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View of Winder across Powell Pitches. Front Cover: Cycling up the ridge to Winder with High Winder in the background. Sedbergh Crest: Artwork by Calum Greenall (2006 and 2007 editions).
THE SEDBERGHIAN 2007 Editor: Mr SE Hall Pupil Editors: Freya Findlay (Robertson) & Hannah Rogers (Robertson). From September 2007: Rosie Harnby (Robertson). Photographic Credits: Thanks go to the following people who have provided additional photographs for the 2007 edition of ‘The Sedberghian’: Mr B Aitken, Mr G Aveyard, Sam Bell, Mrs HC Christy, Mr JE Fisher, Ms M Gorst, Mrs SA Griffin, Mrs SL Hirst, Mr T Jeffreys, Mr J Jones, Mrs J Mailing, Mr C Mahon, Mr S Oliver, Mrs GE Parry, Dr MP Ripley, Mr JM Sykes, Mr R Witt and the Housemasters, Housemistresses and pupils who provided photographs for putting together the house pages. Mr SJ Cooling deserves special mention for providing some of the best photographs in this edition, including (once again) that for the front cover. Thanks: For ongoing support, the editor would like to thank all pupils and staff who have written articles, supplied information to fill gaps and given of their time. David Clements deserves special mention for editorial support and compilation of results. I am particularly grateful to Freya and Hannah their critical eye and desire to see the magazine go from strength to strength and Rosie for joining the team. Personal thanks go to Mrs Hall, Miss Sophie Hall and Master Adam Hall for keeping me grounded. The continued support of Mr P Wallace-Woodroffe is appreciated as is the confidence of Mr CH Hirst for giving me the editorial freedom needed. Stephen Collier has again ensured that the final product is something of which the school can be proud. His work, alongside that of Collective Printers is invaluable in the production of such a professional end-product. Note for Old Sedberghians: From 2008 onwards, ‘The Sedberghian’ will no longer be automatically sent out as part of the OS subscription. Those who would like to continue receiving the magazine are asked to contact email@example.com for further details. Sedbergh School is a company limited by guarantee registered in England no: 39446280 Designed by 40twenty Design & Printed by Collective. Printed on 9lives 80 Silk, 80% recycled paper.
From left to right, top to bottom: Charlotte Mann and Kate Telfer; Mr Hartley getting wet; Looking up to High Winder; Emily Hirst, Clare Carney and Flora Dawson filming during the Y11 Pre-A level day; Dune jumping; Francesca Harnby, Danielle Froldi and Poppy Hilton on Boar Fell; Leavers’ Ball; Confused!
THE SEDBERGHIAN CONTENTS COMMON ROOM Review of the Year, Valete, Salvete, Lord Bingham of Cornhill
HOUSE REVIEWS Evans, Hart, Lupton
MICHAELMAS TERM SPORT
Rugby, Girls’ Hockey, Sailing, Excellence
Phoenix Society, Year 9 Declamations, Morecambe Bay
A2 Theatre Studies, Year 9 Drama Festival, Whose Life is it Anyway?
HOUSE REVIEWS Powell, Robertson, School
LENT TERM SPORT
Boys’ Hockey, Squash, Fives, Pentathlon, Fencing, Sevens, Super Tens, Netball, Lacrosse, Fell Running, Wilson Run, Excellence
Academic Challenge, Holocaust Memorial Programme, Senior Debating
Jesus Christ Superstar, Shakespeare Schools’ Festival
Lent Review, Choral Society, Excellence
Cricket Tour to South Africa, Ski Trip
HOUSE REVIEWS Sedgwick, Winder
SUMMER TERM SPORT
Cricket, Athletics, Tennis, Girls’ Cricket, Golf, Shooting, Sailing, Climbing, Excellence
Review, Senior House Debating, Work Experience, Design Centre
Summer Review, Choir Tour
Edinburgh Fringe, GCSE Exam, AS/A Level Theatre Studies
OC Report, Army, RAF, Royal Navy
Charity, Duke of Edinburgh, Kick in the Stalls, Simon Barnby
LEAVERS Upper Sixth Leavers Destinations
From left to right, top to bottom: Lower VIth Geography fieldwork; M. Green; View from Wild Boar Fell; Mr Brown stuck in the mud; the sands of Morecambe Bay; J Reid; Pit stop on Winder.
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Headmaster’s Speech S P E E C H D AY, S AT U R D AY 2 6 M AY 2 0 0 7 Chairman (I shall see that the School will respond to your Green challenge), Lord Bingham, Right Reverend Newcome, Honoured Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Sedberghians.
My principal guest this morning, Lord Bingham of Cornhill, has the unique distinction of yesterday unveiling his portrait on the upper floor of the School Library – just above the room, known as Clio in his time, where he sat at the feet of a great Teacher of History, Andrew Morgan and began a career of extraordinary distinction. This has seen a succession of Academic and professional honours culminating in the positions of Lord Chief Justice, Master of the Rolls and Senior Lord of Appeal. Tom is the only Law Lord ever to receive from the sovereign the ultimate honour of the Order of the Knight of the Garter; he is also the only Old Sedberghian to be thus honoured.
Portrait of Lord Bingham of Cornhill in the School Library.
But all this pales into insignificance compared with Tom’s performance as the Banana Eater’s Wife in the Winder House Play of December 1949, or his skill and tenacity in the back row while winning the House Match Final of 1951, or his 12th place in the Wilson Run of 1952. Tom’s subsequent career may have taken him into a stratosphere which most present Sedberghians can only marvel at, but they can also identify with him and all that he stands for. Quite remarkably throughout his distinguished career, Tom has also been able to find common cause with Sedbergh and his Academic origins. He has served the School with distinction as a Governor from 197888 and since an earlier visit to Prizegiving nearly ten years ago, has remained in regular and warm contact as a wonderful supporter of the School. As recently as last Autumn, he returned to give the Squance Memorial Lecture on The Rule of Law. We listened spellbound for there is no one more eloquent, more passionate or tenacious in defence of the Common Law and the freedoms associated with it than Tom. It is not by chance that he is Adviser to the Magna Carta Trust. It is a great comfort to know that there is a man of his stature and intellect
championing the People’s rights against the ever-increasing power of the State. Tom takes his place among the greatest Sedberghians of the past five centuries. I believe that the words spoken of another great son of the School, Adam Sedgwick, aptly describe him: “Primitive in his loyalty to Truth and hatred of everything false and mean; a heart, if ever there was one, which turned on the poles of truth.” It is a privilege, Tom, to have you and Elizabeth back home with us and we look forward to your words. I also extend a warm welcome to all our parents and guests from the world of education and beyond. 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, we look forward to some competitive Athletics, which brings to a conclusion a week’s outstanding work from competitors and staff alike. Then a well-earned Half Term will begin.
It has been a pleasure to welcome James Newcome to Chapel this morning. He is well known to us not only as a fine Pastor, Preacher and Bishop, but also as the father of an outstanding Head of School. How far James and Alison are comfortable with the name by which Alex is affectionately known must be doubtful. To be the father of ‘Mad Dog’ takes a bit of living down on the episcopal benches but it is clear that Alex has inherited the courageous, fearless qualities of James. For these and for so much more we are greatly in the family’s debt. We thank you, James, for your stirring words this morning and extend a warm and grateful welcome to Alison and yourself.
At this stage, my lament is, as ever; for something in the region of 275
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Sedberghians, Half Term means revision in a different setting. For the past two weeks, Powell Hall has become the home of the exam desks much to the alarm, I suspect, of he by whose boundless generosity this building first saw the light of day 100 years ago. Sir Francis Powell, who looks down upon us from the wall to my left, came as a boy to Sedbergh from Uppingham (clearly a young man of discernment) in 1843 and moved on via St John’s, Cambridge to a career of legal and political distinction which brought him great wealth; in the philanthropic traditions of the Victorian times, Powell was to bestow much of this upon his old School. He did more than this, for without him and his great work it is fair to say that there would be no Sedbergh School. He became a Governor in 1874 at a time when following the ministrations of the notorious Henry George Day (to whom the Chairman referred), the School had almost disappeared. The Boarders had all left and only six Day Boys remained. Powell was a Governor for 37 years, for 35 of these he was Chairman and working with two great Headmasters,
Frederick Heppenstall and Henry George Hart, literally built the School that we see today – not only this magnificent Hall but the adjoining classroom block, the old Gymnasium and Sanatorium, to say nothing of the first Football field. I hope that he looks down benignly upon us a 100 years on. I think that he would be pleased that his words were still ringing true at the beginning of the 21st Century. Sir Francis suggested that “amid the changes of the future, the great Public Schools would always hold their high position; an excellent education might be obtained from Day Schools but the life of a great Boarding School was bound to influence the character of an Englishman”. He also had an interesting oft repeated thought on what was then called “Athleticism”. “Most people were agreed”, he said, “that it was not the time but the thought devoted to Athletics” that was excessive. It is good to see that this traditional Sedbergh debate has deep roots. It is also appropriate that on the same Speech Day occasion proper mention was made of the fact that the Football and Cricket teams had beaten all the Schools they met. Nothing new
here! The Sedbergh Bradford Boys’ Club was also mentioned as a new feature in the life of the School. Happily, the Sedbergh Bradford Club for Young People continues to thrive. Sedbergh almost alone of the traditional Public Schools has retained its links with its City Club and it is fitting that our Collection today will make a very real difference to the quality of life there. I believe that Sir Francis Powell would not have approved of the invitation which I received recently from a distinguished HMC colleague to visit his School to attend a ‘Conference on Happiness and Wellbeing in Schools’. On receipt of this I was reminded of the comment of a recent prospective parent who suggested that happiness was alive and well at Sedbergh. On further inspection, I was being asked to find £100 for the privilege of attending this Conference and it struck me that the Bursar might approve if we simply opened the Sedbergh doors to give delegates a happiness practical and to show them 450 potential A grade candidates in Happiness Studies! We have no need of such devices but can be proud of an Academic performance which at A Level produced a 62% pass rate at A and B grades, compared with 40% six years ago and at GCSE, saw 51% of our passes at A* and A which was 11% better than we had ever achieved before. We can also be proud of the accolade afforded our Religious Studies Department for producing the best set of A Level results in the country; last year Geology received the same recognition. For all this, in the context of a great breadth of Academic achievement, perhaps the most pleasing set of results came from one boy at A Level who achieved three Cs and who in many Schools might not even have taken A Level!
Main School and Powell Hall in the snow.
One of the most encouraging features of the past year has been the continued development in our Academic
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Enhancement Programme which sometimes sees three or more Lectures a week on issues which take learning beyond the classroom. Lectures in Science, Music, the Arts, Current Affairs and History have attracted boys and girls at all levels of the School. It is also good to report that the House Academic Challenge Competition was contested as fiercely as the Rugby House Match Final. Another important adjunct to our Academic programme is the Careers (or better expressed Higher Education) Department which helps to direct the steps of every boy and girl at Sedbergh. This year’s post-GCSE week is but part of a programme which leads to University and beyond and whose support remains available to the Old Sedberghian. For the past 14 years Hugh Symonds has led an extensive team which, with specialist input and the work of every Tutor, makes for a formidable enterprise. That we have succeeded in placing almost all our candidates in what we would still call good Universities is a great tribute to the work of Hugh and his team. Happily, Hugh will remain on hand to support Dr Hoskin as he takes the helm. Thank you, Hugh, for all your priceless work in this key area. It is the contribution of the whole of Common Room in all areas of Sedbergh life that ensures our success as a total Boarding School. Sedbergh has the highest proportion of Boarders of any School north of the Thames Valley and it is our commitment to proper sevenday-a-week Boarding and our strong House system (in particular our House feeding) which sets us apart and has made a major contribution to our recent growth. Our progress is also based upon a level of staff commitment that is second to none. Thus in the Musical and Performing Arts, we have enjoyed a year of top quality events from Headmaster’s Concerts to Choral Society and Evensong in Carlisle Cathedral and the Choir’s wonderful performance today, the CCF Band with its strong outreach to many Prep
Schools to Christmas and Wilson Run Concerts, Saturday Assemblies and Lunchtime performances, House Unisons and, of course, the individual House performances both Musical and Thespian. Equally, we have enjoyed a performance on the Edinburgh Fringe, much Junior Drama in both School and local Theatres as well as Senior productions, Theatre Studies presentations unlimited and the pièce de résistance in the coming together of Music and Drama in last Term’s production of Jesus Christ, Superstar which was as powerful as anything seen on the Powell Hall stage for some time. All this together with individual Music lessons for over a third of the School (from which have come two further Diploma winners in Sarah Rowley and Imogen Wood), with representatives in the National Youth Choir Band and Theatre completes a cultural picture to be proud of.
If we are fortunate in the commitment of the many staff involved in Music and Drama, the same is also true of our CCF (which received an excellent Inspection Report) and Outdoor Pursuits Programme which is the envy of all because it can be staffed properly and professionally by our own Common Room. I believe that this is a unique attribute at a time when almost every School is buying in professional services; indeed, most Schools, terrified by Health and Safety legislation, outsource all of their Adventure Training work and most of their Sport. There was a very special Risk Assessment when I declared an Extra Half in the Michaelmas Term and the whole School walked across Morecambe Bay – an unforgettable and incredibly safe experience. This was in support of the Eden Valley Hospice for Children in Carlisle and was but one example of our work for the community and Charities.
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the day when we welcomed back the family of Norman Mitchell-Innes, who kindly presented the Cricketing memorabilia of our one and only Test player. I promise you that there are more to come and some of them may be sitting in this Hall. Meanwhile, the Rugby Football Club’s performance speaks for itself. Following a 100% record in 2005 and extraordinary strength in depth (we could field as many as 18 XVs), I believe that in the past season we have seen as strong a 1st XV as any in our illustrious history – playing some of the most attractive Football ever seen on Buskholme. Comprehensive victories over Millfield and Llandovery stand out in another 100% season. For all their performance on the field, the boys have kept their feet firmly on the ground. They thoroughly deserve the ultimate accolade of ‘School Team of the Year’. B.Vanhinsbergh and R. Hannington.
This has included our support of a South African Sporting development in Thandi and the participation of 114 girls and staff in the Race for Life in Kendal last week. This was a particularly poignant occasion, for Jane Rowbotham had taken part in the same event last year, before her courageous fight against cancer ended. She is sadly missed but remains an inspiration to us all. I am conscious that The Sedberghian and many other Newsletters together with our website and electronic information screens around the School have already provided you with a detailed record of our work in areas beyond the classroom. I shall not detain you with a catalogue of our Sporting triumphs but you will want to hear that ten Sedbergh boys and girls have represented their Country over the past year in Shooting, Athletics (do, please, visit the Hammer Cage on Riverside this afternoon), Sailing, Cricket and Rugby. I congratulate Hannah Born, Georgina Ogden, Ruth Duffield, Sam Coe, Henry Westropp, Michael Raikes and Jordan Clark, Carl Fearns, George
Drake and Tom Casson. Meanwhile, this year’s Wilson Run with 105 competitors saw the second fastest ever winning time from Simon Barnby. I also commend our Team performances on the Tennis Courts, where the Junior Boys achieved the distinction of a National Semi-Final place in the Nestlé’s Competition – our Tennis is as successful as at any time in the past; in Athletics, our Intermediate Boys retained the Northern Independent Schools trophy and our Golfers are also enjoying their best season for many years. On the Cricket field, we have built on the inspirational performance of A1 in reaching the National Final of the Schools 20:20 Competition at Headingley and a very tough pre-season Tour to South Africa to enjoy unprecedented success in this Summer Term. I shall not tempt providence by reeling out a list of victories for there is a long way still to go; suffice it to say that we can field ten sides (including a strong unbeaten Girls’ XI) and seven victories out of eight over Ampleforth was a record-breaking performance. It was particularly good to achieve this on
Three of the XV are England Under 18 Internationals and Carl Fearns has deserved the distinction of being appointed Captain of the England Touring XV to Australia – he has an even greater distinction in leading the Sedbergh Male Voice Choir! I also commend our girls who have rapidly come to the fore as County and Regional Champions at every level in Hockey, Netball and Tennis; it is good to see us on the brink of breakthrough to a National stage in our Girls’ Sport. Girls also provide half the Shooting VIII and have now taken to Lacrosse as well as enjoying their Cricket, Fencing, Running and Rounders. They, too, have represented the School abroad; the latest venture being a Netball Tour to St Lucia. In all areas of Sedbergh life, the girls are every bit as strong as the boys and as fiercely loyal to their School. They are true Sedberghians with the highest standards in and out of the classroom. That I am able to present such a positive Report is entirely due to the wonderful support of a tireless Common Room. Happily, we are intact as we move
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towards a new academic year. As ever, we have been particularly well served by our seven Teaching Assistants and are sorry to be saying goodbye to Julia Tollo and Lisa Taylor, both of whom have been inspirational in the Modern Languages classroom as well as on the Games field and in the House. We wish them all possible success in what I know will be distinguished future careers. Although I know that she will always be close at hand and will hate the prospect of any mention at Speech Day, it is appropriate to thank Mrs Elspeth Griffiths for 18 of the most wonderful years of self-effacing service to the whole community as Librarian and Archivist. Elspeth retires in September after establishing our new Archive and Heritage Centre. In the most understated Sedberghian fashion, Elspeth has been not only an indefatigable researcher and historian,
but the supporter of all seemingly lost causes and an inspirational figure for generations of Sedberghians, many of whom owe their University places to Elspeth’s care and nourishment over the years. Above all, she is, has been and surely will continue to be a friend to all of us; nothing has ever been too much trouble for her – and if ever a member of staff could win the John Angus Leybourne Cup for “pure gold”, it would be Elspeth. I know that we would all join in thanking her for all that she has done for us in so many different ways and wishing her, that which is probably impossible, a restful retirement. Thank you, Elspeth.
toes, but together with an outstanding Board of Governors ensures that the Headmaster and his staff also have room and freedom to grow and develop.
As ever, I remain indebted for the past year to my Second Master, Paul Wallace-Woodroffe and Bursar, Hugh Pattison-Appleton, together with the whole Senior Management Team and a Chairman, who keeps us all on our
I hope that Sir Francis Powell is able to look down with some satisfaction upon the School which he saved over a century ago and that those values, Tom, which you inherited 50 years later have stood the test of time. Finally, I thank all our parents not only for your wonderful support over the past year but for the trust and confidence which you place in us. I firmly believe that the foundations are in place for still better things to come in the years ahead.
CCF Band on Speech Day.
From left to right, top to bottom: Katie Barker (L) receiving the Adams Plate for giving her all to the school during her time here; Harriet Watson (R) with Mr Michael and Mrs Jan Adams, having receiving the Adams plate for giving her all to the school during her time here; The Rawthey Ball; The Headmaster and Alistair Ferguson; The old Squash courts; The new school shop and Heritage Centre; Spectators on Sports Day; KN Lee and C Hattam delivering refreshments.
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Valete H U G H P AT T I S O N -A P P L E T O N Hugh Pattison-Appleton joined the Sedbergh staff as Bursar in January 2006 from Christ College, Brecon where he had held a similar position. He resigned for personal reasons in July 2007. Throughout his time at Sedbergh, Hugh worked tirelessly. He showed creativity and vision, particularly in relation to the development of buildings and IT. We are grateful to Hugh for his significant contribution to Sedberghâ€™s progress in the past eighteen months.
JULIA TOLLO The end of the summer term saw the departure of Julia Tollo, who had spent the school year in Sedbergh, coaching hockey and helping our pupils to improve their fluency in Spanish. We hope that she enjoyed her time in Sedbergh and that she has taken happy memories of it with her back to Argentina.
S O N YA S A L B U V I C Sonya Salbuvic coached 1st team Netball and Girlsâ€™ Athletics. She was hoping to return this term, but commitments in her native Canada have unfortunately made this impossible. Her contribution, to these and to other areas of school life, was greatly valued and will be missed.
G. Munday, A. Bailey, F. Brooke and K. May.
the same time assuring them of our gratitude for their brief but valuable service to the school. LW Catlow
L I S A TAY L O R Lisa Taylor came to Sedbergh from Selwyn College, Cambridge with a degree in modern languages. Unfortunately there were no opportunities here for her to coach rowing, one of her many sporting interests, but she made up for this in several other areas of school life. She was a tutor in Hart House; she coached netball and tennis and helped our pupils to develop their language skills. Julia, Sonya and Lisa were all active and affable colleagues. We wish them every success in their future careers, at
ROBERT CORRIGAN Robert Corrigan is an old boy of the school. He was in Evans House. After Sedbergh he took a music degree at Leeds and has now returned to his old haunts as a teaching assistant. He is teaching the trumpet; he is also working as a piano-accompanist, helping with the academic work of the music department and acting as a tutor in Winder House; we welcome him back.
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Clare Finn has returned to Common Room; she was with us for a year as a teaching assistant; she was called away for a time whilst completing her PGCE, but now she is back full-time as a member of the science department, specialising in Chemistry. We wish her a long and happy association with the school.
David Clements is living and tutoring in Powell House and coaching Rugby on the games field. He is a graduate of Loughborough University, where he took a degree in English and Sports Science. He lists golf and archaeology among his interests and is playing Rugby for Wharfedale when school commitments allow.
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Winder and Evans House.
JESSICA CORNBROOKS From over the Atlantic comes Jessica Cornbrooks with a degree in History from Denison University in Ohio. She is a house tutor in Lupton and, as well as spending time in the classroom, she will be coaching Lacrosse and Hockey.
FAY E R O B I N S O N Faye Robinson is from nearer home. She was at university in Durham; she already has a degree in Sports Science and her PGCE and is currently finishing her masters degree in education. Since graduation she has lived in Switzerland, working for the World Health Association. She is a keen equestrian, with a wide interest in sport and the outdoors. In Sedbergh her main focus will be on girlsâ€™ sport and on Netball in particular.
We hope these newcomers enjoy their time at Sedbergh and look forward to benefiting from their enthusiasm and expertise.
Lord Bingham of Cornhill The Governors and Headmaster, jointly with the President of the Old Sedberghian Club, decided to mark the singular distinction of the investiture of Lord Bingham with the Order of the Garter by Her Majesty the Queen, by commissioning a portrait of Lord Bingham. This is hung in the Bracken Room of the School Library. David
Poole, a Past President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and an Associate of the Royal College of Art, agreed to accept the commission. An appeal on behalf of the Old Sedberghian Club, organised by Tim Hoult, current President of the Club, to contemporaries of Tom Bingham in Winder House and in Clio, and to Old Sedberghians and others in the legal profession, has been most generously supported.
From left to right, top to bottom: Angelica Rose; Peter Yufang; William Latta; Lizzie Priestley; William Fulton; Charlotte Burrows; Ellie Mewburn.
From left to right, top to bottom: Bonfire barbeque in the Evans House Garden; Sean Fitzpatrick joins the Gentlemanâ€™s Dinner; Evans Wilson Run competitors; Evans House Garden Party; Evans House Logo; Casino Royale at the Evans House Garden Party; Famous people social; Evans House Band.
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Evans House After an incredible refurbishment in the summer and under a new regime with Mr. Gunning installed as Housemaster, 2006-7 saw Evans House become a force to be reckoned with in every aspect of school life.
Possibly the largest event on the packed Evans social calendar, however, was The Inaugural Evans House Gentleman’s Dinner. The dining room can rarely have looked better than on Saturday 3rd February when seventy boys, staff and guests, in black tie, illuminated by candlelight, welcomed legendary All Black Sean Fitzpatrick. A man with a great sense of humour and a fantastic love for his country showed us all the value of hard work as he explained how he had come from the lowest team possible at school to captaining New Zealand, through dedication and determination, living by the motto “Don’t be good, be great.” The evening was made all the more special with fantastic food and a wonderful atmosphere – culminating in the words of the Haka, to which Sean could not stop himself from carrying out some of the famous actions.
Tug of War.
for cricket. Eight boys played on bigside and there were representatives in all years’ top teams as well as much talent being shown in every sport on offer. Michael MacDonald was also twice selected for the Scotland U18 squad but was sadly not capped. House rugby was as ever fiercely contested, driving second favourites Sedgwick right to the wire in an epic contest, with a final minute score giving them a 22-15 victory. The tenacity and determination shown was mirrored in every competition with the junior side putting in two extremely good performances and even filtered down through house tennis, which saw Evans starting as complete underdogs to finish
runners-up. The senior cricket team came close to glory again, going down to the eventual winners Powell House by just 10 runs in the semifinal. Most credit must go to the junior athletics team, however, who cleared up on track and field for a great victory. ACADEMIC: As runners-up in the House Debating competition and semi-finalists in the Academic Challenge, Evans showed they were not just pretty faces. Furthermore in House Unisons they showed the diversity of talent on display. Evans can look forward to building on these successes in the future.
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SOCIALS: The first social thrown by Evans was the Wordsworth Dinner; a fantastic evening organised by Mr. Bennett which saw poetry read by a number of boys to parents, staff and guests in what is fast becoming a great annual activity.
Towards the end of the summer term the much anticipated Evans House Garden Party also took place. Over 200 pupils enjoyed entertainment ranging from a casino to a virtual clay pigeon shoot, a bucking bronco to live music from the Evans House Band. A great night was had by all. SPORT: The house gained two brown blazers this year through Oliver Brown for rugby and Jamie Harrison
From left to right, top to bottom: John Ball, Ryan Yeoh and Fred Strachan in House Entertains; House Trip - Go-Karting; Year 9 House Entertains; Hart sixth form before the Rawthey Ball; The Hart House Flag - The Jay; Fred Strachan; Tom Strachan at Cautley; Hart House 3rd Form.
ACADEMIC: Hart began the year in fine style with Tom Seddon and Fred Strachan being awarded the prestigious Headmaster’s Academic Colours and, not to be outdone, the middle school Hartonians have retained the boys’ merit cup throughout the year. Our debating skills have gone from strength to strength with a strong team fielded at each of the dinner debates and we welcomed Tom Hutchinson into the third form as an academic scholar. Despite much academic success and ambition Hartonians have also played a major part throughout many other areas of school life as detailed below. THE HOUSE ENTS: The thespians of Hart yet again came out in force for the annual House Ents, which are quite unlike those of any of the other houses; the boys of Hart choosing not to do yet another pantomime. Instead Hart House chose to retain the best tradition of revue combined with the many talents of the ever growing number of musicians in the House. The result was a series of sketches performed by each year group, some written by members of the house. The third form led the way with their lively performance of a melodrama, the fourth and fifth and upper sixth forms performed a variety of entertaining sketches but the Lower sixth undoubtedly lead the show, performing a total of 15 sketches, including the now infamous ‘how to annoy matron’ and ‘please, save a third former’. MUSIC AND DRAMA: Hart has enjoyed another successful musical year, with talented Hartonians contributing enormously to music at Sedbergh, both in the house and the school. The standard of our musicians is high, with Robert Blair as a member of Lancashire’s prestigious youth orchestra and Louis von Saint Paul as leader of the orchestra. However, Hart has a reputation for getting
everybody involved. The commitment Hartonians put into congregational practice is simply unrivalled. Exceptional performances from Hartonians this year include regular appearances in assembly, most notably by Robert Blair playing a difficult Telemann Concerto on his viola. The climax of the musical year was the house unison competition where yet again Hart achieved the highest of standards but unfortunately came second, losing out to Robertson. Special acclamation this year must go to Ryan Yeoh for achieving his Grade 4 saxophone, Tom Wilmot-Josife for his grade 4 trumpet, Frederick Strachan and Mac Findlay for
achieving their Choir Colours, Robert Blair and Tom Seddon for their Music Colours and Louis von Saint Paul for being the leader of the school Orchestra. Tom Seddon and Mac Findlay also took major roles in the School Musical ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ with Tom playing a convincing Judas and Mac a threatening Caiaphas. Stephen Beard, at the same time, took on a lead role in the Casterton musical and was filmed leaving Sedbergh for a programme shortly to be shown on national television, meanwhile Fred Strachan and John Ball took parts in ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoos nest’ in Edinburgh. SPORT: As ever Hartonians threw all their might into the inter-house sporting competitions.. Hart went into the senior rugby competition full of the usual determination but the quick, adventurous style of play adopted by Hart did not succeed in winning us a place in the final. However, Hart made amends in some of the other sporting competitions, reaching the finals of the both the squash and the immensely challenging tug of war competitions, and winning the house chess tournament for the seventh year in a row.
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Tug of War.
From left to right, top to bottom: Amy Jones collecting the House Athletics Shield; Lupton Lower VI; House Hockey supporters; Abigail Rook and April Stobart; House Musical Evening; Lower VI Dinner; Amy Jones pulling; Lupton House Logo; III form prepare for a social.
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Lupton House SPORT: Lupton’s sporting achievements this year have by no means been insignificant with far too many events to cover in these lines – so here are the highlights!
The inter-House netball match was fiercely fought, losing by only one goal. The game was played with true Luptonian spirit and the sportsmanship was excellent. Our most successful inter-House match of the year came in the Summer term, in the shape of a rounders match – where the girls were led to a resounding victory by Laura Iles. MUSIC AND DRAMA: The house entertainment comprised two performances: one senior and one junior. This allowed as many as possible of the girls to take part, creating a wonderful atmosphere. The performances of Alice in Wonderland (junior) and Alice Through the Looking Glass (senior) were well received by both the audience and the performers. Main parts were Maria Brook as Alice in the junior production and Felicite Gibbons as Alice in the senior performance. In particular Heale gave a spectacular and comical performance of the old knight which was acknowledged with rapturous applause, while in the senior performance a re-enactment of
Aimee Fleet and Imogen Clerey in the House Entertains.
the lion versus the unicorn was played out by Flavia Clarke and Holly Nutt respectively. In the junior performance Amelia Bolton sang a superb solo. The mixture of musical and acting talent from the girls, artistic direction from Miss Hardy and Miss Nelson-Lee and the enthusiasm of the audience made the evening a great success. Last year Lupton took pleasure in hosting two musical evenings.
Parents and guests enjoyed performances ranging from the House part song, Day and Night, to duets, soloists and the concluding piece in which all the concert performers serenaded the parents from the gallery with Imagine by John Lennon. The House Unisons is always a much talked about competition by the pupils, and the competition was again fierce. By the time Lupton took the stage, victory was by no means a certainty. However we raised our game and stunned the audience with our dance moves to I will survive by Gloria Gaynor and the beautiful rendition of Imagine by John Lennon and we knew had a fair chance. After several minutes of deliberation the judge took the stage and tension was high…. The part song was taken from us by Robertson, however our lively singing secured us 1st place in the Unisons. We were all very grateful to Mrs Doherty and Mrs WallaceWoodroffe for all their hard work in helping us learn and sing the songs. We are looking forward to the challenge of next year.
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We began the term with a hard fought draw in the inter-House senior hockey match. In the same term we won a ten mile relay race – winning by a remarkable eight minutes. However, all of this was, of course, just a warm up for the Wilson Run. This year a record number of senior girls ran, 15 of whom were Luptonians . Sophie Dutton was the first girl in by three minutes winning the Millennium Cup; followed by Catherine Hirst and Annie Heale.
Lupton Wilson Run competitors.
AS LEVEL ART
From left to right, top to bottom: Tom Casson; Michael Murrey; Philip Raikes; Robert Fitzgerald; Calum Greenall; Adam Pimblett; William Petit.
Carl Fearns diving for the line against Ampleforth on Busk.
With only five colours remaining, an even harder fixture list and attempting to follow in the previous season’s glories one may have thought that this would be a tough year for the XV. However the players surpassed all expectations – going unbeaten for the second season in succession and playing some fantastic rugby in the process. The season started with an impressive win over Manchester Grammar School, many of the tries coming from multiple offloads. This adventurous style characterised many of the performances and this paved the way to many of the wins. Next we travelled to Barnard Castle and faced
a talented side and in a really good game we eventually came out on top. This was perhaps the first indication of the tremendous spirit in the side, in beating a big, committed side away from home. Durham was entertained on Buskholme in what proved to be a comfortable win for “Brown” in a slightly loose performance. Merchiston arrived next – an unbeaten side expecting much from their season. In one of the performances of the year we played some excellent rugby to overturn a good side. In the next match against Ampleforth many tries were scored but worryingly we leaked four – poor communication being the main cause. We then embarked on a tour in half term to Dublin - part of our attempt to take on the best in Britain. Here we faced two of the top Leinster schools – Terenure and Belvedere who were both blessed with excellent defences. We had to play really well and go
through multiple phases in order to beat these sides in what proved to be a really useful short tour. The conduct of the boys on and off the pitch was a hallmark of the season. After half term Stonyhurst arrived in Sedbergh. We played some outstanding rugby and scored tries from everywhere to beat them. Next we travelled to the unbeaten Warwick who had been having their best season ever. This brought the best out of the XV to record a memorable victory. Kirkham were beaten on a soggy afternoon at Busk and we then travelled to RGS Newcastle. Here we met a committed side who really rattled us. For the first time this season we were in real trouble and points down with 20 minutes left. Key individuals dragged us through in the end but this was not a good performance and one that could have led to defeat. Next, a trip to the unbeaten Llandovery College was being billed in the press as the battle
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Season Report: 1st XV Rugby 2006
George Drake, Sedberghâ€™s f ly half, in action.
of two of the best schoolboy sides in Britain. The match did not disappoint! After an attritional first half we turned 7-3 up and then produced 20 minutes of the best rugby of the season to record a truly memorable victory against tough uncompromising opposition. Millfield arrived at Busk the following Wednesday and a large crowd saw “Brown” emerge as victors in a match which we dominated but should have finished off more chances. To complete the season St Peter’s York arrived in Sedbergh for the first time and in an average, slightly tired performance we came out as comfortable winners. At full back Styles had a huge season scoring many crucial tries and his elusive running being a real feature of the season. On the wing Urmston possessed great ball handling ability and Peace and Perkins both scored crucial tries and will develop more next year. The centre pairing of Brown and Casson were a revelation. The former’s graft and intelligence complementing the latter’s outstanding ability in all areas of the game. Drake, at ten, had a simply breathtaking season – rarely will a Sedbergh XV have had a fly half with his vision coupled with a real ability to break. At scrum half Simpson-Daniel showed that he has developed into a complete schoolboy nine- with an excellent service and searing pace.
George Drake calls for a pass from Charlie Simpson-Daniel.
Steve Lander (international referee) sorts out the scrum against Millfield.
In the front row Fullerton emerged as a prop of real ability and he was hugely helped by Scott and Fine who developed enormously over the term. Bell is also a player of real talent who was unlucky with injuries. Forth at hooker played with skill and passion and his lineout work was crucial to the success of the team. Goscomb in the second row had an amazing season combining hard graft with excellent ball skills and along side him Vickers was as committed and focussed as anyone – typifying the spirit of the XV. On the flanks King worked tirelessly for the cause – constantly putting his body on the line and Abel developed hugely at 6. Indeed his partnership with his 8 was a real highlight of the season. Silcock got better and better as the season progressed and he is a real prospect for next year. The side was fantastically led by Fearns at Number 8, who mixed real graft with some excellent offensive lines and huge defensive hits. He can feel incredibly proud of his efforts both on and off the pitch. He did not have one poor performance! He is one to look out for in the future.
Many congratulations must go to the players – to score well over 100 tries, average over 50 points a game and play the game as it is meant to be played has taken a lot of effort and they deserve the plaudits. 1ST XV PLAYING RECORD RESULTS OPPONENTS MGS W 87-5 Barnard Castle W 44-20 Durham W 102-0 Merchiston W 56-8 Ampleforth W 85-24 Terenure College W 30-9 Belvedere College W 31-0 Stonyhurst W 78-10 Warwick W 53-20 Kirkham W 50-19 RGS Newcastle W 40-22 Llandovery W 37-3 Millfield W 27-3 St. Peter’s York W 50-0 Played 14, Won 14, Drawn 0, Lost 0 DJ Harrison
Season Report: 2nd XV Rugby, 2006
to be vital against a team who certainly did not expect to lose. The Keswick coach was so impressed with his opponents and SSFC at large that he wrote one of the most glorious reviews On Sedbergh rugby that I have yet seen!
But most importantly, this record was achieved with a young squad. Indeed, twelve of this year’s top sixteen 2nd XV players will be with us next year!
Prince Henry’s from Otley followed with an impressive set piece which put the home-side under pressure. However, the emergence of Blue, Fitzgerald and Hanley in the back row provided Sedbergh with the time and space to develop a high tempo running game which would prove too much for the visitors. Durham were the next to visit but were rather under strength in a one sided game which saw Beard confirm his dominant status with a fine hat-trick and eight conversions in a 66-0 rout.
