eatured Highlights of 2011
Best friends achieve Oxbridge entry
Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ across the board ‘Outstanding’ in every aspect was the outcome of Ofsted boarding and welfare inspections at both the Preparatory and Senior Schools, with no recommendations for improvement. No other school in the country has a better result than this and only a few can match it. Key Quotations “Excellence and enthusiasm extend throughout all areas of the school” “Proactive, strong, visionary leadership” “Exceptional provision is made for gifted and talented pupils” “Pupils are able to express their individuality and maximise their potential” “Felsted excels in offering a rich, life enhancing experience dedicated to the development of the whole person”
Lucy Stuchfield and Stephanie Byrne gained entry to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and History at Trinity Hall, Cambridge respectively. Their intellectual accomplishments, however, were only one of many talents they developed during their time at Felsted. Stephanie was an NCO in the School’s Cadet Force, while Lucy was an articulate public speaker and one of the best cricketers and hockey players in her year group. They have been good friends since Yr 7, always encouraging each other to achieve their chosen goals.
Inside Felsted Featured… ■ International and
Round Square International Conference
■ Dr Walker, Headmaster, with Mrs Lemoine-Chicoine, Round Square Co-ordinator and James Stuchfield.
Felsted has an amazing network of talented people across the world. James Stuchfield, Yr 11 and Edward Reid, Yr 10 represented Felsted at the 2011 Round Square International Conference which took place at Wellington College. Opened by Her Majesty the Queen, and attended by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of York and HM King Constantine of the Hellenes and Queen Anne Marie, the conference was also attended by students and staff from 90 schools around the world. The conference gave all attendees the opportunity to share experiences, work on local community projects, and gain an understanding of other cultures.
The aim of the Felsted Network is to create enterprise through connecting Felstedians and parents with each other, to help Felstedians in their career development and to provide work experience, mentoring and career advice to current pupils and graduates. The platform that makes this possible has been established on LinkedIn and we are grateful to parents David Seacombe, William Payne and Simon Walker (OF) for their help in setting this up. We encourage parents and OFs to join this and invite others with a close connection with Felsted to be involved and to organise events and activities that will help it grow. We hope that it will prove to be of genuine benefit to all within the Felsted community. If you are unsure of how to use the Network, please contact our Network Curator, Jack Dougherty, on 01371 822648 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Arts Highlights
Building for the future
■ Sporting Highlights
The long awaited, state-of-the-art new Pre-Preparatory building opened its doors in October to the delight of our younger pupils. The result is superb and provides a delightful eco-learning environment for this age group. The Ffrome Court area for pupils in Yrs 3 and 4 has now been enhanced, and a new Business and Economics Centre has been created above the Design Technology Block on the senior campus, which will also be the hub for our new Work Education Programme.
■ Work Education
Democracy Environment Adventure ■ Leadership, Service
■ Voted Best Prep School 2011.
■ Pre-Preparatory pupils outside the new Stewart House building.
International and National Highlights Round Square Virtual Choir Angus Nicholson, U6, has been commissioned to compose a choral work which will be recorded by a virtual choir made up of singers from schools across Europe. Once Angus’ piece is composed and notated, it will be sent to participating European Round Square schools, who will record their contributions. These will then be mixed together to produce a work that will sum up the Round Square in song.
Felsted gains International School Award
Felsted’s commitment to bringing an international dimension to pupils’ education has been recognised by the British Council, which has given both the Senior and Preparatory School the prestigious International School Award. This distinction is for UK schools that can demonstrate a truly international outlook.
■ Working with the Magic Bus Charity in Mumbai.
Pupils debate at Geneva UN Six pupils experienced lively debate at the Students League of Nations Conference, which took place in one of the actual United Nations buildings in Geneva. Controversial topics included enforcing a burqa ban and introducing an open-border policy.
■ Corps of Drums entertains at British Military Tournament.
Challenging debate at Felsted’s second MUN
Global student body 26 different nationalities are represented at Felsted, with 19% of Senior School students living overseas as shown below: Australia China Dubai France Germany Hong Kong Italy Kazakhstan Kenya
Moldova Nigeria Oman Russia Slovakia South Korea Spain Taiwan Uganda
A second successful Model United Nations Conference took place here in February. With the theme of ‘Natural Disasters’, students from both the Preparatory and Senior Schools took part, in addition to 200 pupils from 18 different schools including one from Dubai, one from Switzerland and two from Germany. The conference gave them all an opportunity to listen and learn, to vote on global issues and to contribute and have their opinions heard. The conference was organised by our Lower Sixth International Baccalaureate students and included guest speaker Mr Peter Scott-Bowden, Head of the Pandemic Response Unit for the UN World Food Programme (and a Felsted parent), who gave a fascinating insight into his work.
