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The Cloisters. Front Cover: Returning to lessons in the snow.

THE SEDBERGHIAN 2006 Editor: Mr SE Hall Pupil Editors: Freya Findlay (Robertson) & Hannah Rogers (Robertson) Contact Details: sedberghian@sedberghschool.org Photographic Credits: Many thanks go to the following people who have provided additional photographs for the 2005 edition of the Sedberghian: Mr G Aveyard, Mr JHE Bennett, Mrs HJ Christy, Mr JE Fisher, Mr BC Glover, Mrs SA Griffin, Mr RJC Hartley, Mr T Jeffries, Mr JT Jones, Mr RM Ordidge, Mrs GE Parry, Mrs S Phillips, Mrs PJF Prall, Owen Pescod, Mr MP Ripley, Mr SM Smith, Mr JM Sykes, Mr R Witt. Particular thanks goes to Mr SJ Cooling who provided (amongst others) the photograph for the front cover and to Charlie Headley and Oli Alcock who generously allowed the publication of their photographs of the Remembrance Day service and Cumbria County Cricket respectively. Thanks: For their continued assistance and understanding, the editor would like to thank all pupils and staff of Sedbergh School who have written articles, supplied information to fill gaps and given their support. For their attention to detail (and persistence somewhat akin to bullying at times) I am grateful to Freya and Hannah. Personal thanks go to Mrs C Hall, who has proven beyond all reasonable doubt that Mathematics teachers can work with letters as well as numbers, to Miss S Hall, and the newly arrived Master A Hall for giving up time with their father. Ms E Griffiths deserves special mention for her attention to detail, her unstinting support and advice in addition to providing articles and new ideas. Mr P Wallace-Woodroffe is thanked for his moral support and his confidence in my ability to pull this off again and to the headmaster, Mr CH Hirst for allowing me the freedom to do so. As always, Amanda and Angela have been great. Stephen Collier has once again done his utmost to translate the vagaries provided by me into something exceptional. I remain indebted to him and to all at Collective for a superb end product. Editor’s note: Photographs from this edition, along with additional photographs for which there was insufficient space are available on DVD for £10.00, contact sedberghian@sedberghschool.org for more details. All profits from their sale will go to Medic Malawi, a charity which has built and now runs St Andrew’s Hospital in the Mtunthama region of Malawi. I hope that you will support this charity and enjoy the many additional photographs that would otherwise remain unseen on the hard drive of my computer! SE Hall

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THE SEDBERGHIAN CONTENTS COMMON ROOM Review of the Year, Valete, Salvete

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BEYOND THE COMMON ROOM Foundation News, The Medical Officers, Powell Hall, FO Kenneth Campbell VC

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CLOISTERS RE-DEDICATION The Service & Re-dedication of the Cloisters

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MICHAELMAS TERM SPORT

Rugby, Girls Hockey, Sailing, Fencing, Sport for All

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DRAMA

Year 9 Festival, Hans Christian Anderson, Equus, Sweeney Todd, Devising, Poetry Slam

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ACADEMIC

Duke of Edinburgh, Debating, Battlefields Trip

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Trafalgar Speech, Royal Navy Section

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MUSIC

Michaelmas Review

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SPORT

Boys Hockey, Netball, Basketball, Wilson Run, Squash, Fives, Fencing, House Rugby

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Sedgwick Pantomime, Blood Brothers, Devising, Peter Pan, Hart House Ent.

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Debating, Burns Night

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EASTER TOURS

Classics Greek Tour, Climbing Tour

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Lent Review, Haydn’s Creation

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SUMMER TERM SPORT

Cricket, Athletics, Tennis, Sport for All, Girls Cricket, Shooting, Sailing, Golf

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DRAMA

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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SUMMER TOURS

Iceland, CCF Band, Netball

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Commanders Report, Army, Royal Navy, RAF

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VOLUNTARY

Robertson Sizzler

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ACADEMIC

Design Centre, Design & Technology, Review, Debating

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MUSIC

Summer Review

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LEAVERS Upper Sixth Leavers Destinations

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From left to right, top to bottom: Toby Foster contemplates on the top of Winder; Snow at Sedbergh; Year 9 Activities week walk; School photo (alternative view); On Guard!; School hoodies get left everywhere - even Iceland; Weather vane on the cricket pavilion.


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S P E E C H D AY, S AT U R D AY 2 7 M AY 2 0 0 6 Chairman, Admiral Gretton, Very Reverend Boyling, Honoured Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Sedberghians. It has been a pleasure to welcome Mark Boyling to Chapel for the first time this morning. He has deep roots in the North West and particularly Liverpool where before becoming Precentor of the Cathedral he was Chaplain to the Bishop, Right Reverend David Sheppard, and also Vicar of Formby. Mark became Dean of Carlisle in 2004 and thereby responsible for one of the hidden treasures of British Cathedrals. We greatly value our links with the Diocese and above all the Cathedral of Carlisle and it is particularly appropriate that our Collection in Chapel today and our fund-raising efforts of next Term will be directed towards the Eden Valley Hospice in Carlisle. Mark, we warmly welcome you to Sedbergh, we thank you for your stirring words and look forward to strengthening our links with your great Cathedral. My principal guest this morning, Vice-Admiral Michael Gretton, has been a friend for nearly forty years. Our first encounter was on the Cricket field in the Oxford Parks when we were under-graduates at rival Universities. A rival, Michael most certainly is for his academic roots are firmly embedded across the Pennines where he enjoyed a distinguished career as a boy at Ampleforth and sired an equally distinguished son who left only a few years ago. Both father and son competed against Sedbergh in Senior Rugby and Cricket teams. I am pleased to say that the overall tally from those encounters was 6-1 to Sedbergh with son Peter winning one

Cricket match! For Michael, on the Cricket field, one fixture suffered the fate of this year’s and was abandoned because of rain, but The Sedberghian of July 1963 records that BruceLockhart claimed the very valuable wicket of Gretton (and it is unusual for individuals from rival Schools to be mentioned by name). Michael was top scorer in an Ampleforth innings of only 95. The chief destroyer on this occasion was indeed Kim Bruce-Lockhart who took 8 for 32 with his leg breaks. Kim was to die tragically young but his name lives on, notably through the work of his sister, Karen, as one of our Governors. After Dartmouth and Oxford, Michael enjoyed a most distinguished career in the Royal Navy. As well as five commands at sea, he also served as representative of the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic for NATO in Brussels. None other than our own Sir Jock Slater endorses Michael’s quality as a senior Naval Officer and in recent years his talents have been seen still further in the broad area of Youth Development. Thus, for seven years Michael was Director of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and he is now heavily involved with the World Challenge organisation. He is also on the Governing Body of St Edward’s School, Oxford and St

Mary’s, Shaftesbury and an Honorary Liveryman of the Haberdashers’ Company. He was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1997 and a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 2004. Michael has spent a lifetime working with young people in one form or another. This morning we could have no more experienced nor wiser counsel for the present day Sedberghians or their parents. Michael, we extend a warm welcome and much look forward to your words. I also extend a warm welcome to all our parents and guests from the world of education and beyond, including representatives from Sedbergh, the Book Town, whose success we applaud and whose cause we support. It is also a particular pleasure to welcome back Lady Dione Shaw; the spirit of her late husband Giles will always merrily haunt Powell Hall, Lupton and the Fells. I hope that you all enjoy the day and see Sedbergh at its best. Please, if you can, spend some time in the Art & Design Centre where there is on display work of the highest quality. After Lunch in the Houses, we look forward to some competitive Athletics

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with the new tartan Track on public display – and then a well earned Half Term will begin.

interests, simply replied “I never do nothing”. There is a message for us all there.

Sadly for three-fifths of the School, there can be no relaxation until the Summer holidays begin. My lament at this stage of the year grows ever stronger, for the spacious days of the Summer Terms which so many of us remember from our youth have long gone. Examinations began here in Powell Hall in the first week of May. I remember beginning my own O and A Levels in mid-June. It would be tempting to surrender this Term totally to the taking of, and preparation for, examinations. Happily, normal Sedbergh life continues. There is as much extra-curricular activity available as at any other time; there is also, in most quarters, an outpouring of frenzied academic energy. We all learn the skills of time management in the context of a twenty-four hour, seven day a week Boarding School. Real lessons are learned for life – about how to use and how to waste time and how to gain the best from ourselves and others. For pupils and teachers it is a time of enormous demands and still greater levels of fulfilment. I only wish that the hunger for academic success which I sense now could be evident at the same level throughout the year. For some, the full awakening to the academic experience of Sedbergh may come late in the day.

I am conscious that over the past year many messages have reached you concerning the performance of the School in all areas. In this world of high technology, we are able to keep in touch almost on a minute by minute basis. There are also the traditional and now much improved channels of communication, including The Sedberghian, Newsletters from all sides and that heavy tome which bruises doormats and wastepaper baskets alike – the Headmaster’s end of Term letter! The encouraging aspect of the Headmaster’s letter is that the spread of wastepaper baskets is now nationwide! Refuse collectors of Devon and Cornwall, of London and the Thames Valley, to say nothing of Norfolk and East Anglia, now share the traditional fate of those of the Ridings of Yorkshire, the North East and the North West. Today, we have record numbers in the School and they come from all parts of the country. So the word goes forth and one thing I am certain of is that you have no great desire to hear it all again today, so in the next few

In remaining true to our principles of extending every boy and girl beyond their natural limits both in and out of the classroom, exam Term or no, I believe that we are erring on the right side. It is the 21st Century version of ‘mens sana in corpore sano’. But while I believe that it is this balance, and the confidence that comes with achievement in every area of Sedbergh life that parents applaud, I and my staff also know that you rightly look for results as well. I believe that the two are not incompatible. An eminent Head of School of a few years ago when asked how he managed to combine a vast array of Sporting, Musical and cultural

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moments while giving full and total recognition to a year of Sedberghian activity on a still greater scale than was declared at Speech Day last year, I shall look particularly at those areas of School life which have set Sedbergh apart in the year past or where we have excelled ourselves. I shall use alphabetical order. Happily, Academic success therefore comes at the top of the list. A 59% A/B success rate at A Level and a strong performance across the subjects saw almost all our candidates achieving the University of their choice. Outstanding results came in Economics with an 85% A/B rate and Mathematics and Geology with 70%. At GCSE level we achieved our highest rate of A-C passes, at 97%. Of absolute quality were our English Literature results where there was a 100% pass rate, with a top set securing nineteen A*s and one of their number, Helena Lightbody, gaining a top five place in the national ratings in the same subject. Also of national quality is our CCF Brass Band which will again play before a packed Lord’s on the second day of the Pakistan Test on 14 July. Uniquely I


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believe in any School, six Brass players have achieved Graduate status at the Trinity College of Music. Calum Greenall, Sarah Hogg, Ben Johnson, James McLeod, Fraser Precious and Jack Telfer, under the direction of Alan Lewis, have simply set the highest possible standards. In the same category would be the Choir’s performance in Ripon and Carlisle Cathedrals under the baton of our new Director of Music, Mr John Seymour. They were also in excellent voice this morning. The Choir was much in evidence during a unique Sedbergh occasion in November when we re-dedicated our Memorial Cloisters. Tom Wright, Bishop of Durham and OS (and now happily a Sedbergh Governor) gave a memorable address and on a day of clear blue Sedbergh skies, our visitors who numbered over 1,000, witnessed an unforgettable ceremony, masterminded by the President of the 1525 Society, Major General Michael Walsh. It was Sedbergh at its very best. On the Cricket field (continuing my ‘c’s), the season began uniquely with three 100s scored in the first three weeks of Term, one of them from the bat of the youngest 1st XI centurion in memory, Jordan Clark. Another first for the Cricket Club is the ability to field five Senior XIs. Cricket may not be the Doctor’s favourite Sporting pursuit, but Phil Batty follows next in the kaleidoscopic review in close alphabetical order. His, too, is a unique position, the only Doctor in the country who is entirely committed to a School. Commitment is his middle name and there is no doubt that both the Sporting success of the year and the general health and fitness of the School owes much to his ministrations. My path through the alphabet takes us now from D to H. The Sedbergh House and all that goes with it sets us apart, from Dining Hall to Drama and Music and competitive Sport of the kind rarely found in any School (I believe that fifteen-a-side House Rugby matches are a thing of the past apart from in wet Lent Terms at Sedbergh!). The House

The exam season.

experience at Sedbergh is unique; the quality of our Housemasters and Housemistresses, second to none. Continuing with ‘h’, it is also good to report that our Girls Under 14 Hockey side has won as many plaudits on its circuit as our Rugby teams. A very talented squad went further in National competition than any previous Sedbergh Hockey team, reaching the North of England Final. We may not yet have any Internationals from the Hockey field but there are several in other Sporting areas – from Hannah Watkin in Polo Cross, to the outstanding Kim Buffoni, Captain of Shooting and now selected for the full England team, to England Senior Schoolboy Rugby players Stuart Eborall and Carl Fearns and, at Under 16 level, Tom Casson, with an Irish Youth Cap for Conor Armstrong. There has also been similar recognition for James McLeod and Rebecca Milne in the National Youth Band and Theatre respectively. I move from ‘i’ to ‘m’ – and one of Sedbergh’s unsung heroes who also sets us apart. I refer to the finest School Marshal in England – who also happens to be i/c our successful Running Squad – Mike Moss.

Pride of Sporting place (in a very swift move down the alphabet, from ‘m’ to ‘s’) must be given to SSFC. Our Rugby Football teams (all seventeen of them) achieved levels beyond even our normal high standards. Only two Senior matches out of fifty-two were lost and of twenty-nine at Colts C level, only one (and that against a team at a higher level). If C1 completed their season with an outstanding 24-5 victory at Millfield, the 53-3 victory of Mr Harrison’s 1st XV against the redoubtable Llandovery was the grand finale of the season. The 1st XV had 100% record for the first time since 1983, while the 3rd XV’s 100% seasons simply roll on. I sometimes worry that our reputation on the Rugby field clouds the excellent quality of our Music and Drama and Art and so much else. The temptation is to over-compensate on the side of our cultural achievements and excellence. But we are right to take real pride in our outstanding Rugby Club. I congratulate Dan Harrison and his magnificent team of Coaches who have put the Club right at the top of British Schoolboy Rugby. I enjoy juxtaposing David Starkey with SSFC! Dr Starkey, the great television historian, provided us with a Squance

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Canoeing and Ghyll Scrambling, entirely with our own staff. Staffing is the operative word. In this outline of excellence, I am conscious that it is only by virtue of a remarkable staff that we have been able to achieve so much. The Sedbergh Common Room is a class apart. This morning I pay particular tribute to those members of Common Room who are moving on at the end of Term. Kate Farrand has grown in stature and confidence during her three years at Sedbergh and become a first-class teacher of French and Spanish and a friend and confidant of many. Kate will be sadly missed and there are those who hope that her personal research into the Christian communities of Europe may eventually lead her back home.

effective and despite atrocious conditions, this unique Sedbergh event again took pride of place with a most worthy winner in Simon Barnby.

Chris Hippisley has been a full-time member of staff for the past year and part of the community for several years before that. He, too, has contributed in many different areas from Junior Rugby to Tennis to Swimming to House Tutoring and, above all, he has grown into a firstclass teacher of Religious Studies. As he seeks his fortune elsewhere he, too, will always receive a warm welcome at Sedbergh. The same will be true of Graham Barnes who moves on to the Physics Department of Tonbridge after five Terms of immense contribution not only to the Department here, but also in running the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and successfully Coaching both Rugby and Cricket. I thank them all for their service to Sedbergh.

You will be relieved to hear that I can find no ‘z’s but I do cheat a little with a final area of excellence, also linked to the Fells and ‘y’ for Year 10 (which I still refer to as the Fourth Form, but Year 10 will do for this purpose!), Year 10 Outdoor Pursuits. I believe that our Monday afternoon programme in the Summer Term is now working as well as at any time. We are now taking proper advantage of our outstanding natural facilities and under Mr Fisher’s leadership we are able to operate Caving, Climbing, Fell Walking, Sailing,

These three full-time members of staff are joined in their departure by four Teaching Assistants – these could well have formed part of my alphabet, for the contribution of all ten such Assistants during the present academic year has been immense. Raasay Waters is an important Resident Tutor and expert Hockey Coach and her willing assistance in all areas has proved invaluable, while Javier TrullolsSantiago has rapidly become a firm favourite not only in the Spanish classroom, but Hockey field and Powell

View of the Art & Design Centre and Powell Hall from Busk.

Memorial Lecture which would certainly fit into the outstanding category – while also contributing strongly to our claim to provide an all-round education which is second to none. I am delighted that the letter ‘t’ is coming up next and to provide plaudits for a Tennis squad of both boys and girls, which is enjoying an outstanding season. The 1st Boys’ VI have a 100% record and Messrs Pennie and Richardson at 1st Pair have yet to drop a set. I fear I have tempted providence too far. I must move rapidly on ‘w’ and undoubtedly the best Wilson Run of recent years. Mr Hugh Symonds’ inspiration of a Training Course and qualifying standards proved immediately

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House; Ben Mitchell, whose claim to fame is to have at one stage been the playing companion of Andrew Murray, has come into his own this Term and our Tennis success owes much to his inspiration, while Caroline Atkinson has worked tirelessly in all manner of different classrooms with particular emphasis on General Studies and PSHE. She, too, is a fine teacher in the making and can look forward to a distinguished career. I thank these, and indeed all our Teaching Assistants, for a contribution which, as ever, goes far beyond the classroom. We have been much the stronger for their support and expertise and I hope that they will take with them to their next destination something of the Sedbergh ethos to which I have referred. Our Chaplain has played a considerable part in ensuring that we remained true to the spiritual values of our founders. Christopher Griffin has been Chaplain for eight years and for the past six years he has combined this with the immense responsibility of running Hart House and the Religious Studies Department.

That he has achieved so much in both areas is a great tribute to his skill and stamina. In appointing the Reverend Paul Sweeting, presently Priest in Charge in the Falkland Islands to the position of Chaplain in September, I am at last able to allow Christopher the freedom to give full rein to his many talents. Meanwhile, I thank him for his dedicated and devoted work in Chapel. I remain particularly indebted for the past year to my Second Master, Paul Wallace-Woodroffe, who has been adroit, imperturbable and wise in all things from School Discipline to that most intricate operation that was our Cloisters Rededication Weekend, to say nothing of the School Photograph and today’s Event. It has also been a pleasure to work with our new Bursar, Hugh Pattison-Appleton, who has moved comfortably into position during the past two Terms and is bringing to a successful conclusion our many different projects. Hugh and Alex are settling in for what I know will be a happy and successful Sedbergh career. If I am fortunate in the quality of all the

members of my Senior Management Team, then I am doubly blessed with an inspirational and tenacious Chairman and a Board of Governors where total support is balanced with sound judgement. This year I have also enjoyed the support of an outstanding Head of School in Toby Foster. I thank him most warmly this morning and, unusually, I also thank his father, Charles, whose letter published in The Times two weeks ago epitomises the spirit, sacrifice and support of the whole parental constituency. It was a riposte to those who seek to remove Charitable Status for whatever reason and concluded with the challenging words “the education of one’s children should be on our terms, not those of a social engineering Government”. I thank all our parents for the trust and confidence which you place in our School and promise that this will be repaid in full. Floreat Sedberghia! CH Hirst

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Valete NEIL MCKERROW The role of Bursar in the 21st Century Boarding School is probably the most difficult and thankless of all tasks – it can also be immensely rewarding. So it was for Neil McKerrow, who fulfilled his task so well that he will be remembered not only as a great Sedbergh Bursar, instrumental in taking the School into a new age, but also as the doyen of Bursars of his generation. A devoted son of Sedbergh, Neil could echo the words of Sir Christopher Wren who suggested that those seeking his memorial should look around them. Neil’s hand can be seen everywhere from Sedbergh Junior School (where the old Bentham Grammar School site was transformed within a space of a Summer holiday) to the development of Co-education and transformation of Lupton House; from Astroturf to a programme of House, Classroom (in particular the Modern Languages Department) and Laboratory refurbishment; from Summer Rugby Academy to our beautiful grounds and outstanding playing fields for Cricket as well as Rugby. This is to say nothing of the reconstituted Cloisters, two different roles for Danson, a new Fitness Suite and the Michael Thornely Music Centre. In everything, we see Neil’s expert hand and are grateful for his diligence, inspiration, tenacity and determination to stick unswervingly to principles of sound economy. Neil’s prudent financial management in initially difficult times laid the foundation for our present growth – hence the past few months have seen the extension of Robertson House and the development of the Old Squash and Fives Courts into Shop and Archive Centre, and a new Athletics track. But Neil has been much more than simply a custodian of the School’s finances and manager of the estate. He has been active and supportive in every area of the School to which he is devoted. A good example of this was the strength of purpose which he showed in ensuring that Sedbergh should retain its unique

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status in employing its own School Doctor. The appointment of the excellent Dr Philip Batty as Sedbergh’s exclusive Medical Officer was a triumph for Neil. He was (and will remain) particularly attached to Buskholme where he made his own eloquent farewells at a Dinner which happily followed the heavy defeat of Llandovery; but Neil’s support for Sedberghians in all areas was total and unequivocal. He retained a special empathy with the Sedbergh pupils, boy and girl alike. He felt at one with them and they warmly welcomed his care and concern. Perhaps my abiding memory of NAHMcK is a Housemasters’ Meeting on a Winter evening at Birksholme. Neil’s reminiscences of his time as Head of School and Sedgwick not only made us all hanker for times past, when the Senior Boys ran the School, but convinced us further of the depth of his affection, and confirmed our conviction that we have been enormously fortunate to benefit from his loyal service over the past ten years. CH Hirst

KATIE FARRAND Katie Farrand came to Sedbergh fresh from Homerton College, Cambridge,

where she had completed her teachertraining course with evident relish. As a local girl from Kendal, she was pleased both to return to her roots and to be able to balance her commitments to the school with a family life only a few miles away; so a post at Sedbergh was an ideal first appointment. I am sure she will not mind my mentioning that initially she wondered whether she would be able to cope with the demands of her role at Sedbergh, but she rose to the challenge with amazing aplomb and stood up to everything the school could throw at her. As a dedicated modern linguist with excellent oral skills, her aim from the outset was to discover ever more effective ways of passing this knowledge on to her pupils; she enjoyed finding amusing, even absurd levers to help them remember essential information. Her sense of humour was both an essential aspect of her character and an important classroom technique. An experienced student of French, she was determined to bring her Spanish up to a similar standard. In the course of her three years at Sedbergh she gained in confidence and knowledge all the time, each year teaching a more advanced Spanish set. Katie was a key member of the modern languages team, always teasing us when we became too serious and constantly


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livening up a group of sad old codgers. The fresh, student-like approach that she brought to everything is best exemplified by her cunning strategy for avoiding the creation of washing-up by pouring hot water from the kettle over her coffeespoon after stirring, with the result that it was immediately cleaned; but her plans to convert us to decaffeination and herbal tea were cruelly abbreviated by her decision to leave. Outside the classroom she will be sorely missed by the girls of Lupton, who appreciated her good humour, her good sense and her good company. She played croquet and coached aerobics, all with her customary sense of fun. It is for this sense of fun and endless good humour that we shall all miss her, as well as for the intensity of her interest in whatever was holding her focus at a given time. As her preferred form of registering queries she was the Charles Bronson of the bullet point, emptying clip after clip of questions at close range and with unerring accuracy into her victim, who would slump dazed into the overhead projector, bloodied, battered and alliterating. But, seriously, I have never had the privilege of working with a colleague and friend who cared so much for all around her. We wish her

well as she sets off to work with Christian missions in France. RG Northern

GRAHAM BARNES Graham Barnes came to Sedbergh from Shrewsbury. He joined the Physics department, where his skill and expertise in the classroom were greatly valued and will be much missed. Graham’s contribution outside the classroom was as great as that within; he was fully involved coaching both rugby and cricket, sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with young Sedberghians. We are sad that he has left us after only two years, but wish him, his wife Jo and his infant daughter every success and happiness at Tonbridge. LW Catlow

TEACHING ASSISTANTS We have been very well served by our Teaching Assistants in the past year. Of these, Alison Moore, Stuart Oliver,

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Chris Hattam, Gerrie de Beer and Claire Finn remain with us and have been joined by Ama Agbeze, Kate Nelson-Lee, Lisa Taylor and Julia Tollo. We say au revoir (for they will surely be seen again at Sedbergh!) to five able young professionals who have fine careers ahead of them. A set of outstanding Religious Studies A Level results was a fitting tribute to Chris Hippisley’s work in the classroom. He developed real skills in his Sixth Form teaching while at the same time making significant contributions to Swimming, Junior Rugby and almost all other Sporting activities. He was also a popular Resident House Tutor in Hart. Indeed, Chris was at one with all things Sedberghian and I know that we shall, happily, not have seen the last of him. Raasay Waters was busily involved in every area of School life; she brought to Sedbergh a South African tenacity and played an essential role as Lupton’s Resident Tutor in the Gorton Rooms. Above all, she has left a lasting impression as an outstanding Hockey Coach. Happily, Raasay is to remain in the world of Sport and Education and we wish her well with her further studies.

Chris Hippisley & Katie Farrand.

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mind brought new life to the PSHE and General Studies classrooms. Caroline, with her distinctive automobile, rapidly became a popular member of Common Room – and achieved full Teaching status in fine style. That we have enjoyed excellent results in Spanish and on the Boys’ and (especially) the Girls’ Hockey field, has much to do with the expertise and evercheerful presence of Javier Santiago. He will be equally missed in Powell House and as the purveyor of Barcelona banter in Common Room. Javier may not have passed Darryl Hare’s scrutiny on the Cricket field, but he will be sorely missed in every other area of Sedbergh life. The success of our Tennis squads in the past year owes much to the Coaching of Ben Mitchell. Ben’s claim to fame was that he had spent a number of his Junior years in the company Andrew Murray – from whom he had clearly gained his dress sense. Happily, by the end of the year, the Sedbergh code prevailed and Ben’s real talents were clearly evident. He enjoyed a magnificent Summer Term and I am confident that a successful Coaching career awaits him. CH Hirst

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Salvete H U G H P AT T I S O N -A P P L E T O N Our new Bursar, Hugh PattisonAppleton, finally joined the school in January having been appointed the previous April. A Chartered Surveyor by profession, he was a Land Agent on several large agricultural and sporting estates, before ‘dipping his toe’ in the Bursarial world as Estates Bursar at Oundle School for 5 years. Since then he has never looked back and after eight years in Wales as Bursar to Christ College, Brecon, decided it was easier to support English rugby from England! He currently lives in Lofthouse Barn with his wife, Alex, and two sons, Miles and Oliver. Life as a Bursar often precludes much out of school activity, but if anyone needs a fishing partner or has a spare gun on their shoot do let him know!

Hugh Pattison-Appleton.

Unfulfilled ambitions include a demanding sea-kayaking expedition and a long wilderness canoeing trip. Rather him, I suspect, than most of us! We welcome him to Sedbergh together with his wife, Trish, and their two sons, Harry and Tom.

STEPHEN COOLING Stephen joined us last January as Head of Geography, coming to Sedbergh from QES Kirkby Lonsdale, where he ran the Geography department for six years. Stephen was born in London and later lived in a small village in the Chilterns before going up to university at Leeds, where he specialised in physical geography. After taking his degree he worked for five years as a mud logging engineer on oil rigs, mostly in Africa and the North Sea; but then he decided that he had logged more than enough mud and would become a schoolmaster, returning to Leeds to study for his PGCE. Stephen is interested in all outdoor activities from caving to mountaineering. He has climbed all Scotland’s 284 Munros and has recently conquered his last Wainwright. He is also an experienced and skillful photographer; he was the BBC young photographer of the year in 1986 and his work has frequently been featured on the front covers of Trail magazine (as well as this one).

PAUL SWEETING Paul began his teaching career at Lancaster Grammar, but then trained for the priesthood at St. John’s College, Durham. After beginning his ministry in Blackburn he moved to the Falkland Islands, where he has spent the last 31/2 years in charge of a parish half the size of Wales and including South Georgia (which he visited) and the British Antarctic Territory (which he didn’t, although he tried). Paul loved his job there as chaplain to the community, but felt it time to return to England. He comes to Sedbergh with his wife, Maxine, and with their two sons, Jonty and Adam. Paul will now, as school chaplain, be serving a less-scattered but perhaps no less demanding community; he will also be teaching Mathematics, and we hope he and his family will enjoy a long and happy association with the school.


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RICHARD MILNER Richard studied at Birmingham University, where he followed his B.Eng with an M.Sc in design and ergonomics. For five years he worked in industry as a systems engineer and project manager, before deciding that his future lay in education. After gaining his PGCE he spent seven years at Easingwold School, latterly as Head of Physics. He will be teaching physics at Sedbergh, helping with Rugby and sharing his enthusiasm for walking and cycling. We welcome him together with his wife, Karen, and his two sons, Ben and Luke.

specialise in graphic design. He has travelled extensively, coaching and playing rugby in the Ukraine, continuing his studies in Scandinavia and more recently in New Zealand. Keir has just gained his PGCE from St. Martin’s College, Lancaster. His course brought him here for a term as a trainee-teacher and we are glad the experience did not put him off either teaching or Sedbergh. He is living in Evans House as resident house tutor, teaching both Art and Graphic Design and coaching rugby and tennis. We hope he does not feel underemployed.

KATE NELSON-LEE REBECCA HUBBARD Rebecca is a graduate of the university of Hull. She comes to Sedbergh from the King’s School, Gloucester, where she spent four years as a member of the Physics department and latterly also as a Head of Year. Before becoming a teacher she worked with the Halifax PLC for seven years as a manager, but then took her PGCE at the University of Leeds. As well as teaching Physics and Chemistry, and helping in Robertson, she will be running the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme. She is interested in all outdoor activities: sailing and wind-surfing, white-water kayaking, scuba diving, snowboarding and mountaineering. We hope she finds Sedbergh a congenial environment for pursuing at least some of these interests. Rebecca is living in the Evans House Bothy with her husband, Toby; we hope they will be very happy.

Kate comes to us, most recently, from Fettes, where she spent three years. Among many other commitments she taught drama and coached Lacrosse, guiding her team to victory in the Scottish Schools’ Championships last year. She will be living in the Gorton Rooms and helping in Lupton, but her main mission will be the launching of Lacrosse as a school sport at Sedbergh. Somehow she will also be finding time to prepare the Scottish under-19 girls’ Lacrosse team for the world championships in the coming summer. Kate is from Jamestown on Rhode Island. She graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in Theatre Studies with subsidiary English Literature. She was goalkeeper for the university hockey team and captain of Lacrosse. We hope she finds Sedbergh to her liking and look forward to her manysided contribution to school life.

LISA TAYLOR KEIR DOWNEY Keir is an old boy of Bradford Grammar School, where he played rugby for the 1st XV, tennis for the 1st IV and was captain of athletics. After school he studied at Bradford College of Art and Design before moving on to the Cumbria Institute of Fine Arts to

Lisa Taylor comes to Sedbergh as a teaching assistant and as the resident tutor in Hart House. She has just graduated from Cambridge with a degree in English and subsidiary French, and combines her academic interests with an enthusiasm for sport. At Cambridge she was a rowing blue and won college colours for both netball

and tennis. Opportunities for rowing are limited at Sedbergh, but Lisa will be fully occupied coaching other sports. We wish her an interesting and happy time at Sedbergh.

AMA AGBEZE Ama took a law degree at Leicester University and then worked in London, where she specialised in criminal law. She enjoyed her legal work but found little time to pursue her sporting interests; hence her decision to bid at least temporary farewell to the law in favour of a career in education. We welcome her to Sedbergh as a teaching assistant resident in Marshall House. She comes to Sedbergh to coach girls’ sport. Netball will be her main concern, a sport in which her record speaks for itself. She played for England at both under-17 and under-21 level, and has been a member of the national squad since 2001, winning a bronze medal at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. She has toured extensively; unfortunately she is at present recovering from sporting injury, but hopes to be fit enough to take part in the world championships in Fiji this coming June. She has previously coached at county level and is looking forward to using all her skill and experience to help the girls both as individuals and team members. Sedbergh feels privileged by her presence and hopes she will find her time here enjoyable and fulfilling.

JULIA TOLLO Julia joins us as a teaching assistant and as an experienced and expert hockey coach. She has formerly taught at St. George’s College in Buenos Aires and played hockey in Argentina at the highest level for the Quilmes Athletic Club. There could be no better replacement for Javier Santiago and we hope she enjoys herself as much as her predecessor. LW Catlow

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GCSE ART

From left to right, top to bottom: Artwork by Ken Tsang; Jessica Thwaites; Ceramics candidates; Sarah Corrigan; Calum Grenall; Ailsa Brown; Adam Pimlett (Winner of the Farfield Mill GCSE Awards).


F O U N D AT I O N N E W S

He made a substantial donation towards the improvements that were needed. It was, therefore, with great pleasure that Alastair was invited to open the centre on the Sunday of OS Weekend.

This year has seen a slight relaxation in fundraising activity after the hectic efforts last year to raise over £130,000 for the Cloisters and over £100,000 for the refurbishment of School and Sedgwick Houses. This year we have been working on the fundraising for Evans House, the last of the boys’ houses, and by far the most costly. We have been delighted by the response from the old Evanians and, as I write this, it looks as though we will have raised around £60,000 in gifts and pledged income over the next three years. Many thanks to the Old Sedberghians, and to past and present parents for their generosity. We are particularly grateful to Andrew Robertson, the Chairman of the Foundation, to his fellow Evanian Trustees, Richard Hudson, Tim Pick and Charles Russam and to the fourteen heads of Evans House who so kindly gave of their time to sign letters to over 500 Old Sedberghians. The new Housemaster, Colin Gunning, hosted a reunion lunch on Sunday 15th October for all Evanians and was given a certificate from the Foundation listing the names of all those who had contributed to the appeal.

1525 Society lunch.

looks forward to seeing many of you there. One of our newest members is Robin Davis (W 45-48) from Carlisle, who has offered to leave the Foundation a selection of wonderful original paintings amongst other items. He was back at school for a visit during the County Cricket Match. Existing and prospective members may be pleased to hear about the new 1525 Society tie which is more subtly branded with the ubiquitous Lupton wolf and a demure 1525 logo underneath. These will be available to be bought at the lunches.

THE HERITAGE AND ARCHIVE CENTRE This project was initiated over three years ago by OS Alastair Ferguson who wished to create an attractive centre in which the archivist, Elspeth Griffiths, could continue her work.

Located in the old squash and fives courts next to the School Library, the centre provides some new sliding racking downstairs, that will allow the storage of much of the school archive material not held in the county archive offices in Kendal. Upstairs there is office and work space for volunteers and visitors, as well as displays which include about a dozen new panels covering the key points in the history of the school since 1525. We were delighted to welcome over 50 guests to the official opening and look forward to many more visitors to the centre in the future.

beyond the common room

Foundation News

THE HEADMASTER’S ANNUAL APPEAL The appeal for 2007 was asking for support for two major projects, the Evans House refurbishment and the Cricket Appeal. It was also seeking support for the new House Funds being established to provide financial support for boys and girls in each Senior School house and at Sedbergh Junior School. While there has been considerable investment in the Junior School since it was opened in 2002 there are still a number of developments we would like to see.

1525 SOCIETY The 1525 Society continues to go from strength to strength. The number of members currently stands at over 160 and we enjoyed seeing many of these and their guests at the three President’s lunches that were held in London, York and Edinburgh early last year. The 2007 lunches are planned for London on March 1st, Edinburgh on March 15th and Harrogate on March 16th. Michael Walsh, the President of the Society,

Robin Davies.

We were delighted with several major donations that resulted from the appeal. The Sedgwick House fund received a huge boost from a grateful and very generous parent and one particular donation to the Cricket fund was enough to buy the new digital scoreboard as well as to help replace some of the old nets. Another OS with happy memories of playing cricket at Sedbergh also gave a large sum to assist with this appeal. These

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donations or to extend their regular contributions to the Foundation. Laura had just completed her task when she was offered a job at Kendal’s Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum. We also welcomed two new Trustees, Charles Russam and Julian Newiss this year, bringing the total number of Trustees to thirteen while during the year we said farewell to Peter Donald, who retired after serving as a Trustee since the inception of the Foundation. Heritage & Archive Centre (before).

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Heritage & Archive Centre (after).

SEDBERGH LONDON NETWORK This was an initiative of OS Edward Wild and the Foundation in 2003 which established a network of ‘younger’ London based OS who meet for an informal drink at a club or pub. It provides an opportunity to make some useful contacts with contemporaries that you may have lost touch with. Contact the Foundation office or log onto the website and sign up to the London Network mailing list. Information about the next event will be sent out to you.

SITE

By the time you read this the new Foundation website will be up and running at: www.sedberghschoolfoundation.org and we hope you will enjoy reading about the current and past campaigns and future events and activities. It also provides a secure facility to donate online through charity website “Just giving.com” used by many major charities and for events such as the London Marathon. You can even set up regular monthly payments with gift aid on line.

R Witt

Refurbished cricket nets.

donations and many smaller sums have resulted in another very successful appeal.

FOUNDATION GRANTS Main Foundation grants to the school during the past year.

Other Foundation News STAFFING

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TRUSTEES

We were delighted to receive some additional administrative support this year from Lisa Morgan, the wife of School Housemaster Chris Morgan, and also from Sedbergh’s first girl to get a first from Cambridge, Laura Priestley, who, as a past telephone campaigner, was happy to take on the job of ringing up old Evanians and donors from the first telephone campaign to persuade them to make

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AMOUNT 33,126.00 36,643.00 3,562.00 700.00 1,283.00 5,000.00 22,908.04 4,500.00 3,500.00 52,000.00 7,000.00

RECIPIENT Sedgwick House Cloisters SJS Iceland expedition Netball tour proceeds of calendar sale Music Heritage Centre Hart House Powell House School House General support bursaries etc.

170,222.04

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THE MEDICAL OFFICERS

The Medical Officers and the School Sanatorium Written on the centenary of the appointment of the school’s first medical officer, by Colin Weir, former Second Master. Caveat: there are gaps in the sources and these may be reflected in the article. This is the story of how fairly rudimentary healthcare for Sedbergh School pupils developed into the more exacting and specific medical attention given to Sedberghians in the twenty-first century. From early reports it appears that as late as 1874 the Governors were made aware that there were no proper provisions for hygiene in the school in a town in which sanitary arrangements were at least a century out-of-date. There was no school doctor and it was Dr Page, the Medical Officer of Health for Westmorland, who was to be consulted when problems arose. The efforts of the Headmaster, Frederick Heppenstall, to build a sanatorium were frustrated by the prohibitive cost of buying the land for such a building, and it took two years before some cottages in Long Lane were eventually rented to cope with the needs of boys who were ill. In the Governors’ minutes of those days there appear Dr Page’s “Rules for Disinfection” – the washing of clothes with carbolic acid, fumigation with brimstone (Sulphur) and the whitewashing of walls of rooms. There were no bathrooms in the cottages so sitz or hip baths had to be provided. It was suggested that a cheerful pink shade of decoration might help patients to recover more quickly. Not until 1880 do the requirements of the sick appear as a matter of urgency when the Local Committee was told to provide sheets, blankets and other necessary stores at a cost not exceeding

£168. A Mrs Worsley was to be employed as a caretaker in the cottages at a rate of 4 shillings a week with an extra £1 if there were patients to be looked after. It soon became clear to both Headmaster and Governors that a purpose-built sanatorium must be added to the school buildings and in 1883 there was pressure from townspeople in letters to the local authorities forcing the Governors to take serious note of the situation. A school sanatorium must be built or all local sympathy would be lost. Mr WH Wakefield, a Governor, came to the rescue in July 1883 when he offered to pay for a 10-bed sanatorium from plans, drawn up by Messrs Paley and Austin of Lancaster, which were approved in 1884 by the County Medical Officer and by all the Governing body at a cost to Mr Wakefield of almost £1,600.

tentatively raised. Fortunately, it was agreed in July 1906 that Dr Beaumont, a doctor with a large local practice should be offered the post, provisionally for one year, with an extension for six more years if agreed by both the Doctor and the School. The efforts of both Headmaster and Governors had at last shown the way ahead.

