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THE TETTENHALLIAN

TETTENHALL COLLEGE 2008


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COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS & STAFF Council of Governors

Chairman: J Woolridge, CBE, BSc P Brough, BA Mrs C Baugh Mrs C Hammond, BA Mrs V Jones Mrs D Margetts

Vice-Chairman: Rev Preb G Wynne, CMTh, BSc, BD, AKC Mrs J Parker, SRP, MCSP, JP J Rice, Esq G Sower, BA Mrs V Vaughan-Hughes Ms M J Whild, BA, Dip Arch RIBA

STAFF Headmaster: Deputy Headmaster Bursar: Head of Lower School and The Drive: Deputy Head of Lower School:

P C Bodkin, BSc, PhD R J Trump, BA S Howard, FCMI, FIH P Meadows BA, Cert Ed, MA P J Kay, BA

Lower and Upper School Teaching Staff: Mrs S Blake, BA, MA J Bullock, BSc P J Bullough, BA Mrs H Compain-Holt, MA Mrs C Cooper, BSc A Dyer, BEd R Ellmore, BSc C J Evans, BSc, Cbiol, MIBiol P G Evans, BSc A T Foster, BA Mrs E J Gwilt, BSc J Higgs, BA Ms C Hope, BEd Dr S Howarth, BSc, PhD Mrs A Jarman, BA

Miss M Jones, C in E Mrs P Jones, Cert Ed, Dip RSA, SpLD Mrs J Kibble, BEd S L Lawrence, BSc R M Leighton, BA, MA Mrs M Lofting, BSc, MA A R Mottershead BEd, PhD Miss K Murphy BA Mrs A Nash, ACIB Reverend J G Parry, BA J M Petfield, BSc G J Raine, BA Mrs A A Ridyard, BA Mrs R Samra, BSc Mrs B Smith, BA

Mrs D E Spencer, BEd Mrs C A Squire, BA Mrs D Stone, BA, Dip TEFL, MEd Mrs K Stone, BA Mrs S M Symons, BA Mrs J L Taylor, C in E, Dip. Sp.Psyc. Mrs J Tolliday, BSc, SpLD Miss M D Uttley, BA I F Wass, BEd Mrs C E Whiting, BSc, BEd Mrs G O Whitmore, BSc C Woodward, BA, Dip. SLD, Cert SLD, NPQH

Visiting Staff: R Anderson, BSc, PhD Mrs E Coleman, C in E Mrs S Daniel, CT, ABRSM (Piano) D Hartley (Law) J Hood, (Percussion) Mrs D Manasseh, BA LRAM (Flute) N Pope, BSc Mrs K Priest, (Dance Mrs V Sumner, ARCM (Piano) Miss S Thomas (Voice) J Westwood (Guitar)

Mrs L Cooper, C in E, Dip SPLD Mrs N Claxton, Btec Mrs S K Gidda, BEd Mrs J Hislop, BEd, Dip. SpLD,CPSE, CELTA Mrs J Lewis, BEd (Strings) W B Peacock, ISTC, MATA, Dip Sp. Psyc. (Swimming) A Powis, LTCM (Clarinet/Sax) M Revell, MusB, GRNCM, ARNCM (Brass) J Taylor, BMus, FRCO, (CHM), GRSM, LRAM, ARCM (Piano/Organ)


CONTENTS

HeadMaster’s Forward 4 A Tribute to John Dale 5 Comings and Goings 7 The Drive School Members of Staff 10 Nursery at The Drive 11 Kindergarten at The Drive 14 Reception at The Drive 17 Key Stage 1 Autmn Term 18 Spring Term 23 Summer Term 27 Lower School Art 37 Olympic Week 39 Kenetic Theatre 39 Year 2/3 Ancient Greek Day 40 Year 5 Visit to Leicester 40 Year 5 Visit to Weston Park and Secret Hills 40 Year 6 visit to Cranedale 41 Sports Reports 42 Lower School Musical Oliver 44 School Council 46 Chess Reports 48 Upper School Academic Reports 50 Sports Reports 65 Musical Brenda Bly Teen Detective 75 House Reports 82 Sixth Form 84 Boarding Houses 86 The Chaplaincy 88 A Year in Tettenhall College Library 89 School Council 91 Parents’ Association 92 Old Tettenhallians’ Club 93 Officers 93 A letter from Andy Mottershead 94 O.T. News 95 Club Functions 101 Golf Society 103 O.Ts in the Local Press 106 Lives Remembered 110

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HEADMASTER’S FOREWORD P C Bodkin, BSc, PhD

Perhaps bewitched by the number-crunching potential of computers, the nation has become assessed with assigning everything a relative value and with counting and ranking it all. League tables abound in every walk of life from schools and universities to construction, banking and health care. The criteria used in assembling these tables are narrow, arbitrary and often dependent on the whim of a newspaper editor or the latest political “initiative”. Even if the basis on which they are constructed is clearly understood the concept of trying to quantify any school’s achievements is fundamentally flawed because a league table can never reflect an ethos or the holistic nature of the education that schools like Tettenhall aim to provide. The contents of this magazine paint the wider picture of our school that recognises that its role should be to develop all the various intelligences and aptitudes that lie within us. The broad curriculum and the lively, inspiring teaching at Tettenhall delivers good examination results but the core ingredients of a successful school extend far beyond the classroom. The rich

extra-curricular provision illustrated in the forthcoming pages confirms that Tettenhall continues to provide every pupil with opportunities to find a niche, experience success and develop self-confidence. The O.T. section brings news of success at university and in later life. Whether it be a first class degree, promotion at work or an update on a fulfilling career, these achievements are all based on solid foundations laid at school. I thank all our contributors, the new design team and the Editor for a colourful publication that does not rely on statistics but tells an accurate story of another eventful and successful school year.


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A TRIBUTE TO JOHN DALE

Preached in the Chapel at Tettenhall College at the Memorial Service for John on March 8th 2008 Already mentioned are kindness and courteousness. A most evident quality was his towering intellect which radiated from him powerfully and instinctively. John was a truly scholarly man whose interests extended far beyond his own speciality as a modern linguist. John’s restless and inquiring mind drew him to many subject areas and his library was tremendously varied. His great interest in history, his theological understanding and his extraordinary way with words made his speeches and sermons, for he was a lay preacher, a joy to hear. John brought considerable insight, perception and knowledge to bear on those reflective occasions; I confess I use many of his stories to this day. What a fine speaker he was! He had a lucid and elegant style with a remarkable talent for the right word. John revelled in the joys of word and the inflections of language. And all could understand the point he was making, what a great ability. His latter days saw this gift so cruelly taken from him. Dr Roberts, who worked with John virtually the whole of his headship here, was to give the address this afternoon, but unfortunately is indisposed. I incorporate some of his words in the address. This celebration of the life of John, headmaster, teacher, colleague, friend, takes place in this chapel where for 25 years, daily during term, he sat, and sang and prayed. I first met John in this chapel. He had recently arrived at Tettenhall, and invited me to preach. The rugger players in the back rows of the chapel seemed very intimidating (I am referring to the boys) to a young and nervous curate, but not so Headmaster. Kindness itself he immediately put me at my ease. The text I had chosen for the sermon that night in 1969 was: ‘where there is no vision the people perish’. Afterwards, as we walked down the drive, he painted me the vision he had for Tettenhall College. What I remember of the conversation, and the vision he had for his pupils, was John himself. And an encouraging ‘thank you’ note followed in the post a few days later. What was John like as a person? What were those qualities which made him so special and which made him such a significant influence on the professional and personal lives of so many?

However, although John was highly respected by staff and pupils for his academic achievements there was no sense of academic pretentiousness. He wore his learning with a light and encouraging touch. It was in no way grafted on, but an integral part of John’s persona. Although he did very much enjoy retiring to his private study where he was surrounded by all his books he was wonderful with people. He was, simply, a thoughtful considerate person. As one might imagine, he had a particular talent at dealing with young people. John was highly respected by all the young people whose lives he touched. Because he knew them so well he was able to write perceptive references for university entrance and for jobs long after he had left the school - and all this stemmed from his deeply held spiritual values. Nowhere were these more evident than on the cricket field! How sport shows up our spiritual values to their full! John’s overriding philosophy was a real conviction that everyone had potential to become a full human being. While in many ways ignoring faults and trying to address them, John always looked for the good in people and worked


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JOHN DALE continued.....

to bring it out. In this way so many young people discovered talents and abilities they never thought they possessed. So it was in John’s relations with staff. John valued his colleagues, and his Council of Governors. He had that rare ability to make even the most mundane contributions of individuals seem to be recognised and appreciated. Dr Roberts says of John. ‘When times were difficult either a short note or a visit showed an intensely compassionate nature and a deep genuine concern. Here was a man of great generosity of spirit’ And John’s family was part of the wider Tettenhall household. We thank them all for what they brought to John’s Headship, and especially thank Lydia for her care and nursing in John’s latter years. Although those final years saw increasing disability, what a delight John had in returning to his beloved Cornwell; as Headmaster there was never time to attend his garden as he wanted, but in retirement this became an abiding hobby. And there he resumed his fellowship with Rotarians and Church, bringing to Cornwell and them the rich experiences and the grateful thanks of Tettenhall College. Today we give thanks and praise God for all that John has meant to us: For all the many thousands of lives he touched (and they were in the thousands) and pointed in the right direction and for those values which his life exemplified. It had been said: “I shall only pass this way once. If I am to do good let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again.” John always seized the moment and in so doing altered so many people’s lives. And I think that was his vision for Tettenhall. Amen Prebendary Geoffrey Wynne Vice - Chair, Council of Governors


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COMINGS AND GOINGS

Miss J Kendle Miss Kendle succeeded Mr Evans as the teacher of Psychology in the sixth-form in September 2008. Miss Kendle has experience of teaching in both secondary schools and further education.

We welcome all new staff and hope that they have a happy and rewarding time with us. Mrs J Tolliday Mrs Tolliday joined us as Coordinator of Learning Support in Upper School in September 2007. Educated in the USA, Mrs Tolliday has been living and teaching in the UK for more than 20 years. Mr S Howard Mr Howard succeeded Mr Martin as Bursar in January 2008. He arrived at Tettenhall following a long and distinguished career in the RAF where he was a Wing Commander. His responsibilities during his time with the RAF included management planning, financial planning, human resources, catering, estate and facilities management, health and safety and security. Miss H Jones Miss Jones succeeded Ms Turner as Nursery Manager in The Drive School in May 2008. An experienced Nursery Nurse, she has most recently been Manager at The Daisy Chain Nursery, Wellington, Shropshire.

Mr D Hartley 2002 ~ 2008 Mr Hartley has contributed to the teaching of Law at A level. His subject knowledge and enthusiasm has helped to make Law a popular option for pupils in the sixth-form.

Miss M Jones 1999 ~ 2008 Miss Jones came to Tettenhall towards the end of a long career teaching Home Economics in other local schools. Pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 have under her guidance acquired vital life skills and often been encouraged to enter competitions where the presentation and content of their dishes have been highly commended. Mrs S Gidda 2005 ~ 2008 Mrs Gidda taught ICT on a parttime basis alongside a role in the family business. Her experience in Schools and knowledge of business assisted the pupils in their acquisition of important skills such as the application of computer programmes, the

Miss R Harrison Miss Harrison joined the team of Nursery Nurses in the Day Nursery at The Drive School in July 2008.

Mrs V O’Neill Mrs O’Neill joined the Science Department in Upper School in September 2008. A graduate in Genetics and Molecular Biology, her C.V. includes involvement a pilot scheme with the use of PDAs in the teaching of Science and training with the International Space School.

presentation of information and touch typing.


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COMINGS AND GOINGS

Mr C Evans 1972 ~ 2008 Mr Evans retired at the end of the 2007/2008 academic year following 36 years’ distinguished service to the School. In addition to teaching Biology, Science, Psychology and Physical Education, he coached the 1st XV Rugby for many years and remained active on the games field throughout his career. He held a number of high profile pastoral roles as Head of Year, a personal tutor and Careers Adviser. A man of many talents, Mr Evans also contributed extensively to the extra-curricular programmes in Music and Drama where he was a regular performer with the Choir and in the Upper School Musicals. Mrs S Symons 2004 ~ 2008 Mrs Symons came out of retirement to teach English. Her experience and expertise in English has been invaluable as has been her willingness to participate in many of the wider spheres of school life such as the enrichment programme and the Choir. Miss A Youens 2004 ~ 2008 Miss Youens has played a vital pastoral role as a residential tutor in Thorneycroft. A former Housemistress at St Catherine’s, Bramley, Miss Youens has been committed to promoting the welfare and wellbeing of the girl boarders in her charge.

Dr S Howarth 2006 ~ 2008 The Institute of Biology’s “Teacher of the Year” in 2005, Dr Howarth demonstrated in the short time that she was with us just why she had been chosen for this accolade. Her pupils have been inspired to go beyond the confines of the syllabus and enter national competitions where they have met with much success. She leaves to lecture on the teaching of Science at the University of Worcester. We thank all our leavers for their contribution to Tettenhall and wish them every happiness in retirement or success in their future careers.


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THE DRIVE SCHOOL

Report for Academic Year: September 2007 – July 2008 Members of staff: Deputy Head: Mrs. S Fisher, B.Ed (Hons) Staff: Miss C. Belcher, Btec Mrs N. Claxton, Btec Mrs F. Dalby, NVQ III Miss A. Dickinson, B.Sc Miss E. Edgar, B.Ed Mrs A. Highfield, Btec

Miss S. Jassal, NVQ III Mrs V. Mayer, BSc Miss K. Murphy Miss N. Parkes, Btec Mrs P. Stokes, C in Playgroup Ed Miss J. Turner N.N.E.B

Visiting Teachers: Mrs S. Daniel, CT, ARRSM (Piano) Mr J. Hood (Percussion) Mrs J. Lewis B.Ed (Strings) W. B. Peacock, ISTC, MATA, Dip Sp. Psyc. (Swimming) Mrs K. Priest, MASD (Dance) Miss S. Thomas (Voice) Mr J. Westwood (Guitar) DEPUTY HEAD OF THE DRIVE SCHOOL REPORT This year’s reports have been written by the members of staff who work in each year group, starting with Nursery through the Early Years Department and into Key stage 1, in order to show the progression the children make throughout their formative years in The Drive School. This Year we welcomed Mr Meadows as our new headmaster and we thank him for his achievements in leading the school forward throughout the academic year. I would also like to thank the pupils, parents and staff who work together as one big family to make The Drive School the happy, friendly school that it is, which facilitates such a unique learning environment.

Mrs Sarah Fisher


A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF NURSERY AUTUMN TERM

We had a snail race.

We used lot of different colours for our Splatter Painting.

We love to climb in Nursery.

We learnt to use a Zebra Crossing using our road trafďŹ c signals and cars.

Decorating hand prints for Diwali

Farther Christmas came to visit and bring us presents.

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A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF NURSERY SPRING TERM

We all tossed a pancake then sat down to enjoy them.

Thomas the tortoise came to visit.

Here we are all playing together in the Home Corner.

We enjoyed making footprints in the snow.

For World Book Day the children came dressed as their favourite book character.


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SUMMER TERM

We made cup cakes and decorated them with sweets.

Spaghetti playing was good fun.

To help promote healthy eating in Nursery we made a fresh fruit salad.

Stopping for a rest on a woodland walk.

We planted seeds and watered them regularly as we waited for them to grow into seedlings

We went on a pretend train ride.


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We have had a busy year in Nursery and lots of new experiences. During our topic, ‘Let’s Explore’ we were outside in the school grounds, exploring and finding out about our local environment. As Diwali and Christmas approached we changed our topic to ‘Let’s Celebrate’ and we looked at different cultures and traditions. In January we were thinking about ourselves in our topic, ‘Who am I’. We looked at our families and friends. We revisited our topic, ‘Let’s Explore’, as the season changed and the children had shown such enthusiasm and interest last term.

We watered the plants in our garden.

During the Summer Term our topic was ‘Let’s get messy’. We experienced lots of different activities with tactile and malleable materials which was great fun. The end of the school year was busy, as always, with the end of term concert for the Nursery leavers and Sports Day practices. We also welcomed the arrival of a new Nursery manager Miss Hilary Jones.

A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF KINDERTGARTEN Autumn We began the Autumn Term with our first topic, ‘All about me’. This theme really helps the children get to know each other and to settle into Kindergarten routines. It also helps to welcome the children who are new to our school. During our next topic, ‘We love stories’, we were excited to find that for the second consecutive year we had been chosen as young judges in the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize! Once again the Kindergarten parents supported us by helping their children to choose their favourite from the three short listed stories. The book with the most votes, our favourite, ‘When a monster is born’ by Sean Taylor and Nick Sharratt, went on to win the gold prize in the competition. Becoming young judges this year was particularly special as the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize has concluded after 23 years. We have thoroughly enjoyed

taking part in this National competition over the last few years as it helps to support young children’s love for books and stories.

Mia Price, Devesh Agarwal and Isabella Lloyd show the shortlisted books for judging in the Nestlé Children

Nursery classes. We also welcomed a very special visitor to our class at the end of term – Santa!

Alexander Matchett, Benjamin Lloyd, Ross Gibson, Milan Manic and Hemal Aggarwal getting ready to perform

Spring The class celebrated Diwali in November by sharing the Diwali story, lighting diyas We celebrated both Chinese New Year and marking rangoli patterns to welcome and Shrove Tuesday early in the Spring guests to our classroom. Term. The class used chopsticks to taste Chinese food and we enjoyed activities In our Christmas concert, ‘Happy Birthday linked to the Year of the Rat! Jesus’ the Kindergarten class performed Some of the class went on a shopping as shepherds, stars, angels and stable trip to the village to buy ingredients for animals along with the Reception and making pancakes. We enjoyed tasting


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pancakes as well as flipping them. Mr Meadows also joined in the fun! The class enjoyed sensory activities in our next topic, ‘Let’s get messy’. Much fun was had exploring gloop, sticky dough, putty, slime and spaghetti!

Summer The Kindergarten class have enjoyed an extremely exciting and busy Summer Term. Our topics included, ‘Giants and beanstalks’, where our home-corner became a giant’s castle and the children had the opportunity to plant and observe the growth of fruit, vegetables and flowers. The children also grew their own beanstalks and mini-gardens.

Ben Lloyd explores gloop!

Isabella Lloyd, Mia Price, Kiertan Pejatta and Mia Kandola proudly show their beanstalks!

Another favourite theme was, ‘Mini-beasts’, during which the children went on a bug-hunt and constructed their own minibeasts using paper mache. The children really responded to this theme and have become extremely observant of even the smallest creatures in our outdoor environment. Zaynah Ilyas enjoys spaghetti play!

Later in the term the children developed lots of interest in learning about dinosaurs. We went on to make and paint our own dinosaurs in junk modelling sessions as well as taking part in a dinosaur dig. We celebrated Easter at the end of term with stories, craft activities and an egg hunt in our garden.

Searching for insects in our garden box.

At the beginning of June we began practising songs to be performed at our summer concert, ‘Honey’. The Kindergarten class took part as bees and flowers and we performed a rendition of, ‘I’m a little honey bee’, along with the Nursery class, before joining the other Drive classes for the main concert. An Easter egg hunt!


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In our final week we were pleased to welcome the ‘Animal Man’ to our classroom. The children and Kindergarten staff met and interacted with many creatures including snakes, lizards, a barn owl, a tarantula, a baby fox and giant cockroaches!

Kindergarten ready to perform the summer concert.

We planned our annual Pirate Day for the beginning of July and the children have been eagerly awaiting their chance to be pirates for a day. On the day the class took part in activities including a treasure hunt, a pirate tug of war and of course all of the children bravely walked the plank, some insisting on a second ‘splash’!

Kindergarten Pirate Day

Macy Bailey meets Jub-Jub!

Ross Gibson meets Little Miss Fluffy!

As the end of the school year approaches the Kindergarten class have been practising races for our forthcoming Sports Day. Both staff and children can look back on a hugely exciting and fun filled year and we would like to wish our Kindergarten class 2007-2008 a well deserved and wonderful summer holiday.

Kindergarten Pirate Day.

Mrs A Highfield Miss N Parkes Mrs T Stokes


A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF RECEPTION

It was another busy year in Reception at the Drive School. Mrs. Edgar and I started with 17 four year olds. The year started with the usual ‘getting back into school’ routines and by half term all the children were old hands and coping well with the more formal morning routine. We spent the first term discovering Autumn through a number of outdoor activities and brought lots of our discoveries back into the classroom. As the weather changed the children learned about time and seasons through their own experiences and texts such as ‘Percy the Park Keeper’. One frosty morning outside Mrs Mayer’s room were some ‘Giant Footprints’ and so ensued a week of Giant stories, letters to and from the Giant and making Giant sandwiches. The run up to Christmas was busy as always and culminated in the huge success of the Christmas Nativity performance in which every member of the group spoke and performed beautifully.

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Party Time Any excuse for a party; we celebrated Diwali, Christmas, Chinese New Year and everyone’s birthdays. The children tasted Indian and Chinese foods and tried making some wonderful recipes for Pancake Day and Easter. During the Summer Term we got out and about. The children all went shopping on Tettenhall Green as part of a topic about ‘Money’. We also had a very multi-sensory visit to Wolverhampton Art Gallery where the children were able to see, touch and even smell exhibits, thanks to our very enthusiastic guide. Closer to home the gardening bug gripped most of the Drive School and Reception too were digging, planting, watering (not much needed!!!) and observing our gardens blooming. Mrs Edgar sadly missed the last half of term where much of our time was taken up with ‘All things Buzzy Bees’; another singing success thanks to Mrs Whiting.


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KEY STAGE 1 AUTUMN TERM

There were 18 children in Year 1 taught by Miss Dickinson and Miss Murphy:

Emily Aston

Rajanvir Basi

Ishika Patel

Jabari Douglas

Simran Bajwa

Liam Tang

Madeline Baugh

Ava Durnall

Niall Hamad

Joshua Ogunnaike

Rosie Whiting

Phoebe Nicholls

Hannah Laurence

Joseph McKaig

Sachin Basra

William Fletcher-Taylor

Tsarina Britton

Luke Anderton

Joseph Mckaig and Ava Durnall using a ‘dress the teddy’ program. Year 2 Giselle Jones using a ‘Move’ program


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There were 16 children in Year 2 taught by Mrs Fisher: All children in Year 1 and Year 2 are given the opportunity to use the I.C.T suite once a week in Lower School.

Elizabeth Core

Harriet Tilley

Lawrence Sutton

Alisha Hall

Christiana Lloyd

Porcia Bailey-Perrin

Rohan Aggarwal

Tilly Thompson,

McKena Maddox

Abhishek Niraula

Emilia Moxey

Harveer Hallaith

Cameron Bagry

Matthew Bennett

Beatrice Love Lowe

Giselle Jones

In September The Drive School took part in a Jump Rope sponsored jump to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. The ‘Jump Off’ provided an ideal opportunity for the children to take part in an excellent healthy heart activity in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere and at the same time to raise valuable sponsor money for the work of the British Heart Foundation, the nation’s heart charity and the school. £400 was sent to the British Heart Foundation and was used to fund pioneering research into the causes and treatment of heart disease among men, women and children, lifesaving cardiac equipment, BHF nurses and health education. Other charities were also supported throughout the term. Water Aid was supported through our Harvest Festival Assembly. We raised £150.00 which meant that we could provide water for four people in India for the rest of their lives. Mrs Liddle and


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jump into their jeans and donate £1 at schools, or £2 at work to help children with genetic disorders. We raised £65.

