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Thursday 28 March 2013 IS S U E 22 8

What’s New? Weekly Newsletter from New Hall Senior School

In this issue, Senior Prefects P.2 Messing Primary P.2 Boarding News P.3


Events THU 27 MAR—WED 10 APR Cricket Academy Tour to Sri Lanka Follow the blog here TUE 9—SUN 14 APR Years 11—13 Iceland Trip SUN 14 APR Community Easter Celebrations WED 17 APR Own a Pony Day, Runningwell Equestrian Centre SAT 20—SUN 21 APR Year 12 Silver Duke of Edinburgh Practice Expedition Years 7—13 Junior and Senior ISL Tennis Round 1 1st XI Boys Cricket v Ipswich School MON 22 APR Trinity Term Begins

Year 11 Celebration Evening On Wednesday 25 March, the Year 11 Celebration Evening was held at New Hall. The evening started with prayers in the Chapel, before a wonderful meal and the presentation of awards in the Jubilee Hall. It was a great evening to celebrate the achievements of our Year 11 students, in advance of their GCSE examinations next term.

MUSIC SPRING CONCERT On Wednesday 27 March, the annual Spring Concert took place in the Chapel and Eaton Theatre. The concert opened with the Senior School Orchestra playing ‘Serenade’ Op18 and the theme tune from ET. There were outstanding performances by individuals and various ensembles throughout the evening, which ended with the Senior School Choir giving a magnificent rendition of pieces from Messiah.

SIXTH FORM INTERNATIONAL QUIZ On Wednesday 20 March, the eighth Sixth Form International Quiz took place, with 40 students and members of staff taking part in a French-themed evening. After a delicious meal of: French pate; ‘poulet provençal et tomates farcies’; cheeses and lemon tart, students took part in six competitive rounds of quizzes. All of the students enjoyed a French linguistic game to start the evening, with all eager to show off their knowledge of French. Mr Kohout’s table won the competition, with impressive answers on the French author Jules Verne. The evening was concluded with a round of French karaoke! Thank you to all the students who worked so hard to make the evening such a success: Alex Bird (Year 13), Adel Bhurtun (Year 12), Teresa Guerrero (Year 12), Maria Haselhuber (Year 12), Phoebe Kent (Year 12), Hanik Kotecha (Year 13), Olivia Leeding (Year 12), Gregor Petrikovic (Year 12), Francesca Rothery (Year 12), Dominika Soltysik (Year 12), Abigail Wood (Year 12) and Wojciech Zych (Year 12).


Last week saw the Drama Department’s production of Othello come to the stage at New Hall, with students giving memorable performances in the Shakespeare classic. Everyone was impressed with the students’ eloquent and professional performances. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the show such a success.



SENIOR PREFECTS Our warm thanks go to the out-going Prefect Team, led by Head Boy, Daniel Mullens, and Head Girl, Grace Fairbairn, they have represented New Hall School superbly and contributed so much over the past year. We are delighted to introduce the new Senior Prefect Team for 2013-2014, which was announced this week. The students will begin their roles at the start of the Trinity Term. Congratulations to them all. Head Girl

Ellouise Day

Head Boy

Hayden Munt

Deputy Head Girl

Olivia Watters

Deputy Head Boy

Joshua Jones

Chaplaincy Prefect

Princess Gloria Bajowa

Chaplaincy Prefect

Kacper Gorski

NHVS Prefect

Carrie Leader

NHVS Prefect

Annabel Hockley

Boarding Prefect

Fleur Langford

Boarding Prefect

Louis Poynter

Hospitality Prefect

Kate-Sarah Howard Paulin

Hospitality Prefect

Timothy Hodson

House Captain— Fisher House Captain— Owen House Captain— Southwell House Captain— Pole House Captain— new house House Captain— new house House Captain— new house House Captain— new house Drama Prefect

