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M ALVERN VIEW Issue 19 | Summer 2014


From the Headmaster

Aston Society creative writing workshop David and Debi Massey made a welcome return visit to Malvern this term to run a three-hour workshop for the FY and Remove creative writers. The workshop was arranged as part of the Aston Society programme, which aims to enthuse and motivate pupils in the Lower School to extend their interests in a wide range of academic and co-curricular areas. Pupils worked in groups to develop characters from prompts, and used brainstorming techniques to imagine how their characters characters were created, who were ready to step onto a page, act, react, grow and develop. In this summer edition of the Malvern View there is, once again, an opportunity to experience vicariously, through these photographs and articles, the wide variety of activities in which our pupils engage. Some of the activities are core to our overall programme, others are one-off events but, along with other aspects of our curriculum, they all shape the pupils and spark their future development.

Sophie Holroyd, English

Enjoy your read!

Antony Clark Headmaster

Worcester Competitive Arts Festival At the Worcester Festival Miranda Bruce (No.3) won two prizes in the under 14 category: Prose Reading and Verse Speaking. Angus Good (SH) won the under 14 Solo Acting category. In the Duo Acting under 14 Class Lauren Maxey (No.3) and Elise Black (No.3) won Gold, and Jack Bishop (No.7) and his partner Shaun Cassini (No.1), Silver. the Shakespeare under 16 Class, and Augustin Francois-Poncet (No.1) won the under 16 Prose Reading. Robert Huguenin, Speech and Drama


Commemoration Day The Commemoration Day service took place at the Priory Church of St Mary and St Michael, Great Malvern on Saturday 24th May 2014 by kind permission of the Vicar, the Reverend John Barr, where the College community gave thanks for those whose vision has founded and sustained the school. The Sermon was delivered by The Reverend Dr Ralph Waller, Principal of Harris Manchester College, Oxford, and a Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University, and the Commemoration was delivered by the Headmaster, Antony Clark. The service included music by the College choirs and musicians under the leadership of Iain Sloan, Director of Music. Afterwards, parents and visitors returned to the College campus to see and hear examples of pupils’ work. The Chairman of the College Council, Lord MacLaurin, and the Headmaster spoke to the parents. Senior Chapel Prefect, Rupert Harris, gave an account of the year from the pupils’ perspective, and the prizes were presented. Mr Henry Olonga, former professional cricketer who played Test cricket for Zimbabwe, spoke and encouraged pupils to work hard and to take with them, into the world, all that they have learned at school. He said, “Get involved in everything, practise until you are the best you can be, and make the most of every opportunity life presents you with.”


Universities Fair In March representatives from some of the UK’s top universities came to Malvern to take part in our Universities Fair. Lower Sixth pupils heard presentations from delegates from the universities of Bath, Bristol, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, University College London (UCL), the London School of Economics (LSE), Kings College London (KCL) and St Andrew’s and were able to ask them all questions. These are universities that are, each year, popular destinations for Malvernians. The feedback from both representatives and pupils was very positive. Andrew Hutchinson, French, Spanish and ToK, i/c University Admissions

A look at Oxford and Cambridge Academically aspiring members of the Lower Sixth visited Oxford and Cambridge last term. The opportunity to look around the Colleges at these revered educational establishments can provide the inspiration that encourages our top academics to apply. Chris Calderwood (St John’s, Cambridge) took a group of pupils to Cambridge, where they were fortunate to enjoy the hospitality of Sidney Sussex College, with whom we are beginning to forge strong links. Old Malvernian Mishel Ghassibe, who is currently in his second year, reading Economics at Trinity College, met up with our group and was which they found invaluable. Andrew Hutchinson (Trinity College, Oxford) led the trip to Oxford where St John’s College opened its doors to our group and OM William Law, currently at St John’s reading French and Spanish, regaled us with the joys of life as a second year student. Both trips gave our pupils a feel for university life and spurred them on to begin the additional work that will be essential to making a successful application. Andrew Hutchinson, i/c University Admissions, French, Spanish and ToK


