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from the Headmaster Welcome

to the twenty first edition of Leys Life and we are delighted to see so many new faces in school at the start of a new academic year. The Leys is both a school and a community. We look out for each other and we look outwards to the wider community, developing friendly, mutually beneficial ties within the wonderful city of Cambridge. This vibrant university city has much to offer our pupils, and in turn we play our part, as you will read inside this issue. Local people shared our excitement as we hosted the Davis Cup Trophy Tour. Primary and prep school pupils, club players and members of the public had a chance to have their photographs taken with the splendid trophy, to play on our tennis courts and receive expert coaching. This once-in-a-lifetime celebration was a sunny and fun-filled day to remember. There was further cause for sporting celebration when Steve Trapmore, Olympic gold medal rower and head coach of this year’s victorious crew in the men’s Varsity Boat Race, opened our new Boathouse. This stunning new facility, a joint venture with three Cambridge colleges, will provide a real impetus to rowing at The Leys. Our pupils have been undertaking an impressive and varied range of activities, trekking through the Himalayas, music-making in Vienna, Salzburg and Budapest, collecting books for charity and learning first-hand what it takes to produce and stage a successful theatre production in London’s West End.

heads up Our new Senior Prefects are Theo H (formerly Dry Drayton Primary) and Francesca G (formerly St Faith’s). Both Drama scholars, they are familiar faces as a result of their many appearances in school Drama productions. Theo is a keen musician and Francesca enjoys jazz dancing.

100% happy Summer 2016 examination results have given Leysians plenty to celebrate. An overall pass rate of 100% at A level was achieved, of which 75% were at A*-B and 42% at A-A*. Over a quarter of the year-group scored three A grades or better; nearly four in ten secured grades of AAB or better. Among the outstanding candidates was Beatrice S, originally from Italy. Although English is not Beatrice’s first language, she gained four A* grades in History, Classics, English Literature and Italian. Pupils performed well at GCSE too. 100% of Year 11 pupils secured five or more A*-C grades including English and Mathematics, with around half achieving nine or more A* and A grades. Emily B gained 12 A*s and Krishan P scored 12 A*s and an A.

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We have achieved an extraordinary amount on the campus over the summer, investing for future generations of Leysians whilst preserving our historic legacy too.

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Amnesty books Hundreds of books were donated in a charity drive organised by girls from The Leys Human Rights group. Lower Sixth pupils Ella M, Miranda L, Tina Z, Rebecca J and Carissa H launched their appeal to support the Books for Amnesty shop on Mill Road, Cambridge at Easter and ran it through the summer term. The Human Rights group is part of the World AIMS (Action in Methodist Schools) Group. The group’s next project is supporting the ‘Send My Friend to School’ campaign, run by the Global Campaign for Education UK, a coalition of teachers’ unions and development organisations, as advocates of every child’s right to go to school. The group sent a letter to Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, and compiled a petition with hundreds of signatures calling for governmental support for the campaign.

heatwaves The Leys indoor swimming pool is benefitting from sustainable technology following a major installation of solar panels. Following an ESOS (Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme) audit, Facilities Director Nathan Keen identified 14 areas in which energy-saving measures could be implemented, including consumption measurement, insulation upgrade and the installation of LED lighting. The solar panels installation was a major investment but very kindly an Old Leysian bequeathed a legacy

of the exact sum of money (£100,000) required to complete the project. Sixty panels in total have been installed. Nathan commented: “I hope the benefactor would have been pleased with how we invested his gift. It’s early days, but we’re on target for a return on the investment of around £9,000 a year and, importantly, a reduction of 12 tonnes of CO2.”

it’s time to change the way we do things Veteran environmentalist Jonathon Porritt CBE delivered a stirring talk to pupils, teachers and parents about what must be done to halt the ongoing destruction of our planet and its ecosystems. The former chairman of the Green Party and the Sustainable Development Commission said young people had a right to feel angry about how previous generations had failed to manage the Earth’s resources responsibly, leaving a legacy of escalating global warming and greatly diminished biodiversity.

