This, the second issue of the Monkton Magazine, continues to celebrate what Monkton means to its constituents. Some may find it strange that we publish one news magazine for current parents, pupils and former pupils whilst at the same time producing the Magpie and Monktonian, which are exclusively for pupils and parents. Most schools have two separate publications; Monkton has one. In some senses, this is typical of Monkton – the school is an inclusive community to its pupils, staff, parents, former pupils and to others, and in far greater regard is this true than any other school that I have been associated with.
But there is a more important underlying reason for this publication. It has its roots in the strongly held view that, in developing young people, the real fruit of the work the school does with its pupils is seen not whilst they are at Monkton but afterwards, whether they have attended the Pre-Prep, the Prep or the Senior School. The Headmaster who influenced me most used to recount an encounter he had with an elderly man visiting that school whose son – by that stage in his mid 30s – had been a pupil there. “Do you think now as you look back that an education here was worth it?” asked the Headmaster. “My dear chap”, replied the elderly man, surprised at the question, “it’s far too soon to tell!” In the same way, we believe that the previous Government’s efforts to get the Charity Commission to hold Independent Schools to account for their public benefit, whilst right to do so, looked in all the wrong places for that benefit. The public benefit of Monkton should be the influence that the current generation of pupils goes on to have on society. Schools are not merely places where young people are filled up with knowledge, nor are they merely where young people are made more productive economic units (apparently the view of the current government), rather they are communities of people who, in partnership with parents, shape and develop skills, character and values. It is a combination of these three attributes that is celebrated in this Magazine, and which, I believe, will make the current generation of Monktonians as successful, as influential, and as philanthropic (with their skills, time and their money) as previous generations. Richard Backhouse Principal
Contents FEATURES 1. From the Principal An introduction by Monkton Principal, Richard Backhouse.
24. Life Under the Sea: Lt. JB Binns Life in a submarine, a unique way of life.
4. An OM Welcome Moving forward from the OM General Secretary, Tim Dewes.
26. A Rainbow at Clarendon A tribute to Sheila Haughton, Headmistress of Clarendon 1965-1978.
5. Masters of the Musical A review of the fantastic musicals performed by pupils at both the Prep and Senior Schools. 10. The Capernaum Club An initiative to help young people with mental and physical disabilities. 11. Going Digital Are we at risk of being behind the curve? A debate about digital communications. 12. Seyi Rhodes We hear the story of his journey to become a reporter on current affairs. 15. Finding the Right Jumper Forces families at Monkton Prep share the trials and tribulations of choosing the right school. 20. Howzat! Itâ€™s all Cricket at Monkton A look into the history of the First XI and their successes. 22. Developing Our Potential A review of some after school clubs at the Pre-Prep.
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28. High Altitudes in Kenya A journey through a country with radical cultural differences. 31. A Scoutâ€™s Honour Remembering John Gifford Wood, former Master at the Junior School. 34. A year in the Life: Pre-Prep A review of the activities that fill the days of our youngest pupils. 35. Brushing Up on Beauty We talk with OM Hannah Martin about her career as a top Make Up artist. 38. Learning the Victorian Way Education under the watchful eye of Miss Squire! 40. Lights Out! Did you know that we are a working school, 365 days of the year? 41. On the Move at Monkton A new Music Centre and improved rowing facilities are becoming a reality. 45. The OM Gazette
p5 Masters of the Musical A review of the fantastic musicals performed by pupils at both the Prep and Senior.
p12 Seyi Rhodes (96) We hear the story of his journey to become a reporter on current affairs.
p28 High Altitudes in Kenya A journey through a country with radical cultural differences.
p38 Learning the Victorian Way Education under the watchful eye of Miss Squire!
p41 On the Move at Monkton A new Music Centre and improved rowing facilities are becoming a reality.
An OM Welcome and I want to thank him for what he has done – he has been expert at detail and at collecting all sorts of interesting information from a variety of OMs.
This time last year the prospect of a change of role for me at Monkton seemed a long way off. Now it is an imminent reality, with my successor as Deputy Head (Pastoral) appointed and the OM job having begun to take up much more of my time. First of all, can I commend this magazine to you? It is the fruit of a good deal of labour and I hope you will note that we have listened carefully to a number of views expressed about last year’s edition. Many of you will know that for a number of years now Peter LeRoy has been responsible for the gazette section at the back of this Magazine and its predecessor. He is now stepping down from that role
I also want to thank the members of the OM Advisory Board. Led by Emma Jane Taylor, the President, they have been a great help in enabling me to perform my role and in doing what they have been tasked to do – advising. I have really enjoyed what I have been able to do with the OM Club so far. Apart from attending various gatherings, I have been to visit five universities so far – Oxford, Durham, Cardiff, London and Exeter. It has been very good to catch up with OMs at these places and I am beginning to plan the year ahead, with Warwick and Edinburgh at the top of my list. So what else lies in store for the year to come? You will see that we have two year group gatherings in London, and I hope a number of you will able to support these occasions – they promise to be good fun and a chance to meet those you haven’t seen for a while. The President’s Lunch on the HMS Belfast should be a good occasion, at an interesting venue and with plenty of time to chat as well as to find out a little about what is happening at Monkton. During this reunion there will be opportunity to thank the outgoing OM Committee for all they have done over the years on behalf of the Club. You will notice that we have decided, after a good deal of
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thought and consultation, not to hold an OM day in June this year. The Day has not been very well attended in recent years and we feel that to move to a two-yearly cycle is better use of resources as well as providing more of a focus when the Day does take place. Do let me know your views about this – for or against, if you like, as I recognise it represents a break with tradition. Finally, can I highlight the OM Rugby Dinner in September? This has been postponed from last year and I hope that all those of you with fond memories of rugby at Monkton will want to come and support that occasion. Please note it is not for fund-raising! Next September I will be able to devote even more time to the OM Club and I have some ideas formulating about how to move things forward – for instance, I would love to institute an annual OM Golf Day, as well as resurrecting OM sports matches in all our main sports. Please let me know if you have an idea which you would like me to run with. Finally, I am sure you would want to join me in thanking Caroline Bone for all her indefatigable work as OM administrator in our Development Office. She has done, and is doing, a great job! My greetings to all Old Monktonians, wherever you find yourself reading this – and do come back and see us any time! Tim Dewes OM General Secretary
Masters of the Musical! Two thrilling productions of well known Broadway musicals were performed to packed houses at the Senior and Prep last term. Gangsters, hoodlums, molls and dolls were all under the spotlight to assure the appreciative audiences that live theatre has a strong future at Monkton...
Image: Ted Malumbe portraying an intense Sky Materson with power and precision.
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This year we were given two wonderful early Christmas treats, the production of ‘Guys and Dolls’ at Monkton Senior and ‘Bugsy Malone’ at the Prep. This left us in no doubt that Monkton is the “master of the musical”. Directors Steve Harris and Steve Band were aided by a fantastic ensemble of experts who together produced two stunning pieces. Collectively as a combined production team it was clear to see how they had coached out some superb singing, dancing and acting from the students. Steve Band who directed the Prep production reflected: “Bugsy Malone is a play that, if you do it right, is wonderful to watch, wonderful to be in, but a complete nightmare to direct! Thirty-seven scene changes, splurge guns, cars, American accents, the list goes on and on... However, the super actors and actresses in the cast worked their socks off to make life as easy for the Directors as possible. D’arcy Cooper Chappell’s sassy and assured performance as Bugsy as he tried to save Fat Sam’s (Jack Buhlmann) gang from the splurge guns, woo the wonderful Blousey Brown (Felicity Giles) and fight off the advances of moll Tallulah (Fiona Boddington) was a joy to watch. All the cast, the band and the large production team pulled together to produce a fantastic result!
There were two performances which stood out in the Senior production, and those were Robin Harris as the rather forlorn gambler Nathan Detroit; and the quite excellent Nicole Murray as Miss Adelaide, who led the outrageous ‘Hot Box girls’. There was also a very energised and entertaining staging of ‘Luck be a lady tonight’, led by the charming and intense Ted Malumbe, who played Sky Materson with power and precision. Julia Wynn managed to communicate the journey from pious Samaritan to ‘fun-loving doll’ very convincingly, and Charlie Field, who played her grandfather, conveyed the part of a compassionate guiding force very well. There were other fine performances, and Todd Bruce also stood out as the rather sinister and dangerous ‘Big Jule’. Todd really captured the period of the piece, and his accent was reminiscent of ‘The Godfather’, as was the hilarious Joel Beath who played ‘Harry the Horse’ in his Marlon Brando-esque voice.
“Every scene held its own magic and essence. There were no passengers in these productions, and there was never a sense of self importance in any performance”. Paul Karamura also did a fantastic job with Nicely Nicely, and for a Year 10 pupil, he carried certain scenes with astonishing confidence and relaxation; an impressive young man, with a great singing voice. It is hard to pick out a particular scene as a favourite, in all honesty, every scene held its own magic and essence. There were no passengers in these productions, and there was never a sense of self importance in any performance. Clearly, the casts were all pulling in the same direction, and often the universal objective seemed to be to have lots of fun. They have Mr Harris and Mr Band to thank for this. What characterises these brilliant productions is a simple love of performance and of theatre. How lucky Monkton is to have such jewels in its crown.
Guys and Dolls: Atmospheric lighting effects illuminated the stage, which was awash with brilliant performances and breathtaking invention.
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Bugsy Malone: Audiences were transported back to Fat Samâ€™s speakeasy in the 1920s where gang warfare was rife and all scores were settled not by the bullet but by splurge guns and custard pies!
A weekly club for disabled teens (14+) has opened at Monkton Senior School and runs from 4:30-6:00pm most Wednesdays during term time. This group is the latest venture for Wiltshire-based charity Capernaum Club. Whereas disabled people are often integrated into mainstream activities, Capernaum does it the other way round. The club integrates more typical teenagers – called buddies – into the community of disabled young people. Buddies assist with the physical needs of their disabled peers, and at the Club, everybody discovers that they can be friends, no matter who has the disability.
“Capernaum Club is all about giving young people with mental and physical disabilities the chance to experience fun and adventure alongside able-bodied ‘buddies’ of their own age.” Capernaum Club is all about giving young people with mental and physical disabilities the chance to experience fun and adventure alongside able-bodied “buddies” of their own age. Regional co-ordinator, Andrew Jackman is very grateful to the school for providing them with a venue and to the pupils who have volunteered as buddies. “We hope the club will allow our members and buddies to develop fulfilling friendships and will challenge their limits while building self-esteem through club, camp and other exciting activities.” Richard Backhouse, Principal of Monkton Combe School, is very impressed with this new youth group. “We are all very excited that Monkton is going to be part of this inspirational new project. I hope that Capernaum Club will soon be welcoming young disabled teenagers from all over the Bath and Wiltshire area. More than 30 of our pupils will be involved as “buddies” in the club and they are looking forward to getting to know their disabled peers in a fun and relaxed environment while at the same time obtaining valuable caring and community experience as a volunteer.”
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Going Digital The web continues to evolve from a one way informational medium to a two-way conversational medium and our new format has received many accolades from education professionals. A password protected portal has enabled parents to access key information electronically about their children. With the launch of our online bookshop at: www.monktonbooks.eclector.com, Monkton is one of the first schools in the UK to be able to offer a comprehensive bookselling service, ideal for a generation weaned on the internet.
One of our major priorities for the future is to continually improve the way we communicate with members of the Monkton family: pupils, OMs, OCs, parents (former, current and future) and friends of the School. So, is it time to step up our communications?
By Sonia Rodrigo
The online Monkton Bookshop is the most recent example of how we are making the most of 21st Century communication trends. The shop provides a wonderful service and a catalogue of 3 million titles for pupils, staff, parents, alumni and friends of the School and importantly, each and every purchase makes a significant contribution to the School. Monkton produces a number of high quality glossy publications each year. As part of our commitment to using our financial resources wisely and also in wanting to be responsible stewards of the environment, we are anxious to make material available electronically in a high quality format for those who are happy to view it in this way. This is why we have recently implemented the latest page turning software to present The Monkton Magazine digitally online and in the future many more of our publications. Our shift in communications practice continues with e-mail. We are rapidly discovering that e-mails are a very effective method of delivering news and information on time. The objective for us is to build a broader relationship with all our communities so we can bring you updates about the School in a timely and effective manner. Please get in touch if you want to take advantage of this news service and update us with your e-mail address and contact details at the e-mail address below.
We are anxious that our efforts should not stop here. At Monkton, networking starts within classrooms, and continues through your life. Nowadays, social networks are part of our routine and help us stay connected with friends and colleagues. Each outlet within the medium has acquired its share of advocates; LinkedIn is an influential network, Twitter is an active micro blog but Facebook is a global phenomenon and if you have not yet made your acquaintance with this burgeoning social network, it is time you were introduced. Our presence in these networks is something else to consider, engaging even further with our communities by posting up-to-date news, events and stories that are interesting and appealing. Should we take the plunge and have a presence in these networks? The debate is now open and whilst it may be new to the education sector it is not so new in the world of business. We would like you to join us in the debate and hear your views on our future approach to digital communications and social media, so please e-mail me with your comments at: firstname.lastname@example.org For those of you who do not know me yet my name is Sonia Rodrigo and, yes, you guessed it, Iâ€™m not originally from around here. I moved to the UK after meeting my husband almost 15 years ago. My career has always centered on marketing and I have worked in a variety of industries including equity investments and manufacturing. I joined the Development Team at Monkton in November 2010 after taking some time off to become a mum. I am relishing this new role and I am confident we can build on the strong foundations laid already and push forward with some new and exciting initiatives at Monkton. I look forward to meeting many of you in the future and in the meantime aim to be keeping you up-to-date with day-to-day life and general progress at Monkton.