Liam jumping over the rope

Children in Need was supported on Friday 16th November when Pudsey Bear had a brand new look; he’d shaken out his fur and changed his red spots on his patch for multi-coloured ones! We held a ‘Spotty Mufti Day’, organised by Miss Belcher, to follow Pudsey’s theme. Children came to school in anything spotty e.g. spotty tops, trousers, tights, socks, hats, hair accessories. There were also various games for the children to join in, such as, Twister, How Many Smarties in the Jar? and a Scratch card game. The Drive School raised £167.86.

Niall and Ishika enjoyed tasting the different fruit jams.

Year 2 Science helped the children investigate materials, their properties and how heating and cooling can cause changes. Year 2 presented a class assembly to The Drive School on what they had discovered. They also investigated Electricity and simple circuits.

Year 1 and Year 2 children enjoying the activities

As part of their Science topics Year 1 children explored their senses. They made instruments as part of their sound investigation and took part in a jam tasting competition to challenge their taste buds.

Harveer discovers how to light a bulb.

Year 1 and Year 2 children enjoying the activities

Mrs Gallant organised a ‘coffee morning’ and raised £80.13 for McMillan Cancer. In October, we supported Jeans for Genes Day! Jeans for Genes was a national appeal where everyone across the UK is asked to throw out the usual dress rules,

Sachin and Jabari make their instruments out of old pots and pasta.

Alisha and Christiana melt chocolate.


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Year 2 Class Assembly

In December, Year 1 wrote letters to Father Christmas. They went to the Post Office to buy stamps and post them in time for Christmas.

Ishika, Phoebe, Rosie, Emily and Simran as snowflakes.

Year 1 and 2 performed in this year’s Christmas musical ‘Night before Christmas’. They took on many roles ranging from toys to children.

William and Madeline as toys

Year 2 Class Assembly

Joshua, Rajanvir, Ava, Hannah, Sachin and Joseph as Reindeers

Ava Durnall posts her ‘Christmas Wishes’.

Joshua Ogunnaike posts his ‘Christmas Wishes’.

Jabari and Niall as Mice

Liam and Luke as children


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As part of our Christmas celebrations, the children from Year 1 and 2 joined the rest of the school for entertainment from Dippy the Clown following our traditional Christmas lunch prepared by our cook, Mrs Chris Fisher.

Party Entertainment.

Christmas presents.

Father Christmas also made his annual visit to The Drive School delivering Christmas presents to the children on the last day of term. Liam enjoys his Christmas lunch.

Finally, on Wednesday 12th December Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 visited the Majestic Cinema in Bridgnorth for a private pre-view screening of ‘The Bee Movie’ as an end of term treat.

Visit to The Bee Movie .

Porcia Bailey-Perrin receives a gift from Father Christmas.


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KEY STAGE 1 SPRING TERM

Alisha Hall is working with textured clay.

Year 1 at the school gates on Wood Road.

As part of their Geography topic on ‘Road Safety’, Year 1 carried out a traffic survey to find out whether Wood Road is a busy road.

In Year 2 Art, the children explored textures and tried to recreate them in print and clay with the help of Paul Gooderham, a local artist based at Gailey Potteries.

Abhishek Niraula playing with the clay.

Joseph and Rosie using the Road Safety equipment.

Recreating textures in print and clay with Paul Gooderham.

A Lollipop man came to visit Year 1 to discuss road safety.

Matthew Bennett work on textures in clay.

For Mothers’ Day the children in Year 1 made cards, wove paper heart baskets and baked a special cup cake for their Mothers.

Emily, Liam and Joshua with the Lollipop man.

Recreating textures in print and clay with Paul Gooderham.

Gifts for Mummy.


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Year 2 with their presents and cards.

Year 2 as Book Characters:

Ishika was proud of her gifts for Mummy.

The children in Year 2 learnt new sewing skills to make a photo frame to give as a Mothers’ day present. Year 1 and Year 2 took part in World Book Week. They dressed up as their favourite book character and completed activities relating to their favourite books.

Year 2 with their presents and cards.

Year 2 Book Character Day Work. Children dressed as their favourite book character.

McKenna Maddox and Rohan Aggarwal learn to sew.

Phoebe and Sachin listening in the trees. Children making door hangings.

Cameron Bagry and Alisha Hall with their gifts.

Emilia Moxey as The Cat in the Hat, Abhishek Niraula as Pirates of the Caribbean.

Madeline and Tsarina walking through the woods.


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Jabari liked listening to the animals in the trees.

In Science the children were learning about ‘sound and hearing’. They went on a sound walk around the grounds and heard lots of interesting sounds from animals to different types of vehicles.

Children outside the Squatters Cottage.

Madeline Baugh and Luke Anderton with their models of a house and a castle.

Harriet Tilley investigates with the rest of Year 2.

As part of their Design and Technology topic the children in Year 1 were thinking about different types of homes and Year 2 investigated and made a variety of puppets.

In Year 2 Science the children investigated Forces and how far a car would travel from slopes of differing heights. Children outside the doctor’s house. Year 2 with their hand sewn puppets

As part of a History topic on ‘Homes in the Past’, Year 1 visited Blists’ Hill Victorian Village.

Phoebe Nicholls, William Fletcher Taylor.

Jabari in the privy.

Year 2 History involved the children in finding out what life was like for children over 100 years ago at work and in school.

Lawrence Sutton and Harveer Hallaith try their hand at writing on slates.


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Laurence Sutton, Sachin Basra, Phoebe Nicholls and Giselle Jones with the cast.

Pupils in Year 1 and Year 2 took part in a theatre workshop called ‘The Happy Tree’.

Joseph McKaig, MadelineBaugh and William Fletcher-Taylor with their Easter cards

Harriet Tilly and Christiana Lloyd with their Easter cards.

Year 1 and Year 2 pupils made Easter cards for their parents: This term we also supported the charity Childline by holding a Mufti Day.


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KEY STAGE 1 SUMMER TERM

In Literacy Year 1 learnt about writing and following instructions. They had to follow the ingredients and instructions for a recipe to make scrambled egg.

Laurence perfecting his technique with the personal trainer. Rajanvir enjoyed the ďŹ nal product!

Emily followed the instructions.

Children in Year 1 and Year 2 joined the rest of the school for a special week focusing on the Olympics. During the week they completed activities learning about the Ancient Greek Olympics and the importance of a healthy diet and exercise.

Year 1 boys enjoying the running track.

Rosie followed the instructions. Hannah practising her boxing skills with Mrs Baugh. Joshua, Niall, making their Ancient Greek paper mache bowls.

Liam enjoyed the ďŹ nal product!

Ishika practising her boxing skills with Mrs Baugh.

Rosie and Ishika making their Ancient Greek paper mache bowls.


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Year 2 took part in a Lego workshop to design and build an Olympic village.

Year 1 and 2 joined Lower School in visiting Coventry Olympic sized swimming pool.

Cameron Bagry, Porcia Bailey-Perrin, Tilly Thompson, with their Lego Villas

Lawrence Sutton, Rohan Aggarwal and Matthew Bennet with their Lego Vllas.

The children in Year 2 also participated in an Ancient Greek Day with Year 3 children organised by History off the Page. The day involved many activities including Greek art, music and feasting!

Ancient Greek Workshop organised by Miss Hope.


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Year 1 children enjoy using equipment As part of the summer Science topic for practical numeracy activities including on ‘Growing Plants’ the children have weighing and measuring lengths. been looking at a range of plants from around the school grounds. They have investigated how to grow healthy plants and grew their own sunflowers and bean plants.

Phoebe and Ava like the pansies

Year 1 took part in the ‘Bring a Bear to School Day’ which took place in June to celebrate Paddington Bear’s 50th Birthday. Rajanvir measures the pencil using cubes.

Emily, Tsarina,compare their cress plants grown in the light and dark.cubes.

Liam is measuring the keyboard with milk straws.

Madeline and Liam compare their cress plants grown in the light and dark.

Hannah, William investigate the weight of classroom objects using non-standard units.

Hannah sits with her bear listening to the story read by the Librarian.

Madeline and Liam investigate the weight of classroom objects using non-standard units.


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In June, Year 1 and Year 2 participated in The Drive School swimming gala organised by Bill Peacock and Miss Dickinson. Joseph McKaig was the Year 1 champion.

As part of the Year 2 and Year 3 Art curriculum Mrs Stone organised a visit to Jackfield Tile Museum. The children prepared a ceramic tile based on a ‘Flower’ theme.

Jabari completes an activity making a model of Paddington Bear.

Christiana Lloyd, Elizabeth Core.

Joseph McKaig and Laurence Sutton were presented with medals by Bill Peacock.

Pupils from Mrs Priest’s Ballet class all took their next stage of ballet, tap and modern dance exams and passed with pleasing marks. Ava completes an activity making a model of Paddington Bear.

Year 1 and Year 2 ballet pupils.

Year 1 and Year 2 ballet pupils.

Cameron Bagry.


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Year 1 Girls’ Javelin.

Year 1 Girls.

McKenna Maddox is working on her tile.

A great ending to a visit to Jackfield Tile Museum – Thank you Mrs Stone!

Boys receive their medals from Mr Meadows.

Year 2 Boys.

Year 2 Girls.

Thank you Mrs Stone!

In July we finished with our annual Sports Day. Due to poor weather it took place in the sports hall. However, spirits remained high and every child participated with a real sense of ‘good sportsmanship!’

Boys’ Sprint.

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Cast from the production handing out their autographs.

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 with members of the cast.

Children from Year 1 and Year 2 watched the dress rehearsal for the Upper School production ‘Brenda Bly Teen Detective’; they were very excited when their favourite actresses and actor visited their playground.


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The Year ended for Year 2 with a barbeque for their families, organised by Mrs Baugh and Mrs Isbister who are both extremely active members of the Parents’ Association. The evening was a lovely family occasion where people reminisced about their children’s time in The Drive School and look forward to their children moving on into Lower School.


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HAPPY MEMORIES

The bug hunt!

Alexander Matchett and Charlie Thomas enjoy our pirate picnic!

Morgan Hall plays with slime.

Charlie Thomas meeting Snowy the barn owl.

Brooke Hawkins and her dinosaur model.

Kiertan with her mini-garden.

Mia Price enjoying her second dip!


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LOWER SCHOOL

Head of The Drive and Lower School I have spoken to a number of parents recently, many of whom have commented on how busy the boys and girls are here at Tettenhall College. I hope that the articles written in this magazine will give you a real flavour of the challenge and diversity there is in the programme for all the children. It is through this enrichment of the education process that we attempt to fulfil and stimulate them in order to enhance their learning and consequent development as broadly as possible. I have been amazed at the quality of the work and performances the children have shown themselves to be capable of. The children continue to reach the high standards expected of them by the staff and their parents. That they do so with great good cheer, enormous enthusiasm and such pride demonstrates their commitment and determination.

Year 5 Portaits - collage, wax rubbings & water colours.

My first year has flown by and the warmth of welcome I have received makes me realise how fortunate I am to be here. I am very proud of the children and their achievements, collectively and as individuals. Each child does make an important contribution to the school and I hope receives recognition for this. I would very much like to thank the staff for their immense contribution too; they all add a very personal dimension to the teaching and care that the children receive, thus making the school the very special place it is. Finally, a big thank you to all the parents for your friendship and support, your time and patience and your trust in allowing us the great privilege and pleasure to educate, in the fullest sense of the word, your most precious assets – your children. Mr P Meadows


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ART

Once again the talented and enthusiastic robots and some beautifully dressed Lower School artists have had a dolls. Year 4 in particular produced some productive year. carefully crafted printed cards based on leaves and foliage. Some of these cards were sold at the Parents’ Association’s Christmas Fair, along with matching present labels, clay tree decorations and a selection of Christmas figures .

Easter Hats Catherine Wickens (winner)

Giant totem pole construction.

Art Club’s first big project was to create two towering totem poles to adorn the stage during the Cowboys and Indians musical performance at the end of half term. It was quite some feat trying to pile huge boxes on top of each other but the final results were impressive and imposing. Well done to the keen painters and assemblers who helped construct these original and bold creations

Easter Hats Sophie Payne (winner)

The Spring Term brought the annual Year 6 Easter Hat competition. The entries get more inventive and ambitious each year.

Easter Hats Ellen Walker.

Art Club in the Summer Term saw the creation of a large “Wishing Tree” sculpture made from paper mache, withes and large cardboard tubes. Many pupils attended on a Monday lunch time to help build, modal and paint this tall complex sculpture. When completed pupils were asked to write down their wishes and hang them from the Andrew Inglis’ Squirrel Hat. Year 3 - Toys. branches. Who knows, they may come Particularly noteworthy was Andrew Inglis’ true! As Christmas grew closer everyone set Squirrel Hat (which included a hand sewn about making colourful decorations and life-size felt squirrel! ). Mr. Meadows had displays. Inspired by the thought of what great difficulty choosing the winners but they might receive under the Christmas in the end Sophie Payne and Catherine tree Year 3 designed and made their own Wickens won with their beautifully toys. Theses included action figures, decorated creations.


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racetracks, Olympic swimming pools and even a football pitch. To support their research for this exciting day Year 4 also produced some Olympic swimming pools using The SPEX IT package.

Ella Cox, Sophie Payne, Natsumi Suganuma Year 6 help construct the Withe Wishing Tree

Year 5’s Mythological animal project was also very impressive this year. They designed and made some excellent, bold and particularly detailed final masks which they enjoyed modelling for some end of term photographs.

Tile Work shop Above Alice Holden Yr 3 and below Hardeep Bhamra

Olympic Week - building one of the Olympic Villages

This was the House Art Exhibition where some of the most vibrant, original Art pieces produced by members of all four Houses were displayed in Towers.

House Art Winners Nicholson Peggy’s Mythological animal mask

Olympic Week proved to be another creative opportunity for our industrious pupils. All of Lower School helped to produce some realistic olive leaf wreaths to present to the winners of Sports Day. On Monday all Year groups undertook a Lego workshop where they constructed a giant Olympic village. They learnt how to build suitable accommodation for an Olympic athlete as well as adding other appropriate features such as

Jackfield Tile Workshop

After half term Years 2 and 3 got together for a fascinating trip to Jackfield Tile Museum in Ironbridge. Pupils drew some of the many tiles on display and took part in a workshop where they each designed and made a tile of their own using slip decoration techniques. The last part of the Summer Term saw a celebration of the excellent Art Work produced in Lower School this year.

Well done to everybody who had their work chosen for display and well done to everybody else too as the talent and enthusiasm of the Lower School pupils continues to amaze and impress me. Mrs. K.Stone.


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OLYMPIC WEEK

This year’s themed week focused on the forthcoming Olympic Games. There were numerous activities organised involving all areas of the curriculum.

take part in workshops. On Thursday Years 2 and 3 were able to learn more about the Greeks, founders of the Olympics, at their interactive workshop.

KINETIC THEATRE VISIT T.C. The Kinetic Theatre visited in February; they performed ‘Lamps in the Circuit’ for Years 2 to 6. The session helped children learn about electricity and magnetism in a fun way. Key ideas of conductivity and insulation were presented in a very informative and lively way. The children enjoyed playing an active role and learnt about the benefits and dangers of electricity and magnets.

Olympic Week Lego Workshop

On Monday, Years 1 – 6 designed and built an Olympic Village from Lego. On Tuesday the whole of Lower School and Years 1 and 2 of The Drive School travelled to Coventry to visit the Olympic sized, 50 metre swimming pool. The children had a wonderful time playing in the splash pool, racing in the 50 metre pool and jumping off the spring board!

Olympic Week Year 6 pupils Lto R Charlie Mackelworth Billy Miller

Mrs Liddle and Mrs Gallant ran a ‘Library Olympics’ throughout the week for everyone, including gold medals for the winners! Year 5 produced a wonderful assembly with an Olympic theme. Mr Raine’s standing long jump competition was very popular and was won by Mrs Lofting’s class. Years 3 and 4 had their own mini Olympic Games. The week was very successful and enjoyed by both pupils and staff. A special thank you to Mrs Liddle, Mrs Gallant, Mr Raine and Mrs Stone for their support. Mrs Carol Squire Year 6 Form Teacher

Olympic Week Year 5 pupils L to R Kay Patel, Ellie Burton

On Wednesday Wolverhampton Judo Club demonstrated their skills and the children from Years 3 – 6 were able to

Mrs J Kibble Year 5 Form Teacher

Mrs Joanne Kibble Year 5 Form Teacher

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FIELD TRIPS

YEAR 2/3 ANCIENT GREEK DAY

During Olympic Week, Years 2 and 3 took part in an Ancient Greek Day. The children participated in a variety of “hands-on” activities which included making jewellery and mosaics, clay pots and amulets, authentic Greek remedies, as well as wax tablets. The pupils then re-enacted an Ancient Greek feast where everyone was entertained by dancers and plays about well-known Greek stories. Miss C. Hope

YEAR 5 VISIT TO LEICESTER GUILDHALL On Thursday 22nd November 2007, Year 5 went to the Guildhall in Leicester to learn about crime and punishment in Tudor times. When we got there Mr Stokes showed us around the Guildhall. It is an old Tudor building and was used as the city’s court in Tudor times. They would have had a fire lit in the middle of the room. If the wind was blowing in the wrong direction then the smoke would fill the building. He also taught us how to greet each other like Tudors.

Next we all got dressed up in Tudor clothes and were given a crime and punishment script to act out. I was called Marjorie and I was Mrs Brown’s servant. I was accused of stealing her purse.

An exciting day was had by all as Year 5 ventured into the Shropshire countryside for a day of orienteering and map reading. The children enjoyed using their compasses, following directions to collect symbols to solve the quiz and they also celebrated Luis Evitt’s birthday into the bargain. Mrs J Kibble Year 5 Form Teacher

After we had practised we went to court and acted out the trial. I had to answer questions from the Judge acted by Mrs Kibble and I had to tell my side of the story. Then Mrs Brown had to tell her side. At the end of the trial another servant ran in and said she had found the missing purse. Thank goodness I was found not guilty! I had a fabulous day out and learnt lots about Tudor buildings, crimes and punishments. Isabel Proffitt Year 5.

YEAR 5 VISIT WESTON PARK Year 5 stepped back in time to the 1940s and World War II as they became evacuees for the day. Dressed in period costumes they visited a 1940s’ living room, where they were able to handle artefacts, listen to the wireless and then took shelter as the air raid siren sounded. Mrs J Kibble Year 5 Form Teacher

YEAR 5 VISIT TO SECRET HILLS

Year 5 girls at Weston Park

Secret Hills L-R Luke Habgood Ben Magill


YEAR 6 VISIT TO CRANEDALE FIELD CENTRE

Year 6 at Cranedale.

Natsumi Suganuma Charlotte Jones

In May Year 6 visited the Cranedale Field Centre in the beautiful countryside of North Yorkshire for a long weekend.

and demonstrated to the children how herbivores and carnivores survive in such a habitat.

As well as team building activities and leadership skills the focus this year was on supporting the Year 6 Geography and Biology curriculum.

Everyone participated in a wide variety of activities; testing problem solving skills as well as enjoying the opportunity to challenge each other and the teachers at table tennis, tennis and table football!

We enjoyed a glorious weekend of sunshine which made the trip to the A special thank you to Mr Raine and Mr coast even more relaxing. The children Meadows for their help during the investigated rock pools and walked along weekend. the cliffs bird watching. Mrs Carol Squire The survival exercise on Sunday is always Year 6 Form Teacher popular. It took place in local woodland

Henry Obi

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SPORT

Lower School Games.

SPORTS DAY

Prep achieved this score in 14 overs with 4 wickets to spare, although the boys were already looking forward to the Lower School Sports Day took place on return fixture in the hope of doing better. Friday 13th June and it was a wonderful Improved confidence saw the side put day, with over 70 parents attending to in a more convincing display against see their offspring take part in a variety of Old Hall to record a win! A stronger activities. and better organised side took the field The pick of the events was the mass against Stafford Prep for the second time. relay where everybody took part and Tettenhall College generally fielded and contributed to the success of their House. bowled better and restricted Stafford The winners of the Year 5 and 6 events Prep to 72 runs (sheer coincidence!) were chosen to represent the school dismissing the last batsman with the at the Wolverhampton Primary School final ball of the 20th over. A captain’s Championship at Aldersley; the most performance from C Mackleworth saw the notable success came from Natsumi team cruise to a comfortable victory at Suganuma, Catherine Wickens. Both 76-6 off 14 overs. boys’ and girls’ relay teams competed well in their finals, with the pick being The U9 cricketers have also been in Oliver Pemberton who won the 150 metre action by playing a round robin pairs race by a country mile. tournament against 2 teams from Old Hall; the scores weren’t kept as it was all about the experience and enjoyment for the boys.

CRICKET

The U11 cricket side started the season with a tough fixture against Stafford Prep. TC scored 72 all out. Stafford

NETBALL A combined group of girls who attended

Netball practices on Wednesday lunchtimes formed the squad for the Under 11 team. All the girls worked hard on skills during the Autumn Term. This extra-curricular practice time, along with games lessons, helped to improve the girls’ ability so that they were ready to play a competitive match. We had one game in the Spring Term against Perton Middle. Unfortunately the game against The Royal School had to be cancelled. All the girls played with much swapping and interchanging of positions! Their keenness and commitment to training was paramount in the development of their game. The result went our way with a 5-3 win over Perton Middle. A great start in readiness for more games in Upper School. Well done. Girls in the squad were: Ellie Burton, Ella Cox, Chloe Fisher, Serena Gangar, Charlotte Jones, Isabel Jones, Keayuri Patel, Isabel Proffitt, Paris Sinclair-Robinson, Natsumi Suganuma, Poppy Thompson, Kelly Westwood and Catherine Wickens.


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CROSS COUNTRY Individual House Cross Country Champions Under 11 Boys Billy Miller (Nicholson) Under 11 Girls Catherine Wickens (Bantock) Under 9 Boys Jordan Joiner (Pearson) Under 9 Girls Imogen Bebb (Haydon)

SWIMMING Wolverhampton Primary Schools Swimming Championships A full compliment of Under 11 swimmers represented Tettenhall College in the primary schools swimming heats held at Aldersley School on the 18th April. It was a very closely fought competition but Tettenhall were beaten into 2nd place this year. However, both boys’ and girl’ teams performed excellently. Tettenhall competitors were: (image to the right) James Anderson, Chad Danks, Luis Evitt, Chloe Fisher, James Hawkins, Charlotte Jones, Harrison Maddox, Billy Miller, Sophie Payne, Oliver Pemberton, Natsumi Suganuma, Oliver Thompson, Poppy Thompson and Catherine Wickens. The pupils who won their races qualified for the City Championships held at the Royal School where all the primary school winners from Wolverhampton competed. Oliver Pemberton was champion! Well done to all the swimmers! J.L.Taylor

FOOTBALL Under 11 This season’s matches were slightly affected by the rain in February and March; nevertheless we were able to complete most of the fixtures. Despite playing schools larger than ourselves we were once again competitive in all the matches and certainly made huge progress as a squad throughout the Games. Our record at the end of the matches was nothing to be ashamed of and actually featured some memorable victories. Tettenhall College 2 – Fallings Park 2 Tettenhall College 3 – St Michael’s 3 Tettenhall College 2 – Springdale 4 Tettenhall College 3 – St Stephen’s 0 Tettenhall College 7—Giffard 1

Our goal scorer/s Tom Genner Oliver Pemberton Our goal scorer/s Tom Genner Oliver Pemberton x2 Our goal scorer/s Tom Genner Billy Miller Our goal scorer/s Tom Genner Oliver Pemberton x2 Our goal scorer/s Chad Danks Tom Genner x2 Billy Miller x3 Oliver Pemberton

Special mention must go to joint top scorers Oliver Pemberton and Tom Genner who, despite only being in Year 4, scored in every game! A fantastic achievement! In addition to the goal scorers Captain Billy Miller deserves a mention for the way he lead the team and he thoroughly deserved the football prize for being player of the season. P Kay


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LOWER SCHOOL MUSICAL OLIVER

In March 2008 Towers Theatre was everyone who gave their time and talents. transformed back to Victorian times for It was a fabulous team effort between the Dickensian classic tale of ‘Oliver staff, parents and pupils. Twist.’ The Lionel Bart musical, ‘Oliver!’ written over 40 years ago is still incredibly popular and after much arm twisting, Miss Hope finally persuaded me to choose ‘Oliver’ as this year’s Lower School Musical. Auditions were held in the Autumn Term and the standard of performances was higher than ever. We then had the difficult task of casting and for many roles we were spoilt for choice, such was the calibre of our pupils. Rehearsals spanned the next twenty weeks and most lunch time breaks were sacrificed by the pupils as they practised and improved.

