The Magazine recounts the activity of Monktonians, past and present. The successes of our students, and former-students, and the development of the school are things rightly to be proud of, and there is a great number of these. For many in the school, however, the greatest successes are harder to put DĂ€QJHURQÂ˛DVWXGHQWÂˇVLQFUHDVHG sense of value, a raised awareness of oneâ€™s own potential, a surge in the DELOLW\RIDQLQGLYLGXDOWRĂ RXULVKDV a human being are the precious results of ethos, structure, hard work and the conscientiousness of staff. Very often these human developments lie beneath the successes of students, because WKHLUUDLVHGFRQĂ€GHQFHKDVKHOSHG them to dare to aim higher, or the characterful changes lie on top of the schoolâ€™s developments as a new set of opportunities is made possible. Those French irregular verbs which I so struggled to master at my own prep school in the 1970s seem to me to be at the heart of it: â€˜to haveâ€™, â€˜to beâ€™ and â€˜to doâ€™. Our society places them Ă€UPO\LQDQRUGHUKDYLQJGRLQJEHLQJ Monkton is an environment in which young people can learn how â€˜to beâ€™ Ă€UVWÂśWRGRÂˇVHFRQGDQGÂśWRKDYHÂˇWKLUG
For many in the school community, the Christian ethos provides the basis for the secure establishment of this hierarchy of values: being, doing, having. For others, the establishment of their value system is a philosophical process. All our pupils engage, however, in this formation of values which is so important a part of maturation. In their book, The Narcissism Epidemic, the American psychologists Twenge and Campbell draw a distinction between self-admiration DQGVHOIH[SORUDWLRQ7KHĂ€UVW of these, encouraged by a media
â€œThe Magazine recounts the activity of Monktonians, past and present. The successes of our students, and former-students, and the development of the school are things rightly to be proud of, and there is a great number of these.â€? that wants to sell us a myriad of products which improve our physical or virtual â€˜brandâ€™, encourages us to acquire the accessories which make up a â€˜worthwhileâ€™ or â€˜impressiveâ€™ image. Meanwhile, self-exploration is a concerted and sustained process of discovering the reach of our abilities, and the beginnings of our limitations, a process which inevitably leads to an expansion of our capabilities. School is not â€“ or should not be â€“ a means by which young people are taught to become more effective and more pre-occupied narcissists. Instead, schools should encourage children to see just how good they could be at, for example, the piano, if they were to practise in a focussed way every day. At Monkton â€“ whether Senior, Prep or Pre-Prep â€“ pupils are engaged in this self-exploration, learning about their reach, its extent and its limitations, pushing out the boundaries of their possibilities, and coming to a secure understanding of their identity and nature. The security of this foundation leads, we believe, to lives which are not only adventurous and successful, but DUHDOVRFRQGXFWHGIRUWKHEHQHĂ€WRI wider interests than oneâ€™s own â€“ for philanthropy, for the help of others, for the building of communities, and often for the worship of God. These lives, both of past and present Monktonians, represent the real public EHQHĂ€WRIWKHVFKRRO,KRSHDOOUHDGHUV ZLOOĂ€QGWKDWWKH\DUHSURXGRIWKHP as we are. Richard Backhouse Principal 1
Contents FEATURES 1. From the Principal An introduction by Monkton Principal, Richard Backhouse 4. An OM Welcome Celebrating 2012 with OM Club General Secretary, Tim Dewes 5. Once Upon a Time Celebrating an outstanding ISI report at the Pre-Prep 8. Olympic Fever Hits Monkton A collection of Monkton’s memories from the 2012 Games 14. A Celebration and a Feast... Fit for a Queen Jubilations at the Pre-Prep with bunting and plenty of cakes 16. Private Peaceful Another memorable stage performance by the Prep School 18. Call the Matrons! Our dedicated sisters recount their vital role at Monkton 20. Wow! What a Website Our new website goes down a storm 23. Monkton’s Green Valley to the Slums of Uganda The Call family give us their account of a year spent volunteering in Uganda 27. Kate Jain Celebrating the successes of hockey player and OM Kate Jain 2 Monkton MonktonMagazine Magazine
28. Celebrating a Musical Masterpiece Our new Music Centre is opened to a glorious musical extravaganza 30. Julian Bewick Ninety guests gather to honour Mr B’s 70th Birthday 32. Ridgeons: 100 Years of an Old Monktonian Business The Ridgeon Group is still in the family after four generations 34. Roo Panes: The New Face of Burberry We talk to Roo about his blossoming career in music and fashion 36. OMs in the World of Finance We look at some very different careers of Old Monktonians 38. Anthologise Monkton pupils win a national competition aimed at increasing the SURÀOHRISRHWU\ 40. Mike Rose What is life like for a professional boxer? 42. Rekindling Monkton Friendships OMs Richard Ford and Hugh Cartwright reunite
p5 Once Upon a Time Celebrating an outstanding ISI report at the Pre-Prep
p8 Olympic Fever Hits Monkton A collection of Monktonâ€™s memories from the 2012 Games.
p16 Private Peaceful Another memorable stage performance by the Prep School
p14 A Celebration and a Feast... Fit for a Queen Jubilations at the Pre-Prep with bunting and plenty of cakes
p23 Monktonâ€™s Green Valley to the Slums of Uganda The Call family give us their account of a year spent volunteering in Uganda
An OM Welcome Greetings from all of us at Monkton! May I commend this edition of the Magazine to you, the fourth one since the new format was introduced in 2010. We have tried hard both to listen to the comments about last yearâ€™s publication, and to act on them, so there is much to enjoy in these pages. Personally, I have really enjoyed 2012 and all the contact I have had with OMs. The occasion which brought together the greatest number was the wonderful opening of the new Music Centre in June. What a great occasion of celebration it was! And what a gathering of all the different parts of the Monkton family, including the OM community, who turned out in force, many remembering fondly the old music department building and some of the great musicians who had taught or learned there.
â€œPersonally, I have really enjoyed 2012 and all the contact I have had with OMs. The occasion which brought together the greatest number was the wonderful opening of the new Music Centre in June. What a great occasion of celebration it was!â€? Another occasion of celebration also took place in June, as we marked 20 years of Monkton being fully co-ed. This was an occasion for the girls, and a huge number came, including a large contingent from Clarendon School, who we were delighted to welcome and, for whom, the day had special memories. As one who has only (!) been at Monkton for 30 years, it was very humbling to have met a number of women whose memory of Clarendon goes back considerably longer than that, and who were genuinely pleased to be able to come and be part of the day. One focal point was the visit to Clarendon House, which came into existence when the school went co-ed in 1992, and has become very much part of the Monkton community since then. At least one of each of the houseparent teams who 4 Monkton Magazine
have served Clarendon since then was present, and the women who visited the House were able to see how boarding has changed since the more austere days of Bedford, Abergele or even Malvern. One other larger occasion deserves PHQWLRQ)RUWKHĂ€UVWWLPHWKLV\HDUZH laid on an afternoon at The Windmill pub in Clapham, and invited any OMs in the area to join us. 33 took up the invite and we had a very good afternoon together, which for some went on well into the evening! We plan to make this an annual event, so if you could not make it last year, do plan to join us this year on 19th October. :KLOVWWKHVHKDYHEHHQWKHKLJKSURĂ€OH events of the year, I have also enjoyed meeting up with a number of OMs in smaller groups or else on their own. Some of these meetings have been at universities (I have been as far north as Manchester and Leeds this year, and as far south as Canterbury), and others have typically been in London, Bristol or Bath. I value these meetings enormously, and it is good to be able to reminisce about school-days as well as to bring OMs up to date with what is happening at Monkton. And, of course, there have been some excellent sporting occasions this year. OMs have played the School at Hockey (boys and girls), netball and cricket, and there have been some hard-fought games played in a very good spirit. Any reader of this Magazine who would like to take part this year, and who has somehow escaped my clutches thus far, is encouraged to contact the OM Club at the School. We hope you will be able to join us for one or more OM events this year. There are several reunions planned, notably a 10 year reunion in May, but perhaps the biggest occasion is the OMs in Business drinks reception at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge on 2nd May. A number of you will have received invitations for this prestigious event, but if not, you and any of your OM friends who work in the world of business are very welcome to join us.We aim to make this an enjoyable but also useful evening of networking amongst the OM community. Finally, a challenge: if you havenâ€™t been to an OM occasion before, or not for a long time â€“ why not make 2013 the year when you re-connect with your old school? We would love to see you. Tim Dewes OM Club Secretary
Once Upon a Time At the Pre-Prep we were so delighted with our ‘outstanding’ and ‘excellent’ ISI and OFSTED inspection report last June. Having had time to reflect on that success, I sat down with our marketing department and decided that it was time to start singing from the rooftops about our success! By Kathryn Morrell 5
As many of you know, Monkton Pre-Prep has been Bathâ€™s best kept secret for some time. People who know the Pre-Prep well, talk about it with an affection which borders on passion! Itâ€™s great that those who know Monkton well are so proud of it, but weâ€™d like others to know too and we realised that it was time to start shouting a little louder about what is the best Pre-Prep in Bath. We would like the Pre-Prep to be a bigger part of the local community which people want to boast about, as those who live in Bath might boast about the Roman Baths or the Royal Crescent. There is a strong history of families moving to Bath because of Monkton, and we want to continue to be one of the cityâ€™s great assets. We wanted to tell people about the creativity, passion for learning and the wonderful opportunities that are available here at the Pre-Prep. :HZHUHWKHĂ€UVWVFKRROLQ%DWK to introduce the woodland H[SORUHUVWKHĂ€UVWWREXLOGDQ outdoor classroom, to teach Mandarin, and we have just started teaching tennis for years 1 and 2. In our new adverts, marketing material and posters you will see words and pictures that immediately transport you into a world of story-telling. Words such as â€˜Once Upon a Timeâ€™, â€˜Bathâ€™s hidden jewelâ€™, â€˜In a magical land not far awayâ€™, alongside pictures of fairies, dragons, rockets and globes. With the help of Jack Owen and his team at Ice House Design, we were soon in possession of some really H[FLWLQJQHZPDWHULDODQGWKHĂ€UVW and most important thing to do was to share it!
At the end of January, we held a preview launch party to share these exciting developments. Guests included a large number of parents along with representatives from key Bath organisations with which Monkton is forming partnerships including Owen McNeir, Development Director at the Bath Festivals; Marnie Whiting, Head of Development at the Holburne Museum; Neal Wood, Associate Director from Hamptons International; and Clare Dent, Placement Co-ordinator with Norland College, to name just a few! Large rockets, dragons and fairies adorned the rooms of Monktonâ€™s new Music Centre as guests mingled and swapped their own stories. I was extremely lucky to be able to share my passion for story-telling and explain its importance for young children and adults as all literature, and literacy, is born from the human need to tell stories â€“ to tell stories about onesâ€™ self or about others.
â€œAs many of you know, Monkton Pre-Prep has been Bathâ€™s best kept secret for some time. People who know the Pre-Prep well, talk about it with an affection which borders on passion!â€? Our partners who attended â€“ Theatre Royal, Egg, Bath Festivals, Holburne Museum â€“ have their very essence of being rooted in the world of narrative and story making. That is why we are so excited to forge these partnerships. It is important for us as a school to see our pupils continuing their education and learning in such wonderful places. We are extremely fortunate in Bath to be so richly surrounded by cultural organisations that support and endorse what we teach in the classroom and I look forward to on-going partnerships and more story-making opportunities throughout the year. So the scene is set â€“ the Pre-Prep story will be told in many places far and wide across the Bath area in the months to come. I am looking forward to taking my story-making material with me to libraries, toddler groups, nurseries, farm shops â€“ I canâ€™t wait! Mrs Kathryn Morrell Head
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Olympic Fever Hits Monkton
From the moment IOC President, Jacques Rogge, announced London as the host city of the 2012 Olympic Games back in 2005, the UK was gripped with anticipation and excitement. Seven years preparation ended in an unprecedented and unforgettable festival of sporting excellence. Monkton had its own reasons to celebrate in this statement of national pride, which coursed through the nationâ€™s veins. It was truly a summer that will be forever etched in the memories of all who participated, be it cheering at the screens in our homes, following the torch procession, being lucky enough to hold tickets to some of the events, or take part in what will be remembered simply as London 2012. 8 Monkton Magazine
Images: Mike Lapage running through St Austell with the torch A group of Prep School children watch the torch making its way through the city of Bath
For some, the sporting party began with the arrival of the Olympic torch. This iconic symbol of the 30th Olympiad brought with it the chance for some past and present sporting luminaries to write their own name into the rich tapestry of Olympic history. The torch entered UK soil early in May for the start of its epic voyage around the British Isles. For OM Mike Lapage (42), silver medalist at the last home Olympics in 1948, London 2012 began when he
For some, the sporting party began with the arrival of the Olympic torch. This iconic symbol of the 30th Olympiad brought with it the chance for some past and present sporting luminaries to write their own name into the rich tapestry of Olympic history. was asked to be torch-bearer number 92, running through the Cornish town of St Austell on 19 May. Mike has been described as an inspirational Olympian FRPSHWLQJLQWKHÀUVW*DPHVDIWHU World War II with very little support or resource to do so. Crew member in the men’s 8, Mike is part of an impressive group of Monkton rowing alumni, which includes fellow medalists: Ran Laurie (28) took Gold in the men’s eight in 1936, followed by another Gold in 1948 in the coxless pairs, Peter Kirkpatrick (35) won Bronze in 1948, Steve Williams OBE (94) took Gold in 2004 and again in 2008, Alex Partridge (99) gained a Silver medal in 2008 and backed it up with Bronze in London in 2012, Rowley Douglas MBE (95) won Gold at Sydney in 2000, and Monkton’s new director of rowing, Matt Wells, won a Bronze medal in 2008.
Olympic OMs Monkton will never underestimate the training and perseverance that it takes to become an outstanding athlete. Here are some of our Old Monktonians who have represented Monkton throughout the past century: oarsman, Paul Mellows (40) represented Great Britain at the 1948 Olympics, Ian Lang (46) was a member of the GB rowing team in the same year, and shot-putter Barclay Palmer (50) competed in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne. John Chester (54) rowed in Italy in 1960, James Morris (60) played hockey at the Mexico Games in 1968, and Peter Webb (59) was part of the double skull in 1964 in Japan. 9
The Senior School was delighted to welcome Wenlock and Mandeville, the official London 2012 mascots, when it held its own Olympic Celebration Day in mid June. Over three hundred people dressed patriotically in red, white and blue to show their support for Team GB, made it down to the event. As well as trying out some new sports, they were able WRVLJQDKXJH8QLRQ-DFNﾃ．JWRZLVK the team good luck.
Inspiring a Generation Much has been made of the Olympic legacy, and the effect that a home Games can have on young aspiring athletes of the future. So when Bath Bullet, Jason Gardener, visited the Nursery, the children could not contain their excitement. Jason brought in his Gold medal won in the 4 x 100m sprint relay in the 2004 Games in Athens and generously let them hold and wear it! He even showed them how to run the 100m as part of their own mini Olympics, which they embraced whole-heartedly. Few were able to catch him! The Olympic theme continued later in May when 600 Prep School children from four local schools converged at the Prep School for their own Olympic Celebration Day. They were given taster sessions in a variety of Olympic Sports coached by ex-Olympians and school staff, in Water Polo, synchronised swimming, rowing, judo and fencing. The day opened and closed with a real Olympic Torch procession and a lot RIﾃ．JZDYLQJDQGEDOORRQUDLVLQJ 10 Monkton Magazine
Monkton’s Memories from Staff Robert Campbell
(Head of Economics and Business Studies, Monkton Senior School) My main memory of the event is that it was superbly organised. We were quickly pointed to our seating in the main stadium and there was great excitement and a fantastic atmosphere as the stadium was full to capacity. We were overwhelmed with the achievement of the participants. Near to where we sat were blind women doing the long jump. 7KHQZHVDZSHRSOHZLWKDUWLÀFLDO legs run a 100m sprint, dwarves threw the javelin, and wheel chair men raced over 400m. The atmosphere was electric. Every single participant was cheered loudly from the start until WKHÀQLVKRIWKHLUHYHQW The participants were great role models to us, showing that even if you have obstacles in life you can make a lot of what you do have. There were Mexican waves going around the stadium and lively music which created the feeling of a festival.
This event made you proud to be British. We had put on a superb event, built some amazing structures and to top it all, we even managed to win lots of medals – I loved every moment of it! Can we do it again please?
(Director of Welfare and Girls, Monkton Senior School) “I loved every minute and was totally bereft when it all came to an end!!”
Rachel and Andy Glasgow
We watched hockey at the stadium and then watched England lose to Korea in football at the Millennium Stadium. We had to watch Super Saturday on our phones which was more interesting than a terrible football match!
(Head of PSHE, Monkton Prep) My Olympics experience was a tiring, but fantastic two weeks. I was employed as part of the security team that looked after the sailors in the Olympic Sailing Village in Weymouth. The main part of my duties was to ensure that all the sailors were able to get from their accommodation to their boats without any stress, although I was also part of a team that showed the â€˜Olympic Familyâ€™ around the venue. I managed to meet Princess Anne (charming) and Prince Philip (not soâ€Ś). Unfortunately, I was not on duty the day the Duchess of Cambridge visited Weymouth. I also had a couple of days work on the Nothe, where the spectators watched the sailing. It was wonderful to be a part of a common sense of patriotism and pride, in what our country was showing the world, although I often had to pretend that I knew more about boats than I actually do!
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â€œIt was wonderful to be a part of a common sense of patriotism and pride, in what our country was showing the world, although I often had to pretend that I knew more about boats than I actually do!â€? Undoubtedly, the highlight was being there for Ben Ainslieâ€™s Gold medal FHUHPRQ\:HKDGIROORZHGWKHĂ€QDO race on iPhones, as the race course was some miles from the venue, and there was a lot of emotion when Ben came onto the beach. Although there had been a rumour of some protestors disrupting the ceremony, it all went smoothly, and I managed to hold the medal â€“ it was unbelievably heavy! As my working day tended to be from 05:30 â€“ 16:00, it meant that I still managed to catch a lot of the action from London on the television and I felt a full part of the whole experience. It is something that I will remember for the rest of my life â€Ś although Iâ€™m quite happy never to see the purple polyester jacket again.
