Arnold House School
Contents 1 Welcome Contents Staff List From the Headmaster Academic and Scholarship Success Valete School Inspection Report Staff News Salvete Development Parents’ Association The Governors Catering
4 Senior School 1 2 3 3 3 4 6 9 11 12 13 13
2 School News Canons Park Activity Centre From the Library Caroline Lawrence Visit Kids’ Lit Quiz School Council Debating House Assemblies Verse Speaking Charity ICT Activities Review Gymnastics Chess Report Running Club Compass Course Learning Support Church Prize Giving Prize Winners House Competition Outstanding Effort and Citizenship Outstanding Achievement
Magazine edited by Stephanie Miller Design and production by Paul McKenzie Studio www.paulmckenziestudio.co.uk
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5 Art Review Pupils’ Work
6 Music 16 17 18 19 20 20 20 21 22 24 26 26 27 27 28 29 29 30 32 34 34 35
3 Junior School Review Year 1 Trips & Activities Year 2 Trips & Activities Year 3 Trips & Activities Year 4 Trips & Activities Years 3 & 4 Arts Festival
Review Year 5 Trips & Activities Year 6 Trips & Activities Year 7 Trips & Activities Year 8 Trips & Activities Ski Trip Years 7 & 8 Drama Productions From the Head Boys
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Review Visit to King’s College School Concerts Old Boys’ Concert Associated Board Exam Results
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7 Form Pages Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Year 7 Year 8
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8 Sport Football Basketball Rugby Hockey Cross Country Tennis Cricket Twenty/20 Cricket at Lord’s Sports Day & Athletics Championships
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9 Arnold House Old Boys The ‘42 Club Dinner Christmas Catch-Up Charles Newman meets Old Boy Sir Jonathan Miller Class of 1968
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Staff List HEADMASTER Mr Vivian Thomas TEACHING STAFF Mr Richard Bagnall: Games Mrs Kim Bahra: 4J Form Teacher, Head of Religious Studies and Compass Course Mrs Annabel Batty: 4B Form Teacher, General Subjects Mrs Yuliya Boyarin: 2B Form Teacher, General Subjects Miss Shayla Campara: Year 1 Teaching Assistant Miss Petra Chomoutova: Year 3 Teaching Assistant Miss Kate Coveney: Head of Learning Support Mr David Cox: General Subjects Mr Andrew Cuthbertson: Piano Mrs Susie Dart: Head of the Pre-Prep, 1D Form Teacher, General Subjects Mrs Kate Davies: Director of Music Mrs Rachel Ferhaoui: Head of French, 6F Form Teacher Ms Leonie Flynn: Librarian Mr Logan Gemming: Physical Education (until December 2008) Mr Sam Gibson: Physical Education Mrs Elena Gregoriou-Ostojic: 5G-O Form Teacher, English, General Studies Mr Edward Harrison: Head of Science Mr John Hill: Deputy Headmaster, Head of History, 7H Form Teacher Ms Laura Hutchings: Senior Tutor, Head of Years 7 & 8, Head of English Mrs Carol Ioannis-Antoniou: Piano and Recorder Miss Ieva Jauna: Teaching Assistant Miss Lizzie Jones: Head of Years 3 & 4, General Studies, 3J Form Teacher Mr Stavros Karrettis: Mathematics
Mr Charles Keal: Head of Mathematics, 7K Form Teacher Mr Christopher Kerr: Director of Sport Ms Patricia Legan: 2L Form Teacher, General Subjects Mr George Lester: Head of Years 5 & 6, Latin and Geography Ms Rachel Lovell: 3L Form Teacher, General Subjects (Maternity Leave) Mr Mark Maddocks: Director of Studies, Head of Classics, 8M Form Teacher Mr David Marks: Head of Drama, General Subjects, 5M Form Teacher Mr Dayne Matthews: 3L Form Teacher, General Subjects Mr Will O’Brien: Gap Student (until December 2008) Mr Nick Odlin: Graduate Gap Student Miss Sarah Ramsbottom: 1R Form Teacher, General Subjects Mrs Jackie Ravden: Teaching Assistant Miss Kate Rawlinson: Head of Art and Design Mrs Rekha Ruda: Head of ICT Mr Sebastian Stones: Senior Master, Head of Geography Mrs Sophie Stones: French, 6S Form Teacher VISITING STAFF Mr Stephen Aitken: Trombone Mr Clive Carroll: Guitar Mr Dave Clewlow: Trumpet Mr Tom Elliott: Saxophone Mr Ben Griffiths: Flute Mr Matthew Lee: Cello Mr Jason Little: Guitar Ms Katherine Morphet: Clarinet Mrs Felicity Sadler: Violin, Piano and Pre-Prep Class Music CANONS PARK ACTIVITY CENTRE STAFF Mr Rick Martin: Manager Mr Paul Martin: Groundsman ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Mr Richard Fletcher: Bursar Miss Laura Backhouse: Development Officer (until November 2008) Mrs Joanna Chapman: School Secretary Miss Betty Farkas: Receptionist (until December 2008) Mrs Anja Feuk: Bursar’s Assistant (until October 2008) Mrs Corinne Gibbons: Headmaster’s PA Miss Nish Malde: Bursar’s Assistant Mrs Stephanie Miller: Director of Development Mrs Penny Williams: Registrar/Office Manager Mrs Lorna Wint-Boydon: Chef/Domestic Manager
From the Headmaster
ne of things that pleases me most when I look back at the 2008-09 school year is that it was ‘business as usual’ despite the fact that we went through a full and rigorous inspection. From these pages you will see that the boys and staff were busy, purposeful and achieved a great deal together. And of course, there was a good measure of fun to be had along the way. Some key initiatives introduced this year included:
The structured deployment of Teaching Assistants in Years 1 to 4 to target support more accurately towards those boys who required it either individually, in pairs or in small groups. Targeted in-class support in Maths and English in Years 5 and 6. A new system to monitor the quality of teaching through two formal observations a year conducted by all members of the Management Team.
Pupil work scrutiny by the Headmaster and Director of Studies. Subject specific planning incorporated into the annual School Development Plan. All in all, a marvellous year which we hope to have captured in the pages that follow. Vivian Thomas
Academic and Scholarship Success Our Year 8 boys have met with tremendous success in their Common Entrance and Scholarship examinations marking the end of their time at prep school. Their results in the 295 papers taken together with those of the boys who left in
2007 and 2008, confirm that academic achievements at the school continue to be exceptionally high. Over this three year period 83% of Common Entrance and Scholarship papers have been graded A or B and 51% graded A.
Four boys were awarded a scholarship or exhibition, and a further twelve boys were entered for academic, sporting, musical or all-rounder scholarships and benefitted greatly from the experience.
Valete Alexander Barakat Alexander Bouchier Gustaf Branth Theo Costain
Eton Eton Winchester City of London
William Lowe Sam Lowenstein** (Music) Bob Mason Charles Newman
Rugby St Paul’s Highgate UCS
Sebastian Daly** (Sports)
Michael Davin** (Honorary) Kemal Eyi Steve Fernandes George Freud
Westminster Stowe Rugby Bradfield
Albie Richardson Max Royston Jack Sieff Nikhil Sood
Highgate UCS Bradfield St Paul’s
Julian Godding Edward Hatter Armaan Israni Elliot Khalil Ivan Kirwan-Taylor
Marlborough St Paul’s Harrow Charterhouse Winchester
William Stevens Matthew Tabor Simon Thackray Shariq Varawalla Sam Winters
Westminster Rugby St Paul’s Westminster Westminster
Wilbur Law* (Music)
City of London
** scholarship * exhibition 3
School Inspection Report An inspection of the school was carried out by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) from the 23rd to 26th February 2009. The inspectors examined: • The quality of the education provided • The quality of care and relationships within the school including with the parents and community. • The effectiveness and quality of Governance, leadership and management. The inspectors scrutinised samples of pupils’ work, observed lessons and conducted formal interviews with pupils. They held discussions with teaching and non-teaching staff and with governors, observed a sample of the extra-curricular activities that occurred during the inspection period, and attended registration sessions and assemblies. The responses of parents and pupils to preinspection questionnaires were analysed, and the inspectors examined a range of documentation made available by the school.
‘Teaching is very effective and on many occasions outstanding.’ ISI Report 2009
he school has no major weaknesses. In order to develop further the education it provides, it should: 1. ensure that an effective and consistent system is in place for the marking of pupils’ work which is clearly understood by staff and pupils alike. 2. further refine the school’s strategic and development plans so that they include arrangements for both staff in-service training and budgetary expenditure.
The school meets all the regulatory requirements. No action is required in respect of regulatory requirements.
‘Pupils clearly love coming to school and they greatly appreciate the learning experiences they are offered.’ 4
ISI Report 2009
School Inspection Report
‘By the time the pupils reach their transfer point at the age of 13, they are articulate, confident and converse easily with adults and their peers.‘ ISI Report 2009
Conclusions • Arnold House School provides a particularly high quality education for its pupils. • It has many strong features, a considerable number of which are outstanding.
• Pupils have excellent attitudes to their learning. • Pupils are well cared for and outstanding provision is made for their spiritual, social, moral and cultural development. • Links with parents and with the community are outstanding.
• The school achieves its aims and meets the needs of its pupils. • Achievement levels are exceptionally high in many subjects. In addition to the taught curriculum, the outstanding extracurricular programme and educational visits also make a major contribution in enabling pupils to achieve the high educational standards that they do. • Good quality and, on many occasions, outstanding teaching, a well-balanced curriculum, highly-effective leadership and the very good relationships that exist within the school, enable considerable achievements to be made by the pupils.
‘The relationships between the staff and pupils are excellent.’ ISI Report 2009 • Many of the strengths found by the previous inspection in 2003 have been maintained or built upon. Teaching is now of a good quality overall with a significant proportion of it being outstanding. The monitoring of the work of the school is now approached in a systematic manner and development planning has greatly
improved. Provision for pupils with LDD has improved considerably and is now of good quality. In addition, significant progress has been made in helping pupils develop independent learning skills. Such provision is now very good. The school is aware that its marking policy is not adhered to by all staff. Staff training and the costings of school-based initiatives are not linked closely enough to school development planning. The full report can be read by going to www.isi.net or www.arnoldhouse.co.uk
Staff News Kate Davies PE teachers and music specialists are supposed to fight! However the relationship between this particular cat and dog has never been a problem. It was always my pleasure to help with music and Kate, although sometimes the reluctant games coach (especially on a freezing cold day at CP), has been a stalwart of the Arnold House gymnastic teams. One may think this is a strange way to start to write this appreciation of Kate but her willingness and enthusiasm to contribute to so many different aspects of life at Arnold House means that she will be sorely missed. I am sure she was only twelve when she started at Arnold House in the long gone days of 1995 but she soon made her mark as a dedicated leader of her department. She has the knack of getting so much from all in her charge, be it staff or pupils. Under Kate’s direction the Music Department has achieved much: school concerts, the music for Arnold House productions, music exam results and music scholarships. It has been a pleasure to be on the periphery of such a well organised department and watching Kate pull, yank or tickle the strings to get the best results. I will miss Kate’s professional expertise and her friendship and I have no doubt that these feelings will be echoed by all her colleagues, parents and pupils. She is sure to be a huge hit at Edgeborough and Arnold House wish her, Huw, Freddie and Izzy all the best. Rick Martin
Edward Harrison Edward came to Arnold House in 1998 from Reed’s school in Cobham, where he was Head of Biology. An Oxford graduate specialising in Botany with 24 years of teaching behind him, Edward was a welcome addition to the staff. Ever since, he has been a very faithful steward to the School, making sure the boys were well prepared for the all important science papers at CE. A hallmark of Edward has been
his generosity – freely giving his time to so many things. Not just extra science coaching, but his contribution to the School’s chess for one has been immense these past 11 years. Seen as the School’s Technician, he has also been behind all the School’s plays and stage productions in a lighting and sound capacity. How we are ever going to manage to sort out the staffroom’s photo-copying machines when paper gets jammed without him I don’t know! But, for those of us who know him well, he will be remembered as one of the kindest, gentlest and even tempered of men. A great team player, unfailingly helpful and supportive, quietly and graciously taking on without murmur or complaint those extra duties that inevitably crop up in the course of a busy school day that no one really wants. A true gentleman. He has also been a great one for spotting occasions when small but important details in the running and organisation of the School day needed to be addressed. We shall miss him and we wish him and his wife, Judith, a long and happy retirement in the Norfolk countryside. George Lester
Stavros Karrettis Stavros has been with us at Arnold House for two years, and, as he moves on to further
his career, I should like to thank him for all he has done for the Mathematics Department in that time. It was just over two years ago that it became apparent that we needed another full-time mathematician. Those who taught Maths in the Middle School were taking on new responsibilities – Kim Bahra as Head of
RS, Seb Stones on the Senior Management team, Chris Kerr with an increasing amount of PE and Games; and Andrew Reid was leaving to be replaced by Mark Maddocks, whose additional strength was in Drama rather than Maths. When candidates are
Staff News interviewed, they are asked to teach a lesson, and Stavros was given a Year 5 class to teach. I was sitting outside at the end of this lesson watching the boys as they came out. What impressed me then was that they were fired up, telling me what they had learnt in that lesson. Stavros has continued to display that gift for clear exposition in the time he has been at Arnold House. He has the ability to explain methods clearly, and he teaches boys to set out working in logical and manageable stages. I am writing this before the Common Entrance results come out, but we can judge from 8A’s marks in their mocks and in their practice papers that they have been very well prepared for CE. On behalf of all the boys he has taught, a big thank you for all the work you have put in to the teaching of Mathematics. Stavros has been a good man to work with and has willingly shouldered his share of exam preparation and marking, and of policy development in the shape of transfer record documentation. I shall miss having him as No. 2 in the Department, but I do support his decision to further his career by taking a Master’s degree at the Institute of Education with a view to going into teacher training. We wish him every success in the future. Charles Keal
Shayla Campara Shayla joined Arnold House in September 2007 as the Year 1 Teaching Assistant. It quickly became apparent that she had a real flair for teaching. With such a warm, relaxed and friendly manner, the boys and parents all warmed to her immediately. We encouraged her to apply for the Graduate Teacher Programme which she started in September 2008. She made my role as her in-school mentor such an easy one and has made an enormous contribution to the School in so many ways. I was delighted that towards the end of the summer term Shayla received her Qualified Teacher Status, something she had worked so hard for and
thoroughly deserved. Shayla leaves Arnold House to take up a Year 3 class teacher position at the Royal School in Hampstead where I know she will make a real impact on everyone there. They are very lucky to have her! I shall miss her sense of fun and her endless enthusiasm, but fortunately Hampstead is only around the corner and we have many future soirées planned together. We wish her all the love and luck for the future and for her future nuptials to the lovely Tom in the summer of 2010.
the Northern Hemisphere this Kiwi proved himself to be a talented and highly respected Physical Education and Games teacher. His area of specialism was hockey. He had represented New Zealand at youth level and was able to harness this intimate knowledge of the game to inspire Arnold House boys to unprecedented success. Logan even found the time to be an integral part of the Arnold House Charities Committee. He led by example by running the London Marathon (3hrs 15mins and still the Arnold House teachers’ record) to raise funds for a Leukaemia charity. Despite the brevity of his stay at Arnold House, he left to return to home to New Zealand, he made a lasting impression in the hearts and minds of everyone he met. Chris Kerr
Logan Gemming Logan Gemming was a hugely popular member of the Arnold House school community from September 2006 until December 2008. During his brief sojourn in
Will O’Brien Will joined Arnold House as our gap student for the Autumn term before embarking on his travels around the world. An old boy of Arnold House and former pupil at Rugby, he judged perfectly how to support the staff and help the boys. He was to make his mark very quickly at Arnold House, showing great enthusiasm for whatever was asked of him. He was always a familiar face in the Pre-Prep where he would help the Year 1s with their reading and PE lessons. It was on the Games field where he was to excel. Being an avid
Staff News football player and fan, the autumn term was perfect for him. His love for football played a great part in allowing him to form very warm relationships with the boys as many of them supported his team, Arsenal. A Monday would not go past without having to listen to Will banging on about how poorly Arsenal had played at the weekend. Will left us to go off to a town in Uganda called Jinja where he was going to teach English, Science, Drama and PE to the equivalent of our Years 5 & 6. On his return to England, he is going to read Politics at the University of Nottingham. All the best Will.
Betty Farkas Betty came from Hungary and was a breath of fresh air; beautiful, intelligent, courteous, a trained teacher full of wise words and understanding of children. She will be sorely missed, but she has gained a teaching job in Hungary near to her family home, which is exactly her long term plan. Best wishes to you from all of us. Penny Williams
Hill and Mr Cox greatly enjoyed debating politics with her at The Ordnance on a Friday evening! John Hill
Anja Feuk Anja joined Arnold House in 2001 with a wealth of experience in accounting and management. Though Anja worked part time she gave her all to the school, she was hardworking and diligent but always found time for a quick chat over a cup of tea. Anja has now retired and plans to spend more time with her husband Tommy and enjoy a slower pace of life. Penny Williams
Laura Backhouse Lauraâ€™s second time of leaving Arnold House (she has previously left to travel in Asia) saw her moving into the Civil Service to work for HM Treasury in Whitehall. This was a long term goal for her and would allow her to make use of the Masterâ€™s degree she had studied part time for in her final two years at Arnold House. Laura brought much to the School, her good organisation and ability to join in many types of activities meant she was a regular in the staff room and the Office as well as working hard in the Development Office. She undertook a wide range of projects with efficiency, ranging from website administration to fund raising. She was a popular member of staff and Mr
Salvete New Staff Over the past year we have been very lucky to have excellent additions to the team at Arnold House. Back in September Mark Maddocks arrived to take on the dual role of Head of Classics and Director of Studies. He has transformed the perceptions of the boys about Latin with his interactive and fast paced lessons and has been able to put his
helping the Year 1 boys make an excellent start to the School. Both Sarah and Yuliya took on the production of the Nativity Play and its success demonstrates their professionalism and how quickly they both found their feet at Arnold House. We welcomed Dayne Mathews as a maternity cover teacher in Year 3, but it soon became apparent he was someone we wanted to keep and we were all very pleased when it was announced that he would stay on full time. He is an excellent teacher with a real sense of purpose and commitment to the School. After Christmas Sam Gibson came to replace Logan Gemming – indeed we did a straight swap with Tauranga Boys’ College in New Zealand,
Jackie Ravden too was a returnee in a sense, since she had been a parent in the past; she came back to us after Christmas to work as a Year 2 teaching assistant, initially as a temporary appointment, it was soon clear she was excellent and she quickly became an invaluable and permanent addition to the Pre-Prep team.
witty and erudite writing skills to good use in documentation for the staff. His sense of humour and fun have added much to the staff common room. In the Pre-Prep there were two new teachers: Yuliya Boyarin in Year 2 and Sarah Ramsbottom in Year 1. Yuliya quickly formed a highly effective working relationship with Tricia Legan and settled into her new role with great ease and was soon impressing all around her. Likewise Sarah has worked very well with Susie Dart and has done tremendous work
In the administration department, we welcomed Richard Fletcher as our new Bursar in September. He has settled in very well and delights in Arnold House and its atmosphere. As well as running the School’s finances, he finds times to become involved in many aspects of School life, most notably
Logan returned to that school and Sam came to us. He quickly settled into school life and he and Dayne often regale us with tales from their native New Zealand. Sam has been a valued addition to the PE Department and has taken on rugby as his specialism. Another sporty addition to the staff was Nick Odlin, although he has worked for us before, this time round he came back after travelling around the Americas and Asia. He has been a helpful and reliable gapper and the School was only too pleased to help him become a teacher by funding him on the Graduate Teaching Programme; he is exactly the sort of person we feel should enter the profession.
Nick Odlin and Dayne Matthews
sport. Having worked in banking and the maintained sector before coming to Arnold House, he has certainly found his niche with us and has the greatest commitment to the
Salvete School and its ethos. Richard is ably assisted by the newly appointed Bursar’s Assistant Nish Malde, who works with great efficiency, having introduced an updated accounts system into the School. She is always willing to help and her calm manner and efficiency is a great help to the Bursar. Jo Chapman too quickly made her mark, arriving before Christmas as a temporary employee in the Office, she returned later in the year as a permanent member of staff, taking on the role of School Secretary. She is very well organised and has a great eye for detail which adds much to the smooth running of the Office – the part of the School that parents have most contact with. The last arrival this year was Stephanie Miller, the new Director of Development, who joined us in March. She has attacked her new role with gusto and had made a wonderful contribution in the short time she has been here, using her many talents to great effect and helping to set up the Arnold House Board of Friends, which will be significant to the School’s future. All the new staff have settled in quickly and impressed their colleagues with their skills and commitment. We are lucky to have such valuable additions to an already hard working and successful team. As well as welcoming new staff, there have been some milestone moments for others.
Kim and Raj Bahra
Elena Gregoriou-Ostojic returned after her maternity leave, taking back her Year 5 form and sharing some of her teaching with David Marks as he took up the new role as Head of Drama. Elena soon settled back into the routine of work at Arnold House and David has successfully carved out a new role for himself at the School. Rachel Lovell went on maternity leave before Christmas and we were all delighted to hear of the arrival of young Rosie. Rachel will return on a part time basis in the Autumn. During the Easter holidays Kim Jackson married in South Africa, in a stunning ceremony combining elements of her new husband’s Indian heritage with a traditional Christian service. Kim returned as Mrs Bahra and she was so pleased that some staff and parents travelled to South Africa to be with her on her special day. Paul Martin also married in July at the St Lawence’s Church followed by a reception at Canons Park, which looked particularly resplendent on the day for him and his new wife Vickie. John Hill Deputy Headmaster
Rachel Lovell with Rosie
Paul and Vickie Martin
Development The Arnold House Board of Friends Over the years the Arnold House community, both past and present, has proven its commitment to the School with great generosity and loyalty. Although we have celebrated our first centenary the challenges and opportunities of our second century are very much on our minds. The evolving demands of reinvesting in the School to benefit present and future generations of boys has led to the formation of the Arnold House Board of Friends. The Board will coordinate ‘friend-raising’ and fundraising in support of the School’s development in the next phase of its history. The primary objective of the Board of Friends in their first term of formation has been to communicate with parents and old boys to let them know how we intend to safeguard the enduring nature of the School; whether it be annual purchases, long
term building projects or in anticipation of more focus on Bursary boys in a Bursary Fund.