Seyi Rhodes The sharp looking journalist from the current affairs programme â€˜Unreported Worldâ€™ on Channel 4, tells us about his 10 years working on TV.
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I was at Monkton from 1991-1996, in Farm House, first of all with Mr Steggles as housemaster, then Mr Merricks. I have to say I have very fond memories of my time at the school; I have heard the phrase “schooldays are the best days of your life” and I made sure it was like that for me. During the time I spent there, I felt safe and secure, which for me was really important, and I really enjoyed all the opportunities, especially the games. The teacher who made the biggest impact on me was Mr Jenkins, who gave me confidence and belief in myself, and my abilities. I went to UWE afterwards to study politics and sociology. I had always wanted to go into television journalism, right from the time I saw, as a small boy, Kate Adie reporting from Tiananmen Square in 1989. While at UWE I spent a lot of time being involved with local and national campaigns of different kinds, many of them anti-capitalist. Although I had been to private school, the fact that I am black (Nigerian roots) and from a poor family (I had an assisted place at Monkton) meant that being at the left wing of politics was never a conflict for me. I needed a job as soon as
hard, for very long hours, but it was a fantastic time as I learned my trade. I was there for two years, 2001- 2003, and of course, having joined just after 9/11, there was lots to do: I researched biographies of people like George Bush and Condoleezza Rice, for example, politicians who became international figures thanks to 9/11. There is no doubt that the time spent at Monkton and the education received helped me very much in my achievements. It gave me a lot of confidence; the ability to speak up for myself in strange situations is always a good quality for a journalist! I learned how to read quickly and critically, picking out the relevant points - thanks to those lessons with Mr Jenkins! He really encouraged my curiosity to read what was being said behind the words on a page. I went next into the Dispatches, the Current Affairs series with Channel 4, and did several documentaries for different channels on the gang culture in inner cities. Being young and black made me ideal for the job. Then in 2004 I got a job as a presenter on The Wright Stuff for Channel 5, where I stayed nearly
“I think I have been lucky by being in the right place at the right time but passion and willingness to work hard are indeed essential to succeed no matter what you want to do.” I finished university, and although I first joined the BBC to gain some work experience, I was very quickly taken on as a researcher. My experience outside the BBC certainly helped me and soon I was interviewing and filming, using my contacts to get hold of information that might have been hard for others. I worked very
three years. The real challenge of that programme was how to make politics and current affairs interesting to a daytime audience of mainly housewives and students – that and the early mornings! I have reported on a number of documentaries since then, mostly with Channel 4’s Unreported World, which involves reporting on stories from around the world that, as the title suggests, aren’t well-known to most people and usually ignored by the world media. It is very interesting and varied; I have travelled to dangerous locations all over the world to report from terrorism in Thailand to witch trials in Central Africa via child mining in Bolivia.
If I was to look back at my career and my life and the qualities that have led me to where I am now, I think I have been very lucky to be in the right place at the right time. It’s important to use what’s unique about you – your race, sex, background – whatever makes you different. However I do become very passionate about the issues I report on, no matter how obscure they may seem be to most people, and I think this comes over to the viewers. If I had to advise the current generation of Monktonians I will say that passion and a willingness to work hard are two things I think are essential, no matter what you want to do.
Images: Seyi with convicted witches (top), Burma behind the scenes (middle), beautiful hearts in Senegal (bottom).
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Finding the Right Jumper Some of our Forces parents explain how a boarding environment really does help their children through the difficult periods apart. In the light of Government defence cuts and the changes to the Continuity of Education Allowance, it seemed an appropriate moment to allow the wider Monkton constituency a glimpse into the lives of service families and the specific and particular needs that ensue as a result of the significant number of postings. I well remember my first term at the Prep 13 years ago, and chatting to a new parent, Col Peter Sharland. He and his wife, Fiona, explained that at the age of 11, James – who went on to be Head Boy at both the Prep and Senior School – was facing starting his fifth school! Stability and continuity are both vital ingredients in terms of educational development, but the story does not start and stop there. For a school to have a deeper understanding of the real stresses and strains that face HM Forces families, the development of strong, open relationships between parents and house staff, parents and teachers and even the Head, is absolutely vital. For children, saying goodbye to Mum and Dad as they are dropped off at the start of term is really tough, especially so when they are so very young, but it’s also hard for their parents too. Anyway, let them tell their own stories... Chris Stafford Headmaster Monkton Prep
Lt Col Adam Griffiths Finding the right school is like finding the right jumper. All jumpers should have sleeves and a place for your head. All schools should have reasonable facilities and a place for your child. But the ultimate jumper will suit your personality, accommodate growth and feel like a second skin. Monkton is the cashmere among itchy alternatives. Unlike the scratchy jumpers your granny gives you for Christmas, the ‘right’ school must fit and accommodate your needs and not just the needs of the child. A really good school will ‘fit’ your whole family. That’s what I felt when I was welcomed by the headmaster at Monkton Prep School. I just knew everything was going to be ok. I’d met other Heads, who were just as charming and said just the right things, but I felt their spiel was a little too rehearsed and not all their smiles carried to their eyes. There is a terror in choosing the right boarding school, because you are choosing not just a school, but also a home and for a Service family you are looking for a home that can accommodate the unexpected. Monkton has done more than simply ‘accommodate’ our family. They have taken us under their wing and with my husband away on his 7th tour of duty, this time in Afghanistan; I have felt that Monkton has co-parented with me. I don’t want a school to make me feel usurped and I don’t want a school making my daughter feel ‘different’. We weren’t looking for ‘special treatment’, we were looking, and we have found, a school where our daughter is known, understood and ultimately cared for with sensitivity and love. My daughter went back to school last night. It is only her second term at Monkton and before she left she had to say goodbye to her father who will be returning to Afghanistan after his two week R and R. It will be another three months before she sees him again. We were with all the other parents sharing tea and cakes in the Head’s sitting room and Mimi simply hugged her dad goodbye and went to join
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her friends for supper. There was no need to go somewhere quiet or private, as saying goodbye in the Head’s sitting room was just like saying goodbye in your own sitting room. She was already home.
Lt Col Andrew Smallbone Boarding school became a reality for us when we were posted to Kent in 2006. Having enquired at 27 schools before we found places for our two daughters it also meant our 10 year old daughter was starting her fifth school. We needed to provide educational stability for our children and boarding school was the obvious answer. With our nomadic lifestyle it was important to find a school close to both sets of grandparents in the south of England. We wanted a school with Christian principles at its heart, good educational standards and a busy and happy boarding element. How has this worked in practice? After four and a half years and four different Army Quarters, Monkton has provided the necessary educational stability for our children and the educational, sporting, drama and music opportunities have been superb. But it is the pastoral element which shines at Monkton and we could not wish for a better environment.
Lt Col Simon Waddington As we left America our 9 year old son asked why as soon as he made friends he had to say goodbye to them. He was about to start his 5th school in his third country – so he did have a point. Something had to be done. We started with an AA Atlas and a compass (radius not cardinal points!) to zero in on the right geographic area. We then sent away for ‘glossies’. The Monkton DVD stood out from the rest and a visit with sleepover quickly followed. The quality of education was important to us - but we needed so much more. As soon as we walked in to Hatton House we knew we were in the right place.
â€œFinding the right school is like finding the right jumper. All jumpers should have sleeves and a place for your head. All schools should have reasonable facilities and a place for your child.â€?
Images: The Caesar family at the Ministry of Defence (left), the Smallbone family (right).
Images: Ewen Murchison in Afghanistan (top & bottom), the Hibberd family (right), Lt Col Jeremy Boddington (middle).
Lt Col Jeremy Boddington Someone once told us that children are like delicate plants â€“ you should grow them in a Christian greenhouse until they are ready to transplant into the storms of life. As a Naval family, we found ourselves uprooting our precious seedlings every 3 or 4 years for replanting in some quite tough environments. Finding suitable schools was always a hassle (we even had to home-school Fiona for a term) and the girls hated the process of having to bond with new teachers and friends when they started at yet another primary school. We chose to weekly board our two and have thoroughly appreciated the distinct Christian ethos that underpins the schoolâ€™s excellent combination of multi-layered pastoral nurturing and dedicated academic attention.
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Lt Col Ewen Murchison Rebecca and I have lived in 7 different houses since 1996, at an average of one move every two years; this is the reality of life in the military. During this time I have spent a considerable amount of time away from home on exercises and deployments. When our boys Rory and Alex reached school age, we had an enormous decision to make, at the heart of which was continuity of education and family stability. Although we see the boys less because they are boarders, they receive first class education in a caring and nurturing environment and one which promotes family values. Do we find it difficult? Of course we do, but the boys love it! They enjoy an extremely broad range of extra-curricular and fun activities in the evenings and weekends and there is a refreshingly flexible approach to visiting and taking the boys out. As I prepare for my second 6 month operational tour of Afghanistan, I can think of no better school for my boys to be attending; one where they are thriving, well looked after and, most importantly, happy.
Brigadier Andrew Williams Coming from an Army background, we wanted our children to be decent people, imbued with a strong sense of Christian values and with an education that would match their innate curiosity and individual skill sets. Monkton does this tremendously well, and we both find ourselves being almost evangelical about the place. Above all else, we believe our children are part of the Monkton family with the pastoral care second to none; hugely important during my inevitable months of separation on operations abroad. Whilst in Afghanistan for the best part of a year, I was sorely disappointed not to be able to see my eldest, Charlie, receive the Vine Rudder for Leadership; especially since Martin Vine and
I served in the same regiment. In my absence, however, I was utterly confident that my family would be looked after in the same way my soldiers are. Indeed the school ethos looks very similar to the Army’s core values of selfless commitment, moral and physical courage, discipline, integrity, loyalty, and respect for others.
Brigadier Ivan Hooper We have been married in the Army for 18 years and have moved 11 times. There are many positives to Service life but certainly the requirement to be mobile can be unhelpful in many ways: living in your own property and achieving continuity in your non-serving partner’s employment are both difficult. But it is the effect on children’s education that for most provides the greatest challenge. For us, pastoral care was really important. It is hard to say exactly what the ‘X’ factor is: it’s a little like buying a house (or for that matter a boat) you just know. While we had met many kind and impressive staff on our visits, MPS seemed to have quality and kindness in depth: ultimately we felt that we would trust our children to that school and those staff; I am a great believer in trusting instincts. There are several ways to cope with the tension between Service life and continuity of education and CEA has certainly enabled us to achieve stability and continuity in education and in friendships that other options have failed to provide.
at Monkton, so much so, I have never had the experience of either of them ever being reluctant to go to school. Despite the long school days there has never been an issue with late pick-ups or short notice after-care and they have enjoyed the extra-curricular activities and sport immensely. The flexibility and support this gives me as a working mum when my husband is away cannot be underestimated and is a significant benefit.
Lt Col Julius Caesar When we started looking at boarding schools, people said it was like buying a house, we’d just know when we found the right one. We weren’t convinced – we’d lived in military quarters for 10 years. But actually it proved to be true for us and for Olivia who has been ‘at home’ at Monkton from the start. Pastoral care at Monkton is wonderful and there is a warm sense of caring and family in the boarding house underpinned by the school’s strong Christian ethos. Knowing that the school reflects our values and beliefs is especially reassuring when we can’t be the first in line to hear our child’s questions, anxieties or triumphs, but whether it has been time to celebrate or to deal with the inevitable odd hiccup, we have always felt a genuine partnership with staff. Military life can be a bit of a ‘bubble’ but at Monkton Olivia has benefited from being part of a broader community whilst still having enough ‘forces’ peers to lend support in their unique experiences such as deployment.
The Hibberd Family As the mother of two sons who attend Monkton Prep and Senior and the wife of a Naval Officer who has spent 12 out of the last 14 months either in Afghanistan or at sea on a nuclear submarine, I have found the support from Monkton Combe School invaluable. Both of my sons have enjoyed their time
Howzat! Itâ€™s all Cricket at Monkton Written by Mike Abington (Head of Cricket)
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â€œRecords are all well and good but it is names and games that will have been burnished into the memories of those who have played in the XI over the years.â€?
After School Clubs at Monkton Gone are the days when children would return home from school, grab a drink and a snack and race off to play in the park, ride their bikes and kick a football around the fields with their friends. Our children are living in a world where computers and video games dominate leisure time and participating in after-school activities is becoming a lost art. As part of our commitment to educating and developing the ‘whole child’ we recognise the importance of providing a wide range of extra-curricular activities for our children so that they may further develop their interests and skills. Working in a slightly more relaxed environment helps to build self confidence, improve team building skills which will then hopefully help each child at home and in the classroom. And, of course, the big bonus for not sitting at home in front of a screen is that their physical fitness is improved. The Pre-Prep buzzes at the end of each day with children rushing off to learn Mandarin, play the violin or recorder, develop their public speaking skills or football talents, or practice their performing art skills.
We hope that these activities will enrich the children’s current and futures lives – who knows, we may have a budding thespian or potential linguist in our midst, and by offering the children these opportunities at such a young age, we may be sowing seeds for lifelong interests or future careers, and at the same time doing our bit to preserve those activities that are slowly being eroded by our digital age!
Mandarin With its tones, Chinese is highly musical, making it an incredibly fun and surprisingly easy language for young children to get to grips with. The new script also lets children use a new part of the brain, and gives some children who struggle with alphabetic writing styles the opportunity to excel in, and enjoy, a form of written communication.