He sees grounds for hope in the ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Technology too can be harnessed for decarbonisation but nothing will solve the problem if humans do not modify their behaviour.

Award, a national award for the use of sustainable energy.

A question and answer session included discussion of the impact of meat-eating on the environment and the potential implications associated He praised schools like The Leys with the forthcoming US Presidential and its Foundation partner, St Faith’s, election on the USA’s approach to for their green initiatives. The Leys, a environmental policy. founding signatory of the Cambridge Andrew Harmsworth (Head of Physics) Climate Change Charter, has a three- said “It was pertinent that Jonathon year carbon management policy and visited this week - we installed our aims to become a Sustainable School. fourth and largest solar power panels In 2014, St Faith’s won the Ashden (163kw) to heat our swimming pool.”

4 academic

Simon Leader, Head of Modern Foreign Languages

at home with languages The British are renowned for their laziness about learning other languages, indeed, Mrs Adriana Hunter, a literary translator, has given a recent University of Cambridge report called for Government action to champion workshops for Sixth Form pupils, while French

seminars by Cambridge University lecturers,

language education. However this reluctance is certainly not in evidence at The Leys, hosted at The Leys for Cambridge sixth-formers, cover linguistics, literature, translation and the where Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) is flourishing. benefits of studying MFL at university.

The study of languages is a practical asset - it helps pupils in the world of work, in enjoying culture, in forging overseas friendships and in developing intellectual rigour. A PASSPORT FOR LIFE

Leys pupils study at least one language up to GCSE level, with French, German and Spanish being the popular options. Pupils in Year 8 and Lower Sixth also have access to taster sessions in Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Italian and Arabic. Simon Leader, Head of MFL, said: “At least 70 per cent of the world’s population do not speak English and if you are travelling outside the tourist spots of Europe you need language skills to get by. We don’t see foreign languages as simply a functional

The MFL department uses iPads to great effect. Year 7 pupils correspond with counterparts at the College Jean XXIII near Nancy, with which The Leys is twinned. They have introduced themselves ‘face to face’ via video links using green-screen technology, which enables students to be creative, Pupils can immerse themselves in learning imaginative and appreciate the role of language languages: ICGSE and A level pupils visit France, and technology in global communication. Spain and Germany; pupils take part in the annual A LEVEL IMPROVEMENT East Anglian French Debating competition (a Leys Year 12 pair won last year); the Spanish Curriculum changes at A level are set to make department enters teams in the annual Vocab studying MFL more enriching, as Simon Leader Express competition and Leysians compete in the explained: “The cultural dimension is increasing, EU Young Translators’ competition. This enthusiasm and pupils will have to undertake an independent for languages is evident in The Linguaphile research topic for discussion in their oral exam, a magazine written and which will be rewarding and a good preparation for higher education.” produced by pupils. skill, although it is clearly helpful for work overseas; it’s about really understanding other cultures. If you read a book or watch a subtitled film, something is lost in translation. Access to the original is very much better.”

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science fact Zhengyan N (L6) has won gold in the British Physics Olympiad AS Challenge, described by the organisers as “an opportunity for students to stretch their lateral thinking skills and apply fundamental physical principles to novel situations”.

king of the board Peter K. (Y10) succeeded in retaining his title as Chess Supremo for West Anglia and came fourth in the Terafinal Challengers out of 45,000 entrants in the UK Schools Chess Challenge. He won all his games in the Megafinal tournament, hosted by Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge at St Faith’s School. Having achieved a perfect score of 6 in the U14 section he proceeded to the Gigafinal in Manchester, competing in the northern UK section. From there he went to the Terafinal in Loughborough where he competed against the strongest players in the country, some aged 18. He secured fourth place for The Leys/Cambridgeshire, winning four games and taking the eventual winner to a draw. Peter, who has been playing chess for five years, said: “I was taught by my brother but after a couple of years I started beating him. I go to the Tough Chess sessions and my aim is to be a Grandmaster.” Peter’s performance in the UK Chess Challenge means he gains a high Chess Federation ranking. He has now applied to join the England Junior Chess team.