World Book Day ■ Senior School students chair the conference.
Greek Mythology was the theme at the Preparatory School with pupils dressed as gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, and Titans! The highlight however, was a visit by author and illustrator Nick Butterworth, who inspired both children and staff with ideas for his stories and showed them the process of planning and completing the illustrations. We are delighted to have some of his unique illustrations on view in our new Stewart House building.
■ Preparatory School pupils take an active role in the conference.
International and National Highlights
Round Square International Conference
18 Round Square schools from the UK, Switzerland, Germany, France, Denmark and Morocco came together to discuss Service. Good practice was shared and the Felsted delegation has come back with many ideas as to what more they can do to develop Service within the School and in the wider community.
International exchanges Two students from Peru spent five weeks enjoying a taste of Felsted life, shadowing Lower Sixth formers Katie Sunnucks and Alice Stone as part of the Round Square School exchange programme. Katie and Alice then enjoyed a return exchange to Lima for three weeks and also got involved in a local community project. Likewise, James ■ Peruvian students at Felsted. Stuchfield took advantage of this opportunity and spent some time at Southport School in Australia during the summer. Many more Felstedians will be experiencing international exchanges this academic year. We are already expecting visitors from Westminster School in Adelaide, New England Girls’ School in New South Wales, and the United World College in South East Asia.
Felsted’s annual International Dinner is a celebration of internationalism at Felsted and evidence of the rich blend of culture and tradition that thrives here. The evening was opened by Filip Bigos, who delivered a speech on the importance of each individual’s pride in their own culture and the need to remain true to your nationality, despite living and working away from home. It was also an exquisite touch to hear extracts from the anthems of the 26 nations represented at Felsted!
New Felsted website launched!
■ Stewart House pupils enjoyed learning about the Royal Family and were gripped by their own Royal Wedding celebrations.
■ Katie and Alice in Peru.
■ Young Felstedians celebrate Spanish Cultural Day.
Felsted continues to pioneer in the use of Apple mobile technology with Dr Dennis leading the pilot project in the classroom and hosting roadshows. Felsted is being watched closely by other schools and technology companies and is very likely to inform the use of technology for educational purposes in the future.
■ Yr 3 enact Greek Myths and enjoy a Greek Olympics!
National Highlights Felsted ranked Top 30 Independent IB School
39% of GCSEs taken achieve A* or A grades
Impressive IB and A Level results
Pre-IB programme: We are developing this course for a small number of overseas students in Yr 11.
‘Feisty Felsted’ states Tatler
A Level Highlights ■ 22 A* grades achieved. ■ 12 students achieved all A* or A grades. IB Highlights ■ 22 students took the IB and scored an average of 32.8 points, gaining a UCAS tariff of 457 points, equivalent to three A* grades at A Level. 14 students gained 33 points or better. ■ Felsted’s top scorer gained 42 points (equivalent to 2 A*s and 3 As at A Level), a new Felsted School record and a world class result. ■ ‘Value added’ at IB ranks in the top quartile of all independent schools nationally.
The UK Mathematical Challenge is taken by our able mathematicians across both schools 2011 Results Junior Intermediate Felsted has been included once again in the prestigious Tatler Schools’ Guide 2012 of the top 230 Preparatory and Public Schools in the United Kingdom. The guide describes us as ‘feisty Felsted’ and ‘a school that combines a traditional English village-school ethos with an international outlook, committed to giving pupils the chance to study in classrooms around the world’.
Bronze 10 18
Silver 5 18
Gold 7 7
World Class Tests are taken by our Very Able Pupils (VAPs) in Yrs 5 to 8 2011 Results Problem Solving Yr 6 Yr 8 Mathematics Yr 8
Pass 5 18 5
Merit 3 18 1
Distinction 3 7 3
Yr 4 excel again in ESB examinations Continuing their successful record of English Speaking Board results, every pupil in Yr 4 passed, with many achieving Merit or Distinction. Pupils demonstrated confidence and skill in their public speaking, poetry and reading – the aim being to give them essential life skills to present confidently to a public audience.
