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Stowemail Volume 2 Issue 2 1 October 2010

news round up from Stowe

Reflections from Joanne Hastie-Smith... Returning to Stowe as a Governor has been a very exciting experience for me, having been at the school previously from 1991 until 1998 when my husband, Tim, was School Chaplain, and latterly Admissions Tutor. He and I worked together in both roles. I also worked with the Admissions Department, where I was closely involved with the admission of girls into the Sixth Form and I even spent time with Rae Matheson manning the school switchboard! When I first came to Stowe it was very much a boys’ school, and although girls joined the

school in the Sixth Form, their presence was somewhat overshadowed by the larger number of boys. As the girls were only with us for the two years of the Sixth Form, it was more of a challenge for them to become rooted in the Stowe community; although a number do stick in my memory. Jessie Childs, for example, is now a top historical author. Tim and I always had pupils in our house, our door was always open to them and it was lovely to have a house full of young people. We were both actively involved with Anacreon, the Dining Society and it was such fun when the girls and boys cooked together. I remember one girl, Caroline Shasha (Nugent ’95) bringing the most delicious fresh fish from her home in the Channel Islands!

Then in 2009, I was fortunate enough to come back to Stowe as a Governor. It is wonderful to see the increase in female Stoics. I believe that the move to coeducation is one which brings huge benefits to the entire Stowe community. For most of our lives we live and work together in a mixed society and it seems so natural for girls and boys to be together during their younger years at school. It is wonderful to see the benefits of a ‘feminine touch’ to the school and at a time when academic achievements at Stowe are increasing, a little extra competition between the boys and girls certainly isn’t a bad thing!

Stowe Hockey Coach competes in Commonwealth Games Last week, our hockey coach, James Fair set off with the England Hockey team to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. He is the only goalkeeper in the England team and he will therefore play in all their qualifying matches and the knock out stages should England get that far. England are perceived to be one of the favourites along with Australia and assuming everything goes to plan it looks like they will face the Australians in the final. We look forward to hearing from James over coming weeks.

Headmaster’s Essay Society by James MacDonald – UVI, Grafton The Society held its second meeting of the academic year last Monday. The Society, aimed specifically towards academic success, is for potential Oxbridge candidates who meet regularly with Dr Wallersteiner, Mr Robinson and Mr Ryce.

The Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP visits Stowe On Thursday 23rd September 2010 we were delighted to welcome the Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP to Stowe. He gave an engaging talk about his journey into politics, what his role as the Speaker of the House of Commons entails and why he believes that more young people should become involved in politics. There was a lively session of questions and answers after the talk. Stoics asked intelligent and probing questions, which prompted interesting replies and gave a great insight into life as a politician. In addition to being the Speaker of the House of Commons, John is also the Member of Parliament for Buckingham and we are very grateful to him for putting time aside to visit Stowe and encourage Stoics to explore and engage in all aspects of political life.

In the Lower Sixth year, each pupil selects a topic of interest, and gives a presentation, provoking questions and insightful comments from the other members, both pupils and staff. The support for each student is marvellous, with all three teachers giving time to each individual. The environment has trained me to think in a more logical manner as well as providing me with an increased depth and understanding about academia. We are now in the process of writing our personal statements as we fill in our application forms. This year’s applicants are particularly hopeful of gaining a place, with much of that hope coming from the discussion and positive attitude towards success that the Essay Society focuses on in its attempt to broaden every student’s understanding, knowledge and critical thinking.

Editor: Kathy Campell ( Stowe School, Stowe, Buckingham, MK18 5EH T: +44 (0)1280 818000 F: +44 (0)1280 818181 E:


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Bruce House team

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Gavin Moffat to Stowe as Housemaster of Grafton. Having graduated from Durham University and then Cambridge University as a post-graduate, Gavin began his career at Arnold School, Blackpool before moving to The Leys School, Cambridge. After three happy years at Sherborne School, Dorset, he joins Stowe with his wife Becky and two daughters to take up the post of Housemaster of Grafton.