New Chapel Prefects The Headmaster is very pleased to announce the appointments of Chapel Prefect positions for 2014–2015. Senior Chapel Prefect: Amy Elias (No.3) Chapel Prefects: Mick Paspaley (No.7), Will Raby-Smith (SH), Josie Steiskal (No.6), Lydia Westwood (No.8) Sacristan: Joseph Zivny (SH)

Will Raby-Smith (SH)

Josie Steiskal (No.6)

Lea-Smith Reading Competition This year’s Lea-Smith reading-aloud competition included a range of material: funny, sad, passionate, course of the heats, more than a hundred and twenty pupils spent an evening in Chapel, taking turns the commitment and the sincerity of the readers were evident. The winners were Annie O’Gorman from the FY; Chloe Underwood from the Remove; Polly Woodhouse from the Hundred; Hebe Vosper-Brown from the Lower Sixth; and Zöe Vanezis from the Upper Sixth. Hebe was judged best reader of the evening. No.3 retain the House trophy. Elizabeth Charman, English

Amy Elias (No.3)

Mick Paspaley (No.7)

Lydia Westwood (No.8)

Joseph Zivny (SH)


Star photographer! Tim Loh (No.5) has had a photo published on the Popular Photography magazine website in one of the monthly photo contests. “I decided to submit a few photos to the February photo challenge, which proposed the theme of Star photography”, said Tim. “I was lucky enough to have one of my submissions selected by the magazine.”

Staff Profile: Jenny Major of Geography at Malvern St James. I moved to Berkshire to be Head of the Sixth Form at St George’s Ascot, where I implemented a new UCAS programme and started a Model United Nations group. I joined Malvern College as the Head of Geography in September 2013 and have resurrected the ‘GeogSoc’, inviting a number of speakers to visit us. I have enjoyed getting involved with the CCF and Netball teams. Next academic year will bring some exciting changes as my husband and I move into No.2, and by December we hope Shackleton (our oversized Ridgeback) will be in charge, as we

LIKES: Walking the hills with the dog, travel and sunshine, snooker, cold white wine and Chinese food. DISLIKES: Tardiness, mess and heights!

The photo was taken last year on Tim’s Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition. He had taken his camera with him on the canoeing expedition, hoping to have the chance to take some good pictures. The night the pupils arrived at the camp on the edge of Loch Ness, Tim got the opportunity to break out his camera and tripod to take photos of the stars. “While I was taking pictures,” said Tim, “one of the other members of the group canoed past me and this picture was the result”.


QinetiQ Young Engineers’ Project This year’s QinetiQ Young Engineers’ Project required the team to design a passive sensor that could be used to identify artillery vehicles behind enemy lines. The boys, Anson Chan (No.7), Ismael Zainal Abidin (No.7), Deema Mozayen (No.9) and Toby Moran (No.7) came up with the idea of a device that could be airdropped from a plane to launch multiple sensors that then cover the area for which surveillance is required. To accompany the project the team produced a report and then presented their project to Mrs Linda Scott (STEM project manager, University of Worcester), Dr Andy Hume, Gill Sandeep and Gregory Barker-Devereux, all from QinetiQ. The team was awarded a Gold Crest Award for their endeavours.

Brian Cook, sculptor Brian Cook is part of the Domestic Bursary team at Malvern and joined the school after completing a degree in Fine Art. His contemporary pieces are of abstract sculpture inspired by classical architecture. Brian says of his work, “I am fascinated by the sublime marks that time and our physical presence leave behind. My medium of choice is concrete – once a piece has cured it is then sanded, carved and polished. My You can see more of Brian’s work at


A record number of impressive grades In the recent Music examinations, twelve Malvern College pupils gained a total of 15 Grade 8s between them. Six of these achieved Distinctions and three achieved Merits, a record number in one session! Well done to our musicians: Kate Arnold (No.3) clarinet and singing, Tom Arnold (SH) saxophone, Natasha Bishop (No.4) singing, Marcus Emmerson (SH) jazz clarinet and jazz saxophone, Céline

Summer Concert A capacity audience enjoyed a varied programme at the College’s Summer Concert on Friday 23rd May. The pupils excelled themselves with contributions from the Orchestra, Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir and Concert Band, including works from J.C. Bach to Eric Whitacre. A retiring collection made over £500 for Hospice Care Kenya.