Zhengyan’s success puts him in the top 100 entrants and naturally, he is delighted: “It involved many calculations and the understanding of a wide range of aspects of Physics. I am going to complete A2 Physics and plan to study mechanical engineering at university.”

0.8% gained Roentgenium). Matthew H missed by just one mark and so gained silver.”

They follow a trend for scientific prowess. Ben Shennan, who left The Leys last year after gaining four A*s at A level, now reading Chemistry at University College, Oxford, won the Roentgenium Zhengyan and James P also excelled in the Prize - the first Leysian to do so. He has since Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, winning gold achieved Distinction in his First Preliminary certificates. Mrs Judith Samuel, Head of Chemistry, Examination, coming fourth out of a class of 181. said: “The Challenge is organised by Cambridge Dr Andrew Bell, Senior Tutor at University College, University for AS level students. It contains material wrote to Headmaster, Martin Priestley to share the which is stretching - questions demonstrate a news of Ben’s success: “…thank you for the very significant leap beyond the first year of sixth form good preparation he clearly received before coming study. With 7,200 entries from 500 schools, golds to us. Needless to say, we hope you will send us were awarded to only 7.5% of entrants (the top more applicants of Ben’s calibre.”

an ongoing heritage The Chemistry Department is proud to display a case of samples representing the Periodic Table, given to the school in memory of Ben Sheenan’s mother. Another valued addition to the Department is a copy of the famous portrait of Sir JJ Thomson, the English physicist, awarded the Nobel Prize in 1906 for his discovery of the electron and his work on the electrical conductivity of gases. Thomson opened the school building named in his honour in 1927. Physics teacher Dr Laura Wright is shown with the portrait.


6 beyond study

a pragmatic taste of business Lower Sixth pupils gained valuable insights into the commercial world at a Business Skills Day led by Anderson DaSilva and Adam Moore of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Tasks were based around a fictitious organic foods supply company called Zest, and involved carrying out a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis, considering supply chain problems and addressing ethical questions such as, ‘what happens if it’s discovered that organic ingredients were not truly organic?’. Presentations were assessed by Anderson DaSilva, Adam Moore, Bursar Paul McKeown, and Headmaster Martin Priestley.

skywatch The Astronomy Club set up their telescope and projection kit to watch the Transit of Mercury on May 9, safe from the sun’s damaging glare. The event was the third such pass Mercury will make this century (the last was 10 years ago). Astro Club leader Toby B-S explained that transits can happen in May or November but the likelihood of cloud cover in November makes it hard to spot the tiny planet passing in front of the Sun. May offers better conditions though wind made the stabilising of projection equipment rather tricky. Mercury is one-third as big as Earth and significant magnification is needed to see it. They were assisted by Andrew Harmsworth, Head of Physics.

The day involved all pupils, not just those studying business and economics. Nick Robinson, Head of Careers, explained: “The Government’s aim is that pupils should have an understanding of the skills needed to run a business, which are invaluable for young people going into any job including selfemployment.” CAREERS FAIR

This year’s Careers Fair at The Leys attracted 37 exhibitors including Cambridge Medical Robotics, the University College of Football Business, Cancer Research UK and Handelsbanken. There was a focus on training, gap years, internships, apprenticeships and further study than in recent years. Old Leysians shared post-school experiences while the keynote speaker was Andrew Pittams (OL), a manager at the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW).