2011, we hope to make Year 5 an entry point as well. We have had many enquiries about this fund and already a group of four parents have shown interest in sponsoring a boy for a year. We are hoping that many more parents will consider supporting the Bursary Fund in future years. The Annual Fund The Annual Fund is a key part of the School’s development effort and helps us to create an immediate resource for smaller projects and specific items that directly enhance the teaching and learning environment, and which can be realised within the current year. An up to date list of current requirements can be found in the development section of the School website.
The Bursary Fund If well supported, the Bursary Fund will enable us to offer an Arnold House education to deserving boys whose families would otherwise be unable to afford it.
The Endowment Fund The Endowment Fund has been devised for donations given for the general purposes of the School and the flexibility of these gifts can be used as an effective way to secure the long term future of Arnold House.
We have already supported one pupil who successfully completed two years with us and has now moved onto Rugby School. Following in his footsteps are two boys who will be joining us in September 2009. By
Bequests The George Smart Society was formed for those wishing to leave a legacy to the School; thereby making a long-term investment in the future of Arnold House.
All bequests, of whatever type and size, will benefit current and future generations of Arnold House boys. The creation of this Society has been to honour the memory of
the longest serving Headmaster of the School, whose close involvement went far beyond his distinguished 27 year career. For further information about any of these funds, please contact Stephanie Miller on 020 7266 6989 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Many thanks to all who have supported our fundraising so far and to those considering doing so in the future. Stephanie Miller Director of Development
ne of the great things about Arnold House is its vibrant and welcoming school community. The Parents’ Association aims very much to complement this feeling of friendliness which the School works hard to foster by running a series of social events throughout the year. Although the main purpose of the PA is social, there was also an emphasis on fundraising this year – both supporting the boys fundraising efforts for their chosen charities and meeting school needs.
Alongside running these events year reps try to provide opportunities for parents to get together to socialise outside school and co-ordinate year group activities. This year reps co-ordinated Sports Day picnics and collections for teachers. They ran coffee mornings and year group dinners. They sorted and distributed second hand uniform and supported the School with their Christmas shoe box appeal. They also ran the Red Nose Day tuck shop, to the great delight of the boys.
When the School informed us that the minibus was in need of replacement this seemed an ideal fundraising project for the Parents’ Association. We agreed to share the cost of a replacement minibus, one big enough to transport a full rugby team, with the School. And at Sports Day this year we were delighted to present a 17 seater minibus, complete with coat of arms, all wrapped up with a bow.
The year rounded off with presentations on behalf of parents and boys to leaving teachers: Kate Davies, Edward Harrison and Stavros Karrettis. The PA also gave special acknowledgement to long serving members of the school community: Penny Williams, Rick Martin, and Dave Clewlow. As parents we are extremely grateful to all members of staff for the dedication, inspiration and care they give to our boys.
The Parents’ Association’s first big event of the year was the Christmas bazaar. Taking place right at the end of the autumn term the School was transformed for the day into a festive wonderland. The music room became Santa’s grotto, the Year 1 classrooms became gift stores and the gym featured a bottle tombola and books/games/DVD stalls. For those who needed to refuel, McArnolds BBQ provided delicious burgers, and for those who needed to work off some energy there was an inflatable laser tag game and bouncy castle. As ever, the main attraction was the games stalls run by boys in the senior school – all designed to appeal to the young and young at heart. There was coca-cola hoopla, racing car speed trials, penalty shootout and crazy bones games. As a result of the boys’ fundraising efforts we were delighted to present a cheque for £2,500 to Send a Cow, the boys’ chosen charity for the year. Once a year the school opens to girls and this year was no exception. March saw the
gym transformed into a top night spot and venue for the Arnold House disco. Mobiles were topped up, clothes chosen, hair styled. Girls’ tickets sold out in the blink of an eye. The DJ, photo booth and mass of potential new friends worked their magic to make the disco the hottest date in the diary for boys in Years 6, 7 & 8.
What a year! Many thanks to everyone, parents, boys and the school team, who have supported the work of the Parents’ Association so generously this year.
When a parent on the committee suggested inviting a speaker to school to discuss Internet safety for young people this seemed to be an ideal event for the Parents’ Association to host. Given the increasing use of on-line communication, it seemed both a fitting and timely suggestion. We invited Childnet International to come to the school to cover what parents need to know about their children’s on-line safety, including communicating on the internet, social networking and downloading music. Whilst keeping up with our children’s on-line activity is something of an ongoing project rather than a one off exercise the talk gave useful guidance as to how to keep our children safe and is an event the PA hope to replicate in the future.
Particular thanks to the year reps who put so much time and energy into making the PA the vibrant and thriving organisation it is. I now hand over the role of Chair to Gabrielle Sharpe who I know will do a wonderful job at the helm this next year. Elizabeth Tudball Chair of the Parents’ Association
s usual, it has been a busy year for Governors. In addition to our routine meetings, there have been the first meetings of the Development Committee which have led to the formation of the Arnold House Board of Friends and the establishment of the George Smart Society, for those making legacies to the School. The initial response has been most encouraging and a number of old boys and parents have already promised legacies. Public benefit continues to be high on our agenda and we await with interest the outcome of the Charities Commission’s initial
review of selected independent schools. In the meantime, we are pressing ahead with 100% bursaries for a limited number of candidates who meet our criteria – deserving boys from families who could not otherwise afford to come to Arnold House. The inspection was, of course, a major event for us all. I met with the Inspectors on three occasions. First to be briefed on what was expected of us as Governors, then to be cross-examined (very nicely!) and finally for oral feedback. I knew from the briefing that it would be unwise to face the Inspectors alone so I enlisted the enthusiastic support
of Jo Hearnden, a former headmistress, whose educational knowledge and expertise knows no bounds. I let Jo do most of the talking! When it came to the feedback session, the Lead Inspector had asked for a full turn out of Governors. A tall order I thought mid afternoon on a busy week day, but I am very pleased to say, that is what he got. It was certainly well worth attending and we were all delighted with the feedback and to hear that the single word most often used to describe Arnold House was outstanding. Alan Warner Chairman of Governors
ith the desire to discover what the boys would like to see on the menu, the headmaster recently initiated a survey. We learnt that while the majority of the boys are happy with dishes, they did make a wide range of interesting suggestions which I look forward to implementing in the autumn term. Naturally, as Catering Manager, it is my job to ensure the menu is enjoyable, balanced and nutritional. We aim to help the boys understand and enjoy healthier balanced eating. I believe that learning about food is an essential part of a child’s education and we constantly strive to improve the quality of our service by presenting an evolving choice of dishes. We have enjoyed putting on themed days, this year’s being Caribbean, Indian and Mardi Gras which impressed the boys, teachers and inspectorate!
I would like to thank the staff for all their hard work and support this year and to invite parents to drop in for lunch in the new term.
Lorna Wint-Boydon Chef/Domestic Manager
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Canons Park Activity Centre A Tale of Two Seasons So much of what happens at Canons Park is determined by the seasons. There are the big events: concerts, sports festivals, sports day, plays and the Activity Days, but all the way through we have our daily commitments. A Winter’s Tale 7:20am: it’s cold this morning. A light frost but cloudy. It is still dark as I walk Arthur into the park and through the spinney. I am thinking about the day ahead. Back to CP, a warming cup of tea and down to some admin. Next week’s schedule. 8:30am: a tired looking Paul shivers into view. We have our usual morning meeting. We have rugby matches in the afternoon. We decide that the ground will thaw. Paul wants to groom the pitches. He reckons it will be ok by 10:00am to go ahead. I am to follow him and mark the lines. Before we start we set up for after match teas, swish and brush the bowling green and cricket squares. 9:30am: Laurie arrives to clean. There was an Activity Day yesterday and the classrooms especially need the once over. By noon I have white line blindness, but the pitches look great. John Dawson arrives as cheery as ever and starts on the sandwiches. Ricky Bagnall appears; full of purpose as usual with his routine of organising the kit room, washing the match balls etc. Lunch time: one of John’s sandwiches (egg and onion) then shower
for me. Paul disappears into his flat. The opposition arrive. I referee. An easy win for Arnold House followed by tea. We clear up and for me the day is done. For Paul too. Although we have Drama and Yoga in the Hall later. Trish Legan is on duty. More fixtures tomorrow. Snow forecast (hope so), though looking forward to summer. Song of Summer 7:00am: I have been up for a couple of hours already watering my allotment. It is the first week in June and the weather is delightful. The usual routine. Walk the dog. He arrives back at the Centre panting madly and I remember to fill up the dog water bowls. 7:45am: Paul is already in the tractor shed.
We have a busy week ahead. Today we have to re-mark the athletics track we put down last week in half term. Paul asks me to cut the outfield while he scarifies and cuts the cricket wickets, mows the squares and the bowling green. More white line fever. I mark the straights on the track.
Paul marks in the curves. A family row about the placement of the 300m relay takeover and 1500m start. Laurie waves from the veranda. Did not see her arrive, but confident that everything will be spick and span. No matches today but we must finish by 12:30pm as the Years 1 & 2 boys have cricket. Baggers here now. He helps by setting up the pitches. Quick shower for me. Paul makes a sausage sandwich. Top drawer! I help coach some Year 2 boys. There is some talent there. In the afternoon I coach shot put in preparation for Sports Day. An early finish for once this term. No matches, so at 5:00pm I wander home to do some more watering. Before going I check the weather forecast for the rest of the week. Saturday we have the Cricket and Tennis Festival. It does not look good. Paul in for tea though he has to look after the site this evening. There is a bowls match and Aikido in the Hall. Rick Martin Canons Park Activity Centre Manager
From the Library Head Librarians’ Column Not many people know that in the Library there are dogs in helicopters, beggars, kings, flying yetis, storm troopers, BFGs, magic tree-houses, cats in hats, captains in underpants and, of course, an ongoing war between good and evil. Good and evil? Well, more the ongoing battle between the boys and Leonie about returning books (“ten days, not a whole term, boys!”), tucking chairs in and whether the eponymous hero of Henry Tumour dies at the end of the book! Actually, there’s a lot of lively debate in the library; about books, about films and particularly about the philosophical importance of Haribo in a boy’s intellectual development. And yes, we couldn’t make up our minds without a LOT of testing… Throughout this year we have thoroughly enjoyed sharing the post of Head Librarian. Knowing that, rain or shine, we’ll always have a seat in the library – preferably the comfy,
little kids to find books – and some of the bigger ones too – because whether it’s for comics, fiction or non-fiction there’s something for everyone in the library. There’s more than books too, with somewhere to be quiet, to read, gossip or
From the Library In addition to the Kids’ Lit Quiz (page19), it’s hard to think that there was other Library news this year, but something else rather special happened, and that was a return visit from the lovely, talented and very funny Caroline Lawrence. Jahan Sahni has written that visit up on page 18, but I have to add my own comment – and that is simply that Ms Lawrence is a wonderfully generous speaker, signer of books, maker of jokes and de-mystifier of all things ancient. None of us have been left in any doubt as the exact manner of the Romans lavatorial habits – certainly, every day at Arnold House is educational! A few other things of note have to be mentioned here. One is that for the very first time two Year 6 boys worked and cajoled their way into positions of Library responsibility: Alec Wolfe and Jahan Sahni. Alec, to mark his early and energetic contribution, was awarded a Library Monitor badge, but after it became clear that he was working at least as hard as the other librarians, I decided that he was worthy of the official title of Library Assistant. Jahan followed closely with his own badge. Well done, boys, and thank you. Leonie Flynn Librarian
understatement! Our time in the library has been educational, though our absolute favourite library event was the Librarians’ Breakfast; helping out with visiting authors has been fun too.
spinning one, that we’ll have somewhere fun, interesting and always with something to do. We have moved, organised, catalogued, covered and colour-coded. We’ve shushed and shouted, helped the
somewhere to play the Arnold House Library Word Game (snappier title pending!).
Max sends the new Head Librarian all his good wishes for the forthcoming year, but Jonah can’t really do the same, as Jonah is staying on, continuing his work into Year 8! Max Royston (Year 8)
We’ve loved every minute of being Head Librarians – to say it’s been fun would be an
Jonah Freud (Year 7)
Caroline Lawrence Visit
n 20th May, author Caroline Lawrence came to see the boys in Years 4 to 6. She gave a talk on ‘How to Write a Mystery’ (not just a ROMAN Mystery) and included her best tips for how to write a book, a story or even a piece of creative writing for school. This was to be the same talk that she would be giving at the Hay Festival of Literature the following week so Arnold House got a sneak preview and a world premiere! Ms Lawrence used stories from the Greek and Roman myths and showed us how many stories use the same ideas – from Troy to Star Trek, nothing is new, and that with a few hints and tips all of us should be writing really exciting stories. She also showed us her new book covers – they are much brighter, though lots of us prefer the old kind. She told us a bit about being a teacher (which was her previous job) and what her life was like before the success of the Roman Mysteries. She showed us photos of her flat by the Thames where she works and told us about how she writes her books and where she goes to research places to set her stories. There was even a little bit about the books she’s going to be writing next – a trilogy about Flavia when she is grown up. Caroline started off quite seriously, but ended up making us all laugh a lot. She brought her ‘sponge on a stick’ for us to guess its use, and went into a lot of detail about Roman life, including all the gruesome bits! At the end there was a book signing for the boys and photos were taken of us with Caroline. There are 17 books in her series, with the last one ‘The Man from Pomegranate Street’ being released this summer. All of them are great, and I’ve just finished the entire series – something I recommend to anyone who enjoys a fast-paced long story. Jahan Sahni (Year 6)
Kids’ Lit Quiz 2009
utumn: the poet’s season of mist; the ornithologist’s time to sigh as the swallows fly south; the Bursar’s time to tuck away his MCC ties and to dig out his Charlton Athletic ones instead and a time for all of us at Arnold House to forget the glory that was the long summer holiday and to start work once again. In the library though, there is something else – something that ratchets up the excitement level in Years 7 and 8 and which has become part and parcel of the Library year: The Kids’ Lit Quiz. After the School’s fantastic success in the world finals in 2008, all the boys had been extremely keen to do well in 2009. When the in-school heats were announced the hallways were full of the sound of boys talking about strange things: who was the Gruffalo? (and who drew the pictures?); how many beds did Goldilocks sleep in?; what is a Blobhead?; who wrote Alice?; and could this year’s competitors ever match the previous year’s achievement and make it to the final – ANY final! Well, only time (and a lot of reading) would tell… In the end we took two teams to Broxbourne School for the London heats: from Year 8, Alex Barakat, Theo Costain, Ivan Kirwan-Taylor and Wilbur Law; from Year 7,
Jake Curtis, Archie Enfield, Jonah Freud and Alistair Milne. These boys came out top in their respective Years, with an amazing breadth and depth of reading knowledge shown between them. They did well in the London heats too. At half-way we knew we were in with a chance, and in the end managed to come second and third – a fantastic feat, and one I wasn’t at all ashamed of. However, it did mean that we went no further… until I got a phone call to say that the winning team had defaulted and would we like to go in their place? Would we? Yes! The Year 7 team had
come second, so, a few weeks later, we made the long journey to Newcastle and Seven Stories – the UK Centre for Children’s Books – for the National Finals. We took the morning off to visit The Angel of the North and then it was heads down and concentrating. In a final that was hard-fought and nerve-racking (for the audience as much as the kids!) our team battled their way to third place. The regional heats for the quiz take place in fifteen towns. In every regional heat around thirty teams take part – and they have been chosen from hundreds of children within their own schools. So, whichever way you look at it – third in the UK is a pretty amazing achievement. And there’s always next year. The same Year 7 boys will be Year 8, and so they get another crack at the title – and there’s a whole new set of contenders in Year 7. Good luck to them all! The boys who won in 2008 are now fully commemorated in the school by a plaque that was commissioned by the Headmaster and which now hangs in pride of place next to his study. Leonie Flynn Librarian
new initiative introduced this year was the School Council. A Class Representative was elected for each class from Year 3 upwards and they met with the Senior Master, the Deputy Head, the Head Boys and two non-elected boys from Year 8 appointed Head Councillors. The School Council is designed to develop a feeling of participation in and responsibility towards school life. It provides a forum for the expression of views and teaches the boys about democratic processes. It also serves to help the boys understand some of the reasons for rules and procedures that exist at Arnold House and enables the staff to see the School from the boys’ perspective.
School Council members 2008-2009 Year 8
Julian Godding (8M) Michael Davin (8H)
Percy Metcalfe (7H)
Wilf Wheeler (7K)
Daniel Fried (6S)
William Evans (6F)
Luca Perper (5M)
Eklavya Sharma (5K)
Miles Rabinowitz (4B)
Freddie Poser (4J)
David Fried (3L)
George Batty (3J)
This year, the new cloakroom design, which was completed over the summer, was a result of issues that the council reps discussed and the School Council was instrumental in aiding Westminster Council
by formulating the School Travel Plan. Sebastian Stones Senior Master
ormulating arguments and expressing them coherently is a tricky skill to master. However, it is one which permeates all areas of our lives. It is also likely to be relevant to the future careers of many of our boys. Debating in assembly (which takes place on certain Tuesdays for Years 7 & 8) gives the boys an ideal platform. Not only do they
have to summon up the courage to withstand the exacting gaze of their peers, but also have to speak persuasively on difficult topics. In addition, they are subjected to a Question and Answer session after both sides have spoken. At the end of each debate, the audiences are encouraged to vote on the
ouse Assemblies were introduced at the beginning of this year, taken by the House Captains and the House Vice Captains. They were also able to invite other senior boys to participate. These assemblies are now very pupil-led.
House Captains also relayed information about forthcoming house sports events and competitions. It was nice to see that the staff, who are also affiliated to one of our four houses; Brunel, Nelson, Pitt and Wellington, also attended their respective House Assemblies.
In the last house assemblies House Captains chose to talk about a diverse range of themes including ‘What to Expect in Year 8’, and ‘How to get bars and badges’. All the
statement. This year's topics have included: • The reputation of Boris Johnson • This house believes boys do better at school without girls • This house believes social networking websites are an unhealthy waste of time Mark Maddocks Director of Studies
enough a dentist featured in this poem too. Was a theme beginning to emerge?
The judges for this year’s competition were Mr Thomas, Mr Richard Fletcher (the Bursar) and Mrs Jo Hearden (a long-serving governor of Arnold House).
The competition between Years 7 & 8 was begun by Archie Enfield with his amusing pastiche of Tennyson’s ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’. Jonah Freud’s delivery of ‘The Revolt of the Lamp Posts’ raised the bar even higher but the biggest laughs of the individual section came with Alex Bouchier’s comic delivery of a Felix Dennis poem,‘I Love the French – the Rascals’. Ivan KirwanTaylor’s dramatic rendition of Macbeth’s soliloquy ‘Is this a dagger which I see before me’ proved a sobering change of pace. The judges had a hard task but they decided that Jonah’s performance deserved the prize.
n Friday 20th March the Arnold House boys hurried into the American School’s magnificent theatre for the annual Verse Speaking competition. There was a real sense of occasion with the young Year 3 boys experiencing their first event and the Year 8’s enjoying it all for the last time.