The season opened against a committed Keswick 1st XV and Beard was quick to establish himself as a dominant force at 10. His 100% conversions turned out
A week later we travelled to Edinburgh to face a much fancied and unbeaten Merchiston. The game should have been a closely fought battle between
The 2nd XV fixture list is quite rightly evolving rapidly and this year included four 1st XV’s, new fixtures against Warwick and Wellington and the very best of our traditional northern rivals. The overall record for the season reads very impressively.
two evenly matched and talented teams. Sadly however, Sedbergh responded poorly to the refereeing ambiguities and spent too much time and effort staring at the heavens for inspiration. This un-Sedberghian behaviour resulted in our only defeat and was undoubtedly the low point of the season. Ampleforth saw Fitzgerald rise to the task and bring a simple but effective physicality to the game which was enough to see off a spirited side. There followed an all too close victory against Stonyhurst in which Newcome was outstanding. Stonyhurst arrived with limited ambition but an impressive determination to prevail. The visiting fly half may not have passed the ball all day but without Newcome’s magnificent efforts, the result would undoubtedly have been different. Remembrance weekend saw us travel to Warwick for what was the best game
of schoolboy rugby I have ever been involved in. Against a much bigger pack and a team that had not lost at home in 3 years, the game was a battle of completely contrasting styles of rugby. Sedbergh spent the first 15 minutes camped in their own 22 and it was no surprise when Warwick finally scored from a driven line out. Sedbergh continued to play off scraps and attacked the home side from all areas of the pitch. Crucially, Walkinshaw converted a long range move on the stroke of half time to turn the game around all square. In the second half, Sedbergh’s adventurous rugby finally prevailed and the second half saw three long range tries that I have not seen bettered in a competitive game of rugby. Walkinshaw scored a very fine hat trick and Beard and Garner both had commanding games at half back. However, the back row of Blue, Newcome and Fitzgerald were quite magnificent and were very ably supported by Parker and Smith from lock. Some people question the need to travel so far for a school fixture but the warmth of the welcome from a very proper rugby school and the
quality of the game meant that there were absolutely no complaints from anyone present. A wonderful day! Kirkham provided the next opposition and conditions led to the game being played on a challenging Lupton pitch. Against much bigger opponents, Pettit had his best game to date in the centre and his combination with the skillful Ball was able to release the ever threatening Fulton. However, the conditions suited the big men, especially MacDonald who was leading very much from the front and becoming a very impressive skipper. A trip to the mountainside pitch of Rishworth 1st XV followed and playing into an arctic gale, Sedbergh hit the break losing 6-0. The half time team talk from a snow hole saw Sedbergh revert to plan B which Beard executed to perfection. An ugly win. Newcastle arrived at Buskholme three days later and were by far the most spirited and talented visitors of the season. An under-strength Sedbergh were largely outplayed up front but battling performances from Hutchinson and MacDonald provided enough ball for Walkinshaw to score his second hat-trick of the season and another
mature performance from the increasingly impressive Fulton from full back. Ermystead’s 1st XV (who would later win the Daily Mail Vase at Twickenham) then arrived to face a now established side playing some exhilarating rugby. Ball and Pettit were by now an outstanding midfield pair and Newcome was consistently inspirational. The result was repeated three days later when Barnard Castle were the visitors. Again, the back row of Newcome, Fitzgerald and Blue were entirely dominant but were joined by Parker and Macmillan in proving to be far too strong for our visitors. Halford scored a fine hat-trick which proved how dangerous he can be when he catches the ball. Further home victories against St Peter’s and Wellington concluded the season that was a pleasure to be involved with. Unlike my previous two seasons in charge, the 2006 vintage were less reliant on individuals but more-so on some scintillating high tempo rugby which drew very many compliments from our opponents and was quite simply a pleasure to watch.
2ND XV PLAYING RECORD OPPONENTS RESULTS Keswick 1st XV W 28-15 Prince Henry’s1st XV W 64-0 Durham W 66-0 Merchiston L 14-28 Ampleforth W 27-5 Stonyhurst W 12-5 Warwick W 47-12 Kirkham W 24-0 RGS Newcastle W 32-22 Ermysteds W 36-5 Barnard Castle W 40-0 St. Peter’s York W 38-8 Wellington College W 24-7 Played 13, Won 12, Drawn 0, Lost 1
CD Gunning Rob Fitzgerald tackling.
Season Report: Colts A1 XV Rugby, 2006 New recruits swelled the ranks after a depleted B1 season left a bitter after taste but for the A1 team of 06-07 season prospects were fresh and optimistic. Rishworth were the first to visit Riverside in the shadow of the now infamous Pepperpot. The result, 45-0 to Sedbergh outlined the importance of new beginnings, but rightly so as Coach Webster made sure the team knew this was just a small step on a long road. A few weeks later another firm step forward was made in a 35-21 victory over Durham, testament to skill but more so character as the team faced more than just a fierce opposition. The first major test for the team came in the now well-developed dominance of Lancaster RGS, on the back of two victories against Sedbergh in C1 and B1. With clinical incision and cool heads Sedbergh won a fine 47-0 victory, the first real indication of a drastic improvement in the team. The season however had merely begun and followed fixtures against Stonyhurst, Millfield, Wellington and Warwick: a thrilling prospect for a hungry team. Stonyhurst provided a gut-wrenching reality check as Tom Coe’s season terminating injury compounded the misery of a poor team performance; the result a 21-27 loss. The question remained as to whether the team could remain on track going into a fierce period of matches, not least the visit of Warwick school, who like Lancaster R.G.S, had proved to be some of the toughest competition nationwide, having previously dominated this Sedbergh team by fifty points. Their arrival soon came round after a week of self inspection and the dogged training which characterised the group. There was no question, the Warwick game was make or break for the team in every
way, and through the sheets of rain and deep mud the team dragged 26-21 victory to put away any lingering demons. Many agreed that this was the team’s finest win. An epic match against Millfield in front of rousing support led only to another heartbreaking last gasp turn of fate, Sedbergh giving away a slender lead in the dying moments, to fall short at 13-15, despite the team’s hardest efforts. The rollercoaster continued. The regular season finished on a high, with 24-12 victory against R.G.S. Newcastle, leaving the tour to follow. A visit to Millfield and Wellington was left for the end of season, the team travelled without Mr Webster, his wife only just persuading him to remain behind in expectancy of their new child! The tour was in many ways a disappointing end to a remarkable season, the fixtures against both tour oppositions were merely a bridge too far. Not lacking in fitness or stick ability the wearied Sedbergh team was outplayed. As the team once again disbanded for the end of season, they had completed a draining collage of highs and lows, both brilliant and
David Lawrence in preparation.
devastating performances, but always unchanged was the resolve of the team, both in training and on the pitch. For this we can only thank every player, but moreover our coach, Mr Webster, without whom such a remarkable transformation would never have happened. A1 XV PLAYING RECORD OPPONENTS
Rishworth King’s Macclesfield Durham Merchiston 3rd XV RGS Lancaster Ampleforth Millfield Stonyhurst Warwick RGS Newcastle Millfield Wellington College
W W W W W W L L W W L L
45-0 48-12 32-21 19-5 47-0 31-7 13-15 21-27 26-21 24-12 3-53 0-46
Played 12, Won 8, Drawn 0, Lost 4
S Bell (Powell) and T Painter (Powell)
Season Report: Colts B1 Rugby XV, 2006 This season’s fixture list was intended to stretch and develop further a strong group of players. Fifteen matches were played; thirteen away from home, including four on tours of Ireland and southern England. Sedbergh achieved creditable victories against Merchiston; Warwick; Stonyhurst and Newcastle, as well as some more straightforward successes elsewhere. The defining moments of the season came on tour. In Ireland, during the October half-term, Sedbergh lost its unbeaten record and was taught some harsh, salutary lessons, such as the need to compete vigorously at the breakdown and to defend the gainline. The tendency of the back-row, in particular, to drift into midfield in the hope of using rather than winning ball was exposed and punished. Similarly, Sedbergh’s carelessness with scoring chances, which might mistakenly be seen as irrelevant in one-sided contests, proved costly against Blackrock. In December, against Millfield and then Wellington, Sedbergh showed that important lessons had been learned, and played with far greater realism and growing technical competence. Moreover, arguably for the first time, Colts B discovered the depth and intensity of team spirit that is so much a hallmark of the S.S.F.C., as a squad weakened and disrupted by injury stepped-up and recorded two notable victories. The recovery at Wellington from a half-time deficit of 3-18, to win 32-18, was one of the two great fightbacks which I have seen at this level at Sedbergh. The captaincy of Charlie Clare was important. Apart from his own excellence as a hooker, he was also able to shape and direct the playing ability of some strong minded, occasionally individualistic, colleagues. This was apparent when leading the weakened
team at the end of term. Clare was propped by Alex Allen and by Tom Francis. Allen began in docile mood and took time to develop the appropriate ferocity in his scrummaging and contribution to loose play. He certainly has the physical presence and skill to make a significant contribution to Sedbergh’s rugby in the future. So does Francis. His bulk is offset interestingly by considerable skill with ball in hand, and he plays astutely. Much will depend hereafter on his fitness. Tom Hicks secured a place in the second row. His height was an advantage in the lineout and he used it well, particularly at Wellington, and he proved to be robust in the scrum and at breakdowns. Hicks was partnered with Seth Waterworth who consistently exemplified the stalwart virtues of second row play, allied with good handling and an encouraging ability to read the game. As usual, there was competition for places in the back row. Matthew Howarth started the season promisingly but then faded: he needs to think through how to use his ability within a team structure. Matthew Dixon played whole heartedly throughout the term and came through very strongly on tour in the south. Russell Hannington shows considerable promise as a blind side wing forward: he was one of Sedbergh’s strongest and most effective players at the breakdown and in defence. Andrew Johnston started playing far too loosely at number eight, had a spell in the second row, and then rejoined the back row, showing that his strong running from good angles was now complemented by graft and attention to the chores. Dan Keene also learned to play a more realistic and effective part at open-side, attacking powerfully and learning to control the breakdown. Ryan Glynn showed promise as a scrum-half. His service is fast and long. He has great acceleration. Inevitably, there is room for greater maturity and authority in his organisation of his own game and that of those around him. Glynn’s injury allowed Rory Kettlewell to slot in for some well-deserved games in the second half of term. Kettlewell’s more dogged style was well-suited to
tougher winter conditions: he shone at Wellington. Tom Barrett has fine vision as fly half, and the ability to put width on the game. Like Glynn, he needs to work on his communication in order to enhance the performance of the team. Once again, injury dictated a change for the final matches of term: Elliot Brierley moved in from the wing and showed encouraging skill and sound temperament in steering the team’s performances at Barnard Castle, Millfield and Wellington. The centre partnership of Sam Stuart and Jack Oughtred was strong and intelligent enough to trouble all opposition defences, and to rip the weaker ones to pieces. They complement each other well, though they need to learn to cut out the forward pass! Brierley and Joe Searle filled the wing positions well. Searle is fast and physical in his approach. He scored plenty of tries, whilst occasionally lapsing in concentration in defence. Tom Strachan played sensibly at full back, joining the line skillfully. His defence was excellent. I would like to thank NAR and HRD for the expertise which each contributed to the coaching of Colts B this season. B1 XV PLAYING RECORD OPPONENTS RESULTS King's Macclesfield W 37-12 RGS Lancaster W 50-15 Durham W 95-0 Merchiston W 72-0 Ampleforth W 50-7 Terenure College L 12-21 Blackrock College L 12-30 Stonyhurst W 24-5 Warwick W 36-5 Kirkham W 53-0 RGS Newcastle W 38-7 Barnard Castle W 46-10 Millfield W 33-0 Wellington College W 32-19 Played 14, Won 12, Drawn 0, Lost 2 MAF Raw
View across Busk.
Season Report: Colts C1 XV Rugby, 2006 A quick glance at the season’s results might suggest that this was not the most successful of seasons for C1. However, to me, a season at this level is about much more than results and should be judged more in terms of progress and the attitude of the boys in their first season of Sedbergh rugby and in both
these measures this group of players more than came up to the mark. Initial assessments revealed there to be some talented individuals but it was quickly apparent that there was a large gulf between C1 and C2 and that in this small year group we couldn’t afford injuries to key players. The season began with rather average but victorious performances against King’s, Macclesfield and QEHS, Hexham but then in the third game against Durham the side showed more cohesion and started to show of what
they might be capable. Forwards and backs combined to produce some excellent rugby and a number of long range tries were scored as a result. However, we knew that the real challenges lay ahead and the next five games were to be against sides with proven records at this age group. Unfortunately it was at this time that we suffered the much feared crop of injuries and we went into the games against Merchiston, RGS Lancaster and Ampleforth missing two or three key players. All three teams were strong and the consequence was three defeats. However, the boys kept their heads held
high and fought hard at all times. These sides will provide the benchmark against which this side’s progress can be measured and I would like to think that these defeats could be avenged as the side moves up the school. We regrouped after half term and prepared for two tough challenges against Stonyhurst and the much fancied Warwick side. Ben Stamper and Max Smith returned to strengthen the side although we were still without skipper Andrew Watson whose shoulder injury was to keep him out for the remainder of the season. In a really good game of schoolboy rugby against Stonyhurst in which both sides showed a willingness to run the ball, we once again put together some excellent rugby to run in all our scores from within our own half and came out comfortable winners. Conditions were very different the following week for the visit of Warwick, however and a wet, grey Sedbergh day welcomed our visitors from the Midlands. In a closely fought game, the result of which was in doubt until the last 10 minutes, a hardness and steely determination was revealed for the first time in the season and the side simply did not want to lose. Both sides again produced some excellent rugby given the difficult conditions but we eventually ran out deserved winners. These two victories gave the side
confidence and the progress continued in the next three games with victories against Kirkham, a useful RGS Newcastle outfit and Barnard Castle. This brought an end to our regular season fixtures and just left us with the tour to Millfield and Wellington. Both these sides were unbeaten and results showed them possibly to be the two strongest Under 14 sides in the country. To take them on in successive days was certainly going to be a challenge and it was one that the boys rose to tremendously. We lost on both days but both games were very much alive in the last quarter; unfortunately we conceded late tries in both, but these games showed just how far the boys had come in a term and more importantly gave a glimpse of where they might go to over the next few years. The front row were workmanlike throughout the year and were prepared to graft to allow those behind them to make use of the ball. Tom Hutchinson held up the scrum throughout the season and started to emerge as a useful ball carrier towards the end of term while propping duties on the other side were shared between Jonathan Dixon and Philip Coe. In between them Robbie Stephenson won his own ball with consistent ease and worked as hard as anyone at the breakdown. Behind them Jordan Anderson proved to be a handful for many sides when he got his hands on the ball and George Beeby punched above his weight throughout. The strength of the pack probably lay in the back row where Nathan Morris, Andrew Watson and Ed Armitage proved a useful combination. All three like to get their hands on the ball and made useful yards throughout the campaign. Henry Reay stepped into the breach following Watson’s injury and increased our competiveness on the floor.
Behind the scrum Toby Bentley proved himself to be a tenacious scrum half who provided an efficient link between forwards and backs while is half back partner Jack Harrison grew in
confidence as the season progressed and really began to stamp his authority on games in the latter part of the season. The centre partnership of Max Smith and Ben Stamper that was established after half-term also proved to be an effective one with the physical presence of Smith complimenting Stamper’s pace. Both are skillful players and scored a number of tries between them during the season. Peter Bates and Barnaby Havelaar-Cook played on the wing and both proved to be dangerous when given space, while at full back Corey Dennis was infallible under the high ball and joined the line with increasing penetration as the season progressed. Will Loosemore and Tom Kiu also played in the back line and both proved themselves more than capable of stepping in when required. The team worked hard and were a pleasure to coach. I have no doubt that their record will improve as they move through the School and that they will develop into a fine Sedbergh side of the future.
C1 XV PLAYING RECORD OPPONENTS
King's Macclesfield Durham Merchiston RGS Lancaster Ampleforth Stonyhurst Warwick Kirkham RGS Newcastle Barnard Castle Millfield Wellington College
W W L L L W W W W W L L
35-10 59-12 5-24 0-32 5-34 29-10 20-12 32-0 40-8 40-5 12-26 0-28
Played 12, Won 7, Drawn 0, Lost 5
G I R L S’ H O C K E Y
Season Report: Girls’ 1st X1 Hockey, 2006 We started the season with a two day pre-season training attended by twenty four girls and played Kirkby Stephen HC on the first weekend to finalise the team. We lost 5-0 against their first team but came back to beat their second team 2-1. On travelling to Rossall School the next weekend where we played Rossall and Lytham HC. In our first game we beat Lytham HC 4-2 and then beat Rossall 1-0 with a field goal from Imogen Wood in the second half. The South Lakes U18 tournament
followed on Wednesday 20th September. Casterton was our first game, winning 2-0 with two converted short corners from I. Wood. The next game was Kirkby Stephen School, a team that we beat 3-0 with goals from Abigail Rook, Imogen Clerey and Sophie Wilson. In the final we beat The Lakes School 6-1 with 2 goals a piece to Laura Pepper and Wood with Wilson and Laura Iles scoring one each. As a result, we were crowned the South Lakes Champions. On the following Saturday we played a very physical and extremely fast game against Giggleswick, who scored in the last minute to give them a 3-2 victory. Our next fixture was against Arnold, against whom we lost 4-1. Wilson opened the scoring but Arnold came back to lead 2-1 at half time. Naomi Johnson in the goal made some incredible saves but two lapses in
defence led to the 4-1 defeat. We then played the Cumbria Final at home against Cockermouth. Leading 4-1 at half time we kept the pressure on and scored another six goals. With the score at 10-1 Sedbergh were now Cumbria Champions. On the 14th October Ampleforth came to Sedbergh. Emma Wood opened the scoring and Sedbergh quickly went 3-0 up. Ampleforth came back to make it 3-2 but that gave Sedbergh further inspiration and they scored three goals to make it 6-2 at half time. Sedbergh scored three more goals in the second half to win 9-2. Our last fixture before half term was against Rugby School at home. Rugby opened the scoring and were quickly winning 3-0. Sedbergh started to get back in the game with a goal from Wilson. I. Wood converted a short corner to make the score 3-2. Sedbergh kept applying the pressure and forced a short corner before full time. I. Wood converted the short corner to give the game a very dramatic ending and the score 3 all. On the first day back from half term we played Casterton. Sedbergh played most of the hockey but could not convert their chances; nevertheless they won the game 2-0. Stonyhurst was our next fixture. Sedbergh was leading 2-0, with a penalty flick from Iles and a converted short corner from I. Wood, but Stonyhurst drew level at half time. Sedbergh kept the pressure and scored another four goals to give them the win of 6-3. Scarborough College came to visit on the next Saturday. With a system change, because of ‘social’ injuries, Sedbergh kept up their performance from the previous weekend and won 7-1. I. Wood scored five goals along with Pepper and April Stobart scoring a goal each.
I.Wood breaks away from defender as E.Wood looks on at Sedbergh’s home astroturf.
We then went to Belle Vue (Manchester)
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Attacker S.Wilson avoids being tackled by an eager defender.
for the North Semis. We lost 4-0 against Arnold in the first game. Our second game was against Stockport Grammar, the strongest side there on the day, which we narrowly lost 2-1. Kayleigh Debil made great tackles to keep us in the game. We then played for 5th/6th place against Hall Cross whom we beat 4-0 with goals from Stobart (2), Rook and I. Wood.
Sedbergh then travelled to Durham and soon went into the lead with some marvellous hockey however Durham got a goal back before half-time to make it 2-1. Pepper then converted a short corner to make it 3-1, Durham got one back immediately. Sedbergh scored another two goals to make it five but let Durham sneak one goal in before fulltime to make 5-3.
The following week we met Kirkham GS on their home turf. The game was evenly matched but Kirkham were winning 1-0 at halftime. Jessica Thwaytes scored for Sedbergh soon after half time but with a good string of passes Kirkham took a 2-1 lead. Sedbergh kept up the pressure but could not convert the pressure into goals.
Barnard Castle came to Sedbergh but the game did not produce good hockey. Both teams missed several open goals and neither of the teams looked if they wanted to dominate the game. The final score at the end was a 1 all draw. On the last weekend of the term we went to play Oundle and Wellingborough
at Oundle. Our first game was against Wellingborough and we led 3-1 at half time with two goals from Clerey and a goal from Thwaytes. In the second half Rook got hit on the thumb and had to be taken to hospital. Wellingborough
Key defenders K. Debil and L. Iles break out to defend a short corner.
G I R L S’ H O C K E Y
Season Report: Girls’ 2nd X1 Hockey, 2006 This season the second XI was a really consistent team with 7 victories and only 4 defeats. They never gave up, thanks to their mental attitude and effort during each game. Notable performances came from the team's older players: from the Captain, C. Hirst, especially for her enthusiasm and responsibility; Watson was crucial in defence and Lightbody did some heroics saves.
Rook readies herself to receive a short corner pass while Thwaytes, Pepper and Wood offer support.
scored two goals but Wilson and Rebecca Fardell scored a goal each to give Sedbergh a 5-3 win. Without Rook as captain Sedbergh took on Oundle and seized an early lead with a great goal from Clerey. Sedbergh kept the pressure but with an injury to Kelly Frost in the back Sedbergh were put under a lot of pressure. The Sedbergh defence of Amy Jones, Debil, Iles and I. Wood kept the Oundle attack at bay for as long as possible. Oundle kept pressing and equalised in the last 10 minutes. Oundle kept the pressure on but great saves from Rosie Harnby kept the scores tied. Oundle converted a short corner in the last minutes to give them a 2-1 win. Sedbergh produced some really good hockey this season. They played a style of hockey that the crowd enjoyed to watch and that produced goals. I really enjoyed coaching the first team this season and I want to thank the girls for their commitment through the season to hockey. GDJ de Beer
1ST XI PLAYING RECORD OPPONENTS RESULTS Kirkby Stephen HC 1 L 0-5 Kirkby Stephen HC 2 W 2-1 Lytham HC W 4-2 Rossall W 1-0 U/18 South Cumbria Casterton W 2-0 Kirkby Stephen W 3-0 The Lakes (Final) W 6-1 Giggleswick L 2-3 Arnold L 1-4 Cumbria Final Cockermouth W 10-1 Ampleforth W 9-2 Rugby School D 3-3 Casterton W 2-0 Stonyhurst W 6-3 Scarborough College W 7-1 U/18 North Semis Arnold L 0-4 Stockport Grammar L 1-2 Hall Cross W 4-0 St. Bees W 1-0 Kirkham GS L 1-2 Durham W 5-3 Barnard Castle D 1-1 Oundle L 1-2 Wellingborough W 5-3 Played 24, Won 15, Drawn 2, Lost 7
The first match was a good start; it was a 2-0 victory against Rishworth, which was important for the team’s confidence. In this match, as in most, the midfielders performed very well, in particular Ogden and Dutton. The next two matches were both triumphs with a score of 3-0 against Giggleswick and Durham. The first defeat was against Arnold; after a hard match, they lost 2-1 in the last two minutes of the match. The most important victory was against Casterton, the score was 6-0. In this match good performances came from
Heale, one of the 2nd X1’s key attackers receives a pass.
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Hirst, Porter and Findlay celebrate a well earned goal.
Brockbank and Findlay in the defence and Porter, who was the top scorer of the term, in attack. The younger players were an important support over the term, Benville, E. Hirst, Rose and Dawson all provided strong and steady performances. Finally, the last match was a victory against Oundle, which was the best match of the term because of the general attitude and performance of the team. In this match James, with a dominant display in midfield and Perry along with Heale in attack were key players. Congratulations to all the girls who played and trained with the Second Team squad over a long term and always gave their all. J Tollo
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Played 10, Won 6, Drawn 0, Lost 4
Season Report: Girlsâ€™ U16 X1 Hockey, 2006 The U16 season started with a bleep test and then a two hour training session on the first day back at school. The squad, consisting of U15 and U16 girls, was then reduced for the South Lakes tournament. With Fardell as captain we took on Casterton in our first game of the tournament. Sedbergh struggled to find their feet but Tinkler gave Sedbergh a 1-0 lead at halftime. Maling and Porter scored a goal each to give Sedbergh a 3-0 win. Kirkbie Kendal was our next game and Butler and Porter gave
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Sedbergh a 2-0 lead at half time. Tinkler scored two goals and Hirst one to give Sedbergh a 5-0 victory.
Butler and Taylor scored a goal each to give Sedbergh a 7-1 win and the Cumbria U16 title.
We then travelled to QES Kirkby Lonsdale to play QES in the South Lakes Final. Sedbergh dominated most of the game but couldnâ€™t convert their chances. Rawsthorne in goal kept the QES attack at bay but the game ended in a 1 all draw. The game then went to penalty flicks to produce the South Lakes Champions. Rawsthorne saved three of the QES penalty flicks while Sedbergh scored four of their five flicks. Sedbergh were then crowned the U16 South Lakes Champions.
Sedbergh then travelled to Penrith to play against QEGS Penrith 1st Team. QEGS dominated the first 10 minutes and scored early to give them a 1-0 lead. Sedbergh started to settle against the QEGS girls and equalised just before half time. In the second half Sedbergh started to dominate the game and scored two goals to give them a 3-1 win.
The team then played Keswick in the Cumbria final. Sedbergh established a 3-0 lead at half time with two goals from Hirst and a goal from Witt. Keswick pulled a goal back after half time but Sedbergh responded shortly afterwards with two goals from Tinkler.
Our next commitment was the U16 North Semi Finals at Preston Sports Arena. Our first game was against Merchant Taylors which we drew 1-1 with a late goal from Butler. We then played Cheadle Hulme who took a 2-0 lead early on. Butler again scored with a well worked move from the back to make the score 2-1 at half time. In the second half Maling converted a short corner to make the final score 2-2. We
U16 team at the North Semi Finals, Preston Sports Arena.
Fardell breaks away from defence.
then ended second in the pool and had to play Rossall in the semi final. Sedbergh took the lead with a goal from Butler but Rossall equalised before halftime. In the second half Sedbergh conceded a penalty flick that gave
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Rossall the lead. Sedbergh failed to control the game after the penalty flick and conceded a further two goals to lose the game 4-1. I want to thank the U16 girls for a great season. U16 XI PLAYING RECORD OPPONENTS
U16 South Cumbria Casterton W 3-0 Kirkbie Kendal W 5-0 QES (Final)* D 2-2 * Won on Penalty Flicks Cumbria Final Keswick
QEGS Penrith 1st
U18 North Semis Merchant Taylors Cheadle Hulme Rossall
D 1-1 D 2-2 L 1-4
Played 8 , Won 4 , Drawn 3 , Lost 1
GDJ de Beer U15 forward Tinkler dribbles down the pitch as Maling offers support from behind.
Season Report: Girlsâ€™ U15 X1 Hockey, 2006 The U15 Hockey team experienced great success this year, winning eight consecutive matches at the start of the season to finish with a 9-1-1 record. Captained by Natasha Sordy, the team boasted five victories with margins of more than five goals, along with close wins over talented programs such as Pocklington (2-0), Stonyhurst (2-1) as well as a 1-1 draw against Durham School. The season finished with mixed results whilst on tour down South; the team lost to Oundle 1-3 before dominating Wellingborough 9-1.
Alex Maling, who scored numerous goals from short corner opportunities as the lead striker in the specialty unit, led the talented team in the midfield. Goalkeeper Jorjia Rawsthorne had an excellent statistics sheet, only conceding 10 goals over all 11 matches. Forwards Laura Tinkler, Lauren Butler, Poppy Moffitt spearheaded the attacking effort, supported by the strong defensive line of Stephanie Harrison, Ellie Kerr, Sarah Blue, and Harriet McMillan. Various other players saw action for the U15 XI, including Julia Scott and Catherine Robinson. The team worked consistently well as a cohesive unit, producing some spectacular hockey throughout the season. K Nelson-Lee
U15 XI PLAYING RECORD OPPONENTS
Casterton Rossall Giggleswick Ripley St. Thomas Ripley St. Thomas U/16 Pocklington Ampleforth Kirkham GS Stonyhurst St. Bees Durham Barnard Castle Oundle Wellingbrough
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7-0 6-0 7-0 3-1 3-1 2-1 2-1 2-3 2-1 9-0 1-1 0-1 1-3 9-1
Played 14, Won 10, Drawn 1, Lost 3
U15 teamâ€™s lead striker Maling takes a shot. Attacker Butler skillfully evades opposing defence.
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Season Report: Girls’ U14 X1 Hockey, 2006 The girls in the Under 14 hockey squad played with great spirit, team work and tenacity. They were well captained by Brook who led by example and scored in most fixtures. It was a good season with a mixture of easy wins and some hard fought nail biting battles. They became South Cumbrian Champions beating Casterton by 4 goals to one in the final. They then were victorious over Austin Friars in the Cumbrian final, winning comfortably six goals to nil. Following this success they played in the North West Finals but were unfortunate not to progress to the North Finals this year. In school fixtures their record was good, particularly in the first half of term. Unfortunately their last four fixtures were to end in defeat, the most exciting game being the away match against Barnard Castle. Forty-nine goals were scored this season, many coming from the tenacious Froldi, closely followed by Brook and Blair. Other scorers were Webb, Head and Harnby. Williams,
Froldi and Brook linked well to move the ball quickly up the pitch, and were well supported by Webb and Hilton. The defence was ably led by Reed who frequently thwarted opposition attacks. Bolton, Grieve and Skelton provided a solid defence, and when called upon Charlesworth was a most agile and able goalkeeper. It has been a pleasure working with this keen and friendly group of girls and I thank them for their efforts. U14 XI PLAYING RECORD OPPONENTS RESULTS Casterton W 1-0 Giggleswick W 5-0 Kirkham GS L 0-1 Durham W 4-1 Pocklington D 2-2 U/14 South Cumbria QES W 1-0 Kirkby Stephen W 7-0 Casterton (Final) W 4-1 Ampleforth W 2-0 Cumbria Final Austin Friars W 6-0 Stonyhurst W 8-1 U/14 North Semis Merchant Taylors D 2-2 Cheadle Hulme L 0-4 Birkenhead W 4-1 Rishworth L 1-4 Barnard Castle L 2-3 Oundle L 0-5 Wellingborough W 0-1 Played 18, Won 11, Drawn 2, Lost 5 CM Morgan
Sailing Report MICHAELMAS 2006
U14 captain Brook and fellow attacker Williams.
In the famous annual Southport 24 Hour Race 4 of us took part; 1 sailing for Royal Windermere Yacht Club and the others for our local sailing club,
Killington Sailing Association. The winds this year were very healthy unlike the storms that often greet this event. Southport was again full of almost 100 crews from all over the country sailing Enterprises, GP14s and Larks. Killington was blessed by the absence of a Bassenthwaite team which meant that we could inherit two helmsmen into our team which helped to explain our best ever place of 30th. Sailing in the dark at 3am is a mind boggling experience as you can never really see your sails properly and have to rely on feel rather than sight to ensure that you are making the best of the wind. CCF National Regatta H. Westropp who was 2nd in the Laser Pico class in this regatta last year, accompanied by Vickers, also a veteran of this regatta, and Sugden were sailing the Bosun. Portsmouth is a long trek, especially since a clerical error made them miss their first train. However they arrived safely and had a great first day with good winds seeing them put in some healthy performances. Unfortunately Sunday was much lighter which doesn’t suit them. Overall Henry had to settle for 3rd and George and Ian for 15th in a fleet of just over 30 boats in each class from all over the country. Laser 3000 Nationals Our much travelled Laser 3000s with their brand new North Sails travelled all the way to the Midlands to Draycote Water on Sept 30th for the 10th anniversary 3000 nationals. We set out as dawn broke with a totally windless outlook. However, on arrival at Draycote a nice wind welcomed us, allowing us full on trapezing and gennaker work. The first race before lunch saw I. Westropp, the captain and Manouchehri score a 3rd while H. Westropp and Howson were 6th. With not only a national title but a youth category to race for, hopes were high. The two races in the afternoon were changeable starting with low winds that then luckily rose as the race officer tried to set a fair
I.Westropp & A. Manouchehri National Youth Champions 2006.
course. Better and worse results were the outcome for both boats but they finished the day in 4th and 6th overall. Brother/sister rivalry saw much talk in the clubhouse that evening over our roast beef dinner and mellow musical entertainment which lasted into the small hours. Sunday dawned with a breezy start that slowly dropped as the first race finished only to be replaced by rain, thunder and lightning and some great squally winds – Gennaker reaches were awesome even if the rescue crews were telling all and sundry to get off the lake before lightning struck! Dr Ripley managed to get a race in while one of the competitors attended a christening. I. Westropp scored a 3rd while H. Westropp scored a 5th, leaving them 3rd and 6th overall. An early lunch was called before race 2 which was much delayed as the race
officer waited for the wind to settle down and allow him to lay a true course. In this race Henry was 4th while Imogen was 6th so the final result after taking into accounts was that Imogen and Arian were 4th overall and Henry and Lee were 5th overall. This gave Imogen and Arian the prize for the first Laser 3000 and best youth team. This was a significant improvement on our performance at previous Nationals more experience, better sails and just a bit of luck perhaps? Sailing Match vs Worksop We took a team of 7 down to the wilds of Nottinghamshire to the artificial lake in the grounds of the Duke of Portland (recently vacated by Welbeck College) to sail against Worksop College. A wild and gusty wind blew all the way down, but in the very sheltered position of this lake, we received the gusts which switched through 90 degrees and two wind forces but were never
overpowered, even though it caused the occasional capsize for the unwary. Concentration on the next wind coming through was paramount. We were rewarded by a closely fought victory in both the Topper and Laser 1 class, which despite the close loss in the 3000 class, allowed us to win overall. Sailing Quadrangular – Windermere, St Anne’s Sunday dawned with a healthy wind at Sedbergh but as we penetrated Westwards towards Windermere St Anne’s, the wind died away to almost nothing. After a one hour postponement enough wind materialized to allow us to start in a wind that was always capricious, and never reliable. 15 teams at two age levels took to the water from Rydal Penrhos, Ellesmere, Windermere St Anne’s and ourselves. Our juniors found it a steep learning curve to focus on the fickle nature of the wind but all were able to record some respectable
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places. On the other hand our senior first team stormed through with a strong display of team racing exemplified by a match winning strategic luffing manoeuvre by H. Westropp. The semifinal against Windermere St Anne’s was quite close, but the final was tightly contested to the wire, with us picking up penalties hither, thither and yon but still sailing into 1st, 3rd and 4th place thereby winning the final against our longstanding rivals Rydal Penrhos. Team Sailing – Plas Menai The first team won this competition outright, winning all their races in fine style – the only down side was that they beat the staff team as well! Plas Menai put on a fine day’s sailing for us with a fleet of Laser 2000s and Stratos as well as a race officer. They also organized some excellent dry, windy and warm (for November) weather. The tide is a rare experience for us, and the Menai Straits have some very rapid currents so mark rounding was more complex than normal. I. Westropp was paired with Howson while Arian Manouchehri helmed Robinson. Their only real challenge came from the staff team of Mr and Mrs Hubbard and Dr Ripley ably crewed by Wirth. However whichever way they attacked, whether by luffing, starboarding or just hunting them at the start, the pupil team was able to outwit them! Thanks are due to Rydal Penrhos who organized the day and provided accommodation the night before.
Excellence in Sport MICHAELMAS 2006 RUGBY The following boys represented their respective counties this season: Cheshire U16: W. Latta Yorkshire U16: P. White North of England U16: W. Latta Cheshire U18: T. Casson, E. Styles, S. Beard Yorkshire U18: G. Drake, C. Peace, A. Forth, M. Perkins Durham U18: C. Simpson–Daniel Lancashire U18: D. Bell Lancashire U19: A. Fullerton North of England U18: C. Peace, E. Styles, A. Forth, T. Casson, C. Simpson–Daniel, G. Drake Scotland U18: M. MacDonald England U18: C. Fearns (Captain of the 6 Nations Team), T. Casson (Capt of AER Team), G. Drake HOCKEY The following girls gained County representation at their respective levels: U14: C. Blair, H. Webb and D. Froldi U15: A. Maling, A. Morgan, L. Butler, K. Charlesworth, C. Brook and L. Shuker U16: E. Witt U17: E. Wood U18: L. Pepper Laura Pepper also represented the North of England U17 at the National Tournament in October 2006. SHOOTING: GB Schools: H. Born, G. Ogden
Killington Winter Series Robinson and Wenmouth were the only two pupils who took up the challenge of the Winter Series this year. They sailed various dinghies in the series and registered some useful results. Unfortunately various other commitments, and one Sunday of outrageous wind, meant that they could not complete more than 4 races so had no discards to lose. They ended up second overall in the youth section. MP Ripley Sedbergh Rugby players in their various representative shirts.
