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Summer 2013

Leweston Life

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Heads’ Welcome


Academic News


Creative Pursuits


Sixth Form Centre


Art and Design Exhibition


Senior Sport


Prep News


Prep Sport


Spiritual Life and Community Service


South Africa Choir and Netball Tour


Trips and Visits


Boarding Bliss


Duke of Edinburgh Award


OA News


Dates for your Diary


Cover image: AS Textile Coursework by Year 12 pupil Kasey Chiu

Welcome from the Heads The 2012-13 academic year has been a vintage one at Leweston! In the last edition of Leweston Life we reported on Leweston’s record breaking GCSE results, and our placement in the top five percent of schools nationally for Value Added up to GCSE. This academic success has not stopped and since the new year Leweston has been placed top of the Department for Education League tables for Dorset and Somerset for it’s A Level and Pre-U performance and we have received a record breaking set of Oxbridge offers for the girls in our Upper Sixth (page 4). The summer marked the opening of our new Sixth Form Centre, the latest piece of campus development at Leweston. The benefits to our existing and future Sixth Formers will be numerous and we are delighted that some of our students were also involved in the design and planning process, led by internationally renowned design and interior refurbishment specialists, Resolution Interiors (page 10). On the creative side, a real highlight of the spring term was this year’s Choral Society Concert, Zimbe! which this year broke from tradition and featured harmonies from South Africa, Ghana and Kenya. The singers from across the Leweston campus and the local community embraced the challenge of singing in various African languages and produced what was a truly outstanding and memorable show (page 7). The pirate themed summer term Prep production (page 20) was of its usual high quality and we have also had our best ever year at the Bath Festival of Speech and Drama (page 10). A special mention must go to the three girls who achieved Conservatoire Standard Diplomas in piano, flute and saxophone (page 9).

Adrian Aylward Headmaster

Success has also come thick and fast on the sports fields with 6 Leweston athletes from both the Prep and Senior Schools being selected to represent GB at this summer’s European Biathle Championships. The development of our ‘athlon’ sports programme at Leweston continues to go from strength to strength and we have seen numerous school records broken in the pool and in track and field (page 16). Many of our pupils continue with exciting activities over the summer, perhaps most notably Leweston’s inaugural Choir and Netball Tour to South Africa. This will undoubtedly be a life changing trip for the 30 girls taking part and we look forward to reporting on the tour’s progress through a blog on our website and Facebook page. The end of term marked the end of school life for our 2013 Leavers but we remain safe in the knowledge that they leave Leweston well prepared for the next stage of their lives. They have had the opportunity at Leweston to take the right sort of risks, emotionally, spiritually and physically, as much as intellectually. They have been part of an exceptional community and been supported through the good and more challenging times, made friendships that will endure long after their time at school and they leave Leweston with experiences and exposure to opportunities that have helped shape their interests, ambitions and drive for the future. Leweston is a school where the pupils’ qualities of commitment, enthusiasm and naturalness are nurtured and we have no doubt that our leavers will find Leweston a source of inspiration and strength as they go on out into the world and make their own way. Gaudere et Bene Facere!

James Savile Head of Leweston Prep 3

Oxbridge Offers - A Statistical Record Leweston is delighted that a record number of girls, representing nearly 10% of our Upper Sixth, have been successful in obtaining offers from Oxford and Cambridge. Congratulations to Siobhan Stewart who has received an offer to study Biological Sciences at Brasenose College Oxford, to Rebecca Clayton who has received an offer to study English and Drama at Homerton College Cambridge and to Monika Dec who has received an offer to study Mathematics at Trinity College Cambridge. Well done also to Sophie Hawkins who received offers from every Medical School she applied to, continuing Leweston’s impressive record of successful Medical School applications. These offers represent a historic record for Leweston and builds on the school’s reputation for enabling our Sixth Formers to win places at the most selective universities and specialist colleges.

Some of Leweston’s 2012 leavers

Leweston Comes Top of DofE Performance Tables for Dorset and Somerset Staff and pupils at Leweston are delighted to have come top of the Department of Education Performance tables for Dorset and Somerset. Leweston’s A Level and Pre-U students achieved an average UCAS point score of 976 per student, the best of all independent and maintained schools in the two counties.

“We are delighted that the DofE data has placed Leweston as the top school in the area for its performance at A Level and equivalent. It is a tremendous reflection on the girls, our committed staff and the vitality of the all-round education offered at Leweston. This tops off an excellent year which has seen Leweston ranked in the top 5% of schools nationally for value added and our third set of record GCSE results in 4 years.” Adrian Aylward, Headmaster at Leweston


Pupils in Year 10 - 12 had the exciting opportunity of hearing from a variety of professionals at their Careers Day in the Summer Term. The girls heard from 9 speakers, 6 of whom were Leweston Old Girls (pictured below). The visitors offered their experience in a wide range of fields including Law, Medicine, TV and Film, Psychology, Marketing and PR, Fashion, Engineering, Veterinary, and the Forces. Pupils chose to attend their top three favoured presentations and were provided with some practical tips on how to go about getting into their chosen careers. This was an incredibly useful and enlightening event and we thank our speakers for their time, energy and for being a source of inspiration.

Year 13 pupil Monika Dec has won a scholarship worth approximately $7000 offered by the Clay Mathematics Institute, to spend the summer at Boston and Oxford Universities studying alongside 60 other students from around the world. The lectures and seminars will be presented by some of the World’s top academics. There were over 500 applicants for the Programme in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS), a prestigious and highly selective course, and Monika was selected for one of only 10 scholarships available to European Students. During the 7 week course Monika will attend daily lectures in Number Theory given by the world’s leading mathematicians. This is the most recent in a string of mathematical success for Monika who was placed 3rd Nationally in the UK Maths Olympiad for girls which took place in September. She also achieved top 25 placings in both the 1st and 2nd rounds of the 2012 British Maths Olympiads and has an offer to read Mathematics at Trinity College Cambridge on completing her Year 13 studies.


Careers Day 2013

“This continues to show that Monika has the potential to be one of the world’s best mathematicians and is perfect preparation for her as she embarks on what promises to be Martin Crozier, Head of Mathematics an exciting career in mathematics.” 5


‘Maths Juggler’ Colin Wright Entertains Budding Mathematicians Leweston was delighted to welcome infamous Mathematician and ‘Maths Juggler’ Colin Wright in March.