At last work began on this new building, which was finished and opened in 1886. Advertisements for staff appeared – “a married couple of middle age” were sought, and Mr and Mrs Worsley were appointed at a weekly salary of 10 shillings with an additional 10 shillings if “nursing” was required. The Worsleys lasted but a short time and were replaced by Mr and Mrs Shilton. The running costs to the Governors came to £27 17s 8d in the first year – the financial fears seem to have been overcome and a satisfied Headmaster now looked forward to the building, also, of an ice-house to provide relief for those suffering from the more virulent diseases.

In the nineteen-twenties it was realised that the original sanatorium was too small and the building of two more wards was requested by the Local Committee, the plans for which were drawn up by the famous architect, Mr Paley. Within a few months the new medical room was completed only for a period of governmental bureaucracy to complicate matters. The Board of Education asked the architect to submit alternative plans for a two-storey building instead of the separate blocks which he had envisaged. It was another two years before such new plans were approved, and the recently appointed School Medical Officer, Dr AH Carter, was able to begin his nineteen years of caring for Sedbergh’s pupils and, indeed, for many of the teaching staff and their families. In 1930, according to the Governors’ minutes, this new sanatorium was to be insured for £6,000 and was to become the centre of medical care in the days before new drugs and new methods overcame many of the illnesses which had previously turned into epidemics. Over the years the need for such a large sanatorium gradually decreased so that by the 1970s a major change could take place in its use.

A series of epidemics – measles, pneumonia, German measles and mumps – in 1905 when even a programme of disinfection of all the boys’ houses seemed to be useless, raised serious questions about the general health of the school. There was neither a medical officer nor a trained nurse to deal with the situation in the following year when ninety-four boys went down with mumps. At the Governors’ meeting in the following April the question of whether a medical officer should be appointed was

In 1976 a junior house, named Cressbrook, was started in the western part of the Sanatorium. Originally, this was set up to take in, for one year, twenty twelve-year-old boys from the recently closed Cressbrook School in Kirkby Lonsdale. Following the decision to retain the junior house, and as numbers increased, further developments took place between 19781983. These eventually involved taking in the rest of the old sanatorium to provide accommodation for about fifty boarders, and, in 1983 led to the opening

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POWELL HALL & VC

of the new Sanatorium opened in what was formerly known as Winder Lodge. With the arrival of girls as members of the school in 2003 the old Sanatorium was once more changed and the building which had once been the rather austere ‘hospital’ took on the character of comfort and charm of Robertson House. From PMY While not directly relevant to the actual building what about the old Winder bungalow which was a fairly long building. I would guess that this might have been put up a as temporary arrangement c end of WWI. David Donald remembered going there to see the doctor when he first arrived (1930). It is possible that, with their views on isolation etc that out-patients would not actually be seen by the doctor in the san?

Powell Hall Sir Francis, in a letter to his fellow governors in January of 1904, wrote: ‘The Large Hall so much desired by Mr Lowry can only be built by private benefactions, aided perhaps by a small grant from the Governors, as was the case with the Chapel. Mr Lowry hopes to obtain £2,000 from private subscriptions, and there is still a probability that £2,000 may be provided by another donor. The collection of the balance ought not to prove a difficult task. There will be no pressure as to time. It is undoubtedly desirable that such a School as ours should feel that there is much yet to be done, and that old Sedbergh continues to be a vigorous and growing Institution.’ The architects, Messrs Paley and Austin had estimated the cost of a ‘Hall 90 feet by 45 feet, to accommodate say 500, with entrance, lavatory, and cloak room’ at £4,500. The other donor whom Sir Francis had in mind was himself. He was a very generous benefactor to the school as is recognised by the fact that the Hall is named after him and that his portrait

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hangs there. By 5th May 1904 the Headmaster could report that more than half the sum of £2,000 needed from private subscription had been paid or promised. The foundation stone was laid on Wednesday 20th July 1904 by Sir Francis Sharp Powell. The account of the opening is reproduced below from the Sedberghian magazine of July 1906: ‘By dint of great exertions, the Great Hall was ready for the opening on Prize Day, July 18th. The new buildings are situated to the west of the present Schools at a distance of about 30 yards from them. The Hall runs north and south, and we have to thank Mr Thomas for an excellent photograph of the exterior; it is taken from the north-east, and gives a fine view of the three bay windows which are such a pleasing feature of the building. As to “our Hall within”, if we cannot call it “broader and higher than any in all the lands,” its measurements, which are 98ft. 8in. long, 42ft. 10in. broad, and 37ft. 6in. high, may give some idea of its size: at the north end is a platform 34ft. deep with room for an organ at the back. We may well be proud of such a building, and grateful for the liberality of the donors, and for the energy of those responsible for its completion: it was proved by the speeches and concert on Prize Day that it was an acoustic success, on which the architects were generally congratulated. Adjoining the west side of the hall are two stories of classroom, three on each floor, including a fine art-room upstairs.’ In January 1907 the Governors received a Report on the ‘New Buildings and Electric Light Instalment’ for Powell Hall and class-rooms, in which they stated that the whole of the Contract work connected with the above Buildings is now completed with the exception of a small amount of distempering and varnishing in the class-rooms’. The panelling in Powell Hall was given

in memory of Harold Ridehalgh (Evans, 1912-1916), who, as a Lieutenant King’s Liverpool Regiment, was killed in action on 23rd September, 1918. He had four brother who also attended the school and the gallery was donated by the Ridehalgh family and bears the initials of the brothers and their father. Work on the organ began in 1913 and was completed after the First World War in 1919.

F O Kenneth Campbell VC On April 6th 65 years ago a flight of Beaufort aircraft of 22 Sqdn coastal command took off from RAF St Eval near Newquay for a daring raid on Brest harbour. The mission was to attack German battleships, the Gneisenau and Scharnhorst, which were being repaired in the shipyards there. The ship was a key part of the German fleet which was cutting off the convoys bringing essential food and supplies to the UK and threatening our capital ships. The raid was near suicidal and only one aircraft managed to penetrate the wall of defensive fire at the harbour. F O Kenneth Campbell formerly of Sedgwick house managed to get his aircraft through the defences and to drop a torpedo. The torpedo struck the Gneisenau seriously damaging the ship. The aircraft was shot out of the sky and Campbell and his crew were killed. F O Campbell was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery. On April 27th Ron Bramley, the last surviving member of that raid, came to Sedbergh to present the school with memorabilia and an album of mementos from that time.


CLOISTERS

MEMORIAL

SEDBERGH SCHOOL

SERVICE FOR REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

The Right Reverend Dr N T Wright Bishop of Durham (OS, P 1962-67)

School Chapel Sunday 13 November 2005

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CLOISTERS MEMORIAL

T H E G R E AT WA R EVANS HOUSE Adamson J Andrews ACF Atkinson LE Barrows MD Blurton CE Burrow E Carver RC Chalton GD Donald J Dunn H Edghill AR Ellis WS Evans TH Fish H Gossage GW Hardy H Hindley-Smith EH Hitchon JF Hodges HA Holden LN Johnson TR Leake EG, MC Leake RM MacIver ATS Neville WS Ridehalgh H Robertson DF Robinson FW Sanderson WK Saportas HA Sawyer CQ Shaw FA Shaw LG Sherriff AN Simpson G Smith RT Stalker FBD Sterling JL Sterling RW Thomson AA Turner KL Tutin GL Wanklyn WH Warren JC Watson KF White BW Whitehead H Whitehead JM Young WL HART HOUSE Anthony TV Antrobus NB Appleyard HE Armitage JB Armitage N Blease H Bridgford SL Dashwood WJ Deans GC Dixon JG Edmondson TD Fawcett EB France TN Harvey T Higgin JL Higgins HV Hutton SF Ibbetson PL Jackman JR Jennings BS Johnson GB Jones EJ King LRT King SWT Kirby RE Lawrence CP

Little AM Lupton JB Mallinson E Marshall JMM Merivale JW Milne AN Murray PB Newby CA Osborn GC Pilkington S Spalding RG Stapleton H Stead CB Stonehouse R Sutcliffe LP Taylor GCV Thompson G Turner ED Vernon WH Watson HT Whalley RL Whitfield JL Yates JC LUPTON HOUSE Ashton ED Beadon BHE Bell SE Binnie AD Bradshaw B Brothers M Charlewood WH Craigmile AM Cunningham SG Davidson JP Duncan M Graham MW Hales CEH Hastings L Hebden A Hughes WS James AR Johnson CG Johnstone HA Johnstone JG Kirkus CH May RE Mills HF Moir-Byres JS Ponsonby WR Reid A Rimmer SG Ritson F Scott TR Sedgwick FB Shutt HC Squance EF Taylor ES Thwaytes J Waterworth T Whaley OS Worthington CS Young AC SEDGWICK HOUSE Allan LE Ampt NC Atkinson RE Barnett-Barker R Beatson BCO Blair PA, MC Buckley ECG Cameron CM Chalmers AL Cordes HdeB Cory CW Darwell CR Dickinson CW Digby Jones CK Duncan HF Garbutt LM

ROLL OF HONOUR

Gibbins RB Groome E Hadow EG Johnstone WMcC Knowles JE Langtry RR Lupton R Mackay HS Mackay PS Mackintosh JL Macrae N McDiarmid K McEwan GL Melville A Nicholl AHS Odgers RB Ogilvy-Ramsay M Ord-Mackenzie DA Pearson FG Punchard JS Reid JS Renton FWH Ritchie RA Ritchie TPA Robinson JH Slater JWB Smith LP Strother JM Stuart JC Sutcliffe O Taylor HA Tetley FN Thorp H Topham J Turner FH Turner WS Walton GP Watson AP Watson DH Whalley HW Whalley JL Whitaker TS Wright FB

Maude MDW McGregor IL McGuire B Pumphrey JL Richmond TH Roseveare FB Roxburgh WF Tindal JH Tuke O Turner GC Webb AP Whigham RS Widdowson AJHR Wilson E Wooler CA Wooler HS Young DC DAY BOYS Herd FP Mason W Stockdale TB MASTERS Churchyard AS Cooper HWF Harrison BC Reid JG Sulivan GH

THE SECOND W O R L D WA R

SCHOOL HOUSE Ainslie MF Anderson NR Andrews MP Atherton FW Bowden ER Brewer CH Brisco RB Bryant RE Burton GB Calvert GC Calvert JC Cholmeley HR Chrystal IC Clemson JO Cobb KR Coddington CE Cookson A Danson FR Davidson IS Denis LPE Dove CB Eastwood FAJ Edmondson F Falconar-Stewart IS Gerard FW Grandage WB Haigh AM Hamilton-Campbell WK Herdman TA Hutchinson A Hutchinson JG Hutchinson LG Jowett TL Joy G Macpherson HD Maude GWE

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Martin K Massey JH Nuttall D Pinkerton JC Pinkerton R Playfair PJ Preston L Soden GET Stower JG Taylor GC Whyte RR Wilson IM LUPTON HOUSE Alexander JS Ayrton PBH Brown PAL Brown WA Bruce ACA Buckley L Cavaghan H Daniel CT Dey DH Forrest JN Greatorex TW Halley ET Marshall WE Owen ACB Pearson RB Rogers JK Smith RS Somerville JAB Walker IHD Warren NR Wheldon R Woods RB

EVANS HOUSE Armitstead J Bardolph GM Batty HW Bleasby GR Bryham PW Campbell JC Chesman JH Cocker L Dawson WW Douglas JB Edwards RH Gifford P, DFC Harrowing RS Henderson JN Iliff JM McQueen ANL Messenger EP Nangle GW Robertson JB Robson PJW Wakefield JP Wardle AVH Watson AG Watson DJF Worthington ML Wynter-Blyth P

POWELL HOUSE Ayre AEW Barnby M Benson BJN Benson NJV Bradley KR Breare JB Campbell KC Date DW Evans PB Fairhurst JB Fraser GS Frew HSK Happold WBJ Hudson RL Jobes EAH Mackie JF MacLaurin HN Maxwell MD Murray B Vaux RB Walton HE White AF

HART HOUSE Albrecht JMB Askew R Atkinson JS Bacon CH Bates KD Brearley GM Bushell JR Cobham EA Dahl CT Dent RCW Elder ADH Grey JN Hollis MW Jennings MI Johnson JMcC Lindo HL Lowis C Lunn AN Martin CS

SEDGWICK HOUSE Allardice DW Allardice PMcL Ash RB Bailes AM Campbell K Cooper P Dryburgh NG Glennie AR Gundill P Gunn GW Gunn PM Hanmer MT Haslett CWH Henry MTG Hollinshead AL Horsley J Lockhart J McAlister BF Molesworth AO

Muir GC Napier DG Overton EL Paulin DA Russell DS Sinclair JEC Tetley AE Thompson JB Thornycroft PM Turcan JP Ward DO Willison JWG Wood KS Wright ER SCHOOL HOUSE Adshead PJN Arkle JNP Baird JW Ball GF, MC Calvert JL Carter RWH Churchill WM Cockin PM Crombie DFC Dorman SL Dorward TF Fawcett WL Frost SE Fulton JV Fulton RW Furniss PD Hamer ER Handley TE Hoare P Hood AH Isherwood GH Kay DHS Langwill PGW McCrindle EJ Miles RA Minton-Senhouse C Oliver DF Pain JHM Pennington AC Scott PR Sedgwick TD Smith IDM Spencer JBP Squance JM Stock RNG Sykes RS Turcan RS Washington G WINDER HOUSE Atkins JH Dean JR Dun J Herbert DFH Inglis CWA Jackson AS Learmonth ID Lockhart WW Malet GAR Merrington PA Milligan DK Mounsey WN Pyrah AEM Richards DA Russell CF Russell JPO Scott J Sivewright GP Spalding IL Thompson WJC Todd RS Tudsbery RFS Turner TM Veitch MJ Walsh JL Watson WS


CLOISTERS

MEMORIAL

The Chapel Service and Re-dedication of Cloisters honoured those Old Sedberghians and Staff who gave their lives in the South African War, The Great War and the Second World War marking also the 60th Anniversary of the ending of the Second World War. The renovation and restoration of Cloisters was paid for through the generosity of the School, Old Sedberghians and relatives and friends of those whose names are inscribed on the memorial tablets. Wreaths were laid at the VC Memorial on behalf of the School by CH Hirst MA, Headmaster, RS Napier (SH 60-65), Chair of Governors, Toby Foster (W 2001-5), Head of School, EW Hoult, (SH 4752) President, Old Sedberghian Club and Major General MJH Walsh (SH 41-44) CB, CBE, DSO, DL, President, 1525 Society on behalf of the Services by Rear Admiral JR Shiffner (SH 55-59) CB, DL, Major General RWL McAlister (S 36-41) CB, OBE, Flight Lieutenant NG Richardson (SH) 86-89), PO Copland (W 55-59) representing the Merchant Navy.

Art work by William Goff.

Second Lieutenant George Ward GUNN VC MC (S 26-30) GJW Gunn (who joins us from Vancouver BC) Major General John Charles CAMPBELL VC, DSO and Bar, MC, (E 07-12) N Fortescue Copies of the citations ‘For Valour’ and replicas of the Victoria Crosses awarded are now on permanent display in Chapel. These were commissioned from Spinks of London and were the generous gift of Major General McAlister. Also in Chapel

MEMORIAL

Ceremony closed with pupils of the School creating a Field of Remembrance during which a final salute was paid by a flypast of a Sea King helicopter of 22 Squadron RAF, under the command of Wing Commander J Dixon.

may be found the Book of Remembrance in which is recorded the names of all Old Sedberghians and Staff who fell in combat in the South African War, the Great War and the Second World War. This Book was the inspiration of Major General Walsh and is a gift of the Sedbergh School Foundation, a page is turned each week.

The Service and Re-dedication of Cloisters

CLOISTERS

The girls of Lupton and Robertson Houses lay their poppies in the field of crosses.

‘Digby-Jones Troop’ is the Honour Title given to a Royal Engineer Troop, at present part of 28 Training Squadron of the Army Training Regiment based at Lichfield in Staffordshire. It is appropriate that their Troop Commander, Captain Gyther, was present that morning to lay a wreath on behalf of the Corps of Royal Engineers in memory of Lieutenant RJ T Digby-Jones VC, who was awarded his Victoria Cross for his gallant action during the Siege of Ladysmith, South Africa, January 1900.

The Fallen were honoured by School Piper Joshua Reed (SH 2005-) and Military Piper, Pipe Corporal Donald MacDonald, 1st Bn The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons & Camerons) a Sword Guard from 3rd Regt RHA, a Guard of Honour from Sedbergh School CCF (Army) and Sedbergh School CCF Band & Corps of Drums under the direction of Captain Alan Lewis BPhil LTCL NABBC, Bandmaster. During the laying of wreaths a 13 Gun Salute was provided by a detachment of light guns manned by men of 1 RHA under the command of Tim Ross 3 RHA, his own Regiment having just started an operational tour in Iraq. Tim flew to Basra soon afterwards. The 13 gun salute was the entitlement for Major General ‘Jock’ Campbell VC, DSO, MC, the senior of the School’s holders of the Victoria Cross.

22 Squadron RAF with whom F/O Campbell VC served in 1940/41 was formed in 1915 in the Royal Flying Corps under Captain Hon. Lord Lucas, and transferred to the RAF in July 1923. Following which were reformations up to, during and after WW2, until the last in 1955 with helicopters – thus celebrating their 50th anniversary in this form this year. They operate 365 days a year, and have saved over 4000 lives in more than 10000 call-outs.

The Re-dedication and Commemoration

Toby Foster reading; St Matthew 5 : 1-12. Courtesy of Charlie Hedley Photography Limited.

The Royal Horse Artillery (RHA) saw service by both Brigadier ‘Jock’ Campbell VC and Lieutenant George Ward Gunn VC, the latter with 3rd Regiment which was represented on the day. Its J Company won the title J (Sidi Rezegh) Battery as a result of the action where both officers won the Victoria Cross. Over the course of the last twelve months the School has been involved in many activities to mark the rededication of Cloisters and the 60th

Family, friends and an officer of the Royal Engineers honoured the VC holders.

The CCF Band & Corps of Drums visited Chievre Communal Cemetery, Belgium (Commonwealth War Graves Commission) to lay a wreath and play the Last Post at the grave of Flight Sergeant William Waller Dawson (E 34-38) and then afterwards to perform at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, with the special honour of playing Reveille. ‘Poppies’ written and produced by the Sixth Form Theatre Studies A Level group, a play about Great War memories, was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and again in the John Arden Theatre over the weekend. Two lectures were given by Malcolm Davies on the Great War and the Strother brothers. JM Strother MC (S 07-10) was killed in action near Arras 1917.

Lieutenant Robert James Thomas DIGBY-JONES VC (S 1890-93) Captain J Gyther RE Officer Commanding, ‘Digby Jones’ Troop Flying Officer Kenneth CAMPBELL VC (S 30-35) Mrs L Menzies, RK McSherry and R Bramley (former member of 22 Sqn RAF, on behalf of the Air Gunners Association)

Anniversary of the end of WW2.

Dinner was held to mark the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. Yrs 10, L6 and U6 visited the Battlefields and War Graves of the Somme and Ypres. Major General Walsh with the Book of Remembrance.

Honour Guard in the Cloisters. Courtesy of Charlie Hedley Photography Limited.

The CCF Band and Congregation above the Cloisters.

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Courtesy of Charlie Hedley Photography Limited.

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The CCF Band and Congregation above the Cloisters. Courtesy of Charlie Hedley Photography Limited.


The girls of Lupton and Robertson Houses lay their poppies in the field of crosses.


CLOISTERS

MEMORIAL

The Chapel Service and Re-dedication of Cloisters honoured those Old Sedberghians and Staff who gave their lives in the South African War, The Great War and the Second World War marking also the 60th Anniversary of the ending of the Second World War. The renovation and restoration of Cloisters was paid for through the generosity of the School, Old Sedberghians and relatives and friends of those whose names are inscribed on the memorial tablets. Wreaths were laid at the VC Memorial on behalf of the School by CH Hirst MA, Headmaster, RS Napier (SH 60-65), Chair of Governors, Toby Foster (W 2001-5), Head of School, EW Hoult, (SH 4752) President, Old Sedberghian Club and Major General MJH Walsh (SH 41-44) CB, CBE, DSO, DL, President, 1525 Society on behalf of the Services by Rear Admiral JR Shiffner (SH 55-59) CB, DL, Major General RWL McAlister (S 36-41) CB, OBE, Flight Lieutenant NG Richardson (SH) 86-89), PO Copland (W 55-59) representing the Merchant Navy.

Art work by William Goff.

Second Lieutenant George Ward GUNN VC MC (S 26-30) GJW Gunn (who joins us from Vancouver BC) Major General John Charles CAMPBELL VC, DSO and Bar, MC, (E 07-12) N Fortescue Copies of the citations ‘For Valour’ and replicas of the Victoria Crosses awarded are now on permanent display in Chapel. These were commissioned from Spinks of London and were the generous gift of Major General McAlister. Also in Chapel

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Ceremony closed with pupils of the School creating a Field of Remembrance during which a final salute was paid by a flypast of a Sea King helicopter of 22 Squadron RAF, under the command of Wing Commander J Dixon.

may be found the Book of Remembrance in which is recorded the names of all Old Sedberghians and Staff who fell in combat in the South African War, the Great War and the Second World War. This Book was the inspiration of Major General Walsh and is a gift of the Sedbergh School Foundation, a page is turned each week.

The Service and Re-dedication of Cloisters

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The girls of Lupton and Robertson Houses lay their poppies in the field of crosses.

‘Digby-Jones Troop’ is the Honour Title given to a Royal Engineer Troop, at present part of 28 Training Squadron of the Army Training Regiment based at Lichfield in Staffordshire. It is appropriate that their Troop Commander, Captain Gyther, was present that morning to lay a wreath on behalf of the Corps of Royal Engineers in memory of Lieutenant RJ T Digby-Jones VC, who was awarded his Victoria Cross for his gallant action during the Siege of Ladysmith, South Africa, January 1900.

The Fallen were honoured by School Piper Joshua Reed (SH 2005-) and Military Piper, Pipe Corporal Donald MacDonald, 1st Bn The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons & Camerons) a Sword Guard from 3rd Regt RHA, a Guard of Honour from Sedbergh School CCF (Army) and Sedbergh School CCF Band & Corps of Drums under the direction of Captain Alan Lewis BPhil LTCL NABBC, Bandmaster. During the laying of wreaths a 13 Gun Salute was provided by a detachment of light guns manned by men of 1 RHA under the command of Tim Ross 3 RHA, his own Regiment having just started an operational tour in Iraq. Tim flew to Basra soon afterwards. The 13 gun salute was the entitlement for Major General ‘Jock’ Campbell VC, DSO, MC, the senior of the School’s holders of the Victoria Cross.

22 Squadron RAF with whom F/O Campbell VC served in 1940/41 was formed in 1915 in the Royal Flying Corps under Captain Hon. Lord Lucas, and transferred to the RAF in July 1923. Following which were reformations up to, during and after WW2, until the last in 1955 with helicopters – thus celebrating their 50th anniversary in this form this year. They operate 365 days a year, and have saved over 4000 lives in more than 10000 call-outs.

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Toby Foster reading; St Matthew 5 : 1-12. Courtesy of Charlie Hedley Photography Limited.

The Royal Horse Artillery (RHA) saw service by both Brigadier ‘Jock’ Campbell VC and Lieutenant George Ward Gunn VC, the latter with 3rd Regiment which was represented on the day. Its J Company won the title J (Sidi Rezegh) Battery as a result of the action where both officers won the Victoria Cross. Over the course of the last twelve months the School has been involved in many activities to mark the rededication of Cloisters and the 60th

Family, friends and an officer of the Royal Engineers honoured the VC holders.

The CCF Band & Corps of Drums visited Chievre Communal Cemetery, Belgium (Commonwealth War Graves Commission) to lay a wreath and play the Last Post at the grave of Flight Sergeant William Waller Dawson (E 34-38) and then afterwards to perform at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, with the special honour of playing Reveille. ‘Poppies’ written and produced by the Sixth Form Theatre Studies A Level group, a play about Great War memories, was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and again in the John Arden Theatre over the weekend. Two lectures were given by Malcolm Davies on the Great War and the Strother brothers. JM Strother MC (S 07-10) was killed in action near Arras 1917.

Lieutenant Robert James Thomas DIGBY-JONES VC (S 1890-93) Captain J Gyther RE Officer Commanding, ‘Digby Jones’ Troop Flying Officer Kenneth CAMPBELL VC (S 30-35) Mrs L Menzies, RK McSherry and R Bramley (former member of 22 Sqn RAF, on behalf of the Air Gunners Association)

Anniversary of the end of WW2.

Dinner was held to mark the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. Yrs 10, L6 and U6 visited the Battlefields and War Graves of the Somme and Ypres. Major General Walsh with the Book of Remembrance.

Honour Guard in the Cloisters. Courtesy of Charlie Hedley Photography Limited.

The CCF Band and Congregation above the Cloisters.

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Courtesy of Charlie Hedley Photography Limited.

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Joshua Reed leads the School from Chapel to the Cloisters. Powell House boys with private wreaths. Courtesy of Charlie Hedley Photography Limited.


The Lowering of the Flag.


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This was a quite extra-ordinary season for an inexperienced team returning with only five colours. The side had been helped, however, by a tour in the summer to New Zealand and Australia which certainly moulded an excellent team spirit and units began to work together. The final results however far exceeded all expectations and a huge credit must go to the boys involved. The season started with an impressive win over Lancaster, many of the tries being scored from our own half. This adventurous style characterised many of the performances and this paved the way for many of the wins. Keswick were entertained next on Buskholme and after a close first half we ran out comfortable winners in an error

strewn game against committed opposition. In a fantastic advert for schoolboy rugby we next played at Durham and faced our first real test. An outstanding all round performance against a strong side hinted for the first time that perhaps we had a side here capable of something special. Those thoughts were quickly put to one side with an abject display against Merchiston – indeed to win the match Sedbergh (for the first time in a long time) had to completely change plans and kick for position. Things did not much improve against a much enhanced Ampleforth side that dominated the tight and pushed us close. Eventually we had enough to win but we had rather limped into half term after a promising start. The boys were brought back early after half term with much soul searching having been done. Better performances were needed in the tougher second half of the season. Away at Stonyhurst is always a tough test and made even harder by the swamp which disguised itself

Conor Armstrong lines up a kick.

as a pitch. In an additional game we showed tremendous spirit and defence to come out narrowly on top. Next came Warwick – a rapidly developing rugby school – and after a tight first half we produced 20 minutes of exceptional running rugby to finish them off. This form was taken down to Kirkham where a strong first half performance sealed the game. RGS Newcastle was entertained next at Busk and a fine

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Daniel Redmayne on the ball.

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was a stop-start affair with “Brown” emerging as narrow winners against a well drilled pack. A full school turned out to watch the final match of the year – at home to Barnard Castle – a team containing some real talent. We produced a fine first half display of running rugby to build up a healthy lead but the second half was a different story with their powerful driven lineout proving effective. We hung on for a famous victory – the first time a Sedbergh 1st XV had gained a full house of victories since 1983!

An end of the match ‘tunnel’.

performance of open rugby led to a convincing victory. Llandovery College were next on the card – always tough opposition – but on a dry day the XV produced the performance of the season to completely dominate the game. The game plan was high risk but it was superbly executed and the rewards were there for the large crowd to enjoy. We had never previously played St Peter’s, York in 126 years of SSFC so our visit there was a special one. The game itself

At full back Raikes had a huge season scoring many crucial tries and missing very few tackles. On the wings Wilding’s exceptional pace was complemented well by the youthful exuberance of Peace and Casson – two highly promising prospects. The centre pairing of Armstrong and Barrett were as good defensively as any Sedbergh side over the last decade and their footballing skills were at the core of a highly efficient back line. Drake, at ten, put fantastic width on the game and had the tactical knowledge to vary his game according to the situation. At scrum half

Sewell controlled things magnificently and the developing Simpson-Daniel ended the season playing beyond his years. At the coalface Fullerton and Goff developed hugely as props – the set piece improved infinitely after half term and Graham at hooker played with an energy and passion which drove the side forward and became crucial to the side’s success. Ball in the second row had an amazing season combining hard graft with excellent ball skills and alongside him Fearns emerged as a real talent – constantly breaking the gain line with excellent angled runs. He is a real prospect for the future. On the flanks Orpwood worked tirelessly for the cause – constantly putting his body on the line and Redmayne playing almost like an extra back was often the best player on the pitch – scoring many tries at critical times. The side was fantastically led by Eborall who mixed hard graft with some excellent lines and huge defensive hits. He can feel incredibly proud of his efforts both on and off the pitch. All credit must go to the team who produced an outfit greater than the sum of the parts – their spirit, skill, determination and drive will live long in many memories. 1ST XV PLAYING RECORD OPPONENTS RESULT RGS Lancaster (H) W 73-8 Keswick (H) W 43-10 Durham (A) W 37-15 Merchiston Castle (A) W 20-9 Ampleforth (A) W 27-13 Stonyhurst (A) W 13-3 Warwick (H) W 31-6 Kirkham (A) W 31-0 RGS Newcastle (H) W 51-10 Llandovery (H) W 53-3 St Peter’s York (A) W 32-26 Barnard Castle (H) W 26-18 Played 12, Won 12, Drawn 0, Lost 0 DJ Harrison

Will Pennie tries to keep up with Nick Wilding.

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Captain, Stuart Eborall rises high.


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Season Report: 2nd XV Rugby, 2005 The season started with an experimental XV providing early evidence of the strength in depth that Sedbergh has in abundance. A no better than average performance at Lancaster saw us run in 10 tries to nil due to the boys’ greater skill and fitness levels but revealed that there was plenty of room for improvement. A “friendly” internal fixture against the 3rd XV proved to be as demanding as any game to come and resulted in numerous changes to the squad. We then hosted a spirited, but limited Austin Friars 1st XV on a rain swept Buskholme and excelled despite the conditions with Crabtree (W) scoring 4 tries and Forth (P) revealing much promise for the future. The Durham fixture was played away on a prep school pitch and despite the inevitable congestion, Sedbergh’s power and support play won the day scoring 10 tries to nil. Richardson (E) scored 4 tries having been rightfully returned to the pack. For successive seasons, Merchiston Castle had been by far our best opponents. They were however, unfortunate to play us on a beautiful day on Buskholme’s wide open spaces. The boys were determined to make the most of their only Saturday home game of the season and were at times magnificent. The scrum was by now all powerful and the line out improving, but the pace and continuity of our play was a pleasure to behold. King (S) never seemed more than a yard from the ball and the midfield of Urmston (P), Pointon (P) and Reynard (E) cut the defence to ribbons. Our visitors remained bold in attack and defended well for two thirds of the game but inevitably the flood gates opened towards the end, and the elusive Crabtree scored his second hat trick of the season. The score line of 71-5 also reflects that we had at last found a kicker

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in Pointon. We received a wonderful welcome at Ampleforth and despite a first half hat trick from Thomas (S), we returned this hospitality in a nontackling first half display which resulted in the shortest half time team talk of my career. The second half however saw a resumption of the previous week’s standards and we ran in 6 further tries, three of which began in our 22. This game saw the emergence of LonguetHiggins (P) as a quality 2nd XV wing three-quarter. Stonyhurst were played away on a small and soggy pitch rather than the lush expanse of Buskholme. The score line of 19-6 bears no reflection of our domination, which was as total as any other game of the season. Driving hail at Newcastle made life difficult for the spectators, but again the boys were outstanding. The ever popular Blair (H) revelled in the mud and drove the team forward whilst Reed (H) was again the best player on the pitch. The front row of Fine (P), Forth and Scott (SH) were entirely dominant whilst lock Smith (S)

Alex Reed and George Thomas prepare for action.

was emerging as a player to watch. Outside, Brown (E) and Thomas (S) were increasingly to the fore whilst the old boys of Reynard (E) and Pointon continued to show their class at this level. The following week we travelled to Barnard Castle and were yet again entirely dominant in the scrum and driving line-outs at will. However, as the game progressed it became obvious to all present that despite our complete domination of possession and territory, the outcome was increasingly beyond our control. Losing is no bad thing but the manner of the defeat and the hopelessness of our task will live long in the memory. Having lost the long unbeaten run, the squad was eager to prove a point against Rishworth 1st XV the following Wednesday. Our visitors were physical upfront but this was always going to be Sedbergh’s day and so it proved. Led by the skipper Heale (S), Sedbergh were at times rampant. Determined defence


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Will King; ‘Missed it!’; Stuart Heale ‘Get me higher!’

held us out for some time but Sedbergh’s return to winning ways was sealed by an excellent hat-trick for Longuet-Higgins. The 2nd XV finished the season away at St Peter’s needing 44 points for the 500. With minutes remaining and 39 points on the board, Bent was put clean through after great work by Brown. Unfortunately with no opponents in sight he touched down on the 5m line and Peters were able to clear. Luckily, Reed had one more barnstorming burst left in him and Longuet-Higgins was on hand to finish off another excellent move. Bent and Reynard received their 2nd XV dates and 13 others were awarded their colours. Heale and Pennie (SH) were popular skippers whilst Blair and Reed were consistently outstanding.

Of 81 tries scored, Richardson came out on top with 12 from lock! The lower sixth also had their stars of whom King and Urmston shone the brightest. The front row was entirely lower sixth and both Newcome (W) and Goscomb (SH) are improving rapidly in the back row. Five hundred points in 10 games reflects some wonderful rugby played by a spirited and charming squad. Fifteen of the boys are eligible next season and along with the addition of a talented 5th form should ensure that competition for places will continue to be as intense as ever. CD Gunning

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RESULT

Lancaster Grammar (A) W 56-0 Austin Friars (H)

W 83-0

Durham (A)

W 66-3

Merchiston Castle (H)

W 71-5

Ampleforth (A)

W 53-3

Stoneyhurst (A)

W 19-6

Newcastle RGS (A)

W 55-0

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Rishworth (H)

W 48-0

St Peter’s (A)

W 49-0

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It’s in the Game One fine September day, The young yeomen of England came out to play, What were we then? Those the rugby club pushed aside, There was no room in Littleside. Arose then the White Socks of old, Jack, Jaffa and the great McHugh, Let truth be told, That they did decide, To rekindle the fires of Tinyside. We were lost, No place to stand, Until “J.R.” stretched out his hand. “Come gentlemen, play for me, The White Socks will reveal your destiny”. Thus the call to arms was made, Even those who had never played. And so they came in great numbers, Even Chinamen from their slumbers, Down to the Theatre of Dreams they ran, And thus our epic tale began. In 10 fixtures we were to play, Whether home or away, Austin Friars, Chetwynde, Giggleswick and the mighty Jocks, All were slain by the White Socks. Then the call to heaven was made, And our great crusade proclaimed, We took to the field against S.H.A.C, They had done away with the “Red and Black”, The 6th prevailed, the 7th were slaughtered, But the 5th score was never altered, The referee was our demise, All he had to do was open his eyes. Penrith came and went And yet again to S.H.A.C we were sent. This time the ref would not get in the way, And it was Johnson, who won the day, “Hands in the ruck ref! Can’t you see?” “Honestly Captain”, he replied, “it was not me”. Austin Friars demanded a rematch, But yet again victory we would snatch. Last were Dallam, Their 1st XV, With the biggest prop we had ever seen, They were given no place to hide, And returned defeated 29-5. An unbeaten record defied all reason, But if Tinyside and its spirit were to last for a thousand years, Men will still say, That this was their finest season. Tinyside IN VICTA! Toby Foster (Winder)

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Season Report: Colts A1 XV Rugby, 2005 With a great deal of expectation an exciting year of rugby commenced in early September with the A1 team looking eager to impress. Lead by their captain Oliver Peters the A1 squad embarked on a gruelling campaign and produced some very good examples of how Sedbergh rugby should be played. With a very different squad from the one that played together in B1 it was always going to be a difficult season. Many players came to the fore and produced performances of which they could be extremely proud.

at fly half. A memorable evening in which a great deal of thanks must go to our friends at Wharfedale who played hard and shared their wonderful hospitality with us. With a couple of good results already achieved, a confident Sedbergh team played against a reasonably strong Durham side. An aggressive start to the game was quickly quelled by a productive back-line and a forward pack that produced ample quick ball. A 53-0 victory was achieved, but we were not happy, as the error count was far too high for a team of this quality. With an extremely difficult game against Merchiston the following week a hard week of training was needed.

The season started brightly with a succession of excellent training sessions that laid the foundations for the first game against Lancaster Grammar School. An impressive performance from the team resulted in a 58-12 victory. Oliver Peters was an exceptional role model to the others, but he was very much supported by his back row partners Freddie Silcock and Gareth Bell. Freddie was to be one of the most improved players in the squad over the course of the season.

As expected, Merchiston Castle offered a lot more resistance than faced in the previous game. Sedbergh raced into a fourteenpoint lead only to leak tries either side of half time. The Sedbergh team in the first half scored one of the greatest tries I have ever witnessed, but this was coupled by some ordinary defence for the points that were conceded. John Ball began to show what he was capable of and Alex McMillan was exceptional in all areas. A final score of 19-10 was secured, but all of the squad had felt that we had made hard work of the situation.