The proceedings started, as always, with the individual entries and Henry Wright from 3L had the daunting task of going first. He set a high standard and was followed by Gio
beautifully realised dramatisation of Hilaire Belloc’s ‘Tarantella’ (complete with guitar playing) and all of 6F dressed as girls for Adrian Henri’s poem,‘Best Friends’. Years 7 & 8 tackled a wide range of material from comic songs to First World War poetry. 8H and 8M had both chosen works by W H Auden, but 8H’s impressive, rapid-fire unison delivery of ‘Night Mail’ was just beaten by 8M’s intelligent presentation of ‘The Shield of Achilles’. Prizes were awarded, the library’s charity auction for Red Nose Day was drawn, flowers were presented and then it was time to
Shidrawi (3J), Hrishi Shah (4B) and Daniyal Sachee (4J). Daniyal’s beautifully delivered poem about a crocodile and a dentist was judged the winner in this category. In Years 5 & 6 the entrants were Callum Wainstein (who dedicated his entry to Mr Thomas), Luca Perper, Raoul Ragoowansi and Daniel Fried. Despite stiff competition from the other boys, Raoul’s poem about an unfortunate encounter with a porcupine carried the day. Interestingly
The second half of the competition saw some interesting and highly entertaining entries. Performances that will be hard to forget included 4B’s adaption of Jez Alborough’s poem ‘Teacher Playtime’, a
return to Arnold House for a well deserved break. Many thanks to the judges and all the boys who took part. This is a competition that just keeps getting better, year by year! Laura Hutchings Head of English
rnold House has a strong record of involvement with the wider community and over the last year pupils, staff and parents have raised significant amounts for a wide variety of worthy causes. The School continues to focus on getting the boys more involved in local, national and international projects and along with the Parents’ Association has raised funds for the following charities. Local Level We continue to build on our links with charitable projects in the local area, such as the Barbara Brosnan Centre, where the older boys give musical recitals, and St John’s Hospice. This year, we sold the Hospice's very popular Christmas decorations and held a ‘Heroes and Villains’ themed day at the school in the summer term raising a total of £1,616 for the Hospice. In November we had a visit from Father Rob Wickham and Father Malcolm Hunter who talked to the whole school in assembly about the homeless and underprivileged in London. Following this, the boys brought in shoe boxes filled with presents that were distributed to the homeless and also to the
next year. The Homestead captured the boys' imagination with 51% of the vote. The Homestead (Projects for Street Children) based in South Africa, was established in 1982 and has a simple mission,“to help street children reconstruct their shattered lives.”
traditional range of charities such as The Poppy Appeal, Marie Curie Cancer Care, and the Lifeboats Appeal. In addition, this year the School supported Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day with a red themed home clothes day and a tuck shop organised by the Parents’ Association raising a total of £1,389. International Level Over the last year, the School has supported Send A Cow – a charity that enables poor farmers in Africa to become self-reliant. In the autumn term, the boys took part in a black and white themed home clothes day and raised £1,323. On top of this, the Parents’ Association made a generous donation of £2,500 from their fundraising activities throughout the year. In the summer term Year 6 researched different charities working
Their programme is based on developmental principles and addresses the needs of street children and their families so that the children can grow towards competence and
self-confidence in their lives. Through street work and intake shelters, more settled residential and educational care, as well as family reconstruction services, they get children off the streets and help them rebuild their lives and their futures. Arnold House will support The Homestead as its international charity for 2009-10 as well as supporting our traditional range of national and local charities.
elderly and lonely at Father Rob’s parish in Hackney for Christmas. National Level We have continued to support our
in Africa as part of the Compass Course. The four best presentations were presented to the whole school and boys in Years 3 to 7 were asked to vote on the international charity they wanted the School to support
In addition to participating in School charity events, the boys are encouraged to take part in fundraising projects outside of school. Participation and responsibility are important factors; making the boys stakeholders in the projects they are supporting will increase both their relevance and interest, whilst fostering community spirit and citizenship. Stephanie Miller Director of Development
Charity The Child Bereavement Charity On the 22nd of June 2009 The Child Bereavement Charity held an educational forum at The Royal Society of Medicine to help enlighten their staff on various aspects of the loss of a parent or child. My family and I had, and continue to have, great help from the charity in dealing with the loss of my Mum. I had wanted to talk at the event to express what it has been like for me after the loss of my Mum. I described the very special relationship we had, the circumstances of how she died, and how after she died what I had lost and how hard it has been. My Dad also spoke , and after this we had a Question and Answer session from the audience . The talk marked a turning point for me in my bereavement and was a great experience. Sam Winters (Year 8)
Cancer Research On the 4th – 5th July, my family and I took part in a 20-hour relay in aid of Cancer Research UK. As well as doing the relay, each team had to run a stall to raise money. On the night of the 4th July, there was a Candle of Hope ceremony where everyone stood still and remembered (and/or prayed for) people who have been lost to cancer. Bruno Pujos (Year 5)
and he writes me letters and draws pictures. He lives in a sponsor house with his whole family.
activities the most important and memorable of which was their visit to The Homestead.
Harry Gestetner (Year 4)
The Homestead is a charity that takes in boys found on the streets in the district of Kayalitsha, in Cape Town. The boys have been thrown out or abandoned by their parents, or have run away from abuse or extreme poverty. The Homestead helps give them a fresh start in life by looking after them and giving them shelter and a home.
St John’s Hospice Mummy said that if I wanted a Wii, then I had to raise some money for charity. I drew a 6 stage business plan to sell things and agreed with the St John’s Wood barber that I could set up a stall outside his shop on the High Street. I made a poster and put it in the shops all around St John’s Wood. On my stall, I had 14 of my paintings in oil and watercolour along with the price list, some cakes I had baked and some wine. I walked up and down the High Street talking to people to see if they would like to come to my stall. Within 2 hours, I had sold 12 paintings and got one commissioned, raising a total of £151 for the St John’s Hospice. Afterwards, a journalist from the ‘Wood and Vale’ saw one of my paintings in the barber shop and contacted me – she came to School and took some photos and wrote and article for the paper. I got the Wii the next week for my birthday!
On the day of our visit, we played football and cricket with the Homestead boys until lunch. Then we travelled with them to where they lived. As we were driven through Kayalitsha, we saw the rubble and poverty that the people live in – tiny one room shacks with corrugated iron roofs and no toilets. When we arrived at the Homestead House, we had a guided tour after which we gave them gifts such as clothes, cameras (not too flashy or the boys would get mugged), T- shirts, footballs, bags and more. It was a very emotional experience. Primrose Hill Cricket Club raised £2,500 for The Homestead and now they are building a smaller house for younger children. The Homestead is a great charity and PHCC is going to continue supporting them. Most importantly, we have made friends there and we will stay in touch with them. Guy Bouchier, Freddie and Jamie Villiers (Year 6)
James Rowbotham (Year 1)
Sponsor a Child I sponsor a little boy in India called Chandru. He is seven years old. I do this because he is very poor and it helps pay for food, shelter and education. Sometimes I send him gifts
The Homestead In March 2009, Primrose Hill Cricket Club went on a cricket tour to South Africa. There were four Arnold House boys in the team: Hugo Fry, Guy Bouchier, Jamie Villiers and Freddie Villiers. Whilst we were there, apart from playing cricket, the boys took part in a number of
ICT Year 1 Congratulations to all our Year 1 boys on the great start they have made to their ICT skills at Arnold House! The high tech attic is an awfully long way for the little boys to visit and they have been making the trek up twice a week. We started the year off with developing their mouse control through the use of a graphics program called Dazzle. The boys created some beautiful fruit, flower and
Year 2 Our Year 2 boys have worked hard on developing the basic skills learnt last year. They have produced some lovely graphics work based on paintings by Mondrian, Pollock and Kandinsky which has broadened their use of different tools in Dazzle.
stunning paintings inspired by Monet and Van Gogh by using the oil paint and dry brush tools in Dazzle.
The boys also ‘met’ some lively new residents of the ICT room called Bee Bots. Lots of fun and games were had in learning
fish pictures. In the summer term we worked hard on basic keyboard skills and the boys are now confidently constructing sentences using a word processing program called TextEase.
how to control the little robots! The boys are now super confident with TextEase after being budding authors and illustrators on their animal story books. Year 3 In Year 3 we have seen some fantastic word processing about Ancient Egypt. The boys
were great at combining text and graphics to produce really professional looking results! Their use of selected web sites for research has really improved and the boys can now look forward to using search engines efficiently in Year 4. They have also created
Year 4 The Year 4 boys have created some beautiful mathematical designs using Superlogo. Their designs took a lot of hard work and concentration as any mistake could not be ‘un-done’ and the pattern had to be restarted! The concept of branching databases was introduced and the boys constructed their own sorting game by asking appropriate yes/no questions. Year 5 In Year 5, the boys have embraced the Compass Course which incorporates ICT as well as independent learning research and group work skills. A wide range of different projects have been undertaken, including, leaflets, information sheets, graphics work and presentations. Some of their pages for the ‘Arnold House Book of Books’ were particularly successful. Year 6 In Year 6, the boys have had the opportunity to really perfect their presentation skills as well as producing web sites about different world religions and producing simple animations. Next year, we will be expanding this particular area of ICT by purchasing some new cameras and producing stop motion animations. The boys performed extremely well at the Year
ICT 6 Compass Presentation to parents and should be very proud of their achievements.
planners for a term and had to plan and cost a charity fundraiser. They then created logos, tickets and posters to advertise their events.
Year 7 Our senior boys have undertaken more extended projects in ICT and produced their own web sites and mobile phone designs using Publisher. They have also become experts in using Excel to perform more complex calculations for their school tuck shop projects.
Rekha Ruda Head of ICT
Year 8 The Year 8 boys have worked successfully in pairs and small groups on two main projects. They had a Canons Park Day linked with their history studies to produce newspapers based on events from British Medieval history. The boys learnt about desk-top publishing including the use of columns and auto text flow. Some future journalists and historians are definitely amongst them! The boys also became event
ICT Whizz Kidz!
he Year 5 & 6 ICT Club has been hard at work again this year managing to put together three incredibly successful issues of Whizz Kidz! magazine. The boys have planned, researched and constructed articles about an amazing array of topics from rare animals and rugby to DIY, science and Doctor Who. As ever, each issue has contained a competition for the boys to enter and an insightful ‘Teacher Interview’ – the victims this year were Mr Lester, Mr Maddocks and Mr Harrison! In total, Whizz Kidz! has sold more than 200 copies and raised over £100 for Send a Cow. We hope to continue building on the magazine’s success next year as it prepares to publish its fifth issue!
Well done to all the boys involved in one or more of the past three issues: Jeremy Assouly, George Beckman, Daniel Fried, Max Hart, Oliver Joseph, Theo Lemos, Toby Lowenstein, Adnan Naqvi, Sam Percival, Julian Ripley, Jahan Sahni, Joel Sharpe, Edward Tabor, Arthur Donald, George Jones, Harry Orwell, Bruno Pujos, Max Vernon-Powell and James Wallace. Rekha Ruda Head of ICT
he boys have enjoyed a full and varied activities programme this year. Ju Jitsu has proved to be popular and many of the boys managed to achieve belts up to the colour green, which I am told by the instructor, Steven Nichols, denotes a very high standard. After the passing away of John Allain we were very fortunate to find a replacement for Chess Club who could continue Arnold
House’s excellent tradition in the game. John-Paul Wallace has made an immediate impact and Chess continues to be very popular. Special mention should go to the newly retired Edward Harrison who ran the successful Arnold House chess team and who tirelessly and without complaint assisted Chess club up to three times a week.
former. She ran Gym club from 8.00am twice a week and it proved to be extremely popular despite the early start.
Some of us are larks and some of us are owls, and Mrs Davies was definitely the
A big thank you to Duncan MacInnes, who started the ball rolling for Drama. His Drama Clubs will now be run with our new Head of Drama, David Marks, in preparation for some exciting productions.
Early Running club was loyally attended by a die hard core of Year 5 boys and other larks were the volleyball, basketball and cricket club participants.
All sorts of activities and clubs are run during the day and at the end of school. Thank you to all the staff who organise and run the clubs and well done to the boys for their enthusiastic participation. Sebastian Stones Senior Master
ne of my great joys at Arnold House has been the meeting of minds between the PE and Music departments. When I arrived, Rick Martin was Head of Games and PE, and rather than the usual conflict, we discovered that we had shared passions. Rick was a very good cornet player and had the widest knowledge of Big Band Jazz that I have ever known and I was an ex-county gymnast with a real interest in coaching. There followed years of fun, training and travelling to competitions, making the boys suffer our ‘old’ music on the minibus (it was usually good quality stuff but I do remember Ivo Cunningham once begging us to turn off Chris de Burgh!) Rick
taught me a great deal, not just about gym coaching but also about classroom management and organizing large numbers of boys – something that has been invaluable to me. Gymnastics has continued in a recreational rather than competitive way but has been enjoyed by large numbers of boys. Many thanks to the boys who worked so hard to take part in my last display. Vaulting to the ‘Dam Busters’ will remain an indelible memory for me! Kate Davies Teacher-in-charge of Gymnastics
hess continues to be a popular afterschool activity under the tutorage of John-Paul Wallace, an International Master of Chess and Australian Champion 1994 and 2003. In addition to our normal Senior Chess Club open to Years 4-8, we have started a new Junior Chess club for Years 2 & 3. This has proved so popular that in the summer term we had to split it into two sessions. The Chess Team have continued to play other schools and enter tournaments and we have tried to incorporate boys from Year 4 upwards into these matches. In the spring term we again participated in the British Land Chess Challenge. Shariq Varawalla came out as the overall champion, winning all his games, with John-Ross Tan, Alfie
Murray and Sachin Oberoi also qualifying for the megafinals.
In the summer term, JP as he is known to the boys, ran a challenge competition including puzzles. In the senior category, the overall winner for the Oppenheim Cup and Gold medal for Best Individual Chess Player was awarded to Alistair Milne. The runners up, gaining silver medals were Tom McMahon and Omar Zakaria. The Allain Cup for the best new Chess player was presented to Jonathan Green who also received a bronze medal.
Percival, was awarded a bronze medal. I am bowing out as teacher-in-charge of Chess after 11 years, as I am retiring from teaching. Charles Keal will be taking over to continue running this popular club. Edward Harrison Teacher-in-charge of Chess.
In the Junior section, a gold medal was presented to Rohan Padam Mehta as an outstanding new player and silver medals given to Adam Kane, Will Bacon and Kiran Weston. The most improved player, Alexander
Year 5 Running Club
ince September 2008, come rain or shine, Year 5 running club has been held on a Thursday morning at 8am. Ably led by Sebastian Stones, Susie Dart and Ieva Jauna the boys have enjoyed some scenic runs to Primrose Hill, Regents Park and around the local area. As the year has progressed the runs have become more demanding and the boys have definitely become faster.
Special mention must go to Jordan Spiro who has rarely missed a run and is always cheery and keen! Well done to all the runners and we look forward to Year 6 running club from September 2009! Runners cast list: Yannis Lemos, Angelos Lemos,Toby Green, Charlie Dryer, Jordan Spiro, Jack Snell, James Green. Susie Dart Head of Pre-Prep
he Compass Course has had a fantastic year with several new staff members joining the team and using their skills and interests to give the boys a range of new educational opportunities. Mrs Ruda, the Head of ICT, joined the Compass team in September and she has been instrumental in the successful introduction of new software and the production of a range of different outcomes such as PowerPoint presentations, websites, magazines, newspapers, leaflets and posters, which have all been of a very high standard. Mr Marks and Mr Maddocks took the lead with the introduction of Drama in Compass and produced two successful plays seen by the Year 6 parents in the Compass Presentations
Afternoon. Leonie Flynn as Librarian guides the boys in their book research and inspired Year 5 boys to produce the Arnold House Book of Books. Compass was also mentioned several times in the ISI Inspection Report which stated
that the ‘introduction of the Compass Course in Years 5 & 6 has significantly improved pupils’ opportunities for independent learning’ and that ‘the Compass Course has resulted in exceptionally good ICT work’. The report also said that the boys become well able to apply their rapidly expanding skills and knowledge to different situations and to a variety of subjects. This is particularly noticeable in their written work and in the outstanding work produced in Years 5 & 6 as part of their Compass Project. The boys enjoyed a wide range of crosscurricular research subjects this year. Year 5 started their Compass experience by researching Global Hazards and produced their first group PowerPoint presentation. In the second half of the term, the groups used Publisher to design leaflets comparing new European Union countries. In the spring term, they researched different art movements and
used Dazzle to recreate inspired art works by selected artists in each movement. Year 6 started the year by developing their PowerPoint animation skills and produced presentations on different sources of energy. Each group used Edward de Bono’s six hat
thinking whilst thinking critically about sources of energy and their impact on the environment. The boys then changed groups and used Publisher to design websites on one of the main world religions.
They learnt to use moving gifs and hyperlinks. Drama was introduced in the spring term and proved to be great success. While half the boys were working on the two plays,‘Stolen Fire’ and ’Pandora’s Box’, the other half worked in groups to write play scripts on creation myths which they chose themselves. The boys then learnt to use Pivot to create simple animations. In the summer term, both year groups were given a choice of charities to research. Each group chose one charity and produced a PowerPoint presentation to persuade the School to choose their charity for fundraising in the next academic year. A large number of different charities were represented by the boys but only four were chosen to be shown to the rest of the School in assembly: WaterAid, Compassion, The Homestead and Right to Play. When the boys voted for the charity they would like Arnold House to support next year, it was very close between WaterAid presented by Luca Perper, Max Vernon-Powell and Sachin Oberoi and The Homestead presented by Guy Bouchier and Freddie and Jamie Villiers. Congratulations to The Homestead which won on the day and to all the boys who presented in assembly. Kim Bahra Head of Compass Course
he strength of Learning Support provision at Arnold House has continued to grow throughout the past academic year. I feel proud of all the hard work and achievements of all the boys and staff who are involved within the department, so much good work has been done. All these achievements were recognised in the recent ISI Inspection report which comments on how support throughout the School is now of a good standard and the specialist teaching of a high quality. When I reflect back on the last year, it is clear to see how the Learning Support Department has grown into a strong team of well-qualified and experienced staff. Within Years 1 to 4 there are 4 dedicated and skilled Teaching Assistants: Miss Campara, Mrs Ravden, Miss Jauna and Miss Chomotova, whose hard work has had a direct impact on accelerating boys’ progress. The support that they have given this year has been well-structured and targeted towards
support has made has been tremendous and we have seen great improvement in individual boys’ achievement and confidence.
individual and small groups of boys as well as general in-class support. There has also been a broadening of specialist support within the School. We have an experienced Speech and Language Therapist who visits Arnold House once a week and we have recently appointed Mrs Cooney, a specialist support teacher with vast experience of working with children with specific learning difficulties, to work with boys on a one-to-one basis. I am hoping to extend this specialist support even further in the future with the appointment of an Occupational Therapist. The difference that this specialist
The caring ethos of Arnold House means that above everything we acknowledge the importance of the emotional well-being of all our boys. In response to this there has been a broadening of links with other outside agencies and we now have an extensive list of psychotherapists and councellors who we can recommend to parents should the need arise. Staff have embraced the importance of differentiation within the classroom in order that all boys can make progress in line with their ability. This will, in turn, ensure that all boys’ achievements are recognised, confidence raised and talents nurtured. Kate Coveney Head of Learning Support
he Inspection report highlighted the excellent spiritual and moral guidance that Arnold House gives to its pupils and church services were mentioned as an important part of this provision. Indeed Ash Wednesday took place during the inspection and the service at St John’s Wood Parish Church was “observed” by two inspectors, who were very impressed by the liturgy and the singing. They were able to see how Arnold House proudly celebrates its Christian ethos whilst being sensitive to other religious traditions. The inspectors were amused by the comment of one boy, “a third of the Chapel Choir are Jewish”. It would be appropriate this year to mention
the immense contribution that Kate Davies has made to this aspect of School life as Director of Music. She has built up the Chapel Choir to a high standard, making their singing a regular and important part of our services. Thanks also to Father Anders and Father Andrew (the curate) for taking the services and giving such learned and interesting sermons. John Hill Deputy Headmaster
e were privileged to have two excellent speakers at our Prize Givings this year. Mr Peter McDonough was the guest of honour at the Junior Prize Giving for Years 1 to 4. He is the Deputy Headmaster at Mill Hill School and shared with the boys his highly positive observations of his visit to Arnold House a few weeks earlier. He congratulated the boys on their good attitude to work and the excellent lessons he saw.
Dr Stephen Spurr, the Head Master of Westminster School, spoke to the older boys in Years 5 to 8 at the Senior School Prize Giving. He urged them all, but especially the leaving boys, to make the most of the opportunities that they are offered; he said they should never write themselves off as being “no good” at something and cited the example of members of the Westminster rowing crew who had recently won great honours at Henley. Nearly all of them had
arrived at Westminster thinking of themselves as “no good at sport”, but took on the new challenge of rowing and are now extremely competent and successful. The wonderful setting of the theatre at the American School of London, the smartness of the boys and the fine speeches made both evenings a fitting recognition of the boys’ hard work this year. John Hill Deputy Headmaster
Prize Winners Junior School Prize Giving
Thursday 2nd July 2009
Rugby Player All Round Sportsman
Years 1 and 2 Each boy received an individual certificate
All-Rounder Year 3 Form Prizes
For Effort, Attitude and Contribution to the group
3J George Batty, James O’Dea, Dylan Cresswell 3L Vishant Chanrai, Noah Naggar, Sebastian Lawrence Year 4 Form Prizes
’42 Club Prizes Years 1 & 2
Years 3 & 4
For Effort, Attitude and Contribution to the Group 4B
Simon Franks, Yanni Lemos, Charlie Wolfe
Senior School Prize Giving
Harry Gestetner, Lucas Kearsey, Asher Laws
Tuesday 7th July 2009 Year 5 Form Prizes
Year 4 Individual Awards Mathematics
For Effort, Attitude and Contribution to the group
5M: Douglas Law, Andrew Railton, Max Vernon-Powell
5O: Harry Orwell, Callum Wainstein, Nicolas Markantonis
Year 6 Form Prizes
Arnold House Cup
For Effort, Attitude and Contribution to the group
6F Raoul Ragoowansi
6S Seth Dunford
Progress Prize – 4J
Progress Prize – 4B
Year 6 Subject Prizes
Lass Grandfather’s Plate Toby Lowenstein
Information Technology Book Prize
Baker Duly Cup
Music Class Music
Conrad Leach Cup
Year 7 Form Prizes
For Effort, Attitude and Contribution to the group
7H: John-Ross Tan, Percy Metcalfe, Andrew Lewis
7K: Archie Enfield, Hugo Fry, Alex Rabinowitz
Prize Winners Fabian Garcia-Miller
8H Prizes Alexander Bouchier
Captain of Cricket
Comitas et Industria
Gus Branth (Winchester) Gutteridge Cup
Edward Hatter (St Paul’s) Birch Cup
Armaan Israni (Harrow) Reid Cup
Achievement Elliot Khalil
Progress in Latin
(Charterhouse) Wilbur Law (CLS) William Lowe (Rugby) Bob Mason (Highgate)
’42 Club Prize Ivan Kirwan-Taylor
Kate Davies Cup
The Woolf Cup
Charlie Newman (UCS) The Gilchrist Cup
May Berkery Cup (joint) Woodwind
Cargill Bowl (joint)
Max Royston (UCS)
Achievement Book Prize
Jack Sieff (Bradfield)
Nikhil Sood (St Paul’s)
Richard Norris Cup
Maths: Progress &
(Highgate) William Stevens
Braithwaite Cup Matthew Tabor (Rugby) Book Prize
Potential Background Philips & Lester Cup
Captain of Hockey
Captain of Rugby
Head Boys 2009-2010
Progress in Maths
Percy Metcalfe & Alex Rabinowitz
May Berkery Cup (joint) Woodwind Simon Thackray
Outstanding Hockey Player
8M Prizes Alex Barakat (Eton)
Theo Costain (CLS)
Cargill Bowl (joint)
The Broderick Cup
Sebastian Daly (Mill Hill) Gluckstein Cup
Kemal Eyi (Stowe)
Pappin Cup Bowles Cup Crown Cup
History Captain of Football Outstanding Games Player
contribution to Sport
(Rugby) George Freud (Bradfield)
House Competition The House competition was very exciting this year. The boys’ industry and citizenship grades are added together and at the end of each term the Houses are issued with points according to their position. The four Houses are also awarded points for the House sports events held in each term. The following table shows all of these results. Positions for Industry and Citizenship Autumn Term 1st Wellington 8 points 2nd Pitt 6 points 3rd Nelson 4 points 4th Brunel 2 points Spring Term 1st Wellington 8 points 2nd Brunel 6 points 3rd Nelson 4 points 4th Pitt 2 points Summer Term 1st Nelson 8 points 2nd Brunel 6 points 3rd Wellington 4 points 4th Pitt 2 points
Positions for House Matches Football 1st Nelson 4 points 2nd Brunel 3 points 3rd Pitt 2 points 4th Wellington 1 point Rugby 1st Nelson 4 points 2nd Brunel 3 points 3rd Pitt 2 points 4th Wellington 1 point Athletics Championships, Cricket and Tennis 1st Nelson 4 points 2nd Pitt 3 points 3rd Wellington 2 points 4th Brunel 1 point
Accumulated Total Autumn Term 1st Wellington 2nd Nelson 3rd Brunel 4th Pitt Autumn and Spring Term 1st Wellington 2nd Nelson 3rd Brunel 4th Pitt Final Positions 1st Nelson 2nd Wellington 3rd Brunel 4th Pitt
18 points 16 points 14 points 12 points 18 points 16 points 14 points 12 points 28 points 24 points 21 points 17 points
Congratulations to the winners, Nelson. They are the proud custodians of the House Cup, which will be displayed in House Corner.