Flowers (EH) singing, Robert James (SH) drum kit, Nancy John (No.4) singing, Heather Macdonald (No.3 – not in picture) singing, Lydia Westwood (No.8) piano and singing and Kathryn Withnall (No.3) singing. Iain Sloan, Director of Music


House Music Competition Congratulations to all the musicians who took part in the House Music Competition, the results of which were: James Zhao, winner of Category C, Oscar Cripwell, winner of Category B, and Aaron King, winner of Category A. School House took the trophy for the winning House. This was a marvellous competition with some extremely accomplished performances. Iain Sloan, Director of Music

School House – Winners of the House Music Competition From left to right: Philip Millward (Adjudicator & Director of Music at the Royal Russell School), Robert James, Aaron King, William Raby-Smith, Thomas Arnold, Mr Jamie Russell, Housemaster SH

Chamber Choir The Chamber Choir performed brilliantly at St Leonard’s Church, Newland, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Almshouses and St Leonard’s

ambassadors for Malvern College. Iain Sloan, Director of Music

(SH), Aaron King (SH), Robert Porter (SH), Amelia Wall (No.3), Kathryn Withnall (No.3) and Selina Yogeshwar (No.6), who all


Blanca Castro Dominguez This painting demonstrates the painstaking attention to detail that Blanca imposes on her work. She retained the freshness of the image even though she made many revisions to colour and form as she worked. Tim Newsholme, Director of Art


Macbeth A troupe of thirty eight Remove pupils presented Shakespeare’s chilling tale of ambition, murder and guilt in two performances in March, on the stage of the College’s Rogers Theatre. At a time when Scottish ties to England are being debated afresh the play, written in 1606, was aptly chosen by Director of Drama, Keith Packham. Underwood (No.4) as Lady Macbeth performed the role with excellent command of vocal and physical skills, memorably presenting the character’s mental collapse in the ‘sleepwalking’ scene. The ‘chorus’ of Weird Sisters, Tanya James, Flora Cripwell, Henrietta Bullock, Martha Doherty (all No.4) and Chiara Buttiglione (No.6), were particularly menacing. Henry Wall (No.2) played King Duncan with a vocal strength that dominated the opening exchanges in the play. Sebastian Hubbard (SH) as Banquo and Sebastian Thurlow (SH) as Macduff were both excellent foils to the dishonourable Macbeth. This was an impressive performance by a young cast in terms of verse speaking and characterisation, which gave a thrillingly visceral production of one of Shakespeare’s great tragedies.

A place at RADA or LAMDA James Crellin (No.2, Upper Sixth) has received an offer from not one, but two of the most respected acting schools in the country. James has a history of success in acting at school, winning ‘Best Actor’ for the House play version of Journey’s End, and playing the leading role in Antony and Cleopatra in the Sixth Form play. James has strength and energy on the stage and determination to achieve off the stage; this could well be just the right mix for success. Bert Lacey, Housemaster No.2


Winter Mountaineering trip to Scotland In February each year the CCF runs its Winter Training course in Scotland. Our start was delayed by bad weather and was bathed in sunshine. It did not last the week however, and we were drenched, frozen and exhausted by the wintry weather and the challenging landscape. (everyone reached the summit of Cairn Gorm mountain, which at 1245m is the sixth highest in the UK), the Ben Wyvis Nature Park and the Scottish Highlands. The newcomers were able to learn the basics of Winter Mountaineering, whilst the returning cadets were able to tackle something a bit more

challenging. Henry Henshall (No.2) and Jasper Ross (No.2) as returning cadets were lucky enough to spend a day ice climbing and abseiling with the experts, an experience they will remember forever. where we enjoyed an evening of haggis, story-telling and raucous singing. Well done indeed to all the cadets involved, and thanks to the staff who accompanied them and to our Mountain Leaders, Konrad and ‘Basha’ Bates. Lindsey Goodrum, Cadet Force Adult Volunteer (CFAV)