The Legacy Burns Bright Sharron Davies
7KHĂ DPHLVH[WLQJXLVKHGEXWWKH legacy goes on and Monkton welcomed several guests to the school to talk about their careers in sport. First up, swimmer, Sharron Davies MBE and Olympic Silver medallist in Moscow. Sharron talked passionately about how she has gone on to apply her talents to life beyond the swimming pool as one of the countryâ€™s most dedicated charity fund raisers. Monktonâ€™s Head Girl, Imogen Graham, said it was a privilege to meet Sharron. â€˜The London Olympics were fantastic, and it was amazing to hear what Sharron had to go through to win her Silver medal in Moscow. It has inspired all of us to try our very bestâ€™. Richard Backhouse, Monktonâ€™s Principal, commented: â€˜Sharronâ€™s story shows what real dedication, effort and will can achieve, and someone who has reached the top can use their fame and experience to help others who are less fortunate. These are some of the values we try to instil in all our pupilsâ€™.
OM Alex Partridge returned to Monkton to launch a new sports society in his name. He told a gathering of A Level students, rowers and staff that he had happy memories of his time at Monkton (he left in 1999) and that it was the early assistance from coaches, Julian Bewick and David Connington, which set him on the right path to World Championship and Olympic success. His dedication, work ethic and desire to reach the top of his chosen profession impressed on the current pupils that VDFULĂ€FHVZRXOGKDYHWREHPDGHLIWKH\ too wished to reach their peak.
Monkton Senior School was delighted to announce the appointment of quadruple Olympian, Matt Wells, as Director of Rowing. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he won a Bronze medal in the menâ€™s double sculls, missing a Silver by just 4 hundredths of a second. At London 2012, Matt ZDVWKHVWURNHRIWKHĂ€UVW*%4XDG HYHUWRPDNHDQ2O\PSLFĂ€QDOZKHUH drawn in an unfavoured lane in a GLIĂ€FXOWZLQGWKH\FDPHWK Mattâ€™s enthusiasm for rowing certainly matches his expertise and he has hit the ground running since starting at Monkton. Even when the rivers were freezing and bursting their banks throughout January, Matt and his pupils could be seen rowing on the Ă RRGHGĂ€HOGVRI0RQNWRQ$QGZKHQ this wasnâ€™t possible, Matt arranged for 30 indoor rowing machines to be set up in the school gym in order for WKHSXSLOVWRLPSURYHWKHLUĂ€WQHVVLQ preparation for the competitions they have entered throughout 2013. As Monkton invests in the future, through sports facilities and coaches, such as Matt Wells, we look forward to carrying the London 2012 legacy forward. Through this development and constant, never ending improvement, we can continue to ignite the passion and dedication that is required to achieve what so many former pupils have achieved in the past. 13
A Celebration and a Feast Fit for a Queen!
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On 6th February 2012, The Queen became only the second British Monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh travelled throughout the UK meeting people of all ages, religions and backgrounds as part of their intensive jubilee programme consisting of garden parties and a variety of other engagements with the focal point of their year-long celebrations being The Jubilee Weekend in June! Whether itâ€™s Christmas, Easter or even Harvest, Monkton Pre Prep needs little reason to organise a party! Mrs Morrell, with the support of many parents all eager to help as part of this special occasion, joined communities all over the UK as they organised a party to remember. Councils received almost 9,500 road closure applications for Diamond Jubilee street parties and an estimated 8.5 million people in the UK took part â€“ and Monkton was no exception. Kings, queens, tiaras, thrones, bunting, Ă DJVHJJVDQGZLFKHVVDXVDJHVRQ sticks, cakes, two Life Guards from Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty The Queen and even the sunshine made it to the Diamond Jubilee Party at the Pre-Prep! A long line of red, white and blue balloons bobbed up and down in the breeze as the children processed from WKH3UH3UHSLQDOOWKHLUĂ€QHU\WRSDVV on their best wishes to the wonderful life-size cardboard cut-out of the Queen. Head teacher, Mrs Morrell, read a special Jubilee Prayer and then it was time to tuck into a banquet that the children and parents will remember for a long, long time! The party packed SLFQLFVZRXOGKDYHVDWLVĂ€HGDQ\ appetite and there was a non-stop supply of delicious food available to the young party goers. At the centre of all the fun was a truly spectacular sight. In the middle of the celebration stood a table adorned with a beautiful array of cupcakes that surrounded a union jack cake that looked as if it had just jumped from the page of a Roald Dahl book, along with the words ... whipple scrumptious! Kathryn Morrell commented, â€œA huge thank you to the very dedicated and talented mums who not only created a wonderful traditional street party but a truly memorable day which we hope all our pupils will remember and cherish for years to come.â€?
The Pre-Prep also used the book â€˜The Queenâ€™s Knickersâ€™ by Nicholas Allen as part of their Jubilee celebrations. The gently humorous book tells the tale of a little girl who is looking forward to a visit from the Queen to her school and wonders what knickers Her Majesty will wear! Will they be her tartan Balmoral pair, KHUĂ RUDOÂś*DUGHQ3DUW\ÂˇSDLURUKHU VIP pair for the opening of Parliament?
A long line of red, white and blue balloons bobbed up and down in the breeze as the children processed from the Pre-Prep in all their finery to pass on their best wishes to the wonderful life-size cardboard cut-out of the Queen. The book was shared with the children and they were then challenged to design a new pair of pants for Her Majesty. The children enthusiastically participated and designs from corgis to tiaras appeared, and even the Olympic symbols featured on one pair. The results were duly judged and the winning pupils were rewarded with their own pair of Jubilee pants adorned with Union Jacks! 15
Private Peaceful Each year Monktonâ€™s pupils spend hours learning lines, rehearsing routines and getting themselves into character.
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Whether itâ€™s the delivery of the Pre-Prep Nativity to an audience of eager parents armed with digital cameras all tightly huddled in the School Chapel, or the senior pupils splashed with make-up and dressed in elaborate costumes for their production of The Pirates of Penzance, the performances are always memorable. Monkton has always been a place of creativity, where passion for the performing arts is on a par with as its success in sport and its enthusiasm for music. A perfect example of this passion was Monkton Prepâ€™s performance of Private Peaceful, a play that has been described DVÂśDQXQĂ LQFKLQJH[DPLQDWLRQRI the horrors of war and the injustice surrounding the execution of soldiers E\Ă€ULQJVTXDGRQWKHÂ˛RIWHQIDOVH â€“ grounds of desertion or cowardice.â€™ Private Peaceful is a novel for older FKLOGUHQE\0LFKDHO0RUSXUJRĂ€UVW published in 2003. It is about a soldier called Thomas â€˜Tommoâ€™ Peaceful, who is looking back on his life from the trenches of World War I in France. Structurally, each chapter of the book brings the reader closer to the present until the story turns to present tense. The story especially underlines the senselessness of war and ineptitude RIWKHFRPPDQGLQJRIĂ€FHU
Monkton has always been a place of creativity, where passion for the performing arts is on a par with as its success in sport and its enthusiasm for music. The book was adapted into a play of WKHVDPHQDPHE\6LPRQ5HDGHĂ€UVW performed at the Bristol Old Vic in April 2004, and starred Alexander Campbell. Later, the production enjoyed sell-out transfers to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Londonâ€™s West End, and then toured the UK. $VZLWKDQ\JRRGERRNRUĂ€OPSLHFH of music or painting, there is usually a person who has exhausted their time to ensure that something of their creation is etched into our memories. At Monkton Prep, there is Philip Sampey, Fiona Leakey and a team of hardworking staff that busily worked behind the scenes to ensure that the lighting, costumes, the set, the cast and the performance leave their audience entertained. Head of English at Monkton Prep, Philip Sampey, shared his thoughts: â€˜The play was very well received by the audiences. The heart-rending tale of the Peaceful brothers during World War I tugged at the heartstrings from the oldest members of the audience to the youngest, but they were all able to sing along at the curtain call to some of the well-known songs of the time. As the play drew to a close, the poignant last meeting of the brothers, Charlie and Tommo, was touchingly enacted by Edward Matthews and Felix Gate respectively. The storyline was movingly told throughout the play by Max Burrows, playing the part of Tommo, as the narrator. There were touching scenes between Tommo and Molly, played by Tom Burrows and Gracie Fry, whilst the domestic scenes were well represented by Louise Smallbone playing the part of Mrs Peaceful, and the rest of the Peaceful family. This was a stirring tale acted out by an outstanding cast.â€™ 17
We try to look smart and easily LGHQWLĂ€DEOHLQRXUVLVWHUO\XQLIRUPV and sensible shoes; no nail varnish or jewellery except modest earrings! We all trained at a time when the Sisters UXOHGWKHZDUGVZLWKDĂ€UPEXWNLQG hand, and nursing was truly a vocation. We aim to provide a home from home for children who are unwell and be a support for parents who often work long hours or are away, so if their children are ill they know they are being taken care of. Our care extends beyond the pupils, to the whole school community, tending to every physical (and emotional) illness, injury and incident that requires attention. With a large contingent of support staff, including the grounds-men, the catering department and the maintenance team, there is plenty of scope for the medical centre to be kept busy!
Call the Matrons! It sounds rather nostalgic, but there are certain old fashioned values that, as school nurses, we have held onto and have brought to Monkton Prep.
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of course, just so much going on, and our role over the years has morphed to encompass things well beyond the surgery door. We are not solely the purveyors of paracetamol and icepacks, and the checkers of rashes and nits. We have been known to run up the odd costume for a school play, oversee a cookery activity for boarders, repair an injured favourite teddy, or the slightly more challenging task of speaking French on the school trip to France! We are the automatic port of call for a plethora of incidents â€“ extricating â€˜Science Puttyâ€™ from hair, removing VWXFNĂ€QJHUVIURPKROHVLQSURWUDFWRUV searching for that iPod that never found its way out of a trouser pocket before going in the laundry bag, separating Ă€QJHUVWKDWKDYHEHFRPHJOXHG together (donâ€™t ask) and encouraging that reluctant milk tooth out (to be placed carefully in an envelope to go home for the tooth fairy). As our school colleagues frantically navigate their way through the day GRZQEHORZRQWKHÂśVKRSĂ RRUÂˇ we occupy a rather peaceful location at the top of the boarding house with the most beautiful views of the Midford Valley and the surrounding countryside. We have, quite literally, a birdsâ€™ eye view of whatâ€™s going on below, keeping an eye on the hockey games on the astro, spotting foxes and deer on Sham Field, and watching the RAF Hercules swoop low and slow across the valley.
There is nearly 100 years of experience between the three nursing staff, (yes hard to believe we know, but true). From ITU to the operating theatres, nursing in the NHS, in the RAF and in the community, we bring a breadth of expertise, coupled with our experience as mothers, and for some, also the experience as parents of pupils at Monkton.
Sadly, we are a busy bunch and have little time to stand and stare. Most days ZHKDYHDVWHDG\Ă RZRIFXVWRPHUV large and small, bringing with them a vast range of problems, illness, injury and issues of concern. Working up here, we assume that if anyone comes to see us and has managed to ascend WKHIRXUĂ LJKWVRIVWDLUVWKH\GHĂ€QLWHO\ need our attention. However, naturally, not all can manage this weary climb, and as we are rather a compassionate lot, we have developed a second 0HGLFDO&HQWUHRQWKHJURXQGĂ RRU an invaluable spot for treating sports injuries and where we have located our emergency equipment.
Working in a non-medical environment can be a constant challenge, and we work hard to ensure that we practice to the standards laid down by the Royal College of Nursing and the Nursing and Midwifery Council, so we can provide the best possible care. But being at Monkton there is,
We are constantly adapting to the changing needs of our customers. 'RZHSXWWKHĂ€UVWDLGEDJVLQ Reception so they are not left behind for matches and trips off site, or do we keep them in the Medical Centre so we know if they have been taken or not? All answers gratefully received!
As a team, we attend regular training courses to keep us up-to-date with best nursing practice in a school environment, and this forms part of the requirement for maintaining our professional registration. It also gives us the chance to meet other nurses who work in independent schools â€“ we are a relatively rare breed of nurse! Working largely on our own, it is most important that we have the support of nursing colleagues and the information we gain allows us to update our working practice and share valuable information and advice. As non-teaching staff â€“ or support staff â€“ we are in a rather unique position to be advocates for the staff and pupils. It is so much easier for a Graduate Teaching Assistant to go back to bed with a ghastly cold if we give them permission, and for us to gently encourage pupils back to school after an upset. For some, their visit to us can be a need to sit still for a while, to share a worry, or provide an opportunity to collect their thoughts, RUMXVWEHDWLPHWRUHĂ HFWDZD\IURP the hubbub of school life. We provide a safe, quiet and listening place.
â€œWe are the automatic port of call for a plethora of incidents â€“ extricating â€˜Science Puttyâ€™ from hair and removing stuck fingers from holes in protractors.â€? One of the most important aspects of our role at Monkton is that we get to know all the children very well. We notice who is friends with who, we watch the dynamics of the pupils quietly from the side lines, and we know the disposition of the children ZKHQWKH\DUHĂ€WDQGZHOOVRZHFDQ quickly pick up and read the signs when they are not. As part of the Boarding House Team, we can support the boarding staff and be a port of call for pupils who are worried, home sick, or unwell.
Good communication is perhaps the most important thing in helping us to be effective and, without breaking FRQĂ€GHQWLDOLW\ZHHQVXUHWKDWFRQFHUQV about pupils are raised with colleagues so that they can be supported. How do you know if a child is trying to avoid a lesson? Ask, â€œIf you were invited to a party today, would you be OK to goâ€?? If the answer is an enthusiastic â€˜yesâ€™, then dispatch to class! How do you ensure medicines are taken? Posture the idea that they do not work in the package or bottle! Why does ice workâ€Ś? We do not know, but it does. (We do know really!). What is rather lovely about our job is the variety and scope of our work here, encouraging each other and working in this wonderful school. We view nursing as a huge privilege, and looking after the children at Monkton is a very special role indeed! Image: The Prep-School nursing team: Claire Wiley, Amanda Nulliah, Sue Graham 19
Wow! What a Website A website can be a complicated beast. Re-designing one needs careful planning and research not-to-mention some visual notion of the end product, if a racehorse is not to become, by accident, a camel.
At Monkton, in early November 2012, DIWHUWZR\HDUVLQSURGXFWLRQWKHĂ€QDO pieces of the jigsaw that would be a brand new website fell into place. The schoolâ€™s Web Developer, Emma Shakespeare, explains the agony and the ecstasy of an exhaustive creative process. 20 Monkton Magazine
At what point does it feel time to radically change a website? Perhaps it has begun to look dated, seem lacking in functionality or, in order to keep up with current trends strutting the catwalk of digital fashion, does it merely require a more dynamic, eye-catching cut to its jib. These issues were niggling us at the end of 2010 when Monkton decided to take a long hard look at its online image. Personally, I remember having doubts that there was any real need for major changes. Unashamedly biased, I thought our website looked pretty good and was performing well. Indeed, other visitors to it â€“ non-Monktonians â€“ FRQĂ€UPHGWKLVZLWKXQVROLFLWHGWZHHWV of praise. I feared we might simply be surrendering to the standard IT mantra that says â€˜change for changeâ€™s sakeâ€™ is perfectly admissible, given that the latest model is always better than the previous. I didnâ€™t subscribe. I thought LILWDLQÂˇWEURNHZK\Ă€[LW It transpires, however, I was wrong... there is always room for improvement. But, like Raffa Nadalâ€™s lethal serve, itâ€™s all a matter of timing. As it happens, around this time there was a factor in the equation that tipped the scales in favour of change, indeed made it rather urgent. We were running short on our core supply of school prospectus and it begged the question: should we reprint another 6,000 copies, updating the normally enclosed DVD and CD discs â€“ a fairly expensive operation? Or, was this not the ideal moment to go digital and integrate prospectus into website, simultaneously giving a mutual makeover to both? After much discussion, and with an eye Ă€UPO\RQWKHIXWXUHLWZDVGHFLGHGWR create a new all-singing-and-dancing website. It would include an engaging SURPRWLRQDOYLGHREHDĂ€UVWFODVV information hub; host all school publications digitally; be a portal to the alumni network of Old Monktonians; present news stories and events calendars; incorporate Twitter and Facebook accounts, and answer every question a prospective parent might ask. With all this information available online, supported by galleries of pictures and short videos, the need for a hard copy prospectus would disappear. An accompanying small, environmentally friendly, prospectus â€˜tasterâ€™ would replace it.
In discussions, it all made sense and, I have to confess, had an exciting whiff of challenge and revolution. Change it is, so tally ho! But where and how do you actually start? Itâ€™s time to move from blue sky theory to practical action, to turn wishful thinking into the tangible reality of a working brief or treatment. We know we want the new website to feature, up front on page one, a fastPRYLQJH\HFDWFKLQJĂ€OPWKDWFDSWXUHV the very heartbeat of Monkton. In style, it should be upbeat, lively, engaging, whilst at the same time conveying with integrity an honest message about the ethos of the School and what life there is really like.
