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Lent 2016 ISSUE 21

SherborneNews DRAMA




Comment from the Headmaster We will not seek to make Sherborne a different type of School but will strive to make it the best that it can be.

My first term at Sherborne has only served to reinforce what a tremendous privilege it is to lead such a great School. Since arriving in January, I have been overwhelmed by the warmth of the welcome I have received. The friendliness and openness of our boys, staff and parents has helped me not only to feel at home but also to get my bearings and to understand better the things that make our School so special. Many things here are simply world class. High academic expectations and outstanding pastoral care are, and must remain, the bedrock of a Sherborne education. Our musical, artistic and sporting provision is outstanding and all our boys have access to an extraordinary range of co-curricular opportunities. All of this is underpinned by a subtle yet profound spirituality and sense of the world beyond the individual. As we look to the future, we need to build upon and celebrate these strengths. At the same time, we need to have the institutional honesty and objectivity to acknowledge and address those things that can and should be better. It is with these principles in mind that we have set about the task of creating a Strategic Plan to guide our future development. In creating the Plan, we have made extensive use of the anonymised survey of parents, staff and prep school Heads that we conducted in the Trinity Term. We have analysed key metrics and tested our initial conclusions through both

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structured and less formal conversations with staff, boys and other members of the Sherborne community. The Plan is currently in draft form and, when published next term, will set out our strategy for the next five years with more detailed Development Plans supporting the achievement of specific objectives. The ultimate goal is to make things better, regardless of how good they are now, and to foster a culture of continuous improvement based upon clear but achievable academic, pastoral and cocurricular ambitions for the boys of Sherborne. Many things will stay the same. Sherborne will remain an allboys boarding school. Our commitment to the highest levels of individualised care will continue. We will place an emphasis upon academic education while valuing the huge part that sport, music, art, drama and other activities play in the lives of our boys. We will continue to help our boys develop the skills, resilience and flexibility they will need to make their way in an increasingly competitive and globalised world. And we will promote, as the School always has, a clear set of values that will enable our boys not only to enjoy their own success but also to contribute to the happiness and wellbeing of others. When we change things, we will do so thoughtfully and in a way that respects the institution, its values and its heritage. We will not seek to make Sherborne a different type of School, but will strive to make it the best that it can be. I am very much looking forward to the challenges ahead and to all the exciting things that the future holds for Sherborne.


Congratulations to the recently appointed School Prefects: Alastair Findlay (a), Gian-Marco Hammond (b), George Wallington (d), Angus Huntington (e), James Kennedy (f), Matt Versloot (g) and Zak Smith (m)

Success at the UK Intermediate Mathematics Challenge

Congratulations to Head of School Fergus Hamilton (c)

Sherborne has had great success again this year in the UK Intermediate Mathematics Challenge. A total of 83 boys took part in the challenge and we were delighted that they came away with 10 Gold, 16 Silver and 25 Bronze certificates. Many congratulations to Ben Rainbow (5c), James Cordery (5e), Sam MacDonald (5c), Olly Minchin (5g), Claude Hopkins (4m), Harry Le Maistre (4g), Freddie Robinson (4f), Richard Pun (3e), Aaron Kim (3b), Harry Harvey (3b) all of whom were awarded Gold Certificates.


Chemists win Top of the Bench The Chemistry department took a group of our best chemists to Bristol University to take part in the national Top of the Bench competition, run by the Royal Society of Chemistry for 14-16 year olds. The Sherborne team consisted of Ben Fuller (3f), Sam Hutchinson (3d), Freddie Robinson (4f) and Felix Storer (5g). The boys competed against fifteen other schools and won, progressing through to the final in April.