Recorder & Violin Recorder and violin club runs for three terms and pupils explore the language of music through rhythm work and tonic sol-fah as well as part-singing during the first term. In the second term pupils are introduced to basic string playing skills and each child can borrow a violin to take home. During the third term they progress further with violin playing, dividing into parts and learning basic ensemble skills the highlight of which is a performance to parents! Kathryn Morell Head of Pre-Prep
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â€œWorking in a relaxed environment helps to build self confidence, improve team building skills which will then hopefully help each child at home and in the classroom.â€?
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When someone discovers that you work in a submarine, it normally leads to a number of questions being asked. Normally the first question is ‘how deep can you go’, followed by ‘are there any women onboard’ and every so often ‘are there any windows’.
I have just finished a 3 year appointment in HMS TALENT, a Trafalgar Class SSN (Ship Submersible Nuclear) during which time I served as an Assistant Marine Engineer Officer (AMEO). Over this period, the submarine sailed more than 27,000 miles, crossing the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, the Arabian and Mediterranean Seas. In this time, the crew consumed 22,000 eggs, 37,000 bread rolls and 11 tonnes of potatoes. The deployment this year to the Indian Ocean lasted for 7 months and was part of the Royal Navy’s commitment to helping provide peace and stability in the Middle East. We do not stay submerged for the entire period and will generally go into port every 4 to 6 weeks in order to replenish stores and conduct maintenance and repairs (as well as giving the ship’s company some well deserved rest). One of the many advantages of a nuclear powered submarine is its self-sufficiency; primarily food is the limiting factor to a submarine’s endurance, meaning that it can remain submerged for long periods of time.
“The Submarine Service is a unique way of life and is not for everyone; from an engineering point of view it offers a variety of challenges and a great deal of responsibility.” I finished my education at Monkton in 2001 and went straight to university to study mechanical engineering. I was fortunate enough to be sponsored through my degree by the Navy, on the condition that I signed up for a number of years as an Engineer Officer. University provided some great opportunities through the Navy while allowing the enjoyment of being a student. It was following my degree that my naval career really started and shortly after initial Officer training I specialised to become a Marine Engineer Submariner (MESM) Officer. This career path is one of the longest in the Navy and it wasn’t until almost 4 years after joining up that I qualified to start my first job. A milestone in any submariner’s career is to complete their Basic Submarine Qualification, signified by the wearing of ‘dolphins’ and traditionally received in a glass of rum. The submarine is broadly split into forward and aft watchkeepers. The forward personnel (those that command and fight the boat) will
work 6 hours on shift (or watch) and 6 hours off for the duration of the submarine’s time at sea. The engineers working aft in the submarine will be on watch for typically 7 to 8 hours a day. It is difficult to describe to someone who hasn’t been exposed to the submarine’s environment exactly what your job entails. The principle role of an AMEO is to be one of 4 Nuclear Engineer Officers whose role is to take responsibility for monitoring the nuclear reactor and all of its associated support systems. My secondary role is to act as a Supervising Officer for all ship’s systems including hydraulics, high pressure air, electrical and atmosphere control equipment. When off watch, other than eating and sleeping (an activity close to a submariner’s heart), the ship’s company take part in whole ship damage control exercises (such as fire and floods), torpedo attack training, as well as conducting machinery breakdown drills. If a genuine breakdown occurs, it can mean very long hours for the engineering team to get the submarine back to readiness. To relax there is a television in our recreational area and it is common to find films being watched in the evening after supper. For exercise we have a rowing machine, bike and a few weights which are used around the clock. If the weather permits, the submarine will surface to open the main access hatch and allow the crew to get some fresh air. Once in a while, and if the weather permits, we will have a BBQ and a swim. Communication with home is on the whole very good with emails available on most days. If however, the submarine is running silent (on operations or submerged) then no emails will be received, and this can be for periods of up to 3 months. Space on a submarine is at a premium and although during my last job I had my own bunk, as a trainee it is common to hot bunk (taking turns in the same bunk). The Submarine Service or Silent Service is a unique way of life and is not for everyone; from an engineering point of view it offers a variety of challenges and a great deal of responsibility. I am currently in London at University College of London reading an MSc in marine engineering after which I will work in an Engineering Support job before returning to sea as the Deputy Marine Engineering Officer.
A Rainbow At Clarendon A heartfelt tribute to Sheila Haughton, Headmistress of Clarendon School 1965-78 Miss Sheila Haughton, Headmistress of Clarendon School 1965-78, died on 18th September 2010, aged 92, in Bridgemead Nursing home (of which she had been a founder trustee) and where she had been living for the past 4 years. This article is a contribution from Margaret Tufnell and Pat Moss and it shares what Old Clarendonians have said and written about Miss Haughton. Each of these snapshots could be enlarged by the hundreds of girls who could add another experience – adding yet a greater depth of focus to the pictures shared by many.
* * * How do you describe a rainbow? All the different colours that make it such a thing of beauty reminds Pat Moss of Sheila and the varied facets of her character that made her what she was: “a really lovely person” as one member of staff at Bedford called her.
Sheila was an only child. She knew disruption in her family life in her early years but by the age of 12 had a genuine Christian faith. She always wanted to obey God, even when the way He led was not what she had intended. If that had not been true she would never have gone to Clarendon! Pat remembers when in August 1960 Sheila and her were both helping at a Girl Crusader Camp at Clarendon in Kinmel Hall. “We talked about Clarendon and agreed that the last thing we would choose to do would be to teach in a boarding school and even if we did they would certainly not choose somewhere as much in the wilds as Clarendon! We decided GOD was having a laugh in Heaven as by the time we met at the GCU Leaders’ conference next May we both knew that that was exactly where we were going to be teaching the next September!” Margaret Tufnell remembers Miss Haughton’s letters after they’d left school. “In one letter she asked me to just call her Sheila. On paper that was OK, but I didn’t feel I could call her that face to face; after all she’d been my Headmistress! I remember visiting her in Combe Down soon after our first son had started at Monkton Combe. I think she had seen me parking, and this diminutive figure came out of the house to greet me. Her arms were spread wide as she reached up to embrace me and to kiss me on both cheeks saying, “I hope you don’t mind, everyone seems to do this these days!” I called her Sheila after that!” Sheila was a very good headmistress and teacher. She was able to see the potential in her pupils. “She had more faith in me than Miss Swain did,” said one. “She believed in my ability to do
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Science A levels, do a Biology Degree and was pleased when I went on to get a PhD. She treated each of us as an individual and nurtured incipient ability.” One of the valuable things Miss Haughton did for the school was to see how she might involve the girls in things outside of school because they were pretty cut off and protected from the outside world at Clarendon in North Wales. She introduced Rangers and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme. Some asked if they might meet up with Rydal College, and yes, she even accommodated that. Girls started taking part in outside competitions in Elocution, Maths and Music. Sheila was outward looking and realised the need to help us meet people outside the school gates. One word that comes over and over again is the word encouragement. She believed in her pupils and encouraged them to accept a challenge. She was good at assessing the strengths and weaknesses of her staff members and allocating tasks accordingly not necessarily ones they found easy but those which they could find more of trusting the Lord. How often Sheila was sought for her wisdom and deep understanding of people. Whatever the problem whether personal or to do with the House or with academic matters she always made time to share and advise. Two things that possibly increased Sheila’s sensitivity to those in need may have been that she was adopted and also in her first term at Clarendon her best friend died of cancer. She was kind and fair, down-toearth, and had a good sense of humour; but the following stories show her deep understanding
Do you remember what you were doing exactly thirty five years ago today? If you were at Clarendon then it will be etched indelibly on your memory. of people. They also show her spiritual qualities which characterised and under girded all that she was and did. A group of children from Remove were talking with Sheila about homesickness once. “She encouraged us,” said one, “by saying that being homesick was a good thing (not a bad thing), because it highlighted that you came from a home where you loved and were loved. Ever since, it has made time away from family and friends more tolerable.” Mary Brand said: “I remember times I disappointed her with my behaviour. She had the ability to persuade you that she was on your side even as she meted out the deserved punishment! I will always remember leaving her room after one such occasion, being horrified at the punishment, yet having a strong sense that she wanted the best for me and that this was for my good.” Sheila loved dogs and shared her Labrador, Tara, with the school. Someone who was frequently in Miss Haughton’s study following some misdemeanour recalls that Sheila let her and her friend, take Tara out for a walk in the wonderful grounds we lived in. This felt a huge privilege, and probably helped them accept her authority more easily. “Sharing a dormitory next to the headmistress’ rooms was a mixed blessing!” Jenny Stillman writes, “Enough sound carried to ensure that midnight feasts were fraught with nail-biting risk, as punishment would be certain! On the other hand, the servant-hearted headmistress came swiftly to minister to a bed-ridden, vomiting child. Not once, not twice, but 3
times she changed the bed, mopped the floor and sorted me out with an uncomplaining tenderness that made a lasting impression.” Going back to Tara, many OCs remember early mornings in Little Clarendon when they were welcomed to her study twice a week to sit on the floor and stroke Tara while she read to them from the Bible and taught them to pray.The silently sleeping dog would invariably snore loudly. Miss Haughton used to remark that she was a most unspiritual dog. The snoring always stopped when the prayers did! Do you remember what you were doing exactly 35 years ago today? If you were at Clarendon then it will be etched indelibly on your memory. The fire alarm had just gone off only this time it wasn’t a practice – it was for real. The way Sheila led us calmly and firmly through the 3 months living in the Prestatyn Holiday Camp. The move to Bedford was truly remarkable, specially when you realise she was about to retire and was already looking for her successor. One really good result was that because we moved south, Jean Howell was able to answer GOD’s call to be that successor. 19 years ago, Monkton Combe School and Clarendon Schools merged. Michael Cuthbertson, the then head of Monkton says, “It was an exciting, challenging and nerve tingling time – not necessarily in that order! Early on he had heard that a former Headmistress of Clarendon, a Miss Sheila Haughton was not in favour of a merger, and that this would carry some real weight amongst the Clarendon Constituency, whose goodwill of course, Monkton was keen to win. Sheila as it happened was living in retirement in Combe Down, a mere stone’s throw from Monkton. She began coming to some school occasions, to which OMs and OCs were invited. On one such occasion in 1995 Sheila very kindly agreed to present the annual Old Monktonian and Old Clarendonian Leadership awards to sixth form pupils. As we stood together at the front, Sheila asked Margaret if she could say a few words. “Of course I said ‘Yes!’, although I did slightly wonder I suppose, what she would say! In the event, she spoke very movingly and honestly about her initial opposition to the merger and then about the way she had completely changed her mind, because of the
warmth and welcome she had received at Monkton Combe. To speak like that took considerable courage on her part, and her affirmation of Monkton meant much to us.” For those who have had children at Monkton, would find it hard to imagine a school without girls. Bill and Fiona Hanna were the first Houseparents of Clarendon House at Monkton, trying to make it a place where OCs were welcome. They found Sheila to be a great supporter and friend, writing that, “with quiet wisdom, she helped it happen”. As we draw to a close, we must now mention Joyce and her exceptional secretarial service to Sheila. Joyce was Sheila’s personal secretary for 3 years, both in Abergele during the year of the fire and then at Bedford. In recent years Joyce has handled Sheila’s affairs for her, taking that weight off her shoulders; but what will have meant even more to Sheila, is Joyce’s friendship and devotion. Joyce for years rung Sheila daily and came down regularly to visit. Joyce has done more than many people do for their relatives, and her husband Philip and a number of others have been a great support to her during this time. For 19 days Joyce was at her bedside, she’d promised she would pray with her and read her scriptures and passages from her favourite books, many by Amy Carmichael. I know that Sheila was glad that Joyce was with her. Joyce, thank you so much on behalf of hundreds of Old Clarendonians for caring for Miss Haughton and being such a kind and loyal friend. Perhaps it is presumptive to sum up our collective feelings, but it would be fair to say that Miss Haughton epitomised what Clarendon stood for: ‘Non Ministrari sed ministrare” ‘Not to be ministered unto to but to minister’. Like her master, she had a servant heart. Miss Haughton has left an indelible mark for good on all whom she has touched, and we remember her with gratitude, affection and respect. You remember the rainbow? Well, when all the colours come together you get blinding white light – a glimpse of glory and we remember the glory of the Lord which shone through her.
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Despite a rapidly expanding population, Kenya is one of the few countries that still has a wealth of stunning wildlife. For 17 lucky Monkton students this wasn’t just a Geography and Biology trip, it became a trip of a lifetime. The first week was spent camping beside a wildlife conservancy, in which they went on safaris, visited small and massive scale farms and were given the privilege of joining with a local Kenyan school which included some wonderful interaction with the pupils. They stayed at the Moss’ home, and that came with the welcome surprise of a pool to jump into in the African heat. They also had the opportunity to enjoy the World Cup Final on a big screen provided by the British Army.
Image: Climbing Mount Kenya, which as the phrase goes, is “a mountaineer’s mountain”, solid with a multitude of incut holds.
Week 2 consisted of climbing Mount Kenya a 16000 ft high incredibly spectacular mountain. Starting from the agricultural lowlands, they climbed through semi-tropical rain forests and into the alpine vegetation zone over two days before reaching the scree strewn landscape from where they would
start their final ascent. After a five hour climb through the night with head torches they emerged on Point Lenana, the highest summit that can be reached without rock climbing. Magnificent views of the impressive rock towers of Batian and Nelion and the jagged landscape of Mount Kenya National Park were brought to life by the African sunrise. It was all well worth the effort and pain of getting to the top.
This amazing journey through the landscapes of the East African countryside brought them into contact with different cultures and challenged many preconceptions. The radical difference in culture, seeing the reality of poverty and walking day by day in a society with such different priorities to our own affected them all very deeply.