Toby B-S indicating the transit of Mercury safely using a projection on to shaded card.

spreading Fair Trade The Leys hosted Cambridge’s first Fairtrade Conference for Schools, attended by schools across the city and beyond. Pupils aged 9-12 explored Fairtrade through a variety of workshops, videos, games and talks, made African-style footballs from newspaper, plastic bags and baler twine, sampled Fairtrade chocolate bars and used Twitter to ask questions of Kenyan Fairtrade coffee farmers during the event.

fen fun

The annual Fen Festival was held in somewhat damp conditions, although some teachers got considerably wetter after having sponges thrown at them. Fen House girls organised a variety of fund-raising activities, including face-painting and a ‘guess the weight of the cake’ competition. They raised around £300 for the Lenten Appeal.

very well-read The Leys were victorious in the ninth annual Book Mastermind competition against The Perse Upper School. Zara J (Year 7) who read Divergent by Veronica Roth, won the trophy. The competition was followed by a talk by author Alan Gibbons, whose books include Shadow of the Minotaur and The Number 7 Shirt. Alan won the Blue Peter Book Award for ‘The Book I Couldn’t Put Down’, the Carnegie Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Prize.

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date at the palace The Leys has been involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme for many years. The first gold awarded to a Leysian was 50 years ago - as reported in the previous edition of Leys Life.

when every vote counts Like the electorate, Leys’ pupils went to the polls on June 23. Their mock EU referendum turned out to be even closer than the real thing. Age aside, pupils queued at the ‘polling station’ set up in Balgarnie’s café, run by Rob Francis and Stephen Hancock, teachers who run the school Debating Society. Like the electorate, they were voting on whether Britain should stay in the European Union. Moulton pupils (Years 7 to 9) are shown waiting to cast their vote. The mock referendum came the day after a debate in which Sixth Formers Ed H and Francis M proposed: This House Believes That Britain Should Leave the European Union. They were opposed by George S and Dominic G, from Year 9. The proposal was narrowly defeated by 55 votes to 57, a tight result

with the opposite outcome to the national vote. Rob Francis commented: “The Recital Hall was packed with standing room only; both sides spoke with great clarity and passion. It was a superb atmosphere, speakers were respectful and both sides made well-substantiated responses.” The Leys hosted the annual Rotary Club Peace Debates in which topics debated by six teams of sixth formers from across Cambridge, including the possible effects of Brexit on world peace. Winners were the team from Hills Road Sixth Form College.

cycling the modern ‘silk roads’ Pupils and staff mounted bikes in support of Stuart Block and his fiancée Claire Le Hur as they set off on the final leg of a 10,000 kilometre cycle journey through Africa and Asia, with a target of raising £50,000 for educational charities Beyond Ourselves and United World Schools in Asia.

phones. From East Africa to China, Stuart cycled on a tandem while Claire rode a bamboo bike built by a social enterprise in Uganda. Using technology, they explored the shifting balance of power in the world economy in a project aimed at students worldwide.

Stuart and Claire have produced blogs, videos and Teachers Stuart and Claire set off in September other educational resources which are available 2015 to follow the ‘New Silk Roads’ route taken by through educational website Tutor2U and the British key natural resources used in the making of mobile Council’s ‘Connecting Classrooms’ project.

The school’s commitment to the scheme was recognised in May when Headmaster Martin Priestley and Russell McAlinden, co-ordinator of DoE at The Leys, were invited to Buckingham Palace to receive a special plaque. Many pupils complete the gold award: Frank H, Alex H and Charlie B, are pictured outside St James’s Palace where they received their awards.

8 pastoral

a life at The Leys - we thank you Josie Josie Finelli’s career at The Leys has spanned over 40 years. Now she has done something she never believed she would do - retire. Josie joined at the tender age of 15, following in the footsteps of her parents who both worked in the kitchens. She started work in the Dining Hall but

changed direction when her talent as a seamstress came to light. She made everything from aprons to oven cloths. Her flair for curtain-making undoubtedly saved the school a small fortune - she made every curtain in Fen House when it was refurbished. Josie moved from her birthplace in southern Italy aged 12, not speaking a word of English. She was educated at St Bede’s, Cambridge, where she was ‘top at sewing’. “I’ve liked working here, the Housekeeping team is nice. I took breaks to have my family and thought I might find myself a full-time job somewhere after each child was born, but I never did it because I like it here. I’ve seen a lot of people retire over the years and I thought my turn would never come. I can’t really believe I am retiring!” she commented. Paul McKeown, School Bursar (pictured with Josie) praised her “commitment, enthusiasm, loyalty and integrity.”

welcome to Clare The Leys has a new Lead Nurse. Clare Wheeler succeeds Maureen Williams, to whom the School bade a fond farewell, and paid tribute with a celebration dinner on her retirement after more than 30 years of service.

established a nursing International College.