Felsted pupils gained another impressive set of results in 2011. Seven students gained all A* or A grades and an impressive 18 students gained eight or more A* and A grades. Felsted’s top performer was Sam McArdle, who secured an astonishing straight run of 12 A* grades and an A grade in FSMQ Maths. The highest-performing departments, achieving a high percentage of A* or A grades, were Biology (61%), Chemistry (61%), Latin (60%), Art (59%), Physics (52%) and English Language (51%).
National Science Award for young scientists
Felsted Preparatory School is one of few schools nationally to achieve the prestigious Challenge Award for Able, Gifted and Talented Pupils in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Felsted provides extension programmes in many different areas to challenge children in their learning.
The Butler Lecture
■ L6 chemists took part in the National Analyst Competition which involved a three hour practical at Queen Mary University in London.
This unique annual lecture was given in 2010 by Charlie Elphicke MP, OF and this year by Simon Heffer, journalist and broadcaster. An excellent programme of outside speakers is organised throughout the year to enhance learning.
Felsted Philosophy of Learning Students
The 5 Rs: the different qualities Felstedians need to be successful learners: ■ Responsibility
Attributes Ready Resourceful Resilient Responsible Reflective
Life Skills Emotional awareness Social awareness Organisational skills Leadership Prepared for the future
■ Readiness ■ Resourcefulness ■ Resilience ■ Reflectiveness
Challenging Clarifying Creating Connecting Communicating
Felsted inspires each individual to discover a passion for learning that will last a lifetime. Learning by doing draws out each student’s confidence, resourcefulness and resilience. Felstedians strive for excellence in all that they do.
Students win National Science Competition A team of Very Able Preparatory School pupils won the regional Royal Society of Chemistry MidAnglia Section Chemistry Prize, beating the most scientific in the region in the 11–18 category.
■ Winning young chemists.
Aware Realistic Informed Involved Supportive
Felsted Philosophy of Learning Teachers Parents
The Felsted Diploma The Philosophy of Learning applies to everything Felstedians do through the curriculum, co-curriculum and personal activity. The unique Felsted Diploma, launched this year in Yrs 9 and 10, embraces this philosophy and will be available for all Senior School pupils in 2012. Each year will become increasingly challenging, building on from the Preparatory School leadership programmes.
■ Felsted Preparatory School receive the Green Flag Award from Eco-Schools.
New Work Education Centre
L6 National Company Programme
A dedicated Work Education Centre has been created to extend the strength of the Careers Department.
Lower Sixth students demonstrated their entrepreneurial skills recently when they took part in The Company Programme, a national competition for students who must set up and run their own company for one academic year. Elwyn’s cookbook reached the Essex final and raised an impressive £1,398.
Running in unison with the Felsted Network, Old Felstedians and current parents are getting involved in a more active way to inspire our current students in their potential future careers. A particular example was an Art Evening, where four of our former students, who now have successful careers in the worlds of art, design and architecture, returned to tell us about their careers. Architect Matthew Wilkinson, who is in charge of the redevelopment of the Victoria and Albert Museum entrance; Charlotte Belcher, who works at London’s Halcyon Gallery; James Iveson, an award winning painter who is currently supported by the prestigious Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner Foundation in the United States; and Chloe Mellish, who designs for the re-branded KEW clothing range. The pupils were treated to four very dynamic speakers with one big message for them – ‘do not let go of your dream, if you want something you must go and get it, no matter how tough things may seem’.
Prestigious UCAS appointment Our very own Nick Spring has been appointed as co-chair of one of the advisory committees to UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. This committee brings together senior members of UCAS on a termly basis to discuss the university admissions process. Given the challenging and rapidly changing nature of university admissions, membership of this committee provides a unique opportunity to keep abreast of current issues and to contribute to shaping future developments. Felsted pupils can therefore be assured of up-to-date guidance!
Felsted achieves National Healthy Schools status across both schools
Top marks for food hygiene Preparatory School Catering Manager, Mrs Murdoch and Head Chef Mark Peacock were delighted to receive a maximum Food Hygiene Rating of 5, awarded by Uttlesford District Council.