Poppy Thompson & Catherine Wickens.

sweet and pretty Bet (Poppy Thompson), a mean and moody Bill Sykes (Andrew Food glorious food . Inglis), and a charming Mr. Brownlow And so the show was ready to begin and (Robert Budgen). Jacob Elcock was the curtain rose on Year 3 who played the awarded the Lower School drama prize workhouse orphans. They kicked off the for his role as Fagin. show with a fantastic dance routine to ‘Food Glorious Food’ and we saw Chloe Fisher for the first time as the boy who wanted more.

Jacob Elcock as Fagin. Market scene.

This is a very demanding character for The jobs of costumes, props and scenery were delegated this year to the ever efficient Mrs. Hawkins who in turn managed to organise a fantastic band of parents who sewed, painted, hammered, pushed and pulled in all the right areas at the right time. Not only this but they also fund raised to provide the wonderful backdrops for the stage. The children were so excited (not to mention Miss Hope and I) when we saw the stage for the first time. Our heart felt thanks go to

Pick a Pocket.

Mrs. Taylor and Mr. Raine both threw themselves enthusiastically into their roles as Widow Corney and Mr. Bumble. Sophie Payne and Oliver Raybould were perfect as the singing and dancing undertakers and everyone will remember James Alder as Mis-ter No-ah Clay-pole. We were lucky to have a beautiful and talented Nancy (Catherine Wickens), a

someone of his age to play and he pulled it off with aplomb. We also had a star struck Bullseye, who enjoyed himself so much on stage, he didn’t want to leave! Year 4 were fantastic as Fagin’s gang; Year 5 were polished in their market sellers’ scene and Year 6 enjoyed joining forces with Mr. Meadows, Mr. Bullock and Mr. Foster in Oompah-pah.


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Manvir Gangar - The Artful Dodger.

My congratulations go to all our talented pupils. You were absolutely fantastic.....oh and Miss Hope....you were right! Mrs. C Whiting

THE PUPIL’S REVIEW

Oom Pah Pah.

Oliver.

Another addition was Mr. Meadows trying to hypnotise the audience. It made them and us in the Ager Room laugh. Jacob Elcock playing Fagin was hilarious.

The wonderful story was beautifully performed. The dances were practised to perfection. Mr Todd & Mr Snodgrass aka Mr Meadows & Mr Bullock.

Chloe Fisher as Oliver.

Chloe Fisher brought the emotion and seriousness of Oliver’s life to T.C. Overall Oliver was the perfect musical for us.

Chloe Fisher as Oliver and dancers.

Henry Obi

It seemed all the actors ate the script three times a day as all knew their lines, which were spoken clearly with confidence. The sets were beautiful and the amount of props amazing! Even with all these needed for each scene the changes were done quickly and smoothly. I’d Do Anything.

Chloe Fisher & Eloisa Payne.


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SCHOOL COUNCIL

School Council officers L-R Oliver Raybould Vice-Chair, Sophie Payne Chair, Andrew Inglis Secretary

Lower School elected its School Council Representatives in September. There are two pupils from each Form and they meet every Thursday to discuss issues and requests from Lower School and organise fund raising events. Officers: Chair: Sophie Payne Year 6 Vice-Chairperson: Oliver Raybould Year 6 Secretary: Andrew Inglis Year 6 In the Autumn Term the pupils decided to support the ‘Samaritan’s Purse Appeal for children. They collected 124 shoeboxes filled with essentials, such as toothpaste, pencils and crayons to be sent abroad to less fortunate children. A Mufti Day and a collection of Smartie tubes filled with coins raised £300 for Children in Need. A Cake Sale raised money to purchase extra games for the playground and wet breaks. The highlight of the term was the ‘Christmas Sleepover’. Fifty children arrived on Friday evening with sleeping bags to enjoy DVDs, games and crafts before settling down for the night. Hot chocolate, croissants and crackers, followed for breakfast. It was very exciting and enjoyable – although very little sleep took place!

In the Spring Term our School Bank opened. With the support of HSBC children save their pocket money, bring it to school on a Tuesday morning to deposit it with the bank. Henry Obi (Year 6), our Bank Manager, is always there to help. At the end of term there was an Easter Egg Disco where dancing and chocolate eggs were enjoyed by everyone. A Mufti Day Cake Sale raised £90 for Childline. In the Summer Term during Olympic Week, the School Council held an Olympic Cake Sale and competitions with an Olympic theme. The recycling scheme continues and plants have been bought for our flower beds by the Lower School entrance. A Leavers’ Disco completes a busy year. The School Council are always brimming with enthusiasm and I would like to thank them all for their commitment and hard work. A special thank you to Year 6 pupils who lead the Council; Sarah Isbister, who with members of the Parents’ Association, assist with refreshments at our Disco Evenings and Mrs Kibble for all her support and assistance each week. Mrs Carol Squire


SCHOOL STAGES SLEEPOVER

Year 3 Pupils Edward Owen (rear) Tomoya Suganuma (front)

Here at Tettenhall College on 30th November 2007 we had our first ever Christmas Sleepover. The Debating Society came up with the idea and then Mrs Squire and Mrs Kibble (Form Teachers, Year 6 and Year 5 respectively) helped the School Council to organise it.

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Year 4 pupils Sabian Lawley Harrison Maddox Joshua Laurence Payne.

A dazed Mr Foster, Year 5 Form Teacher, said “No-one went to sleep until at least 11.45pm!” “We hardly slept, it was great fun,” Max Gee, Year 6, commented.

The evening consisted of games, crafts and finally a film. At Well I think I have established that this sleepover was AMAZING! 11pm it was supposed to be bedtime but Oliver Pemberton, Andrew Inglis, Year 6 Year 6, said next morning, “I got to sleep at 12.30am and woke at 3am!” Cool Sleepover.... For breakfast there was a choice of croissants or toast with tea, coffee, cocoa or juice. Everyone had a Christmas cracker. This was a sleepover but there was very little sleep! The money raised went to buy ICT equipment. Henry Obi – Year 6 Super Sleepover!!! This article is about an amazing sleepover that occurred over the weekend. On 30th November 2007 the children of Tettenhall College, Lower School, filled the classrooms and unpacked their bags.

It was 8 o’clock and everyone started arriving at the Lower School Sleepover. It was very exciting. We put out our sleeping bags and played on our DSs. Mrs Squire and Mrs Kibble organised the night. They decorated our Christmas trees and wore Christmas hats to get us in the mood. We watched ‘Home’ and ate popcorn. We told each other ghost stories. I interviewed Natsumi Suganuma, Year 6, and she said, “It was excellent but I did not want to get up in the morning!” Charlotte Jones, Year 6


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CHESS REPORT

We went into this season with probably the youngest side Tettenhall College have entered into the City competitions. In what are basically Under 11 competitions we had a team made up of one Year 6, one Year 5 and three Year 4s. This inexperience showed in the early competitions where the A team failed to win any silver ware, and were in fact beaten by the B team in the first jamboree. However, as the season progressed, the team grew stronger and battled their way through to a crunch ‘double header’ league decider and cup final against arch rivals St Michael’s. Thankfully, in a very close match, we came out on top to win 3-2, clinching the league and cup double. This was a great achievement for such a young team. Well done to Andrew Inglis (Captain), Chris Cox, Amber Mir, Marihah Mir and James Hawkins. Internal competitions were keenly contested again this year.

victorious in the Wolverhampton Under 9s’ School Championships. This is the second year on the trot that he has been the City Under 9 Champion – a great achievement. A special mention must also go to both Amber Mir and James Hawkins who both progressed to the third stage of a national tournament, thus finishing in the top 2500 players out of an entry of 75,000! P Kay

DISCO EVENINGS Each term Lower School have held a disco for the children to enjoy. In the Autumn Term the children dressed up as ghosts, witches, wizards etc and attended the Hallowe’en disco. The theme for Spring was ‘Easter’; the children danced and played, then left with an Easter egg to enjoy over the holiday!

Haydon won the House Chess competition in the closest of finals against Nicholson. Finally, we held the Leavers’ Disco, a chance to dance, play games and have The Tettenhall College Individual Under a karaoke while saying farewell to those 11 Knockout Trophy had more children children who are leaving for pastures new. competing than ever before, forty two in total! The final was eventually battled I would like to take this opportunity to say out between the number six and two thank you to the Parents’ Association and seeds Robert Budgen and Chris Cox other teachers for their help and support respectively. Robert did exceptionally well at all these events. to reach the final, beating the number one seed on the way and should have beaten Mrs J Kibble Chris, but unfortunately for him, he threw Year 5 Form Teacher the match away when it looked like he had it won. Well done to Chris though who won the tournament and also went on to compete against the best players from Wolverhampton and again came out

Disco Evening.

Disco Dancing.

CHRISTMAS CINEMA TREAT On the penultimate day of the Christmas term the whole of Lower School travelled to the Cinema in Telford. Years 3 and 4 watched the comedy “Fred Claus”, which was very entertaining. Years 5 and 6 were spellbound by “The Golden Compass”; the film based on a book by Philip Pullman. It was a wonderful way to end the term. Mrs Carol Squire Year 6 Form Teacher


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ART

In 2005, to coincide with the construction of the new Science block each Head of Department was asked to submit plans for their ideal classroom lay-out. Following many months of planning, a schedule was put in place to re-organise the rooming of various departments. In 2007 the Science Department was rehoused in their new accommodation, with the old suite of rooms being allocated to the teaching of Art and Design. In accordance with our drawings, the maintenance team skilfully renovated the area in readiness for teaching in September. To compliment the opening of the new facilities, a colour laser printer, two new computers and a digital projector were purchased. On the 26th September the area was opened by Professor Richard Verdi of The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham. At the start of the year the response from students experiencing the light, space and accessibility to materials and equipment, was tremendous. In retrospect it makes me wonder how we coped in the old facility which was small and dimly lit, yet still achieving very respectable grades for our students. Academically we had very pleasing results for all exam groups with 100% pass at ‘A’ level with 88% A-C, and 90% of those who took GCSE Art gaining an A or B grade.

7NH outside one of the bottle kilns, Gladstone Pottery.

Experiential field trips are a vital part of We look forward to more wonderful work good Art and Design work; it has been being produced next year. said that the more artwork one is exposed to, the deeper and more ambitious Mr M. Leighton one’s work can become. Accordingly at the start of the new academic year 49 exam students were taken to The Tate in Liverpool and The Walker Art Gallery. Here they experienced a major retrospective by British Pop Artist Sir Peter Blake. Year 7s were taken out to experience life in the Potteries with a Stone Carving. hands - on experience at Gladstone Pottery. Year 8 visited Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens, and the Museum and Art Gallery, where they experienced various depictions of childhood rhymes, as etched by world famous artist Paula Rego. They also saw the exhibition on the life of slave, Olaudah Equiano, marking the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery. In October the art exam groups went to The Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, where they were introduced to the work of internationally known Cornalia Parker, they too were exposed to the exhibitions above. It is the diversity of individual creative expression that makes the teaching of art so rewarding; because of our fundamental need to communicate, the Art Department is an interesting, busy and energetic place to be. Beyond lessons, regular supervision and guidance is available to students at lunchtimes and to the boarders who use the department in the evenings and at weekends. To celebrate the creativity of our students their work is regularly displayed around the school. The finest display of work has to be that of the exam students in June, to which all parents are invited. The Sixth Form studio is converted into a white gallery space and the GCSE work occupies the Theatre Balcony.

7NH outside one of the bottle kilns, Gladstone Pottery.

Michael Zhang’s AS level ceramic work.


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ART GALLERY

Hun-Jung Ahn, GCSE still life in cubist style.

Ceramics by Year 8 students Daniel Genner and Eloise Hammond.

Arun Mehta’s AS level display.

The sixth form Art Studio.

Ben Westbury puts the final brush strokes to his GCSE exam piece.

Thomas NG, GCSE exam piece on ‘Barriers’.


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Michael Zhang’s AS level ceramic work.

Kitty Lin, GCSE coursework.

Jack Carey GCSE year 10, pinhole photograph

Natasha Cochrane at work during her examination

Karina Mehta’s A level display on ‘Identity’.

Emily So, GCSE artwork

GCE Art students in front of a Tim Maguire artwork at The Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.

Thomas Schubert GCSE coursework piece.


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Nelson Cheung’s GCSE exam response to ‘Barriers’.

Katie Garbett, part of her A level display.

Sam Mok, A level piece on Identity

Elliot Gwilt, Yoshitaka Yamaguchi and Daniel Bywater sketching, Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

Rebecca Mitchell, Laura Burke and Courtney Hawkins of Year 7 sketching, Gladstone Pottery.

Eloise Hammond, Ekta Saini and Jade Sahni sketching in The Botanical Gardens, Birmingham


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BUSINESS STUDIES AND ECONOMICS SIXTH FORM TOUR - BRUSSELS 2008

Our annual Sixth Form tour this year was to Brussels, which meant that the need to fly was negated. Eurostar was our mode of transport, which ran on time and meant that we arrived safely without fuss. However, the fuss arrived once we entered the hotel. It would appear that insufficient rooms had been made available for the party. This was my first ‘test’ of the tour; ensuring that what we had paid for was provided meant two telephone calls to the tour operator, a blank refusal to manage with fewer rooms and the patience of some of the pupils waiting to be allocated an appropriate room! Once the hotel staff realised we were not for turning, the rooms duly became available and more than satisfactory they were too. The location of the hotel meant that the usage of additional transport would not be necessary and in fact walking was the order of the day; somewhat of a shock to some of the party apparently! The afternoon of our arrival and we were straight into visit mode. Coca-Cola was our first destination. Typical of a multi-national organisation, the visit was slick, the sales pitch subtle - no, not that subtle actually, but nevertheless what was needed in terms of enhancing the understanding of certain aspects of the productive and bottling process. Once the required knowledge had been absorbed and the free baseball caps and drinks had found their way into the pupils’ hands it was nearly 7 30pm, a long day, especially since we had met at school at 4. 50 am that day! . Thursday’s breakfast was served at just gone eight and the vast majority made the required deadline. All were smartly dressed for our first visit of the day to Stella Artois.

Batch production was seen to good effect and samples duly tried and tested, before moving on to our second visit, which was to the Journal Le Soir.

Once the tasting finally ceased, the purchasing started, something that the employees assigned to deal with the demands of the pupils did not anticipate would take so long or that so much would Le Soir is a high-tech, modern newspaper be bought! I am convinced that much of plant and a visual wonder. Although what was assigned for Mums and Dads noisy, which meant understanding et al, never made its way home, such was the information being imparted was the taste! hampered by the lack of ear defenders or microphones. Not to be beaten, the visual Thursday evening meant our traditional demonstrations and a particularly helpful dinner took place with all seated in the English employee at the plant helped upstairs area of a really good choice of bring to life much of the process that venue. We were really well catered for in needed explaining. Seeing the printing every sense of the word, especially when presses rolling at such speed and the there were 37 of us! novel way of packing and storing the newspaper’s magazines was fascinating. My few words at the end of the meal The most captivating part for the pupils included a special thanks to my was the automated robot that collected colleagues who are prepared to give the giant rolls of paper and delivered up their time to enable 34 pupils to go them to the printing presses without a abroad, learn some business studies human in sight. and economics and hopefully enjoy themselves; I can only repeat my genuine The final visit of the tour was on thanks to Mrs. Nash and Ms Stone for Thursday morning and this was the visit their support. that probably was the most popular. Chocolate conjures up all sorts of Next year? Barcelona or Prague appear emotive responses and this visit was to be the distinct possibilities. no exception. Chocolaterie is a small company with 7 employees who are Dr A Mottershead able to convert the basic chocolate, whether dark, milk or white chocolate into a very desirable product. Tasting was continuous! No matter at what stage of the process, samples appeared, eagerly consumed by both pupils and staff alike. The comic and likeable persona of the employee, who talked and demonstrated his way through the process from raw material to the range of finished products, all of which appeared only for a short time before disappearing down an anticipatory throat, enhanced the visit significantly. Even a couple of the pupils were allowed to have a go at filling the chocolate Visit to Chocolaterie. cases; and very good at they were!


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course. Pupils undertake an enterprise of their choice and then have to produce a report on how they could have improved the marketing of their chosen enterprise. The sumo wrestling costumes attracted a lot of interest if not profit! The Talent Show and the Proms Night were both well supported evenings. Once again I am grateful for the support of Mrs. Nash, who gives of her time freely and with much enthusiasm, an important attribute for any teacher.

Visit to Stella Artois.

Exam results are not the only criteria for judging a school; nevertheless, it is one way of assessing how pupils performed. Given their starting position, in terms of ability, the fact that sets are of mixed ability and on 4 lessons a week, our GCSE results were most encouraging. Value was clearly added with all but one pupil gaining a higher grade than expected. At AS and A level, gaining full marks on any module is something to celebrate. There were several names on the department’s notice board, with Rishi Kapoor and Bethany Robinson deserving particular mention. The healthy percentage of A and B grades at A level is a comfort and a just reward for the hard work pupils undertook. Business Studies and Economics remain popular subjects both at A level and I’m pleased to note, for our pupils going on to university. If we have managed to stimulate a level of interest that means pupils continue our subjects at university, this is a good barometer of our endeavours. Such endeavours have seen us overseeing a wide range of business enterprises this year as part of the GCSE

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four extremely innovative and theatrical pupil - devised pieces. One play explored the physical and psychological effects of anorexia, both on the afflicted person and on their friends and family. The play combined mask work, dance, mime and monologue to create a moving and emotional experience for both the cast and the audience.

Dr A Mottershead

DRAMA This has been another highly successful and diverse year for the drama department both in and out of the classroom. The 2007 GCSE examination results were exceptional, with 100% of candidates achieving an A* grade. Congratulations to all of the candidates on their outstanding achievements. Examination Performances

Drama GCSE.

Practical achievements continue to go from strength to strength and this year’s examination performances included

Drama GCSE.

World War one provided the inspiration for the second piece which cleverly looked at theatre as a metaphor for war itself. The pupils combined poetry from the GCSE English Literature course with excellent original scriptwriting in order to explore the harrowing experiences of individual soldiers and the women at home in Britain. Physical theatre and expert narration transported the audience onto the Battlefields of the Somme, into the sodden trenches and to the brink of hell itself as the soldiers plunged off the edge of the stage during an impressive interpretation of ‘ going over the top’. The nature of addiction formed the basis of the piece entitled ‘Black Widow’. Here careful research into physical theatre inspired the group to create amazing visual images combining lighting and sound with highly choreographed


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and stylised sequences. This visually stunning piece culminated in the physical creation of a huge ‘black widow spider’ representing the way addiction takes over and destroys.

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The final play focused on the idea of deception and how easily the truth can be distorted and twisted. The pupils used black humour to portray a serious message and succeeded in both amusing and shocking their audience with a combination of game show sequences, magic tricks and monologues to create an eerie and atmospheric piece. All four were strong ensemble performances and were highly successful due to the excellent teamwork and creativity of the 15 candidates. A2 Drama and Theatre Studies The A2 Drama and Theatre Studies group produced two very contrasting pieces for their performance module. Caryl Churchill’s ‘Top Girls’ provided the material for one piece giving the pupils the opportunity and the challenge of working with fast paced overlapping dialogue. Although exciting and sometimes purposefully frustrating to watch – such performances required hours of carefully choreographed rehearsal in order to make the

naturalistically overlapping and sometimes fragmented dialogue seem as unrehearsed as reality. The performance was highly polished and the performances from all three pupils were both gritty and moving. A more farcical note was struck by the contrasting performance of scenes from Bernard Shaw’s ‘Arms and the Man’. This satirical assault on those who glorify the horrors of war centres around Captain Bluntschil, an apparently cowardly soldier who climbs up to a balcony to escape capture (and carries chocolates rather than cartridges!), and Raina Petkoff, a young romantic idealist who has bought into the stories of battlefield heroism. The pupils’ performance successfully portrayed the comic and moving relationship that develops between these two unlikely characters.

day to watch ‘The Woman in Black’ at the Fortune Theatre. The cast of two (not counting the ghost!) succeeded in scaring us all witless, and we made our way back to Wolverhampton pondering on the extraordinary power of live theatre at its best.

Theatre Visits During the year the Drama department organised several theatre visits as a way of complimenting and enhancing the work on the GCSE and A Level courses. We paid several visits to the Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton and the standard of the productions was consistently high. An early highlight was ‘The Tempest’, performed by five actors, but a favourite amongst staff and pupils was the extraordinary ‘Effing and Blinding’, performed in total darkness by an all-blind cast. This was a truly memorable experience, with the actors weaving among the audience and giving us an insight into what it is like to be blind.

The Musical (Please see page 75) Trilbies, macs and magnifying glasses were the order of the day in July as we followed the fortunes of Brenda Bly – Teen Detective and her fellow pupils of The Whitney Ellis School for Girls in their successful and somewhat comical attempts to crack the ‘case of the serial sandbagger.’ ‘Brenda Bly’ proved to be a real feel good musical. Full of real toe tapping tunes, great comic dialogue and more poodle skirts than Grease One and Two combined! The highly professional soloists and hugely energetic cast and crew performed for four nights with all the sparkle and energy that we have come to expect in Tettenhall College musicals, to rave reviews.

We also saw ‘The Comedy of Errors’ at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, an excellent production which everyone enjoyed. Finally the Theatre Studies A Level group went to London for the

This year’s successes clearly prove that drama continues to thrive at Tettenhall College. Through the various extra curricular and academic opportunities on offer, the pupils’ talents are encouraged

House Performing Arts The House Performing Arts Competition once again gave pupils the opportunity to join forces with ‘house mates’ to produce an evening of high quality entertainment. Pupil lead, directed, choreographed and stage managed this excellent occasion once again showcased not only the theatrical, musical and dance skills of pupils of the school but also their ability to lead, organise and work as a team; with superb results.


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to develop and shine. We are extremely proud of the role drama plays in the school’s varied and exciting calendar.

