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TEDDIES & OXFORD Jon Snow OSE reflects on a sublime setting

The Wind in the Willows OSE Kenneth Grahame’s riverbank tomfoolery brought to life

New Music School Planning permission granted


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News from Teddies In addition to The Chronicle, you can keep up-to-date with the latest developments at St Edward’s in a number of ways: the website (www.stedwardsoxford.org) features a news section and Teddies TV; eNews is issued monthly; and the new-look Rhubarb magazine is distributed annually to OSE. OSE News

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Captain Rupert Stevens (A 1995-2000) and Lieutenant Michael Dobbin (C 1998-2003) are both Officers in Th e Queen’s Company, First Battalion Grenadier Guards. They deployed to Afghanistan in Sept 2009 Army OSE were returning just as two other (Lieutenant Mark Cripps (B 1996 – 2001) and Captain Ed Poynter

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(G 1997 – 2000) both officers in The Rifl es). Rupert and Michael deployed to the Nad e Ali district of Helmand and both the rural checkpoints spent time in and the provincial capital Lashkar Gah. In this photo they are seen sitting in rhubarb on the Mastiff in which Michael had driven over an IED (Improvised

Explosive Device) the day before – all emerged unscathed. Observant readers will also notice the rat – Jim Douggen - who was last pictured in the Chronicle strapped to the bows of the 1st VIII in the 2003 Henley final. Rupert also featured in the Queen’s Birthday Parade on which he was Subaltern 1 for the Escort.

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Change is good – as the November 1882 Chronicle stated: ‘School magazines are all the better for periodical editorial changes. They are apt to get dull.’

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It is wonderful to be introducing the new Chronicle. Issue number one of the Chronicle was published in March 1873 – one hundred and forty years ago – and was eight pages long. Editions came out monthly in term time so that seven issues were made in each year and the content was heavy on editorial; after a time it became heavy on individual match reports for games. The format eventually changed from monthly to termly until it became an annual and I am rather pleased that we are going back to the termly format. Chris Nathan, the School archivist, records in his History of the Chronicle that “The initial intention of The Chronicle was to publicise ‘the confraternity of St Edward’, a key objective of Warden Algernon Simeon, who wanted to bind together all members of the School, past and present”. I am confident that our new Chronicle will live up to its aim of keeping the wider School community – current and prospective families, OSE, staff and former staff, governors, our prep and senior school colleagues and neighbours – up to date with all the latest news from the School. Of course, change is good – as the November 1882 Chronicle leader stated “School [magazines] are all the better for periodical editorial changes. They are apt

to get dull.” Perhaps more importantly we should recognise that our external communications, in a world where there is a revolution happening in this area just as big as the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg, need to be kept under review. Our three main publications – The Chronicle, Rhubarb and The News – were being heavily supplemented and duplicated by the eNews, Teddies TV, the website and many other email communications.


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Following a considered review of all news outlets, three new or enhanced publications have emerged: this new Chronicle, which contains up to date and topical journalism very much in line with the original intentions; Rhubarb, designed specifically for OSE; and a new annual Record, to feature the teams, matches, casts and crews of our various activities and the detailed minutiae of School life necessary for the archive and proper record-keeping. This publication is currently in production and will be available on request; details to follow. We are very excited about the new and fresh approach these changes will bring and we hope that, as these publications evolve, all readers will get far more out of our journalistic productions than ever before. In this first issue of the new order, number 663, you will be able to re-live the magnificence of the anniversary production of The Wind in the Willows, enjoy a wonderful aerial view of the School taken to mark the opening of Jubilee House – and therefore a change to our physical footprint – and consider the musings of Jon Snow, OSE, on what makes St Edward’s such a special place. I am certain that you will enjoy these changes but I hope I shall be as sanguine as my forbears should there be any dissenters. In response to a 1969 survey on behalf of The Chronicle, the approach to criticism was one of welcome: “where it has been constructive, serious note has been taken; where destructive – well, at least someone has taken the trouble to write.” Stephen Jones

St Edwards: 150 Years St Edwards: 150 Years, by Nicola Hunter, was published on 1st December 2013, providing an elegant and fascinating photographic record of the past 150 years of the School. Books cost £40 plus P&P and may be purchased via Tracy Millard: 01865 319204 or events@stedwardsoxford.org.

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University Destinations 2013 By Nicola Hunter, Deputy Academic Director

The university destinations of St Edward’s pupils are impressive. Why is this? It is because we work hard at making sure that our Upper Sixth and OSE make the strongest applications possible. We help them to think very carefully about the subject they want to study, and to this end we give them advice and a structured series of talks and workshops starting in earnest from the Fifth Form. While many argue that the personal statement is not of interest to admissions tutors nowadays, it is true to say that if yours is not written to a certain standard then you are likely to fall at the first hurdle of competitive university application and offers will not come your way. Mrs Hunter gives detailed advice on humanities applications and Mrs Choudhury-Fieret on science applications, and we have a list of clichés that must be avoided (see right). We insist that a personal statement is well structured and written (this is likely to take at least seven serious stages to achieve), since a place at a desirable university could well depend on it. We encourage our pupils to aim high. The cost of a university education is now huge, as we all know, and we want to make sure that each of our pupils goes to the best institution for them, where fellow students and teaching will be stimulating and the degree of use for their future careers. The Russell Group, the larger research universities, are our main focus in the UK, though in the US and Europe the choice is huge and there may be many individual reasons for choosing a particular place to study. Last year the figure of 19 of our pupils and OSE going to Bristol University, a popular choice, was very large. We sent 11 to the highly competitive London colleges of UCL, KCL and Imperial, and two went to Oxford – just to take a few impressive outcomes. If you work hard, take advice, and time your application well, the chances are that pupils at St Edward’s will be able to achieve what they want: this is our ambition for all our pupils.

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of those going on to university take up places at Russell Group institutions, the most prestigious in the country.

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Things to avoid in a personal statement: SINGLE WORDS: captivated

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In the last 10 years, nearly 100 pupils have gone on to study at Oxford or Cambridge Universities

EXPRESSIONS:

‘ever since I was young I’ ‘I was privileged to attend’ ‘satisfied my thirst to’ ‘such was my inquisitive nature’ ‘I have been fortunate enough to’ ‘I revel in’ ‘desperate to’ ‘captured my imagination’ ‘I was very taken with’ A personal favourite, more of a purple passage than a mere cliché: ‘a burning desire grows in my whole being to’

Anna Schroder (TrevorRoberts) is the recipient of this year’s Port Meadow Prize, awarded in recognition of outstanding effort in pursuit of a place at a top university. Anna is currently studying Engineering at Wadham College, Oxford.


