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issue ten MICHAELMAS TERM 2013

SherborneNews DRAMA




Comment The new Drama School is a place where boys will flourish and develop, both as individuals and as members of wider society.

BY IAN READE, HEAD OF DRAMA The new Drama School is a place where I hope that the art form it is dedicated to and the boys who have decided to study it will flourish and develop, both as individuals and as members of wider society. Holding the mirror up to nature has all kinds of unexpected consequences, but one that can certainly be relied upon is that those holding the mirror necessarily grow as human beings. The development of the key emotional responses, foremost of which are empathy and compassion, is an unavoidable by-product of the dramatic process. I truly believe that this subject, as well as providing its students with access to some great literature and exposure to the greatest practitioners such as Artaud and Stanislavski, will also play a part in the emotional and moral development of its students. Aside from providing a home to such altruistic ideals, the new building also provides us with the academic and practical basis on which the work associated with GCSE and GCE Drama can be built. We have a brand new classroom, a fully-equipped studio with the latest LED lighting and a superb sound system, a room dedicated to Speech and Drama, along with costume storage and several offices. The boys are in no doubt that Drama as a subject has now arrived at the School and are filling up the space with their noise and bustle. Clubs, rehearsals and classes are already taking place here and this noise and the bustle will surely continue to grow. When in conversation with other teachers or the wider public, I sometimes get the impression that drama is seen as non-academic and almost as an easy alternative to more traditional and

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“Imagining what it is like to be someone other than you is at the core of our humanity. It is the essence of compassion and the beginning of morality...” Ian McEwan more demanding subjects. Students new to drama also occasionally come with this idea but are rapidly divested of it when the reality of regular and challenging Hall, combined with long hours of rehearsals, quickly becomes apparent. Perhaps only those people who have taken on a demanding role in a show, or directed one, can really understand that choosing to be involved in drama is anything but an easy option. Lack of preparation in this field, just as in any other, will certainly lead to failure, and the amount of preparation required to achieve the highest levels of success in this field is substantial. Selfdiscipline and the ability to work as a member of a team are also vital. These qualities are essential to success in drama just as they are in life, and any boy able to acquire and develop these in the quantity sufficient to excel in this sphere will surely do well at anything to which he turns his hand. Sherborne School has a great tradition of dramatic success with alumni including Hugh Bonneville, Jeremy Irons, Charles Collingwood, Charlie Cox, John Le Mesurier, Jon Pertwee and James Purefoy. The new building is a physical testament to the School’s continuing desire to foster and develop the talents of boys who come here to fulfil their potential in this field.

The School wishes to extend further congratulations to those boys who also gained distinctions, or whose results improved, following remarks. Distinctions are awarded for outstanding performance in (I)GCSE examinations of 6A* or more, with no other grade lower than a B. The full list is below: • 6A* Hugo Bromell (b), Robert Clark (d), Jack Dible (c), Edward Horn (d), Harry Atkins (f), Oliver Nott (c), Alex Reid (b) • 7A* Jack Crinks (b), Archie Denny (f), Jack Edmondson (f), Matthew Key (m), William Pisani (a), Edward Wauton (f), Bradley Weatherhead (e) • 8A* Patrick Hobbs (c), Marcus Soo (e) • 9A* Oshi Corbett (d), Robert Ham (e), William Glasse (a), Max Wood (g), Perry Jenner (b), Jack Hillan (c) • 10A* Koichi Kanaboshi (f), Rory McMillan (b), James Weldon (b), Hugh Williams (c), Charles Paines (m) • 11A* Gregor Tims (a) • 12A* Alex Ferguson (f)

Soaking up the Atmosphere

Over half-term a group of Sixth Form Classicists from Sherborne and Sherborne Girls brought their studies to life by soaking up the atmosphere of ancient Greece and its many treasures. Their

itinerary took in significant sites including the Acropolis, the temple at Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae and the palace of Agamemnon.