The second game was a local derby against Wharfedale Rugby Club and on a wet and windy night true Sedbergh courage was needed. In an intense opening quarter the Sedbergh boys knew they were in for a difficult game. A score line of 25-16 was achieved with good solid hard work from the front five and the superb running lines from the backs. Sam Coe showed the kind of controlled aggression that would see him become a major force in the pack, while Daryl Veenandaal played a superb game

Arguably the biggest game of the season in any Sedbergh rugby player’s career is the crunch match with Ampleforth. Max Cartlidge was remarkable in an epic performance by the team. Mark Perkins in his role as Vice Captain produced a very crucial twenty-minute burst that set the team up for a well-earned victory. Ben Sanson made his debut for A1 and produced an outstanding performance that was to be the springboard for further success at this level. The players managed to


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Silcock, Raikes, Peters and Ball prepare for the line out.

produce a 21-12 victory that then lead on to the final game of the half term against the mighty Millfield. On a perfect day for running rugby the A1 team had the great privilege of playing on Busk 1 against one of the best rugby schools in the country. A passionate Sedbergh crowd saw the best twenty minutes of rugby produced by the boys all season. In that period of time we had achieved nearly all of the key concepts that we had looked to put into place throughout the season. We rattled up twenty-one points and completely outplayed the opposition. Chris Peace and Tom Casson were exceptional. In true Millfield fashion they began to claw their way back into the game and with one minute left on the clock the score was finely balanced at 21-15. Millfield got the ball and looked menacing, only for an excellent

Sedbergh defence to repel their advances. The squad had finished the first half term well and were determined to continue their success into the second half of the term. Stonyhurst College visited Sedbergh on an awful day with the rain pouring and the ground becoming more swampish as the day went on. A very powerful forward performance laid the platform for the complete onslaught around the fringes of the rucks, mauls and scrums. Lloyd Curtis and Will Parker, both in the forwards were exceptional and really made it impossible for the opposition to defend our attacking rugby. With both sides being unbeaten at the time, it was hugely satisfying to win with a scoreline of 14-0. Jacob Webb was truly magnificent! An away fixture against Warwick was a game in which the team took a

disappointing step backwards. In a game that we controlled for the best part of forty minutes we found ourselves losing with five minutes to go. A deficit of 5-10 was not out of reach, but we tried to force the ball and were unfortunately caught out leaving us to face defeat 5-15. A sad day for all concerned with the team, but a day when many lessons had been learnt. A Kirkham Grammar team were beaten convincingly 31-0 with Robert Blair at the forefront of all the productivity within the forward pack. James Walkinshaw began to show signs of developing into a quality player. An away game against RGS Newcastle is never an easy task, but again the team showed excellent determination and commitment in the way they played. James Hutchinson was especially

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both in the centre of everything happening. A resounding victory of 67-0 and a truly magnificent way to finish a long gruelling season. I would like to thank the players involved in the A1 season for their efforts. I wish you all great success on the pitch in the near future and hope that you have learnt from your experiences in A1. Finally I would like to give a huge thanks to Mr. Graham Barnes and Dr Philip Hoskins for their tireless work with the A2 squad. CP Webster COLTS A1 XV RECORD Played 13 Won 10 Lost 3

Petchey: “Where’s the ball?” Bentley: “What ball?”

outstanding in a game that saw a number of encouraging performances from the likes of Fred Watson and James Robinson. After leading from the tenth minute of the game a very well executed try from Newcastle tied the game at five all. Sedbergh pressed and pushed the opposition extremely well and when it looked like the hard work was to be repaid, a cruel intervention was to thwart our efforts. A last kick of the game penalty gifted Newcastle the win and their celebrations told a very interesting story. Again lessons had been learned and focus now shifted to the tour of the south of England. The two games of the tour were against the two best sides in the South of England Bryanston College and St. Paul’s, Barnes. The whole squad was focused on the game against Bryanston College as the boys knew that they would be testing themselves against the best in the country. After a shaky start in which the opposition managed to put the Sedbergh team under some pressure, the boys began to take control of the match. At half time the score was 31-0 and the feeling in the team was that a victory was a side issue and that it was the performance that counted. In an entertaining second half, where both

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teams played some excellent rugby, Sedbergh ran out winners 51-10. The following day we embarked on trying to overcome the losing finalists in the previous year’s Daily Mail Cup. A pulsating game was played by both teams, with the result being settled in the last five minutes of the game. It was a very tense affair! In an epic tussle the scores were tied at 10-10 with Sedbergh on the attack. Within seconds the ball fell loose and the St. Paul’s team had scored. Again, a final flourish was needed and in an attempt to force the pass a second try was conceded at the death. This was one of the best performances of the season against a very highly rated team. Every member of the squad was magnificent. The final game of the season, against Barnard Castle, gave a chance for the boys’ put the St. Paul’s game behind them. The Sedbergh team played with endeavour and a gritty determination to finish the season well. Every player stood up to be counted and not one boy could have done any more on the field of play; highlighted no better than within Will Parker’s performance. The same could be said of the robust Oliver Peters and the sublime Mark Perkins,

Season Report: Colts B1 Rugby XV, 2005 This was a challenging season, full of interest. The players can be proud of what they achieved in often difficult circumstances. The squad of contenders for B1 was relatively small, and diminished further by a bad run of injuries. The fixture list was complicated by cancellations: for example, two matches were lost to frozen pitches in November. This impeded progress in the second half of term. Nevertheless, the players showed fortitude in striving to improve their basic skills and techniques, and to develop fluency and pattern in their play. Although Sedbergh was well beaten by two powerful sides, QEGS Wakefield and Warwick School (by the latter, twice) both other defeats were narrow and more easily reversible in the future. The free-scoring victory over Durham in the second match of term suggested the potential of this generation, but injuries then played a


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disruptive part in unsettling the rhythm of the season. Nevertheless, hard-fought victories were achieved against Merchiston, Ampleforth and Barnard Castle. The side showed real character in winning a typically close encounter against Stonyhurst in heavy rain, 7-5. It was apt that Sedbergh played its best rugby on the short tour to the south-west, losing narrowly to Milfield 5-10 before defeating Bryanston 12-5. Things finished on a very positive, optimistic note. Adam Maling, Thomas Coe and Sam Wilkinson-Dover made a workmanlike front row, in which Maling’s industry and growing self-confidence were pleasingly evident. Coe hooked well and was one of Sedbergh's most influential figures in the loose. Wilkinson-Dover stabilised the tight-head side, but may be more suited to the second or back row in the future. Edward Kivell and Oliver Stephenson formed a mobile second row: both showed good handling skills, without quite the forcefulness and impact that one looks for in their

positions. Joe Stephenson showed strength and skill at number eight, troubling most opponents around the fringes. He needs to work harder in defence and develop his judgement of when and where to commit himself. Henry Crossley made up for lack of bulk with technical soundness on the blind-side flank: it was a pity that his season was curtailed by two consecutive injuries. Ben Dorrington showed real promise at open-side wing-forward; his pace and aggression in defence being well-matched by his good handling and support play. Sedbergh is fortunate in having two good scrum-halves in this age-group. Nick Parkin and Peter White competed for the number nine jersey and each wore it for about half the season. I'm sure that each will develop well and continue to offer their contrasting styles in the future. Joe Downey was the firstchoice fly-half. He showed that he has the skills associated with this position, though he needs to improve his communication with those around him

in order to dictate patterns of play. Downey was another who suffered injury: Will Chapman deputised bravely, and also played steadily at fullback for a longer period following the unfortunate shoulder injury suffered by the promising Will Manners during the Merchiston match. Tom Painter began the season as captain and outside centre. His injury, sustained against QEGS, effectively finished his season, though it was pleasing that he was able to return for the Milfield match. His departure deprived the midfield of its most effective attacking option, but Jeremy Hargreaves and Sam Bell worked manfully to construct a competent defence. The attitude of this pair was never in doubt. Max Pimlott played resourcefully on the right wing, defending well and showing glimpses of skill in attack. Leo Ho improved the most of all the three-quarters. He has plenty of pace, which he began to use more effectively and intelligently, whilst also coming to grips with his defensive duties. All the backs have plenty of work still to do on basic skills

Ordidge about to go down.

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such as giving and taking a pass, and marking accurately in defence. No doubt progress will be made in subsequent, more settled seasons. Thomas Coe took over the captaincy of the side after Painter’s injury and showed a quiet pride and commitment to the cause that inspired the loyalty and respect of his team-mates. He led by example. Coe was an excellent ambassador for the school, and it is worthy of note that the whole team conducted themselves courteously both on and off the pitch. Their discipline was good: this will serve them well in the future. I am quite certain that Sedbergh has not yet seen the best of this yeargroup and I look forward to observing their progress in the years to come. I wish to thank HRD for his support and advice throughout the term, as well as for his commitment to the coaching of all the backs and of B2. I'm grateful to GMB for his refereeing of many of the B1 home games, and to CPM for his organisation of the excellent end-ofseason tour, during which DJH kindly looked after the team during the Milfield match. MAF Raw

Season Report: Colts B3 XV Rugby, 2005 The 4th Form was a small year group in 2005-06; both in number and physical stature, but this did not hinder the efforts of the Busy Bees this season. On some occasions, we struggled to field 15 players, and we had to borrow from A3 or B2 once or twice. Nevertheless, there was a high standard of commitment and gentlemanly conduct amongst the aficionados, and I was proud of their achievements.

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The season started just ten days into the Michaelmas term, with a fixture against RGS Lancaster: big boys, tried hard, scored twice, 70-12 against. This result was a little deflating, and some of the B3 team talked of quitting. A couple of weeks later, however, we went north of the border to Merchiston College and racked up a convincing 54-0 win. Suddenly we were the team to be reckoned with, and Captain Josh Wray was justifiably proud of his boys. Some excellent running on the wing from Brian Cheung continued to score points for us in our next match, this time against Ampleforth at home. In the pack, Harry Wilson was beginning to show his aggression, and Ben Shaw’s move to the centres was paying dividends with some fine tackling and running with the ball. We won this match 34-12, a result that was tainted slightly by a suspected neck injury to an Ampleforth boy. Happily, we later learnt that he had suffered bruising only, but the B3 team were understandably subdued after this victory. We returned to face Ampleforth after half term, this time on their turf. We knew that this would be a harder game, and emotions were running high as we sought a double against the auld enemy. We had borrowed John Ordidge from B2 (their game was cancelled due to belligerent frost), and he helped the team consolidate and move forward with the ball in the rucks. Dan Johnson and Alistair Kay backed him up as the pack powered through the Ampleforth defence to score the first try. The home team came right back, however, and the scores were tied at 5-all. Some breaks from James Wainwright and the improving Jacob Weber saw us getting close to the opposition line, but they were the first to strike next, though not for long. At half time, the score was 1210 in Ampleforth’s favour. A fine performance thus far was followed by some of the best efforts these B3 players had ever made. The ball went from one end of the field to the other, as Alex Elletson kicked us forward, only for his opposite number (10) to come back. Guy Barrett and Adam Temple showed

grit and determination, too, but it was the solid resolve of Ben Shaw who finally saw us home with a final try. We had won 15-12; the best match of the season, and played with utter respect and dignity from both sides. A suspiciously adept Giggleswick B2 team visited Sedbergh the following weekend, and succeeded in beating us 22 points to 12 in a game that should have been ours from the beginning. Indeed, with the sure hands of Andy Chalmers at scrum half and the quick passing we had honed in practice with the backs, we should have won comfortably. The second half, however, never really got going for us, and we failed to capitalise on the opportunities we had, even though James McLeod did all he could to move us forward on the left wing. A similar fate awaited us at Austin Friars in a late addition midweek fixture that saw a final result of 54-7 the following Wednesday. Despite some excellent leadership from our new captain Jacob Weber, the opposition in this case was simply too good. But the boys were not downhearted; they knew that they had given their all for the Brown Shirt, and besides, they had beaten Ampleforth. Twice. And that’s the main thing. JHE Bennett COLTS B3 XV RECORD Played 6 Won 3 Lost 3

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optimism surrounding this side’s prospects. The fact that they lived up to, and possibly even exceeded, these expectations is testament to their ability and the hard work that they put in throughout the term. It was fantastic to have so many boys in the year to choose from and for the first time in the school’s history we managed to field 4 sides from the year group. This made the initial selection for the first game against RGS Lancaster more hectic than normal, but the 15 given the first chance to represent C1 did themselves proud and ran out comfortable winners. Further comfortable wins followed over Austin Friars, Durham (with 5 tries shared between the centres Sam Stuart and Jack Oughtred), QEGS Wakefield and Merchiston Castle before the eagerly awaited clash with Ampleforth. This match produced the performance of the season to date and Ampleforth were simply blown away by some excellent free-flowing rugby, with many of the tries, including four for winger Joe Searle, coming from long range as we ran out winners by 69 points to 5. This left the side in serious need of a test and we certainly got that in the next game against Warwick School. With their game based around their big and powerful pack, Warwick provided us with problems that we had not previously encountered. However, our own forwards rose to the challenge and defended well against their pick and drive game and after leading by only 7 points at half-time we eventually secured enough ball to let our backs do the damage and ran out winners by 39 points to 7 with Oughtred bagging a hat-trick. We had to work in the next 3 games too. Stonyhurst battled very hard in the first half and it took us well into the game to finally break them down with a brace apiece for the two wingers, Searle and Tim Bridgewater. We always knew that the return against Warwick would be a tough encounter and we duly rose

to the challenge by producing some excellent rugby in the first 20 minutes which effectively won the game. To their credit, however, Warwick fought back scoring three tries of their own before we scored late on to put clear water back between the teams for a 3815 victory. The closest game to date came next with an encounter played in difficult conditions against RGS Newcastle. Not a great deal of flowing rugby was played, but we kept our composure to win by 17 points to 5. A comfortable win followed against Barnard Castle which left the team in good spirits for the eagerly awaited clash with Millfield on the end of season tour. In an excellent game of Under 14 rugby we soon found ourselves behind for the first time all season and we wondered whether a lack of really close games would affect our ability to deal with such a situation. The boys, however, did not disappoint and rose to the challenge and were well worth their 24-5 victory, with the vital tries coming from captain Matthew Howarth, Oughtred, Searle and Tom Barrett. Somewhat inevitably the side were some way from their best the following day at Bryanston but still had too much pace and penetration out wide for the home side as we rounded the season off with a comfortable win by 44 points to 7. Throughout the term much of the damage was inflicted by the threequarters, but this should in no way detract from the work of an extremely effective and committed pack of forwards who had more than the occasional moment of glory of their own! The front row of Alex Allen, Charlie Clare and Duncan Morrison more than held their own in every scrum and provided a solid platform throughout. Allen and Clare also sought to get their hands on the ball as much as possible and the angle at which Allen hit a pass off fly-half Barrett before putting Searle away to score against Bryanston epitomised everything about the 15 man game that we tried to evolve throughout the

season. Peter Cronin also played a number of games and was a threat to all sides with his direct running. The second row duties were shared between Seth Waterworth, James Rollings and Allen with Harry Kevill pushing hard for a place to the end of the season. All showed great improvement during the season and worked hard at the breakdown to enable other forwards to play in a slightly freer capacity. The back-row of Daniel Keene, Andrew Johnstone and Matthew Howarth were an excellent unit who complemented each other and who all caused damage all over the field throughout the season. All three could quite easily have played in the centre and the pace and power of all three players made them an extremely effective combination. Rory Kettlewell and Elliot Brierley played much of the season at half-back and proved to be an effective unit. Kettlewell’s service was slick and accurate while Brierley started to play flatter as the season progressed and became more effective as a result. Tom Barrett took over at fly-half once he recovered from injury and showed the ability to put much more width on the game which suited our style of play. The centre partnership of Oughtred and Stuart was a real strength of the side

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and the 28 tries that they scored between them gives an indication of the problems that they caused opposition defences throughout the year. The pace on the wings was provided by Searle and Bridgewater, both of whom developed as rugby players and finishers as the season progressed, racking up 14 and 11 tries respectively. Tom Strachan played most of the season at full-back with Brierley playing a few games there towards the end of the season. Both were sound when called upon defensively and tried whenever possible to offer themselves as an option in attack. I congratulate all the boys who represented the side on their fantastic efforts. It is important that they keep their feet on the ground and realise that they still have a long way to go before they reach their full potential as a side, but they have done all that has been asked of them to date and I wish them every success as they move up through the school.

COLTS C1 XV RECORD RESULT OPPONENTS RGS Lancaster Won 43-7 Austin friars Won 53-0 Durham Won 56-0 QEGS Wakefield Won 56-0 Merchiston Won 66-0 Ampleforth Won 69-5 Warwick Won 39-7 Stonyhurst Won 33-0 Warwick Won 38-15 Kirkham Cancelled RGS Newcastle Won 19-5 Barnard Castle Won 57-0 Millfield Won 24-5 Bryanston Won 44-7 Played 13, Won 13, Lost 0 Points for 597 Points against 51

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Season Report: Girls 1st X1 Hockey Pre-season training on the first Wednesday back saw the girls and me meeting for the first time. We worked a lot on fitness and basic skills, as it is the essential part of my game plan. The girls happened to not do any real fitness over the holidays, so for the next three days they found themselves quite stiff and tired. They didn’t know what they had let themselves in for. Our games started four days later with a strong fixture against Arnold. They had just returned from a tour to Australia so we were a better prepared side, which saw the team, lose 8-0. Our next game we were beaten 5-1 by Rossall. We started to play better hockey and progressed as a team but were outplayed by a side that was physically stronger then us. I was also starting to know the players better and was starting to make changes to the side. The next Wednesday we played in the South Cumbria tournament where we beat Kirkby Stephen 2-0 and won a hard game against St. Anne’s Windermere by a goal from Hannah Cuthbert. We drew the last game against Kirkby Kendal but it was enough to get us through to the final. In the final we met our favoured rivals Casterton where we went 1-0 down, but we secured the title after a goal each from Chloe French and Jessica Thwaytes, to come up winning 2-1. The next four games we had some mixed successes. We lost 4-2 against Giggleswick, won 10 – 0 against RGS Newcastle, with Cuthbert scoring 5 goals, Imogen Wood (2), Abigail Rook (2) and Imogen Clerey (1). We let in two goals against Kirkham Grammar to make the end score 4-0. We then struggled in our match against Ampleforth, however we finally beat

them 2-1. The side started to show more character and began to play some good hockey and to stick to basic hockey. Great performances came from the captain Victoria Hirst, Magdelena Gray in the goals and Cuthbert up front. Our last game before half term was against Cockermouth in the Cumbria final. We started really well and were leading 4-0 at half time. Imogen Clerey scored two magnificent goals with Laura Iles and Hirst getting on the score sheet as well. Cockermouth fought back by scoring three goals. Wood scored a final goal to put the game out of their reach. After a great game of hockey we were Cumbria Champions and on our way to Altrincham for the North England Semi finals. After a week of rest we were back to normal trainings and fitness. We encountered Stonyhurst for our first fixture. We started slowly by leading 10 at half time. We started to play better and more aggressively in the second half and flattened them 5-0, by scoring 4 goals in the second half by captain Hirst and Clerey. We then played a very tough midweek game against Barnard Castle at home that saw us draw 0-0. We took on Cheadle Hulme on the Saturday morning, where we slept the first half

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Claire McHaffie smacks the ball.

and allowed them to lead 4-1 at half time. We started to wake up at half time and won the second half 2-1. The final result was 5-3. Early on the Wednesday morning we travelled to Altrincham for the North England Semi finals. Our first game was against a strong Arnold side. We dominated most of the game but couldn’t convert our chances, we made basic mistakes and were punished for it. We lost 4-0. Our second game against Stockport Grammar ended in the same fashion, no conversions up front and being punished when we made mistakes in critical areas on the field. After a disappointing group stage we played against Lymm High 1-0. To further our sorrows the Captain, Hirst, pulled her hamstring and was out for the rest of the season. After a few days rest and a new captain in Gray, we where on the road again to Durham. To set us back further Kayleigh Debil, Joelle

James, Thwaytes and Clerey were not available due to U16 Netball commitments. The team pulled it together with a fine performance by beating them 3-1 with Cuthbert scoring two goals and Wood converting a penalty corner. Kara Sullivan was a rock at the back and Rook controlled the middle well. The next weekend we played against the strong Kirkham side that beat us 4-2 earlier in the season. This was one of the best games of the season, where we played really good hockey, and showed that we worked well as a team. They scored first and we equalised with a very good goal from Clerey. In the dying seconds of the game Kirkham converted a rare chance given by our backs and won the game 2-1. Once again we were on the road, this time to a place called Rugby. We played some really good hockey but we could not get the ball in the back of the net. The end result was a 4-0 loss.

Our last game was a rematch against Barnard Castle. This was one of the most exciting games the girls played. From the outset the game was played at a furious pace with the play going from end to end. Wood converted two penalty corners, and Clerey chipped in. With the score at 3 all, Cuthbert gave us the lead with a very good goal. In the last minute Barnard Castle equalised to make the score 4 all. This was a perfect end for the season. The girls learned a lot during the time and a strong foundation was laid for the future. The team learned a lot during this season and can only get better in the years to come. I want to thank the team for a great season on and off the field. Good luck for all those that are leaving Sedbergh to further their studies at university. GDJ de Beer

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Season Report: Girls U15 X1 Hockey The season took a while to get going, starting off with a tough match against Arnold. The U15s kept on fighting with a goal from speedy Emily Hirst on the right wing but that was still not enough, going down 3-1. The girls kept on working and training hard rewarding themselves with a good win against Rossall winning 1-0. Our next game against Giggleswick, we struggled to keep possession and the use of our width, going down 0-1. One of our best games of the season was against Ampleforth, which saw us

win 3-0. The team delivered a good performance, playing the ball wide and popping the ball to the forwards. Soon as the first goal was scored it increased the team spirit and the game improved as the match progressed. Mia Taylor played a superb game scoring a hat trick. Other wins were picked up over Stonyhurst (2-1), Durham (3-0) and against Barnard Castle (2-0). The defence Zoe Tailford, Lucy Benville, Flora Dawson and Rosie Harnby in goal tried hard throughout the season and few goals were conceded. Wingers Hirst and Ellie Porter provided good pace and ball possession for the centre forward Taylor. Consistent high levels of performance were delivered with pace and good ball speed by Captain Kelly Frost who improved throughout the season, and

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played a couple of games for the 1st team. As well as Becky Fardell, who worked hard throughout each game, distributing the ball well, among her other mid fielders Angelica Rose and Georgie Ogden. This group of players should form a good U16 team next year and I wish them all the best of luck for future success on the hockey field. U15 PLAYING RECORD Played 10 Won 6 Lost 3 Drew 1

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Sailing Report MICHAELMAS 2005 The beginning of the autumn term has become a regularly busy time for the team with three successive full weekends of sailing.

Laura Tinkler on the ball, Stephanie Harrison and Ellie Witt in the background.

Season Report: Girls U14 XI Hockey The Under 14 XI of 2005 was a groundbreaking team. From an inauspicious start on the first Saturday of term, having spent only 2 days together in training, and a 0-4 loss against Arnold, they did not look back, and thirteen weeks later were competing in the Northern Schools’ England Final, thereby placing them in the top 20 schools in the country in their age group. In the meantime they had defeated all school opposition in school matches, conceding only 3 goals, and in the second match against Arnold the score was a 1-1 draw at full time and was won on penalties. The team was outstandingly well led by Harriet McMillan, whose distribution skills were instrumental to the success of the team. The forward line of Julia Scott, Laura Tinkler, Lauren Butler and the speedy Poppy Moffitt

were a dynamic force with some excellent goals coming from Lauren and Laura in particular. The midfield of Amber Morgan, Tasha Sordy, Harriet McMillan and Ellie Witt all played with real fire, and linked well and supported both the forward attack and the defence. The defenders, Sarah Blue, Ellie Kerr, Isobel Procter and Stephanie Harrison were solid, and the fact that so few goals were scored was down to them and goal keeper Jorja Rawsthorne. Jorja was quite outstanding, in particular saving 3 out of 5 penalties in the Northern semi-final competition ensuring the teams’ place in the Final. This was an outstanding season for the U14 girls; they played well as a team and worked hard in practices, always willing to learn new skills. I feel privileged to have been part of their success, and I hugely enjoyed this lively and entertaining group of girls. I wish them every success as they move on up the school. CM Morgan

We started by entering the North West CCF Area Regatta held at HMS Indefatigable on the Menai Straits. With a strong team, we were able to battle not only the ferocious tides but the challenge represented by the girls from Woodbridge in the Bosuns and the Topper sailor from the National Welsh squad. We came 2nd to both, but our consistency in both classes afforded us first prize overall. Unfortunately since we are only guests at the regatta, we are not able to walk away with the very fine trophy, but it was the first time that we have won this competition overall. The second weekend saw us attempting the impossible and achieving it – sort of – we were in four places at once. While the year 9 outdoor pursuits saw sailing happen at Killington on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday (courtesy of CD Griffin, RG Northern and R Waters), Dr MP Ripley was able to deliver three of our senior sailors to Southport to take part in the famous 24 hour race. Having delivered them, he then took our Laser 3000’s to Ullswater to take part in the Laser 3000 travellers’ series where we earned a creditable 2nd and 4th place. Arian Manouchehri continued in his winning ways with the cabaret artiste. Henry Westropp was attending the GBR Mirror squad selection trials “down south”. The third weekend saw a rather smaller group take on the best in the country in the National CCF regatta with significant success, despite the very light winds on the Saturday. Westropp took 2nd place in the Pico class earning himself the “Naval Member’s Cup” while Manouchehri and George Vickers came 8th (winning one of the

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races). These represent the best results we have ever achieved at this event. Virgin Rail capped that weekend by delivering them 5 minutes early to Manchester on their return journey. We then had a rest weekend, before gearing up for a two event weekend. We travelled down to Worksop College for a rather damp and windless non event on the Saturday. Sunday saw us at Manley Mere for the North Wales invitation team sailing with a slightly weakened senior team due to a neck injury. Nothing daunted, Jonathan Sedgwick, Ben Wood and Westropp went from strength to strength and defeated our long time rivals from Rydal Penrhos and again won a competition that we have never before actually won outright. The junior team that entered allowed some new faces from year 9 to get a competitive outing which we hope will be the first of many for them. Jonathan Sedgwick (Sedgwick)

Fencing Report MICHAELMAS 2005 A new term, a new year and new faces. Mike Ray is now established as

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our coach and has afforded us some success in competitions this term. Unfortunately the enthusiasm of a large number of Year 10 pupils for fencing (as a substitute for outdoor pursuits) did not survive the end of that programme so we are back to a kernel of 7 mainstream fencers – one sole girl amongst them!

as you might expect, they were eliminated in the second round of the knockout.

We visited the Cheshire Schools’ Epee competition for the first time this year and had a successful outing with Denis Poon and Ian Pope coming 1st and 2nd respectively in the under 17 category. We have a county champion at last! In the meantime, Ailsa Brown was achieving Bronze status in the under 15 category.

Ian Pope (Winder)

We finished the term with a couple of weeks of sabre practice which brought out the more aggressive instincts of some of the group!

The very next day saw us take on a full adult line up at the West Lancashire One Hit Epee competition held at Ormskirk where Arian Manouchehri and Lee Howson along with Pope brought us a creditable 7th place. Sadly their 4th place held at lunchtime did not protect them against the better teams in the afternoon. The following weekend saw us in Morecambe at the “Bay Open”, another adult competition. This is an excellently friendly competition with advice on offer from all quarters. Two rounds of poules, followed by a Direct Eliminate saw us seeded as high as 15th and 17th – sadly both of them then met the 3rd and 1st seed respectively and,

Ian Pope on the attack.


From left to right, top to bottom: Mr Hartley watches over Garry Mitchinson; Mitchinson manoevers his way through the trees; Year 9 heading back through the Howgills; Kenny Man nervously inching through the trees; Olivia Firth heading home; Daniel Colquitt ready for the big launch; Year 9 with still a few miles to go; Ben Jones on the final stretch down Settlebeck Ghill.


Year 9 DRAMA FESTIVAL

From left to right, top to bottom: Hart Year 9; Powell House; Lupton House Perform; Robertson Girls; School House in a Line; 3 Evans Boys; Winder Boys Acting.


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Year 9 Production 2005 THE ANIMATED TALES OF HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON

In addition to devising the scripts themselves the actors faced another challenge. The performance took place in Room 4 and was played in the round in very close proximity to the audience who sat close to the raised stage. The audience had to be small by necessity but the cast could not ignore their presence.

Sam Brown, ‘The Brave Soldier’ with Maria Brook as his guide.

The Company.

The performance began with The Tinderbox with Tom Barrett as narrator showing an impressive capacity to learn lines. This combined with the elegance of Maria Brook as the Queen and a truly memorable performance from Tom Robertson as the princess ensured that the evening began well. The second tale was The Dung Beetle which allowed us to see the most inventive costumes of the evening. The sight of Elliot Brierley and Ed Davidson with stuffed black stockings on their heads longing for some warm dung will remain with me for some time. Equally impressive were the frogs, played by Ellie Witt and Rod Pugh and Laura Tinkler’s butterfly. The evening’s entertainment continued with The Steadfast Tin Soldier with Stephanie Harrison and Ben King as Ken and Barbie! The final tale was the touching story of The Old House with Matthew Belcher as the impressive and authoritative narrator and Magali Hinsinger as a convincing portrait. This well performed and moving tale was a fitting conclusion to a most varied Year 9 production.

Well done to all 32 of those involved in not only performing but creating such an imaginative final product. Thanks must go to Lauren Butler, Amber Morgan and James Wenmouth, all members of Year 9 who were responsible for the costumes and lighting which played no small part in the overall effect of the performance on the audience. The final accolade must go to Miss Hardy for her courage in allowing pupils so much input and for bringing it to a wonderful conclusion.

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In the build up to the final performances of this production I was party to unprecedented discussion of its progress amongst the members of Year 9. The reason? These plays were devised by the pupils themselves. The script was theirs and their enthusiasm and enjoyment grew as the ideas took shape. This enthusiasm, sense of ownership and sheer enjoyment of participating in this production were perhaps the most memorable aspects of a fascinating evening of entertainment.

S A Griffin

Laura Tinkler, ‘The Butterfly’.

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Equus

to everybody’s taste, contributed a further dimension to the production’s startling impact.

This excellent production gripped and held the attention of its senior-school audiences. The spare, stylised set, which served as the stage for all the play’s action, invited the imagination to work in response to Shaffer’s odd, perturbing analysis of the apparently psychotic behaviour of Alan Strang, a teenager who has blinded a stable-full of horses. The horses were suggested by brilliantly effective face-masks and hooves, the latter inducing a convincing equine gait in the actors. Sure-footed direction ensured that the production did not stray into lurid distracting sensationalism, but allowed Shaffer’s text and its well-crafted dramatic structure to engage the audience. Skillfully designed lighting punctuated and focused the action, making coherent the time-shifts and use of flashback. Incidental music, though not, perhaps,

“Equus” explores the relationship between Strang and Dysart, his psychiatrist. Shaffer’s proposition, which follows the clinical work and writings of R.D. Laing, that the doctor may be as dysfunctional as his patient, might nowadays seem old-hat and overworked. However, the freshness of the two central performances and the clarity of the production allayed fears that “Equus” might seem dated. Steven Beard gave a well-observed, subtlypaced performance as Strang. His gaunt, haunted face and odd vocal delivery intrigued the audience. His obsessive mannerisms were carefully differentiated and never over-used. Ranulf Couldrey’s intelligent portrayal of Dysart made sense of the shrink’s despair at the largely vicarious nature of his work and life: Dysart studies centaurs whilst Strang wants to become

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Natasha Beeby (Hester) listens for her cue.

a horse. Couldrey charted the history of the case with impressive clarity, if perhaps without the rising sense of tension and forthcoming catastrophe which the play’s structure suggests. This partnership was well-supported. Magdalena Grey conveyed clearly the


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memorable for all the right reasons. Sweeney Todd was, quite simply, pure entertainment from start to finish. It is difficult not to write in tired clichés when reviewing a performance such as this, but tired cliché it must be: funny and tragic, dramatic and sad, this production had the audience gripped with its beguiling sense of macabre inevitability from scene one. There were moments of pure brilliance; the inmates’ dance in the madhouse under a strobe light, for example, and the barber’s chair that tipped back to shift Sweeney Todd’s victims off stage. It was clear that a great deal of time and effort had been taken to ensure that every detail was right. Sweeney Todd at work.

neurosis of Strang’s pious mother, albeit that at times one would have welcomed a little more flexibility and variety in her pointing of lines. Matthew Seddon gave a forthright, convincing performance as Strang’s repressive father, who himself conceals a grubby secret. This was another character that might have seemed a little over-familiar to a present-day audience. Freya Findlay brought an easy confidence to her portrayal of the stable-girl whose blithe sexuality entrances Strand, and precipitates the violent climax with the horses. Alex Reed was suitably bluff and down to earth as the stable owner, whilst Kate Baron and Natasha Beeby, playing the nurse and the magistrate, embodied matter-of-fact professional steadiness. This emphasised the psychological turmoil at the heart of the play. Jack Telfer handled the role of the indignant rider with aplomb. Finally, Tom Riddolls gave a performance of impressive dignity and physical control as Nugget, the horse on which Strang’s obsessions focus.

Sweeney Todd: WINDER HOUSE ENTERTAINS After the spectacular Winder House Ents of 2004, Alex Newcome and Barnaby Sellers had a challenge on their hands this year. They faced it full on, and produced a show that was

Sweeney Todd tells the story of a barber, played by Jack Telfer, who, with the help of his pie-making accomplice Mrs. Lovett (Joe Stevenson), kills his clients in order to supply the evil pie-maker with meat for her pies. However, his activities are discovered by Billy, a ‘jolly jack tar’ (played by Jonathan Pye), who manages to convince the local Bobby (Calum Greenall) of Todd’s murderous ways. Eventually Sweeney Todd faces his comeuppance

This was a memorable piece of ensemble theatre, skilfully co-ordinated by Mr Joseph Bennett: it engrossed its audience, and made them think. MP Raw The Gin Emporium.

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in being sentenced to a life in the Madhouse, where he delivers the final words of the play as he is beaten into submission: “One … two … three … four …” – the dominating and fearless criminal becomes the dominated and fearful convict. Along the way, as well as being treated to a smattering of musical numbers and dances, we meet Queen Victoria in a tavern (a disturbingly convincing Ian Pope), the Amazing Alonso and his dog, Orlando (Matthew Belcher and a yapping Timothy Wong), and the various characters that frequent the Gin Emporium and Bedlam Madhouse. It is impossible to mention all the fine performances, but it is worth isolating Barnaby Sellers’ exceptional characterisation of Napoleon Bedlam; never did his mannerisms slip to reveal the actor beneath the role. Also of note were Daniel Johnson (Tobias Stoutheart, Sweeney Todd’s apprentice), whose whining ‘But I’m only little’ managed to be endearing rather than irritating, and the combined efforts of Louis Gergaud and Freddie Watson as Grovel, the two-headed waiter at the Gin Emporium (both boys were forced into one jersey – a visual delight!). Gary Mitchinson nearly came to a sticky end as the Heckler in the audience; we were relieved to see that he survived his head-first dive through the door as he was propelled off stage by the other actors; a creative and amusing addition to the Sinister: Jack Telfer play. The final word, however, should be reserved for the directors, Alex Newcome and Barnaby Sellers. They managed to bring together an entire

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House for this production; nearly every boy of Winder was involved in some way. Their achievement is particularly impressive when one considers the hectic schedules that they and the cast had to negotiate in order to rehearse Sweeney Todd. A wonderful success, which reflected the enthusiasm and commitment of all involved – well done! JHE Bennett

A2 Theatre Studies Devising

Harry Parker (The Murderer).

Jessica Thorpe, Magdalena Gray & Kimberley Goodlad, before…

…and after their tragic murder.


Poetry SLAM

From left to right, top to bottom: Sedgwick Year 9 sharing from one piece of paper; Winder acting out poetry; Hannah Barret and Sarah Blue speaking; Evans boys take to the stage; Powell House Year 9; 3 Hart boys performing; School boys reciting apart from 3; Lupton girls.


DUKE OF EDINBURGH

Silver Award 2005

From left to right, top to bottom: Chris Bentley admires the view; The spectacular sight of never ending hills; Although there’s a hard day ahead, the Hart House boys’ spirits are high; Imogen Clerey and Freya Findlay decide on which path to take; Follow the leader; Walking through the clouds; The Hart House boys.....lost!!


D E B AT I N G & B AT T L E F I E L D S T R I P

The start of the new academic year is a busy time for Year 9 pupils. Amongst the outdoor pursuits, drama and sporting activities is hidden the ‘Balloon Debate’, which all Year 9 pupils are expected to attend. This involves each House choosing two or three representatives to speak on behalf of a person or object which, they must argue, should not be thrown out of a hypothetically sinking balloon.

speaker, and his partner Sam Brown lent solid and convincing support. Their teamwork was impeccable, and while their choice of ‘character’ (the stricken victims of New Orleans after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina) was perhaps stretching the balloon basket beyond its metaphorical limits, no one could argue that they delivered the most effective presentation. This win gave them their House’s second consecutive victory; I look forward to seeing the Junior debaters of Winder in action again soon.

As always, the person or object chosen by the students is of less importance than the manner in which they deliver their argument for saving him, her or it. Some impressive arguments were presented by this talented Year 9 group. Sam Stuart, Matthew Dixon and Jack Oughtred (Powell House) were confident and assured, as were the girls of Lupton, Stephanie Harrison and Grace Farmiloe. Tom Partridge (School House) also made a notable contribution, as his partner remained obstinately silent throughout their presentation. And Evans House represented an imaginative ‘object’ to save, which was ‘Organised Religion’. Unfortunately, however, Joshua Lascelles, Ben Davis and Tim Barker did not take full advantage of the floor’s mistaken assumption that they were talking exclusively about Christianity. Had they rebuffed their audience’s lame questions more robustly, they would have displayed the true debating skills required to win a competition such as this.

Meanwhile, the Michaelmas term sees plenty of Senior Debating activity. Not only do House teams argue through motions over their crockery in the Dinner Debates, but a School team attempts to progress through the first round of the ESU International Schools’ Mace Competition. Both these events conclude later in the year, and are reviewed elsewhere in this edition of The Sedberghian. However, Timothy Hanley, M-A Rogers and Toby Foster were also busy in Public Speaking. In November, the Kendal branch of the Rotary Club hosts a Schools’ competition, where teams of three prepare a speech on any topic to be presented in 6 minutes. This year, Toby Foster was the speaker, and his chosen talk was ‘The History of the World in Six Minutes’. He managed to cover most of it, and even included the Human element, right at the end. Unfortunately, his confident delivery came second to Dallam School’s very dramatic presentation, but Sedbergh’s pride remained intact with the award to M-A Rogers for ‘Best Chairperson’. Timothy Hanley showed promise in his vote of thanks, which bodes well for the Oxford Schools’ Debating Competition; this takes place in the Lent Term, and will also be reviewed at a later date.

It was the team from Winder, however, that finally won over the adjudicator’s decision. Matthew Belcher is a truly engaging public

Senior Debating at Sedbergh is becoming an increasingly diverse and popular activity. It is encouraging that so many students wish to take part in

the various competitions, both within school and on a national scale. It is also rewarding to see that the skills required for speaking with conviction and confidence are being practised so effectively here. Students are becoming more articulate and more assured of their opinions; this can only serve them well as they prepare to embark on life beyond the Sedbergh School gates. JHE Bennett

English Department VI Form BATTLEFIELDS TRIP Each summer A2 English candidates are faced with the infamous three hour long Unit 6 examination. This module is based on the Literature of the First World War, from Brooke to Sassoon and from the Accrington Pals to Blackadder. In order to give this literature a degree of tangibility a battlefields trip was organised to go to the Somme and Ypres, two areas of prolific British and Commonwealth fighting.

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After arriving in Zeebrugge on the overnight ferry, the tour travelled

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d’Triumph, only the memorial has every name of the missing inscribed on its walls. The sheer size of this memorial put the war into perspective for students and teachers alike.

