, and his has been a career of

devotion to the classroom, and complete uccess at coaching the very brightest, by interweaving elegant presentations of difficult mathematics with wonderful “banter”. One of his students, Jack Shotton, represented the UK in the International Mathematics Olympiad and is today a PhD student at Imperial, having completed a first-class Cambridge degree. Like so many, he credits his early success to Dr McCall’s one-to-one lessons, and his giving Jack advanced mathematics textbooks “from the days when men were men”. Dr McCall’s massive brain had space for more than Maths. Over the years, he has coached and run the school’s challenge teams from PGS, showing the way when it came to extensive general knowledge. The graffiti in room 2004 is unusual but also telling. It reads: “I love Dr McCall. The maths god.” We very much look forward to being revisited by The Maths God, and finding out what he does next.

Madeleine Copin

Mark Smith 2007-2012 Mark came to PGS in 2007 via Downside and Dauntsey’s School having had a varied and successful career as a Drama teacher that also took him to Africa and Belgium. There is no doubt that Mark’s tenure as Director of Drama has built on the excellent foundations of David Hampshire and, in particular, has brought an intellectual and international edge to the workings of the Department. The introduction of the IB has

played to Mark’s strengths in international theatre and the year group assessments are always of the highest quality. Through the Comenius Project, Mark set up Language exchanges through drama that saw our pupils visit The Netherlands and France. We have also seen the rise of the language play at PGS and Mark has produced and directed two such productions in French in the last three years. He has also been integral to PGS being involved in the Shakespeare Schools’ Festival as well as producing 5 Kings Theatre Musicals and numerous other productions at the school. Mark’s passion for debate has seen him run the school’s Debating Society with aplomb and the school has achieved significant success in the English Speaking Union’s schools’ debating competitions during his tenure, reaching the finals several times. He has also run projects within the local community and in particular he has

overseen an educational project with HMS Warrior and has been a trustee of the New Theatre Royal. Mark has also overseen the General Studies courses on behalf of the Sixth Form with calmness and skill. Pupils pay great testament to Mark’s skill as a teacher. Comments such as ‘I love Mr Smith, he’s brilliant’ or, ‘Mr Smith is hilarious. I love Drama with him’ and my favourite, ‘I love it when Mr Smith hasn’t been to the barber for ages, his hair is MASSIVE!! His brain must be HUGE!!’ Well, there is no doubt that Mark has a big brain. He has significantly enriched the cultural life of the school during his 5 years in post and we send our love and best wishes to him, Marina, Jerome, Aphra and Bea as they make the move to Cheltenham where Mark will be taking up the post of Director of Drama at Cheltenham Ladies College in September. Ben Charles

Benji Sperring 2010-2011 Benji came to PGS having spent a year as director in residence at Eton College and in his three piece suit and with his mockformality still carried the air of privilege with him. However, if the surroundings of the Gatehouse were to his eyes slightly mundane he never betrayed this; indeed, he took some pains to decorate his tiny office at the top of the stairs in great style including a memorable poster with his own suggestions of how to achieve theatrical greatness. And greatness Benji certainly achieved in his two years in Portsmouth. No one who saw his two kings Theatre productions will forget them: A Sweet Charity so wickedly suggestive but just the right side of decency, which delighted its audience with its twin lead actresses clad in long red boots and supported by scantily clad girls and boys made unrecognisable by brightly coloured wigs; and a Wizard of Oz which played visual effects with every

new scene, from the Kansas scenes in black and white to the crows played only by the actors hands. Benji has an extravagant nature. He hired at huge expense the UKs largest snow machine which poured a blizzard onto the King’s audience. When the colours for the letters which formed the set of Sweet Charity weren’t to his liking he had them repainted. And somewhere in the school props room are twenty-four pairs of Groucho Marx glasses with attached nose which never actually appeared on stage. But he could also work in a minimalist style. His fine production of Find Me was first staged in the round in the DRT with a set that was no more than a black circle on which the performers drew during the performance, and his brilliant chamber version of Shadow of a Boy was staged with no set at all, simply using the found spaces in Action Stations in the Historic Dockyard.