After 36 hours recuperation in a luxurious river-side hotel, the group set out to conquer their fears on the white water rapids of the Tana River, and on to Nairobi. Trips to the local markets to barter for curios and standing with one foot in the northern hemisphere and the other in the southern half of the world were other highlights, as was the visit to an elephant orphanage, where students came in very close contact with previously abandoned elephant young.
Images: Kenya National Park is home to such wild and woolly creatures such as the Cape buffalo, elephants, a rich birdlife, and more.
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A Scoutâ€™s Honour
â€œI was part of a small group the Mr Wood took to Snowdonia to walk the Snowdon horse shoe, and this was a big influence on my love of the mountains. He was an outstanding Scout leader and told great yarns in the Scout hut on wet days.â€? Dr George Griffiths (40)
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A Year in the Life: Pre-Prep “And what did you do at school today?” Those words must be spoken by thousands of parents at the end of every school day – here are a few of our highlights.
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Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong as its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away. The quotation above rings true for pupils at the Pre-Prep as the days, weeks and terms roll by and the end of a year comes around all too quickly. Image: Staff Sergeant Clarke’s military medals.
It is very important that we stop to celebrate, savour and appreciate the important moments in the school life of our pupils for as long as possible and for them to understand the significance of various events in the calendar.
“The important moments in the school life will pass very quickly but we do hope that they will leave their mark and impression on our pupils as they travel along the river of life.” Our on-line newsletter, Copse Corner, celebrates and records all the wonderful events, celebrations and milestones that our children achieve in the Pre-Prep. Copse Corner is available on-line via our website and parent portal and is a great way of letting our mums and dads know what is really going on. Looking back over the past issues we do wonder how we pack it all in! In early September, the Pre-Prep returned after the sunshine and rain of the summer holidays to a garden full of ripe tomatoes! The seeds the children had sown in their garden had almost filled the plot and the juicy ripe tomatoes were picked in time for Harvest Festival.
and watching a DVD on firework safety brought the celebrations to a close. A few days later Staff Sergeant Andy Clarke from Monkton Senior came to explain why people wear red poppies in the run up to Remembrance Day. He also brought the medals that he had been awarded during his military service in the Falkland Islands and Northern Ireland. December was for once a real winter-wonderland and as the hoar frost thickened and the snow carpeted Copse, the children were warm inside busy rehearsing their performances, decorating the classrooms and even receiving a visit from a very special Christmas guest! “Christmas with the Aliens” received rave reviews, whilst Nursery and Kindergarten performed their very own memorable versions of the Christmas story! Learning about the culture and traditions of the Chinese New Year marked the end of the first month of 2011. February will be a busy month with preparations for Book Week, a trip to SS Great Britain and the launch of our new charity appeal. March will bring some warm weather (we hope) and time to reflect and plan the very special celebration of Easter which culminates in our Mother’s Day Service at the end of Term – there might even be time to celebrate a Royal Wedding! All these events are important pegs in the ground for our pupils and will pass by very quickly but we do hope that they will leave their mark and impression on our pupils as they travel along the river of life here at Monkton Pre-Prep. Kathryn Morrell Head of Pre-Prep
‘Remember, remember the fifth of November’ was the rhyme reverberating around Reception as they learned the story of Guy Fawkes and his plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Painting fluorescent firework pictures, building rocket models, cooking catherine wheel biscuits
Brushing Up On Beauty An interview with Hannah Martin, one of Bobbi Brownâ€™s top global make-up artists.
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Tell me about your time at Monkton and your memories? I was at Monkton from 1998-2001. Coming from a small girls’ school as I did, my main memory is of lots of wonderful opportunities to do different things. I loved everything to do with the theatre, and was in several school productions, Cabaret being my favourite. I played hockey and was on a memorable tour to Canada in 2000. I loved my time in the boarding house – and, of course, rather cheesily it was at Monkton that I met my future husband!
So why would you recommend Monkton? It would be because of the caring, nurturing environment, the beautiful surroundings, and the great opportunities.
What happened after Monkton? I took a Gap Year (at Monkton Prep) and then went into a nursing course at Oxford Brookes. I really loved many aspects of nursing, but gradually realised that it did not enable me to make the most of the creative side of my character – I needed this to be expressed in some way. While at Brookes I was involved in doing the make-up for a number of drama productions and then in some fashion shoots, and this was what I went into when I left.
So how did your make-up career develop? I started part-time, and then after getting married moved to London, where after covering for a maternity leave for one company I eventually gained a position with Bobby Brown. For me it was a case of having an ambition – to work for a really top company – and being prepared to badger people until the opportunity came. I have since been a manager of a make-up studio in a department store in London and more recently I have been one of 25 members of our company, Global Beauty Team, representing Bobby Brown in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It’s a very responsible, but very rewarding job: it takes me all round the country as well as abroad, and I meet all sorts of people, some of them very well known.
Go on then, tell me the names of some famous people who’ve been made-up by you! Minnie Driver, Yasmin le Bon, Tamara Mellon (Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Jimmy Choo), Louise Redknapp, Kim Cattrall are some that come to mind.
So based on your experiences how would you advise young OMs as they look ahead to future careers? I have been very fortunate to have been able to be in the right place at the right time in order to reach the level I am at now. But I think it helped that I was prepared to push myself and not to take no for an answer, and it has also been massively helpful really to make an effort to build relationships with the right people. I do actually really enjoy being with people and finding out about them, so this hasn’t been a conscious decision on my part – but looking back I think it has really helped my career. And maybe Monkton, with its emphasis on building good relationships, has had a part to play in that.
What are the challenges you face every day in the fashion world? For me, as a Christian, there are challenges every day, as the fashion and beauty world is almost completely secular. It is a world where there is heavy use of Class A drugs, and there is a huge emphasis on looking good, which makes those involved very pressurised and almost neurotic about their appearance. One of the roles I try to play is putting people at their ease. For me, beauty is actually all about how you feel, not about how you look, so in that sense every woman is intrinsically beautiful: my task and privilege is to bring this out, and the rewards when women discover this are enormous. Monkton was a stepping stone into the world I am now in, and for that I am grateful to God. Interview by Tim Dewes
Learning the Victorian Way “The primary concern of this institution is the moral and spiritual welfare of all its scholars.The school aims to inculcate the virtue of humility, a willing acceptance of the existing social hierarchy and the recognition of God’s divine wisdom in thus ordering our lives.”
Those who had misbehaved or had incurred the wrath of Miss Squire were soon reminded that the dunces hat and cane were at her disposal! Wearing authentic Victorian school uniform - bonnets and pinafores for the girls and Norfolk jackets and sturdy leather boots for the boys the pupils experienced a Victorian education under the watchful eye of Miss Squire the School Mistress. Next door to the classroom with its original desks, slates, coal fires and gas lamps, the girls visited the School House where they learnt some of the domestic skills that were needed to prepare them for the world of work.
On a bitterly cold day in December Year 3 pupils were transported back to Victorian times during a visit to Sevington School, an authentic village school room in Wiltshire. Founded in 1848 but closed just over a century later it remains almost unchanged to this day. It was originally opened to educate and benefit the children of the workers of the nearby Grittleton Estate and its aims are stated very clearly in its “prospectus”.
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Girls and boys were allowed a small amount of recreation time playing with wooden toys and hoops in an orderly fashion but those who had misbehaved in class or had incurred the wrath of Miss Squire were soon reminded that the dunces hat and cane were at her disposal! At the end of the day, Year 3 visited the Emporium where Victorian type toys were on display and could be purchased using original coins and prices. Here are some of the thoughts of our 21st century pupils after their thought provoking visit back in time.
Pupils thoughts of a Victorian education under the watchful eye of scary Miss Squire! Jenny Barrett: “We went to Sevington. It was a Victorian school. I had to wear a pinafore and a special kind of dress which Victorian girls wore.” Ben Mason: “The cane was very scary and made a loud bang when Miss Squire hit it on the table. I bought a pop gun and some tiny teddies in the Emporium.” Natalya Shaw: “At Sevington, the whack of the cane was so loud it made me feel scared. I enjoyed learning how to make a little lavender bag.”
James Furnivall: “It was very scary because there were three hard canes. We were not allowed to put our elbows on the desk.” Jack Fry: “At Sevington, we had to write on a slate, and once we used a pen. You had to dip it in ink, but if you pressed too hard the nib would split and the ink would all come running out and make a blot.” Jonjo Palmer: “It was cold because there was no central heating during those times. We had a coal fire at the front of the classroom. There was no electricity so they had oils lamps and candles. The boys looked at the oil lamp in the science lesson. We made candles. First we warmed the beeswax between our hands. Then we put a wick on it and rolled it up.” Imogen Call: “At Sevington, I enjoyed seeing the canes and what they are for. Miss Squire was the scariest person I have ever seen! It was amazing writing on the slates. It felt wobbly and it was so squeaky.”
Lights Out! What happens in your school when the lights go off for the holidays!
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On the Move at Monkton Our facilities are simply a ‘means to an end’ – albeit a very important means! They are the vital tools in our educational ‘toolbox’.
“The needs of children and young people – from the youngest pupil in the Pre-Prep to the final year A Level student at the Senior School – will always be central in our thinking and planning. We want to give all our young people the best facilities in which they can grow, explore, learn, develop and mature.” Richard Backhouse Principal
New Music Centre at the Senior School This building project is the first in a new series of projects designed to transform the music facilities we offer to all our pupils right across the School. The new Senior School Music Centre will not only be of immediate benefit to our current pupils but it will also represent a substantial investment in the lives of the many hundreds of young people who will come to the Senior School in the years ahead. Music has always played an important part in the life of Monkton Senior School. From the early days of the existing Music School – which was opened by Sir Adrian Boult in 1959 – to the present day, we have been blessed
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with a steady stream of talented pupils who have performed, and continue to perform, to a tremendously high standard. We also have a large number of pupils who simply want to make music because they enjoy it – whether this is through singing in the Chapel Choir, playing in the Big Band, competing in the House Music Festival, or supporting a drama or a musical production. Music provides a shared experience that brings pupils together and helps to confirm the real sense of community that is such an important feature of Monkton. The new Music Centre, which we hope will be completed and ready for use in early 2012, will provide fantastic well-equipped facilities.
“All young people should be encouraged to enjoy music - and it doesn’t matter whether the starting point is classical, jazz or rock music. I am delighted that Monkton Combe School is providing facilities in which all three genres will be taught and encouraged on an equal basis.” Midge Ure Thin Lizzy, Visage, Ultravox and Band Aid. Winner of Ivor Novello, Grammy, BASCAP awards plus a flotilla of gold and platinum records.
“The Royal College of Music is delighted that schools like Monkton continue to value the importance of musical education and, in particular, to place a significant emphasis on high-quality instrumental and vocal teaching and learning.” Professor Colin Lawson Director, Royal College of Music
“The study of music is an essential part of a complete education. It engages pupils in individual and group activity, developing creativity, problem solving, and critical and evaluation skills. I believe that all pupils at Monkton should have the opportunity to make and enjoy music, and to develop their full potential in this key subject regardless of age, ability or background.” George Bevan Director of Music at Monkton
Improving our Rowing Facilities at the Senior School There are many reasons why an investment in the physical infrastructure of the Boat Club is important at this time. Monkton is one of the few schools in the Bath area which offers rowing. About one-third of our pupils at the Senior School between the ages of 13 and 18 years participate in the sport on a regular basis. Monkton is unrivalled for a school of its size in terms of the number of oarsmen it has produced at an international level. MCSBC is a familiar name on the rowing circuit locally, regionally and nationally and our pupils derive enormous benefit from training and competing at these various levels. Through a commitment to rowing, pupils learn discipline, understand the importance of team-work, gain confidence, grow in maturity and become more sensitive individuals. These are Monkton’s core values which we wish to see instilled in each one of our pupils.
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“We never have had such a fantastic chance to make such a positive and lasting impact on rowing at Monkton as we do now, and I am hugely excited by the opportunities that will come from this project.” Steve Williams OBE (94) GB Olympic Team 2000, Olympic Gold Medal 2004 (Athens), Olympic Gold Medal 2008 (Beijing), Rowing World Champion 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006
THE GAZETTE OM NEWS – SPRING 2011
Are you an Old Monktonian? Do you have any news you’d like to share with us? Find out how to get in touch at the end of this news section. Here’s what’s on the grapevine this issue:
Welcome I hope you have survived the rather extreme weather that many of us in many countries have experienced over the Christmas period. Despite the continuing gloomy and depressing weather may I wish you all wherever you are a prosperous and healthy New Year. Before I speak of the coming year, I would like to take a moment to remember Miss Sheila Haughton who died last September. Miss Haughton took over from Miss Swain as Headmistress of Clarendon School when it was based in Abergele, North Wales and continued in that role when the School moved to Bedfordshire in 1965. A moving service of thanksgiving was held to celebrate her life at Widcombe Baptist Church, Bath. A blog has been set up by Margaret Tufnell (née Blair) to allow former pupils and friends to post memories, reminiscences and tributes. I would recommend, if you have not already done so, that you visit the site. The memories all have a common theme – they tell of a spiritual woman whose kindness and understanding of those in her care earned their respect and deep affection. She will be missed. Still looking back at 2010, this time at the highlights, what remains in my memory is Roberto Dionisio’s President’s Lunch at Pembroke College, Cambridge. The building with its historic courts and lovely gardens must be an inspirational place to study and proved to be a brilliant venue for our luncheon. I hope that this year’s luncheon venue will
prove just as popular. After spending the last months of 2010 learning more about the Club, our new General Secretary, Tim Dewes, and the team have been hard at work planning the coming year’s activities. I am sure that Tim has enough to occupy his time as Deputy Headmaster, so I am extremely grateful to him and the team for all the work that they do. We all hope that the programme of events that has been organised will offer something for everyone – please let us know whether we have achieved our objective. I would like to echo Tim Dewes’ encouragement to come and join us for one or two of the special events that will be happening this year. Monkton and Clarendon are the foundations on which we have based our lives, let’s keep that spirit alive!
which is now integrated into the school itself, and while the structure of the OM Club may change, the inherent values of both Monkton and the OM Club will remain solid as ever. Educational excellence, a healthy sport environment, pastoral care and a strong Christian ethos have made Monkton and OMs great in the past 100 years and will hold true over the next 100. Tim Dewes is enthusiastic and fully committed and I am sure all OMs will join me in wishing Tim the best of success in this new role. As the lunch was drawing to a close, I felt a positive ‘buzz’ of hearty and friendly chatter as the 100 plus OMs updated each other on their latest news and warm smiles and firm hand shakes reflected the strong value of being an “Old Monktonian”.
