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BORLASE NEWS Volume 19: Issue 7


Hockey Xmas Party Friday 13th December Xmas Music Festival Wed 18th December Last Day of School Friday 20th December Back to School Tuesday 7th January HOMEWORK CLUB Monday-Friday 3.40-5.00 pm in the Learning Resource Centre Supervised by: Mon: Miss Irving (Yr 10) Tues: Mrs Davis (Yr 7) Wed: Miss Barrett (Yr 9) Thu: Miss Maffey (Yr 11) Fri: Mr Ng (Yr 8) NEXT NEWSLETTER Friday 17th January

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13th December 2013 Borlase Festival of Christmas

Governor Update

Borlase’s annual Carol Service, held at All Saint’s church in Marlow, is a highlight of the School’s calendar. The evening will feature our excellent choirs (involving over 150 students), and include beautiful Christmas choral and instrumental music, carols, and readings on the Christmas story. The Alumni Choir, made up of past Borlasian choristers, will also be singing. If you are an Old (or not so old!) Borlasian and are interested in joining us, please contact Dr Parsons at

Following recent elections, we welcome 2 new parent governors, Tom Presho and Stephen Ford. They are joined by newly appointed governors; Gareth Morgan, Richard Krajewski, Hugh Bethell and Jonathan Breedon.

All are warmly invited to the service. Arrive early to ensure a good seat - last year was very busy! All Saint’s Church, Marlow, 7 p.m. Wednesday 18 December 2013. Merry Christmas and a happy new year from the Music Department!

6th Form Notices Year 12 and 13 mock exam School finishes for Christmas on Friday 20th December at 1pm and commences again on Tuesday 7th January.

German Christmas Market The annual trip to the Christmas Market in Aachen, organised by the German Department for Year 9 students taking German, took place on the 6th and 7th December. 48 pupils enjoyed the experience and here is a selection of their feedback:"The best thing about Aachen was the wide range of foods - crêpes, chestnuts, truffles, gingerbread, hot chocolate, Gummibärchen, sausages and much more." (Tom Dean) "The atmosphere was great in the market with the smells of mulled wine and spices and the chatter of German all around you." (Nick Winter) "The cathedral was really beautiful, especially the mosaics. The Gummibärladen was great. There was so much variety and we were given two free Advent calendars, because we spent so much." (Aanchal Raina) "The people there were so friendly. I got a free crêpe for good German." (Joe Middlehurst)

Whilst there are no January examination modules this academic year, there will be mock examinations for students during the spring term to check progress. These will take place during lesson times and the dates of these examinations will be determined by the relevant departments. A timetable is currently being compiled, which will be available to students in January.

Year 13 and UCAS applications The majority of students have now completed their UCAS applications and it is very pleasing to hear of their interviews and of the offers they have already received. Please note that the UCAS external deadline for all applications is January 15th 2014.

Christmas Charity Year 8 have had a busy term working together on a charity project in PSHCE. Our thanks to those parents who were press ganged into helping at the very successful Late Night Shopping event at which both 8A and 8D were impressively organised, motivated and business like! In addition, all four classes had charity stalls at the Borlase Christmas Market, demonstrating some early entrepreneurial acumen, and raising significant funds towards all the charities they have selected to support this year. So far this year, 8B have held two events to raise money for our charity: Walser's Tanzania Charity. The first event was a cake sale on the 27th of November which raised a great total of £37.31. The day after we had a stall at the school's Christmas fair, which included a tombola, which raised a great deal of our money; face painting, a board game and wristbands. Altogether we raised an amazing £300.10. Our total therefore was £337.41. Our charity is all about raising money for children in Tanzania. The charity aims to help them get a good education and learn essential life skills. Natassja Krajewski 8D's Late Night Shopping Event was in aid of The Link Foundation, a small local charity providing everyday essentials such as school shoes, beds, clothes and food for disadvantaged children in our local community. What started as a small idea managed to grow into a practical plan for the night. Our stall included the bottle tombola, the 'Guess the name of the Giant Teddy' and the glow sticks we were selling. Under the fantastic Link Foundation gazebo, the stall was soon up and running, and attracting customers. Thank you to everyone who came down and supported us, and particularly to Mrs Rogers, Mrs Powell and Mrs Allanson who helped organise and set up the stall. Also a big thank you to Mrs Tolson for giving us lots of ideas and for helping us to manage the stall, which resulted in us raising an astonishing £350 for The Link Foundation. We are extremely pleased and this money will go directly to help children in poverty in the local area. Ben Allanson On 5th December, as part of their Class Charity work, 8A had a stall at the Marlow Late Night Shopping event. We were selling jewellery, key rings, glasses, cakes, and we also had a Lucky dip to raise money for our chosen charity, ‘BEAT’ (working to beat eating disorders). Everything sold very quickly and we finished the night with very little of our stock left! The night went well, despite being cold the rain stopped before we had to set up. We raised a grand total of £307.77! A big thanks to Stewart Grenyer for lending us the gazebo and tables, and to the parents who supplied the handmade items we were selling. Thanks to everyone who came to our stall, even if you did not buy anything, we really appreciated it! Toby Hill