Malvern College CCF Biennial Inspection Brigadier Evans RM conducted the Biennial Inspection of the Malvern College Combined Cadet Force in March. The Guard of Honour, led by Jasper Ross (No.2) was accompanied by music arranged for the occasion by Ed Swindell (Music department). of cadets in training. Cadet representatives then described the various competitions in which the school is entered. Rupert Harris (SH) spoke about the RAF, Ben Donaldson (No.2) the Pringle Trophy, Andrew Hawkins (No.9) spoke about the Army’s success in the recent Military Skills competition and College has had in recent shooting competitions. After meeting members of Malvern’s CCF staff, the by the Army sections in the 9-acre training ground, followed by a display of practical leadership by the RAF section. At the close of the inspection. He said how much he had enjoyed his visit, and said that he could see that the cadets obviously enjoy and take great pride in what they are doing. Dickie Downs, Economics


Fire fighting and damage control Just before the Lent term a group of hardy Royal Marine cadets, led by SSI Nichols, Lt Reid and CFAV Miss Goodrum set off for Portsmouth. The drive was a long three hours but all of us can on H.M.S Bristol, a decommissioned destroyer docked in the harbour on Whale Island, and although the beds may have been a bit too short for the taller ones of our group, the experience of sleeping on a military vessel was very exciting! We were woken in the morning at the glorious hour of 6.00am and made our way down to breakfast. Then we were led to the Phoenix Training Centre where we were start in a house and, most important to the navy, how it can start in a ship. Then Sergeant Donaldson (No.2) and Colour

with respirator and full-face mask, and Jasper wore a slightly more PomBear-esque 100-layer wool uniform. We were then all equipped with a helmet and a boiler suit and given a

and fun, especially when we were given the chance to use the

One group was given special thermal imaging cameras used in them. This was really amazing because these machines, when pointed at an object or person, tell you how hot they

The next activity that we took part in was called Damage Control and, in my opinion, it was the best part of the day! We were given the chance to learn how to save a sinking ship from being hit by torpedoes or waterborne projectiles. We were taught how to hammer wooden wedges into punctures in the hull of the ship and then how to cover up the hole so that no more water could get into the ship. We wore another suit over the top that was rather hard to move around in and, last but not least, some quite smart looking leather shoes! Then the excitement began because, after being taught how to control damage, we now had to put it into practice. We were briefed and then got ready to be put in a very realistic simulator. The water started rushing into the room through

water. It was coming through the punctures at eight bars and was hitting us straight in the face as were trying to stop

ship rocking on the ocean). Soon the water was up to our chests and Miss Goodrum could barely stand. It took us 13 or because of the adrenaline rush. When the water was drained out we all wanted to do it again because we had enjoyed it so much! Overall the day was so enjoyable and one of my favourite experiences in CCF so far. Ismay Keane, No.3

with a hose! This was exciting and the hose was surprisingly heavy and the trainers told us to never let go of the hose because it hurts if it hits you!


Malvern College remembers its Fallen Ben Donaldson (No.2), a pupil in the Upper Sixth, and this year Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for the county, stands guard at Malvern’s memorial to the 457 former members of the College who gave their lives in the Great War. The oak panels are mounted on the north wall of the Chancel in the College at the school to those who lost their lives in WWI. All Malvernians and Old Malvernians will know that the second memorial is an iconic, twenty-foot bronze of St George that is mounted on a pedestal of Portland stone and inscribed ‘To Our Brothers’. It looks out over the ‘Senior’ cricket ground and beyond, across the vale of Evesham to the Cotswolds from the quadrangle just below the main school building. These memorials to the dead were unveiled in 1922 and three years later, in 1925, the spectacular Memorial Library, a third tribute to the fallen, designed by Sir Aston Webb & Son was opened. The fourth tribute Malvern has made to those it lost is the Register of the fallen recorded in twelve leather bound volumes, with the name, rank, regiment and decorations of each soldier in addition to a photograph. This year, to mark the centenary of the Great War, many schools like Malvern will seek out the histories of those who left school having been members of the CCF or the

battle. Losses among them would be enormous. “Casualty the men in the ranks, and the most dangerous rank in the army, the subaltern, was recruited through much of the war from current pupils or old boys of the public schools”, says historian Jay Winter1. The trauma of the First World War on pupils receiving news of the losses back at school was considerable and was 1

recorded in the memoirs of an Old Malvernian at school at the time in his autobiography. He describes how between 1914 and 1918, week by week, the casualty lists of Malvernians, killed or missing, were read out in Chapel and then pinned on the Chapel door. In the forthcoming ‘150th Anniversary Portrait of Malvern College’ that will be published in 2015, author Roy Allen cites John Baker White’s account of how, each Sunday evening in Chapel, the Headmaster, FS Preston, would read out the Roll of Honour of Old Malvernians who had given their lives that week. “... A – who used to sit at the end of the pew just who made that wonderful century in the Repton match, D – who had been down for the day only a few weeks ago, newly