Engineering Challenge Two teams of Fourth Formers took part in the annual Engineering Challenge in November along with fourteen other school teams. Both teams performed extremely well with team ‘Sea Harrier’ finishing eighth and Team ‘Chinook’ gaining second prize. TEAM ‘CHINOOK’ Ben Dickens (c), Ben Heber (f) Gus Johnson (d), Jasper Jones (m) Ben Orton (a), Tom Pertwee (b)

TEAM ‘SEA HARRIER’ Peter Angkasith (e), Kit Delamain (c) Alexander Davidson (f), Louis Drake (b) Douglas Mak (c), Charlie Savage (f)

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Remembrance Service Sherborne School CCF Fifth and Sixth Form participated in the Town Remembrance Day Parade. We were honoured to have our Cadet RSM Monty Pilkington (U6f) lead the Town Parade as Standard Bearer carrying the Union Jack. Hugo Potts (U6e) Dorset’s Lord-Lieutenant’s cadet was in attendance with the Lord-Lieutenant. Rory Featherstone (U6f) laid the school wreath.


Gifted & Talented In early November, a cohort of Sherborne boys attended the regional Gifted and Talented Conference. Discussions included a consideration of Descartes’ statement ‘Cogito ergo sum’, exploring relationships between the physical brain and the mind, and a talk from Tom Greggs (professor of Theology at Aberdeen University) entitled ‘How many animals did Noah take onto the ark?’ This was set to test knowledge of either ecology, theology or mathematical feasibility depending on the topic studied. A talk from physicist Mark Lewney followed: ‘Are we made of Maths?’ made more memorable by the use of electric guitar.

Sixth Former Hugh Williams (c), who attended the day, commented, “It was great to get out of the classroom and learn about material beyond the curriculum.”


Cranmer Awards The Salisbury Diocesan heat of the Cranmer Awards, an event organised by the Prayer Book Society to introduce young people to reading from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, was won by two Sherborne boys. Archie Buxton (3a) won the junior section and Edward Horn (L6d) the senior, with Max Baldwin (4b) junior runner-up and Edward Guinness (5b) senior. The boys were chosen from among those taking Speech and Drama this year. They will compete in the national final to be held in London in the spring. BY BARBARA DARNLEY,


A Global Education The ancient and countrified charm of a school like Sherborne does not instantly conjure-up images of modern life (if it did then it would not be in such demand as a period film-set!). However, to think that this means the education does not therefore reflect the diverse and complex world in which we live, would be to judge a book by its cover. So don’t. In the Theology department our aims reach beyond the arguments of long dead philosophers and theologians, finding equal concern with how ethics, philosophy and religion inform and shape the world today. Part of this concern emerges through meetings such as the risibly named ‘philth’ society (philosophy and theology society), which recently discussed the place of wearing a burka in the UK. On a curricular level we have recently

introduced a module called ‘face to faith’ in the Third Form. This has initially been aimed at developing the basic skills of dialogue and questioning among students, and works towards taking part in a video conference with schools in far-flung parts of the world. In a recent early morning conference with an Indian school the classes met for an hour long discussion on various issues. The boys seemed to gain much from the experience and left having learned about Hindu culture and religion, and debunked some of their stereotypes. We hope that these video conferences become an integral part of learning about other religions and world views, believing that good dialogue skills and genuine understanding are central to human flourishing.


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The Chamber Choir sang Choral Evensong in Winchester Cathedral on Wednesday 20 November. The Preces and Responses were by Richard Marlow, the canticles by William Byrd (The Second Service), the anthem by Monteverdi (Deus Tuorum Militum) and the organ voluntary by J S Bach (Vivaldi Concerto in A minor, BWV 593). Solos were sung by Matthew Cann (4e), Oscar Faulkner (5m), Henry Delamain (5c), Robert Folkes (U6a), Peter Folkes (3a), Theo Beeny (5c), Edward Smith (5c), Finnbar Blakey (4a), Tom du Val (U6m) and William Glasse (L6a).