Great Ormond Street Hyperinsulinism Christmas Party The 2013 Christmas party went ahead on Saturday 30th November and was attended by 60 children with Hyperinsulinism and their families. I would like to thank all staff, students and parents who very generously donated gifts towards the party. All children went home with a gift from Father Christmas and had a wonderful time. I would especially like to thank the following 6th form students who attended the party, helped out with food, decorations, running a tombola and even acting as Father Christmas himself and his elves. They were a credit to themselves and the school and I have received many messages of thanks from parents and staff at the hospital. So thank you again to Colm Kennedy, Aaron Bhalla, Keegan Curlewis, Shona Brittain, Annabel Bench, Jess Duguid, Lucy Duguid, Laura Herbert, Imogen Stilwell, Berenice Cunningham-Walker, Rhiannon Moss, Anna Peters and Ocean Allen. Mrs H Milne

Christmas Fayre Thank you to all the parents and pupils who came to the Development Office's stand to throw pasta at the Above and Beyond Fund of their choice! Miss Williams showed the greatest skill and the jar with the most pasta in was for the Changing Rooms Fund.

MCCAB Armed Man concert

Mr Robson's Advent Concert

To commemorate the centenary of the start of World War 1, Marlow Community Choir at Borlase will be performing Karl Jenkins mass for peace 'The Armed Man' with full orchestra. Under the baton of the choir's musical director Gillian Dibden MBE, the concert , which will also include works by Hubert Parry and Edvard Grieg, will take place on Saturday 1st February at 7.30 at All Saints Church, High Wycombe.Tickets £12 (concessions £10) available from or 07746 307218.

On Wednesday December 4, students, staff and parents were treated to Mr Robson's annual Christmas concert. The concert in The Wethered Room has become a Borlase tradition and is a lovely intimate occasion for an audience of about fifty people enjoying musical performances of the highest quality, many featuring our wonderful two-manual harpsichord (played by Mr Robson). This year's programme included a lute fanstasia by Weiss (Ross Kelly), trio sonata by Quantz (Haley Marks and Georgina Harvey), Beth Potter as soloist in Telemann's viola concerto in G, a trumpet sonata by Corelli (Mr Davie), and culminated with Bach's sparkling fifth Brandenberg Concerto. Mr Robson's intrepid explorations of the archives at the British Library resulted in a rare performance of a keyboard concerto by the littleknown eighteenth-century composer Philip Hayes, played from copies of the original block-printed edition.

AQA Art Film AQA have commissioned a professional filmmaker to make a short video of excellence in student artwork. From the entire country they have chosen the work of just 3 A level students to represent this excellence. I am very proud to announce that Liam Rooney’s Art coursework has been selected to be part of this celebration. Mr M. Hall Head of Art

GRAB - Literacy at Borlase With only two weeks left in the G.R.A.B literacy drive, the competition has been heating up for the Literacy Champion crown. School has seen a hive of activity with form, house and inter-house spelling bees taking place. Our Key Stage 3 champion is Oscar Murphy from Britons and our Key Stage 4 champion, Johnny Hartrick from Vikings. Congratulations to you both! The Key Stage 5 competition is taking place early next week, and we’re sure it’s going to be close. Earlier in the term all students took part in a national vote, ran by World Book Day, to decide the ’50 books to read before you’re 16’. There were some obvious clear front runners with ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Harry Potter’ fighting it out for the top spot. ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ made the top 10, with ‘Wuthering Heights’ just sneaking in at number 50. It was fascinating to see how many students shared the same reading interests, whilst the usual debates around whether ‘Twilight’ should make the list caused uproar for Stephenie Meyer fans. Year 7 students have entered pieces of work to be published by Scholastic Books in the ‘We Are Writers’ campaign. All the entries have now been submitted and the book is currently being printed. Fingers crossed it makes it to Borlase before the Christmas break! Keep your eyes peeled for more G.R.A.B updates and for the all-important Literacy Champions! The Literacy Representatives