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The Mysterious Human Heart In September, in a symposium jointly organised by St Edward’s and the Oxford International Biomedical Centre (a charity whose purpose is to build greater understanding of scientific and biomedical issues), pupils were invited to consider the human heart: its diseases, lifestyle matters affecting its health – and its future. From Oxford University, we welcomed Professor Hugh Watkins, Radcliffe Department of Medicine, and Dr Francesca Crowe, Cancer Epidemiology Unit; from the John Radcliffe Hospital’s Heart Centre, Professor Stephen Westaby. The day was chaired by Dr Kendall Williams, St Edward’s Head of Science, and Professor Charles Pasternak, President of the OIBC. It was an exceptionally interesting day, with pupils from St Edward’s, as well as other Oxford schools – both independent and state – recognising the quality of the scientific thinking being presented and debated. Topics under discussion included genetic factors affecting the heart and new forms of treatment for heart disease; how

Left to right: Professor Stephen Westaby, Dr Francesca Crowe, Dr Kendall Williams and Professor Hugh Watkins

populations can reduce their likelihood of developing such disease; and – the really big question – is it possible to replace the human heart? We learnt that a combination of myocardial regeneration therapy, blood

Running Wild The Most Distant Way, a novel by English teacher, Ewan Gault, was published by Holland House in October. Two young British distance runners are training in Kenya’s Rift Valley, an area with the greatest density of elite endurance runners on earth. With only a week remaining of their three month stay, they each have to face up to their fears about going home whilst trying to make sense of their lives. One reviewer says: ‘A gripping tale of two talented young runners struggling to come to terms with the enigma of living and training in Kenya’s Rift Valley. You can almost taste the dirt on your teeth as they race by …’.

pumps and stem cells is set to provide a realistic alternative to a conventional transplant within the next 10 years. Top level thinking indeed, and a fascinating day for our Sixth Form scientists.

Maths in Action David Gibbon, Maths Teacher and Segar’s HM

Forty four of our best GCSE mathematicians attended a lecture series entitled ‘Maths in Action’ in London in November. The day began with a talk on code breaking given by a University of Cambridge mathematician, who also brought an authentic working Enigma machine along with him. After some lateral thinking puzzles and an in-depth investigation of Pascal’s triangle, we listened to Simon Singh speaking about his new book on the Mathematics of the Simpsons, the popular animated TV show. The writers of the show include a few brilliant maths brains, and the show is littered with high level theorems, interesting formulæ and fascinating numbers. We ended with a talk on the mathematics of birth, life and death, entitled ‘Babies, Rabies and Maybes’ – in all, a highly stimulating day out.

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Simon Roche writes: St Edward’s treated itself to The Wind in the Willows as its major production in its 150th anniversary year. It is impossible to look back at the achievements of our alumni without dwelling on Kenneth Grahame and his classic tale of riverside tomfoolery.

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS First published in 1908, the book is the definition of a classic. The text was of course written to be conjured in the mind’s eye, a childish one at that, and it must have been a devil to adapt it into a stage script. Where a book offers private pleasure, a play is a shared experience. Alan Bennett, whose version this was, took on the challenge in 1990 for the National Theatre, and specifically for its largest theatre – The Olivier (let the OSE namedropping continue). This is worth noting only to see what he had in mind for the spectacle. The Olivier Theatre is a vast space which can fly actors and stage sets in and out, and uses a much fêted ‘drum revolve’. This revolve is an extraordinary, five-storey, computeroperated double lift contraption enabling stage sets to be lowered through the floor and spun around. There is no theatre in the world better suited to such an episodic text, and one which enables swift changes from over-ground scenes to underground, from woodland to riverside, and from secret passageways to baronial halls. And what did Lucy Maycock and her crew have in comparison? The St Edward’s New Hall – a space not known for its dynamic capabilities, and more suited to exams than animal battle scenes. It is an adaptation which is rarely done outside London, and not often by schools. Oh how we like a challenge – impossible to do, impossible not to have, and an unqualified success. How did they manage it?

Casting is an essential ingredient for a great production, and who was to know that we had so many woodland creatures amongst our pupils? They were led by possibly the four most stock characters in children’s fiction – Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad. Ratty, played by Billy Slater (Dragon), was a buttoned up mix of awkwardness and schoolmasterly affection, all stiff upper lip and adherence to rules and rigidity, with an inability to profess his true feelings to his companions. I suppose one can only blame this on his military upbringing, which must also be the root of Badger’s stoicism. Badger was captured marvellously by Rufus McGrath (Elstree), who channelled his inner ‘general’ to great effect. Both he and Ratty seemed to be permanently competing for Mole’s affections and to exert control over Toad’s rapacious behaviour. Bennett has clearly made plenty of mischief here in his interpretation of these bachelors’ antics. Badger’s avuncular sensibilities are released by Moley: ‘Look at his little face’ he repeats to great amusement. Mole, played by David Kelly (Northcote Lodge), was all heart and whimsy, a quiet provincial sort replete with NHS spectacles and a voice Frank Spencer’s mother would have recognised. Kelly’s performance was flawless from first to

Theo Smith as Toad


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Rufus McGrath as Badger

Hermione Redford (Broomwood Hall) as a Rabbit

Billy Slater as Ratty

David Kelly as Mole

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Mole with Max Brennan (Dragon) as Portly and Vincent Moisy (Dragon) as Otter