Chamber Choir at Winchester Cathedral

The Vicar of the Cathedral Close, the Rev Dr CliftonSmith, thanked the Choir and commented upon the musicianship of the ensemble and the ‘reserved’ and controlled singing which they displayed. Amongst the 18 singers of the Chamber Choir were three excathedral choristers of Winchester: Matthew Cann, Tom du Val and Jack Miller (5a).

Strings Competition An all-day Strings Festival took place on Sunday 10 November. Roger Coull of the Roger Coull Quartet judged this competition for as many of Sherborne’s string players as were able to come. Participants and parents were enthralled by Roger’s commentary, which was encouraging and supportive of all performers yet helpful in the suggestions made for future development and improvement of the chosen repertoire. Sarah Drury, Head of Strings, organised the event, which provided a feast of

music throughout the day – and there were some winners too. James Pyman (3e) was declared to be the leading performer of the junior section, with a performance of Schubert’s Ständchen on the cello, and Jacob Harger (4b) the runner-up with a performance of Kabalevsky’s Cavalryman on the double bass. The joint winners of the day, photographed with Roger Coull, were Thaddy Muller (U6a) with Leighton’s Elegy, on the cello, and Edward Pyman (5e) with the first movement of Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor on the violin.

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The Chamber Choir joined forces with Sherborne Girls’ Senior Choir to sing Choral Evensong in Salisbury Cathedral on Monday 21 October. The canticles were by Dyson, and the anthem was Bairstow's Blessed City. The joint choir sang superbly and it was good to be singing some SATB choral music in the fantastic cathedral surroundings.

Salisbury Cathedral The Chamber Choir, which sings the Introit twice a week in the Abbey at the school’s two choral services, normally sings TTBB (tenor and bass) music by Palestrina, Byrd and Tallis.

Advent Carol Service Choral music is currently a particular strength at Sherborne, with the Choir this year being 93 strong and much enjoying singing the two choral services in the Abbey each week. A particular highlight this term was the Advent Carol Service where, in a candlelit Abbey which represented the Advent progression from darkness to light, the Choir sang an array of Advent carols – including a brand-new commission from composer Paul Drayton – and the school sang lustily in traditional hymn carols of the liturgical season. Next term looks to be as busy as ever, with highlights including the Choral Society in February, the superb lunchtime recitals in Cheap Street Church and the annual Dinner and Jazz on the last night of term.

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The School’s rock society presented a two and a half hour concert in the Big School Room in early November. There were many familiar music scholar faces among the five bands which performed, though the concert started with a half hour DJ set from James Garrow (3e) making an impressive appearance so early in his Sherborne career. James’s set paved the way for Rufus Johnson (U6d) in eight minutes of ‘beatboxing’. Leading performances were given by vocalist William Glasse (L6a) with his band and Robert Folkes (U6a) with fancifullynamed Upper Sixth band When Gabe Met Mo – Alex Dewell (c), Orlando Parr (b), Charlie Gordon (b), Jack Blakey (a) and Tom Mendel (d). Welltrodden numbers included Bastille’s Pompeii, What You Know by the Two Door Cinema Club and Tighten Up by the Black Keys.

When Gabe Met Mo will be performing at the Ministry of Sound on 16 December.

Joint Schools’ Symphony Orchestra The annual BSR Joint Schools’ Orchestral Concert this year involved the Wind Band in addition to the Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonia and a choir from each of Sherborne Girls and Leweston. With Clare Jackson (Head of Woodwind) and Andy Fawbert (Head of Brass) at the helm of the Wind Band, its performances of Creed (William Himes) and Flight of the Thunderbird (Richard Saucedo) represented the most musical and polished performances ever given by this very large ensemble. No less perfected, as always, was the Sherborne Girls Madrigal Society in three pieces arranged by Brian Trant. Leweston Junior Choir sang two numbers from Mary Poppins and proved to be on fine form.

conviction and style. Bizet’s March from Carmen and Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King showed the Sinfonia to be very exacting and full of promise for future years, while an interesting programme by the Symphony Orchestra itself (conducted by John Jenkins and Claire Hawkes) signalled a superb level of musicianship and flair led by Clara Hewitt (Leweston). Philip Lane’s Wassail Dances provided (nearly) seasonal fare, Britten and Berkeley’s Suite of Catalan Dances, op 9 some beautiful orchestral colour, and Sibelius’s Finlandia a wealth of luxurious sound. The Symphony Orchestra next performs in St George’s, Bristol, on Sunday 23rd March 2014.