The Sixth Form vocal octet (Ellie Potter, Stephanie Foster, Beth Potter, Berenice Cunnigham-Walker, Chris Murphy, Ross Kelly, Harry Stott, and Alex McKendrick) presented stylish performances of Britten's 'Hymn to the Virgin' and Tavener's 'The Lamb', and Stephanie Foster and Mrs Redgard-Siler delighted us with Christmas songs. There were also seasonal readings from Dickens and C.S. Lewis and others, read by Mr Glen, Dr Parsons, Mrs Birkett, Mrs Bungey, and Miss Brooke. Congratulations to all the musicians who performed: Ellie Potter, Stephanie Foster, Beth Potter, Berenice Cunnigham-Walker, Chris Murphy, Ross Kelly, Harry Stott, and Alex McKendrick, Haley Marks, Georgina Harvey, Tim Byatt, Isaac Uden, Juliet Butler, Emily Uden, Claire Murphy, Dr Parsons, Mr Davie, all under the inspirational direction of maestro Robson.Thank you also to Miss Tammy Robinson, Emily Zaid, Aaron Bhalla, Emily Coll, Beth Duncan, Chloe Godsoe and Charlotte Thornton- White for decorations and serving excellent mulled wine and mince pies.

Mandarin Competition Claire Murphy, a Y10 student, who has been learning Mandarin for just a year from Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, took part in the London Heat of HSBC/ BC Mandarin Speaking Competition 2013/2014, held in London on 9th December 2013. The competition is divided into the beginner’s, intermediate and advanced levels. Students from 50 schools in the southeast of England participated in the competition. At the beginner’s and intermediate levels, the participants have to give a two-minute presentation in Mandarin on the chosen topics such as school, family and friends, sport and leisure and pets. Then they have to answer two questions in Chinese followed by a translation of three English sentences into Chinese. Claire Murphy rose to the challenge and gave a smooth presentation. She also managed to answer all the questions correctly in a calm manner. The British Council has appreciated the active involvement of schools in the competition and concluded that the level of Mandarin presented by students is exceptional this year. Speaking contests like this will not only boost students’ morale of learning Mandarin but also attract more students to take the subject at school.

We will hear in early January whether Claire progresses to the next round of the competition.

Birds of a Feather acting success Charlie Sheen (stage name Charlie Quirke, pictured far right) who left Borlase in the Summer, will be appearing in a new series of Birds of a Feather. Charlie studied drama with Mr Glen, along with psychology and PE, and is planning a career in acting. He states “I wouldn't be doing what I am now if it weren’t for Borlase, I’m very grateful”. Charlie acted in the stage tour of Birds of a Feather whilst studying for his ‘A’ levels. The new series will be showing on ITV and starts on January 2nd.

Rutherford Physics Talk On Friday 6th December Borlase invited two physicist speakers from the Rutherford Appleton Labs. Mark Telling and Ceri Brenner are two specialists within their respective fields; the former is also the Chairmen of the Institute of Physics in the South East. Students learnt about the particle accelerator and the particle physics re-

search undertaken at Rutherford, primarily neutron imaging and the numerous uses of lasers. The talk aimed to provide students with an insight into the real-life applications of science. It is proposed that this talk will be built upon by a visit to RAL in the coming months.