A Level Geographers on Striding Edge.
P H O E N I X & Y 9 D E C L A M AT I O N S
Phoenix is an excellent group which is always pushing the boundary of academic excellence further and further. T Woof (Sedgwick)
Year 9 Declamations In response to the growing enthusiasm and success of debating and public speaking at Sedbergh, it was decided
Typical Sedbergh weather!
that an annual declamations competition should be inaugurated for the younger boys and girls. The brief was simple enough: each pupil in Year 9 and at least two pupils from each House in Year 10 were to learn a poem or other text of about 200 words, and declaim it. The logistical organisation was, perhaps, slightly less straightforward. A first round would be held in each House simultaneously, with judges (provided by the English and Drama Departments, and by the Houses themselves) choosing the best two from Year 9 and the best individual from Year 10 to proceed to the final in the JAT. So it was that three representatives from each House found themselves in the JAT on the evening of Sunday 19th November, mentally running through their chosen poem or speech for the benefit of the assembled audience, which included the Headmaster as one of the judges. The students had put in a great deal of work into preparing their pieces, and their efforts did not go unnoticed. Their objective was to engage the
audience effectively, showing a sensitive understanding and interpretation of their text, but without becoming embroiled in the temptation to act too much.
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Phoenix Society, a society which provides ample opportunity for the academic achievers of the school to partake in intelligent discussion is flourishing. This is due to the guidance of Mrs Griffin, head of school Alex Newcome and Tom Seddon the secretary. Tom Seddon makes an excellent secretary as in his GCSE’s he attained 10 A*; an excellent role model. Phoenix never fails in creating heated debate and leaving your mind full of thoughts and ideas. It provides an opportunity to stretch your mind beyond the syllabus. Throughout the last year we have enjoyed many talks which covered a wide and diverse subject matter. The increasing tension in the Middle East, religion, society, the union of Scotland and England are but too name a few of our enthralling discussions. One such debate was concerning the Iraq war. We discussed the effects the war and what had occurred within Iraq but also the motives of the British and US governments for the invasion. One major question that was raised was whether the war was just another conquest for oil.
The overall winning House was Lupton. Froldi, Pastor and Farmiloe put in an effective team performance, which gained them the marks to take the combined honours. Individual winners for each year group were also chosen, and the Year 9 prize went to Sedgwick’s Armitage for his impressive rendition of Dulce et Decorum Est, by Wilfred Owen. Edward showed that he fully understood the tragic message behind Owen’s words, as well as managing to deliver the poem with gravitas without descending into sentimentality. The Year 10 award went to Winder’s Belcher. Well-known already for his acting skills, Matthew resisted the urge to over-dramatise the three war poems that he had chosen, but nevertheless brought to life Sassoon’s The General, in particular, with a performance that displayed a mature appreciation of the social issues
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glass. Hundreds of Sedbergh hoodies and wellies in every possible colour and pattern splashed, ran, trudged and occasionally fell across the vast, unearthly expanse of flatland. It was slightly surreal and surprisingly uplifting to see such a large group of young people engaged in so wholesome an activity! We were free to roam, to talk, to wander alone and to experience the great Morecambe Bay Sands with nothing to conform to but the awful whistle of the Queen’s Guide, warning of child-munching quicksand. Cedric entertained those in earshot with tales of disappearing motorcycles and heroic rescues. As the water was still too high for a technical ‘crossing’ our group walked round in a great circle and we were all too soon stepping back on our coaches and heading away from this unique landscape. The Advance, Morecambe Bay.
implicit in the poem. The judges were very impressed with the overall quality of the students’ declamations; they chose appropriate texts, and, in most cases, showed that they understood their pieces well. Of special note were Relph (Evans) and Winstanley (School), who both very narrowly missed out on the top spot; their renditions of Emmett Hill, by Bob Dylan, and If, by Rudyard Kipling, were each just half a mark off the winning position. Well done to them, and to all the competitors who took part. This contest is a useful event for developing skills in speaking with confidence and conviction in front of an audience. Without exception, these young boys and girls rose to the challenge with true Sedbergh grit, and they should all be proud of their achievements. JHE Bennett
Morecambe Bay Charity Walk I replaced the receiver and looked doubtfully at the telephone. Had I heard correctly? Did the Headmaster really want the whole School to cross Morecambe Bay? The Queen’s Guide, Cedric, was surprisingly calm about the undertaking! We set a date and, after a postponement due to freak tides and torrential rain, the morning arrived. A parade of coaches trundled incongruously around tiny lanes to Kent’s Bank, the start of our epic stroll. An entire school, scores of teachers and almost as many dogs stepped enthusiastically onto the sands. The walking wounded were lovingly loaded onto a trailer behind the tractor and we all followed Cedric. The day was warm, still and bright, the old year low sun scudding across the wet sand making it look like liquid
All those who walked the sands that day had more to reflect on than simply a delightful outing. The sponsorship raised was creeping towards the magic £20,000 target, with which, with the generous assistance of The Wooden Spoon, prepared to match us pound for pound, we would eventually fund a Sensory Room. This specialist facility would provide stimulation and relief for many severely physically disabled local children in the future. What could be more fitting than a sunny romp on an endless beach to take in the curious lottery that determines our lives; to appreciate our own health and happiness and to consider how we can help others less fortunate? GE Parry
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From left to right, top to bottom: Mrs Parry, Alex Newcome, John Cunningham (Chairman of Wooden Spoon, Cumbria), Mr Hirst, Cedric Robinson (Queenâ€™s Guide), Helena Lightbody and Mr Wallace-Woodroffe; Chariots of Fire moment!; Jordan Anderson takes a fall; Sedbergh School en masse; A chance to stop; Mr Fisher makes the most of a different perspective for a photo opportunity.
A 2 T H E AT R E S T U D I E S & Y 9 F E S T I V A L
THE DEVISED PIECES The Unit 4: Devising project sees the budding A2 dramatists create their own short performance piece based on a shared stimulus. This year’s class used a concert program from Robbie Williams. The two pieces performed on the night were very different, revealing the wide range of creative ideas and inspiration across the class. The first piece of the evening saw Holly Nutt, Mac Findlay, Barnaby Sellers and Robin Varley exploring the cult of celebrity and the trials and tribulations experienced by those in the public eye. Set backstage at a concert, we saw the band’s relationships and issues brought to the stage in an interesting ‘slice of life’ series of short scenes. Nutt’s rendition of the harried and harassed band manager (Jane) was juxtaposed by the serious life issues of Findlay’s George (family problems), Sellers’ Mikey (alcohol), and Varley’s Dave (womaniser). A fascinating interpretation of adult professional stresses, the piece keeps the audience on the edge of their seats throughout the evolution of the band’s split and reconciliation. The second piece of the night took on a different direction of adult purgatory quite literally. Four men find themselves chatting to complete strangers in a pub, having received a mysterious note. The White Gates juxtaposed the individual inner monologues with their outward chat amongst men from completely different backgrounds. We slowly learn that they each have something to hide; William King’s Baz abuses his wife, Steven Beard’s Richard molests his child, Daniel Fine’s Jimmy harms animals and Thomas
Riddolls’ George is a murderer. The audience slowly comes to understand that the men are waiting at the gates of heaven awaiting judgment. The group’s message, aided by poignant visuals of the four men with nooses around their necks bathed in red light, is ‘don’t judge a book by its cover.’ The piece finishes on an ambiguous note, further highlighting the complexity of the human character and experience. K Nelson-Lee
Year Nine Drama Festival ‘Thrown into the deep end’ is the phrase I would use to encompass the challenge faced by the Year Nine year group in preparation for the Drama Festival. Soap Operas, was the theme this year. Each piece had to include a domestic setting, a love interest, an inanimate object brought to life and of course not forgetting the whole performance was to be staged in an operatic style! Each house was provided with their
title: Sedgwick – Hookside; Winder – Beastenders; Robertson – Mollyoaks; School – Celebration Street; Powell – Labourers; Lupton – Lemondale; Hart – Cross Codes and Evans – Alone and Astray. As Director of Drama and Theatre Studies I selfishly admit that the festival provides an opportunity to see what creative talent there will be coming up through the School! Nevertheless, seeing the work of the Year Nine never fails to create a genuinely supportive and eager audience in the John Arden Theatre on the first Sunday evening of every new academic year. There were numerous memorable moments from each house House Sketch: The toe-tapping narrator that set the pace for Sedgwick; a pet dog that ate Winder House’s main character; Robertson House had an excellent washing machine that scrubbed and swirled; the Hairdressers was the setting for School House’s play; Powell House created a very lively telephone; the Grandmother and Grandfather in Lupton House’s sketch were both very entertaining and Bob and Bill were an excellent comedy act for Hart House, all be it with the help of the singing lamp! The winner of the festival was Evans House. The meat-grinder created by the synchronised movement of all
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Robin Varley, Holly Nutt and Mac Findlay.
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the boys and the fact that their whole piece was sung from the beginning to the end was truly impressive. As the Judge of the festival I commend those who took part on their ability to entertain and be so creative, with what initially may have appeared to be a surmountable task. With flare, comedy, skill and the sheer enjoyment of participating brought to fruition another successful Year Nine Drama Festival. PJR Hardy
Whose Life is it Anyway? Brian Clark’s challenging and thoughtprovoking play about a patient’s right to choose life or death was given a fresh and contemporary feel by Joseph Bennett and his talented cast this term. The play centres around Ken, a bright and very articulate sculptor paralysed from the neck down in a car crash. Gradually he comes to realise that his brain - ever sharp and entirely
Tom Riddolls,William King, Stephen Beard and Dan Fine.
unimpaired by injury - is trapped in a useless, inert body. The ensuing legal and moral battle between Ken and the medical authorities over his right to leave hospital and effectively bring his life to an end is both moving and funny by turns, and never less than gripping. Mr Bennett prefaced the original text with his own dramatic introduction to the play, bringing the action bang up to date. As broadcast journalists, M.
Findlay and Charlton provided a local news angle on Ken’s plight. By using vox pops and extracts from viewers’ emails they imaginatively conveyed the fact that euthanasia and the patient’s right to choose is one issue on which everyone seems to have a strong opinion – often based more on prejudice and gut reaction than rationality. Misin provided a suitably authentic sounding Professor Popov giving his learned opinion on the subject. The two journalists gave their tabloid style updates from either side of the stage, flanking a bed-ridden Ken unmoving on a hospital bed. This gave an edgy and immediate feel to the proceedings and helped to ratchet up the tension as the play moved towards its conclusion. The set was minimal, forcing the audience to concentrate on the twists and turns of the moral dilemma unfolding before them. All the action took place around Ken’s bed, or the immediate area. Black tape on the floor marked out the hospital corridors and offices and gave an oddly claustrophobic feel – reflecting Ken’s own predicament: trapped and trammelled.
Freya Findlay and Stephen Beard.
Beard was excellent as Ken; it is a huge part and in the main, he delivered his
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The “steel-hearted” ward sister was played with convincing briskness by Nutt, who allowed her character’s professionalism to slip just enough at the end to reveal great compassion. Ken’s fight for the right to withdraw himself from hospital treatment eventually involves a host of medical and legal experts, played by M. Dawson, Pye, Parry, Temple and Johnson. All gave intelligent and plausible performances as professionals committed to what each regarded as “doing the right thing”. As Ken’s lawyer, Strachan managed the transition from sceptic to champion of patient rights in a measured and believable way. Flora Dawson and Holly Nutt taking the pulse.
lines with considerable skill, although his performance would have been even better if he had managed greater changes of pace in some of the longer set pieces. Acting the part of a quadriplegic, Beard managed impressively to capture and hold his audience’s attention and emotions using only his face and voice. He was more than ably supported by a fine cast. F. Findlay was touchingly natural and eminently believable as the junior doctor who began to see things from Ken’s point of view, and their conversations became movingly tinged with rather more than mere doctor/ patient style dialogue. Her confrontation with the blinkered and austere consultant played by Newcome had the audience holding its breath with suspense as she challenged his assertion that only the doctor is qualified to decide a patient’s future. As Newcome is considering a career in medicine his interpretation of the role was given an intriguing spin as he remained stubborn in defence of the medical practitioner’s power to override patients’ wishes. His brisk bedside manner and arrogant wielding of syringes and drugs to subdue the rebellious Ken made the audience bristle with indignation. F. Dawson beautifully captured the sweet and giggly naivety of the trainee
nurse – never quite knowing how to deal with Ken’s mood swings or his predicament. Her exchanges with the down-to-earth, philandering porter of Weber added a welcome light touch to the proceedings. The careworker Hirst wielded her clipboard like a shield, trying to ward off the patient’s perplexing demands for his rights. She hit just the right note of bafflement as Ken ran rings around her, eventually sending her fleeing from his bedside in confusion.
The climax felt a little rushed, but was ultimately satisfying; even Newcome’s consultant appeared to soften at the end, agreeing that it was indeed, Ken’s life, anyway. This was a fine production – surprisingly funny at times – of a difficult play. The cast and production team are very much to be commended in making their audience laugh, cry and think by turn, sometimes all at once. PJF Prall
The court case gathers pace.
From left to right, top to bottom: The glowing drummers; â€˜Musicâ€™ playing his trumpet; Swing Band; Take a Pink List Boy!; The performers; Mr Seymour gets excited!; The Strings in action.
MICHAELMAS TERM The first Term of the academic Year has been a typically busy and productive one. Pupils have been involved in a wide variety of music making both in the School and in the local Community. The School’s newly formed Chamber Choir made up of our most experienced singers, Sophie Bolton, Sarah Corrigan, Naomi Johnson, Kate Relton, Sarah Rowley, Kate Telfer, Imogen Wood, Daniel Johnson, James Kilpatrick, Matthew Belcher, Tom Seddon, Patrick Wood and Robin Varley began the Year with a television appearance when they sang alongside Jon Christos in a Charity Concert at Lowther Church on 22nd September. The School’s Concert programme was full of activity in the Michaelmas Term. The new “Muncheon Music Concert’s” have continued with much success. This new initiative allows 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. This Year the Concerts will each involve a different area of performance. The first such Concert took place on 27th September and involved the various Singers in the School, the second, on the 8th November focussed on our Woodwind players. The Chamber Choir took part in the vocal concert and their were fine performances from soloists Daniel Johnson, Megan Williams, Amelia Bolton, Lauren Crowson, Jonathan Cork and Jessica Hurst, Mac Findlay and Robin Varley. All of the soloists in the Woodwind Concert deserve a mention as all played extremely well but particular mention should go to Elton Leung for his sensitive performance of the first movement from Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and
to Tom Hutchinson for his excellent rendition of Bach’s Sinfonia on the Alto Saxophone. Sunday 12th November was an eventful day in the School’s musical calendar as many of our talented pupils took part in the Remembrance Day Service in the morning and the Headmaster’s Concert in the evening. There were many impressive soloist performances from Sarah Rowley, James Kilpatrick, Imogen Wood and James McLeod. Chris Cheung was particularly in demand with outstanding performances on both the violin and piano. He also made up part of the Piano Trio-Chris Cheung, James Kilpatrick and Kate Relton, who gave an exciting rendition of the first movement of Haydn’s Trio in D. Sadly this is the last Headmaster’s Concert that Kate Relton will be taking part in as she left the School for relocation in France at the end of this Term. However, her striking performance of the first movement from Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major K.488 accompanied by the Orchestra was an impressive opening to the Concert. Various ensembles also made
significant contributions to the Concert such as the Cello Ensemble with Katie Barker, Daniel Johnson and James Kilpatrick, and Chamber Choir. The Girls’ Choir is fortunate to benefit from the additional guidance of Miss Jackson this Year and their performances of “African Lullaby” and “Just the way you look tonight” were accomplished and polished performances. Congratulations must go to Miss Jackson as her own
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Christmas Carol Service.
Christmas theme. Both the Clarinet and Saxophone Groups followed this theme and were grateful for their excellent support and guidance from Mr Woodhouse. There were strong vocal performances from the Choral Society and both the Girls’ Choir and the Male Voice Choir and both the String Orchestra and the full Orchestra gave jovial performances. The Swing Band’s renditions of Something Stupid and Bandstand Boogies were particularly up beat and exciting.
“Amabile” girl’s choir were made Radio 3’s Youth Choir of the Year this term. The Concert received universal acclaim some even said that it was the best Headmaster’s Concert in living memory! So, congratulations to all of our musicians and their teachers for their endeavours.
The Term ended on a high with the Christmas Concert and Carol Services. The Christmas Concert was a festive and cheerful celebration of the excellent work done by pupils over the Term with many of the School’s ensembles taking part. The CCF band opened the Concert with a series of pieces with a
The Choir has gone from strength to strength and I have been delighted with the warmth of their tone and the increasing sensitivity of their singing. The Term’s work culminated in an excellent Carol Service where the contributions of the Choir and the Brass helped to create an atmosphere of real worshipfulness and wonder. Tavener’s ‘God Is With Us’ was the highlight. The use of different parts of the building, the excellent baritone solo from Daniel Johnson, the sustained bazantine chanting from the choir and the cataclysmic organ chords at the end combined into a stirring effect. The service was so well received that we are going to do next year! The Music Department welcomes four new visiting music staff this Term: Tom Eaglen (Male voice), Helen McCabe (Clarinet), Annie Lambert (Flute) and Alexia Pelling (Oboe). The School is extremely fortunate to have such talented musical specialists working within it and they have already made an excellent contribution to music making in the School. JM Seymour
Fred Strachan; Robin Varley and James Kilpatrick.
Chapel at its best.
From left to right, top to bottom: Paul Urmston with the ball in the Hose Rugby against Sedgwick; Powell House Logo; Tim Cork at the Organ in Powell Hall; Michael Raikes in the Long jump; Darren Bell and his bunnies; Peter Munday and George Udale running across Boar Fell; House Relay in the House Athletics; Ten Mile Relay.
Powell House ‘PER FRETA HACTENUS NEGATA,’ meaning the ability to cope with the unexpected and to take in one’s stride events, which one has been assured will never happen. This is the way in which Powellians, past, present and future, live their lives in Powell House. Each and every Powellian has extreme pride in their house, being prepared to put every ounce of effort into the cause, no matter how hard the job in hand. The most important component of our house is the family atmosphere. Every one of our members is treated as an individual. SPORT: From the start of the house cricket competition, Powell House was undoubtedly the team to beat, as they held seven of the first XI squad. Darren Bell led the team into the first game against Hart House. After scoring a huge total of 224 in 20 overs, with a century from Philip Raikes, Powell had their work cut out as Hart fought all the way to get to 193-8. The second round saw Powell play Evans House. A good bowling performance from Max Pimlott resulted in Evans being all out for 147, which put Powell into the final against Winder. In the final a brilliant partnership between the skipper D Bell and Pimlott of 113 took Powell to a total of 150. A truly magnificent team performance earned Powell their third title.
Dan Fine shouting encouragement to the Powell Tug of War team.
as favourites meaning that there was lots of pressure on them to perform. After getting through the group stages we knew that Sedgwick would be a tough game in the final. This proved to be the case in an enthralling tussle. DRAMA: In the third form drama, the quality of acting was quite outstanding. The highlight of Powell’s year dramatically was the House Panto. Two weeks of hard toil and a lot of time sacrificed by Mr. Raw created a very entertaining and memorable play. Powell kicked off a good year for debating by hosting the first dinner debate and managed to achieve 2nd place at the second debate.
ACADEMIC & MUSIC: This was also a fine year for Powell House in terms of academic and musical achievements. After a near miss the previous year, Powell, consisting of Dan Fine, Tim Cork, Tom Painter, and Edmund Knock, were triumphant in the Academic Challenge, following a fine performance over Winder. There was also promising signs of musicianship with Nichita Misin and Cork playing in Saturday Assembly, as well as many other inspiring efforts in the House music evenings and house entertains.
The juniors went into the tournament
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Senior house rugby winners has been something Powell House have come close to winning far to often with two consecutive finals lost by one point. This time it was to be different, with a team maybe not as strong as in previous years and not going into the competition as favourites it was going to be a challenge. After getting through a tough group against Hart and Winder, we met Sedgwick in the final. Facing a strong Sedgwick team and the past of loosing in the final, the pressure was on. Powell hosts the first Senior Dinner Debate of the year.
From left to right, top to bottom: Part Song winners; Sophie Wilson encourages the tug of war team; Rosie Harnby, Ellie Mewburn, Ellie Porter, Clare Carney and Emily Hirst - five of the seven dwarves; Robertson House Logo; Charlotte Bates and Laura Pepper in role; The Company; Before the Rawthey Ball; Junior House Netball team.
SPORT: Robertson House has excelled in many sporting occasions over this past year, with exceptional results all round, including a highly exciting victory over Lupton on the netball courts and an intense hockey match which ended in a well deserved 1-1 draw. Laura Pepper concluded her season with being the first Sedbergh girl chosen to play for the north of England U17 side. At present the first team hockey consists primarily of Robertsonians. Along with this Sophie Wilson and Laura Pepper finished their season attaining their hockey colours. Needless to say the Wilson Run brought great pride to the house when Emma Wood completed the course in an admirable time, and became the house’s first girl home, finishing in third place amongst the girls. Imogen Westropp was a great attribute to the school sailing team, winning the Laser 3000 at the Nationals at Draycote Water; Georgie Ogden has impressed not only the house but the whole country with her shooting skills, and has now been selected to represent the BSSRA against New Zealand. Sedbergh history was broken by Lucie Charlton leading the first ever Lacrosse team onto success in a number of matches. Their premier season ended on a high with Ruth Wilding-Jones and the captain herself gaining their colours. ACADEMIC: A fine start to the academic year for Robertson House was the presentation of academic colours to Freya Findlay. This was continued with Robertson coming second in the house debating competition, thanks to Freya Findlay and Harriet Allan. Robertson also
participated energetically in the academic challenge which involved four of the girls. Meanwhile the juniors courageously took part against the boys in the IQ challenge. An impressive five girls were invited to the Headmasters Society including Charlotte Bates and Hannah Rogers for many a political debate. DRAMA & MUSIC: Both Harriet Allan and Joelle James were selected for the Edinburgh Fringe production of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest during the summer. Also, Helen Clerey and Freya Findlay took part in one of the many Muncheon Musicals. Lee Morris and Diani Gatenby-Davis gave notably stunning performances at the Robertson music evening. In the annual school unison competition, Robertson House stole the event with triumph in the part song singing Say a little prayer. The house impressed many when they came together in January performing the house pantomime Little Red Riding Hood. There were smiles all round with the sight of Lucie Charlton in a wolf costume! CHARITY & SOCIALS: Over the past year, Robertson contributed hugely towards charity projects. We hosted the summer social and sizzler which
raised over £1000. Harriet Allan and Clemmie Radcliffe ensured that the school played a main part in World Aids Day selling plenty of ribbons around the houses. Not only this, but the whole house dedicated their Sunday to run the Race for Life in aid of Breast Cancer. Robertson entertained the school in hosting a variety of socials; including the well advertised Pirate Social and the popular ‘Gangsters and Dancers’ evening. The juniors also held a successful S-social and the sixth form various dinners.
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Poppy Hilton, Charlotte Skelton and Georgie Ogden.
From left to right, top to bottom: William Chapples, Charlie Thwaytes and Tom Robertson at Headingley; Tom and Baz with their ferrets; George Drake in action; Simon Barnby Races to victory; School House Logo; Patrick Wood performs in One Flew Over the Cuckooâ€™s Nest; House Entertains: Robin Hood and the Men in Green Tights; Upper sixth black tie dinner.
School House Every single boy in the House had a vital part to play throughout the three terms in making the year such a positive one although this Scrapbook can only mention a few. The School House garden is slowly turning in to a fine example of self sufficiency at the hands of a small team of Year 10 boys led by Tom Hinton and Baz Newall. Beginning with ferrets and ferreting, they have now progressed to chicken and ducks. This, along with fishing has created a great spirit of entrepreneurship in the House DRAMA & SOCIALS: Robin Hood and the Men in Green Tights, ably directed by Tom Riddolls, was great fun for both cast and audience, especially those unrehearsed gems! Every year group was involved and the success of the performance was a credit to the hard work of everyone participating. The Casterton musical Guys and Dolls was lucky enough to benefit from the acting and singing skills of Patrick Wood and Ali Kay, both in a major role. On another Thesbian note, Wood secured a part in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival performance of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest which met with rave reviews from the National Press.
Mountain Running Association event in Ovronnaz (Switzerland). He was first Britain home and 26th overall. School House can boast a strength in Hockey, nurtured by our Resident Tutor, Master in Charge of Hockey, Gerrie de Beer. We provide a high percentage of players for the School teams at all levels and 3 of our boys, Angus Donald, Ed Davidson and Patrick Wood have been selected to represent Cumbria. On the Rugby front, School House continue to field several boys playing at regional level. These include Ollie Halford, Chris Peace and Robert Scott. George Drake and Charles Simpson-Daniel were selected to represent England at Under 18 level. Unfortunately, Charles was unable to
play due to injury but George had the honour of representing the country. He was also awarded the top prize of ‘Player of the Year’ at the annual 1st XV Rugby Club dinner. Before leaving in the Summer, George was selected to play professionally by Dax, France. School House were proud to contribute 3 members to the victorious A1 cricket team, winning the Daily Telegraph National Schools’ 20/20 competition and status as ‘National Champions’ at Headingley in September. William Chapples, Tom Robertson and Charlie Thwaytes all had a big part to play in this fantastic achievement.
SPORT: Wilson Run success - Simon Barnby raced to a second time win with a second fastest ever time of 1hr 9mins 36 secs. Nine School House runners competed, a credit to all. Simon has since been selected to run for England in a recent World
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A superb three course black tie invitation dinner was prepared by the Lower Sixth under the generous guidance of a parent. The evening was managed by the boys from beginning to end, from prep to presentation, table setting, serving and clearing.
George Drake and Tom Riddolls.
Sheep on Boar Fell.
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Season Report: Boys’ 1st XI Hockey, 2007 The boys’ team started training in September with most of the team still in Lower sixth. We looked to build on last year’s performances. Our first game was a home fixture against Barnard Castle. The game started with a very fast pace and Sedbergh scored in the first five minutes of the game. Constantine Boye passed a good ball through the middle of the field that Rufus Morgan deflected to give Sedbergh the lead. Barnard Castle equalised after the Sedbergh defence failed to clear the ball off a great save from Olli Peters in goal. In the second half Sedbergh controlled the game but failed to convert their chances. Barnard Castle scored a break-away goal in the dying minutes to give them a 2-1 win. We then travelled to Cockermouth for a midweek fixture. With a very young side and players missing due to exams and University interviews we lost 5-0 to the Cumbria champions.
game, Sedbergh held them at 2-0 with 10 minutes to go. The Sedbergh defence could not hold it and Sedbergh lost 5-0. With the last weekend before halfterm we played Yarm and Loretto at home. We took an early lead against Yarm with a goal from Richard Hold. Sedbergh then dominated most of the game but could not convert their chances. The score stayed 1-0. With a delayed start on Sunday due to a frozen pitch, a very aggressive match started. Loretto took an early lead from a short corner. Sedbergh yet again missed several chances to equalise. After half-time Sedbergh dominated the play and soon equalised with a goal from Kilpatrick; but with a lapse in concentration they conceded two goals and Loretto won the game 3-1. With the first weekend back after half-term we travelled up to Scotland to face Fettes and Glenalmond. Sedbergh held a very strong Fettes, with two Scotland U18 players, to a 7-0 lose. We then travelled to Glenalmond where we played badly and lost 8-1.
Our next opponents were Durham. Sedbergh took a 2-0 lead with two goals from Sam Holdsworth. Sedbergh then missed several opportunities to extend the lead. Sedbergh came out, storming the second half. Patrick Wood scored from open play, while William Pettit added another two. Michael MacDonald converted a short corner to make it 6-0. Durham came back to score a goal from a short corner but Angus Donald scored another for Sedbergh with a reverse stick shot to give Sedbergh a 7-1 win. We were again on the road; this time to Scarborough College. Sedbergh travelled with an under strength side due to illness. Sedbergh played a very good game, with good passing, but again could not convert their chances and lost the game 3-0. For our last game of the season we hosted Giggleswick. Giggleswick took a 1-0 lead early in the game. Sedbergh started to play better and Wood converted two short corners to give Sedbergh a 2-1 lead. Giggleswick levelled the scores after halftime. The game was played at a high pace and Sedbergh forced a
Our next game was against a very good Rossall side. With Phil Goscomb marking their best player out of the
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We then travelled to Ampleforth for a very physical match. Ampleforth dominated the first few minutes but Sedbergh opened the scoring with a goal from James Kilpatrick. Ampleforth equalised just before halftime. Sedbergh then took the lead with another goal from Kilpatrick. After a long period of attack Ampleforth finally broke the Sedbergh defence to equalise. Sedbergh then picked up the pace put could not convert their chances. Ampleforth converted a short corner in the last minutes of the game to give them a 3-2 win.
Ben Sansom with the ball.
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short corner in the last minute that was converted by MacDonald to give them a 3-2 win. It was a pleasure coaching the boys this season and I am looking forward to next year.
1ST XI PLAYING RECORD OPPONENTS
Barnard Castle Cockermouth Ampleforth Rossall Yarm Loretto Fettes Glenalmond Durham Scarborough College Giggleswick
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1-2 0-5 2-3 0-5 1-0 1-3 0-6 0-8 7-1 0-3 3-2
Played 11, Won 3, Drawn 0, Lost 8
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fixture against Barnard Castle. After going into the second half two goals down we showed great spirit and pulled the final score to a respectable 3-2 loss. Goals were scored by Angus Donald and Charlie Thwaytes. After an early blow, a 3-0 win against Ampleforth was the best way to get back on track. Goals were scored by Rory Kettlewell and Angus Donald. With our captain missing we took to the field against the strong opposition of Rossall. It was a testing and hard game and we played very well, showing our potential, coming out 4-1 winners with goals from Rory Kettlewell and Charlie Thwaytes. After a string of great results we headed into a tough fixture against a strong Yarm side. We unfortunately lost by 3-0. There were however many positives to be taken from the match. This result left us wanting to prove ourselves in the legacy cup tournament at Windermere. We played all our matches brilliantly as a unit and finished the tournament victorious. Going on to play the second round in Manchester, representing the county.
Season Report: Boys’ U15 XI Hockey, 2007 The Under 15 XI came out of last season showing great potential as a developing side. In only our second year together we had a season of mixed fortune. There was little change to the team from last year’s line up. There were fantastic performances throughout the season from the whole of the defensive line up especially Ben Davis and Tom Robertson. There was however only one player, Ed Davidson, who truly stood out through the improvement that he made over the season. We opened our season with an away
Ed Armitage in goal.
A 7-0 victory against Durham was the best way to continue such a positive streak. We entered the match in a very attacking formation, which generated many goals from many different players. We headed into a very tough game against a very well drilled Scarborough side. Although we all played to the limit of our abilities the opposition were to strong and overcame us. The final score was a very respectable 3-0 loss. This loss made us determined to pull something back in our final game of the season against competitive opposition
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Played 7, Won 1, Drawn 1, Lost 5
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away at Giggleswick. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. The goal was scored by Angus Donald.
particular, Sam Dutton, Andrew Watson and Alex Coral, who was finally the top scorer of the term.
With a season of mixed results we have much to look forward to as a squad. I hope that all members of this year’s squad will continue to play for either the 1st XI or the 2nd XI as we continue through the school.
The third match was a draw against Yarm, it was a really close match, in which both goal keepers were fundamental. Jack Harrison at the back was also the best defender of the term.
I would like to thank Mr Hattam for coaching us in the first half of term, and also Mr Downey for supervising both home and away fixtures. Thanks also to Mr Morgan for leading us through the second half of term. A Donald (School)
Season Report: Boys’ U14 XI Hockey, 2007 Over this term the U14 Boys’ Team was really consistent that never gave up and even being an inexperienced team, their effort and mental attitude were crucial over the term. Notable performances came from the Captain Andrew Watson, especially for his responsibility and enthusiasm. Also, the Vice-captain Craig Ripley was essential to the team’s motivation. On paper, the first match was not a good start, as they lost 1-0. But for many, it was a good experience, being the first match ever for some players. It was a hard match and they lost in the last minutes. It was good for their confidence and a solid debut in the sport. The second match was against Rossall, and in this match the victory was Sedbergh: 10-0. This showed some great hockey. They made some brilliant plays. In this match the midfielders and strikers performed very well, in
After half term they played against Fettes, and were a defeated in the hardest match of the season. Finally the two last matches were both triumphs against Scarborough and Giggleswick. Both matches were the best example of all the hard work that the boys put in over a long term. In these matches, as in all the others, Corey Dennis, with a dominant display in midfield and brilliant skills was the key player. There is no doubt that he was the Player of the Season. George Wells, Craig Ripley and Jonathon Dixon were excellent support, providing strong and steady performances. Congratulations to all the boys who played, learned and trained with the U14 squad and always gave their all. With hard work and training you have the potential to be a really good team. I hope you have enjoyed it as much us me. It was a pleasure to work with you. Congratulations, thank you very much and good luck in your hockey career. U14 XI PLAYING RECORD OPPONENTS
Barnard Castle Ampleforth Rossall Yarm Loretto Fettes Scarborough College Giggleswick
L 0-1 Cancelled W 11-0 D 1-1 L 1-2 L 0-6 W 3-2 W 2-1
Season Report: Junior Squash, 2007 As always, the season started with the most challenging of fixtures, against Barnard Castle on the first Saturday of term. Our team looked strong this year. Captain Dean Bell led a group of powerful players, but how would we measure up to the technical exactitude of the BC boys? Well, actually, quite well. Although we did not win the fixture, Dean Bell and David Terrey (numbers one and two) beat their opponents with some ease. Both boys played with maturity and style, which was mirrored by the rest of the team, who unfortunately just missed out on wins themselves. Both Josh DowlingKennedy and Tom Francis took their matches to a final game, and Charlie Clare fought especially hard in his battle against a very tough opponent. Overall, we could take a lot from the fixture, and approach the next match with confidence. Ampleforth at home was that next match. Our team was unchanged, and, having had a couple of weeks in which to train and practice, we beat the Auld Enemy easily. We dropped no games, and lost only 23 points (while winning 135); most impressive of all was Josh Dowling-Kennedy, who blasted his opponent off the court without sacrificing a single point. In fact, he did not once surrender his serve in what was an exemplary display of power and surgical precision. Charlie Clare also enjoyed a sound win over his no. 3 opponent; he dropped only 11 points in a straight-game victory, which boosted his confidence for leading the team as captain in the return fixture against Barnard Castle at home.
Played 5 , Won 2 , Drawn 0 , Lost 3
We hosted the BC players two weeks later, and we suffered, once again. Charlie Clare led a robust and determined team, with a new number 5
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in the shape of Jonathan Taylor. However, despite a strong fight from all the players, the day was not to be ours. Our spirits did not flag, though, and we looked forward to the return match against Ampleforth. We had another change in the team, as Rugby Sevens and Running took those who could not decide if squash was really what they wanted to do. So David Terrey captained the Juniors for the last fixture, ably and enthusiastically supported by a promoted Tom Francis in number 2 position. The former had an excellent game against his opponent, winning with some ease; Tom, unfortunately, just lost out, leaving the new members with the challenge of rescuing this match. Sam Jones did his bit, winning in 3 straight games. But Anthony Ingham (no. 4) just missed out on a win; after an energetic battle that went on for an hour, he narrowly missed out on success in this, his first match. I was impressed with his maturity and dogged determination, however, as I was with Jonathan Taylor, who pushed his game to the limit, but was never quite able to take the final point to win the game. Not a bad season, then, with a win, a few losses, but some promising players for the future. I am pleased to see so many boys wishing to pursue this excellent game, and it is gratifying to see such improvement over what is, essentially, half a term’s worth of training. If we had a more secure squad base, however, with fewer options pulling our players in different directions, perhaps we could really take the fight to the Barnard Castle team. In the current climate, though, the results of this season seem to be about as good as it can get. Well done to all the boys who represented the School with such grit and determination this year. JHE Bennett
strength of the opposition; it is always difficult for schoolboy sides to beat experienced club sides, although credit must be given to a touring Malvern side and, once again, to Merchiston who managed, on unfamiliar courts, to extend the margin of their earlier victory from one to five points. This year’s captain was John Blue. Alex Elletson and Michael Sturla played in all fixtures with Philip Raikes or James Mewburn making up the four.