Wellington Nelson Brunel Pitt
Captain William Stevens Sam Winters Nicholas Stannard Sam Lowenstein
Vice-Captain Shariq Varawalla Edward Hatter Simon Thackray Armaan Israni
Outstanding Effort and Citizenship
oys throughout the School are awarded Effort grades in their Interim (half-term) and Progress (end of term) reports in all subjects: English, Maths, Science, Latin (Year 5 upwards), Greek (Year 7 & 8), French, History, Geography, Religious Studies, ICT, Music, Art, Compass (Year 5 & 6) and Physical Education. At the end of each term judgements are also made about a boy’s conduct, courtesy and contribution to the life of the School in the form of Citizenship grades. Effort and Citizenship grades are converted into House points and the following boys are to be highly commended for amassing the highest individual House point totals during the school year in their respective year groups.
Year 1 (NB boys are not graded in October) L O’Dea 207 O Vogel 205 M Gibney 201 Year 2 A Horder 250 F Wallis 240 C Ashton 226 M Fumagalli 221 S Hodder-Williams 221 Year 3 G Batty 291 S Mc Donnell 287 J O’Dea 283 Year 4 M Perper 295 J Lowenstein 282
U Hasan J Moore A Soleye Year 5 N Markantonis L Perper B Pujos T McMahon Year 6 T Lowenstein J Sahni J Sharpe D Fried Year 7 S Tyler A Rabinowitz A Enfield P Metcalfe
270 269 269 311 308 298 292 306 305 297 293 299 287 286 281
Outstanding Achievement Boys throughout the School are awarded Achievement grades in their Interim (halfterm) and Progress reports (end of term) in all subjects: English, Maths, Science, Latin (Year 5 upwards), Greek (Year 7 and 8), French, History, Geography, Religious Studies, ICT, Music, Art, Compass (Year 5 and 6) and Physical Education. We hope that each boy will make consistent progress during the year and be performing at his best by the end of the summer term. The following boys were awarded 3 or more ‘A’ grades for Outstanding Achievement in their end of year report and are to be highly commended. 3 ‘A’ Grades: M Fumagalli E Hamburger R Paddam Mehta E Jalil S Lawrence A Soleye D Sachee W Watts A Wissen S-A Irvani-Pour S Percival J Assouly J Freud J-R Tan A Meyer J Weiland
Year 2 Year 2 Year 2 Year 3 Year 3 Year 4 Year 4 Year 4 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Year 6 Year 7 Year 7 Year 7 Year 7
4 ‘A’ Grades: Z Jalil J Rowbotham M Gibney S Hodder-Williams Z Brandman A Percival J Lowenstein C McQuater M Rabinowitz O Frisby B Gunn N Joukovski J Dicker S Oberoi J Spiro O Joseph A Naqvi A Milne A Enfield E Strang O Tehrani
Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 2 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 4 Year 4 Year 4 Year 4 Year 4 Year 5 Year 5 Year 5 Year 6 Year 6 Year 7 Year 7 Year 7 Year 7
5 ‘A’ Grades: F Somerville J Toledano J Curtis A Murray T McMahon O Zakaria G Beckman
Year 1 Year 1 Year 4 Year 5 Year 5 Year 5 Year 6
6 or more ‘A’ Grades: (Number of Grades in brackets) A Boyd-Taylor (6) G Batty (7) D Cresswell (7) S Kotecha (7) J O’Dea (7) N Bhak (11) D Fried (7) S McDonnell (9) N Naggar (6) K Weston (8) H Wright (8) U Hasan (9) M Perper (10) Q Bagheri (6) M Hatter (6) J Moore (7) F Poser (7) J A H Green (6) N Markantonis (7) H Orwell (7) B Pujos (9) L Perper (9) J Wallace (8) G Bouchier (6) T Lowenstein (11) R Ragoowansi (6) D Fried (8) J Sahni (7) J Sharpe (8) A Lewis (6) P Metcalfe (6) A Rabinowitz (9) S Tyler (8)
Year 1 Year 3 Year 3 Year 3 Year 3 Year 3 Year 3 Year 3 Year 3 Year 3 Year 3 Year 4 Year 4 Year 4 Year 4 Year 4 Year 4 Year 5 Year 5 Year 5 Year 5 Year 5 Year 5 Year 6 Year 6 Year 6 Year 6 Year 6 Year 6 Year 7 Year 7 Year 7 Year 7
3 Junior School Another action packed year with the boys growing so fast (both physically and mentally). By the summer term we see such a change in all of them, the Year 1 boys no longer look like little boys and the other boys have a much more self-assured way about them. The end of the academic year always comes at the right time with all the boys ready and keen to move up to their next class where the expectations are just a little bit higher and the curriculum more demanding.
Pre-Prep This year we welcomed some new faces to the Pre-Prep team with Sarah Ramsbottom taking over as Year 1 class teacher, Yuliya Boyarin as Year 2 class teacher, and Jackie Ravden as Year 2 Teaching Assistant. Sarah and Yuliya jointly assumed the role of leading the Drama in the Pre-Prep and we were treated to some wonderful dramatic extravaganzas. The Christmas play,“The Bossy King”, unveiled some real talent with Zach Brandman playing the lead role in Year 2, and Max Kensington in Year 1. The summer production,“Hoodwinked “ was equally impressive and really showed how much the boys had developed in confidence – they took on a demanding script that was written
for nine year olds! Alexander Stannard played the part of Robin Hood in Year 1 with confidence and Archie Boyd Taylor as the Sheriff was equally impressive. In Year 2 Yves Jez Zeigherman as Robin Hood wowed the audience with some beautiful singing and played the role with energy and enthusiasm. We were treated afterwards to some wonderful music from boys in Year 2. Years 3 & 4 Life in Years 3 and 4 has been equally action packed, the major event of the year being the Arts Festival which was a wonderful celebration of the many creative talents of the boys, starting with the artistic and ending with the musical. The second year of this event proved just as successful as last year
perhaps because each and every boy was fully involved. It was wonderful to see their delight and pride in their performances. Both Year groups were lucky enough to participate in a range of trips and events, from theatre and author visits in school to excursions to the Verulamium, the Science Museum and London Zoo, not to mention various activity days at Canons Park. Looking back, it is hard to see how we crammed it all in! Our Friday awards Assemblies continue to celebrate both class and individual successes with the much sought after Golden Boy certificate, Industry Badges, Citizenship Bars and Artist of the Week. Susie Dart, Head of Pre-Prep Lizzie Jones, Head of Years 3 & 4
Year 1 Trips & Activities
oth Year 1 groups visited Canons Park for their annual Tractor Day, looking at the variety of machinery used there. They also enjoyed planting potatoes and a nature ramble around the grounds. In the spring term Year 1 went to The Design Museum where they did a practical workshop on recycling, and afterwards the weather was pleasant enough for the boys to enjoy a picnic lunch by the River Thames. As part of our History-based topic work they visited the Geffrye Museum and looked at houses and homes, “Then and Now”. They compared and contrasted a Victorian room with a room from the 1990s and definitely all agreed that a life without electricity (and
therefore no television, computer or game boy) would be a miserable one! In the summer term all the boys went up to Canons Park for three afternoons and thoroughly enjoyed practising their cricket skills with Mr Gibson and Mr Bagnall. They were also able to gain some valuable practice for Sports Day which yet again was a huge success, with all the boys busy competing in the different zones and scoring points for their Houses. Susie Dart Head of Pre-Prep
YEAR 1 Canons Park Day 6th March – Tractor Day Day Trips 3rd March – Geffrye Museum 18th March – Design Museum
Year 2 Trips & Activities
here have been lots of trips out of school this year, but only one which took the boys back in time! After finding out in class about what life would have been like for a schoolboy in Victorian times, Year 2 had a chance to experience it for themselves at our Victorian Day at Canons Park. Miss Legan and Mrs Boyarin immersed themselves in their roles and appeared in Victorian-style garb, they refused to allow any talking in class and offenders were 'put in the corner'. Sums were completed on slates and even P.E. was transformed into a Victorian style drill session. After that trip came one to The Great Fire Exhibition at The Museum of London. There the boys participated enthusiastically in a storytelling and drama workshop – the sight of 36 boys all pretending to be flames was certainly arresting! Another Canons Park trip saw the boys plant vegetables whilst learning about the problems of crop planting worldwide. We were back up to Canons Park in the summer term, when Miss Rawlinson invited
YEAR 2 Canons Park Days 6th November – Victorian Day 12th March – Tractor Day 13th May – African Art Day Day Trips 24th March – Museum of London London Transport Museum In June we went to the LondonTransport Museum. When we got to the museum we split into groups of four and went exploring. We were given a special ticket which we had to stamp 13 times in various places around the museum. Firstly, we went to look at the buses. We saw a B-Type bus that did not have a roof but it had some seats on the upper deck. When it rained people used to pull special yellow covers over their knees and used umbrellas to protect themselves. Secondly, we looked at the trains. Some of them were very old. Some carriages were made out of wood. We went inside and sat down exploring the interiors. The overhead racks were rather narrow and the suitcases that were on them looked like they were going to topple off at any second. We also went on a steam train. It was powered by coal. It also needed water to work.
18th June – London Transport Museum
using various simulators pretending to be captains, train drivers, bus and taxi drivers. Overall, we had a super trip! The 2B Boys
Patricia Legan and Yuliya Boyarin
African Art Day In May, we went to Canons Park for an African Art Day. We drew African Masks using a pencil to make a continuous line – not taking the pencil off the paper once. Afterwards we used different sorts of pencils to draw the masks; one was a graphite pencil. Next we had lunch and a break when I played cricket with Jamie, Harry and Krish. When we went back inside we used chalk pastels to make our picture. The last thing we did was make a collage by ripping paper. I really enjoyed making the collage when I used lots of shiny coloured paper. It was fun being creative!
Year 2 Form Teachers
Arash Bagheri (Year 2)
We made a B-Type bus during the workshop out of foam blocks. It was good fun! the boys to find out more about African Art. At The London Transport Museum they built their own buses. The B-Type bus has no roof and a rather dangerous set of stairs but the boys constructed this with ease, showing great group-work and infectious enthusiasm. All the days out were great fun, but more than that they enabled the boys to widen their interests and experiences in a ways that definitely didn't feel even slightly like work.
There was a little play area where there were different means of transport. We enjoyed
Year 3 Trips & Activities Canons Park Activity Day On the 30th of June Year 3 went to Canons Park for an activity day. We were split up into groups of fourteen. We had one activity with Miss Jones, one with Mr Martin and one with Mr Matthews. First, my group went with Miss Jones. Miss Jones’ task was extremely hard – we had to build a really tall tower out of spaghetti and marshmallows. We decided to build a pyramid. Our first design fell down so we had to build another one. The second one was better. At the end we measured the heights and our group came last with 23 cm. The highest was 47cm!
“I liked building the tower out of marshmallows and spaghetti because bits of marshmallows fell on me and I ate them.“ Rufus Law
“I liked falling into my classmates’ hands because it was fun and scary.” Eddie Tugwell
“I liked building spaghetti and marshmallow towers because everyone enjoyed it and we enjoyed getting really messy.” Henry Wright
but the movie was in 3D. Fashioning some funny looking glasses the boys were treated to a realistic look at the mysterious world under the water. A lot of them were amazed to learn that sharks use coral reefs as a type of cleansing spa! Once recovered from the visual feast in the IMAX the boys were ushered into a private room whereby an ‘Explainer’ talked to them about what to expect in the ‘Launch Pad’. This was where the boys were free to touch and experiment with the many activities such as building structures and a dizzy spinning pole!
Next we went with Mr Martin. We had to put seven, six, five, four, three and two parts of our bodies on the floor. At the end we had a competition. We had to put four parts of the body on the floor. Sachin, Maxim and I won! After having a break we went with Mr Matthews. We played three games. One called ‘Evolution’, one ‘Chain tag’ and another one was falling backwards. We played ‘Evolution’ first then ‘Chain tag’ and finally falling backwards which was my favourite. You had to fall backwards and six people would try to catch you. Then we had lunch and games. We went back to school and then home. P.S. I survived falling backwards. Shaan Kotecha (Year 3)
Science Museum As part of Year 3’s term topic of ‘Sea Life’, the boys were lucky enough to visit the Science Museum. The IMAX cinema was the first stop for the boys and they were treated to an eye popping feature about deep sea life. Not only did they watch this on a huge screen
After all the boys were replenished by a hearty lunch they made their way to a show called ‘Structures’. Daniel got Eddie to sit on a chair of nails to explain how force can be spread over a surface and also proceeded to use a hammer on Miss Jauna as she was made to be the filling of a sandwich!
Year 3 Trips & Activities opportunity to touch a snake at the end of the talk. Some were keener than others! After the talk we had a good look around the Rainforest Lookout – the monkeys were particularly fascinating and we were lucky to be able to get incredibly close to some. Having said a brief hello to the meerkats and otters as we passed by, we enjoyed our lunch in the dining room before heading over to BUGS (Biodiversity Underpinning Global Survival). On the way we were lucky enough to get a fantastic view of one of the tigers prowling about. In BUGS we caught
YEAR 3 Canons Park Days 24th February – Music & Movement Day 30th June – Activity Day Day Trips 10th October – London Zoo 3rd December – Royal Festival Hall 10th June – Science Museum
After an action packed day to say the least, all the boys jumped wearily on to the coach packed with an array of items purchased from the shop and memories galore! Dayne Matthews Year 3 Form Teacher
“In the IMAX film I learned that the Giant Pacific octopus eats crabs. I would not change anything about the trip as everything was brilliant.” Sachin Persaud
“My favourite part of the trip was the Launch Pad because I liked finding out about experiments.” Maxim Wilson
up with all manner of weird and wonderful beasts, from the red-kneed bird-eating spider through to flamboyant flower
“From the Science Show I learned that if you sit on lots of nails you won’t feel them because the force is spread.”
Lizzie Jones Head of Years 3 & 4
London Zoo Year 3’s trip to the Zoo in October was blessed with some beautiful autumn sunshine. Once we had arrived, we walked to the “Clore Rainforest Lookout” where we started off with a talk by one of the keepers about how different animals are adapted to their environment. This linked in with both our Science topic of animal adaptation and our Geography topic about rainforests very neatly! We were all amazed by what we learnt – perhaps the highlight was the
view of some of this spectacular animal’s behaviour. Finally, we went to the Animals in Action show, where some of the world’s most intriguing animals showed off their natural flying, leaping and climbing skills. All in all, it was a fantastic day out!
beetles! Miss Jones and Ms Lovell kept their distance from the giant cockroaches… The next part of our trip was a tour around the newly installed Gorilla Kingdom. Once again, we were able to get a superb close up
The Royal Festival Hall In December, Year 3 went to the Royal Festival Hall to see the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The first piece was called ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’. After that there was ‘The Fairy’s Kiss’. The song we learned was from ‘The Word Garden’ by Skeef and Olatunji. The last song was called ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’. My favourite part was when the orchestra played songs from ‘The Word Garden’. George Batty (Year 3)
Year 4 Trips & Activities West Stow Year 4 went on a history trip to West Stow and when I got there I was in shock, it was amazing! We all saw a quick video about the archaeology and discoveries made there. After that we went to see the Anglo Saxon houses. We went to see a house which was very low and small, and then we saw another house which was used for weaving cloth. After that we saw a craftsmanâ€™s house where a fire was burning. At 12.00 all of Year 4 met up in the hall. The hall was in the centre of the village where the village had feasts and storytelling. At the hall we had a short question and answer session with an archaeologist. Next we had lunch and had some fun in the playground. Finally, we went to the museum where I greatly enjoyed dressing up as an Anglo Saxon. I think Mrs Batty arranged a brilliant trip. Mikael Hameed (Year 4)
Verulamium The Year 4 trip to the Verulamium was absolutely fantastic. We handled lots of old things such as iron pots and vases from many years ago. We saw amazing ancient ruins of Roman buildings and fantastic mosaics with beautiful colours. We saw where slaves would sit hour on hour and put coal on a blazing fire to keep the hypercaust system going (the hypercaust system being the Roman type of heating). I really think that you should go and see Verulamium. It is an interesting site and has a fabulous theme to it. Jonah Lowenstein (Year 4)
Year 4 Trips & Activities British Museum In May, we went on an art trip to the British Museum. We were going to see the Islamic Art. We went to the Islamic gallery and we had to draw a pot and a tile. Afterwards we could choose to draw whatever we liked. I drew a chest which had lots of patterns and detail and I was very pleased with my finished drawing.
coins gallery and I saw a coin that was as large as a car wheel!
Canons Park Day I had a lot of fun sketching and it was a very interesting day. When we got back to school Miss Rawlinson looked at all of our work and picked out my work from 4J and James Leof's work from 4B and showed it to all of the boys in assembly. Daniyal Sachee (Year 4)
When we had finished in the Islamic Art gallery we went to the clocks, watches and
18th November – Drama Day Day Trips 1st October – Horrible Histories Production 16th October – Verulamium 12th March – West Stow 8th May – British Museum
Junior School Leavers Louis Cutner Edward Hamburger Mikael Hameed Sebastian Lawrence Alexis Psyllides Dev Shah Hrishi Shah Freddie Winton Dylan Winton
Years 3 & 4 Arts Festival
he Year 3 & 4 Arts Festival, now into its second year, took place in March. Was it possible to repeat the success of last year’s inaugural event? February’s Inspection somewhat limited the rehearsal schedule but from the subsequent week the boys spent most Tuesday mornings up at Canons Park rehearsing the many components with gusto. We stuck to the same structure as last year, ensuring that all the boys were
involved in many aspects of the evening and that a wide range of artistic elements were included. Before the actual performance started, parents were given the opportunity to whet their artistic appetite with an exhibition of some of the awe-inspiring art work produced with Miss Rawlinson during the course of the year. It was really wonderful to see the boys’ many creative talents shining through.
This year’s extravaganza kicked off with a real bang! With the addition of some Antipodean expertise to our staff team in the form of Mr Matthews, the Year 4 boys got things underway with an incredibly powerful performance of the New Zealand Haka. Everyone was amazed by how well the boys had learnt the words and the actions, and it set absolutely the right tone for the evening. This was followed by a musical movement performance from each form, a result of Mr Martin’s efforts. Each form performed a piece based on a type of weather, starting with 3J - ‘Heat’, followed by 3L - ‘Cold’, 4J ‘Rain’ and 4B - ‘Wind’. It was impressive how well the boys managed to convey the different conditions through their expression and movement.
Years 3 & 4 Arts Festival Wright. All the soloists deserved enormous congratulations for their poise and confidence in performing in front of such a large number of people.