â€œIn discussions, it all made sense and, I have to confess, had an exciting whiff of challenge and revolution.â€? It should have an entertaining variety of imagery showing activity, fun, studying, sport, relaxation and playtimes set in an especially beautiful location MXVWRXWVLGH%DWK7KHĂ€OPPXVWVLW FRPIRUWDEO\ZLWKLQDQGUHĂ HFWLQ something of a fractal way, both a part and the whole of a website studded with bells and whistles of its own. Combined, they will represent an information hub with enough topical school news and informed general content to draw interested global users back again and again. Thereâ€™s our brief, so who can deliver it?
our vision for the future was. This â€˜getting-to-know-youâ€™ process, known as Situation Analysis, sounds rather grand, but it does a very important job. From it, Pixillion determined our own unique Monkton SURĂ€OHÂ˛RXUEUDQGÂˇV8637KHĂ€UVWSDUW of the puzzle, the surrounding edges that frame the jigsaw, were in place. Working closely with our Development 2IĂ€FHXVLQJ6LWXDWLRQ$QDO\VLVÂ˛D seminal document â€“ Pixillion moved on to the next stage of the process. Wire-framing is not a word that immediately evokes excitement and anticipation, but it was nevertheless a most important part of our creative process. Wire-framing is the chalkmarked, loosely pinned together, pieces of material that eventually ZLOOEHDGMXVWHGĂ€QHFXWDQGVWLWFKHG together to make the completed dress or suit. Although rather crude, and REYLRXVO\XQĂ€QLVKHGWKHZLUHIUDPH is the website with no clothes. It is GHYRLGRIĂ€QHUDHVWKHWLFWRXFKHV But it does allow us to experiment with where all the key elements of content might sit. Shape, colour, style and position can be manipulated with impunity and reversibly. Without wire-framing, real design cannot begin. Pixillion now had a framework on which to build some designs and LGHDVSURMHFWLQJKRZĂ€QLVKHGDUWLFOHV might look. Whilst the wire-framers and programmers were focussed on designing the website, Remco Merbis, Pixillionâ€™s CEO, was busy thinking up LGHDVIRUWKHĂ€OP
Enter Pixillion, a digital agency based in Bristol. With an impressive portfolio of credits that includes The Royal Geographical Society, Icon Films, The National Trust, and Wickes Hardware, Pixillionâ€™s willingness to think outside the box was hugely attractive to us at Monkton. We interviewed many companies, but Pixillion came across creatively as something different with an encouraging positive attitude that anything was possible.
Remco and his business associate, Gary Lake, both shoot video, take stills and design websites. They work in tandem and sang from the same hymn VKHHWDVIDUDVLGHDVIRUWKHĂ€OPZHUH concerned. How do we get a message across without using narration or dialogue? The Silent Movie era carried forward the plot admirably by simply using caption boards with text between VFHQHV7KHĂ€OPPDNHUVGHFLGHGWRXVH the same technique, although instead of separate caption boards, they would KDYHSDUWLFLSDQWVLQWKHĂ€OPKROGWKH boards with the relevant text written on each one.
They started the task by researching what makes Monkton tick; where its strengths lie, how pupils feel about their school, what made parents choose it for their children, and what
They decided to pose the question: â€˜What will your day at Monkton be like?â€™ The children asked it by holding a board â€“ each displaying one word â€“ in eight different locations across the 21
three schools. The production team had the task of ensuring that the boards were used in different situations such that a wide spread of activities were accounted for. The motif ran WKURXJKWKHĂ€OPDJDLQVWWKHEDFNGURS of a catchy theme tune. The closing sequence spelled out the sentence in full. On completion, such was the TXDOLW\RIWKHĂ€OPLQJWKDWZHDOOUHDOLVHG there was far too much material to go LQRQHĂ€OPDQGVRLWZDVGHFLGHGWKDW HDFKVFKRROZRXOGKDYHWKHLURZQĂ€OP DVZHOODVWKHJHQHULFĂ€OPWKDWZRXOG play on the home page. :LWKĂ€OPLQJODUJHO\GRQH3L[LOOLRQ continued with the main task of building the website. At the beginning of June, they were ready to unveil their creation. We wanted a Wow! factor, something that would make us stand apart from other schools. We had an exceptional bank of still images taken by top photographer, Sean Pollock, and we were keen to see how the Situation $QDO\VLVWKH:LUHIUDPLQJWKHĂ€OPLQJ and our still images would mould together into a website. The â€˜big unveilâ€™ and we were shown the Home page, pretty much as it stands QRZEXWZLWKDVWDQGLQĂ€OPDERXW ,UHODQGSOD\LQJEHKLQG2QFHRXUĂ€OP was complete, it would be compressed enough to play on most connections in a loop and start once the homepage 22 Monkton Magazine
button was hit.Yes, it would work! Knowing what material we had shot, the concept was a winner. With a big thumbs up from the Development 2IĂ€FHDQGWKH6FKRROÂˇV/HDGHUVKLS Team, Pixillion were given a green light to begin customising the Modx Content Management System to make all the moving parts of the new website work in harmony to complete the Monkton jigsaw. 2QFHWKHĂ€OPUXQQLQJEHKLQGZDV accepted, it was then â€˜sign offâ€™ on the rest of the design. The shards running through the backgrounds, the introduction of Monkton Teal â€“ hex code #00d3d0 â€“ a new vibrant colour which worked so well with the traditional and obligatory navy blue, and using all those wonderful images we had as backgrounds. And so we created a new Monkton website from scratch. Now all we have WRGRLVNHHSLWĂ€OOHGZLWKLQWHUHVWLQJ content. Web business as usual! Three months online, we are still acclimatising and ironing out small bugs. All things new take time to settle. But the recent cold snap, which brought with it some disruption to the school timetable, was handled admirably by the new website, the Twitter feed and Facebook page. And recently, our new Prospectus Taster has been produced
in a small concertina format carrying on the theme â€˜What will your day at Monkton be Likeâ€™ printed on the front and back. I have to admit that what I once thought might be simply change for changeâ€™s sake has proved to be both a change in time, and one for the better! Keep visiting us: www.monktoncombeschool.com Follow us on Twitter: @MonktonCombesc1 Like us on Facebook: Monkton Combe School, and read the blogs; there is plenty of food for thought. Emma Shakespeare Web Developer
Monkton’s Green Valley to the Slums of Uganda
‘Every time we enter the slums, it seems like endless needs surround us. Each family has a unique story of struggles and how they’ve fought to survive the poverty they are trapped in. The following are the ways we’ve begun to help meet some of these needs and free them from the pain and hopelessness they live in.’ Revelationlife.org.uk 23
Last year, Simon and Heather Call, who had previously been the House Parents of Grove Grange, along with their three children, Daniel, James and Imogen, prepared for their trip of a lifetime. For months, they had organised themselves, put all their possessions into storage, raised much needed funds and said goodbye to their support network of friends and family in the UK. Their destination and home for the following twelve months was to be Uganda â€“ The Pearl of Africa, where they had committed themselves to a voluntary one year placement. With all medical vaccinations, which included a cholera drink, completed, all furniture safely stored, and with a half-marathon and a garage and cake sale behind them, the Call family followed their calling, and armed with twelve bags of luggage, ten bottles of sun-cream and four jars of marmite, WKHĂ€YHRIWKHPPDGHWKHĂ LJKWIURP London to Entebbe. The journey had begun! As the Callâ€™s left their friends and family in the blissful green serenity of England, they headed into an altogether unknown world with a wide-eyed anticipation that created a feeling of both excitement and trepidation. Greeted with open arms and smiles, they settled quickly into their new surroundings. However, not everything went without a hitch and shortly after moving into their home they
Uganda Uganda has rebounded from the abyss of civil war and economic catastrophe to become relatively peaceful and stable but the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in the north of the country remain blighted by one of Africaâ€™s most brutal rebellions. In the 1970s and 1980s, Uganda was notorious for its human rights abuses, Ă€UVWGXULQJWKHPLOLWDU\GLFWDWRUVKLSRI Idi Amin from 1971-79 and then after the return to power of Milton Obote, who had been ousted by Amin. During this time, up to half a million people were killed in state-sponsored violence. In the south of the country, Ugandan people continue to struggle with a different type of crisis as the country battles with a constant shortage of food, basic hygiene and a poor education system that all combine to neglect the population and deprive local children of many things that we take for granted. Simon and Heather made their trip to help support the charity, Revelation Life, whose vision is to bring change both with immediate aid and support, as well as seeking sustainable longterm goals, enabling families to get to a place where they can provide for their own needs.
The Call family followed their calling, and armed with twelve bags of luggage, ten bottles of sun-cream and four jars of marmite, the five of them made the flight from London to Entebbe. The journey had begun! discovered a cockroach infestation. They also shared their living quarters with various other locals including a mouse, a gecko, and no trip to a hot climate would be complete without the company of the mosquito!
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This was an altogether new experience for the family who were used to the comfort and tranquillity of the Monkton valley and one that would prove emotionally challenging. $VWLPHVEHFDPHPRUHGLIĂ€FXOWWKH family looked to themselves, and to God, for support, and even when Heather developed tonsillitis and the electricity was cut off for days, their faith and positive attitude kept them focused on their mission.
Santa in the Sun! By September, the boys would set off for school at 7.30am every morning, followed by Immie at 8.00am, and their lives took to the new routine with ease. Simon would meet with the Revelation Team each morning, and the afternoons were used for teaching in the local, but very basic school. The boys enjoyed playing cricket in a team that was coached by two Ugandan internationals, and together the children enjoyed a variety of sporting activities which included tennis, netball and football. As they approached the unusual experience of a Christmas in the sun, things started to become easier for the family. But the biggest shock to the system â€“ and one which was never UHDOO\RYHUFRPHÂ˛ZDVWKHGLIĂ€FXOW\WKH children faced in settling into a school environment that was so very different to that of the UK. It was with this concern in mind that Heather decided to begin home schooling. With 2011 behind them, they looked forward to a positive and productive 2012. As they settled, so did the weather and January saw sunny, blue skies everyday!
Heather would spend time in Kina Slum, loving, playing and praying for many children, hoping that she could Their responsibilities on a daily basis at least make some kind of difference. EDVLFDOO\LQYROYHGWKHGHOLYHU\RIDĂ€UVW Heather, Simon, Daniel, James and aid and educational programme which Imogen have made an amazing journey were both important in getting to from the comfort of the English the very heart of the problem. Their countryside to the slums of Uganda. trip would change them forever as It was a truly unique and testing they spent time in the slums where experience. Their year abroad was disease, starvation and abuse claim spent giving, through teaching and so many precious lives. This was not helping others and yet, during this just a trip of a lifetime but more a experience, they themselves have life-changing journey that would affect gained and learnt so much. each member of the family in different ways, and create memories that would remain with them forever.
This was an altogether new experience for the family who were used to the comfort and tranquillity of the Monkton valley and one that would prove emotionally challenging.
Images: Simon teaching in one of the Kampala slums. Simon and Heather with Imogen, Daniel and James. 25
Shortly after Simon had settled back into life at Monkton, he talked to 0DUNHWLQJ2IĂ€FHU-DPLH%UDPDOO about his experiences: ,NQRZLIPXVWEHGLIĂ€FXOWWR summarise but what is the current situation in Uganda? Uganda has had recent elections which were more peaceful than ever before. The structure of the country is improving, although the gap between rich and poor seems to be widening. It still suffers from water shortages, regular power outages and quite a corrupt government structure. However, the people in Uganda are amazing and were always welcoming to us. What was your job in Uganda and did you know what this would entail before you left the UK? I tutored the son of the two Revelation Life directors as well as a Ugandan Year 7 boy. This was set up prior to us leaving the UK. However, I also got involved in the work of the charity where we ran a school in the slums one afternoon a week, as well as buying and giving out food to families who had highly malnourished children. Heather was very involved in the medical side of the charity â€“ running the mobile medical unit where a doctor and nurse go into the slums. Children are then seen by the doctor and free medicines are given out. She also helped to give primary health care teaching which offered advice on AIDS, TB, washing hands, etc.
What did your typical day involve? About 8.00am, we would join the Revelation Life team and spend an hour praying, praising or listening to worship songs. It was an important start to each day to get us right with God and ready to go out. I tended to work in the mornings with tutoring, and this grew after Christmas to include my two sons and another Ugandan student. The afternoons were spent either in planning the tutor sessions or, more often, going out into the slums and visiting the families. At times, we would just go and say â€˜hiâ€™ to people, chatting with them (with an interpreter). What were the biggest challenges you and your family faced in Uganda? I guess the lack of power every other day, the heat in January and February, the cockroaches that infested our KRXVHZKHQZHĂ€UVWPRYHGLQDQG simply getting used to the new culture. For Dan, James and Imogen it was the local school which was very different to Monkton!
culture were all incredible. As I said, God had wanted us there, so many things worked themselves out with our house, car, our two boyâ€™s cricket and Imogenâ€™s dancing. There were certainly hard times, for example, when people that you were trying to help died or when you simply needed things which were so easily available here in the UK. However, overall it was a never-to-be-forgotten trip. I guess our worry about leaving is that the need continues to grow and children are still dying due to a lack of the basic requirements of life. Monktonâ€™s charity money will go a long way to help, but there will always be more people that require assistance.
What was the most satisfying thing about your work? It was, without a doubt, a slum school. Working alongside the charity team and helping the enthusiastic children to learn was an incredible honour. We were also able to give out toothbrushes, toothpaste, food, soap, toys, etc as part of the â€˜schoolingâ€™ and to see the fun and Do you think that people in the UK enjoyment that these children had from are aware of the problems in Uganda? the smallest of presents was amazing. I think that Comic Relief helped to It is also very satisfying that the school show some of the issues, but I guess has continued well since I left and is most people are not really aware of the still helping the kids. Overall, God was poverty and death â€“ just like I was not working in the slum communities and a until going there. number of families became Christians whilst we were out there. There were How would you summarise your time healings, people having dreams which led in Uganda and what worries you about them to Christ and we, as a family, felt Uganda now that you have left? very safe in Godâ€™s hands even though Our time in Uganda was amazing the day to day living was less secure â€“ the people, heat, environment and than in England.
Image: Horseriding on the banks of the Nile outside Jinja.
What is the one thing that youâ€™d like readers to understand about aid work abroad? In a lot of ways we thought we would be giving out a great deal. But in the end, we gained so much from the work that we returned to the UK with far more than we could actually give out. We are also just very ordinary people, which means that anyone can do the same thing or support others that role. What can people do to help? There are a lot of different things people can do. Firstly, prayer is such a key foundation to the work Revelation does. Then there are more practical ways, such as volunteering to JRDQGKHOSRUVXSSRUWLQJĂ€QDQFLDOO\ â€“ say for a child to attend school or helping fund the medical provision.You FDQĂ€QGPRUHLQIRUPDWLRQDWZZZ relevationlife.org.uk on ways to help as well as further activities of the charity.
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Kate Jain is featured in the Magazine for her terrific achievements on the hockey field. Having played at Vets level for her club, Canterbury, for several seasons, Kate now plays at Masters level for England. She has ten caps at this level, having played both in the Home Countries Tournament of 2010 (which England won) and the World Championships in 2012 (in which she gained a bronze medal). Kate left Monkton in 1988, having played in the Girls’ 1st XI for several seasons. She remembers the tremendous LQÁXHQFH1RUPDQ%RWWRQKDGRQKHU hockey, and also the effect of Brian Nalder on her academic life: it was thanks to him, and to Martyn Garrod, that Kate went to Oxford Brookes to study Geography. Whilst at Oxford Brookes, Kate was captain of hockey and played for Oxfordshire, and this has been the pattern since leaving.
in Canterbury, teaches at Kent College, and plays for the local club in between her international commitments. Kate believes strongly in playing hard and in making the very most of whatever ability you have. Her father, Peter Sibley, instilled this in her from a young age, and Kate’s hockey career has been one in which she has shown a strong ambition to succeed. Kate says that her days at Monkton gave her the desire to take part, to commit herself, DQGWRKDYHWKHFRQÀGHQFHWREHDEOH to succeed in a different environment away for the valley.
Kate says her best hockey moment was when Canterbury were promoted to the Premier Division in the early 90s, and she is now looking forward to making it possible for her children (she has a boy and a girl) to be part She has taught in several different of a club hockey scene which she has schools, and all the way through she has enjoyed all her adult life. Maybe one kept up her hockey. Currently she lives of them will also play for England! 27
Celebrating a Musical Masterpiece 28 Monkton Magazine
Images: George Bevan (Director of Music), Simon Wilsher (Chair of Governors), Dame Felicity Lott DBE (Guest of Honour) and Richard Backhouse (Principal). Monkton pupils competing for the Battle of the Bands trophy.
Music has always played an important part in the life of Monkton Senior School. From the early days of the old music department building – which was opened by Sir Adrian Boult in 1959 – to the present day, we have been blessed with a steady stream of talented pupils who have performed, and continue to perform, to a tremendously high standard. We 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 KHOSVWRFRQÀUPWKHUHDOVHQVHRI community that is such an important feature of Monkton. In June of last year, after many years of waiting, frustration and disappointment, Monkton’s new £3.2m Music Centre ZDVRIÀFLDOO\RSHQHGE\WKHDFFODLPHG opera singer, Dame Felicity Lott DBE. A star-studded line up of special guests including musician and songwriter, Sir Richard Stilgoe OBE (60), international pianist Bobby Chen, former pop star, Julian Colbeck (70), hymn-writer and former Bishop of Thetford, Timothy Dudley-Smith, and David Bowerman CBE (54), former Chairman of the Elgar Foundation, joined over 1000 parents, pupils, former pupils, staff, Governors and friends of the School.
Guests were treated to an outstanding and varied programme of music throughout the weekend. Principal Clarinet with the NYO and finalist of the 2012 BBC Young Musician Competition, Jordan Black, Cellist Bea Newman, and Pianist Tokino Kaga – all former Monkton pupils. Guests were treated to an outstanding and varied programme of music throughout the weekend. Principal &ODULQHWZLWKWKH1<2DQGÀQDOLVW of the 2012 BBC Young Musician Competition, Jordan Black, Cellist Bea Newman, and Pianist Tokino Kaga – all former Monkton pupils – gave virtuoso recitals during the day; and for the pupils, a hotly contested Battle of the Bands competition provided a complete change in tempo as nine acts performed in front of a panel of distinguished judges from the world of popular music.