But of course this was a great team effort, and during the performances the atmosphere backstage was absolutely electric, with everyone totally focused and working together. I was thrilled by the excited reactions from members of the audience after the shows, and am now looking forward to working with many of the same team again, plus some new faces, to put on ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ in December.

Mrs Liddle and Mrs Gallant abandoned their laminating, photocopying, resources-running and library managing for the evening and were poised, pen in M.D. Uttley/ P. Bullough hand, as the judges to impress. As the capacity audience fell into a Jane Eyre hushed silence, the infamous Towers stage curtains rose upon the opening act - ‘’What was that you said?’’ - from Pearson comic genius Joseph Hayward. This hilarious journey into the things you shouldn’t say when faced with a man P. Bullough ‘somewhat bigger than you’ certainly set the standard for the evening. Our musical taste buds were tickled by a wide variety of offerings this year. Bantock House provided us with two very contrasting pieces beginning with the rhythmic drum beats of Jonathan Drama Jane Eyre Petfield’s ‘Cha Cha Chango’ to the thumping bass of ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ In December we put on ‘Jane Eyre’ as – performed by a fabulous five piece One hundred and fi fty six spectators, the school play. I thought that this play band made up of Jordan Hill, Fernando fi fty three pupils, nineteen acts, four would be well-suited to the atmosphere Alvarez, Jack Carey, Harveer Sanghera Houses and one night of rip - roaring of the Victorian theatre in Towers, and and Elizabeth Ralph. This group variety entertainment: that was the night judging from the positive feedback we managed to raise the volume, the roof that was The House Performing Arts received after the two performances, and several eyebrows with their rocking and Talent Show 2008! After hours of I was right! Willis Hall’s adaptation crowd-pleaser. rehearsals, meetings, rehearsals and captures the essence of this wonderful More mellifluous tones were heard from more rehearsals the T.C. hopefuls trod story, and our aim from the beginning Haydon’s singing trio of Faye Paterson, the boards of Towers Theatre once more was to communicate this as forcefully as Kelly Paterson, and Megan Schubert with one goal in mind, glory, fame and the possible. in ‘When It Was Me and You’ and the House Performing Arts Cup. skilful guitar strumming of Dan Gill Teamwork, talent and untiring good Many of the cast had never been in accompanying Josie Hanson in ‘Ironic’ humour form the basis of this House a ‘straight’ play before, and this was for Nicholson House. Songs from the Competition, where Year Seven pupils certainly a big challenge for everyone shows evoked a variety of emotions from perform on stage alongside the Head involved. Of course we had to have a the highly comic ‘Popular’ (from the hit Prefect, and both groups and individuals strong ‘Jane’, and I thought that Stacey musical Wicked) by Stacey Powell and write, choreograph and rehearse their Powell was terrific in the role, giving a Josie Hanson to the heart wrenching Les chosen acts in relative secrecy. I am sensitive and heartfelt performance. Miserables classic ‘On My Own’ sung always amazed by the dedication and Finding our ‘Rochester’ was not as beautifully by Pearson’s Aimee Fisher. sheer pluck of the pupils who take straightforward, and Miles Hommers Perhaps the most hauntingly harmonious part, many of whom have managed agreed to have a go just before performance of the evening was delivered to squeeze in valuable rehearsal time rehearsals began. He also managed to by Nicholson’s Judith Holt and Stacey carry off this difficult role, and many of his alongside coursework, cricket, dance Powell who wowed the crowd and the lessons, duties, homework, housework scenes with Jane had a touching warmth judges with a moving rendition of another and sleep! and sincerity about them. song from Wicked – ‘For Good’.

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Once again the huge range and variety of acts performed never fails to impress. More serious and thought-provoking contributions included ‘Welcome Home’, a monologue performed by Celyn Ashworth exploring the psychological effects of the experience of war, and the extremely moving ‘Lost’ and ‘Found’, a pair of monologues exploring the theme of love and loss, penned and performed by Bantock’s Joseph Raine and Haydon’s Joshua Thornton. In ‘Reported Missing’, Haydon’s Faye Paterson, Kelly Paterson, Megan Schubert, Josh Thornton, Andrew Samuels and Isabella Fisher cleverly combined poetry, drama, mime and dance to capture the experience of women at home while their loved ones were away fighting. The dance category could not have been more diverse this year. Louise Coxhead made her debut on the Towers stage with her thrilling Haydon hip hop - style solo dance performance to ‘Low’ and this was matched in enthusiasm by Tettenhall’s very own male hip hop sextet comprising Andrew Samuels, Max Chester, Daniel Pearce, Marcus Fieldhouse, Adam Lewinton and Joe Schubert in their self choreographed ‘Soulja Boy’ - also for Haydon. Pearson’s Shoya Abe and Ryoto Komatsu introduced us to the highly disciplined world of martial arts in ‘Kung Fu Fighting Kinokoo’ while a more classic note was struck by Harriet Hommers’ cheekily charming ‘Hot Honey Rag’ for Bantock. Nicholson House transformed into a bunch of slickly choreographed marionettes and ventriloquists’ dummies in Chicago’s highly entertaining ‘They Both Reached for the Gun’. The dummies in question were made up of the highly sporting Faye Bradley, Daniel Gill, Ellie Hammond, Josie Hanson, Judith Holt,

Andrew Isbister, James Isbister, Victoria Kibble, Bethany Miller, Ellie Nash, Charlotte Perry, Stacey Powell, James Pringle and Sophia Wordsworth, Classical ballet of the highest order rubbed shoulders with crowd pleasing visual comedy as the Hommers siblings (Harriet and Miles) donned their matching tutus, tiaras and tights and flitted elegantly ( and not so elegantly) across the stage in ‘The Mirror’ for the benefit of Bantock House.

and Pearson who claimed joint second place. Haydon House came in fourth however, with only three and a half points between all the Houses, it was an extremely closely fought competition and no House can afford to take future victory for granted. Congratulations to everyone who took part. Thanks to our ‘host with the most’ – compère for the evening - Dr Mottershead; the sensible, reliable and unflappable stage managers Sebastian Smythe and Bethany Robinson Thanks to Mr Bullough who tickled the supported by their equally reliable and ivories in a short musical interlude while hardworking stage crew: Jonathan Hart, the judges were feverishly totting up Gareth Squire and Holly Winwood. their final marks… which brings us to the Thanks also to the technical crew of eagerly awaited results!! Joshua Thornton, Liam Green, Seanna Dunseith and Stephen Payne, to the In such a highly diverse competition Parents’ Association for keeping us fed it becomes extremely difficult to and watered throughout the evening and award prizes, however Mrs Liddle and to Hannah Lewis for helping out with Mrs Gallant made meticulous notes all the other jobs that we had forgotten throughout the evening and finally came about until the last minute! up with the all important scores on the Finally, our sincerest thanks to Mrs Liddle doors. The mesmerising duet ‘For Good’, and Mrs Gallant for carrying out the beautifully performed by Stacey Powell most difficult of all jobs – selecting the and Judith Holt, was awarded first place, outstanding from the excellent when, followed hot on its heels by Bantock’s really, everybody is a winner anyway! ear drum busting ‘Sweet Child of Mine’. Eat your heart out Britain’s Got Talent!!! Third place went jointly to two contrasting monologues - Joe Hayward’s comic M.D. Uttley ‘What was that you said?’ and Joseph Raine’s thought provoking ‘Lost’. A very deserved fourth place was awarded to the Haydon boys for ‘Souja Boy’ - just rewards for the strenuous rehearsals they has previously endured. Individual prizes for ‘Outstanding Performances’ were awarded to Josie Hanson, Joseph Hayward, Aimee Fisher, Jordan Hill, Andrew Samuels and Stacey Powell for their contributions to the evening’s entertainment. The House victor this year was a jubilant Nicholson, swiftly pursued by Bantock


ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Overseas pupils are a most positive and enriching aspect of life at Tettenhall College. Pupils come from a wide variety of countries and cultures including Russia, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, mainland China, South Korea and Japan.

community and local families. To use all four language skills in such an authentic environment was valuable for all pupils. Engaging presentations by sixth form pupils on a variety of topics broaden outlook and develop understanding. Learning about The Three Gorges Dam, Singapore and Russian wedding traditions were informative and lively. Our librarian gives of her time to read interactive stories, holding the pupils’ attention as she brings stories to life. A local poet was invited in to the classroom to help pupils appreciate poetry and actively help pupils to write poetry themselves. Many pupils surpassed themselves in the quality of work produced.

It is the aim of the department to support these students in small groups and on an individual basis, in order to help them achieve their academic goals of good GCSE and A level results. In addition, external English language exams are regularly taken by all year groups. These include the International GCSE, the Cambridge suite of exams KET and PET, the LCCI Business exams and the IELTS exam for sixth formers to enable them to enter a British university. Excellent results are obtained through hard work and high motivation. Life is not all unremitting toil. Sixth form outings to the cinema, a Chinese buffet Cultural trips enhance the learning and visit to Chester were all times of fun experience, such as the theatre trip to the and activity. At the Chinese buffet we Pantomime, giving authentic practice in enjoyed karaoke with everyone singing listening skills. Cross curricular projects, along in either English or Chinese! Our such as those on chocolate, London and visit to Chester included walking round natural disasters, reinforce learning. A the walls of the city, rowing on the river Year 9 project on Tettenhall village helped and visiting historical sites. pupils to understand the location in which My colleague Mr Higgs deserves praise they live and work. It included research for his help and support. on local facilities and businesses, as well as interviewing members of the retail D. Stone

GEOGRAPHY This year has been a busy year for the Geography Department.

A Level Students at Cromer.

The A Level group spent a few day s in Cromer collecting data on Sand Dune Successions and looking at the Coastal Management. We were lucky the weather was good to us and we did not get wet. Pupils enjoyed investigating the effectiveness of coastal management and seeing what they had studied in class in reality.

Navjoyt with her wellies and handbag.

Chinese Buffet EFL Department.

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Our memorable moment must be when we were collecting sand dune data and Navjoyt came out with her wellies and her handbag. Throughout the whole trip Navjoyt’s handbag did not leave her. What a picture!


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Year 9 Field Trip to World War 1 Battlefields February 2008

them on the land where not too long ago ‘stuff happened’ to people just like them. Twenty volunteer members of Year 9 undertook such a pilgrimage last February. In just 72 hours they would visit many of the key sites of WW1 in Belgium and France, but in the process of ticking off each one they would often be reduced Empathy, to empathise; a key word in to silence; a trait not often associated the jargon of modern history teaching. with lively teenagers. When that happens Its definition: the ability to put one’s self Students in the evening. it is a magical experience for the teacher; in another person’s place in a different the pupil has moved back in time, he/ The students did work hard. As you can time. To this rather ancient history teacher she does not need any more stimulus, see they were still eager to continue in the it was understood to be the ability to the combination of place and imagination imagine the sights, sounds, smells of evening. has created an image and emotion within a particular event and to see myself in the mind of a 14 year old. This is empathy the same situations as a person in that However it was not all work we did add working at its best time experiencing the range of emotions some element of play into it. We all relating to extreme human experiences. participated in archery. All in all pupils In my day this was a key skill in history; enjoyed the trip. lessons that involved no visual aids and no field trips. The main focus was to GCSE Geography copy as many notes off the board as The GCSE Geographers also spent a day possible in 30 minutes but it was possible for a lucky few to see beyond the chalk out collecting data for their coursework. scribble and transform the dusty words We visited Carding Mill Valley on 5th into real events and real people. I count June. Again we were lucky with the weather. It was a dry pleasant day. The myself lucky to have been so enthralled. pupils collected a variety of data from the For the history student of the 21st upper to the lower course of the valley. Throughout Belgium and France it is century the classroom can be a much possible after 90 years to strip away the Mr Petfield got involved and showed the more exciting stimulus with DVDs, the thin veneer of a century and find oneself internet and a range of primary written students how it was done. in the very landscape fought over by and picture sources to hand. At home the great grandfathers of all nations. It is rare pupil can recreate land and air battles on indeed to find some family in the UK that his/her PC and the console first person does not have a direct link to the conflict shooters put us all on the battlefields of 1914 -18. of world history, but with one obvious mission: we will never die, we will never be maimed and we can switch off and on again to ‘respawn’ at any time.

GCSE sudents at Carding Mill Valley.

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This is clearly shown on the 2 Great War Memorials we visited: The Menin Gate in Ypres contains the names of 75,000 men who were never found in the battlefields outside the town. Within those names our Year 9 pupils searched for family names that could be relatives. They would all find one.

at Vimy Ridge show the closeness of the armies (down to 30m in some places). The shell craters that still litter the woods in this area impressed the children.

shires held this trench. They hold it still’ It was here too that pupils were able to see some of the ‘iron harvest’ (the remains of live munitions still found by farmers and left by the side of the road for The first day of the battle of the Somme army disposal) Another nightmarish vision in July 1916 is remembered in many text of the trench warfare experience was books and the statistics are well known; one of our next visits. Mining underneath this being the worst day for any British enemy trench systems was common army on record. 60000 killed or wounded on the Somme and recalled vividly in with 17000 of these casualties occurring Sebastian Faulke’s novel ‘Birdsong’ The in the first hour. Numbers that can chill, largest mine left a crater 80m across and but still numbers just the same. How 30m deep and it was on the rim of this to get our children to engage with this Lochnagar crater that the children read moment in time? Thanks to a DVD player a short extract from the novel that deals on the coach the pupils were able to see with the horrors of mining. 5 minutes of ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ and then walk to the place where the real action happened. To talk about 60,000 casualties over the 25 mile front For one member of our party the is one thing but to scale it down to 1 link was even more personal. Harriet battalion of 700 men and to walk where Hommer’s great uncle died in the battle these men were told to walk and to reach of Passchendaele outside Ypres in 1917 the remains of a tree in 3 minutes seems and she was able to lay a wreath after the trivial until we tell them that in that space last post was blown at the Menin Gate. of time and across that distance those His name is to be found on the Tyne Cot 700 men were killed or wounded. It is memorial close to the spot where so here that empathy is a wonderful skill to many thousands died in the mud of that have and to use. Our last visit of the trip was to a battle. It was here that the pupils saw German cemetery and it was clear that their first war cemetery and spent some the difference in the philosophy of the time before the ranks of white crosses. German designers struck a chord with the Each cross told a story and the children visitors. ‘History is written by the victors realised the true cost of real machine and to them go the spoils’. The dark tree guns that spat 500 rounds a minute and covered graves of black granite crosses artillery that could instantly vaporise all seemed in stark contrast to the gleaming trace of a man rather than the computer white Portland stone of the allied graves generated version back at home. we had seen earlier. These young men had died at the behest of an imperialist For some a grave is an abstraction and Emperor’s desire for an empire and they divorced from the reality and action that had died in the country that they had left the body in the ground. To empathise Likewise at the Devonshire cemetery invaded. Their ‘corner of some foreign with the reality of trench warfare pupils where in the same battle 123 soldiers field’ was not so easily given by the visited 3 areas of trenches still preserved stood up from their trench to attack and Belgians it would seem and the contrast in Belgium and France. German trenches were cut down by a single machine gun was duly noted by our children as we left. and a reconstructed dugout were seen in 5 minutes. Buried where they fell the at Bayenwald; the Canadian memorials epitaph itself here is enough: ‘The Devon G J Raine


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TRIP TO CHATEAU DU BROUTEL In May half-term 26 brave pupils from Year 7 to Year 10 signed up for a trip to France at the Chateau du Broutel. It was not only a cultural trip, as pupils also had to complete worksheets and attend workshops to learn new vocabulary. The site was beautiful and we enjoyed the facilities, large playgrounds, comfortable dining room, not to mention the luxurious staff room! The pace was hectic as we packed in activities on most days and learnt about cheese making. For some children it triggered a likening for country life, but for others life in town is definitely what they prefer. There was a change of flavour with a tour of a chocolate factory and a step back in time when we spent the day at Parc Asterix. “Learning was much more fun than at school,” commented a pupil. “Yes because we did not worry about any verbs,” replied an elder one. Pupils could understand a lot more than they thought and were happily surprised with their language skills. Well done. H. Compain-Holt

The department has been active and I am delighted to have again several multi linguists. Natasha Cochrane and Tamara Pickstock set the trend by taking French, German and Spanish at GCSE. There is a new group of committed linguists which is reflected in the number of pupils who went to Valladdid and Rue on Language trips.

We were blessed with better weather than we had had in 2007, which made the excursions to Segovia and Madrid all the more pleasurable. It was even warm on one or two of the days. Segovia, with its first century aqueduct is far away from the Spain that many had experienced before and its tourist shops were a hit with some of the group.

The move from GCSE to A Level has been made smoother with the new AS level and it is great to have candidates again in French. Spanish has been on the timetable since September and now Year 7 pupils learn the three languages. Hopefully that will lead to more pupils continuing two languages until GCSE. To bring some fun and a taste of France, a theatre company preformed a play for Years 6, 7 and 8. Two actors kept us entertained and it was lovely to hear French echoing on stage in the theatre. German actors are coming in January and will again combine learning and entertainment. H. Compain-Holt

Madame Compain-Holt with Charlotte Darby, Lauren Hall, Ross Pickstock, Joshua Raine, Sanjeev Rattan and Harry Westwood (Kameron Basra off camera) in front of the Segovia Aqueduct.

The long day in Madrid proved to be the week’s highlight again. Picasso’s Guernica, Puerto de Sol, Plaza Mayor surprisingly not proving as popular as a visit to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home of Real Madrid. A group sprint saw us just catch the train back to Valladolid, all part of the plan, just as well as the next one would have meant a two hour wait.

TRIP TO VALLADOLID In April 2008 seven pupils from Years 9 and 10 travelled to Valladolid in Catille y Leon, in Spain, in order to attend a Spanish course at a language school in the city. It is the second year running that we have been there and our positive experience will almost certainly see us return again in the future.

Students sitting on Real Madrid home bench, caption “On the bench are Kameron Basra, Lauren Hall, Joshua Raine, Sanjeev Rattan and Harry Westwood.”

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The music department has had another very busy and successful year. The number of pupils involved in music making is encouraging, with over 150 having individual instrumental lessons each week and over 100 children involved in the choirs and instrumental groups.

new production of ‘Hello Dolly’ came to Wolverhampton starring Anita Dobson and Darren Day. We were asked to provide two teams of six children and although the children did not have a lot to do in the show, they performed their songs and acted on stage to the usual high standard. The company members The foundation for music making is in the were very friendly with the children and classroom and all children are given the in particular Anita Dobson, who always opportunity for listening to and discussing found time to talk to them. music and partaking in practical keyboard work. During the Summer Term, members of the Senior Choir and Lower School The standard of instrumental playing is Special Choir went on a four day trip to being maintained and our excellent team Paris. Having been twice before, we were of instrumental teachers work hard to invited back to Disneyland to give a half encourage all pupils to make the most of an hour concert on the Fantasy Stage. their talent. Many pupils have performed this year in assemblies, afternoon School Musicals concerts, House music competitions, performing arts competitions and in In recent years, we have put on two school concerts. In the House music school musicals, no mean feat for a competition, I was pleased to hear so small school. These big productions many pupils playing with confidence at demonstrate what a wealth of talent we a variety of levels. Twenty eight pupils have got and they also show the fantastic have been successful in individual music teamwork that goes on, not only between exams this year, sixteen passing with staff, but with pupils too. Children and merit and four with distinction. Stacey staff work incredibly hard and put in Powell joins the honours list of successful many extra hours over a long period of students passing the top grade 8 exam. time to produce these productions, full Many pupils have also taken part in reports of which appear in the magazine. local music competitions with some The performances of the Upper School outstanding results. musical always give us a lot of pleasure. This year, the response of the audience Choirs when we got to the end of the show was unbelievable to say the least, and The choirs continue to flourish and have it was very emotional; to see the whole had some exciting opportunities again. audience giving us a standing ovation The Carol Service, well supported as was such a thrill for us all, and one that I always, gave the opportunity for the shall remember for a long time. choirs individually and collectively to demonstrate their quality and sing in a variety of musical styles. For many years we have provided children for professional shows at the Grand Theatre. In February this year, a

DISNEYLAND, PARIS In June, we had a most enjoyable choir trip to Disneyland, Paris. A party of 55 pupils from the Upper and Lower School choirs and staff left T.C. for a four day trip. The day in Disneyland was very hot. On arrival, we were escorted through the tradesman’s entrance at the back of the park and were taken to the Fantasy Stage area, where we were given our instructions for the day. We were due to sing at 6.00pm and so we met up with parents who had travelled over and we had the day in the park, enjoying the rides and fantastic weather.

The Choir about to leave T.C

During the morning, I was very pleased to see arrive at the Eurostar station at Disneyland the three Sixth Form girls who had travelled over by themselves, leaving Wolverhampton at 4.00 am!. They were unable to travel over with us on the Friday due to ‘A’ level exams.

The Choir in action!


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We met up at 5.00pm, changing into our concert dress and we then went onto stage for our sound check. The sound system was superb and we sounded like a choir of 100! After this, we had a short time to wait before our performance.

After the performance.

The moments before singing were very exciting, full of tension and expectation. After having been welcomed in three languages, the curtain went up to reveal us on stage in front of a big crowd. The half an hour performance was fantastic, the children sang so well, in fact the best I have ever heard them. I was really proud of them. What an experience for us all. After the performance we met up with parents and enjoyed a few more hours in the park.

SPORT

He talked non-stop during the whole trip, giving us historical and interesting facts. We saw the Notre Dame church, the famous Museum D’Orsay (where all the Impressionist paintings are housed); we went up the Champs Elysees, past the Grand Palace, round the Arc de Triomphe and then got off to view the Eiffel Tower. Having had a photograph session, we walked down to the Tower, and then after waiting for a long time, we went to the top of the Tower where we enjoyed the fantastic views of the city. The coach picked us up and took us past the Louvre Museum, before dropping us off for lunch which was followed by a boat trip on the river. After an evening meal, we went to the Sacre Coeur Cathedral where we enjoyed what I think is the best view in any city.

We managed to get 7 pupils into the Wolverhampton Athletics Championships. The girl finalists were Laura Burke Year 7 – 800m, Chloe McIntosh Year 8 - 100m, 200m and Long Jump, Rachel Jones Year 9 – 800m res. Finals already decided are Claire Kirkhope who is the Year 10 Long Jump Champion and Alex Grant Year 8 Triple Jump. The boys to qualify were George Southall, Year 8 1500m and Stefan Squire, Year 9 Triple Jump. Chloe and Alex went on to represent Wolverhampton in the West Midlands Championships, with Chloe winning the 100m, 200m and long jump.

Sports Day Awards.

From the top of the Eiffel Tower.

At the Eiffel Tower.

ATHLETICS

It was so clear and bright we could see for miles. We had a quick look around the cathedral and many children took time to light a candle and have some private thoughts. Just around the corner is the famous artists’ market where we spent some time, with several children having themselves ‘sketched’. To the parents who were able to be there, thank you for your support.

On Sunday, we left our hotel for a sightseeing day which started with a coach journey through Paris. The coach driver It has been an exciting and rewarding was amazing, giving us information as musical year we saw the various places of interest. His knowledge of Paris was unbelievable.