SPORTS REVIEW Girls Sport Report Swimming Success Connie Dean (year 10) has been heavily involved in GB Trials & the Youth Olympics processes at the top end of GB Swimming. She has recently secured 4 GB trial times and also has 1 youth Olympic qualifying time; this means if she places 1st or 2nd whilst maintaining this time she will be selected for the GB youth team for Europeans and the Youth Olympics 2014 in China! Connie has also been short-listed for the team to go to an international meet in Barcelona. Girls Hockey Congratulations to the U18 Girls indoor hockey who were crowned South Indoor champions, going through unbeaten, having won all but one game which they drew. Good luck to the team who go through to the Girls Indoor National Finals on the 11th/12th January at Bromsgrove School representing the South. The U16 girls unfortunately fell just short of qualifying to go on any further. Apologies go to Beth Marriot and Georgie Whittaker who were missed out of the last sports report. Both Beth and Georgie made it into the U17 HiPAC. A special congratulations should go to Georgie, who has been off injured for over a year but not only made it into the HiPAC, but also the U18 selection process for England Hockey. Interhouse Netball/ Football Dates for interhouse netball and football are as follows: VI Form: Wednesday 18th December Year 11: Will take place over 2 games lessonsLessons on the 21st January and 28th January Year 10: Will take place over 2 games lessonsLesson 2 on 9th and 16th January Year 9: Will take place over 2 games lessonsLesson 4 on 9th and 16th January Year 8: Will take place over 2 games lessonsLesson 5 on 7th and 14th January Year 7: Will take place over 2 games lessonsLesson 5 on 9th and 16th January Alicia Povey. Sport Prefect Thank you Borlase would like to give a big thank you to Miss Perchard who leaves us at the end of this term after covering for Miss Tabone’s absence. Miss Perchard did a great job in covering all of Miss Tabone’s lessons and supporting the netball and cheerleading programmes in her absence.

Boys School Sport Headlines The boys 2ndXI Football kicked off their season with a friendly fixture against a 6th form girls social XI. The game was played in great spirit and hattricks from both Callum Haisman and James Veitch ensured a 10-0 shutout. Captain Tom Maher had this to say: “This is a great start to our campaign, the boys had a great time playing the game that they love with the people they love. This is the benchmark in terms of performance and effort” Mr Robertson added: “The match demonstrated that the beautiful game does still exist and that when played in the right spirit then football is the true winner” Our Year 8 football team performed exceptionally well at the Wycombe District 7 a side pre season tournament this week. They qualified out of their pool winning two, drawing two and losing only one game. In the semi final against hosts Wye Valley 'A' they came from behind to take the tie to golden goal. Sadly they conceded with only ten seconds to play! Exceptional performances from captain Julian Whitaker and striker Taylor Delorie-Craft. Thanks to VI form coaches Rob Oliver and Louie Fenwick for goding the boys to some pre season success. Boys 1st Team Indoor Hockey- Last Sunday the U18 boys indoor team competed in the South of England Championships. Faced with a strong group, including the likes of Trinity and Seaford. Sadly, Borlase could not retain the title of National Champions and had to bow out of the competition. Manager and coach Mr Chappell commented saying: “The boys are struggling with the outcome but finished one goal short of the top team in the country…fine margins once again” Year 9 Boys Rugby- The year 9’s put in a tremendous performance midweek to win the Bucks County Cup beating Akely Wood in the final. In order to get to the final the boys had to beat many big school with names such as Royal Latin standing out. “Thanks to all of the parents who have supported the squad over the year, it is much appreciated.Huge credit must go to the year 9 boys who are in the squad as they have had a great season and worked very hard, this win is no more than they deserve and they have done the school and themselves proud.”- Stuart Hill, Head of KS4. Sports Colours We award Sports Colours at the end of the Easter and Summer term for various sports. These Colours are awarded to pupils in activities that we offer competitively at Borlase. The school makes a judgement on both 'performance' and 'commitment/ethos' when deciding on awarding either half or full colours. Colours are split into Junior (year7-10) and Senior (year 11-13). In addition to awarding Colours for sports played within the school, we also award 'Honourary Colours' for pupils who are performing to particularly high levels in sports that we do not compete in as a school. Honourary Colours have been awarded in sports such as swimming, wheelchair basketball and skiing in the past. To make these awards we rely on parents to provide us with information on achievements outside the school. If you have any details of this type of performance then please e-mail Mr Robertson (Head of PE) on Robbie Stewart. Sport Prefect