The culmination of the musical extravaganza was an afternoon concert hosted by Sir Richard Stilgoe ZKLFKVKRZFDVHGWKHEHVWDQGÀQHVW musicians from Monkton Prep and Senior Schools – ensembles, choirs (one that said it could not sing and one that was a 200 strong scratch but gave an outstanding performance of Zadok the Priest after a one hour rehearsal!), a steel pan band, orchestra and brass group. Commenting on this special occasion, Principal, Richard Backhouse, said: “The combination of this outstanding new Music Centre – which is beginning WRDWWUDFWVLJQLÀFDQWLQWHUHVWIURP professional musicians as a state-ofthe-art rehearsal and performance space – together with our inspirational Director of Music, George Bevan, is set to take music at Monkton to even higher levels where every pupil, irrespective of their talent or ability, ZLOOEHQHÀWµ Facilities in the Music Centre include a state-of-the-art rehearsal hall with digital recording facilities, equipped with a Steinway Model B grand piano for major ensembles with the capacity to accommodate an audience of 100 for recitals, plus a mezzanine viewing gallery; 12 instrumental teaching and practice rooms, sound-proofed and air-conditioned, each with an upright piano; a music library and listening room; a classroom for up to 24 pupils, fully networked and cabled, equipped with Apple Mac composing work-stations with sequencing and notation software; air-conditioned and fully sound-proofed percussion and rock studios; and a recording studio and production room. Not only are these outstanding facilities being enjoyed by our pupils and staff, they are also sought after increasingly by professional musicians as performance, rehearsal and recording spaces. Our growing links with the Bath Music Festival have attracted a number of outstanding musicians including Joanna MacGregor OBE, former Artistic Director of the Festival and Head of Keyboard at the Royal Academy of Music, who gave a Master Class for Monkton pupils, and we are looking forward to hosting two concerts in May – an opera gala night with singers from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and a string quartet from the Royal Academy of Music. 29
Julian, also known affectionately as Mr B, continues to surprise all with his vast and incisive knowledge of the digital age, yet he retains the ability to stir the emotions based on values considered â€˜old schoolâ€™ and can stimulate the mind of the brightest and most able. To honour his friendship, commitment to the rising generations and contribution over 45 years of Monkton history, ninety guests gathered at Monkton on 25 January to celebrate his 70th Birthday. When talking to Julian about what PRWLYDWHVKLPWRJLYHVDFULĂ€FLDOO\ to the progress and success of many students, it is clear that he does not FRQVLGHULWDVDFULĂ€FHEXWDSULYLOHJH As a natural teacher, JMB encourages a general inquisitive problem-solving
years. After joining the staff of Monkton in 1966, he excelled in every area where he quietly took the helm. He led School House, the Rowing Club and the Maths Department based on the principles of respect and trust. It was well known that Julian as coach, teacher, Second Master and particularly as House Master, believed the best of every pupil and when they got into trouble, as of course they sometimes GLGWKHLUĂ€UVWWKRXJKWZDVRIWHQWKDW they had broken trust rather than broken a rule.
Julian Bewick Image: JMB and Olympians Rowley Douglas MBE (95) (Gold, Sydney 2000), Steve Williams OBE (94) (Gold, Athens 2004 and Beijing, 2008), Alex Partridge (99) (Silver, Beijing 2008; Bronze, London 2012), Mike Lapage (42) (Silver, London 1948), Ian Lang (46) (London 1948), Matt Wells, (Monktonâ€™s new Director of Rowing), (Bronze, Beijing 2008).
ability as well as a willingness to take risks and travel unknown paths â€“ qualities now highly prized in the world of work. He can speak with authority on many subjects but he prefers to listen than to talk. With pupils, he will lead a conversation to a point where the individual owns the conclusions for himself â€“ so much more effective than telling a young person what to do. Julian is no stranger to success â€“ he won a scholarship to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge to read Mathematics. He was cox of the Caius VIII for three
He decided to be a teacher at the very young age of 8 when he started helping friends with their maths. His love of elegance and perfection link together his many accomplishments in mathematics, computer programming and coaching rowing VIIIâ€™s. His crews aimed for beauty before speed, and just 10 perfect strokes in a term were a cause for celebration. His rowing credentials are impressive â€“ an umpire for 40 years, the organiser of the Bluefriars Head for 42 years, Chairman of the local region of the Amateur Rowing Association, Chairman of the Kitchin Society of School Rowing Coaches, and a member of Leander Club. One of his greatest strengths is singlemindedness. If he is writing a computer programme everything can stop for days on end. He will be persistent in solving maths problems and go to any lengths to help others to understand. The longest maths lesson he gave was about 10 hours when driving an oarsman to Munich to watch the world Championships! Undoubtedly, this drive for perfection, so evident in his own life, rubbed off on the many pupils he taught and coached. Celebrating Julianâ€™s 70th is in fact a celebration of loyalty, commitment and elegance.
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To honour his friendship, commitment to the rising generations and contribution over 45 years of Monkton history, ninety guests gathered at Monkton on 25 January to celebrate his 70th Birthday.
Medal of Merit awarded to JMB by the ARA. 31
Ridgeons: 100 Years of an Old Monktonian Business Brothers David Ridgeon (52) and Michael Ridgeon (55), and Michael’s sons, Gordon (80) and Duncan (81), and his grandson, Daniel (11), have just celebrated the 100th anniversary of their family business.
The Ridgeon Group is one of the largest independent builders’ merchants in the UK. It is still owned by the founding family, with the fourth generation in active management roles. The Ridgeon Group is one of the largest independent builders’ merchants in the UK. It is still owned by the founding family, with the fourth generation in active management roles. Operating from 25 branches, it has carved out a position as the leading builders’ merchant in East Anglia. The founder, Cyril Ridgeon, the greatgrandfather of David and Michael, based the business on Christian principles of honesty, integrity and fairness – which has been developed by successive generations of the family – and this FRQWLQXHVWRGHÀQHWKHFKDUDFWHURI the business and its relationship with employees, customers and suppliers. 32 Monkton Magazine
Taking over the role of Managing Director and Chairman in 1973, following the death of his father, C. Elliott Ridgeon, David was at the helm for over 30 years, helping the Group to expand through acquisitions and organic growth, before handing over to his daughter, Anne in 2004. During this time, David continued to uphold the Groupâ€™s commitment of supporting the local community. His life-timeâ€™s work was duly recognised when he was awarded an MBE in the 2013 New Yearâ€™s Honours List for services to the Buildersâ€™ Merchants Industry and within the local Cambridgeshire community. Michael Ridgeon, who joined the family business following National Service and a time at the Cambridge University School of Architecture, whilst at Emmanuel College, subsequently trained as a Baptist minister, and has been actively involved as a Family Director of the company throughout his career. The culmination of the 100th anniversary celebrations was a special service of thanks-giving which was held at St Andrewâ€™s Street Baptist Church in Cambridge where every generation of the Ridgeon family has been, and continue to be, closely associated. The 540 guests included many past and present employees, friends of Ridgeons, the High Sheriff of Cambridge and the Mayor and Mayoress of Cambridge. The service was conducted by Duncan Ridgeon, also a Baptist minister, and the address was given by Michael Ridgeon. The congregation enjoyed a DVD directed by the companyâ€™s PR Director, Gordon Ridgeon, which was produced DQGHGLWHGE\'DQLHO5LGJHRQDĂ€IWK generation member of the family who is currently studying Documentary Film & Television at the Film School in the University of Wales. The subject of the DVD was a â€˜Day in the life of Ridgeonsâ€™. A special highlight of the service was the performance of â€˜Hail thee, Festival Dayâ€™, an anthem composed by Michael Ridgeon, which was sung by the Choir of Kingâ€™s College, Cambridge, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Cleobury. The story of â€˜Ridgeons â€“ A 100 Year -RXUQH\ÂˇLVSXEOLVKHGE\70,*URXS Images: From left to right: Gordon (80), Michael (55), David (52), Duncan (81) and Daniel (11) 33
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So tell me about the music â€“ how did you get into that? At school, I was always writing â€“ poems, verses, even trying my hand at a book! I taught myself the guitar, but only played in public twice â€“ once at a House Music competition, and at an event in the DT Department organised by Mr Bygraves. At university, I spent a lot of my spare time doing similar things, and during my second year I began to play in open mic sessions at venues in Exeter, as well as entering some talent shows. During my third year, I realised that music is what I am Â˛LWGHĂ€QHVPHDVDSHUVRQDQG,NQHZ I wanted to carry on with it.
story has always been about writing, which is what I did as soon as I picked up the guitar. But one thing ,RIWHQĂ€QGP\VHOIOHDUQLQJIURPLV classical music, so I have begun to listen to more of that. A particular favourite at the moment is Vaughan Williams â€“ â€˜A Lark Ascendingâ€™. Itâ€™s a very beautiful SLHFHZKLFK,DFWXDOO\Ă€UVWKHDUGDORQJ with Barberâ€™s Adagio for Strings, at a school concert by a visiting orchestra from the States. I remember really enjoying that concert. Tell me about the whole Burberry advertising campaign It was amazing really. My twin saw that an artist that I liked called Johnny
Andrew (now known as Roo) left Monkton in 2006 and is making his way in the musical world. He has also recently appeared on billboards around the country and, indeed the world, as the autumn/winter face of Burberry. We caught up with him over lunch during the recording of his new EP.
Tell me about your school days. What, and who, do you remember most? I have very fond memories of Monkton. The environment had a big impact on me and gave me a unique opportunity to be creative in different ways. I particularly enjoyed Mr Bradbyâ€™s lessons â€“ they were relatively unstructured and friendly but the way they questioned culture suited me and encouraged me to look at concepts from different angles. What happened after you left school? After a Gap Year spent working and travelling with school friends, I went to Exeter University to study Theology. That was a really good experience, with a broad course and the opportunity to carry on with the debating I had learned at school. I especially enjoyed studying the history of Judaism and did my dissertation on an aspect of the Qumran community. 'XULQJP\Ă€QDO\HDU,WKRXJKWDERXW going into Law, but increasingly my music was taking up more of my energy and I decided to try to give that a go when I graduated.
How did you go about moving into a music career after university? I spent several months at home writing and travelling to the City for performances before eventually moving to London. I publicised my songs on Myspace, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, and performed wherever ,FRXOG0\Ă€UVWVKRZZDVDWDIDPHG little cafĂŠ bar in Earlâ€™s Court called The Troubadour. It was a place Iâ€™d seen other performers on a similar journey to me play before. Like many of these small cafe-bar venues that are dotted about London, it had an incredible heritage of musicians, including, amongst others, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, and Jimmy Hendrix. Since then Iâ€™ve been playing at a variety of venues including some festivals. It all plays a part in spreading the word about what you write, so I like to play as often as possible, both as a solo act and with my classically trained three-piece band. I have recently been picked up by a great music management company, who have been a great help and another step forward along my journey. How would you describe your musical style? Weâ€™ve gradually come to describe ourselves as playing classical, folk pop. Funnily enough, I have never been a massive listener of music, or at least not as extensively as some others. My musical
Flynn had produced a music video with Burberry for their â€˜Burberry acoustic channelâ€™. It sources British talent and puts it in front of an audience via online videos. So I sent an email which fell into the right hands, and soon enough we were LQP\JDUGHQLQ'RUVHWĂ€OPLQJD video for one of my songs called â€˜Iâ€™ll PRYHPRXQWDLQVÂˇ<RXFDQVWLOOĂ€QGLW on YouTube. Christopher Bailey, the creative director of Burberry, is a big music lover, so it was a massive privilege, and that is where the story began. I was half way through a music tour when I was asked to front their modelling campaign, and although I was incredibly surprised, I accepted and it has been an amazing honour to be a part of it. Now I have been signed up to a modelling agency, which is great, though music remains my passion and career path. Finally, how do you see the next few years for you? I want to be myself, to go my own way and to remain as independent as I can. The questions of what and where are less important to me than who and why? As well as my music, I am currently writing two books. Whether or not they are published is not important as the actual writing has been an excellent creative outlet. I am looking forward to whatever is in store. 35
OMs in the World of Finance Finance related careers are extraordinarily universal in nature. They deal with one of the most vital aspects of business and thatâ€™s money management, investment and banking.
When people think of the careers that OMs have pursued, traditionally one may have said teaching, the Church, the caring professions, or maybe they would picture an OM on a mission in a foreign land. Many pupils go on to develop their natural abilities in the arts, sport and also in the world of business. Here, Tim Dewes speaks to three OMs who went into the intense, competitive world of LQWHUQDWLRQDOĂ€QDQFH
Mike Ward Mike is a banker who has recently left Merrill Lynch after a successful career of almost 20 years in the City. He left Monkton in 1989. Mikeâ€™s memories at school revolve DURXQGWKHVSRUWVĂ€HOGDQGWKHPXVLF department (he was a music scholar), with the Big Band being a particularly VWURQJLQĂ XHQFH3HRSOHVXFKDV3DXO Clark, Michael Cockerham and John Vickery (Mikeâ€™s tutor) are the members of staff he looks back on as those who shaped him during KLVĂ€YH\HDUVDW0RQNWRQ 0LNHZHQWLQWRWKHĂ€QDQFLDOZRUOGLQ a rather unusual way. Having â€˜messed up his A levelsâ€™ (his words) he went to what was then a Polytechnic, which really helped him as he met people from very different backgrounds to his own â€“ as, indeed, he had done at school. He became a stockbroker in DVPDOOĂ€UPLQ/RQGRQPRYHGIURP there to a much more prestigious job with Kleinwort Benson, and ended up after one or two other career moves becoming a member of the management team of Merrill Lynch in Europe.
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Mikeâ€™s success is based on a good deal of hard work â€“ he has done his fair share of travel and long hours over the years â€“ and also on a desire to succeed despite his inauspicious academic background. He is grateful to Monkton for the rounded education it provided him and for the ability it gave him to appreciate diversity in others. Mikeâ€™s ZRUGVÂś0RQNWRQSURYLGHGDFRQĂ€GHQFH in individuality but also a commitment to the communityâ€™ certainly ring true with what the school tries to imbue even today. Like our other interviewees, Mike comments on the greed and lack of regulation which pervaded the years before 2008. His own experience of the crash was that his bank was bought by a bigger American bank in the space of 48 hours, once it became clear it was in trouble. Over this period, Mike chose to stay with the bank while many of his colleagues left. Mike is now looking to diversify; he KDVDFFHSWHGDVLJQLĂ€FDQWUROHZLWKWKH Princeâ€™s Trust and will be cutting down his commitments in the City. It was good to catch up with him.
Charles Donald Charles Donald left Monkton in 1983. He was Senior Prefect in his last year and tells us that he was unusual as Head boy, having been in neither the 1st XV or 1st VIII. He was in Grove House, and looks back very fondly on the Sibley regime, ably backed up by Tim Turvey. Academically, he remembers the teaching of Richard Blake and Peter Marsden. Charles went to Southampton University, and from there to an investment bank in the City. He remembers an interview, during which he was asked which university he went to. On being told it was Southampton, the interviewer remarked â€˜I didnâ€™t know there was a university thereâ€™. Such was the Oxbridge domination of investment banking at the time. Charles VSHQWĂ€YH\HDUVLQWKDWHQYLURQPHQW and then moved in 1992 into Equities and became a transport analyst. This involved, amongst other things, huge amounts of travelling â€“ one year he counted that he had completed Ă LJKWV%\WKHHQGRIKLVWLPH
in this part of the business, he was consistently rated the top transport analyst in the City. From 2001, Charles ran the European equity research department at Lehman Brothers, and moved within that bank to another senior role in 2006. So Charles was right at the sharp end RIWKHĂ€QDQFLDOFULVLVRIÂ˛UHDGHUV will remember TV pictures of Lehman employees leaving the bank without a job to go to. Charles was not on TV, but he was without a job. Since then he has moved to another bank, Credit Suisse, where he is in charge of UK Corporate Broking. Charles spoke to me candidly about the crash of 2008 and the events that followed. He had seen part of it coming but that didnâ€™t make it any easier. He puts down what happened to three factors: a lack of proactive management from those in the very top jobs; too many young people in supervisory roles who lacked the necessary experience; a banking world which had become too complex, so that not enough people really understood the linkages of what was happening. Charles says that things are now much more heavily regulated (previous governments had really removed a good deal of this), and what happened in 2008 has inevitably led people to be much more cautious. Charles looks back to Monkton as the place which taught him not to be arrogant, to think about everything in the right way, to regard people as being extremely important, and to be able to lead people so that they achieve their best. He himself is involved in charitable work both in East London schools and an East London Childrenâ€™s hospice, as well as being chair of Governors at Lambrook, a Berkshire prep school, where Jonathan Perry (87), a former Grove Grange House Parent (with his wife, Jenny) is now the Head Master. It was a pleasure to meet Charles.
Tim Alexander-Dann Tim left Monkton in 1978 and, after reading History and Politics at Southampton University, wanted to ZRUNLQWKHĂ€QDQFLDOVHFWRU+HVWDUWHG in Brighton with the Guardian Royal Exchange and via a number of moves is now a Senior Partner in a wealth management company based in the City,
under the umbrella of St Jamesâ€™ Place. Tim remembers Monkton with affection â€“ he was in Grove under Peter Sibley, DQGDOVRVSHDNVKLJKO\RIWKHLQĂ XHQFH that Irving Steggles had on him. It was interesting to hear from him how he YLHZVZRUNLQJLQWKHĂ€QDQFLDOVHFWRU especially with the events of 2008 so FOHDUO\LQĂ XHQFLQJZKDWKDSSHQVQRZ For Tim, the driving force behind his involvement in the City is the people. He enjoys helping people, and problem VROYLQJWKHNLQGRIĂ€QDQFLDOLVVXHVWKDW they do not have time to deal with themselves; throughout it all, Tim says he is aiming to form relationships based on trust and integrity. When he started out, a good deal of business was done with a handshake; now, especially since the Crash, there is a much more commercial, hard-nosed, almost cynical approach. Tim sees it as important to try to counteract this, and works very hard to do so. I asked Tim how much impact Monkton had on this approach, and he found it hard to answer. Ultimately, he said that Monkton regarded people as important and this was what had stayed with him through his career; he acknowledged WKHLQĂ XHQFHRQKLPRIKLVIDPLO\DQGRI the Church over the years. It was refreshing to meet someone with these principles who works in a world where all too often greed and VHOĂ€VKQHVVKROGVZD\
Whilst deciding on which career path to take, pupils at Monkton have continued support and guidance to help them with the many decisions they are faced with. Monkton is proud of its reputation for turning out talented men and women especially as they move into such a wide variety of careers. In an increasingly competitive, global world, with ever more complex multidisciplinary career paths to navigate, the OM Club is launching a Business Forum to provide a professional (as well as social) networking opportunity for OMs who are working in the wider business world. It is our hope that this forum will also help us to identify, nuture and support young OMs who would like to develop their entrepreneurial skills. Please contact email@example.com for further details. 37
Monkton Pupils Win National Poetry Competition
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Anthologise was a national project which aimed to encourage the wider reading and appreciation of poetry in schools. Launched by the Duchess of Cornwall in September 2011, it was spearheaded by Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate, who said in her introduction to the competition: ‘As a teenager I used to copy out my favourite poems in a large notebook. I didn’t think of it as “anthologising” at the time, but that is exactly what it was. And I found (this was pre-computer) that writing out, say, Dylan Thomas’s Fern Hill, in my own handwriting, with my best Parker pen, also made me closer to the poem. I felt the shape of the words, or the line lengths, tingling through my own hand. In fact I started to write my own poems because of this ... Anthologising led me deeper into poetry and I hope it will do the same for you.’