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This year we were able to resume our place at RAF Cosford again and use the superb facilities provided at the base. It was a lovely day and the weather was kind to us. The standard on the track and in the field events was excellent. Several records were broken which was testament to the talent of the children and their determination to win. Most notable were the senior javelin, shot and discus all by Edward Bower; the senior 1500 metres by Daniel Pearce and the Junior girls 400 metres by Chloe McIntosh. Dr Bodkin presented the trophies to all the winners. Or thanks go to all colleagues who helped on the day and to all the competitors who performed so well. Team-work by staff and pupils equals enormous success! Individual Sports Day Champions Junior Boys – Alex Grant (P) Junior Girls - Chloe McIntosh (P) Intermediate Boys – Stefan Squire (H) Intermediate Girls – Claire Kirkhope (N) Senior Boys – Sebastian Smythe (P) / Andrew Samuels (H) Senior Girls – Sara Bayliss (B) / Kelly Paterson (H) Overall House Champions 1st - PEARSON 576 pts 2nd – Haydon 529 pts 3rd - Nicholson 524 pts 4th - Bantock 423 pts

register with the Mercia group, based in Oxford. The competition was held at the Dragon School in Oxford on Thursday 19th June. Chloe McIntosh and Daniel Genner travelled down with Mrs McIntosh for the competition. Daniel had been recovering from a broken bone in his foot but was quite adamant that he wanted to participate in the 1500m which he did. He performed extremely well. Chloe was to run in both the 100m and 200m events. She won both in outstanding form. This then qualified her for the National Championships in Birmingham.

Chloe McIntosh Athletics.

Chloe performed personal bests in both and took the Bronze medal in the 200m. This was a commendable feat against pupils from all over the UK. Chloe has a great future in Athletics! City Championships

In the City Championships Claire Kirkhope came 1st in the Year 10 Long Midland Prep School Jump with a new personal best for her. Championships Laura Burke in Year 7 qualified for the Unfortunately we received a letter early 1500m and performed well. Well done on in the Spring Term to say that the Laura! Chloe McIntosh went on to win all Bromsgrove group that normally staged three finals 100m, 200m and Long Jump and held this annual competition had with personal bests. She was particularly folded due to the state of the track. pleased with her 4.20m in the Long However, it would be allowed for a school Jump. A brilliant season! team to join another region. I contacted the head of the athletics committee and J.L.Taylor after quite a few phone calls was able to

Pearson House Captains Sebastian Smythe, Bethany Robinson.


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1ST XI CRICKET CAPTAIN’S REPORT This season has been exciting. It held a lot of promise. Rain has intervened once again which only meant four games could be played this year and left cricket week a complete washout. With four senior players leaving last year it meant new Year 10 players would be filling in but you would never notice. Credit must be given to the talented individuals Tettenhall has to pick from. The season started with a high scoring game against Abbotsholme School. Tettenhall won the toss and elected to bat first. Scoring 240 off their 25 allotted overs, with Aneesh Kapil top scorer with 123, Tettenhall restricted Abbotsholme to 220 in the second innings with Jack Biddulph bowling 5 overs with 2 wickets for 35 runs in a fantastic effort when the ball was flying to all parts of the ground. This game set a high tone for a superb season to come.

for 3 off 5. Then a fourth wicket stand of 136 between Tom Cheema scoring 70 and Greg Humphreyson scoring 80 pushed Tettenhall to a respectable score. Bahadur Sandur added a quick 40 not out to leave Tettenhall 227 for 6 at the close. In reply the old boys made 144 with Oliver Wagstaff top scorer with 48 not out. He proved a thorn in what could have been an easier victory for the College, with Richard Kimberlin taking 2 wickets for 6 runs off his 5 overs. Some fantastic catching from Aneesh Kapil, fielding close to the wicket, contributed to the positive result for the College.

The last game of the season came against Wrekin College. Wrekin won the toss and elected to bat. However, after losing an early wicket bowled by Richard Kimberlin, Tettenhall then seemed to lose sight of the game with Wrekin 122 for 1 at drinks. Then with some lusty hitting at the end Wrekin got to 317 for 4 off their 40 overs. In reply Tettenhall managed 133 all out with Tom Fell scoring 38; a weak In the second game against Adams batting performance by a side which Grammar School, a strong side that we lacked the application to bat out time and had lost to in the previous year, Tettenhall work hard for runs. were put into bat. A well constructed innings at the top of the order from Tom I would like to take this opportunity to Fell scoring 42, guided Tettenhall to 129 thank Alex Poile our grounds man, who from 25 overs. In the second innings match after match, has produced quality it became very tight. After a wayward cricket wickets. Apart from no more then opening spell, Ed Bower came back to a blip against Wrekin, this season has take a hatrick in the last 3 balls of the been very successful, with thanks going innings to secure victory for the College to Mr Petfield, Dr Mottershead, and by 3 runs. Aaron O’Connor who have drilled us hard The next game came against the Old Tettenhallians, which Ashley Paterson captained. Tettenhall won the toss and chose to bat first. The plan did not go well losing 2 wickets in the first over, leaving the College 3 runs for 2 wickets off 1 over. Then Jack Biddulph shortly followed leaving Tettenhall 19

throughout the season to improve our technique and achieve a good standard of fielding. Greg Humphreyson

FROM THE BOUNDARY’S EDGE Another busy Summer Term is upon us and, to date, 35 fixtures have been completed with only a further 2 being lost to the weather; a tremendous improvement on 2007 season! By the end of the season, weather permitting, the various teams should have played a total of 37 matches. On the whole, the school has experienced a good deal of success, most notably with the Under 15 side progressing to the quarter finals of the Lords Taverners National Knockout where they narrowly lost to Oundle School. It is also pleasing to see that the Under 9 and 11 teams have had some fixtures which bodes well for the future of cricket at Tettenhall College. In the first round of the National Knockout, the team travelled to Dinas Bran, Llangollen in late April to play the North East Wales champions. Losing the toss and being put into bat, the school scored 350 for 1 in their 30 overs; Aneesh Kapil undefeated on 150 and Tom Fell scoring 127 not out. The team then faced Oundle School, the Northamptonshire champions. Losing the toss, Tettenhall batted first and made steady progress to amass a competitive total of 189 for 6 in their allotted 40 overs; Tom Fell remaining undefeated on 107 from 109 balls. Unfortunately, loose bowling in a stiff, cold breeze allowed the home side to make significant in-roads and with 2 overs to spare, they surpassed the total for the loss of 3 wickets. A disappointing end to the competition, but a tremendous experience for the boys and an excellent achievement for the school.


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The Under 14 team, in defence of the County Cup, also made pleasing progress with victories over Rawlett and Ounsdale Schools which brought them up against Wolverhampton Grammar School in the quarter final which, unfortunately, they lost to a strong batting side in rain-affected conditions. The side have been ably led by Tom Fell who has provided a sound basis for batting as well as competent bowling and excellent captaincy. With a limited number of senior players and the lengthy period of examinations in the summer, 1st XI matches have been limited to three, with one match being ‘lost’ due to rain. So far, the young side have played some excellent cricket and are currently undefeated. Notable performances have come from Aneesh Kapil who scored a quick fire 123 against Abbotsholme and 70 from Tom Cheema and 80 from Captain Greg Humphreyson against the Old Tettenhallians. The team are hoping for a good end of season finale with the cricket week during the last week of term.

2008 Representative Honours: Girls’ Cricket Richard Kimberlin – Warwickshire U16s Aneesh Kapil – Worcestershire CCC Academy & U17s Jack Biddulph – Worcestershire CCC Academy & Staffordshire U15s Bahadar Sandhur – Worcestershire Black Country Academy Tom Fell – Midlands U14s, Worcestershire CCC Academy, Staffordshire U14s Alex Grant – Staffordshire U13s Tom Kimberlin – Shropshire U13s As ever, the season would not be as successful and enjoyable without the help and support of Alex Poile who continues to produce excellent wickets in what have been very trying conditions, Mr Bullock, Dr Mottershead, Aaron O’Connor our Australian coach, and Mr Trump, as well as all the boys who have played for the various teams this summer. J Petfield

On Saturdays, the Tettenhall College Wergs have had their strongest start to the league since the partnership between the school and Wolverhampton Cricket Club was established. The experience of playing men’s cricket has continued to allow the boys to improve their technique which has paid dividends in their school and County matches. Aneesh Kapil continues to play for the club first team in the Birmingham Premier Division and Tom Fell has been opening the batting for the Second XI in the Premier Reserve Division scoring consistently.

Yr 7 and 8 Crickers

During the Summer Term, a group of Year 7 and 8 girls undertook a new challenge. As part of their games lessons the girls took part in a six week sport education programme in cricket, culminating in a tournament between the three teams. During this time they had to organise themselves within teams, taking on roles that they wouldn’t usually have the chance to do. The girls rose to the challenge and although the final tournament had to be cancelled due to bad weather, the whole event was a success and the girls thoroughly enjoyed it. Medals were awarded to the wining team (Aimee’s Angels) and their team manager Aimee Fisher also won players’ player.


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CROSSCOUNTRY For the girls there are three CrossCountry League meetings; two in the Autumn Term and one in the Spring. This season Tettenhall had teams represented in each of the three age-groups: Under 12, Under 14 and Seniors. All runners gave fine performances, although the teams were only able to participate in two of the meetings. House Cross-Country Championships 2008 1st – NICHOLSON 2nd - Pearson 3rd - Haydon 4th - Bantock Cross-Country Individual Championship Winners 2008 Senior Boys – Andy Samuels (H) Senior Girls – Faye Paterson (H) Intermediate Boys – Ben Houghton (N) Intermediate Girls – Claire Kirkhope (N) Junior Boys – Daniel Genner (P) Junior Girls – Chloe McIntosh (P) J.L.Taylor

FOOTBALL 1st XI The year 2008 produced one of the most momentous football seasons for the first XI for quite a few years. One loss in the whole season and a goal aggregate of +14 gives some idea of the success achieved by the team this year. Indeed our biggest win was 8-0 against Abbotsholme who weren’t the weakest team in terms of ability; a great team start in scoring 3 goals in as many minutes with some sublime passing and moving, knocked any wind out of their sails from

which they never recovered. I must say it was the tightest knit team and also the most competed, in terms of positions, in the 3 years that I have played for the first team and it was a pleasure to watch some of the skills on show. This season Dr Mottershead and Mr. Bullock, the first team coaches, emphasised the need for a flowing passing game predominantly along the floor looking to release our quick and talented strikers Andy Samuels and Jordan Sailsman. Andy in particular was a great asset to the attack for the second year in a row showing the ability to make great runs, the strength to hold and compete for the ball against centre backs and the skill to be able to slot the ball into the net from almost anywhere on the pitch. The midfield was held together and marshalled by Jon Hart who coordinated the play of Thomas Schubert, Liam Green and Dan Pearce. Schubie’s throwing power was something to marvel at and a very dangerous weapon whilst Dan had an uncanny knack of appearing at just the right moment to slot in quite a few goals. The defence this year was the biggest worry at the start of the season with myself being the only individual from the previous year’s defence. However, the coaches and I were impressed with how Alex Styles stepped up to fill in the other centre- half role with confidence, which allowed me to concentrate more on being an extra pair of eyes for the wing backs of Richard Kimberlin and Brian Cheung, who weren’t quite as experienced but did an impressive job all the same. Of course we can’t forget the man at the back who made almost as much noise as me, Greg Humphreyson, who I think everyone will agree had some very impressive saves. This season was a pleasure to be a part of and I think I speak on behalf of all the leavers involved that there couldn’t have been a much better way to end our

football at Tettenhall College, especially considering we beat the Wolverhampton Grammar School 4-3 at one of their apparently stronger sports. That coupled with the thrashing we gave them at rugby the previous term made the victory all the more special. So I would like to thank the players for all their hard work and commitment, the coaches for all their time, expertise and encouragement. The support from the sidelines should not be forgotten as well, so I would also like to thank Mr. Hartley and my fellow 6th formers. It has been a pleasure to play and captain the first team and I wish them all the best next season. Sebastian Smythe (1st XI Captain) 2nd XI The Second XI squad trained enthusiastically throughout the Spring Term. In the first fixture, Shrewsbury College provided tough opposition from a much larger pool of players and the game ended in a 3-1 defeat. A determined performance against the Royal School saw us come back from behind on three occasions to earn a creditable 3-3 draw. Under 13 A successful season was enjoyed by the Under 14 footballers, one which has yet to be completed as the team managed to gain a place in the City Cup final which has to be played at the beginning of the Autumn term 2008! The boys only succumbed to two defeats at the hands of Wednesfield in the Autumn League and at St. Edmund’s in a friendly. The spine of the team had been established in the previous season but one or two new players were welcomed to the squad and played their part in securing a pleasing string of results.


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The most exciting match came in the City Cup semi-final played at home against St Peter’s and which ended up going to extra time. Tetsuto Nakamichi scored the winning goal in a 5 - 4 scoreline! The team was very ably captained by Max Cooper and there were other pleasing performances from Tom Fell, Alex Jones who was a prolific scorer, and Alex Grant. My thanks go to Messrs Cooper and Houghton for their continued expertise, enthusiasm, and support in developing the squad into an increasingly tight unit. J M Petfield

LADIES HOCKEY The season ended on a positive note with the mixed Year 7s achieving second place at the Wolverhampton Grammar School annual tournament in March. An excellent all round team effort – we will aim for the top prize next year! Ladies 1st XI Sadly we were unable to replicate our success from last year against the Old Tettenhallians. The O.T.s won 1-0 though it was an enjoyable fixture and good to see many former pupils taking part. The 1st team played well, though we continued to struggle in front of goal. A converted penalty flick would have equalised the scoreline, but it wasn’t to be. My thanks go to Bethany Robinson for organising the squad and for her sterling efforts this year as captain. Her ability on the pitch has improved immensely and her organisational skills have been exemplary. I hope she continues to enjoy her hockey in future years.

We continue to play our competitive hockey against significantly larger schools than our own. This is particularly true of the Sixth Form and as a consequence we find ourselves often at a disadvantage in terms of physical strength and maturity. Nevertheless, a very positive result was achieved at Denstone in November when Emma Dawson scored, resulting in a 1-0 victory. Chloe McIntosh played in midfield and her contribution was very positive. As a Year 8 pupil, to compete at such a level is commendable and she shows considerable potential for the future. Indeed, both Chloe and Sophie Jones were successful in the Staffordshire County trials in the autumn, with Chloe also being selected for the Regional team. Well done to them both.

alone. Sadly, this success was not sustained and towards the latter part of the session we lost against Chase, Denstone and Wrekin. The team played with skill and enthusiasm though and some notable individual contributions were made. Claire Kirkhope continues to develop in central midfield and there was sound defending from Harriet Broadhurst and Kim Chan. Lydia Budgen’s efforts have been extremely positive and her game also continues to improve. U12/13 In the U12/13 category there have been mixed results; however, there are some very capable hockey players coming up into Year 9 in the Autumn and I look forward to them achieving much success in the future. Finally my thanks to Mr Trump, Mr Higgs and Mrs Taylor for their continued help and support this year.

Otherwise results this year were slightly disappointing. There were too many close fought games where, with a little more confidence in the ‘D’, we could have been successful. Examples include our December fixture against Stafford AJN Grammar where we lost 2-1, and the 2-0 defeat against Oswestry.

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Again this year there have been some notable individual efforts. Lauren Hall continues to develop into a very competent hockey player. Tamara Pickstock has been an energetic and positive midfielder and Sarah Bayliss has been solid in defence. As previously mentioned, Bethany Robinson has matured into a reliable left back capable of distributing the ball appropriately.

This season seven teams ranging from Year 5/6 through to the 1st V11 have represented the school playing over 40 fixtures, whether in matches in tournaments or leagues. The school continues to be successful in this sport and at U13 level are champions of the City of Wolverhampton. The number of girls extending their interest by representing local clubs continues to grow and we have representatives at elite U14/15 level in South Staffordshire, Shropshire The season started very positively with and the West Midlands. These players wins against Stafford Grammar School, Oswestry and Wolverhampton Girls’ High play regularly mid-week and at the School. Lauren Hall was the leading goal weekends in regional leagues, county squads and academies Our school scorer, achieving 7 goals in September


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teams compete very well alongside large comprehensive schools and local independent establishments achieving worthy results.

the players worked so hard together to pull off a magnificent win 11-7.

Wolverhampton Tournaments The Under 15 tournaments took place late in November. Four teams took part with the school team finishing in 3rd place. The squad played three matches. Players were: Harriet Broadhurst, Kim Chan, Lauren Hall, Judith Holt, Claire Kirkhope, Georgina Spooner, Gabryel Wedge-Robinson and Holly Winwood. The Under 12 and Under 13 tournaments were played early March. The Under 12 team did very well indeed. Although they struggled to get through the first round all squad players performed to the best of their ability. There is more to come for this team! They are a lovely little team and with practice they will get stronger ready for the challenge next year. Players were: Grace Birch-Bastock, Courtney Hawkins, Bethany Miller, Meono Mita, Rebecca Mitchell, Olivia Nash, Kiranpreet Rai and Rachael Whalen. Other players in Year 7 have taken part in friendly games and all have good skills which can be improved. Well done to all Year 7 girls! My thanks to Miss Laura Leigh, who umpired them throughout the competition. The Under 13 played on the same afternoon and in two sections. Here they stormed through the matches with skill, determination and a display of excellent netball and team work. They beat all the teams convincingly going through to the semi-finals against St Chad’s and beating them 7-0. This took them into the final where they met Wolverhampton Grammar. The girls knew it would be a tough game. It was a fantastic game! All

Under 13 Netball team City League & Tournament winners.

Players were: Aimee Fisher, Eloise Hammond, Sophie Jones, Victoria Kibble, Lauren Lovell, Chloe McIntosh, Vasiliki Patsiogiannis, Charlotte Perry, Jade Sahni and Ekta Saini. This win has qualified the team to represent Wolverhampton in the South Staffordshire Tournament in November 2008. This is an area competition contributing to All England Schools Netball. Wolverhampton School Leagues League matches were played over the Autumn 2007 and Spring 2008 terms. With the arrival of new pupils in Year 7 the U12 girls practised regularly to form the new team. They worked and played extremely well in competitive matches. They did not win many games but they were determined to improve and get stronger and I’m sure that they will do just that next season. All the girls at some stage took part in a match. The U13 team have had an unbelievable season. They have won all eight matches against local and independent schools, taken the Wolverhampton league title and are champions in the tournament too. All the girls have worked so hard to improve

their skills. Most break times they have practised as well holding their regular practices in extra-curricular time. Their commitment has been above excellent. Seven of the squad train with clubs and all took part in trials for the Staffordshire Academy. We await the results of these trials. Their results were excellent in the league, beating Wolverhampton Grammar in the final. Players in the squad were: Aimee Fisher, Eloise Hammond, Sophie Jones, Ai Kato, Victoria Kibble, Lauren Lovell, Chloe McIntosh, Vasiliki Patsiogiannis, Charlotte Perry, Jade Sahni and Ekta Saini. The Under 14 team were equally as competitive in practice and in league games. They too worked hard to accomplish a good level of Netball. With the arrival of new players they were quick to establish new positions in the team. They continued to develop good skills, court linkage and strategies for play. The team had to work very hard to win the games but with a strong commitment to practice and listening in training sessions they enjoyed success. Players were: Charlotte Hedgecock, Harriet Hommers, Rachel Jones, Eloise Nash, Nicola Smith and Stephanie Williams.

Under 16 Netball team - City League Final runners-up.


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The Under 15 team also performed well over the season with this team being extremely versatile. They had success in the league early on by winning some good matches which had given them great confidence. A lot of the girls were training hard in their spare time at clubs and this made a great difference. Players in the squad were: Harriet Broadhurst, Kimberley Chan, Lauren Hall, Judith Holt, Claire Kirkhope, Zoe Lewis, Georgina Spooner, Holly Winwood and Gabryel Wedge-Robinson. The Under 16 team experienced a greater season than previously, only losing one match. These great results took them forward into the league finals which they narrowly lost by just two goals against Wolverhampton Grammar. However, they too have been nominated as representatives in the Staffordshire Tournament for 2008. This will be two years in succession as they took part in 2007 coming fourth over all. Players in the squad were: Natasha Cochrane, Parminder Kaur, Annabel Knight, Cindy Lalit, Faye Paterson, Kelly Paterson, Tamara Pickstock, Megan Schubert and Beth Smith. The Under 18 team did find the season quite hard with tough opponents to play. All the squad worked very hard and must be congratulated on their determination and commitment to the school team. Sadly we say goodbye to some of the team and hope that they will return as Old Tettenhallians in the future. All the girls have been loyal to the school teams and I thank them for their involvement over the years. Players in the squad were: Amy Birch (cpt), Emma Dawson, Josie Hanson, Navjoyt Johal, Natalie Kirkhope, Bethany Robinson, Frances Southall and Kimberley Varaich As always, I am extremely grateful to all

the players for their loyalty and service. All league teams have again performed well. These players are dedicated to their sport. They display great sportsmanship and commitment at all levels. House Netball Juniors (Year 7 & 8) 1st PEARSON 2nd Nicholson 3rd Bantock 4th Haydon SENIORS (Year 9-6th Form) 1st PEARSON 2nd Haydon 3rd Bantock 4th Nicholson

1st Team Squad v The Old Tettenhallians This year it was held on 14th/15th June. The Netball took place on the courts at 10.00am where fourteen school players from across the teams took on a talented group of Old Tettenhallians. The match took just over an hour to play. It was a fast, high scoring and very entertaining game. I was impressed with the level of fitness and skill of the O.T. team. Yet another formidable squad was well represented and therefore the result of Old Tettenhallians 50 - School team 16 was not surprising. Players for the Old Tettenhallians were: Linsey Andrews, Emily Beddoes, Kelly Cartwright, Victoria Liu, Becky Rice, Bethan Stoll, Fiona Taylor and Amanda Wilkin.

Overall Winners 2008 Pearson Players for the school were: Amy Birch, Natasha Cochrane, Victoria Kibble, Club Netball Claire Kirkhope, Faye Paterson, It is great to see so many girls from a Kelly Paterson, Tamara Pickstock, variety of year groups playing Netball outside of school; Tettenhall College has Bethany Robinson, Bethany links with several clubs. These clubs are Smith, Frances Southall (cpt) and Kimberley Varaich. used by the girls, depending of course, A new team trophy ‘The John Dale where they live. It is also good to hear Memorial Trophy’ was awarded and that players are achieving performance awards from within their clubs. Any pupil donated by the Old Tettenhallians who who wishes to take their game to another indeed won it for the second year in succession. A new award ‘Players’ Player’ level is encouraged to join a club. If any has been introduced this year. Players further information is required please from both teams discuss and decide contact me through the school. their chosen player of the match. This year it was awarded to Victoria Kibble Staffordshire Academy who was the youngest participant and Three girls have been linked to the who currently plays in the U13 team. academies this year: Chloe McIntosh Congratulations! (U13), Kelly and Faye Paterson (U16). Seven players have been to trials J.L.Taylor and we await the result. I am delighted with their involvement with the county and congratulate them on their success. All the above have been recognised for their commitment and ability by receiving county awards and certificates.