The music continued – but in French! Each year group sang a couple of songs which they had prepared in their French lessons with Mme Stones and Mme Ferhaoui. These were performed with customary aplomb! The next stage of the evening revolved around poetry. Each form performed a ‘form poem’, followed by three soloists who performed poems of their choice. It was 4J’s turn to start, with their comical
interpretation – in cockney – of ‘Oh I Wish I’d Looked After My Teeth’ by Pam Ayres, a salutary lesson indeed! Joseph Moore, Daniyal Sachee and Nikita Joukovski then performed individually. Special mention should be made of Daniyal’s performance of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Dentist and the Crocodile’ which went on to win the individual prize in the school Verse Speaking Competition. 3J’s form poem was up next, with the scary tale of ‘Alligator’ by Grace Nichols. Gio Shidrawi,
Ishan Khemaney and Dylan Cresswell were their soloists. Much hilarity followed with 4B’s inspired adaptation of Jez Alborough’s ‘Teacher Playtime’. Several teachers were left with rather red faces after seeing themselves represented by the boys! 4B’s soloists were Jonah Lowenstein, Hrishi Shah and James Curtis. 3L finished this part of the evening with Steve Turner’s epic tale,‘The Day I Fell Down the Toilet’. Their soloists were Sam Lack, Constantine Haidemenos and Henry
The evening was brought to a rousing end with the whole year group joining together under the leadership of Mrs Davies to perform the cantata,‘Jonah Man Jazz’ by Michael Hurd. The boys’ enjoyment and enthusiasm for the singing was a real treat for the audience – it is lucky the roof is well attached! Thanks must go to Mr Cuthbertson, Mrs Sadler and Mr Elliot for
their able assistance with producing this superb performance. All in all, both evenings were an incredible success, thanks to the hard work of both the boys and the many staff members involved; a true team effort! I wonder if we can top this next year? Lizzie Jones Head of Years 3 & 4
4 Senior School The following pages demonstrate the range of activities undertaken by the boys in Years 5 to 8 this year. They also show the dedication of the staff of Arnold House, whose efforts, along with the boysâ€™, have made this a memorable and successful year. Their teamwork contributed to the highly positive Inspection Report and both boys and staff can take great pride in their achievements. John Hill, Deputy Headmaster
Year 5 Trips & Activities Teamwork Week in Devon Year 5 were very excited about their first residential trip together. The aim of the week is to encourage teamwork, cooperation and self-confidence and of course to have great fun and I think that all these criteria were met. Activities included archery, kayaking and gorge walking, a day on the beach and Jacobâ€™s Ladder amongst others. The latter involved helping team mates to scale a challenging ladder of long logs and required skill, courage and teamwork. Quite a few of the Year 5 boys reached the penultimate
level and a few actually reached the top. Terrifying!
plan how they could be a better team player in the following dayâ€™s activities.
Kayaking was one of the activities I was brave enough to attempt, and then regretted attempting, as my kayak began to fill up with water. Playing basketball on a lake is great fun, but can be extremely cold, as many of the boys found out after overstretching to collect the ball and subsequently capsizing.
The week proved to be a great success and I am sure that all the boys learnt something about themselves and are looking forward to the more demanding Leadership Week in Year 6. Well done to all the boys and staff who helped make the visit so memorable. Sebastian Stones Senior Master
In the evenings the boys evaluated their performance during the day and tried to
Year 5 Trips & Activities
YEAR 5 Canons Park Day 13th October – Maths & Science Day Residential Trip 5th - 8th May – Teamwork Week, Devon Day Trip 28th November & 5th December – Europa Centre
The Europa Centre It’s always fun to have an afternoon away from the School premises and our trip to the Fantasy French village at the end of the District line didn’t disappoint. When perusing the famous London Tube map one often wonders what strange land lies at the end of each line and who would
hour’s conversation with two crispmunching cleaning ladies (I was most interested to discover the common ground… fanatical about football and the latter were actually responsible for keeping the House of Lords spic and span). Needless to say, many an anecdote was shared and historical fact conveyed…
The centre provides an excellent opportunity for the boys to spend the afternoon speaking French with a group of ladies from Francophone countries from Guadeloupe to Belgium. The session is interspersed with a Punch and Judy show and a hearty snack ordered from a little French café. The boys are assessed and busy themselves with their pretend money and credit cards, engaging in one of their favourite activities… shopping! Rachel Ferhaoui Head of French
“It really made French fun; it was exciting and new” Toby Green “I enjoyed the Europa Centre because it helped to improve my French” Bruno Pujos “The puppet show was the highlight for me, starring Guignol – all in all c’était fantastique” James Wallace
suspect that Hornchurch at the end of the District line houses a Fantasy French village. It was enough of a novelty for some of the Year 5 boys to be actually travelling by tube and I was grilled as to why we weren’t travelling by helicopter. The thrill for some of having a captive audience of unsuspecting commuters was too much to resist; Jonathan Green eagerly engaged in an
Arthur Donald… took it upon himself to “meet and greet” weary Londoners on their daily commute, arms wide open with a cheery “Welcome to the tube!… You look smart today!…”… and so forth… The simple pleasures!!… and all of this before even reaching our mock up French village which is “The Europa Centre”
“The ladies at the centre were fun and I loved travelling on the tube” Jacob Dicker “I loved the café because there was a variety of French food” Sajad-Ali Irvani Pour “I really liked buying and eating the French food and the coffee was great” Harry Orwell
Year 6 Trips & Activities Leadership Week We had a two and a half hour train journey to Exeter train station before taking a bus journey through parts of the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. The place we were staying in was called Moorland Hall which is situated in an excellent spot; it is right near a large hill with spectacular views over Dartmoor. Our first activities were all teamwork based. They were great fun but a lot harder than they looked. In the late afternoon we climbed a hill which had amazing views over everything. We then did some more tasks before walking down the hill again. At Moorland Hall the food was very good and the supper on our first night did not disappoint us. After supper we had an evening activity which was to cook bread on a camp fire. This again proved harder than it seemed but all the same everyone enjoyed it. Each night one group slept outside in tents, which everyone was very apprehensive
about doing, but it turned out to be one of the best parts of the trip. In the morning we heard gripping tales of adventure from those who had been in the tents. The activities on the second day were mountain biking, Jacob’s Ladder and archery. Jacob’s Ladder is one of those things that looks so easy when you first see it, but when you are on the bottom rung trying desperately to reach the second rung it is a lot harder. There are six rungs on a Jacob’s Ladder and the gaps between the rungs get progressively larger. It helps if you are tall, but despite this, the smallest boy in the year still reached the top the fastest. Mountain biking was something that everyone was itching to start doing. As we started there were a few comical cases but otherwise the cyclists rode around the large hill overlooking Moorland Hall and had a great time.
On our third day we went to the beach where we were desperate to show off our surfing skills. On the beach there were loads of activities including; a sandcastle competition and rounders. Surfing and body boarding were voted the best part of our trip to Devon. Shooting towards the beach riding a wave is always very satisfying whether standing up or lying on your front and not one person was disappointed by it. We then went for a walk which took us through incredibly deep mud until we arrived at a small bay where we had a brilliant barbecue, after which we went to an area that had been almost completely destroyed by a flash flood; and being with two Geography teachers we could not miss it. It was amazing, really beautiful, very interesting and a great place for photos and I think something in the region of a million photos were taken in the short half an hour while we were there!
Year 6 Trips & Activities Imperial War Museum In January, Year 6 went to the Imperial War Museum. We also went to an exhibition called In Memoriam which was commemorating the 90th Anniversary of the end of the war. We saw everything from the assassination of Franz Ferdinand to the end of the war. As we were going round we had a clipboard and a questionnaire to fill out. The highlight of the trip was definitely the Trench Experience. A Madame Tussaud type life size trench! It really felt like you were in a trench. It showed the captain’s room, first aid room and men going over the top. Max Hart (Year 6)
We all woke up despondently the next day because we were going home later that day, but we still had gorge walking to look forward to. Gorge walking was our favourite thing from last year’s trip to Devon. We arrived and it was freezing. Bitter wind slapped against us like knives and the water felt like it belonged in Alaska. But we still had a good time. As we took the bus back to Exeter there was a feeling of sadness which always happens when you leave a place you like. I am sure my class-mates will agree it was great fun and I wish we could have had a few more days. Oliver Joseph(Year 6)
YEAR 6 Canons Park Days 23rd September – Nigel Peak Art Day 30th October – Compass Day 17th June – French Day Residential Trip 5th - 8th May – Leadership Week, Devon Day Trips 19th January – Imperial War Museum 2nd June – Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum When we got there we were put into groups and after speaking to us, Mr Cox gave us a worksheet to do. We saw all the different rooms that were used by Winston Churchill and his coalition government. It was so interesting to see how Churchill ran the country from these tiny rooms with bombs going off above him throughout London!
Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum In June, Year 6 went on a trip to the Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum near Downing Street in Westminster. We went there because we have been studying World War Two in History looking at topics such as the Battle of Britain and the Blitz. We took the Jubilee Line to Westminster and it was then a short walk to the Cabinet War Rooms.
We then went into the Churchill Museum and listened to his most famous speeches and then learnt about his whole life from his birth to death. We then carried on throughout the Cabinet War Rooms and near the end we were able to see the room where Churchill slept. It was a fantastic and exciting trip. Toby Lowenstein (Year 6)
Year 7 Trips & Activities The Paris Trip Day 1 On Thursday 29th January the boys of Arnold House got out of bed at 5:25am and
somebody shouted and we all looked up and there it was, towering over us was The Eiffel Tower. It was unbelievably big (986 feet in fact) and we waited in the queue until it was our turn to go up. When we got out, on the second floor, we could see the whole of Paris, everyone seemed so small.
drove through the empty streets of London to St Pancras International – they were ready for the greatest two days of their lives. We all met at the Meeting Point Statue and before boarding the Eurostar I gave everyone the new Red Noses for Comic Relief! We departed at 6:55am and a couple of luxurious hours later we arrived at the Gare du Nord, Paris. A coach collected us and we had our packed lunches on board. Suddenly
The next place on our tight schedule was the Stade De France. It was incredible, we were standing in the same place as some football legends (Zidane and Malouda). We got to see the changing rooms, and we even got to run around the pitch and we found out some amazing facts from our tour guide.
Then we went back to the hotel (Hotel Kyriad) where we watched French cartoons. Then we were off again. Unfortunately there were very big strikes in France and the journey to Montmartre was endless, but Mr Maddocks managed to get everyone’s hopes up with a joke contest and a little singsong. Finally after a three and a half hour journey, we arrived at Café Montmartre where we had our dinner and probably the best evening ever as there was an awesome band at the café and everyone started dancing and the band played ‘Hey Jude’ and all the boys started singing along.
Year 7 Trips & Activities masks and we had to draw one so I picked a really interesting mask of a monster with giant tusks. Next, we went on a boat on the River Seine. We learnt about the 22 bridges going across the Seine, which was extremely interesting. When we got back Madame Ferhaoui had booked us an amazing meal at a great restaurant where we had burgers, got baffled by some incredible magic and watched French Tom and Jerry.
YEAR 7 Canons Park Days 10th October – Science Day 11th March – Samba Workshop Residential Trips 29th - 30th January – Paris 30th April - 1st May – Dorset Geography trip Day Trip
Day 2 We woke up thinking “it must have been a dream” only to find we were still in France, so we trotted downstairs and had a traditional French breakfast of croissant and pain au chocolat before we left to go and see Quasimodo at Notre Dame.
Then it was back on the coach and we were headed for the Gare du Nord and although we were disappointed we had to leave we had had a great weekend.
16th June – The Thirty Nine Steps theatre production
Jake Curtis (Year 7)
No one knew how big it was until we arrived. It looked like angels had built it with its giant towers and delicate, stained glass windows. We went inside and I was speechless; the sheer beauty of it was flabbergasting. We spent some time sketching windows and chandeliers before we had to leave to go to the Musée d’Orsay. It was the biggest art gallery I have ever seen. We saw an incredible exhibition about
Year 7 Trips & Activities Geography Fieldtrip to Dorset Our annual pilgrimage to the Jurassic Coast of Dorset for the Geography fieldtrip was greeted by rain. The boys enjoyed the Chain Ferry across to Studland Bay, a shortcut that Mr Cox and the coach driver estimated, after an hour’s enthralling debate, saved us approximately 40 minutes. Mr Cox is always keen to engage the drivers in fascinating subjects such as tachographs and European driving regulations! The inclement weather did not dampen the boys’ enthusiasm and Year 7 measured the profile of the beach, took photographs and walked the three mile stretch of the Coastal Path to Old Harry’s Rock. The rain and wind increased in intensity and it was with relief that we arrived in the relative shelter of Swanage. Here the boys enjoyed a hearty meal at the Youth Hostel, and after a smashing Geography lesson, partook in a variation on beach rugby and football, the rules of which Mr Thomas had apparently invented. From where I was standing it can’t have taken him very long, because I couldn’t identify any rules at all! Chaos in the sand but great fun! Happily, the boys were so exhausted and purged of all the glucose they had so far consumed, by this supposed game, that they settled down quickly in their rooms. Before our departure from the Youth Hostel the next morning, specially selected boys were allocated the task of vacuuming their rooms. Joe Weiland had clearly never attempted this chore before.‘I thought it wasn’t cleaning the floor very well,’ he mused on discovering that electricity is required for this particular device! Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door were as beautiful and timeless as ever and we enjoyed sunshine and a clear blue sky. Soon we were back on the coach and heading back to the hustle and bustle of London but taking home lots of happy memories. Sebastian Stones Head of Geography
Maths Trail These photos show Year 7 boys doing a Maths Trail devised by the Year 8 Scholarship set. There were clues using information found around the School, from the date of Guid’Arezzo’s birth on a poster outside the Music room, to the dates on the benches in the garden and the length and width of the board at House Corner. Needless to say with the scholars involved, it wasn’t just a matter of writing down the numbers: there was lots of cubing, substituting and other calculating to do. Charles Keal Head of Mathematics
The Thirty-Nine Steps
n Tuesday 16th June Year 7 went to the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus to see The Thirty-Nine Steps. This was a play based on John Buchan’s famous novel. There have been many film versions of the book but this particular play was based on Alfred Hitchcock’s film. Hidden in the play were references to many of Hitchcock’s other films such as Psycho and The Birds. We went into the theatre thinking that it would be a very serious production. However, it was quite the opposite. It was very funny, quite short and it only had four actors in it. One man played the main
character, Richard Hannay, a woman played two people and the other two actors played about 150 parts between them. The story was about a man who is blamed for a murder and then gets hunted down by the police and secret agents from other countries. There is lots of action and at one point a plane crashes on stage! Personally we would recommend this production to any theatre lover as it is one of the funniest plays we have seen and London’s number one comedy at this moment. Cosmo Lawson and Matthew Stokes (Year 7)
Year 8 Trips & Activities
YEAR 8 Canons Park Day 6th February – ICT/History Day Residential Trips 2nd - 7th November – Maison Claire Fontaine 9th - 11th June – Flanders Battlefields 15th - 19th June – Cumbria Day Trip 11th September – Stratford-upon-Avon Cumbria Challenge Week Euston station 9 o’clock is where our journey began. We embarked on our Virgin train and we were off, not knowing what was waiting for us at the northern town of Penrith. The week had been described to us as an activity week to help with team work and leadership skills. Easy, right? Wrong. Yes, it was educational in those aspects; yes, active and fun but also at times gruelling and tough which made it seem more like army training than anything else.
many of us were thinking the same thing to ourselves as we read Mr Kerr’s activity list for the week. Straight after our train journey, we were whisked off to the wettest point in England and all we were told was that we’d need many layers of clothing, more layers of waterproof clothing and a change of clothes, otherwise the ride back in the bus wouldn’t be one in wet clothes but in no
During the week we went Ghyll Scrambling twice, the first time being more of a warm up and the second being the one full of all the tantalising and seemingly impossible obstacles, including jumping a few feet into a corridor of rock which seemed at times narrower than yourself.
There were some seemingly more lighthearted activities such as hiking and cycling, however, even the easiest activities become extremely challenging and testing when they’re done in rapid winds and on the wettest day of the year. During the week we did many different activities: Ghyll Scrambling, cycling, hiking, rock climbing, golf, water walking (no – not in the ‘defying the impossible’ way but whilst in massive floating spheres) and many more. Ghyll Scrambling; what is it? I’m quite sure
clothes! Then we were placed in a river and were told to walk. So, Ghyll Scrambling (also known as Gorge Walking), is when you have to walk in water (ranging from ankle deep to meaning you have to swim) up or down a river in about 6 layers of clothing, meeting obstacles in the shape of waterfalls, overhangs and even slides formed by rock.
So if the extremely invigorating Ghyll Scrambling was just one of the many activities that we overcame in the week then I’m sure that you can imagine just how active and challenging our activity week was – a week which many of us saw as up there with the best trips of our Arnold House careers. William Stevens (Year 8)
Year 8 Trips & Activities Battlefields – Visit to Ypres We’ve been taking Year 8 boys to the First World War battlefields for almost ten years now. The trip provides the boys with something different to do during that
Gate. They see Tyne Cot, the largest Commonwealth War Graves cemetery in the world; they learn about the secret underground war of the tunnellers and they visit Talbot House (Toc H) – one of the few
agonising six day wait between finishing Common Entrance and getting their results.
places where soldiers could get away from the horrors of the front line for a few days. Equally importantly though, the boys are given an opportunity to understand and appreciate some of the history of Arnold
Escorted by professional guides from the War Research Society, the boys experience the Last Post ceremony at the Menin
House. The Ploegstreert (Plug Street) memorial was built to commemorate more than 11,000 men who fought in the area around Ypres and whose bodies were never found. This was our first stop of the trip and
the boys piled out of the coach to try and find the name of Hubert Green inscribed on the memorial wall. Green was one of Miss Hanson’s first pupils; he was killed in action in April 1917 aged 18. Writing of his death, Miss Hanson recorded eye witness accounts that spoke of his body being riddled with bullets. As has become our custom, the boys left a small cross at the foot of the wall, recording their visit. Later that day, the Head Boys were privileged to be able to join the ceremony at the Menin Gate and lay a wreath as part of the Last Post ceremony. This year, soldiers just back from Iraq, shortly to be posted out to Afganistan, were marching to huge applause from the crowd gathered there. There was a real sense of the modern world bringing to life the uncertainties and strains of the 1914 -18 war. This was further underlined by the evening trip to Tyne Cot where many of the boys found the sheer number of graves overwhelming.
Year 8 Trips & Activities Finally, on the drive back to Calais the boys stopped in Dunkirk to visit the grave of another old boy, Jack Chevallier Tayler. Jack was one of two brothers who attended Arnold House. He was killed in a flying accident in August 1918 aged 18 and his twin brother was killed in August the following year, fighting on the Russian front. This year the boys left flowers and a cross to commemorate their visit and before they left they recited the School Prayer. This was an especially moving moment: boys from the 21st century saying a prayer that Jack Tayler, killed 90 years before, would have recited during his time at school.
This, more than anything else, emphasises the importance of the Battlefields trip. Just as Year 8 are about to leave Arnold House, they are given the opportunity to experience a sense of the Schoolâ€™s history and continuity for themselves. Hopefully, this is a memory that they will carry with them as they move on to separate schools, each with its own history. Laura Hutchings Head of Years 7 & 8
Year 8 Trips & Activities Stratford Theatre trip On the 11th September Year 8 arrived at school at 7.15am, ready to take the coach to Stratford-upon-Avon to see The Merchant of Venice.
“Antonio was played well but didn’t really have the sense of nobility that Jeremy Irons has in the film.The strength of his relationship with Bassanio in the play was not as clear.” Wilbur Law
It was a two and a half hour coach ride. When we got there we went straight to the Courtyard Theatre for a workshop. We had just over an hour with some of the actors and the assistant director to work on two scenes from the play. Some of us were invited up onto the stage to take part in acting out the scenes. We then had the opportunity to ask questions about the production. When the workshop ended we all went to a Brass Rubbing centre in the park where we ate our packed lunches whilst Ms Hutchings tried to make sure that we didn’t fall in the river! We looked around the gift shops and then at 1pm the performance began.
“I think it’s clear that the RSC decided not to spend much money on costumes, props or sets. Instead they decide to rely on the ability of the actors. Although I would have preferred it if they had had authentic costumes it was definitely worth the journey.” Charles Newman
Arnold House Gold 40%
(90% awarded a certificate) UK (Overall Results) Gold 6.7%
Silver 13.3% Bronze 20%
(40% awarded a certificate) “The play had some interesting staging. Once Bassanio had picked the right casket, all three boxes smashed. I think this could signify Portia being freed by Bassanio; the caskets, being her prison, smashing because she has found love. Another interpretation could be that they smash because she is finally free of her dead father’s test/trap.” Alexander Pulsford
Year 8 Boys
“The production was very different from other versions of the play we have seen, especially as the caskets were made of ice.The court scene was also very odd. My favourite part of the production was during the casket scene when the balcony rose to reveal wine glasses with fingers running around the rim to make a constant humming sound.”
“At the interval many an ice cream and souvenir were bought, then it was back to our seats for the second half of the play which finished in the same way that it had started, with a (somewhat unexpected) merry jig. The jig, however, was a nice touch, considering the play is quite dark and it lightened the mood.There’s nothing like a murder-hungry moneylender doing a tap dance!”