Once the poems were selected, the Year 13 Art students’ work was chosen to sit alongside and enhance the poetry included. Monkton Senior Library had worked closely with the Bath Festivals in the past and when this competition was brought to our attention at the end of last year, it seemed exactly the right thing to do. Senior School Librarian, Lynne Webb, and Art teacher, Jane Hildreth, who would collaborate on the project, are poetry lovers and the possibility of illustrating the chosen works made the competition even more exciting.
The group of seven pupils who took part was chosen largely due to their love of books and art, and their teachers’ personal knowledge of whether they would be prepared to commit to such a project, as they would have to give up their free time twice a week. They ranged across all year groups from 9 to 13 and became cohesive very quickly, working well as a team. This created a lovely forum for them to work creatively, discussing many diverse ways of approaching their topic. Their choice of topic for the anthology, ecological poetry, was obvious, as LWUHÁHFWVWKH6FKRRO·VGHVLUHIRUD sustainable future. Each group member was to choose ten poems that would be read, discussed and kept or rejected as necessary. The book was to include DPD[LPXPRIÀIW\SRHPVDVWKHUH was a constraint of sixty four pages to consider. There should be no more than one poem by any author, and no ‘lifting’ of multiple poems from anthologies already published. The judges, all eminent poets, would be able to detect this using ‘quick smart’! Once the poems were selected, the Year 13 Art students’ work was chosen, in consultation with them, to sit alongside and enhance the poetry included.
¶$QWKRORJLVH'D\·DW+D\HVÀHOG6FKRRO in March last year was a celebration for local schools taking part and an opportunity for all to showcase their work. It was immensely enjoyable and almost an end in itself. The shortlist was announced before the end of the summer term. Monkton was the only local school to be placed, and there was a real possibility that we could win! 7KHFRPSHWLWLRQZDVÀHUFHWKH July deadline came and went, with a postponement until the second week in September. It was a nail-biting time for the pupils who were checking the web-site on a daily basis for any news. Unbeknown to them, the School had already received a call from Carol Ann Duffy’s PA to tell us that the standard of entries had been extremely high and that Monkton had taken 1st place! It had been a unanimous decision; the Anthologise collection would be published by Picador and there would also be a visit from the Poet Laureate herself. Needless to say we were thrilled, especially on hearing Carol Ann Duffy’s words on our winning effort: ‘The Poetry of Earth is Never Dead is as assured and accomplished as any anthology currently on the bookshelves.’
The remit was to compile an Anthology on any chosen theme, using a virtual budget of £2000 for copyright permissions. Searches were undertaken into as wide a variety of sources as possible including poetry from different cultures and different times, from classical to contemporary. The winning anthology would be published by Picador who would also pay for the permissions needed. 39
Mike Rose Mike Rose is, uniquely amongst OMs, a professional boxer. We caught up with him and were able to find out what his life has been like since leaving Monkton.
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Tell me about your time at school I was in Eddy and left in 2004. I remember my time at school well and often look back to what I learnt there. I wasnâ€™t a great academic, but thanks to some dedicated teachers I was able to achieve good enough A levels to go to Southampton University to study Sports Studies. I remember in particular Ian Findlay-Palmer, who really helped me with my work as well as training me in the Colts Rugby XV. I still use a number of the drills he taught us. I also remember Ros Garrod, who made me captain of Hockey and stood by PHZKHQ,IRXQGWKDWUROHGLIĂ€FXOWWR carry out. She was a constant source of encouragement. And university? Southampton was a great place to be and I met a number of mates who Iâ€™ve kept in touch with. I gained a degree and this has proved to be extremely useful. So what are you doing now? ,DPDSHUVRQDOĂ€WQHVVLQVWUXFWRU and a sports masseur. I run a gym just RXWVLGH%DWK+HDOWKDQGĂ€WQHVVLV a subject I know a lot about.
â€œI remember in particular Ian Findlay-Palmer, who really helped me with my work as well as training me in the Colts Rugby XV. I still use a number of the drills he taught us.â€?
Image: Mike Rose in training.
When did you turn pro, and what difference did that make? I turned pro in the summer of 2011 and have won both my bouts since then. We donâ€™t use head guards and there are more rounds, usually 4 or 6 RIWKUHHPLQXWHVHDFK:HĂ€JKWHYHU\ two or three months and the training LVDERXWWZRKRXUVDGD\PRVWO\Ă€WQHVV work but also muscle strengthening and, of course, boxing. What motivates you as a boxer? I love being in peak physical condition. That is the biggest thing for me. I am not naturally an aggressive person and although in the ring I am obviously doing my best to knock the other person out, I would never act in that way anywhere else. I also really appreciate the boxing fraternity â€“ we are all friends, even those weâ€™ve just tried to knock out! Is boxing dangerous? It obviously can be, but I never feel in danger and I know that the medical back-up available is really good. We are all given a full medical every year, including a brain scan, which is also very reassuring. How long do you think you will keep going? I am aiming to be British Champion within a couple of years. If all goes well, ,ZLOOĂ€JKWLQDIHZPRQWKVWREH%ULWLVK Masters Champion.
Finally, thinking again about school, what do you think you learnt which is helping you now? School was great and I really appreciate Tell me something about your boxing. everything I learnt. One thing is How did you get into it? sportsmanship â€“ I know how to obey I started when I was still at school, just the rules, to be a good loser, and not training and sparring at Frome Boxing to argue with the referee. I also learnt Club. I then carried on at university, commitment â€“ I am prepared to train Ă€JKWLQJVRPHERXWVEXWPRVWO\MXVW DQGĂ€JKWJLYLQJ,ORRNEDFNWR WUDLQLQJ,QP\UG\HDU,PDGHWKHĂ€QDO school as some of the best days of of the British University Championships my life. in Aberdeen, losing on a split decision. So when I left uni I was ready to carry on with my boxing career. How did things progress from there? ,VSHQWWKHQH[WWKUHH\HDUVĂ€JKWLQJ amateur bouts and improving my skills as a boxer. I won the Western Counties Northern Division championship, and overall I competed about 30 times, ZLQQLQJDERXWRIP\Ă€JKWV,IRXJKW in the National ABA Tournament twice, the second time progressing through to the 3rd Round â€“ having knocked out my opponent in the 2nd Round! 41
Rekindling Monkton Friendships Richard Ford (64) and Hugh Cartwright (64) were friends whilst at Monkton during the 1960â€™s rowing at noâ€™s 7 and 8 at various events. They remain friends to this very day, although they lost touch with each other as their lives took very different paths. Here, they look back at some of those choices and celebrate their friendship some 50 years later. 42 Monkton Magazine
We open the story in the 1970s as Richard Ford embarked on a trip that would take him half-way around the world to Australia to join another school friend, John Butterworth (64). His search for adventure down-under took him to the golden sands of Sydneyâ€™s famous beaches and up the New South Wales coast to Queensland where his life would change forever! The Sunshine State is where Richard would fall in love, get married and raise two boys and twin girls. Although recently a grandfather, Richard still runs a timber business in Queensland, and regularly taps into his Monkton roots as he is a very keen rower. Hughâ€™s journey remained in the UK and took various twists and turns. Leaving the serenity of the Midford Valley, Hugh lived and worked for a period in London before relocating to the tranquillity of a beautiful thatched cottage in Somerset. He worked in an accountancy practice before deciding to increase his pace of life with a move back to London in 1980. He never left.
As with many OMâ€™s, Hugh adopted a natural competitiveness and ability that saw him sail the Atlantic in 1980, before competing in the Two Handed Round Britain and Ireland Race in 1982. As with many OMâ€™s, Hugh adopted a natural competitiveness and ability that saw him sail the Atlantic in 1980, before competing in the Two Handed Round Britain and Ireland Race in 1982. These achievements were shared with a number of like-minded people who became good friends, but after some social sailing it was time to test himself yet again as he competed in the 1990 Two Handed Transatlantic Yacht Race, although the boatâ€™s relationship with Hurricane Betha were far from ideal. This would prove to be quite a test and an experience that Hugh will never forget â€“ but also something that he will never do again! As he returned home, via the Azores, to the sound of his mother saying, â€˜when are you going to stop messing aroundâ€™, Hugh realised it was time to settle down. Image: Richard Ford and Hugh Cartwright on their last day of school in 1964...
Shortly after, his mother passed away and in the years that followed Hugh would also lose his father and his sister. It was at this time in his life that Hugh
realised that he needed to raise a family and he is now happily married with twin ER\V,Q+XJKVHWXSDWD[Ă€UP that he still runs part-time. Although his sailing days and golf travels have come to end, Hugh keeps himself in shape as he is often required to caddie for one of his sons. This year, having shelved any plans to cross the Atlantic for a fourth time, he is planning a more subdued event of taking his sons to the Royal Albert Hall for Christmas Carols where another OM, Richard Cooke (68), is the Royal Choral Societyâ€™s Director. Richard Cooke was Richard and Hughâ€™s cox in 1964 for Monkton Bluefriars at the Henley Town Regatta where they were WKHFOXEÂˇVĂ€UVWWURSK\ZLQQHUV As Hugh and Richard left Monkton, little did they realise the test that their friendship would face. Without email, the internet, mobile phones or skype, the 16,500km distance between the UK and Australia forced them to lose touch with each other as they built lives on opposite sides of the planet. Nearly 30 years would pass before the next chapter in their friendship unfolded. Hugh recalls the moment that fate stepped in to reunite the now men of Monkton: â€˜I was driving through Piccadilly Circus one Sunday afternoon DQG,ZDVWHOOLQJP\Ă€DQFpWKDWLQ 1964, Richard and I had been there to watch Lawrence of Arabia. That night, Richard sent me an email having found my address on the Monkton website! ,WZDVDQGLWZDVWKHĂ€UVWFRQWDFW with each other for close to 30 years!â€™ The two OMâ€™s quickly caught up with each otherâ€™s lives and now, with the help of email, the journey from London to Brisbane and back is easily navigated as they regularly keep in touch. Hugh recalls one of their Monkton Memories: â€˜I remember planning the rowing trip in 1964. We needed a car and like many teenagers, I reluctantly asked my father, and much to the surprise of Richard and me, he said yes! I couldnâ€™t believe it as my father didnâ€™t know Richard. I hadnâ€™t passed my test so it was Richard who would be ultimately responsible for the 1949 Triumph Roadster (as driven by Bergerac); a car still owned by me, although it is undergoing a renovation but has been in the same family (father and son) since new from 1949. The trip was a total success, we had a great time, the car was returned unharmed and our memories will live forever. 43
Their friendship is a great example of how firm the roots are set at Monkton. With a little help from our new website, we encourage our OM’s to catch up with old friends. The trip to Henley started with Richard Cooke, as he recalls, being met at the local Railway Station by Hugh’s father in his Rolls Royce. Charles Grimwade, the 1st V111 coach, came as a welcome guest coach and good school friends, Jonny Isaacs (65) and Bob Swales (65) completed the four. After Henley, we then went on to London where Charles Dobbie (68) joined as cox and A B Mellows (65) joined us for the Serpentine Regatta in place of Richard Cooke and Bob Swales.’ As they look back with smiles on their faces, both Hugh and Richard also look forward to telling their many stories to their grandchildren. Their friendship is DJUHDWH[DPSOHRIKRZÀUPWKHURRWV 44 Monkton Magazine
are set at Monkton. With a little help from our new website, we encourage our OM’s to catch up with old friends, to swap stories and rekindle Monkton memories of their own. We look forward to hearing from you all.
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THE GAZETTE OM NEWS â€“ SPRING 2013
Are you an Old Monktonian or an Old Clarendonian? Do you have any news youâ€™d like to share with us? Find out how to get in touch at the end of this news section. Hereâ€™s whatâ€™s on the grapevine in this issue:
Welcome â€˜OH WHAT A YEAR IT WAS, IT REALLY WAS â€“ SUCH A YEAR!â€™
Wandering around the school grounds after the Chapel service, I felt there was a real buzz in the air. It was great to see so many pupils, parents, staff, Governors, Old Monktonians and Clarendonians, and other special guests gathered together to celebrate the provision of this wonderful facility. Our guest of honour, Dame Felicity Lott DBE, with her intimate knowledge of the classical music world, brought an added lustre to the event, giving a talk that inspired everyone present from the oldest to the youngest. A couple of weekends later, I was back at Monkton for â€˜Here Come the Girlsâ€™, a celebration of the merger of Clarendon and Monkton 20 years ago when the whole school became co-educational. It was lovely to see the â€˜Old Girlsâ€™ of both Monkton and Clarendon coming together to share memories and experiences. I enjoyed my tour of Clarendon House, as I always do. It may not be the Clarendon that I attended and knew so well, but it contains so many memories from the past, and it will always be a second home for me. I hope that the sense of community and belonging that 2012 generated for much of the country continues into 2013 and beyond. I look forward to seeing many of you during the coming year through the wide range of events and initiatives which are being organised. These are listed at the end of the Magazine.
Even paraphrasing the old 1963 pop song cannot begin to describe what an incredible year 2012 turned out to be. No doubt like many of you, I was involved in the rollercoaster ride of events that celebrated the Queenâ€™s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics. Although not as high powered as the national events, Monktonâ€˜s OM Club also had a year of hectic activity. It began in style. March saw members cruising down the Thames on the good ship â€˜New Orleansâ€™. It was a suggestion from Bruce Brown (52) that found us aboard a vessel built as a traditional Mississippi sternwheeler with its two tall smoke stacks and paddle wheel â€“ not a sight you expect to see on an English river. The weather was wet but the views, even from inside the elegant saloon, were stunning! It certainly was a Presidentâ€™s Lunch with a difference. In May, I had the pleasure of attending the â€˜Battle of the Bandsâ€™ where bands representing pupils, staff and OMs competed for the title â€˜Band of the Yearâ€™. The battle took place before a packed audience of pupils, parents, guests and, of course, a distinguished panel of judges. The task facing the judges was not easy; the standard of all Emma Jane Taylor (OC 85) the competitors was so high. The evening OM Club President VHWWKHVFHQHIRUWKHRIĂ€FLDORSHQLQJRIWKH new Music Centre and Old Monktonian Day on 2 June.