Season Report: Fives, 2006 -7 In the Fives programme the main event of the Winter term is the (almost) annual Northern Winchester Fives Championship. In recent years bad weather and sweating courts have meant that the event has been cancelled several times, which has inevitably affected the size of the entry when the competition has been able to go ahead. The second Sunday in November saw six pairs competing for the trophy. The early rounds were played in the form of a round-robin, which produced a competitive final between old Sedberghians Robert Ross and Roger Pearson and James Marshall and Stephen Korris. Marshall and Korris won 15-6, 16-15. Towards the end of term the 1st Four travelled to Scarborough, where John Guthrie’s Dalesmen gained revenge for a rare home defeat a year earlier. A week later we went to Merchiston, losing a very close encounter by just a single point. Results in the Lent term were mixed. The 1st Four lost all their matches, which on the whole reflected the
The season also saw the reemergence of a Sedbergh Colts Four. Jordan Clark and Max Pimlott from the fifth form and Jack Oughtred from the year below made up the backbone of the squad. Alex Elletson played when not claimed by the 1st Four. Declan Penfold also represented the School. The colts gained impressive victories over Malvern and Merchiston and were defeated only by the enormous experience of the Guthrie Dalesmen. The outlook for Sedbergh Fives is bright. Alex Elletson has two further years in the school and is already a powerful and consistent player. Michael Sturla is captain for the coming season. Philip Raikes and James Mewburn will find last year’s colts challenging for places on the senior four, while last year’s newcomers to the game should develop into promising performers at colts level. We did not enter any pairs for the Nationals this season because most of our players were away in South Africa playing cricket rather than fives. Next season I hope to take two senior pairs and at least one colts pair to St. Paul’s. Undoubtedly the most important development during the last season was the refurbishment of the School’s courts. The Evans court has been reroofed and made virtually weatherproof, while the main courts have been been fully enclosed and equipped with heaters. This should eliminate the sweating problems that have caused so much frustration over the years; it will also make watching Fives a much more comfortable activity and we are
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enormously grateful to John Guthrie who has so generously funded most of this work. The dependable prospect of dry courts should encourage Sedberghians to take up the sport and visiting teams to come to Sedbergh to play fixtures against the school. LW Catlow
Pentathlon & Fencing Report
In the March 2007 event this dearth of swimming talent was markedly reversed by Robbie Stephenson who gained the Silver Medal in the Youth C Boys’ age group against some tough opposition. He was part of a Powell House Year 9 team which included Jonathan Kwong and Corey Dennis that saw off all the competition within the school to take the House trophy for the second time in this academic year. This year the runners up were Evans House who were only 160 points adrift out of 3750. The highest placed girl was Poppy Hilton. Mention must be made of Mr Morgan who also competed and gained a Silver Medal in the Masters’ Men category.
LENT TERM 2007 Due to changes in the national timetable for regional qualifying competitions, Sedbergh School has hosted the Northern Region qualifying competition for both the Triathlon and Biathlon. Both of these afforded the opportunity for House Biathlon competitions to be run in September 2006 and then in March 2007. Regrettably nobody from school took the opportunity to enter the triathlon and come to grips with air pistol shooting. In September 2006 the House Biathlon comprised Year 10 and above since it coincided with the Year 9 outdoor pursuits weekend. Powell House was the first boys’ house ever to win this event, narrowly pushing Robertson into second place. Philip Raikes was the highest scoring male from Sedbergh while Amber Morgan was the top scoring girl. Some of our individual entries made the medal positions in the overall competition but our relatively weak swimming performances compared to the external competitors made their continuation into the National competition a non-viable proposition. By dint of entering all our pupils as part of teams as well we picked up a number of medals including the team led by our current Captain of Pentathlon Alex Newcome along with Jack Dutton and Anthony Collier. It is interesting to note that both Alex and Jack also ran the London Marathon this year.
During the winter our Fencing squad have also been active with four varied competitions to their name. Foil has even entered our portfolio with the arrival of our English Speaking Union Scholar, Catherine Redfield who entered the Public Schools’ Fencing Championships coming a creditable 17th out of 43 in this enormous competition held at Crystal Palace in the last week of the Lent term, where unfortunately conflicts with the Wilson Run and music preclude availability of our Epee fencers.
Series (LPJS) event at Stalybridge Ailsa Brown again gained a bronze medal, while Arian Manouchehri in a larger pool of competitors was knocked out in the quarter finals of the DE stage of the competition being ranked 7th overall. In our second visit to the LPJS competition, this time a much larger competition at Arnold School, Ailsa Brown was placed 5th in the girls’ category while Arian Manouchehri was ranked 14th in an overall field of 33 fencers. Hopefully both these competitors will compete in a further LPJS event in the autumn to achieve a national result. We don’t compete in the summer since Dr Ripley is committed to sailing events! Mike Ray continues to coach us on a Monday evening between tea and prep and we are joined by a couple of local Sedbergh boys who are beginning to compete as well. We would dearly like to expand our pool of fencers since we are very thin on the ground. Any pupil is very welcome to come and fence with us. MP Ripley
The autumn term saw us return to the Cheshire Schools’ Fencing Competition where we gained medal honours last year. Ailsa Brown continued her tradition, gaining a bronze medal in the U17 epee competition. The next weekend should have seen us enter the Bay Open but due to internal politics in North West Fencing, the event was cancelled at very short notice. So our intrepid epee fencers had to settle for the West Lancashire One Hit Epee event as their autumnal outing. They did not fare as well as last year’s 7th placing which, in part, is due to lack of training since they are so multi-talented that they are faced with conflicts of time, let alone increased work pressure in the 6th form. The spring term again saw conflicts of time with House Entertains and Jesus Christ Superstar causing unavailability of both fencers and manager to attend events. However in the Leon Paul Junior
Ailsa Brown with her U17 epee bronze medal.
Season Report: 1st VIIs Rugby, 2006 -7 The sevens season kicked off on a very dull day at Mount St. Mary’s. Under the captaincy of Carl Fearns, Sedbergh made a promising start, easily defeating the opposition in the group stages, in which David Abel and Charles Simpson-Daniel looked very effective on the ball. The opponents began to strengthen in the semi-final when Sedbergh came up against Cheadle Hulme. In the first half Cheadle looked a threat, but as soon as the half way point passed Sedbergh looked like a commanding outfit with an array of skillful tries from Charles SimpsonDaniel. Sedbergh progressed to the final where we came up against a strong Hymers College side, but still Sedbergh came out well on top to claim an impressive victory. The same week saw Sedbergh travel to Birkenhead for the Birkenhead Sevens. Again Sedbergh progressed to the quarter final with no team giving them a real challenge. The quarter final drew out to be Sedbergh with Wirral Grammar and was the story for the start of the season, in which Sedbergh came out clear winners. Sedbergh then prepared for their biggest game of the season so far against old rivals Kirkham which looked to be a very physical side. Verbal work from the Kirkham captain before kick off soon died down as Sedbergh did not only beat Kirkham with an orthodox Sedbergh style of pace and skill but we also overcame Kirkham at there own game of physicality with Carl Fearns making ruthless tackles charging the Kirkham team backwards. The final on paper promised to be a close encounter with St. Ambrose being the current team of the month however due to a dazzling first half performance from Charles Simpson-Daniel the game was already out of St. Ambrose’s reach. Sedbergh finally finished 45-5 the
victors with more second half tries. The two players back from international duties Tom Casson and George Drake were gladly welcomed back and showed class. The following week Sedbergh travelled back to Birkenhead, but this time to the Rugby Club to compete in the North of England Sevens. The group was little challenge for Sedbergh who progressed defeating Caldy Grammar, St. Ambrose, Yarm and the team that always seemed to have the unlucky draw of facing Sedbergh, Hymers. The quarter final drew us against Worchester, a team which we knew little about, but an early score put us in the driving seat and from here on Sedbergh had complete control of the match. The Semi-Final gave Sedbergh a chance to avenge our 2nd seven who had been easily beaten by our next opponents Ellesmere College. An ugly show of gamesmanship from Ellesmere left Simpson-Daniel dazed. This produced a show of true Sedberghian style, in which there was a memorable performance from Chris Peace, who showed even if a player has crossed the line he hasn’t always scored. A Sedbergh, Barnard Castle final was another show of Sedbergh dominance. Again Chris Peace showed his skills, but the pick of the players was George Drake who had been quiet throughout the tournament but when it counted ran in two long distance tries. Charles Simpson-Daniel picked up a well deserved player of the tournament. Stonyhurst Sevens has always been a big day in the Sedbergh calendar and this year it produced big performances from our team. The group stages passed without great challenge and saw Sedbergh to the delight of everyone at the tournament drawn against Stonyhurst in the quarter final. As has always been the case when facing Sedbergh, Stonyhurst produced rugby that seems beyond their ability. An early try calmed the hundreds of rowdy spectators, mainly pupils of Stonyhurst College. Then the crowd got what they wanted when Stonyhurst scored a well deserved try and then followed it up with another
in quick succession. This was to be the end of the fun for Stonyhurst as Sedbergh then got their act together in defence and scored some skillful tries to knock the home team out of the competition. The semi-final saw us defeat Hymers for the third time and gave the crowds a Sedbergh vs Manchester Grammar final. We had already beaten Manchester in the first game of the day and the final gave the same outcome with us winning comfortably. Rosslyn Park could not have come at a worse time for Sedbergh as an injury to Simpson-Daniel left him out of the squad along with captain Carl Fearns who had England duties. The group had been labelled the group of death as three of the tournaments favourites had been drawn together, Sedbergh, Neath Port Talbot and St. Benedict’s. Sedbergh started off well by beating Wirral Grammar, with good performances from David Abel, who had been the force at the break down all season. Tom Casson showed great improvement running almost unreadable lines and Jimmy Irlam making great use of the chip and chase. The next game gave Sedbergh their only defeat all season to Neath Port Talbot. Neath scored a quick try and then another controversial try to take them two scores ahead. After the break we came out with a bang and a tremendous individual effort from Ed Styles put us one try behind, but it wasn’t Sedbergh’s day and we were beaten by a strong side. Another Sedbergh score left us two points behind but this score was too little, too late. We came up against St. Benedict’s, Ealing and Durham in the final two group matches and came out comfortable winners in both encounters, with William King performing well; but this wasn’t enough to proceed to the next day. Although we had a disappointing end, it was the end to a brilliant sevens season in which we came away from five, high standard tournaments with four great victories. J Irlam
From left to right, top to bottom: Sprint Training; In the Gym; Barnaby Duncan; Fitness in the pool; Sedbergh Super Tens Plate winners; George Dawson; Mr Coolingâ€™s river challenge.
Super Tens Competition, 2007 Returning to Sedbergh with spirits low and team moral damaged there was only one thing on our mind which was to bounce back with a good performance in the Tens. We were almost immediately boosted by the arrival of our captain back from international commitments and after an encouraging training session moods were once again sky high. After a big tournament meal with pre-match tension building already between the teams our full squad went for an early night excited about the games tomorrow. Waking up to clear skies and warm weather there was a good feeling in the side. The first test came from King Edward’s, Bath. They could not cope with the pace, power and skill that we had to offer, however it was only the first game of tens and looking at the standard of the other schools we knew we had a long way to go. The next school to face us was Denstone College, and again they could not deal with our wide expansive style of play and it was clear by half time that the game was won. With the first two games won and scoring over a hundred points and barely conceding, all eyes were on us. However the next game proved to be difficult against Brighton College. We never managed to get the basics right and got sucked into their game plan of taking contact instead of playing typical Sedbergh rugby. Ultimately the game was won but we needed to seriously step up our game in order to come up with the results needed for the next day. After finishing on a low note after the first day the boost came when our fly half George Drake returned from international duty. With this and the bright sunshine again for the second day we set out knowing that if we played to
our potential, victory was well in reach. For our first game we faced a very young QEGS Wakefield side that had done well at Rosslyn Park. We knew that a performance like the last game would not be good enough. The game was more physical than we expected but with some great back play moves and some strong angles coming from the forwards we had the game won. With a much more positive game we, as a squad, started to enjoy the weather and take in the atmosphere of a great tournament. However with Kirkham facing us in the next game we could not afford to relax or switch off mentally. We knew before the game that Kirkham would be playing a very physical game and straight from the kick off one of their big ball carriers broke some tackles and made ground. From then on all they did was play it round the fringes. In the end we beat Kirkham at their own physical game along with some fantastic wide running. We only had one group game left to play and a win would see us into the final. But a win was going to be a tough challenge as we had to beat King’s School, Macclesfield who had beaten Llandovery previously in the tournament. With this in mind and a lot of tired players we knew that in order to get the win we would have to dig deep and pull a performance out. King’s were a lot better than we had originally expected and it took some quick thinking on the field in order to pull out the performance needed. It was a closely contested match and both sides put in big efforts, but with the bigger coming from Sedbergh we walked away finalists. The other semi-final was between Old Swinford Hospital, who had achieved a very respectable position at Rosslyn Park, and RGS High Wycombe who we had played in previous years and knew they were a good outfit. It turned out that we would be playing RGS in the final and with that in mind we retreated
to Buskholme changing room, which for some people would be the very last time they would be in there before a Sedbergh game. With the Plate Final whistle going to signal full time there could not have been a better atmosphere in the changing room as we knew that we had nothing to prove, but we were just going out to enjoy ourselves for the last time as a team. Walking on to Busk to a round of applause was a unique feeling and there was a feeling of confidence in the side. This was true in the first five minutes as we played out of our skins to produce two quick tries. However RGS still had some fight left in them. With a drop ball from the restart leading to a five meter line out they capitalised and scored. But we still came out on top playing some very attractive rugby and even with their last minute try it was only a consolation as the final whistle went and we were the winners. It was a perfect way to end a near perfect season. P Urmston (Powell)
Season Report: 1st VII Netball, 2007 Sedbergh is a school with great sporting results and the first team netball did their very best to uphold the school tradition this season, with an overall record of 13-3. The girls had their most successful match record ever, with no recorded losses except for on tour down south against Oundle, Cheltenham and Wrekin College. Had it not been for inconsistent play whilst on tour and at tournaments this year, the 1st VII may well have been undefeated. Highlights for the 1st team were their victories over Ampleforth, Woodhouse Grove, QGS, Liverpool College, Newcastle, Durham, Stonyhurst, Chetwynde, The Mount,
space in the circle which allowed them to fool many defensive pairings.
Rishworth, Barnard Castle as well as becoming county champions, which gave them the chance to represent the Cumbria County at the North West Schools Championship in Manchester. The team also got the opportunity to play a visiting Provincial side from Alberta, Canada. It was an exciting opportunity for the Sedbergh girls to see a different style of netball and to meet players from Canada. The 1st VII showed the visitors their skill and ability as they beat the visiting Provincial team 20-15. Senior Amy Jones, who was an exceptional role model and leader both on and off the court, captained the team this year. Jones was a very versatile player in the defensive end as she played goal defence, wing defence and even goalkeeper when called upon. Jones was a very calm, steady player who always made sure the team was ready and put in some extra motivating words whenever required. Joining Jones in the defensive end was the senior leadership of Vice Captain Catherine Hirst who, after a slightly slow start, showed that she was a force to be reckoned with. Few passes made it into the circle without challenge
from Hirst and, with the assistance of Kayleigh Debil, our defence lapped up all the rebounds that came their way. In the wing position the first team was blessed with depth; often choosing the speed and ability of Imogen Clerey when the team needed to pick up the tempo was crucial. Other times the steady hand of Sophie Wilson featured critically in the wing. Wilson also had a very strong season for the second team as well as many appearances for the 1st VII. Laura Pepper and Sophie Dutton combined their quick speed and excellent vision for feeding the ball to lead a very quick attack through the centre court. The senior member of the centre court was Abigail Rook, who overcame a very serious injury from the hockey season to make many appearances, often assisting the 1st team with her calm, experienced manner. In the attacking circle, the ever-so-consistent shooting of Hannah Rogers and the speed and flair of Joelle James held the attacking team together. Rogers and James moved the ball exceptionally fast, often passing to a space where the other had not yet arrived, in order to tactically advance the ball. The two shooters had a very good knowledge of each other and of
The 1st VII battled all the elements in training and even in match play they forged ahead in some fairly bad weather conditions to be triumphant. The team had a very successful season, finishing with a 12-0 record for regular season matches. They did, however, lack consistency in tournament play, where the rigors of multiple opponents seem to be a struggle. The tour to Oundle and Rugby was also a big challenge for the girls as an injury to captain Jones just prior to leaving left them a man short, and, after a strong opening match, they just did not seem to find their feet with the Southern level of competition. They lost to Oundle in a match many spectators thought they could win, and then finished the weekend with a loss to Cheltenham and Wrekin College. The games were close and the experience taught the girls their areas of weakness and gave them even more determination to come back and work hard to finish the season on a positive note. After returning from tour the lessons learned from the weekend were evident, all the girls worked harder in training, showed more dedication to improving and really came together as a team. The first VII finished the season with four straight victories over Barnard Castle,
Preparing to shoot.
Woodhouse Grove, Liverpool College, and finally over Durham School. Special congratulations go to Jones, Rook, and Hirst who were awarded 1st VII Colours. Although these three will definitely be missed, the team looks forward to an even more successful season next year with nine players returning and many talented players joining from the U16 team. Netball at Sedbergh is looking very strong indeed for the future. 1ST VII PLAYING RECORD OPPONENTS RESULTS Stonyhurst Chetwynde Ampleforth Mount Giggleswick Rishworth Alberta Rugby Oundle Cheltenham Wrekin College Barnard Castle Woodhouse Grove Newcastle Central Liverpool College Durham
W W W W W W W W L L L W W W W W
39-9 30-10 20-12 22-8 30-7 39-5 20-15 21-15 12-14 12-14 25-31 20-17 23-11 22-17 22-10 36-27
Played 16, Won 13, Drawn 0, Lost 3 S Salbuvik
Season Report: 2nd VII Netball, 2007 After last year’s disappointing season the question that had to be asked was, “Could this completely new 2nd Squad rise to the challenge?” Rise to and surmount the challenge they
Yve Northern with the Ball.
did, starting the season with a convincing win over Stonyhurst, however a darkened shadow from the past appeared when we were soundly beaten by one of the strongest Ampleforth teams we have seen in a long time. The rest of the season thankfully did not continue in a rash of defeats. There were some extremely tight matches against The Mount, Woodhouse Grove and Durham and some well fought victories against Barnard Castle and Newcastle Central who we eventually managed to beat for the first time in three years.
known players, Aimeé Fleet and Kate Telfer who have definitely claimed their respective positions as their own. After the initial panic that we would not have replacements for last year’s phenomenal defensive duo, we have inherited Sarah Brockbank and Johanna
2ND VII PLAYING RECORD OPPONENTS
This team was capably led by the captaincy team of Victoria Phillip and Charlotte Mann whose shooting showed great improvement throughout the season. In the engine room of the court (centre court) Jess Thwaytes and Freya Findlay worked like demons especially in the match against Woodhouse Grove.
Later on in the season we saw the return to the court of two enthusiastic but little
Played 9, Won 6, Drawn 0, Lost 3
Vicary from last years under 16 team. Speaking of the under 16 team, we must extend our thanks to those players who assisted us during the season when injuries and exams took their toll on our squad. With this years sound start it is hoped that this squad, growing in confidence and ability will be able to produce even greater results next season. AF Moore
Season Report: U16 VII Netball, 2007 The Under 16 Squad has had a good season this year, delivering some outstanding netball, but not always managing to conquer their more difficult opposition. The team finished the season having won approximately 70% of their fixtures. A number of the Under 16 players also strengthened the 2nd team. After being successful in the County Round of the National Championships, they reached the North West Finals; unfortunately they were not able to progress any further than this.
U16 PLAYING RECORD OPPONENTS
Priestley also gave some excellent match performances. I would like to thank the Under 16s for the seasonâ€™s netball, for their enthusiasm, commitment, and their talent for ensuring that there was never a dull moment! I hope that they enjoyed the year and will continue to play as they develop as players over the seasons to come. LJ Taylor
Played 9, Won 6, Drawn 0, Lost 3
Ellie Porter as Captain consistently demonstrated committed and athletic netball in match play, as did Kelly Frost; Rebecca Fardell, Charlotte Burrows and Lucy Benville supported them very strongly in the centre court. I would particularly like to commend Lucy Benville for her effort and commitment throughout the season. Ellie Mewburn, Rosie Harnby and Jess Melia developed an effective defence just as Emily Hirst and Mia Taylor formed a strong partnership to take the lead at the attacking end. Lizzie
Season Report: U15 VII Netball, 2007 My new squad had a tremendous amount to live up to after the two previous excellent seasons but they had been a promising U14 Squad so I had high hopes. By the end of the season I can honestly say that they were a very fine squad with which to work with and coach. In all manner of weather conditions we trained and played
The best matches they played were against Ampleforth, where they won 304, and against Durham, where they won 33-8. Particularly memorable, also, was Giggleswick, where with an unusual line-up we won 30-6, and played some fantastic netball. I would also like strongly to commend the spirit and determination they demonstrated in the last match of their Tour, in which a feisty team came back from being down several goals to take a marginal lead. They eventually lost 27-28 in the final few seconds of play, but I am sure that from this the team realised they could find more in themselves and in each other when facing tough competition. The U14 Team.
matches and the sense of humour, camaraderie and determination to win made it most enjoyable for me. The Squad was captained with pride and professionalism by Ellie Witt whose greatest talent lies in her ability to play in every position on court! She proved herself to be not just a good shooter but also a fine defensive player with an intuitive grasp of the game. She was ably supported in attack by Sarah Blue who played mostly in a shooting position but like Ellie is also able to shift position at a moment’s notice. Both these girls were totally reliable in match situations, showing a fiery aggression combined with mature tactical skill. Lauren Butler, Laura Tinkler, Amber Morgan, and Harriet McMillan joined them in the centre court attacking positions and all four girls impressed me more and more as the season progressed. They were tenacious in attack and gave me 100% at all times. The fact that the results were so good can also be attributed to the very strong defensive
players. Ellie Kerr takes few prisoners! Her ability to intercept and read passes combined with her innate ability to annoy her opposition to good effect ensured that few goals were scored against her. She was strongly supported in defence by the irrepressible Chantal Kinsella who not only improved immeasurably this season but also provided us with many a laugh on a dark winter’s day! She, too, has the ability to play both at Goal Keeper and Goal Defence. Julia Scott proved herself to be a most reliable Goal Keeper and her ability to predict the game down the court improved significantly this season. They were strongly supported in defence by Isobel Procter and Hannah Barrett who both played in the difficult Wing Defence position and fulfilled their role with energy, skill and enthusiasm. Stephanie Harrison impressed me with her excellent shooting and effortless ability to always be in the right position on court. Catherine Robinson was one of the most improved players of the season and like Chantal, her sense of humour and energy on court made her one of the most popular and committed members of the squad. Injury hampered the amount played by Natasha Sordy, Jorja Rawsthorne and Poppy Moffitt, but when they did play they showed enormous potential. Maria Brook, Grace Farmiloe, Magali Hinsinger, Jessica Hurst and Alex Maling were also enthusiastic and skillful squad members who played enthusiastically in all match situations. The season began with two fine victories over Stonyhurst; the U15A won 28-12 and the U15B 24-11. We thought all was well but very soon afterwards we played the formidable Chetwynde team and on a bleak, cold, windy day in Barrow, after being in the lead up to the final quarter, we lost 17-21. Spirits were low but soon revived when we played Ampleforth. Victory again was ours with the U15A winning 44-23 and the U15B, showing no mercy, by winning 51-0! We had a most enjoyable match against Giggleswick, a match that was played with friendly camaraderie but the victory was ours by 18-6. A slightly
tougher match followed against Rishworth but victory was again secured by 18-13. And then we found that life had become much tougher! We went on tour and realised that we still had some work to do. In a very closely fought match against Rugby we just lost 14-16, to be followed by a 13-25 defeat at the hands of Oundle and a 10-21 loss against Cheltenham. On the return journey we stopped off to play Wrekin and in a very tight battle we just managed to keep ahead of them, winning by the narrowest of margins, 20-19. This was soon followed by a fine victory against Woodhouse Grove 27-15, in what I thought was the girls’ best match of the season. It was then on to Newcastle Central which plays a very high standard of netball. The girls fought hard against an outstanding Newcastle side and although they lost 21-25 I was extremely proud of them for they gave their all and there were times during the match when I thought they might just do it. The season ended with a very enjoyable, sunny day at Durham School and two very satisfying victories, U15A 23-9 and the U15B 23-10. All in all it was an excellent season and I enjoyed coaching a lively, enthusiastic and very skillful group of girls. SL Hirst
U15A PLAYING RECORD OPPONENTS
Stonyhurst Chetwynde Ampleforth Giggleswick Rishworth Rugby Oundle Cheltenham Wrekin College Woodhouse Grove Newcastle Central Durham
W L W W W L L L W W L W
28-12 17-21 44-23 18-6 18-13 14-16 13-25 10-21 20-19 27-15 21-25 23-9
Played 12, Won 7, Drawn 0, Lost 5
N E T B A L L & L AC RO S S E
Season Report: U14 VII Netball, 2007 The Under 14 Netball side showed great promise and enthusiasm this year. We fielded an A and a B side, with the A side winning 9 of 12 and the B side finishing unbeaten! Every Year 9 girl was given the opportunity to represent Sedbergh at Netball this year and we took large squads to all matches, enabling us to rotate the girls, whilst not compromising our hope for success. The girls did really well to be crowned Cumbria Champions and to qualify for the North West Regional Finals. They finished a creditable 3rd in their group and have something to aim for in the future! We started the season well with Yveline Northern and Blanca Pastor as a strong attacking pair and we were saddened when Blanca had to return to Spain, certainly leaving a gap to be filled! Charlotte Skelton and Hannah Webb played well throughout the season to assist Yveline Northern in attack. Hannah Webb captained the side exceptionally well for someone so
U14A PLAYING RECORD OPPONENTS
Stonyhurst Chetwynde Ampleforth Giggleswick Rishworth Rugby Oundle Cheltenham Wrekin College Woodhouse Grove Newcastle Central Durham
W W W W W W L L W L W W
17-9 17-6 50-8 19-4 16-11 20-15 6-12 10-18 35-10 11-15 13-12 28-12
Played 12, Won 9, Drawn 0, Lost 3
Ellie Witt and Harriet Allan.
young and showed a very responsible and organised side to her character throughout the season. Katherine Blair was a very reliable and talented Wing Attack with Hannah Webb, Chessie Brook and Lucy Shuker sharing Centre Court. Megan Williams converted well to Wing Defence and even on occasions Goal Defence. Leila Reed, Amelia Bolton and Katherine Charlesworth shared the Defensive honours. The unbeaten ‘B’ Squad comprised Harriet Head, Francesca Grieve and Charlotte Skelton as shooters; Danielle Froldi, Chessie Brook, Lucy Shuker, Katie May and Alice Bailey in Centre Court while the ‘Dominating Defence’ was Gemma Munday, Poppy Hilton and Amelia Bolton. HJ Christie
Season Report: Lacrosse, 2006-7 The inaugural year for Sedbergh Lacrosse was altogether positive, with pleasantly surprising results at the U15 level as well as the participation of a developing 1st XII team into the premier tournaments held in the North of England. The first match for the burgeoning Lacrosse program was an auspicious sunny Ampleforth Day in the Michaelmas Term that saw 18 girls earning their first ‘cap’ for Sedbergh Lacrosse. Amber Morgan tallied the first ever goal for Sedbergh. Although the score line was a 13-6 loss, it boded well for a promising first year. The rest of term saw local matches against Casterton. The senior team lost 0-13,
L AC RO S S E
Despite a few of the U15 team playing in the developing senior team, the latter did not manage to overturn Ampleforth in the rematch of the previous term’s fixture. Though Sedbergh was not victorious, the score line was closer (4-8), with Anika Heale, Flavia Clarke and Laura Isles all playing excellent controlled Lacrosse.
Alex Mailing: leading goal scorer for the 1st and U15 teams.
but the determined U15 team won 7-4, with captain Alex Maling scoring five goals. The final endeavour for the
Lacrosse program in the Michaelmas Term was a trip to Harrogate Ladies’ College for their annual indoor tournament. The enthusiastic girls adapted well to the sprit of the indoor game. The Lent term saw Sedbergh Lacrosse start in earnest, with the 1st XII travelling to Loretto School in Scotland for the annual Lacrosse Scotland Open Schools Tournament. Sedbergh was allowed to enter the 2nd team draw as a developing school, in which the team improved gradually over the day of four matches. The highlight of the day was a 2-2 draw against rival Ampleforth’s 1st XII. Captain Lucy Charleton led the squad with great spirit in the first experience of tournament play.
Laura Tinkler for the highly successful U15.
Next up was a match for the U15 XII against Barnard Castle. It was a blustery day on Lupton that resulted in another excellent victory for the talented U15 team. Sedbergh decisively controlled the 5-2 win, with excellent play from Laura Tinkler, Lucy Shuker, and Stephanie Harrison.
The next point of call for the 1st XII was the North section of the Small Schools Tournament. Designed for schools with small numbers or those who play Lacrosse for only one term, the NSS tournament sees the arrival of the Scottish schools to play a full day of matches over two pitches at Casterton. The locality provided the opportunity for many parents and staff to support the 1st XII, who showed great improvement from the Scottish Open earlier in the term. The results against established teams were pleasantly close (0-5 to Glenalmond, 0-2 to Loretto, 1-3 to Barnard Castle, 1-4 to Fettes, 0-4 to Polam Hall). However, the team showed how much it had progressed with two wins, one over St. George’s School 2-1 as well as what was the highlight of the tournament, a 1-0 win over Ampleforth. The team finished 7 out of 9 teams, a good finish for a developing program. Helena Lightbody and Catherine Hirst were both able to play for the team, with the former playing an important role between the pipes! The tournament provided much positive moral for the senior team, who played extremely well in their next two matches. An 8-6 win over Barnard Castle revealed their gutsy determination and a stalwart team managed to gain two goals in a 12-2 loss to HLC’s 2nd XII, arguably the best Lacrosse school in the North. It was altogether a very positive first year of Sedbergh Lacrosse that bodes well for more success in the future! K Nelson-Lee
From left to right, top to bottom: Simon Barnby on Winder; Sam Stuart at the finish of the Morgan Run; The end of the Morgan Run; Snaking up Winder; Kate Telfer and Deborah Perry coming up to the end of the Morgan Run; Deborah Perry coming into the finish of the Kendal Winter League Race at Fairmile; The start of the Morgan Run.
The WILSON RUN
From left to right, top to bottom: Coming down at Cautley; Annie Heale; Michael Sturla leads the way; Setting Off; Sophie Dutton is the first girl in; On Boar Fell; Louis Gergaud and Freddie Watson on Muddy Slide; Coming Home.
WILSON RUN & EXCELLENCE
Wilson Run 2007 This year Simon Barnby ran the second fastest time ever for the Wilson Run. His time of 1:09:36 is astonishing. How frustrating it must have been for him to have had to run three hundred yards further than four of his School House predecessors who had held the course record – Laurence Grandage (1:12:33 in 1897), Will Grandage (1:12:13 in 1898), Ernest Pumphrey (1:10:16 in 1899) and Charles Sykes (1:08:04 in 1993). Comparing races from different eras is a hard task, but it is often tempting to do this because two great athletes rarely race in the same Wilson Run as did Pumphrey and Grandage. Clearly Pumphrey beat Grandage in 1899 because they were in the same race. The margin was only seven seconds but both runners will be remembered for as long as The Wilson Run is raced. But would Barnby in 2007 have beaten Sykes in 1993? It is impossible to say, but Barnby’s run deserves to be remembered as much as Grandage’s of 1899. Only time will tell whether Barnby’s name will be remembered like Grandage’s. Indeed, continuing to compare performances would Sykes in 1993 have beaten Pumphrey in 1899? Nothing is as well defined as a flat straight artificial running track raced with fine needle spikes. Imagine the roads to Ten Mile Lane and back from Danny in the 1890s and imagine the footwear. Pumps for Pumphrey and stoney gravel tracks for everyone for decades. On a time for distance comparison Sykes’ speed is just two seconds per mile faster than Barnby’s, but how do you account for a muddy gulley and a windy day? If runners are in different races over The Wilson Run it is impossible to say – the only certainties being that Sykes ran 23:45 to Cautley compared with Barnby’s 25:20 and Barnby sprinted back from Danny in 15:30 - that is 59 seconds faster than Sykes. Times between Cautley and Danny are not comparable as the muddy gulley after Cautley adds distance, height and tough terrain. And just to add another – “what if” – don’t forget 1994 when in
his last year at school, Sykes broke his own record to Cautley by 5 seconds and then proceeded to lose his way on a misty Baugh Fell. On race day in 2007, snow capped were the fell tops and there was an Arctic easterly which chilled the runners to the bone. Simon Barnby left the start at Lupton at the new time of 2:30 pm and blasted his way alone over the whole ten miles. Almost ten minutes behind him came “Mad Dog” Alex Newcome. It was the second biggest winning margin ever – just one second less than 1993’s gap between first and second. In the Girls’ “race within the race” Sophie Dutton eased her way to victory by a margin of more than two minutes, ahead of Catherine Hirst. 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 2007 race there were two golds awarded for the boys, two for the girls and there were 16 silvers for boys and 7 silvers for girls. One hundred and four runners completed the race (23 girls and 81 boys). In qualifying to run the race the runners achieve the fitness required to complete the course. For some this is no easy task and particular congratulations go to Michael MacDonald who for over a period of two years tried the training course nine times before finally qualifying in March 2007. There are other similar stories but one clearly shows the effect of
cumulative fell training. Jonathan Pye was desperately disappointed not to qualify in 2006 but made sure he was fit early for the 2007 season. His time of 1:38:08 was more than a half hour improvement in one year. How long does it take to train to become an Olympic athlete? At least 8 years they say for a marathon. Motto for the day: “Mad Dogs and English women go out in an Arctic blast” Boys’ places: 1st S. Barnby (1:09:36), 2nd A. Newcome (1:19:19), 3rd W. Steven (1:23:03) 4th J. Robinson (1:25:59), 5th A. Smith (1:26:40) 6th D. Colquitt, S. Holdsworth & L. Von St Paul (1:28:18) House Competition: Winder 72 points Girls’ places: 1st S. Dutton (1:41:44), 2nd C. Hirst (1:44:14) 3rd A. Heale (1:46:04) House Competition: Lupton 218 points HM Symonds
Cumbria Hockey: A Donald, P Wood and E Davidson.
Excellence in Sport LENT 2007 ATHLETICS GB U18 Squad (Hammer-ranked 1): S Coe CROSS COUNTRY Qualified for Nationals in 3 Peaks Race: S Barnby SAILING GB U18 Sailing Squad: H Westropp BOYS’ HOCKEY Cumbria U17: P Wood Cumbria U15: E Davidson, A Donald SHOOTING English Schools: G Ogden, R Duffield, H Born
School vs Hart
CHALLENGE & HOLOC AUST
Since 1996, Academic Challenge has had a tangible objective in the form of a magnificent shield, generously donated by Mrs. Elspeth Griffiths, whose support for the competition has been unfailing during this time. H.R. Davies has kept score and time unflappably. This year’s winners were Powell House, who defeated Winder in an excellent final after falling behind in the early stages. Both teams had shown real form in the group and semi-final rounds, and provided
Powell House, the Victors, presented with the shield by Mrs Griffiths
plenty of histrionic entertainment along the way. Powell’s fire power, particularly in the persons of Tim Cork and Edmund Knock, was well supported by their team-mates Dan Fine and Tom Painter. Between them, they carried the day against gallant losers, Constantin Boye, Sam Coe, Andrew Smith and Daniel Johnson (looking like a chip off the old block), who never quite hit their stride on the day. It is a pleasant tradition that the champion House challenges the Common Room. Powell duly did so this year and a staff team comprising G.T. Ayling; H.R. Davies; D.J. Harrison and C.P. Mahon ventured into the lion’s den to play the match in the Powell House dining room. Despite a nervous start on questions about chemistry, the Common Room rallied under the stalwart leadership of G.T. Ayling and managed to preserve the staff’s unbeaten record in these enjoyable fixtures. It is nice to sense the expectancy which already surrounds the competition of 2008. Powell and Winder will field strong teams again
– but no doubt other Houses will rise to the challenge. MAF Raw
Holocaust Memorial Programme Holocaust Memorial Day falls on January 27th, the date when, in 1945, the Red Army liberated Auschwitz, and the Nazis’ attempt to carry out the total destruction of Europe’s nine million Jews was brought fully to light. Sedbergh’s History Department decided to put together a programme of events that would commemorate the Holocaust, and reach as many students as possible, irrespective of whether a particular pupil was studying history formally. This was challenging. Those who know Alan Bennett’s recent play The History Boys will be familiar with the scene in which the impossibility of teaching
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Academic Challenge has held an inconspicuous but respected place in the Lent Term calendar for over twenty years. It suits the long, dark winter evenings. The participants enjoy a competition which, at its best, is tense, revealing and engrossing. Moreover, audiences vouch for its value as an entertaining spectator sport, and appreciate the participants’ breadth of knowledge, quick wittedness and occasional prat-fall. The best teams almost always comprise one or more members who are quick and confident on the buzzer. Self-assertion (but not recklessness) is an indispensable weapon in an individual player’s armoury. There have been some brilliant players in the past; Charles West of Evans; Henry Johnson of Winder and Michael Leahy of Powell spring to mind – though all three would no doubt attribute their House’s success to teamwork. Those who are reticent, or just fractionally slow, may never get the chance to accrue points in the bonus rounds. Here, it is plainly true that a team needs players whose areas of expertise are wide and complement each other. There are always plenty of questions on music, English literature, sport and geography, for example.