The debating battle ground Currently, he is also coaching the Colts B Galacticos rugby team and after Christmas he hopes to be able to coach some VIIs rugby as well as cricket. The most striking feature of his first month at school is the friendliness of everyone he has met and the supportive nature of Grafton pupils, the House team and parents alike.

Former Stoic wins top art prize We are delighted to announce that Clementine McGraw (Nugent ‘06) has won the AKDK2113 e-creative award for ‘Best Emerging Fine Artist’. The category was judged and awarded by Kate Stanners, Executive Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi. After leaving Stowe, Clementine completed an art foundation course and BA Hons (Fine Art) in Painting at Central St. Martins, London. She was also shortlisted for the ‘New Era Cap Company, New Era XC Cap Art Competition’.

Teams of the Week

1 October 2010

News in brief

We welcome Gavin Moffat

As a member of the Modern Foreign Languages department, Gavin believes that the ability to communicate in a foreign language and to study a different lifestyle and culture is priceless. One of his favourite lessons is teaching French literature to a studious UVI Form group of linguists. Gavin said, ‘To see pupils laugh out loud at the 17th century writer Molière or be absorbed by the 20th century philosophical writer Ionesco is a sight to behold’.

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The season for senior debating has begun as the houses battle it out for the much-coveted silver trophy (currently held at both senior and junior levels by Chandos House). Chatham, Grafton and Temple triumphed in the closely fought heats of Round 1a, debating whether or not the good of society should come before the rights of the individual. Strong teams with talented individuals also emerged in the second heats of the first round as Nugent, Bruce and Chandos defeated their opponents with their mastery of the spoken word, contesting the merits and drawbacks of widening access to British universities. We look forward to the cut and thrust of the arguments as the 2010/2011 debating season progresses. J Johnson

Paintballing A group of 12 Fourth and Fifth Formers enjoyed an incredible experience at Skirmish Paintballing in Buckinghamshire on Sunday 19th September. We arrived with adrenaline pumping through our veins, got suited up in ‘army’ gear and loaded our weapons ready to go into battle. Those taking part in this exciting adventure were William de Boinville, Harry Rees, Jonathan Dann, Kalil Ali, William Barnes, Alex Long, Kit Dixon-Smith, Jack Barham, Matthew Robbins, Boyan Burov, Andres Richards and Amir Ansari. We were supplied with 550 paintballs each, to fire in six rounds of sweat-dripping, mud-sliding, action-packed ordeals. One of the rounds required one team to stay in a fort, while the opposing side shot them to smithereens. I had a great time and I would definitely do it again. Amir Ansari, Fourth Form - Temple

Colts C Rugby Team who, despite suffering a host of injuries, rallied to pull off a 12-5 victory over their equivalent Marlborough XV.

Coming up Sat 2 Oct

Rowing: Cambridge Small Boats Head

Sun 3 Oct

Taster Day for prospective pupils

Sun 3 – Mon 4 Oct CCF Field weekend D of E Navigation training and preparation days Mon 4 Oct Reform Theatre Company present ‘Thieves like us’ in the Dobinson Theatre

Well done! On Saturday 18th September, for the first time in Stowe’s history, the 1st Lacrosse Team were invited to play in the championship division, featuring the top 14 teams in the country. The girls went

into the day’s play ranked as the lowest team there and came out defeating two of the top teams, Caterham and St Catherine’s, and in so doing claim girls’ team of the week.

Fri 8 Oct

TWO grades e-mailed to parents

Sat 9 Oct

Lower School Open Morning Lacrosse: Senior Midlands Tournament (Away) House Singing Competition – 7.30pm: Chapel

Wed 13 Oct Vocal Concert: Rachel Godshill – 6.45 pm: Music Room Thurs 14 Oct

Prep Schools’ Strings Day

Editor: Kathy Campell ( Stowe School, Stowe, Buckingham, MK18 5EH T: +44 (0)1280 818000 F: +44 (0)1280 818181 E:

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