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big match for the two local schools. The game finished with a 36-0 win, this 1st XV score line did not flatter the college’s Mr Bullock and myself worked hard this performance at all with us dominating season on team unity from the outset and throughout. The forwards were this was shown clearly in the first game outstanding once again, with Gareth against Wrekin College. Even though Squire leading the way with a hatrick of the game ended with a 9-6 loss, no tries tries, typical of number 8, by powering being scored, it was a great display of through the opposition. commitment and teamwork. Our front row The last notable game of the season was of Joe Wood, Liam Green and Tony Wong were exceptional, leading the battle from the front against a very strong Wrekin pack. With 10 new players this season the achievement by the squad has been phenomenal. There has not been an outstanding individual performer to talk of; we have just been a side that worked together very well. The effort has been immense and commitment cannot be faulted. This has been a credit to the players and has made my life very difficult Rugby 1st XV. to select just 15 to put on a pitch because everyone has deserved a place. My season was epitomised by three games; these were ones in which effort was flawless and the results came to follow too. Firstly Old Swinford Hospital 3rd XV: a school which breeds rugby talent, with extensive numbers to choose from. We dominated the game in the forwards. Our lineout and subsequent driving maul was impeccable with Sebastian Smythe leading the way, this assisted a positive result for Tettenhall. Also with the best Rugby 1stXV tackling. individual try of the season from Sam Barnett which came off a kick off, a gap against a very strong Wolverhampton opened and he ran 50m to score unColts side, who are the current troubled under the posts. However my Staffordshire county champions; a man of the match went to Ed Bower who good test for our forwards as the was a rock at outside centre. He was a Wolverhampton side played a hard great threat going forward and was an physical game in the forwards. Our immovable object in defence. forwards showed great strength and The second game was against character to hold their own against a Wolverhampton Grammar school, a much bigger pack. However, we came

across a clinical and fast set of backs who out played us. Andrew Samuels at full back time after time spoiled a great move from the Wolverhampton side with try saving tackles. Although the score line was a large score to nil it did not reflect the game’s play; we held our own throughout the game and showed great character and determination to keep going for the whole game. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Bullock and Mr Petfield for all their hard work this year. I would also like to thank the lads for a brilliant season and for all their efforts and hope they enjoyed it. They deserve it because it has been a fantastic effort for the whole season! Greg Humphreyson (1st XV Captain) UNDER 12 I think it would be fair to say that this has been a development season for the boys in the Under 12 squad. Many of them were completely new to the sport and it was therefore a very steep learning curve for them to be able to participate and compete in matches in a very short period of time. Nearly all of the boys in the squad played a part in at least one of the five matches which were played and there were notable performances from James Winwood, James Pringle, Joshua Edwards, Luke Breese, and William Gonsalves. With the experience gained in playing the game this year, it is to be hoped that there will be a more enjoyable and rewarding campaign mounted next season! J M Petfield


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UNDER 14 Under 14 Result St Joseph’s (A) Stafford Grammar (A) Wrekin College (H) Friary (H) Queen Mary (A) WGS (H) Stafford Grammar (H) Wrekin College (A)

L 51-3 L 15-50 W 25-14 L 25-14 L 35-21 W 34-7 L 47-7 W17-12

It was a season of mixed fortunes, starting with heavy defeats against much bigger sides in the first two games. This was before there had been much of a chance in games lessons to overcome any rustiness, brought on by a nine month gap since many of the squad had played Rugby. A hard fought match between two evenly matched sides saw a good performance leading to victory against Wrekin but lapses of concentration led to a reversal of that scoreline in the next game against Friary. Many of the team thought that the “rub of the green” had gone against them in the game against Queen Mary’s Walsall and the score does not reflect the closeness of the game. It is always good to win against W.G.S. and a good all round performance secured the victory. By this time of the term unit and individual skills had improved and a better showing against Stafford G.S was hoped for. Unfortunately they had also improved and the outcome was the same as earlier in the term. The last game of the season started in heavy rain and a strong wind at Wrekin on one of their most open pitches. The lead changed hands three times and thankfully T.C. were the ones ahead when the final whistle went. Given that, in most games we are playing against schools whose numerical resources are greater than ours, this set of results is creditable, but greater application in developing basic skills

would have improved on them. Even international sides still practise the fundamentals such as passing and tackling by doing the same drills as we do in Games lessons before moving onto the more complex areas of unit skills. A number of individuals impressed with their endeavour, skill or both. In the backs Jack Sheldon tackled well above his weight and always produced a wholehearted performance. Robin Barrow ran hard and will be more effective when he learns to pass before contact – offloading out of the tackle is a difficult skill which will come with experience. Reiji Hoken’s tackling was a sight to behold, if not always legal, having more in common with jujitsu than more conventional methods. Tetsuto Nakamichi showed an impressive turn of speed allied to elusive footwork and will be a great asset to the side next year. The halfbacks Tom Fell and Stefan Squire played their best when they utilised each other’s strengths and did not try to do too much on their own. Tom is good kicker of the ball both out of hand and off the floor; Steffan has the makings of a good scrum half with a good eye for a gap, the pace to exploit it and the strength to shrug off tackles. Both of these players will improve as their tactical awareness increases with experience.

room in the squad for such a player. This squad has the potential to develop into a useful outfit but they need to realise that they do not know it all yet. When that realisation is allied to the will to learn then progress will be made. My thanks go to Mr Graham Squire for his help with the team and to the other parents who supported the team. C.J.Evans Squad Members J. Briggs, J. Taylor, R. Pickstock, A. Kibble, H. Westwood, S. Muller, D. Gill, M. Cooper, S. Squire, T. Fell, B. Houghton B. Barrow, J. Robinson, B. Taylor, J. Sheldon, R. Hoken, T. Nakamichi J.Robinson

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This year the Year 7 and Year 8 girls have shown a great interest in the game. In lessons the groups worked on developing their skills, learning tactics and strategies and putting a games plan into operation. The girls became very talented and able in a matter of weeks. In the latter weeks of the term we played our first competitive fixture in this game against St Dominic’s, Brewood. It was a good match with all the girls in the two year groups making up three teams. Tettenhall won two out of the In the pack the back row of Alex Kibble, three matches. Year 8’s 16-2 and the Year Max Cooper and Dan Gill worked hard in 7 ‘B’ team 7-3. The girls really enjoyed every game. Alex and Max were the main the matches so next summer we hope to line out jumpers and both ran strongly have a few more. in the loose. Dan is developing into a sound No7, gets around the park well J.L.Taylor and is effective at the breakdown. James Taylor in the front row did his work in both tight and loose to good effect and has the potential to contribute well in the older age groups. Harry Westwood did the utility forward’s job of playing where asked without quibble and there is always


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SWIMMING This was organised differently this year. All the local secondary schools find each term very busy due to lots of competitions going on in a variety of sports. It was therefore decided to hold two galas: one each for Juniors and Seniors. In the Junior competition twelve schools took part, each swimming the four strokes and two relays. Tettenhall performed extremely well coming 3rd overall. Laura Burke (Year 7) came runner up in the individual competition. Each team member received a bronze medal for coming third and in addition Laura also received a silver medal. Team members were: Laura Burke, Chloe McIntosh, Aimee Fisher (cpt), Eloise Hammond, Victoria Kibble and Rachael Whalen. In the Senior competition there were fewer teams taking part. Only seven school teams swam in all the events. Tettenhall came 4th with a few individual wins. It was a good standard with many club swimmers swimming for their school. Team members were: Charlotte Hedgecock, Judith Holt, Claire Kirkhope, Natalie Kirkhope (cpt), Bethany Robinson and Beth Smith.

House Swimming Championships 1st – NICHOLSON 2nd – Haydon 3rd – Pearson 4th – Bantock Individual Championship Winners Year 7 Boys – Daniel Hoare (P) Year 7 Girls - Bethany Miller (N) Junior Boys – Harry Jones (B) Junior Girls – Aimee Fisher (P) Intermediate Boys – Stefan Squire (H) Intermediate Girls – Judith Holt (N) Senior Boys – Gareth Squire (H) Senior Girls – Natalie Kirkhope (N)

The U13 team also played two matches against Wolverhampton Girls’ High winning 4-2 and St Peter’s losing 1-5. In the U13 tournament the team got through to the semi-finals but the match was abandoned due to the rain. Players in the teams were: U13 – Harriet Dodd, Eloise Hammond, Sophie Jones, Ai Kato, Victoria Kibble, Rebecca Mitchell, Charlotte Perry and Laura Saul. J.L.Taylor

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TENNIS South Staffordshire Cup The Over 14 girls began their challenge back in April with a first round game against St. Joseph’s, Stoke, at home. The girls won this match 6-0. Their next game was in May away against Newcastle. Again they were triumphant and won the match 5-0. This took the team into the final which was held on the last day of the school term against King Edward’s, Lichfield. The team won the matches 5-1. This was a great achievement! The girls all received glass trophies from the LTA. Players in the team were: Judith Holt, Kelly Paterson, Louise Scott (cpt), Beth Smith and Rebecca Tennant. City League Competitions (20072008) Two teams were entered into the competition this year. The U15 team played two matches v Wolverhampton Girls’ High and Wolverhampton Grammar. Both games were lost. U15 – Louise Coxhead, Judith Holt, Rebecca Tennant (cpt) and Georgina Spooner.

U 13 tennis team - Charlotte Perry, Eloise Hammond, Victoria Kibble, Sophie Jones

U 12 tennis team - Rebecca Mitchell, Harriet Dodd (missing from picture Laura Saul)


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THE MUSICAL

BRENDA BLY TEEN DETECTIVE Autumn (Aimee Fisher) - the trouble begins. All her friends know that she is bad luck ‘with a capital Black Cat’ but best friend and leading role Darcy (Ellie Nash) demands that Brenda be allowed to watch. It soon becomes obvious that ‘Rocket Girl the Musical’ is no Olivier award winning show. The cast includes TV casts offs - aka the bickering twins Bridget (Kelly Paterson) and Gidget (Faye Paterson) - who are more interested in

It’s 1958, the age of space exploration and soda bars. The pupils of Whitney Ellis Private School for Girls are excited about lots of things: hunky astronauts, James Dean, what colour poodle skirt to wear and most importantly their next production – ‘Rocket Girl – The Musical’.

However, when a series of strange accidents picks off the unwitting cast one by one, it looks like the musical’s days are numbered. Luckily when you have a bona fide Teen Detective on the nominal role the small issue of a leading lady with amnesia poses very little problem. Still, this case proves harder to crack than

the infamous ‘Case of The Agitated Attic’ and it’s not all plain sailing for Brenda Bly this time. Not only must she save the day, save the world, sort out her headmistress’s love life and still have a cake baked in time for tea, but she also needs to solve a little personal crisis of her own – the boyfriend. ‘Brenda Bly Teen Detective’ combined Scooby Doo with Rock and Roll and we loved it. grabbing the lead role from the rather vacant Darcy than perfecting their alien tap dancing, and man-mad Jo Jo Reynolds (Megan Schubert) – desperate to show off her figure rather than her acting skills. To add insult to injury Vera Van Strander (Judith Holt), the school’s domineering headmistress, is determined to ‘get this garbage off the stage’ and Madeleine (Charlotte Darby), the show’s spotlight operator, also happens to be a French exchange student who can’t speak a word of English! It seems that things can’t get much worse for poor Autumn... and then they do. Mysteries seem to follow Brenda Bly (Stacey Powell) wherever she goes and when she stays to watch the rehearsals for the school production – written, produced and directed by rising star

Darcy takes centre stage, the spotlight flickers hesitantly towards her, she opens her mouth to utter a true unfaltering note and WHAM.... a sandbag falls from the flies knocking her out cold! Dum dum


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duuummmm!!! With the conked out star flat on the stage, Van Strander and her secret love interest - the hapless, feckless, witless security guard Cecil Sessile (Mr Evans) - argue over the reputation of the school, Bridget and Gidget plot feverishly to take over the lead role, Autumn stresses about whether Darcy will make costume fittings and Brenda Bly ponders over the facts. Whodunnit? The plot thickens. As the cast scatter in confusion and Darcy is dragged off set, Buddy Rogers, Brenda’s fella (Andrew Samuels), sneaks in to see her. Brenda seems more interested in what happened to Darcy than going on a date and poor Buddy slopes off. Why can’t Brenda see the problems right under her nose ...their failing relationship? Thus the subplot begins and Buddy returns to school dressed head to toe in black, dragging his poor sidekick, ‘you know I can’t talk to girls’, Stu with him. Buddy thinks there is another man in Brenda’s life and he is determined to find out who it is. Having being rushed to hospital, Darcy begins to recover, no thanks to the incredibly handsome and incredibly dim Dr Sniffles (Seb Smythe) and his colleagues (Dan Pearce, Jon Hart) who seem more interested in nurses than patients and who can’t tell a stethoscope from a sun tan.

understand what anyone is saying, Stu dresses up as a girl for fear of being caught on school premises and is mistaken for the French exchange student by the over amorous Cecil, Buddy - disguised as a security guard - is mistaken for Cecil by the partially sighted Van Strander. Oh what a tricky pickle... Can it get worse??? Yup...

fiend. With all the main characters on the stage Brenda cleverly reveals that almost everyone has a motive for getting rid of Darcy: the twins wanted her part, Van Strander wanted the show off the stage, Jo Jo didn’t want to play the man and Autumn, while pretending to admire Darcy’s acting skills, was doing this strange double-bluff-type-thing and actually didn’t like her at all! Phew!

Amidst the mayhem, Brenda stumbles on an important clue... ‘the strap to Darcy’s camera’. Fitting the clues together, she is just about the hit the nail on the head when WHAM.... she is hit on the head by a second sandbag! Strike 2. Black out. Curtain and interval! Rehearsals continue, Van Strander gets temporarily blinded by an overzealous set painting Autumn, Madeleine gets up everyone’s nose because she can’t

Luckily Brenda isn’t really hurt, she informs her freaked out friends that it’s always best to ‘play dead’ when being attacked by a crazed sandbag

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desperately tries to avoid the advances of both by sticking with Buddy, Darcy gets her memory back so a delighted Autumn pushes on with rehearsals and Brenda, who is being hounded by her friends to solve the case, suddenly cracks under pressure and ups and quits the teen detecting business!!!! Oh no!!!

in the second trip to the hospital, the girls are greeted by loony Nurse Wilder (Katie Garbett) who uses a very original shaking method to chase away the blues. Somewhat cheered by this unorthodox approach the girls begin to perk up only to discover that they have been ‘taking advice from a crazy lady’ as Mrs Wilder the patient - is carted offstage. Meanwhile, the mysterious Van Strander (who is top of the audience’s list of suspects as she has a rather manic laugh and reminds us of Cruella de Ville) has invited Brenda to the aptly named ‘Remote Cabin in the Woods’. Rightfully suspicious, Brenda goes along but wisely refuses a night cap of hot chocolate... ‘oh go on, one cup won’t kill you...’

scrap book Brenda discovers that Van Strander used to be a beautiful actress but she gave it up because of a man. Urging Brenda to follow her dreams, Van Strander persuades Brenda to get back on the case ... Hurrah! So with Van Strander out of the running (she may have seemed a mean old meanie but that’s just because she has been unhappy) who on earth ding dang did it?

Well...in a Scooby Dooesque denouement involving Darcy being tied up by a mysterious figure in black, a gun that changes hands every five seconds and some interesting photos, it turns out that ...Madeleine did it... remember the French exchange student who couldn’t It appears Van Strander summoned speak a word of English? Well it just so Brenda there in the dead of night happens that she isn’t actually French, because she had something to give her... she is in fact a Russian spy called could this be the end of our heroine? Oxanna who is attempting to infiltrate the Does Van Strander intend to give her a American Space programme and help blow to the head or a one way ticket to send Russia to the moon ‘before the never land? No... it seems Van Strander stinky American’s’ Mwah mwha mwha!!! has a softer side. Flicking through her

Left to her own devices, Jo Jo begins to put the pieces together... hang on, she knows who dropped the sandbag on Darcy’s head...but before she can tell us WOLLOP... Jo Jo gets the sandbag treatment. Strike 3! Things are getting serious, sinister and downright silly. They get even sillier when,


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Bridget and Gidget. The ex-Hollywood tots, Gidget and Bridget proved a formidable pair as their scheming, scrapping and self infatuation proved that theatre is indeed a world full of ‘backstabbing and deceit’. There was no love lost between the sisters - ‘my dead pony tap dances better than you’ ... ‘it was our pony and you killed it’ - but their razor sharp insults were hilariously delivered. Ellie Nash’s debut solo performance as Darcy had the audience in stitches as she flitted around the stage completely oblivious to the mayhem and chaos surrounding her. Both Ellie and Darcy Thanks to some swift thinking, slow Stacey Powell was superb as the leading took everything in their stride, from being motion fighting and dramatic music, lady with attitude. A cross between Nancy repeatedly sandbagged to wearing a Brenda finally ends up with the gun (it Drew, Scooby Doo’s Daphne and a very garden centre propagator on her head, turns out to be a prop gun anyway) and youthful Miss Marple – she portrayed the nothing phased her. She was the girl who sees the good in everything - ‘thanks Oxanna is carted off to the police station. role with energy, wit and an endearing for hitting me over the head with that fire This allows the oblivious Autumn to finally characteristic Brenda Bly finger flick. extinguisher Autumn, you’re a true friend, get her show on the road. In true romantic a true friend...’ style, Van Strander steps up to the role The comic pairing of Megan Schubert of General Flavaven (Jo Jo really is too and Joseph Hayward worked hilariously Aimee Fisher wowed the audience with unwell to go on as a man!?) and all the as the man-hungry Jo Jo terrorised the her all round talent as she whipped the pairs to get back together – Stu and Jo rather inexperienced Stu. Threats of Jo, Vera and Cecil, Buddy and Brenda. nibbling and ‘hot oil massages’ sent Stu Rocket Girl cast into shape as the super Awwwwwww. running top speed to the safety of Buddy efficient Autumn. Desperately trying to keep her head while all around were and his amateur teen detecting ‘out of losing theirs, Autumn, with the aid of her the frying pan into the fire!’ All credit to trusty clipboard, coaxed, cajoled and Joe Hayward as he managed to run top clobbered her unwilling and undisciplined speed in heels without breaking his or cast (in Darcy’s case, quite literally) into anyone else’s neck! shape ready for opening night. All’s fair Andy Samuel’s Buddy provided a comic in love, war and erm ... the theatre, so contrast to Stu and a lovely romantic lead cutting Candy’s one line, resorting to as the somewhat downtrodden boyfriend physical violence and banning a best friend from rehearsals was all in a day’s who quickly regains his status as an work for our feisty director. The fateful ‘All American Boy’. With some fabulous Candy, played by Melody Leung, proved singing and a real showbiz smile, Andy that all is not that fair actually! Melody – proved a real hit with the cast and the queen of comic facial expressions audience alike. – managed to tell her character’s story without words, the passion, the tragedy, Faye and Kelly Paterson slipped easily the downright indignation! into the role of bickering twin sisters


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Comedy came in bucketfuls thanks to stage whilst pretending to be temporarily the show’s comic pairings. This was Mr blinded by red paint -and she still looked Evans’ last performance with us and his elegant...what a true professional! portrayal of the rather confused security guard, Cecil Sessile, was hilarious. Having ‘got his security license in the mail’, Cecil bumbled in and out of situations with the charisma and charm of an overgrown puppy. Mr Evans did a grand job and the audience howled with laughter at the farcical shenanigans between Cecil and the heavily disguised Stu and at his desperate attempts to woo Van Strander! Mr Evans - we will miss you loads!

on Towers stage. Thank you so much to Dr Mottershead and his set building and backstage crew for all their hard work and imagination and also to Bethany Robinson and Holly Winwood who took on the role of assistant stage managers - or ‘the people who know what everyone else should be doing even if they aren’t necessarily doing it at that precise moment’. The transformation scenes were the trickiest to pull off, however a combination of brute force, ingenuity and frequent running repairs soon saw the Cape Canaveral Visitors centre morphing dramatically into a school bus, and a boat turning into a snow-ridden ski slope before our very eyes! Good job!

Mr Wass - cool, calm and collected as ever - kept us in a steady supply of Thanks to the nurses, the doctors, the reassurance and chocolate bars. Thanks detectives, the dancers, the showgirls, the to his untiring efforts - ‘could you just waiters, the waitresses, the astronauts, play that again please, Mr Wass?’, his the customers, the schoolboys, the fathomless optimism - ‘it will be fine, we tourists, the skiers, the cool dudes still have two weeks’, and his clarity of and the sailors. Special thanks to the purpose - ‘this is a musical...you do have ever faithful Rocket Girls who attended to open your mouths!’, the cast and countless rehearsals dressed up as band were licked into shape and raring to aliens with very little complaint while Mrs go on opening night. Taylor and myself set, reset, changed, added, cut and trialled so many dances Tap dancing aliens, the Hospital Hop and scenes. Congratulations also to ‘The (featuring the wheelchair waltz) and the Villains don’t get much more villainous Villain’ played in true melodramatic style Soda Shop Shuffle may have phased than Oxanna the Russain spy, played by Joseph Raine, Jack Carey’s Scooby lesser mortals but not die hard dance in true James Bond baddy style by Doo inspired Mad Groundskeeper, director Mrs Taylor. Armed with her Charlotte Darby. She nailed the accent(s) the duo of sheet wielding Creepy Miss and the sinister sarcasm with aplomb Jenkinses in the shape of Rachel Jones and judging by the boos and hisses, she and Zoe Lewis and the hapless Wally was a great success. Van Strander – the Jonathan Petfield. villain turned headmistress with a heart of gold – was expertly played by Judith A school bus, a log cabin and a ski slope Holt whose magnificent voice, poise and were amongst the several challenges stature made her perfect for the role. that faced the set building team this Not only did she pull off the melodrama year. Several metres of red cloth, garden of the role but she also created the timber, rope lights and hard board later endearing softer side of the character. To and The Whitney Ellis Private School for top it off she did it stumbling around the Girls and its environs were brought to life


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gaggle of co-choreographers, Mrs Taylor transformed our cast into rock n rolling, ballet dancing, showgirl shimmying, Oogie, Woogie Boogying boffins. There were some superb solo and small group performances from Bella Fisher, Harriet Hommers, Megan Schubert, Georgina Spooner, Faye Paterson, Kelly Paterson and Ellie Hammond and the choreographers worked their magic on the huge cast numbers too. Who cares if you have never watched ‘Come Dancing’ in your life, by the end of our intensive rehearsal period, and with a touch of Taylor magic, you will be Cha Cha Champion of Seven A! Most memorable moments include the showstopping ‘Times Like These’ that takes the audience on a high energy journey from Cape Canaveral, (complete with astronauts) to school bus (complete with steering wheel) ending up on the school stage complete with every single cast member jumping, jiving and jigging in pretty impressive unison. Now that’s Showbiz!

by many steady handed pupils and with pony tails, red lipstick and sparkly eye shadow by the bucket load, ‘Mrs Taylor’s Make-up Services Limited’ put the finishing magical touches to the enthusiastic cast.

Circular skirts, circular skirts and more circular skirts were top of the costume list this year. Some with spots, some with clouds and some with poodles, bowling balls and perhaps even one with the Eiffel Tower! The costume team were on hand to fulfil every request... however bizarre. We needed green stuff, silver stuff and sparkly stuff for the tap dancing aliens (don’t laugh), plus several sets of scrubs, a plethora of pyjamas, nine nurses outfits and a wagon load of white coats and waitress pinnies, a pair of pencil skirts, a couple of security guard caps and feather boa and a black wig. We hunted for tuxes, trilbies, stripy tights and tutus, seamed stockings, size 9 stiletto shoes, sailor suits and salopettes. To say this was a huge military style operation is an With her tap shoes still smoking from final understatement. Thanks to Mrs Fisher, rehearsals, Mrs Taylor turned her hand to Mrs Isbister, Mrs Hammond and Mrs the make-up. Many a last minute wobble Spencer, our astronauts were suited and and snippet of gossip are aired in the booted in space suits and helmets, the hallowed environs of the drama studio. It showgirls and cha cha dancers shimmied is a haven for the weary, a waiting room spectacularly in spangled frocks and the for the nervous and a great place to get baddy had enough berets and balaclavas your hair and makeup done! Supported to see her through the week. Not only

that but we managed to get every cast member into a detective mac and trilby... every night no less! Now repeat after me red belts, black belts, red ribbon, pastel ribbon, red belts, black belts, red ribbon, pastel ribbon...