General OM News Ray Hutchinson (24) featured in an article written by his daughter Elspeth Morely in The Times: She writes â€˜With all the attention JLYHQ WR WKH DFFODLPHG Ă€OP Âś7KH .LQJÂˇV Speechâ€™ I have seen no references to the authors of these speeches. Perhaps there is an assumption that the King wrote them himself, as indeed some he may well have doneâ€™. But on Sunday, December 3, 1944, the GD\WKDWWKH+RPH*XDUGZDVĂ€QDOO\VWRRG down, with a huge procession through Central London of representatives of every battalion, King George VI broadcast an address, of which my father, the novelist R.C. Hutchinson, had written all but one sentence. The speech was printed in full in The Times the following day. Aged 10, I remember my father pacing the drawing room of our isolated family house near Crondall, Hampshire, moaning at the wireless: â€˜Get it out, man, get it outâ€™. It is true that the King no longer actually stammered, but the long pauses he needed to make in order not to stammer had the effect, my father thought, of distorting the meaning of his words. The one sentence of the speech which KDGEHHQDOWHUHGZDVÂś)URPĂ€HOGVDQGKLOOV from factories and mills ... men of every age ... came forward to train themselves for battleâ€™. My father, a purist who took immense pains with his beautiful English prose, would object to the slightest change; he knew that he would never have countenanced the way â€˜hillsâ€™ and â€˜millsâ€™ sounded like a rhyming 45
couplet. â€˜Well, at least itâ€™s anonymousâ€™ was his only comfortâ€™. *** Canon Michael Hocking (30) celebrated his 100th birthday last September. Ordained in 1936, he served in his native diocese of Truro, in Bristol and Guildford, and also as a member of the General Synod. He now lives in Cornwall, in a nursing home in Penzance. He served as a Chaplain in the RNVR Second World War before taking his Ă€UVW OLYLQJ LQ 0DGURQ FORVH WR 3HQ]DQFH Madron was a mining community with a parish church, and it was there that the bells were rung to celebrate the victory, and to mourn the death of Nelson, who had several times stayed in the area with Lady Hamilton. Michaelâ€™s son, Anthony (62), also attended Monkton. *** Rev Michael Lapage (42) took part in the Olympic Torch relay last summer. Mike, who in 1948 won a silver medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics in the mensâ€™ eights, was number 92 in the national relay and carried the torch during part of its journey through Devon.The Queenâ€™s Row Barge, the Gloriana, FDUULHG WKH 2O\PSLF Ă DPH IURP +DPSWRQ Court for the Olympic Opening Ceremony. During the bargeâ€™s various appearances, its crew included three Monktonian Olympians, Mike Lapage, Rowley Douglas MBE (95) and Steve Williams OBE (94). *** David Ridgeon (52) Vice-Chairman, Ridgeon Builders Merchants, has been awarded the MBE in the 2013 Queenâ€™s New Yearâ€™s Honoursâ€™ List for services to the Builders Merchants Industry and to the community in Cambridgeshire. Last year, over 540 guests came together to commemorate the 100 years since Ridgeon Builders Merchants was founded by Cyril Ridgeon in 1911 at a service held at St Andrewâ€™s Church, Cambridge. The celebration brought together a number of past and present employees, as well as friends of Ridgeons, including the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and the Mayor and Mayoress of Cambridge.The service was conducted by Rev. David Morris, with Rev. Duncan Ridgeon (81) and Rev. Michael Ridgeon (55) participating. The congregation enjoyed a DVD directed by Gordon Ridgeon (80), and produced and edited by Daniel Ridgeon (11)DĂ€IWKJHQHUDWLRQPHPEHURIWKHIDPLO\ the subject of which was a â€˜Day in the life of Ridgeonsâ€™. The service also included an interview between Ridgeonsâ€™ PR Director, Gordon Ridgeon, and Peter Silk, Ridgeonsâ€™ oldest past employee with 50 years and three months full-time service. There were also a 46 Monkton MonktonMagazine Magazine
number of scripture readings, from across two generations of the Ridgeon family read by David Ridgeon, Rachel Anderson nĂŠe Ridgeon, and Anne Ridgeon. *** Ken Gibson (53), David Gibson (61), and Alan Gibson (64) along with their wives, visited Monkton for the Opening of the New Music Centre and OM Day last June. During the day, they went to see the bench outside the Medical Centre presented a few years ago by Professor Pierre Loebel (53) in memory of their father who was the school doctor from 1948 â€“ 1972. (see picture page) *** Nigel Stowe (54) has recovered well from a quadruple heart by-pass operation at the beginning of the year. On the 23rd September, he celebrated the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination by taking the service at his local church and preaching, followed by a cake-cutting and surprise celebration lunch for 70 organised by his wife Pauline. *** Anthony Bush (56) published his autobiography â€˜Building Noahâ€™s Ark: From Cows to Tigersâ€™ last year. Farmer, family man, evangelical and a zoo-keeper, Anthony has a fascinating story to tell. *** John Dearlove (57) manages the family farm in Suffolk where he lives. He also runs a small opera house which is a rebuild of a former tithe barn situated next to the farm house. More details available at www.barrandov.co.uk/pages/about.htm *** John Porter (58) was invited to the House of Lords in November for a special reception to mark 70 years since El Alamein. Johnâ€™s father, Major Keith Ridley Douglas Porter (31), was awarded the MBE in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East. *** Major General Tim Evans CBE DSO (79), the commandant of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and a former 6$6 RIĂ€FHU ZDV UHFHQWO\ IHDWXUHG LQ 7KH Telegraph Magazine. Major General Evans spoke of the changes in the recruitment and training of the modern cadet: â€˜Inherently, at their core, I donâ€™t think the cadets have FKDQJHG7KH \RXQJ RIĂ€FHUV LQ$IJKDQLVWDQ are serving with distinction, so the system is working. But because of their education and the way they have been brought up at home, they might not be as mentally or physically attuned and done as much as we expect
them to. But weâ€™ve got the 44 weeks. We donâ€™t pamper, itâ€™s quite tough, but you donâ€™t QHHG WR EUHDN VRPHRQH LQ WKH Ă€UVW Ă€YH weeksâ€™. Discussing the training methods he said, â€˜Weâ€™re mindful of the fact that this isnâ€™t pre-deployment training for Afghanistan â€“ WKLV LV RIĂ€FHU GHYHORSPHQW DQG ZHÂˇUH KHUH to develop leadershipâ€™. *** Sir Richard Stilgoe (60) was knighted in the 2012 Queenâ€™s Birthday Honoursâ€™ List for â€˜charitable services through the Alchemy Foundationâ€™; the Alchemy Foundation was founded in 1985, and amongst other things supports the Orpheus Centre, a performing arts centre for young disabled people. *** Bernard Cornwell (61) published his latest novel â€˜1356â€™ about the battle of Poitiers last year and it rapidly made the Times best sellers list. An event to celebrate the publication was held in Bath at Topping & Company Booksellers. The event was attended by Peter LeRoy (62), Angela LeRoy (Hon OM), Roger Salisbury (62) and Hilda Salisbury. Bernard and his wife Judy visited Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland on one of their many visits to the UK. Bernard, who only recently met his father, a Canadian airman, found out from him that his family had once owned Bamburgh, from the 6th century to 1016. Bernard met the current owner and asked if he would like to give it back but when he was shown the heating bills he decided he could keep it! *** R. Bryan Holden (64) founded and ran an accreditation organisation (www.ecbe.eu) for business degree programmes, which has members in some 25 countries. He speaks at several international conferences from America to India and also gives lectures on leadership in Russia, and acts as a consultant to several leading Russian Universities. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from Plekhanov Russian Economic University, Siberian State Aerospace University and an honorary professorship at Alfred Noble University in Ukraine. *** Keith Lamdin (64) published a book last summer entitled â€˜Finding Your Leadership Styleâ€™. The book is published by SPCK. *** Elaine Sommers (64) would be interested to hear from other trans OM/OCs, for support and sharing, particularly in connection with faith issues. Contact: elainesommers007@ yahoo.co.uk. All correspondence will be WUHDWHGLQVWULFWFRQĂ€GHQFH
Professor Sir Robert Lechler (70), Vice Principal and Executive Director of Kingâ€™s College, London, was knighted in the 2012 Queenâ€™s Birthday Honoursâ€™ List for â€˜services to academic medicineâ€™. His research interests revolve around transplantation tolerance; the central aim of his research is to persuade the immune system to â€˜tolerateâ€™ a foreign organ whilst retaining full FDSDELOLW\WRĂ€JKWRIILQIHFWLRQVDQGFDQFHU Sir Robert is Chair of the Clinical Trials Expert Advisory Group, as well as a member of the Academy of Medical Sciences. *** Murray Watts (70) award winning writer and director, last year show-cased two of his plays at The Kingâ€™s Head Theatre. Mr Darwinâ€™s Tree examines the way of looking at faith and science. This play would not be comfortable to watch for someone who believes the world was created in six days â€“ the play is not about challenging Darwinâ€™s theory, but it is based around the assumptions that scientists make. It is not a play that is siding one way or the other. First Light, his second play, deals with issues of behaviour between teachers and children at school, and explores issues such as faith and belief. *** Rev Professor Nigel Biggar (72) has written a book entitled â€˜Behaving in Public: How to do Christian ethicsâ€™. In this elegantly argued, accessible, and lucid book, Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at Oxford University, discusses the way in which Christians should engage in public debates in modern, secular societies. In November, Nigel was involved in a debate on Assisted Dying. He stated that â€˜I want my society to be one where support to live, not die, is the norm. Even where death is a relief, it is still an absolute loss.The death of an individual is never simply a cause for celebration. I want to live in a society where the bullied, and the jilted, and the ashamed, and the frustrated, and the bereaved are discouraged from killing themselvesâ€™. *** Jonathan Leakey (79) left Monkton to study Modern Languages (French and German) at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. After graduation from Oxford, he went on to obtain a PGCE from Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He then taught for 14 years in three different secondary schools in the Liverpool area. His third post was as Head of Languages at the Archbishop Blanch C of E High School for Girls where he met his wife, Patricia, (a nurse from Ballymena, Northern Ireland). Their two children were born in July 1999 and they decided to move
to Ballymena where Jonathan got a post as Head of Languages at the Northern Ireland Hotel and Catering College. Since 2002, he has been a University Lecturer at the University of Ulster (Coleraine) where he teaches French and German. In 2008, he obtained his doctorate, specialising in the evaluation of Computerassisted Language Learning (CALL). As a family, they attend the Causeway Coast Vineyard in Coleraine. In 1999, Jonathan was Chairman of the BallymenaUganda Development Initiative which helped to bring about a Ugandan pastorâ€™s vision for a Childrenâ€™s Centre for AIDS (www.nsumbi. org). In 2010, Jonathan founded the Ballymena House of Prayer, an inter-denominational, cross-community prayer centre that aims to encourage local churches to collaborate in taking prayer to the community and work for community transformation. In 2011, WKH\ ODXQFKHG WKH Ă€UVW 1RUWKHUQ ,UHODQG branch of the UK charity Redeeming Our Communities (ROC â€“ www.roc.uk.com). The charityâ€™s main aim is to bring about community transformation by creating strategic partnerships whxich open up opportunities for crime and disorder reduction and improved community cohesion. This partnership approach has seen crime and anti-social behaviour fall and fresh hope brought to some of the most deprived and challenging areas of the UK, urban and rural alike. *** Melanie Roe nĂŠe Robson (89) is married and has 3 children. Melanie has recently been accepted at Southampton University and General Hospital to do a 5 month return to nursing course. She hopes on completion to return to nursing part-time at Southampton Hospital where her husband, Mike, is a Paediatric Consultant.
in September of this year. Impress Books will publish a prose memoir, â€˜Love for Nowâ€™, in the same month. More details can be found by visiting his website: www. anthonywilsonpoetry.com. *** Andrew Bookless (81) has become Rector of Hubberston, St Davids *** Alex Partridge (99) won a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics rowing in the menâ€™s eight. He has been in the news after the Olympics following the theft of his medal, which at the time of writing has still not been returned. *** Harry Bird (98) and Jamie Bird (OJ 88) form the band Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies. They were back at Greenbelt for their third successive year in the Performance CafĂŠ last summer to present their intimate cabaret of joyful sing-along choruses and general participatory fun. Presently based in Bilbao, Dublin and London they have spent the last three years touring with varying line-ups around Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe, playing bars, cafĂŠs, theatres, circus galas, festivals, churches and folk clubs alike. Their debut album, â€˜Long Way to Be Freeâ€™, was released in 2009 on Hot Drop Records and picked up airplay on several international radio stations including BBC Radio 2.Their second album, â€˜The Bones on Blackâ€™, was released in March 2012 and will hopefully be followed by a third later on this year. ***
Dr Jessica Jefferis nĂŠe Poulsom (95) In 2010, Jessica and her husband, who had accepted a 12 month voluntary position at Queen Elizabeth General Hospital in *** Malawi, left the comfort of home and waved Peter Maxwell (86) is Head of Art at good bye to family and friends, wondering 0LOOĂ€HOG3UHS6FKRRO+HLVPDUULHGDQGKDV what she would do with her time. two children, 8 and 12. $V D TXDOLĂ€HG GHQWLVW -HVVLFD TXLFNO\ found a path that would lead her into an *** unforgettable experience. Shortly after Annie Spiers MBE nĂŠe Bush (82) was arriving, Jessica registered with the Malawi Creative Director for â€˜A Down to Earth Medical Council and spent the following Christmasâ€™ in Liverpool in December 2011 month observing the Dental Department by the producers of the â€˜Narnia Experienceâ€™ DW4XHHQV$OWKRXJKVWDIĂ€QJZDVVXIĂ€FLHQW at St Georgeâ€™s Hall. The play was a Scouse and their clinical extractions were of reworking of the traditional Christmas story a high standard, the staff were often let and included a special video appearance of down by poor equipment. As staff shared John Sentamu, Archbishop of York. their frustrations, Jessica was able to compile a list of equipment that would *** LQFUHDVHWKHGHSDUWPHQWÂˇVHIĂ€FLHQF\:LWK Anthony Wilson (82) will shortly publish his a list including broken down dental chairs fourth collection of poetry (Worple Press). to broken drills, Jessica and her husband Anthony, who beat cancer in 2006, will made a brief trip home in May 2011. When launch his new collection called â€˜Riddanceâ€™ they returned they brought with them 50 47
kg of dental donations. As Jessica now steps into another chapter in her career, she has a new found depth of appreciation for the wealth of resources she has at her general practice QHDU 2[IRUG 7KH\ ERWK EHQHÀWHG KXJHO\ from the experience and when asked to describe their time in the heart of Africa Jessica responded with ‘enriching’. Surely every career needs some of that! *** Euan Quin (97) is a Major in the Army, working in a staff appointment within the Headquarters of the Royal Artillery at Larkhill. *** Charlie Seccombe (97), Head Coach for Reading Hockey and his team were given a huge boost to their season when they TXDOLÀHG IRU WKH ÀQDO RI WKH QDWLRQDO VL[HV competition. The season continues to go from strength to strength and commenting on his training methods he said: ‘I have been very fortunate to work with a great group of players. It is very easy when everybody is working hard to achieve the same results, and as the whole group want to win trophies both domestically and in Europe, it makes my job a lot easier’. Reading narrowly lost to (DVW*ULQVWHDGLQWKHÀQDOEXWWKHWHDPDUH now preparing for the end of yet another competitive season with their ambition to perform to the best of their ability and, ultimately, win more medals. ***
to create a production that will end up touring secular theatres – including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. *** Clive Shute (93) owns two holiday sites and a bar/restaurant in Cornwall along with his wife, Alexandra, and their three children, Sam (11), Olivia (6) and Hollie (5). He has taken up running in the past 4 years and runs regularly with his local club, East Cornwall +DUULHUV +H FRPSOHWHG KLV ÀUVW PDUDWKRQ in London in 2012 in 3:33:48. He did this for a local charity, Bowel Cancer West, and raised just under £5,000. He is now training for London 2013 where he will be running for Roy Castles Lung cancer charity having lost his father to lung cancer last year.
on Twitter @tuktuktravels. *** Florence Millard (07) graduated in Early Years Training from Norland College in 2011 after spending her probationary year in Edgware, caring for premature twin girls IURPWKHDJHRIÀYHPRQWKV *** Hugh Searight (07) completed his MSc at Oxford and is now on an internship with UNESCO in Paris. *** Charlotte Blair (08) began a BA (Hons) degree in Social Work at Nottingham Trent University in September 2012.
Joel Jameson (01) of Loughborough ÀQLVKHG ,URQPDQ &RHXU G·$OHQH LQ VL[WK place. Following the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run (in succession), Joel made a little girls day when he presented his trophy to 6-year-old Cassidy. Before the race, Cassidy had asked Joel if competitors could win trophies and he explained that if he did well he would and that if he did she could have his trophy.A very excited Cassidy watched the race and was thrilled when Joel presented her with his trophy which is now sitting on her dresser at home.
Martha Botton (08) studied BA Geography at King’s College, London for three years and is now working as a fundraising and marketing intern for the Play Association in Hammersmith and Fulham. The charity works to provide play opportunities to deprived children, young persons, and to individuals with complex needs within West London (www.playassociationhf.org.uk).
*** Ama Agbeze (02) recently celebrated 50 caps for England Netball. In January this year, the team defeated Australia for only the third time in their history to take a 3-0 victory. Each year, Monkton plays host to 12 prep schools who compete in the Super 7s Netball Tournament for the Jo Binns Cup and the Ama Agbeze Bowl.
*** David Whitworth (08) completed his degree in History and has been offered a place to study for a Diploma in Theology at Harris Manchester College, Oxford. ***
Nicholas Wood (08) writes ‘I strongly feel I couldn’t have been doing what I enjoy so much now if it weren’t for the helpful advice and expert tuition of the teachers , KDG LQ WKH UHOHYDQW ÀHOGV DW 0RQNWRQ Without Tim Hardisty and Jane Hildrith, I would not have acquired the correct grades *** or portfolio needed to gain acceptance at Luke Dormehl (03) has published a book Kingston-upon-Thames University for the *** called The Apple Revolution which traces Art Foundation Course. Olly Goldenberg (94) recently had WKH EHJLQQLQJV RI 6LOLFRQ9DOOH\7R ÀQG RXW Later, during three years in Florence, I published a book based on King Josiah’s life more, search: The Apple Revolution by Luke learnt how to draw, paint and sculpt from called ‘The Josiah Generation: New Dawn, Dormehl. life. I look forward to developing something New Rules, New Rulers’. The book is about new, combining the past and present to *** children standing up for what they believe in create something fresh. In the meantime, I and being equipped by God as they live out Nick Gough (03) and fellow teacher, Rich am accepting commissions in order to fund their faith. Sears, set off in August last year on a 14 future projects’. www.artistnickwood.com month around-the-world trip in a tuk tuk! *** *** The pair will travel 37,000 miles through Mark Wallace (94) has taken up a position 50 different countries to help launch their Felicity Crane (10), who is studying as Priest-in-Charge for St Peters Church new charity, The Tuk Tuk Educational Trust. Business and Retail Management at the and St Botolph’s Church in Chelmsford. They plan to visit educational projects in the University of Surrey, has become the Retail different countries to raise awareness of the Director for Surrey Enterprise based at the *** challenge of improving access to education. University. One of the company’s projects is James Cary (93) has written a play called The inspiration for the charity came from WRPDQDJHWKHÀUVWSHUPDQHQWVWXGHQWUHWDLO The God Particle. It’s a romantic comedy the pair’s own experience of teaching in incubator unit of its type in the UK. Known about science and faith. It’s a professional developing countries such as Malawi, Nepal as The Studio, the space allows budding SURGXFWLRQ ÀUVW SHUIRUPHG DW 6W -DPHV and Cambodia. To follow the pair’s progress entrepreneurs to test their business ideas Church, Clerkenwell, London. The aim was visit www.tuktuktravels.com or follow them out in a real retail environment without John Clark MBE (94) has recently moved from Woodbridge-based 9 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers (during which he deployed to Afghanistan for a third time and received an MBE) to work at the Ministry of Defence in London following promotion to Lieutenant Colonel.
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many of the risks usually associated with start-up companies.
OJ News Giles Cooper (OJ) took the roles of Montjoy, Monsieur le Fer and Sir Thomas Grey in Shakespeareâ€™s Henry V, an exhilarating new production by the Shakespeareâ€™s Globe, touring in six cities including Bath before opening in London.