“My role reflects the need for The Leys to comply with a growing number of regulations,” Clare explained. “We are currently setting up a buddy system so that Clare previously worked at Harrow School and each House has their own named nurse. This will help particularly in the management of pupils with longer-term health issues and also involve the Med Green-fingered Moultonites have produced fine Centre more within the school community.” crops of marrows and tomatoes. Kitty W is pictured The Medical Centre has five part-time nurses who with school chef Marco Tilli, who later baked the provide 24/7 cover, a Medical Centre Assistant, and marrow with a delicious savoury filling. visiting GPs who hold surgeries three days a week.

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go west West House has been transformed by a major programme of refurbishment.


important for saving energy but takes the building back to its original design colours. Lighting is energy-saving LED and movement-activated where possible.

Outside, the process of replacing ageing galvanised ‘Crittal’ windows with white double-glazed PVC or aluminium ones is under way. Facilities Director Nathan Keen says that this measure is not only

Housemaster Andrew Long said: “The speechless reactions of returning boys were enough: West House has achieved the impossible, becoming a genuine combination of elegance and practicality which is a credit to the designers and to the many people involved, including Nathan Keen and the boys themselves. The plan was to complement the style of the House rather than fight it, and the aim has succeeded triumphantly. We look forward to the completion next summer.”

nterior designers Loci Interiors have taken their inspiration from the original Bauhaus look of the West House building, which was opened by the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, in 1961. Original terrazzo flooring has been exposed, walls removed to create space and light, leather benches re-upholstered and doors given smart ‘portholes’. The House’s distinctive lion crest appears in the glass doors of the foyer and a black, white and grey colour scheme is lifted with dashes of bright yellow.

10 out & about


he idea was to make a journey across the changing terrain of Northern India by way of two different week-long treks in the Kullu and Spiti valleys and a challenging mountaineering trek in Ladakh which involved climbing mountain passes over 17,500 feet.

trekked over shoulders of deep green jungle slick with rain, to break through the monsoon clouds and on to the snow line which led us over the mountain passes. We crossed innumerable rivers, wading through ice-cold glacier melt before descending into long valleys where we would camp in the evenings, We did this with a full support team of sherpas, play cricket or kabaddi with our sherpas, help in the cooks, baggage train and horsemen. Beginning in cook tent or wash in the streams and waterfalls. the pine forests and apple orchards of Manali, we The second trek was further north out of the city

of Leh, where the mountains are grander in scale, more arid and crowned with pyramids of snowy peaks. The trekking was challenging, but we grew fitter and coped well with the altitude. We passed through tiny Himalayan villages that had changed little over the centuries, camping amidst boulder fields surrounded by yaks happily grazing the hillsides. After three weeks, the trip finished with a stay in the Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Lamayuru where we attended prayers in the temple, explored the ancient site and caves and relaxed after the trekking.

conquering new heights

This summer 22 pupils accepted the challenge to join Nick Born, Head of History, on a 28-day expedition to the Himalayas. Here is a digest of their diary accounts of the trip.

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a launch pad for great things Steve Trapmore MBE, British Olympic Gold medallist and chief coach of Cambridge University Boat Club, was guest of honour at The Leys official opening of the newlook Combined Colleges Boathouse. On opening the boathouse, which Leys rowers will share with Churchill, King’s and Selwyn Colleges, Steve said: “I have been past here a few times and Rowing began at The Leys in 1961 when enthusiastic pupils persuaded their teacher, Richard have seen the building going up. The old boathouse Armstrong, to start the school’s first Boat Club. Mr facilities were good, but this is in a different league.” Armstrong attended the opening and raised a toast The two-storey boathouse replaces a 1960s to “the wonderful new boathouse and all those who boathouse on the north side of the River Cam. It have contributed.” Among the other guests were boasts state-of-the-art storage and workshop for Tom Hoffman, one of the pioneering group of Leys the boats, changing facilities for boys and girls, a rowers and Richard Pattison, OL and Antarctic fitness area with 16 rowing machines, and a kitchen. explorer. A social room leads on to a balcony with views over Simon Hames, Master in charge of Rowing, said: the river. “The school rows all year round, with boys and girls The riverside reception was attended by many friends and benefactors of The Leys who have supported the school’s campaign to meet the costs of its share of the £4 million development.