‘Young Voices’ sing at the O2 56 Preparatory pupils joined 8,000 other children to sing as part of the ‘Young Voices’ massed children’s choir, performing in front of 12,000 enthusiastic supporters at the impressive O2 arena in London, to support the children’s cancer charity, CLIC Sargent. They were joined by dance group Urban Strides, singers Josh Osho, Dionne Bromfield and classical quartet All Angels.
Jin’s Artwork published in Taiwan press Ching (Jin) Kuo, Gepp’s, one of our new L6 students and an Art Scholar, had his drawing titled ‘Telephone Booth’ published in the press in Taiwan this summer.
Yr 6 play
Felsted Arts Festival
Music for a Summer’s Evening
Felsted Arts Festival provided a feast of entertainment once again. Highlights included an amazing piano recital by the great John Lill, an evening with Simon Heffer and a superb performance of The Ghost Train by the Senior School cast. An impressive Art Exhibition included private collections of Scottish and other British water colours of the 19th and 20th centuries, OF Oliver Everett educated us with treasures from the Royal Collection and renowned jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth entertained us in style. The final event of the whole series was a choral evening in the Lord Riche Hall in which a mass choral choir of some 120 voices gave its all in a fantastic and vibrant performance of Fanshawe’s African Sanctus.
The Music Department was out in force and with performances from all of the School’s ensembles. Three pupils played major solo roles accompanied by the orchestra – Maddie Seacombe sang Puccini, Will Gwyther performed The Acrobat on the trombone, and Wing Chan gave a beautiful account of Beethoven’s G Major Romance for Violin and Orchestra. There were accomplished solo performances from U6 leavers and Thunder made great use of electronic drum kits, and the Jazz Band rounded off the evening with a lively set of Latin standards.
Ffrome Court concert
■ Playing at the Ffrome Court concert.
Choristers sing out in Italy A combination of singers from the Preparatory and Senior School choirs visited Umbria for six days over the Easter break and sang four Mass services in different churches, including the Anglican church in Rome.
Percussion Day is bang on
■ Senior School pupils performing The Ghost Train.
The Percussion Day in May was a real treat for all those who attended. Michael Skinner, Principal Percussionist at the Royal Opera House for 31 years, improved everyone’s rolls with a masterclass on the snare drum before Gurdain Rayatt demonstrated and performed on the Tabla. The two greatly contrasting performers of the highest order were a real treat. Richard Rayner, UK Drummer of the Year 2009 and Gepp’s L6, performed a couple of drum solos before stepping out from behind the kit to perform Ghanaia on the Marimba with his younger brother, Peter, accompanying him on the Cajon. Eric Delaney then joined Richard and our very own Crissy Lee for a threekit extravaganza which really raised the roof.
Yr 6 delight their audience with a romp through Egyptian and Roman history in their production of ASP.
■ Senior School pupils performed Shakers by John Godber.
The Secret Garden Senior triumphs The School’s musical
adaptation of the classic children’s novel The Secret Garden was a spellbinding success. They performed to a sell-out audience over four nights. The cast will be taking it on tour to the USA in the spring.
■ Three Yr 10 pupils took part in the BBC Off-By-Heart
Shakespeare competition. All performed extremely well and enjoyed the experience.
Many Felstedians take part in these valuable exams and we were delighted to see them achieve a 100% pass rate with 38% distinctions!
A drumming year for Richard Talented U6 musician, Richard Rayner, has had an astonishing year in the world of drums and percussion, playing the HMS Belfast (yes, actually playing the ship!) at the Lord Mayor’s Show, touring with his awardwinning rock band, ‘Franko’, to Singapore and Thailand, and performing at the Clothes Show Live. He is also through to the final ten of BBC Young Percussionist of the Year 2012!
■ Richard (far right), with his band ‘Franko’.
The Jazz Band goes to Disney A combined Jazz Band from the Senior and Preparatory School delighted tourists when they were invited to play at EuroDisney in Paris. ■ Young Thespians enjoyed an outing to the Shrek première. ■ Pre-Preparatory pupils star in their nativity.
Olivier Awards Drama students enjoyed an evening in London’s West End, mingling with the stars (Jim Carter of Downton Abbey) at the Olivier Awards.
■ Winners of Monologues and Duologues competition.
Felsted Art on public display ■ Felsted pupils and staff exhibited their works of art at The Aubrey Gallery in Dunmow, a fantastic opportunity for our artists to show their talents. ■ FelsTed – our new ‘live’ mascot!