Will Spooner (Caldicott) as the long-suffering horse

Left to right: Anya Goncharenko (Marlston House), James Buxton (Wetherby Prep) and Celia Higson (Godstowe Prep)

last, and his characterisation never slipped. Theo Smith (Caldicott) took on the Toad and so had to do justice to one of the great comic creations of children’s fiction. Smith played to the galleries like a pro and put in a towering performance that was high camp and indomitable, both frustrating and loveable. Further afield (apologies) there were some stellar turns. Will Spooner’s horse, a proletariat nag, who doesn’t like being stroked, brought some of the biggest laughs with his lugubrious demeanor – “When I pull things, I pull other things” he tells us whilst rolling a cigarette. As the audience warms to the ridiculous scenarios and nonsensical plot, it becomes apparent that we’re witnessing a pantomime with whiskers – “That’s because you are like me” says Badger, “down to earth”. There was a huge amount of fun being had on stage and in the stalls, and Maycock’s comic touches are perhaps the defining feature of the show. There were preppy rabbits decked out in cashmere and chinos who shopped in Waitrose and were seemingly consumed by status anxiety and avarice. Gold stars to Louis Verschoyle (Lambrook) and Vincent Moisy (Dragon) who ran with this theme to such an extent that their rabbits are probably worth ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’ treatment. There were nervous squirrels on the balcony watching the action through binoculars, vacant but industrious hedgehogs map reading and no doubt soon to be “good on the road”. From the wildwoods occasionally dart a gang of leather clad weasels, stoats and an East End fox, for even a golden age of perpetual spring has its threats. These beasts led by Jake Walls (Abingdon) and his oafish sidekick Norman (Sasha Issacs, The Hall) were opportunistic, twitchy as hell, and as consumed by modernity as our beloved Toad. Going beyond their squatters’ rights they seek to turn Toad Hall into “The Toad Hall Park and Leisure Centre” – a canny touch from Bennett which proves how well his version has stood the test of time. The musical accompaniment, so ably provided by Alex Tester and his team, has a folksy flavour and serves to add a sense of congregation to proceedings. If some of the lyricism has been lost in the book’s adaptation to a stage script it is made up for here. There was even a choir of field mice, who sang splendidly and gave a suitable Christmas feel to proceedings. Lighter musical touches were added, with snatches of The Archers, and Land of Hope and Glory. Part of the challenge of the incidental music was to underscore the transitions and scene changes which come so thick and fast. Huge credit must go to Clive Stevenson and Co for being able to realise the


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The Kenneth Grahame Society By Ian Rowley

It seems unlikely that many former St Edward’s pupils have enjoyed the unstinting admiration of a President of the United States of America and of a German Kaiser. Only one has occupied the post of Secretary to the Bank of England, subsequently to be shot at by a deranged visitor. Arguably, none but one has met, over the course of a century, with the gratitude of millions of children (and adults) throughout the world. We have just cause to celebrate the life and contribution of Kenneth Grahame, OSE. designer’s blue sky and riverbank thinking. A vast stage set with ramps and scaffolds entirely clad in plywood and hessian which hid, and then spectacularly revealed, Badger’s underground house, Moley’s hole, and Ratty’s nautical themed pantry. We applauded the boat’s entrance, the caravan and Toad’s sports car which had been ingeniously made from a mobility scooter. The production and the script were charming, mischievously playful and witty. It celebrates some of the antiquated joys of bachelordom, and takes an Arcadian view of a kinder, gentler England that casts a spell even today. Bennett’s version and Maycock’s production has its tongue placed firmly in its cheek, as the eccentricities of middle England are simultaneously celebrated and sent up. “That’s England Ratty. England’s a caravan. It wants geeing up a bit.” Of all the events in our School’s 150th celebrations this was arguably the most audacious if one sets the scale of it against its time constraints. All physical evidence of the production had been ‘struck’ by 9am on Monday and, as the Fifth Form filed nervously in for the start of their mock exams (for such is the abrupt end to School productions), I caught the eye of a rabbit or two. Though they were without ears, or tails, there was a noticeable buoyancy to their movements; they were aware of having achieved something quite tremendous and in so doing had enlivened an entire community. These types of School events cannot be quantified, or put in a league table, but it’s something we do so very well here at St Edward’s, and long may we nurture it. I believe Mr Grahame would have agreed.

In 2008, as Secretary of the Kenneth Grahame Society (the School’s oldest existing society), I invited Sarah Thomas to visit the School. Sarah was the first ever woman Librarian of the Bodleian Library in Oxford and, as an American, the first ever foreign holder of the post. 2008 was an important year as it marked the centenary of the publication of The Wind in the Willows. Originally conceived as bed-time reading for Kenneth’s wayward son, Alastair, the manuscript of the work is held at the Bodleian. Having visited us, Sarah Thomas kindly returned the invitation and we were able to see the manuscript of the book and a letter written by President Theodore Roosevelt to Kenneth Grahame. Alas, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s copy of Grahame’s The Golden Age, one of only two books in English the Kaiser kept on his imperial yacht, has not survived into posterity! Thanking Kenneth Grahame in 1908 for sending him a copy of The Wind in the Willows, Theodore Roosevelt writes, surely disingenuously, Of course it won’t have any problems, any sex, any second meaning – that is why I shall like it. Roosevelt, proof-reading the typescript of the letter, added handwritten inverted commas around the phrase “any problems, any sex, any second meaning”. The Kenneth Grahame Society aims to take up the US president on his veiled invitation to explore interpretations of the book which probe beneath the often innocent surface of Grahame’s tale. Topics have ranged over the years from “The absence of significant females” and “Communism versus capitalism” to “The trauma of anthropomorphism” and “Kenneth Grahame: Edwardian prig or twentieth-century visionary?” By several accounts, Grahame’s marriage to Elspeth was not a happy one, and was made less so, inevitably, by the suicide, aged 19, of their son Alastair. Alastair was buried in the Holywell Cemetery, Oxford, where he was joined by his father in 1932. Grahame’s epitaph reads: To the beautiful memory of Kenneth Grahame, husband of Elspeth and father of Alastair, who passed the river on the 6th of July, 1932, leaving childhood and literature through him the more blest for all time.

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New Music School: planning bid approved We are delighted to report that planning permission has been granted for the development of an extensive £6 million Music School on South Parade. The building is scheduled for completion by autumn 2016 and will include classrooms, a music library, rehearsal space, music tech studios – and will double the number of practice rooms available to pupils. The Warden said: ‘This is exciting news for Teddies: the number of pupils participating in music at School is growing and we simply must provide them with the most up-to-date facilities and ample space in which to develop their musical talents.’ The plan for the Music School has been drawn up by Tim Ronalds Architects, specialists in arts and education projects; the practice has considerable experience in designing spaces which enable people to enjoy creative work. With planning permission granted for the Music School, Phase II of the project, the development of a world-class Concert Hall for the city of Oxford, moves a step closer towards becoming a reality. Plans for the latter are ongoing with a projected start date for construction of 2019.

The Concert Hall interior

The Music School: bird’s eye view

The Music School: Garden Court


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10 Years of the St Edward’s Singers

All pictures courtesy of Tim Ronalds Architects.

Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the St Edward’s Singers founded by Neville Creed on his appointment as Director of Music in 2003. The accompanist throughout this time has been Gabriele Damiani, the School’s organist, also appointed in 2003. In former years, a Choral Society had existed at the School but not for some time and not open to all. It was felt that a choir open to parents, staff and the local community, combined with the School’s Chapel Choir, offering two large-scale performances each year, would give a boost to the School’s musical profile and provide wider musical opportunities for pupils. It also grew out of the practical requirements of performing Verdi’s Requiem which had been requested by the Warden, David Christie, on his retirement. This work requires a very large choir and combining all resources seemed to make good sense. The Choir was launched with Puccini’s rousing Messa di Gloria in October 2003 and a wide variety of repertoire has been explored during the following ten years. Particular highlights have been Orff ’s Carmina Burana (May 2005) performed in Dorchester Abbey with the County Music Service Orchestra and many local schools joining to form an enormous choir; Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast (May 2007) performed with the Oxford University Orchestra on a temporary stage in South Park as part of Oxford Inspires – the county’s 1,000th anniversary celebrations; and Elgar’s Spirit of England (October 2010) performed as part of an Elgar Weekend organised by then pupil George Parris. Most works have been selected in order to give opportunities for pupils to perform and many careers have been launched in School concerts. The Choir’s activities were strengthened by the formation of the St Edward’s Singers Committee which was formed in 2009 and a variety of performance venues outside the School have been tried. The Choir continues to flourish and all are welcome to join for a performance of Handel’s Messiah on 27th April in St Michael’s Church, Summertown. The rehearsals will begin with a 10th anniversary celebration evening in the Dining Hall on Friday 28th February. For further information about the Choir please email Neville Creed: creedn@stedwardsoxford.org

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Ballet Recital By Neville Creed, Director of Cultural Activities

In December, the School’s ballet dancers produced an excellent sequence of performances. This event was introduced in 2011 and has developed into an important event in the dance calendar. An enthusiastic audience was treated to a wide range of choreography produced by our team of four expert ballet teachers. Several pupils have reached the intermediate level of vocational qualifications and the range of expression was impressive. The splendid finale involved all the dancers and was a given a suitably seasonal theme. Particular thanks must go to Head of Dance, Lisa Elkins, for producing another splendid show. Charlie Preston (Windlesham House) and Casper Sunley (Cheam) provided excellent sound and lighting. We look forward to the Dance Show on Saturday 1st March.

Telethon During the summer, four current pupils and ten recent leavers took part in a threeweek telephone campaign to raise funds for the St Edward’s Foundation. Based in the Old Shop, the team were tasked with contacting a selection of OSE to involve them in the various 150th anniversary events and, where appropriate, to ask for contributions to the School’s Annual Fund. For the callers, who were chosen from a pool of applicants, the campaign presented opportunities both for worthwhile summer work and highly valuable work experience. This will no doubt benefit them in their future career development. Sir David Lewis, OSE and former Lord Mayor of London, kindly agreed to act as the champion for the telephone campaign, and to provide a professional reference for the callers. His visit and address on the first day was an inspiration for the team, which performed brilliantly and contributed enormously to enhancing the relationships between the School and its alumni community. The numerous comments of commendation subsequently

received from some of the many OSE who enjoyed chatting about their time at the School are testament to the excellent part the students played as ambassadors for St Edward’s. For the School, the telethon will make a considerable difference to the lives of its current pupils. The Annual Fund aims to support projects which target immediate priorities, and thanks to the overwhelming generosity of well over 300 OSE donors, we are hoping to commemorate our 150th anniversary with £150,000. The funds will be allocated to additional sports and music equipment, the Chapel, and to bursaries for deserving children, who otherwise would not be able to afford a St Edward’s education. In this way, the Annual Fund will no doubt help to sustain the reputation of St Edward’s as a school dedicated to excellence. The School is very grateful for this support, and it is hoped that the whole St Edward’s community will get involved in the fundraising events planned for this year, including a sponsored cycling challenge in April – more news to follow.

IN A SPIN Marc Chan (French International, Hong Kong) excels at a Saturday night circus skills workshop. Marc’s evident ability to keep plates spinning will be a great help to him as he learns to manage his busy timetable at Teddies …


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“Shall I tell you what made St Edward’s different for me? Its location. There is no more sublime location – probably anywhere. You have the city, Port Meadow, the playing fields, the whole environment, and then Summertown as your own suburb. It’s an absolutely extraordinary coalition – the organic combination of city, suburb, countryside: it is amazing.” Jon Snow, OSE, in conversation with Stephen Jones, summer 2013.

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New aerial photography was commissioned last term to celebrate the opening of Jubilee House. This shot looks west over Port Meadow and beyond – to the edge of the Cotswolds.


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Taking the England squad by storm The girls’ 1st XI enjoyed another positive season on a highly competitive circuit. Highlights of last term included wins against Bradfield 9-0, Stowe 3-1, Beaconsfield High 3-0, Headington 5-1, Kimbolton 2-0 and Pangbourne 5-0, and draws with Cheltenham College, Canford and Bloxham. Minus their regular junior players and captain, Lucy Poffley (Windlesham House), the 1st’s battled gamely in the county tournament and were unlucky to lose a tight semi-final to the eventual winners. Senior players Helen Baddeley (Dragon) and Megan Jones (Cranford House) deserve special mention for their consistently impressive play. Georgie Blanchard (Headington Prep) and Storm Sunderland (Winchester House) achieved national recognition – Georgie was selected for the U17 high performance assessment camp and Storm for the England U16 team – congratulations to both. The 2nd XI’s highlights included wins over Bradfield 2-1, Bloxham 4-2, Stowe 1-0, Kimbolton 4-1 and Pangbourne 4-1, but also included a hugely impressive 1-1 draw away at Marlborough. The 3rd XI had a fine season winning over 60% of their matches, including victories over Cheltenham 3-2, Oundle 1-0, Bradfield 5-1, Canford 1-0, Bloxham 6-3, Kimbolton 4-2 and Pangbourne 5-0. The 4th XI’s highlight

was an impressive 6-2 win against Cheltenham. The U16A’s lost only once in School fixtures last term with notable wins away from home: Dean Close 4-1, Oundle 7-1 and Marlborough 1-0. The squad retained their county title in impressive fashion, scoring 12 goals and conceding just 1 in their

Netball Selection Well done to Mia Hammersley (Dragon) and Isabelle Rayner (St George’s, Windsor), the first girls ever to have been selected for the Oxfordshire U16 Netball Academy – great news.