OC News Lady Chadwick nĂŠe Peggy Brownrigg (OC 35) attended the reunion at Monkton in June last year along with her daughter (Dr Priscilla Chadwick (OC 63)), niece (Penny Caird (OC 73)) and great niece (Emma Caird (04)) who attended Monkton and was in Clarendon boarding house. Peggy shared stories of how she and her twin sister, Molly, had swapped places on a number of occasions. Peggy recalled that she was Head Girl at Clarendon and her sister, who had left school a year earlier to study nursing, had come back for a prize giving. Following the service, the twins swapped places and Molly served tea, in the guise of Head Girl. None of the guests had realised that they had been tricked! During the opening of the 1948 Olympics, Molly was a member of the choir that was to sing at both the opening and closing ceremonies. Due to her work as a nurse, she was unable to attend the closing ceremony so Peggy took her place in the choir, and again, no one was any the wiser! *** Pamela Towill (OC 40) has been busy writing her third book â€˜Around the World in 85 Yearsâ€™. She has found this to be a rewarding experience as she recalled all the interesting places that she and her husband, Bill, have visited during their 64 years together, as well as many early experiences from the days of her childhood and teens. The book has been accepted by Pegasus Books in the USA for publishing. Pamela has written about her travels in 20 countries and illustrated this by inserting 250 photographs and pictures within the script. For the cover of the book, she has chosen a photo of herself with a ceremonial elephant in a procession at the Royal Indian Wedding that she was invited to.The wedding took place two years ago in Rajasthan. Pamela celebrated her 86th birthday last September and is wondering if there are any pupils from Clarendon who were there
with her in 1936 when it was in Malvern, and remember when the Emperor Haille Selassie with his large retinue, attended the end of term Prize Giving Concert in the Hall of the Winter Gardens in 1937? On that occasion, her sister Patricia, aged 8 years and Pamela 10 years, and being the youngest pupils in the school, entertained him and the parents by playing a duet on a large grand piano. Later, Patricia recited A.A. Milneâ€™s poem â€˜The Brownieâ€™ from Christopher Robinâ€™s book of poems: â€˜In the corner of the bedroom there is a great big curtain. Someone lives behind it, but I donâ€™t know who...â€™.
Monkton Families The Johnstone-Burts
,W KDV EHHQ Ă€IWHHQ \HDUV VLQFH WKH HOGHVW -RKQVWRQH%XUW Ă€UVW DUULYHG DW 0RQNWRQ Combe School and just over three years since the youngest one left. From 1997 to WKH 6FKRRO HTXLSSHG Ă€YH \RXQJ PHQ and women with the tools to face the oncoming challenges and adventures of life outside the Somerset sanctuary. Three BA 2:1s from Exeter University in Archaeology, *** Theology, and Archaeology with Classics, Diana Malsher nĂŠe Towill (OC 70) loves one Masters from Exeter in Middle East to travel in her free time and is going to Politics and Arabic, and a 1st from the Burma this year to see the country where University of Edinburgh in English Literature her father (now 92 years old) fought the and History of Art, speak volumes about the war against Japan as part of The Chindits superb academic foundations that Monkton Special Force, led by General Orde Wingate. laid for all of the family. They fought behind enemy lines in North Edward (02) tested the waters of Burma during 1943-1944. Diana is still DFFRXQWLQJWHDFKLQJDQGVDOHVEHIRUHĂ€QDOO\ nursing at The Princess Alice Hospice in Ă€QGLQJKLVYRFDWLRQDOGHVWLQ\DQGKLVZLIH (VKHU,Q$SULOVKHTXDOLĂ€HGWRMRLQWKHUDQNV at Britannia Royal Naval College. Lieutenant of old age pensioners at 61 years of age Johnstone-Burt and Olivia are happily which makes her mother, Pamela, realise married and living in north London. how ancient she is! Tommy (03) followed suit, chose the military path and is enjoying great success *** as a Captain in the Army working in Brenda Lord nĂŠe Lock (OC) has launched Intelligence. www.SoulSpace1014.com, a youth resources Persephone (05) is in London working website with a particular concern for older hard as a Political Analyst for the Israeli children and younger teenagers. Her debut Embassy. publication is called Fit 4 Gold. Brenda, Tiggy (07) has joined her parents out who taught history at Clarendon School, to their NATO posting in Norfolk, Virginia has written resources for Christian Youth and is preparing to apply for graduate-entry Groups for many years and hopes to follow Medicine. WKLV Ă€UVW VHW ZLWK VRPH RWKHU UHVRXUFHV $QG Ă€QDOO\ Rupert (09) is about during the course of 2013. WR FRPSOHWH KLV Ă€QDO \HDU DW :RUFHVWHU University and hopes to join up and become a pilot in the Royal Navy!
OMs Receive First Class Degrees Persephone Johnstone-Burt (05) English at Edinburgh Hugo Creeth (08) Biology at Cardiff Sam Dewes (08) Education and Religious Studies at Durham Rachel Knighton (08) English at York Toby Page (08) Physiotherapy at UWE
Engagements Arthur Dalton (00) son of Sir Richard and Lady Dalton, is engaged to Anneka Bain, daughter of Mr and Mrs Ian John Bain. *** Ruth McGarahan (03) is engaged to Will Jackson. *** Henry Williams (03) is engaged to Charlie Kenyon.
David Whitworth (08) History at Warwick
and, after an elective in Zambia, took up a position at The Heath Hospital in Cardiff. ***
To Rebecca Pillar nĂŠe Bewes (91) and her husband, Simon, on 24th May 2012, in Sydney, Australia, the gift of a son, Jonathan Arthur Thomas, a brother for Amelia, William, Lucy, and the late Freddy. *** To Sophia Lumley nĂŠe Lawson (92) and her husband, Andrew, born on 5th March 2012, a son Frederick Rufus Alexander Lumley.
Ben Naseman (07) married Jennifer Bromage on the 14th April 2012, present were: Daniel Absolon (07) (usher), Marianne Bowtell (06), Vanessa Bradley (07), Katy Gillan (07), Sarah Green (07), Stefan Horner (07), Toby Ling (09), Susanna Naseman (09) (bridesmaid), Alice Pilkington nĂŠe Wall (08), George Pizzey (07) (usher), Luke Saunders (07), Eliza Swinn (07), Christopher Tufnell (07) (best man) and Sam Wall (07).
In retirement, his latent sense of humour became more and more apparent, and his charm kept and won him many friends in the lonely years after the death of his beloved Moira in 1997. He loved company and there were many happy gatherings in his room at the Chamberlain Nursing Home in Edinburgh. He is survived by his son, Anthony, a retired neurosurgeon, and Daughters, Elizabeth and Jane, and their extended families. ***
Malcolm Bradley (32) died in May 2012 DJHG\HDUV1XPEHUĂ€YHRIVL[FKLOGUHQ *** Malcolm was born in Pakhoi, South China, *** To Matt Parfitt (00) and his wife Amy, born where his parents, Neville and Daisy, were on 1st November 2012, a daughter, Layla Rachel Russell nĂŠe Andrews (OC) married running a leprosy hospital under the wing Peggy Holly. Philip Watson on 1st September 2012 at of the Church Missionary Society. When Bembridge Methodist Church on the Isle of Malcolm was 6 years old, he and his 3 *** Wight followed by a reception at Osborne brothers and sister were packed off to To Simon and Hannah Martin (01) a son, House, Cowes. Shawnigan Lake School in Canada. Later born on 19th November 2012. with his brother Neville, Malcolm was sent to Monkton Combe School in Bath. After Monkton Combe, where he had learnt and developed his rowing technique, Malcolm headed for a blue of a different kind when he went on to study at Cambridge Rev John Langton Waite [Tony] (28) died University. Malcolm read Geography and Joel Chase (99) married Teresa Hourihan on Thursday 5th April 2012 at the age of Anthropology, and got his rowing Blue in on 21st April 2012 at St Patricks Church, 101. A very loyal and enthusiastic OM, OJ, 1937. It wasnâ€™t all plain sailing though when, Soho Square, London. OMs present were: and chapel preacher, who sent two of his DW WKH HQG RI WKH Ă€UVW \HDU DW &DPEULGJH James Chase (68), Adam Chase (83), own sons to Monkton. He was present Malcolm was injured in a car crash, and lost Edward Chase (70), Sophie Riley nĂŠe at the opening of the School Chapel in his right eye. Malcolm is the only person, as Chase (01), John Mildinhall (99), James 1925. Known to many as the Vicar of St far as we know, to row in any Boat Race Houston (99), Charlie Bennett (99), Sam Georgeâ€™s in Leeds, because parties of 6th with a glass eye. Holderness (99). formers would go there at the end of each Malcolm fought as a soldier during Christmas term to help out at the Crypt â€“ the Second World War in the Hampshire *** a haven and night shelter for the homeless Regiment of the British Army. He served Anthony Gough (01) married Kate Lippett and unemployed. He was also a Vicar in in Malta and then in Sicily where Malcolm on Saturday 21st July 2012. Best men were Woking and Blackheath, and well-known was wounded in the shoulder and taken to a Nick Gough (03) and James Gough for leading holiday tours to the Holy Land. military hospital in Libya. He returned home (04). Other OMs present were: Nigel He was a man of great personal faith, in 1944 before he headed for Gold Beach Gough (72), Richard Gough (71), Carol integrity and humour. at Arromanches for the D-Day landings. Carruthers nĂŠe Gough (75), Tom Moore Two weeks later, he was wounded in the *** (03), Tom Pearson (01), James Binns (01), foot, and taken home. Although his foot gave Paul Atwell (99), Dee Clark (Hon OM) Professor John Anderson Strong CBE (31) him recurrent trouble with pain and bone died on the 15th December 2012. He was infections for the rest of his life, he never let *** born in 1915 on the family farm near Kells, it cramp his style, on or off the water. Alexander Riecke (03) married Annika Co Meath. In 1929, he joined Monkton and Malcolm was a clear and quick thinker, Potenberg-Christoffersen on 1st September LW ZDV WKHUH WKDW KH Ă€UVW H[SHULHQFHG WKH and ingenuously direct. He was unerringly 2012 at Christuskirche Zu Krummasel, pleasures of competitive rowing, a pursuit loving and loyaI to his family. He had an .Ä VWHQ*HUPDQ\20VSUHVHQWZHUH'DQLHO which led to his membership of the Dublin uncomplicated Christian faith, which he Reid (02), David RĂśsch (02), and Robert University Boat Club. and Evelyn expressed daily. He was quite Alford (02). In May 1941, he set sail from Glasgow, extraordinarily determined, fearless and destined for India, where he spent the resilient. And he had the gift of looking *** remainder of his war years. For his services, forward, not back.The last of six remarkable Hannah Vaughan (05) married Thomas he was awarded a military MBE and was siblings, he would expect us now to do the Williams on July 7th 2012 at St. Nicholas demobilized in 1946 with the rank of same. Letâ€™s go sailing. Church, Winsley. The reception was held at Honorary Lieutenant Colonel. Obituary by Nick Bradley. Monkton Combe School. Louisa Vaughan After the war he was reunited with *** (08) and Abby Blair (05) were bridesmaids. Moira and their son, Anthony, who had been Other OMs present were John Blair (05), born 3 months after his departure in 1941. Norman Vernon Hayne (33) died peacefully Josh Small (08), Martha Botton (08) and He was appointed to the staff of the Fulham on 18 April 2012 at the age of 97. He Sam Beath (08). A double celebration Hospital and, in 1978, he was awarded the attended both the Junior and Senior schools; IRU +DQQDK ZKR DOVR TXDOLĂ€HG DV D GRFWRU CBE for his services to medicine. he was a keen rower and rugby player and
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represented the second XV. During his time at Monkton, the senior prefect was Tom Watson, who later taught French at the school and became housemaster to Normanâ€™s three sons, Philip, Michael and Robert, who all joined Eddystone. One of his teachers was Arthur Lace, who wrote a history of the school, and also provided him with a reference after the war. On leaving Monkton, Norman, at the tender age of 18, went to India and managed a sugarcane plantation in Bihar State, a job which required him to spend many hours on horseback in a remote area of India â€“ nothing at Monkton prepared him for that! Subsequently, he was employed as personal assistant and circle manager to his future father-in-law, who was the chief manager to the Maharajadhiraj of Dabhanga. During his time in India, he became a member of the Bihar Light Horse, described by Norman as, â€˜a somewhat dissolute irregular volunteer forceâ€™. He rose to the â€˜dizzyâ€™ rank of corporal â€“ â€˜no sinecure, as any blame in the event of the inevitable PLVGHPHDQRXUVRIRQHÂˇVVHFWLRQZDVĂ€UPO\ attached to the corporalâ€™. He was on leave in England when war was declared, and in 1940, on passing out of Sandhurst Military College, he joined the Indian Army and was commissioned to the 11th Sikh Regiment, serving the majority of the war on the North-West frontier in Waziristan on the Afghanistan border. He remained with his regiment after the war but with the impending independence and partition of India, it was disbanded.When he ZDVĂ€QDOO\GHPRELOLVHGLQKHKHOGWKH rank of Major. After the war, Norman applied to the colonial service and went to Nigeria where he rose to become permanent secretary to the Minister of Labour at the time of the countryâ€™s independence. On returning to the UK he took charge of a fundraising appeal for Hampshire County Cricket Club and later joined the Ministry of Defence, from where he retired in 1976. Norman claimed that he left Monkton ZLWKQRRIĂ€FLDOTXDOLĂ€FDWLRQVÂ˛PDWULFXODWLRQ requiring one to pass all subjects (maths eluding him) â€“ yet from reading correspondence it is clear that he was a Ă€UVWFODVV DGPLQLVWUDWRU D VNLOO QR GRXEW learned at Monkton. *** Archie Markby (34) â€“ A tribute given at his Memorial Service on 23 March 2012: Archie was born in Bath on 3 February 1915 to Alfred & Cecilia Markby. His father was Rector of St Saviourâ€™s Church, and he was the youngest of 5 children. He spent WKHĂ€UVW\HDUVRIKLVOLIHLQ%DWKZKHUH he and his brother, Wilfred, attended Monkton School. After school, Archie
followed his oldest brother, Cecil, to Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He excelled at athletics representing the University in relay and hurdling. Archie helped at a Childrenâ€™s Beach Mission at Criccieth in North Wales. On the same mission team there was a very attractive young woman called Qona. The rest, as they say, is history! They were married in 1940. Alan was born in 1944 and Patrick in 1950. Archie was ordained in 1939 and was FXUDWH Ă€UVW LQ %UDGIRUG DQG WKHQ DW 6W Aldateâ€™s in the centre of Oxford. Archieâ€™s Ă€UVW SDULVK ZDV 6W 0DU\ÂˇV .LOEXUQ $UFKLH always enjoyed working with young people and he organised some combined events for the youngsters of St Maryâ€™s and St Aldateâ€™s. In 1953, Archie & Qona moved to Crouch End. Over the next 16 years until retirement, Archie was vicar at Ickenham, &URZĂ€HOG 6WRQKDP$VSDO DQG Ă€QDOO\ DW Martin & Damerham. Archie did not worry too much about conventions. I understand that he caused a bit of a stir here by visiting a respected member of the community wearing shorts! Archie was always very skilled with his hands. We probably all remember how he bought the derelict cottage near to the Vicarage in Martin and completely renovated it with help from some skilled professionals. He often discussed his project with the Clerk of Works at Salisbury Cathedral. He was given or bought surplus material from the Cathedral â€“ such as an oak beam and some paving stones. On 20 September 2002, after much loving care by Archie, Qona, the love of his life, died. It was as though perhaps the main reason for his life had gone. However, he kept going supported by his family and friends, and his regular routines, until he had to move to Forest Court, where he was very well cared for until his death last September. Obituary by Peter Markby, nephew. *** Dr Patrick Anthony van de Linde (36) passed away on the 21st July 2012 at Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia aged 94. After leaving school, Patrick went on to have a distinguished career in the army during the war and then as a doctor. He and his wife of 70 years, Nancy, moved to Hong Kong after the war where he worked for the British Government. They then moved to Australia where he became Director of Medical and Health Services in New South Wales. *** Col John Dawbarn Fitzjohn (38) died on 13th September 2012 aged 92 years. A service of thanksgiving was held at St Nicholas Church, Winsley. Following a
distinguished military career, John worked in Civil Engineering. He held several directorships during his career and was chairman of A Roberts. He was a much loved husband, father, stepfather and grandfather. *** Peter Dale-Thomas (46) died peacefully at home on 13th June 2012 in Taunton, Somerset. Born in 1928, he grew up in his parentsâ€™ hotel in Bath. He attended Monkton Combe School where he nurtured his passion for history and literature. He also became an excellent horseman. On leaving school in late 1945, he joined the Royal Navy and was posted to Ceylon until the end of hostilities. He returned home to England in 1948 at the age of 20 and attended Christâ€™s College, Cambridge to read History. When he left Cambridge, he joined Port Line, a merchant shipping company, and was posted to Australia. Much to the amusement of his Australian colleagues, Peter always carried an impeccably furled black umbrella to and from work every day. At work, Peter toured the Australian ports compiling and submitting reports back WR KLV /RQGRQ RIĂ€FH +H PHW DQG PDUULHG his Australian wife,Thirle Tribe, and together they spent six months touring Europe. In 1956, they sailed on the last ship to get through the Suez Canal. Peter was posted to Wellington in New Zealand for three years, during which time WKHLUĂ€UVWFKLOGZDVERUQ,Q3HWHUOHIW Port Line and returned to start family life in England. He and Thirle have four children and seven grandchildren. For a while he worked at the Stock Exchange. Then, in 1967, Peter and Thirle moved to the Cotswolds to run a modest guest house. Their combined talents transformed it into an internationally renowned restaurant, Malvern View. Together, they went onto run further successful and acclaimed restaurants in Somerset where they settled. *** Sheelagh Hilton (OC 46) died peacefully on 10th July 2012 at St Christopherâ€™s Hospice. She was a much loved mother of Neville, Jan, Rick and Jenny. *** Douglas Lloyd William Wotton (48) died on the 20th November 2012. Dougie was a loyal OM who was proud of his old school and he was present at a number of 20RFFDVLRQVWKURXJKRXWKLVOLIH+LVĂ€UVW love was hockey: he was a county player who came close to England selection, but was perhaps best known throughout the south of England as a coach of boys and girls of all ages. Known as Mr Hockey, his skill 51
and encouragement were appreciated by many. Dougieâ€™s funeral was extremely well attended and everyone remembered him with huge warmth, appreciation and humour. Tribute by Tim Dewes (OM General Secretary) *** The Revd Ernest John Elwin [Jack] (49) died on the 14th May 2012. Jack was an early Non-stipendiary minister who consistently took services from 1966 to 2011 all round West Dorset. During interregna, he helped his local clergy, gave lectures on church history, led Bible studies and prayer groups and ministered to people in need. The Chief elder at a local Methodist Church said, â€˜We can ill afford to lose people like Jack, a true role model in a society which urgently needs such leadership and vigour that Jack so ably demonstrated throughout his life. His preaching and teaching were inspirational â€“ as lively as it was honest and sincere.â€™ *** Mr Jeremy Gervase Edward Shewell Cooper (48) died suddenly of a heart attack on Saturday 14th April 2012 aged 80 years. Jeremy joined Monkton Pre Prep in 1939 under Miss Campbell but then went to Bickley Hall Prep school for a short while before returning to Monkton. $IWHUĂ€QLVKLQJVFKRROKHZHQWWRZRUN at All Nations Bible College before going on to study at Trinity College, Dublin in 1952 where he met his wife Olive. They were married in 1960, had four children: Avril, Jonathan (81), Lois and Gale, and they have 11 grandchildren. Jeremy taught at the local state school before moving on to become a trainee retailer at Harrods. His personality and ambition enabled him to climb the ranks at Harrods and, following a promotion to Buyer, he took up the role of VIP Guest Liaison. Responsible for many VIPâ€™s over the years, Jeremyâ€™s brush with fame and fortune included a supply RIVWRFNLQJĂ€OOHUVIRU+HU0DMHVW\WKH Queen, which were sent to Buckingham Palace, and following a particularly enjoyable visit by the wife of the King RI -RUGDQ -HUHP\ DQG 2OLYH ZHUH Ă RZQ RXW WR -RUGDQ RQ WKH .LQJÂˇV Ă LJKW ZKHUH they stayed in a 5 star hotel at the Kingâ€™s expense. Shortly after retiring, Jeremy became verger of Christ Church, Barnet where he was very much liked by all. Other voluntary involvement revolved around the church at various times including his roles as a Crusaders leader and a Sunday school teacher. *** Mr Christopher John Carpenter (62) died after a short illness in October 2012 and was buried at St. Botolphâ€™s Church, Quarrington 52 Monkton MonktonMagazine Magazine
on what would have been his 68th birthday. He was at Monkton between 1957 and 1963 where he enjoyed rowing and singing, and where he made lifelong friends. He went on to read Engineering at St. Andrews University where he met Gina. They were married in 1968. +H DWWHQGHG RIĂ€FHU WUDLQLQJ DW 5$) Henlow and Upwood, passing out in 1970. In 1979, the RAF sponsored him for a â€˜Mastersâ€™ LQ $HURG\QDPLFV DW &UDQĂ€HOG 8QLYHUVLW\ where he studied for two years on a full salary â€“ and for the next 5 years or so, he lectured in Aerodynamics at the RAF Staff College at Cranwell. After 16 years in the RAF, Chris accepted a lectureship in Fluid Mechanics at Warwick University where he worked till 1997. At this time, he also became a travelling University Assessor. +DYLQJ Ă€QLVKHG ZULWLQJ WZR WH[W books on Aerodynamics â€“ Flightwise 1 and 2 â€“ Chris took early retirement from this post and became a lecturer at Farnborough College of Technology where he had the opportunity to use the historic Farnborough wind tunnels for further research. After two years, he received an invitation from the RAF to re-apply for his old job at Cranwell and so in July 1999, he returned to the Staff College. Although now a civilian, he was also given honorary PHPEHUVKLSRIWKHRIĂ€FHUÂˇVPHVV Chris took his duties and responsibilities very seriously. Most of his home duties were church ones. He was Church Warden at the C of E Church at RAF St. Athen, and also at Welford, Wilsford and in St. Botolphâ€™s. One of his passions was singing and he FRQWULEXWHG D Ă€QH WHQRU YRLFH WR PDQ\ choirs and choral societies. Another passion was bell ringing. He rang bells at Welford Church and was very glad to set the bells ringing again in Silk Willoughby. He remained a committed Christian throughout his life. Chris is survived by all three older siblings and by his widow, Gina, his two daughters â€“ Jenny and Katy â€“ and four grand children. Jenâ€™s youngest, Daisy, was just 3 weeks old when she was issued with an emergency passport in Australia and arrived in UK and into Granddadâ€™s arms the day before he lost consciousness. *** Richard George Cooper (65) died in Australia in October 2012. Whilst at Monkton, Richardâ€™s family farmed in Burford in west Oxfordshire, and he made no secret of the fact that he would much rather have been at home riding than being at school. Upon leaving Monkton, Richard studied agriculture at Seale Hayne and ran the family farm for several years. When he married Maureen, an Australian, they decided to emigrate to and start farming â€˜down underâ€™.