Sporting Highlights England rugby call-up for Charlie Rising rugby star Charlie Kingham was selected for the England Elite U16s Squad; a reflection of his hard work and dedication as well as his natural talent. Charlie worked his way up through the County ranks, earning him a place in the England U16s training camp along with 70 others. He was then selected for a place in the England Elite U16s squad of 22, representing England in internationals.
Brian Ashton rugby development day Former Head Coach of the England Rugby Squad Brian Ashton and Matthew Ferguson, RFU Scrum Clinic Educator, ran a rugby development day for Felsted and local sports coaches and 22 rugby-playing Felstedians. The focus of the day was to gain knowledge of how Brian teaches attack play and turnover ball. The boys were also lucky enough to attend a scrum clinic led by Matthew, teaching safe technique in the scrum and ways to achieve a more powerful scrum.
Netball girls play at National level
■ 1st XI Netball National Quarter Finalists.
■ U12 Netball National Finalists.
U11 rugby ‘Team of the Year’ and ‘Sports School of the Year’
■ A victorious team in Malta.
National rankings for girls’ and boys’ hockey ■ U18 Hockey Runners-Up at the National Boarding Schools’ Cup.
Rugby sevens boys win 3 Plate Tournaments
The Dunmow Broadcast and Saffron Walden Reporter Sports Awards declared the U11A rugby team as ‘Team of the Year’ and Felsted as ‘Sports School of the Year’, seeing off fierce competition from a wide range of local schools and regional community clubs for all ages.
■ U13 Hockey Runners-Up at the National Finals.
■ U11 Hockey National Finalists.
Bruce is hockey world champion
■ The 1st XI enjoyed a challenging rugby tour to Australia and Hong Kong.
Bruce Evans, Preparatory School Housemaster, won the Vintage Masters in Singapore with the England O55 team, beating New Zealand 3-1 in the semi-finals and Australia in a tense final, with penalty flicks giving them a golden goal! Bruce has played most of his competitive hockey in Kenya for Impala Club, Nairobi Club and Parklands Club, but now plays for Chelmsford Vets and England O55s.
Sporting Highlights First XI draw against MCC
■ Quarter Finalists National Twenty/20 Competition.
Talented young cricketer joins Felsted Rehan Hassan, 16, is balancing his A Level studies alongside training with the Essex Cricket Academy and the England Development Programme. He will be spending seven to ten days every month at Loughborough University in preparation for an India tour in February. The highlight of his cricketing career to date has been to play for the England Development Squad against Scotland U19’s in August, where he scored 111 runs in one of the innings. Last summer he received his England Schools Cap from Andrew Strauss, playing against the MCC. He also made his debut for Essex playing for the second team against Somerset. Rehan is
The First XI had the great honour of hosting the Marylebone Cricket Club and played with amazing panache to secure a draw. Felsted were put into bat first, declaring 295 for 4 off of 52 overs. The MCC started off well but then Jake Foley came on after tea and took five wickets for 25 runs, supported by the other four bowlers taking one wicket each. This led to a draw, with the MCC finishing on 205-9.
■ Mikey Barton and Lara Peck were both National Finalists in the Shot Put.
looking forward to working both with Mr Knightley, Director of Sport and Mr Gallian, Head of Cricket to develop his talent whilst playing for the Felsted 1st XI, Wansted, Essex and England. Rehan is a left hand opening batsman and is a right arm leg spin bowler.
First XI take on Fozzy’s Essex Felsted hosted an excellent celebration of cricket when James Foster’s Essex County Cricket side took on the Felsted 1st XI in a Twenty/20 match, in support of James’s benefit year and the School’s Australia Cricket Tour 2012. The match was played in fantastic spirit in a wonderful atmosphere with Essex emerging as worthy winners who commented on the outstanding quality of the young Felsted team.
■ Kate Butterworth achieved 12th in final cut at the 50m Backstroke Finals at the IAPS Swimming National Finals, also gaining a personal best.
A day with Henry Olonga
■ Quarter Finalists National Twenty/20 Competition.
■ U15 County Champions and winners of Division One of Essex League.
Felstedians were treated to a visit by the famous Zimbabwean cricketer, Henry Olonga. He gave some inspiring tips to our young cricketers and shared his expertise as a professional singer. Each phase within the Preparatory School were given a talk about his life, touching on his childhood, love of sport and singing as well as his faith. The finale of events was held in the Chapel where Henry gave a concert to parents, staff and pupils.