UK Maths Challenge 2009 On 30th April 20 Year 8 boys sat the UK Maths Challenge, which is a paper set by the University of Leeds and taken by pupils from across the country. The Arnold House boys did extremely well with certificates shared between them as follows:
Congratulations to: Michael Davin, Wilbur Law, Fabian Garcia-Miller, Sam Winters, Alexander Pulsford, Shariq Varawalla, Max Royston and Julian Godding on their gold certificates; Edward Hatter, Steve Fernandes, William Stevens, Theo Costain, Nikhil Sood, Alex Bouchier and Ivan Kirwan-Taylor on their silver certificates; and Alex Barakat, Simon Thackray and Armaan Israni on their bronze awards. Michael Davin was selected to go on to the Maths Olympiad in June, but he was unfortunately not able to participate as Year 8 were in Cumbria at the time. Well done to all concerned! Charles Keal Head of Mathematics
Ski Trip to Switzerland Spring 2009 Snow, sun, stunning views, excellent accommodation, doorstep skiing, no queues, great food and first rate instructors. And yes this was a school ski trip! The Z-Loft proved to be the perfect hotel for Arnold House and we had it to ourselves. The boys were fantastic company and embraced the whole trip with great enthusiasm. In the evenings they enjoyed a variety of activities run by our friends from Haut Lac and skied like demons during the day. Well done to everyone and hereâ€™s looking forward to next spring. Sebastian Stones Senior Master
Years 7 & 8 Drama Productions
r Maddocks, our new form teacher, brought an infusion of humour with the introduction of Drama, assisted by Mr Marks. How I had longed for the unique excitement of the dress rehearsals, the attention of the audience and that ultimate boost, the enthusiastic clapping of our adoring parents and peers. You see, I get a kick from public speaking, with both my parents being barristers and my brother being a natural born storyteller. Acting is getting the best out of being who you want to be, and you get immediate recognition. I took part in our two productions this year, Inspector Hound, where I enjoyed my moody role as Inspector Hound, and in Will Shakespeare Save Us!, where I took over Armaan Israniâ€™s part on the day of the play, as he had fallen ill. The play taught us that Shakespeare was as much outrage and fun as learned words. I think Mr Maddocks and Mr Marks managed to bring the talent out of all of us. The gap between Common Entrance and the end of term was bridged, Drama was here, and we Year 8s were sent on our way to, who knows, perhaps becoming the next Laurence Olivier. The truth is, even before Drama was here, we never stopped acting. Fabian Garcia-Miller (Year 8)
Years 7 & 8 Drama Productions
From the Head Boys
ur experience at Arnold House has been memorable, busy and very entertaining. Throughout our eight years we have had some fantastic times with our peers and our teachers. This final year at Arnold House was by far the most challenging but also the most rewarding. We worked intensely at school to prepare for and do our exams. Despite the pressure and hard work, we also learnt new interesting topics in great detail. The beginning of the year was so much more different from the previous one: the amount of homework, studying and topics covered in the lessons grew. The November exams were one of the practices of CE which gave us some idea of what the real thing would be like. The spring term brought about our last set of practice exams which showed how close we were to finishing CE. The Easter holidays were just revision with the thought of our
final exams ever at Arnold House looming even nearer. The scholarsâ€™ exams were three weeks away by the time the Easter holidays had finished. Half term, the week before CE, was the most tense and anxious time to be a Year 8 boy. There was a huge difference between the school trips before and after the exams. The French trip to Burgundy was fun but the hard work could be seen not far off in the horizon whilst the relief felt on the residential trips such as Cumbria and the Battlefields after the exams were over was great. The job of being Head Boy at Arnold House has been unforgettable and laying a wreath at the Menin Gate was a really special highlight.
Senior School Leavers Zachary Cutner
The spirit and attitude at Arnold House is fantastic and we hope that as we leave it will continue. We have had an incredible time here and are very sad to be leaving. Albie Richardson and Alex Barakat (Year 8)
Zack Dellal Jonathan Green Anthony Meir Simon Soros
ART & DESIGN
5 Art & Design
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t has been another busy twelve months in the Art and Design Room with lots of exciting projects and creative Art work being produced by many of the boys. The year began with my Art trip to New York.
Year 6 Nigel Peake Art Day
I was extremely lucky, to be awarded a travel grant by the Parents’ Association and used this to help fund an inspirational trip to the many amazing galleries and museums in NYC. I took lots of photographs and filled a sketchbook with notes, drawings and ideas for future school projects. I spoke to the boys about my trip and encouraged them to keep sketchbooks and journals to document their journeys and travels and I have already seen some wonderful results which is very pleasing.
on the front cover of Design Week magazine and loved his work. I decided to send him an email to ask if he would work with the boys at Arnold House and he accepted the invitation. Nigel inspired the boys with a
slide show of his work and opened up a new style of working which really enthused them. Nigel returned a month after his initial visit and set up a joint exhibition with boys and staff. It was a very enjoyable project and the start of what I hope will be a lasting relationship between Nigel and Arnold House.
Another exciting event was the Year 6 Art day with artist and designer Nigel Peake. I first heard about Nigel’s work when he was
Miss Rawlinson in New York
Year 2 African Art day
I was pleased to be approached by Madame Ferhaoui to make her regular trip to Paris with the Year 7 boys a cross curricular experience and leapt at the opportunity to take the boys to the Musée d'Orsay to see a fantastic mask exhibition. The boys produced origami sketchbooks prior to the trip and sketched in Notre Dame as well as in the museum. The boys really enjoyed the visit and are in the process of developing their sketches into three dimensional masterpieces! I have tried to build in more artist workshops and gallery visits into this year’s curriculum to give the boys a rich and diverse experience. Year 2 boys took part in an African Art day at Canons Park where they drew a wide variety of African masks and artefacts as well as producing chalk pastel drawings and some very successful paper collages. The Art day provided
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Review stimulus material for the next termâ€™s project and all boys produced clay masks inspired by their visual research. Year 4 boys visited the British Museum to sketch in the Islamic Art gallery to support their Islamic Art project. They also gathered ideas and inspiration for their Year 5 Eduardo Paolozzi work, in the new clocks and watches gallery. The guide was extremely impressed with the boysâ€™ mature and focused attitude in the gallery and the groups sketching on the gallery floor drew quite a crowd. Madi Boyd, a paper artist visited us in the summer term and worked with both Year
the year when Year 5 produced their Land Art pieces inspired by the work of Land artists Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long. Boys worked in small groups to design and install a piece of work using only natural materials that they could gather. The creative results and the enthusiastic atmosphere reminded me of why I became an Art teacher. The boys were justifiably proud of their achievements and listened attentively to each other as they described their pieces and processes used to make them.
Year 1 Paper Art workshop
studio space in which to work in the forthcoming academic year. Kate Rawlinson Head of Art & Design
A lot of exciting building work went on in the Art and Design room over the summer holidays so that the boys would have an even better equipped
Year 4 at the British Museum
1 and Year 3 boys to introduce them to paper engineering and pop ups. It was a very successful day with all involved having lots of fun and learning new skills. I am hoping that Madi will return in the new academic year to work with Year 3 boys in a cross curricular day at Canons Park. One of my personal highlights came at the end of
Year 5 Land Art
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Year 1 Fish
Archie Boyd Taylor
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Year 1 Self Portraits
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Year 2 African Art
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Year 2 Hundertwasser
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Year 3 Aboriginal Art
Paper Art Workshop
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Year 3 Monet
Sacha Mc Donnell
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Year 4 Giacometti Inspired Figures
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Year 4 Movement
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Year 5 Fauvist Landscapes
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Year 5 Land Art
Charlie Green, Robert Keith, Angelos Lemos
Luca Perper,Tommy Soros, Jordan Spiro
Harry Orwell, Alfie Murray, Sachin Oberoi
Omar Zakaria, Harry Flatau, James Stones
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Year 6 Hands
Liam Spencer Urban Landscapes
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Year 6 Maps in the style of Nigel Peake
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Year 7 Global Architecture
Artist Inspired Trees
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Year 7 Jen Garrido Watercolours
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Year 8 Childrenâ€™s Books
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Year 8 Urban London
am writing this sitting in my room on the most unbelievably hot day in early July. It has been the usual sort of build up to the end of term – Chapel choir rehearsals, chamber music rehearsals, jazz band rehearsals, exam candidate aural practice, gymnastics practice. It all feels the same as always – just as exciting – just as fun – just as frustrating at times! I can’t quite believe that next week will mark the end of fourteen very happy years here.
All the boys would like to thank Mrs Davies for all her work with them over the years. Here are some of their thoughts: “Even if you are not musically talented there is
“We are always excited to go to our music
always something to do in the music room.”
lessons. Learning to make our own music on
Wilbur Law – tuba and trombone player
Sequel and O–Generator has encouraged
Music Exhibition to Mill Hill
many of us to go on with music at our senior schools.”
“Music is a big part of the lives of both those who
Alexander Bouchier – pianist
play an instrument (almost everyone) and those
Jack Sieff – guitarist
who just enjoy the regular class music lessons. All in all a brilliant escape from the more
“…an amazing music environment.”
I imagine any teacher’s goal must be to aim for excellence in their subject. This isn’t just about high standards - it is about having music offered for all. It is about creating exciting opportunities in the classroom and outside of it. The quality of the music is very important, but not necessarily the standard of difficulty. Getting the little things right enables music to flourish. Music is so important in so many ways; teamwork, perseverance, self esteem, spiritual and cultural development.
pressured parts of school.”
Albie Richardson – trumpeter and guitarist
Music has been able to flourish at Arnold House because of constant support from all areas of the School. I have also been incredibly fortunate to have worked with a very talented and dedicated team of instrumental staff. This last year has been just as rewarding as the others and there have been many lovely musical events but rather than go through each in turn I have collected some quotes from Year 8 boys. I hope that it gives a flavour of what the boys think! One thing that they all agreed on is that ‘it is cool to do music in our school!’.
“The music department is a place where all the
AH I have experienced so many different aspects
boys go to enjoy the wonders of the music world.”
of a colourful musical life. Arnold House makes
Simon Thackray – trumpeter and pianist
music not a chore or just a side line hobby, but
William Stevens – saxophonist and singer Steve Fernandes – music producer extraordinaire
“The equipment is amazing and this allows you to explore more of the music world.”
“For a relatively small school, Arnold House has
William Lowe – saxophonist and singer
a fantastic music department.These brilliant teachers have all helped us to achieve such high
“Our favourite part of music is definitely the
musical standards and balance music with
Julian Godding – saxophonist
Charlie Newman – recorder player and singer
Kem Eyi – bass player
Member of New London Children’s Choir and singer with the ENO
“Music is one of life’s finest, most emotional and important attributes. As one of the boys at
Kate Davies Director of Music
one of the most popular of our weekly cycle “Music is and will always be an integral part of
Sam Lowenstein – saxophonist and clarinettist
Bob Mason – guitarist
Music scholarship to St Paul’s
Visit to King’s College School
n a cold, crisp, bright morning in January 2009 the boys who make up the Arnold House Chapel Choir, Mrs Davies and Mrs Gibbons climbed into the distinctive red mini-bus and headed off to Cambridge at the invitation of Mr Nicholas Robinson, Headmaster of King’s College School. The aim of the trip was for our boys to learn about the life of a typical chorister in one of the most famous chapel choirs in the world and to appreciate the hard work and dedication required to win a coveted place at King’s College School. We arrived in time for an excellent lunch in the School dining room (at which point we were joined by Mr Thomas who had visited King’s School, Ely during the morning), a tour of the School, a Question & Answer session with two brothers who both currently sing with King’s College Choir and a mini-concert in the gym (which included one boy playing the harp) by several boys who are auditioning for music scholarships to their chosen Senior Schools. Needless to say, the standard of playing (each boy does at least two instruments) was awesome but we were relieved to hear that all the boys also have time to enjoy a full programme of sports and other activities that such a wellplaced boarding school has to offer.
There was just time to fit in an impromptu game of football (before we were politely turned off the courts in favour of the girls’ netball practice) and a visit to the excellent Old Fudge Shoppe in the High Street. From
there, we made our way over to King’s College Chapel where Mr Robinson had arranged for us to listen to the Choir as they practised for Evensong. We quietly filed into the pews, winked at the two choristers we had met that morning as they solemnly walked past in two rows behind Dr Steven Cleobury, the conductor of the Choir, and sat enthralled listening to that glorious sound rising up to the rafters of King’s Chapel. Were it not for that fact that we had to make our way back to London, I think we would all have sat there all night ! Corinne Gibbons Headmaster’s PA
he Music department has been busy with the usual programme of concerts and performances throughout the year. Each year group performed an informal concert and we have been treated to some fantastic performances – Will Bacon’s ‘Bouncing Baritone’ remains a firm favourite of mine – reducing Mr Matthews to tears takes some doing! The music scholarship candidates (Matthew Tabor, Alexander Pulsford, Sam Lowenstein, Wilbur Law and Alexander Barakat) also played in a special assembly and performed very well indeed. Alexander Barakat’s performance of ‘Meditation’ from ‘Thais’ is another lovely memory to take away! Sam Lowenstein did brilliantly to win a well deserved scholarship to St Paul’s and Wilbur Law won an exhibition to Mill Hill although he will be taking up a place at City. His tuba blast to signify the start of orchestra rehearsals will be missed! The Chapel Choir have had a busy and successful year. Highlights were their performance of a specially commissioned piece entitled ‘Peace Piece’ at the Armistice Day service, at St Cyprian’s Church, Baker Street and also their fine singing in front of
the inspection team at the Ash Wednesday service. Thursday morning rehearsals with this group have been my favourite part of the week – we’ve had lots of fun but the choir’s dedication to the task and their love of singing sacred music has always shone through. Another fond memory (of which there are lots!) is of Theo Costain merrily singing a plainsong ‘Lux Aeterna’ on the tube platform and escalators
at Baker Street Tube, quite oblivious to the strange glances of passers-by! We also had a very enjoyable trip to King’s College School, Cambridge (see separate article). The Christmas concert was the usual jolly affair with mulled wine and mince pies accompanying the proceedings. The two summer concerts were the culmination of a year’s work for all of the ensembles and the standard of both concerts was excellent. The senior concert was particularly impressive this year, with a very strong Year 8 presence. It would be unfair to mention highlights as everything was a highlight! Thanks as always to the very impressive team – the instrumental staff – none of it would happen without them. Kate Davies Director of Music
Old Boys’ Concert A musical farewell for Kate Davies Soon after it became known that Kate Davies would be leaving Arnold House this year, I had the idea of putting on a concert as a kind of musical farewell and thank you. Very many thanks to all the old boys, staff and parents who took part and to the catering staff for the wonderful canapés. It was really great to see so many of the old boys continuing so well with their musical studies, many more of whom would have liked to perform for Kate’s farewell but time was a limiting factor. A really wonderful evening was had by all. Best wishes go to George Cooke who will be reading music at Oxford next year. Farewell and thank you Kate for an amazing fourteen years of music-making at Arnold House. Final words from Kate: "Oh gosh – I was completely overwhelmed with the performances and the warmth and appreciation shown to me by all there. It was such a memorable evening and I couldn't think of a more wonderful way to celebrate fourteen years at Arnold House". Andrew Cuthbertson Piano
Associated Board Exam Results Music exam results 2008 â€“ 2009
Clarinet: Grade One Nikita Joukovski (Distinction) Alec Wolfe (Merit)
Piano: Preparatory Test Dylan Cresswell Arthur Donald Harry Flatau Benjamin Gunn Thomas Gunn Sam Hodder-Williams Yannis Lemos Nicholas Lindsey Isaac Lockwood Noah Naggar Gio Shidrawi Alexander Wright
Grade Two Oliver Joseph Grade Five Andrew Lewis (Merit) Matthew Tabor Mr Griffiths Flute: Grade One Jonathan Green (Merit)
Grade One Jack Snell (Merit) Zack Dellal Sam Hodder-Williams
Grade Two Harry Orwell (Distinction) Harry Tudball (Merit) Sam Tyler (Merit)
Grade Two Sacha Mc Donnell (Merit) Alfie Murray (Merit)
Grade Three Harry Orwell (Merit) Oscar Tehrani Harry Tudball Sam Tyler
Theory: Grade Two Max Hart (Distinction) Mr Clewlow Trumpet: Grade One Zachary Cutner (Merit) Julian Ripley (Merit) Edward Tabor Grade Three Albie Richardson (Distinction) Edward Tabor (Merit) Julian Ripley (Merit) Grade Four Simon Thackray Jazz Trumpet: Grade One Julian Ripley (Merit) Edward Tabor
Mrs Ioannis-Antoniou Piano: Grade One Joseph Moore (Distinction) Jacob Dicker (Merit) Max Hatter (Merit) Kemal Eyi Nicholas Stannard Grade Two Nathan Bhak (Distinction) Grade Three Nathan Bhak (Distinction) Theory: Grade One Nathan Bhak (Distinction) Oliver Joseph (Distinction) Nikita Joukovski (Distinction) Joseph Moore (Distinction) Sam Winters (Distinction)
Grade Two Nicolas Markantonis (Distinction) Raoul Ragoowansi (Distinction) Grade Three Nicolas Markantonis (Distinction) Charles Newman (Distinction) Harry Orwell (Distinction) Nat Philipps (Merit) Julian Ripley (Merit) Grade Four Alexander Barakat (Distinction) Grade Five Alexander Barakat Sam Lowenstein Toby Lowenstein Descant Recorder: Grade One Nikita Joukovski (Distinction) Jacob Dicker (Merit) Miles Fumagalli (Merit) Ned Lutyens (Merit) James O`Dea Grade Two Nikita Joukovski (Distinction) Grade Three Nicolas Markantonis (Distinction) Nikita Joukovski (Merit) Grade Four Nicolas Markantonis (Merit) Charles Newman (Merit) Treble Recorder: Grade One Nicolas Markantonis (Distinction) Raoul Ragoowansi (Merit) Grade Two Oliver Joseph (Merit) Nicolas Markantonis (Merit) Julian Ripley (Merit) Grade Three Nicholas Markantonis (Merit) Charles Newman (Merit)
Associated Board Exam Results Singing: Grade Three Sam Winters (Distinction) Grade Four Charles Newman Mr Lee
Grade Four Julian Godding Mrs Sadler Violin: Grade One Cameron McQuatar
Cello: Grade One Ayomide Soleye (Merit) William Watts (Merit) Hrishi Shah
Grade Two Charles Green Sajjad-Ali Irvani-Pour
Grade Four Michael Davin (Merit)
Trombone: Grade Two George Beckman Ned Lutyens
Mr Elliott Saxophone: Grade One Julian Ripley (Merit) Joel Sharpe Edward Tabor Grade Two Harry Orwell (Merit) Grade Five Sam Lowenstein (Distinction)
Learning outside school: Clarinet: Grade Three Douglas Law
Cello: Prep Test Charlie Lewis Grade One Charlie Lewis (Merit) Piano: Prep Test Ayomide Soleye Grade One Antonio Tarizzo (Distinction) Grade Five Matthew Tabor Rock Guitar: Grade One Cosmo Lawson (Distinction) Tuba: Grade Five Wilbur Law
Violin: Grade Two Sachin Oberoi
Grade Three William Stevens (Merit)
7 Form pages
1D If I were a teacher at Arnold House, I would be…
…Mr Thomas, because I want to tell stories in Assembly. Also instead of teaching in the classroom I would prefer to eat gummy bears in my office. Zachary Jalil
…Mr Thomas, because he tells funny jokes in the staff room like this, “what do you call a sheep on a trampoline? A woolly jumper!” Finnean Somerville
... Mr Stones because he teaches my friend Seb and I would be close to the ICT room. James Rowbotham
... Mr Bagnall because I would play cricket every day and laugh a lot. Oscar Boateng
... Mr Cox because he teaches Geography and he has sticking up hair and tells bad jokes. Charlie Batty
... Mrs Dart because she teaches Maths, drinks coffee and tells all sorts of jokes. Hassan Hammad
... Mr Odlin because I would like to teach football and athletics and spend a lot of time at Canons Park. Max Kensington
... Mr Gibson because he teaches cricket and basketball and he is funny too. Rohan Prasad
... Mr Bagnall because I like cricket and I could have a shower at Canons Park every day. Hector Cross
... Mr Matthews because he plays his guitar and he teaches my brother. Rafi Naggar
... Mr Matthews because he makes creative things and he laughs at bad jokes. Freddie Winton
... Mr Matthews because he teaches my friend Alex and he does shared reading. James Flaherty
... Mr Kerr because he teaches tennis and I could teach how to hit the ball against the wall. Michael Falk
... Mrs Dart because she teaches Maths and drinks coffee. Leon Moss
... Mrs Rudha because she teaches ICT every Monday and helps a lot and eats biscuits in the staff room. Alexander Wallace
…Mr Kerr because he teaches tennis and tennis games. Benjamin Weiner
…Mr Kerr because he plays tennis and eats biscuits all day. Marcus Sieff
…Mr Odlin because I would like to teach football and to be able to eat all day like him. Archie Boyd Taylor
…Mr Gibson because I would teach basketball and drink coca cola in the staffroom. Ali Hasan
1R Dear Mr Thomas I would just like to say…
Alexander Austin I have really enjoyed going to Paddington rec for Saturday football. My best part was when we played a match.
Harrison Davis I have really enjoyed IT because I like playing on the website Espresso.
Jude Frisby I have really enjoyed going to sports camp and learning lots of new things.
Harry Marchant I have really enjoyed tractor day because I got to go on the big red tractor.
Daniel Mizrahi I have really enjoyed eating potatoes because it is my favourite lunch.
Joel Toledano I have really enjoyed getting bonuses for Maths and handwriting.
Martin Burns I have really enjoyed going on all the trips because I like to visit places I haven’t been to before.
Maxwell Douglas I have really enjoyed learning about measuring in Maths this year.
Milton Gibney I have really enjoyed going to Canons Park to play tennis and cricket this year. Cricket is my favourite sport.
Xavier Cleverly I have really enjoyed going to IT this year and especially using the painting program Dazzle.
James Enraght-Moony I have loved doing P.E. especially when we have played Tally-Ho because I think it is an amazingly cool game.
Emile Hamsher I have really liked doing handwriting.
Max Lipton I have really enjoyed doing P.E because I like keeping fit. Flash Mitra I have really enjoyed going to Canons Park to play cricket. Luke O’Dea I have really enjoyed Maths this year especially learning how to measure.
Oscar Vogel I have really enjoyed art especially when we made clay fish.
Dev Shah I have really enjoyed getting bonuses for my writing.
Alexander Stannard I have really enjoyed my first year at Arnold House, especially P.E. because you get to play tennis.