Mrs Nash, Mrs Gwilt and Mrs Cooper were on hand to source, select and supervise the props which ranged in ridiculousness from a 1950’s camera to a sandbag heavy enough to fall dramatically from the flies three times but light enough not to actually knock out any of our precious cast members. The great trilby hunt formed a major source of frustration and co-ordination as fifty six trilbies had to be handed out and in every performance. Myriads of magnifying glasses, mackintoshes and medical paraphernalia were lovingly collected and stored as well as countless cotton wool ice cream sodas, homemade rocket ships and the infamous tin of red paint that had to be splotched onto Van Strander’s face every night without ruining her costume, microphone or make up. Thank you very much to the formidable props mistresses for keeping everyone and everything in order. Thanks also to several parents who helped us find the more tricky items when Mrs Nash’s Blue Peter attempts to create a wheelchair out of a pop bottle, three toilet rolls and a


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supply, to Alex for locking up after us, to the lighting and sound crews, the front of House led admirably by Miss Stone and Mr Bullough, the makeup artists, the cleaners who hoovered up the steady stream of confetti and to the audience who laughed, booed and clapped in pretty much all the right places.

heck of a lot of double sided sticky came to no avail. Cheers ladies. Brenda’s final frenetic attempt to get ‘Back on the Case’ involved us really putting our heroine, choreographer set, props and costume crew through their paces. If I say Brenda had to cavort through a car journey, strut her stuff aboard a ship surrounded by sailors and ski while singing down a snow ridden mountain all in the space of one song and about two and a half minutes, you will appreciate the complexity of the number.

When the audience tell you this is the best production you have done yet, you know you are doing something right. Our press review said ‘as slick as any professional show going’ - now there’s an accolade. Most importantly however, the pupils involved excelled in so many ways. Their creative talents were obvious on stage but their ability to work as a member of a huge team, take the lead, take advice, support and encourage each other is apparent throughout the whole process.

The stage is empty now, Brenda is out solving another case, the detectives have packed away their magnifying glasses (hopefully in their mackintosh pockets along with their torches) somewhere Van This year we performed an extra show as Strander is enjoying a glass of apple part of a special gala night. We weren’t wine with Cecil and Jo Jo is snuggling quite sure if we all had enough stamina up to Stu who may or may not have got for four evening performances… however, over his fear of women. Only the ghost as always the pupils and staff rose of sandbags past haunts the darkened admirably to the challenge and pulled off stage. four nights of outstanding quality singing, dancing, comedy and performance. Out of the corner of my eye I fancy I see a figure in black dart into the wings... surely it can’t be..? Hello... is there anybody there... hello...hello?

I would like to thank everyone involved in making Brenda Bly Teen Detective such a success. Thanks to the parents who begged, borrowed or just gave up and Mr Wass is that you? bought a mackintosh, who read the paper I’m out of here! in the car when our rehearsal ran over... again and who came and watched once, M.D. Uttley twice or even three times. Thanks also to the catering staff for their sandwich


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HOUSE REPORTS

BANTOCK House Staff: S. Lawrence, C. J. Evans, P.E. Evans, G. Raine House Captains: Melody Leung, Miles Hommers Deputy House Captains: Liam Green, Queenly Chan I would like to offer my sincere thanks to House Captains Melody Leung and Miles Hommers and Deputy House Captains Liam Green and Queenly Chan who worked tirelessly all year arranging House teams. Unfortunately the year did not start well when we lost the Tug of War competition. We found competitions a tremendous struggle because in some years we only have a small number of students. An example of our small numbers is that we only had three boys in the Lower Sixth and in Year 9 we only have two girls, which has made entering teams for swimming, netball, rugby and Sports Day a tremendous challenge for Bantock. We did see some excellent performances from individuals; for example on Sports Day Lauren Hall and George Southall won Cups for their sprinting but unfortunately we did not have the strength and depth to win many of the events this year. We did come first in the hockey competition and some excellent performances were recorded in swimming and football. We continue to improve our performance in the Rewards competition. My thanks to all students who represented the House and I look forward with optimism and enthusiasm to next year’s competition. S. Lawrence

HAYDON

into second place in the Summer Term, though it shows what we are capable of on a good day. House Staff: Nonetheless, fellow Haydonites, J Gwilt, S Blake, A Dyer, R Elmore, September sees the start of a brand new G Whitmore competition. A fresh start for us, and an HouseCaptains: opportunity for us to return to our winning Gareth Squire, Louise Scott form. Try to look out for what’s on, get Deputy House Captains: to the House meetings if you can, and if Daniel Pearce, Tasneem Laher you see an opportunity to do something for the House, go for it! We really are the Every year when I start to write this report, best House, so come on folks, we can I am struck by the same fact; that is, do it! that the results and the scoring are a long way from clear to anyone. This year E J Gwilt even more so since there were a number of last minute changes to previously published scores. This pushed us down another place. I can’t help but think that it would be helpful to encourage more House Staff: competitiveness if we all knew who was in M Leighton, P Bullough, B Smith, D what place as we go along. Spencer, D Stone Well, how did we do? In places, really HouseCaptains: well! A win in the Tug-o-War started us Stacey Powell, Oliver Lawrence off nicely and second place overall in the swimming placed us in the lead in What makes the House system so the Games section. This was quite an interesting is the variety of organised achievement in the swimming particularly, events that one can take part in. since some swimmers had to compete in Managing and co-ordinating the lots of races due to so few swimmers in participation and leadership skills their category. Second places in netball, of individuals is a very rewarding rugby and athletics gave us overall experience, appreciating the time and second place in sport. Well done and effort that so many pupils give to the thanks to all those who worked so hard. organisation of and participation in the Disappointing numbers of art entries events is refreshing. ensured a difficult Culture section It must be remembered that it is the however, despite a brilliant effort by a few taking part that counts, whether as people. A special thank you is in order a supporter or as a contestant that too to the Performing Arts people who matters, working as a team, living real worked so hard and produced some time experiences together and creating amazing performances. a bit of rivalry and tension is the fun bit; And so to the work section! Our real as we experienced, carrying around our downfall! As I am sure you know, work various Nicholson banners and giving points are awarded according to effort out refreshment packs, for that additional grades. Last place in the Autumn Term Nicholson power on Sports Day. and the Spring Term was too big a disadvantage to be made up for by a rally

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The culmination of the year was a hotly contested re-count of the overall House totals, with Nicholson pipping Pearson to the winning post by a slither of a point. Senior House Captains Stacey Powell and Oliver Lawrence proudly received The Cock House cup during Prize Giving on behalf of every single member of Nicholson. The victory was only made possible by every single person contributing in some way, whether academically, culturally or through the sports programme. It is individuals stepping forward and saying, ‘yes, I’ll have a go at that’. For example Sam Mueller impressed me immensely on Sports Day, although breathless at times from running, he was always willing to plug the gap in any event. I have a long list of names and credits I would like to give to individuals, for there have been many notable performances; my main thanks went out to the whole House in the way of a celebratory House Party.

Finally I sincerely look forward to working with the House again next year. Mr. M. Leighton

PEARSON Members of Staff: C. Cooper, J Bullock, A. Jarmin, A. A. Ridyard, R. Samra House Captains: Bethany Robinson, Sebastian Smythe Deputy House Captains: Kimberley Varaich, Jonathan Hart We have been very successful in a number of events this year but unfortunately Pearson just missed out on the Cock House Cup. Our strongest parts of the competition this year were sport and music. Out of the nine sport competitions, we came first in athletics, soccer, netball,

hockey and rugby. Most of these are team sports which demonstrate that Pearson House members are very good at teamwork and strive to beat the opposition in everything they do. The Pearson musicians took part in House Music and many of them gained ‘commended’ and ‘highly commended’ for their performances. The concert they gave was impressive and from beginners to advanced musicians they all supported each other. We struggled to get acts together for the House Performing Arts but after a little persuasion, pupils got up on the stage and came out of the competition joint second. Thank you to the House Captains and their deputies for all your efforts organizing the teams. Mrs. C Cooper

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Games (Netball)

3rd

2nd

4th

1st

Work (Spring)

3rd

4th

2nd

1st

Games (T-Tennis)

3rd

1st

4th

2nd

Work (Summer)

3rd

2nd

1st

4th

Games (Hockey)

4th

3rd

2nd

1st

Total

=2nd

4th

1st

=2nd

Games (Rugby)

3rd

2nd

4th

1st

Culture (P.Arts)

=2nd

4th

1st

=2nd

Total

4th

2nd

3rd

1st

Culture (Art)

2nd

4th

1st

3rd

GRAND TOTAL

3RD

4TH 1ST

Culture (Music)

4th

3rd

2nd

1st

Total

3rd

4th

1st

2nd

Games (Tug-O)

4th

1st

3rd

2nd

Games (Athletics)

4th

2nd

3rd

1st

Games (Swim)

4th

2nd

1st

3rd

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SIXTH FORM

This has been another busy and successful year for Tettenhall College Sixth Form. The pupils are offered a variety of opportunities to develop their leadership and organisational skills and the enrichment programme endeavours to prepare pupils for life after Tettenhall College. This year we introduced a series of enrichment sessions based on money and managing your personal finances. The sessions, offered by PFEG, proved highly enlightening and provided the pupils with the opportunity to really start thinking ahead to the ‘not so distant future’ when budgeting and careful financial planning will be required either in work or at university. We continue to enjoy close links with the University of Birmingham and this summer Year 12 pupils were twice given the opportunity to visit this impressive campus university. A personally tailored day visit enabled the pupils to have a good look around the campus and

student accommodation and also to glean first hand information from the student ambassadors and the education liaison officers. Insight into the UCAS process and the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of personal statements provided an excellent starting point for their summer term task of planning the next stage in their education. The Upper Sixth Induction culminated in a visit to the Higher Education Fair – this year in its new venue in Birmingham. This excellent event provides a superb opportunity for the pupils to gather information from a whole host of universities, to ask questions about specific courses and to research a wide variety of institutions. Armed with all this vital information, the new Upper Sixth are now in an excellent position to complete their UCAS applications to a high standard. The highly efficient Ball Committee met regularly, under the guidance of Mr Bullough, in order to organise the

Summer Ball which once again took place at the Park Hall Hotel. It was a wonderful evening and an excellent way of wishing a fond farewell to the Upper Sixth as they prepare to move on to pastures new. It also provided all the sixth formers with an opportunity to unwind after the rigours of the exam season. Thank you to Mr Bullough and all the pupils who helped to organise the ball and to the staff who supported the event on the evening. Year 12 Induction The Year 12 Induction into Year 13 kicked off with the Royal Navy who descended on the Sports Hall and put the pupils through their paces with a variety of challenging and exciting activities designed to expand the pupils’ teamwork and leadership skills. Bomb disposal, tower building, flag hoisting, assault courses, rope puzzles and more cerebral giant jigsaws and shelf constructions occupied the pupils for the whole day as they had to work under pressure


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and under time constraints to achieve success. It was very interesting to see how different pupils reacted to the given situations and to observe mathematicians working alongside rugby players combining their skills to great effect. The day was great fun, culminating in the most innovative crash mat race ever seen. The pupils learnt a great deal about listening, teamwork and communication.

for the pupils to unwind after the long stretch of the exam period and to hone their leadership and team work skills. The individual challenges revolved around a high ropes assault course where pupils had to negotiate rope bridges, rope ladders, balance beams and very scary ‘no hand hold’ bridges suspended so many feet in the air that the people below looked very small indeed!

Year 11 Induction

The group activities challenged the pupils even further as they were not only required to work closely together but were also responsible for cheering on the teams as they raced up Jacob’s Ladder and for ensuring the safety of their fellow pupils. Jacob’s Ladder saw groups of four racing up a huge rope ladder – the rungs of which got wider and wider apart as you approached the top. The ‘Leap of Faith’ resembled a rather impossible leap from a huge telegraph pole onto a circus trapeze and the totem poles the world in Titanic-style poses much to saw pairs of pupils standing on top of the admiration of all down below! There was a great atmosphere to the day and the pupils pushed themselves to their limits as many people took a giant step towards conquering a wide variety of fears!

The Year 11 induction programme continues to be a useful taster for both existing and new pupils coming to the Sixth Form. Year 11 pupils sampled a wide variety of Sixth Form lessons and got the opportunity to talk further with staff and Year 13 pupils about specific subjects and sixth form life in general. The second part of the induction programme is geared towards personal and team challenges. This is a chance

We look forward to the arrival of the next sixth form cohort in September and wish this year’s Year 13 leavers all the best in their future education and careers. Huge thanks must go to Josie Hanson, Bethany Robinson and the leadership team for their valuable support and of course we take this opportunity to say thank you also to Mr Bullough and all of the Sixth Form for their valuable support across a wide range of duties and school events. MD Uttley


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BOARDING HOUSES THORNEYCROFT GIRLS’ HOUSE I have suggested a Pagan Pancake Day, so that she comes more often. H. Compain-Holt Housemistress

OUR TRIP TO WALES It had been a few years since our last weekend in Wales, this year was equally fun. A small group of us began our journey early Saturday morning. The minibus was packed with the girls’ suitcases and delicious food. We had planned to stop for lunch at Betws-yCoed. When we finally got there we made our baguettes and sat beside the river. Luckily the weather was fantastic. After our stop in Betws-y-Coed, we went to Portmeirion, which was really fun; when we discovered the beach, we had great pleasure in running around and writing our names in the sand! After burning off all our energy, we headed to the Youth Hostel, although this wasn’t a very straight forward journey as we went the wrong way at least four times! When we actually found the Hostel we took on the task of cooking whilst the adults relaxed, which was an interesting experience.

HAPPY ENDING After months of commuting between, Wolverhampton and East-Grinstead, Miss Bland got her man to move to Tettenhall. On Saturday 29th March she became Mrs Jarman. Despite the cool weather and rain we had a great day, chatting, eating and posing for photographs. The highlight of the day was when the ladies got to kiss the groom! They are surviving happily, so far! H. Compain-Holt Housemistress

GOING, GOING, GONE No more help with maths in the Girls’ Boarding House! Miss Youens is retiring and planning several trips across the world. She has been of enormous help, not just in the maths tuition, but also in typing rotas, taking bags to the charity

shops, fixing things and always being prepared to put nails in the wall. Your armchair is still in the office, so pop in for a cup of tea! H. Compain-Holt Housemistress

The next morning we were up early again ready to visit Harlech Castle. This was very good as it gave the opportunity for many funny photographs. Claire Kirkhope – Year 13

PANCAKES The tradition is now in place. Mrs Taylor cooks pancakes in the Girls’ Boarding House for Shrove Tuesday. She comes fully equipped and all we need to do is sit and eat!


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THORNEYCROFT AND AFTER! After living in the Girls’ Boarding House for eight years, my time here has come to an end and I can honestly say that I will be taking away many fond memories with me when I leave. Growing up in this environment has allowed me to learn life long lessons, make strong friendships and has shaped the person that I am today. My first memory as a boarder in Thorneycroft House is my very first House meeting, where I felt overwhelmed by all the energy and cheerfulness of the girls around me. As the years went by and different girls come and go, the energy felt at the first House meeting has stayed the same each year; the girls are excited to see their friends after the holidays and pleased to meet new people. After six years of playing up the House prefects, I was soon elected as Deputy Head of House and then later Head of House, and it wasn’t until then that I realised how much hard work and time that the prefect team had to put in. Now, after two years as part of the prefect team, I have learnt how to organise and manage a team and how to cajole and punish younger boarders fairly. As the time has come to move on and say goodbye for the last time, I do not know where I will be going but I do know that my friends at Tettenhall College and my experience as a boarder will go with me as the foundations for the future. To those I leave behind, I say farewell and encourage them to make as many memories as possible; to those in my

year I say, good luck next year and for the future; but most importantly to my friends, I ask that you keep in touch, because I will surely miss you.

major programme of redecoration of the dormitories began which, it is hoped, will be completed for the beginning of the next academic year. The change in the age structure of the House also meant Hannah Lewis that the occupancy of dormitories had Year 13 to change. The most significant change saw senior pupils take up residency in ‘C’ Dorm (the John Chown Wing) which had always been the junior dormitory. The other major development saw the formation of the Joint House Committee which formally gave the boarders a voice to air views and make suggestions about how they wished to see their boarding experience develop. It is chaired by One of the joys of my position as the respective Heads of House for Housemaster I have found over the years Thorneycroft and School Houses and is that despite the regularity of the daily relies entirely on pupils making an effort routine there is a constant change in to attend the half-termly meetings and the way the House responds to this and being prepared to take an active interest develops its own unique characteristics. If in the life of their Houses. I sit and try to analyse this, I can provide no significant explanation since there As ever, the House would barely function are only relatively minor changes in without the hard work and dedication personnel year on year but, I suppose, of a significant number of people. My the developing maturity and experience of thanks go to the House Tutors, Prefects, boarding that the boys gain are important Matrons, catering staff, cleaners, and factors. maintenance from within, but also the

SCHOOL HOUSE: BOYS’ BOARDING HOUSE

2007 – 08 has been a relatively ‘quiet’ year with the successful Inspection in the Spring Term having little impact on the smooth running of the House. It has also seen the on-going trend in the population becoming older in its make-up, continuing. We had begun in September with one Year 6, four Years 7 and 9 boys comprising the ‘junior’ element of the community and forty three boys in Years 11, 12, and 13; a pronounced positive skew in the age distribution! There was also a continuance of the trend amongst the ‘home-grown’ members of the House to be Weekly Boarders. In terms of House developments, a

Bursarial and secretarial staff who manage the majority of the administration and keep me in order! I cannot complete this report without thanking the Head of House, Seb Smythe and his Deputy, Liam Green who have taken on the formation and running of the Joint House Committee and have put a good deal of effort into encouraging the rest of the House to play a more active part in influencing how their lives in the House develop. Finally, thanks go to Mr Trump, the guardians and all the parents. J M Petfield (Housemaster)


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THE CHAPLAINCY

Notes from the Chaplain, the Rev’d. become new people, to be transformed J. Gareth Parry by God’s love, to be set on fire by His Holy Spirit, to change communities and We all enjoy a good challenge, don’t we - the very core of our society. Jesus is the so long as it’s the right kind of challenge! one who will always challenge us to go Most people like challenges where they beyond ourselves and to discover the are stretched mentally or physically or boundless and glorious Kingdom of God, where they develop as people and find the everlasting and eternal City of God. things about themselves they didn’t know In Him, we can never be satisfied with before. A good challenge brings out the second best but strive towards Him, who best in human beings, in which we go is our Ultimate Goal. beyond the normal, the usual routine to discover new bounds. A challenge is something we not only enjoy but something that we all need. If we spend our whole life living in a rut, we become almost mechanical and institutionalised - like robots. In fact, people are discouraged these days from being mavericks and eccentrics. Our modern world wants everyone to be monochrome and monotone, just keeping within the boundaries of political correctness and our corporate image. Everyone has to be ‘professional’, although we keep on meeting many many amateurs, which, presumably we are if are not professional. If we look about us, we hear of so many people being ‘offended’ by something someone has said or done and ever so many people being unable to do things because of health and safety. If we listen to the world and its clamours, we will end up not saying anything to anyone and spend our lives in bed in case we risk our lives getting out of it. In fact, if you believe in statistics, the most dangerous place in the world to be is in bed, because this is where most people die! Enough rambling! What I am saying is that the One I am trying to follow, Jesus of Nazareth, the One who came in the flesh, the Alpha and the Omega, the Good Shepherd (to give him a few of his titles) is the One who really challenges us - to

sees the first challenge as putting himself right with God, to acknowledge his sins and weaknesses, his quirks and his oddities and who considers well what St. Paul says, ‘...lest, having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.’ Awesome words. I am here primarily to be a shepherd and to follow in the footsteps of the Good Shepherd, who came, not to be served but to serve. I need to constantly seek the Lord Jesus Christ in prayer and devotion, in reading the Scriptures and in celebrating the Sacraments. I cannot preach to others about God’s challenges unless I am prepared to be challenged myself. Nevertheless the most humbling thing about ministry is that God doesn’t wait for us to be perfect before he can use us as vessels of his grace. Again, as St. Paul said, ‘When I am weak I am strong..’ After all it is Christ’s ministry, not my own, it is in His strength that I undertake it and not in my own. To Him be the glory.

Once again this year, I have experienced God’s love and power in the daily round and common task, in Chapel services and elsewhere in the community, wherever people are. What we do in Chapel is not for show but as offering something of ourselves to Almighty God. In one sense, we are always on show because God sees and knows all that we In all this, what is my challenge as are. I am encouraged by the faithfulness Chaplain to Tettenhall College? Surely of the people, both staff and pupils, not someone who just pays lip service who come to Holy Communion regularly to things religious, not someone who on Tuesday mornings and Thursday is only brought out on State occasions lunchtimes. There is quite a regular, to say a few nice words, not someone steady core. I hope all who come to these who believes in just keeping the status services have a blessing from them and quo and not rocking the boat? No, but are strengthened in their Christian lives. someone who challenges our very values, We welcome those who come to seek someone who has a prophetic view of more, to inquire, to test the waters. We community, someone who dares to be encourage all those who have committed different and to put his head above the themselves in faith here. parapet. Yet, in all this, someone who


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On Thursday evening, 26th June, I had the privilege of baptising Joseph Michael Tanton (Year 10) in the College Chapel. It was a very joyful but simple occasion, in which Joe made his own promises and Christian commitment. He was supported by his family and friends. We wish him every blessing in his journey of faith. During this new academic year, we will have had more baptisms in Tettenhall College Chapel. We hope that the Chapel Committee, made up of pupils from each year group, will be reinstated and meet regularly. We also hope to bring out the Chaplaincy Newsletter periodically: ‘Pros Kairon’. On top of all this, I intend to start a new Confirmation class for those interested. On a personal note, I would like to thank all those pupils, staff, parents, friends and visiting speakers and preachers who have given me their support and prayers over the last year and in helping me fulfil my calling here as Chaplain. I finish with a thought on our school motto, which each pupil has on his or her blazer badge: Timor Domini Initium Sapientiae: The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom. This verse comes in more than one place in the Bible: in Psalm 111 verse 10 and in the Book of Ecclesiasticus in the Apocrypha. A school motto is the basis of its ethos and its very being. If we forget our motto, we forget our foundation stone - and we do that at our peril. It seems to me, therefore, that if we do not fear God, we cannot even begin to be wise! Now there’s a thought. J. Gareth Parry

STOP PRESS Chaplaincy ctd On Friday, 5th September, 2008 in the College Chapel, the Chaplain baptized Elliott George Cooper from Year 11 and his brother, Jake William Richard Cooper. On Sunday, 7th September, also in the College Chapel, Charles David Kennerley, aged 18 months, from Perton, was baptized by the Chaplain. We congratulate these young people and wish them well in their Christian lives. On Saturday, September 6th, the Rev’d. Tim Mullings was inducted to the pastorate of Tettenhall Wood United Reformed Church. We wish him well in his ministry and we look forward to working with him.