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to the Somme and the battlefields which claimed over 400,000 British casualties. The majority of the fallen now lie in hundreds of Commonwealth cemeteries. However, 60,000 soldiers were not graced with such fortune and have never been recovered. In honour to those men who fell on the Somme a memorial has been erected in Thiepval Wood which resembles the Arc

We then visited Newfoundland Park at Beaumont Hamel, which is a battlefield that has been preserved in memory of the Newfoundlanders who were wiped out on the Somme. Walking through the original front line trenches and over No Man’s Land towards the German lines began to give the war and literature a sense of reality and meaning. The second day the school moved from France to Belgium being both entertained and informed by our tour operator, Barry, who, to put it lightly, was a First World War enthusiast. The day focused on the battlefields of Ypres, where the British sustained heavy casualties. In the morning we visited a number of cemeteries, including the

Ben Blezard reads some of the names of the 34,927 inscribed at Tyne Cot.

German cemetery of Langemark where in size of a penalty area 20,000 German soldiers were buried. The tour then moved onto Ypres and the Menin Gate which, like the memorial at Thiepval, is a memorial to the missing, and each night a service is held by the citizens of Ypres in thanks to the British soldiers who lost their lives fighting in Ypres. The trip ended with a sombre visit to Tyne Cot cemetery which is on the battlefield of Passchendaele. The cemetery is home to 10,000 British graves and a huge wall to honour the missing, which again put the dramatic losses of the war into perspective for all. The ferry back to Hull saw everyone in high spirits and we were lucky enough to witness Mr Ayling show us his moves on the dance floor. On behalf of the students I would like to thank all the teachers, particularly Mr Hall, for organising such a fantastic trip.

Memorial and part of the wall at the back of Tyne Cot where the names of 34,927 soldiers who have no known grave are inscribed - a continuation of those on the Menin Gate.

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Some of the 11,908 gravestones at Tyne Cot.


TRAFALGAR SPEECH

Trafalgar Speech Ladies and Gentlemen Thank you all for coming tonight to this memorable bicentenary Trafalgar night dinner. The events of 200 years ago are certainly worth commemorating if only as an excuse for bringing us together to have an excellent meal for which I would like us to publicly thank Bill Page, Jane Dodd and all the Queen’s Hall staff – (applause).

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Before I take a few minutes of your time talking about Nelson, may I also publicly thank and acknowledge all the hard work that goes into the CCF at Sedbergh. We see tonight several veterans of that work who have left us with a great legacy. Moreover around the table we see almost all the currently serving CCF personnel who put in such hard work on behalf of the cadets. Congratulations on your hard work. I would particularly like to thank Robin Hartley for his work with the Navy, Raasay Waters in her absence for her work as a sailing instructor and John Jones for his ever willing support of our work in the Navy, to say nothing of our obergruppen fuhrer – Graham Clarke. I make no apologies for perhaps repeating myself for those of you who have heard some of the assemblies this week. There are some fascinating facts that emerged as I read more into Trafalgar. I have to confess that my biggest personal fear is that of being executed – how does anyone retain any dignity when being led towards a certain death? Enough of my personal psychology BUT how did those sailors face up to those agonising hours leading very slowly towards the certain carnage of the “pell mell” battle (to use Nelson’s instructions)? Those ships were agonisingly slow – about 2 miles per hour – One of

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‘England Expects……’ Trafalgar day at Sedbergh.

Nelson’s problems was that his larger and therefore slower ships only entered the battle relatively late. What thoughts were going through the minds and guts of the sailors – whether veteran or not? Children of only 10 were involved – and officers as young as 12 were expected to inspire their much older men. Even those women dressed as men (of which there were many hundred in the battle) were probably quaking in their boots – OR was the patriotic fervour, the sight of hundreds of English flags, the inspirational speeches of their captains and the sight of the famous signal – England Expects Every Man to do his Duty – enough to give them courage? Rum apparently sold at a

guinea a pint just before the battle! Perhaps that was the explanation? Nelson himself joined the navy from a Parson’s family at the age of 12. One of his well known exploits as a young officer was chasing a polar bear on an Arctic expedition. He achieved fame in a series of engagements in which not only was he fearless in the extreme, but had the amazingly valuable military skill of being lucky! He also picked up his famous set of injuries; the loss of an eye, the loss of an arm and a severe injury to the skull which left him with blinding headaches. His long standing friendship with Lord William Hamilton seems bizarre


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since he was having such a public affair with his wife Emma Hamilton, without her husband objecting. His own wife was largely abandoned. However, it is salutary to note that Emma died penniless in Calais some 10 years after Nelson. Despite all this, and his well known refusal to obey orders if he disagreed with them, he achieved the rank of Vice Admiral of the White in 1804. The rest of the story we know – the chase of the Franco Spanish fleet to the West Indies and the final closing of the lines of battle at Trafalgar. He somehow sensed his own imminent death - on the eve of the battle he stated to his officers “tomorrow I will do that which will give you younger gentlemen something to talk about and something to think about for the rest of your lives. But I shall not live to know about it myself”. Ladies and Gentlemen – I ask you to be upstanding to drink a toast in silence. “To the Immortal Memory” Lt MP Ripley

CCF Royal Navy Section: F I E L D D AY, O C T O B E R 2005 Field day saw us elect to visit the real Navy for a change with Lt Ripley taking the younger new cadets to Portsmouth and S/Lt Hartley taking the older cadets to HMS Gannet. The Portsmouth trip involved 12 hours on a train but was well worth it for the variety of experience. We were accommodated on a World War II Type 82 Destroyer – HMS Bristol – now converted for Cadet accommodation. The typical reaction was how cramped it was, until they saw how much more crowded a modern ship is! Being marched through deep puddles to breakfast was an interesting experience,

Anchored alongside HMS Victory.

and the squad had to cope with Colours without much preparation. However, having sorted that out, we were on our way for a harbour tour only to be “ambushed” by the SBS embarking for a training raid on HMS Rame Head. It was curious to find submachine guns lying unattended on the jetty but only one sight of the size and shape of the wetsuited SBS troops put us off trying to trophy hunt. Our tour allowed us to see almost the complete range of Naval ships in service – frigates, destroyers, aircraft carriers, minesweepers and hunters and the P2000 patrol boats. We were shown round HMS Nottingham, a type 42 batch 2 destroyer, which certainly showed us that life at school, even in a non-refurbished Sedbergh House, is quite luxurious. What a contrast HMS Victory was – 200 years back in time to the age of sail, manpower and a crew of over 800 compared to 250 in HMS Nottingham. The headroom, lack of privacy and the sheer weight of armament is stunning – even if we did get a close up view of a Sea Cat missile on Nottingham. 68lb carronades at a range of less than 100m could certainly compete with a Sea Cat. We were then able to tour the other Naval museums in the heritage area before visiting the Navy’s most up to date tourist attraction “Action Stations” packed full of interactive exhibits, preceded by a 30

minute pirate fantasy film Navy Style. Meanwhile, the remaining cadets visited HMS Gannet - one of the smallest Naval establishments on mainland Britain. Based at Prestwick Airport, HMS Gannet runs 3 Sea King Helicopters for Air/Sea Rescue. The cadets were able to hear about the work of the station and be introduced to the aircraft. The Sea Kings are old but reliable, and remarkably roomy inside. All cadets spent some time inside the aircraft, ready to disembark at very short notice in the event of a rescue call being received. Lt MP Ripley

Dangerous: David Crookdake behind a gun on HMS Nottingham.

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From left to right, top to bottom: The Rawthey Ball; James Burley; Year 9 Activities walk below Cautley Spout; Miss Waters completing a discection; Oliver Macauley dancing; The Cloisters under construction; Frost on Powell Pitch; Year 9 descent; Evans House Christmas Dinner.


MICHAELMAS MUSIC

Music Report: MICHAELMAS TERM My first term at Sedbergh has been an extremely steep but enjoyable learning curve. It has been a great pleasure working with such talented pupils and staff. There have been many points but my overriding feeling has been one of pleasure, watching the growing enjoyment of music making though the term.

Mr Seymour conducts the Male Voice Choir.

Rebekah Milne, Kimberley Goodlad, Marie-Ann Rogers, Anika Heale & Kate Baron perform a cabaret act in front of the Band.

Service where the contributions of the Choir and the Brass helped to create an atmosphere of real worshipfulness and wonder.

school computer network which brings a new and exciting dimension to composition and research work for the pupils.

Guldrey Lodge has also seen some change this Term. The basement is now a fully equipped lower school classroom with several electronic keyboards and percussion instruments. This allows pupils to enjoy the practical aspects of Music and really appreciate the subject from the inside. The Music School has also now been connected to the

There have been many successful Concerts during the Term and some tremendous items performed by soloists and groups alike. The first Concert was a rather informal Coffee Concert, given by pupils on Sunday 16th October after Chapel. There was a warm and supportive atmosphere at the concert and it was good to see so many pupils from the Houses supporting their peers and giving them a lot of encouragement. There were many good performances from the pupils but particularly noteworthy were Lee Morris’ “Tears in Heaven”, Andrew Smith’s “Rhapsody for Euphonium”, Kate Telfer and Kate Relton’s “The Moon and I” and Daniel Johnson’s “O Star of Eve”.

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The Choir has gone from strength to strength and I have been particularly delighted with the way that they have all grown as a unit during the Term. The first real milestone was a very good performance of “Blessed be the God and Father” by Wesley, a challenging piece with many changes of mood and colour. The Choir tackled the piece with tremendous confidence and control and gave a performance which had real feeling and demonstrated a good understanding of this difficult music. The improvement continued with a very pleasing rendition of “Give us the Wings of Faith” by Bullock on Remembrance Sunday, a fitting contribution to an excellent musical weekend. The Term’s work culminated in an excellent Carol

Saturday morning assemblies have produced much variety and musical interest. The Term started with an outstanding performance by James McCleod who went on later in the Term to gain a place in the National Euphonium Championships. Also, early in the Term, Josh Reed was accompanied by the CCF Band in a very moving performance of

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remain a friend of the School and its Music in the future. Mrs Lomax’s skills are so diverse (being a bassoonist, a clarinetist and an oboeist) that she has proved difficult to replace and next Term we anticipate three new instrumental teachers filling her shoes. There have been some notable individual achievements in Music Examinations this Term. We congratulate Flora Dawson on her distinction in Grade 5 singing, Kate Telfer on Grade 8 Tenor Horn, Sarah Rowley on Grade 8 Singing, Imogen Wood on Grade 8 Clarinet, Andrew Smith on Grade 8 Baritone, Hugh Barbour on Grade 8 Trombone, Gary Michinson on Grade 8 Tenor Horn and Ben Johnson and James McCleod on their ATCL Diplomas in Cornet and Trumpet, respectively.

Calum Greenall, Sarah Hogg & Frasier Precious.

“Highland Cathedral” arranged by Mr Lewis. Josh also made a very moving contribution towards the Remembrance Sunday weekend. The Girls’ Choir’s medley of Negro Spirituals was very much appreciated by the School and it was also good to hear the brave performance of our Head of School, Toby Foster. One of the real highlights of the Musical Term was the Concert for the Remembrance Sunday weekend. All the major groups played in the Concert and it followed a theme of music between the wars. The Concert saw the debut performances of the Male Voice Choir and the Girls’ Choir, both of whom made an impressive contribution to the Concert. Jack Telfer’s solo in “The White Cliffs of Dover” was also particularly memorable. There were many kind words of congratulation from members of the audience to the pupils and staff and all felt that it was a

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fitting musical contribution to an excellent weekend. There was a tremendous balance to the Christmas concert. Music of great vitality and fun provided by The Band and the Swing Band was balanced with the splendour and dignity of performances by the Orchestra and the Choral society. Jack Telfer and Natasha Beeby gave a stunning rendition of “Somethin’ Stupid” which brought the house down and there was a dynamic and sassy performance of “Jingle Bell Rock” by members of the Upper Sixth and the CCF Band. The Music Department also said “Farewell” to Jane Lomax who has given tremendous service to the Music of the School. Her contribution has been very impressive and her legacy will continue for many years to come. We wish her all the very best in her move to Ripon and hope that she will

The most pleasing element of the Term has been the real sense of team that has been present in all that the Music Department has produced this Term. This was epitomised by the joint Carol singing of the Choir and the Band in Town on the penultimate day of Term. Mr Lewis conducted several Carols which the Choir sang and the Band accompanied. The Choir also performed some items on its own. All is very promising for exciting times ahead. JM Seymour

Charlotte Mann & Johanna Vicary.


Toby Foster (Head of School) reads the lesson at the Carol Service.


Early morning sun catches Powell Hall.


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Season Report: Boys 1st XI Hockey 2006 The season started with a very young side coming together. Not only was there not a single player who had played in the first team the previous year but all of the players were in the Lower VI or 5th form. Nevertheless, all of them were keen to do their jobs.

We moved on to Giggleswick for a midweek fixture. Again we had a very young side on the field. Boye gave us the lead from a short corner where we held on for the win. Veenendaal was prominent in the midfield with good defence of Pescod and Watson at the back. Then we came up to a very good Rossall side with a few German National players. We were 6-0 down at half time. We gave them too much room to run and they made us pay for it. The second half we were a lot more aggressive and harder on the ball. Orpwood was magnificent in defence and marked the Rossal striker out of the game in the second half. We came back with a goal from McArdle and lost 9-1 at the end. Our next game against Wakefield was cancelled due to a frozen pitch. Then we were on our way for our Scotland tour. Our first game was against Lorretto, which we lost 7-1.

Afternoon sun on the Astroturf.

We were down 6-0 at half time and came back fighting for a 1-1 result in the second half with Morgan scoring from a short corner. We then travelled to Glenalmond where we lost 5-0.

to develop a belief that we can win games and compete against the hockey schools. I want to thank the guys for a good season! GDJ de Beer

After half term we hosted Fettes College from Edinburgh for a very exciting game that we won 4-3. We then had a midweek game against Yarm. After being 3-0 down at half time we came back with some very good goals from Morgan and Downs. As we were controlling the game and seeking the equaliser the time ran out! And then came the snow! Our last two fixtures against Durham and Scarborough were cancelled. In addition, we participated in a seven-a-side tournament at Durham. We ended second in our group stage by beating Ashville College and Dame Allans and drew against Durham. We played Bradford Grammar in the Semi finals where we drew 1-1, with Boye scoring our goal and Bradford levelling the scores after half-time. We then advanced to the finals after winning the game on penalty strokes. We met Yarm in the final, which we lost 1-0. We have considerable potential for the future, as most of the side was in the 5th form. However, we still need

Season Report: Boys 2nd XI Hockey 2006 After a slow start to the season with only a few fixtures, the 2nd Team really showed that they were a team of great potential that will develop for next season. By the end of the season they were playing a good game of hockey, keeping possession and using their width well. The strength of the team lay in a strong midfield with a combination of Lee Howson, Andrew Smith, James Kilpatrick and Freddie Watson.

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Our first game was an away trip to Barnard Castle. We lost the game 4-1 but the boys gave 150%. Our goal was scored by the Captain, Constantine Boye from a well worked short corner. Our next game was against a very strong Ampleforth side. They were physically much stronger then us, but we held our own. Good performances were given by Raikes, Boye, Downs and Peters. Ampleforth scored in the last few minutes to give them a 1-0 victory.

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Greenall and Tom Wilmot in goal persevered throughout the season and never let us down. Wingers and forwards Ben Sansom, Louis Gergaud and Ollie Coral provided good speed for the team up front. Our next game was against Ampleforth which proved a tough match going down 3-1, with a last minute break away field goal from Ben Sansom. I thank them for all they did and wish them all the best of luck for next season. R Waters

Season Report: Boys U14 XI Hockey 2006 Modern hockey played well on astroturf is a fast game requiring a great deal of skill and stamina. It is a fantastic team game, can be played by people of all shapes and sizes, and is very good for testing one’s spatial awareness. It also has a distinct advantage over some other sports in that it can be played long after

the boots of those other sports have had to be hung up. Introducing hockey to a young group this year, many of whom had not played much or at all before was a real pleasure as they all took to the game with real relish. It helped a great deal that hockey comes easily to natural sportsmen, and they all quickly picked up the pattern of the game well, and I hope that they will keep playing as they move up the school. It always helps to have one player who knows the game well, and county player Angus Donald was a useful link at centre-half, although his season was hindered by injury. I look forward to seeing the best of him in years to come. Dan Keene and Tom Robertson made up a skilful and swift midfield who provided a good link between forwards and backs. The front row of Josh Reed, Sam Stuart and Ed Davidson provided a powerful triumvirate with plenty of goal scoring opportunities created, and plenty of pace which caught out many defenders. Freddie Goodall was a very useful utility player, filling in as a forward or a back with ease, and without complaint. Tom Partridge was also a very useful player who progressed well as the season went on. Having not just one, but two

Good hockey posture. Daniel Keene & Tom Partridge.

goalkeepers in Duncan Morrison and Andrew Johnstone was good news, and both have huge potential. Whilst it was a season of mixed results there was plenty that was positive about the manner in which all players learned new skills, and developed a good feel for the game. I very much hope that they will all continue to play as they move up the school, and I thank them for their efforts, and for being such a nice bunch. JDR Morgan

Season Report: Boys U15 Hockey 2006

U14 attacking. Freddie Goodall & Ed Davidson.

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its game despite the injured players. Many pupils were new to the game when the season began, so the development of the basic skills and the work to arise a unified and strong team have been the main objectives for the team. The weekly work began to be reflected, little by little, in the way that we played the games and in the hockey skills of the players. Oliver Dootson showed his capacity to keep things simple and keep looking for the best play for the team. Nicholas Parkin worked tirelessly to pass the ball accurately to his team mates. Sam Wilkinson-Dover provided a strong sense of security to the team. Peter White’s adjustment to the position of sweeper leading the defence line, Patrick Wood’s hockey skills and Richard Hold’s great effort to score from any arisen opportunity are also aspects to emphasise. Several of the U15 players could turn into good players for the first team in the future, but need to carry on with hockey sessions at least twice a week to make it a reality. JC Trullols

Season Report: Netball Review Overall, the netball season was a successful one, if slightly reduced by being such a short term and the inclement weather. For the first time we qualified for the North West Regional Finals with all age groups (U19, U16 and U14). The girls performed creditably against very strong opposition, some the strongest in the country (Oldham won the U19 National Title.) The very promising U16 side came closest to qualifying for the National Finals, narrowly missing out. I believe that we are the only school in the North of England to qualify for the North Regional Finals in both Hockey and Netball, which is impressive considering the relatively small numbers of girls we have to choose from. The 1st VII was run by Anna Newell and myself, Alison Moore ran the 2nd and 3rd VIIs, I was in charge of the U16 VII, Sara Hirst the U15 VII’s and Sue Wallace-Woodroffe and Sarah Newell the U14 VIIs. Thanks must go to the coaches, who devoted great amounts of time and effort to giving as many girls as possible the opportunities to play. Plans and fundraising are now well underway for the first Girls’ Netball Tour to St Lucia, between the 10th and 22nd July 2006.

Season Report: Netball 1st VII

Magdalena Gray & Imogen Clerey.

The 1st VII were hampered by injury but still managed to produce some excellent performances, notably beating Newcastle RGS twice, Ampleforth, Pocklington, Barnard Castle, Ripley St Thomas and drawing against Cheadle Hulme. We won the South Cumbria

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Tournament, beating Chetwynde, Casterton, Windermere St Anne’s, Barrow Sixth Form, Ulverston Victoria, QES Kirkby Lonsdale and Casterton and QEGS Penrith in the County Finals to represent Cumbria at the Regional Finals. We will be really sorry to lose our first ever intake of Year 9 girls this year but they really have done Sedbergh proud over the past 5 years. Their enthusiasm and commitment has been quite outstanding and we hope that the Old Girls’ Fixture is now firmly established for the future as our current 1st VII beat the first ever Old Girls’ Netball side this year. Particular mention must go to Kayleigh Reynolds, M-A Rogers, Kim Buffoni, Victoria Hirst, and Magdalena

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Captain’s Report: Season Report: Netball 1st VII Netball 2nd VII At the start of the season we faced the county netball tournament where the team displayed a high standard of netball resulting in first position against schools such as St. Anne’s Windermere, Queen Elizabeth and Casterton School. Our first position took us through to the second round where we came runners up and then onto the regional round that took place in Manchester. Marie-Anne Rogers, Kayleigh Debil & Kara Sullivan defending.

Gray for their five years of service and Kara Sullivan and Kate Baron for their 2 years of service. Kayleigh has been a dedicated and hard working Captain on and off the court, ably assisted by M-A who on the day has tremendous potential and athleticism. Injuries to Kim Buffoni, Victoria Hirst and Amy Jones hampered our season but the squad rallied round and performed well. We developed a fast chest passing style and despite lacking height in the defensive circle Sullivan, Rogers, Jones and when required Debil gave it their all. In centre court Gray, Rogers, Rook and when fit Buffoni and Hirst played with flair and athleticism feeding the ball well to Reynolds, Hirst and Wood who rotated well as shooters. They are all capable shooters who just need to improve their consistency under pressure. We took on the might of the Midlands, losing out to Oundle and Rugby in awful winds and we look forward to next season when we aim to take revenge. 1st VII Colours were awarded to Kayleigh Reynolds, M-A Rogers, Kim Buffoni, Victoria Hirst, Magdalena Gray and Kara Sullivan. HJ Christy

The season started off well with four consecutive victories over RGS Newcastle, Barnard Castle, Ampleforth and Pocklington. However the tour down south proved too much for the squad as we were defeated by both Rugby and Oundle, missing two of our vital players – Kim Buffoni and Kara Sullivan. However in typical Sedbergh spirit we bounced back and although in challenging circumstances we maintained a draw against Cheadle Hulme. Over the season all the players developed their game particularly in specific areas due to the coaching and guidance of Mrs Newell who gave the team a greater understanding of the diversity of the game beyond girls’ school level. The teams defence proved to be very strong with Kara Sullivan, Amy Jones, Marie-Anne Rogers and Magdalena Gray as key defenders. In the centre court Abi Rook and Victoria Hirst proved to be vital players providing support for the attackers and defenders. Catherine Hirst and Imogen Wood were stars as Goal Shooters and their accuracy in the circle secured many of our victories.

After two fantastically successful seasons of straight wins, it seems the inevitable had to happen. This season the fortunes of the 2nd VII were dramatically reversed after coming up against some stiff and vastly improved sides. It must be said however that the players enthusiasm and determination to succeed never waned, in come cases battling on with long term recurring injuries. As the season wore on it seemed that we were going from bad to worse, however, as always the team who are well known for leaving the best till last delivered a pounding victory over Newcastle RGS in the last match of the season, as one player was heard to retort on their success “Well we were just building up to it!” Many of our matches were extremely close and the goal differences minute, this was mainly due to the hard work and leadership of our departing captain Hannah Watkin ably supported by her redoubtable vice captain Natasha Beeby. Other notable performances from those departing Sedberghian courts were Kate Baron who showed her usual versatility by playing in virtually every position bar Shooter. The partnership of Wing Defence and Wing Attack started life as the energetic

The squad as a whole was very determined and showed great enthusiasm throughout the season and I am sure there are great things in store for us in St Lucia! Kayleigh Reynolds (Robertson) Kayleigh Reynolds & Kim Buffoni.

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duo of Chloe French and Hannah Cuthbert, which was cruelly curtailed when Hannah succumbed to an ankle injury which not only finished her season but lost her the chance to take part in her last Wilson Run, however the role was taken over by our erstwhile squad member Kim Goodlad. Emily Procter who for most of last season could be found in centre court, made a very successful and valiant move to the goal circle being partnered by the resilient Alison Chalmers. Finally, after so many physical difficulties with injuries Rebekah Milne joined us as our new Centre.

by their captain Jessica Shelley who, with her many years of netballing experience at Sedbergh, negated the need for a coach. The 3rd team also provides an insight for the coach into new, up and coming, junior talent making their way into the senior squads, as was the case at Ampleforth where fine performances were displayed by Georgie Goff, Charlotte Mann and Freya Findlay. Sterling efforts were also credited to two of our new lower sixth girls Harriet Watson and April Stobart. AF Moore

Hopefully, next season we will see the team will return to past form. AF Moore 2 ND VII PLAYING RECORD Newcastle Central (A) 18-14 Lost Barnard Castle (H) 16-19 Lost Ampleforth (A) 18-12 Lost Oundle (A) 20-0 Lost Rugby (A) 14-8 Lost Cheadle Hulme (A) 11-3 Lost Newcastle RGS (H) 21-5 Won!

Season Report: Netball U14 VII The U14 teams were well established by the beginning of the Lent term, having gained considerable success in the National Schools’ tournament by Christmas. The B team were bolstered by experienced players from the A squad and despite periods of widespread

injury, were always able to field a competitive team. Ellie Witt and Laura Tinkler captained the A and B teams most effectively throughout the season and were always well supported by their teams. The highlight for the B team was a hard fought match against Durham which they won 24 goals to 10. The A team squad particularly enjoyed their mini tour to Oundle and Rugby. They played with determination and spirit to win against Oundle and put up a good fight against a very strong team from Rugby. That every member of the Year 9 played in a match at some point in the season is a testament to their enthusiasm and developing skills. The U14s are undoubtedly a force for the future and have to be especially congratulated on their achievement in getting to the North of England Schools’ Netball finals. The competition was fierce but they never lost heart and gained a good win and narrow loss within their group. I wish them continued success next season and look forward to seeing them develop further. Overall the U14 teams played 12, won 9 and lost 3. S Wallace-Woodroffe

Season Report: Netball 3rd VII Being a member of a 3rd team may not seem very auspicious. However, in Netball at Sedbergh, these players are an integral part of the 2nd/3rd team squad and whilst playing their own matches, may be called upon at any time to step up to the line for one of their team mates in the 2nd team. Sadly, only playing two matches this season, the 3rds definitely made it count by once again showing their tenacity by firmly trouncing our old arch rivals Ampleforth and dismissing the weaker Pocklington side. This success was superbly led and controlled

Back row to front row from left to right: Magadalena Hinsinger, Laura Tinkler, Lauren Crowson, Stephanie Harrison, Jessica Hurst, Natasha Sordy, Isobel Procter & Maria Brook.

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Season Report: Netball U15 VII My new squad had much to live up to as, for the two previous seasons, the U15 VII had been unbeaten! The pressure was definitely on and it was very clear early on to the girls that only those who showed determination, commitment and desire to improve, would win team places. I have to admit that the girls surprised me! On many a cold winter’s training day we all battled the elements on Busk Courts and the Robertson Court and very soon it was clear to me that both the U15 A and B VIIs would be teams to be reckoned with this season. The U15 A Squad started with a fine away 27-5 victory over Ripley St Thomas which gave me the perfect opportunity to vary the positions and try out a range of combinations. The girls could see that they would have to fight for their places! Victories followed for both A and B Squads over Stonyhurst (31 – 13 and 25 – 7) and Pocklington (23 – 17 and 23 – 13) and a particularly convincing victory over Ampleforth (23 – 7 and 23 – 3). However, the A Squad then went on a very enjoyable overnight tour to Oundle and we knew we would have to raise our game considerably to take on the might of the Oundle and Rugby U15 sides. In bitingly cold conditions the Sedberghian character of the girls shone through and in a fiercely fought contest the team drew 12-12 with Oundle. Rugby were rattled! We showed no mercy and for me the 19 -11 victory which followed, over Rugby, eclipsed even our victory over Ampleforth. I was so proud of the team. There followed, a week later, victories over Durham School (18 – 6 and 28 – 9). It would have been an unbeaten season but along the way the girls had to face the netball might of Newcastle Central. Last year’s excellent U15 Squad had found them a very difficult school to beat so we knew it was going

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to be our toughest game. The girls gave their all but this time it was not enough and they were defeated 11-21 by a very impressive Newcastle U15 team. The team was Captained in excellent fashion, both on and off the court by Emily Hirst whose skill at Goal Attack helped to secure many a victory. Rebecca Fardell, Kelly Frost, Ellie Porter and Lucy Benville were outstanding centre court players. Their ability to change the direction and pace of the game was of tremendous value, particularly in the closely fought matches. Mia Taylor, as Goal Shooter was calm, efficient and purposeful in every match. Her excellent eye for the ball ensured that scoring opportunities were never wasted. Increasingly dominant and confident in defence were Ellie Mewburn as Goal Defence and Rosie Harnby as Goal Keeper. By the end of the season they had developed into a very fearsome duo! Georgina Ogden was an impressive B Squad Captain and also played in several A Squad matches. She was particularly effective in the A Squad victory over Ampleforth. Her B Squad team of Lee Morris, who also played extremely well for the A Squad, Jess Melia, Angelica Rose, Isobel Farmiloe, Charlotte Burrows, Zoe Tailford, Lizzie Priestley, who was an outstanding B Squad Shooter, Olivia Firth and Claire Carney all proved to be excellent Squad members. I am proud of them all. It was not only a successful season but a very enjoyable one for me too. S L Hirst

Season Report: Netball U16 VII We won the South Cumbria Tournament, beating Casterton, Windermere St Anne’s, Cartmel, Lakes, Kirkbie Kendal and QES Kirkby Lonsdale and in the County Finals went on to beat Parkview, Newman, Nelson

Thomlinson, Casterton and Willian Howard. This enabled us to represent Cumbria at the Regional Finals where we beat Wirral Grammar and drew with Our Lady’s losing in close games to Holy Cross and Whitby. The U16 Squad came so close to an unbeaten season in school matches, narrowly losing to Oundle in a match they ought to have won, but easily beating Rugby. Again, we look forward to next year and a chance to overturn the result. We had excellent wins against Stonyhurst, Pocklington, Newcastle Central and RGS Newcastle. The girls have worked and played very hard this year and been a pleasure to coach. Kayleigh Debil has really progressed as a dominant defender and on occasions also played for the 1st VII due to injuries. Her partnership with Sarah Brockbank at the back has been an impressive one and the majority of re-bounds head their way. Through centre court the ever-reliable Wilson and Dutton partnership grew even stronger with Clerey and Wilson leading the attack and consistent shooting from Rogers and Captain James. Hannah Rogers deserves particular mention for the first ever 100% shooting record in a game of Netball at Sedbergh, against RGS Newcastle which we won 48-5. The ever-reliable reserves of Georgie Goff, Freya Findlay, Johanna Vicary, Tess Callaghan, Aimee Fleet and Debs Perry also deserve mentions for their commitment despite being more off the court than on! The current 1st VII should feel worried for next year as these young pretenders aim to take their positions on the court. It really will be a tough selection headache for next year, though a great position to be in. Sedbergh Netball has never been in such as strong position as we look to strengthen our Coaching Staff and increase the number of netball courts. HJ Christy


From left to right, top to bottom: Stuart Eborall moves in to take the rebound; Jackson Bent prepares to shoot; Jackson Bent with the ball; Captain Leo Ho in possession; Leo Ho takes to the air; Olly Pointon gets to the rebound first; Jackson Bent on the dribble.


WILSON RUN

Wilson Run 2006 Training for the 2006 Wilson Run started almost six months earlier than in recent years. For the first time in the history of the run, a specific and modified course was used for training and qualifying for the race. The training course uses more footpaths and fewer roads. Just before High Wardses the training course contours instead of dropping to the road. Just before Cautley the course fords Cautley Home Beck and the Rawthey before passing through Low Haygarth and crossing the Cautley road east of High Wardses. The route then climbs to Bluecaster Lane using a footpath and then turns right on Bluecaster Lane and returns to the traditional race route before dropping down to Taythes. The training course then follows the traditional route across the lower slopes of Baugh Fell to Hebblethwaite, Muddy Slide and Spectator Hill. At Great Dovecote Gill (in recent years marked by wheels and a tractor axle) the route deviates to the right to pick up the footpath which leads to Dowbiggin Lane. The lane leads to Straight Bridge (nearly 2 kms). From Straight Bridge the route follows the river bank footpath to New Bridge and then returns to Sedbergh via the normal route (Back Lane). This new route allows runners to practice more

Running across Baugh Fell.

frequently as there is less private land and it is safer as it avoids the danger of the Garsdale road on returning from Danny. In order to qualify to race the Wilson Run each year it is necessary for boys to run faster than 2 hours 10 minutes and girls below 2 hours 30 minutes (these times are the bronze standards). Qualification can take place any time between September and up to one week before the race. As a result of the new regime the field for the 2006 race was much fitter than in recent years, just one of the 90 starters failed to finish compared with seven in 2005. The race route is the same as it always has been except for the muddy bridleway after the Cautley crossing. Gold (1 hour 20 minutes for boys and 1 hour 45 minutes for girls) and Silver (1 hour 35 minutes / 2 hours) standards are awarded for performances on the day of the race. In the 2006 race there were golds for Simon Barnby and Victoria Hirst and there were 21 silvers for boys and 4 silvers for girls.

Chloe French (to Kayleigh Reynolds & Magdalena Gray): “Did You See That Curlew on Baugh Fell?”

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The conditions for the 2006 race were very similar to the previous year – wet and horrible. Underfoot conditions were particularly slippery after recent snowfalls. Many had wondered

whether the race would be postponed as the day had dawned pure white in the direction of Baugh Fell. Nevertheless gritty determination lay on the faces of all 74 boys and 16 girls as they lined up outside Lupton House at 3 o’ clock. After the initial charge towards the fire station the race settled down and a leading group containing Simon Barnby, Alex Newcome, Nick Orpwood, Stuart Heale, Matthew Davidson and Toby Foster took control of the race. It took no longer than the first major incline (Green Hill) for Simon Barnby to take the lead and to emulate his brother Robert in running alone for an hour and to dominate the race from the front. Simon was unchallenged and he looked fresh at the finish and rumour has it that he could have run at least half as far again. Nick Orpwood filled second spot for the second year and Alex Newcome took third. Victoria Hirst dominated the girls in winning by over six minutes from Abi Rook and Catherine Hirst. Mottoes for the winners: “Simon Pure – the real man!” (Susanna Centlivre - “A Bold Stroke for a Wife”) “My daughter! Oh, my daughter!” (Thomas Campbell – “Lord Ullin’s Daughter”


From left to right, top to bottom: Ben Wood: “Crampons Next Year!”; Alex Johnson, Jack Dutton & Tom Ball at the start of the race; Katie Barker; Evans House runners: Tim Hanley, James Ashford,William Goff, Jack Reynard & John Blue; The end for Victoria Hirst & Freddie Hogan; Dan Redmayne makes it up Muddy Slide; Simon Barnby: “Where is the Start Line?”; “Mud Glorious Mud”; “Wish I had learnt the words”; Swing Band performing in the Concert.


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Motto for the day: “Few, few shall part where many meet! The snow shall be their winding sheet And every turf beneath their feet shall be a soldier’s sepulchre.” Thomas Campbell – “Hohenlinden” Boys’ places: 1) S.J. Barnby (SH), 2) N.S. Orpwood (SH), 3) A.C. Newcome (W), 4) S.M. Heale (S), 5) T.C. Foster (W), 6) M.C. Davidson (SH) House Competition: School House 53 points Girls’ places: 1) V. Hirst (R), 2) A. Rook (L), 3) C. Hirst (L) House Competition: Lupton 267 points HM Symonds

Season Report: Senior Squash 2006 Whilst one cannot say that this has been the most successful of Squash seasons, we at least managed to finish the Lent term on a successful note. Injuries as a result of enthusiastic performance during House Rugby matches put captain, Alex Johnson out of action for almost the full season, and limited the performance of others in the squad. Heavy rains brought about their own challenges, and rendered court two out of action for a number of weeks whilst the puddles dried up, whilst the heating (or lack of) ensured that players kept moving around the court. The re-introduction of a House Competition, relying on individuals to arrange matches against their opponents and write up their scores was too much of a challenge for many Senior players, and meant that Powell House won by default. Perhaps we should try again next year!

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The season started with the usual challenge of trying to stave off total defeat against Barnard Castle. Having been on court only twice, in comparison BC’s training throughout the Michaelmas term, we managed to score not a point. Jamie Roulston came closest to winning a game, managing to take the second game to 6-9 before losing his focus in the final game. After holding on in the first game, taking his opponent to 5-6, Jonathan Clarke succumbed to greater ball control and lost all three games. The less said about the other matches from Johnson, Dutton and Hopkins, the better! Travelling across to Ampleforth we once again succumbed to stronger players across the board. Sedbergh’s focus was not where it should have been and our still limited time on courts by this point in the season showed through. There is little point on dwelling on our second defeat across the board in two weeks! The Lancaster midweek fixture has always brought mixed results, with the Sanders brothers remaining a strong challenge. Dean Bell, brought in from the Junior squad was no match for the maturity of his opponent, but fought back in the second game to lose by three points. Against the older of the Sanders pair, Roulston also fought hard. Frustrated by his mistakes, he lost his focus and lost the match. At number three, also drafted in from the Junior Squad, Sam Bell outpaced his opponent and easily took all three games as did Clarke, playing a cool game against a much weaker Lancaster number four. Their lack of a fifth team member meant our winning the fixture 3-2. The cards were beginning to turn. The following weekend we were able to bring together a stronger team. Will Pennie played a cool game, and having made his mistakes in the first game, went on to win the match comfortably, 3-0. Roulston fought hard in the first game, taking the score to the limit, only to lose 9-10. With greater composure in the second game he made the most of his opponent’s lack of fitness and

convincingly took the game 9-0. The remaining two games were not so straightforward, but Roulston fought hard and won them both convincingly, 9-4 and 9-5. Seb Hopkins also had a challenging first game, fighting to maintain control of the court. Having successfully done so he then lost the game 8-10. This was enough to give Seb the impetus he needed to take the next three games convincingly. Running his opponent ragged around the court he played to his strengths; although making a number of mistakes in placing his drop shots, he won the next three games 9-2, 9-6 and 9-5. The final opponent was no match for Fred Strachan, who used his first game as a warm-up before taking all three convincingly, scoring 9-3, 9-2, 9-3. Like Lancaster, Giggleswick also struggled to put together a squash team this year. The five players that they did manage to bring were a reflection of the problems besetting minor sports in many schools. Pennie again played a strong game at number one. Although over-confident in his abilities at times, he came out well, with convincing wins, 9-4, 9-1, 9-6. Roulston played a splendid initial game, but then lost his focus. By the third game his play was somewhat ragged and he lost , only then to come back on form in the final game to win the match, 9-2, 9-4, 8-10, 9-4. Sam Bell once again came in from the Junior squad to throw his opponent off guard in his first game. By the third he was making mistakes, forcing him to improve his focus in the final game to win the match: 9-0, 9-5, 6-9, 9-2. Clark played comfortably at number four, managing to fit in his squash between training runs for the Wilson. His superior fitness resulted in a convincing win, 9-4, 9-0, 9-3. Strachan gave us another convincing performance in his first two games, only to make too many careless mistakes in his third. Holding on to his composure, he managed to bring the game back under his control to win the match, 9-6, 9-0, 10-8. Again, thanks are due to Pauline Nicholson for her unstinting support


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and patience with a constantly changing squad. Her coaching and sense of humour (much needed with certain players) continues to be welcomed by each new group of players. Thanks are also due to Joseph Bennett for the loan of the Bell brothers from his Junior squad to fill in the gaps when needed. In theory, you could say that it was a successful season, winning three matches and losing two. Although…

opposition’s top seed. There were strong performances from all the players; both Andy Chalmers and James Wainwright took their matches to four games, and Sam Bell won his match, but the overall result favoured Ampleforth. There was much to be taken from this experience, however, and the team was encouraged by the improvements in their form. Confidence would be crucial in our next fixture: the return match against Barnard Castle.