Nathan Zone I have really enjoyed IT because I like playing on all the fun games.
2B When I grow up… Salvador Widdicombe – When I grow up I would like to be an explorer because I want to discover new stuff. I want to go to space where I want to discover new planets. Sam Lewis – When I grow up I want to be a racing car driver because I love racing cars. I would love to race in the Royal Grand Prix and win the championship.
Noah Greene – When I grow up I would like to be a law enforcement officer. The police keep the public safe and stop armed robberies. Antonio Tarizzo – When I grow up I would like to be a vet because they study all about animals. I want to study animals because I think they are very cuddly.
Nicholas Lindsey – When I grow up I would like to be an engineer because I would like to design things such as bridges and buildings.
Joshua Abrahams – When I grow up I would like to be a scientist because I love doing experiments like making lots of different coloured potions.
James Ryan – When I grow up I would like to be a secret agent because they are very sneaky and they never get trapped.
Isaac Lockwood – When I grow up I would like to be a scientist because I am clever. I would like to bring woolly mammoths back to life.
Cameron Bloch – When I grow up I would like to be an artist because it is something that I can do quietly and I am very good at it.
Oscar Cryer – When I grow up I would like to be a rugby player for the Lions and England and win the World Cup.
Sam Hodder-Williams – When I grow up I would like to be an author and my books will be published by Hodder & Stoughton. My books will mostly be adventure stories and will have me in them.
Suleiman Naqvi – When I grow up I would like to play football and be the Arsenal goalkeeper because I save lots of goals.
Felix Wallis – When I grow up I would like to be a car designer. I would make cars that have not even been dreamed up yet. My company logo would be a circle with a lightning bolt going diagonally through the middle. Cameron Ashton – When I grow up I would like to be a chemist because I like making cool things with berries in my garden. Jacob Carroll – When I grow up I would like to be a cricket player for England. I will be a batsman and score lots of runs.
Andreas Horder – When I grow up I would like to be the head engineer at Felix’s car company and build lots of fantastic cars for him. I will build small cars, big cars, fast cars and slow cars. Zac Hogg – When I grow up I want to play cricket for England because I am a big cricket fan and I practise almost every day. Adam Kane – When I grow up I would like to be a footballer. I would like to be a goal keeper for Chelsea like Peter Cech.
2L Secret Agents
Special Skills Gymnastics, for jumping off cliffs
Special skills Driving, able to skid and brake to avoid villains
Favourite gadget - magic pencil to write invisible writing
Favourite gadget - Laser pen to open locks
Special Skills Long range eye sight Favourite gadget - PSP filled with blasting technology to gain entry to buildings
MILES FUMAGALLI Special Skills Super speed message typing Favourite gadget - Lazer TV remote control that sends pictures of your home
Special Skills Amazing speed
Special Skills Amazing memory to enable me to learn
Favourite gadget - a motorbike that can drive up walls
Favourite gadget - I-Pod that allows me to listen through walls
Special Skills Can walk through fire with my special force field
Special Skills Ability to remember all maps and routes
Special Skills Able to hold my breath under water
Favourite gadget - Orange and purple motorbike with flame throwers
Favourite gadget - Customized Ford that can break speed records
Favourite gadget - Speaker that turns into a quad bike
RORY MCQUATER Special Skills Martial arts able to punch through walls Favourite gadget - DS 1000 which can take photos and send material
RUI MERMEGAN Special Skills an invisible shield which protects you Favourite gadget - Speaker that turns into a motorbike
ROHAN PADAM-METHA Special Skills A transformer to turn you into different objects or animals Favourite gadget - SS Thrust 2 jet car
Special Skills Fly and swoop down on people
Special Skills Super sonic speed able to chase villains
Special Skills Boxing champion who can freeze you
Favourite gadget - Lie detector to interrogate your enemies
Favourite gadget - A car that can give electric shocks
Favourite gadget - Gold hat which contains a boomerang
YVES JEZ ZEIGHERMAN
Special Skills X-ray eyes able to see into buildings
Special Skills Ability to crack codes and ciphers
Special Skills Superhuman speed to travel around
Favourite gadget - A gun that shoots a sleeping spray
Favourite gadget - Special pen which can read fingerprints
Favourite gadget - Invisible armour which protects me from harm
3J Heroes Dimitris Fafalios My hero is Carlos Tevez because he is the best Manchester United player. He is great at passing and shooting and is very powerful. He is fast and can do lots of tricks.
Sachin Persaud My hero is David Tennant
because he is my favourite actor and he is in my favourite TV programme, Doctor Who.
Alex Wright My hero is Chris Ryan because he is a great author of books like ‘Hunted’ and ‘Hostage’ as well as doing amazing things when he was in the SAS.
Elyan Jalil My hero is Usain Bolt because
he set the world record in the 100 metres sprint at the 2008 Olympics.
Panayioti Lemos My hero is Roger Federer because he does his forehands and backhands correctly in tennis as well as winning lots of awards in his life. I’m a big fan.
Raphael Mizrahi Barack Obama is my
hero because he has been making very good decisions and is a very good president.
Gio Shidrawi My hero is Didier Drogba because he is the third best player in the world and plays for Chelsea, my favourite team. He scored lots of goals for Chelsea.
Leo Tal My hero is Paul Collingwood because he is very good at bowling and batting and he was one of the best cricketers in the England cricket team.
James O’Dea Pele is my hero because he can pass and score with both feet from anywhere in the penalty box and he plays fair.
Shaan Kotecha My hero is Enid Blyton
because she’s an author and I love writing. Enid Blyton also writes my favourite books like ‘Secret Seven’ and ‘Famous Five’.
Will Bacon My hero is Samir Nasri because
I love watching him play football, running past defenders like they’re not there, and I would love to be like him when I’m older.
Noah Flatau My hero is Harry Redknapp because from 20th in the league he moved Tottenham to 8th in the league. That’s a record.
Dylan Cresswell My hero is Robin Van Persie because he is very fast, always passes and takes well-aimed corners, penalties and free kicks right into the corner of the goal.
George Batty My hero is Elvis because he
is the greatest rock star ever in history. He had an electric guitar like me and I try to play his songs.
Ishan Khemaney My hero is Cristiano Ronaldo because he helped Manchester United win the league and he has got brilliant skills.
Maxim Alexandroff-Wilson My hero is Edwin van der Sar because he broke the Premier League clean sheet record this season.
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4B’s Got Talent!
Umer Hasan “Flutastic”
Charles Flax & James Milne “The World’s Best Magic Tricks”
itz Miles Rabinow
Mikael Hameed “Rock
Yanni Lemos “Go Mr Disappearo!”
Ayomide Soleye “Beaterbox”
James Loef & Adam Gold “Faces of Disco”
Hrishi Shah “Balance the Ball”
Tom Gunn & Simon Franks “School Kids Band”
Jonah Lowenstein“Tricks with the Sticks”
James Curtis “Cards Alert”
Matteo Perper “The No One Shot”
Finn Kane & Cameron McQuater “Skateboard Stunts”
Charlie Wolfe “Drama King”
4J Wedding Ushers
Asher Laws Miss J was not crazy, nor was she lazy But one thing we know, she was pretty amazing 4th April was a special day for everybody in 4J
Harry Gestetner Miss Jackson came to London To teach at Arnold House When she started she was single And now she’s found a spouse.
Nikita Joukovski The best looking bride is Mrs Bahra Who’d sing all night the ‘Moonlight Sonata’ She’d sing the tune, Under a romancing balloon.
Mani Monibi Our form teacher was called Miss Jackson Who wasn’t very good at her fractions She went to get married But forgot she had carried Her addition instead of subtraction
William Watts At Mrs Bahra’s wedding There was a sign saying, “Have a good day From the boys in 4J And may God bless you on the way For all your days HURRAY! For Mrs Bahra”.
Joseph Moore When she got married she had a big celebration South Africa is her nation She looked lovely in the wedding dress She had to be careful not to make a mess.
5M Rockers (Superimposed instruments drawn by the boys)
Harr y Flatau
Name: T he Cr usher Favour ite Band: Busted M y Album: Blaze
Name: R O F Favour ite Band: M ichael Jackson M y Album: Way Round the World
Name: Toby the Rocker Favourite Band: Flo Rida My Album: Rock On
Name: Hazzo Favourite Band: Flo Rida My Album: R.A.P
Name: J Force Favourite Band: Mark Knopfler My Album: Peace On Da Moon
Name: M . C . D Favour ite Band: M ichael Jackson M y Album: Mash
Name: G r u m p y G u y Favour ite Band: The Beatles M y Album: GG
Name: Yanni Favourite Band: Michael jackson My Album: Guitar Hero
Name: S m u r f f Favour ite Band: Akon M y Album: White Head
Name: G.Unit Favourite Band: Eminem My Album: The Lost Way
Charlie Dr yer
Name: B u r n Favour ite Band: M ichael Jackson M y Album: Burnt
Name: Per ps lll Favourite Band: Led Zeppelin My Album: World Rock
Name: Mad Rocking Banana Favourite Band: The Ting Tings My Album: Bananarama
Name: MV-P Favourite Band: ACDC My Album: The Gun
Sajjad-Ali Ir vani-Pour
Name: A to m i c H i p p o Favour ite Band: Pink M y Album: The O range Pencil Case
Name: Beat Box Favourite Band: Michael Jackson My Album: King of Pop
Name: S n o t f i s h Favour ite Band: Under tones M y Album: Aladdinâ€™s Lamp
5G-O’s Pearls of Wisdom It’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realise your true potential. (Barack Obama)
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift. That is why it is called the present. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. (Thomas Edison)
Winners never quit and quitters never win. (Vince Lombardi)
A life spent making mistakes is much better than a life spent doing nothing. (George Bernard Shaw)
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. (Barack Obama)
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. (John F. Kennedy)
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. (Henry Ford)
Imagination is more important than knowledge. (Albert Einstein)
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt. (Samuel Johnson)
A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. (Charles Darwin)
Keep your mind on the future, because you’ll be spending the rest of your life there. (Anon)
The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations. (Benjamin Disraeli)
My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and go to bed at night. In the middle, I occupy myself as best I can. (Cary Grant)
I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability. (Oscar Wilde)
6F Hearts Reunited
Jemima Gold I am a very athletic Chelsea fan. My man must be fun, game for a laugh, great body with NO TATTOOS!!
Antonia Meir I am a pretty, slim and spicy blonde Spurs fan. WLTM that special someone who will fill my life with suprises. Please RSVP ASAP as I am sure to be snapped up!
Edwina Tabor I am a very pretty blonde who loves modelling and enjoys watching TV. WLTM a flame-haired Arsenal lover who would cuddle up on the sofa with me to indulge in my favourite passion.
Frederica Villiers I am a tall, blonde Sarah Marshall looka-like – or so I’m told. WLTM an extremely rich man who must be an Arsenal fan and who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty!
Gaia Bouchier I am a lazy lady with a metal leg. I have a wide selection of wigs and am not averse to a bit of plastic surgery. I like a good wedding – preferably my own!
Olivia Joseph I’m an aesthetically challenged mother of 10 who enjoys cosmetic surgery. WLTM someone with a GSOH ... much needed when you’ve been turned down as much as I have!
Sammy Percival I am a sensible 77 year old woman living in Hawaii. WLTM a sharp and snappy man who will take me to Mars and maybe even Pluto. I love Arsenal and have been to over 400 games.
Samantha Sether I am a tall blonde rich pretty Beyonce lookalike. WLTM a 6ft bodybuilder who must share all my passions like cricket. I need a man who can give a girl everything she wants…
Tabitha Lowenstein I’m a medium-sized shocker of a girl with a BSOH and a habit of wearing Jamaican dresses. I love bungee jumping whilst listening to opera on my MP3. WLTM a hot young man.
Wilhemina Evans You have to love Arsenal. I have a bit of a snoring problem and I haven’t seen anything below my tummy for a while. I love snakes. I look forward to meeting you.
Rowena Ragoowansi I am a tall pretty Chelsea girl who loves a bit of Chinese. WLTM a hot tall man who also likes a bit of Chinese. Will only consider Chelsea fans.
Maxine Hart I’m all for a well moneyed, averaged sized, “party on down” kind of guy. I have a GSOH…not…I love milk, chilli chocolate and partying in all the hottest clubs.
6S Tour de France
Paris is renow ned worldwide and visited by a huge number of tou ris ts. L’Arc de Tri le Palais du omphe, and le Centr Louvre e Georges-Po are amongstmpidou of the most some visited places.
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Alec Wolfe & Adnan Naqvi
man George Beck
Brittany is situ ated in the North We of France. Brit st is famous for tany its numerous ports and seafood. Saint-Malo is a fortified town which saw pira tes attacking the king ’s armada.
Daniel Fried & Joel Sharpe
In Biarritz they hold the world surfing championships every September. In the swamp areas they collect Mussels and the areas are often flooded.
In summer or in winter, the landscape of the Mont-Blanc and the scenery of Chamonix are exceptional. Mountain lakes, eternal snow, all are beautiful.
Jahan Sahni & Mo Mussa
Theo Lemos & Julian Ripley
In the Pyrénées the main architecture consists of little chalets. Numerous dishes are made out of geese or duck such as ‘cassoulet’. Skiing is very popular with great mountain slopes.
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ootball is the main focus in the autumn term. The School runs teams at every level from Year 3 (Under 8) to Year 8 (Under 13) and over the course of the season we played 81 fixtures, entered 5 tournaments and hosted our own Football Festival at Canons Park.
Adam Meyer scored on a regular basis and Ned Lutyens also looked like a class act. James Leek was the pick of a very strong crop of youngsters and his determined performances at centre back earned him the title of Young Player of the Season.
6-a-side Arnold House seemed to enjoy particular success in 6-a-side events this year. At Under 13 level we entered 3 tournaments. The team reached the semi final of the Shrewsbury School National 6-a-side tournament, being beaten by the eventual winners. They went one better at the City of London tournament where they were beaten in the final. In the last tournament of the term, after a fabulous performance, they secured some silverware when they were crowned champions of the prestigious Durston House event. The Under 11 team entered 2 tournaments. They were unable to progress past the group stages at the National Shrewsbury School 6-a-side tournament, but nevertheless played some fantastic football. At the Durston House School 6-a-side tournament they were unlucky not to lift the trophy, having to settle instead for runners-up.
1st XI Team Coach – Chris Kerr Played 11 – Won 9 – Lost 2
The 1st XI had an outstanding season. Only two matches were lost against The Hall and Keble. The team benefited from the stewardship of two excellent captains. For the first half of the season George Freud led by example. In the crunch match with The Hall he heroically soldiered on, despite having sustained what turned out to be a fractured arm, to score a spectacular goal. Unfortunately his efforts would prove to be in vain as The Hall ran out eventual winners. With Freud’s arm in a cast for the remaining weeks of the season William Stevens was appointed captain. He rose to the challenge and throughout his stint with the armband
proved to be popular with his teammates and scored many memorable and important goals. This culminated in him being awarded the Golden Boot at the end of the season. Over the course of the season the team posted memorable victories over City of London, Hereward House, Bishop’s Stortford and Northbridge House. One of the most satisfying performances came in the 3-1 win over Durston House, when the Arnold House boys fought back after falling a goal behind. Every player was better by December than they were in September and many players made huge progress. Matthew Tabor grew in confidence and by the end was regularly finding the net. Ivan Kirwan-Taylor was another player who impressed. He always gave his all and his goal against Bishop’s Stortford ranked as one of best of the season. Alexander Bouchier and Jack Sieff also made important contributions. Several Year 7 boys made the step up to 1st XI level.
1st XI colours were awarded to: A Bouchier, S Daly, G Freud, I Kirwan-Taylor, J Leek, N Lutyens, A Meyer, J Sieff, N Sood, N Stannard, W Stevens, E Tabor, S Winters Manager’s and Players’ Player: William Stevens Club Man: Ivan Kirwan-Taylor Golden Boot: William Stevens Young Player of the Season: James Leek Overall Achievement Award: George Freud
2nd XI Team Coach – Sebastian Stones Played 11 – Won 9 – Drawn 1 – Lost 1
2nd XI colours were awarded to: L Akerele, A Barakat, H Fry, S Johnston, E Khalil, W Lowe, S Lowenstein, A Pulsford, A Rabinowitz, A Richardson, M Stokes, O Tehrani, J Weiland Manager’s Player: Alexander Pulsford Players’ Player: William Lowe Young Player of the Season: Joe Weiland Club Man: Sam Lowenstein Golden Boot: Elliot Khalil
Football 3rd XI
The B’s also beat Highgate. Over the course of the term the boys became more aware of the need to maintain positions and their individual skills improved markedly.
Team Coach – Richard Bagnall Played 9 – Won 7 – Lost 2
Manager’s Player: Julian Godding Players’ Player: Michael Davin
Player of the Season: Charlie Dryer Most Improved Player: Douglas Law
Young Player of the Season: John-Ross Tan Club Man: Steve Fernandes Golden Boot: Kemal Eyi
Club Man: Luca Perper
4th XI Team Coach – Logan Gemming Played 7 – Won 3 – Drawn 1 – Lost 3
Manager’s and Players’ Player: Charles Newman Young Player of the Season: Percy Metcalfe / Jake Curtis Club Man: Armaan Israni Golden Boot: Cosmo Lawson
Under 10 B Under 11 A colours were awarded to: G Bouchier, S Dunford, J Gold, B Green, T Green, T Lowenstein, A Meir, M Mussa, S Soros, F Villiers, J Villiers
Team Coach – David Cox
Under 11 B
Team Coach – David Cox
Team Coaches – Chris Kerr, David Cox, Will O’Brien, Richard Bagnall, Paul Martin. Every boy in Years 3 & 4 had the opportunity to represent the School on at least one occasion and the general standard of play improved over the term. Several matches were played. The Under 9s took on The Hall 3 times and matches were also played with Northbridge House and Hereward House. Under 9 Certificates of Attainment were awarded to; Qumarss Bagheri, Will Bacon, Otis Frisby, Frankie Tudball, Daniyal Sachee, Adam Wissen, Adam Gold, Jonah Lowenstein, Matteo Perper, Miles Rabinowitz.
Player of the Season: Theo Lemos Golden Boot: Adnan Naqvi Most Improved Player: Emil Fattal Club Man: Sam Sether
Under 10 A Team Coach – David Cox Played 5 – Won 2 – Lost 3
The Under 10s also made progress over the term. The A Team’s most memorable game came against Highgate who they beat 7-3.
Under 11 A Team Coach – Richard Bagnall
Player of the Season: Zack Dellal Most Improved Player: Jordan Spiro Club Man: Harry Flatau
Honours – Runners Up – Durston House
Goal Keeping Awards
School 6-a-side tournament
Golden Gloves: Seb Daly Silver Gloves: Freddie Villiers Bronze Gloves: Matthew Stokes and Eklavya Sharma
Manager’s Player: Jamie Gold Players’ Player: Ben Green Club Man: Toby Lowenstein Golden Boot: Jamie Villiers
Most Improved Player: Anthony Meir
Director of Sport
he basketball squad train each Tuesday morning in the school gymnasium. The club was well attended. Each week at least 15 boys worked on their set shots and lay ups. Several inter-house tournaments were played and over the term the standard of
team play became more sophisticated. The coach of the 1st V, Mr Cox, awarded certificates of attendance and colours to – A Barakat, J Gold, B Green, W Lowe, A Meir, P Metcalf, A Milne, S Soros, F Villiers and J Villiers.
Player of the Season: Simon Soros Most Improved Player: Alistair Milne Hot Shot: Ben Green Chris Kerr Director of Sport
n the spring term the focus is on rugby, hockey and cross country. Over the course of the term Arnold House boys from Year 3 upwards have been very busy; participating in over 60 matches, 8 tournaments, 5 cross country events and 1 tour.
players caught the eye including Elliott Khalil and Fabian Garcia-Miller from Year 8. Year 7 boys also contributed to the team’s success with Ned Lutyens, Joe Weiland, Spencer Johnston, Hugo Fry and Adam Meyer showing that the future of Arnold House rugby is in safe hands.
1st XV The 1st XV captained by William Stevens and coached by Mr Gibson and Mr Martin had an excellent term. They enjoyed a very successful tour to Shrewsbury where they played two matches over a long weekend. Arnold House beat St Anthony’s, Wetherby, and Box Hill. The victory by 47-20 over Durston House was one of the highlights of the season. Every player gave of their best with Michael Davin, William Lowe, Sam Lowenstein and Alexander Barakat all making important contributions. 1st XV colours were awarded to: A Barakat, A Bouchier, S Daly, M Davin, S Fernandes, G Freud, I Kirwan-Taylor, W Lowe, S Lowenstein, A Richardson, N Sood, N Stannard, W Stevens, M Tabor, S Winters
2nd XV colours were awarded to: L Akerele, G Branth, A Enfield, K Eyi, A Faulks, H
during the whole campaign beating Wetherby, St Anthony’s, Keble and Fulham Prep along the way. Unfortunately, the solitary defeat came at the hands of our old rivals The Hall. Jamie Villiers emerged as the team’s top try scorer. George Beckman, Jamie Villiers, Julian Ripley and Toby Lowenstein all made valuable contributions. Jordan Spiro was the surprise package and received the award for ‘Most Improved Player’.
Fry, J Garcia-Miller, E Godding, E Hatter, A Israni, S Johnston, E Khalil, J Leek, N Lutyens, R Mason, A Meyer, A Newburg, A Pulsford, A Rabinowitz, J Sieff, M Stokes, E Strang, J-R Tan, J Weiland
The 2nd XV also enjoyed success. They were captained by Julian Godding. Several
The Under 11s, coached by Mr Bagnall, had a fantastic season. They only lost one match Under 11 colours were awarded to: J Assouly, G Beckman, G Bouchier, C Dryer, A Gold, J Lowenstein, Meir, S Sether, J Spiro, J Ripley, F Villiers, J Villiers
The Under 11 Bs coached by Mr Cox, mirrored the results of the As. Their record also read; played 5 won 4 lost 1.