During her interview, David commented on the quality of her textiles samples and on how well her Leweston sketchbooks were presented and organised. He also gave Dasha some useful feedback on her AS Level work. David studied for both his BA and MA at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design and has just shown a collection at the 2013 London Fashion Week. Well done Dasha and good luck! Find out more about David Koma at

As part of his visit to Leweston, Colin ran a series of short lectures and activities demonstrating the beauty of maths and its relevance in the natural world. The series of lectures was aimed at Gifted and talented Year 6 Mathematicians and we were delighted to welcome pupils from Sandroyd, Forres Sandle Manor, Sunninghill, Yarrells and our very own Leweston Prep. The master class offered pupils an exploration into the mathematics which underpins nature and allowed pupils to gain an insight into how mathematics is applied outside of the classroom and also to catch a glimpse of some higher order mathematical techniques and ideas. The pupils took part in


short lectures interspersed with linked activities enabling them to explore the ideas for themselves. Colin Wright graduated in Pure Mathematics at Monash University, Melbourne, before going on to get a PhD at Cambridge. While there he learned how to fire-breathe, unicycle and juggle. These days, he is director of a company that specialises in software for marine radar, but takes out time to give juggling talks all over the world. He now has several TV appearances to his name, and more speaking requests than he can sensibly handle so we were delighted to be able to welcome him to Leweston!

Creative Pursuits

Zimbe! Leweston was delighted to welcome a record audience to its Choral Society Concert on Sunday 3rd March. This year’s concert entitled Zimbe! included vocalists from Leweston Senior School, Leweston Prep School and members of the local community who came together to form this year’s Choral Society. The choir was accompanied by the ‘Call me Al’ Jazz Quintet which included Alexander L’Estrange, the composer of Zimbe! and the Choir had the fantastic opportunity to work with Alexander during some of their rehearsals...

“My aim for this year’s Choral Society was to spread the sheer joy of what music and singing gives us through the infectious harmonies and rhythms of Africa across the campus and into the local community. Zimbe! was an unusual choice of work for this year’s Choral Society, but an opportunity not to be missed, in bringing together Schola, Junior Choir, the local community and cross campus inviting the Prep school children to form the Children’s Choir. What better way to promote and fundraise for our Schola and netball tour to South Africa in July, than to fill people’s ears with the sounds of Africa? The lilting African harmonies took the audience on a journey from South Africa all the way to Ghana and Kenya, singing about life, from playground songs, weddings, funerals and even simply the sun rising and setting. It was wonderful to see the pleasure this gave to all the singers and audience alike. I am very proud of everyone’s hard work and commitment to this project.”

Claire Hawkes, Director of Music

Claire Hawkes, Director of Music

The concert was a challenge for all involved including Claire who was conducting two lots of Soprano, Alto, Tennor and Bass. It was also a challenge for the chorus and semi chorus and for the singers who had to learn the words in Swahili, Shona, Xosa and sing without scores. Funds raised from this outstanding concert went towards Leweston’s inaugural Choir and Netball Tour to South Africa in July. Find out more on page 29.

“It was a joy to have such cross-age collaboration. The age range of the choir was from 5 years to 90 years old and this is what singing is all about. You all did Zimbe! proud and you rocked!” Alexander L’Estrange, Composer


Alexander L’Estrange, Composer

Diploma Distinctions Another Bumper Year at The Bath Festival of Speech and Drama The Leweston Drama department has amassed an impressive haul of cups and trophies at the 112th MidSomerset festival of Speech & Drama held in March.

trophies for their Shakespeare duologue (U18 years) and Lila Chillingworth and Ellie Mules won the Norah Balls Cups for duo acting (U21 years). There were other high achievements including Year 9 pupils Isabella Boyden and Lettie Worrall achieving third place in the U15 duo acting. Many other girls achieved distinctions, merits and highly commended. Well done all, this was one of the most outstanding Leweston performances at the festival!

Congratulations to the three Year 13 Leweston girls who took their ATCL (Associate Trinity College, London) Performance Diplomas in November: Ellie Byfield on the Saxophone, Emily Yang on the Piano and Imogen Massey on the Flute. All three candidates passed their Diplomas with both Ellie and Immie achieving a Distinction – this is no mean feat at Diploma level which is an advanced exam and equivalent to the first year of a Music Conservatoire Degree course. Well done all!

Sherborne Abbey Festival Congratulations to Year 7 pupils Charlotte Sewed, Fleur Crittall and Portia Manson (pictured above) who won the U12 group acting silver gilt trophy. Year 11 pupils Antonia Redpath and Olivia Manson won the high status David Garrick

Schola Cantorum gave a most enchanting and exhilarating lunchtime recital at the Sherborne Abbey Festival in May. The programme took the audience on a day’s journey from ‘Dawn to Dusk’, beginning with ‘This Day’ by Bob Chilcott and ending with ‘The Lord’s Prayer from African Sanctus’ by David Fanshawe. Another wonderful performance that will be long remembered by the audience members who attended.


Leweston’s New Sixth Form Centre BOTH THE GIRLS AND STAFF AT LEWESTON SCHOOL ARE DELIGHTED WITH THE LATEST CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT PROJECT, A NEW SIXTH FORM CENTRE WHICH OPENED FOR USE ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE SUMMER TERM! The Centre is located at the heart of the school, close to the Library and careers resources. This wonderful new resource offers Sixth Formers a place to socialise and relax, host guests and events, as well as access their emails using the Wi-Fi facility. It also incorporates a courtyard allowing girls to socialise outdoors.

number of pupils obtaining offers to study Medicine and other competitive subjects at Russell Group universities. Leweston has also been ranked in the top 5% of schools nationally for value added at GCSE by the Durham University Centre for Education.

The decision over the location, purpose and use of the Centre was decided upon after consultation with girls in Years 11 and 12, some of whom then had the exciting opportunity to work with internationally renowned design and interior refurbishment specialists Resolution Interiors whose clients include Bose, Links London and Molton Brown, to come up with the final design.