keen to participate, whether as crews or single sculls. The new boathouse will give them greater opportunities for indoor coaching and an improved environment in which to enjoy this rewarding sport.”

above left: Richard Pattison OL above: Headmaster Martin Priestley, Steve Trapmore, Joe M and Imogen H (Head of Boys’ and Girls’ Boats) below: the fitness suite with 16 rowing machines.

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county standards Pre-season training took place at the end of August, setting the Girls’ 1st and 2nd team squads up for a good start to the season, reports Darrel Cassidy, Head of Hockey. The reward for this preparation was powerful performances against the OLs and a touring team from Chile.

CCF inspection The biennial inspection of The Leys CCF now involves activities in Thetford Forest, kayaking on the River Cam and sailing at Huntingdon among a host of other exercises.

A number of Leysians have been heavily involved in England Hockey’s single system. Joe H, Laura H, Gabrielle S, Joanna S, Katie C and Emily B have been training and competing in trials in the hope of being selected for the HiPac and Futures Cup squads. They await news.

CCF Contingent Commander James Fawcett said: “The change of format offers a broader experience for pupils, enabling the Royal Navy cadets to be afloat and allowing Army cadets to fire on the full range at Thetford rather than the indoor range (in school).” Inspecting officer Lt Col David Carter of the Cambridge University OTC was impressed with the involvement of recent Old Leysians. Pte Adam McDonald (RAMC Army Reserve), who is reading Medicine with a view to becoming an Army doctor, ran the First Aid. The Royal Navy section, led by OC Lt Richard Hill, split activities and demonstrations between school and the Huntingdon Sailing Club. The school pool was used for a scuba diving taster session and practising kayaking skills such as rolling and support stroke work.

The Junior Development Centre is preparing the next crop of England stars, with fast-approaching trials. Numbers have been increasing each year since the Centre’s inception while the playing standard across age groups continues to escalate. The new influx of Year 9s joining the JDC looks promising. The start of the Autumn term saw the introduction of a number of new coaches, including Katie Simpkin, Lydia Copeland, Barney Stuttard, Nicky Clark, Nick Wakeford  and Claire Kennedy. They have settled and are beginning to pass on a wealth of experience. We are incredibly fortunate to have them moving The Leys hockey programme forward.


hitting out at Lords Andrew B, who has a two-year academy contract with Northants County Cricket, was selected to represent the MCC Schools in the annual match against the England Schools Cricket Association at Lord’s in September. Richard Kaufman, Head of Cricket explains, “The MCC Schools team consists of schoolboys who had played against the MCC during the 2016 season, being selected from a pool of more than 2,500

young cricketers. Andrew performed outstandingly on the day, top scoring with 50 for the MCC schools, including a six into the stands.” Andrew said: “It was a day I will never forget, and such a privilege to walk out on the famous turf of Lords.” Andrew has also been on fine form in regular school fixtures, scoring centuries in successive innings against Culford and Wellingborough.