Year 9 players in the school such as Dean, Charlie and David, perhaps we really can take the game to the opposition next year. Watch this space.

So, after half term we ventured east, and took on the might of the BC squad again. With a full complement of players, we felt that we could take the game from them this time, and indeed we did win an individual match. Against the likes of Barnard Castle, this is comfort indeed, and Andy Chalmers was rightly proud of his achievement. David Terrey also had a good game against his number 4 opponent, but narrowly lost out on taking a game. Meanwhile, both Charlie Clare and Dean Bell came close to victory on a couple of occasions, but the home team won through in the end. The depth and quality of their squash is frustratingly tangible, but nevertheless, the fixture taught us a great deal, and we could take away the satisfaction of having played a better game in this match than in the first meeting at the beginning of term.

JHE Bennett

JUNIOR SQUASH RECORD Barnard Castle Ampleforth Barnard Castle Durham

(Home) (Away) (Away) (Home)

Lost Lost Lost Won

0-5 1-4 1-4 4-0

SE Hall

Junior Squash Report 2006 I think I probably said in last year’s report that Sedbergh Junior Squash was looking promising, with some skilled practitioners appearing in the ranks of Years 9 and 10, ready to take on the likes of Barnard Castle and Ampleforth. Well, it did not quite work out that way this year. Nearly, but not quite. Certainly we had a better season, but our first hurdle, as always, was Barnard Castle on the first Saturday of term. We were short of a couple of players, but our hopes were high with the arrival at Sedbergh of the Bell brothers. Dean Bell, a professionally-coached and very talented player was our number 1, with his brother, Sam, captaining and playing at number 2. They both pushed their opponents as far as they could, but the lack of training time on court before this match left us floundering for points. Barnard Castle took this fixture by 5-0. Because of injury, we had been without a couple of players in that first match; Ben Dorrington had valiantly fought against his Barnard Castle opponent, but was replaced by James Wainwright for our next fixture, against Ampleforth. We were still not up to strength, however. Dean Bell was unable to play, so a new face in the shape of Charlie Clare was brought into the team to play at number 2, while Sam Bell faced the

Our final fixture was against Durham, at home. They could rustle up only four players, so, unfortunately, Andy Chalmers did not have the pleasure of playing the last match. But he had, at least, had the satisfaction of winning his last game of the season. Durham received the kind of treatment usually reserved for Sedbergh against Barnard Castle; we did not drop a game, and, in fact, lost only 19 points in the entire afternoon. With Sam Bell playing at number 1 for a change, and his brother playing at number 2, we had a very strong top pairing, with a solid 3 and 4 in David Terrey and Charlie Clare. The boys deserved this win, and enjoyed finishing the season on a high note after the disappointments of the previous matches. Dare I say it? With quality

Season Report: Fives 2006 Sedbergh Fives this season was at its strongest for ten years, with Michael Raikes and Jack Reynard on first pair, while Kenny Sewell (captain) played with Sam McArdle on second pair. At the junior level there were many keen players and the Lent term saw our first colts fixture for longer than I can remember. Fixtures in the Michaelmas term brought mixed results; the first four played impressively in a narrow defeat against a strong university four at Durham. They were way below par away at Merchiston, going down to a heavy defeat on courts where Sedberghians never seem to produce their best. Late in the term, showing real patience and determination, they secured a rare away victory against John Guthrie’s Dalesmen. We left John’s house and hospitality with him already plotting his revenge in the following term. The highlight of the term was undoubtedly The Northern Winchester Championship in November. This is an open competition. The entry was admittedly not as strong as it sometimes has been, but Raikes and Reynard demonstrated their quality as Winchester players by reaching the final and almost beating two much more

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experienced players in Bob Sandie and old Sedberghian Roger Pearson. The Lent term could not have begun better, with a fixture against the White Rose Club in which a reversal of the result in the Northern Winchester final contributed to a notable victory. Merchiston came south at the end of January; their first four was below strength and were no match for the home team. I had expected our colts, playing their first ever school fixture, to go down heavily, but both the first pair (Alex Elletson and Philip Raikes) and the second pair (James Mewburn and Michael Sturla) showed commendable spirit and no little skill, losing a very competitive match by only a single point. Our one other colts’ fixture of the term was against the Guthrie Dalesmen; the result, with young players competing against a four with well over a century of experience between them, was predictable. The next day saw Guthrie’s revenge; the Dalesmen had turned into the Rugby Fives Association and they scraped home against the first four in a match of a genuinely high standard, the result of which hung in the balance almost until the last point was played. Our remaining fixtures against strong club sides (Durham University, U.C.S. Old Boys and the White Rose Club again but this time away at Giggleswick) all ended in defeat; but in all of them both pairs played with increasing confidence and frequent flair. By the end of term the first pair were playing consistently good and sometimes outstanding Winchester Fives. And so to the Nationals, which were unfortunately almost three weeks into the holidays, meaning that we were somewhat short of recent practice. A strange feature of this season’s four has been that none of them have enjoyed playing singles. The first day of the competition saw them all eliminated from the main singles competition. Subsequently Jack Reynard reached the semi-finals of the plate, but our interest centred on the doubles. Sewell and McArdle played well to beat a useful Winchester pair but were then knocked

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out in a hard-fought contest against Sherborne. Reynard and Raikes had easy victories against pairs from Oundle and Eastbourne before coming up against St. Paul’s in the quarter-finals. It was a fine match; in the first game fast and aggressive Fives from Sedbergh put them six points ahead; but St. Paul’s came to terms with the speed of the game, played with inventiveness and determination and eventually won the game 11-7; I expected them to win the second game easily, especially when they went three or four points ahead. Then Sedbergh fought back with a combination of fine serving, hitting to a good length and a stroke or two of good fortune; we survived game ball, served for the game ourselves and finally lost 12-11. The difference between the two sides was the advantage of home courts and marginally steadier defensive Fives, especially at the back of the court. A buttress would have been an enormous help. I confess that, before the competition, I had hoped for a place in the semi-finals, but there was consolation in reflecting that we had lost to strong opposition in a very close contest. The senior four will not approach this season’s standard again for a year or two. I have high hopes for next year’s colts and draw comfort from the number of boys who are playing and enjoying Fives. I thank the members of the four for playing with such energy and commitment, hoping they will continue to play Fives and return to Sedbergh with club sides or for competitions. LW Catlow

Fencing Report LENT TERM 2006 Due to the “out of sync” term dates, most of the competitions that we are able to attend occurred at weekends during half term or in the holidays. As a consequence we were only able to attend the Merlin Express Epee event and the Dundee Duel one hit epee.

Nothing deterred we set off to York at crack of dawn in January with a relatively inexperienced team (weakened by pantomime and exam requirements!). However on our return we were gifted with medals in both mens’ and womens’ events. Ailsa Brown (L) won silver in the Ladies epee, and Dennis Poon (W) won bronze in the Mens. It is quite a small competition but none the less attracted competitors from as far away as East Anglia. Poon is currently the Cheshire Schools U17 epee champion and he is climbing up the NW rankings. Pantomimes and exams over, we were able to field a team of three at the Dundee Duel setting off up over the border on Friday night. We visited this semi-international competition for the first time last year and were keen to try to emulate the success of the previous year. Part of the skill of this competition is to find and challenge as many teams as possible. With over 25 teams to find, it is almost impossible to fight them all within the time limit. As the finish time drew near, all the teams started to target the weakest teams that they had yet to fence in order to pick up cheap points! We fenced 21 other teams and were pleased to be placed 14th. We were the highest placed purely school aged team so were pleased with ourselves, even if it wasn’t as good as last year’s performance. The team consisted of Ian Pope (W), Arian Manouchehri and Lee Howson (S). Regular Monday sessions with our coach Mike Ray continue and we hope to recruit some more fencers. We are going to combine with Settlebeck school in the future to make a more viable club. The summer term holds no competitions but a number of year 10 pupils take it on as a “outdoor pursuit” so perhaps some more talent will emerge. We remain grateful to the MPAGB Northern region for the continued loan of over half of our equipment. MP Ripley


From left to right, top to bottom: Joe Downey: “Too rough for me!”; Mr Webster: “Come on lads!”; Powell House on the march; “Did you know you have a small tear in your shorts?”; Ed Kivell: “Ouch!”; Tom Painter: “I've always wanted to try ballet.”; Sedgwick & Powell: Friends at last!


Sedgwick House PA N T O M I M E

From left to right, top to bottom: James Wilson, Jonathon Sedgwick & Will King; David Blackburn, Sam McArdle, Graham Sawyers, Connor Armstrong, Alex Johnson & Stuart Heale; Richard Ashton & Music; Big Banana; Josh Paul; Jacob Weber & Alex Elletson; Josh Paul and the Horse; Sedgwick House.


B L O O D B R OT H E R S

BLOOD BROTHERS This fine, eagerly awaited production, featuring pupils from all age groups, captured the imagination of its audience by its sheer professionalism, attention to detail and impressive acting and singing. It was a joint production by the Drama and Music Departments and was, quite simply, of the very highest quality. Appetites had been whetted long before the first night by the raising of the proscenium arch in Powell Hall, not used since the 1980s; it worked beautifully, with a little help from some WD40! Copyright legislation had dictated certain musical issues but the cast was not to be defeated by red tape and so the members of the Chorus composed original music for all the

parts of Narrator/Chorus; one of the most memorable aspects of this production was the hauntingly effective and most appropriate music. The Chorus of Sarah Rowley, Claire Carney, Harry Parker, Kate Telfer, Kate Relton, Mac Findlay, Lee Morris, Imogen Wood and Naomi Johnson played their role with maturity and professionalism. The orchestra of John Seymour, George Thomas, Daniel Johnson and Robert Blair deserve their recognition too. “Blood Brothers” is a moving and tragic story of the intertwining of the lives of twin boys separated at birth and brought up, one by his natural mother of working class background, and the other by a woman from a higher social class who was desperate for a child. Flora Dawson playing the role of the natural mother, Mrs Johnston, exhibited a talent and stage presence way beyond her years. Her singing kept the audience spellbound and her sensitive portrayal of the mother, desperate to hide the truth of

Mac Findlay and Flora Dawson…. on the Pulse.

the existence of a twin from her son, was a most memorable performance. Flora, only in Year 10, is a talent to be nurtured as she proceeds through the school. Anika Heale, as the socially superior Mrs Lyons anxious to protect her adopted son (the twin

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Musical:

The Company…. in Character!

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brother of Mrs Johnston’s Mickey) from social inferiors, was played with confidence and panache by Anika and Kym Goodlad as Mickey’s girlfriend Linda, carefully crafted her role to give a most sensitive and realistic portrayal of a working class girl faced with no options in life but marriage and babies. The mutual attraction of Linda and socially superior Eddie, despite her realisation that inevitably her future lay with a working class boy like Mickey, was very successfully and emotively presented to the audience by Kym. Edmund Knock and Freddie Hogan as the young and older Mickey, and Matthew Belcher and Alexander Newcome as the young and older Eddie were quite simply magnificent. The clearly defined class divisions and appropriate accents, the comedy pathos and tragedy, were all conveyed to the audience with energy, perception and beautifully crafted idiosyncrasies. It was difficult to believe that we were not watching professional actors! The audience sensed the tragedy

Freddie Hogan and Kymberley Goodlad…. Give us a kiss!

unfolding as Anika Heale’s Mrs Lyons, became gripped in her destructive

jealousy, to the horror of Flora Dawson’s Mrs Johnston, whose powerlessness and desperation were most successfully conveyed to the audience by Flora. Philippa Hardy (Director of Drama) who produced and directed this production, ably assisted by Director of Music, John Seymour should and can feel justifiably proud of this fine production. The set was skilfully designed by George Aveyard, Mike Bellion and Walt Swanson, and the costumes and make-up efficiently and expertly masterminded by Heather Dawson. Special mention must be made of the wonderfully reliable backstage and lighting crew headed by Helena Lightbody, Myles Ripley and David Barton. SL Hirst

‘Blood Brothers’; Alex Newcome and Freddie Hogan.

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Lent Term DEVISING

From left to right, top to bottom: ‘The Love Talker’ (Harry Parker) seducing Gowdie (Magdalena Gray); The Happy Couple: Alex Newcome & Imogen Wood; A romantic meal for two: Holly Nutt & Barnaby Sellers; In therapy: Rebekah Milne and Barnaby Sellers; William King: Paused for thought; Robin Varley: “Now just a minute…”; All beyond therapy: Holly Nutt,WIlliam King, Dan Fine, Rebekah Milne & Barnaby Sellers.


R O B E R T S O N PA N TO M I M E

to the pantomime was nerve-wracking yet exciting and it was a great experience for the new pupils. The rehearsals were frequent but a great laugh for all and a good time to really get to know our new housemates. The panto was a good way too for people to get involved in different things; as many were needed for prop making, costume design and make-up. Some even got the chance to help with the technical side of things.

PETER PAN

The night finally arrived and back stage the nerves really started to kick in. There were girls running through their lines wherever you went; others panicking about their costumes. The lights and music were getting checked and all the dances were being religiously rehearsed just moments before the curtain went up. The finishing touches were being added to the costumes. The mouse’s whiskers stuck on and the Indians’ feathers put in place. It was time to go on.

The tension was high in Robertson house as the pantomime was creeping ever closer: only a week of practising left! Our actors were shaking at the knees, their lines weren’t up to scratch and time was running out! The lead up

Girls rushed to their places as the lights went up. Nerves were set aside as the adrenalin kicked in and it was all a great success. All thoroughly enjoyed the performance and each had their own opinions about the wacky costumes.

Ellie Porter as Peter Pan.

Robertson House Pantomime:

Sarah Brockbank, Helen Clerey & Tessa Callaghan – the Squaws.

Personally I favoured the mermaids. With around 48 girls on stage at one time or another, there were many great performances - from the ticking crocodile played by Mags Gray to the terrifying Captain Hook performed by Lucie Charlton. There were mermaids and redskins, rats, trees and pirates… The Darlings were played by Rebekah Milne, Hannah Rogers and Becky Fardell and Ellie Porter, who wore her green tights with style as the fantastic Peter Pan. Isobel Procter (Robertson, Year 9)

The Company Sing the Finale.

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Captain Hook played by Lucy Charlton.


Hart House E N T E RTA I N S

From left to right, top to bottom: Jake Dinsdale; Oli Macauley, Elliot Brierley, David Crookdake, James Bagnall, Fred Strachan & John Cassalls; David Crookdake, Fred Strachan & James Bagnall; Greg Ashurst,Tom Strachan, Mac Findlay, John Ball, Justin Dougan & Ryan Yeoh; Fred Strachan & Oli Macauley; Tom Seddon & Hugh Barbour.


Harriet McMillan and Julia Scott shelter from the snow.


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THE ESU MACE COMPETITION The debating season for the sixthformers swings into action in the Lent term. The primary preoccupation is the English Speaking Union (ESU) Schools’ Debating Competition. This is a national event, and is divided initially into regional and area rounds, followed by an area final, and the national final held in London in May of each year. For the Sedberghian Debater, this competition is the pinnacle of his or her school debating career, and, for our team this year, was one of our best performances. The first round, held at Casterton in December, presented us with the rather uninspiring motion This House would elect judges. It is difficult to see how a school boy or girl can get excited over such a topic (or an adult, for that matter), but nevertheless, our team of Toby Foster and M-A Rogers put together a strong and well-researched argument and won the debate over their rivals of Dallam School and Casterton (who entered two teams). We knew, however, that we had had a lucky escape in the face of rather weak competition, and we vowed to prepare more thoroughly for our next encounter. And so, in February, we travelled to Lancaster University for the regional final of the competition. M-A Rogers was unable to attend, and was replaced by Kate Baron. We were opposing the motion This House would change the Human Rights Act in the interests of national security. This was certainly a meatier subject than previously, and one that threw up all sorts of ambiguities and potential dangers. However, we managed to show a mature and

spontaneous response to the points made for the motion. In particular, Kate showed an ability to think quickly on her feet, and to respond accordingly, while Toby Foster held the floor effectively with his commanding style and powerful delivery. Clearly, this team worked well, for we won the round, and would progress to the area final the following month. This victory was especially sweet, as it was hosted poorly by the University students, who failed to welcome the schools effectively; the debate was, unfortunately, executed in a rather negative and unsupportive atmosphere. However, we were thrilled to be going to the area final. After such a strong performance at Lancaster, it was decided that the Foster-Baron partnership would be retained, and the team prepared carefully for the occasion, to be hosted by Leeds Grammar School. Considering the final was to be held on the 15th March, Kate and Toby did a fine job of organising their speeches and research around the hectic schedule that descends upon Sedbergh in the final week of the Lent term. We were proposing the motion This House would dis-establish the Church of England. Perhaps appropriately, we would be facing Loreto School in this match. Once again, both Kate and Toby showed excellent team strategies, helping and supporting each other during the debate, responding decisively to points raised, and Toby’s speech was one of the finest I have heard him deliver. However, the competition was too strong this time. An extremely competent pairing from Leeds Grammar School (of which a little more later) progressed to the national final in London, while we took away the honour of being the third best debating school in the north of England. I could not have been prouder of Team Foster and Baron, and I sincerely hope that they

will continue to ply their not inconsiderable talents beyond the Sedbergh gates in their university debating societies. The ESU Competition is not the only debating event in the Lent term calendar. In February, we also took two teams to the Oxford Union Schools’ Debating Competition. This was hosted by Bradford Grammar School, and was organised and judged by the Debating society of Oxford University itself. The design of Oxford Union debating is somewhat different from conventional competition. Each paired team is given just 15 minutes in which to prepare an argument, before facing their opponents across a table in a lively (to say the least!) encounter. The twist is that each pair is arguing on the same side as another school; therefore, one finds oneself competing against the opposition and those arguing your own case! It leads to some energetic and entertaining debates. The students who rose to this particular challenge were Ranulph Couldrey, James Ashford, Kate Baron and Tim Hanley. For most of these students, it was their first taste of national competition, and the words ‘deep’ and ‘end’ might spring to mind. We all had a thoroughly enjoyable evening, but the level of the other schools’ experience left us floundering at times. However, each team has two debates in which to prove their mettle, and certainly all four of the Sedbergh representatives built on their baptisms of the fiery first round with some sound style and strategies. Tim Hanley especially honed his thoughtful and measured delivery to great effect. But nothing would have prepared us for the aggressive badgering metered out by the Leeds Grammar School pairing; we could only watch and marvel at their truly awesome debating skills. Little did we know at the time that it would not be the last Kate Baron would be seeing of them.

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Senior Debating at Sedbergh is very much a thriving interest, and I have been encouraged hugely over the last twelve months to see so many students wishing to involve themselves with such enthusiasm. With the Dinner Debates (covered in the summer term’s report), the national competitions and the public speaking events, we are doing a great deal to stretch and develop the young minds in our charge. Debating skills have little to do with intellect or IQ; a strong debater is simply curious and keen to discuss issues. Such alacrity of spirit is the hallmark of the Sedberghian, and long may that continue. JHE Bennett

Burns’ Night As one way of staving off the effect of those long, cold winter nights during the early part of the Lent Term – as well as providing a good opportunity to arrange a congenial social gathering – it was decided to regenerate our traditional Burns Night Supper here in School. The success of this venture was almost guaranteed by the fact that several senior members of The Caledonian Society, who are involved in the production of The Rawthey Ball at the latter end of each Michaelmas term,

also happened to be quite accomplished public speakers. The principal activists at such a gathering were therefore easily selected and having plumped for Friday 03 February, plans were made and invitations sent out to host a number of local supporters and distinguished visitors to what we hoped would be an occasion, not just to celebrate the life of the bard himself, but to give all who appreciated good food, good company and good reeling an evening to remember. Guests were greeted with appropriate customary Scottish pipe music, expertly delivered by Josh Reed on arrival at Queen’s Hall and after a cheery drink were soon invited to take their places for supper. A warm welcome was extended to all by Mr Jeffries and the proceedings inaugurated with Olivia Ashton saying the Selkirk Grace – and very eloquently too! Everyone then tucked into a superbly flavoured smoked haddock starter, after which Hugh Barbour, in sartorial highland splendour, emerged from the shadows proclaiming the arrival of the haggis with increasingly menacing tone and presence. Once the steaming mass had been ceremoniously cut open accompanied by more blood curdling oaths and curses, everyone downed a wee dram and got stuck in to a good helping complimented by equally generous portions of tatties and the infamous neeps. A tasty serving of

Crannachan and raspberries followed to complete a superb supper. As coffee was served Natasha Beeby asked all to rise for The Loyal Toast – a tribute to the Monarch, The Queen. Using some splendid imagery and some very well chosen literary illustrations, Toby Foster evoked the immortal memory of Robbie Burns – perhaps the main reason for the gathering – highlighting his sometimes ‘jock the laddie’ approach to life and his legendary philandering ways. To extend appreciation to lassies everywhere and to ensure that we expressed our gratitude to the ladies responsible for preparing such a wonderful supper, James Blair spoke with genuine conviction of the role of women in Burns’ life, explaining how they had provided inspiration and encouragement in developing his poetic sensitivities. In reply, Clare McHaffie, clearly well versed in the ways of the true Scot, although at times a trifle harsh, painted a hauntingly authentic, yet highly entertaining picture of the antics of the typical eighteenth century male, ending, I am pleased to report, on a complementary note. The quality of speaking was excellent and greatly enjoyed by all. The evening would not have been complete without a show of heels, and with the Piper in attendance, everyone made their way upstairs to enjoy a programme of well known Scottish dances, commencing with the all-time favourite, the Eightsome and progressing through the slightly more sedate Mairie’s Wedding and the Inverness Country Dance, finishing with The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh and by way of finale, the essential Reel of the 51st Division. Needless to say, few were left standing, but guests eventually made their way to their beds having thoroughly enjoyed a most congenial and sociable evening. A perfect foil for those forbidding future winter nights has been re-discovered! T Jeffries

Snowy sunset from Winder.

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From left to right, top to bottom: Artwork by Harriet Watson; James Haynes; Harry Parker; Harry Parker; Daniel Redmayne; Anika Heale; Oliver Macauley; Emily Procter.


From left to right, top to bottom: Sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi; Ranulf Couldrey and Adam Duffield; Group Photo; Famous Caryatid Porch of the Erectheum; Palamedes Fortress; Theatre of Dionysus at Delphi; Treasury of the Athenians; Theatre of Herodius Atticus.


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Greek Tour MARCH 2006

The main purpose of the holiday was to enjoy some of the most prestigious archeological sites of the Classical World, and virtually all the students on the tour were Classical Civilisationists, witnessing first-hand some important elements of their A level studies. After our first night spent enjoying some typical Athenian hospitality, the group was treated the next day to a guided tour of modern Athens (luxuriating in the benefits of massive financial investment from the recent Olympic Games), culminating in a wonderful visit to the Acropolis to see the Parthenon, the Erechtheum, and the temple of Athene Nike. The crowds were surprisingly large for early March, and this remained the case wherever we went around the Greek mainland. Everything, though, was made the more enjoyable because of the warm spring sunshine which stayed with us throughout our holiday.

Admiring the awesome grandeur of the Theatre at Epidavros.

Athens done, we travelled then directly to the beautiful town of Delphi, situated 2000 feet up on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, and settled into our second hotel which afforded very comfortable accommodation and a traditional evening meal in an adjoining taverna. (It must be said at this point, that the standard of all our hotels and the food they provided was exceptionally high). By this time, members of the group were really adjusting to the itinerant nature of the trip, and appreciating the variety of experiences on offer. It was at Delphi that the need for home-spun commentary on the ancient sites began, and the atmospheric site of Apollo’s sanctuary presented the first challenge. No-one could fail to be impressed by the sheer beauty of this place, set in idyllic surroundings and retaining much of its original character. After a couple of hours, with difficulty, we had to part company from this site and head off down to the coast of the Gulf of Corinth and thence across the brand new suspension bridge which links mainland Greece to the Peloponnese; but not before consuming copious amounts of baklava and kataifi, helped down with sweet Greek

coffees. This was perhaps the longest leg of the journey around Greece, ending with a wonderfully comfortable night’s stay at the 4* Amalia Hotel in Olympia. We simply could not believe our luck. The rooms and facilities certainly lived up to their rating, so too the food and hospitality. The site of Zeus’ sanctuary at Olympia was stunningly impressive, and already members of the group were beginning to appreciate the subtle differences of the three major architectural orders of the ancient Greek world. It must not be overlooked that the budding athletes within the party were given the opportunity to compete in their own sprint event in the original ancient stadion at Delphi, but large crowds prevented a repeat performance of this at Olympia, the site of the original Olympic Games in 776 B.C. Mr Ayling gave a spirited account of himself in the sprint, but had to accept ‘also ran’ status and forfeit the winner’s prize of a year’s supply of olive oil to the eventual Delphic victor, A Duffield Esq. As at all the other venues, a visit to the Museum provided valuable explanation of everything seen on site. After another

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After a particularly busy final week of the Lent term, it was with some relief that sixteen sixth form students and four members of staff boarded the transfer coach to take this party to Heathrow Airport for the flight to Athens. A quiet night journey was spent catching up on some muchneeded sleep in preparation for the demands of air travel and then the tedium of city traffic jams in Athenian suburbs. We arrived in Greece to meet a temperature change of some fifteen degrees, which put a smile on everyone’s faces, and to be met by Fotini, our enthusiastically helpful tour rep from Hellas Vacances. Red carpet treatment followed from this company for the whole of our stay, transporting us around Greece in the finest of coaches and with the most accommodating of drivers called Pavlos, for whom nothing was too much trouble.

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a large helping of banter enjoyed by students and staff alike. The final evening saw the group enjoying a full Greek mezze in a local taverna, complete with bouzouki players and syrtaki dancing class by kind permission of il duce. Prizes for being the keenest students with the most natural dancing talent must go to Messrs. Holdsworth and Couldrey. Our final treat was to stand above the Corinthian Canal, a narrow channel 200 feet deep, cut through the solid rock, and begun way back in the time of the emperor Nero. It was then with a tinge of sadness that we arrived back at the new Venizelos Airport of Athens for our flight home, having covered some 1000 kilometres of mainland Greece. Sunrise from our hotel balcony in Tolon, Peloponnese.

hugely enjoyable lunch in a traditional Greek taverna in the heart of modern Olympia, we made our way directly to Tolon for our extended stay of three nights, which became our base for the remaining visits to sites on the Argolid area of the Peloponnese. Much to our relief, the high standard of accommodation was maintained by the Hotel Tolo and its very friendly staff, enjoying a peaceful spot right near the beach; each room had a delightful view of the sea, and how relaxing it was to fall asleep at night to the gentle motion of the ocean! Three days gave us the opportunity to really recharge our batteries in preparation for the journey home, and to take in the final two sites of Epidavros and Mycenae. Virtually the best sites were left until last. Sitting in the auditorium of perhaps the largest open-air theatre of the Classical World was a real treat, particularly as the sun provided the finishing touch; and standing atop the citadel of ancient Mycenae after passing through the enormous Lion Gate was an awesome experience. As with all school trips, the situation provided the opportunity to develop friendships which might not otherwise have flourished, and there certainly was

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This venture may well set a precedent for future trips within the Classics department, particularly aimed at the older students, where a combination of relaxation and educational sightseeing really seemed to work. BC Glover

Simon Barnby in action.

Climbing Tour to Spain FEBRUARY 2006

Amy Benville approaching the Tomb of the Atreidae, Mycenae.

Day 1 A bleary breakfast was followed by an equipment check and a brief jargon-busting session with our shiny new Spanish guidebook. A local recommendation and half an hour’s minibus journey then took us to Pandor Valley, our picturesque destination for the day. We quickly learned to climb Spanish style, though getting used to the sharp rock surface was strange and Mr Smith’s expression ‘spike-ological’ soon entered our vocabulary. The day was pleasantly interspersed with some stylish showing off from Lee Howson and the discovery that fruit at the bottom of a kit bag doesn’t survive well (obvious, no?). The area of crags provided some excellent climbs and the agreed favourite was the notoriously difficult, ‘Son of King Pandor’. However the champagne moment of the day would without a doubt be


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awarded to Sarah Corrigan’s seriously impressive fall while leading ‘The Finest Bat’, made even more inspiring as she just regarded it as ‘a reason to go back next year’. Day 2 Dull weather and aching muscles made it a slow start for most people, but inexplicably Simon Barnby and Lee Howson still decided that, instead of some restorative coffee, an early morning run would be a fun thing to do. By 10am we were on the road and heading for Sella, a well known climbing hotspot of the region. Despite being February it was quite busy and we enjoyed mingling with some serious climbers, one of whom cheerily informed us that he had ‘just popped up the 6A’, causing us to go weak at the knees at the mere thought. Day 3 Glorious sunshine shaped a highly motivated day’s climbing and tanning at Echo Valley, where Kate Telfer led a memorably difficult route – exclaiming halfway up that she had upset a huge ants’ nest and proceeding to race to the top, outstripping even the local lizards. A relaxed evening at our local bar, the Molly II, gave us the chance to sample their delicious tapas and provided the GCSE Spaniards with some speaking practice, much to the delight of Molly

Spectacular Echo Valley.

(presumably) and the regulars. Day 4 Lengthy guide book deliberation eventually brought us to Toix, arguably the most stunning of the week’s locations, where there was an abundance of quality climbing to choose from. ‘Heaven is’ definitely lived up to its name and Johanna Vicary was thrilled to discover a route called

‘Johanna’ - she promptly scaled it, making sure that we took plenty of pictures as she waved madly from the top. Day 5 As it was our last day we climbed in a region not far from the airport. The Orihuela area, in Murcia, provided a good consolidation of what we had learned and everyone made the most of the time: harder routes were tackled as the return journey loomed nearer and both Simon and Lee completed ‘Tres Chapas Izquierda’, an epic climb which required ridiculous amounts of skill and strength. Eventually it couldn’t be delayed any longer and, despite detailed plans for missing the plane ‘by accident’, we had to pile back into the minibus and begin the journey home. The group’s atmosphere as we flew out over Spain was a subdued one, but when Mrs Parry officially announced her plans for the Climbing Club trip 2007 the mood brightened considerably! GE Parry

The Dream Team: Lee Howson, Kate Telfer, Sarah Corrigan, Helena Lightbody, Johanna Vicary and Simon Barnaby.

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From left to right, top to bottom: Mr Sykes auditions for ‘Maria’: “The Hills are alive…” whilst Mr Cooling contemplates using his walking pole; Alex Robinson fully padded; Heading down the hill; James Gladstone; Above the clouds; Silhouettes; Year 9 make it safely down; Lee Howson leads the push up Winder; James Gladstone, Lee Howson and Philip Smith make it to the top.


LENT MUSIC

LENT TERM The Lent Term was an extremely busy and fullfiling one for everyone involved in music in the School. Music has also been a major part of many of the community events within the School and there were many musical highlights in the various House Entertainments throughout the Term. The first major musical concerts of the Term were the Choral Society concerts in Carlisle Cathedral and Powell Hall. Full details are given in an additional article. The performances of “Blood Brothers” on 8th – 10th March were an excellent collaboration between the music and drama departments. As the rights for many of the songs in the musical had not yet been released, much of the music was composed by the pupils performing in the show. The chorus, comprising Sarah Rowley, Clare Carney, Harry Parker, Kate Telfer, Kate Relton, Mac Findlay, Lee Morris, Imogen Wood and Naomi Johnson sang beautifully and set the scene in a very poignant and moving manner. There were also some outstanding individual musical performances from Flora Dawson and Kym Goodlad and the orchestra made up of Mr Seymour, George Thomas, Daniel Johnson and Robert Blair provided an excellent musical backdrop to the show. The Wilson Run Concert on 14th March was a splendid and fitting tribute to the outstanding performances of the various runners during the day. It is also a tribute to our musicians that many of them took part in the run earlier in the day and managed to conserve their musical energies for the evening concert. In particular, Alex Newcombe (CCF Band, Swing Band and Male Voice

Choir) and Fraser Precious (CCF Band, Male Voice Choir, Orchestra and Swing Band) who managed to finish 3rd and 7th respectively! The music in the Concert was full of great vigour and admiration for the runners, with themes such as “Superman” (CCF Band) and “Thunderbirds March” (Orchestra). Both the Male Voice Choir and the Girls’ Choir gave impressive performances and the Concert ended on an upbeat note with two extremely vibrant pieces by the Swing Band. The House Singing Competition was an outstanding success and a testament to the hard work of the various pupils, Housemasters and Housemistresses and the standard of the performances was superb. The atmosphere in Powell Hall was good natured and fun. Robertson House sang particularly well in the House Unisons but there were also excellent performances from Hart, Sedgwick, Lupton, Winder and Powell. The part song sung by Lupton House, stole the show and was a worthy winner of that part of the competition. The Unisons were followed by the end of Term Service and the Choir and School sang with immense energy and vigour. I have never heard

congregational singing as good as it was at that service, at Sedbergh or anywhere else! The Music Department welcomes four new visiting music staff this Term: Zoe Kitson, Ruth Partington, Sylvia Boyce and Fiona Austen. They have already made an excellent contribution to the department and the School is extremely fortunate to have such talented musicians working within it. There have also been some notable individual achievements in Music Examinations this Term. We congratulate the following pupils on their distinctions: Imogen Wood (Grade VIII singing), Sarah Rowley (Grade VIII flute), Sarah Corrigan (Grade V, singing) and Kate Relton (Grade V, singing). Robert Blair (viola) and Kate Relton (piano) also obtained extremely high Merit passes in their Grade VIII exams and we congratulate Aaron Stott on passing his Grade VIII piano. Ben Johnson, Calum Greenall and James McLeod were awarded their trinity diplomas this term – a remarkable achievement for musicians of school age. Kenny Mann should also be mentioned for his extremely high distinction in the

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performed musical aerobatics in some of the more descriptive passages. Indeed, it was at this stage that we came to realise what an astonishing work Haydn had composed, full of interesting ideas which were barely developed and then extravagantly cast aside as the next motif came along.

A winning performance from Robertson at the House Unisons.

Grade V theory exam. Congratulations to all! It is an extremely exciting time for the Music Department and the Lent Term demonstrated the wide variety and depth of talent that we have at Sedbergh School. Onwards and upwards! JH Seymour

Haydn’s Creation It was quite a brave move on the part of John Seymour, as incoming Director of Music, to agree to tackle Franz Josef Haydn’s expansive oratorio “The Creation” with both a choir and an orchestra that he had yet to meet. However, this gamble paid off in spades, as all involved enjoyed a remarkable and instructive experience. From the beginning of the rehearsal programme, JHS’ unique and encouraging rehearsal technique not only helped to teach the chorus the notes, but also to inspire us to interpret the music in an inventive way.

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Incorporating the dynamics and phrasing at an early stage meant that they became instinctive, and we were pleased to feel that we were doing interesting things with our vocal lines well before Christmas; the gathering momentum of the choir also served to attract additional adult singers from the Sedbergh area, and their support was most welcome in enhancing the tone of our singing. And so to Carlisle Cathedral for the rehearsal with the orchestra and the Saturday performance; this astonishing piece of church architecture, notable for its bold omission of a nave, welcomed us with a responsive acoustic and a first opportunity to hear the orchestral parts. One of the most important educational benefits of an occasion such as this is for the pupils to witness at close quarters a group of professional musicians in preparation and in performance, and this was all the more interesting in that Robert Blair and Fraser Precious were amongst them, the latter sharing the trumpet desk with his father. Many of the instrumentalists had the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in solo passages, most notably the Leader of the Orchestra James Westall, music supremo at our Junior School, and the writer was privileged to be sitting close to the First Bassoonist as he

This was also was a time to appreciate the skills of the three vocal soloists, who showed deft professionalism and a lively sense of humour as they and JHS ensured that the orchestra was giving them every support. As they grew used the cathedral, we could hear them working the acoustic and polishing their tone whilst playing with the nuances of Haydn’s flowing vocal lines, and we soon found ourselves in the midst of a dynamic performance which brought a highly enjoyable day to a close. It hardly seemed any time at all until we were all reassembled for an action replay in the homely surroundings of Powell Hall on the Sunday evening; here the challenges were very different, with a dry acoustic and the orchestra at the same level as much of the chorus, requiring us to sing over the top to the audience. A certain degree of gusto had to replace the subtleties deployed in the cathedral if we were to achieve a balance with the instrumentalists and soloists, but this was established in the brief rehearsal and we proceeded to enjoy ourselves in subjecting the school and its guests to some music which stood up on its own for the quality of its writing, regardless of the nature of our performance. The dauntless and relentlessly hearty JHS can be proud of his achievement in bringing two very different performances to seamless fruition, and the diverse membership of the chorus looks forward to whatever delights he has in store for us in the next academic year, safe in the knowledge that we will take great pleasure in the experience. RG Northern


Overlooking Powell House and Chapel.


Third XI practice on a typical sunny summer day.


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Having only lost 3 regular players from the previous year and with a core of Upper Sixth Formers facing their third year in the side, hopes were high for the 2006 season. We set our stall out to play positive cricket throughout the season saying that we would be prepared to lose games in order to win them and consequently were prepared to chase targets with 8 or 9 wickets down and set declarations that gave us a chance to bowl sides out and encouraged them to chase. Unfortunately not all sides played in the same way and we regularly found ourselves having to chase in 40 overs what our opponents had scored in 60 and often had to try to prise out middle order batsmen who had been instructed to shut up shop once only 3 or 4 wickets had fallen. The season got under way on a typical early season pitch against St. Peter’s and although we only amassed 167 we felt this was defendable given the conditions. Olly Pimlott and James Blair bowled tightly at the start and we only conceded 15 runs in the first 10 overs. The fall of the first wicket brought their England U17 batsman to the crease but once Phil Raikes had dismissed him with an excellent yorker with only 34 on the board they appeared to give up hope of winning the game and the innings limped to 92 for 6 off 44 overs, despite some impressive bowling from Raikes who finished with 3 for 20 from 10 overs. We found our winning ways against Giggleswick, although we found ourselves in trouble batting first at 113 for 6. We always felt, however, that we had depth in our batting and George Thomas (44) and P Raikes (23) saw us post a respectable 182 off

our 40 overs. Giggleswick never really threatened the total and we recorded a comfortable victory with Blair the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 22.

Jordan Clark scored 103 not out to add to his 3 previous half centuries as we amassed 203 off 35 overs in a rain affected match, a total that the Old Boys never really threatened.

Depth of batting was again the key to victory in our next game against KEQMS. Set the difficult task of chasing 224 off just 42 overs Tane Harmer (67) and Jordan Clark (52) put on 97 for the 4th wicket to put us in a good position but we lost 4 quick wickets and any chance of victory seemed to be slipping away. However Darren Bell came in at number 7 and scored an excellent 39 not out, hitting a huge 6 over mid wicket to win the game in the last over.

The low point of the season came in the next game against Barnard Castle in a game in which from the moment Harmer was run out at the nonstrikers end with a deflection off the bowler, nothing seemed to go right for us and we lost by 7 wickets. At this stage the season fell foul of the weather and games against Durham CCC Academy, Ampleforth and Fettes were all washed out, which meant that by the time we returned from halfterm we hadn’t played for 4 weeks.