Confirmation Service The Right Reverend Bill Ind (retired Bishop of Truro) confirmed 40 candidates in Sherborne Abbey on 27th February. Bishop Bill spoke with great warmth and humour to the boys about the significance of their Confirmation and the importance of being named before God in the presence of family and friends. It was an uplifting and joyful service, enhanced by the singing of the School’s Chamber Choir. The collection from the service raised £2741.25 for the Salisbury/Sudan church link and will make a significant difference to the plight of those in Sudan. The boys had spent the previous day on a reflective retreat led by The Reverend Canon Charles Mitchell-Innes in Salisbury Cathedral in the morning and an afternoon at St Paul’s Church, Sherborne led by Dr John Bradshaw.


School House Hillfort Challenge All of the boys, tutors and domestic staff of School House took part in a 10-mile charity walk, the Hillfort Challenge, stretching from Abbotsbury Hillfort to Maiden Castle. It was in aid of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. A House service in the Old School Room gave us time to reflect on the challenge ahead. On arrival at the Hillfort, we split into the groups and set off at a good rate. Throughout the first leg of the walk, the coastal views were stunning. The speed of walking was at such a rate that we quickly reached Hardy Monument, where we stopped for lunch. During the second leg, the wind came into effect, blowing constantly in everyone’s faces. However, this did not deter us from our goal and we all continued to walk on determinedly. We arrived at Maiden Castle in such good time that we beat the coaches there. Back at School House, there were hot dogs available for all, courtesy of Mrs Cant, which finished off a great day. Any post-walk donations will be gratefully received and can be made at:


Codebreaking Lecture boys and girls at 6pm on a Thursday evening is a challenge on its own; but our speaker appeared effortless, and completely captivated our attention. The lecture challenged us not just on our ability to remember Decision Mathematics, but also to stay still on our chairs with an enigma Machine only a few yards away. For many of us it was the first time seeing Turing’s toy in such stunning detail.

On the 4th of February, Simon L. Singh MBe, a popular author and mathematician, visited Sherborne School to deliver a truly captivating speech on encryption and Codebreaking. We had a close insight into a series of different topics, including stateof-the-art code-breaking techniques and the wide-ranging applications of mathematical principles. Jokes, of course, were to be present aplenty. Holding the attention of a few hundred

Dr Singh managed to deliver an accessible yet complex talk with many ideas to digest. Following the lecture, a smaller group of us went to the Old School Room where we had a formal dinner. We enjoyed ourselves and discussed a variety of things, sometimes becoming too abstract or excited about them, just like mathematicians do. The icing on the cake was a hands-on experience of looking at the enigma Machine in all its glory. This quenched our thirst for knowledge.

LOWeR SIxTH CAReeRS COnVenTIOn “Very interesting and worthwhile”; “This has helped me to have a clearer idea on what I want to do”; “never again will I have the opportunity to speak to so many people about their jobs”: these are just some of the comments made by members of the Lower Sixth about this month’s Lower Sixth Careers Convention. Delegates representing 40 career areas, from Accountancy to Veterinary Science, met with the Lower Sixth to talk about their day-to-day job roles. As well as the “Careers Fair”, each boy had the chance to see four delegates of his choice in small group sessions. KIM DUNNING MANAGER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND CAREERS


Saturday Lecture Series

The Saturday Lecture Programme, supported by the Sherborne Foundation, has provided a fascinating array of talks over the last term. Dr Andrew Oates spoke on the neurology of Dementia, and Matt Parker, mathematician, author, and broadcaster, contemplated life in the fourth dimension. Dr Hasan discussed the troubles in the Middle east – a full write up by James Grammaticus (U6f) can be found in our latest news section shown below: The Powell Theatre bore witness to a Lenten Muslim-Christian dialogue (on the set of Lord of the Flies!) and Sir James Perowne, Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle, presented a lecture about ernest Shackleton and Leadership.