exceptional talents emerging to play for Cambridge U16s in an international Sevens tournament against teams from the Czech Republic, Italy, Romania, Belgium and Israel, and Academy sides from France and Germany. Cambridge won five out of their six matches and Malik was named player of the tournament. Another Leysian to note is Finn C, who was selected for England U17/18 Sevens. He played for England Lions U18 junior touch team in the JTS international tournament in Holland where they won the gold medal, winning six out of seven games. In August he played for the Midlands U18s in the junior national tournament. Finn’s team lost in the final to the Northern Stars but Finn was named the MVP (Most Valuable Player) of the tournament and was selected to represent England Mixed Adults in the 2019 World Cup. Malik B (L6) has followed in the footsteps of recent Old Leysian Patrick Marmion and Jack Edwards, earning selection to the ISRFC Lambs Under 16 national squad. His first fixture with the Lambs resulted in defeat by Worcester Warriors but Malik, a member of the School’s academy programme, tasted success when the Lambs beat Saracens 39-0 and he scored a try. This summer Malik travelled to Heidelberg, Germany,

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top of the league Tennis was cause for celebration this summer, with the U15 Girls (below) and U15 Boys winning the Cambridgeshire School League Division 1. The Girls 1st VI highlights were excellent wins against The Perse (8-1), Haileybury (6-3) and Stamford (5-1). The outstanding pair was Carolina H and Olivia H who won all school matches without losing a set. For the Boys 1st VI, the outstanding win was the 9-0 against The Perse, though victories over Oundle, Cambridge University 4ths, Stamford and Kimbolton were well earned, with Richard P and Ben F emerging as the dominant pair.


The Leys 1st XV, U16 and U15s enjoyed good pre-season training with the 1st XV & U16 squads being put through their paces at Fortitude Fitness. U16Bs won two early games, while other team fixtures have been competitive. Sam H is part of the Northampton Saints U18 Squad and Harry B, Walter W and Ben B attend Northampton Saints Elite Player Development Group.

england training experience Freddie McK (U6) experienced a day in the life of an elite Rugby player, following selection by Former England international and NatWest Schools Cup Ambassador Mark Cueto. His day was spent at the official training base of England Rugby at Pennyhill Park Hotel. Freddie gained a place as one of 30 of the best players to have taken part in the U15 and U18 NatWest Schools Cup competition. Freddie is training with the Cambridge Rugby Club, where he hopes to be picked from the Colts squad to join the 1st XV.


head scullers Leysians did extremely well in this year’s ‘Head of the Cam’, gaining 10 first and second places. There were cups for: Imogen H Junior 17 Girls’ single sculls Livvy D and Iona B Junior 17 Girls’ double sculls Joe M Junior 17 Boys’ single sculls Matteo P-C Junior 14 Boys’ single sculls

14 the arts

DT prizewinner Winner of the school’s DT Prize 2016 is William N (L6) who made an art installation for the foyer of the Newfoundland Quay building in London’s Docklands. The piece, made from wenge wood and acrylic, features the course of the Thames.

Robert Y (U6) won first place in the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) Cambridgeshire Schools’ Sixth Form Art Exhibition with this painting of a fish worker in Beijing. His work is likely to be exhibited at the Mall Galleries at the RBA (Royal Society of British Artists) annual show in the Spring.

a chable or a tair? The Furniture Makers’ Company has awarded a book prize to Tommy I (L6) for his prototype of a multi-functional table-cum-chair made for GCSE Design Technology.

a long look at Giacometti GCSE Art pupils enjoyed the special exhibition Giacometti: A Line Through Time on a visit to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. The day was spent on observational drawing and research to support course work, working from the permanent collection and the exhibition. The Leys takes Year 10 pupils to the Sainsbury Centre each year. One of the country’s finest university museums, the landmark Norman Foster building was described by Sir Robert Sainsbury as “one of the best things in the collection”. Housing an extensive and prestigious collection of World Art, its large, light-filled spaces make it particularly suitable for study. Julie Stobbart, Head of Art, said: “Pupils worked with great intent to develop the contextual side of their GCSE coursework.”

sounds of music A party from The Leys followed in the footsteps of Mozart and Beethoven on a music tour of Vienna, Salzburg and Budapest in July. Staff and pupils took part in six concerts in 12 days as well as making sightseeing tours which, included the official Sound of Music tour. Concerts were well-received and well-attended. and included a Music Pavilion performance at Baden bei Wei at St Gilgen and a choir concert which formed part of the Budapest International Choral Festival.