4 games. In the divisional round, the girls produced two excellent performances to beat Surbiton High School 5-0 and Epsom 6-0 but lost their final match to a very strong Eastbourne College side. Highlights elsewhere included wins by the U15A’s v Dean Close, Marlborough, Tudor Hall and Stowe; the U15B’s victories over Bloxham, Dean Close and Kimbolton; the U14A’s wins v Stowe, Oundle, Bloxham and Kimbolton; and the U14B’s wins v Dean Close and Tudor Hall. The U14A squad qualified for their regional competition by finishing runners up in the county tournament where, despite remaining unbeaten and beating the eventual winners, they drew too many games to claim the title. At the regional tournament, the side played incredibly well, with an outstanding performance and great leadership from Zoe Scott (Dragon) in defence, and good distribution and energy from Ashlyn Dickinson (Ryde with Upper Chine) in midfield. Goalkeeper Sassy Hammersley (Dragon) should also be commended for numerous crucial saves along with Ella Royden (Maidwell Hall) for being a constant attacking threat at centre forward.


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Boys’ Rowing Jonny Singfield, boys’ 1st VIII coach

Last term saw somewhat of a ‘changing of the guard’ for the boys, with half of the 1st VIII moving on to university, but I am very happy to report that the four survivors of our Henley Final crew have been joined by a really strong and enthusiastic group of new talent. There is a quiet determination amongst this new group to show that they can keep St Edwards at the forefront of championship-level rowing. The boys achieved notable results last term with a win for the quad scull of Sam Gillingham (Stowe), Oli Knight (Fullbrook), Albert Mitchell (Wetherby Prep) and Oscar von Hannover (Berlin Brandenburg International) at Reading Head and wins for Rupert Singfield (Cherwell) and Oli Knight in singles at Pangbourne Head. Oli repeated this feat by winning the singles event at Hampton School Head.

Leanne Reeves in Philadelphia

Girls’ Rowing Tom Burton, girls’ 1st VIII coach

The autumn term was an exciting one for girls’ rowing at St Edward’s and the highlight had to be the trip to the USA at half term. Ten girls went to Philadelphia and enjoyed the superb hospitality offered by our host school, The Merion Mercy Academy. Racing at the Head of the Schuylkill, they produced excellent results, coming 4th and 10th out of hundreds of other schools. On their return, the girls’ quad of Leanne Reeves (Chiltern Edge), Sarah Fletcher (The Harrodian), Eloise Kiely (Windlesham House) and Jemima Lyon (Broomwood Hall) won their first race in their new quad at Pangbourne Junior Sculls. Above and below: 42 rowers, one 5-day camp – and every kind of weather. Both shots were taken during the December training camp held on The Oratory’s stretch of the Thames between Pangbourne and Reading.

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Rugby Mark Hanslip, Master i/c Rugby

The rugby club is in good health and the future looks incredibly bright for Teddies rugby. A successful tour to Italy and a pre-season camp for the juniors at School ensured that last season started energetically and with purpose. Last year’s Yearlings A were unbeaten so were a hard act to follow for this year’s cohort – but they didn’t disappoint, losing only to strong Radley and MCS sides. As a result, Oliver Kynge (St Hugh’s), Henry Emmott (St Hugh’s), Cameron King (Davenies), William Prew (Caldicott) and Rory Hipwell (Pinewood) were all selected for the county. The Junior Colts did well to reach the 4th round of the National NatWest Cup and enjoyed a very good season elsewhere losing only once to Uppingham. However, it is not all about the A teams at St Edward’s. The Yearlings C team enjoyed an unbeaten season until the last part of the term when they lost to Abingdon and Radley. The Junior Colts B secured wins over Radley, Clifton, MCS and The Oratory, and the other teams in this year group produced some effective rugby. In contrast, the Colts had a tough time with injuries last term and it was difficult for this year group across the board. Although wins were hard to come by, their spirit remains strong and

they will all bounce back. They are mentally strong and have never given up and this is testament to their character and resilience. The 3rd and 4th’s have demolished our local opposition but the highlight for these two sides were the wins they both recorded away at Clifton College: 24 – 22 for the 3rd XV and 22 -19 for the 4th XV – impressive results. The 2nd XV enjoyed good wins v MCS, Malvern and Bloxham and were competitive in all their games, with players representing the XV on numerous occasions.

The XV have had a number of wins including a very good victory over Rugby on Upper 1 early in the season, a magnificent away win at Malvern 49 – 10 and a draw v Radley towards the end of the season. Freddie Boyce (Ryde Academy) and Jake Anderson (The Warriner), both in the Fifth Form, are an integral part of the 1st XV and are both in the England U16 regional programmes for London and the South East and the South West respectively.

Gus Knott (The Beacon) scores a try v Rugby with Joe Barrett (Burford) and Jake Anderson (The Warriner) in support. The final score is pictured above …


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Harriers Lewis Faulkner, Master i/c Harriers

Last term started with some excellent results in the Longworth 10k and with Ben Grainger (The Beacon) finishing as the fastest junior male and second overall. Ben went on to run an excellent 3000m on the track in the Watford Open Athletics Meet in a superb time of 9 minutes and 19 seconds. The Harriers then took on the first round of the Oxford Mail Cross Country league in the Cotswolds with some promising results and followed this up with brave performances at the Chiltern League race at Shotover, a tough hill climb in very muddy conditions. The new training regime of more miles and reduced recoveries in sessions seems to be proving its worth. A race at Harrow School against stiff competition from several big schools saw noteworthy performances from Octavia Akoulitchev (Dragon), 15th; Dominic Dyer

(Cayman Prep and High), 4th; Jack French (St Hugh’s), 12th; and Tom Lloyd (Dragon), 18th. George Henry (Farleigh) showed fine form finishing 11th in a tough field closely followed by Harriers captain Fin Kettlewell (Dragon) in 12th place. Our U17 boys’ team finished in 2nd place in the second Oxford Mail league race of the season at Culham Park against competitive athletics clubs

from across the region. Dominic Dyer was the 1st U15 boy overall and George Henry was the 10th U17 boy. The boys finished off the season with some superb 3000m runs at the Lee Valley Athletics meet in the final week, with Dominic Dyer leading the St Edward’s boys home and demonstrating an excellent platform for the big regional and inter-school races this term.

Brothers in Arms Brothers Adam and Tom Lotter (Caldicott) made history last term by both playing for the 1st XV v Clifton in October. To find other examples of brothers playing together, one has to go as far back as 1922 when twins Richard and Stephen Thorman made the 1st XV, and before that, to 1913, when Louis and George Paget did the same.