Max is county’s top high jumper Max Paulin became the Essex Schools’ High Jump Champion with a wonderful clearance of 1.93m, an Essex record, and qualified for the GB Schools Championship.
Karate Pierce goes to World Champs Pierce Robertson-Voth representing England at the FSKA Karate World Championships in Turin.
Matt’s a good shot Winner of the Junior Title at the Southern Counties DTL Grand Prix and Junior High Gun at the South East of England Inter Counties, held at Bisley.
■ Tom Brabrook (pictured at the front) joined members of the British Schools Shooting team including Dr Charles Lee (Team Manager) to shoot in Denmark at the Danish National Shooting Championships in July.
Sporting Highlights Kieran is England’s most improved Junior Boy Skier
In September Kieran Norris, 15, was awarded the Tim Reader Memorial Trophy for the most improved Junior Boy Skier in England at the All England Championships. This award is chosen by a panel of coaches and has been won in the past by top names in English ski racing. All recent winners are now in the GB team, including Dave Ryding one of the GB elite athletes. Kieran has also been selected to take part in the time trial selection process for the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games. Kieran is able to balance his training on the slopes and school work with the support of his Housemaster, Tutor and the Felsted teaching network.
National Finalists at the British Schools’ Go Karting Championships
5th at the National Schools’ Show Jumping Championship Felsted show jumping team gave an impressive performance at The National Schools’ Equestrian Association Championship, finishing fifth place overall. Anna Stonham, Mollie Stonham, Tessa Reed and Alicia Wilkinson jumped at a height of 1.10m on a very technical course. Only the best eight teams jumped against each other in the final round and Felsted were placed fifth overall, a tremendous achievement.
Felsted Dance Academy The Felsted Dance Academy launched this year offering pupils a new generation of dance classes, including ballet, tap, technical and commercial jazz. With an emphasis on performance, the Academy aims to produce confident, rhythmic, elegant dancers.
London Marathon success for runners Yr 13 students Barclay Stiller and Joe Volf as well as Miss Hookway and Miss Hampson-Smith took part in the London Marathon during the Easter break and between them raised more than £10,000 for charity.
OFs have been busy making a name for themselves in the wider world and some have brought their experience and expertise back to Felsted to share with current students. Regular updates can be found on www.felsted.org/ofs ■ OF Georgie Plunkett (fb 04-08) was part of the Cambridge Lightweight Women’s crew that trounced Oxford in the Henley Boat Races this year.
■ Chris Lovitt (fg 79-87) accompanied by his dog Tigger in the basket and eight other cyclists, took on an epic seven-day 700-mile charity cycle ride from London to Berlin. ■ Old Felstedian Oliver Everett (b 56-61) entertained us as part of the Arts Festival with details and images of the wonderful collection of books, manuscripts, old master drawings and other artefacts in the Royal collection. Felsted is keen to support its former pupils in developing their careers. We are delighted to have 10 Felstedians working at Felsted; Nick Philipps, Loren Sherer, Luke Jones, Rebecca Speight, Andrea Smith Valls, Olivia Houlder, Libby Knifton, Anna West, Francesca Martin and Louise Boswell.
■ Libby Knifton (g 00-05), is teaching History, PE and Games in the Preparatory School having gained her teaching qualifications following a Sports Performance Degree at Bath University. She is sharing her passion for rugby and hockey with our Young Felstedians, which she still plays to a high standard.
U16 Polo Team win Division Two at the National Schools’ Polo Championship
■ OF Olivia Houlder
■ Mark Hansen, Will Walter and Josh Abbas.
■ Young golfers play at National IAPS Tournament at Royal Lytham & St Anne’s.
(fg 97-07), is gaining teaching experience as a Yr 6 teaching assistant, following an Ancient and Medieval History Degree at Birmingham University. She is also editor of the Senior School newsletters.