Under 10 The Under 10s, coached by Mr Martin, made progress as the term unfolded. They played three matches and won one. Each player gave of their best. Jack Snell and Charlie Dryer were the As star men. The Bs fared much better and, under the guidance of Mr Odlin, achieved an unbeaten season. The highlight being a hard fought win against The Hall.
Under 9 The Under 9s played 5 matches and 2 tournaments. The emphasis at this level is on participation and so every boy got the opportunity to play at least one competitive match against another school. Jonah Lowenstein and Matteo Perper impressed. The standard of the rugby improved markedly over the season. Chris Kerr Director of Sport
he Hockey coaching at Arnold House received a boost following the arrival of Mr Mike Hughes. Mike is a former England Under 21 International and current Premier League Player for Hampstead. He assisted with the coaching of both the Under 11 and Under 13 hockey teams and he certainly seemed to inspire the boys. The 1st XI had an excellent season. Shariq Varawalla was an excellent captain and victories were earned against St Anthony’s, Durston House, Newton Prep, Wetherby and Westminster Under
School. Aldenham proved to be the only team to beat Arnold House. Wilbur Law and Max Royston were the 1st and 2nd XI goal keepers respectively and both proved to be brave and resolute as the last line of defence. Outfield players who impressed included Theo Costain, Percy Metcalfe, Oscar Tehrani, Andrew Lewis and Cosmo Lawson. One of the season’s highlights was finishing in second place in the Westminster Under School 7-a-side tournament. The Under 13
squad had strength in depth and played some excellent hockey as well. 2nd XI players like Harry Tudball, Wilf Wheeler, Sam Tyler and Jake Curtis all impressed Mr Stones, their coach. The Under 11 As, captained by Edward Tabor won their matches against St Anthony’s and Wetherby. Newton Prep, however, proved too strong. Seth Dunford, Adnan Naqvi, Simon Soros, Max Hart, Daniel Fried, Theo Lemos and Jahan Sahni all made valuable contributions. The Under 11 Bs also enjoyed learning the game and Raoul Ragoowansi, Alfie Murray and Mohammed Mussa represented Arnold House with distinction. Chris Kerr Director of Sport
ver the spring term, every boy in Years 3-8 participated in an age specific Cross Country race. The course takes in the newly refurbished Canons Park and therefore has a real rustic feel with boys having to contend with hills, boggy ground and wooded areas. Each course is designed to be long enough to challenge the boys in the different age groups though short enough for every boy to complete. The boys really got into the spirit of the event. Egged on by their teachers, who were posted at various points around the course, the boys gave their best and many very quick times were recorded. The Year 7 & 8 event was won by Ned Lutyens with Sam Lowenstein and Matthew Tabor achieving second and third places respectively. The Year 5 & 6 event was won by Guy Bouchier. Nicolas Markantonis was
And their off! Year 7 & 8 boys fly out of the blocks for the annual House Cross Country race.
second and Luca Perper third. Jonah Lowenstein came first in the Year 4 event with Adam Wissen in second and Finnian Kane in third. The Year 3 gold medal went to James
O’Dea, with George Batty and Will Bacon picking up the silver and bronze awards. Chris Kerr Director of Sport
Tennis Under 13 The tennis squad consisted of 22 Year 7 & 8 boys this year. Over the course of the term, competitive matches were played with Bishop’s Stortford, St Anthony’s, Durston House, Highgate, Westminster Under School and Wetherby. The two coaches, Mr Stones and Mr Kerr were very proud of the teams’ enviable record of played 6 won 6. This
player from St Anthony’s. Many other boys made great progress. Matthew Tabor, Nicholas Stannard, George Freud, Anthony Pulsford, Edward Hatter, Sam Lowenstein, Julian Godding, Jack Sieff, and Elliot Khalil were all regulars in the A team. Several players in the B Team also impressed. Fabian Garcia-Miller, Gus Branth, Cosmo Lawson, Matthew Stokes, Nat Philipps, Theo Costain, Bob Mason and Max Royston all worked hard to improve their game. The annual Arnold House Tennis Tournament was won once more by Seb Daly who overpowered Nicholas Stannard in a high quality final.
Under 11 record is even more remarkable as over the course of the season every boy in the squad played at least one competitive match. Seb Daly captained the team expertly and led by example. He only lost one match all season and that was against a nationally ranked
The Year 5 & 6 boys also showed great enthusiasm for tennis with 24 players receiving coaching, from Mr Kerr and Mr Marks each week. Over the course of the season, tennis matches were played with Westminster Under School, The Hall, St
Anthony’s and Wetherby. The Junior tennis players replicated the achievements of their senior counterparts by winning every
match. Several players in the As proved to be great competitors, including Seth Dunford, Charlie Dryer, Toby Lowenstein, Jamie Gold, Mohammed Mussa and Charlie Green. In the B Team, Eklavya Sharma, Robert Keith, Arthur Donald, Jeremy Assouly, Jonathan Green and Zack Dellal all made progress and will be pushing for higher honours next year. Chris Kerr Director of Sport
Cricket 1st XI Following a disappointing start to the season with a narrow defeat at Belmont and a loss to Haileybury, the 1st XI came back with a deserved victory against Orley Farm. Chasing 90 for victory, Bouchier , Lowe  and Stevens  all donated with the bat. A most stunning hat trick by Barakat [4-6] hindered Latymer, who were all out for 74. Bouchier , Sood , Winters  saw us home for a comfortable win. Box Hill School from Surrey next; Fry , Sood [52 retired], closure on 125-9. Our visitors started well, eventual collapse, 80-8 – a home triumph. Visiting Bishop’s Stortford College, Meyer  Barakat , our final total of 74 never looking enough. The pace of Barakat [1-7]; assisted by the swing of Fry [3-17] posed problems, at one stage the hosts were in trouble at 33-5. Our ’Achilles heel’ of bowling short assisted the College to success. Edge Grove with the County opener in their ranks was a stiff test. Our inept performance with the ball and in the field enabled White to register a century in a mammoth total of 221-5 off the allotted 30 overs. We were always behind the required rate, Bouchier , Sood  and Winters  the only batsmen who showed any application as we were restricted to 108-9. St Anthony’s were our next opponents and we dominated with bat and ball. Barakat, a hard hitting undefeated 58 the highlight as we posted 157-4, the opposition bowled out for 68. Lowe [50 no.] against Durston House, his first scoring effort a superb sweep behind square, splendid shots over extra cover, a final score of 105-3 looked healthy. The run chase started hesitantly, but our weakness in the field and some erratic bowling gave our opponents a sniff of victory, a nail biting 1 run win for Arnold House.
We had an International feel to our last game of the term as we entertained The Jo’Burg Cubs from South Africa. Bouchier  and Fry  were dispatched to sharp chances, our final total of 79 was a huge frustration. Bouchier [1-16] was inspirational; the ground fielding was by far the most satisfying of the season. The visitors were made to struggle for their eventual victory for the loss of three wickets. Although the triumph looked comfortable for the guests, our boys really ‘stuck at it’, a heartening end to a very entertaining fixture.
season was Joe Weiland, with his 3 wickets in a match against Belmont School. Awards: Player of the Season: Shariq Varawalla Most Improved Player: Oscar Tehrani Squad: K Eyi, I Kirwan-Taylor, W Law, J Leek, C Moss, A Rabinowitz, A Richardson, J-R Tann, O Tehrani, H Tudball, S Tyler, S Varawalla [Capt], J Weiland Sam Gibson Games
The team has evolved under the mature guidance of Captain Bouchier and the improvement in every boy was a pleasure to witness. I hope that their cricket experience in each respective senior school is as rewarding. Awards: Griffiths Cup [Captain of Cricket]: Alexander Bouchier Capadose Cup [Outstanding Cricket Player]: William Lowe Squad: A Barakat, A Bouchier [Capt], G Bouchier, M Davin, H Fry, I Kirwan-Taylor, J Leek, W Lowe, N Lutyens, A Meyer, C Newman, A Rabinowitz, N Sood, W Stevens, S Thackray, J Weiland, S Winters Richard Bagnall Games
2nd XI The 2nd XI season of 2009 was severely disrupted by cancellations; however the team did get the chance to showcase their ability on a few occasions. Although they were not able to post a win, the team did have some pleasing individual performances. They were well led by their captain Shariq Varawalla, who was also the highest run scorer with 45 runs for the season. The most successful bowler of the
Under 11A It has been a rather bizarre season for the Under 11 A team with so many games being cancelled because of the weather, other schools being on trips and the dreaded Swine Flu! This was disappointing, because there was so much to come from this talented side. Many of them had turned up every week at the cricket nets at Lord’s throughout the winter and it was a shame they could not express themselves as much in competitive games. The team was skippered by Guy Bouchier who led with great authority and determination. Despite the first game ending in a narrow defeat to Edge Grove, the boys were able to go from strength to strength winning the remainder of their matches. In their game against St. Anthony’s there were excellent performances from openers, Jamie Villiers (31 not out) and Bouchier (19). However, it was player of the season, Freddie Villliers who was able to ensure the game ended in an Arnold House victory with a great score of 52 not out. This was not to be his only half-century of the season as he scored 55 runs from just 19 balls against Wetherby in the next game. The victory against Wetherby saw some excellent performances from George Beckman who took a wicket maiden, Sam Percival who took a two wicket maiden and
Cricket Squad: D Fried, T Green, M Hart, O Joseph, B Pujos, A Railton, J Sharpe, J Snell, J Stones, E Tabor, M Vernon-Powell Nick Odlin Games
Under 10 A
Sam Sether who also took two wickets. Julian Ripley had his best game of the season with the bat playing an array of fine shots. There were also some other great performances throughout the season from Adnan Naqvi, Jahan Sahni, and Raoul Ragoowansi. It was pleasing to see the two boys from Year 5, James Green and Tommy Soros acquit themselves so well. A short but very enjoyable, successful season. Awards: Player of the Season: Freddie Villiers Most Improved Player: Julian Ripley Squad: G Bouchier [Capt], G Beckman, J Green, A Naqvi, S Percival, R Ragoowansi, J Ripley, J Sahni, S Sether, T Soros, F Villiers, J Villiers David Cox
account with a seamless 37, with other B team mainstays, Luca Perper, Andrew Railton, Toby Green, Sam Percival, Tom McMahon and Daniel Fried supporting him throughout his innings. After setting a strong total of 105, no-one could have predicted what was to follow! With 6 needed off the last over for victory, the Arnold House fielders produced some magic, but it wasn’t quite enough as the visitors sneaked 1 off the last ball for a thrilling draw.
Despite a number of games being postponed, the Under 11 B team enjoyed an impressive term, finishing unbeaten in their three matches. The first match of the season against Edge Grove was arguably the most dramatic throughout all the teams competing this year. A number of players stood out right from the off. Jack Snell opened his
Awards: Player of the Season: Tommy Soros Most Improved Player: Luca Perper Squad: D Law, J Green, T Green, T McMahon, H Orwell, L Perper, B Pujos, A Railton, J Snell, T Soros, J Stones, M Vernon-Powell Richard Bagnell
The next two games against St. Anthony’s and Wetherby didn’t contain the same amount of drama, but it was obvious that our boys were progressing nicely in all aspects of the game. Both matches ended in comfortable wins and it was very pleasing to see boys such as Joel Sharpe, Max Hart, James Stones and Oliver Joseph really finding their feet at this level.
Under 11 B
The team showed enthusiasm throughout their season, with victories against Durston House and Newton Prep, and narrow defeats to Highgate and The Hall. They worked hard and showed maturity, control, patience and determination to perform as a solid team. As the season progressed they looked like a side that had the ability to succeed, with contributions from every player.
Throughout the duration of the season, both in matches and training, the team’s spirit, commitment and willingness to improve was first class. The lessons that they have learnt will stand them in good stead for future seasons. Awards: Player of the Season: Jack Snell Most Improved Player: Joel Sharpe
Under 9 A The Under 9 As showed a lot of potential this season without quite producing the results they were capable of. The standout batsman was Jonah Lowenstein, who scored plenty of runs in all of the fixtures. The best of the bowlers was Otis Frisby, who would often pick up wickets without going for too many runs. Well done, I am sure we will be seeing many of you in the 1st XI in a few years time! Squad: Q Bagheri, O Frisby, M Hameed, J Lowenstein, J Moore, M Perper, M Rabinowitz, D Sachee, F Tudball Sam Gibson Games
Twenty/20 Cricket Match at Lord’s
he boys looked resplendent in their red blazers as they were escorted up the stairs and through to the changing rooms in the main pavilion at Lord’s, what an honour and privilege for all. The families enjoyed an excellent pre-match tea in the Lord's Tavern Brasserie by the Grace Gates before taking their seats in the Nursery Ground stand. This was the perfect beginning for the afternoon’s match at 'The Home of Cricket' for the annual Clegg v Allain Memorial fixture. Skipper Barakat [Allain XI] won the toss and elected to take first use of a strip that looked full of runs. Could his side apply themselves? Lowe [34 n.o.] looked in fine form, shots through the covers and behind square nestling over the boundary rope; however he would witness partners return to the pavilion on a regular basis. Sood  played a couple of super shots off his legs but he would observe his middle stump uprooted by Bouchier , Stevens and Law  would assist the scoring but the final total of 99 from the allotted 20 overs looked brittle. Newman [2-10], Bouchier [1-12], Winters [1-9], Fry [1-11], Lutyens [2-9] and Tudball [1-4] were all successful with the ball.
timed and placed the ball to all parts, Winters , Newman  continued the recovery and Thackray [10 n.o.] gave his side victory with two delightful boundaries. The game embraced all that is dignified about cricket at Arnold House. Well done to every boy that participated in providing such a superb spectacle. Allain XI [Manager David Cox] 99 All Out Clegg XI [Manager Sam Gibson] 110-5
Many thanks to Mr Salmon and Mr Martin for umpiring and to Mr Shepherd for his immaculate scoring [assisted by Mr Lowe]. I would like to thank every parent, boy and member of staff for their valued support. Awards: Best Batsman: Alex Bouchier Best Bowler: Charles Newman Best Fielding Performance: Adam Meyer Richard Bagnall Games
John Allain’s XI: A Barakat [Capt], M Davin, K Eyi, A Faulks, I Kirwan-Taylor, W Law, W Lowe, C Moss, N Sood, W Stevens, J-R Tan, J Weiland, Johnny Clegg’s XI: A Bouchier [Capt], H Fry, J Leek, N Lutyens, A Meyer, C Newman, A Richardson, O Tehrani, S Thackray, H Tudball, S Varawalla, S Winters
In reply the Clegg XI were in trouble against the hostility of Barakat [2-9] and the swing of Sood [1-19], Captain Bouchier[28 n.o.] restored some stability to his side as he
Sports Day & Athletics Championships
he annual Sports Day and Athletics Championships were, as always, an enjoyable feast of athletic endeavour. Over the course of the day boys from every section of the school ran, jumped and threw in the hope of bringing glory to themselves and their house team. Sports Day Years 1 to 4 The morning session provided boys in Years 1-4 with the opportunity to win silverware. During two and a half hours of activities
boys competed for individual honours and house points as they rotated around four themed zones. These zones included the Power Zone, the Strength Zone, the Agility Zone and the Track Zone. Several new races and activities were introduced such as the obstacle relay which formed the centrepiece of the Strength Zone and proved to be a real hit with competitors. There was still room in the schedule for the old favourites like the egg and spoon and sack race. The Track Zone, where every boy competed in a sprint race, a middle distance event and a marathon, saw many quick times and as always threw up some very exciting races.
Year 1 Man of Agility Zone – Max Kensington Man of Power Zone – Flashman Mitre Man of Track Zone – Benjamin Weiner Man of Strength Zone – Marcus Seiff Year 2 Man of Agility Zone – Isaac Stones Man of Power Zone – Felix Wallis Man of Track Zone – Oscar Cryer Man of Strength Zone – Yves Jez Zeigherman Year 3 Man of Agility Zone – James O’Dea Man of Power Zone – Nathan Bhak Man of Track Zone – Noah Flatau Man of Strength Zone – Rufus Law Year 4 Man of Agility Zone – Mani Monibi Man of Power Zone – Charles Flax Man of Track Zone – Adam Wissen Man of Strength Zone – Miles Rabinowitz Years 1-4 House Scores 1st – Nelson 2nd – Pitt 3rd – Wellington 4th – Brunel
Sports Day & Athletics Championships Athletics Championships Years 5 to 8 With the Sports Day House Point Board showing Nelson in the lead closely followed by Pitt, Wellington and Brunel, members of the senior school commenced their races with the knowledge that every extra point gained may prove crucial to the eventual destination of the House Trophy. In Year 5 Charlie Dryer proved to be the king of the sprint races as he won the 50m and 100m. Nicolas Markantonis won the 400m event. The Green brothers both picked up gold medals, with James winning the 800m and Toby winning the 1500m. The Year 5 relay was a great contest with smooth baton interchanges across the board, but it was the Nelson team that crossed the line first. In Year 6 Jamie Villiers replicated Charlie’s feat to win gold in both the 50m and 100m. Jamie Gold was wearing gold around his neck, after winning the 400m event. Guy Bouchier proved himself to be a Haile Gebrselassie in the making by winning both the 800m and 1500m. His feat was all the more impressive as the 1500m is an event that was open to all boys in Years 5-8. The Year 6 Relay was also won by Nelson. Ned Lutyens established himself as the Year 7’s king of speed on the track, as he won gold in the 100m, 200m and 800m. Oscar Tehrani ran at a blistering pace to win the 400m gold. Adam Meyer put in a gutsy performance to take top spot in the 1500m. Pitt ran out winners in the Year 7 4 x 100m relay. George Freud swept the board at Year 8 level winning the 100m, 200m and 800m events. Sam Lowenstein won the 400m and William Lowe was first out of the Year 8’s in the 1500m. The Year 8 4 x 100m relay was very exciting with Pitt eventually bringing the baton home first.
won the discus and Guy Bouchier picked up the gold in the javelin. Oscar Tehrani was the shot champion at Year 7 level and Adam Meyer and Ned lutyens won the javelin and discus respectively. In Year 8, the javelin event was won by Steve Fernandes, the discus was won by Julian Godding and Alex Barakat launched the shot furthest to win gold.
Years 5-8 House Scores 1st - Nelson 2nd - Wellington 3rd - Pitt 4th - Brunel
On completion of all the events the ‘Victor Ludorum’ was announced. This award, which translates from Latin into ‘The winner of the games’, was won by George Freud and shortly afterwards, the 250 anxious competitors and their parents, representing the four school houses; Brunel, Nelson, Pitt and Wellington were told that Nelson had retained their crown as champions. Chris Kerr Director of Sport
In the field events, competition was also fierce. In Year 5 the shot was won by Douglas Law, the discus by Jonathan Green and the javelin by Tommy Soros. In Year 6, Jamie Villiers won the shot, Toby Lowenstein
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The ‘42 Club Dinner
ollowing one of the ‘42 Club’s most successful dinners in 2008, which was held at the School, the venue chosen for this year’s event had atmosphere of a quite different kind – the beautiful hall of the “In and Out”, the elegant members’ club on St James’s Square. It was attended by old boys spanning forty years, for what was a delightful and lively evening – catching up with old friends, chatting over drinks at the bar before and after a very collegial (and very good) dinner. Those present will already be looking forward to the 2010 dinner, whose date and venue will be announced nearer the time – and we hope to see many of you and your friends there. But it’s a full year between one dinner and the next, so to make it easier for us all to keep in touch, why not join our Facebook group? If you’re on Facebook already it’s the easiest way to be kept in the loop about events, to get back in touch with old friends, to hear news from other Arnold House old
boys, and receive regular updates about what’s happening at the School. Our group is called: Arnold House School ‘Old Boys’. We
also have a website which can be found at www.The42Club.com. David Burr, Secretary ‘42 Club
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Christmas Catch Up
he first Saturday after the end of the Autumn term saw what has now become an Arnold House tradition taking place â€“ the annual Christmas Catch Up. Every December, boys who have left in the two previous years are invited to gather at the Abbey Road Pizza Express for a meal. This year, as before, we had a great turnout and it was fantastic to be able to find out what everyone was up to. We look forward to this yearâ€™s event, which will be held on Saturday 12th December 2009. Details will be sent out nearer the time but please keep that date free! Laura Hutchings Head of Years 7 & 8
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Charles Newman meets… Charles Newman meets old boy Sir Jonathan Miller
n February this year, I performed at the London Coliseum, with English National Opera in their production of La Bohème by Puccini. I auditioned in December and started having rehearsals during the Christmas holidays; then I was juggling rehearsals with school. This was quite demanding, particularly as I had my mock Common Entrance exams looming. It was a fantastic opportunity for me to work with some of the finest opera singers including, Alfie Boe and Melody Moore, both very well known in the world of opera. The producer was Sir Jonathan Miller who had a very strong image of what he wanted to create. He was really friendly and it was a privilege to work with him. I was surprised to find that Jonathan Miller is an Arnold House old boy! He struck up a conversation with me one day prompted, I think, from him
spotting me in my Arnold House blazer having come straight to rehearsals from school. This is my third opera with ENO and I hope to perform in many more. I thoroughly enjoy
both acting and singing so opera is a perfect mix and I enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks to Mr Thomas and all the teachers who helped me keep up with my school work and allowed me to have this amazing experience. Charles Newman (Year 8)
Class of 1968 – Where are you now?
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