Public Schools and The Great War, the Generation Lost by Anthony Seldon and David Walsh

15 commissioned, so smart in his new uniform.” John Baker White describes how his Headmaster would read from the list that, on some Sundays, was very long. “...After the bloodbath of the Somme it was indeed very long.” he says. “After he had

stall under the organ loft, did not sing. His hands rested on the Roll he had just read.” The College will make a trip to Ypres in 2015 to place a tribute to its fallen, a memorial plaque, in St George’s Chapel at the Menin Gate. The pupils, OMs and staff who make the trip will visit the battle sites and the Malvern war graves to trauma and sadness of the time, to understand the enormous

that they were protecting those dearest to them and enabling us to be free to continue our way of life. Antony Clark, Headmaster

Malvern College WWI profiles Arnold Nugent Strode-Jackson was one of the most highly decorated British WWI

the War he was wounded three times, and won a DSO medal and three bars – dispatches six times. As the war ended, Strode-Jackson was promoted to Brigadier General (the youngest General in the Army) and, on retirement from the Army, he became a barrister. He then became a member at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 and was awarded the CBE for his work. In 1920 Strode-Jackson became a member of the British Olympic Council, before emigrating to the United States in 1921. He died in 1972. James Robert Dennistoun, a pupil in No.4 from 1898 to 1901, was a famous explorer. Originally from New Zealand, Dennistoun was a member of Captain Scott’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition in 1910–11 and was awarded the King’s Antarctic Medal, and the Royal Geographical Society Medal. He was also part of the Terra Nova rescue mission that searched for Captain Scott and his men in 1912. Dennistoun returned to England on the outbreak of war and was commissioned into the North Irish Horse Regiment. He was then attached to 23rd Squadron, Royal Flying Corps and, in June 1916, he and his cousin were shot down in Germany and Dennistoun died of his wounds in August 1916.

Photo courtesy of The Principal and Fellows of Brasenose College

and Head of Athletics in his time at school. He took up running seriously whilst at Oxford University and won a Gold medal in the 1500 metres in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics.


Duke of Edinburgh Gold practice expedition At Easter pupils from Malvern College completed their DofE Gold practice expedition. The Gold level challenge always places pupils outside their comfort zone and the weather was an extra battle on this exhausting weekend. “The walking was probably the toughest part of the expedition,” said Anna Yaudzemis (No.6). “Our routes went through the Snowdonian Heights and memories of those climbs and descents give us cramps in our legs even now. But we all encouraged each other and proved to ourselves that we could cope. The judged expedition is in June and that will be as hard, but perhaps the weather will be kinder to us then.”


Ellerslie meets Rome This term Ellerslie girls held a Rome themed birthday supper. Lucky to catch the last of the good weather before the rain, the girls and their guests had a great evening in the private side garden, and the junior girls were especially delighted to have missed their usual bedtimes! Emma Brown, Housemistress, Ellerslie House



Girls on expedition practice


An inventive farewell picture of the SH leavers – orchestrated by Rupert Harris (SH), the outgoing Senior Chapel Prefect.


Photo by Norman Mays Studio.

Upper Sixth leavers – School House


Eight8 Cricket Ten prep schools took part in the annual Under 11 EIGHT8 tournament at Malvern this summer, playing for the AJ Murtagh trophy. The EIGHT8 is a very successful formula for junior cricket with the added excitement of coloured clothing for each competing side. “There were some fantastic cricket Mark Hardinges, Master i/c Cricket. Packwood Haugh and Prestfelde, with Prestfelde taking the trophy. Top individual performances came from Finn Sansom (Prestfelde) who won the batting prize, and Joe Miskowski (Winterfold), who won the bowling award.