Having bowled tightly and fielded well against the M.C.C. we were again set a tough chase, asked to score 220 off 50 overs against an attack containing the Cumberland captain and opening bowler Marcus Sharp. Seemingly in trouble at 46 for 3 it was James O’Brien (63) and Oliver Pimlott (52) this time who put on 90 for the 4th wicket and it seemed we might have a chance of securing an unlikely victory. However, just as the game seemed that it might be heading towards an exciting finish Sharp was recalled to the attack and tied up one end and we had to settle for a draw despite another decent innings from Bell (34 n.o.). The game against Durham was also drawn although we batted well to post 233 off 52 overs with further half centuries from Clark and O’Brien and other useful contributions from Harmer and Bell. It was rewarding at this stage of the season to see players such as Harmer, O’Brien and Blair who had had limited opportunities to play much of a role in the side in previous years really start to show their ability and establish themselves as key performers in the side. It was a youngster, however, who stole the show in the next game against the Old Boys as 15 year old

However, we soon got back to winning ways with comfortable wins against Stonyhurst and the XL club. We then had 4 games of timed cricket which all went to the last over with more than one result possible. We played on successive Saturdays against Bolton and Lancaster RGS and on both occasions having fielded for 60 overs were given 41 to chase totals in the 180s. Against Bolton, only James O’Brien (55) really performed and although our last pair continued to seek victory we lost our final wicket off the penultimate ball with just 4 runs required. Against Lancaster we were in trouble at 17 for 3 but Clark (91 n.o.) and Pimlott put on 123 for the 4th wicket and at one stage it seemed that we might steal an unlikely victory before we had to settle for a draw. The following day we travelled to Ampleforth for a rearranged fixture, one in which the bat dominated throughout the day. Skipper Michael Raikes found his batting form and scored a marvellous 110 as he put on 205 for the 1st wicket with Harmer (82). Unfortunately he was upstaged by his opposing captain Tom Brommett who scored a fabulous 130 n.o. to win the game for his side in the last over. The next game against Manchester Grammar School was equally exciting and was set up by

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1st XI game. Sedbergh batting.

the type of declaration that is to be encouraged if timed cricket is to prove to be the best way forward for schools’ cricket. Having regularly declared at halfway ourselves, it was good to see another side playing positively when batting first, trying to score runs at a decent rate and leaving plenty of time for their spin dominated attack to take 10 wickets. The game ebbed and flowed during our chase but another excellent innings from Clark (80 n.o.) who found a valuable ally in David Blackburn (35) saw us to victory off the penultimate ball of the game. Buoyed by this win we played well the following day to beat King’s, Macclesfield by 6 wickets. We bowled well to dismiss a talented batting line up for 173, a total we chased comfortably thanks to a very good 73 from Harmer and another half century from Clark. Two victories in two days had clearly taken it out of us, however, and we rather let ourselves down the next day with a disappointing performance at Leeds G.S. In a different end to season we then headed down to Essex to play in a Festival at Felsted School along with Bishop’s Stortford High School and Kearsney College from South Africa.

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The 3 games saw us lose to the hosts despite another excellent hundred from Clark, beat Bishop’s Stortford thanks to good knocks from the Raikes brothers, Pimlott and Blackburn and unfortunately get rained off against the South Africans, although we hope that we can resume battle with Kearsney on our tour to South Africa next Easter. The side was well skippered by Michael Raikes; although his early season was marred by injury he found form in the latter stages and was ultimately rewarded with selection for the ECB Schools U18 side and played against The Combined Services and India Under 19. He was ably supported by his vicecaptain Oliver Pimlott who showed that he was more than capable of leading the side when required. Both have been excellent servants of Sedbergh cricket over the past 3 years and I thank them for their efforts and contribution. One of the strengths of the side was the depth of the batting, shown by the fact that 6 players scored half centuries during the season and 4 others definitely had the ability to do likewise if they had been given greater opportunity. The batting was led by Clark (795 runs

at 66.25) who was 33 runs short of the school batting record when rain interrupted his final innings if the season. He continued his form into the summer holidays when he was capped by England U15, a tremendous achievement. The other main contributors with the bat were Harmer (441 at 27.6), M. Raikes (381 at 29.3), O’Brien (329 at 21.9) and Pimlott (9267 at 24.27) although Bell, Thomas, P. Raikes, Blackburn and Holdsworth all showed that were capable of playing influential innings. Pimlott (21 wickets at 30.7) and Blair (27 at 20.9) formed a useful new ball attack and usually took early wickets. They were generally supported in the seam department by P. Raikes and Bell who will both hopefully play a leading role with bat and ball next year. Will Parker and Seb Hopkins also showed that they have the ability to bowl wicket taking balls and will become effective 1st XI bowlers once they establish greater control and consistency. M Raikes (24 at 27.5) showed the ability to bowl long spells of accurate leg spin and was supported in the spin department towards the end of the season by Jacob Webb.


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With 7 regulars leaving this year, we will have to re-build next year. This crop of players has worked tremendously hard over the past three years and I thank them all for their efforts. Equally there is plenty of cricketing talent further down the School and we look forward to some exciting times ahead. Much of the success achieved on the field is down to a lot of hard work put in, not only during the summer, but also throughout the winter. We have an ever expanding winter coaching programme, at the heart of which is Dave Fallows, whose enthusiasm and technical expertise is appreciated by all the players. Following the success of last year’s one day minor counties game, the School hosted a three day game between Cumberland and Staffordshire. This was just reward for grounds man Martin South who has again worked tirelessly

everything they do to make match days such a pleasurable experience.

The following represented the 1st XI: MK Raikes (capt) OJ Pimlott (v-capt) TTR Harmer, JDR O’Brien, JAM Blair, DA Blackburn, DJK Bell, GES Drake, OJF Brown, PA Raikes, G Thomas, BJP Graham, JW Webb, SM Holdsworth, MJ Pimlott, WA Parker, SD Hopkins, OGH Peters, TP Foster, JA Oughtred. Dates were awarded to: MK Raikes and OJ Pimlott.

Michael Raikes leaves the field.

to produce a playing arena that is simply a joy to play on and I thank him for his contribution to Sedbergh cricket. Similarly the catering at our 1st XI games matches the standard of the playing facilities and I thank Bill Page and Jane Dodd and their team for

Colours were awarded to: TTR Harmer, JDR O’Brien, JAM Blair, J Clark. CP Mahon

1ST XI PLAYING RECORD Sedbergh Oppositon Result M. Raikes D. Blackburn O. Pimlott J. Clark T. Harmer J. O'Brien B. Graham G. Thomas P. Raikes W. Parker J. Blair S. Holdsworth D.Bell O.Peters M. Pimlott O. Brown J. Webb G. Drake

Sedbergh Oppositon Result M. Raikes D. Blackburn O. Pimlott J. Clark T. Harmer J. O'Brien B. Graham G. Thomas P. Raikes W. Parker J. Blair S. Holdsworth D.Bell O.Peters M. Pimlott J.Webb G. Drake T. Forster O. Brown S. Hopkins J. Oughtred

22/4/06 St. Peter's 167 all out 92-6 Drawn 40 11-6-19-0 1 1-0-1-0 6 13-4-21-2 55 25 1 1 5 0 10-5-20-3 13 2-0-10-0 9* 8-2-15-1

26/4/06 Giggleswick 182-6 (40ov) 135-9 (40 0v) Won by 47 runs

11 36 22 12 0 44* 23 dnb dnb 9 9*

8-2-24-1 8-0-34-3

6-0-21-0 5-0-23-0 8-2-22-4 5-1-9-1

29/4/06 KEQMS Lytham 226-7 225-8 dec Won by 3 wkts

11 52 67 19

16-1-60-3 2-0-18-0

0 0 7-2-42-0 dnb 5-0-29-1 dnb 16-4-28-3 11 39* 10.3-2-39-0 4*

4/5/06 M.C.C. 188-7 220-5 Drawn 21 17-4-65-1 4* 52 17-4-66-1 0 8 63

6/5/06 Durham 233-8dec 200-6 Drawn 4 19-5-66-3 9 6 14-0-65-3 53 38 55

2 0 dnb dnb

4-0-26-0

1 20*

3-0-11-0

9-1-36-1

dnb

12-4-29-0

34*

6-1-21-1

37

4-1-21-0

7/5/06 O. Sedberghians 205-3 (35ov) 179-2 (35ov) Won by 26 runs 6 8-0-45-1 10 dnb 6-1-10-0 103* 23* 37

dnb dnb dnb dnb dnb

6-0-27-0 5-0-27-0 7-2-32-0

10/5/06 Barnard Castle 151-9(40ov) 152-7 Lost by 7 wkts 4 8-3-17-0 26 0 8-1-37-0 54 0 9

dnb dnb 5* dnb

13-0-34-2

0 18 9* 2*

5.2-0-35-2 6-0-26-0 8-2-22-1

dnb dnb dnb

4-1-18-0 2-0-8-0 15-4-32-3

dnb dnb dnb

6-2-11-1 5-0-11-1 9-2-20-4

5

5-1-18-1

3

6-1-25-1

dnb dnb

8-1-23-0

dnb

6-0-20-2

16

6-2-7-0

11

4-1-14-0 10* dnb

7-1-31-2

4* 9

11-2-30-1 5-0-10-0

5-0-29-0

dnb

18/6/06 XL Club 181-4(27 ov) 89-3 Won by 92 runs 37

14 dnb

6-2-14-1 3-0-9-0

24/6/06 RGS Lanc 177-4 184-9 Drawn 3 21-8-50-4 dnb 49 14-4-20-2 91* 8 4

25/6/06 27/6/06 Ampleforth M'chester G.S. 247-5 209-6 248-3 208-4 Lost by 7 wkts Won by 4 wkts 110 18-1-94-1 22 14-1-59-0 dnb 35 8* 12.2-1-46-0 16 10-1-42-0 8 80* 82 31 11 4

dnb

6-1-29-0

8*

dnb

12-5-42-2

dnb

2-1-10-0

0

76 dnb dnb

5-1-22-1

dnb

dnb

4-0-12-0

dnb dnb

10 4* dnb

4-1-8-0

8-0-48-0

dnb

28/6/06 29/6/06 Kings Macc Leeds G.S. 173-10 176-7 (50 ov) 174-4 177-1 Won by6wkts Lost by 9 wkts 11 20.2-10-43-3 56 3-0-30-0 16 0 0* 7-1-41-1 24* 8-0-37-0 58 42 73 11 10* 10

6

9-3-24-0

dnb

6-2-18-1

5

3.1-0-16-0

dnb

11-3-39-1

dnb

12-4-33-3

0*

9-0-47-0

3/7/06 Felsted 218-7 (50 ov) 219-3 Lost by 7wkts 27 10-3-33-0 9 4-0-20-1 42 7-1-19-1 108 0 8

10

5-0-13-1

0 dnb 31* 34 21

7-4-7-0

17/6/06 Bolton 170 allout 174 all out Lost by 4 runs 2 19.5-7-38-6 5 4 9-1-33-1 8 13 55

5/7/06 4/7/06 B. Stortford HS Kearsney Coll SA 187-6 45-2 186-10 283-8 (50 ov) Won by 4 wkts Aban as draw 43 10-6-19-3 17* 10-0-52-1 34 4-0-19-2 0 10-0-53-1 38 10-3-22-2 dnb 10-1-60-2 2 14* 0 1 10 dnb

6-1-37-0

22*

6.5-0-35-1

dnb

6-0-41-0

dnb 14*

10-0-29-2

dnb

9-3-48-1

6.4-0-57-1 3-0-26-0

dnb

5-0-29-0

dnb dnb

5-0-27-1

dnb

3-1-15-0

dnb

11* 8-0-61-1 dnb dnb

4-0-17-0

10/6/06 Stonyhurst 111-3 110 all out Won by 7 wkts

3-1-18-0 4*

dnb

17/5/06 Durham Acad 20-0 171-6 dec Aban as draw 15* 9-2-31-1

7-0-38-1

dnb

9-1-29-1

8 dnb

6-1-19-1 4*

dnb dnb dnb

dnb

5-0-22-0

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Season Report: 2nd XI Cricket 2006 The season of 2006 saw one of the strongest Sedbergh 2nd XI for many years. The team played nine matches and went on to win six, draw one and lose two. Throughout the season the team strung together some brilliant performances. This year’s was a strong all round team with good potential in both bowling and batting. The aim while in the field was to maintain a positive tempo; this was often needed in close matches. Kenny Sewell, our captain, gained full respect from the team by setting a good example in all aspects of the game. Dan Harrison saw some nervy times while umpiring, but remained enthusiastic and supported us all the way. This led to the development of a team who played for each other and enjoyed playing. The start of the season on the 22nd of April was a tough match against St

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Peter’s away. Sedbergh won the toss and asked the home side to bat, which they did for a substantial part of the afternoon, scoring 196 for 6. Our reply of 181 for 6 was produced from 15 overs less batting time. Our innings began poorly with early wickets falling reducing us to 84 for 5. There was a strong performance from Sam Holdsworth scoring 103 not out, which was one of the earliest centuries in a season recorded by a Sedberghian. This was well backed up by Chris McHale who stuck around for 20 not out. The first win of the season, was against King Edward VII Lytham, at home on the 1st XI square. Sedbergh batted first after the toss. Following good batting performances from Chris McHale, 103 not out and Ollie Brown, 74 not out, we ended on 250 runs for three scored after 35 overs. Unfortunately Lytham did not put up much of a fight and got bowled out after 17 overs for 37. We next travelled to Durham in hot weather. The toss was won by Sedbergh; we believed in our strong bowling line up and elected to field first. The bowlers backed up our decision with a good all round

performance, bowling Durham all out for 111 after 32 overs. This lined us up on a good wicket for the second win of the season, with James Walkinshaw having a good performance, 68 not out, Sedbergh won by nine wickets. The next game was against a relatively strong Barnard Castle team. Sedbergh won the toss and decided to bat. There was a strong opening partnership of 63 by Chris McHale and Sam Holdsworth which put the mid order in a comfortable position. After the 30 overs Sedbergh racked up a total of 151 which was a reasonable score on a track that gave encouragement to the bowlers. In the field, strong bowling performances came from Jonathan Clarke’s 4 for 26 runs. Sedbergh rapped up the win, winning by 40 runs. The team was confident after our figure of 4 wins and one draw after 5 games including a resounding win against the staff! Sedbergh’s next game was against Bolton School away. On a hard track with a good bowling attack Sedbergh won the toss and decided to bowl first. The team were sharp in the field with fielding points going to Barnaby Sellers, Chris Downs and Phil Longuet-Higgins. The bowling was very strong on the day with an amazing bowling spell by Kenny Sewell after 2 overs collecting 5 wickets for 1. Bolton were bowled out for only 70 runs and found no escape from our top order batsmen who secured a 9 wicket win. The RGS Lancaster game was against strong opposition. RGS went into bat first and scored a good total of 156 after 35 overs on a poor batting wicket. Sedbergh set out to reach the total almost too positively with a fast run rate. There were scenes of drama created by some questionable umpiring decisions which left many of the Sedbergh team breathless and we found ourselves struggling. Sam Holdsworth looked like he could give us the chance to win and with wickets falling around him he put on a strong 66. The bottom order could not fight off the bowling attack. In the end we lost by 9 runs. This


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was the biggest test of the season and we were disappointed with the loss. After our shock from RGS, our next game against King’s Macclesfield came the next day. Sedbergh won the toss and decided to bat. Against an average team Sedbergh underperformed while batting, nobody making big scores. Matt Hargreaves scored a quick 33 from 35 balls. After 30 overs we totalled only 120. Our hopes weren’t high as we knew we didn’t score enough with such a quick outfield. However fielding was impressive as we didn’t want to lose two in a row; fielding points were given to Andrew Smith, Sam Holdsworth and Seb Hopkins. Bowling also sharpened up when Seb Hopkins took three wickets for 10 runs. Sedbergh won in the last over by 15 runs. Staff vs pupil match on Busk.

Playing Manchester Grammar away we lost the toss and were put in to bat after getting straight off the bus and into the rare heat of Manchester on a poor batting track; after 40 overs we were all bowled out for a weak 113. Still fighting for a win Sedbergh went back onto the field after a refreshing lunch. Seb Hopkins caused the Manchester team serious trouble after taking five wickets. Unfortunately this was not enough and the game was lost by 3 wickets. The last game of the season on the 29th of June was always going to be a good game against the strong opposition of Leeds Grammar. The game was played on a very fast outfield and a well prepared track. Missing some key players to the end of term mayhem a special appearance came from a quality 3rd team player Phil Goscomb who provided a vital role. Sedbergh won the toss, and asked LGS to bat. Leeds lost some early wickets. However they plugged away and scored a very concerning total of 224 all out. Looking at the scores on the doors in the lunch interval we thought we were struggling. Sedbergh went into bat and lost a very early wicket in the first over. There was then an impressive partnership of 121 from Sam Holdsworth, 70, and James Walkinshaw, 56. This loosened the

weight on our shoulders and with a comfortable looking 22 not out from our guest Phil Goscomb, Sedbergh won the last match of the season by 4 wickets. Thanks go to Dan Harrison for coaching the team to a successful and enjoyable season. S Holdsworth (School)

Season Report: A1 Cricket 2006 After 4 overs away at St Peter’s, we were 10-5 and the season looked to be awfully long. Little did I know, that I was about to be involved in a wonderful season that would end on a sunny September day at Headingley. The recovery at St Peter’s revealed an impressive fighting spirit but 123 all out was never going to be enough. We had a chance when they were 115-8 but unfortunately our early foolish batting proved critical and we started the season

with a loss. There followed a number of school fixtures in which we simply outclassed our opponents and won by some impressive margins. Captained by Pimlott, the team was full of quality with Forester and Parkin forming a formidable opening pair. Their contrasting styles would regularly frustrate opponents, who didn’t know where to bowl. However, the most demoralising aspect to our game was our extraordinary strength in depth. After the captain at 3, out would follow Crossley, Manners, Bell and White, any of whom would open the batting at most other schools. To add to this we had a battery of bowling of all types that would ensure that none of our remaining school fixtures were ever close. Early in May we began the journey that would lead to Headingley with comfortable victories against Queen Katherine, The Lakes and Austin Friars to get us into the Cumbria final of the ECB’s inaugural U15 20/20 competition. The final was a magnificent game of high quality cricket played at Penrith CC against Cockermouth school. Strengthened by the inclusion of Clark and Oughtred and against some impressive fast bowling we posted a

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total of 176-4 thanks to 62 from Forester and 60 from Clark, as well as a lightning fast 34no from 16 balls by Pimlott. Unbelievably, and despite some superb out cricket, Cockermouth got to within 8 runs of victory in probably the best game of schoolboy cricket I have ever seen. Further comprehensive victories in school fixtures followed before the northern finals saw us recover from 20-3 to defeat Lancaster in the semi, followed by the crushing defeat of Bradford in the final. Before the glamour of a Headingley final, we first had to play some proper cricket against some very proper opposition. Whilst England were missing penalties in Germany, we played against Westfield HS from Sydney in the sunshine on the 1st XI pitch. The quality of the game attracted numerous spectators away from the football although Westfield took their chances better than we did and narrowly won a marvellous game. Two days later we took on the full Leicestershire U15 side at Lutterworth CC. This was a very high quality cricket match and despite losing the toss in Saharan conditions, A1 PLAYING RECORD Date Opposition 22/04/06 St Peter’s 29/04/06 KEQMS Lytham 06/05/06 Durham 10/06/06 Stonyhurst 17/06/06 Bolton 24/06/06 Lancaster 28/06/06 Glenalmond 29/06/06 Kings Bruton 01/07/06 Westfield HS 03/07/06 Leicestershire U15 04/07/06 Trent College ECB’s U15 20/20 05/05/06 QKS 07/06/06 The Lakes 09/06/06 Austin Friars 14/06/06 Cockermouth 30/06/06 Lancaster 30/06/06 Bradford 08/09/06 Loughborough 08/09/06 Millfield

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managed to bowl out the county for 255, Armitage being the pick of the bowlers with 2-18. At 110-1 with 30 overs remaining, we were in a very strong position, unfortunately, none of the batsmen were able to capitalise and we were bowled out 48 runs short. Parkin scored more unorthodox runs at the top of the order and Manners had the locals worried with a rapid 51no at the end. Inspired by an evening curry, the following day saw a comfortable victory over Trent College in which Forester 3-18 and Bell 3-22 were the pick of the bowlers. The season ended in glorious sunshine with a national final at Headingley. Batting first against Loughborough in the semi-final we posted an impressive 187-4 with Clark leading the way with a masterful 87. In reply Loughborough were bowled out for 133 although Sedbergh were some way below their best. The final against Millfield should have been a thriller but unfortunately Sedbergh didn’t have their best of days. Pimlott and Oughtred bowled very well to claw the favourites back although 2 dropped catches may have

Venue St Peter’s New Field New Field Stonyhurst Bolton New field New field Cricket field Cricket field Lutterworth CC Trent College

QKS New Field New Field Penrith CC Preston Preston Headingley Headingley

Result Lost by 2 wickets Won by 115 runs Won by 8 wickets Won by 125 runs Won by 24 runs Won by 8 wickets Won by 215 runs Won by 64 runs Lost by 5 wickets Lost by 48 runs Won by 48 runs

Won by 7 wickets Won by 10 wickets Won by 99 runs Won by 8 runs Won by 45 runs Won by 113 runs Won by 54 runs Lost by 92 runs

James Wainwright batting.

been significant. In response to Millfield’s par total of 160-5 Sedbergh crumbled to 68 all out and no-one looked comfortable against their spin attack. This group of talented and charming boys have a huge cricketing future ahead of them and with them lies the key to Sedbergh’s success at a national level. However, they all know from first hand experience that they have much more to do. CD Gunning

Season Report: B1 Cricket 2006 The season started early with net sessions during the Lent term in the sports hall run by Mr D Faley. It really helped to prepare the boys for the season ahead. Our first game was against St. Peter’s, York, at home. We batted first and made 106 all out, with Charlie Clare scoring 35. We bowled well and restricted St. Peter’s to 81 all out with Jack Oughtred taking 5 wickets and Sam Stuart 3 wickets.


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The next game we travelled to Lytham to play KEQMS. We sent them in first and bowled them out for 57. Oughtred took 8 for 14 runs. We passed the total with 1 wicket down. The next weekend Durham travelled down us. We made 153 for 5 in 30 overs with Clare top scoring with 70. Durham was bowled out for 82 with James Burley taking 3 wickets. On the Sunday we played Cumbria U/13 Schools. We were sent in to bat first. We lost early wickets but Oughtred, Stuart and Ben Davies batted well together to rescue the situation. We put on 176 all out. After a few overs of play it started raining and the game was called off. We played a mid week fixture against Ullswater Community College that we won comfortably with 7 wickets. Our big game on the weekend was against Fettes in Edinburgh but it was cancelled because of rain. We then played a mid week game against Queen Katherine School that we won with a 107 runs. After a week of rest with half term we

came back to play Stonyhurst. We batted first and made 200 for 3. We looked in trouble with the early wickets of the openers. Oughtred and Davies came to the rescue with 133 and 39 respectively. We then dismissed them for 65 to win with a 135 runs. Then we faced a strong side of Bolton. We sent them in to bat first. After good bowling from Charlie Thwaytes and Stuart we restricted them to 179 for 6. With a good start from Clare (49) and Stuart (51) and then Ougthred (58) we won the game with 6 wickets. Our next game against RGS Lancaster was a very close affair. We batted first and scored 191 for 8. Dean Bell was the highest scorer with 50. Oughtred and Thwaytes got 48 and 33 respectfully. Then we restricted RGS to 187 for 7 in their 40 overs, with Tom Robertson and James Burley taking 2 wickets each. We then played QEGS Penrith in a 20 overs game. We beat them with 32 runs. We scored 146 for 3 with Stuart scoring 109. Against Westfield form

Australia we batted first and scored 212 for 7. We then dismissed them for 84, to win the game. We then played Loughbrough in a 35 overs game and beat them with 5 runs. Bell was top scorer with 71. The next day we played Millom School in the Traverns Cup Semi final. We batted first and scored 150 for 8, with Stuart scoring 56. We then bowled them out for a 100 to win the game with 50 runs. We played Austin Friars in the final. We batted first and scored 229 for 7 in 40 overs. Bell scored 91, Stuart 56 and Benn 40. We then bowled them out for 91 to win the game with 138 runs. It was a pleasure coaching the B1 side as there is a lot of talent to work with. I wish them good luck for the future as they can be one of the best sides in the school. GDJ de Beer

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Boys Athletics Report 2006 This summer term saw the boys performing well as a team. With numerous good athletes leaving us last year, they had to really work hard especially when exams were at the forefront of everyone’s mind. The season started well at St. Peter’s and Barnard Castle, who hosted meetings in quick succession. There were victories for all age categories, the most notable of which was N. Wilding who only lost once all year and captained the side with great maturity. The Juniors performed very well and as they move through the school they will become a very good team. The HMC Games at Gateshead is always our biggest competition and this year the Seniors and Inters came away with first place. The Juniors, who were only competing with the third form, came a close second. The main performances came from S. Coe, who threw a new hammer record and J. Searle in the shot. Our next fixture saw us face our old adversary, Ampleforth at Preston. We

only competed at Senior and Inter level and managed to demolish a strong team with one of our most accomplished performances. Out of 26 individual events we won 17 with a weakened side, which just goes to show the depth we have at Sedbergh. We were unlucky not to qualify for the National Track and Field Cup but we did get through to the area final. The final for the North West Schools took place at Blackpool, where we won comfortably against good competition. Good performances came from J. Weber in the 200m and S. Stuart in the 400m. Sedbergh’s next challenge was the South Lakeland District Trials which qualify pupils to compete in the Cumbria County Athletics Championship. Although the trials were placed in the middle of the GCSE exams we managed to perform well and numerous athletes progressed into the counties. At Carlisle’s Sheepmount Stadium we had 11 individual winners, the most notable of which were N. Wilding in the 100m and 200m for the third consecutive year, L. Ho in the 100m, as well as S. Stuart in the 400m and long jump. J. Searle won the shot and the pole vault whilst S. Coe and E. Brierley took their plaudits as they managed to qualify for the National Championships in Gateshead with the Hammer.

Powell (Raikes and Pescod) take the lead in the 400m relay.

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Sam Coe in the cage.

At the Nationals, S. Coe threw a personal best of over 60 metres to finish second in England and then threw even further to finish third in the UK Championships. He has recently thrown a new personal best of over 64 metres! E. Brierley finished a credible 13th in the Nationals after only learning the hammer this season. This is due to the quality coaching of Mr N. Brown. JDW Richardson

Chris Peace in the run up.


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House Athletics This year was a mix of rain, wind, sleet and snow. The cool temperatures and lack of sunshine led to below average performances. However, the spirit and determination of the Sedbergh pupils and staff made sure that there was stiff competition no matter what the elements. In a tooth and nail battle for the title of House Athletic Champions Powell took the plaudits, with School house a deserved second.

In the girls’ event it was Robertson who pipped Lupton to the post for the very first time. GIRLS’ TOTAL Pos 1 2

House R L

House Total 264 254

The only record of the House Athletics to be broken was S. Coe in the Hammer, who improved 5 metres on his own

record from the previous year. The new track also saw a track record that could last for some time as N. Wilding set a time of 10.95 seconds to win the 100m title. In the mile Winder house won both the team event, narrowly off School and the individual thanks to A. Newcome.

BOYS’ TOTAL Pos 1 2 3 4 5 6

House P SH W H S E

Nick Wilding storms ahead in the 100m challenge heats.

House Total 309 259 225 224 206 126

JDW Richardson Kayleigh Reynolds throws the javelin.

Heat 1 4.15pm

Heat 2 4.17pm

Heat 3 4.19pm

Heat 4 4.21pm

Heat 5 4.23pm

Heat 6 4.25pm

Heat 7 4.27pm

Heat 8 4.29pm

E. Brierley Mr. Richardson T. Strachan (H5) J. Weber O. Pescod L. Ho (4) A. Reed (H10) Mr. Ayling (H20) B. Johnson S. Heale L. Ho (w) T. Painter (8) E. Hirst (H10) Mr. Gunning (10) W. Wier (H15) J. Searle D. Laurence S. Crabtree (2) M. Davidson (H5) Mr. Hippsley M. Poetzl (H5) Mr. Seymour (15) S. Stuart T. Iles (3) B. Jones (H10) Mr. Mahon A. Newcome M. Howarth A. Johnson N. Wilding (1) S. Dutton (10) T. Casson T. Foster J. Robinson T. Riddolls D. Redmayne (6) B. King (5) Mr. Harrison P. Raikes S. Coe G. Drake M. Perkins (5) E. Kerr (10) Mr. Hattam W. Cuthbert (15) A. Duffield T. Bridgewater C. Peace (7)

3 4 2 Fastest loser 1 2 1 4 Fastest loser 3 3 Fastest loser 4 2 1 1st round 2 4 3 Fastest loser 1 4 to qualify

L. Ho (s) G. Drake Mr. Gunning M. Poetzl E. Hirst M. Perkins

S. Crabtree J. Weber E. Kerr W. Wier P. Raikes L. Ho

1 2

3

1

3 4 2 1 x plus 4 fastest losers

3 4 2 1 3 2 1 4

L. Ho (s) T. Painter P. Raikes N. Wilding B. Johnson Mr. Seymour

1 3

100m Challenge

2 4

1 2 L. Ho (s) A. Reed M. Davidson B. Johnson Mr. Ayling M. Perkins

3

2nd Round Mr. Ayling D. Laurence Mr. Seymour T. Strachan Mr. Mahon T. Foster

1 2 3

3 to qualify 2 3 4

Thursday 15th June 4.15pm The Cinders

T. Iles A. Reed A. Newcome S. Coe T. Casson C. Peace

2 1

N. Wilding J. Robinson Mr. Richardson B. Johson W. Cuthbert O. Pescod

1

T. Ridolls M. Davidson S. Stuart M. Howarth T. Painter A. Duffield

Quarter Final S. Crabtree G. Drake M. Davidson A. Reed D. Laurence C. Peace

3

2 1

Semi Final

Final A. Reed S. Crabtree Mr. Ayling N. Wilding L. Ho (s) T. Painter

3 2 4

4 to qualify

3 to qualify S. Crabtree N. Wilding T. Painter D. Laurence T. Iles J. Weber

Mr. Ayling J. Weber M. Perkins M. Howarth T. Iles Mr. Richardson

3

1

3

3 2

2 1

2 1 3

1 3 4 2

CHAMPION: N. Wilding 10.95 CBP Second: S. Crabtree 11.19

Third: L. Ho (s) 11.20

Fourth: A. Reed 11.40

Fifth: T. Painter 12.17

Sixth: Mr. Ayling 13.48

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product of his has been noticeable; there is a clear thirst for winning, as the season’s results indicate. Matches against Giggleswick, Durham, Ampleforth, Stonyhurst, and Scarborough College all ended in comfortable victories for both Seniors and Juniors, but special mention must be made of Captain Will Pennie and first seeded partner, Andrew Richardson, who failed to drop a single set all season.

Oliver Pointon serves.

Season Report: Boys Tennis 2006 The Club has enjoyed perhaps its best season for many years, winning every school fixture at both senior and junior level. This record of success is largely due to the excellent input of the resident tennis coach Ben Mitchell, who has achieved a finer cutting edge on court for the players. Skills have been more finely honed, and crucial work on a sounder psychological approach to the game has also been developed. The 1st VI W. Pennie A. Richardson O. Pointon J. Bent F. Precious G. Wealthall

2nd VI J. Wilson C. Boye J. Poon G. Dawson T. Sedgwick H. Tse

In the two cup competitions, the Glanvill Cup for the Senior four and the Nestle Cup for the Junior four, both age groups enjoyed wonderful success in reaching the regional finals in each competition. The Senior four of Pennie, Richardson, Pointon and Elletson reached their final in great style, defeating Chetwynde and Windermere St. Anne’s en route, only to face a very strong four from Runshaw College, a specialist Sports Academy from the Preston area. It was a fine display of powerful tennis, and our boys acquitted themselves remarkably, losing with their honour intact. Many useful lessons were learned that day which we may build on in future. Playing teams of a much higher standard than average can only improve our game, and a regular annual fixture with Runshaw College has now been agreed. Perhaps the best effort of the season came from the U15 IV in the Nestle Cup. This is a national competition, and the qualifying rounds of the Cumbria County Schools take up the whole summer term. Sedbergh entered two teams in the same league, and the U15 B Squad of Wood, Downey, Kivell, Weir and Jones performed very pleasingly to reach 4th place. The U15 A IV of Elletson, Gupta, Dootson and Sugden defeated U15 A. Elletson C. Gupta O. Dootson I. Sugden P. Wood E. Kivell J. Downey

every team they met on their way to the final. These teams, from all over the County, included last year’s winners, Trinity School Carlisle, Austin Friars, William Holden School, Chetwynde, Settlebeck and Kirkby Stephen Sports Academy. This talented group of players then met another Sports Academy, The Lakes School Windermere, in the final, and defeated them by 4 sets to 2. The tag of County Champions 2006 has a rather satisfying ring to it. After such a busy and satisfying season, it gave me great pleasure to award Dates to messrs. Pennie and Richardson, Full 1st Colours to Oliver Pointon, Jackson Bent (V.Capt), Fraser Precious, and Guy Wealthall (Club Captain elect for 2007), and 2nd Colours to James Wilson. It would be easy to assume that all the tennis revolves around a few players, but this is not the case. The fifteen courts have never been fuller, with many people coming down to the Astro courts just to join in, have a go, and try to develop their own game a little further. Next year we see the arrival of Mr Keir Downey, a former County player himself and qualified coach, who should prove to be a great asset to the Club. BC Glover

U14 B. Jones W. Weir T. Strachan E. Brierley R. Udale A. Allen Will Pennie prepares himself.

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GIRLS TENNIS

Season Report: Girls Tennis 2006 This year we again had a very talented tennis squad, both at senior and junior level. Our U15 Squad emulated the great achievements of the previous year, winning the County Final in the Nestle sponsored Competition as well as the U15 County Doubles Title. The seniors were runners-up in the County Doubles Finals. We again entered the Aberdare Cup, but lost a close second round match against strong opposition from Chetwynde. In the weekly fixtures, the Senior teams remained unbeaten against Ampleforth, St. Bees, Durham, Casterton, Scarborough College, Giggleswick and Barnard Castle in School fixtures. This year we have had real strength in depth with Kayleigh Reynolds (C) and Victoria Hirst, playing well in their final year. We still have promise for next year’s squad with Abigail Rook (C), Amy Jones, Catherine Hirst, Sophie Dutton, Sophie Wilson, Helen Clerey, Jessica Thwaytes and Imogen Clerey. The Juniors also remained unbeaten in Amy Jones serves.

school fixtures, but went one better than the Seniors by winning the County tournaments. They have qualified to represent Cumbria in the regional knockout round of the Nestle U15 Competition (Rebecca Fardell (C), Ellie Porter, Emily Hirst, Chantal Kinsella and Sarah Blue) and won the U15 County Doubles Competition (Rebecca Fardell and Emily Hirst). The U15s also had victories against Queen Katherine’s, Appleby Grammar, Ullswater Community College, QEGS Penrith, Kirkby Stephen Grammar, Settlebeck and Chetwynde, before beating St Anne’s Windermere in the Final. In addition the team were easy

victors over Ampleforth, St Bees, Durham, Barnard Castle, Giggleswick and Stonyhurst in the weekly fixtures. We look forward to another promising year for Girls’ Tennis at Sedbergh and with much more help for tennis next year with Kier Downey, Lisa Taylor and Clare Leech, the future remains bright. Particular thanks must go to Sara Hirst for successfully running the Senior Girls’ Team, enabling me to concentrate on the Junior Girls. HJ Christy

Abigail Rook returns.

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Sport for All: Walking Trips A misnomer Sport for All might be, but it has provided us the opportunities for some excellent trips on to the fells. The purpose is to give those in Years 9, 10 and 11 some really interesting activities on Saturday afternoons when they had no real sporting commitments. In September the walkers (NHB and myself) started with Pen-Y-Gent on a glorious late summer afternoon. The handful of boys that were with us had stunning views of our future peaks – Ingleborough and Whernside. I think the trip changed from being a tedious necessity (what time will we get back?, is it much further?) to a day out that would be long remembered. The highlight for many seemed to be the drink and sticky bun at Bernie’s Café! The next Sport for All day saw NHB, JMS and their party being dropped off at Chapel Le Dale and heading for the summit of Ingleborough. As we looked at the view one young man said, soto voce, “I am beginning to see why we do this” as we enjoyed a classic view of Ribblehead viaduct and Whernside. The staircase that led us up

to the summit plateau also put us in low cloud and poor visibility but thanks to some astute navigation (following the cairns) we found the trig point with ease. The wind here was particularly strong and time was spent trying to emulate Icarus though without the feathers. The descent to Ingleton led us again to Bernie’s café for a much needed hot drink and yet another sticky bun. It is not difficult to guess where we went on the third Saturday of Sport for All. We visited Whernside on a grey, cloudy afternoon. When we left the bus at Chapel Le Dale it was murky and damp. By the time we reached the summit trig point the rain was horizontal, visibility was about 10 metres and it was a tad chilly (especially in shorts!). We dropped down to Yordas Cave in Kingsdale where the minibus was a welcome sight. It had been a challenging trip but a comment was that “It had been much more fun than going up Pen-Y-Gent in the sunshine”. No trip to the café this time – just a rapid return to Sedbergh and a hot bath. There were fewer opportunities for Sport For All in the Lent Term. One was cancelled because of snow and, instead, the school had great fun snowballing, sledging, skiing and enjoying themselves. On another Saturday we went on to Wild Boar Fell. It is a familiar feature on the

Ghyll Scrambling.

Sedbergh sky-line but, sadly, seldom visited by the average Sedberghian. We started walking in thick cloud but as we reached the summit plateau we popped above the mist into bright sunshine and wonderful views of the surrounding peaks poking up above the clouds, like small islands on a turbulent sea. We had a terrific vision of a brocken spectre – a rare sight and one that we should all remember. The boys who were with us on this Saturday had a rare and special experience. The final trip in the Lent Term was to Carlin Gill, up Black Force, over the summit of Calf to Winder and back. The stuff of Sedbergh legend. It was a cold and murky day. The clouds blew around and we had a biting wind that chilled us. Spirits were high as we skirted along the fellside above Carlin Gill and climbed up on to the ridge. The highest point of the Howgills was reached but visibility was poor, the ground was frozen and snow flurries hit us. With the help of Miss Astin and Mr Smith we felt that satisfaction of achieving a win against the battling elements. Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm all the trips were a great success and all the boys and girls had an experience which will remain in their minds. We look forward to more such trips as the Sport for All programme continues. JM Sykes

Wild Boar Fell.