The Joint Schools’ Sinfonia and Symphony Orchestra both played with

Swing Band at Northcote Lodge, Clapham The Swing Band performed at Northcote Lodge School this term with a one-hour concert that was the Swing Band's first this academic year. The large audience of pupils and parents fitted snuggly into a fairly small venue giving almost a jazz club atmosphere - as did the enthusiastic applause at the end of (and sometimes during) solos. With singers Robert Folkes (U6a, 1st trumpet) and Adam Soanes (U6m, 1st alto saxophone), the band was on fine form and presented familiar numbers Have You Met Miss Jones?, At Last and Beyond the Sea in addition to newer hits Undecided, Bye Bye Blackbird and High and Flighty. John Hansford, Headmaster of Northcote Lodge, met the band before the concert and the occasion was hosted by the Northcote Lodge Director of Music Ben Lewis-Smith.

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Over the coming weeks you will be receiving the Foundation’s Giving Report, which we hope will provide a good reflection of the work we undertake for the School. In it we are delighted to give further details of the recent completion of the total refurbishment of the Drama School, which will be formally opened later in the academic year. This new development will serve to inspire pupils at Sherborne and build upon our exceptional heritage on stage and screen. Indeed over the past fifteen years we have completed more than fifty projects each with the aim of enhancing the boys’ lives and experience during their brief but formative time at Sherborne. I hope you will find it interesting reading. We would be delighted to talk to you if you would like to know more. Support for this year’s Annual Fund, as outlined in the Report, has already been strong since our launch in October and we hope that the report itself triggers further interest.


Sherborne Leading the way For the last twelve years Sherborne has hosted an Oxbridge Interview Evening in early November, in order that applicants from local schools for Cambridge, Oxford and Dentistry, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine elsewhere might have a practice interview with those who have not taught them. There were 75 participants this year, who benefited from oral and written feedback ahead of the university interview season. This year we also launched a session of Multiple Mini Interviews for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine applicants from Sherborne School and The Gryphon School, to reflect the developing practice of universities. The students had to participate in seven activities within an hour, which ranged from critical thinking on a scientific subject to breaking bad news to a patient. All those who participated agreed this was a useful exercise giving them invaluable experience and confidence for the real interview process.



Inspirational Speakers Jason Lewis and Stephen Cooper This term, two visiting speakers have given inspiring lectures to the School. Firstly, explorer and Old Shirburnian, Jason Lewis talked about the challenges of becoming the first person to circumnavigate the world without the use of motors or sails. This epic adventure, which took thirteen years, included rollerblading across America and using a pedal boat to cross both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The following week, School welcomed Stephen Cooper, who spoke about his book The Final Whistle which won the Rugby Book of the Year Award 2013. In

the years leading up to the First World War, the Rugby grounds of Britain became training grounds for war. The Final Whistle pays tribute to the pivotal role Rugby played in the Great War by following the poignant stories of fifteen men who played for Rosslyn Park. They came from diverse backgrounds, with players from Australia, Ceylon, Columbia, Ireland and South Africa, but they were united by their love of the game and their courage in the face of war.