Prep Schools’ Tennis Tournament Sixty-six pupils from seven schools attended this year’s Prep Schools’ Tennis Tournament at Malvern College and sunny weather with a lunch-time BBQ made it the perfect Bank Holiday weekend activity. Prestfelde won the U11 Boys’ competition and The Dragon School won the U11 Plate. Old Hall won the U11 and The Richard Pate School won the U11 Girls’ Plate beating Abberley Hall. Abberley Hall won overall in the U13 Boys’ and The Downs Malvern won the U13 Boys’ Plate. The U13 Girls’ competition was won by Abberley Hall with The Dragon School winning the U13 Girls’ Plate. Headmaster Antony Clark, who presented the prizes, said he was delighted to see so many boys and girls enjoying themselves in the sunshine and playing a very high standard of tennis with excellent sportsmanship. Richard Thurlow, Head of Classics, Careers, i/c Tennis

Prep Schools’ Debating Competition Malvern held its annual Prep Schools’ Debating Competition gaming is good for children’ and ‘Mothers should stay at home to look after their children’. Packwood Haugh and The House believes that schools should be closed and all teaching done via the Internet’. Joseph Zivny (SH) and Leo Genghini (No.9) chaired the

debate and the twelve teams gave excellent speeches and arguments. Despite their young age, the pupils demonstrated excellent rhetorical techniques and used convincing speakers! Many congratulations go to Packwood Haugh who won the trophy. Dr Martin Harris, Classics


Legal workshop of insight into the workings of the legal profession took 18 of our pupils through a great deal of legal about different areas of legal practice (from Insolvency to Family Law) and, after lunch, battle commenced between the defending counsel and their claimant counterparts in a mock trial presided over by the Honourable Matthew Waddington. The day offered a fascinating look at a future career for the would-be We are extremely grateful to Harrison Clark Rickerbys for giving their time and for leaving us all all deeply engaged by the vicissitudes of the law. Andrew Hutchinson, i/c UK University Admissions, French, Spanish and ToK

World Book Day The Downs Malvern Two College English teachers, Mrs Lynne Hallett, author of children’s stories and poetry, and Dr Sophie Holroyd, who is a teacher of English and also skilled in the process of book binding, came to help the children at The Downs Malvern to celebrate World Book Day in March. After listening to the stories, the children chose their favourite one, re-wrote it, illustrated it and then bound the pages into their own books. They enjoyed learning about the whole process of making a to be true bibliophiles, a word they added to their vocabulary at the end of a thrilling day! Sarah Chappell, Pre-Prep teacher at The Downs Malvern


National Hockey selection Chloe Underwood (No.4) and Georgina Bathurst (No.4) have been selected for the U16 Wales and U18 England squads respectively. The girls have successfully made it through the tough selection process and will now represent their country. Chloe was part of the Welsh squad last year but has moved on the U16s and her selection for the tour to Holland. Georgina played for the England U16s last year and her selection for the U18 squad further underlines her potential. Her programme of matches is still being planned. “It is very pleasing to see that these girls have been rewarded by national selection. They have put in a lot of work on the training ground and have demonstrated a fantastic attitude. I wish Chloe and Georgina all the best for their international seasons,” said Mark Moss, Teacher i/c Hockey at Malvern.

Queen’s – Girls’ Rackets Shinan wins her first senior Rackets title Seventeen year-old sporting all-rounder Shinan Zhang (No.8), underlined her rapid improvement in the explosive sport of Rackets with victory in the Plate championship held at the Queen’s Club in London. Zhang, the British junior number two, and one of the youngest competitors in the Neptune British Women’s Open Rackets Championship, held her own against far more experienced opposition. She faced the former world Real Tennis champion Sally Jones in the Plate the opening game, Zhang hit back with some untouchable forehands to snatch the game 17–15, then produced

some of the best serving of the day to take the second game and the match 15–10. “I’m thrilled to have beamed Shinan. “It’s given me a lot of tremendous to get the chance to play against some of the top women in the world. Women’s Rackets only started a few years ago but the standards are rising fast and you learn so much from every match.” Shinan was seeded No.2 in the National Schoolgirls’ Senior Championship held at the Queen’s Club in London in March where she reached the Doubles tournament, also at Queen’s, as the a competition that has previously been an promising player who takes her place in the history of the modern game.