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the Holocaust in a way which does not seem to diminish the subject and appear banal is affirmed by the majority of the Oxbridge class, the most cynical of whom goes on to give the clear-sighted definition of history as just “one f****** thing after another”. Undaunted, the Department decided upon a programme comprising three parts. The first was a series of lectures by MAF Raw. These included a nuts-and-bolts account of the facts of the Nazis’ Holocaust of the Jews; a discussion of the subsequent Declaration of Human Rights and Definition of Genocide by the United Nations; and an analysis of the grim continuation of Genocide, for example in Rwanda and Darfur, and of the tendency of major powers such as the USA or Great Britain to disregard or sidestep their moral obligation to intervene for reasons of realpolitick. This lecture was addressed to each year group of the school in turn, excepting the upper-sixth, in the hope of raising awareness of an historical subject which
continues nowadays to reverberate and to challenge one’s comprehension of human motivation and activity. MAF Raw referred in these lectures to the Genocide of the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire, which was carried out between 1915 and 1918 by the intensely nationalistic ruling party, the Committee of Union and Progress. The second part of Sedbergh’s Holocaust programme was a pair of lectures which addressed both the Armenian Question and the extraordinary denial of Genocide by the Turkish Government: this persists to this day. When the Turkish republic was founded in 1923, its Constitution emphatically denied the Armenian Genocide, and it remains against the law to affirm it within Turkey. The morbidity of this suppression of truth was vividly demonstrated in January this year when the Turkish journalist and author Taner Akcam, whose latest work A Shameful Act reviews the Genocide and acknowledges Turkey’s
guilt, was murdered by Kemalist fanatics in Istanbul. MAF Raw spoke about the nineteenth century background of intermittent, savage persecution of the Christian Armenian minority who, ironically, were known for their loyalty to the state. He continued with an account of the Genocide, which began in April 1915, and during which the Armenian people were subjected to torture and massacre; expropriation of all goods and property; forcible abduction; deportation and starvation. It is estimated that two million perished. MAF Raw’s lecture was complemented three weeks later by an address by Ara Skenderian, a student at UCL London and a Committee member of the Campaign for the Recognition of the Armenian Genocide (CRAG). Ara spoke about what the continued denial of the Turkish government, means to him and to other members of the Armenian people whose continued existence was threatened. Denial is sometimes spoken of as “The final stage of Genocide”. He suggested the relevance of this denial to present day discussion of Turkey’s admission to the European Union. He also discussed the refusal of many governments, including that of Britain, to affirm the Armenian Genocide, despite the clarity of the historical record, made largely by foreign missionaries and diplomats resident in Turkey. Regrettably, it remains true that the Armenians are not officially counted amongst the dead commemorated on Holocaust Memorial Day. The third part of the Holocaust Programme, the visit of an Educator from the Holocaust Educational Trust, who will work with history classes, and of a Survivor of the Nazi Death Camps, who will deliver a personal testimony to the Holocaust, will take place during the forthcoming academic year. MAF Raw
S E N I O R D E B AT I N G
Senior Debating: COMPETITION DEBATES We entered two competitions this year; the English Speaking Union (ESU) Schools’ Mace, and the Oxford Union Schools’ Competition. We performed well in the former last year, reaching the Area Finals, and we had high hopes for a similar, or better, result in this year’s competition. The first (regional) round was held at Ullswater Community College, Penrith, in December 2006. The President of the Debating Society, Tim Hanley, was unable to attend, so Arian Manouchehri stepped into the team to partner Helena Lightbody. The motion was This House would create a parliament for England. Not the most inspiring of debating topics for 17 or 18 year-olds, but Arian and Helena researched the subject extensively. Predictably, perhaps, the debate wallowed in the familiar territory of Scotland’s right – or desire – for independence, which allowed the Sedbergh team to argue with conviction and some authority. Consequently, we won the debate, and we were through to the second round. I was especially pleased to see such an assured performance from Arian Manouchehri, who confirmed my belief that he will be a very able debater in the Upper Sixth next year. The second round saw us travelling to Clitheroe, and we fielded our original concept team of Helena Lightbody and Tim Hanley. The motion was This House would ban International Adoption. Again, the team had prepared well, and with the added Hanley-factor, we were confident of proceeding to the area final. However, we faced some very able competition in the form of St. Mary’s and Leeds Grammar School, and we did not win this round. I was surprised, as we had a strong team, but not downhearted; I knew that we had given our best in this competition, and
against some of the best in the north of England. The Oxford Union Schools’ Competition is of a different format from the ESU Mace; the debating is parliamentary, which means that each team ‘partners’ another, though they are still in competition with them. There are also no summary speeches, and the teams are allowed just 10 minutes preparation time after the announcement of the motions. We had not proceeded to the final last year (held in the Oxford Union Debating Hall), as this was a new event for us, but we hoped to make the trip to the host venue, Bradford Grammar School, worthwhile in 2007. We took four students (two teams): Helena Lightbody, Tim Hanley, Laura Pepper and Angus O’Brien. The latter two students showed real enthusiasm and confidence in this, their first debating competition. Similarly, the experienced ‘first’ team also performed well, and I was impressed by the pertinent and, at times, devastating points raised by all four speakers. Unfortunately, they did not proceed to the final, but I knew that the School had made a more assured
and polished appearance this year, and I was proud of the way they all approached this difficult competition. Debating continues to grow in both popularity and quality at Sedbergh. We have a number of internal events (such as the Dinner Debates, reported upon elsewhere in this edition of The Sedberghian), and we are planning to enter more external competitions next year. The average Sedberghian may or may not debate when he or she leaves the School, but there is an increasing awareness amongst our students that the experiences associated with this activity have far-reaching implications. From making best-man speeches to presentations in the workplace, the ability to speak with confidence and conviction in front of an audience is a valuable skill to have acquired. Well done to all those who have debated this year, and my thanks to Tim Hanley for presiding over the Society with a delicate and understated maturity and enthusiasm. JHE Bennett
Robin Varley plays Jesus. Kate Telfer as Mary.
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School Musical JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
The controversial depiction of Jesus as petulant and weak is disturbing, but Robin Varley drew us into his interpretation and convincingly made us long for him to be more assertive and less of a victim. Mary, played by Kate Telfer, combined provocativeness with moments of great tenderness, and her singing of “I don’t know how to love him” was clear, steady and deeply moving. Judas, the angry young man, strode through the whole show in strident, passionate voice. Tom Seddon portrayed his conflicting emotions and feelings admirably and it was absorbing to observe such an intense interpretation of Judas’s inner turmoil. Pilate, a narcissistic and indecisive character, was played with great aplomb by Alex Newcome who raised the temperature with his angry, passionate singing as he pleaded with Jesus. Mac Findlay’s Caiaphas was dramatic and strongly portrayed.
The ‘ladies’ of the Cast.
The climax was, of course, inevitable and the audience could not help but be emotionally moved by the bloodtorn body of Jesus dragging himself up towards the cross so effectively lit to outline the crucified Christ. The drama and tension could be felt throughout the Hall and I wonder if the cast fully realised how thought provoking and affecting their performance was? The whole cast used the versatile set and imaginative lighting (Myles Ripley and God’s Little Helpers!) to their full extent. The changes of mood strongly challenged the whole cast, but the dancing, choreographed
skillfully by Vivianne Anderson, and the imaginative 1920s style costumes helped to create a sophistication that contrasted vividly with the coarse and tragic storyline. The sheer joie de vivre was captivating for the audience especially in King Herod’s song by Nichita Misin, and in the catchy, addictive main theme. Musically Jesus Christ Superstar is flamboyant with electric guitars sounding out relentless, strong and jarring syncopated rhythms interspersed with moments of simple, light and catchy tunes. The sound designer, Alex Linney created a positive impact, and the versatility of the musicians was vital in keeping up the momentum of the show. This was a Sedbergh School production of the highest quality which showed the breadth of talent within the production team and all who took part. Everyone involved in this ambitious staging must be congratulated. The audience departed with lasting memories of a show that was not just a visual and musical triumph, but was also an absorbing spiritual and emotional experience.
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Jesus Christ Superstar was created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice and first performed in 1971. This ground-breaking musical shocked, moved and entertained audiences, and further extended the boundaries of convention that had been dissolving rapidly since the swinging 60s. To portray the last seven days of the life of Jesus in such a way disturbed century old images and beliefs. Over thirty years later it is still a contentious and thought provoking show, and this Sedbergh School production had all the drama, passion and musical stridency that gave the original show such impact. Ably and imaginatively directed and produced by Phillipa Hardy, and musically directed with great skill by John Seymour, the entire cast poured energy and spirit into their performances.
S Bagot Jesus on the Cross.
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From left to right, top to bottom: Nichita Misin (as Herod) taunting Robin Varley (as Jesus); Alex Newcome as Pontious Pilate; Barney Sellers, James Bagnall and James McLeod; the â€˜Gentlemenâ€™ of the cast; Jesus receives a whipping; Signing autographs; Robin (Jesus); Tom Seddon (Judas); The Band.
tomfoolery with the outcast Caliban, (Amber Morgan), who led them astray, brought humour to the performance on more than one occasion. Miranda, (Cesca Harnby) and Ferdinand, (Jonathan Cork) innocently conveyed their affections for one another and their nuptial celebrated, with colourful dancing round the maypole by Spirits. The performance was brought to a conclusion with the expulsion of Ariel and Caliban from Prospero’s service. Prospero, denouncing his magic, and with Alonso, promised to return to Naples to reunited their courts with the marriage of their spouses. Congratulations to the entire Cast and thank you to the Staff, who were of great support in preparation for this performance. I hope everyone enjoyed being a part of this nationally acclaimed festival as much as I enjoyed directing them.
Workshop at The Brewery with the festival organisers.
Shakespeare Schools’ Festival THE TEMPEST Set against the tragic sinking of the Titanic in 1912, this production of The Tempest by William Shakespeare was performed by pupils from Years 9 and 10, with grandeur and style, as would be fitting of the period in which it was set. The Tempest tells of Prospero, the once ruler of Milan and how he uses his wizardry to seek revenge on Alonso and his court who banished Prospero and his daughter Miranda to a magical island. Staged as part of the National Shakespeare Schools’ Festival hosted by the National Theatre the cast performed alongside other schools in Cumbria as part of a two-day festival hosted by the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal. To enrich their understanding and enjoyment of the play text and performance pupils participated in a
drama workshop in January lead by a professional actor from the National Theatre. The whole experience of the festival gave the Cast an insight of the workings and demands of professional theatre and the potency of Shakespeare. Prospero, Edward Spencer, commanded his spirits, (Charlotte Skelton, Katie May, Chessie Brook, and Megan Williams) with vigour and immense power. He made his audience believe that he possessed magnificent magical powers. Ariel, (Daniel Froldi), sparkled and with the other Spirits’ sprightly movements enticed her pray with dancing and singing. Ariel teased Alonso, (Mark Ganly) and his stately entourage of Gonzalo, (Roderick Pugh) and Francisco, (James Edwards). Within this ensemble of well attire gentlemen in their dinner suites and fur coats were the sinister characters of Sebastian, (Jordan Anderson) and Antonio, (Angus Donald), who conveyed the evil plotting to murder Alonso with conviction. Meanwhile in another part of the island Trinculo, (Matthew Smith) and Stephano, (Nathan Morris) were two merry men in search of fame and fortune. Their
Edward Spencer (Prospero) in rehearsal.
Tim Cork on the Saxophone.
Music Report: LENT TERM The Lent Term was an extremely exhilarating and exciting time for anyone involved in School music. In his end of term assembly the Headmaster commented that the school’s music had ‘come of age’ and this was a tribute to the hard work and talent of all the students and those behind the scenes who have inspired them. There were many musical highlights in the Term, including a whole School musical, Choral Society Concert a packed concert programme, House Unison and musical highlights is many of the House Entertainments and House Musical Evenings throughout the Term and all that in nine weeks! One of the most memorable achievements of the Term, and perhaps even the year itself, was the production of “Jesus Christ Superstar”. The three main soloists, Robin Varley, Tom Seddon and Kate Telfer gave exceptional performances full of feeling, musicality and vibrancy. Mention should also go to some of the other soloists for the excellent contributions: Mac Findlay, Nichita Misin, Gary Mitchinson, Bill Flowers to name but a few and also to the outstanding musicians and dancers who made up the Chorus, supported the cast and generally made the show a tremendous success.
many musicians who took part in the run and managed to conserve their musical energies for the evening concert. In particular, Alex Newcome (CCF and Swing Band) who came second in the race and Louis Von St Paul (Leader of the Orchestra) and Mac Findlay (Male Voice Choir and Swing Band) who finished eighth and fourteenth respectively. The music in the Concert was full of energy and a true celebration of the achievements of the Wilson runners. The Usual groups were to the fore but particularly impressive this time were the Male Voice Choir who showed unusual style and finesse in their singing of ‘My Evaline’ by Bartholomew – a real show stopper. With over half of the Choir having run the 10 miles, the quality was astonishing. The two “Muncheon Music Concerts” this Term were also a great success. The first, on 31st January, involved some of our Brass players in the School. Andrew Smith on the Baritone started the concert in some style with a convincing performance of Southern Cross by Newsome. James McLeod dazzled us all with great virtuosity in ‘My Grandfather’s Clock’ arr. Doughty and there was some real sensitivity in Fiona Robinson’s performance of the
andante from Mozart’s A major Piano Concerto arranged for Cornet. The Quintet was in fine form as ever and finished the concert in style with ‘Malaguena’ by Lecuona. The second, on 7th March, was performed by some of our string soloists and Chamber groups. Our string players have really flourished this year and this was very much in evidence from the start of this concert when Katharine Blair set the tone with a tuneful Elergy by Carl Davies. The high standards continued throughout, but it was particularly pleasing to see a number of quartet and duet performances in the concert. Perhaps the most interesting of these was a rather obscure piece for two violas by Jacob which needed very careful handling but Robert Blair and Lauren Crowson were more than up to the challenge. The atmosphere in Powell Hall for the House Singing Competition was electric and the standard of the competition was extremely high and a tribute to the hard work of pupils and Housemasters. Particularly impressive in the boys’ houses were Hart, Winder and Powell the later giving a very sensitive rendition of Danny Boy that certainly gave the girls’ houses a run for their money. However, it was Lupton and
The busy Concert programme continued at a pace and culminated with a vibrant Wilson Run Concert on 20th March. As usual, the Concert was an excellent tribute to the hard work and tenacity of the runners who took part in the Wilson Run during the day. Of particular note were the
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The first major musical concerts of the Term were the Choral Society concerts in Kendal Parish Church and Powell Hall. A full report is found below.
as a heavily-dotted “Qui tollis” which seems to look back over its shoulder to some of Handel’s choral works, and in particular to the rarely-performed “Israel in Egypt” of some forty years earlier. The “Osanna”, so effective in its central position that Mozart recycled it as a closing section, proved to be the closest to a musical helter-skelter ride that some of the singers had ever experienced.
Lupton - House Unison winners.
Robertson who stole the show once again with well chosen music, poise and control in the phrases, a strong sense of ensemble and stylish presentation. There was little to choose between them, but this year it was Lupton’s turn to win the Unison competition (Imagine – Lennon, I will survive – Ferkaris and Perren) and Robertson triumphed in the Part Song (Say a little prayer – Bacharach). JH Seymour
shorter items, the Mozart Mass in C Minor was rather a rarity. As the rehearsals started, the latter turned out to be very different from what we had anticipated: this was not the “chocolate box” Mozart that we know and love, but rather an 85% cocoa variety, full of rich deep textures and unexpected flavours, and similar in its thoughtfulness to some of his works in D Minor, such as the K421 String Quartet and the K466 Piano Concerto. There is a surprising amount of fugal writing which makes serious demands on its singers, as well
Choral Society Concert MOZART’S MASS C MINOR
The success of last year’s performances of Haydn’s “The Creation” had two consequences for this year’s major choral event; firstly, a greater number of people from the community came along to sing with us, and, secondly, our expectations were higher as to what we could achieve. The programme was also a matter of some interest, in that, while many of us were familiar with the two
Choral Society in Carlisle Cathedral.
As soon as rehearsals started, the choir took to the two supporting pieces by Haydn: “In sanae et vanae curae” was well known to many of us, particularly in its English guise as “Distracted with care and anguish”. This latter title gives away its nature as an anthem that can take a bit of “welly” as the singers enjoy pushing through the tempestuous sections, which are strategically interspersed with some rather saccharine moments. The “Te Deum” caused some amusement with the need to compress an awful lot of Latin words into a few short notes, and it took several attempts to disentangle tongue-tied singers from some of the phrasing; however, its jolly nature represented a welcome contrast to the brooding Mozart which was our major challenge. The peripatetic nature of our musical cycle led us this year to Kendal Parish
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Church for an afternoon of rehearsals and the first evening performance: in total contrast to the lack of nave that we noted last year at Carlisle Cathedral, the church at Kendal sported three lengthy but narrow examples, and we performed in the widest one. The afternoon session was also our first opportunity to meet the orchestra and the soloists, and their presence and skill indubitably gave a substantial lift to the choir’s singing, as we would not have wanted to have let ourselves down in front of the professionals. The orchestra was once again led with consummate skill by James Westall, music supremo at Sedbergh Junior School, and the wonderful opportunity fell to Robert Blair to play his viola in the midst of an assembly of seasoned experts; as ever, sitting in such close proximity to professional musicians gave the pupils a superb opportunity to hear and to watch them at their craft. As far as the soloists are concerned, it was a pleasure to see Rachel Little again, as she had given singing lessons to a number of pupils while they were at the Junior School; Charlotte Jackson, as one of the “home team”, provided an interestingly contrasting tone to Rachel on the occasions when they were singing in tandem, and Nicholas Hurndall-Smith brought warmth and depth to his role. It was a particular pleasure to hear Edward Seymour as our bass soloist, for he is to join us at Sedbergh in the Music Department in September 2007: Edward’s being the younger brother of our conductor John Seymour, idle minds were left to speculate as to whether the appropriate collective noun for a cluster of Seymours should be a “vision” or a “hallucination”. Nevertheless, a successful afternoon’s rehearsal led us to the first performance, and the choir launched into “Insanae” with a gusto which carried even JHS away, to the extent that he launched his baton at James Westall who seemed as amused as the members of the choir who were watching at the time. Laughter conspires to make one sing sharp, so the pitch rose for a short while, while JHS fortunately decided that a
Hart House Part Song.
career as an aerodynamicist was not for him. The rest of the evening went well, and it was in no time at all that we found ourselves in the homely surroundings of Powell Hall for the action replay; here, the greater proximity of the orchestra was balanced by the absorbent acoustic, so the choir had to project its sound over the top of the instrumentalists into the room beyond. While no echo came back at us, the warmth of the response was readily felt, and everyone performed all
the better for this. Along with Sue Doherty as our tireless rehearsal accompanist, JHS is to be congratulated for the energy which he brought to a performance which enriched the lives of those participating, as well as, we hope, of those in the audience. RG Northern
Excellence in Music LENT 2007 Individually, our musicians had some success this Term and all our Associated Board exam entrants passed. Elton Leung gained Grade 8 in Clarinet and Chantal Kinsella (Oboe) James Kilpatrick (Cello) and Kate Telfer (Piano) all attained Grade 7. However, the greatest examination success must go to Sarah Rowley and Imogen Wood who were awarded the ATCL diploma for flute and clarinet respectively. A remarkable achievement for school pupils and it is fitting that they were awarded Headmaster’s School colours for their contribution to music at Sedbergh.
From left to right, top to bottom: With our hosts at Glenwood HS; Phil Raikes batting at Bergvilet HS; Max Pimlott tosses up in front of the fantastic backdrop at Primrose CC; Jack Oughtred bowling; Jordan Clark and Tom Forster discuss tactics; With our new friends at the Thandi Project; Sam Bell in action; Darren Bell presents gifts to the Thandi Rugby Captain.
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Cricket Tour to South Africa This year’s cricket tour broke new ground in that we decided to tour at Easter rather than summer and took a larger squad than usual to a new cricketing destination for the School, South Africa. The tour therefore provided 25 boys with something to really focus on throughout an extended winter coaching programme and the party boarded the plane for Durban looking forward to some challenging cricket and the opportunity to explore a fabulous country. On arrival in Durban we headed straight to our first hosts, Clifton College, where we were immediately made very welcome, our first taste of the excellent hospitality that we would experience throughout the tour. Our minds had to switch quickly to cricket, however, as we were due to play twice in the next two days. The University of Durban was the venue for our games against Clifton and the 1st team quickly found their feet, reducing the opposition to 60 for 5. However, in a theme that was to become recurrent throughout the trip we let Clifton off the hook and they rallied to post a total of 210 off the 45 overs, a score that we never really threatened. Down the road the 2nd XI ran Clifton closer, but the batting again let us down and the hosts won a low scoring game by 2 wickets.
Chatsworth Sporting Club at their magnificent ground. The 1st XI came across a very experienced and talented side, many of whom regularly turned out for the club’s first team in the Natal premier league. We found runs hard to come by again and our hosts made rather light work of the 160 that we had set them for victory. Again the second XI pushed Chatsworth closer but just fell short in their quest for victory. Two much needed rest days followed and although the weather wasn’t quite what we had expected and Durban was still recovering from the previous week’s unseasonal storms the squad enjoyed some beach time. The highlights were undoubtedly a kayaking trip in the ocean during which we were surrounded by a very friendly pod of dolphins and a very entertaining couple of hours in an artificial surf machine which provided great hilarity, particularly for the watching locals who were far from impressed with our attempts to handle the waves! Our final hosts in Durban were our old friends from Glenwood High School and again we were looked
after extremely well and given another lesson on the cricket field! We knew that the cricket would be tough and a very young 1st XI were finding it difficult to step up from under 14 and 15 cricket to playing against very competitive South African 1st XI’s at the end of their season. However the tour was all about development and we flew to Cape Town determined to learn from our experiences in Durban and show some improvement. In this respect we certainly succeeded as the 1st XI were in positions from where they could (and probably should) have won all three games. However, a combination of missed chances in the field, panic with the bat and some good cricket from our opponents meant that we slipped to three narrow defeats and had to return home winless. The 2nd XI fared much better on the second leg, however, and played some good cricket to secure three wins. Cape Town certainly showed why it has the reputation of being one of the world’s great cities and it was fabulous to play cricket with the
We were left with little time to reflect on the performances in the first games as we were straight back into action the next day against
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The day concluded with a trip to King’s Park to see the Sharks lose their unbeaten record in the Super 14 to the ACT Brumbies followed by a traditional South African braai in the friendly atmosphere in the stadium grounds.
First XI at Bergvilet HS.
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fabulous back drop that is Table Mountain. The city certainly has plenty to offer and visits to Robben Island, up Table Mountain and Signal Hill and a series of excellent meals in and around the waterfront certainly gave us a flavour of the place. The highlight of our trip, however, proved to be a visit to The Thandi Friends Project, a charity in the Elgin valley for which we had raised some money along with the School Rugby Club. It was wonderful to meet a group of people who were working hard to establish the best quality of life possible for their community and who were genuinely grateful for the help that we had given them. At the heart of the community is the recently reestablished rugby club and the game of touch rugby that took place between Sedbergh and Thandi at ‘The House of Pain’ will live long in the memory. In the end both sides ended being mixed up and it was fabulous to see two groups of people from such diverse backgrounds gelling and having such fun together.
The tour finished with a visit to a Game reserve where we went on two game drives and had the chance to spot much of the wildlife that is indigenous to this fabulous country. A glance at the win / loss record might indicate that this wasn’t the most successful of trips. Touring, however, is about much more than winning and losing and this trip hopefully will have provided all of the boys with experiences that will live long in their memory. From a cricket point of view it was vital that we learnt from what had happened on the field and we said at the end that the value of the tour could be measured by the success of the 1st XI and A1 in the coming season. The fact that the 1st XI posted more victories than any previous 1st XI and that A1 became National 20/20 champions suggests it might all have been worthwhile! CP Mahon TOUR PARTY: CP Mahon, DJ Fallows, CD Gunning,
The tour party outside the village shop at the Thandi Friends Project.
Jordan Clark enjoying the wave machine.
DJ Harrison. SM Holdsworth, DJK Bell, PA Raikes, JJ Walkinshaw, OW Halford, WA Parker, JCG Downs, SD Hopkins, JW Webb, WN Armitage, SD Bell, MJ Pimlott, J Clark, TP Forster, J Harrison, W Manners, HRL Crossley, P White, N Parkin, DW Bell, JA Oughtred, C Clare, SJ Stuart, TA Benn, BN Davis.
Ski Trip 2007 Les Trois Vallees was the exceptional venue for this year’s school ski trip. When you have been here other resorts pale into insignificance. The area (three valleys) is vast and boasts 600km of marked pistes, catering for all standards of skier. The scenery is simply stunning and the weather was remarkable. Whilst there was not as much powder as Mr Hartley would have liked, there were certainly many adventures to be had on some of the steepest slopes in the Alps! We stayed in the picturesque spa town of Brides-les-Bains, built as the Olympic Village for the 1992 Albertville Olympics. The three-stage Olympe Gondula was built to link it right into Meribel Alpina the ‘Heart ‘of the Three valleys and the Olympic Arena, where Ice Skating took place. Our Hotel ‘Les Chalets’ was clean and comfortable and very good by School standards. Dr Ripley, Mr Jones, Mr Hartley and myself set off for the Alps on Saturday 24th March with 26 pupils. We had a
Les Trois Vallees.
very early start, departing School at 4.30am. We flew from Manchester to Chamberey with BA and the transfer was a mere 1.5 hours after that by luxury coach. On arrival we settled in to the hotel before venturing into town
for the skifit. The equipment was in some cases disappointing! After the evening meal we had an early night. We had 6 days of very good skiing. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and the snow was very good at the start of the week, though did get worse as the week progressed. Typically there was a big dump of snow on the day we left! On Sunday evening we had a quiz in the hotel. On Monday we went 10 Pin bowling to Courcheval 1850, on Tuesday we visited a karaoke, on Wednesday we had a private party in the Disco next door to the hotel. On Thursday we were supposed to go ice skating, but on arrival at Meribel they had shut the rink due to technical problems. The final night we went out for a pizza to a local restaurant. Overall the pupils had a fantastic week and they will hopefully want to go skiing many more times in the future! HJ Christy
From left to right, top to bottom: Will King and Robin Varley at the Gig in the Garden; House Chess; Charity Pizza Evening; Part Song; BCG showing his infamous culinary expertise; Sedgwick House Flag; Sedgwick in the morning snow; The Macmillan Trophy for the most cultured house.
Sedgwick House It is difficult to distil a year in the life of a boarding house into a few easily digested paragraphs. So much goes on inside the walls, and much is only relevant or indeed interesting to those who live day-in and day-out within these tight communities. Two particular events however touched those beyond our immediate confines. Firstly, our final pantomime production of Jack and the Giant Beanstalk brought to an end what will surely be known as the Panto Period in Sedgwick’s long and distinguished history. Happily, there is an extremely positive attitude in the House towards our entertainments, and over the years there has rarely been any sign of disquiet when the chicken suits are brought out and the pies filled with custard. The House yet again truly pulled as one, as it has always done, to put on a show that was supported so generously by the wider school community. In taking on a joint production of Grease with
Lupton House this year we may find ourselves in unchartered territory; but real thespians are always pushing the boundaries, and all will undoubtedly be well.
Secondly, the House welcomed the school to a pizza evening in support of Aspire, a charity that supports young people who suffer spinal injury in sport. Old Sedgwickian Steven Cox (98-03) is a recipient of such assistance following a serious neck injury whilst playing College rugby at Durham University. A heap of home baked Margaritas and Hawaiians raised £342, and plans are already in the pipeline for a curry night.
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Earnest endeavour in the classroom and hearty efforts on the games’ field are expected at Sedbergh and may even be considered the norm; but it is the extras that go on in the Houses that make our school what it is. Sedgwick House plays its part in this – and in every aspect of school life too – and this year has been exceptional in many ways. We will have to keep many of details to ourselves however.
From left to right, top to bottom: Timmy Wong being presented with the Tug of War cup at Sports Day; House Unisons; Winder on Winder; Winder House Flag; Tug of War victory; Winder House at Sports Day.
A strong house spirit helped Winder to contribute in all areas of school life from sport and drama to academia and music. The year finished with the announcement that Mr. Mahon would take over as housemaster from Mr. Morgan in September 2008. This news was warmly received, and it has to be said that the house is in very good nick for what will be a new era for Winder House. Winder House Entertains in December was the showpiece for House Drama, which was a wonderful day for both the lads of winder and the guests of the house. The 3rd form firstly performed ‘The Exam.’ This was comprised of short clips of how students could get out of an exam. Funny for the students, but maybe the teachers present weren’t all that impressed! The 4th form adapted their original 3rd form play for the occasion and the lower 6th gave their rendition of Zigger Zagga.
The 5th form came up with 2 sketches. The first being about a man (Max Dawson) with relationship problems and the second sketch included synchronised slow motion dancing, an ironic clash of two charity cliques! The upper 6th devised a piece called ‘Gingerella’ with Richard Hanson taking lead role, which he played with consummate ease. House music was also showcased, with James Kilpatrick shining on the piano and guitar. The Winder house social, on the theme of ‘Baywatch’, was a great success and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who came. The evening began with live music from ‘The Obvious’ comprising Kilpatrick, Patrick Relph, Matthew Belcher, Tom Seddon and Henry Crossley. A barbecue followed, which narrowly avoided the rain, and afterwards everyone headed to the dance floor. The night was remembered as ticking all the boxes and was a great send off for the Upper Sixth for whom, sadly, it would be their last Winder social.
Winder House asserted itself this year as one of the leading sporting houses, not just through those who participated at the highest level within their sports, such as Tom Casson, Sam Coe and Jordan Clark, but also by coming together as a house and showing real team spirit. We featured prominently in the senior house rugby, narrowly being defeated by Powell in a physical match just one away from the knock out rounds of the competition. We also fared well in summer sports. In House Cricket we dispensed decent opposition in School House to reach the final, with a stand out performance with the bat from Peter White but were narrowly defeated in the final against Powell. Early in the summer term Jamie Dootson captained the Junior Tennis team to victory and on Sports Day itself, the sporting year was rounded off well with a scintillating victory in the Tug of War and highly respectable 2nd in the Athletics overall.
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Phil Raikes plays through the offside during his match-winning innings against Ampleforth.
welcome the Mitchell-Innes family to School to present some memorabilia and to view the refurbished main room of the Knowles Pavilion. On the field early rain meant that the game was reduced to a 40 over affair. We were put into bat and in a repeat of the Barnard Castle game we lost early wickets before Raikes again rescued us with a hard hitting 66. He was well supported by Pimlott and captain, Darren Bell, both of whom scored 26 to guide us to an imposing total of 195. Ampleforth started positively but once Jack Oughtred picked up the vital wicket of their captain, O’Kelly, they never really threatened the total.
Season Report: 1st XI Cricket 2007
There is an increasing debate as to what is the best format of cricket to play at 1st XI level. All forms have their advantages and disadvantages and timed cricket can be as exciting as any format if played in a positive manner with both sides making victory their priority. Unfortunately too many sides still seem to regard avoiding defeat as the main aim and seem to view a tame draw as a satisfactory conclusion to a day’s play. The first two Saturday fixtures played under this format both ended as such with neither Lytham nor Durham really ever threatening to seriously chase the target that they
Sam Holdswoth solid in defence.
had been set. These fixtures were split by the game against the M.C.C. in which we bowled well to restrict the visitors to 193 for 8. Following the early loss of Tom Forster, Dean Bell and Clark batted well putting on 130 for the second wicket. Unfortunately both were dismissed before the end but Phil Raikes and Max Pimlott showed composure and maturity to steer us to a well deserved the victory. The Old Boys arrived a few days later with a strong side and the game ebbed and flowed throughout a gloomy May Sunday. In the end it all came down to the last ball off which Will Parker managed to scramble a single to tie the game and leave the honours even. Next up were Barnard Castle and we seemed to be in trouble at 48 for 3 chasing 170 in 35 overs. However, Raikes came to the rescue with a brutal 87 not out and we ended up winning comfortably by 6 wickets. Confidence was therefore high going into the Ampleforth game which was dedicated as a memorial match to the late O. S. ‘Mandy’ Mitchell-Innes, who was England’s oldest surviving test cricketer until his death last September. It proved to be a fabulous occasion and we were delighted to
Stonyhurst were the first opponents after half-term and Sam Holdsworth made the most of his call up from the 2nd XI by scoring 101 not out, ably assisted once again by Raikes who scored 63, his fourth half century in 5 innings. A total of 236 for 4 was far too many for a weak Stonyhurst batting line-up and Clark took 4 for 4 as we ran out winners by 164 runs. We knew that would be the last of the easier fixtures in the card and it would be in the remaining matches that we would find out how far this side had come since the disappointments of South Africa. Again they stood up to the challenge and the next two games saw good wins against useful sides from Bolton and Durham CCC Academy with Peter White scoring 50 in his first major 1st XI innings. A draw followed in a good game of cricket against RGS Lancaster with the highlight being an excellent 115 by Clark followed by a comfortable win against the touring King’s School, Parramatta.
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The Easter tour to South Africa had left us wondering how this group of talented, but young, cricketers would cope with the jump from the junior sides to 1st XI cricket and there were clearly a few nerves in the camp as we made our way to face a much improved Giggleswick side in the first game of the season. However, a side containing just 3 sixth formers rose to the challenge and posted a decent total of 177 for 3 in 40 overs having been asked to bat first on a very wet wicket. The performance of the day came from Jordan Clark who paced his innings superbly to score his third 1st XI hundred as he finished with 101 not out. The benefits of the tour were clearly apparent when the side took to the field. Jamie Harrison and Sam Bell, both making their 1st XI debuts, quickly found their rhythm and bowled good opening spells. They were well supported by tight fielding and in particularly by a quite outstanding catch by another debutant James Walkinshaw in the gulley and Giggleswick never really threatened the total.