Emma Jane Taylor (OC 85) OM Club President
Roberto Dionisio (70) (Club President, 2009-2010)
Thank You Monkton
General OM News
OM reunions are always a welcome occasion as old friends reunite and new friendships are established, and our President’s Lunch last March was no exception, with an excellent turnout of over 100 OMs, spanning 70 plus years of school history. We should all thank the kind hospitality of Sir Richard Dearlove (62) who so graciously gave us the opportunity to hold this event at Pembroke College. We set an important milestone in the history of the OM Club as we officially launched the re-structuring of the Club,
Mike Lapage (42) and fellow Olympic medal winner Steve Williams (94) returned to Monkton in October to host a dinner to launch an appeal to raise £750.000 to refurbish and upgrade the School’s rowing facilities. This includes a plan to build an additional new boathouse at Saltford. The President of the Campaign, Gold Medal winner Steve Williams took part in a boat–naming ceremony in his honour. Mike Lapage joined Steve on the water in a quadruple scull, along with two current Monkton pupils. 45
David Bowerman (54) and his wife Mary have over the last 10 years developed the Music Room at their home, Champs Hill. This private 160–seat concert hall in the West Sussex countryside has become a venue of choice for recitals and chamber music. In autumn 2009 they launched Champs Hill Records, an independent label dedicated to recordings made at the hall. Both are run as not–for–profit concerns. “It’s not about making money, it’s about giving people the chance to hear some of the finest musicians in the world, and about providing a platform for some of the marvellous young instrumentalists who are on their way up. With Champs Hill Records we’re also keen to present relatively little– known music that is unlikely to stand a chance with the big labels.” David, who is an experienced organist, has published his own compositions and extemporisations on a CD, entitled Fantasy Idyll. www.champshillrecords.co.uk * * * Anthony Bush (56) has again been handling media controversy provoked by his Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm near Bristol. This highly popular, Christian–based zoo has scooped a Government–backed quality award – and triggered a humanist stampede. The British Humanist Association reportedly told the Times Educational Supplement, ‘Awarding this zoo a quality badge risks exposing hundreds of children to anti–scientific dogma’. The family– owned zoo insisted its religious beliefs were not ‘forced on or taught to’ young visitors. ‘Evidence currently known points to a “both/ and” situation (creation and evolution) rather than “either/or”,’ says the farm’s website. ‘There was an initial creation, followed by a vast amount of evolution, geological and biological.’ * * * The Rt Revd. Professor Stephen Sykes (57) is writing his autobiography and would be keen to hear from any OM who was his contemporary or remembers him. He would also be glad to have recollections of his housemaster, Col. A.F.Lace, or of the Chaplain, The Revd Dudley Clarke. Stephen was in the classical Sixth Form where a small group was taught by Messrs. Edwards and Whitehouse. Any help will be acknowledged in print, assuming, that is, that the book sees the light of day! He sends his thanks and also his good wishes to the school to which he owes so much. If you would like to contact Stephen, please email Caroline Bone at email@example.com if you do not have his contact details.
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Peter Holland (59) recently joined a small team of Christians on a trip to Cambodia (Phnom Penh) to do some aid work within the auspices of the Singapore–based Mercy Teams International. He is planning to teach English somewhere in Asia and to be a volunteer in the World Solar Challenge in October 2011 (an international solar car race from Darwin to Adelaide). Peter was involved with the engineering side of atomic energy in his working life, and with solar energy for a while. He is now retired and he and his wife returned to Wagga Wagga, New South Wales in 2008, where they are active in St Paul’s Anglican Church. * * * Martin Adeney (60) writes obituaries of leading businessmen, industrialists etc. for The Guardian. * * * Richard Stilgoe (60) had a lead part at the concert in memory of Sir John Dankworth in March 2010. After Johnny Dankworth’s funeral, a memorial service and concert was held at The Stables concert hall, Wavendon, Milton Keynes. Richard Stilgoe was invited by Cleo Lane (Johnny’s wife) to compere this event. He recently returned to Monkton and adjudicated the ever popular House Music Competition. * * * Bernard Cornwell (61) has recently had published The Fort – ‘Massachusetts tries to expel the British during the War of Independence’ (Harper Collins £18.99). It quickly reached 3rd place in The Sunday Times hardback fiction bestsellers list in October. * * * Stephen Green (62) reports that a school in Peterborough’s link diocese in Kenya will be named after the late Bishop Ian Cundy (63), who died in 2009. Stephen was also a member of the Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year panel that made the 2010 award to Anthony Gibson (67) for ‘Of Didcot and the Demon – The Cricketing Times of Alan Gibson’. His article entitled “Cheers!” was featured in Manna, the new magazine of the Diocese of Bath & Wells. His subject was the resurgence of the cider industry as a result of the renewal of interest in authentic, regional, craft–based food and drink. * * * The Revd. Father Richard Meyer (62), Tim Spenlove–Brown (62), Peter LeRoy (62) and Roland Symons (Hon) and their wives met for a Memorial and Thanksgiving Lunch in Bath in November in grateful memory of the late The Revd. Canon Nigel Elbourne (62) (See ‘Deaths’).
Dr. Martin Panter (63) had published, Deluded Deceived or Discipled? – The Search for truth in a Multicultural Society”. He lives in Mareba, Northern Queensland, Australia and chairs and works for Christian Solidarity Worldwide. Martin is on the HART (Humanitarian and Relief Trust) committee operating on the India–Burma border, known as Chinland. They touch base with other Christian groups and provide much needed support on many health issues. With this connection, Martin can observe the Burmese situation under The Generals, and with friends, including David Morgan (62) are lobbying their MP’s to stop the supply of arms to Burma. * * * James Dawson (64) was a member of Avon County Rowing Club’s Veteran F coxless four that won the Veteran Fours Head of the River race in November. The quartet retained the title that they had won in 2009 and in doing so completed the ‘treble’, having also triumphed at the National Veterans Championships and at the Henley Veteran Regatta in 2010. * * * Roland Knight (64) has sent a remarkable list with news of those OMs who have had a link with Christ Church, Abingdon, where he and his wife Jean worship and where he has been Churchwarden. Ben Egerton (95) married to Becky, has been a regular leader of one of the Sunday Worship teams for several years while he has been teaching at Abingdon Prep School. They are leaving England and moving to New Zealand in the New Year where Ben is taking up a teaching job at an Anglican prep school in Wellington. Louisa Lapworth (née Rogers) (96) and her husband Dan are long–time members of the church “plant”, Christ Church on Long Furlong. Louisa is a personnel officer at CMS headquarters in Oxford, with responsibility for missionaries throughout Asia. Ed Spencer (04) has been the recipient of sponsorship from the Christ Church mission fund firstly in 2008 when he went to Mexico with YWAM and then in 2009/10 while undertaking a year of internship at King’s Church Durham. His ambition is to join the Northumbria Police. He got engaged to Jeanna in August and they plan to marry in 2011. Roland Knight (64) and Jean were supported by the church for many years when they were missionaries with MAF in Africa. Roland now chairs the Missions Committee and seeks to return the favour by ensuring that the church continues its strong and generous tradition of missionary support. Roland continues to work as an
aircraft maintenance engineer employed by a flying training school at High Wycombe. Their youngest son, Mike Knight (05) received help from the Christ Church mission fund, both during his gap year in 2005/6 at Lily of the Valley in South Africa, and in 2009/10 when he was doing a discipleship course at Westwood Anglican Church, Coventry – the church he had attended while studying at Warwick University. In September 2010, Mike joined the staff of Westwood Church as Student Worker (half–time) and is seeking to build upon the student ministry led for 4 years by John Auld (02). Peter Knight (97) – oldest son of Roland and Jean – and Alice live in Chandlers Ford, Southampton where Peter is a senior development engineer on Aviation Systems for General Electric. They have one daughter, Aravis, born in August 2008. Christ Church Abingdon has also, at one time or another, been the home church of the following OM links: Peter (62) and Angela (Hon OM) LeRoy, Dr Alan Kerbey (Hon OM), and The Revd. Tim Perry (81), who served his curacy there. Christ Church Abingdon is now one of the largest churches in Oxford Diocese and is approaching its 50th anniversary. * * * The Revd. Chris Stott (64) retired from being Rector of Harwell with Chilton, Oxfordshire in October. He has served there since 1985 and was previously in Tanzania with the Church Mission Society. They have retired to Blewbury. * * * Professor David Haslam (67) was pictured in ‘Message Board’ in The Sunday Times last March above the headline: “NHS headache – are the ‘worried well’ an intolerable burden on the health service?” The former Chairman of the Royal College of Practitioners was quoted as saying that “patients with minor ailments are swamping the NHS”. * * * The Revd. Canon Peter Guinness (68) is now Priest–in–Charge of St Mark’s, Gillingham. He was previously Vicar of St Thomas’, Lancaster. He and his author wife, Michelle, are now nearer to their home in France. * * * The Revd. David Widdows (70) with his wife Becky have moved from their roles at Lee Abbey, where David was both Senior Chaplain and Deputy Warden. He is now Rector of Wiveliscombe with Brompton Ralph, Chipstable, Clatworthy, Huish Champflower, Raddington and Tolland in West Somerset.
Canon Professor Nigel Biggar (72) is Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at the University of Oxford. He was one of four distinguished signatories of a letter to The Daily Telegraph in October entitled ‘A real defence review’. * * * David Lea–Wilson (73) featured in The Times in April under the heading ‘Obama’s sweet tooth boosts export of salt from Wales’. The salt produced by David’s business, Anglesey Sea Salt (Halen Môn) is used to make the President’s favourite caramel and has helped boost British food export figures for the fifth year in a row. Apparently, only the oak–smoked salt they produce, taken from the sea around the North Wales island provides the mellow taste needed for the caramel made by Fran’s Chocolates in Seattle. In 12 years the company has notched up 45% of overseas sales in salt. Orders for the smoked variety have risen in line with the 35% increase in sales of Smoked Salt Caramels following President Obama’s inauguration. * * * Chris Anderson (74), founder of Bath publishing company, Future Publishing, returned to the city in November to give an inspirational talk about his career. Chris started the company in 1985 with a £10,000 bank loan and now spends most of his time in the US. Chris spoke about his personal experiences and the lessons he had learnt during his time in the creative industry. He said he was optimistic about Bath’s creative future. The Chairman of Bath Creative, Greg Ingham was impressed by the OMs talk saying: “It was an astonishing evening with great support and terrific attendance. It was excellent to see Bath’s creative people all together. They were left enlightened and vibrant by Chris.” Chris is also known internationally for the high–profile TED seminars and conferences that he runs in the USA. * * * The Revd. James Mackain–Bremner (75) was ordained permanent Deacon in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Plymouth in July 2009, after 6 years of formation training. He lives near Gillingham, north Dorset with his wife Anna and their four children and is Force Chaplain for the Dorset Police. He is in regular contact with the Revd. Father Richard Meyer (62). * * * David Sharland (77) and his wife Heather continue to serve with the Church Mission Society and are based in Arua in the north of Uganda, within reach of the border with Sudan. In recent months they have
celebrated 10 years of marriage, 10 years of mission in Sudan, David’s 50th birthday and 50 years of overseas mission (23 for her and 27 for him). David is an agriculturist. * * * The Revd. John Kiddle (75) has been elected to the General Synod of the Church of England for the next quinquennium to represent the Diocese of St Albans, where he is Diocesan Officer for Mission and Development. * * * The Revd. Richard Fothergill (79) was interviewed on Premier Radio on the ‘John Pantry Show’ in February about the Filling Station, which Richard started in Box, near Bath in 2002. The Filling Station offers a relaxing and informal place to be refreshed spiritually, receive helpful Biblical teaching and enjoy worship to live music. The informal evenings are open to everyone, including those who might not regard themselves as Christians. In 2009 a Filling Station Trust was established to grow the format established in Box. www.thefillingstation.org.uk * * * The Revd. Dave Bookless (79) has had published his second book, God Doesn’t Do Waste – redeeming the whole of life (IVP – 2010). It is described as “The story of how ‘a very ordinary British family’ went green” and tells the story of A Rocha UK and the Bookless family since God challenged him over his attitude to the environment. But “it is also about how He can take all that seems most wasteful and useless in life and recycle it into something of infinite worth”. Author and broadcaster Adrian Plass says: ‘It’s like finding a Martian who speaks English. Dave Bookless wakes us up to an appreciation and sense of responsibility for God’s creation in such an engaging way. It’s a great read by a fine storyteller.’ Dave’s previous book is Planetwise (IVP – 2008). Dave is A Rocha’s Director of Theology, Churches and Sustainable Communities. A Rocha is an international Christian environmental and nature conservation movement. The name is Portuguese for ‘the rock’, their first initiative being a field study centre in Portugal founded by Peter and Miranda Harris, where Esther (98), Jeremy (99) and Beth Harris (03) lived before they came to Monkton. * * * Major General Tim Evans (79) was posted to Afghanistan for over 12 months. Having commanded 19 Light Brigade in Catterick and Southern Iraq, they then moved to Camberley where he took up the position of Chief Joint Force Operations. Then with 4 days warning he was told to 47
take over as the Chief of Staff of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Headquarters (COS ARRC) in Germany. This meant that he was promoted to Major General and also that he could train up and deploy half the HQ to Afghanistan. He and his wife Helen are now living in Gloucester, having moved back from Germany. * * * David Aston (80) contributed to a recent correspondence in the Daily Telegraph about school reports that included several of the most amusing, apt and acerbic of the genre. He thanked the newspaper for providing him with so many ideas to include in the reports of his prep school pupils, saying that he would keep them carefully until the end of the term. David is Headmaster of Aldro School in Surrey. Another contributor was David Prichard (Hon OM), formerly Chairman of what is now the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools, Headmaster of Port Regis and then Wycliffe College. He wrote: “At the end of my first term at Radley, the Warden wrote: ‘He may be the youngest in the school, but there is no need for him to be the worst behaved.’ There is hope for us all as I became a headmaster.” Stephen Green (62) who sent in these press cuttings remarked, “I always feel that head masters are one of the few groups in society whose behaviour has improved over the years”. * * * The Revd. Tim Perry (81) is now Chaplain of Cothill Preparatory, School, near Abingdon, Oxfordshire. He was previously running Mountaintop Life Coaching in Canada.