Music his term has seen more musical successes than almost ever


before; that such a short term should contain no fewer than 28 concert performances is quite remarkable. The crowning

achievement was the award of ATCL diplomas to Ally Collins

(L6f), piano, who also achieved a nationally rare Distinction, and Theo

Beeny (U6c), french horn. Ally and fellow musicians Matthew Cann (L6e),

violin, and Finnbar Blakey (L6a), cello, appearing in ensemble as the Sixth Form Piano Trio, won a Distinction and a Cup in the Mid Somerset Music Festival in Bath. An impressive Third Form Wind Quintet – Cassian

Blackburn-Enever (3e), flute, George Jefferson (3e), oboe, George Lewis (3d), clarinet, Benedict Mercer (3b), French horn, Nathanael Fagerson

(3a), bassoon – was also commended by the judges. Meanwhile Charlie Smith (5g), ATCL flute, was declared ‘Sherborne Young Musician of the Year 2016’ in an all-day competition, organised by the Sherborne

Douzelage, which included musicians from all schools in a twenty mile

radius of Sherborne: Alex Stagg (L6f), trumpet, and Douglas Mak (L6c), piano, won the brass and piano prizes respectively. Lunchtime recitals in Cheap Street Church, have involved a number of very high quality performances from a range of different musicians. Meanwhile, the RocSoc staged one of its eclectic concerts in the BSR. The Tindall Recital Series welcomed the giant of jazz, pianist Dave newton and his trio, and upand-coming Russian violinist, AnnaLiisa Bezrodny, gave a virtuosic recital which inspired all of Sherborne’s musicians as much as it amazed the violinists.

This term also saw hard-fought competition for the prestigious Halliday Cup for pianists, organists and singers, adjudicated by international concert pianist Philip Fowke. In an unprecedented turn of events the overall cup was awarded to its youngest ever recipient, music scholar Josh Cook (3f) who had performed on both the piano and the organ. Full results are shown. Singing has continued to be at the heart of Sherborne’s music-making and

highlights include the Messiah by Handel in Wells Cathedral, performed by the Sherborne Schools’ Choral Society with professional orchestra and soloists, and a moving performance for Choral evensong by the Chamber Choir in exeter College, Oxford. An occasion of particular note was the Music Charity Day, organised by a team of musicians as part of their Duke of edinburgh Silver Award and inspired by Head of Strings, Sarah Drury, after a visit to el Sistema, a project for strings players and music teachers to bring together children of very different backgrounds through the making of music. The Sherborne day, with Ilminster Avenue e-Act Academy from Bristol, was the culmination of many months of fund-raising by Ollie Minchin (5g), Joss nelson (5e) Henry Jones (5g) and Benj Miller (5f). A scratch orchestra consisting of fortythree children from the Bristol primary school and Sherborne Chamber Orchestra, rehearsed and performed three pieces and gave a mini-concert at the end of the day. Both the Joint Schools’ Symphony and Sinfonia Orchestras proved to be on fine form in concerts held in the Big School Room and Leweston, respectively, with exciting repertoire ranging from Sibelius’ Karelia Suite to Dvořák’s Symphony no 9 in E minor. And jazz, as ever, has been popularly represented by the Jazz and Swing Bands in sell-out events All Stars and Dinner and Jazz.

Theo Beeny (U6c) and Ally Collins (L6f) received their ATCL Diplomas this term.


Halliday Cup: Overall winner: Josh Cook (3f) (piano, organ) Junior Singing: Bentley Creswell (4a) Senior Singing: Finnbar Blakey (L6a) Organ:

Henry Delamain (U6c)

Junior Piano:

Sam MacDonald (5c)

Senior Piano:

Ally Collins (L6f)

Drama Lord of the Flies his term, the Third and Fourth Forms took part in an adaptation of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. Production started in Michaelmas, with Miss Cant at the reins. The play was perfectly suited for a boys’ school: it only has schoolboys as characters, and they descend into savagery and animalism. The menace was something that we had to work hard to convey. Occasionally, it was hard to tell when people were acting and when they weren’t!


We performed the play on an amazing set in the Powell Theatre. All the little details came together to make the show what it was: acting, lighting, directing, the work of the stage hands, and the aforementioned set design were the pieces that made the play an excellent and exciting production. Tom Wheeler (4m) and Oscar Chandler (3c) were particularly good performers. Tom’s performance as Jack was one of the most chilling pieces of acting I’ve seen. This being said, the standard of acting was consistently high. Seeing the play come from ideas in someone’s head into a fully-fledged, and menacing, production was a truly amazing experience. A special thanks to Miss Cant for directing and working tirelessly to put together a superb show.