“The completion of the new Sixth Form Centre will undoubtedly benefit both the existing and future Sixth Formers at Leweston and will complement the excellent teaching and social opportunities that our girls already receive. We look forward to the girls making the most of this exciting new resource which will help us to meet our aim of enabling them to achieve to the best of their ability, going on to take their place in the world with confidence.”

This latest piece of campus development comes at the end of a year of exceptional academic success for Leweston with the third set of record GCSE results in 4 years, alongside a record number of Oxbridge offers for girls in the Sixth Form as well an impressive 10

Mrs Jessica Miles, Head of Sixth Form

Find out more about Leweston’s Sixth Form offering at our Sixth Form Open Evening on Friday 4th October. Find our Sixth Form Prospectus and Course Directory at

2013 LEITHS Graduates Congratulations to 6 Year 13 girls who make up Leweston’s 2013 Leiths School of Cookery graduates. Leanne Atkinson, Ellie Byfield, Beth Richards, Esmee Roach, Daisy Powles and Jade White all passed the Leiths Certificate in Food and Wine with Beth achieving a first class pass and winning the Leiths book prize. The course is a huge commitment to take on in addition to A Levels, sport, music and drama, but as always the girls have demonstrated perseverance, stamina and dedication.


Jemima Christie, Year 10


Hannah O’Toole-Thrower, Year 12


Daisy Powles, Year 13

Dasha Korznikova, Year 12

Emma Tremewan, Year 13

Harriet Woodland, Year 12

Isabella Holroyd, Year 12

Alice Hague, Year 12 Alice Hague, Year 12

Dasha Korznikova, Year 12

Kasey Chiu, Year 12 Lila Chillingworth, Year 12

Zoe To, Year 12 Harriet Woodland, Year 12

Senior Sport

Six Leweston Athletes Qualify to Represent GB at the 2013 European Biathle Championships We are delighted that 6 athletes across both the Prep and Senior School, have qualified to represent Great Britain at the 2013 European Biathle Championships which will be held in Portugal in July. Congratulations to Anya Evans Year 4 , Elektra Covell Year 5, Portia Manson Year 7, Poppy Boyden Year 7, Olivia Manson Year 9, Victoria Halford Year 11(not pictured). The girls qualified for the event following their performances at the South West Biathle Championships at Leweston School, which took place at the end of the South West Modern Pentathlon Training Camp. The camp was run by National Biathle Coach and Leweston staff member Mick Flaherty who commented:

“It has been a pleasure to work at Leweston with some outstanding athletes such as the six girls who have qualified for this event. To be more directly involved with their coaching programmes at school and with other up and coming athletes who have the talent and opportunity to follow in their footsteps is a rewarding experience. It is exciting for me as a coach to be given the opportunity to work with the girls at Leweston and to introduce and develop a modern pentathlon and other ‘athlon’ sports programme.” This is not the first International Biathle success for Leweston. This year, Year 11 pupil Victoria Halford, brought home her second gold medal for Great Britain at this year’s World Championships in Dubai.

In Other Biathle News… Congratulations to the Leweston teams who were crowned Champions at the 2013 Dorset Schools’ Biathle Relay and at the South West Schools’ Biathle Competition, hosted at Leweston for the first time. At this regional event the Year 7 and 8 Girls finished in second place, and this, along with some outstanding Prep School team results (please see page 25), meant that Leweston clinched victory yet again! Congratulations also to the 13 girls who qualified for the Great Britain Schools Biathlon SemiFinals in January following excellent performances in the regional rounds.

5 Leweston Girls Selected for National Football Development Camp! Well done to the five Year 11 girls who have been selected for the 2013 Independent Schools National U18 Football Development Camp. Congratulations to Year 11 pupils Freya Aylward, Kate Zibrova, Charlotte Edwards, Flo Perkins and Harriett Trollope-Bellew. Their selection builds on Leweston’s impressive record of regional and national representation on the football pitch over the last few years (including 2 internationals!). A series of camps and fixtures will be arranged throughout the season and if the girls play well they will be selected to represent the national side at the first fixtures scheduled for October and December this year.

Mud, Sweat & Tears... Leweston has once again gathered another impressive haul of trophies and titles over this cross-country season. Leweston was victorious at the Downside Cross-Country Competition (arguably the hardest on the circuit), the Canford Relays and the Clayesmore Relays and were runners up at the Dorset Cross-County Championships in Bournemouth. Some exceptional individual performances at this event led to eight girls being selected for the Dorset County Squad. Well done to Poppy Boyden (Year 7), Victoria Halford

(Year 11), Georgie Waite (Year 9), Georgia Buckland (Year 11), Siobhan Stewart (Year 13), Ciara McCarthy (Year 12), Ysaline de Wilde (Year 12) and Ximena Ortiz (Year 12). Leweston also managed top three finishes at the Kingswood Relays, the Sherborne Trophy and the Marden Trophy held at Kings Bruton. The school won two races at this year’s Studland Stampede with Victoria Halford (Year 11) and Georgie Waite (Year 9) comfortably winning their respective age groups. Well done also to Year 8 pupil Juliette Barlow who finished second in the Junior race. The season was also littered with impressive individual achievement most notably in the form of Sixth Former Siobhan Stewart. Siobhan secured some fantastic individual wins at the Marden Trophy and the Downside and Clayesmore Cross-Country Competitions. It is therefore not surprising that she was selected to represent Dorset at the National Cross-Country Championships in Derbyshire. This is the 6th consecutive year she has been selected, a tremendous achievement which marks 23 years of Leweston’s involvement at this level.

Sixth Former Wins Aviation Award Congratulations to Leweston Sixth Former Molly Kerslake, who has been awarded ‘Best student’ on a Royal Navy flying course. Molly attended the course over the Easter break after being awarded a gliding scholarship by the Fleet Air Arm (the flying part of the Royal Navy). She completed 16 flights to 2000 feet and a total flying time of over 5 hours. In one memorable flight Molly centred on a thermal at 2100’ and rose to 4500’ in just over two minutes – a climb rate in excess of 10 knots. These conditions are rarely seen in mainland UK let alone on an abinitio course!