Charity Netball match The 1st XV Rugby team took on the 1st VII Netball team in what was a great Netball match. To add a twist, the boys wore girls’ netball kit and the girls were in the boys’ rugby kit, which was all very amusing! A large audience gathered in the Sports Hall and each paid 50p to watch the match. The Student Council also sold drinks and snacks at the event and raised £163.93 for Sport Relief. Emily Humfress (No.3)

Aegon U15 County Tennis Champions The Junior Boys’ Tennis squad maintained their good form in the second half of the term with an excellent performance against strong opposition in the form of The Chase School. Victory for the A team – George Elias (No.2), Jonty Hall (No.5), Dan Ferris (SH) and Fraser Cox (No.7), gave Malvern College the County championship title in the Hereford and Worcester U15 Aegon Schools’ League. They go on to the regional stages of the competition later this year. Mark Cox, Director of Sports Liaison

Two senior county tennis trophies for Malvern Malvern College provided all the Girls’ and Boys’ singles, Kim Pape (No.3) won the Smyth Cup, with Héléne Hannecart (EH) the runner-up, and in the Boys’ competition, Vincent Stadler (No.7) won the Scott Cup, with NoahVincenz Nöh (No.5) the runner-up. Mark Cox, Director of Sports Liaison


Colquhoun Trophy In the Lent term seven pupils competed for the Colquhoun Trophy in a regional Fives tournament for the West of England. Lucas Nelson (SH), who only started playing the sport this year, was the pick of the bunch and defeated the defending champion from Blundell’s School in his pool. of which was determined from the best of three games. Lucas played superbly and won the title. Chris Thomas, Head of Maths, i/c Fives

Four awards for Malvern girls Four Malvern College girls played in the RFA National Schools Girls’ Fives history of the event in which Malvern came away with four awards. Shinan Zhang won the U18 Singles 15–2 and, partnered by Cassie Bedford, also won the U18 Doubles. Malvern played well in the U16 tournament where Amelia Law won the Plate competition against her teammate Cassie Bedford, and in the doubles Amelia and Maggie Wong won the Doubles Plate. Chris Thomas, Head of Maths, i/c Fives

Fencing Ellerslie House girls Eliza Woodhouse Fencing success, by gaining second and third places respectively in the Public Schools’ Fencing Championships 2014. Many congratulations to both girls!

Emma Brown, Housemistress Ellerslie House

Junior Girls Épée: Eliza Woodhouse, far left


RE ‘Tip’ Foster On 13th May members of the Foster family returned to Malvern for the re-dedication of the family graves at the Great Malvern Cemetery, and for a Service of Thanksgiving at Malvern College. The town’s Civic Society with the support of many, including Malvern College and The Malvernian Society, has restored the graves that had become dilapidated with time. 13th May was the hundredth anniversary of the death of RE ‘Tip’ Foster, arguably the most famous of seven sporting sons, all born in No.5 to Sophia and Revd Henry Foster, where their father was Housemaster for 48 years. All of the boys played cricket for Worcestershire, known colloquially for this period as Fostershire. ‘Tip’ Foster remains, to this day, the only man to have captained England at both cricket and football. The Revd Henry and Sophia Foster also had four daughters. One sister died in infancy but the other three were as talented at sport as their brothers and played golf for Worcestershire. The Foster brothers not only excelled at cricket but also at rackets. With

and Neville). Jonathan Fisher presented a bronze statue of RE ‘Tip’ Foster to the Headmaster on behalf of the Foster family during the afternoon of their visit. It will be awarded, each year, to the batsman who scores the most runs for the 1st XI. 2015 not only marks the 150th anniversary of Malvern College but also the 150th anniversary of Worcestershire County Cricket Club. To celebrate the contribution of the Foster family to both, Anthony Collis, local author, will publish a family biography in 2015.

middle of the twenty years between 1889 and 1909, there was always at least one Foster in the pair for the Public Schools’ championship. During this period, Malvern won the Championship on three occasions – in 1892 (Henry, known as Harry, and Wilfrid); in 1900 (Basil and William); in 1908 (Maurice The Foster family today