Wallace House Play Dick Barton From the minute we all settled down to the Wallace House production of Dick Barton we all knew we were in for a distinctly un-politically correct evening of jollity. Mr Robinson gainfully employed boys from every year group. Co-directed by Mr O’Connor, the production coaxed fantastic performances from the boys. Hugh Johnson (U6) was born to play Dick Barton, while Tomos evans (U6) as his female nemesis was simply gorgeous. James Garrow (5) was magnificent as Jock, and Matthew Cann (L6) as ‘Piggy’ plumbed a sufficiently tragic depth. I was also delighted to see an unexpectedly affective portrayal of Snowy by William Bailey (5); he should be on the stage more often. But surely the surprise hit of the night was the pairing of William Thorne (5) and James Foulger (5), as Roger and Wilco, as they camped it up ‘Miami Vice’ style. I am quite glad that most of Dick Barton’s world has vanished, but its charm is undeniable. It is also apposite since it is the last Wallace House play directed by its current housemaster, Mr Robinson. Anyone who knows him and his wife emma will also realise that this slick, professional, inclusive, hilarious production reminded us all of how much we shall miss them when they’re gone.


Digby House Play Twelve Angry Men Twelve Angry Men is a masterly exploration of how people deal with one another’s rights and opinions, in the crucible of a hot courtroom and a capital sentence. This makes it a piece that’s ideal for individual performers, each trying to hold sway over his peers, but also for a group: will they act as a kind of lynch-mob in tweeds, or will they rely on their own consciences? The performances from The Digby’s cast made the most of this social experiment. As the direction expertly showed, the jury’s diverse voices became simplified into a duel between two men: the one who clings to his right to an opinion, even

if no one else agrees with him, and the one who took the mirror image of that position at the start of the play. James Allan (U6) played the ultimately alienated juror; George Sutton (5) was the consistently calmer, steelier man who had done so much to find reasonable doubts in a reasonable way. James Allan was not only the last man standing, but also the director. The cast gained from the wisdom and experience he’s brought to many productions in his time at Sherborne.


CCF Biennial Inspection We were extremely fortunate to

have the Fleet Commander of the Royal Navy, Vice Admiral Ben Key

CBE, as our Inspecting Officer. The boys had worked hard on their drill, over several Wednesday

afternoons, and saved their most

accomplished performance for the big day in front of a healthy crowd of parents.

The boys then performed their CCF

activities in the driving rain showing a willingness to get stuck in despite difficult conditions. The Sixth Form attended a military style dinner in the evening, where they received an inspiring talk about leadership from Vice Admiral Key.


The Green 10,000 Challenge – Part III

Field Trips

Our fund-raising for Macmillan Cancer Support has had three parts. Four years ago we swam 10,000 lengths, and two years ago we cycled 10,000km; each time we raised just short of £10,000. For the final leg of our ‘triathlon’ we ran 10,000 furlongs (about 2,000km) in 36 hours, from 8am on Saturday 19th March until 8pm on Sunday 20th March. In the daytime we ran laps around the school, and at night we continued on treadmills in the Sports Hall. The whole House boys, staff, and even OS and parents contributed to the total.

Our Fifth Form boys, as part of their leadership course, went to Dartmoor overnight for a night-and-day navigation exercise to prepare them for the responsibility of guiding the younger cadets on future trips. The elements ensured it was a testing trip, but it was good for them to put their training to good use. The Army section was superbly hosted, by Captain Barnes (OS) of the Royal Lancers. Boys got to crawl over Challenger tanks, as well as seeing some of the latest equipment and the Armoured Trials and Development Unit. They also managed to experience tank battles on the simulator. Their determination was also tested on a particularly wet obstacle course. The Royal navy section spent the day at the Fleet Air Arm Museum and found out more about this important aspect of the Royal navy. The Royal Marines cadets had the honour of spending the day at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone. There are many military acronyms for the activities they conducted, but the favourite tag was FISH - Fighting in Someone’s House (not a doctrinally pure term!). The boys finished the day jumping into the swimming pool wearing webbing and dummy rifles. The Royal Marines present were very impressed with both their levels of enthusiasm and just how strong swimmers many of the boys are.