Dorset Independent Schools’ Athlete of the Year Well done to Year 11 pupil Victoria Halford who has been crowned Dorset Independent Schools’ Under 16 Athlete of the Year. Congratulations also to Siobhan who was runner up in the Under 18 category. This is the 4th year in a row that a Leweston girl has been awarded this honour and will undoubtedly not be the last.

Move over Murray! Congratulations to the U12 tennis team who are the 2013 North Dorset Champions! 15

Making a Splash! Swimming at Leweston continues to go from strength to strength with many girls training very hard throughout the term and during the holiday periods. This is clearly paying dividends and has kept the archivist busy rewriting the record books . . . Well done to Alice Liddle (Year 8) who set a new school 50m backstroke and 25m butterfly records, Olivia Robson (Year 8) who achieved a similar success in the 25m backstroke and Portia Manson (Year 7) who has set new records in both the 25m and 50m breaststroke events. Eve Southcombe also secured 2 new records for Year 8 in the 50m freestyle and the 25m freestyle. It is no surprise therefore that the relay team comprising Alice, Portia, Poppy Boyden (Year 7) and Lauren Sewed (Year 8) also set a new school record this summer. The same success can also be seen in the top half of the school with the following pupils setting new school records: Victoria Halford (Year 11) in the individual


Medal winners at this year’s Swimming Gala

medley and butterfly, Constance Reynolds in the 25m butterfly and 50m freestyle, Connie Robins in the 25m breaststroke and Freya Logan in the 25m butterfly. The Senior relay teams also triumphed shaving 2 seconds off each of the school medley and freestyle records.

U12s are District Champions Congratulations to the U12 swimmers who are North Dorset Champions after their sterling performance at the North Dorset Swimming Gala during the final week of term. As a combined team Leweston finished a creditable second of all competing Senior Schools.

Olympic Silver Medallist visits Leweston’s Modern Pentathlon Training Camp Leweston was delighted to welcome Heather Fell, Olympic Silver Medallist from the 2008 Beijing Games, to the inaugural South West Modern Pentathlon Association week-long Modern Pentathlon training camp which took place over the Easter break. The camp, run by Leweston staff member and GB Biathle Coach Mike Flaherty, was attended by over 60 athletes aged between 9 and 17 from all over England. The former Olympian, who also won Silver in last year’s World Cup Final in Chengdu, encouraged the young athletes at the camp, inspiring them to perhaps become future Olympians.

Olympian Heather Fell with young athletes

Peter Evans, the Pentathlon GB Development Officer for Southern England commented:

“Heather is an extremely articulate athlete, who is strong minded and has a bubbly personality. She is a role model for both current and emerging athletes and an ideal ambassador for our sport – the young athletes have gained a lot from meeting her”.

The camp was a hit with all the participants - in fact, it was mentioned on Radio 2’s Chris Evans Breakfast Show and given 10 out of 10 by the featured listener! There will be further opportunities to take part in Modern Pentathlon Camps at Leweston over future summer and Easter breaks. Find out more at

selected for the National Championships in Birmingham, where Juliette finished 6th nationally in the 800m and Olivia HenryThrussell came 7th in the Shot and 12th in the discus.

Awesome Athletics Leweston has enjoyed a very successful track and field season. The U13 team were joint winners of the North Dorset Athletic Championships and in the County Championships Olivia Gregory (Year 12) was 2nd in the Senior Girls 200m, 400m and discus, Poppy Boyden (Year 7) finished 3rd in the minor girls’ javelin and Lexsis Nyeko finished 2nd in the intermediate girls’ discus. There were also many fine performances in the 2013 Wessex Athletics Championships. Charlotte Sewed (Year 7) finished 3rd in the U13 discus, Eve Southcombe (Year 8) came 3rd in the 200m and Juliette Barlow (Year 8) also finished 3rd in the 800m. Alice Liddle (also Year 8) won a medal finishing 3rd in the 1500m and a special mention must go to Year 8 pupil Olivia HenryThrussell who won both the shot and discus events. Following their outstanding performances at the Wessex event, Juliette and Olivia were

Sharp Shooting! 5 girls have been introduced to pistol shooting since the start of the spring term under the tutelage of Mick Flaherty and Pentahlon GB shooting coach Alan Brown. For some this is a standalone sport and for others it will form part of their multi-sport development programme. Introductory fencing sessions also commenced in the spring. The participating pupils have taken to the sport very well and are enjoying using the new and user friendly equipment – watch this space!

Half Marathon Highs Congratulations to Sixth Formers Imogen Massy and Laura Bowker who completed their first half marathon in Bath in March. Both completed their runs in sub 2 hour times and raised an impressive sum for the MS Society.


Prep RUNNERS UP IN NATIONAL WALLACE AND GROMIT SOUNDTRACK COMPETITION The pupils at Leweston Prep School take their Music composition terribly seriously so when the BBC announced that it was to run a national competition, they were ready for the challenge. The task was to compose a soundtrack to accompany the train race scene in the Wallace and Gromit film “A Close Shave” and over the following few weeks, the children in Year 5 used their music lesson time to compose and synchronise their music with the film clip. Congratulations to Year 5 pupils Isabelle Bridge, Freya Sadler, Elektra Covell and Grace Milbank whose work has been rewarded with a “highly commended” second place out of a field of over 400 entries. Their prize was a guided tour of the amazing Aardman Animation studios in Bristol!

First Holy Communions

Science Day 2013 Pupils in Years 1-6 took part in Leweston Prep’s Science Day during the first week of the summer term. The children spent time in their school houses as they worked through four science based activities during the day. It was a great chance for the older pupils to work with the younger children in the school and share their excitement for science. The pupils learned about chromatography, analysed their

own finger prints and investigated the finger prints of their teachers. Other activities included the construction of a marble run made out of newspaper, making water divers from pen lids and exploding water patterns!

“It’s amazing what you can do with science, that’s probably why today was so fun!” Eleanor, Year 6

At a special Mass in June, four young people from Leweston Prep and Sunday congregation made their First Holy Communion. The School Chapel was filled to the brim for this important moment in their lives and those of their families. For the last year they had been prepared by a catechist from our own Prep School staff, Ms April Walker-Bambury. Leweston’s Visiting Chaplain, Fr Peter, was the celebrant and our nuns from Sherborne Parish joined us for this special occasion. Refreshments were served in the school’s Eleanor Library following the Mass, which the children had helped to write. Congratulations to all the communicants: Jamie, Tillie, Sebastian and Alexander.