Miles Hammond (Christ Church Cathedral) was named Junior Sportsperson of the Year at the 2013 Oxfordshire Sports Awards. The nomination highlighted his first class debut for Gloucestershire last year and his selection for the U19 tri-nation in the UAE in December. Earlier this year, Miles was named in the England squad for the U19 Cricket World Cup – also in the UAE – in February. Miles will be hoping to impress in the warm-up games v Europe and Bangladesh to earn his place in the opening Group D game against the hosts on Valentine’s Day.

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Global Thinking Jonathan Thomson, Chair of Overseas Committee

If you think of St. Edward’s as being monochromatic and uniform, you need to think again. There are 38 different nationalities, 13 different religions, 160 nonBritish pupils, and 140 pupils born overseas – that means roughly 20% of the School count as ‘international’ in some respect (though the Independent Schools Council’s strict criteria – pupils who do not hold a British passport and live overseas – would give us a figure of around 13%). This term alone has seen a jam-packed calendar of international events thanks to our 32-strong Overseas Pupil Committee who have been working alongside members of the Common Room to think up new and fresh ways to celebrate our rich cultural

diversity. Our International Quiz was both entertaining and enlightening (who knew that it was illegal to leave your house without underwear in Thailand, for instance?), a trip to Bath’s Roman Baths gave our international pupils a flavour of English heritage that few native pupils will have seen, and various countries social nights have given pupils the opportunity to relax and share their home culture with friends. We have established a mock UN this year, which allows both British and overseas students an opportunity to discuss and debate world issues, and we’ll be

trying our luck in a nationwide competition in London in February. From Thanksgiving pub-dining to trips to synagogues, St. Edward’s accommodates and celebrates diversity. Every young person has their own story to tell, and our international pupils offer vibrant and exciting opportunities for the School as a whole. With an ever shrinking world and a globalised economy, the multicultural friendships developed at St. Edward’s help prepare our pupils to be successful and well-rounded adults with a global outlook.

Activity Assistants Anna Fielding, Head of Shell Circus

A group of Sixth Form pupils have taken on new leadership roles by becoming activity assistants. They run a wide range of afternoon activities for Shells, introducing them to the many extra-curricular opportunities on offer at St Edward’s. Jessica Davenport (International School of Belgrade) and Temi Adeyinka (British International School, Lagos) are now in their second year of leading basketball sessions, a new and exciting sport for many Shells. Alice Eckett (Windlesham House), Helen Baddeley (Dragon) and Claira Miesegaes (Dragon) ran girls’ rounders and tennis last summer and are now helping to run the ever popular ‘multisports’ activity which gives Shells a chance to try a wide range of different sports. Aimee MowatHelling (Pipers Corner) helped to write, Left to right: Jessica Davenport, Temi Adeyinka, Anna Fielding, Head of Shell Circus, Aimee Mowat-Helling and Fin Kettlewell.

rehearse and direct the Lower School Play last summer and together with Anya Goncharenko (Marlston House) they are now running a theatre workshop. Fin Kettlewell (Dragon) has been assisting with the cross country introduction in which all Shells participate, an important task to get all the year group through the Steeplechase route in the first few weeks of term. Connor Frost (Davenies) is assisting with the creative Fimo modelling workshop. These activities require a very high

level of commitment as the pupils take on the role of teacher and coach. They plan well-structured activities, run warm ups and ensure all activities take place in a safe and productive environment. The activity assistants set a fantastic example to the rest of the School leading their sessions with enthusiasm and an impressive level of maturity. The next group of activity assistants from the Lower Sixth are already being trained up and will no doubt inspire many others to follow their example.


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The traditional starting point for a ‘descent of the Thames’ at Inglesham – the river level was unusually low!

85 miles along the Thames in a heatwave Tony Snell writes: Last year, we had real summer weather for the Boat Club’s annual expedition in traditional Thames skiffs: that glorious week in mid-July. Seven boys journeyed in three beautiful boats with Mr Tony Snell and Mr Ollie Barstow and then Mr John Wiggins. Three crews of ‘Three Men in a Boat’, with each of the crew taking turns on the coxswain’s cushion to steer the boat. This trip is perhaps the best possible way for energetic young scullers to get to know ‘our river’, beyond the well-worked two miles on which they have trained since January. A holistic approach is attempted, to include an understanding about navigation

on tight bends; past weirs and locks; the river’s wildlife; the historic places and events; and especially the unforgettable contrast between the long, quiet rural meanders of the upper river, and the riverside dwellings and boathouses that become ever finer and more spectacular on the approach to Henley. This expedition needs no land support on the voyage: all equipment and provisions are carried in the boats. We camped each night by the river,

The end of this year’s expedition at Shiplake College Boat Club

with breakfast and other meals prepared in camp; but some meals at riverside inns such as The Rose Revived at Newbridge, The Ferryman Inn at Bablock Hythe, and The Barley Mow at Clifton Hampden. There were many stops on the way: visits ashore, shopping for food and refreshments in Abingdon, Wallingford, and Reading; and cooling swims in favourite safe places. A note about the boats. Mr Tony Snell’s skiff, Alice, about 110 years old, was rescued from a Christmas bonfire pile and lovingly restored by Mr Jim Wiggins of Priory Farm near Chipping Norton. On ‘our own’ part of the river, in 1862, Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland, while sculling in a boat up to Godstow with a friend and the three daughters of the Dean of Christchurch, told the girls a story which was the origin of Alice, published in 1865. The skiff, Eleanor, named by Jim for his granddaughter, was built by him as an exact copy of a skiff similar to Alice. The biggest skiff, Ian, about 120 years old, was also restored by Jim: and we are ever grateful to him for letting us use his two skiffs each year – as he has done since 2003. PUPILS IN THE GROUP: Matthew Abell (Dragon) Matthew Adams (Abingdon Prep) Will Bolam Bassett (Dragon) Ben Hilton-Johnson (Dragon) Theo Ross (New College) Ned Stewart (Eastbourne College) William Webb (Dragon)

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The Final Frontier Becky Bowyer, Resident Tutor, Field House

I have never lived in a boarding house before, neither as a pupil nor as a teacher. However after teaching at Teddies for a number years I found that the lure of boarding house life was too much to resist. When thoughts of moving into a boarding house crossed my mind last year I did stereotypically assume that it would be a girls’ house; but when it was put to me that becoming the first female resident tutor in a boys’ house was also an option it was too good an opportunity to turn down. Especially as that opportunity was in Field House working alongside the legendary Richard Murray. As September approached the thought of disorganised desks, wet boots and smelly socks began to play havoc with my OCD tendencies, but in actual fact, boys’ rooms are not that different to girls’ rooms – some are even tidier! As I do my evening rounds, I am pleasantly surprised to see carpet, folders ordered on shelves and laundry in baskets; my inner OCD demon often breathes a sigh of relief. Maybe I have slightly diluted the testosterone levels, or maybe the boys are just trying to ease me through the first term gently. When you walk into Field House, through the doors of the lobby, you immediately know that this is the boys’ home. You can feel the spirit and pride they have for their house and they have been truly welcoming. Age, interests, size or gender do not form any barriers and boys from all years sit together and with their tutors listening to music and having fascinating discussions, although thankfully I have been spared the lobby ‘bundle’! I have enjoyed all the conversations and impromptu forms of entertainment, I think I even enjoyed running the boys’ steeplechase. Sitting with the boys and watching the rugby and football has been just perfect, I just wish I could say the same for the cricket!