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Season Report: Girls Cricket 2006 Although not the most auspicious season seen thus far in the history of girl’s cricket at Sedbergh, it is good to see a greatly expanding fixture list and the emergence of a junior squad. As always the season opened against old rivals Giggleswick with both teams looking the part in newly purchased whites. However the shock came when for the first time in three years Giggleswick claimed victory. The season continued cursed as always when playing our old friends Cumbria in torrential rain. This however did not put our erstwhile all rounder Imogen Clerey off her stride delivering a very creditable 78 along with 2 well earned wickets. Thanks must also go to Hayden Davies for putting up with the down pour to umpire for us. The losing streak was halted momentarily when new team Rossall visited us at home; for such an inexperienced side they certainly showed determination forcing Sedbergh to work hard for their win. Later on in the season another new team invited our newly formed Junior XI to

Penrith to play their younger year groups who had clearly benefited from some excellent coaching and held us to yet another tight game. Finally the season culminated in a mixed team from both squads playing host to a touring side from St. George’s School, Edinburgh and as can be seen from the score; yes the Scots do play cricket. Performances of note this season: as always Imogen Clerey with both bat and ball; new finding Georgina Ogden who unfortunately was discovered while assisting Cumbria in their win; the lightening speed of new wicket keeper Kelly Frost must also be mentioned. We must also express our thanks for three years of undaunted service to Magdalena Gray and Gina Casals and it is hoped that this year more girls will want to follow in footsteps of these two cricketing ‘Pioneers’.

GIRLS CRICKET RESULTS Giggleswick v Sedbergh Giggleswick 101 for 9 Sedbergh 42 all out Sedbergh v Cumbria Sedbergh 114 for 4 Cumbria 115 for 1 Batting: Clerey 78 Sedbergh v Rossall Rossall 60 for 5 Sedbergh 63 for 1 Batting: Clerey 33 QEGS Penrith v Sedbergh Junior XI Sedbergh 68 for 7 QEGS 83 for 4 Sedbergh v St. George’s, Edinburgh Edinburgh 134 for 3 Sedbergh 95 for 5 (All matches were 20 Over games)

AF Moore

Shooting Report 2005-6 This year was an unusual year for the Shooting Team as five members left the team; the most we have lost in any one year up until this point were three. Out of a team of only eight, five creates a huge gap; this will become obvious later in the article. I forgot to wish the 2005 leavers good luck in the future from the remaining part of the shooting team. The leavers were Helen Taylor, Frazer Pimblett, Jenny Charlton, Tom Phillips and Jamie Roulston. As usual the Michaelmas term was spent in the indoor range primarily shooting in the British Schools’ Small Bore (BSSRA) leagues and teaching / trialling year nine students endeavouring to fill the vacuum left the previous term. Out of the six teams entered in the BSSRA leagues two teams were placed first, two second, one third and one fifth. The team of VIII in the BSSRA team championships was placed fifth. The loss of the five senior members was reflected in these results. During the Michaelmas term we were encouraged by the standard of the shooting of the year nine students. So much so that we took the unusual decision to allow eight, four girls and four boys (normally a maximum of four students are selected) to carry on shooting in the Lent term. The Lent term was a bit of a disaster this year, it was as busy as usual but it was a week shorter. Consequently, with team members unable to shoot at their nominated times, on occasions, we missed shooting deadlines and had to send off cards un-shot. In the last round of the BSSRA leagues five out of eight team’s cards had to be sent off incomplete. In effect this wasted the whole term’s shooting for five teams.

Catherine Hirst batting against St George’s.

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Howson, Adam Pimblett, Charlie Brook and Georgie Ogden still managed to win The Bell and Georgie Ogden was the highest scoring individual in the competition. Our performance with the Cadet Service rifle was also poor and subsequently we were placed second and fifth in the Snap and Marling respectively.

Hannah Born, in the correct mood (serious) to be top shot.

In my view, this had shown a lack of dedication to the sport and a disregard to fellow team members. If there is a lesson to be learnt here (which there is), keep on top of your studies and get work in on time, otherwise, you are jeopardising fellow team members efforts in this dedicated sport. The only team to win their league in the Lent term was team ‘E’ consisting of Matthew Green, Duncan Morrison, Charles Carmichael, Hannah (I’m no good) Barrett and Lauren Crowson. Out of the whole six teams from various schools Hannah Barrett had the highest average over all five rounds. Things didn’t really improve in the Summer term when we moved on to Full Bore shooting. After recruiting the eight, very capable year nine shooters, that we required, they found they had to make a major decision. Should they put up with missing the company of their peers for one and a quarter hours, twice a week, sometimes only once a week or should they dedicate themselves to a social life? I regret that five took the second option which then left the shooting team very thin on the ground. The fist competition of the Full Bore season was The County of Lancaster Rifle Association, Cadet Rifle Meeting. We managed to turn out a full team

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of ten shooters. These ten shooters provide a team of VIII and a Reserve Pair. The team of VIII are pre nominated into pairs and a IV is also pre nominated. The team of VIII Kim Buffoni Capt’, Jamie Roulston, Matthew Green, Hannah Born, Lee Howson, Adam Pimblett, Charlie Brook and Georgie Ogden won the Red Rose Challenge Cup. The Cadet Pair Salver was won by Kim Buffoni and Jamie Roulston and one point behind in second place was Hannah Born and Georgie Ogden. The Lancashire Schools Quartet Challenge Cup was won by the same four. The 42 (NW) Brigade Trophy for the highest scoring female in the competition was won by Georgie Ogden with Kim Buffoni and Hannah Born placed second and third respectively. The Reserve Pair of Hannah Barrett and Lauren Crowson were placed third. The Bell was the next Meeting. Once again we were the guests of Mr and Mrs Anyan at Belle Vue and, as usual, supper was ready on our arrival and we were all sent off next morning with a hearty cooked breakfast. Charlie Anyan was around this year to keep the team in check and assist next day. Many thanks from the team for this privilege. Scoring in the Target Rifle competition was low but the team of VIII consisting of Hannah Born, Naomi Johnson, Matthew Green, Will Steven, Lee

Next came The Brock, held at Castlelaw Ranges near Edinburgh. There were six schools taking part in this competition, Sedbergh being the only English school (as usual). It was an 8am start, not the best way to start a Sunday but the team of VIII consisting of Kim Buffoni Capt’, Naomi Johnson, Matthew Green, Lee Howson, Adam Pimblett, Charlie Brook, Georgie Ogden and Lauren Crowson all managed to get up on time. Dollar Academy beat us into second place but Kim was the best overall shot, she also won The Rankin Challenge Cup, an individual, self coached competition. We were unable to field a pair and a four at this meeting due to some of the younger members of the team not reading the school colander and keeping competition weekends free. After an encouraging start to the Full Bore season only two year nine pupils, Lauren Crowson (L) and Duncan Morrison (W) made themselves available for the Schools’ Meeting at Bisley. Because of this, 2006 was the only year since I took over the

Miss Astin suggests factor 30. Will Steven, Georgie Ogden & Adam Pimblett disagree.


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The VIII were placed 11th in the Ashburton this year with an five point higher score than last year when they were placed fifth. This was a great achievement for such an inexperienced team. Lauren Crowson and Duncan Morrison in the Cadet Pairs were placed 5th which was also very commendable for two inexperienced year nine shooters.

Kim Buffoni, who else!

shooting that we did not have a full team, consequently we could not field a Cadet Four in the main target rifle competition. The students who did represent Sedbergh at Bisley this year, as well as the two above, were Kim Buffoni (C), Hannah Born, Matthew Green, Naomi Johnson, Will Steven, Lee Howson, Adam Pimblett, Charlie Brook and Georgie Ogden. The above team performed well above any expectations that I held for them. In particular there were some very impressive individual results. Hannah Born scored the highest individual score in the Ashburton Shield winning the Fox Quaich trophy for her efforts. Kim Buffoni did the same in the School’s Snap winning the Financial Times trophy, a rather splendid piece of silver. We had six of the team winning Schools Hundred badges; five is the highest number that I know of previous to this meeting. The six were: Hannah Born 10th, Georgie Ogden 41st, Charlie Brook 46th, Matthew Green 68th, Duncan Morrison 72nd and Kim Buffoni 82nd. Both Matthew Green and Duncan Morrison deserve a special mention as this was their first Bisley. Hannah Born was pipped at the post for the Cadet Champion At Arms by one point; this was the combined highest aggregate scores in both Service and Target rifle competitions. She was also second in the Cadet Grand aggregate.

Once again Sedbergh had wonderful support from present and past team parents as well as Old Sedberghians. The Headmaster was also there to present both the Andrew McMillan trophy (the highest individual aggregate) and the Crook trophy (highest score in the Ashburton) to Hannah Born. The John Warburton trophy (highest score in the Ashburton by a cadet) went to Georgie Ogden who beat Charlie Brook by one V Bull. The week after The Schools’ Meeting is the Imperial Meeting. We had five Sedberghians stay on for this meeting and during the week three were selected for representative teams to shoot in the Inter Services long range competition. They were: Kim Buffoni shooting for The Athelings and both Hannah Born and Naomi Johnson were selected to represent the UK Cadets team. That should be the end of it but the 42 (North West) Brigade Cadet Skill At Arms Meeting was switched from June to September this year. This didn’t matter. With the support of the other sports coaches in the school who released key team members we were able to field the normal two teams of four. The Sedbergh ‘A’ team, captained by Naomi Johnson with Hannah Born, Charlie Brook and Georgie Ogden were declared the ‘Brigade Champions’ after two days of shooting. Charlie Brook was the overall individual ‘Champion At Arms’, Charlie also had the highest score in the ‘Deliberate Match’ closely followed by Matthew Green, missing out by only one point. Georgie Ogden won the ‘Mary Craig Trophy’ in this match for being the female with the highest score. Out of four matches Sedbergh ‘A’ won three and Sedbergh

‘B’ team Lee Howson Capt, Matthew Green, Adam Pimblett and Duncan Morrison won one. Both our teams were knocked out of The Falling Plates competition in the semi finals. Mr and Mrs Green kindly provided accommodation and breakfast for the girls for the weekend, which they are most grateful for considering the alternative. Mr and Mrs Green also provided the whole team with a fantastic barbecue on the Saturday evening for which we are all most grateful. Finally we would like to say farewell to Kim Buffoni the only one to leave the team this year. We would also like to thank Lieutenant Mike Wilson for all his support and help over the last six or so years and wish him well with his new job. As ever, Lt Col Knowles has also to be thanked for his stalwart support and Lieutenant Astin for putting up with the shooting team at Bisley. The shooting captain for 2006/2007 is Naomi Johnson and vice captain is Hannah Born. JT Jones

Georgie Ogden gets lost in 100 competitors at 600 yards. The Imperial Meeting.

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SAILING

Sailing Report The term saw a flurry of successful sailing competitions at the beginning of term accompanying the 6 weekly sailing sessions. Our first competition, the Prism Trophy, saw us driving down to Farmoor reservoir in Oxfordshire with one of our Laser 3000’s and a Pico, and borrowing a 420 from Radley College. We won the Laser 3000 class and the Travellers’ trophy for the highest placed none “home” boat, in rather light winds which are not our forte. The very next day, despite the zero wind in the early morning, we held the postponed House Sailing competition from last autumn. The pre-event favourites, Sedgwick, were challenged, especially in the Topper class, but won both classes and the overall trophy. Mid week we had a school match against Worksop in which a very mixed team on our part still managed to win overall by winning both double handed classes; Bosun and Laser 3000. Summer exams have proved to be a bugbear for many sports and forced us to withdraw for the first time ever from

It’s all going horribly wrong.

the BSDRA Midlands event, which requires our best possible team, but sadly our Year 11 sailors were busy with their IGCSE maths.

SJS who also sailed in the Silver Fleet. Meanwhile our two entries in the Gold Fleet were finding competition tough at the top!

We took a young team to the Laser Pico Challenge at Colwyn Bay – our only sea event – where Sam Brown won the Silver Fleet showing some excellent light wind skills. It was also a fresh departure for us in taking two boys from

The next weekend saw us hosting two regattas; the BSDRA Northern’s on the Saturday and the CCF NE regional regatta on the Sunday. We were able to win both convincingly in a weekend of very competitive sailing, and remarkably kind winds. Rydal Penrhos and Merchant Taylors’ Crosby were our rivals in the BSDRA event but were narrowly beaten by some sharp, if sometimes over-aggressive team sailing. On the Sunday, there was a much more mixed fleet from all over the North from Crosby to Nottingham via Lancaster and Durham. It was excellent to see a fleet of 24 boats out on the water which impressed many club members. In the middle of the second half of term, we hosted a Northern Prep Schools regatta which this year saw 9 teams compete on a very light wind day. Windermere St Anne’s again won it, which has become a habit of theirs in recent years. However, the teams from SJS put up a respectable fight and came 5th and 6th.

Race training at Killington.

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The last competition of the term saw us


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in Southport for the National Junior 12 hour race – the little brother of the adult 24 hour race, which some of our seniors will be able to sail in. Very light winds brought frustration to our teams but focussed their brains on the skills necessary to extract the most from what wind there might be. Every shift and hole must be spotted and exploited. Our senior team, borrowing an Enterprise from Killington Sailing association, were bedevilled by very ancient sails which did them no favours in these winds. They sailed well but were 17th overall. Meanwhile a much tenser game was being played out by our juniors in the Bosun class. They were neck and neck with the girls’ team from MTS Crosby for the whole day and both of them failed to notice the boys’ team from MTS creeping up on them all the time. In the final analysis only 134 seconds out of a whole 12 hours separated these three boats. None of them knew which had won when they went to the prize giving since penalties had not been factored in on the finish line. The girls got line honours but their penalty, picked up right at the start, saw Sedbergh pip them at the post for the Simon Dawkins trophy for the fastest Bosun. Our regular weekly sailing has seen us provide our part of the Year 10 outdoor pursuits programme, some instructing for SJS, a games option, Royal Navy CCF, competition opportunities and open sessions. We now look forward to mixing nationally at the National Schools’ Sailing Association annual regatta to be held at Bassenthwaite this year. Given the time that some of our sailors have put in over the years and particularly the core group of Year 10 and 9 that have sailed this term, we have plenty of promise for the future, while we wave goodbye to a trio of long serving U6th including our Captain Jonathan Sedgwick and his colleagues Ben Wood and Alex Johnson. MP Ripley

Year 9 Navy CCF Sailing competition at Southport.

Golf Report The team had a particularly good season this year due in no small part to the role David Andrew played in his development of golfers through the school. The side was captained jointly by Sam McArdle and Jack Reynard who did a terrific job and led from the front. They, along with James Roulston, will be missed next year. The matches were well contested throughout the term and we enjoyed good wins over Giggleswick (captained by a girl who “hit it like a bloke”), Lytham St Anne’s (unfortunately at home), Barnard Castle, Ampleforth and a notable victory over the three OS golf societies on a most enjoyable day at Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club (many thanks to Barry Aitken). Worthy of mention on that day are AJ Swinbank, who had a marvellous front nine, Robert

Birtwell, Rufus Morgan who showed great promise for the future, and the youngest player who hit the longest drive, Seth Waterworth. Sadly our winning run came to an end in the last match of the year away at Stonyhurst where we took too long adjusting to the quicker greens and never quite recovered. The term ended with an excellent trip to Scotland to play 36 holes at Peebles (where next years Captain Fred Atkin hit a 360 yard drive) and 36 holes at the Glen on the Berwick Coast; the first 18 played in a mist allowing about 70 yards visibility. In the clear afternoon everyone appreciated what a wonderful course it really was and after a tremendous purple patch we all wish Paul Urmston the best of luck in his attempt to finally defeat his father. HR Davies

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A LEVEL ART

From left to right, top to bottom: Artwork by Nick Orpwood; William Goff; Kim Buffoni; Magdalena Gray; Sam Mcardle; Tim Hanley; Kayleigh Reynolds; Tommy Chu.


EDINBURGH FRINGE

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2006 What an amazing experience. Spending a week out of the summer to perform on the Edinburgh stage was a choice I will never regret. The atmosphere and energy that flowed through the city was indescribable, and the pure enjoyment of the whole week will stay with me for years to come. Edinburgh is a beautiful city but when filled with Thespians seems to become an even more enjoyable and beautiful place to be, the characters you will meet just walking down the street are some of the most extrovert individuals you will ever encounter.

Mac Findlay all dressed up.

summer d r a m a

Spending hours along the Royal Mile, ‘monkeying’ around in our costumes and promoting the production to the baffled on-lookers was hugely pleasurable, there was never a dull moment whilst amusing people on their way to work. This was my second year at the Festival and my fears about being disappointed second time round were soon put to rest. The Festival is a wonderful way of celebrating the performing arts, and anybody that has had the pleasure of spending time in Edinburgh while the festival is in full swing will understand what a magical experience it is. Harry Parker (Evans)

Flora Dawson & Fred Strachan.

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From left to right, top to bottom: Mac Findlay in a snow cave; On the ascent of HvannadalshnĂşkur; Entering the snow cave; Extreme camping beneath Hekla; The active geyser, Strokkur; School Crest beneath the ice; The Ice lagoon at JokulsĂĄrlon; The waterfall Svartifoss.


ICELAND

In the summer of 2001, Mr JM Sykes and Mr SM Smith took a Sedbergh School group to Iceland for a highly enjoyable backpacking trip through its remote and uninhabited interior. Plans for a second trip began late in 2005, and this time there would be a mountaineering flavour. The objectives of the 2006 expedition were to climb two of Iceland’s best known mountains. The first was Hekla (1450m), an active volcano which last erupted in 2000. The second was Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnúkur (2119m), which lies at the southern edge of the Vatnajökull icecap. The four staff (Steve Smith, Claire Finn, Jim Fisher and John Sykes), two girls (Catherine Hirst and Harriet Watson) and ten boys (Simon Barnby, John Blue, Jack Dutton, Mac Findlay, Toby Foster, Philip Goscomb, Rex Jude, Matthew Kirkbride, John Sawers and William Wainwright) left Sedbergh in early July, and flew to Keflavík for the start of a rewarding and challenging experience. It was cool and showery in Reykjavík, with racing clouds followed by dazzling sunshine. Our first campsite was beside the wonderful Laugardalslaug geothermal swimming pool and we spent happy hours in the hot pools and steam room. Later, the daylight faded to a dim glow but without real darkness. “Twenty four hours of daylight was very surreal. Waking up in the middle of the night I got out of my tent and walked around for a few minutes, soaking up the eerily quiet day-night. That was an experience I will remember for the rest of my life.” Rex Jude After thirty-six hours in Reykjavík, we left the bus station early on a cold

morning of drizzle. We drove through heavy rain and thick fog as we headed over the hills towards Hveragerdi and Selfoss. We turned off the tarmac road onto the dirt track of the Fjallabak route and after some hours we found ourselves on a huge plain of black volcanic ash, ringed by dark hills, with Hekla’s long ridge skulking on the southern horizon. The bus driver dropped us off, and I asked if he would pick us up the following day. “Yes” he said with a straight face, “I think that will be possible, as long as the road isn’t washed away”. Icelandic humour is very dark. “I never realised that a lunar landscape like this could exist on Earth.” Simon Barnby We unloaded our huge collection of rucksacks and holdalls and quickly pitched the tents. They made a bizarre sight, bright green and red in a brutal waste land of coarse sharp black ash. A cold wind scoured the plain. Our tent pegs would not hold in the ash so we had to lash guy lines to boulders. There was no water for many miles, so we had brought all we needed from Reykjavík. “Camping with no facilities at all except what we brought with us was an experience to remember.” Rex Jude While the students made lunch, JEF and CFF cooked on petrol stoves which roared away like tame dragons from amongst the ashes. After lunch we set off over low hills that led up towards the long snow ridge of Hekla, where the earth’s crust had split open like a freshly baked loaf. As we looked back towards the bright cluster of tiny tents set in a brooding landscape, the rain became heavier, and as we gained height the wind got up. We climbed over easy snow slopes and it was much colder now. After four hours we were close to the crater formed by the last eruption in February 2000, but lashed by heavy

rain and buffeted by wind we made a sound mountaineering decision and turned back. The rain eased as we descended past a dazzling sight: a huge crater, lined with bright red rocks and brilliant green moss, with a rainbow hanging in the distance. We returned gratefully to our tents, which now seemed the warmest and most welcoming places we could imagine. “Playing touch rugby at the bottom of Mt Hekla in the most remote place I had ever been was a surreal experience.” Simon Barnby Next morning we explored our surroundings while waiting for the bus. It seemed we were not in a barren waste land after all. All around were isolated clusters of exquisite plants, improbably springing from the harsh ground – moss campion, thrift, mouse-ear, and dwarf willow. Our next stop was the extraordinary Landmannalaugar. The lack of vegetation revealed the true nature of this fascinating volcanic landscape, where a flat gravel valley is hemmed by bare mountains in a rich palette of colours. Up against the valley’s western edge was an oasis of brilliant green grass with wisps of steam where a spring sent out a river of hot water. “My favourite part of the trip was the time we spent at Landmannalaugar. Swimming in the hot river was a new experience and great fun. The landscape at the campsite was stunning.” Harriet Watson

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Iceland Expedition 2006

“We set off on a damp and windy morning from our base at Landmannalaugar, on a quest for obsidian, the rare black volcanic glass. After a vast lava field, we stopped at incredible vents or fumaroles of steam and sulphur, with a powerful smell like rotten eggs. The rocks around the vents had a coating of yellow sulphur. After steep walking

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over the shoulder of Brennisteinsalda, we came across a beautiful blue pool of steaming water, and stopped to admire the wonderful views: the glacier – carved valley where a river now ran; a vast lava field; mountains with patches of snow extending into the distance; and the colours, every shade of brown, red, pink, blue, green and yellow animating the rhyolite rock. Far up in the mountains, nestled into the snow capped spurs and surrounded by lush mosses and pink and yellow flowers were the beautifully clear hot springs at Storihve. There was an incredible juxtaposition of snow and ice surrounding a bubbling hot spring. Soon Hrafntinnusker, the obsidian mountain, was in sight. I have rarely seen Mr Fisher more excited. Even the non – geologists had to get a piece of the gleaming black rock. Everyone downed rucksacks and began to search for the biggest lump, to take pride of place in Room 28. Luggage allowance on the plane was only a small factor in our choice. When everyone had pocketed a piece, and a small boulder had been claimed by Mr Fisher, we headed down the snow patches, glissading or sledging on bin liners. I could never have imagined so much exciting geology in just one walk.” Catherine Hirst After a couple of days we left Landmannalaugar and headed east to the gigantic volcanic cleft known as Eldgjá. Thirty minutes walk along the ravine was the spectacular double waterfall Ofaerufoss, and as we left the bus to take a closer look I asked the driver if he would be sure to wait for us. “You’ll find out” was the laconic reply. “Iceland was very different to anywhere else I have been and I expect it is like nowhere else in the world. It strikes a curious balance by being totally barren but at the same time incredibly spectacular, and the scenery in many places reminded me of The Lord of the Rings.” Rex Jude Eventually the Fjallabak road joined the Ring Road, the major highway which

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encircles the country, and we drove swiftly over the enormous outwash plain of Skeidararsandur towards our next campsite in Skaftafell National Park. To the right the land was utterly flat as far as the distant Atlantic, but ahead, gleaming in the distance, we could see the gradually approaching outriders of the vast Vatnajökull icecap, said to be the size of Yorkshire.

of icebergs. A short tidal river, half choked with ice, led to the sea. Hundreds of arctic terns flew to and fro, plummeting into the turbulent water to feed, and warily avoiding the sinister skuas on patrol high above the river. Out on the coast, glittering blocks of ice were stranded on the black sand beach where we basked like contented seals in the unexpected sunshine.

Skaftafell is a narrow tongue of land rising to about 1000m between two glaciers. By some quirk of soil and climate, conditions here are ideal for the growth of trees, and Skaftafell’s lower slopes are thickly covered in birch and rowan, a highly unusual sight in the normally treeless Icelandic landscape. Harebell, saxifrages and angelica are common. We explored the National Park and found some fine waterfalls including Svartifoss, flanked by unstable overhanging black basalt columns. From the viewpoint at Sjónarnípa high above the Skaftafell glacier we could appreciate how far the ice had retreated over the last fifty years, leaving a stony expanse now colonised by willow scrub.

Back at Skaftafell, we sat outside our tents and watched snipe performing their aerobatics, and on clear evenings we could look east to the impressive icy peak of our final objective, Hvannadalshnúkur. Our mountain guides were based on the campsite, and we talked to them about the ascent route and our chances of success. They noticed that we struggled to pronounce the peak’s name, and helpfully suggested ‘Skaftafell Pike’ as an alternative.

An hours drive along the coast we found the ice lagoon at Jökulsárlon, where a glacier has retreated leaving a lake full

Our big day on the mountain would be a full scale Alpine-style climb, and we started at 0500 so that we could get onto the glacier while the snow was still hard. The ascent would be all the way from sea level, and after three hours on the scree, rock and snow of the lower slopes we reached the glacier, where we put on climbing harnesses and were


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roped up. We crossed crevasses as we climbed up through the clouds into blinding sunshine and a beautiful day. A strong wind hit us as we climbed over a ridge onto the plateau. The summit was hidden by clouds which suddenly parted to reveal steep snow and a dramatic rock buttress. By 1100 we were at 1900m with the final slopes before us, but as we watched, a small avalanche poured down, and our guides went up to assess the snow. It had snowed heavily over the last two weeks and the new snow had failed to bond with the old, leaving unstable conditions. It was time for another sound mountaineering decision: we would go no further. There was still a great sense of achievement in having climbed so far in less than six hours. For many in the party it was their first taste of Alpine mountaineering, and after another five hours of soft snow and falling into crevasses we were back at sea level, exhausted but exhilarated. “The trip up the highest peak was a fantastic experience. Walking on the icecap was hard work at times but it was rewarding and great fun. I thought the snow was awesome.” Harriet Watson Our final few days were spent travelling west towards Keflavík and being tourists. We visited the historic cathedral at

Descending Hvannadalshnúkur.

Skálholt where an Icelandic composer was rehearsing her latest work, and we enjoyed the spectacles of the great waterfall Gullfoss and the famous Geysir. “I particularly enjoyed watching the geyser erupt every five minutes. It was one of the most spectacular things I have seen.” Rex Jude

At Pingvellir, the site of Iceland’s ancient parliament, we stood on the very brink of the boundary between the North American and European tectonic plates, and took our last look over the glorious savage Icelandic landscape. Early the next morning we drove through heavy rain to the airport. We had all coped with difficult conditions, pushed ourselves in a variety of ways, and learned to help and support each other when the going got tough. We returned to Glasgow in brilliant sunshine, with a sense of deep satisfaction. Acknowledgements: The Sedbergh School Iceland Expedition was generously supported by Mrs S E Bagot, Miss K BruceLockhart, JA Cropper, RM Gourlay, J Guthrie and Col SWL Strickland OBE, Kings Own Royal Border Regiment. Further support came from the O.S Club, the Robertson Trust, the Sedbergh School Foundation and from PWW’s Sport for All Fund. JM Sykes and SM Smith, with contributions from other expedition members.

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CCF Brass Band Tour, July 2006 SLOVENIA

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“I have been in this band for seven years. Having been on every tour during that time I can confidently say that this one has overtaken the Bahamas to be the best of them all.” This toast, spoken on our final evening in Slovenia by the Band Sergeant Major, Fraser Precious, sums up the entire band's sentiments about the trip. Looking back over a few main points of the tour it is not difficult to understand why... CDs During our first four days in Slovenia we recorded two full CDs – one of concert pieces and one of Christmas pieces. We would run through each piece as a practice, then concentrate on specific parts which needed work, and then do two or three full recorded takes, stopping regularly in the middle of these for problems and mistakes. Recording just one piece could take quite some time! It was hard work but it felt worth it when the sound engineers, who had worked with bands such as Black Dyke Mills, told us that the music on the CDs

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would be sure to turn a few heads. It was a good opportunity for some band members in their last year to make their mark and Fraser’s solo, ‘Virtuosity’, and his duet with Jack Telfer, ‘Rule Britannia’, certainly achieved this. It was also the first time that a Sedbergh Band CD has had vocal items (‘Jingle Bell Rock’ and ‘We Three Kings’) or bagpipes (Josh Reed playing both ‘Highland Cathedral’ and Mr Lewis’ piece ‘The Highlands of Winder’). Concerts and Marching Displays Lord’s was in a class of its own. As we marched out onto the pitch from behind huge screens opposite the pavilion we were knocked out by the size of the place. We knew we would have to be technically perfect, as any slight mistake would be seen by the crowd of thousands, but we suddenly realised the importance of volume. It was half an hour of intense playing and when we had finished there was a tremendous buzz amongst the band; it was a real achievement. In Slovenia we played at least one concert a day – even when we were also spending six hours in the recording room! A particular highlight was when we played a half-hour concert at Slovenia's largest Spa and Water Park and were then able to enjoy the rest of the day there free of charge. Another

concert which proved popular was performing before the world cup final in the town square of Ptuj, and then being given a free meal as we watched the match on a big screen. Playing at Nova Cerko as a fundraiser for the town fire brigade was an experience: the band opened the bill, and after our finale (YMCA) the crowd was entertained by one of Slovenia's favourite pop-stars and by the town folk group, who between them ensured that the revelling continued long into the night. And then of course there were the weddings... festivals... football matches.. beating the retreat... even the ordination of a priest! What went wrong? As with any trip it wouldn’t be quite as memorable without a few minor disasters to look fondly back on. A glimpse of the varying degrees of such setbacks: A concussion resulting in a missed flight and an extra two days in Slovenia was slightly more serious than the odd forgotten helmet or pair trousers for a concert (though anyone who has to admit to Mr Lewis that they’ve forgotten their trousers might not agree with that!). A passport left on the bus on arrival at the airport registered quite highly on the panic scale, but we suspect that Mr Lewis’ reaction might have been more frightening for the other passengers at Stansted than for the band, who at least knew what to expect! (Luckily, thanks to a heroic bus driver, this situation was resolved in the nick of time.) A marching practice on a field riddled with anthills left most of us with a couple of bites but was an incredibly painful experience for the unlucky few who found themselves stood to attention on a nest. We discovered as we were loading our cases into the bus after a night at a youth hostel that they would only take payment for the entire band’s stay in cash. A local bank then said that they would need ‘special permission’ to withdraw such an amount of money, and


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members of staff were eventually forced to make withdrawals from every cash machine in the town. With retrospect it’s easy to see the funny side of taking two hours to check out of a youth hostel, but at the time it didn’t feel so amusing! The morning of the Lord’s Test – surely nothing could go wrong on our last day of the tour? Wrong. We were half a mile from the ground when the bus broke down. We all piled out onto the pavement in our scarlet uniforms and smiled politely at the MCC members striding past us while the bus driver and Mr Lewis worked out what to do. It became clear that the bus wasn’t going anywhere in a hurry and we had to unload all the instruments and walk the rest of the way. When we arrived we were told that the band who had been due to perform before start of play had also broken down and they had never arrived – we had been lucky! Highlights Aside from the music the trip had some memorable moments... – Discovering that not only were we

sharing a hotel with the international Tai Chi convention, but we were practising our marching display on the tennis court next to where they were working on ‘meditation and breathing exercises for calming the soul’. – Challenging Croatia’s finest soccer team – Zagreb – who were also staying in the same hotel as us, to a match. And being flatly refused. – Enjoying an evening with the Zrece town band and slightly regretting challenging them to a sing-song. After our throaty rendition of ‘Wild Rover’ it became clear that their band was also their male voice choir, and we were put utterly to shame. – And finally the sixth form meal on our last night in Slovenia. Numerous toasts were made, particularly to the band and to the leavers, but most memorable was Fraser’s, quoted above: A deserving celebration of a brilliant tour and a stunning country. H Lightbody (Lupton)

Netball Tour Report ST LUCIA – JULY 2006 The first ever girls’ overseas netball tour was to St Lucia in July 2006. The tour party consisted of 26 girls and 4 staff. We travelled down to London the night before our flight before jetting off to St Lucia, flying with Virgin Atlantic. Our hotel was the Bay Gardens Inn and was certainly a very good base, being close to shops, the beach, bars and restaurants. We were up early on our first morning for a dip in the pool, followed by training on the beach to fine tune our ball skills. Our first match day proved to be a real shock, particularly as we had not yet acclimatised to the heat (a far cry from Sedbergh). Our 1st team went down to Bradford, a team that had been there several days and were playing their third match. Our shooting

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climb to the top of the Fort before the 2nd team went off to the thrilling zipwire adventure in the rainforest. It was a great experience to see two such contrasting styles of netball, with the St Lucians being very athletic and physical and certainly out-jumping our girls. They played a very aerial game, whilst we tried to beat them using fast, sharp chest passes. Overall the girls acquitted themselves very well both on and off the court and were fine ambassadors for Sedbergh School. They made many friends in St Lucia and will have many fond memories for years to come. The tour will hopefully have had a very positive effect on next year’s senior netball teams. We have never been in such a promising position.

Relaxation after an early morning run.

was erratic and despite having a good amount of the play we were unable to convert enough chances. (Lost 11-22). The U16 team fared much better, easily beating St Joseph’s Convent 25-16. Unfortunately the 2nd team match was cancelled. We had a day off before our next match, so we took the opportunity to hire a local court and practice, particularly our shooting. This brought about some improvements for our games the following day. Our 1st team beat Ansele-Raye 23-19, but our 2nd team had to face Bradford (also for their first game). This was very closely fought and we narrowly lost 15-20. The 2nd team had to play a 2nd match v Canaries, also losing (due to the heat and exhaustion of 2 matches). This time they lost 17-27. The U16 team were extremely unlucky to lose by one goal also against Canaries, when they should have won, had the officiating been fairer. This score was 17-18. Another match day followed, with our 1st team v Combined Schools (Lost 2031), Our 2nds v Shamrock (Lost 6-22) and Dennery (lost 10-28) but our U16 Team pulled off an amazing win, beating the National U16 St Lucian Team 17-12. This day was one of the

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most memorable for me, with a carnival like atmosphere with lots of locals mingling with our girls and music playing at the breaks (as normally witnessed during ice hockey timeouts). This is how netball should be played! Our girls were fantastic at mixing with the local children and we donated several balls and items of tour kit to those who needed it more than we did. On the way home the 1st and U16 teams had the chance to visit the new zipwire attraction in the rain forest nearby for some exhilarating teamwork.

1st Team Played 5 Won 2 Drew 1 Lost 2 U16 Team Played 5 Won 4 Lost 1 2nd Team Played 5 Lost 5

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A day of rest followed, with a relaxing catamaran cruise down the West coast of St Lucia. We visited Soufriere and Marigot Bay, before snorkelling and jumping off the boat. The following day was an exhilarating jeep safari through the rain forest. Our final match day was very exciting, with our 1st team playing 2 games against Shamrock (Drew 20-20) and Avengers, our 2nd team also playing Avengers and our Under 16s also having two matches against Bocage (Won 15-7) and Babonneau. Our 1st team beat Avengers 16-12, but our 2nd team were very unlucky to lose 10-12. Our final day was spent chilling out at Pigeon Island Beach, after the short

Shooters fighting for the rebound.


Joelle James mid-air for the 1st VII. Making friends with the local children.


CCF ACTIVITIES

From left to right, top to bottom: A Kata canoe attempts to sink a kayak (or vise versa); Cdt Tom Hinton leading the way on night exercise; ‘Chow Time’ after an extremely hot morning; Cdt Magali Hinsinger poised for action; A future Schumacher?; Cdt George Head keeping and ‘eye out’; Army Section on patrol; Cdt Sarah Blue about to make a splash.


CCF COMMANDERS REPORT & ARMY C AMP

This year saw the biggest ever intake of year 9 cadets into the CCF, presenting a challenge both for the officers and cadet NCOs to deliver the respective training programmes. The logistics of parading ninety, thirteen year olds in complete uniforms was an achievement in itself. All pupils in year nine join the CCF and are expected to attend Summer Camp. This is a great opportunity to experience life with the armed forces and to see at first hand how soldiers survive in covert locations. When it was the turn of our cadets to survive a night in a basha and to carry out a NITEX they fulfilled the role in a commendable fashion; a real transformation in attitude and capability. Adventure training in Aviemore at Easter was a great success, largely thanks to the expertise of the Cadet Training Team instructors, who took cadet winter skills training to new extremes. Sarah Corrigan had a chance to demonstrate her proficiency at ice climbing in Coire-na Ciste. Several novice skiers including Flt Lt (Dr) Hoskin managed stylish parallel skiing by the end of the day. As always there are great achievers in our CCF. Hannah Born won the Fox Quiach trophy for the highest score in the Ashburton competition and Kim Buffoni was the top scorer in the UK rifle team during the Athlings tour in Canada. Six top music qualifications were attained by members of the Band Section including the LTCL by Fraser Precious and James McLeod. Gareth Bell was selected to attend the RAF Cadets Leadership course and Arian Manoucherhri successfully completed the Royal Navy leadership course at HMS Raleigh. James Walkinshaw

gained his blue wings at RAF Arbroath on a gliding scholarship course. Toby Foster was promoted from Cadet Sergeant Major to Under Officer, a rank which has not been awarded since 1957 at Sedbergh. His contribution to the CCF has been exemplary and we wish him every success for his future career, hopefully in the Armed services. The remembrance service in November was one which will never be forgotten by those who attended. Following the refurbishment of the Cloisters, funded by an appeal raised by Major General M J H Walsh, CB, CBE, DSO, DL (SH), the rededication service was attended by an impressive array of OS top brass from the Royal Navy and the Army. Cadets from Gunn Company provided an impeccable Guard of Honour, trained and drilled by Lt Alison Moore. Congratulations go to former Sedbergh CCF cadets, Andrew Gregory (S) upon his promotion from Brigadier to Major General and to Jonathan Shaw (S) upon the award of the CBE in the recent Queen’s birthday honours list and his forthcoming promotion to Major General. In July, following the reorganisation we bade farewell to the King’s Own Border Regiment to whom the CCF Army section has been badged since 1901 and welcome to the newly formed Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. With the new regiment garrisoned at Catterick, we hope to forge valuable working relationships, which should be of great benefit to our cadets. Sincere thanks go to all of the committed staff who have worked tirelessly in support of the CCF and to WO1 John Jones for his patient guidance and sound council for both cadets and officers. Sqn Ldr G Clarke (VRT)

CCF Army Section LONGMOOR CAMP 2006 One of the most difficult aspects of the preparation phase of any Annual Camp to gauge and moderate is the growing misapprehension felt by all cadets as to what is in store during what is usually regarded as a very daunting and uncertain end to their year’s training. This time you don’t just have a day out – this time it means upping sticks and staying away for a full week – in a real Army Camp! The potential hardships and hazards become exaggerated even more by contemporary ‘wanna-bees’– those who don’t go to Camp but feel uncomfortable about not having to deal with it – and ‘graduates’ of Camp 2005 – who, although enjoying their own jaunt are not going to let the new greenhorns think its going to be anything other than hell on Earth. Cdt Tinkler continued her relentless badgering for information even as we drew weapons and boarded the coach! Cdt Flowers had to be blindfolded first! So after a somewhat bedraggled muster parade the complement of 38 cadets set off – just about on time, in good weather – en route for Longmoor, Hampshire. Needless to say, the rising temperatures as we headed South gave some indication of the potential rigours ahead calling upon an impressive level of endurance skills. The journey did in fact prove to be very demanding – the air-conditioning – brazenly advertised along the side of the coach – didn’t ‘condition’ but ‘recycled’ blowing out hotter air than it was taking in. It was clear that frequent ‘water’, and ‘breather’ stops were going to be essential. Cadets slumped into a stupefied state – no change there – motivated only by trying to keep cool – thermally that is – with on-board Staff virtually emptying the shelves of bottled water products at each motorway shop.