£240 raised at Mayor’s Charity Concert The pupils at Leweston Prep have raised £240 for the charity ‘The Chernobyl Children Life Line’. The charity supports children affected by the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster and several local families in and around Sherborne help support the charity by providing 4 weeks of annual respite care for affected children. The funds were raised at a concert which the Prep School put on in Sherborne’s Digby Hall to celebrate the end of the tenure of the current Mayor, Cllr Peter Rhodes. This marvellous concert, which featured all the children in the Prep, included Country Dancing displays, recitals by the Prep Orchestra, Guest Choir, String Quartet, Clarinet Trio, Recorder Ensemble and several talented soloists. Music and dancing were not the only entertainments on

offer and the audience was also regaled by several Prep School performing arts groups and LAMDA group renditions. The Mayor attended a school assembly

to collect the cheque from Daisy Pilkington, Charities Prefect and Eliza Harwood, Music Captain who worked hard to help Mrs Robotham organise the concert.

Year 3 Travel Back in Time Year 3 stepped back in time when they visited the Ancient Technology Centre at Cranborne as part of the History Curriculum. Some of descriptions of the exciting activities the children took part in can be read below...

“I loved the blacksmithing because we made an Anglo Saxon brooch. We had to push some bellows to make the fire hot Charlie enough for the metal to reach 7000C.” “Making the bread was fun because it is not like how we make bread now. It was exhausting when you had to turn the Viking quern stones to make flour. The bread tasted very wheaty.” Isabella


Pirates of the Curry Bean!

PACKED AUDIENCES WERE ENTERTAINED BY THIS YEAR’S SUMMER TERM PREP PRODUCTION, PIRATES OF THE CURRY BEAN, A HILARIOUS AND SWASHBUCKLING SHOW! This brilliant production saw many colourful characters set sail for a swashbuckling pirate adventure on the high seas. Exceptional and engaging performances were given by all the lead roles and those in the chorus entertained with an abundance of songs and sea shanties. The cast was supported by an excellent backstage and production crew who worked tirelessly to create another outstanding show!


Scientific Sound Sensation! Over 200 local school children from Buckland Newton, Bishops Caundle, William Barnes, Hanford Prep School, Trent and St Andrew’s Yetminster enjoyed a science based theatre performance by the well-known schools’ theatre company Kinetic Theatre at Leweston on Tuesday 5th March. Kinetic’s performance of Lady Cecily’s Sound Box was an interactive and engaging tale of mistaken identities and murderous shenanigans. The story explored how sounds are created as the result of vibrations and explained that frequency is related to how we hear sounds (demonstrated with the use of a signal generator!). The actors also showed how sound travels through air and its speed compared to that of light! A fantastic way to learn some scientific lessons enjoyed by all the children present.

“Dear Leweston School, thank you very much for letting us watch the wonderful play of ‘Lady Cecily’s Sound Box!’ It was very good and certainly very exciting! It taught me a lot about sound and also made it very interesting too. The ‘BOOS and HISSES’ going on throughout the play was very funny and the actors enjoyed all the noises we made!”

Easter Egg Hunt The sun shone for the annual spring term Easter Egg Hunt at Leweston Prep! Children in the Pre-Prep and Prep enjoyed searching for pegs which could be exchanged for an Easter Egg at the end of the hunt. Thank you to the Prep Friends who organised the event.

STOP PRESS! Leweston Prep Launches New Aquatots Group! For parents and toddlers aged from 3 months to 3 years. Every Wednesday from 10.30am-11.30am at the Leweston School Pool. Join us each week for our new interactive Aquatots group. Specifically designed for children aged from 3 months to 3 years with an accompanying adult, our Aquatots group will introduce your baby to swimming through play and helps build water confidence in a fun and friendly environment. Activities are led by dynamic and experienced pre-school swim teacher Carol Herbert and include a different set of activities each week. Hands-on fun includes: crafts, stories, songs, animal encounters and games.

£3.50 per session with your first session FREE! To register your attendance or for further information please contact Louisa Cox on 01963 211010 or email

Friends of Leweston Prep Summer Fête The sun shone for the Friends of Leweston Prep Summer Fête on bank holiday Monday 6th May. The crowds enjoyed an abundance of activities including face painting, splat the rat, bouncy castle, lucky dip, ‘name the bear’, pottery demonstrations ‘hook a duck’, cake sale, tombola, toy and book sale, biscuit decorating, obstacle course and wellie throwing! Much fun was had by all and thank you to the Friends’ Committee who made it all happen!

Charity Cake Sale The pupils and staff in the Prep have raised over £100 for the Dorset charity Mosaic which offers support to bereaved children, young people, parents and carers. The money was raised by a cake sale held in the spring term and not a crumb was left! Find out more about Mosaic at www.mosaicfamily


Junior House Boarding Taster Night Seven girls from Years 3 and 4 joined the other Prep boarders for a fun filled ‘taster’ night in Junior House in May. With great excitement they wheeled their very full suitcases up to Junior House and found their beds in Bronze Dorm. After a great game of ball tag outside with Spud the ‘House’ dog, the girls cooled down with ice lollies and after supper, Leweston’s

new Boarding Pass Certificate was introduced. All the girls decided they would like to try and complete Stage 1 by discovering more about Junior House: drawing a plan of all the rooms, finding out about what to do if there is a fire alarm and what time bedtime is. Much fun was had by all the girls and they must have been tired as not a peep was heard from them all night!

Nursery Activity Mornings A Rip-Roaring Success!

We have been delighted with the popularity of our first nursery activity mornings which took place during the spring and summer terms. Parents and toddlers enjoyed a morning of fishy fun during ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ in April followed by a sunny Teddy Bears’ Picnic in June where guests (and their teddy bears) were able to make the most of the beautiful Leweston grounds. We look forward to our autumn term events: ‘FOREST SKILLS’ on Thursday 10th October and ‘CHRISTMAS JINGLE’ on Thursday 5th December (both 10am-12noon). Everyone is welcome, please contact or tel: 01963 210783 if you would like to attend!