Benji is much missed at PGS both by those who acted in his productions and those who enjoyed his teaching in GCSE and A level classes. He is now working as an independent director with an adaptation of The Monk to be staged in the Autumn in Baron’s Court and he will also be the director in residence at Dulwich College from September 2012.

Mark Smith

Decorated Dickens novel page by Year 9 pupil Catriona Ellis


List of Editors


Head Editor Report


Pupil Head Editor




Portmuthian 2012 Family Front: Naeve Molho, Guy Billington, Katie Sharp Middle: Emily Duff, Tim MacBain, Sarah Markus Back: Emma Kissane, George Neame, Andrew Jones, Ollie Velasco, Ben Willcox, Ben Wallis, Sarah Gray, Georgina Boxall


Year 12 IB Artwork


Head Editor’s Report

Head Editor (Staff) Ms Hart Head Editor (Pupil) Tim MacBain Editors Sarah Markus (Secretary) Georgie Boxall (Head of Photos, Interviewer) Ben Willcocks (Deputy Head Editor) Emily Duff (Head of Junior Editors) Emma Kissane (Interviewer) Sarah Gray (Interviewer) Oliver Velasco (Interviewer) Ben Wallis (Writers) George Neame (Writers) Junior Editors – Roving Reporters Charlie Henderson Cicely Podmore Naeve Molho Katie Sharp Guy Billington

I joined the Portmuthian Team in 2009. A (relatively) fresh-faced, eager young boy, I was ready to pester members of staff, work with the team, write/edit – or, in some cases, re-write – articles, and love every single minute of it. Very little has changed in three years; in fact, through three years of PGS, the Portmuthian has been a constant. With the release of this edition, I will no longer be part of the magazine that has played such a part in my school life. It saddens me, but I am quite honestly enormously proud and happy to have had the fortune to contribute towards what has now become PGS’ main publication. This year I have been blessed with a team that, both Ms Hart and I agree, is simply the best anybody could have asked for. Sarah Markus, my-I mean, the, Secretary, who has kept minutes to what can only be described as a professional standard, and sending emails left right and centre. She has been an amazing asset to the team, a driving force behind it all, and we wish her the very best of luck in Beijing. Georgie Boxall, the ‘Photo Queen’, who in spite of all she does outside and inside school still makes time for trawling through the W and/or T Drives for photos for certain events, or contacting Chris Reed, the Photographer in Residence. And she does it with a broad smile on her face. Ben Willcocks, my Deputy Head Editor; full of energy, encouragement, ideas, jokes – we at one point called him ‘The Jester’ – he has held the team together when I/Ms Hart/both of us were unable to attend meetings. Emily Duff, Minion Mother/Mother Figure/ Mummy (delete as appropriate), who marshalled our Junior Editors with aplomb and dignity. George Neame, who joined the team slightly later, but has done sterling work typing up all our corrections, often so fast that steam rises from the laptop! Ben Wallis, ‘The Runner’, after being sent running for various items of equipment (including the typewriter in the photos!) has, to his immense credit, not complained once – no matter how far and fast he has to run! Emma Kissane, Ollie Velasco, Sarah Gray, ‘The Interviewers’, whose interviewing technique has been perfected through the sheer masses of people they have