He was diagnosed with a degenerative condition which he faced bravely. The following moving email was sent by Maureen after he died: Our lives, here in Australia, changed dramatically on Tuesday evening when Richard died suddenly of a heart attack. We DUHDOOLQDVWDWHRIVKRFNĂ€QGLQJZKDWKDV happened hard to believe, but Richard lived life happily to the last minute and for him there was no suffering. The funeral was held in Kenilworth and the family had lots of tears and laughs as we prepared the service and made suggestions for the eulogy. Richard requested that when he died, he be carried out of the church to the tune of â€˜Onward Christian Soldiersâ€™ which he sang at school. *** Mr William Richard Marr (75) died on the 13th October 2012 in Spain after a very short battle with cancer. *** Dr Geoffrey Nixon Morris (75) died in May 2011. Born in Plymouth, into a medical family, he attended Mount House School in Tavistock, and later moved to Monkton, where he played hooker for the rugby team, coxed the rowing teams, and, in 1976, took part in the tall ships race to Tenerife. He undertook his medical studies in /RQGRQ DQG GXULQJ &KULVWPDV LQ KLV Ă€QDO year, demonstrating his unfaltering Christian faith, he arranged an elective in a busy mission hospital in Nazareth. His early career included paediatrics in Newfoundland, several stints on the Logos and Doulos (Operation Mobilisation Mercy Ships), visiting India and South America and working as a general practitioner in Plymstock for a short time, before realising that he was missing the bustle of hospital life. Geoff moved into the world of anaesthetics in Bristol and never looked back. He particularly loved the time he spent abroad, in Charlottesville, although it was on his return to the UK that he was diagnosed with colonic cancer. He had surgery at the age of 38, whilst still an anaesthetic trainee, and subsequently returned to full health. In 1997, Geoff was appointed consultant anaesthetist at Southmead Hospital. He soon made his reputation as a quiet, reliable colleague. Popular in theatre, Geoff had a gentle manner with patients and was known for his self deprecating sense of humour and for his giggling. Becoming a BASI ski instructor had been a lifeâ€™s ambition for Geoff, and in January 2007 he took sabbatical leave for three months in order to complete the required training and examinations. He was delighted when he was successful and was
then able to combine his love of skiing with teaching, which he found very rewarding. In the summer of 2010, recurrence of the disease cut Geoffâ€™s career short and he died in May the following year. He leaves his siblings, extended family, godchildren, and many friends. *** The Revd Dr Dudley Barrington Clarke, OBE, MA, PhD (Hon OM), Chaplain of Monkton Combe School (1950 â€“ 1958), died on 28th December 2011. There was once a cartoon in which two cows looked at an advert which extolled the qualities of a certain dairy product. It was homogenised, pasteurised and TT tested. One cow says to the other: â€˜It makes you feel inadequate, doesnâ€™t it?â€™ Most of us had the same emotions when we considered Dudley Clarkâ€™s many talents. The son of an Assistant Astronomer Royal, he was educated at the Royal Masonic School, Bushey, Emmanuel College, Cambridge and Ridley Hall. He served in the RAF in the last war and he was ordained to a curacy at Holy Trinity, Aldershot. He came to Monkton in 1950. Dudley was probably more at home in the world of Geoffrey Fisher than that of Rowan Williams. A somewhat old-fashioned schoolmaster and muscular Christian, he was a strict disciplinarian. His versatility was proved by the fact that, when he left Monkton in 1958, he was Senior History Master and C.O. of the CCF. A vigorous coach of many JDPHVKHZDVDOVRDĂ€QHPXVLFLDQ Dudley was secure in his evangelical convictions but he also appreciated the contribution of other traditions. Preachers as varied as Alec Vidler, Joost de Blank and Cuthbert Bardsley came to address the school in his day. Dudley was also aware of the insights to be gained from other faiths as I discovered from corresponding with him. On leaving MCS, Dudley emigrated to Australia. After teaching at Peninsula School in Victoria, he became Head Master of one of the countryâ€™s oldest educational establishments, Hutchins School in Hobart. In retirement, Dudley did chaplaincy work at the University of Tasmania. Dudley wrote a successful doctoral thesis on Archdeacon Hutchins and his services to Christian education were recognised with the award of the OBE. Dudley was a bachelor in his Monkton days but in Australia he met Fay, who survives him, together with two sons and a step daughter. Obituary by Stephen Green (62) *** Elizabeth McIntosh, nĂŠe Maclellan (OC 39) died on the 26th January 2013 in a
nursing home in Scotland. Elizabeth went to Clarendon in 1935 becoming a prefect and tennis captain. After obtaining her VFKRROFHUWLĂ€FDWHVKHWUDLQHGDVDQXUVHLQ WKH9LFWRULD ,QĂ€UPDU\ *ODVJRZ 'XULQJ WKH war she was a nursing sister in the RAF, and after D-Day, she trained as a midwife in the East End, bicycling to see her patients, just like the TV series â€˜Call the Midwifeâ€™. Later, she worked as a nurse in a copper mine in Rhodesia. Her husband, Ronald, was in the Army and after retirement, he and Elizabeth travelled extensively before settling in Salisbury. More recently, Elizabeth wanted to return to Scotland and she moved to a nursing home in Crieff near her sonâ€™s home. Her sister, Irene Philips, writes: â€˜I am very proud of Elizabeth and she was a shining example of all that Clarendon stood for.â€™
were privileged to know.â€™ John enjoyed his time surrounded by the beautiful Somerset landscape and fell LQORYHDQGPDUULHGKLVĂ€UVWZLIH(LOHHQ+H came to live permanently in West Cornwall in 1986 with his partner, Jill Neville. Cornwall had always been a special place for John and growing up he lived in several places including St Ives, Newquay and Camborne. He said the school at St Ives, now the Stennack Surgery, was the happiest of the nine primary schools he attended during a peripatetic childhood. On leaving school, John gained a place at Wimbledon College of Art where he was taught by John Ward, DPRQJVWRWKHUV:DUGZDVDPDMRULQĂ XHQFH who encouraged John and also gave him work as an illustrator for Vogue. A full tribute by Giles Foster (66) can be viewed on the Monkton website.
John Hansford, former Clarendon School Chair of Governors, died in Harrogate on the 17th April 2012. John Hansford was a headmaster who had the distinction of rebuilding, literally and metaphorically, three famous schools: Bury Grammar, King Edwardâ€™s, Witley, and his alma mater, Christâ€™s Hospital. Having been Head of these schools, John found the time and vigour in his retirement to act as Chairman of Governors of a fourth school, Clarendon School. Michael Cuthbertson (Hon OM) writes: â€˜I had recently become Head Master of Monkton Combe School when it merged with Clarendon in 1991-92. The recession of the early 1990s was having an adverse impact on many small boarding schools and smaller girlsâ€™ schools like Clarendon were particularly at risk from falling numbers. Schools needed to think strategically. In June 1991, my chairman of governors agreed to approach John about a possible merger between Monkton Combe and Clarendon, on exactly the same day that John was writing to him with the same proposal. We saw this as an example of divine providence but Johnâ€™s drive and determination were also crucial to the whole project. The actual process of merger was QRW ZLWKRXW LWV GLIĂ€FXOWLHV DQG SDLQ -RKQ felt those keenly but his perseverance did so much to secure ultimate success and a much more certain future for the merged school. Clarendon Schoolâ€™s motto, â€˜Not to be Served but to Serveâ€™, is now engraved alongside that of Monkton Combe on the glass entrance doors to the Chapel. That dedication to service was characteristic of Johnâ€™s whole life, not least his role at &ODUHQGRQ6FKRRODWVXFKDVLJQLĂ€FDQWWLPH in its history and that of Monkton Combeâ€™.
Dr Josephine Taylor, nĂŠe Warren, (OC 44), a retired GP, died peacefully at home on 14th November 2011. Beloved wife of the late Dr George, much loved mother of Dr John and Dr Adrian, grandmother of Lindsey, Christopher, Alastair, Benjamin and Isabella. *** Ruth Etchell (1980 â€“ 1991), a former Monkton Governor, died on the 8th August 2012. Ruth loved life and relished open air and wide landscapes. Her teaching career took her from Liverpool to Chester to Durham where she became Principal of St Johnâ€™s College. Ruth was a much-loved FRQĂ€GDQWHRIVWXGHQWVDQGELVKRSVDOLNHWKH world was still beating a path to Ruthâ€™s door in Sherburn Hospital up to her death. Her friends who were with her in her last days have spoken of the radiance and peace with ZKLFKVKHSUHSDUHGIRUKHUĂ€QDOMRXUQH\ *** John Davie (Hon OM), Art teacher at Monkton between 1956 and 1966, died aged 80 in the Royal Cornwall Hospital last November as a result of a short illness. Johnâ€™s passionate conviction that art education should be at the heart of the OHDUQLQJH[SHULHQFHRIDOO\RXQJSHRSOHĂ€UVW developed when he went on to successfully complete his studies at the Royal College of Art and embarked upon what was to EHFRPH D VLJQLĂ€FDQW DQG LQĂ XHQWLDO FDUHHU in art education. -RKQÂˇVĂ€UVWWHDFKLQJDSSRLQWPHQWZDVDW Monkton as Giles Foster (66) recalls: â€˜His 10 minute talk about Dietrich Bonhofferâ€™s suffering, humanity and belief may not be remembered in detail but what is etched on the memory is the intelligence, academic rigorousness, humour and compassion of an extraordinary man that I and many others
1. Harry Bird (98) and Jamie Bird (OJ 88) make up the band The Rubber Wellies. They performed at Greenbelt last summer for the third successive year.
2. 2002 leavers reunion at Woods in Bath. 9
3. The Johnstone-Burt Family. 4. Joel Jameson (01) presenting his Iron Man trophy to 6 year old Cassidy. 5. Anthony Gough (01) married Kate Lippett on 21st July 2012.
6. Joel Chase (99) married Teresa Hourihan on 21st April 2012 at St Patricks Church, London. 7. Dougie Wotton (48) died on the 20th November 2012. 8. Matt Parfitt (00), his wife Amy and their daughter Layla born on 1st November 2012. 9. Rachel Russell nĂŠe Andrews (OC) married Philip Watson on the 1st September 2012 at Bembridge Methodist Church, Isle of Wight.
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10. Alex Riecke (03) married Annika Potenberg-Christoffersen on 1st September LQ.Ä VWHQ*HUPDQ\ 11. Hannah Vaughan (05) married Thomas Williams on 7th July 2012 at St. Nicholas Church, Winsley. 12. Clive Shute (93) running the London Marathon in 2012.
13. Norman Hayne (33) died on the 16th April 2012. 14. Rev Nigel Stowe (54) celebrating his 50th Anniversary as a Priest.
15. Rev Mike Lapage (42) carrying the 2O\PSLFĂ DPHLQ'HYRQ 16. Pamela Towill (OC 40) at an Indian Royal wedding. 17. Sophia Lumley nĂŠe Lawson (92) son Frederick born on 5th March 2012. 18. Ken Gibson (53), David Gibson (61), and Alan Gibson (64) with the bench that was presented to Monkton in memory of their father.
Dates for your Diary
Editors James Bramhall 0DUNHWLQJ2IÀFHU Monkton Senior School
Saturday 20 April OM Club President’s Lunch, Monkton Senior School Thursday 2 May OMs in Business Drinks Reception, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Knightsbridge, London Friday 10 May Pre-prep Open Morning Saturday 11 May Senior & Prep Open Mornings Saturday 25 May A Bath Music Festival Concert: The BBC Singers, St Mary’s Bathwick (sponsored exclusively by Monkton) 2003 Leavers Reunion, London Wednesday 29 May A Bath Festival Opera Gala Night: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Monkton Senior School Friday 31 May A Bath Music Festival Concert: Royal Academy of Music String Quartet, Monkton Senior School Friday 21 June Big Band Concert, Longmead Saturday 14 September 1968 – 1978 Leavers Reunion, Monkton Senior School
Wednesday 11 December Whole School Carol Service, Bath Abbey End of Term
2014 January Super 7s Netball Tournament, Monkton Senior School Friday 7 March Pre-prep Open Morning Saturday 8 March Senior & Prep Open Mornings
Dr Alan Kerbey Director of Development Tim Dewes OM Club General Secretary Photography Thank you to all those who have kindly submitted photographs for this issue of the Monkton Magazine Feedback We welcome your comments on this publication. Please submit them to: The Editors, The Monkton Magazine, Monkton Combe School, Bath BA2 7HG Email: firstname.lastname@example.org OM News items Please submit these to: Caroline Bone $OXPQL ,QIRUPDWLRQ2IÀFHU Monkton Combe School Bath, BA2 7HG Email: email@example.com Tel: +44 (0)1225 721154
Friday 27 September Grove House 1980 to 1989 Leavers Reunion, Monkton Senior School Friday 4 October Pre-prep Open Morning Saturday 5 October Senior & Prep Open Mornings Sunday 6 October Super 12s Prep Schools Rugby Tournament Saturday 19 October OMs in London: Drinks at The Windmill House in Clapham November (date tbc) Knight Lecture: Speaker: Tim Llewellyn (57), former BBC Middle East correspondent 56 Monkton MonktonMagazine Magazine
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