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A noticeable rise in excitement was only apparent as we approached the barrier leading into Longmoor Camp – the high perimeter fences and stark military signposting didn’t help to quell a resurgence of misapprehension. However, once inside the familiar faces of Sqn Ldr Clarke and Lt Wilson – our advance party – appeared coming towards us, and Cadets were shown to their quarters with genuine remarks of acceptability heard from even some of the most difficult to satisfy members of the Section – Cdts Kinsella and Moore! Camp food was immediately given the okay after Cadets – from sheer instinct – found the cookhouse, and enjoyed their first full military meal – Cdt Hinton devouring a pile of food almost as big as himself! Once the battery of teddy’s had been unpacked and the female quarters secured – Cdt McMillan acted as sentry briefed to spot any approaching males from any direction – whilst Cdts Rawsthorne and Hurst were in charge of assessment. HQ had been established! Meanwhile, in the male quarters the shake-down had already been arranged with CSgt Munday installed in one billet with L/Cpl Macaulay beefing it in the other. The week’s activities were unfolded at our first ‘pow-wow’ – held under what

would become known as ‘the tree’ – a very generous chestnut to one side of the main parade ground – which provided seclusion, shade and a back-rest for a large number of the contingent. We were pleased with the ‘draw’ – our sequence started with the most physical and ended in the most skilful! Sunday would see us undergoing a full day of field craft training – section attack and ambush drills in the field! The weather continued to be scorching – and so extra preparations were put into place for dealing with the possible effects of exposure and heat exhaustion! After reveille at 0600 and a very agreeable breakfast, the contingent drew weapons and was directed out to the training area – some 3 km away – where the intricacies of tactical warfare were outlined by members of the Training Team. The attack itself proved very demanding – the enemy position being at the top of a hill! All cadets showed remarkable grit considering that the time was approaching midday and the sun was high! Cdt Keene stood out well during this exercise showing tremendous determination and his undoubted example of leadership proved to be the key factor in getting everyone through the experience. Cdt

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Harrison did equally well as she showed herself to be a truly ‘gutsy’ member of the team giving a superb lead to the other female cadets, whilst Cdt Strachan’s clear expertise in the field was noticed straightaway by the training team. Cdt Ganly also proved himself to be a very skilled infantryman – despite having to contend with some well earned blisters! Needless to say, pre-lunch drinks were very much in demand, as copious amounts of water preceded our first haversack meal. The afternoon session was greatly enjoyed by all cadets – with the help of a particularly entertaining member of the Training Team whose highly graphic story of what an ambush is all about and how it is carried through will never be forgotten – Sgt Parry I believe was so taken by it she even took down notes! As dawn broke the following morning it was clear it was going to be another scorcher! The Camp Commandant issued a warning order that some proposed activities would need to be curtailed or adapted to take into account the growing influence of the rising daily temperatures – it had already moved into the thirties the previous day. Consequently our personal development programme was focussed solely upon water activities – canoeing, kayaking and generally getting wet – and we had to sadly for some, forego the climbing option. However, after negotiating a tricky orienteering course which Cdts Dawson, Morgan, Dowling-Kennedy and Thompson, simply sped round ensuring a notably high placing, the whole contingent spent the entire day messing about on Hawley Lake! The lake itself provided the same sensation as taking a nice, warm bath and great fun was had by all – with the added bonus of not having to be trussed up in water suits – that is other than Cdt Searle who, determined to strike a pose wearing his flashy black number, perfected a ‘nessy’ type technique of suddenly appearing from the depths to surprise some unsuspecting group of canoeists enjoying the view! Two large catamarans allowed team races around


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potatoes and blueberry porridge were produced. Inevitably everyone wanted to turn their hands to something and so they did, taking part in a ‘best basha’ competition! Cdt Head, together with Cdt Duffy, proved so resourceful that their expertly put together shelters stole the show. Cdt Ingham very ably organised the lighting of a superbly organised field fire – not at all easy when all available tinder was dripping wet!

Backwards or forwards off a kayak slide: Either way you get wet.

a central island in the lake. This proved to be one of the most positive motivating forces of the whole week – the killer instinct in otherwise unassuming Cadets such as Kerr and Blue was given licence to surface and some real leadership skills were inadvertently demonstrated during this particular activity. Cdts DowlingKennedy and Francis certainly took some enticing to leave the water when the final whistle blew – but the promise of a Coke and Mars bar snack on the coach finally did the trick. Our Wednesday activities centered entirely upon the development of range skills – other than a cheeky little ‘acquaint’ with the obstacle course – with three venues on offer. The Camp sported an excellent indoor 0.22 rifle range and having heard the previous day that a Cadet from another Contingent had shot a 100% round – hitting the bull on all attempts – we were all up for it! After some truly excellent marksmanship L/Cpl Dawson equalled this remarkable achievement! Furthermore, it rapidly became known that Cdt Bagnall had produced the top score on the ETR range; he was joined later in the day by Cdt Morgan! Well done to both! It is hoped that we retain these accolades through the remaining

weeks of Annual Camp. The third test of skill came when we were given the opportunity to use the Small Arms Training Unit – almost life-like battle scenarios projected to simulate real combat induced many of our cadets to produce some impressive shooting. Perhaps for the better, the weather changed dramatically as we mustered to start our circuit of the military skills package early the next morning. So torrential was the rain that we were diverted into a holding hangar where a contingency programme was hastily, but very professionally, put together by the training team – giving cadets further experience of observation skills and battle management. Although still very overcast the rain held off as we finished our lunch rations, and we were given the go-ahead to press on to the field cooking and survival stand. This truly was an experience that could not be missed – cadets were shown how to set up and maintain simple, but highly effective, field ovens, water stills and several other amazingly practical devices for keeping meat, fish and water fresh and clean without the use of sophisticated kitchen equipment. Cdts Davidson and Donald were keen to sample much on offer as various delicacies such as stewed rabbit, jacket

Thursday morning turned out dry! Cdts Hinsinger and Sordy primed themselves for their big challenge – taking part in the March and Shoot Competition against other contingents. We were sporting two potentially strong teams and had great hopes of achieving a result. The ‘Start’ point was on the other side of the Camp some 4 and half miles away, and so when dispatched by minibus the remaining Sedbergh Contingent could only move to the finish point and wait. With the time of the hindmost cadet in each team counting it was going to be important that everyone worked together and responded to the encouragement and galvanising skills of the team commanders. Both L/Cpl Macaulay and Cdt Duffy performed these roles magnificently urging both our teams to clock up some very impressive times. Equally well, running concurrently, we sported two teams in the Assault Course Competition. Sgt Munday’s ‘eight’ ran a very tight and compact race, with Cdts Hicks, Kevill and Flowers showing tremendous determination and grit. Cdt Howarth excelled himself using his personal fitness to advantage, and together with Cdts Keene, Davidson and Searle contributed towards producing an excellent potential winning time. Our second ‘eight’, ably lead by Cdt Blue, showed up extremely well, remaining resolute to the end, with Cdts Kerr, Tinkler and Butler finding physical reserves they had not assumed were there! The ‘dynamic duo’ of Cdts Thompson and Dowling-Kennedy also impressed the judges. Cdt Moffitt’s performance was simply heroic! When we all were gathered together to hear

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L/Col Oliver Macauley providing a helping hand to Cdt Harriet MacMillan.

the overall results we were just pipped at the post for first place in the March and Shoot Competition and came a very worthy third in the Assault Course stakes. Great effort all round! After a reviving, although increasingly familiar, haversack lunch, we were free to begin our preparations for what would be our first overnight exercise as a Contingent – all previous attempts having been quashed by bad weather! The intrepid ‘enemy’ skills of Sgt Parry and Cpl Carmichael generated from considerable experience in the field, were put to good use, and accompanied by Sqn Ldr Clarke, made their way to their chosen start point, whilst the main Contingent made a tactical patrolled, approach to the designated harbour area. Setting up Field HQ was very impressively executed – our Field Commander, Lt I Christy remarked as we gathered for our first exercise briefing. Basha’s having been built – cadets made inroads into their 24 hour ration packs – squeals of delight signalled that the ‘beefburger and beans’ boil-in-the-bag option had been discovered. Other muted, noises of contentment were to be heard. In fact, beyond this field home-from-home, we could not have wished for better conditions – the night was clear and

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‘midgy free’ with a bright full moon shining. Intelligence patrols were dispatched to rendezvous with groups of ‘resistance’ fighters – some returning with tales of treachery and doubledealing. With all information pooled a battle plan was produced – an ambush would be staged to intercept the enemy as it moved its position – most likely during the early hours. Cdt Keene would prove to be a sound contingent commander forming part of the killing group, whilst Cdts Howarth and Strachan would head each of the cutoff groups. After a peaceful night – broken only by the sound of distant religious cries to ‘Allah’, presumed to be the last devotions of the enemy – the Contingent moved out and into what was a commanding position overlooking a vulnerable point in the expected enemy patrol route, under cover of a grove of pine trees. The volley of fire as the ambush triggered was devastating – although several ‘deaths’ would have been worthy of a RADA rating! As is customary, no time was wasted in extracting the site and the return to HQ was quickly expedited. A clear ‘buzz’ spread through the harbour area. After a spot of breakfast – mainly to

finish off all remaining rations – HQ was reluctantly packed up – Sgt Munday issuing the command to move out. The patrol back into Central Camp was as effectively carried through as when we had left almost 24 hours before. With weapons cleaned and kit stowed, cadets enjoyed a final evening of relaxation in the NAAF. The week had proved to be a great success for each individual Cadet – each one, I believe, sensing that the experience at Camp had been challenging, sometimes gruelling, but certainly rewarding. The Best Male Cadet accolade was awarded to Cdt Keene for having performed consistently well in all activities during the week, with Cdt Harrison emerging as the Best Female Cadet for equally good reasons. Cdts Kevill and Newall together with Cdt Howarth were noted for having shown considerable progress, as were Cdts Blue and Scott – so many personal transformations had occurred over the week. L/Cpl Macaulay was commended for his outstanding leadership shown during all aspects of the Camp, particularly with regard to extending support and encouragement to any Cadet requiring either. My own personal thanks must be extended to the Officers attending Camp this year – Lt Wilson fulfilled the role of SSI with great efficiency whilst Sqn Ldr Clarke’s very valuable support was much appreciated. 2Lt Moore, always featuring larger than life, worked tirelessly over the week to ensure that our female contingent not only survived Annual Camp but also enjoyed the experience. Winning not just on points, however, but on looks, charm, expertise and sheer enthusiasm, must be U/O Hold – soon to embark upon Marine training. He proved an immediate ‘wow’ with the female cadets from the start – not sure why – being able to explain to them much better than anyone else why we were doing what we were doing, how to do what we were doing and miraculously when we were doing what we were doing! My particular personal thanks go to him for all his help and assistance with Camp this year.


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Once again, a group of potentially good, but apprehensive cadets embarked upon the Camp experience this year, and once again they returned having learned a great deal about their own abilities in every case having achieved something each would most likely not have thought possible. It was a satisfied bunch of honed soldiers that reluctantly boarded the coach for home – Cdt Flowers having to be blindfolded again! Capt T Jeffries

CCF Royal Naval Section 2005 marked the 200th Anniversary of Britain’s greatest naval (if not the entire military) history – “The Battle of Trafalgar”. We were pleased to celebrate the event on October 14th by a special ceremony hoisting the famous signal “England expects that every man will do his duty” on the school flagpole. This Naval inspiration has, I hope, inspired the cadets to their fulsome efforts this year. We have had a full section, albeit somewhat thin in the senior years. The summer term has seen us with our favourite activity – sailing. Most Thursdays we have embarked on the lake at Killington with varying degrees of wind, success and skill. Slowly but surely the levels of competence creep up. Quite early on in the term we hosted the NE Area CCF Regional Regatta which we won in a field of 6 teams from all over the North of England. We are indebted not only to the Lancaster Sea scouts but to Lt Fred Oatway of the Southport Sailing centre for their willing loan of boats. Another strand of our work during the year has been preparing the Year 10 cadets for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition which started way back in May 2005 with

a practice expedition. Likewise this year, we took out both year groups into the Howgills for an overnight camping expedition. Lessons were learnt about husbanding fuel supplies, rather than squandering them on creating smokescreens while attempting to build a bonfire of reeds! However, on the hottest weekend of the year, 5 of the year 10 took to the hills and successfully completed their expedition. A mere 15 minutes after completing that task, three of them embarked on our annual sailing camp! It has become a tradition to challenge the RAF to a combined raft-building and assault course competition at Halton training camp in the penultimate week of term. This year we were successful in 3 of the four competitions and so regain our pride that was somewhat dented last year! Whether the rafts would have withstood the test of survival post shipwreck will have to remain an unanswered question, but they managed to embark two cadets across the Lune. Term finished with our sailing camp at Southport Marine Lake where we are fortunate to reap the results of Lt Fred Oatway’s sailing organisation. Sailing Bosuns, Picos, Topaz’s and Laser 2000’s we were able to qualify 12 of the cadets to Level II of the adult RYA scheme and two with the seamanship module. The very hot weather made the wind conditions challengingly light in the mornings, but a sea breeze provided more excitement in the afternoons. If these cadets remain in the section until Year 11, when they will enter the BTEC First Diploma in Public Services, these RYA and Duke of Edinburgh Award qualifications will gain them distinction in two of the modules automatically. Leading Seaman Manouchehri is firmly chasing distinction overall in this scheme by participating in a national leadership course held at HMS Raleigh in the Navy stronghold of Plymouth. All the Year 11 and 12 cadets are firmly on their way in this scheme and should

complete it in 2007 which will earn them the equivalent of 4 more GCSEs to add to their University entrance profile. I would like to thank RCJ Hartley for all his help with the section where he has masterminded the Duke of Edinburgh training and brought to bear his nautical knowledge from his extensive yachting experience. He has also embarked on a RN CCF course in yachting despite his luggage being lost in transit. Russell McGill has been a valuable Coxswain this year, especially having gained his RYA Rescue Boat qualification last summer. I congratulate James Wainwright on his promotion to that post for 2006/7. I would also like to thank R Waters who has helped us, despite not being in the CCF itself. Her RYA instructor qualification has made her a very valuable contributor to our Thursday sailing sessions and to the sailing camp where we were able to publicly thank her with a small gift for her efforts on our behalf. MP Ripley

CCF RAF Section Report Through the energetic and enthusiastic delivery of our staff and especially Flt Lt Hoskin and Fg Off Astin, the RAF cadets have enjoyed a rich programme of what the Air Cadet Organisation has to offer. In school the cadets took part in military instruction which ranged from the history of the RAF and the principles of flight to the rank structure and the cadet rifle. For some cadets there was also a steep learning curve in the arts of ironing and shoe polishing. A further event on campus was the now annual night exercise in Akay woods which saw robust patrolling, some accomplished camouflage and concealment as well as some competent field catering.

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All this instruction in military conduct enabled our cadets to then proceed, in full uniform, onto RAF stations where the most enjoyable activities took place. Primed to salute crisply whenever an officer passed within one hundred yards the cadets variously undertook basic flight instruction in the Grob Tutor two-seater trainer, gliding with 635 Volunteer Gliding Squadron. Flying experience this year included a thrilling ride for some cadets through the Howgills in the Search and Rescue Sea King helicopter, courtesy of 22 Squadron, with whom we share the memory of old Sedgwickian Flying Officer Ken Campbell VC. On that Remembrance Sunday we were also pleased to welcome back Flight Lieutenant Neil Richardson, formerly of School House, and now a pilot of C130 Hercules transports. Over the course of the year activities took us onto various RAF stations including RAF Leeming, RAF Cosford, RAF Linton on Ouse and RAF Spadeadam. Of particular interest was the the Electronic Warfare Range specialisation of RAF Spadeadam where Cadet Nikita Misin proved helpful and popular with his ability to translate from Russian.

The Cloisters from 22 Squadron Sea King helicopter.

However it was in the summer that the greatest achievements were notched up. A highly enjoyable summer camp at RAF Benson saw various cadets excel with Cadet Robinson Udale achieving a field promotion on recommendation of senior NCOs and Cadet Roderick Pugh gaining a prize for his turnout. On the camp Cadet Corporal Owen Pescod impressed as a Flight Commander and

displayed inspiring leadership and was rewarded at the end with a blissful sortie in one of RAF Benson’s 33 Squadron Puma helicopters. Meanwhile over at RAF Stafford Cadet Corporal Gareth Bell excelled on the Air Cadet Leadership Course, which remains one of the finest examples of leadership training for young people anywhere. Gareth now becomes our leading NCO. A little later in the summer Cadet Corporal James Walkinshaw was awarded a Gliding Scholarship with 662 Volunteer Gliding School at RMB Condor, Arbroath. Following a week long residential training course on the Viking glider James was awarded his wings and becomes our only cadet entitled to wear wings as well as our leading instructor in aviation matters. Thus cadets Gareth Bell, Owen Pescod and James Walkinshaw now take on senior instructor and leadership roles and our new intake can look forward to being instructed by some excellent and experienced NCOs. Flt Lt J-M Holliday, RAFVR(T)

22 Squadron Sea King lands on Powell Pitch.

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Charity & V O L U N TA R Y

From left to right, top to bottom: Gina Casals putting; Max Pimlott ironing for Help the Aged; Face painting at the sizzler; Paul Urmston chopping logs at Bendrigg Lodge; Clare Carney at the Sedbergh Toy Library; Charity Netball Match; Charity Bake-In; Tim Hanley and Catherine Hirst on a filming project at the Sedbergh and District Community Office.


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Robertson House topped £1100 for charity in just one sizzling weekend at the end of April. All profits from a weekend full of activity have been sent to the Nyumbani AIDS Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. The charity extravaganza was the finale to a series of fundraising initiatives masterminded by Upper Sixth Former Gina Casals, who led a small team of senior girls in planning the wide variety of events. “The AIDS Orphanage really caught my imagination,” explains Gina, who hopes to study Computer Science at Bristol University later this year. “I thought it was a great cause, and we all wanted to do something ‘big’ in our final term at Robertson. A fundraising ‘sizzler weekend’ combined the two perfectly.”

The weekend kicked off with a fundraising Sixth Form BBQ and disco on the Saturday night but the showpiece was the ‘Robertson Summer Sizzler’ on Sunday afternoon. The event took the form of a Fair in the extensive grounds of the House, with a huge number of side shows, stalls, games and activities open for the whole School community to enjoy. “We wanted to keep costs down to maximise our profits,” says Gina, “so most of our stalls were really simple, like applebobbing, pitch and putt, bat-the-rat and catch-the-raw-egg.” In this apparently sophisticated, hightech age, Sedbergh School pupils proved that the old ones always work best, as queues formed quickly for throwing wet sponges at the School Prefects! “I was really impressed by the way the girls took on the event. They were highly organised and focused, and each stall was run by Robertson girls of all ages. They took their responsibilities very seriously – but still managed to generate a lot of

fun,” comments Mrs Philippa Prall, Housemistress. The St Lucia Netball tourists, led by Kayleigh Reynolds of Robertson House, also had a shooting competition on the House netball / tennis court and divided their profits between Tour costs and Nyumbani. Hannah Rogers, a senior netball goal shooter even managed to beat many of the school’s top rugby players in a ‘Pass the rugby ball to Jonny Wilkinson’ competition! The weekend proved such a success (even the weather was unexpectedly kind) that the event may already have become a fixture in next year’s calendar too. “It was a huge undertaking by the girls, but it was very well worth it – both for Nyumbani, but also for Robertson,” says Mrs Prall. “We’ve had a year’s worth of building work and disruption to extend the House but this Sizzler Weekend was a real high point.”

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Robertson Sizzles for AIDS Orphanage

William Goff in the stocks.

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From left to right, top to bottom: GCSE Projects – Benches. George Dawson, CIBSE Scholarship winner; James Walkinshaw; Alex McMillan; Gareth Bell; Arian Manouchehri; James Gladstone; Chris Peace.


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The Upper 6th took a long time to get into their stride and results suffered accordingly. William Brockbank, Myles Ball, James O’Brien and Matthew Kirkbride all produced pleasing results but most of them were rather rushed at the end. As a part of our A Level course, we like to get into real live industry as much as possible. This year, we took L6 Design Technology students to view production of the Vauxhall Astra at Ellesmere Port. I have been to car plants before and so it was interesting to make comparisons. For the students however, it made sense of the bookwork they had endured because it was the real thing and components could be seen arriving exactly on cue, robots took charge of many tasks and the final object was almost guaranteed to function correctly first time. You can read all about it in a book but the real thing is far more convincing. From the simple word “Seating” Year 11 RMT produced a great variety of designs and some of the best

Peter Munday testing a catapult.

academic results for a long time. Gareth Bell and Arian Manouchehri entered the complex world of laminating and produced excellent results. James Gladstone bent steel tubing to form the frame of an upholstered swivel seat and did most of the sewing by himself. Sadly, the photographic opportunity was missed. William Harrison, Alex McMillan, Paul Petchey and Chris Peace produced some interesting garden seats. Rufus Morgan solved the problem of supporting the centre of a garden bench in an interesting manner and produced a decorative back using the CNC router. Throughout the course, candidates were encouraged to consider applying for the Arkwright Scholarship scheme. Initially, there were about fifteen showing great interest and real talent but numbers gradually dwindled through career choice, etc and three eventually sat the exam. Rufus Morgan put up a good performance and Gareth Bell was put on the waiting list. George Dawson was awarded a scholarship from the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and thus receives £500 cash and a glowing title to put in his UCAS application. His project

successfully solves the problem of what to do with a garden bench throughout the winter. If left out, it will deteriorate. If brought inside it will occupy valuable space. His solution is to fold it up and hang it on a garage or shed wall. Making such a radical idea actually work became a difficult but very interesting task. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first project in the Design Centre to depend on our CAD software for its success. Shapes were generated on screen, movements arrived at and whole sections tested prior to printing of templates and cutting of timber.

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With a few exceptions, the Lower 6th class of 2005/6 was very much on the ball and produced a variety of interesting work. From the set topic “Domestic Security”, centred around the hallway, a number of secret compartments were designed into domestic artefacts in order to achieve passive security situations. Despite his injury, Jake Dinsdale obtained a high grade A with full marks for one exam. Simon Barnby produced a curved table with secure secret compartment that tested our wood bending facilities to the full. Others in the group, notably Felicite Gibbons, Carl Fearns and Matt Davidson produced interesting results and are to be congratulated.

As usual, SCT candidates tackled some interesting projects, the most notable being an automatic greenhouse environmental control from Phil Smith and a fail-safe fuel filler from James Hutchinson. “Super Tech” Mike Bellion has attacked the SCT workshop in a meaningful way. Old benches have been removed, new ones with fewer legs have been constructed and installed. A cleaner, more comfortable room has thus been created at minimum cost and to our own exact specifications. Thank you Mike. Looking to the future, a Performing Arts Centre is to be built. Thus we

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will be relieved of the sight of grizzly “ladies”, custard pie excesses and dramatic sounds pounding the walls of our workshop. The JAT will also become available as a space and, together with the Art department, we have our eyes on it. Watch the space next door folks. G Aveyard

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Rufus Morgan’s CNC.

After producing several business plans he decided to start a company making leisure homes.

LISSET HOMES

Good quality industrial visits are of immense value to A level Design and Technology students but are often very difficult to find. A chance meeting in the Design Centre on speech day with O.S. Mike Beharrell led to such a visit, to Lisset Homes in Pocklington. Twenty five years ago Mike decided that he had had enough of working for one of the world’s largest multinational companies and that he would form his own business; with some financial support from his brothers and fellow Sedberghians Cliff and Bruce Beharrell.

I had no idea what the visit would yield. Mike and his son Justin provided a hugely valuable insight into an unusual business. I have always assumed that the half a house on the back of a truck was some sort of glorified portacabin; how wrong I was proved. Pictures of an already delivered Lisset Home revealed levels of luxury found in only a few homes; for example a walk-in-room with blowers to dry you after a shower, all yours for about £350,000! More conventional Lisset Homes range from £80,000 to £250,000. It is interesting to

note that the first home manufactured by the company was sold for £750. The visit started at the raw materials store, wood, plastic, glass etc and then to the production line where uPVC windows were being assembled. Door panels were being routed in minutes to the clients design requirements on the latest Computer Numerical Control machines. The various sub assemblies including huge roof structures up to 60ft long are mounted onto a structural steel base which rolls along the production line. The homes, which are made in two halves, are temporarily bolted together during production to ensure a perfect join. They are then equipped with everything from carpets and sofas to under floor heating and the kitchen sink; all is inspected with a discerning eye. The finished home is then split into its two halves and transported to the owner. The final stage of our visit took in the Computer Aided Design department, where customers can specify the size, content style and fittings for their future home and then see a virtual reality tour of their property.

Jake Dinsdale CNC.

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The Lower 6th design students thoroughly enjoyed their visit and considered it to be of great value. A prospective architecture student was fascinated by the capabilities of the CAD systems, and confirmed his interest in a career in architecture.


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We are very grateful to Mike and Justin Beharrell and their management team for giving up their valuable time to make this visit such a success.

grades, our best ever, the previous best being 40%. Praise and thanks go to Mrs Griffin in her role of Director of Middle School Studies for her masterminding of the improvement.

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Academic Review 2005-6 How is the quality of a school measured? Is it happy pupils and contented parents? Is it a reputation for fair play and success on the games field? Is it the variety and scope of the outdoor pursuits and expeditions offered? Is it the quantity and standard of its music and drama? The answer, of course, is that the quality is measured by all these things and by the dedication and hard work of its staff. Underpinning all this, however, is the academic standing of the school and the results of the 2006 summer examinations give us just cause to be proud of our achievements. At the GCSE level we were delighted with our excellent performance, particularly with over 50% A* and A

There were some excellent performances in these examinations such as the record number of pupils who achieved 9 or more A and A* grades, many of them achieving 10 and a good number achieving the top two grades in all their subjects. Edmund Knock achieved 7 A*s and 1 A grade while Fred Strachan achieved 8 A*s and 1 A and Freya Findlay 8 A*s with 2 As. Sam Coe gained A* in 9 of his ten subjects, with an A in the remaining subject and Tom Seddon deserves particular congratulations for gaining A* in all 10 of his GCSEs and achieving one of the top five marks in Physics nationally out of 15951 candidates, a tremendous achievement. The History department is also to be commended for achieving 79% A*s and As. The A levels were also a cause of celebration with 62% of the grades being either A or B. Some departments produced outstanding results especially Religious Studies, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation and Mathematics. Individual pupils who achieved four or more A or B grades were Kate Baron, Toby Foster, Magdalena Grey, Leo Ho,

House Chess – Robertson (Magdalena Grey) vs Hart (John Ball).

Miller Leung, Claire McHaffie (who achieved one of the top five marks in English Literature in the country after dropping only a single mark on one essay in an AS module), James O’Brien, Alex Pong, Ian Pope, Jonathan Sedgwick, Tim Sereewatthanawut, Jackson Wong and Stanley Yau. There were other very pleasing results including those achieved by William Brockbank and Tom Iles. Along side the major improvements to the boarding accommodation there has been a steady improvement to the resources and accommodation for teaching. Classrooms are being redecorated and furnished with new desks and chairs. Data projectors and computers are common place and are being used to enhance teaching. The Bursar’s plans include a rolling programme of improvements to our academic facilities which should enhance the learning environment. At the end of the Summer Term we wished a farewell to Kate Farrand, Graham Barnes, Chris Hippisley and Caroline Atkinson, all of whom had made great contributions to Sedbergh and about whom there are more details elsewhere. We are also indebted to our teaching assistants who help in the houses, on the games fields, with plays and music, with outdoor pursuits and, importantly, in the classroom. Leaving us this year are Raasay Waters, Ben Mitchell and Xavier Trullos-Santiago and we thank each one of them for their help. The work in the classroom is also supported by many other activities. Healthy debates have honed and sharpened minds into producing clear and succinct arguments and analysis. The Phoenix Society goes from strength to strength as the pupils become more confident in preparing and delivering papers and thinking for themselves as well as being challenged by members of the teaching staff who give up their time to inspire them. (The brownies after are fantastic! Ed.) This year, for the first

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Senior Debating DINNER DEBATES Academically, the summer term is a busy one for the Sixth Form, but the extra-curricular demands on their time do not diminish. In May we saw the Senior House Debating Competition Final take place in the School Library. This was the culmination of six months of sharp-tongued intellectual battle that had raged in various Houses in the form of dinner debates over the course of four previous rounds. Will Fulton, Jordan Clarke, Richard Hold, Jeremy Hargreaves & Harry Wilson.

time, academic and all rounder scholars gave presentations to other scholars, pupils and members of staff. The standard was high and on both evenings and there was much for the audience to reflect on. Senior Societies have had interesting talks given by staff, Old Sedberghians and others. The Historians and Economists have benefited much from these talks. Many trips have reinforced pupils’ learning in all disciplines. These have included visits to the Battlefields of France and Belgium; theatres and museums; calculating accelerations and decelerations on the lift in the Baltic Museum; measuring G-forces at Alton Towers and touring the Bentley factory (sadly without any free cars!). We now look forward to another challenging year ahead. I would like to praise my colleagues for their hard endeavours in preparing and delivering lessons, marking pupils’ work, chasing recalcitrant souls whilst at the same time doing all the myriad other things expected in a boarding school. Through their professionalism and pupils’ desire to achieve I hope we can look forward to more excellent GCSE and A level results. JM Sykes

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The competition began in October 2005 in Evans House. Each House fielded a team of two who would debate a motion against another House while ‘the floor’ tucked into a three-course dinner. The students were expected to prepare their main speeches (having been informed of the motions a week previously), but the emphasis was very much on spontaneity. The best debaters would be able to think on their feet, countering arguments quickly and incisively with facts and statistics, whether true or not. The trick of successful debating is to make your audience believe in you, whatever you might be saying. This first round was won by Winder House, with Robertson, Lupton and Evans also showing strong performances. Sedgwick hosted the second round, in November. Again, the judges were impressed by those who were able to speak effectively without referring to copious notes, and Evans’ Tim Hanley showed remarkable skill in this respect. He was supported ably by a slightly nervous James Ashford, and together they took Evans to victory. However, it was clear that there was going to be stiff competition from Toby Foster and Alex Newcome in the Winder camp, who were keen to retain their first round advantage. They stayed in first position with a cumulative 16 points, with Hart and Robertson tied in second place on 14; the Evans team was now just two points behind them in fourth. The scores, then, were close going into the

Lent term, and the atmosphere was tense as we moved to Winder House for the third round. One of the difficulties associated with judging a debate is that it is, by its very nature, subjective. This means that it is not always obvious to a debater why he is being judged as he is. Audience engagement is a key issue, and some of the teams in this competition were naturally captivating, while others were less so. The problem arises when the speaker is unable to recognise this, and by the third round it was clear that those who were taking on board the advice and feedback from the judges were the ones who were meeting with more success. The team from Robertson performed well at Winder House; Becky Milne is a naturally entertaining speaker, while her partner (and Debating Society Vice-President) M-A Rogers has a measured and informed style of delivery. They managed to secure second place in this round, but were beaten to first by Evans, who were beginning to show how effective team strategy and style can be. In particular, Tim Hanley impressed the judges with his calculated delivery, pausing … for … effect, though he later denied that this was intentional. The fourth round, then, saw the teams almost tied at the top, with just 2 points separating Winder from Evans and Robertson. Ranulf Couldrey and James O’Brien from Hart were still in with a chance in fourth place, but were not showing the solid teamwork of the other debaters. Hart House, the venue for the fourth round, provided the setting for one of the best debates. Lupton fielded a replacement team of Helena Lightbody and Katie Barker; the former gave a magnificent display of incisive and quick-witted debating, while Katie overcame initial nerves to deliver a strong second speech. Powell’s Dan Fine and Tim Cork (a rather naughty Year 11 entry) also showed improved style and finesse, and scored well. However, nothing seemed to be able to stop the Hanley-Ashford team from taking another victory for Evans, and they went


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into the final round in May with a 2 point advantage over Robertson, who in turn were just 1 point ahead of Winder. The fight was really on. The debating in the final, held in the School Library, showed what improvements the boys and girls had made over the year. The atmosphere and history associated with the building, and the presence of some distinguished guests, meant that everyone was at their sparkling best. Lupton’s Kate Baron used her experience in the ESU Mace Competition (reported elsewhere in The Sedberghian) to give an assured and confident performance. Similarly, Tom Riddolls and George Drake (School House) had clearly learnt from the earlier rounds, and argued with a skill that had been absent in November. The Sedgwick team of James Wilson and Graham Sawyers also gave their best performance of the year, but unfortunately misinterpreted the motion, and lost marks accordingly. With debating motions such as This House believes that polygamy is in the best interests of the human race and This House would speak French, the final was always going to be an entertaining evening. In the end, and after some considerable deliberation, the judges awarded the prize to Evans House, with Winder sneaking into second position ahead of Robertson, who were just one point behind, in third place. The organisation of all these dinner debates has, in most cases, been overseen by the Housemasters who have hosted rounds this year. I would like to offer my personal thanks to them for their generous time and efforts. I would also like to thank Bill Page for his calm, unflappable presence, and for creating such a feast for the final in the Library. Thank you also to the adjudicators for the year, who were PW-W, SEH, JMP and JHEB. Finally I would like to thank all the students who have taken part in the debates. Their hard work and good humour has been a welcome tonic for the staff and guests who have very much enjoyed

Seamus Kay measures up.

their company around the dinner table on cold winter nights. Senior Debating at Sedbergh is a healthy and thriving Society. Toby Foster has been an integral part of the recent growth in enthusiasm for this activity; as President he has served the Society with commitment and energy.

I am enormously grateful to him for his dedicated support, and I wish him all the very best in debating and other academic endeavours as he moves on to the next chapter of his life. JHE Bennett

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From left to right, top to bottom: JMS conducting the Vocal Octet; Naomi Johnson & Imogen Wood singing at the Coffee Concert; Frasier Precious; Louis von St Paul on the violin; Rober Blair solo in rehearsal; The Vocal Octet at the HM concert; Concert rehearsals.


SUMMER MUSIC

To a large extent the focus of musical activity in the Summer Term has been devoted to the preparation for examinations, both practical and academic. Fevered late night, last minute touches to composition submissions and intensive preparation for Associated Board examinations and GCSE and A-level practicals have been the order of the day! However, our many musical groups and ensembles have continued to make important contributions to the School and Town community. The Term began with a visit from the “Cobweb Orchestra”. This is a group of local adult musicians who meet regularly on residential and nonresidential workshop weekends. Our pupils were privileged enough to join the Cobweb’s Intermediate and Senior orchestras and Iona Brown (the visiting professional conductor) to work on Brahm’s Violin Concerto. On the 8th and 9th May, invited guests were treated to outstanding performances from our A and AS level students in their Recital Performances. A wider audience enjoyed some of these pieces in the Headmaster’s Invitation Concert on Sunday 14th May 2006. The Concert was held in the more intimate atmosphere of Queen’s Hall and was a tribute to the hard work that the Students have put into their music this Term. The Concert was of a particularly high standard and all the performers deserve a mention. In particular, exceptional contributions were made by some of the pupils who will, sadly, be leaving this Term: Natasha Beeby began with “Oh had I Jubal’s Lyre” by Handel and gave an entertaining rendition of “The Monk and his Cat” by Barber; Olivia Ashton, Hugh Barbour and Ben Johnson treated the audience to a sample of some of the many pieces performed for their “A” level recitals; Jack Telfer gave an emotional and evocative rendition of the second

movement from Handel’s “Euphonium Concerto” which was followed by a particularly dynamic performance of “Tico Tico” by Fraser Precious. These solo performances were complimented by a variety of Ensemble pieces: the Concert began with an outstanding performance of Telemann’s Viola Concerto (soloist: Robert Blair). The String Orchestra have never sounded better and the standard of the piece is a testament to the hard work of the String Orchestra this year under the excellent tutelage of Mrs A Coburn. The finale to the Concert was a sassy performance of Gershwin’s “Lullaby of Birdland” performed by the “Lupton Girls” (Natasha Beeby, Naomi Johnson, Kate Relton, Sarah Rowley, Kate Telfer and Imogen Wood), winners of the House Unison (part song) competition earlier this year. Two less formal Concerts were also held in Queen’s Hall this Term. The first was a “Coffee Concert” held on Sunday 21st May after Chapel. This was the Second outing for the School’s newly formed Vocal Octet made up of our most experienced singers (Naomi Johnson, Sarah Rowley, Kate Telfer, Imogen Wood, Daniel Johnson, James Kilpatrick, Jack Telfer and Robin Varley) and their rendition of “Blue Moon” was extremely well received, as it had been in the Headmaster’s Concert. Notable performances were also given by Patrick Wood, Nichita Misin, Lauren Crowson, Matthew Belcher and Jess Hurst. Robin Varley also gave an excellent performance of his own song “A troubled mind” which was a nice fore-runner to Sedgwick House’s “Gig in the Garden” where Robin was joined by the rest of his band. This was an energetic and vibrant performance from an emerging Sedbergh band… watch this space! The second Concert was the first “Muncheon Music Concert!” This is a new initiative which hopes to allow people from the Town to enjoy the music of the School in a less formal

atmosphere. It also aims to give our young performers the opportunity to develop their performance skills in a supportive environment. It is heartening to see such strength coming through the ranks in our young musicians and some of the performers such as James McLeod, Stephanie Harrison, Clare Carney, Chantal Kinsella, Maria Brook and Daniel Johnson were amongst a group of soloists to perform some of their pieces at St Anselm School’s Garden Party on Sunday 11th June. The fourth Sedbergh Music Festival is an annual event held over a two week period in St Andrew's Parish Church. It is an inspirational collection of musical recitals, concerts, talks, lunches and dinners and the School was fortunate to be invited to take part in some of the events during the two week period. The School’s first contribution was in the form of a Matins service at St Andrews on Sunday 18th June, some of the Chapel Choir was also fortunate enough to take part in Britten’s “St Nicolas” which was an excellent opportunity for the pupils to perform alongside professionals and amateur adult singers. Sunday 18th June was a particularly busy day in the Music department diary as Mrs SA Doherty took a Vocal Octet to Ravenstonedale to perform in their morning service. The CCF Band also took part in the Band competition at Kirkby Lonsdale.

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Congratulations to all the musicians on their hard work for the Associated Board examinations this Term. In particular, congratulations to Kate Telfer and James McLeod on their high distinctions. Finally, a thank you to all those throughout the year who have been brave enough to make contributions to the Saturday morning music assemblies! JH Seymour

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From left to right, top to bottom: Robin Varley & George Drake perform at the Sedgwick Social; Robertson take the strain; Oli Peters befriending the Winder natives; Cloisters at night; From one Head of School to another - Toby Foster & Alex Newcome; All Brass; Amy Jones leads the way on Striding Edge; Evans on the pull.


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Sedberghian 2006 Contact Details: sedberghian@sedberghschool.org The Cloisters. Front Cover: Returning to lessons in the snow. wwwwmedicmala...