Jack Robinson

Music Prefect

Phoebe Fardell

Sports Captain

Elizabeth Hatch

Sports Captain

Benjamin Bruce-Smith

Library Prefect

Dominika Soltysik

New Hall’s pioneering move to sponsor a state primary academy has moved a step closer this week after the Schools Minister, Lord Hill, formally signed the agreement between the two schools. It was announced last July that Messing-cum-Inworth Primary School, near Tiptree, had applied to become an academy school with New Hall as its preferred sponsor. The partnership, which is the first time an independent school has sponsored a state primary, will see the two schools sharing expertise and resources. Schools Commissioner, Dr Elizabeth Sidwell CBE, visited both schools this week to join the celebrations and to talk to pupils about the benefits they hope to see. Speaking at Messing Primary School (pictured), Dr Sidwell said, “I’m delighted to see this collaboration between New Hall and Messing-cum-Inworth Primary which will bring huge benefits to both schools”. MATHEMATICS CHALLENGE On Thursday 7 February, 110 students from Years 9, 10 and 11 took part in the UK Mathematics Trust Intermediate Maths Challenge, of whom seven achieved gold awards, 28 achieved silver awards and 34 achieved a bronze award. Oliver Morgan (Year 11) performed exceptionally well and qualified for the ‘Kangaroo’ followon round for students achieving in the top 3% of those taking part. Approximately 280,000 students took part in the challenge across the country and only the top 40% achieve gold, silver or bronze awards in the ratio 1:2:3. New Hall students performed very well with 63% of them achieving an award and over 30% achieving a silver or gold award.

Joann Burton Jordan Davies Jessica Belton Phoebe Kent Adam Sammour

On a related note, Oliver Yu (Year 12) and Patrick Gray (Year 12) both achieved a Merit, the highest award available, for performing in the top 25% of participants for their Senior ‘Kangaroo’ follow-on round. This places their performance in the top 1% of the 80,000 participants nationwide for this year’s Senior Maths Challenge.

Josip Martincic Ellie Dhanjal Teresa Guerrero

HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS On Thursday 21 March, Year 13 Physics students attended the High Energy Physics Masterclass at Cambridge University. The day included talks on the LHC and its detectors, ‘Why the Universe Shouldn’t Exist’ and ‘How to Think Like a Theorist’. The students also had the chance to take part in four practical sessions on identifying particle tracks, hunting the Higgs, the RICH detector and cosmic


rays. It was an interesting day with top scientists sharing their expertise, while giving the students a chance to see current research and get a taste of university life. MUSIC LUNCHTIME CONCERTS On Wednesday 20 March, there was a feast of vocal music in the lunchtime concert and it was wonderful to be treated to singing with fantastic intonation throughout. Isabelle Davies (Year 10) began with Arne’s ‘Where The Bee Sucks’ and then the chanson ‘Jeune Fillette’. Amy-Beth Ellice (Year 10) sang two songs from musicals – ‘Far From The Home I Love”’ from Fiddler on the Roof and ‘On My Own’. There was another musical number from Isabel Miller de Vega (Year 11), ‘Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again’, before William Keeler (Year 7) completed the concert with Ford’s ‘Since First I Saw Your Face’ and ‘Consider Yourself’ from Oliver.

PETRE HOUSE Petre House students are taking part in a new programme to help them to develop into mature adults. Mr Nedvidek gave a presentation last week on ‘How to be a Gentleman’ where the boys learnt the basics of formal etiquette, how a gentleman should treat ladies and how to avoid an awkward situation when at a dinner party. Petre House gentlemen are going to practise these skills at a formal dinner next term. Ms Artamonova continued the programme by introducing the students to the world of classical music with a magnificent performance of the viola arrangement of Bach’s Suite No 2 in D minor in the Chapel. Some of the boys were even later spotted downloading Bach onto their iPods!

On Wednesday 27 March, in the final lunchtime concert of the term, which had a jazz theme, Chloe Smithyes (Year 10) opened the concert with ‘The Lady is a Tramp’. Harrison Booth (Year 10) performed his own unnamed piano composition. Phoebe Fardell (Year 12) played Miles Davis’ ‘Freddie Freeloader’ and ‘I’m Beginning To See The Light’. The concert ended with Amy-Beth Ellice (Year 10) performing ‘Detour’ by Herb Ellis. Many thanks to all the performers throughout the term. MUSIC EXAMINATIONS Congratulations to the following students on their recent music theory examinations: Amelia Davidson

Grade 5


Eleanor Shipley

Grade 5


Antonia Dajak

Grade 5


Holly Gadsby

Grade 6


Yongxuan Tan

Grade 5


HAWLEY HOUSE Hawley House joined forces with Petre House this week, at a quiz evening organised by students from the Sixth Form boarding houses. The ‘Creative Round’ was particularly entertaining, where a team member had to be dressed as an animal commonly associated with Easter. CAMPION HOUSE Boys in Campion House have been preparing for the Easter holidays and were excited to hear that Campion boarding student, Hayden Munt, will take up the role of Head Boy next term. DENNETT HOUSE Girls from Dennett House have set up a new buddy scheme where they have been visiting Magdalen House to help the younger boarders with their reading. All of the girls have enjoyed taking part in this new initiative and taking time away from their revision to help the younger students.