SENIOR MATHEMATICS CHALLENGE The Senior Mathematics Challenge is aimed at all 16-19 year olds studying Mathematics. This year more students than ever were awarded certificates; in total 23 bronze, 23 silver and 3 gold medals. Of particular note is John Arundell (5d) who obtains a Silver certificate, particularly impressive for a Fifth Former. Rory McMillan (L6b) achieved a Gold certificate and was also the Best in Year and Best in School. Additionally he was one of only 2,000 to make it through to the next round: the Senior Kangaroo. The other gold certificate winners are Ed Benney (U6a) and Marcus Soo (L6e). In the Team Challenge, the Sherborne team did better than ever before, achieving a top five position in our region. Johnny Goff-White (U6g), Oscar Cairns (U6a), Rory McMillan and Hugh Williams (L6c) performed competitively against teams from other schools and colleges in mathematical communication and teamwork tasks.

Well done to all!

MATHS IN ACTION While there is no royal road to Geometry, a select group took the A303 to a ‘Maths in Action’ day at the University of London in early December. Everyone knows that The Simpsons is probably the most successful show in television history, however, the author and broadcaster Simon Singh explained how a team of mathematically-gifted writers has covered everything from calculus to geometry, from pi to game theory and from infinitesimals to infinity in various episodes. We also heard talks about the misuse of statistics, the mathematics behind social networks, fractals and the mathematics of voting. Throughout the day students were guided to the wider importance of Mathematics in the world around us.


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V4 Festival As a long term draws to a close we can reflect on what has been a very busy term for rugby with almost 170 matches being played. On the representative front, Will Homer (U6m) and Richard Galloway (U6m) were named in the England U18 squad. Ed Coulson (U6m), Ross Collington (U6c), Jake Guildford (U6d), Fergus Hughes-Onslow (L6c) and Charles Smith (L6m) have all been named in the Bath Academy squad for the upcoming academy league games over the Christmas period and January. At Colts level Fergus Hamilton (5c) has represented Dorset and Wilts and will be attending the SW U16 trial in December. George Wallington (5d) and Tom Lewis (5a) also represented Dorset and Wilts. Sandy Miller (4f) has been selected to represent Dorset and Wilts at U15 level and Will Bailey (3e), Barney Humphrey (3m), Finian McLoughlin (3g) and Patrick Reynolds (3c) have all gained selection for the County U14 squad. Will Bailey has also been selected to represent the Independent School Lambs who will play a number of fixtures after Christmas. The Hockey County trials have been running throughout the term and the following boys have made it through to the County JAC squads for Somerset: Tom Perkins (3a), Ben Rainbow (3c), Patrick Reynolds (3c), Barney Humphrey (3m), William Mann (4a), Leo Sollohub (4b), Josh Evans (4d),Tom Sherratt (4d), Jake Lightfoot (4e), Jasper Jones (4m), Adam Montgomery (5d), Henry Field (5c), Jonnie Massey (L6m), Harry Vandeleur (L6m), Hugh Williams (L6c).

In shooting, Orlando Parr (U6b) has continued to impress on the range, finishing twelfth in the English Schools’ long-range challenge rifle competition. He shot an impressive 190/200 with the winning score being 197/200. In clay shooting, the Sherborne team had its first fixture at Millfield finishing in tenth and eleventh place with our top shooter Charles Croggan (L6m) scoring 34/50. In the pool, the swimming team has been going from strength to strength with their best performance being in the gala

against Winchester, Canford and Milton Abbey. The team have been well captained this term by Edward Kennedy (U6f). Looking ahead to the cricket season, Conrad Fish (4c) has made selection to Gloucestershire CCC academy. In sailing, three current Sherborne pupils have been sailing at RYA squad level, they are: Ben Childerley (3f), Ben Poe (5d) and Joss Cresswell (4a).

