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AN N UAL F UND 2013 / 1 4

Your Support Counts The Annual Fund Committee, made up of parents, Old Shirburnians, staff and other friends of the School, encourages everyone at Sherborne to participate in a way that is appropriate to them. Regular giving is central to the Annual Fund, and is one of the most powerful ways to support Sherborne. For example, if just 15 OS, parents or friends of the School were to give £15 per month for 3 years, we could completely fund the Travel and Tour Bursary Fund.

Alternatively, a single Leadership gift of £1,000 would provide a significant amount towards the cost of a bursary for one deserving boy or towards the Academic Festivals. Gifts of over £1,000 are acknowledged in the Chairman’s Society. Remember, if you make your gift tax-effectively it can be worth even more to us and, if you are a higher rate tax payer, cost you less.

ANNUAL FUND TOTALS £200,000 £180,000 £160,000 £140,000 £120,000 £100,000 £80,000 £60,000 £40,000 £20,000 £0 2009-10




Annual Fund Committee

Lucy Beney – current parent Marcus Campbell – current parent Patrick Firebrace – OS (a, 1993) Sophie Harris – former parent and staff Angela Lane – former parent and Foundation Trustee Robin Leach – OS (b, 1973), School Governor and former parent Jill Polsue – current parent


The Annual Fund 2013-14 This year our Foundation celebrates 15 years of your generous support for the School and its impact is clear to see. It is no more evident than in the Annual Fund which has been the backbone of your support over the years. The projects outlined in this brochure are now ingrained in the fabric of the boys’ lives at Sherborne. They enrich the academic life, augment the co-curricular activities on offer and also broaden the minds of the boys to consider the world beyond their Sherborne education. I hope you will join me and the Annual Fund Committee in supporting the Foundation and helping us to continue to enrich the boys’ lives through these projects by giving a gift which is in keeping with this special 15th year of philanthropy. Many thanks for your support.

Chris Davis, Headmaster

Headmaster’s Bursaries

“Coming to Sherborne School for the Sixth Form changed my life. I was presented with a wonderful opportunity and tried my very best to grab it with both hands. My academic performance improved significantly and allowed me to exceed my expectations as I have now matured into a more independent learner. On the sporting fields, the excellent coaching allowed me to thrive and continue to develop my skills and fitness levels, whilst other opportunities presented themselves, such as growing my leadership qualities by becoming a prefect. Above all I enjoyed coming to Sherborne every day and made a great group of friends, and I now feel more confident in my life chances.” George Buckney (m, 2013) Project aim:

To offer the opportunity of a Sherborne Sixth Form education to one boy each year who the Headmaster feels would benefit, but whose family is unable to afford the fees. The boys are successful in their academic studies and capable of benefitting from all aspects of Sherborne life. £30,000 per annum

George Buckney (m, 2013)

James Vitali (U6, f) left

Ed Moorhouse Fund

James Sewry (U6, d)

I think my participation in the IBSC is testimony to this.

“I am really grateful to have had the chance to attend the International Boys’ School Coalition (IBSC) Conference as it has taught me some crucial lessons not only about ensuring I make the most of the opportunities that Sherborne can offer me, but also, and perhaps more personally to remember that we are now in a global society and our School is projecting onto the international stage.

My attendance at the Conference will, I hope, strengthen my University application by demonstrating to admissions tutors that I have the skills of diligence and leadership required to make valuable contributions to society in the future. Moreover this experience will aid me in my application for scholarships to America to study by identifying that I have a globally orientated outlook, and that I am prepared to act on this outlook.” James Vitali (U6, f) Project aim:

To enable highly capable pupils to undertake enrichment courses which develop their academic abilities and enhance applications to universities in the UK and overseas. £25,000

Academic Festivals “The Sherborne Sessions,(the School’s literary festival) was a fantastic event. In particular, the 'panel' was very interesting. Many of the issues raised appealed to the teenage audience, provoking some great discussion. Most intriguing was the mention of how fear of crime in modern-day society is increasing at an unprecedented rate. Furthermore, Wendy Cope’s and Lachlan MacKinnon’s poetry readings exposed the audience to a range of accessible and humorous poems. To have such distinguished poets read their own work is a rare occurrence, and it was refreshing to enjoy the poetry away from the classroom.” James Sewry (U6, d) Project aim:

To create small two-day academic festivals, for English and for Science and Maths, attracting big name speakers and contributing to both the academic enrichment and the overall profile of the School. £53,000

Sport Coaching Fund Edward Pickard (U6, a) benefitted from the Sport Coaching Fund. He received Judo coaching from Finn Gleeson for a number of years and recently won a gold medal at the HMC National Championships (an Independent Schools Boys Judo Tournament). “As a sport Judo requires discipline, agility, strength, skill and a large measure of good humour. Judo is fun and sociable, right up to the point when you engage with your opponent, when talking is considered impolite. It is an excellent, and constructive release mechanism after a rough day. Martial Arts help build confidence, which develops when coming up against older boys who look stronger or bigger, but ‘on the mat’ we are equals who are just an ‘Ippon’ away from victory. Judo has given me some proud moments from winning Gold at the Judo nationals and performing well as ‘team’ Sherborne.