BOARDING NEWS For live updates from all of the boarding houses, click the titles below to visit the boarding blogs. EARLE HOUSE Students from Earle House were excited to set up their new fish tank last week and welcomed the arrival of their fish, Francis, who now resides in his very own underwater ‘Vatican’!

BRAIN CHALLENGE The solution to last week’s brain challenge was: The solution was that the entire paragraph does not contain the letter E.

MAGDALEN HOUSE Magdalen House joined forces with Earle House to take part in a very exciting Easter Egg Hunt last week, set up by boarders from the older Houses; Amy Gatfield (Year 13) and Felipe von Stieglitz (Year 13). The winning team: Lily Langford (Year 8), Raphael Langford (Year 6), Thomas Brown (Year 7), Daniel Day (Year 5) and Patricia Domecq Domecq (Year 6), demonstrated determination, speed, teamwork and most importantly excellent detective skills to take home the most Easter eggs!

There were three winners this week: Israel Wokoh (Year 8), Charlotte Gordon (Year 7) and Jessica Hayes (Year 7). There will be a new challenge after the Easter holidays.



CESSSA DISTRICT U16 TOURNAMENT Well done to the Year 10 and 11 netball players who took part in the CESSSA tournament this week and came 3rd overall. Player of the Tournament was awarded to Kirsten Moore (Year 10).

EQUESTRIAN We are pleased to confirm that the New Hall School Show Jumping Competition, on Tuesday 28 May at Norton Heath Equestrian Centre, will be sponsored by R K Harrison Group Limited. Details of the event will be circulated to riders in due course. If there are any parents and/or students who are available to help at the event, please contact Mrs Murphy on

INTER-HOUSE NETBALL Congratulations to Southwell House who came 1st in the Year 9 inter-house netball tournament this week with 15 points. Pole House came 2nd, Fisher House were 3rd and Owen House came 4th. RUGBY DOMINIC TO PLAY FOR ENGLAND Dominic Morris (Year 11) will play with the England U16 rugby team on Monday 1 April, against Italy U17, at Lichfield RUFC. Tickets are £5.00 for adults or £2.00 for concessions and kick-off is at 2.30pm. On Saturday 6 April, he will play with the England U16’s against the Wales U16 side. Kick off for is at 2.30pm and tickets cost £5.00 for adults.

FENCING FELIX IMPRESSES AT CHAMPIONSHIPS Congratulations to Felix Fardell (Year 9) who finished 6th in his field of 127 at the recent fencing championships. In the group stages he beat fencers from from Whitgift, Millfield and Royal Belfast. Having been ranked 3 rd after the poule stages, taking just one hit in the first round and three in the 2nd round, he went out in the quarter finals to the eventual winner.

SWIMMING HEAD OF SPORTS Following the recent restructuring of the sports department, another sporting area of focus will be swimming. We are pleased to announce that Mrs Staines will take over the role as Head of Swimming in both the Preparatory and Senior Schools. Mrs Staines has taught swimming at Club Level, developing national swimmers. She is a registered ASA Judge and has taught swimming at all levels for 14 years. She holds teaching and coaching qualifications, as well as an open water qualification Level 3 for British Triathlon. Mrs Staines has successfully represented GB in the Triathlon, so she has a good understanding of sport at the elite level. This is an important role working across both schools and it will allow for a smoother transition for our younger swimmers into the Senior School. Mrs Staines is based in the pool area and can be contacted there for any matters regarding swimming.


New Hall students played against King Edward VI Grammar School in a 5-a-side football tournament this week, with a fabulous turn out from both schools. Freddie Benson (Year 13) scored two amazing goals for his team and Teresa Guerrero (Year 12) and Melissa Greaves (Year 11) worked tirelessly for the girls to earn a well-deserved draw, after being 2-0 early on.

ESSEX COUNTY SUCCESS Congratulations to Courtney Sanders (Year 10) for her success in the last round of the Essex County Championships 2013. Courtney is now the Essex County Champion for 15 year old girls in the 200m individual medley, winning a gold medal. Courtney also won silver in the 50m freestyle and 100m individual medley and bronze in the 50m backstroke.

HOCKEY ESSEX INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT New Hall came 3rd overall, on Thursday 21 March, at the U15 Essex invitational tournament. Congratulations to all the girls and Player of the Tournament, Samantha Howe (Year 10). NETBALL RESULTS Team




Chigwell School U14A

Lost 13-22

Player of the Match Carli Bardwell

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