LOOKING FORWARD... Over the Christmas break the following trips are taking place: Junior Ski Trip to Claviere, Senior Ski Trip to Val Claret, Football Tour to Mallorca. • 4 January Sherborne hosts West of England Fives Championships • 15 January Sherborne hosts U11 Prep School Hockey tournament • 7.30pm 23 January Oscar Peterson Tribute concert (Tindall Recital Hall) £10pp (£8 concessions)* • 7.45pm 31 January Harper House Concert (Tindall Recital Hall) • 2 February The Halliday Music Cup (Tindall Recital Hall) • 7.30pm 12 February Choral Society Performance: Elgar, Parry, Brahms and Vaughan Williams Tickets £15, £12, £10* (Abbey) • 7.30pm 14 February Oscar Peterson Tribute concert for Valentine’s Day (Dining Hall) including 3-course dinner and coffee Tickets £25pp* • 7.30pm 28 March Parents’ Black Tie Dinner and Jazz (Dining Hall) Tickets £25pp TERM DATES Travelling day: Wednesday 8 January 2014 Term begins: Thursday 9 January Exeat: 3.00pm Friday 24 – Sunday 26 January Half Term: 4.00pm Friday 14 – Sunday 23 February (inclusive) * T: 01935 812249

SHERBORNE SCHOOL ABBEY ROAD SHERBORNE DORSET DT9 3AP T: 01935 812249 E: Registered Charity No. 1081228

Photography: Kenny Primrose, David Appleby, Jeremy Preston, Barbara Darnley, Tim Dawson, John Willetts, Liz Thompson, Mark Dennis, Alex Dunham, Len Copeland and others.

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Lyon House Play: Dr Faustus

Into the Woods Into the Woods is a musical that takes fairy-tale characters and sends them to a dark place. In the shadows of scary trees, they meet, cheat and occasionally mutilate each other. It’s an inspired choice for a school show, because it gives your best performers identifiable characters from which to build stylised, stage-holding performances. But it’s a risky choice, too, not only because of that darkness, but also because the music is as unpredictable as the plot. Now, some of the darkness left this production, but we could see just enough of it to remember that these were savvy performers dealing with a subtle piece – an ugly sister lost her foot in the hope of finding one to fit the slipper, and did so with an indifference that reminds of people who will do anything for a life of glamour. And as for the music, singers handled the fiendish counting, syncopation and kinks in melodies with little intimation that the task was difficult. Jamie Henderson’s faultless orchestra and tireless coaching made sure that the vocal talent was on full display.

finally, on the chutzpah it took to pull off a show that is at once accessible for the audience and educationally stretching for the performers. We’re lucky that Ian Reade and Jamie Henderson saw that it was not only possible, but could be done with such aplomb.


Some show-stopping moments delivered this abundantly: Jacob Lane (5d) and Tom Owen (U6e) led each other to musical heights as two princes each pining for his unconventional princess; Alicia Baines (Sherborne Girls) handled narrative sections with an impressive lyricism; Arthur Ellis Hancock (U6d) brought a delicate naiveté to the pivotal role of the Baker; and Josh Powell (U6e) deserved wolf whistles for playing a vulpine letch. But this was an ensemble piece, whose overall effect depended not only on the cohesion of the cast, but also a breathtaking set, created by John Hills, and Go to event galleries at for more pictures

Dr Faustus was an immensely well-thought through production which received many plaudits. Mr Winter’s deconstruction of the space, which transformed the Powell Theatre into a banqueting hall, equipped with ladders at either end to aid entrances and exits, caused an immediate sense of displacement to an audience expecting to be seated comfortably watching a play quietly for an hour and a half. Even before this sense of alienation had begun, the cast mingled with the audience in the foyer and doctors took notes before taking them into the banqueting hall to observe Dr Faustus struggling with his imaginary demons, chief of whom was Mephistopheles. This character was played with great depth and sensitivity by Henry Dennis. Alongside the tragedy of the piece, there were some wonderfully comic performances from Shiv Singh, James Toomey and Freddie Stisted. The Lyon House cast also ably supported the main action with some well-disciplined physical theatre work. This was an exciting production from a performance point of view with the boys playing a multiplicity of roles, but they handled these and the demands of the verse with confidence and ease. The lighting, sound and staging were perfect and there were some truly unforgettable moments. Lyon House deserves all the recognition it receives for such a brave and intelligent interpretation of one of the great classics of British theatre. This was an excellent piece of theatre which made the audience both think and feel in equal proportion. Who can ask for more?


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