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Social Glue As I begin my final week in the Boarding House, I have taken a brief moment off to work out that I will have spent about 2,420 school days looking after the boys of Field House with only 5 of those days still to come. I have to confess that I have found it quite hard to summarise those 346 school weeks or 31 terms (however you wish to look at it) into this short article but a simple summary of the time itself tells its own story. For one thing I am a decade older and a decade more worn! In that time I have walked hundreds of miles, the well-polished corridors surely bearing by now the imprint of my well–scuffed shoes. What strikes me, I think, is the fact that so much of my life as a Housemaster has been about performing tasks which have become cyclical and habitual but which have been transformed by the enthusiasm of the pupils into tasks of great excitement and moment. In direct contrast to this though, there are always things which take one completely by surprise and even in my last fortnight, events have occurred which I have not encountered before; for instance, last week, one pupil tried to glue hair to his head in order to cover up a rather crudely-executed haircut! Could I have invented such a thing? Above all though, the abiding memory I will have of my ten years in the House is of the wonderful warmth of the parents, of the staff and, above all, of the pupils with whom I have lived and worked for more than a decade. It is that which makes this very demanding job worth every second it has taken. To play an important role in the nurturing of the confident young men who leave the House is a privilege beyond compare, one for which I and my family are forever grateful. Richard Murray became Headmaster of Christ Church Cathedral School in January after 10 years as HM of Field House.

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Pastures New Mark Hanslip succeeded Richard Murray as Field House HM at the start of term. Mark was educated at Reading Blue Coat School and went on to study sports science at the University of Greenwich. He began his teaching career in the state sector, where his status as an Advanced Skills Teacher brought experience in training Heads of Department and helping to turn around struggling schools. Alongside his university education and his first teaching roles, Mark played professional rugby for Blackheath RFC. He has since developed a coaching career and currently coaches the England U16 rugby squad; he was delighted when his team beat Wales U16’s at Iffley Rd in April. Mark is married to Rosalind, a prep school teacher, and they have two daughters, Charlotte and Lucy, both of whom attend Chandlings Manor Prep. What is he looking forward to about running the House? “I have always admired the spirit and culture of Field House – the boys are incredibly proud to be part of it. As a Housemaster, my ambition first and foremost is to help the boys develop real character and mental fortitude: all their other successes at School – academic, cultural and sporting – follow naturally when these virtues are in place.”


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Remembering John Phillips By Malcolm Oxley

John Phillips, the tenth Warden of St Edward’s, died on 19th September aged 85.

We have only to look at or recall thorough refurbishments of the boarding houses, the start of the first house of the new creations, Corfe, the former Douglas Bader Sports Centre, and The Cooper Quad with its Arts and Design Centre and Mathematics building to remind ourselves where John left his mark. But these structures also remind us of his educational innovations and priorities. Arriving as a very successful housemaster from Charterhouse in 1978, he set a high priority on the house community as the most formative force in a pupil’s life. His attachment to the visual arts and music saw not only considerable advances in these areas but realised some of his visionary ideas for the unifying of Art, Design and Technology which he helped to pioneer as prestigious and integrated areas of academic study. On the national stage he instigated and launched the important Arkwright Scholarships. For many he will always be remembered as the Warden who introduced girls into the Sixth Form and began the moves towards full co-education which was to transform the School. He was possessed of strong feelings about education but was never doctrinaire. He skilfully foresaw many of the developments to come in independent schools, not least the desirability (and he would have thought the ultimate educational necessity) of full co-education. John’s successes as a headmaster were reflections of his personal qualities. He understood the young and enjoyed their company, a trait exemplified in his own happy family and seen strikingly in the active role of his wife Pat. They were a powerful team and the Lodgings rang to the sounds of evergenerous hospitality for friends, colleagues and pupils. John knew when to take a firm stance and to draw a clear line but he was a naturally liberal man, tolerant of the ways of young people and appreciative of the fact that experience and the provision of some space to make mistakes was a good thing. A man of serious purpose he was above all, very good fun. He enjoyed his job and he enjoyed life. But it wasn’t just a job. John was of that generation who were more than just good schoolteachers. He rose above pedagogy. He was also that old-fashioned figure, a schoolmaster, where the word implies not just the transfer of academic information but the cultivation of the whole person, adults with wide interests, skills and firm values. Main picture: John and wife Pat outside the Warden’s Rooms; middle, John at a family occasion; and bottom, John’s grandchildren at Teddies in 2010. From left to right, Olly, Alex and Tom Hargreaves; all three attended St Edward’s and are pictured at a cricket match in which Tom and Olly played for the Martyrs and Alex for the School.

Malcolm Oxley was Second Master and Sub-Warden, 1985-1999, and is the author of the forthcoming History of St Edward’s. A fuller appreciation of John appears in the current issue of the OSE magazine, Rhubarb.

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Earlier this term, pupils travelled to Poland for the biennial trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the notorious former concentration and extermination camp. Asked about the importance of the trip, Rev Tom Shaw, one of the accompanying members of staff, said: “There are moments when we come face to face with our deepest fears. The times when we realise that human beings can fail to recognise each other and move to exploit, crush and destroy the other. Walking through the gates at Auschwitz is one of those moments. As young people prepare for adulthood, all should have an opportunity to acknowledge their humanity and discover hope.” Alastair Cook, a History teacher also on the trip, added: “The trip is extremely important. The site of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the memory of the genocide committed there continues to have an impact upon the world. The trip is an opportunity to engage with and reflect upon that memory.” Pupils were required to apply for a place on the trip; the submissions were mature and sensitive to the sobering nature of the journey. Two excerpts are – anonymously – featured right:

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My brother attended the trip two years ago and told me that he had never been so close to the rawness of life and so far from any act of civilisation at one time. I would like to experience that, not because it would be enjoyable but because I don’t feel I will be able to appreciate what I have on a day-to-day basis without understanding how primal and coarse life can be, how power can suffocate the mind out of rationality. In my Extended Project, I researched many of Freud’s theories, and I am only now beginning to realise how immensely potent the mind is. Having seen the persuasion that was able to sway a mass of people to commit such inhumane acts as the Nazis did, I would like to be sure that I’m using 100% of my consciousness in the decisions I make in the future.