Braeside 2013

Years 5 and 6 spent an action packed 3 days at the Braeside residential centre in Devizes at the end of June. This annual trip is one of many opportunities that pupils at Leweston Prep are given to reap the benefits of outdoor learning. Orienteering, pond dipping, map reading and compass skills are just a few of the skills and activities that are packed into the three days. There is also plenty of opportunity for creativity, team-building and enjoyment. Every year the pupils bring back memories and skills that will stay with them long after they have left Leweston Prep and this year was no exception!


Prep Sport

The Year 5 team at the Dorset Schools’ Biathlon

Leweston Athletes Qualify to Represent GB at the 2013 European Biathle Championship Congratulations to Anya Evans (Year 4) and Elektra Covell (Year 5) who, along with four girls from the Senior School, have qualified to represent Great Britain at the 2013 European Biathle Championships which will be held in Portugal in July. This is a fantastic achievement and we look forward to reporting on their progress.

In Other Biathle News… Well done to the girls in Years 5 and 6 who competed in the semifinals of the Dorset Schools’ Biathlon held at Millfield in the summer term. Competition was tough with 70 athletes from the South West region competing.

GB athletes Anya and Elektra

All the girls performed well achieving many personal bests in the pool. Well done especially to the top 3 Year 5 girls: Elektra Covell, Grace Milbank and Alice Southcombe who scored 6207 points between them and achieved an impressive 9th place in the team standings.

Congratulations also to the Leweston teams who put in some outstanding performances at the South West Schools’ Biathle Competition hosted at Leweston for the first time this year. The Year 4 team won its event with excellent races from Anya Evans (1st), Sophie Worrall (5th) and Erin Cassingham (7th). The Year 4 boys and the Year 6, 7 and 8 girls all finished in second place rounding off not only a tremendous event but an excellent set of results which meant the Leweston athletes were crowned champions!

Show Jumping Success for Perdi!

Making Waves! The fourth IAPS National Sailing Regatta took place at the end of the May half term at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy. Amid unseasonably high winds the U11 Leweston Prep sailing team battled hard to compete against some of the best young sailors in the country.

crews from the slipway to a far buoy located in the lagoon area of the Sailing Academy waters. By the time they attempted to round the pin end all the boats were being relentlessly buffeted by strong winds and waves, making the sailing very tricky indeed. All credit must be given to both crews who ended the day smiling despite the treacherous conditions they had faced!

Inaugural ‘Dorset Triangle’ Sailing Fixture The conditions proved very challenging for all crews with only half of the original fleet of 46 boats making it to the start line for the first (and only) race of the day. Our first Year 6 crew of Gabriella Strachwitz Hamilton and Poppy Bailey made the start line and were lying in 5th position overall coming into the final leg of the race. However, a capsize close to the finish line ended their chances of a classified result but they should feel justifiably proud of their achievements. Likewise, having succumbed to the morning conditions, our second crew of Daisy Pilkington and Scarlett Cole bravely re-entered the afternoon sprint races event and put up a sterling challenge, racing other 26

The Year 5 and 6 sailing pupils from Leweston Prep had the opportunity to race competitively against strong opposition from 2 local Prep Schools at an inaugural Dorset Triangle’ sailing fixture at the end of the summer term. It was fantastic to see all of our pupils apply their recently acquired sailing skills in the racing environment of the Olympic waters. Congratulations to Elektra Covell, Perdi Digby and Alice Southcombe for achieving silver and bronze medals respectively in their U10 races.

Congratulations to Year 5 pupil Perdi Digby, who has been presented with an award from the Dorset Area of British Show Jumping in recognition of her outstanding string of recent results. This is one of only two awards presented to Junior members each year (a junior member being 16 years and under) and a fantastic achievement as Perdi is currently only 10 years old and has been a member of British Show Jumping for just 7 months! No doubt a bright future awaits.

In other Show Jumping News… Congratulations to the Leweston team who won the 2013 Millfield Grass Roots Show Jumping competition. Prep pupils Alice Southcombe and Sacha GodmanDorrington (Year 5) rode excellent double clear rounds and their sisters and Senior pupils Eve and Kitty (Year 8) also put in great performances. Their combined hard work led to a win for the team – well done girls!

Gold at National Triathlon Championships Congratulations to Year 5 pupil Elektra Covell who helped the Dorset Pentathlete U10 team win gold at the 2013 National Triathlon Championships in Solihull. Elektra came seventh individually in the event – very well done indeed!

fine defensive display. On the football pitch the boys displayed passion and intensity as well as skill. During their fixtures the teams created many chances and put up some resolute defence to secure some excellent wins. More success was evident on the cricket pitch where but the boys scored plenty of runs against some older and more experienced teams. In the final game of the season the team demonstrated the fine technical ability they had developed throughout the season, with every Leweston player striking a boundary! An excellent season of boys’ sport.

Records Smashed in the Pool

Boys’ Sport The boys at Leweston Prep have shown some outstanding skill and teamwork during their hockey, football and cricket fixtures this term. On the hockey pitch the boys have secured some great wins against local competition often dominating play and demonstrating strong, accurate pushing of the ball, good use of the reverse stick, ‘tic tacking,’ and a

It was evident at this year’s Swimming Gala that the standard of swimming has improved considerably with the newly enclosed swimming pool and specialised coaching which has helped with the continuity of training over the course of the year. This was reflected in the performances of all pupils from Reception through to Year 6 with many school records being broken. Well done to the following pupils who all set new school records: Hector Digby and Flora Pilkington (Year 2), Angus Evans (Year 3), Anya Evans (Year 4), Elektra Covell (Year 5) and Poppy Bailey and Gabriella StrachwitzHamilton (Year 6). Congratulations to St Antony’s which was the winning House on the day.

Hitting the Slopes! The pupils in Years 5 and 6 have completed their first term of skiing at Dorset Snowsports Centre over the spring term, making significant progress in their individual skiing skills. This opportunity served as an excellent introduction to the sport for those first time skiers and also supported those keen skiers who will be heading off for ski holidays later this year.