Any further donations can be made at: 10000


Lyon to Lyon The Lyon House boys undertook the gruelling challenge of cycling nearly 700 miles for charity; the distance from Lyon House, Sherborne to Lyon, France. The boys took turns pedalling three indoor bikes to cover the distance in one day. The challenge has raised over £300, so far, for Great Ormond Street Hospital, and anticipates a bike ride which the boys will undertake in 2017.



SPAnISH TRIP TO SnOWy GRAnADA early on a cold and distinctly grey Sunday morning in February, a group of 12 determined Fourth and Fifth Form Hispanists set off from Sherborne for the sunny delights of Granada in the South of Spain. Or so we expected! The weather was, in fact, better in Sherborne for the entire week, although we did see the first snow fall on the spectacular Sierra nevada, visible from the very centre of Granada, and enjoyed listening to the Spanish bemoaning the cold. In the enjoyable company of staff and girls from Leweston School, we spent just short of a week receiving intensive language tuition from native speakers, practising our language skills with the cheerful and generously welcoming inhabitants of this most beautiful and fascinating city, and plunging deep into the diverse cultures and history of this jewel of southern Spain.


Geology Trip to the Isle of Purbeck Geology is predominantly a practical subject. Luckily, you do not have to travel far to find fascinating subject matter when the famous Jurassic Coast is on your doorstep. We visited three locations at two different ends of a monocline. Initially, we were based at the iconic Durdle Door exploring the surrounding limestone, clay, greensand and chalk. In the afternoon we compared the limestone at Peveril Point, and then the Wealden clay at Swanage Bay.


Qatar Exchange group of Third and Fourth Form boys spent their half term at our sister school, Sherborne Qatar. The exchange served to strengthen links, both with pupils and staff, and to see what life is like in the other school.


Saturday (the Qatar equivalent of Sunday) started with a half-day excursion into the desert. We saw and rode camels but, more excitingly, surfed sand dunes in 4x4’s. Sunday was a normal school day with lessons starting at 7am. While the early start was unpalatable, lessons were over by 2pm and there were lots of other activities to participate in. One boy played rugby, representing Sherborne Qatar, and some boys went sailing. By the end of the week there were real friendships forming and the boys were sorry to be leaving.


Skiing At the British Schoolboys Ski Championships in Wengen, Switzerland, the Sherborne Squad excelled itself with some remarkably high quality skiing.Two individual skiers performed superbly to win their classes. George Case (3m) came second in the U16 Giant Slalom and won the U16 Slalom, and Will Perkins (4a) won the unregistered U16 combined title after two great slalom runs. excitingly, the open-aged team of Ben nokes (L6m), Ben Pugsley (L6d), Tom Perkins (5a) and Will Perkins won gold in the unregistered team competition, an absolutely fantastic achievement.

Judo Congratulations to the Sherborne Judo Team for winning two gold, two silver, and three bronze medals at the HMC Judo nationals.

Dorset County Hockey Champions The Mini Colts A hockey team become the Dorset county champions. They won all five of their matches, scoring ten and conceding none. Special mentions to Hal Little (3a) for organising his defensive unit so effectively and to Luke McLaughlin (3c) for scoring seven of the goals. With that, a berth at the Regional tournament was secured.



Basketball The 2016 basketball team has had a highly successful season, winning all but one of their 6 matches.