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the power to act

Rob leaves on a high note....

....and Max picks up the baton

Rob Hall, Director of Music, has left after 13 years, the last seven of which he spent as Director of Music.

New Director of Music Max Kenworthy joins from Ardingly College in Sussex, where he was Assistant Director of Music and College Organist.

Rob’s contribution to the musical life of The Leys was much felt in choral music, and it gave him great pleasure to conduct the choir at Choral Evensong in the splendour of St John’s College Chapel.

Max’s career began as a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral, then he become Organ Scholar at Rochester Cathedral, then won an organ scholarship to Brasenose College, Oxford, to read Music.

“The Chapel Choir has given me a great sense of pride,” he said. “I enjoyed playing the Chapel organ at special services such as Remembrance and the Leavers’ Service when people manage to hold back the tears until the music starts!”

His subsequent career took him to New Zealand where he we was Assistant Director of Music at Wellington Cathedral. Max performed frequently with his New Zealand-based jazz group The Jazztempered trio.

This year’s LAMDA examinations resulted in a commendable haul of ten Grade 8 certificates, the biggest yet under Head of Academic Drama, Dominic Bell’s 16 year tenure. The achievement of Year 9 pupil Susan O’F (above) is especially noteworthy - she scored 100% to gain a Grade 6 Distinction in Acting.

the business end of theatre A four-day residential West End Theatre workshop proved so successful in 2014 it is now being run biannually. The workshop offers a unique opportunity for pupils interested in theatre to learn about the commercial side of the business, helped by Steven Levy (OL), joint owner of the Charing Cross Theatre. This year’s group met behind-the-scenes figures including theatre marketer Tom Littlechild (OL) and lighting, costume and set designers. Pupils were tasked with imagining they were producing a oneact play by Michael Frayn, and asked to consider everything involved, from casting to promotion. Guidance was provided by the professionals. Dominic Bell, Head of Academic Drama, said: “This workshop, sponsored and hosted by Steven Levy, teaches producing in a hands-on way. We are lucky

to have links with Steven, a Tony Award-winning runners-up, Saskia C and Eloise R, went to the producer who is supportive of Drama at The Leys.” opening night of his production, In The Bar of a Mr Levy judged The Leys annual Musical Theatre Tokyo Hotel by Tennessee Williams, as their prize. competition. Winner, Hart F, and highly-commended The workshop group on the set of Titanic

opening doors to tennis The Leys was the venue for the Cambridge leg of the Davis Cup Trophy Legacy Tour of the UK and prompted a welcome to the wider community to join us in tennis activities.

Hundreds of visitors came to enjoy exhibition tennis matches by top county players, mini tennis sessions for youngsters run by LTA coaches including Sue Rich, Head Coach of Cambridgeshire LTA, and a display of visually-impaired tennis by members of the Herts & Cambs Vision4Growth team. Vicki Reeve, whose daughter Kate came with the group from St Peter’s School, Cambridge,

above left: Leys tennis players admire the trophy; primary school children enjoy tennis; Coun. Jeremy Benstead, Mayor of Cambridge; John Willis, founder of the charity Power2Inspire.

said: “It’s a great opportunity for the kids to try tennis in a really fun setting - there have been loads of smiles!” Mark Sanders of the Cambs Lawn Tennis Association said: “The trophy is imposing and might inspire a child to think, ‘wow, if I take up tennis then maybe one day I’ll lift that trophy’. The Leys have supported the event really well. The tour seems to have added to the school day and it’s rewarding to see a community event in the school.”

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The sun shone brightly on the school sports grounds as children, club tennis players and members of the public flocked to see the magnificent 109cm tall trophy, to be photographed with it, and to watch and play tennis. The Great Britain team won the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Trophy for the first time in nearly 80 years in 2015. The Lawn Tennis Association organised the trophy tour to celebrate the win and to inspire people to take up the game.

Leys Life - Autumn 2016  

Issue 21 - Autumn 2016

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