I would also like to go this trip to try to understand what human nature is. I feel there is no more fitting place to try and understand human nature than standing in a place where human nature has been at its most extreme. Auschwitz is a place of immense human suffering and hope and also a place of hatred and anger. Like the foundations of the Twin Towers and the battlefield on the Somme, Auschwitz will remain standing in both our history and memory as a place where man turned against man which resulted in the unprecedented loss of life. These places will never be forgotten and I feel I must visit all three locations in my lifetime. They stand as a reminder of times of evil and despair but also as signs of hope, as examples of how life can recover and become good again.


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TRIP TO ISRAEL Peter Rudge, History Department

During the autumn half term break, a group of Sixth Form historians and RS pupils travelled to Israel for an eagerly anticipated trip that would take them from an ice-cream parlour in Tel Aviv to a security checkpoint on the West Bank. Seeking the finest crusader sites that the Holy Land had to offer we visited castles built by Richard the Lionheart, the Teutonic Knights and, in an attempt to satisfy the voracious appetite of the RS pupils, one built by Herod the Great. In our quest to uncover the lost crusader sites we took our bus driver, Modi, to the brink of his expertise and his heroics contributed in no small part to Ollie Catchpole’s (Eaton House) fine lecture on the Battle of Hattin delivered on the site of the Crusaders’ last stand. Of course it was not all about the Crusades. We were fortunate to visit the fortress of Masada on our last day in Israel which was jaw-droppingly stunning and of course we took the chance to see some of the Holy Land’s most significant religious sites. Our visit to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem was certainly memorable as Sam Lebus (St Hugh’s) was welcomed to the Jewish faith’s most symbolic site attired in a Tallit and Tefillin.

The list of deeply-significant religious sites is too numerous to list but amongst the many highlights must be our visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. In Jerusalem, the pupils’ performance of our School Song in St. Anne’s Church, famed for its acoustics, was also a deeply memorable moment. Our tour guide was zealous in his desire to impart his knowledge but despite this there were a few moments of free time for the pupils to enjoy. They certainly embraced the noise and smells of the markets we visited and we witnessed some ferocious haggling. The boys also came back with some horrendously garish harem pants! They managed to avoid the temptations of the shisha offered almost everywhere we went and in all respects behaved superbly. It is fair to say they were a credit to the School and made the trip very easy to manage. I know they learnt a great deal about a wonderfully fascinating region and they witnessed sights spanning over 4000 years of history. My thanks go to Mr Lambe, Miss Boast, Miss Fielding and Miss Steer for their help in running the trip without which it would have been impossible.

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PEOPLE Career Planning The second in a new series of careers receptions at St Edward’s took place on the evening of November 19th in the Martyrs Pavilion. Recently-qualified lawyers from Freshfields, Slaughter and May, Herbert Smith and Simmons & Simmons were on hand to advise and guide those members of the Sixth Form with an interest in pursuing careers in law on the variety of ways of entering the profession. The presence of a William Wood QC and two “pupils” ensured that the Barristers’ point of view was also put. The first of this term’s careers will be for those considering roles in engineering and design; the second will cover the City and financial services.

Kindness Award Tom James, Sub-Warden

Sometimes, the best ideas come when one least expects them. While addressing the School, in Assembly, about empathy and consideration for others, the idea of a kindness award floated into my consciousness. And so began the Kindness Award which is presented, most weeks, to a pupil, and occasionally a member of staff, who has been particularly kind to others. The award is a Costa voucher which enables the winner to take a friend for a coffee. The award has uncovered many tales of genuine care for others and has helped promote the idea that we are a community and we should act in an unselfish manner. We have had reports of a Fifth Form boy picking up his tray in the dining hall to sit with a scholarship candidate because he was sitting having lunch alone. A pupil helping the local postman when a large number of letters spilled out of his bag and a boy carrying heavy bags for a local resident despite the journey being in the wrong direction to School. The list runs on and on. However for others it has been a learning experience; for example a group of boys were particularly kind to the wife of a member of staff. At the end she thanked them very much, to which they replied: “Kindness Award for us!” thereby disqualifying themselves! One of the great benefits of the award has been the opportunity to recognise kind behaviour in those pupils who are so often in trouble for other reasons – just proving the point that even naughty children can be kind. Being kind and thoughtful is all part of growing up and a key life skill for later in life.

Common Room: moving in, on and up – and new arrivals Welcome to Milly Pumfrey who joined the School this term to teach English part-time. Congratulations to staff with new roles: James Cope, Deputy Head Pastoral (James will continue as Housemaster of Kendall until the end of the academic year); Mark Hanslip, Housemaster of Field House (see page 24); Fiona Wickens, Head of Lower Sixth and Overseas Exchanges Co-ordinator; and Rosie Kelway-Bamber, Deputy Head of English. Philip Waghorn will succeed James Cope as Housemaster of Kendall in September. Good luck to all staff who left St Edward’s at the end of last term: Phoebe Brookes, to spend more time with her family; Nicola Perkins, to move to Australia with her partner; and Philip Barras, retiring after 7 years at the School. Many congratulations to Richard Howitt and Dee on the birth of Beatrice Grace Summer on 1st August; and to Catherine and Christopher Phillips on the birth of Luca, brother to Imogen, on 15th November. Congratulations also to our Heads of Sport and Art, Andrew and Tova Dalgleish (née Holmes) who were married on 26th July (pictured below); to Sarah Ferraby (née Cox) who married Nick on 28th July; and to our Catering Manager, Ashleigh Eaton, who married Graeme Campbell on 30th August.


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Teddies and Oxford Jon Snow reflects on a sublime setting

The Wind in the Willows OSE Kenneth Grahame’s riverbank tomfoolery brought to life

New Music School Planning permission granted


St Edward's Chronicle - Issue 663 Feb 2014