The next day saw the eagerly awaited clash with Manchester Grammar School and another fine innings by Clark (116 not out) supported by a crucial 36 from Pimlott saw us recover from 20 for 3 to win by 3 wickets. Rain unfortunately reduced the next day’s game against King’s,
Macclesfield to 25 overs apiece, but Jamie Harrison nonetheless took 5 wickets in his 5 overs to help us secure another victory. We therefore arrived at the last game of the regular season against St. Peter’s unbeaten and with a record 11 wins under our belts. Sam Holdsworth gave us a good start with 45 but we lost regular wickets and it was only the depth of our batting that enabled us to post a score of 228. Harrison and Sam Bell took 3 early wickets between them, but we always knew that the game hinged on the wicket of St. Peter’s skipper, Jonathan Bairstow. Unfortunately he proved to be a class above and scored a magnificent 128 not out as Peter’s won the game with 3 wickets in hand. We had dreamt of travelling to Felsted for the end of year festival to play on glorious, firm batting tracks but unfortunately Essex had suffered from
the weather as much as the rest of the country over the previous week and we played in very different conditions from those that we had experienced in the same festival twelve months earlier. However, we somehow managed to avoid much rain over the three days and actually finished all three games. Unfortunately we were not at our best and we managed to throw away the game against the hosts having had them in real trouble at 58 for 7 on the first day. We then recorded a second victory against King’s, Parramatta before losing to Trinity House from South Africa on a very wintry final day. In a summer during which the weather gained most of the headlines it was amazing that we managed to complete 19 1st XI games and it is a credit to this young side that they compiled 12 victories, a record for a Sedbergh 1st XI. There was competition for places
Boar Fell providing a splendid backdrop for the Lashings.
and it said a lot about the depth of the squad that players often came into the side and played a full part. This was not a side that relied on one or two star players and had the rest making up the numbers, all players had a role in the side and made telling contributions at one time or other. Eight batsmen scored half centuries (and another scored 49) which meant that we were always able to get out of trouble if we lost early wickets as was shown on a number of occasions. On the bowling front, six players took more than 10 wickets and there were at least another four who were more than capable of taking wickets when called upon. Throughout the season we set our stall out to set high standards in the field and we were fortunate that we had three wicket-keepers in Clark, Bell and White who were all capable of doing the job at this level and who could set
the standards in this area. With only two players leaving this year and a talented squad again emerging from A1 these are exciting times for Sedbergh cricket. The core of this side will be available for the next two years and will hopefully build on the successes of this season over that time. Much of the development over the past few years has been a result of an enhanced winter programme focusing on one to one coaching sessions using the latest video analysis software and it would be amiss not to mention the input of cricket professional Dave Fallows who has spent hours working with cricketers of all levels throughout the year so that they can maximise their potential come the summer. Jamie Harrison bowling against Lashings World XI.
Thanks once again must also go to Martin South who continues to produce playing facilities that are admired by all who come to play on the Cricket Field and to Jane Dodd and her team who continue to spoil us all with their fantastic lunches and teas throughout the term.
1ST XI PLAYING RECORD OPPONENTS RESULTS Giggleswick W by 40 runs KEQMS Lytham D M.C.C W by 6 wkts Durham D Old Boys Tied Barnard Castle W by 6 wkts Ampleforth W by 40 runs Stonyhurst W by 164 runs Bolton W by 4 wkts XL Club W by 6 wkts Durham Academy W by 41 runs Lancaster RGS D King’s Parramatta W by 118 runs Manchester GS W by 3 wkts King’s Macclesfield W by 39 runs St. Peter’s L by 3 wkts Felsted L by 5 runs King’s Parramatta W by 84 runs Trinity House L by 47 runs Played 19, W 12, D 3, T 1, L 3
Dates were awarded to: J Clark (W) Colours were awarded to: DJK Bell (P), PA Raikes (P), MJ Pimlott (P), J Harrison (E) The following also represented the 1st XI: TP Forster (SH), JJ Walkinshaw (P), HRL Crossley (W), SD Bell (P), SM Holdsworth (SH), P White (W), WA Parker (E), JCG Downs (E), J Irlam (P), JA Oughtred (P), DW Bell (P), TA Benn (E), SJ Stuart (E) CP Mahon
Season Report: 2nd XI Cricket 2007 This season has been excellent for the 2nd XI with numerous wins over fine opposition. The team always played in good spirit and a competitive manner. I
am sure all the players enjoyed the season as much as I did and we are looking forward to the next one. Our first game was against KEQMS Lytham. Sam Holdsworth lost the toss and we were bowling. Within minutes Lytham were 3 wickets down due to some brilliant bowling by Will Parker. Later some better batting by the opposition gave them a below par score of 120 all out, with Parker and Will Armitage ending with four wickets each. In reply Sedbergh also lost a couple of wickets early in the innings, but some careful batting by Nick Parkin and Chris Downs saw us home to our first victory of the season. Durham were our next opponents, Sedbergh batted first and batted very well with Peter White and Holdsworth in the runs this time, getting Sedbergh to a great score of 154. In reply Durham fought hard but some super bowling and fielding by Sedbergh again deservedly won us the game, with many runs to spare. We came up against Barnard Castle for the third game of the season, and
and Manchester Grammar School. Notable contributions with the bat arrived from Barny Sellars and Andrew Garner, who excited many a spectator with his exuberant style, rounding off a truly magnificent season. I would like to thank Mr. Harrison for all his hard work and coaching; it was appreciated by all the team. Will Manners (School)
2ND XI PLAYING RECORD OPPONENTS
W by 5 wickets
W by 65 runs
Won 9 wickets
Played 3, W 3, D 0, T 0, L 0 2nd XI in the field.
with Sedbergh again posting a very competitive score, with some great batting by Will Manners. Victory was later secured by another superb fielding and bowling display, with Jacob Webb and Seb Hopkins taking numerous wickets between them.
a defeat, the 2nd XI won their last two games of the season comfortably with fine victories over Kingâ€™s Macclesfield
After this came arguably our biggest game of the season, against rivals Ampleforth. Although expecting a tough encounter, the opposition was completely outclassed by a dazzling performance from Sedbergh. Ampleforth were bowled out for 27 in just ten overs, due to some amazing bowling from Sam Bell. Sedbergh simply got the runs, and then even played another game because of the early finish! After half term, unfortunately, our strong side were beaten by Lancaster Grammar due to an under par performance. Despite a strong batting performance from Henry Crossley and wickets for both Michael McDonald and Downs, we ended 11 runs short of their total: a great disappointment. Finally, determined to bounce back after
Cricket on Busk.
Season Report: A1 XI Cricket 2007 A1 now play a variety of formats of cricket and even in a wet summer like 2007, we still managed to play 18 matches in the short school season. Of those, we won 16 and lost 2 and had a rollercoaster of a season on the way. School Fixtures The season started in glorious sunshine at KEQMS Lytham on a hard dry pitch which we were delighted to be given first use of. Parker and Stuart put on 150 for the first wicket and we never looked back. A raw but eager team were too good for our opponents with Stuart and McClements doing the damage, but we all knew that we had sterner tests to come. Durham then visited new field to face a belligerent Clare who would have scored a rare hundred if he had run less like an oil tanker. It was however becoming clear that here was a talented group of players and Durham would not be the last opponents to fall well short of our total. As is becoming the way, Ampleforth became the third side to ask us to bat first and had us in some early difficulty. However, the spirit of this side was now emerging and Stuartâ€™s early onslaught was backed up well by Thwaytes, who oversaw some stern resistance from the tail as Sedbergh once again proved to be made of stern stuff in an excellent game of schoolboy cricket.
Dean Bell during his outstanding innings at Headingley.
section of the draw last summer, A1 would now progress into the Regional rounds of this prestigious competition. Home draws saw us play all regional games on the main square and thankfully our opponents would all choose to give us first use of the facilities. Against Woodhouse Grove, Bell and Oughtred laid good foundations although 194 on a beautiful batting surface was probably only a par score. However, with the
competitive juices flowing, A1 were becoming a formidable fielding side. The spin attack of Oughtred , Benn and Clare backed up by some outstanding fielding would also prove too strong for a very talented Hetton HS, against whom both Stuart and Clare were again impressive. The Northern final saw us host a confident Manchester GS who were
A clean sweep of victories was unfortunately beyond us when a talented Bolton side were our first opponents who chose to bat. Although dismissing them for a miserly total, the pressure of chasing runs induced an awful batting display and the 2007 vintage threw away what should have been a straight-forward victory. The Lordâ€™s Taverners Cricketer Colts Trophy for Schools Following their success in the Cumbrian
The Headingley scoreboard tells the story.
delighted with our first innings total of 152-9 on an absolute belter. However, what followed was brilliant. Stirringly led by Benn, Sedbergh played some outstanding out cricket with Stuart and Chapples bowling a hostile opening spell with Bell stood up to the wicket. Manchester were totally outclassed and Sedbergh were deservedly crowned Northern Champions. The National semi-final was away at Oundle who again were delighted to ask Sedbergh to bat first. A reckless start left Sedbergh at 30-3 and was followed by an insane period in which batsmen 4, 5 and 6 were all stumped. Oughtred nursed the tail to 108 but Sedbergh were inexcusably bowled out for 108 in 29.4 overs. Even despite this madness, Sedbergh could have won. There followed a brilliant display of cricket which reduced Oundle to 30-4 but unfortunately regulation stumpings and catches were then inexplicably missed and despite a magnificent if slightly over exuberant display of cricket took the game to the final over. The 10 overs which Sedbergh wasted should not be forgotten if the boys ever find themselves in this position again. The Daily Telegraph U15 National Schools’ Twenty 20 Cup This competition was played later in the season when A1 were well and truly firing on all cylinders. Some comprehensive victories led the school to the Northern finals when Sedbergh’s strength in depth would be tested. An early collapse in the final left the tail needing to wag and in true Sedberghian spirit, it didn’t let us down. Davis saved his best innings of the season to support a crucial captain’s innings from Benn which left Sedbergh defending a meagre total. Shelley raced off in pursuit and the game looked lost when they had scored three quarters of the total required after only 11 overs. However, Sedbergh didn’t know how to lose and Stuart came back to open an end which led to the very best of Sedbergh cricket. A brilliant catch by Robertson and three more by Parker in the deep, typified the spirit which saw Sedbergh prevail in the most unlikely of circumstances. 100
A1 celebrate their victory with Ashley Giles.
The well deserved return to Headingley in September saw us greeted like favourites, which clearly demonstrates the progress of cricket at Sedbergh in the last few years. Again asked to bat first, Bell showed real class and stuck to the game plan like a professional. A good score of 149-4 proved to be too much for Loughborough and Sedbergh qualified for their 2nd final in two years. The final saw a departure from the norm in that Felsted chose to bat and Sedbergh attacked with four spin bowlers. A wonderfully disciplined display of out cricket confined Felsted to 86 with Clare taking 3-11 and McClements 3-22. The game looked to be wide open when Sedbergh lost Stuart in the first over of their reply.
A1 XI PLAYING RECORD OPPONENTS
W by 146 runs
W by 66 runs
W by 82 runs
W by 30 runs
L by 11 runs
Millom W by 32 runs (County 20/20 final) Played 6, W 5, D 0, T 0, L 1
However a brilliant display of proper batting from Oughtred and particularly Bell saw Sedbergh reach their target in an extra-ordinary 9.4 overs. CD Gunning
Season Report: B1 XI Cricket 2007 The cricket season finally kicked off after a long winter nets for the boys. Our first game was against KEQMS Lytham. We won the toss and elected to bat first. We scored 334 for 5 in 35 overs. William Chapples scored a fine 126, with Ben Stamper agonisingly short of his century with 99 whilst Max Smith hit a quick fire 46 not out. We then bowled them out for 27. Chapples and Jack Harrison starred with the ball picking up 3 wickets each. Sedbergh won by 307 runs. On the next Saturday we hosted Durham in a timed game. Durham made 150 all out in 40 overs, which left us just 30 overs to reach the total. We reached their total in 25 overs with 1 wicket down with Sam Dutton scoring 55 and Chapples 66. Sedbergh won by 9 wickets in a convincing victory.
Against Ampleforth, Sedbergh would yet again pass the 300 mark. With Dutton scoring 80, Chapples 151 and George Waugh 42 Sedbergh reached 306 for 4. Ampleforth could only reach 178 all out with Chapples taking 4 wickets and the rest of the wickets shared by the other bowlers. Our first Taverners Cup game was against Queen Katherine School. We restricted them to only 43 with Waugh taking 4 wickets and Dutton 3. We reached the target with 2 wickets down. In the next round we faced QEGS Penrith. Sedbergh made 138 for 5 in 25 overs and bowled QEGS Penrith out for 78. Sedbergh won by 6 wickets. Our next fixture was against Stonyhurst who batted first and scored 180 for 9. Sedbergh reached the total in the last over with Alex Coral hitting the winning runs. Dutton made 50, Chapples 30, Waugh 24 and Coral 19. Our only loss in the season came against Lancaster RGS. Sedbergh restricted RGS to 165 for 5 in 35 overs. Sedbergh could only manage 103 all out with Chapples scoring 66. Back to the Taverners Cup, we played Ullswater in the next leg. Sedbergh
batted first and made a 175 for 3 in 25 overs. Ullswater could only get 91 for 8 in 25 overs with Waugh and Corey Dennis taking 2 wickets each. Sedbergh eventually won quite comfortably by 84 runs. The next day we played Cockermouth in the Semi final. We batted first and scored 159 for 2 in 25 overs, Dutton scoring 45 and Will Loosemore 42. The game was restricted to 10 overs with Cockermouth needing 75 to win. With Smith, Dennis and Coral bowling well Sedbergh bowled Cockermouth out for 67 and won the game by 8 runs to get us to the final. We then went on our two day tour to the North East. Our first game against Hymers College, Hull was rained off. We then decided to make the best of a bad situation and spent the day at Wet & Wild water park! The next day we played Stanley School of Technology in a 20 overs match. Batting first we scored a 114 for 9 with Stamper scoring 41. We restricted them to 38 for 7. After our summer break we came back to play the final against Millom. With a poor batting performance we managed just 84 all out, with Chapples scoring 28 and Smith 18. The team came back and with a great bowling performance from Harrison, Chapples, Dennis and
Nelson looms on the board for B1.
Raglan and restricted them to 31 all out. I want to thank the boys for a great season and for Dave Fallows for the assistance during the season. GDJ de Beer
B1 XI PLAYING RECORD OPPONENTS
KEQMS Lytham Durham Ampleforth Cumbria U14s Queen Katherine QEGS Penrith Stonyhurst Lancaster Ullswater Cockermouth Stanley Millom
W by 308 runs W by 9 wickets W by 146 runs W by 5 wickets W by 8 wickets W by 10 runs L by 17 runs L by 61 runs W by 83 runs W by 75 runs L by 68 runs W by 67 runs
Played 12, W 9, D 0, T 0, L 3 Jack Harrison bowling for B1on New Field.
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in a respectable 3rd place with promising performances coming from Nathan Morris, Max Smith and Barney Havelaar-Cook. We took on Ampleforth at Preston and won comfortably due to an intermediate team that is going to be very strong going into senior level. The following week saw us take on the old enemy again at the Ampleforth Invitational and again victory was assured.
100m relay heats.
Boysâ€™ Athletics Report 2007 Sedbergh School Athletics club had an inspiring season on our well established circuit. Our first meeting of the year was held at Barnard Castle were notable performances in the senior and junior level. However, it was our impressive intermediate team led by David Lawrence and William Latta that saw us come out on top.
Our biggest meet of the season is always the HMC games held at Gateshead International Stadium. We have an excellent record in this event were over 24 independent schools take part. The highlight of the day was a convincing win for the intermediate team led by Tom Painter, Elliot Brierley, Leo Ho, David Lawrence and William Latta. The seniors finished 3rd in which Sam Coe set a new HMC record in the hammer. The junior level finished
The start of the Mile.
The district trails are the first hoop to jump through on the way to competing at national level. Due to exams we could only send a small field but all of those who were set qualified to compete in the county trials at Sheepmount Stadium, Carlisle. The standard was very high and Sedbergh School produced 7 county champions with a host of personal bests. The outstanding performances came from Nathan Morris and Max Smith in the shot (who both qualified for nationals). Sam Coe also qualified in hammer for the nationals with a throw over 60 metres. David Lawrence in the 400m and Jacob Weber in the 200m were simply outstanding. The 100m open was one of the most open contests in its recent short history. On a cold and wet day it was William
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well, with Brooke Vanhinsbergh, Ellie Kerr, Magali Hinsinger, and Alice Bailey representing the school in a heptathlon competition. Before succumbing to injury, Vanhinsbergh won the 800m at the county trials. Though the squad saw representation by a large number of different girls, key performances were also put in by Emily Hirst (100 & 200), Kayleigh Debil (shot), and Danielle Froldi (800, 1500). The triumph of the season was a number of new school records at Sports Day. Alex Maling now holds the junior hammer record, Julia Scott the junior high jump record and Sophie Dutton the senior 100m. Katie May.
Sophie Dutton (Lupton) Latta who saw off the rest of the school to run five races within an hour and 11.44secs in the final. This though is still half a second off the championship best. At the Nationals in Birmingham two athletes competed for the school and there was a fine performance from Sam Coe to finish second and qualify to compete for England and Great Britain. It’s encouraging to know that he has another year left. Notably Nathan Morris came 8th in the shot.
House Athletics 2007 The House athletics was strangely bathed in sunshine. After a fine week of healthy competition and a busy
Saturday it was Powell and Winder that competed for the finest in the school. School House’s senior boys set a record number of points in their section but it could not alter the dominance of Powell House, crowned as champions. The girls’ event was won comfortably by Lupton House. JDW Richardson
Girls’ Athletics Report 2007 The Girls’ Athletics season centred around two major team meetings, the HMC Games and the Independent Schools Cup. The season also included a regular week meeting against Ripley St. Thomas, a 112-99 victory. Led by Sophie Dutton (L), Athletics captain, the girls acquitted themselves
Simon Barnby, Katie Barker and Laura Isles competing in the Mile.
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than at any time in previous years, reaching the Regional Play-off stage which immediately precedes the national finals in London. We went down to a particularly strong team from Rivington and Blackrod, who actually ran out winners of the National Nestle Competition last year. The team acquitted themselves well on the day, but Elletson was perhaps the most effective of the four. We look forward to nurturing similar talent next season. The junior IV of Jamie Dootson (perhaps the most talented junior player we have seen at Sedbergh in many years) Sam Jones, Tom Barrett, and Peter Bates managed to reach the semi-final stage of the county draw of the Nestle Cup with some spirited performances, but were finally beaten by a team from St. Benedict's, Whitehaven, who very much enjoyed the home advantage.
Guy Wealthall & Alex Elletson.
Season Report: Boys’ Tennis 2007 The Club has enjoyed another successful season, in many ways surpassing the achievements of last year. Under the capable leadership of Club Captain, Guy Wealthall, an enthusiasm for the game has further developed, which was daily witnessed on both the Astroturf and Busk courts; it was often impossible to find a free court. This desire to improve individual skills meant that team selection became even more competitive, and regularly difficult. The coaching facility we enjoyed at Kirkby Stephen Sports Academy throughout the winter months enabled many of our players to hone their skills in readiness for the start of the season, and this produced clear advantages in the early fixtures, where we were obviously superior. This special arrangement has already been set in
place for Winter 2007-8, when I hope even more aspiring tennis players will commit themselves. All regular fixtures against our Public School neighbours were won in good style, but Ampleforth stole the honours this time with an unusually strong squad. They clearly had a bone to settle after last year’s comprehensive defeat. An early visit to Stonyhurst with a senior mixed XII proved to be a great success, with Sedbergh emerging clear victors after some close matches. Hopefully, this fixture will be repeated next year, and even expanded to include other schools. A new fixture for both senior and junior boys was arranged with Woodhouse Grove School in North Bradford. Their reputation as a successful tennis school certainly preceded this fixture, and we were obliged to take our strongest squad to Woodhouse to meet this challenge. Our victory here was worth the long journey, and future matches with this opposition are very much a priority. In national competitions, both senior and junior IVs enjoyed success. The elite senior squad of Alex Elletson, Konstantin Bulau, Wealthall and Tom Jones went further in the Glanvill Cup
The policy of developing young talent for future seasons has been at the top of our agenda this year, and our efforts and attention have been largely directed towards this goal. However, the sport is enjoyed by a much wider body of Sedberghians than we have witnessed in previous years and long may this
Jamie Dootson in the Junior House Tennis final.
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Season Report: Girls’ Tennis 2007 This year we had the best season so far for tennis, both at senior and junior levels. 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 went one better than last year, also winning the County Doubles Final.
popularity continue. Tennis is indeed a skill for life. After a lapse of ten years, the Boys’ Interhouse Competition (Alban Cup) was successfully revived. Sedgwick were victorious in the Senior event, while Winder ran out winners in the Juniors. It was a privilege to award 1st team Dates to Wealthall in recognition of his services to the Club, and 1st team Colours to Elletson, Bulau, T. Jones and Dootson. Congratulations must also go to T. Jones who has been appointed Captain of Tennis for 2007-8. Finally, a vote of thanks for the sterling work done by Mr. K. Downey and Mr. C.R.I. Morgan, who have helped me with the coaching and organisation of squads. BC Glover
County Final. In addition the team were easy victors over Ampleforth, St Bees, Durham, Giggleswick and Stonyhurst in the weekly fixtures. Particular thanks must go to Lisa Taylor for successfully running the Senior Girls’ Team, and Clare Leech for assisting with the juniors. We look forward to continued success next year! HJ Christy
We again entered the Aberdare Cup, but lost a very close North West Final against Arnold School. In the weekly fixtures, the Senior teams remained unbeaten against Ampleforth, St. Bees, Durham, Casterton, Stonyhurst and Giggleswick in School fixtures. The squad has consisted of leavers Abigail Rook (c), Amy Jones, Imogen Wood, Harriet Shaw and Catherine Hirst as well as Sophie Dutton, Sophie Wilson, Helen Clerey, Rebecca Fardell, Ellie Porter, Emily Hirst, Jessica Thwaytes and Imogen Clerey. The juniors also remained unbeaten in school fixtures, having qualified to represent Cumbria in the regional knockout round of the Nestle U15 Competition (Chantal Kinsella (c), Sarah Blue, Harriet Head and Katharine Blair who stepped into the breech with an injury to Lucy Shuker) and won the U15 County Doubles Competition (Chantal Kinsella and Sarah Blue). Other U15 squad members have been Chessie Brook, Poppy Moffitt, Alex Maling, Natasha Sordy, Leila Reed, Amelia Bolton, Danielle Froldi, Harriet McMillan and Yve Northern. The U15s also had victories against Cockermouth, Kirkby Stephen Grammar, Settlebeck, Windermere St Anne’s, Casterton, Thorncliffe, Dowdales, Cartmel, Ulverston, Dallam and Chetwynde, before beating QEGS Penrith in the
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Season Report: Girls’ Cricket 2007 Someone once said “Four years is a long time in sport”. This was never more true than of the girls’ cricket team. After a blistering start four years ago everything slowly slid down hill to last year where we were beaten by virtually every team we met. With an injection of new talent among our juniors and 100% boost in determination, enthusiasm and effort from our seniors, we were back with a vengeance, opening the season with a resounding victory over our old rivals Giggleswick which undoubtedly put a smile back on the Headmaster’s face. The season continued apace, for the first time in four years we pushed Cumbria to a tightly contested match making them work for their teas - and it stayed dry! Following in the footsteps of big sister Catherine, Emily Hirst delivered a creditable 33 not out and 2 maidens off 3 overs, also new talent showed through in the shape of the ‘deadly dynamo’, Katie May who on her debut took her
first wicket , second ball, first over and Chessie Brook taking her first wicket. For the third match of the season we entertained Rossall at home: yet again another outstanding victory with our juniors pulling out the stops and letting their talent shine. Noteworthy performances included Katharine Blair 2 off 4 and 3 wickets and Yveline Northern 2 maidens off 2 and 1 wicket. Another permanent fixture in our ever growing season, saw our Junior XI, captained by the redoubtable Katharine Blair, push QEGS Penrith to one of the closest matches we have ever seen. The end of the season arrived and for the second year running we hosted the touring side from George Watson’s College, Edinburgh. This year however the tables were well and truly turned, with a hard earned victory for Sedbergh which did nothing to help the combined blood pressures of Mrs Moore, Mrs Hirst and the Headmaster. This last match however was slightly tinged with sadness as we bade farewell to three of our most prolific players: long standing captain Helena Lightbody and bowler Sarah Rowley without whose drive and enthusiasm, girls’ cricket would never have started or
continued at Sedbergh and Catherine Hirst erstwhile all rounder and this year’s vice captain. On a brighter note the new season’s captain was announced. All rounder Imogen Clerey has the formidable task of taking up the reins as Club captain we are sure she will continue the trend set by Helena while stamping her own mark on the side. Let us hope the next four years are not quite so long! AF Moore
Golf Report 2007 The Golf Team enjoyed another successful season having good runs in both the HMC match play, losing out in the regional final to a good Leeds GS trio, and in the foursomes, reaching the semi-finals of the North. The side were unbeaten in the regular Saturday school match season.
The anticipation before going into bat.
Fred Atkin captained the team well and with Robert Birtwell remained undefeated in all competitions until
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their very last match. Seth Waterworth continued to do well this year paired with AJ Swinbank who impressively shot to his handicap in extremely windy conditions during the OS match. OS (South) came out top on the day (aided by HRD!). Craig Ripley joined the team as a most promising Year 9 student and partnered Rufus Morgan who is improving rapidly. The victory in our last match over Stonyhurst College was due in no small part to the win of Patrick Wood and Chris Bentley who formed a fourth pairing for the day and will feature strongly next year. Finally congratulations to Powell House on retaining the House Golf Trophy. HR Davies
Shooting Report 2006-7 Last year I stated that the shooting year had been an unusual one, little did I realise that the one coming was also going to have its own problems. During the Michaelmas term we started the normal procedure of trying to find prospective shooting team members. Seventeen year nine students signed up believing they had the commitment and desire to take up the sport of target rifle shooting. In the end only Poppy Hilton, Peter Lehmann, Yve Northern and Charlotte Skelton made the grade and were asked to carry on shooting. There were two other new members of the shooting team. Ruth Duffield, year nine, arrived at school already a very talented shooter. Ruth was inspired by her grandfather to take up Small Bore shooting at the local club; she has already represented Yorkshire Ladies and the GB junior squad. Jack Wilkinson in Year Ten, continued to pester us until he was given a trial
Mr JC Birtwell (P.68-72), Robert Birtwell and Mr RD Hardwick (P.55-60).
proving he was good enough to be in the squad. As usual we entered the British Schools’ Smallbore Rifle Association (BSSRA) leagues in both the autumn and spring leagues. In the autumn we entered five teams. In the end two teams were first, one second and two fourth. In the spring leagues we also entered five teams. Three were placed third one fourth and one sixth. During the Smallbore season Georgina Ogden represented the British Schools against New Zealand Schools in a postal match. British Schools won by eight points. In the home countries match Hannah Born represented the BSSRA ‘A’ team, Ruth Duffield represented the ‘B’ team and Georgina Ogden represented the ‘C’ team. England ‘A’ won. In the 2007 BSSRA Championship Finals Georgina Ogden was placed 14th and Ruth Duffield 23rd. In the Green Howard’s Country Life competition Sedbergh were placed a disappointing 6th out of 24 teams. Summer term brought the Full Bore season, and what a disaster. After twenty two years I have never experienced a
summer like it. Sixteen practice range days were confirmed. Due to harsh weather conditions (it has to be harsh to stop Sedbergh shooting, four foot targets being snapped off and thrown down the range by the wind is harsh) and range cancellations for operational reasons (regular troops requiring to practice prior to going to war) we ended up with only seven practice days. This is not enough practice in preparation for Bisley. The Old Sedbergians, through Mr John Warburton (Captain of Shooting 1980) organised a full days practice at Battle Hill ranges for the shooting team. Help from members of the Yorkshire team would ensure international coaching experience for all team members. We arrived at Battle Hill with the wind gusting to 24 knots; true to the Sedbergh tradition this did not deter the team. It was the younger team members’ introduction to shooting in high winds and rain. Regrettably the weather can be stronger than the Sedbergh determination and just before lunch the wind started gusting to 30 knots stripping the faces of the targets and finally, once again, snapping a four foot target. We had to abandon ship. We would like to thank John Warburton for trying to help us. The first competition of the season should
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up to the same except that the strength of the wind had increased. We eat a hearty breakfast and headed for the ranges. Most schools were at the range when we arrived, all the adults were huddled in the range warden’s hut discussing whether it was feasible for the competition to take place in the inclement weather. After some deliberation the answer was no, so we headed the 230 miles home without a shot being fired for all our trouble. The positive side of the trip, if there was one, is that 12 students have had a visit to St Andrews University.
Naomi Johnson and Hannah Born.
have been the County of Lancaster Meeting. At the last minute the date was changed to the last week end of the Easter holidays. I had an arrangement that week end which I was unable to cancel even if team members were able to arrive back to school early. I had not received any information about The Bell competition. Enquiries with Uppingham, who organise the competition, revealed that the new RSM had not booked a range in time and there was no free space, consequently the meeting could not take place. That RSM no longer works at Uppingham, I am assured by his replacement that The Bell will take place in 2008. The Scottish, Brock competition also created a problem. The competition was to be held at Barry Buddon ranges (just north of Dundee), too far for us to travel in one day. Eventually arrangements were made to leave our weapons in the local gun clubs armoury in St Andrews and the team booked into the very comfortable accommodation of St Andrews University. We arrived in St Andrews in the driving rain and woke
On the 15th July we headed to Bisley with a full team this year. The team consisted of Naomi Johnson Captain, Hannah Born Vice’, Matthew Green, Will Steven, Adam Pimblett, Lee Howson, Charlie Brook, Georgie Ogden, Lauren Crowson, Duncan Morrison, Ruth Duffield, Poppy Hilton, Peter Lehman and Charlotte Skelton. Because of the lack of general and match practice my expectations for any success at Bisley were not very high at all. Sedbergh had a very high reputation with the Cadet GP rifle (GP), I regret to say, my doubts were justified and this reputation deserted us on the Monday. Our normal averages with the GP were in the high forties out of fifty. Our highest scorer in The Marlborough
The Bisley Team.
was Lauren Crowson with 43 points the scores of other team members diminished to zero points on four occasions. In the Schools’ Snap shooting competition the ‘A’ team were placed 8th with a score of 139 out of 300 and the ‘B’ team scored 60. We did not fare any better in The Marling. The ‘A’ team were placed 6th and the ‘B’ team placed 10th with scores of 166 and 132 out of a possible 300 respectively. The two highest scorers in this competition were Naomi Johnson and Peter Lehmann with scores of 37. To round our performance off with the GP all three teams were knocked out of the Falling Plates competition in the preliminary rounds. This is the first time this has happened to Sedbergh in the competition’s ten year history. We put the GP’s away in the armoury and carried on with the Cadet Target Rifle (CTR) on Tuesday. Lt Col Toby Lehmann captain of shooting 1977 and the Captain of the Army Target Rifle team for many years offered his assistance with coaching during the CTR days. For this we were very grateful. All was not doom and gloom after all. Concentration and determination took over. Tuesday and Wednesday competitions are warm up, individual competitions, for the Ashburton Shield competition held on
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Thursday. The ‘Wellington’ is practice at 300 yards, the ‘Iveagh’ is practice for 500 yards and the ‘Victoria’ is practice for 600 yards. During these two days there are quite a number of concurrent competitions, too many to mention here. The maximum score in each of the competitions is 35. Only one possible score of 35 was achieved over the two days practice and that was by Duncan Morrison at 600 yards. There were however, quite a number of scores in the high thirties encouraging signs of improvement from everyone. As normal, Ashburton day started with the ‘Reserve’, Will Steven, shooting at 300 yards. Will scored 38.2 out of 50 which gained him 11th place. Our ‘Cadet Pair’ Lauren Crowson and Charlotte Skelton never dropped below 30 at each distance ending up with a fantastic score of 191.8 and placing them in a well deserved 3rd place. The scores of Peter Lehmann and Poppy Hilton were added to the ‘Cadet Pair’ to make up the ‘Cadet Four’ and they were placed a respectable 6th. This year was the third time the ‘Ashburton’ has been shot at the three distances of 300,600 and 500 yards. Previously to this, it was only shot at 300 and 500 yards. I do not think the VIII know this but their fantastic score of 750.42 was the highest out of the three years. The total score at 200 and 300 yards this year was 507.29. The closest score to this that I could find, going back to 1989 was a score of 502.35 in 1992. With the fabulous score of 750.29 we were placed 9th two places higher than last year, not many years ago the score would have been good enough to win the Ashburton. Once again the team proved me wrong and produced the goods on the day. Well done to all of you.
Crowson, the winner of the Warburton Cup (the cadet aggregate) was Duncan Morrison and the winner of the Crook trophy for the highest score in the Ashburton was Georgie Ogden with a score of 99.10 out of a possible 105.21. The most impressive performance of all by a current team member for many years, perhaps ever, is that of Georgina Ogden in the Queen’s final of the Imperial Meeting. The best 1,125 shooters from all over the world (adults as well as juniors) started the competition which is held in three stages. All competitors shoot the first stage. The top 300 shoot the second stage followed by the top hundred shooting the third stage. Georgie progressed to the final stage where she came 59th and won the George Twine Memorial Trophy for the highest placed cadet. There was only one other cadet in the final stage who came 79th. The last competition of the Full Bore season was 42 Brigade Cadet Skill at Arms Meeting. Sedbergh retained the CCF Team Snap, Montgomery and Team Deliberate trophies. The highlight of the Meeting was the Falling Plates competition with the ‘A’ team, Adam Pimblett, Charlie Brook, Georgie Ogden and Lauren Crowson winning and the ‘B’ team Duncan Morrison, Jack Wilkinson, Poppy Hilton and Charlotte Skelton coming third. Georgie Ogden was the Meeting’s best overall female and
Charlotte Skelton was the highest scoring female in the Deliberate competition. I am sure that the team would join me in thanking Mr Knowles for his continuing help with the shooting team and Mrs Angie Jones for acting as female cover for the first time. Thanks must also be conveyed to the continuing support of present and past parents as well as the growing fraternity of Old Sedbergians of whom some behave better than others!! We say good by and good luck to Naomi Johnson, Hannah Born, Matthew Green and Will Steven. JT Jones
Three Sedbergians were in the Schools’ Hundred, Georgie Ogden 56th, Matthew Green 57th and Duncan Morrison 63rd. Our overall best shot at Bisley with a score of 236 out of 260 winning the McMillan aggregate trophy was Lauren
The Ashburton Cup.
Sailing Report SUMMER 2007 The summer term seems to become busier and busier as the years go by. Not a single weekend went by without a formal engagement for the sailing team. The term kicked off with two teams entered for the inaugural Laser 12 hour race at Southport, which brought with it some gusty winds reaching up to Force 5 at one stage. All of us were pretty exhausted by the end. Martin Macdonald, Arian Manouchehri and Lee Howson formed one team sailing Martin’s own Laser, while Imogen Westropp (Captain) partnered Mr. Toby Hubbard and Dr Myles Ripley in our newly acquired Laser purchased from the Westropp Household. Faced with world champions in the form of Steve Cockerill and his Rooster team, it was not surprising that we brought up the rear of the field but we are proud to have finished and intend to compete again next year. The next week not only brought with it the first of eight consecutive Year 10 outdoor pursuits – memorable for strong winds in the first couple of weeks – but also the first of our home hosted events. In the middle of the week
BSDRA Midlands Team Sailing.
following, Worksop College came up for our annual duel on the waters of Killington. Due to exam commitments we put out a team made up of our regular Wednesday afternoon games option sailors and had to rotate sailors through the afternoon. Unsurprisingly the shoreline went slightly against us, although it was all credit to a variety of unblooded Year 9 and 10 sailors that they did as well as they did. Amongst those were Matt Belcher, Rod Pugh and Robert Snaith who all formed part of the team. That weekend we travelled down to Oxford for the Midland Regional team sailing event under the burgee of the BSDRA. The event was marred by a lack of wind which saw us reveal our weakness in these conditions. We ended up near the top of the plate league as the event slowly but surely petered out in next to zero winds. We came to two conclusions; we don’t like light winds and we don’t enjoy sailing Fireflies!! We put out almost our top team with Arian Manouchehri and Lee Howson, Martin MacDonald, George Vickers, Adam Maling and James Wenmouth. We were due to host the Northern Region BSDRA team sailing event followed by the NE Area CCF Regatta.