uses my oil”, says Andy. “We are currently stocked in some Tesco stores in the South West, along with many farm shops”. * * * Jon Paxman (84) continues to write and arrange music for television and is also finishing a book, a chronology of 400 years of classical music. He lives in Bromley with his wife, Eli, and two children, Noelle and Jocosa. * * * Andrew Paxman (formerly Pratt) (85) was omitted from the article about Monkton’s Professors in the previous edition of this magazine, because this news had not reached the School. However, he is Assistant Professor of History, at Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi, USA, specialising in Latin American history and biography. He obtained his MA from the University of California (Berkeley). Andrew completed his transition from journalist to historian with a PhD from the University of Texas in 2008 and has since been teaching at Millsaps College. He is completing his second book, a biography of U.S. businessman William O. Jenkins, once the richest man in Mexico. * * * The Revd. Martyn Shea (85) is now Vicar of St Mark’s Church, Jersey in the Channel Isles. He was formerly a curate at St Michael’s, Chester Square, London and then St George’s Stamford. More recently he has been Priest–in–Charge (Mission Priest) at St Mark’s, Jersey. * * *
Michael Chilcott (83) is now Head of Surgery in a regional hospital of the Fribourg area of Switzerland. He has been married and has two children, but is now divorced. He lives in Vaulruz. firstname.lastname@example.org
John Foreman (86) is General Manager of The Mill at Rode – a popular restaurant, bar and gardens in an idyllic riverside setting about 10 miles south of Bath. They won a 2010 Observer Food Monthly award and it was voted by its customers in the Best Cheap Eat category, winning a runner–up award. It was the only restaurant in the South West to have been awarded this status.
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Andy Fussell (84) featured in a recent edition of the Bath Magazine under the title, Tale of Two Producers. ‘Andy’s Sunflowers’ – that can be seen brightening the journey on the A36 from Bath to Frome – is the initiative of this third generation farmer of Church Farm, Rode. He has spent the last three years reinventing his grandfather and father’s farm to grow, process and package cold pressed sunflower and rapeseed oil, which has half the levels of saturated fat as olive oil, light in flavour and is suitable for a rage of cooking purposes. Fussell Fine Foods now produces a range of rape–seed oil–based products. “Even Rick Stein’s restaurant in Padstow
John Jolliffe (86) is now Headteacher of Westbury Park Primary School in Bristol, having spent 8 years at schools in North Somerset. He is responsible for the education and welfare of 420 children, working with over 40 staff, including Will Ewens (93). John is married to Helen, who is also a teacher and they have three teenage children.
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* * * Nigel White (86) is Headmaster of the Lebanese Evangelical School, in Tyre in the Lebanon. A group of 12 of his students visited Monkton for the last three weeks
of the summer term. Nigel was reported in The Bath Chronicle saying: “It has been a great opportunity for these young people, some Lebanese, some Palestinian living in Lebanon, to learn about all aspects of life in the UK by joining the life of Monkton.” * * * Peter Askew (87) featured in The Bath Chronicle in March challenging people to guess how long it would take him to complete the London Marathon. He was running in support of the WRVS (Women’s Royal Voluntary Service) of which he is trustee. It helps and supports older people to live well, maintain their independence and play a part in their local community. Peter had set himself a target of £10,000, and he regularly takes part in the Bath Half Marathon. Peter runs the branding consultancy, Good Brand. * * * Kate Jain (née Sibley) (88) represented England in the Over 40’s Ladies Masters Home Counties International Hockey Championships 2010, in Swansea. England defeated Wales 2–1, drew with Scotland 3–3, and won 5–1 against Ireland, with Kate scoring one of the goals. Whilst at Monkton, Kate played for Bath Ladies and Wiltshire Schools, and captained a victorious Monkton XI in the Avon Schools Cup, as well as a combined Bath Schools side in an international Youth tournament in Alkmaar, Bath’s twin city. Kate captained her university side, Oxford Brookes, and played UAU hockey for Exeter in her teacher training year. Since then she has lived and taught in Canterbury where she played Premiership hockey for Canterbury Ladies and married Abhi Jain, a Canterbury player. They have two children, Ella and Charlie. * * * Jeremy Hepworth (91) is now living in Claygate, Surrey, where his parents the Revd. Michael Hepworth (56) and Janet (a former governor of Monkton) now also live. Jeremy is Head of IT and Outdoor Pursuits at Priorsfield School, Godalming. * * * Nick Sinfield (91) Managing Director of DUO, the specialist boot retailer picked up the Service Excellence Award in the 2010 Somerset Business Awards. Nick was reported in The Bath Chronicle as saying: “When judged we hoped our emphasis on teamwork and word of mouth recommendation would carry us to the top of the pile and so it proved. I’m proud what DUO has continued to achieve in this current tough climate and winning this award is testament to the hard work of the entire team”. The boot store located in Milsom Street, Bath is the company’s flagship outlet.
Julian Coy (92) and his wife Emma had a second son, Edmund, on 1st April 2010. Julian is teaching History at Nonsuch High School for Girls, in Cheam, Surrey. * * * John Wordsworth (93) works in London for the publisher, John Blake. He is now engaged to Olivia who works for the charity, Find Your Feet. They are due to be married in April. * * * Guy Dixon (94) now lives in Toulouse with his wife Christelle and 2 daughters. After a long career in the Royal Air Force, during which Guy visited many parts of the world, he now works as a lean expert for Airbus currently guiding and supporting the implementation of lean within engineering functions, as part of a corporate wide lean deployment.
Special Adviser but she is now employed as a civil servant rather than as a political appointee. Chloe graduated in English from Oriel College, Oxford (where she won a Half Blue for Cricket) and obtained a Masters degree at the John Hopkins School of Advance International Studies in the USA. Her familiarity with countries such as Libya, Israel and Iran is party derived from her time living there when her father was British Ambassador, or British Consul in East Jerusalem. An article about her work (Behind the Scenes at Westminster) was published in the 2008 edition of the OM Gazette. Her early experience included visits to the USA in support of high–ranking delegations to Washington DC to discuss nuclear proliferation and steps towards multi–lateral disarmament. * * *
James Cullis (96) and wife Kerry live in Birmingham with their young sons, Luke and Daniel. James gained his Ph.D. in 2006 and for the three years had been working in the Nuclear Medicine department at the City Hospital. He has recently been promoted and works at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry. James plays for one of the leading amateur football teams in Birmingham.
Tom Hankins (97) created a Corsham Cricket Club and West of England Premier League record in July when he scored 293 runs in only 145 balls. His remarkable innings included 29 fours and 18 sixes helped the Wiltshire side to a thumping win over shell–shocked Taunton. It was the highest ever innings recorded in the region’s top division, eclipsing Marcus Trescothick’s 260 in the same division back in the 90’s. Tom had formerly played for both Bath and Lansdown – his previous top sore being 186. He has turned out for Gloucestershire 2nds in the past, represents Wiltshire at Minor Counties level and plays club cricket in Brisbane, Australia during the winter.
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Tom Martin (96) moved to London in September to start studying Theology at Oak Hill Bible College. It is a three–year BA in Theological and Pastoral studies that will probably lead to a position in a church somewhere in the UK.
James Seaford (97) undertook an 800– mile cycle–ride in memory of his father last spring. He and his father regularly watched Bath Rugby’s matches together, so James’ plan was to cycle to every premiership ground in the country, starting and ending at Bath Rec. He was raising money for Dorothy House Hospice–care. James is an IT consultant.
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* * * Jonny Wheeler (96) was part of a group of financial advisers who got on their bikes over the weekend of 2–4 July to raise money for a new children’s hospice. The riders from AWD Chase de Vere cycled 230 miles from St Austell in Cornwall to Bristol. The route started at the site where the charity, Children’s Hospice South West would like to build the new hospice and went via North West Devon, to finish at the hospice in Bristol. The ride involved 100 other riders and the Chase de Vere team have set their sights on raising £2,500. * * * Chloe Dalton (97) is now working as speech–writer to the Foreign Secretary, The Rt. Hon William Hague MP. She worked in Mr Hague’s office before the Election as his
* * * Ben Cullis (98) has been married to Mary since 2008. They both teach at St George’s School, Harpenden, Hertfordshire – Ben, Biology and Mary, Politics and History. Ben is also Assistant Chaplain to the 1,200 pupils. During last summer holidays they worked in an orphanage in Southern Brazil with Oasis. * * * Isha Marquez (00) was featured in The Bath Chronicle with regards to a signed Volume of Sir Winston Churchill’s life of his ancestor, the first Duke of Marlborough, that turned up in Rooke Books. She is manager of this specialist, antiquarian bookshop which
recently celebrated its first anniversary. Isha had been working as an intern when she drew up a business plan that convinced the owner to keep it open. It is expected that the book should fetch £2,000. * * * Rachel Crisford (née Cullis) (01) married Tom in 2007 and live at Shiplake College, near Henley, where Tom is Head of Rowing. Rachel is nursing in the Intensive Care Department at the Royal Berkshire Hospital is Reading. They moved house to Caversham in July as the baby was expected in August. * * * Andy Tufnell (01) and his wife Claire were Church Mission Society ‘SALT’ partners in Ibanda, Uganda, They were teaching at Nyakatukura Memorial Secondary School in order to develop ‘Living Links’, a Gap– year programme that enables UK students to discover more about life in Uganda. Since September they have been teaching at Dean Close School and plan to take another Living Links group to Uganda in May 2011. * * * Dr Matthew Wordsworth (01) is now serving as a Medical Officer in the Army and his passing out parade at Sandhurst was in December. The regiment he will join is yet to be decided. His wife Harriet, who he married in September, is working towards a consultancy in anaesthetics. * * * Kara Harris (04) has been working in the non–profit sector for the SPCA in Bermuda and was accepted to study for a Masters in Non–profit Management at Roehampton University from September 2010. * * * Kate Pizzey (04) is working for World Sport Ministries, a charity that seeks to reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ through sport. WSM establishes Community Sports Teams around the country. Kate is based in Bath & enjoys her roles as WSM Marketing Co–ordinator & Get Sported Camp Director. Get Sported is a children’s multi–sport day camp. She would love to hear from any OMs. email@example.com www.worldsportministries.com www.getsported.org * * * Lucy Sargison (05) commissioned from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst on 13 August 2010 in the Sovereign’s Parade taken by David Cameron on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen. Lucy has now joined the Royal Artillery and is stationed at Larkhill on Salisbury Plain for her six-month Young Officers’ Course. 49