Work Education As part of the new Work Education Programme, Felstedians have been inspired by many Old Felstedians and parents in the world of work this year. They have also taken part in an Oxbridge Interview exchange and visited places of work. In particular two Felsted parents, Andrea Dowling and Andrew Wise gave students a valuable insight into the world of investment banking. With clients such as Tommy Hilfiger and endless travelling opportunities, this industry is one which clearly appeals to many of our students. Other sessions have covered careers in law, the sciences, the arts, gap year opportunities and visits to UCL and the Sanger Institute. Parent Alison Moscozza held a fascinating masterclass on medicines and how they are made, for Yr 6, as part of Science week. ■ Felsted parent Sarah Dines and OFs Nicholas Belcher and Sam Burrett give an insight into the world of law.
■ Yr 6 pupils during Science week.
Democracy, Environment, Adventure
Student democracy Senior School students are now actively involved in the Teaching Appointment Panel, Teaching and Learning Committee, Healthy Schools Committee and 450th Celebration Committee. Preparatory School pupils have an active Pupil Council made up of League and Boarding Captains and have just appointed Prefects for the first time. Pupil evaluation of teaching has been key to improvements.
■ Ffrome Court gardeners produce a bumper crop.
■ IB Geographers visit Lanzarote.
Felsted service day Yr 10s cleared a local byway with Essex County Council, as part of an environment action day. All the students experienced what a result good teamwork can produce.
■ First World War Battlefields trip.
■ Cultural tour to Istanbul. ■ Biologists study ecosystems in Malaysia.
■ Classicists soak up the atmosphere in Athens.
Leadership, Service Piano marathon for Magic Bus Gus Nicholson played the piano solidly for 12 hours and raised £3,000 towards his trip to support the Magic Bus in Mumbai. Young Felstedians dropped by to support him during this piano marathon.
Magic Bus in Mumbai Eight Sixth Formers spent October half term in Mumbai, supporting the Magic Bus charity set up by OF Matthew Spacie (d 83-85), which takes children off the slums of Mumbai and empowers them in areas of education, gender, health, leadership and livelihood through sport for development. Pupils faced up to many challenges and dealt with extremely difficult circumstances. They addressed their fears and realised that by going the extra mile they gained so much in confidence and became stronger people for it.
Felsted’s Arctic connection
■ Yr 11 students take part in A Care by Us Community Service project.
Felsted young apprentices Yr 10 took part in an ‘Enterprise in Action Day’ – an Apprentice-type challenge in small teams to create a new brand and a product. There was a great variety of products, from lie detector bracelets to iPod speakers for baths and showers, however the product which won overall was the product ‘Den-ît’, created by Lydia Carrington, Emil Benz, Camille Brien, Lizzie Cole, Sebastian Bulgin and Edgar Burchell. This product was an educational toy aimed at children under 8, and had a retail price of £20. It is a DIY tent, which allows children to build dens in their homes or garden, and teaches them the skills of teamwork and following instructions.
Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is as active as ever at Felsted with many achieving Gold, Silver or Bronze awards throughout the year.
In 1917, Felsted sponsored a husky dog as part of Scott’s epic expedition to the Arctic. So when an appeal for funds to help restore the explorer’s famous Arctic hut was received, Felsted was happy to oblige. Senior School pupils paid £1 to wear their winter clothes and raised £500 for the Scott Expedition Hut Restoration Project. The hut, which has been exposed to a century of frozen conditions, still contains boxes of stores belonging to Scott’s party from 1917, and has been described by Sir David Attenborough as ‘a monument to the great age of heroic exploration.’
■ 20 Felsted students were prepared for their Confirmation in March.
■ Felstedians receiving their Gold Awards at St James’s Palace..
■ Felsted CCF underwent its Biennial Review by the inspecting officer from the RAF, Gp Capt Ian Tolfts.
Swishers raise money for Mencap There were clothes of all different styles and sizes on offer, as well as a new section for jewellery, at the annual charity Swishing Event. Organised by the Sustainability Team and the Girls’ Houses and sponsored by Benefit, all proceeds went to Mencap.
Follyfield charity hockey competition The winners of the prize for the best dressed were Deacon’s who stole the night by dressing up as women, wearing wigs and dresses. The Gepp’s boys walked arm-in-arm with them as their partners in tuxedos! The winners of the night were Gepp’s, with Windsor’s the runners-up. The event raised £110 for Breast Cancer Research.
Felsted ‘In Harmony’ Felsted’s Music Department raised £950 in postconcert collections for the work of In Harmony Norwich, a charity that provides free instruments, musical tuition and ensemble experience to pupils in primary schools in very deprived areas.
Thank you to all those who have contributed pictures, in particular Dr Charles Lee.