interviewed this year. We are still very lucky to have Ollie, after an incident with a flap-jack; see the film-strip to find a reconstruction of the event! Our Junior Editors/ Roving Reporters, affectionately known as The Minions; Cicely Podmore, Charlie Henderson, Naeve Molho, Katie Sharp, and the indefatigable Guy Billington, all of whom have worked relentlessly to ensure that articles are written and presented on time, whilst providing valuable creative input. Special mention I do feel must go to Charlie, who came up with the fantastic idea of the film strip featuring a certain member of Senior Management Team… The thorough and conscientious work of the entire team has made my job (almost) redundant. There is one person I have yet to thank. Ms Hart is, in all honesty, quite an astonishing individual. Selfless, hardworking in the extreme, devoted … The list could last forever. I remember a discussion we had around early May, about the relative lack of completion of certain articles; “Don’t worry,” she said, bobbing slightly with happiness (or possibly fatigue), “When the Year 11s go on study leave, I’ll have five periods a week to dedicate to the Portmuthian!” This attitude, of unyielding commitment, is what personifies Ms Hart – she just doesn’t stop. No matter what the odds are, no matter how short a period of time we have to publish such a large magazine (admittedly, partially because we all agreed to bring the deadline forward to Open Morning), she is always the first into a meeting, and the last out. I cannot fault her – she is indispensable to the Portmuthian and to the school. I have loved my time in the Portmuthian. With a heavy heart I pass it onto the next year – may you all treat it well. This year’s team has thrown down the gauntlet; take and cherish it as we have. You will enjoy it, I promise. I have.

Tim MacBain

‘Ms Hart is, in all honesty, quite an astonishing individual.’



The Final Word Summer holidays. F-Block basement office. Greenday is blasting out of the i-pod speakers, Tim MacBain is typing furiously, Emily Duff is calmly supervising, and Ben Willcocks is doing the final proofing of files. Emma Kissane joined us yesterday for a day of serious editing session – we looked bedraggled by the end of the day! Georgie Boxall continues to send emails at gone past midnight and has dedicated hours of her spare time collating images for the magazine. And this is what it is all about: team effort and lots of jolly hard work. This year’s Portmuthian has been a rollercoaster of a ride for all concerned. I took back the reigns of this fantastic publication in January and we have not stopped running since. Twiceweekly meetings, interviews with the stars, evening events, frantic emails and design sessions have kept us all incredibly busy, and this has required us to employ Junior Editors from Year 7-9. Special thanks must go to Guy Billington, Naeve Molho, Katie Sharp, Cicely Podmore and Charlie Henderson for their energetic contributions to this year’s publications – they have supplied us with some masterful articles that I am sure everyone will enjoy reading. The Year 12 team has been the best bunch of people a Head Editor could ask for. Nikki Francis, our designer and goddess, came away buzzing from the early design meeting in March fuelled by the energy and enthusiasm of the team. And this buzz hasn’t stopped. Time has been against us this year as we aim for an earlier release date to coincide with Open Morning in September. This deadline would never have been met if


it was not for Sarah Markus’ organisation and emailing, Emily Duff’s management of the affectionate named ‘minions’, Ben Willcocks firm grasp of the reigns when Tim has been pulled into Music and Drama, Georgie Boxall’s management of photographs and generous commitment to working after school in F-Block basement, Andy Jones’ article-writing and contributions to meetings, Ben Wallis’ remarkable dancing skills, George Neame’s late but much-needed arrival to the team, Emma Kissane’s constant support, time and words of encouragement, Sarah Gray and Ollie Velasco’s remarkable interviewing skills, and Tim’s motivational force over the entire group. Tim joined the Portmuthian team in 2010 under the management of the great Katy Iliffe. The standard was already set high and Tim has managed to maintain this during his year (well, two terms really) as Head Editor. As we all know, he is a busy bee and has commitments all over the school so to be committed to this time-consuming publication is a sign of real love … or utter madness. I am leaning towards the latter. Tim’s enthusiasm, interest, and dedication through the timeconsuming editing process must be commended. It takes years to understand the running of this publication and Tim shows great understanding … I was right to hire you in Year 10, Tim. My instincts paid off. We hope you enjoy this year’s bumper edition of Portmuthian

Bryony Hart

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Chris Reed for photography Nikki Francis of Duo Creative Media – for support, guidance, calm words (and stopping Ms Hart from hyperventilating) and for turning our ugly duckling into a beautiful swan.

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