ROWING REVIEW WINTER 2013 Senior Girls The start of the season got off to a busy start with the senior squad taking part in a variety of different small boat races which showed promising results. At the end of November the senior squad all went to London to race in the Fours Head held on the tideway, where the senior girls coxed four of Grace Bolton, Oli Radcliffe, Ellen Roberts, Emma Barnes and cox Akil Hashmi achieved a very well deserved 2nd place, only 10 seconds behind the notorious Headington crew. The senior girls quad of Georgia Mulraine, Megan Barry, Kelsey Stoddart and Becca Taylor achieved 5th place which was good considering the numerous obstacles they had during the race. On the 8th December the senior girls started their campaign of aiming to be one of the best junior girls eight in the country, and wanted to start proving this by racing in Wallingford head. It was a successful race and the eight of Kelsey Stoddart, Becca Taylor, Megan Barry, Grace Bolton, Ellen Roberts, Emma Barnes, Ella Capel Smith and cox Akil Hashmi came 2nd in women’s IM2 category, coming 10 seconds behind the elite university crew of Oxford Brookes. Georgia Mulraine and Megan Barry also had the chance to participate in the first set of Junior GB trials in Boston, which is a huge achievement in itself, and from this Georgia was invited to go to a GB potential day. All the results so far show there is a very strong girls squad this year, and hopefully all the training in the next coming months will help set us up for a very successful year. Becca Taylor – Senior Girls Captain of boats

Boys’ Rowing The past few weeks in the rowing have seen two pivotal events at the beginning of the season; GB Junior Rowing Early Identification Trial and The Fours’ Head of the River. The boys delivered outstanding performances in both events with Chris Lawrie placing 2nd, Fraser Russell placing 4th, Rufus Biggs placing 9th and Hugo Coussens placing 22nd at the GB Trial. Borlase had three athletes in the top ten, which is better than any other club. This also gained Chris, Fraser and Rufus an invite to the GB Potential Camp in Nantes at the end of term. On a club level however was The Fours’ Head. Borlase’s top boys quad, made up of the four names mentioned above. The boys placed 1st by 30 seconds in under 18 men’s quads. This was another fantastic performance and a great win early on in the 2013/2014 season. Our juniors also had success in a recent match against Reading Blue Coat’s, especially the under 16 men’s eight who comfortably beat the opposition in both races. Even lower down the years, amongst others our under 15 boys raced at Wallingford Head of the River on Sunday in two matched eights both achieving fast times. The boys are showing definite signs of progress and promise for the year to come.

The boys’ J18 quad on their way to victory at the Fours’ Head. Rufus Biggs

Above and Beyond Fund 2013/14. Please join us in supporting the Above and Beyond Fund to benefit all our students. Thank you to those already donating. To find out more about the funds, contact Celia or Kate in the Development Office on 01628 816519 or Registered Charity No: 1096750

Would you like to advertise? If you would like to advertise in the Borlase Cabaret programme, or in the annual Borlasian magazine, please contact: Celia Blakeway-Phillips, Development Director /01628 816519

From Celia & Kate in the Development Office

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Bags2School We are pleased to announce that the PA is organising a fundraising textile collection with Bag2School on Thursday 16th January. Bag2School are the UK’s leading textile recycler and fundraiser working with schools and since its inception in 2001 they have now paid out over £16 million. As well as raising vitally needed funds for our school, it also helps the environment by helping to divert unwanted textiles away from landfill. A recent DEFRA report has shown that textile collection schemes are helping to reduce the volume of textiles discarded as municipal solid waste. However, it is a fact that as a nation we still send 1,081,000 tonnes of textiles to landfill every year. By getting involved in our Bag2School collection, you have an opportunity to sort through your cupboards and wardrobes and donate unwanted textiles – this can include adults’ and children’s clothes, shoes (tied together please), hats, belts, bags, soft toys, curtains and bedding (not duvets or pillows). We will receive £500 per tonne or £0.50/kg which will be a great boost for our fundraising. In addition it will also raise awareness amongst the pupils of the benefits of recycling and reuse. Bags will be available from form tutors from the first week back after the Christmas break, but any bag can be used. Please ask relatives, friends and neighbours to have a sort out as well! Our aim is to have a drop off point at school for bags from 4.30 on Wednesday 15th January and a place in the staff car park first thing on Thursday 16th January. We are looking for volunteers to provide other drop off points in Marlow Bottom, Maidenhead, Cookham and Marlow on the lead up to the collection – more information to follow. Please put items aside if you are having any pre Christmas clear outs, the heavier the better! Many thanks for helping us with this unique fundraising opportunity. Any questions or if you are willing to act as a drop off point please contact Orla Searson at

News 7 13 dec 2013  
News 7 13 dec 2013