Jamie Humphreys (06) is currently doing sea time in line with his Merchant Navy Training on RSS James Clark Ross, an Antarctic Research Icebreaker, and in September they were getting ready to go south. * * * David Meryon (06) has been elected to a Scholarship in Engineering Science at Brasenose College, Oxford. * * * Charles Absolon, Steve McHugh and David Newport (10) completed a sponsored cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats in September to raise money for Hope HIV – a charity that supports children and young people in Sub–Saharan Africa. The ride took 16 days and by mid September they had raised over £1,100, with money still coming in. * * * Roger Bolton (MCJS 76) has e–mailed as follows: “I remember very clearly the first day Tony Darrah (Hon OM) started and the first Wells Walk, which was organised by Chris Hatton; also our Latin teacher, Tony Whooper (Hon OM) playing drums with David Date (Hon OM) on piano at our usual Xmas musical. Then JMC Coates (Hon OM) organising a memorable comedy end–of–term event. I have lost touch with many of my friends from that time. Now I am in Uganda (where my parents were missionaries in the late 1950s) teaching and producing music. But before that I was working for the BBC as a composer/ music producer and did programs like ‘999’, The Late Show, The Natural World etc… I am eternally grateful for my experience at MCJS. Also, I would love to get in touch with some of my friends from that time.” firstname.lastname@example.org * * * Carey Gilliland (MCJS 87) has worked in the Bath property market for 14 years and is now a partner with Madison Oakley, period property specialists. * * * Major Tim Symonds (MCJS 87) has been undertaking his second tour of duty in Afghanistan with a Support Regiment of the Royal Logistics Corps. He has been commanding one of the convoys of the squadron conveying material to the forward bases. During his first tour as a Staff Officer at the Lashkagar base in Hellmand Province he was responsible for building a vital supply road through some demanding terrain – which featured in a TV documentary. Tim’s wife Georgina (an Army Captain) and their two small daughters are at the regimental base at Guttersloh, Germany. 50 Monkton Magazine
Fergus Boyd (MCJS 96) was mentioned in a number of national newspapers in November at the time of the Royal engagement, as well as in a new book about the Royal couple. He was an Eton contemporary and close friend to Prince William and Kate Middleton, as well as a fellow student at St Andrew’s University. All reports suggest that Fergus had a significant and supportive influence on them both. He has also been complimented by the press on the sensitive, protective and loyal way he has supported them. Fergus now works in France as a financier, where he lives with his Parisian wife Sandrine, who also studied History of Art with him at St. Andrew’s. * * * Rupert Nicholson (MCJS 96) made it to the North Pole in the 2010 Polar Challenge. After 9 days, 14 hours and 20 minutes their team of three crossed the finish line ahead of all the other teams. ‘Team Avilton’ are raising money for Mencap and were well on their way to their target of £100,000. www.thedarkesthorse.co.uk/home
Ed Sharp, Henry Williams, James Geake. The Revd Dudley Clarke (Hon OM) who was Chaplain of Monkton from 1950–58 has sent an update on his situation via his carer. He now lives in Rosary Gardens in Moonah just north of Melbourne, where he is receiving high care in a suitable facility. Dudley left Monkton to be Headmaster of Peninsula School, Victoria, Australia and then moved to live and work in Hobart, Tasmania. He would be very happy to receive news from any who remember him – via David Clarke. email@example.com * * * Jim Peschek (Hon OM), Director of Music 1960–69, thereafter D. of M. at Uppingham has remarried at the age of 85, reports Bernard Newman (Hon OM), Jim’s successor ‘but three’. His bride is Kathleen Dixon, who retired two years ago as an ABRSM examiner. She was due to be coming out to Hong Kong to visit some friends, and it was hoped that she might find time to have a meal with Bernard and Neil Page (ex Director of Music of Uppingham and a close friend of Jim’s – and also an examiner). * * *
Other News Magpies descend to celebrate the new all–weather hockey pitches at Monkton Prep. 21st March 2010 Under the organisation of Tim Dewes (Hon OM) and Martyn Creeth (Hon OM), two teams of Old Juniors, including many from the unbeaten MCJS team that had won the National Prep School Championships in 1995, gathered for a reunion to enjoy the outstanding new ‘astroturf’ facility at Monkton Prep. Former MCJS coaches Roland Symons (Hon OM) and Malcolm Robson were present, along with former Headmaster Peter LeRoy (62) and Angela LeRoy (Hon OM). Following a match between the two Magpie teams, there was a reunion lunch in the Old Hall at the Senior School. In the afternoon games between OM teams and the Monkton 1st XI and School XI followed. The Old Junior Magpie teams included: David Goodman, Matt Parfitt, Nick Gough, Tom Martin, Simon Martin, Will Wyld, Henry Wyld, Sam Kirkness, Tom Hamilton, Nick Wheeler, Rob Gray, Duncan Mills, Andrew Nalder, Jamie Whitcroft, Olly Anderson, Will Houston, Roraigh Kirkness, Michael Du Boulay, James Gough, Ed Hamilton, Dominic King, Paddy Stafford, Stuart Creed, Robin Baddeley, Andrew Knell, Matthew Morley, Jordan Gaskell, Dan Paynter,
Richard and Hazel Meredith (Hon OM) rejoice in the birth of their first grandchild – Isla to James (93) and Fiona who live in Exeter. Richard and Hazel who live in Loughborough host a fortnightly house group, and they worship at St Mary in Charnwood where Richard is a Reader. Both are involved with their twin towns in France and Belgium. Hazel is a member of U3A groups in language and literature. Richard continues to administer the diocesan link with the dioceses of Kilimanjaro and Kiteto and to be a trustee of SOaR (Schools, Outreach & Resources). * * * Anita Mills (Hon OM) was presented with her Certificate for Meritorious Service to Monkton Combe’s Combined Cadet Force by The Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, in recognition for being a guiding light to dozens of youngsters. She has spent 21 years as an officer in the CCF and is due to retire at the end of the year. * * * Joe Smith (Hon OM) who until recently taught English and ran Farm House at Monkton was, in his new capacity as Head of the Oratory Prep School, invited to meet the Pope during his recent visit to the UK. * * * Richard Newport (Hon OM) has again been playing for the Bath & Wells diocesan cricket team in the Church Times Cricketer Cup, along with The Revd. Andrew Speare
(78) – an import from Bristol diocese. A second consecutive 9 wicket victory, against Oxford was assisted by a century from Richard (101 n.o.), following up some high scores in the previous rounds. The team was lost in the finals of the competition in London in September.
Monkton Families: The St Johns Monkton is renowned for having several generations of the same family educated at Monkton and Clarendon. In this issue we are covering some of the St Johns family members, starting with Patricia and Hazel St John, who attended Clarendon in the early 1930s as day girls and loved it. The safe peaceful atmosphere, the dedicated Christian staff, each member excellent in her particular field of study, made it an ideal place for happy learning. Patricia was not just a gifted story-teller, though; she was also a deeply committed Christian. During her lifetime Patricia St. John authored some 24 books. Two of these, The Tanglewoods’ Secret and Treasures of the Snow have been continual best-sellers, having been reprinted more than 20 times, and both have been made into films. Her books have also been translated into 40 different languages. Hazel loved books and read widely, especially biographies. She was fascinated by languages and excellent in French and Latin. She became a legendary educator in Lebanon. The family played a big part in both the sisters’ lives. Their brothers Farnham St John OBE (35) was a medical missionary, John St John (42) a GP and Oliver St John (39), a senior Principal Scientific Officer in the Aviation Industry. Janet Thomson (OC), Hamlet Thompson’s (1898) daughter, was at Clarendon at the same time as Patricia and Hazel and married Farnham. Janet’s brothers also attended Monkton, Tom Thompson rowed with Farnahm in the 1st VIII which was runner up in the Ladies Plate at Henley around 1935. Farnham and Janet’s children, Paul, Oliver, Danny, Martyn and David and John’s son, Mike, continued with the tradition. Paul St. John (69) following the footsteps of his father, Farnham, pursued a career in Medicine. He and his wife Alison live in Cornwall and will be soon retiring from full time medical work with the NHS as surgeon and pathologist respectively. They hope to be able to continue working but with more time for voluntary work overseas. Since then many other members of the family have been educated at Monkton. Most recently Paul’s children: Jonathan
St. John (94) and American wife Rachel have two children and live in San Diego. He is a high school English teacher and hockey coach. Grace Weigel (née St John) (96) and American husband Rain live in Seattle, she has started her MA and have three children. Brendan St. John (98) is a delegate for the Red Cross, currently working in Israel. He is responsible for visiting the high security Palestinian prisoners. Tom St. John (00) has recently married Caitlyn, an American. He lives in Leicester and works at Starbucks. Barak St John (01) and his wife Heather live in Leicester. He is starting his medical training in September at Warwick. Gabriel St. John (02) took distinction in his MA in Italian and married to Gwen, an American, in October. They now live in Seattle.
Jim Peschek (Hon OM), Director of Music at Monkton from 1960–69, to Kathleen Dixon. * * * Vincent Lau (00), married in 2010. * * * Daniel Reid (02) to Nikita Taylor on 2nd August 2010 at Orchardleigh, near Frome. OMs present were : Ralph Mercer (02), Alexander Riecke (03), Simon Martin (01), Jack Nicholas (01), Andy Brown (00), Dan Whiting (01), Paris Hearn (02), James Binns (01). * * * Matt Wordsworth (01) to Dr Harriet Kemp on 11th September 2010 St. Johns, Hinton Charterhouse.
Cousins of the St. Johns: Ella Bird (00) is in her final year at medical school in Leicester and is getting married in July. Harry Bird (98) has recently launched his first album: ‘Long way to be free’. You can hear his songs and order a copy at www.myspace.com/harrybirdsongs or at www.hotdroprecords.com If you would like your family featured in a future edition of The Magazine, please contact us with your story, we will be very pleased to hear from you.
Births To Julian Coy (92) and Emma, a son, Edmund, on 1 April 2010, a brother for David. * * * To Paul Cundy (94) and Sara, a daughter, Piper Trinity Iona, on 23 October 2010, in Sydney, Australia, but now in Melbourne. * * * To Ruth Heywood (née Bossom) (99) and Matt, a daughter, Isobel Corrine on August 19th 2010 . * * *
Engagements Tim Beare (MCJS 92) to Alexandra Robinson; Edward Lodge (MCJS 95) to Sara Lamb; Ed Johnstone–Burt (02) to Olivia Cauley; Ruth Rotter (98) to Gervase Markham; Ed Spencer (04) to Jeanna in August they plan to marry in 2011; John Wordsworth (93) is engaged to Olivia, they plan to marry in April 2011.
Marriages Paul Cundy (94) to Sara Cox in Durham on 23rd April, 2010 (the day Paul’s late father, the Rt.Revd. Ian Cundy (63) would have been celebrating his 65th birthday). Toby Jameson (99) to Angela Lockwood on 6th June at 3pm at Monkton Combe Parish Church.
To Carrie McNeill (née McGavin) (95) and Jeff, twin boys, David and Joshua on 8 October 2009, in Texas. * * * To James Meredith (93) and Fiona, a daughter, Isla Jane Creed, on 18 July 2010. * * * To William Parsons (93) and June, a daughter, Hannah Emily, on 1 March 2010. * * * To Jonathan Salisbury and Lisa (née Bryer–Ash) (both 90), a son Tom Joseph, on 12 March 2010, a brother for Meghan, Joshua and Ben.