Prep Athletics The Prep School athletes have had some wonderful results this summer. At the Junior Clayesmore Athletics Competition Year 5 pupil Perdi Digby was outstanding in the 100m winning it comfortably, whilst Isabelle Bridge (Year 5) was an excellent 2nd in the 800m and Gabriella Strachwitz-Hamilton (Year 6) 3rd in her 800m race. The highlight, however, was victory in the 4x 100m relay in which the changeovers were slick and the running powerful! Later in the season, Perdi and Isabelle travelled to Hordle Walhampton to compete in the Junior Wessex Competition both finishing a creditable 4th place. Well done also to Gabriella who qualified for the County Finals following her excellent performance – another successful track and field season for Leweston! 27

Spiritual Life & Community Service Community Service Tea The Year 12 Community Service group welcomed several of the local residents they have been visiting on Tuesday afternoons, to an afternoon tea in the Manor House during the last week of term. The opportunity to give back to the community is a vital component of Leweston’s co-curricular programme and through our Community Service links, girls in the Sixth Form are encouraged to create a meaningful link between their School life and the wider community. Sixth Form girls in their free time offer their services to our neighbours in Longburton, Yeovil and Sherborne who may need assistance in performing daily chores or who may simply need companionship and somebody to talk to.

Catholic Confirmations at Leweston Thirty five girls and boys from Leweston, Sherborne Boys and several other local schools were confirmed at Leweston on Saturday 4th May at a service led by Bishop Christopher of the Diocese of Plymouth. For some of the candidates it was also the occasion of their First Holy Communion. The school Chapel was full of friends and family who were all there to support the confirmation candidates and to celebrate this important and happy day. A special mention must go to Leweston’s Schola Contorum who performed beautifully during the service and received many complementary comments from the congregation. We look forward to the Anglican Confirmations on Saturday 22nd March 2014 in Sherborne Abbey.

New Forest Retreat Eight girls from various year groups were lucky enough to join the Dominican sisters deep in the heart of the New Forest whilst on retreat at St Dominic’s priory towards the end of the summer term. Warmly welcomed, the girls were made to feel at home from the start and invited to join in the daily rhythm of prayer. Sr Hyacinthe, internationally renowned speaker last seen teaching catechesis to 5000 in Dubai, took the group through the finer points of ‘The Moral Life’ using artworks projected on the wall. The evening was spent eating pizza, watching Sister Act and quizzing other sisters from Nigeria, USA and France on ‘a nun’s life’. A fun and reflective time was had by all! 28

South Africa Choir and Netball Tour Update It’s nearly here… Leweston’s inaugural Choir and Netball tour to South Africa commences on Monday 15th July! During the tour’s 12 day duration, the 30 girls involved will be visiting schools in Cape Town and will play over 15 sports fixtures against schools and local teams. The trip will also involve 5 public performances by the Leweston Tour Choir at host schools, local parish churches and the V&A waterfront Amphitheatre in Cape Town.

500 miles. 35 days. 2 pairs of feet... This summer, 2 members of Leweston’s boarding department, Miss Fielding and Miss Flannery, will be walking the Camino de Santiago de Compestela on the ancient way of St James. Their pilgrimage will begin in St. Jean Pied de Port in the South of France on 7th July, and finish 35 days later in Santiago! Both are raising money for extremely worthwhile charities; Miss Fielding for The Alzheimer’s Society and Miss Flannery for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Find out more on their Just Giving pages: Lyndsay-Fielding Lucywalks500miles

Pupils and parents have been hard at work raising funds totalling £17,000 to support the tour. This impressive sum has been raised through the sale of tour brochures, a quiz and curry night, the Christmas Concert at Chideock Church, the Zimbe! concert in March and a textile recycling scheme. The girls also made and sold cakes and refreshments at Leweston’s café at large sporting events held at Leweston over the year and held a ticketed social at Leweston featuring the Lady As, a band consisting Leweston Schola of some of Leweston’s Year 10 girls. Ca ntorum CD Now Thank you also to the tour’s generous fo r Sale! sponsors. This promises to be a life changing trip for the girls who take part and we look forward to reporting on the tour’s progress through a blog on our website. This can be found at and on our Facebook page

Leweston’s Schola Cantor um has recorded a CD of tra cks that it has performed throughout the year including at the Sherbo rne Abbey Festival in May and the Choral Society Conce rt Zimbe! in March. These CDs are being sold through the school at £10 each and all proceeds will go toward s the Choir and Netball Tour. You can listen to some of the tracks at lewestonschool/tracks Please email office@leweston.dorset. or phone 01963 210691 if you would like to support the tour by ord ering a copy of the CD. 29

Trips and Visits

Washington and New York Study Tour with Sherborne School A group of Sixth Form students from Leweston and Sherborne School took part in a study tour to Washington and New York in February. It was a wide ranging trip which took in the political and historical buildings and monuments of Washington together with amazing museums. Whilst visiting the Capitol building the group was able to watch a live vote in the House of Representatives and tour the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court. After Washington the group travelled by Amtrak to the bustle, noise and drama that is New York. The hotel was right opposite Madison Square Garden so the group was at the heart of the city. All the key sites were visited including the Empire State Building, a boat cruise to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, The 9/11 Memorial and Central

Photos by Daisy Powles, Year 13

Park, as well as the most fantastic museums including the Metropolitan Museum, Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern Art. A highlight was a walking tour with a resident New Yorker around the streets of Soho, Little Italy and Chinatown. The evenings were filled with dinner at a range of interesting restaurants including the Hard Rock Café in

Washington, Ruby Foo’s Pan Asian restaurant and the best of all, Ellen’s Stardust Dinner where the students were serenaded by the waiters who were out of work Broadway actors. It was incredible just how much the group managed to see in 6 days and it was certainly an experience that the students will find hard to forget.

Year 9 Paris Trip The summer term saw another enjoyable and educational trip to Paris for the girls in Year 9. The group was completely immersed in the Parisian culture, staying in the Marais, the centre of the city of Love. Every morning started with a French patisserie and during their 4 days the girls went on to explore the beautiful sites of Paris, including a boat trip on the Seine, The Notre Dame and l’Opera Garnier. Year 9 also had the chance to see the incredible collections at the Louvre and the Pompidou Centre and some of the girls decided to fully embrace the culture, and try the delicious delicacy of French snails. A fantastic time was had by all!