Unfortunately we were let down in our boat loans for the Saturday so had to cancel the Team Sailing event. The Sunday, however, saw a successful CCF Regatta where we retained our title for another year. Again the team comprised of a mixture of experienced and less experienced due to the imminent IGCSE exams in the week to follow. Amongst those competing were George Wilson, Philip Coe and Matt Dennis. Sadly it saw the final appearance of our Chief, CPO Phil Roche. The final weekend before half term saw a junior team travel to Carsington in Derbyshire to sail our 3000s in the first open meeting of the season. What a first event for them! The wind was gusting up to Force 8 at one stage and the wise members of the fleet elected to stay ashore. Only one boat finished the first race. The afternoon was slightly better and we began to build some results. Bizarrely, the Sunday saw almost no wind and the Race Officer cancelled the final race with no objections from the fleet! James Wenmouth helmed Alex Robinson, while Dr Ripley helmed Tim Barker. Just after half term we were invited down to Colwyn Bay to sail a match against Rydal Penrhos in their new RS500s. Sadly another event marred by almost zero wind. In the one, barely satisfactory, race that was sailed we won the Pico Class (by sailing backwards less fast than the opposition) and drew the RS500 class. It proved to be a long drive on a hot and sunny day for not very satisfactory conditions. The prep school regatta was blessed with 8 teams including one independent team made up from members of the local sailing club, along with the regulars from Rydal Penrhos and Windermere St Anne’s and our very own SJS. Mrs. Hubbard, aided and abetted by her husband and various Year 10s, has run the SJS coaching this year on Tuesday afternoons and intends to continue into the autumn term. The SJS 1st team was noticeably better than previous years and came 4th overall in the Gold fleet. Windermere St Anne’s
race. Nothing daunted, after a few large pizzas, Sunday saw a mixed fleet of Toppers, Topazs, and Bosuns take to the water for the CCF Regatta. 6 races later, we had won the Topaz (Alex Robinson) and the Bosun (James Wenmouth and Nick Ward) and come 2nd in the Toppers (Tim Barker) and thereby won the overall competition. What a great way to finish the term! Our Year 9 sailors in the RN section of the CCF then spent 3 days at Southport for their camp (See RN CCF Report) building them up for next year’s champions!!
“London Olympics 2012?”
again dominated the event for the nth year running!! Despite a wind hiatus in the middle of the morning, there was plenty of wind to run 10 races in all. The very next day saw some of the same SJS sailors come sailing on Sedbergh Day. Another first occurred on the next weekend, when Sedbergh School sponsored the first ever 3000 open to be held at Killington Sailing Association. Junior members of the team were dragooned into BBQ duty and rescue boat work, while the seniors raced the boats. Most of the visiting fleet of 7 boats had driven up on the Friday night and had a very good day’s sailing on the Saturday along with their inflatable “Catapult” catamaran. Sadly the wind conditions on Sunday were not in our favour. We squeezed in three very light wind (sub 4 knots) races after waiting till after 12 noon for any wind to materialize. It was the final event in which our retiring Captain, Imogen
Westropp, was to sail. As remarked above, light winds do not suit us, so we will pass over our results in the event. The final weekend of term saw the juniors fly the Wolf at Southport in the National Junior 12 hour race. Some new faces, Nick and Simon Ward, and Russell Hannington joined the more experienced (and last year’s winners) Tim Barker, James Wenmouth and Alex Robinson. When we arrived at the Marine Lake on the Friday evening, the irrepressibly Fred Oatway suggested that we do some spinnaker training alongside the other two schools resident, Newcastle under Lyme and Sandbach. An early start (6am) saw us rig and launch our dinghy to join the other classes for an 8am start. 12 hours later after an excellent day’s sailing with good spinnaker work and great team good humour (and a flat battery!), the team won the race for the Bosun Class. This makes 4 wins out of the 5 years in which this class has been eligible for the
I would like to thank our retiring Captain, Imogen Westropp, for all her hard work and moreover, for her being almost the only girl to take a full and active part in Sailing. I welcome Lee Howson as the new Captain of Sailing along with Martin MacDonald as Vice Captain. We have seen a lot of new faces sailing for the team this term and hope that many of them will continue to grace the sailing world with their presence. I would also like to thank Rebecca Hubbard for all her input, to say nothing of Toby Hubbard’s input as coach and team member when possible. Rev. Chris Griffin has, as ever, been an ever present fellow coach, while Richard Milner has made a welcome addition to the Wednesday team. MP Ripley
En route to 3000 Youth Champions.
Sedbergh School Rock Round-up The Sedbergh School Rock Climbing Club has had another busy old year. Adventures fit snugly into the hectic timetable on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoon with the occasional whole day, multi-pitch escape for the lionhearted. Our most committed brethren are treated to a pair of regular annual expeditions; one to Snowdonia, and the other to the scorched limestone of the Costa Blanca. Rising Stars of the Sedbergh Rock world Those who appear regularly to afternoon sessions find they make dramatic progress in a single term. Newcomers Alice Bailey, Maria Brook, Kenny Mann and Elton Cheung have gone from fumbling with figure of eight knots to negotiating daunting routes,
Sedbergh Hoodies on the Hoff.
both indoors and out, with a chuckle and a tally-ho! Feisty young Katie May, who came to us with some experience and shed loads of enthusiasm, leads regularly indoors and is returning to us next year to master the art of traditional outdoor leading. The uncompromising American, Catherine Redfield, threw her enormous brain at the cerebral challenge of rock-climbing, and frequently came out on top. Established Constellations Johanna Vicary, Helena Lightbody, Sarah Corrigan and Kate Telfer are the ever present twinklers, the Milky Way of the Wednesday Girls’ Climbing Club! All now competent indoor and sport route leaders, they have flirted with the world of trad leading; the foxy rack, the climbing calls, the precision art of gear placement. They mock the face of danger, and are terribly polite to the old boys they meet who wonder if they really ought to be there...
Johanna Vicary and Helena Lightbody.
Although there have been many, perhaps there can have been none, since Gareth Buckley, so devoted, and none ever (in recent memory) so accomplished as Lee Howson and Simon Barnby. Joining the
Sedbergh School Thursday Climbing Club as novices, they are now both steady VS (Very Severe) leaders outside on gear, and happy to clip bolts at 6c and beyond. Costa Blanca This year, Johanna, Helena, Sarah, Kate and Lee (Simon was busy running his socks off!) stayed at the Orange House in Finestrat, a hostel/base for climbers of all nationalities in the heart of Hot Rock Heaven! February is a wicked month in Sedbergh, and half term in the uncompromising heat of the Spanish interior did wonders for our spirits and our climbing. Mr Parry accompanied us, taking his responsibilities of driving and parodying all (especially Johanna) very seriously and doing a smashing job (his climbing experience and qualifications and experience were also quite handy!). Fearless attempts at hard stuff were commonplace, as were ice creams and glorious, empty beaches. We did Echo Valley, we did Toix, we did Sella and we did tapas. We met a number of what one might politely describe as ‘colourful characters’, including a woman obsessed with pitta bread and a bunch of squaddies
partial to Benidorm’s less traditional nightlife... Snowdonia An exclusive group, Kenny, Johanna, Simon, Kate and Lee hunkered down in the Parry’s hobbit hole in Snowdonia, salvaging one impressive rock day from the distressingly dull June weather. Black and Tan, a three star (highest accolade) VS 4b, was ‘cruised’ by Barnbers and Lee, Helena led like a demon and Johanna and Kenny followed with grit and determination. Pete’s Eats was frequented and chip butties with cheese consumed, the mark of a true rock rat! Excellence across sport.
We salute absent friends, and those who have moved to the next adventure. And we look forward to another year of slotting a slither of the wild outdoors into our weekly routine. GE Parry
Excellence in Sport SUMMER 2007 RUGBY C Fearns and T C Casson - England U18 Rugby tour to Australia CRICKET W Chapples - North U14 J Oughtred - North U15 Under 15 Team - 20/20 National champions Under 14 Team - County champions ATHLETICS S Coe - 2nd Senior Boys Hammer at England National Championships & 3rd in the UK Championships N Morris - 8th Junior Boys Shot Putt S Barnby - 1st in U20 (Great Britain & Ireland) World Fell Running Championships (26th in the World) HMC Intermediate Champions GIRLS’ TENNIS Under 15 Team - County champions SHOOTING G Ogden - U19/ U25 Great Britain NETBALL Under 18 Team - County champions Under 14 - County champions GIRLS’ HOCKEY Under 18 - County champions Under 16 - County champions Under 14 - County champions
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From left to right, top to bottom: Timothy Hanley; Jake Dinsdale; Naomi Johnson; Lauren Hodgson; Joss Mooney; Anika Heale; Oliver Macauley; Harriet Watson.
AC A D E M I C R E V I E W
Academic Review The academic year concluded with much to celebrate with Sedbergh’s pleasing results in public examinations. Much hard work done by pupils and especially by their teachers; the same staff who also spend much time outside the classroom with their many extra-curricular activities.
There were some remarkable achievements from some less academic pupils, many of whom surprised themselves and their teachers. Flora Dawson (R) achieved an impeccable 100% in her Drama examination whilst no fewer than five pupils (Gregory Ashurst (H), Guy Barrett (SH), Clare Carney (R), Rebecca Fardell (R) and Jacob Weber (S) achieved full marks for their English Literature. William Johnston (H) produced an excellent 98% in his GCSE Mathematics papers. 2007 was the first year of IGCSE science (as well as Mathematics). This resulted in pupils facing many more examinations in the first half of the summer term. The pupils coped and, with the support of their parents, made very good use of the long Easter break to prepare for the examinations. Next year will also see us embark on IGCSE English and English Literature, along with many other HMC schools looking for more traditional and academic courses. Well done to those who did well this
Year 11 pre A level day with Magma Pictures.
year and the gauntlet is thrown down for the 2007/2008 Year 11, who should rise to the challenge of achieving even better results. At A level 64% of the grades were either A or B which has only been beaten once before in the history of the school. We were particularly delighted by the value that had been added for the GCSE results of this cohort had been disappointing. There are some excellent individual achievements. Worthy of praise are Catherine Hirst (L), Abigail Rook (L), Nichita Misin (P) and James Wong (E) with four A grades, with three A grades each were Katie Barker (L), Constantin Boye (W), Tim Hanley (E), Helena Lightbody (L), Rex Jude (SH), Jonathan Pye (W), Catherine Redfield (R), John Sawers (S), Andrew Smith (W) and Jerry Wong (SH). As with the GCSE candidates there were many pupils who were delighted with their results. We were pleased that Tim Hanley has been accepted to read English at Oxford and James Wong to read Engineering at Cambridge. There were some pleasing successes in many subjects. The Religious Studies department has yet again produced some outstanding results as did the mathematics department.
There were also good results in English Literature and History and fifteen departments achieved higher than 60% of their grades at A or B. This is a real credit to them given the background of the immense number of activities within a full boarding environment. During the course of the year Lupton again won the Hilary Scott Rose Bowl for the House with the best results for A levels, GCSEs and merits. The Academic Challenge, Sedbergh’s own version of University Challenge, saw Powell win convincingly.
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At GCSE 44% of the grades were either A or A* (41% for the boys and 51% for the girls). Tom Painter (P) achieved nine A* grades and one A grade, Daniel Johnson (W) nine A* grades, Rebecca Fardell (R) achieved ten A* or A grades (taking Art in her ‘free time’), Rosie Harnby (R) 7 A* and 2 A grades and Tom Woof (S) seven A* and 2 A grades.
Helena Lightbody took up the mission set by Boris Johnson (MP) in The Daily Telegraph to become one of Britain’s outstanding young popularisers of science achieving a runners up place in the Science Writer Awards 2007 for her article on Nanotechnology: Grey goo or the next leap forward. The greatest measure of a school is its academic teachers. This year, as always, they have given of their best. Indeed, they have so enjoyed their time with us that not one chose to leave! Instead, we are delighted to welcome Claire Finn as a full time teacher in the science department. JM Sykes and SA Griffin
S E N I O R D E B AT I N G
Senior House Debating 2006-7 CHAIRMAN: Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to this evening’s debate. The challenging, and somewhat unusual, motion before the Chamber today is This House believes that school debating serves no practical purpose. I would like to invite the principal speaker for the proposition to defend this motion. PROPOSITION: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Ladies and gentlemen, imagine, if you will, a typical day at Sedbergh School. You have sports for which to train, work to complete for your teachers and tutor, and other activities that keep you busy late into the evening. Preparing for a debate seems to me to be just another unnecessary activity which requires substantial preparation for little gain. Now, the opposition may argue that we are gaining confidence in public speaking, and learning how to present a logical argument, and that … OPPOSITION: On a point of information … PROPOSITION: Accepted. OPPOSITION: Surely you are defeating
View from the Cloisters.
your own defence of this motion. Your introduction would appear to exemplify the skills about which you seem so dismissive. PROPOSITION: Thank you, but if you would allow me to finish; … and that is an argument that I will concede. My point is this: what use are these skills in the real world? Are they something that will enhance your life beyond the Sedbergh School gates? Let us take an example. The first debate of the season, hosted by Powell House, saw Constantin Boye and Alex Newcome winning for Winder House, but what have they learnt from the experience? I would suggest that such dinner debates are simply an excuse for dressing up and socialising, and that there is no educational value attached to them whatsoever. [There is a collective sharp intake of breath from the members of the Floor.] CHAIRMAN: Thank you, proposition, for your defence of the motion. Now I would like to invite the principal speaker of the opposition to answer the case. OPPOSITION: Thank you. Mr. Chairman, adjudicators, ladies and gentlemen. I will begin with a short rebuttal of the proposition’s – rather lame, if I may say so – points in defence of this motion. He has claimed that our dinner debates are nothing short of a fancy dress party. Well, I entirely disagree. I could never have stood up in front of twenty people and argued a case, were it not for these debates. And I am sure that there are others who would agree. Helena Lightbody, for example, did not even want to be involved in debating last year, and yet she is now a key member of the School’s debating team. Angus O’Brien had never debated before, but is now similarly confident and skilled at public speaking. Ladies and gentlemen, cast your minds back to the second of the season’s dinner debates, held at School House. Lupton House won, with an impressive display of strategic teamwork from Helena and Sarah Corrigan. Such team support is a skill that will last a lifetime, and I bet you Evans House’s Calvin Li would never have predicted that he would be able to
stand up and argue effectively in a language that is not his own. What courage and spirit has been shown by … PROPOSITION: On a point of information … OPPOSITION: Denied, thank you. What courage and spirit has been shown by all the students who have taken part in these debates. And surely your first argument, regarding the disruption to the busy lifestyle of your average Sedbergian, is self-defeating; I would suggest that the fact that such entertaining and wellresearched debates are conducted here is testament to the students’ determination to succeed. And, as the competition progressed, we saw just that; as Lupton, Evans and Robertson fought for top honours, it became clear that winning the House Debating Cup was … PROPOSITION: On a point of information … OPPOSITION: Accepted. PROPOSITION: But isn’t that the point? The competition became a race between just a few of the eight Houses in the School. OPPOSITION: Clearly, I do not share your definition of the word ‘competition’. Yes, from round 3 onwards, the eventual winner was not going to be, for example, School House, but George Drake, Paul Petchey and Philip Smith did not give up. They still prepared for the debates effectively, and produced speeches worthy of the competition. Is that not a commendable skill? Is this not an experience that all the participants will remember and use in the future? Look at Dan Fine; Powell House were well in the points, but were unlikely to win, yet he showed an improved sense of timing and delivery at each debate. Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen. I would like to conclude my opposition to this motion by focussing on some of the highlights of the year’s debating. Firsttimer Deborah Perry with her probing questions in the fourth round, hosted by Robertson House. Alex Newcome’s energetic delivery at the same venue, as he desperately tried to ward off the call of nature. The perceptive and, on occasion, devastating quality of Tim
Our journey started at Stansted Airport where the new rules on air travel slowed our journey considerably, much to Doc’s dismay. Before we knew it however, we were being greeted in Zaragoza in fluent, rapid Spanish – and we suddenly realised we were in a lot deeper than we anticipated! Our first few days involved acclimatising, getting used to the language and experiencing the culture (which included a Spanish Japanese Sushi restaurant!) – and having dinner at half past ten. We enjoyed trips to tapas bars, a golf club and football with the locals, before ‘school’ started all over again for us, although not in quite the same way! Daniel Johnson in action in the classroom.
Hanley’s arguments. Freya Findlay’s beautifully timed and gently humourous rebuttals. And, of course, the judges’ mantra: Do not read your speeches, this is debating, not public speaking … do not read your speeches … Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of the 2007 competition was Lupton House, by just a single point over Evans, the winners of last year’s debating final. All those who spoke for Lupton will remember the year that they won, and will take much from the experience. I implore you to vote against this motion. CHAIRMAN (after the applause has died down): Thank you for your sincere and convincing argument against this motion. I find myself agreeing whole heartedly with you, and consequently I consider it unnecessary to take a vote from the Floor. If I may, I would like to add that John Sawers of Sedgwick House often said that he gained a great deal of satisfaction from these debates. And regarding your comments on teamwork strategy, wasn’t it rewarding to see such a good example of this at Robertson’s Dinner Debate, where Ryan Yeoh and Fred Strachan led Hart House to a well-deserved round four victory. I congratulate Lupton House on wrestling
the cup away from Evans in such an exciting final, and I would like to offer my personal thanks to Tim Hanley for his generous support as President of the society this year. He has been ably supported by Amy Jones, who, as a member of the winning House, deserves special praise. Ladies and gentlemen, the motion before us today was This House believes that school debating serves no practical purpose. I declare the motion defeated. JHE Bennett
Work Experience in Spain After finally finishing our GCSEs in June, Mr Holliday thought he would congratulate us by sending us off to Spain for a further week’s work – teaching English in Zaragoza. We would be hosted by the same two boys who came to Sedbergh in June 2006 as part of an exchange. The trip would take the form of work experience as part of the organized post-GCSE program.
Colegio Montearagón is a modern building full of bubbly Spanish kids who we had to teach. This was a scary experience, standing in front of primary classes asking and answering questions about the UK. We were working as classroom assistants. Many of the questions were about football and some of the little kids could name the whole squads of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United. We were received like famous celebrities with the Spanish kids following us around and asking us countless random questions. Their teacher even staged a mock press conference so that they could interview and then write an article about us. David Beckham has our sympathy! Zaragoza was a great place to visit with a real buzz to it. The huge Plaza and churches were impressive.We got used to the place and even became confident riding the bus network as well as speaking Spanish. Sitting outside cafés, having ‘chocolate con churros’, became a normal pleasure in our time there. We came back with ‘Cachirullos’ and ‘Frutos de Aragón’ and some fine memories. Even if there was no beach it was a great experience of Spain and we would love to go again. Daniel Johnson (Winder) and Jacob Weber (Sedgwick)
From left to right, top to bottom: Matthew Hargreaves’ kitchen trolley; Adam Mailing’s lounger; Jake Dinsdale’s bedside cabinet; Felicité Gibbons working on her graphic designer’s table; John Ball working on his coffee table; Will Harrison; James Irlam’s valuables box.
Design Centre 2007 In the U6, we leave it to the candidate to produce the design brief. Often this is a very difficult task. Jake Dinsdale injured his back and was confined to bed for an extended period. As he lay there, dreaming of all the lessons and rugby that he was missing, the seeds for an A level project were being sown. In September, whilst others were contorting the English language in a vain attempt to arrive at a meaningful project brief, Jake was working on his design for a bedside cabinet that would store items but easily swivel round to form a comfortable writing/drawing surface for anybody who was confined to bed because of a bad back. The result was well thought out and, despite many manufacturing problems, produced an excellent result and an ‘A’ grade was obtained. Let us hope that Jake will not be required to make use of his design whilst taking his degree in Architecture. Others in the group put up a pleasing performance but some ventured into dark places without a torch. Simon Barnby designed a container to enable a cyclist to transport his bike on an aircraft. Matthew Hargreaves made an excellent kitchen trolley but could have produced a more radical design. Recognising that they would soon be at university, a number of candidates produced pieces of furniture suitable for student accommodation. Richard Hanson produced an occasional table that incorporated some very difficult bent timber components. Felicité Gibbons struggled with a graphic designer’s table but ran out of time. All in all, it was an interesting year but a sense of speed was a bit late in coming. This U6 year saw the end of the old style six unit syllabus and an end to the dreaded Unit 6 three hour exam. The new syllabus, consisting of four units, avoids repetition, is leaner with its 2
hour exam but covers enlarged subject content. Soon, all subjects will go this way. Fresh from their excellent GCSE results, the L6 group had much more life to them. We set “Puzzles” as a starting point and were amazed at how it became contorted into a range of interesting and very different projects. Passive security was a popular theme. George Dawson producing an alternative to the house key under the doormat situation. A milk bottle holder contained a heavily disguised button which then operated an ex CD tray mechanism to reveal the key. John Ball designed and built a decorative coffee table with a centerpiece that contained valuables and was operated via a hidden mechanism. James Hutchinson produced an impossible to open decorative box. Paul Petchey hid valuables inside a book and incorporated a mechanism to allow it to be opened. James Irlam mounted a DAF truck on top of a decorative wooden box. Drive the truck forward to open the lid and expose the valuables. Rufus Morgan produced a table centre piece that opened out to provide condiments and place settings.
Once again, “Seating” was the set theme for GCSE RMT coursework. Tom Forster made an excellent garden bench. Recognising his cricket commitments, he duly organized his time and had the distinct pleasure of sitting back on his completed design whilst others engaged in the all too familiar “headless chicken routine”. He obtained an “A*” grade. Sam Benson designed a lounging seat and is to be congratulated on his superb organization. He manufactured a number of quite complex components and managed to assemble them in the correct order. Adam Maling tested the department’s wood bending skills and arrived at a lounger that was of interesting appearance and construction. Others produced some good artifacts but were not up to scratch in terms of graphic work managing their time or coping with the content of the final exam. Year 11 SCT produced a more lively selection of work than in the past. Charlie Brook designed and made a “Welly Washer” and obtained a grade “A*”. Josh Wray produced an excellent automatic hole puncher for the office. Peter Yufang solved the problem of feeding pet fish automatically whilst on holiday.
Sam Benson working on his lounger.
The Headmaster asked if a memorial bench to Jane Rowbotham could be constructed within the Design Centre. It seemed only right and proper that the task should be undertaken by CWS who divides his time between the Design Centre and SJS. As one might expect, the finished result was of excellent quality. Year 11 might like to note that it took CWS a week to construct the bench and a further week or more to obtain the deep finish that will guarantee its continued existence in this northern clime.
time manufacture), a variety of trucks can be produced at the same time, each tailored to a customerâ€™s particular requirements.
All of the production is sold before it is made and is bar-coded to record individual specifications. Most components are now identified via
Industrial Visit to DAF Trucks, Leyland, Lancs. GAC and I had seen the old style production methods during a visit in the 1990s. What we witnessed on this occasion was leaner, cleaner, quieter and much more efficient. The days of building trucks and stockpiling them prior to sale have long since gone. With the introduction of JIT (just in
Messers Hirst, Rowbotham and Swanson with the Rowbotham memorial bench.
radio frequency ID. As we have seen in other factories, DAF operate the “If it isn’t perfect, everything stops until it is sorted out” maxim. We did not witness any production problems during our visit but we understand that Andon (trouble lights) would show and workers would gather round the problem and sort it out. On display was a truck with a problem and staff were invited to suggest solutions (Kaizen). Production methods were also open to staff based improvements via alterations to tools and jigs (poka-yoke). If you produce lots of the same size engine, you can produce each one at reduced cost. However, customers require the full range of power units. The solution from DAF is to make lots of the larger engine and “chip” its power output down to that required by the customer. Because of JIT, the warehouse previously given over to stock for production was now the spares department for all of Great Britain. No matter how good the book or video, you cannot beat standing in the actual space and seeing the real thing when trying to convey to students the worth of new production methods.
In the spares department, we were bombarded with lots of facts and figures. Some were remembered more easily than others. Because of the RFID system, only six orders in every 10,000 are errors, with four out of 10,000 being the target. Packaging is now a very green affair with lots of recycled cardboard and biodegradable (even edible) bubble wrap in use. All component containers are of a folding unit construction in order to save space and reduce transport costs. After lunch, we were taken to the Design Department. The days of building full size mock ups so that you can test ergonomic situations are over. Sitting in any room, wearing a virtual reality helmet, a variety of drivers can “drive” a forty tonne truck and evaluate its ergonomics as they drive along. Feedback is via computer and control locations can be altered via software in order to evaluate the new improved situation. When the final design is arrived at, data can be fed into the system in order to specify component details for production. Similar technology is used to synchronise and test production methods. “Will we be able to fit the engine in?” is a popular question. In the
old days, the engine would be hoisted into its bay and this would take a lot of time and effort. By using 3D software, the engine can be positioned on screen in a matter of seconds. Any problems or more productive solutions can easily be tested thereafter. The entire production system is worked out on screen models and then transferred onto the production line. Thus it can be tested and alternative methods evaluated. Because of health and safety regulations, many factories are out of bounds to school parties. If you have a parent who is a good customer of the factory you wish to visit, then life is so much easier. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr David Irlam of James Irlam Logistics for his generous assistance in organizing this particular visit. G Aveyard
Visit to DAF Trucks.
Girlsâ€™ Choir rehearsal.
Music Report: SUMMER TERM The beginning of the Summer Term was as fevered as ever. Within the space of the first two weeks all ‘A’ Level and GCSE musicians had to record solos and complete compositions as well as get their preparation under way for the Headmaster’s Concert which was only three weeks into the Term.
The standard of composition coursework was particularly impressive this year with Daniel Johnson and James McLeod producing work of the highest standard at GCSE; achieving full marks. There were also some similarly impressive results from the ‘AS’ Level group with Tim Cork producing a stylish and effective “Passacaglia” for his submission and Kate Telfer’s romantic Miniature sounded like Rachmaninov on a good day! Elton Leung’s ‘A2’ guitar solo piece really ‘rocked’ and Sarah Rowley tapped into her softer side to produce a love song of real tenderness. All in all, a very pleasing year’s work. The Headmaster’s Concert was a particularly significant occasion this year. One hundred years after the construction of our great Powell Hall it seemed fitting to mark the occasion with a Centenary Concert. The performers rose to the occasion magnificently and gave us all an evening of music that matched the significance of the vent. Amongst the highlights of the Concert were
Muncheon Music: Robert Blair, Elton Leung and John Ball.
quite stunning performances of Chaminade’s Concertino given by Sarah Rowley and The Piano Trio’s energetic rendition of the first movement of Beethoven’s Trio in C Minor Op. 1. Great sensitivity was in evidence in the Chamber Choir’s performance of two Sullivan songs: O Hush Thee My Babie and The Long Day Closes. The last two pieces were selected because of their association with Powell Hall and its Centenary. Sullivan Songs were part of the staple
diet of the early performances in the Hall and were often given by the Part Song Choir. A member of one of the 1907 Part Song Groups was Bruce Lockhart, then a pupil at the School, but later Headmaster of Sedbergh for some 18 years. It was a great privilege to sing the same music as one of Sedbergh’s great Headmasters in the Hall which stands as proudly now as it did 100 years ago. The Choir has continued to be busy
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The buzz around the department was very stimulating for all of us. The late flurry of activity from all of the students gave an especially vibrant and creative feel in Guldrey with the sound of practice and emerging compositions drifting through the rooms at all times of the day and night.
Chamber Choir rehearsal.
C H O I R TO U R
though the term. As well as the usual commitment on Sunday morning, they have sung evensong at Carlisle Cathedral and produced as excellent performance of Parry’s I Was Glad and Stamford’s Jubilate on Speech Day. All these occasions were an excellent preparation for the Choir’s tour to Cambridge at the end of the term which brought the year to an inspiring end. Singing evensong in St John’s Chapel will be a moment that I treasure for many years to come and I am sure that the pupils found it similarly memorable. The programme of lunchtime Concerts has continued to grow in popularity this Term with audiences growing to include more pupils. The first Concert was given by Guitarists and Singers at the School who gave us all a flavour of the work they had been doing with Mr Sykes through the year as well as showing some of their own work. The most notable of this latter group was Robin Varley and Mac Findlay’s composition which showed real flare and originality. Robin leaves us at the end of this Year to develop his love of performing and composing at the Brighton Institute of Performing Arts. He has real talent and I look forward to hearing how his career
develops. In the second half of term we enjoyed the performances of the pianists in Muncheon Music. Considering the time of year, with many pupils in the eye of the storm of public and internal examination, standards were good. Constantin Bulau has been a real star this year and his performances have always been a great pleasure to listen to and his rendition of the Schumann Romance was no exception. Equally dazzling was the rapid finger-work of Chris Cheung in his highly expressive performance of the fist movement of the Beethoven Moonlight Sonata. There was a pleasing contrast when Tim Cork played the famous slow movement of the same Sonata. We go from strength to strength! JH Seymour
Choir Tour JULY 2007 Fifty-two members of the School Chapel Choir toured East Anglia at the end of the Summer Term. Based in
St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, the Choir led Evensong in St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge and St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds and gave a lunchtime concert in the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral. All three venues provided stunning venues for the Choir, in terms of acoustics, architecture and history, and the Choir rose to the occasion for all three performances. The Evensong programmes included works by Howells, Harwood, Parry and Smith with the role of Cantor in St John’s taken by Daniel Johnson. Damian Howard (OS), organ tutor, accompanied the choir and provided some inspirational voluntary and recessional music. A large audience enjoyed a magnificent hour long concert in Ely, including solos by Kate Telfer and Daniel Johnson, a beautiful rendition of Delibes’ Flower Duet from Kate and Sarah Rowley. There were also items sung by the Chamber Choir and an organ solo by Damian Howard as well as several pieces performed by the full Chapel Choir. It was great to be supported by so many parents, former parents and Old Sedberghians for all these events all of whom gave favourable reviews of the Choir. The tour also provided opportunities for Choir members to explore Cambridge, Ely and Bury St Edmunds, including punting on the Cam and an evening boat trip. On return to Sedbergh, the Choir performed a concert in Powell Hall for parents and local supporters. There has been some tremendous feed back from the tour both from the pupils who all enjoyed themselves immensely but also from all the places where they have performed. It was heartening for all involved to be invited back to all the venues for repeat visits. M Gorst
St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds.
The Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral. Chapel of St Johnâ€™s College, Cambridge.
The Edinburgh Fringe SELL
*****: Evelyn Jones, The Edinburgh Fringe Review *****: Edfringe.com A week in sunny Edinburgh, when the Fringe is in full swing is certainly a memorable experience. Edinburgh in festival mood is an incredible place to be, the city literally buzzes with extrovert comedians, musicians and thespians, all putting themselves at the mercy of their audiences and the dreaded journalists. The fringe is a festival of variety, but the one thing that unites all who take part in the Fringe is the constant praying for the most elusive of all things: a rave review.
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This summer The Pipin Theatre Company proved that getting a good review is not a myth- it is possible, the company managed to pick up two five star ratings in the short time they were there. This is a fantastic achievement and one that the company and its actors will always remember. The show was an adaptation of Dale Wassermann’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a play that gives an insight into the lives of those who spend their days in an American mental institution. The story was initially made popular with the 1970’s film version starring Jack Nicholson, and made even more popular still with the Edinburgh fringe 2007 version staring Stephen Beard (‘the next Jack Nicholson?’ Evelyn Jones), Harriet Allan, John Ball, Patrick Wood, Frederick Strachan, Angus O’Brien, Declan Penfold, Edmund Knock, Joelle James and Jonathan Pye. Each member of the cast thought long and hard about their roles and how they could realistically portray the difficulties and challenges that each character faced. The hard work put in by them all resulted in very plausible
John Ball, Stephen Beard and Angus O’Brien.
and humane characters with whom the audience could identify and relate to. The consequence was a very powerful piece of drama. The show, owing to the enormous energy the cast put into promoting and ‘flying’, was a sell out every day. The group took great pleasure from bouncing up and down the Royal Mile in character, baffling on-lookers and tourists, competing with rivals for the attention of a crowd or simply amusing people on their way to work. The result was an enthusiastic audience which brought out the best in all the actors making the play the success it was. However, the ultimate reason for a fantastic 2007 fringe was due to the invariable vigour and constant wisdom, vision and guidance of the director, Miss P. Hardy. It was her selfless work and constructive criticism which pulled the cast and play together. Without her the whole brilliant event simply would not have happened and the cast are extremely grateful for the time she sacrificed so that it would. Equally deserving of thanks is Mrs Moore, who helped tirelessly all week top make sure the performances ran as smoothly as possible.
Snippets from the reviews: ‘one of the best shows on the fringe, not a weak link in the whole cast’ ‘great play; it was a pity they were only on for a week’ ‘this is WELL WORTH SEEING – superb performances from all the cast, excellent!’ Frederick Strachan (Hart) and John Ball (Hart)
GCSE Drama Exam Performance For the first time at School, GCSE Drama performance examinations took place on Thursday 10th May. Two devised pieces, Patients Please! and I Read the News Today, were performed in front of a visiting examiner. Patients Please! explored the fears of five different patients, Doris (Flora Dawson) Jeffery (Max Dawson) Paul (James McLeod) Daniel (Declan Penfold) and Curtis (Joe Stevenson) who found themselves in an obscure
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clinic for those waiting to die. Each character expressed their own troubles and fears through monologues, which allowed the audience to enter into a window of their lives, revealing the characters fears, failures and unfulfilled dreams. The cast explored the elderly, reluctant to live in an old people’s home, the depressant, alone and numb to feelings, the schizophrenic, obsessed about hygiene and scared of infection, the feeling of loss and lastly the knowledge that you are actually going to die. The characters interaction created an awkward atmosphere, with the intention to make the audience feel as uncomfortable and frustrated as the patients, as they waited for their dreaded hour to arrive. I Read the News Today examined the relationship between two teenagers, Charlie (Jacob Webb) and Skye, (Isobel Farmiloe) and the repercussions of them breaking into a London radio station, holding the DJs, Ross (Alistair Kay) and Jo (Ailsa Brown) hostage. Charlie’s and Skye’s intentions were to inform the public of the lies and deceit that the DJ’s broadcast to their listeners, brainwashing them into believing what they say and promise, is the truth.
As the events of the play unfolded it became clear that each character had their own fears as they all become volatile under the given circumstances. The ending is unexpected as all four characters die.
The action of the play is set in the office of Dr Feldmann, an acclaimed psychologist, who assists Stephanie, a famous violinist, in her fight to come to terms with the fact that she is dying of multiple sclerosis.
Both plays were performed on a totally white set, which made the pieces appear clinical and aided in supporting the hard hitting moral messages of both pieces. The pupils performed well and should be duly proud of their creative pieces.
Set against the life of Jacqueline du Pre, the acclaimed cellist if the 80s whose prominent fall from the limelight following her own diagnosis that she was dying of multiple sclerosis was very thought provoking and both actors had the great challenge to sustaining the dialogue and maintaining the rigidity of the long silences and pauses. Both Diani and Gary were also awarded A grades for their performances, a very talented trio indeed!
AS/A Level Theatre Studies Exam The AS Level Drama and Theatre Studies candidates were examined in April of this year by our visiting examiner in their performance of Duet for One by Tom Kempinski. Staged in the John Arden Theatre the actors, Diani Gatenby-Davis, who played the role of Stephanie and Gary Mitchinson, who played the role of Dr Feldmann felt truly professional in role, due to the superb set that Catherine Redfield had designed for them as part of her Technical Theatre Option for the examination. As the first ever Technical Candidate, Catherine was awarded full marks, for her design and presentation.
The A Level Drama and Theatre Studies candidates had to take on the responsibility of directing themselves and this year’s performances were, The Caretaker by Harold Pinter and Journey’s End by R.C. Sherriff. Again the candidates were awarded deserving marks that reflected the talent within the group at this high level. The Caretaker explored the deceptive nature its three characters. Davies (Tom Riddolls) is invited to stay with Aston (Mac Findlay) but Mick (Dan Fine), Aston’s younger brother, is a little sceptical of Davies’s intentions, until he realises his potential as a Caretaker. The candidates played a very intense piece, which had some poignant and explosive moments to keep the audience on their toes. Journey’s End was very thought provoking, with some powerful performances from Raleigh (Robin Varley), Osborne (Barnaby Sellers), Stanhope (Stephen Beard) and Trotter, (Holly Nutt), supported by William King, who was examined in Lighting Design. The terrible atrocities of war became ever more real for those who were part of the audience. PJR Hardy
Barnaby Sellers and Stephen Beard.
From left to right, top to bottom: Ailsa Brown; Patients Please; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; Dan Fine and Tom Riddolls; Stephen Beard and John Ball; Harriet Allan on the streets of Edinburgh; Mac Findlay and Dan Fine.