Edward Pickard (U6, a)


My teacher, Finn Gleeson, has, in my view, the greatest teaching method in Judo. We are engaged in combat for the whole two hours (to increase our stamina and core strength), he then stops us throughout to reflect and comment on our skills. This builds up our experience and it helps improve the techniques, which have been adapted to suit us.” Project aim:

To develop coaching levels in all sports, but mainly those that are not currently supported through existing budgets, and also to enhance areas of coaching at the higher levels. £45,000 per annum

Inspirational Speaker Programme “On the 25th February, Mr Dennis Silk came into Sherborne School to give an insightful talk on Siegfried Sassoon. He spoke about Sassoon’s life as a dear old friend, and you could sense the respect and love he had for the man. For me this made the talk feel real, true and meaningful. Towards the end of the talk Mr Silk spoke in an autobiographical way about his friendship with Siegfried Sassoon, about the times they spent together but most of all, how Sassoon found peace within himself and enjoyed the

last part of his life, which Mr Silk was fortunate enough to share with him. We are grateful for a talk that was both fascinating and moving.”

Charlie Gordon (U6, b)

Project aim:

To provide opportunities for the boys to hear from a variety of speakers to enhance their knowledge beyond the classroom and broaden their world view. £35,000 per annum


Rory, Perry and Hugo attended Mr Weylandt’s programming club

We welcomed a further two high flying Princeton graduates, Amelia BenschSchaus and Reid Fritz, to Sherborne this year to enhance the education of the boys, and aim to fund a further two in the following year. Project aim:

To give boys the opportunity to learn from exceptionally bright recent Princeton graduates. £43,000 per annum

Foundation Fellows Michael Weylandt was a Foundation Fellow during 2012-13. Three of the boys who were in Mr Weylandt’s computer programming club, Rory McMillan (L6, b), Perry Jenner (L6, b) and Hugo Bromell (L6, b), tell us more about the influence he had on them: “Mr Weylandt ceaselessly helped and pushed everyone around him to greater things in every aspect. He was most known by us for his help with the Wildman debating society, establishing the first programming club and furthermore, being such a great character around Abbey House. He was always willing to stop and talk about anything. The programming club was where every Tuesday and Thursday we went for help with coding. His knowledge of this topic was seemingly infinite, as not once was he stumped by even our most fiendish problems. These words do not fully do justice to how much of an influence Mr Weylandt had on the School community, especially those who frequented any extra-curricular societies. In essence, we wish he hadn’t had to leave and hopefully he gained as much from Sherborne as we gained from him.”

Travel and Tour Bursaries A recipient of a travel and tour bursary, who joined 2013’s Canadian rugby tour said: “The tour has been priceless in terms of the development of us all individually and more importantly as a team, and the confidence it has given us will be vital next year throughout a competitive fixture list. A once in a lifetime opportunity for me personally, and some experiences, places and people I will never forget.” Project aim:

To enable boys already on bursaries and scholarships to attend overseas academic, cultural and sporting trips that are useful for their development and that they would not otherwise be able to afford. £7,500 per annum

The tour has been priceless in terms of the development of us all individually •

Canadian Rugby Tour 2013

There are many ways to support Sherborne Foundation. Listed below are just some of them: • Make a single gift by completing and returning the gift form with a cheque made payable to ‘Sherborne School Foundation’.

• Make a regular monthly gift by completing and returning the enclosed form.

• Donate securely online from the UK or overseas via Justgiving or Virgin Money Giving at • Text the code ‘EDVI11’ and the amount you would like to give to 70070 (you will not be charged by your network for sending this message).

• Shop online at stores such as John Lewis or Amazon via

If you sign up to /ssfdorset for free and use the links to each of the retailers, then a percentage of whatever you spend comes directly to the Foundation at no extra cost to you. • Volunteer to become involved with other Foundation fundraising projects in the future. • Assist the Foundation with event or meeting venues in London or elsewhere.

How to Give

Sherborne School Foundation, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3AP For further details, please contact the Foundation Office on 01935 810554 email the Annual Fund Manager, Stephanie Sanchez, or visit our website

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