Cordoba For seven days over the February half term, a record number of Spanish GCSE students from Leweston and Sherborne School immersed themselves fully into the life and language of Córdoba in Spain on a study tour to the city. The students attended lessons in the morning at Academia Hispanica and also participated in language workshops with Spanish pupils from Colegio de la Inmaculada. They stayed with Spanish families and had the opportunity to sample the local food in restaurants, enjoy a flamenco show in El Cardenal and visits to the great Mezquita/Catedral and the beautiful old city of Medinat-Alzahara, just outside the city.


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Bronze and Silver Group Success Keith Whitehead, Duke of Edinburgh Co-Ordinator writes: As we approached the end of the school year both the Bronze and Silver groups headed for rural locations to take part in their expeditions. The Bronze group were the first to don their rucksacks as they headed for Cranborne Chase and their assessment. As we dropped them at the start point they were in good humour and ready for the challenge. It is always a little concerning when a group goes in the wrong direction but Blue 9 quickly corrected their error as they passed through Berwick St John. The real trauma was caused by Blue 10 who decided to take a very different route and added 3 hours to their journey! In contrast, the Year 9 teams were in camp on time, having successfully navigated their routes. After a good meal they relaxed in the Campsite playground. 34

Day 2 was less eventful, with Blue 10 proving that they could navigate and reaching the end on time. All the girls passed their expedition and, despite a number of sore feet, they were all in high spirits. Well done! Two days later the Silver groups headed to the New Forest for their practice expedition. There was a lot of discussion about the weight of rucksacks but they departed from the start point with a spring in their step. The New Forest is difficult to navigate but as I watched the Green team enter their wild camp for the evening I was impressed with how well they were working together. Both teams settled in for their first experience of a ‘wild camp’ and they enjoyed a very pleasant evening. It was slightly more difficult to get the girls going on the last day but

After months of hard work and determination, two of the 2011-12 Gold Duke of Edinburgh Leweston team members travelled to St. James’s Palace to collect their Gold Awards. There was a real sense of occasion as participants from across the Country gathered and the girls enjoyed meeting the Duke of Edinburgh himself. For more details of their Gold trip to Morocco please visit

once on track they made good time. Although we could not find the Green team all day, they arrived at the end point shortly after their planned time. Sadly it was not the same for the Blue team and, with the prospect of the journey back to Leweston, we picked them up before the end of their route. Both teams did extremely well and they should be confident about their forthcoming assessment in September.

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The Best Things Said Come Last: Some parting words from our 2013 leavers and new Old Antonians...

CONGRATULATIONS TO OLD ANTONIAN DIDO HARDING, WHO HAS BEEN VOTED ONE OF THE NATION’S TOP 100 MOST POWERFUL WOMEN BY BBC RADIO 4 WOMAN’S HOUR. Dido Harding was appointed CEO of TalkTalk in 2010. After her time at Leweston, Dido studied at the University of Oxford. On graduating she joined McKinsey & Co as a consultant in 1988, before taking on a number of directorial roles in marketing for high-street names such as Thomas Cook, Woolworths, Tesco and Sainsbury’s. She has been a Non-executive Director of The British Land Company PLC since 2010. Leweston has been delighted to welcome Dido back to the school on numerous occasions including school Speech Days and Careers Days. She remains an inspirational figure for many of our girls and we are delighted that her outstanding achievements have been recognised.

“Coming to a school with such a close community was daunting but I was part of it in no time! Along with kindness and loyalty, my new friends showed they all have their own unique and quirky personalities which always shine so brightly. Leweston girls make memories wherever they go, I am honoured to be a Leweston girl and will never forget my time here.” Sophie Bennett

“A few words is not enough to express by love and gratitude for Leweston and all the people in it. I have made the best friends anyone could ask for, laughed until I cried and experienced things I never imagined I would do.” Emily Billington

“The future seems a scary yet exciting prospect, but I think we’re ready for what the world will throw at us in years to come. I have made the most fantastic friends for life – good luck everyone.” Annabelle Fricker

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Rejoice and Do Well!

Some of the Year 13 at their Leavers’ Ball

Sisters of Leweston Celebrate their Diamond, Gold and Silver Jubilees Sister Josephine, Sister Carmel and Sister Brede, who reside in St Antony’s convent, Sherborne, celebrated their Jubilees years at the Church of The Sacred Heart and St. Aldhelm in Sherborne in May. Sister Josephine celebrated her Diamond Jubilee, Sister Carmel, her Golden Jubilee and Sister Brede, her Silver Jubilee. The Church was full with all the Catholic parishioners, friends and family for this great occasion. Congratulations to all the Sisters.

Open Days 2013/14 Friday 4th October 2013 Joint Schools Open Day 9.45am Sixth Form Open Information Evening 6.00pm

Thursday 10th October 2013 Nursery and Pre-Prep Open Activity Morning ‘Forest Skills’ 10am - 12 noon

Thursday 5th December 2013 Nursery and Pre-Prep Open Activity Morning ‘Christmas Jingle’ 10am - 12 noon

Friday 14th March 2014 Nursery and Prep Open Morning 10am - 12 noon

Bank Holiday Monday 5th May 2014 Joint Schools Open Day 9.45am

Dates for your Diary… Saturday 28th September Leweston Inter-Schools’ Show Jumping Competition Friday and Saturday 18th and 19th October Activity Day and Junior House Boarding Taster Weekend (for prospective Senior School pupils)

Monday 2nd December Prep Scholarships for 2014 entry Deadline for applications: Monday 25th November Sunday 8th December Christmas Concert at Chideock Church

Monday and Tuesday 21st and 22nd October Leweston Fashion Show

Thursday 12th December Prep and Senior School Carol Services

Tuesday 5th November 6.30pm Bonfire Night and Hog Roast

Weekly Events: Aquatots: Every Wednesday from 10.30-11.30am in the School Pool. Parent and Toddler: Every Thursday from 9-11am at the Prep

Thursday 7th November 10am – 5.30pm Leweston Living and Christmas Fair Friday 8th November Sixth Form Taster Experience (for girls in Year 11) Monday and Tuesday 18th and 19th November Sixth Form Scholarships for 2014 entry Deadline for applications: Monday 11th November Leweston is a registered charity number 295175

For more information about any of these events, or to register your attendance, please call 01963 210783 or email


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