CCF OC REPORT
CCF OC Report
Adventure training at Easter unusually took the form of a very successful ski trip to the French Alps, supported by no less than 4 members of the CCF staff; next year we are hoping to return to Rothiemurchas lodge in Aviemore for winter skills training and much more. A most important event in this year’s calendar was our biennial inspection with a visit in June from the Colonel of the newly formed Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, Major General Hamish Rollo CBE. Arriving by helicopter and blessed with perfect weather the Major General, a former pupil of our Headmaster, spent most of the day inspecting our training, chatting with the cadets and apparently enjoying himself. Quoted from the inspection report: “It is very encouraging to see such a large number of motivated, cheerful young people interested in pushing
Peter Munday leads the cadets past the cloisters.
themselves and trying something new. All members of the contingent clearly take pride in its performance and the broadening experience that the CCF offers. A number of individuals have achieved particular success in adventurous training and in securing military qualifications or accolades. The cadets show great promise and deserve congratulations for their achievements over the last two years. They were confident when speaking, polite, well presented and disciplined. The Sedbergh CCF shooting teams and Band deserve special mention for particularly meritorious achievements. Such excellence is to be celebrated, encouraged and supported wherever possible. The Cadets involved are excellent ambassadors for this Country’s youth and a credit to the wider CCF”. For the first time in many years a Guard of Honour paraded for the occasion and thanks to Lt Moore’s first rate training, their parade and march past was faultless. Our cadets have continued to excel in all areas including shooting, leadership courses, glider piloting and sailing. Peter Munday completed an excellent year as RSM and we
have just heard that he achieved an impressive B1 score during the selection process for Sandhurst. Two former cadets graduated from RMA Sandhurst during the summer holidays, Richard Scott joining the Royal Engineers and Henry Finnegan joining the Welsh Guards. Quite a number of Old Sedberghians have recently served, or are serving in operations in the middle east and on behalf of the CCF we wish them every success and a safe return, hopefully with stimulating stories to recount at some future date to our current cadets. We are delighted to welcome Claire Finn to the staff of the Army section and look forward to seeing her become part of the enthusiastic and hard working team who continue to deliver a challenging training programme to the cadets. My thanks also go the regular soldiers of 40 Cadet Training Team and to John Jones, our Senior Staff Instructor, for his continued loyal support.
Another vintage year in the annals of Sedbergh School CCF saw 75 bright eyed Year 9s don the uniforms of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force on Thursday afternoons to take part in their respective training programmes. October Field Day saw cadets ready for an early start to their respective training areas only to find that the best laid plans were fast unravelling. Captain Jeffries with 60 cadets waited patiently in pouring rain for the coach, which was to deliver them to Warcop training area; 45 minutes later after some frantic telephoning, it was discovered that one link in the complicated chain had been broken. Quick thinking by Captain Jeffries sourced a coach and the days training went ahead successfully. Meanwhile the planned Station visit for half of the RAF section was called off due to a security exercise at RAF Leeming and the Air Experience Flying for the remainder was cancelled due to inclement weather; such is life.
Sqn. Ldr. GA Clarke
CCF ARMY CAMP
CCF Army Section WA R C O P C A M P 2 0 0 7 Owing to the staging of most CCF Annual Camps being outside our ‘activity week’, for the past two years we have travelled to Longmoor in the south of England. However, this year it was realised, there had been a change in local arrangements, and so we found ourselves orientating towards our local venue, Warcop, near Appleby. Apart from its proximity, affording some convenient access to our stores and armoury, the Camp was being hosted by our own Cadet Training Team from the Duke of Lancaster Regiment. We would therefore enjoy working alongside some familiar faces, since over the previous year we have had regular visits from Sgt Tony Pearson, and occasionally Sgt Wood, whose help with aspects of specialist training has been greatly valued. Warcop training area, on a good day, is undeniably ‘God’s own country’. The setting is spectacular and the range facilities second to none. But this is Cumbria-when summers most often
Cdt Havelaar-Cook receiving hands-on medical aid.
consist of a maximum of two days uninterrupted sunshine! If the two designated days were not to be part of our Annual Camp Experience, then we would most likely be battling against the elements as a pre-requisite to taking part in some potentially challenging and fun-packed activities. And so it was! As Camp week approached, Northern England, was caught up in a seemingly never ending cycle of weather systems which invariably brought with them swings in temperature, but most importantly, a fairly persistent amount of rain. It was raining when we left for Camp, it rained whilst we were at Camp and it rained as we came back from Camp! True Sedbergh grit was going to be tested to the full! On arrival at Camp Cadets quickly found their appropriate accommodation blocks and started the turn-round process from being pupils to minisoldiers. The first day of training loomed and with the promise of spending a full day on range activities, kit was organised and lights were soon out. We reported to the 25m range the next morning where Cadets were able to fire a number of live rounds which was a first for all those not involved in Shooting. The decided extra ‘kick’ from the GP rifle was quite a surprise for
some. Our weapon skills were considered to be good by the Staff running the range, which was gratifying in that most had not been able to practice their weapon handling skills at School prior to departure for Camp. Owing principally to the inclement weather conditions the afternoon range package was adapted to involve a field exercise, where several enemy positions were stalked and then attacked. This proved quite a demanding stand for Cadets in that the withdrawal route after engaging the enemy points was decidedly uphill and only the fittest completed the route at the brisk pace required of them. Our visit to the Small Arms Training Unit, scheduled for before tea, was cancelled, and so we returned to Camp, wet and inevitably tired but ready for a square meal and the opportunity to dry out. A great deal of grit had been shown by Cadets during what had been a challenging first day’s training. Cadet Harnby in particular, needs to be congratulated for her determination to overcome her personal demons regarding the use of her weapon – she got there in the end. There were some very impressive groupings achieved by Cadets Wilkinson, Bagnall and Armitage, whose tight shooting greatly impressed the operating Staff, and earned them a well deserved opening accolade. We were eager to involve ourselves in the First Aid and Signals training package which was detailed for the following day. Travelling out to the location gave everyone the opportunity to admire the unique setting of the main training areas used by regular Army units. Tucked away in a wood behind a small tarn, a crack team of medics had put together a very entertaining and interesting package designed to teach Cadets basic first aid and casualty management. An ingenious round-robin of field bandaging, fire-man’s lifts, arterial bleeds and trauma gave every Cadet the opportunity to take part in demonstrations and activities which could not fail to excite even the most squeamish. Even Cdt Jarman managed to quell any tendency to keel over when
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faced with a squirting artery injury – showing a good measure of real positive thinking in deciding to deal with the situation rather than observe it. The morning ended with a superb staging of a mock vehicle accident in which there had been many casualties – some with serious, life-threatening injuries – and all sporting loads of blood. The ‘panic’ button unfortunately tended to be pressed too many times when Cadets were asked to respond to the needs of these victims – although notable performances were notched up by Cadets Blair and Bailey, who kept their cool under such pressure, dealing with the medical needs of their dying charges with remarkable effectiveness. Cdt Fisher portrayed one of the casualties most convincingly – losing an eye in the process and a considerable amount of blood – only to be rescued and resuscitated by equally zealous Cdts Munday and Charlesworth, whose nursing skills appeared naturally limitless! The afternoon training session, very ably conducted by a crack Signals team, was based at a purpose built ‘urban warfare’ location, in the middle of the fell. Cadets were taught the rudiments of field communication skills, including the use of signal flags and semaphore, as well as how to operate a PRC 320 linked to a net. The series of exercises was designed to be fun to be part of, and all Cadets without exception acquired some very useful skills. The final competitive activity, which involved the building of a functional transmitter radio and aerial, provided some real incentive for Cadets to work as a team and strive to achieve. Even Cdts Lee and Dennis showed definite signs of genuine animation as they celebrated being part of the winning team! To compensate for not having had the opportunity to visit the DCCT range on Camp, we were able to secure some time during our Wednesday evening which became fully occupied developing shooting skills with the help of some very realistic and challenging contact scenarios. Indeed, Cdt Jarmen
sustained a life-like ‘shrapnel’ wound as a result of intercepting the rifle cocking mechanism too early – and he is still sporting the ‘scar’ to prove it! Cdt Wilkinson once again excelled by winning the ‘sighters’ and ‘snaps’ challenges, whilst Cdt Blair, having kept a cool head and a steely air of determination was the overall winner! Cdt McKinnon also showed himself to be directing himself much more productively in also being named as a section winner. There was little time left on return to quarters to prepare for our big adventure training outing the following day. An open choice was given to cadets as to whether they would prefer to canoe and kayak on Lake Derwentwater, or to climb and walk in the nearby fells. Lt H. Christy supervised a splendid day on the water during which the handling skills of Cadets made dramatic progress. Although the climbing venue did have to be changed owing to slippery and wet rock conditions, a visit to the indoor climbing centre at Keswick proved a real attraction to the second group, who developed their particular skills very effectively under the tutelage of Sgts Pearson and Wood. Cdts Bailey and May making a real impact on all the training walls on offer! CSgt Parry also achieved a personal best when she successfully. This group moved out into the surrounding countryside to scale ‘Cat Bells’, which overlooking Derwentwater itself gave us a panoramic view of not just breathtaking Lakeland scenery but also a perspective of our own Cadets enjoying themselves on the lake below. Cdts Fisher and Harrison, quite out-classed the field by ‘romping’ around what amounted to about 10km of some very challenging terrain. On return to Camp we saw the arrival of several welcome additions to our number. CSgt Macaulay quickly and effectively slotted back into his usual command position, and five other eager Cadets were soon introduced to the routine, first settling into their billets and then enjoying a good square meal in the cookhouse. Training did in fact
“Does that hurt?” Francesca Harnby receiving treatment.
continue after tea with the Contingent being briefed on its major, forthcoming fieldcraft exercise, locally named, Warcop Wanderer. A very enthusiastic and gutsy training Officer explained what would be happening to us all in the field the following day, and so, without delay we finished the day by checking our kit and putting the finishing touches to our preparations for what would be an exhausting day ahead. CSgt Macaulay was soon behind troops the following morning and together with the outstanding assistance of CPlSgt Armitage, we arrived on the training area ready for war! The scenario was fantastic – the terrain spectacular – the quality of the training superb! Each Cadet had a role to play in mounting a full Platoon attack on several enemy positions, the scene enhanced by the use of smoke screens, and machine-gun fire. The challenges posed throughout the day encouraged several Cadets to shine, Cdt Havelaar-Cook especially. His steady, relentless spirit earned him recognition as having all the makings of a very sound infantryman.
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Cdt Loosemore, perhaps driven by the need to survive the experience, showed a serious amount of pluck, as did Cdts Armitage and Duffield whose positive action in the field was particularly notable. Again, Cdt Blair was not without showing some distinction when forming part of an effective assault on a decidedly testing enemy position. Cdt Charlesworth, building on her success from winning her drill competition, and Cdt Lehmann, also proved themselves to be determined and resolute member of their respective squads. The three Section Commanders, Cpls Bagnall, Ingham and Wilkinson all justified their roles, ably leading their sections by example. A pleasant evening was spent enjoying what the NAAFI had to offer – but the week was speeding ahead – and the following day ushered in another potentially exciting programme. We were greeted by a moderate sort of morning as reveille sounded, but thankfully one without rain. Reporting
“I also feel sick, Sir!”
to the start point, the Contingent, split into two teams, embarked upon a 12 km leadership training course, designed to test the individual abilities of team members to navigate, using a compass, and to organise and realise a series of set command tasks. Cdt Fisher was in his element, and set a cracking pace for his team to match, which finally located all check points and completing all set tasks. Although we did not win the competition overall – the course was open to all other contingents present on Camp – we certainly gave good account of ourselves and both teams finished the morning’s activities on a high. After a much enjoyed packed lunch, we were whisked off to the local tarn to undertake a raft building exercise, again, with two teams battling it out to be first to build, launch, manoeuvre, beach and then totally dismantle a craft constructed entirely from oil cans, planks and rope. Under the inspecting eye of the Headmaster, both teams displayed some amazing team work, and after much thrashing about in the water later, and some hilarious scenes of cap-sizings and ceremonial dunkings, Cpl Wilkinson’s team – sporting some gutsy Cadets such as Bailey, Munday and Dootson – triumphed. Having taken some time to become accustomed to the water, Cdt Coral shocked himself when he eventually threw caution to the wind, displaying some real signs of commitment and even sheer enjoyment. Cdt Dutton positioned himself – in almost statuesque fashion – on the prow of his team’s newly constructed vessel, and positively willed the team to ‘pull together’, his galvanising contribution, without doubt, ensuring victory. And so, a very wet, exhausted, yet contented Contingent returned to Camp. That evening final adjustments were made to preparations for the March and Shoot competition to take place on our final day’s training in Camp. Working on their performances during our range day earlier in the week, Cdts Wilkinson, Havelaar-Cook, Bagnall and Armitage were selected to shoot, and a further fifteen cadets to complete the marching team. In order to comply with strict time
targets it was important to pace the march to very fine limits. Practice over the obstacle course, which formed an integral part of the overall competition, had been hampered by bad weather, although all had been coached through the course by some very impressive Army physical training instructors. Fitness was not a problem – Sedbergh Cadets showed themselves to be up to the demands of each element of the course – but team co-ordination did catch us out on more than one occasion, when it was necessary to negotiate a particular element the correct way. However, we gave good account of ourselves overall but finished outside the frame. Following a hot meal in the cookhouse thoughts turned to our preparations for our overnight exercise due to deploy after tea. The weather had relented – it had stopped raining – and as conditions improved throughout the morning, and field inspections proved favourable, we had the go-ahead for Exercise Wolftrap. This final phase of annual Camp realised what had been a long awaited training target. Several overnight exercises had been planned throughout the previous year, but Cadets had been denied the opportunity to stay out because of persistently difficult weather conditions. There was much excitement amongst the Contingent therefore, as we made the transfer from Camp to our intended harbour area – a very amenable site overlooking the tarn. The local geography lent itself to the staging of an effective ambush, having a natural ridge overlooking the perimeter track around the tarn itself, able to accommodate all three firing groups comfortably. Recce patrols were launched into the surrounding wood to determine the exact location of the enemy point – one, headed by Cdts Ripley and Bailey, infiltrating the confines of the enemy position – but others were apprehended in their approach. The gory details were exchanged when all patrols returned to the harbour area to begin the final briefings for the forthcoming dawn squirmish. We had the excellent
CCF RAF Section Report In a packed programme, Sedbergh RAF cadets saw plenty of action in the air and on the ground. In the air we were able to fly every cadet at least once, variously at 11 AEF at RAF Leeming, VGS 635 at BAe Samlesbury and the jewel in the crown had to be Sergeant Gareth Bell’s Gliding Scholarship course with VGS 637 at RAF Little Rissington. Given how busy the RAF is at the moment we remain most appreciative of the efforts they make to encourage the cadet organization. Sgt Macauley - “the blind leading the blind”.
expertise of Lt I. Christy to plan and carry through the realisation of the exercise, on hand, and as a result Cadets were schooled, rehearsed and instructed to professional standards, enabling each one to derive the maximum enjoyment from the experience. We were to pay only a transitory visit to Camp the next morning prior to our return to Sedbergh, but were able to bring everyone together to make some notable awards. Cdt Fisher was rightly given recognition for his leadership skills in the field, observed on a number of occasions throughout the week. Cdt Jarmen, having shed blood for the Contingent was suitably rewarded with a goody bag, and for having shown decided all-round progress during Camp, both Cdt Anderson and Cdt McKinnon were mentioned in dispatches. Cdt Kiu, despite some genuine misgivings, conquered his fear of water and ended up wholeheartedly involving himself in the watermanship stand – a pair of DPM swimming trunks is on its way! Similarly, Cdts Charlesworth, Harnby and Dennis, had showed some true grit when in challenging situations and were given
credit for this. The indefatigable Cdt May deserved the accolade of being our most determined and focused Cadet – always being ready to tackle anything asked of her. Cdts Harrison, Lee, and Dootson, together with Cdts Duffield and Blair all earned particular mention by being noted for having simply ‘got on with the job’, enjoying significant personal achievement along the way. The most improved male cadet was Cdt Ripley, whose approach to Camp clearly underwent dramatic transformation, and Cdt Munday had shown tremendous personal development as a result of her attendance at Camp. The Best Male Cadet award was given to Cdt Havelaar-Cook whose consistently positive attitude to all training elements throughout the week was particularly commendable. Cdt Bailey was undoubtedly Best Female Cadet, having shown, in all aspects of Camp, a remarkable response to every challenge posed by the training programme. Captain T. Jeffries
On the ground cadets experienced the increasingly expeditionary nature of RAF work with as much time spent in DPM camouflage as the more traditional RAF blue. Night exercise, camouflage and concealment and field survival were in the training schedule alongside airmanship and flying. What was started at school was continued on deployments away from Sedbergh including our first Adventure Training camp at the Air Cadet centre at Windermere and the annual blue camp at the Harrier hub of RAF Wittering. A further area of development with the RAF section is shooting where a shooting team led by Corporals Charlie Brook and Georgina Ogden came away with a shooting trophy as best shots in the SCOTNINE (Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England) region. The shooting triumph was greatly assisted by Warrant Officer John Jones who coached the team and conducted the competition. Indeed it is in order to thank many adults for their input the Section including Squadron Leader Clarke, Flight Lieutenant Hoskin, Flying Officer Astin from the RAF Section and Lieutenant Christie from the Army Section. Lieutenant Ripley of the Royal Navy Section was also
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CCF Royal Navy Section Report The year started well with a healthy number of recruits from Year 9 swelling the numbers in the section to 35. The selected five from last year’s Year 9, joined by two newcomers to the school, have proved themselves to be of great value and positive commitment. The section was led by “Napper” – Coxswain William Wainwright who has set an excellent example for the current Lower 6th to emulate. CPO Arian Manouchehri has been selected to be the Coxswain for the year 2007/8. Chris Caulcrick and Charlie Turpin kitted for a flying lesson.
generous in involving the RN cadets in a joint activity of raft building and especially in his instrumental role in enabling Sgt Bell to navigate his way through to our first ‘Aviation Studies’ BTEC. Finally thanks must also go our senior cadets who carry the chevrons of leadership as Corporals and Sergeants, especially Gareth Bell, James Walkinshaw and Owen Pescod. We also have some excellent junior NCOs coming up through the ranks.
Missin in action.
We now look forward to another actionpacked year with further input being lined-up from RAF OSs Neil Richardson (SH) who is a pilot and Anthony Casson (E) of the RAF Regiment as well as 22 Squadron who share with us the heroic heritage of Sedgwickian Flying Officer Ken Campbell VC (S). Flt Lt JM Holliday, RAFVR(T)
We spend the first half of the autumn term sailing since our favourite environment is getting wet and cold. The new recruits proved themselves (on the whole) to be good at getting wet and cold. Their reward was to have a rush introduction to Naval Drill before visiting Portsmouth Dockyard on Field day for their experience of HMS Bristol – the mothballed accommodation battleship. We enjoyed a tour of the harbour to admire the grey ships and a tour of HMS Victory to realise how unpleasant life in the Navy must have been 200 years ago. Meanwhile the older members of the sections were honing their ropework and navigation skills amongst the trees at Grizedale. The winter months are somewhat less eventful and we spend more time in the classroom but are enlivened by a programme that leads towards Duke of Edinburgh Award certification and the First Diploma BTEC in Public Services. This year has seen 5 BTEC awards, two of which are at distinction level which is very commendable. This course requires the cadets to complete work research leading to a job application (including formal application forms and CVs, to say nothing of the interview by a professional careers interviewer). It also includes SWOT analysis of their personal portfolio. The remaining modules include First Aid, Navigation, Physical activity and leadership. This
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course has replaced the old Cadre course to prepare the senior cadets to lead the section. Meanwhile the Year 10s spend most Thursday afternoons somewhere on the slopes of Winder playing expedition games with S.Lt Hartley preparing them for the rigours of expedition life. Year 9 are learning the ropes (literally and metaphorically) of life in the Navy. We employ any visitors that we can dragoon to inform them about the real Navy. Our visiting Chief Petty Officer, Phil Roche RN, is one such who visits about monthly, and our careers officer Lt Andy Jenner RN is the other regular visitor. Both of these characters are being replaced this year and we are very grateful for their input to the section. As “summer” dawned the delights of summer weather greeted us. The water at Killington seems colder than winter, while I, for one, will not forget waking up in my tent with frost on my sleeping bag in May! Our biannual formal inspection by Major General Rollo CBE was a more pleasant experience than expected. Our Year 9 and 10 cadets carried out their practice expedition and met the inspecting officer on their return, while the Year 11 and above cadets went sailing at Killington and showed off their skills. The Year 10s carried out their “real” bronze expedition on the pre-penultimate weekend of term in amongst some unpleasant weather. The early advent of IGCSEs meant that that was almost the last time that we saw the Year 11 cadets for the term. Our regular RAF/RN challenge at Halton over the assault course and raft building competition was marred by weather and some bizarre regulations concerning insurance not covering Army personnel training RAF/RN cadets. However we persisted and a very close challenge was deemed to be a draw this year and not too many people got wet in the fast flowing River Lune. Regular Thursday sailing sessions saw
the standard of sailing improve by leaps and bounds aided by the example set by the more experienced cadets. Strenuous efforts had to be made to ensure that the powerboats were not hijacked by those enthusiastic cadets who have signed up for their Level II powerboat course at Plymouth this summer. We hosted the NE Area CCF Regatta and managed to retain our trophy again. Many of the cadets also sail regularly at other times in the week so have had plenty of water time this summer culminating in our victory at the Junior National 12 hour race in Bosuns and the CCF Regatta held at Southport on the weekend prior to our sailing camp. All the Year 9 cadets (except those in the choir or B1 cricket) came down to Waterside lodge at Southport for a RYA level II course along with two waifs and strays from the Corps of Drums. We were joined by four Year 10s doing their RYA Seamanship module. We shared Waterside lodge with the Navy CCF Cadets from Ellesmere College who were camping, and cadets from Ulster who were accommodated at Altcar. The weather was not kind to us with a perpetual Force 3 and upwards which prevented us from achieving all the exercises that we wanted to. Apart from five stitches in Tom Hutchinson’s head, all survived unscathed and a lot was learnt about sailing in strong winds. Eight of the cadets achieved their Level II showing good skills in the prevailing winds. Unfortunately the Seamanship module requires rudderless sailing to be
mastered and conditions prevented that, so they were unable to achieve their full certification. I was very grateful for the assistance of Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard who played a valuable role in the whole course. Without the active assistance of our SSI, WO1 John Jones and the support of the Contingent Commander Sqn Ldr GA Clarke, the whole CCF would fall apart. In our own naval world, without S.Lt Robin Hartley, we would be unable to run the section and have as much fun as we seem to do most of the time. MP Ripley
Mediterranean sailing at Killington.
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From left to right, top to bottom: Silver Group striding into Bowber Head campsite on one of the few sunny days; Are we really all going to fit into this?; Meal time with the Gold Group; First Aid Training; Gold Wild Camp below the summit of Scafell; A wet and bedraggled group of Silver pupils, 3 hours into their expedition - and they are still smiling!; Learning how to cook on Trangias.
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The individual Houses excelled themselves in their original choices of fundraising activities this year. The Evans House Garden Party raised, along with other Evans efforts, a total of £638.02 for Christian Aid. Sedgwick House held a memorable Gig in the Garden which, along with fine feasting on homemade pizzas for all totalled well over £500. The Robertson Summer Sizzler was as popular as ever and blessed with Cumbrian cloudless blue! The Sumo-wrestling suits contributed not insignificantly to the grand total of £1200 which went to the Oxfam Dharfur Appeal No fund-raising round-up would be complete without a private paragraph saved for Alex-Mad-Dog-Head-Boy Newcombe who ran, then walked and finally staggered his way up and down Winder twenty-five times in a single day, close enough to the height of Everest to raise a few eyebrows and more than a few pounds towards our annual School total. Alex also trained for and ran the Flora London Marathon for charity along with Jack Dutton and Miss Claire Finn. Our trotting trio raised well over £3000 between them! A collection of over 130 female pupils and staff dressed in pink and sprinted, strolled or skipped round the ‘Race for Life’ on a scorching Sunday. Each entrant had to raise sponsorship individually to support Cancer Relief, and many had their own, all too personal reasons for wanting to be there. The annual summer charity bake in Hart House organised by Mrs Griffin was a lemon-drizzling finger-licking tray bake triumph, making £150 from the proceeds of their sales. DVDs of the Rawthey Ball, with tasteful editing and suitably evocative soundtrack by Mr Hall were put on
sale and raised an easy £150 for Medic Malawi. Meanwhile this year’s highly amusing staff review, Kick in the Stalls brought £1375 in ticket sales for UNICEF’s appeal for the Children in Iraq. There were many other examples of enterprising fund-raising both by individuals and groups throughout the school year. This round-up has uncovered evidence of funds raised by the School, above and beyond the Morecambe Bay Walk, of £12,009! That is something of which we can be sure; we can only guess at what else was raised. Thank you, all of you, who put your heads together, came up with unusual and entertaining schemes; gave freely of your talent and your time to help others. Hopefully we will all be inspired by these examples, and continue to remember how vital a part of our School life is service and giving. GE Parry
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award In September 2006, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was relaunched at the school. During the year 14 pupils worked towards their Gold Award Expedition to Knoydart, a remote part of the Scottish Highlands under the guidance of Steve Smith. During July 2007 the whole group were successful in completing this arduous expedition, despite the rain and midges. Throughout the coming year a number of the pupils will complete all the sections of their Gold Award and will look forward to being presented with this at either Holyrood House or St James’ Palace. There was such a high demand for places on the Silver Award
Sumo Wrestling at the Robertson Summer Sizzler.
Expedition training that there was a waiting list. Rebecca Hubbard led the sessions aided by Mike Moss, Paul Sweeting and Claire Finn. Forty eight pupils worked towards their expedition and received training in First Aid, camp cooking, navigation and emergency procedures. Regular outdoor sessions took place on Thursday afternoons regardless of the weather and pupils have experienced rain, hail, high winds and even snow through the course of the year.
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All pupils successfully completed their expeditions in July despite the most horrendous weather on record. Over ten staff were involved in supervising these expeditions and without them; it would not have been possible. Since July, eight pupils have finished all the sections of their award and received their certificates in Chapel. I look forward to many more completing their award in the near future. RC Hubbard
Kick in the Stalls It all started back in the Spring of 1999 when Neil Rollings, then Director of Sport and 1st XV coach, suggested that the rugby staff should stage a revue to raise funds for the
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forthcoming tour of South Africa. Colleagues responded enthusiastically, if a little nervously, and a motley running-order of monologues, sketches and songs was put together, and rather patchily rehearsed, for what was envisaged simply as a one-off event at the end of the summer term of that year. That first Kick set the pattern: the cast’s nerves were steadied with backstage refreshment, it was enormous fun to produce and perform and the audience clearly loved it, appreciating the diverse, and perhaps unsuspected, talents of the staff that were laid bare in the course of the evening. An important principle was established at that first performance: although Kick is clearly light-hearted and irreverent, it has never been compromised by overeasy smuttiness or local in-jokes and innuendo, and it has avoided the easy trap of the staff simply making fools of themselves. In fact, the staff take pride in doing it well, and this is sensed and appreciated by the audience. In other words, it is a good show. Often, it has been very good, and would certainly stand comparison with the work of Footlights and other exponents of revue. As a result, we have been able to sustain a remarkable run of nine consecutive shows (no pupil in the school at the moment will remember a time without Kick) none of which has fallen flat, and each of which has contributed to the richness of the Kick tradition. In recent years, the proceeds have been donated to support UNICEF’s work with the children of Iraq. In 2007 these amounted to £1375, a sum of which we are very proud. The timing of the show, starting at 9.30 p.m. on the eve of Speech Day, has been helpful. At the heart of Kick, however, lies the warmth and mutual respect shown between cast and audience, staff and pupils, which, apart obviously from the simple funniness of the sketches, are the real reasons for its success. This says quite a lot about Sedbergh, and I think it is unlikely that any other school can boast of anything quite like Kick. Over the years, certain sketches have
become traditional. The audience knows, for example, that the show will begin with Tarzan and finish with Beaches of Dunkirk. Somewhere in the middle will come Ten Ways to Avoid Lending your Wheelbarrow to Anybody. There has always been a strong musical element, thanks first to John Bobby and James Morgan and, more recently, to Martin Valentine – with the help of two consecutive Directors of Music. These items are all greeted with enthusiasm and affection, staleness does not come into it, and I suspect that the audience would grumble if the final bars of Wilson Pickett’s The Midnight Hour, and the dimming of the houselights, was not followed by the familiar ululation that indicates that the show is about to unfold once again. Pupils will often discuss their favourite sketches, such as Combat Games, seen many times and yet still longed-for. They are keen to know whether any members of staff will be making their debut this year, and are eager to make recommendations. They also ask where the sketches come from: the answer, unsurprisingly, is that their provenance is varied. Tarzan was already a wellestablished part of the repertoire of the Cambridge University Light Entertainment Society (CULES) when I went up in 1974, and that autumn appeared as First Tarzan in shows at Bedford Prison and Fulbourn Psychiatric Hospital – two institutions with which I became very familiar as an undergraduate. Cambridge did not prepare me for the fact that I would be playing the same role 33 years later. Wheelbarrow is actually a staged version of an Adrian Mitchell poem, from his collection The Apeman Cometh, whose form allows adaptations and the inclusion of topical “reasons” for refusing the loan. The Four Yorkshiremen is probably the most famous sketch, written by Marty Feldman for his own television show in 1969. Most of the rest of the material is home-grown, with at least three brandnew sketches leavening the rich diet of old favourites each year. Some of these, like Name Quest with its ever-popular Peter Cumminmyear, become Kick
classics, others are never used again. At the time of writing, the future of Kick is under discussion. A feeling that we should quit while we’re still ahead, while we still enjoy it and before we begrudge its demands vis-à-vis other commitments, is being weighed-up against all the special aspects and qualities of Kick to which this article refers. If 2007 does turn out to have been the final fling, then one cannot close better than by referring to that show’s subtitle, It was Fun while it Lasted. MAF Raw
Simon Barnby The Howgill Fells have stood still and been unchanged for thousands of years. However, this year they will be missing one significant element. The blur of a blue vest will no longer be running through its valleys or to its lung busting peaks. Simon Barnby, one of the greatest all round runners that Sedbergh School has ever known, has gone on to pastures new.
Simon rock climbing.
I first met Simon at the top of Winder, out on a run. I asked him: “Do you like running?” He replied “No, I just like to get to places!” This was his ethos, in the Howgill Fells there is simply escapism and you can be yourself. This excellent resource is what drove this most unassuming of young men on. It was almost as if God had made the fells purely for him – nobody enjoyed their beauty or dangers more than Simon. Before his real talent was unearthed he was given the nickname, Robot, due to his resilience, unbelievable strength and reluctance to give in. He would just stay behind you on a run and not make a sound. I first spotted his remarkable endurance when sledging in heavy snow. It was decided there would be a trip to the top of Crook. Simon ran there in frozen clothes, not stopping a step in snow two foot deep whilst carrying a sledge. I took on coaching Simon in 2005, just after his talented brother Robert had left Sedbergh. The day would always start at around 5.45am with a different location. Never one for much conversation or feedback, Simon took the tasks at hand with ease and took in every word given to him. He would always surpass my expectations in training, though I would never tell him. Simon was lucky to have Sam Holdsworth, Nick Orpwood and Matthew Davidson as his training partners as they are all fine runners. After winning the 2006 Wilson Run in a decent time, despite the dire weather conditions, and competing in some fine runs in senior events during 2005 and 2006, Simon became, in 2007, the runner he is today and will be tomorrow. His first serious race was a 10K at Ravenstonedale, where Simon simply burst through the quality of field by using his one and only tactic: “put one foot in front of the other, quicker than everyone else!” This really launched Simon into new realms and people started to ask who he was. Simon then ran at Langdale and produced a time of 32.55 for a 10K which is simply astonishing. Rod Berry, a well respected runner, merely said “It was the run of the day”.
Simon was also a hockey player, good climber, canoeist and sailor and so he found it difficult to run often for the school team. Subsequently he ran for the school on Sundays in the Kendal Winter League, spreading his name far and wide and making seasoned runner’s quake in their boots when the name Sedbergh School was mentioned. He set many records in this series of races beating the U20 Great Britain champion (Tom Addison) and the Senior BOFRA Champion, Alistair Dunn on numerous occasions. Alistair told me: “There is nothing I can do to stop him; he knows he can beat me and what’s more I do as well”. He has yet to win one of his favourite races, Fairmile. Simon created a long running relationship with the Westmorland Gazette. Each week they would have an article on his exploits, my favourite is definitely, ‘THE VEST MAN’ (Westmorland Gazette 9th March 2007). Why? Because that’s what he always ran in regardless of the temperature. Simon will go down in Sedbergh history for his: ‘was it or wasn’t it a record?’ in the 2007 Wilson Run. Put simply though it was one of the most unbelievable and vigorous pieces of running I and many others have witnessed. To achieve a time of 1:09:36, the second fastest time ever, is a great achievement; to that everyone must agree. This was after winning the HMC cross country just 48 hours before. Simon holds another record though, the ascent of Winder and the Sedbergh Three Peaks, to which he said: “Winder, it’s my hill!” On the 29th April 2007 Simon surpassed both mine and Norman Berry’s expectations by finishing 7th against Britain’s best in the Three Peaks, a gruelling 24 mile race with 9000’ of climb. His time was believed to be the quickest for somebody his age and the UK selectors stated it in the Fell Runner as, “The Performance of the Day”, even though Rob Jebb had just won his fourth race in a row. Unfortunately, Simon asked Rob Jebb
Simon lightfooting it over Boar Fell.
if he had ever done the Three Peaks. For me this just shows his modesty. From there Simon finished second in the Senior Cumbrian road running championships, displaying his all round versatility. Undoubtedly his greatest asset is running uphill and this led him to the English Fell Running Championships in Braithwaite after missing the GB trials. There were only sixteen people entered. However, sixteenth place was last years U16s champion, which shows the quality of the field. Simon came second, only beaten by a hair’s width, but he did beat the British number one and two by over three minutes to secure his place in the England team to compete in Switzerland at the World Mountain Running Championships on the 15th September. The Howgill Fells will certainly not seem the same to go running in. I will sorely miss my friend, especially him telling me that the summit is not too far away now. Keep running, God bless and good luck. JDW Richardson
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View of Winder across Powell Pitches. Front Cover: Cycling up the ridge to Winder with High Winder in the background. Sedbergh Crest: Artwork by Calum Greenall (2006 and 2007 editions).
THE SEDBERGHIAN 2007 Editor: Mr SE Hall Pupil Editors: Freya Findlay (Robertson) & Hannah Rogers (Robertson). From September 2007: Rosie Harnby (Robertson). Photographic Credits: Thanks go to the following people who have provided additional photographs for the 2007 edition of ‘The Sedberghian’: Mr B Aitken, Mr G Aveyard, Sam Bell, Mrs HC Christy, Mr JE Fisher, Ms M Gorst, Mrs SA Griffin, Mrs SL Hirst, Mr T Jeffreys, Mr J Jones, Mrs J Mailing, Mr C Mahon, Mr S Oliver, Mrs GE Parry, Dr MP Ripley, Mr JM Sykes, Mr R Witt and the Housemasters, Housemistresses and pupils who provided photographs for putting together the house pages. Mr SJ Cooling deserves special mention for providing some of the best photographs in this edition, including (once again) that for the front cover. Thanks: For ongoing support, the editor would like to thank all pupils and staff who have written articles, supplied information to fill gaps and given of their time. David Clements deserves special mention for editorial support and compilation of results. I am particularly grateful to Freya and Hannah their critical eye and desire to see the magazine go from strength to strength and Rosie for joining the team. Personal thanks go to Mrs Hall, Miss Sophie Hall and Master Adam Hall for keeping me grounded. The continued support of Mr P Wallace-Woodroffe is appreciated as is the confidence of Mr CH Hirst for giving me the editorial freedom needed. Stephen Collier has again ensured that the final product is something of which the school can be proud. His work, alongside that of Collective Printers is invaluable in the production of such a professional end-product. Note for Old Sedberghians: From 2008 onwards, ‘The Sedberghian’ will no longer be automatically sent out as part of the OS subscription. Those who would like to continue receiving the magazine are asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details. Sedbergh School is a company limited by guarantee registered in England no: 39446280 Designed by 40twenty Design & Printed by Collective. Printed on 9lives 80 Silk, 80% recycled paper.
From left to right, top to bottom: Charlotte Mann and Kate Telfer; Mr Hartley getting wet; Looking up to High Winder; Emily Hirst, Clare Carney and Flora Dawson filming during the Y11 Pre-A level day; Dune jumping; Francesca Harnby, Danielle Froldi and Poppy Hilton on Boar Fell; Leavers’ Ball; Confused!
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Published on Dec 14, 2009
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Sedberghian 2007 Thanks: For ongoing support, the editor would like to thank all pupils and staff who have written articles, supplied inform...