The first half of the season was hugely impacted by the weather with block fixtures cancelled due to water-logged pitches. This was a real shame since the boys were ready to start the season with a bang after their Lisbon preseason training tour. Despite some matches falling into the ‘one that got away’ category, we had some superb wins, especially against Marlborough where we came from behind to win 2-1. There were also some formidable performances this season, proving that we have some special players this year who are able to create and expose weaknesses in an opposition. Most recently, the boys managed a resounding win against the Pilgrims in a fantastic match which was keenly contested.


RUGBy SeVenS The 1st VII went into the Bryanston Sevens Tournament the favourites. Zak Smith’s (U6m) side won their group against last year’s winners Kingswood School, Wellington School and exeter Chiefs’ AASe Academy Truro College. Despite not playing their best attacking Sevens, defence was vital as they restricted their group opponents to just five tries in the three games. The semi-final opponents were King edward’s School, Bath. Despite creating several opportunities, the Sherborne boys struggled to get away, but after half time two tries from Alex Radford (U6a) helped seal the win as Sherborne ran out victors 20 points to 7. The final was against Bryanston, who certainly fancied their chances of lifting the trophy in front of their home fans. Sherborne had other ideas and from the first kick-off, won by Tom Lewis (U6a), the die was cast as Zak Smith scored after some good handling up the right hand touchline. Fitness was going to be key for the final half and the boys in blue came through to dominate possession and territory. Sherborne triumphed 22-7 and lifted the trophy for the first time in several years.

DAVID GUY - DIRECTOR OF SPORT Stop Press: Sherborne was the only school to qualify in every age group for the finals of the National School’s Sevens tournament

Sport On Tuesday 1st March the boys took part in the annual Inter-House Cross Country at Sherborne Castle. The event was enjoyed by students and staff alike as the rain held off for most of the race. The Inters’ Individual Trophy was won by Jordan Berry (5a) and the Seniors’ Individual Trophy was claimed by Thomas Minchin (U6g).

Inter-house Cross Country Results

Upper Sixth: Thomas Minchin (g), Harry Reynolds (e), Oliver Rose (f) Lower Sixth: Charlie Hickling (d), William Shardlow (m), Harry Clarke (a) Fifth Form: Jordan Berry (a), William Crosthwaite eyre (a), Louis Down (m) Fourth Form: Freddie Baker (d), Harry Springett (d), Johnny Stanford (c) Third Form: George Case (m), Felix Harvey (f), Arthur Stickland (a)


Friday 29 April, 1330 – Lunchtime Recital - Abbey Festival Friday 29 April, 1630 – Jazz at the Powell - Abbey Festival Saturday 30 April, 1100 – Third Form Parent/Staff Meeting Friday 6 May, 1930 – School House Concert Friday 27 May, 1400 – Fourth Form Parent/Staff Meeting Thursday 19 May, 1945 – The Unplugged Friday 27 May, 1930 – Sherborne School All Stars Sunday 19 June, 1000 – Turing Cyclosportive Saturday 25 June, 1400 – Swing Band Charity Concert (Poole) Sunday 26 June, 1000 – Patrick Shelley Music Competition Thursday 30 June, 1930 – Commemoration: Leavers Concert Friday 1 July, 1500 – Commemoration: Music for a Summers Afternoon Friday 1 July, 1930 – Commemoration: Gala Concert (BSR) • Term Dates: Travelling Day: Wednesday 13 April First exeat: Saturday 30 April – Monday 2 May (including Bank Holiday) Half Term: Friday 27 May – Sunday 5 June end of Term: Saturday 2 July

Congratulations to Sam Reynolds (3c) who won the junior race at the Studland Stampede by a clear margin of just over a minute.

Turing Cyclosportive On Sunday 19th June, Sherborne School will be undertaking the “Turing Sportive”, a circular ride of 65 miles that will include the final stage of Turing’s original journey, from Blandford to Sherborne. This event, which is open to boys, parents, siblings and staff, promises to be an enjoyable and challenging day. If you would like to take part, please email Michael McGinty at with “Turing Ride” as the email subject. The deadline for entries is Friday 27th May. The cost is £12 per head, which includes food.

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