Will Sharp wins the Mason Trophy It was a hard fought contest between two very competitive Foundation Year players, both of whom show great promise. very tense and dogged passage of play. In the second game Mahaaz Ahmed (No.2) came back strongly winning 15/9 with better length with plenty of cut, forcing his opponent onto the back foot and this won him this year’s Mason Trophy. Noel Brett, Head Coach: Rackets

The Pritchard Racket this time it was played out between two Number Fivers who are the best of friends. Ben Tegg and Alex Milton play football together, they play cricket together and they play rackets together. They are used to playing on the same side but as soon as the door slammed shut on the No.1 court they were ready to play their best. At stake, the Pritchard Racket awarded to the year’s best player at Malvern. serving, then, in the second, the rallies lengthened and Ben levelled the score at one game all. He also took the third but the fourth game would be a very close game indeed. There

battled it out until the end – Ben saved three Championship

Left: Ben Tegg (No.5) right: Alex Milton (No.5)

Queen’s Club Public Schools Doubles Championships Malvern College carried this season’s excellent form to Queen’s with admirable performances in the Public Schools Doubles Championships. The boys played some exceptional rackets,

Noel Brett, Head Coach of Rackets

T.P. Newman, Master i/c Rackets


ISFA Development Camp selection We’re delighted at the news that three Malvern girls have been selected to join the ISFA U16 National Development training camp to be held at Oakham School in August. Carla Schröder (No.6), Amelia Law (No.3) and Claudia Cascón (No.8), have all attracted the attention of the ISFA coaching staff whilst participating in tournaments this season. In addition, and following her outstanding performance in the ISFA Inter-regional tournament at Harrow, Heather Macdonald (No.3) has been selected for the ISFA U18 Girls Development Camp that will also take place at Oakham School in August. Joe Gauci, Deputy Head: Academic, History

Heather Macdonald

Riding triumph Lydia Thomas (No.4) took part in The Pony of the Year Show in April and competed in three events on for Touche’s classes and then won a class in the Special on him. Riding Misty in the JA Grand Prix, she that she had taken part in on this horse. The next competition that Lydia will undertake in the equestrian world will be the European Viewing Trials. Lydia continues to go from strength to strength in her riding. Anne Sharp, Housemistress No.4


Ledder 2014 Malvern College’s annual ‘Ledder’ crosscountry race, from Ledbury back to school, was run by over 150 pupils this year, as well as by a healthy contingent of staff and Old Malvernians in, what turned out to be, perfect spring weather. The course is a gruelling seven and three-quarter miles across agricultural land and along trails that take only the brave up and over the Malvern Hills. Conditions were good in spite of the recent and relentless rainfall, and times were impressive. Nöh (No.5) who ran a time of 54 mins, John (No.4) who was home in 64 mins, 41 secs – Nancy was favourite to win and has recently competed in the National Cross Country Championships. Overall, No.5 won the Boys’ team cup with No.2, last year’s winners, taking second place. No.4 won the Girls’ cup.


Maiden first-class century Former Malvern College pupil, and Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year 2013, Tom Kohler-

Cambridge MCCU this summer, scoring 110 at Fenner’s. Although he had made a slow start for the county, he found his form in this match and in the T20 Second XI preceding it. “You can’t beat having time out in the middle, it’s the best practice

school at Malvern College last summer where he capped an amazing four years playing in the 1st XI, the previous record, for runs scored in a season, set by David Nash (ex Middlesex and England A) and included three scores of over 150 and a top score of 186 against Oundle.

said Steve Rhodes, Worcestershire’s Director of Cricket.

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Holiday Activity Camp

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A Passion for Arts and Crafts

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RAW Adventure

SPORT ACADEMIES 26th – 27th August

Hockey Academy in association with MRM Hockey

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Hockey Academy in association with MRM Hockey

28th October

Rugby Academy in association with Worcester Warriors

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Friday 3rd October

Aston Martin Lecture (as part of the Malvern Festival of Innovation)

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Malvern View, Summer 2014  

Malvern View Issue 19, Summer 2014