Deaths Rev Dr Harold Walter Adeney OBE (MCJS 25–28, MCS 28–32), died on 11 April 2010, aged 95. 51
A Service of Thanksgiving was held at St Mary’s Church, Reepham, Norfolk on Thursday 29 April at 2.30pm. The father of DWA (59), AJA (62) and PMA (62), and a daughter he was son of John and Florence Adeney who were missionaries in Romania. He was one of five brothers, AWA (24), DHA (29), BFA (35) and REA (37), who were all missionaries at some stage during their ministry, part of the wave of Monktonians who answered the call to work for Christ in many parts of the world. Harold studied medicine at Queens’ College, Cambridge and the London Hospital where he qualified MRCS, LRCP, MB, BChir in 1938, later followed by a Diploma in Tropical Medicine from Antwerp in 1947. While at the London Hospital he was missionary secretary for the London Inter–Faculty Christian Union. In 1939 while working at the Mildmay Mission Hospital he met Dr Isobel Anderson and they married that year and left for the start of 40 years working with the Ruanda Mission (CMS). Their first tour lasted seven years because of the war and had many elements of pioneer medical missionary work combining evangelism and church planting with medical work both in hospitals and on safaris. He supervised the building of churches, hospitals, schools and mission houses with some, at Buhiga, Burundi, still in use today. A tireless worker, he at one time ran two hospitals a day’s journey apart. His work took him to Ruanda where, in 1959, he assisted refugees to escape to Uganda during one of the periods of ethnic troubles. He came back to England in 1966, when he became General Secretary of the Ruanda Mission, returning to Burundi in 1972. He was initially working again in hospital but later concentrating on pastoral work and planting a church in Gitega, the second largest town in Burundi. Encouraged by his African colleagues he was ordained into the Anglican Ministry as a Deacon in 1975 and after studying at Trinity College, Bristol, was ordained priest in 1976, by Bishop Maurice Wood (35). He was awarded an OBE in 1976. He and Isobel finally returned to England in 1982 and although technically retired, he became an honorary curate at Cranfield, Bedfordshire from 1983 to 1990. From there they moved to Reepham, Norfolk where he continued to be very active within the local church communities. Finally they moved to residential care in 2003 and he continued to be active in ministry taking services until just before his death. He was a remarkable man, doctor, mission leader and pastor, with a burning zeal for sharing his deep love of Christ with all those he met. His wisdom was 52 Monkton Magazine
often sought by young Christians working in the parts of Africa that were so close to his heart. He was a man of great humility, deeply caring and disciplined in prayer. Harold was in the great tradition of missionary doctors who formed the fabric of the story of Anglican mission in the mid– Africa region. * * * Gordon Henry Wotton (MCJS 26–31, MCS 31–36) died on 6th March 2009. After leaving Monkton, he went to the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1938 into the Royal Corps of Signals. During the 2nd World War he was subaltern to the Brigadier RCS, in France, North Africa and Italy. Promoted to Major in 1951 he was CO Glider Pilot Regiment 1952–54, became a Lieutenant Colonel in 1958, was awarded the OBE in 1960 and was with Gurkha Signals in 1961–62, retiring in 1963. From 1962–78 he was Civilian Communications Officer with GEC, Gordon Bell & Partners and RP Martin and Co Ltd. Thereafter he was Communications Adviser to the Foreign Exchange and Currency Deposit Brokers Association. * * * John Stratford Lea–Wilson (MCS 37– 41) M.C. died on 30th April 2010, aged 86. A Thanksgiving Service was held on 13th May at, Bledington, Oxon. After graduating from Clare College, Cambridge, he joined the Colonial Administrative Service, serving in the Gold Coast (later Ghana) from 1950–52 and in the Foreign Office from 1952–56. He then moved to work at the Patent Office from 1957–83. In retirement in Surrey and then the Cotswolds, he was a keen gardener and a well–read archaeologist and historian. John was the dearly beloved husband for 60 years of the late Joanna. A full obituary was published in The Daily Telegraph on 17th June 2010. * * * Rodney James Frapwell (MCS 41–46) died on the 5th February, 2010. The brother of RLRF (50), he was Sales Manager for Park Lane Tobacco Co. in London. * * * Richard Arthur Michael William Onslow (MCS 47–50) died on 4th April 2010. A journalist and racing historian, Richard “Dickie” Onslow discovered, while at Monkton, one master who enjoyed horse racing and would place small bets for him. He began his journalistic career in 1954 when he joined the Sporting Chronicle. His first book The Heath and the Turf (1971), a history of horse racing at Newmarket, was followed by one on
Royal Ascot, and biographies of Victorian racing personalities. Onslow edited a series of books on racing gambles and frauds. He was commissioned to write an official history of The British Equine Veterinary Association and to produce the original illustrated guide to the National Horse Racing Museum. He is survived by his wife Barbara McGrath and their daughter. Full obituary, visit: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/ obituaries/article7105177.ece * * * Malcolm Murray Widdecombe (MCJS 46–50, MCS 50–56) the brother of Ann Widdecombe, the former MP died on 12th October, 2010, aged 73. From 1967 he studied for the Anglican ministry at Tyndale Hall Theological College, Bristol and was ordained in 1962. He served in Bristol, known as ‘Pip and Jay’, he was credited not only with saving this potentially redundant city centre church from closure, but with leading a remarkable renewal of spiritual life, mission and ministry. BBC TV’s Points West News paid tribute to the way that Malcolm had saved the church and how it had developed an international reputation. Raymond Nigel Wilson Elbourne (MCS 57–62) died from a heart attack on 29th September 2010, at home near Sées, in northern France, *shortly after the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. He graduated from St John’s College, Durham in 1966 and was ordained deacon in 1969. He was a gifted music scholar who is remembered for his solo performance in Elgar’s ‘Cello Concerto at the Assembly Hall opening ceremony and concert in 1962. After retirement, he and his wife Christine moved to their house at Petit Mortree, in Normandy, where Nigel had become very active and well–known for his ecumenical work, broadcasts on the local Roman Catholic radio station, running a choir, and as an Anglican– chaplain–at–large. * * * Raymond Nigel Wilson Elbourne (MCS 57-62) died from a heart attack on 29th September 2010, at home near Sées, in northern France, *shortly after the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. A gifted music scholar who is remembered for his solo performance in Elgar’s ‘Cello Concerto at the Assembly Hall opening ceremony and concert in 1962, he graduated from St John’s College, Durham in 1966 and then trained for the ministry in the Anglo-Catholic tradition at Lincoln Theological College. He was ordained deacon in 1969 and served his curacy at St Mary’s, Liscard, Birkenhead until 1972,
when he was appointed Vicar of Hattersley, Cheshire. He was thereafter Vicar of Odd Rode and Scholar Green, Cheshire from 1977-2002 and then Vicar of Congleton (and Rural Dean) until his retirement in 2008 and Honorary Canon of Chester Cathedral from 1999. He and his wife Christine then moved to their house at Petit Mortree, near Sees in Normandy, where Nigel had become very active and well-known for his ecumenical work, broadcasts on the local Roman Catholic radio station, running a choir, and as an Anglican-chaplain-at-large. The Revd Father Richard Meyer (62) has written of their 53 years of close friendship, from their days in Eddystone and the Jazz band, studying Theology and rowing together at St John’s Durham and thereafter as fellow clergy on joint family holidays, the friendship still continuing when Richard became a Catholic priest. A pithy and thought-provoking correspondent, Nigel’s letters were often published in The Times, The Church Times and elsewhere. The Suffragan Bishop in the Diocese of Europe, the Rt. Revd. David Hamid wrote of Nigel’s remarkable bridge-building work in a short space of time: “Nigel was active in giving support to our congregation in Caen. He was committed to ecumenism throughout his priestly ministry. In retirement he continued his devotion to Christian unity and considerably strengthened ecumenical relations in Normandy. Right up until his death he was a frequent representative of our Church at regional ecumenical meetings, and had built up personal links with Roman Catholics, Reformed, Adventists, Russian Orthodox and others. A plaque to Nigel will be erected in the church of St Quen de Verrieres, which has recently been restored as an ecumenical centre. Bishop Frank Sargeant gave an appreciation of Nigel’s ministry at a Thanksgiving Service held in Cheshire on 30th October. * * * Richard Ian Rogers (MCS 60–65) died on 30th October 2009, aged 62. Born in India of missionary parents, who greatly admired Gandhi’s ideas, Richard spent his early childhood in Ashram communities. Regarded as an outstanding Senior Prefect at Monkton. Richard trained initially in the Prison Service as an Assistant Governor, working in the Dover Borstal, and then for The Family Service Unit in Brent, North London working with problem families. He joined the Civil Service in 1978 as a direct entry Principal. From 1985 he served successively at the DTI during which time he held senior positions heading of a number of divisions. He was then Director of Senior Staff management and for the last six years Head of Company Law and Investigations at
the DTI, where he chaired the steering group that produced the Company Law Review in 2001. He married Alice, who he met at Cambridge, in 1970. They had two children, Miranda and Murray. * * * Harriet Emma Florence Moore (MCJS 93–00, MCS 01–03) died on 31st March 2010, in Peru, aged 23. She was the sister of Tom Moore (03). A large congregation was present at the service in celebration of Harriet’s life held in Wellow Church on 6th July. Among those present were: Euan Clarke (HM MCJS 94–99)(Hon) who gave a tribute, Michael Cuthbertson (HM MCS 90–05, Hon OM), Dawn Cuthbertson (Hon OM), Peter LeRoy (62) (HM MCJS 84–94), Angela LeRoy (Acting Head MCJS 91, Hon OM), Chris Stafford (HM MCJS/MP 99, Hon OM), Jane Stafford (Hon OM), Tim Dewes (Hon OM), Davd Date (Hon OM), Martyn Creeth (Hon OM), along with Simon Wilsher (Chairman of Governors) and a large number of Old Juniors and OMs. Donations to the Depression Alliance were invited in memory of Harriet. * * * Margaret Anne Weiss (née Bowerman) (OC) died on the 14th September 2009, aged 71. The funeral took place on 24th September in Schondorf, Vocklabruck, Austria. * * * Geoffrey Dalzel–Payne, who taught German at Monkton from 1976–88 died on 12th January 2010 aged 84. He is survived by his wife Dorothy, and son Philip who won a scholarship from MCJS to Cheltenham College, Geoffrey’s old school. Tim Dewes (Hon OM), OM General Secretary writes: “Geoffrey was very committed to his job, and was well–liked by pupils and staff alike. He gave a good deal both to the academic life of the school and to what went on outside the classroom. Many of us will recall his dog, Oscar, who accompanied him around the Monkton campus and was often summoned by Geoffrey in a particularly idiosyncratic way when the threatened to misbehave. Geoffrey was of course married to the Medical Sister, Dorothy, and they lived above the Dining Hall in what was then the San for many years”.
In an email to friends and family, Zoe’s mother, Lucy Evans, wrote the following most moving of tributes: “Zoe will have initially experienced gathering darkness before being swept towards the brightest and sweetest of all enveloping light as the angels gathered her spirit and sped her back to the God who made her, who had watched her play in his world, who redeemed her through His own death and resurrection, and so buying back the right to keep her, guard and nurture her in His presence for ever. She has gone ahead of us into His new heaven and His new earth. For her, there are no more tears, or any more pain, for the former things have passed away. I must tell you this alongside the other news details because we all want to know the truth of what happened, and for me, the eternal truth is now far more important than what happened in our sad, fallen and imperfect world 3 days ago. We can ask the question WHY and trust God fully that although his answer is deferred, it isn’t refused. There is an important difference, and we accept by faith that God has taken Zoe to heaven at the perfect moment FOR HER in this earthly life, desperately painful though that is for us now left with a huge gaping hole in our family.” Zoe’s funeral took place at Holy Trinity, Combe Down on Saturday 8 January. The service, led by Revd Paul Langham with Revd Jeremy Wordsworth paying tribute to Zoe in a moving eulogy, was a wonderfully uplifting occasion, attended by some 400 people, many of whom had been to school with Zoe at Monkton and Canford. Many tributes were paid, including ‘A letter to Zoe’ read by the whole family and ‘Granny’s Prayer’; Elizabeth and Anna both sang songs – ‘Weep no more’ by Patrick Doyle and ‘Let it be’ by Paul McCartney. After the service, there was an exhibition of Zoe’s paintings in the Church Rooms and a more informal gathering in the church, where people expressed their own particular and personal memories of Zoe. It was a wonderful day, providing happy memories for family and friends to cherish forever. Rest you then, rest, sad eyes, Melt not in weeping, While she lies sleeping Softly, softly, now softly lies Sleeping.
* * * It was with great sadness that the Monkton community learned of the death of Zoe Anderson, a former pupil at Monkton Prep School (MCJS 1993-1999). On Tuesday 28th December, Zoe aged 24, collapsed at her flat in Bath as a result of carbon-monoxide poisoning and never regained consciousness. 53
OM News: In Pictures
1. Rev Dr Harold Walter Adeney OBE (32) 2. Rowing at the Boat Club appeal in October (Mike Lapage (42), Steve Williams OBE (94))
3. Malcolm Murray Widdecombe (56) 4. Toby Jameson (99) was married to Angela Lockwood on 6th June 2010 5. Andy Fussell (84) – Founder of Fussell Fine Foods 6. Vincent Lau (00) Wedding 3
7. Harriet Emma Florence Moore (MCJS 93-00, MCS 01-03) 8. James Seaford (97) cycle-ride to raise money for Dorothy House Hospice-care 9. Lucy Sargison (05) in the Sovereign’s Parade
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10. Daniel Reid (02) married Nikita Taylor on 2nd August 2010. 11. Magpies celebrate the opening of the new all-weather hockey pitches in March 2010. 12. Peter Askew (87) runs in support of WRVS in the London Marathon. 13. Matt Wordsworth (01) married Dr. Harriet Kemp on 11th September 2010. In photo from left to right: Henry Kidd (ex MCJS), Euan Clarke (Hon OM), Jon Quayle (06), Harriet Wordsworth, Matt Wordsworth (01), Jack Nicholas (01), Hannah Martin (nĂŠe Ewart) (01), Simon Martin (01), Hugh Rittner (01), John Wordsworth (93), Tim Dewes (Hon OM), Sue Dewes (Hon OM). And in the front row: Mike Lynch (01), James Binns (01).
14. Paul Cundy (94) married Sara Cox on 23rd April 2010 In the photo from left to right, David Cundy (61), Tim Cundy (66), Josephine Perkins (94), Paul Cundy (94), Sara Cundy (nĂŠe Cox), Helen Gorrie (Hon OM), Donald Gorrie (Hon OM), Robert Cundy (92). 15. The St. Johns 14
Dates for your Diary 2011 Saturday 5th March Senior School Open Morning Saturday 12th March OM Club President’s Lunch, HMS Belfast, London Wednesday 16th March Super 7’s Prep Schools Netball Tournament Sunday 27th March OM Hockey (Please note this is a correction from the invitation) Friday 1st April OM Reunion Hamburg Saturday 2nd April OM Reunion Munich Thursday 5th May Prep Schools Maths & Science Challenge
Monkton Magazine Saturday 8th October Senior, Prep and Pre-Prep Opening Morning
Editors Sonia Rodrigo (Monkton Senior School)
Friday 4th November Knight Lecture Speaker: Dr Charles Farr (77), Director General of the Office of Security and Counter Terrorism
Jackie Love (Monkton Prep and Pre-Prep School)
Friday 18th November 10 years on, 2000 – 2001 Leavers’ Reunion – Ice Bar, London Wednesday 14th December Whole School Carol Service, Bath Abbey
2012 Saturday 4th February Pre-Prep & Prep School Open Morning
Friday 6th May Prep & Pre-Prep School Open Door Morning
Saturday 3rd March Senior School Open Morning
Saturday 14th May Senior School Open Door Morning
March OM Club President’s Lunch
Saturday 28th May Celebrating 50 years of Music at Monkton – Royal College of Music, London
Friday 4th May Pre-Prep & Prep School Open Morning
Saturday 11th June 2003 – 2004 OM Year Group Reunion – All Bar One, Waterloo, London
Peter LeRoy (OM Club) Photography Thank you to all those who have kindly submitted photographs for this issue of the Monkton Magazine. Design The English Group Feedback We would welcome your comments on this publication. Do please submit them to The Editors, The Monkton Magazine, Monkton Combe School, Bath, BA2 7HG Email: firstname.lastname@example.org OM News items for our website c/o Caroline Bone Alumni & Information Officer Monkton Combe School Bath, BA2 7HG Email: email@example.com Tel: +44 (0)1225 721154
Saturday 12th May Senior School Open Morning April/May Provisional “Official Opening” of New Music Centre
Saturday 25th June Celebrating 20 Years of co-education at Monkton
June Big Band Concert
Friday 1st July Big Band Concert on Longmead
June OM Sunday
Saturday 2nd July Senior School Prize Giving Saturday 9th July Prep School Prize Giving Autumn – Date TBC OM Business Forum Lunch Saturday 10th September OM Rugby Reunion Dinner Sunday 2nd October Super 12s Prep Schools Rugby Tournament
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