A YEAR IN TETTENHALL COLLEGE LIBRARY Phew! Another year in the library has flown by and what a full year it has been!

Hallowe’en saw the Scary Stories sessions taking place for Lower School and not only were there tales of ghosts and monsters but also each pupil was given a handy guide on how to attract ghosts to your house or how to frighten away ghosts from your house! Even the Upper School EFL students popped in for a scary time too. Christmas craft sessions were again popular with cards, calendars and decorations galore being made by Lower School. Spring Term January saw the turn of Year 10 to visit the library as part of their Enrichment programme and they took part in a Save the Planet competition, where pupils had to research a given endangered species, produce a poster and encourage the rest of the school to vote to save their animal. The animal with the most votes would win and the charity supporting that animal would receive a donation of £50.00. The winning animals in the competition were the Snow Leopard and the Black Spider Monkey.

February saw the introduction of Lower School Reading Classes, with each class visiting the library for a class Autumn Term reading session and for pupils to choose Year 7 began the year with library visits as their own books to read. Years 3 and part of their enrichment programme. After 4 enjoyed the delights of the Water an introduction to the library they had to Horse by Dick King-Smith, whilst Year solve a “Murder in the Library” - with Mrs 5 discovered the Great Blue Yonder by Riddle the Librarian being the victim and Alex Shearer. Year Six found out about one of the teachers being the dastardly Fergal and his tin collection in Tins by criminal! Alex Shearer. There’s was a particularly gruesome story with Fergal finding a In September the library held the annual severed finger in ones of his tins! Quizzes Macmillan Coffee Morning with everyone were held at the end of each session with from The Drive School, Lower School and the big prize of a Hershey chocolate bar Upper School visiting for a cake or some on offer to those who could answer all sweets. A fabulous £250.00 was raised. five questions correctly!


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A YEAR IN TETTENHALL COLLEGE LIBRARY

February also saw the introduction of some special lunchtime clubs for Lower School. Monday’s club was The Newspaper Club where pupils took on the role of roving reporters and paparazzi photographers to capture the news and views of the school for the Tettenhall Eye newspaper. Three editions of the newspaper were published over the terms and it proved to be a great success. Tuesdays and Thursdays were the Craft Club days, where pupils could make all sorts of wonderful crafty things including Mother’s Day gifts, bookmarks, notebooks, pencil pots and loads more. Wednesday’s were reserved for the T.C. Book Club, with members following the adventures of a greyhound called Bright Eyes in Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Born to Run’. Each member of the club received their own copy of the book at the end of term as a celebration of the book club. Friday was renamed Fantastic Friday and this was due to the fun bingo sessions taking place, with members receiving their own membership cards and bingo cards.

Summer Term April saw a series of visiting speakers from various charities come to talk to Year 10 pupils about their charity and how fundraising is achieved. Visits took place from Save the Children, County Air Ambulance, Promise Dreams, Compton Hospice and The Teenage Cancer Trust. After hearing all of the speakers each pupil had a vote to decide where some of the profits from Tuck Shop would be given and it was a clean sweep for the Teenage Cancer Trust, which was awarded £250.00. All of the other charities received a donation of £50.00 from Tuck Shop profits. May saw a charity cake sale take place in the Library to raise funds for a school trip to Peru. Ten pupils are taking part in the Operation Wallcea project and March saw the celebration of World Book the cake sale was a terrific start to their fundraising. Many parents donated Day with the theme of the events being cakes and sweets and the library was “Around the World” The Drive School visited for folk tales from around the world overflowing with delicious treats. A total of £250.00 was raised to kickstart the and enjoyed craft sessions – including fundraising. making a treasure chest of gold coins (chocolate ones!) and animal masks. May also saw the Lower School Olympics taking place and this included the inaugural Library Olympics, where all Lower school pupils took part in heats and finals of ‘Who can put the Books in Order - the Fastest Race’ and ‘Title Mix Up Challenge’. Poppy O’Hara of Year 3 held on to the World Record for the Books in Order race right up until the last final when Oliver Raybould snatched the title from her grasp. Gold medals were Lower School pupils visited for fun and games like Passport around the World – awarded to all winners and the Olympic where Mr Kay made a fantastic Passport spirit shone brightly in the library that week. Control Officer! and Around the World in 80 Questions with correct answers moving the teams from place to place. Prizes up for grabs included a goody bag full of chocolates and sweets from different places around the world.

June heralded the celebration of Paddington Bear’s 50th birthday and the library arranged a Bring Your Bear to School Day for the Drive School.


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attention – Paul was even asked by one pupil if Robin knew his times tables! The visit was arranged to celebrate the sponsorship of a guide dog puppy through the Tuck Shop funds. Paul was also given a cheque for £200 to help future Guide Dog projects.

Each pupil paid £1.00 to bring their Teddy Bear to school for the day. Their donation also allowed them to enter the Paddington Bear’s Suitcase Challenge – to see how many different items could be fitted into a matchbox. All the matchboxes were decorated and Rohan Aggarwal won the cuddly Paddington Bear for cramming an amazing 96 items into one matchbox!! Paddington prizes were also awarded for the best decorated matchbox in each year. The pupils visited the library, with their bears for stories and crafts and also to visit the Bear Sale, with cakes, books and bear related items on offer. A total of £250.00 was raised for the Touching Tiny Lives Appeal for Premature Babies and a good time was had by all pupils (and their bears!)

June also saw a visit from Paul Nicholls and his guide dog Robin. Paul gave a fantastic talk to Upper School assembly and Years 5 and 6 in Lower School. Paul answered loads of questions from the pupils and Robin got plenty of love and

The Drive School story sessions continued throughout the year and Kindergarten and Reception pupils enjoyed lots of lovely stories (and I enjoyed telling them!) Our favourites this year were ‘Eat Your Peas’, ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ and ‘Hello Dudley’. Friday afternoon visits to the Drive were the highlight of my week! Throughout the year we have had excellent help from all of our Lower School Library monitors. The Upper School pupils who help in the library are also brilliant, including Zoe Lewis, Kiran Rai, Ayesha Grewal, Graham Bowers, George Caddick and Joe Tanton (who was awarded The Librarian’s Prize for Outstanding Service to the School at Prizegiving).

reward programmes and end of term activities. The funds raised from the Charity Day at the end of School Year in 2007 were put to good use in December, when Christmas gifts were purchased for the patients of Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The activities arranged by the School Council raised £250.00 and this was matched by the Tuck Shop Fund, so a total of £500 was spent on gifts bought on the advice of the fundraising team at the hospital. Malcolm Faulkner from B.C.H. visited the school to meet members of the School Council and to receive the gifts. He was very impressed with the work of the Council and invited members to visit the hospital at a later date to see how their efforts had been appreciated. Sports Relief in March saw the members arrange charity events for their year groups and a sponsored walk took place, as well as a girls v boys Netball match. A total of £250.00 was raised. Gregg Spooner worked tirelessly to ensure that the Years 7-8 events went well and he was rewarded for this hard word by receiving the Dipper Prize for services to the School Council at Prizegiving in May.

Another action packed year has passed us by and plans are already in place for the new academic year with the continuation of the lunchtime clubs, The meetings are generally a good Lower School reading classes and much source of debate and entertainment for more…Another fun year in store for us all! those attending and their contributions are much appreciated by the whole of the D Liddle school. Zoe Lewis has been successfully chairing the meetings and Mrs Samra is the link between the pupils and the staff regarding Council matters. With a new influx of members anticipated for the new academic year the School Council will continue to provide an important role in The School Council have met regularly school life. throughout the year, using the library as

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their meeting place. Many issues have been tackled including school meals,

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PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION

Chair: Mrs. Vickie Jones Vice-Chair: Mrs. Clare Baugh Treasurer: Mrs. Sarah Houghton Secretary: Mrs. Alison Schubert Upper School Representative: Mrs. Catharine Hammond Lower School Representative: Mrs. Sarah Isbister Drive School Representative: Mrs. Clare Baugh The Parents’ Association has had yet again another busy year and the committee supported the school in many varied ways. Tea and home made cake were served at the Bluebell Walk with Autumn Leaves and the Ghost Walk yet to take place, but these events are always very well supported come rain or shine! We held our Summer Fare this year which we haven’t had for a few years. This was held in the sports hall as we could not rely on the weather. We had a great turnout with some fantastic stalls. All in all this was a success; everyone got involved from The Drive through to Upper School. Our first ‘masked ball’ went better than we could have imagined; Towers Theatre looked amazing and everything came together really well. Everyone got into the spirit of the evening with the ladies and some gentlemen wearing masks and we raised a lot of money for school which was fantastic. This year we are building on that success and holding a ‘Diamonds and Tiaras’ themed ball which we are hoping will be even better. The ‘Wild West’ evening went down well following our Caribbean evening last year. We had a bucking bronco which most people tried their luck at, a shooting gallery, bouncy jail and barn dancing, together with a pig roast made for a fun evening. So as you can see the Parents’ Association has a lot of fun together raising funds for the school making it an all round winning combination. This is all thanks to the dedicated mums and dads who help in so many different ways from giving of their time, helping make cakes, helping decorate rooms or supplying raffle prizes; the list is endless but all very important in the coming together of the events we hold and I thank you all. All the children reap the benefits of this hard work. I thank Dr. Bodkin for his continued support and enthusiasm at all our events, it is very much appreciated. Vickie Jones Chair, Tettenhall College Parents’ Association


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THE OLD TETTENHALLIANS’ CLUB Officers President: James Rennison Vice- President: Andy Mottershead Chairman: Peter Pingree Hon.Secretary: Barrie Jones Committee: G. Aston, C. Baxter, D. Hardman-Wilson, P. Whitehead, J. Bown, J.Chown, K. Mayfield -Tague.

Our vice-president for 2008-9 is Deborah Brook (nee Jennings 1982-4) pictured above in a piano duet with Paul Lawrence (1977 -84). Olwynne Hutt, music teacher 1974-97, is turning the pages. Photo taken in 1983.

Dates for 2008-9 Remembrance Sunday Service 2008 9th November at 10.45a.m. in the Chapel London Reunion Saturday 22nd November at the Victory Services Club Dinner & Dance 2009 Saturday 14th March at The Park House Hotel, Shifnal. Annual Reunion Weekend Saturday and Sunday 6th/7th June 2009


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A LETTER FROM ANDY MOTTERSHEAD

It is at this juncture that I am asking you to help me realise this dream. It has been over a decade since the O.T club has tried to raise any funds and therefore I hope such a request will not appear over zealous. I have no doubt that some will say that they have already supported the college, having paid fees for several years, which I understand. However, I would ask you to see this as supporting a dream; a dream that a person unable to afford the benefits of a Tettenhall College education and all that it entails, will have a lifelong gift. If you feel able to support my dream, then I would ask you to send your donations to me at school (cheques payable to ‘O.T. Scholarship Tettenhall College’) or if you wish you may set up a standing order to spread your donation over a period of time to suit yourself. Dear Tettenhallians: You may also take advantage of a tax allowance for donations. I am delighted to say that I have already received several offers Since my election to be your President for this year, I have been of financial support for what I hope you will agree is a most thinking of an appropriate way to mark the occasion, whilst worthwhile cause. ensuring the O.T. club profile is brought to the fore. If anyone would like to discuss the concept or has any Ever since my appointment at the College in 1974 (that’s questions, I would be only too pleased to answer them. My frightening!), I have witnessed many pupils who have been e-mail address at the College ismost fortunate in walking through the gates and receiving ARM @ tettcoll.co.uk. and at home; andymottershead@ an excellent education. An education, not just in terms of micklewood.fsworld.co.uk the realms of academia, but an education for life. Such an This letter will be posted on Friends Reunited and Facebook as education is priceless and can never be lost. Unlike material well as appearing on the school website. goods, its value does not depreciate over time. On the I look forward to hearing from you. contrary, such an education may enhance one’s progression in life. Andy Mottershead Both my children, Emma and Tim, were lucky enough to benefit from what went on at the school. Both went to university; more importantly, both have made friends for life, another intangible asset that a value cannot be placed upon. Emma has even married a fellow Tettenhallian! Consequently, I wanted to try and see if I could, in some way, offer an opportunity to some who would never be able to benefit from such an education, due to limited disposable income. I wanted to try and offer someone the opportunity to a benefit that would last a lifetime. My idea is to raise sufficient funds to provide an Old Tettenhallians’ 6th Form Scholarship. Such a scholarship would fund the fees for the 2 years of the 6th form. This would be an academic scholarship which would be means tested and offered on the grounds of outstanding GCSE results. The scholarship would help raise still further the profile of the school and the O.T. club.


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O.T. NEWS

Lindsey Andrews (1993-99) is a physiotherapist. Stephanie Ainsworth (1996-98) and Michael Hawkes (1998-2004) are treading the theatrical boards. Graham Aston keeps his heart mainly in Paraguay where he makes a huge difference to the lives of young and old for whom ‘benefits’, as they are loosely known in the U.K., are comparatively slender. Graham is nobly secretive about it but one suspects he was instrumental in providing the gentleman below with his new footwear.

Graham occasionally brings back natural liquid honey – delicious in cooking or for spreading – which the bees produce in trees. ‘I think, John, that these are the guys who collected your latest honey. Can’t come purer – from jungle flowers.’ Thanks Graham. J.C.

He has also sent us a cutting from the anniversary brochure of VSO published last winter. VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) was launched in 1957 and immediately aroused much support, especially from independent schools. Graham became one of our most ardent protagonists of this excellent scheme.

Carolyn Attwood (nee Plumb) (198696): I taught History at TC for almost 10 years. Having spent a further 10 years in logistics recruitment, I now work for the Corporate Pensions section of Zurich Assurance near Cheltenham, in the Development Team - testing computer programs is not that different from teaching History - is it?

John Berrington (1951-58) I left the UK in1964 on a 3 year assignment in Trinidad and apart from annual vacation visits haven’t yet found my way home. After 24 years in the Caribbean where the first two of our three children were born, we emigrated to Canada in 1988. I retired six years ago from Wal-Mart Canada where I was responsible for the real estate and store expansion programme. We now live on Georgian Bay 100 miles north of Toronto and close to the Blue Mountain ski area. I don’t see any of my contemporaries mentioned in the where are they now section but would love to hear from anyone who might remember me. jsberr@georgian.net Tom Bodkin (1994-2000): On leaving Sandhurst in April 2006, Tom joined the Parachute Regiment. His training has taken him to Brunei, Malawi, Kenya and various bases across the UK in preparation for his first tour of Afghanistan where he was stationed in Kandahur. His current posting is in Cardiff. He will be promoted to Captain in September.

Emily Bridgewood (1994-2001) is still nursing and enjoying it. Debbie Brook (nee Jennings 1982-84) has been elected vice-president of the O.T. club 2008-9. Liz Brown (1990-2001) is in Sports Marketing. Chris Bourne (1959-64) e-mails: I have worked in the hospitality industry since


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leaving Tettenhall. My last post in the U.K. was as a senior lecturer at Thames Valley University. I took the ¨package¨ after 16 years, and headed off to the Costa del Sol and never regretted a minute. : chrisbourne48@hotmail.com Dora Chan (1993-2000) works in insurance in Hong Kong. Dominic Cleary (1977-87) is on an RAF detachment in the Middle East. Guiseppe Corbelli has again sent a variety of postcards to the Upper School staff from places he and friends Natasha Price and Mike Davis have recently visited. 29.12.07: ‘I am in India again – Kolkata to be precise. A number of years ago they changed the name from the British ‘Calcutta’ to the aforementioned. Lunched today at the Calcutta Golf Club and then went to visit Mother Teresa’s tomb at the Missionaries of Charity. Calcutta is an assault on the senses. January 2008: We are now in Thailand. On New Year’s Eve we were at a party on the beach on the island of Koh Pha Ngan – the famous full moon party – 2000 people there. It was very hedonistic! March 2008: My travels have taken me to Barbados ‘to see what all the fuss is about.’ Very upmarket but understated, beaches to die for with property prices to match. The top restaurants are world famous but expensive. Fine dining, polo and cricket are the order of the day for the upper classes here. May 2008: I am with Natasha in Beijing: there has been a dramatic change since I was here 15 years ago – most of the old city is now gone. Today at 2.28p.m. we were walking on the Great Wall when we felt a slight tremor. It turned out to be the earthquake in the south. Hello from Shanghai! This place is the Paris of the east. We started in Tokyo and have made our way down the country towards Osaka.

The people are so polite and helpful even if most speak no English. We are now in Gion which is the geisha area of Tokyo. Gary Davis (1987-98) married in Edinburgh in 2007. Andrew Dickinson (1989-98) is am army doctor in Scotland with rank of captain. Robert Duncan (1985-94) is a maxillofacial surgeon. Ian Fallon (1961-69) is senior partner of Foster Baxter Cooksey (fbc), solicitors in Snow Hill. With effect from April 2008 they merged with Manby Steward Bowdler LLP to become fbc Manby Bowdler LLP. Ian writes: ‘The beneficiaries, we feel, will be our clients, because both firms see that an expanded practice will give us the opportunity to provide our client base with an enhanced infrastructure and access to a wider and broader range of technical expertise’. David Frew (1977-85): I am currently living in Hanover, Germany where I work for the E.ON power corporation in the procurement department. I have two sons, Scott Alexander, 11 and Glenn Douglas, 6. John Harris (1957-61): After a long business career, mainly in The Middle East, followed by running a large factory in Reading, I retired with my wife Maureen to The Vendee in France where we have lived very happily for the last three years. I really would like to make contact with any of my contemporaries. : jon.campbellharris@wanadoo.fr Alex Harvey (1994-2005) and Ben Brevitt (1992-2000) are both estate agents like their respective fathers. Linda Horden (1989-99) went on a cruise round the world from early January to mid-April, 105 days altogether. Stops were made for sightseeing in major countries and some of the Pacific Isles. It was a voyage full of variety and contrasts, a venture recommended to those who are

fond of travel. Jeremy Ireland – Jones (197683) was married to Angela Robbins in 1994. They live in Tettenhall and have two delightful children, Emily, 12 and Phoebe, 9. Working for ICI Decorative business, running the automative division. (Hammerite, Waxoyl, Hermetite brands) Ada Janes (1992-96) is PA to a company director in Manchester. Margaret Johnson (1991- 2003) and husband Bob visited son Ed and his family in Sydney in April. They spent a week together in Port Douglas and made a trip to the Great Barrier Reef where Margaret snorkelled for the first time. Ed Johnson (1984 – 1990) and his wife Ingrid, with Tom & Emily are visiting the UK in January/February 2009. Ed will spend one week working in the London Bureau of Bloomberg, the company he works for in Sydney Australia. Scott Kind (1984-89) trains staff at a spraying company in Grimley, Birmingham. Alex Liu (1992-2003) has obtained his D. Phil (Oxon) in palaeontology. Anthony Lue (1996-2003) is an auditor. Caroline Martin (nee Poppleton) (198994) is married to Josh and they have a lovely 18 month old son, Seb. Working as a freelance Learning and Development consultant. Currently living in Birmingham but moving to live in Zurich in June 2008 for 18months.My husband Josh, our little boy Seb and I are now living in Zurich. Josh is working for KPMG Switzerland and I’ll be working as Learning and Development consultant again from October. All’s going great. Playing in the lake and having trips to the mountains makes a lovely to change to Birmingham! Hoping to make it to an O.T. reunion one day! Andrew McArthur (1988-95): I am currently living in London working as a solicitor. I set up Baxter Brown McArthur


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Solicitors 3 years ago and that takes up most of my time but I still get the opportunity to play a bit of rugby and cricket. I am still in contact with a few OTs who are in London. Planning to take a break soon and go travelling! Catherine McCullough (1990-96) teaches at a girls’ school in Bath, a city in which most schools are, she said, single sex.

advertising. Dick Pine (1942-50), who lives in Australia, has sent two of his father’s framed watercolours for the school to keep. One is of the main building as seen from the playground before the tower was removed in 1936; the other shows The Towers viewed from the drive. Both now hang in the headmaster’s study. Thanks to Daphne Mould for carrying them from the Antipodes, following a visit to her family. Samantha Pitfield (1992-2001) is in stage management. Rev’d Damian Porter (1978-83): Ordained in 1992 now Vicar of St Anne’s on Sea in Lancashire. Married to Yvonne, we have one son, Chad. fatherd@ btinternet.com Peter Radford (1951-57) received an honorary D.Sc. from Wolverhampton University, September 2007. William Spooner (1995-2001): I have now been running a business in Wolverhampton for 4 years, specialising Emma Mottershead (1995-2000) in re-programming vehicle ECUs to married Michael Swingwood (1993optimise performance and fuelling. 2000) at Penkridge Parish Church on Stuart Swann (1998-94) is a tree Friday 20th June 2008. Paul (1985surgeon. 93), the bridegroom’s elder brother, William Watkins (1983-91): Still living in was best man. They have set up home Wolverhampton, I married my wife Katie in Nottingham where both attended in September 2005. I’m a Sales Manager university and where Emma is a for a bathroom equipment manufacturer practising physiotherapist. based in Telford. I’m in regular contact Gurjit Orjela (1991-2000) completed with fellow Old Tettenhallians James university at Loughborough reading a Baker, Max Homer, Matthew Slater, B.Eng in automotive engineering and James, Daniel & Matthew Brazier, Chris then an MSc in finance and management. Hamblett. I haven’t received the O.T. Now I’m working in the Square Mile as an magazine for quite a number of years and investment banker and living in central would really be keen to read any back London. issues you may have available. Jonathan Page (1994-2001) is a chef. Thank you. will-watkins@hotmail.co.uk Eddy Paulsingh (1996-99) and Richard Westwood (1948-57) e-mails: Julius Rwegasira (1995-99) are in ‘Remember me? After years of trying the marketing business together, mainly to obtain O.T. news, at last I received involved with the media, magazines, information! I moved to Hampshire billboards and other avenues of in 1982 to work at the Royal Aircraft

Establishment in aero research at Farnborough and lecture at the college. The move was directed by the Midlands recession and events in the Falklands. I have been living in Purley, 20 minutes from Central London, for the last 15 years, having taken early retirement in 2001.’ David Whitmore (1991-2001) is an Officer of the Watch (Deck Officer) in the Merchant Navy. Jonathan Whitmore (1991-2000) is a pilot (1st Officer) with the civil airline Flybe and operates out of Southampton. Andrew Smith is also a pilot with Flybe. Amanda Wilkin (1997-2004) is acting professionally in the London area and has had an audition with the BBC. Hannah (1999-2004) has completed her studies at Liverpool University. Helen Wishart (1990-92) and Helen Worton (1991-99) are both vets. Stuart Wright (1978-83) I recently received the 2007 edition of the Tettenhallian magazine. What a great magazine! Superb quality and wow it brought back a flood of fantastic memories. Due to moving house I had not received the magazine for at least 8 years! My daughter (Elle) and son Charlie (10) read it with great interest and looked for any mention of their dad from my time at T.C from 1978 to 1983 but alas not this time. It was great to see Dr Mottershead taking over as vice president of the O.T.s’ Club. He motivated me on to Economics at University which I am still very grateful for. William Yip (1982-7) is a sales representative promoting primary dressings for leg ulcers and other pharmaceuticals in the Midlands. Tan Zeya (1998-2000) is in food technology.


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From Dorothy Alexander, English teacher 1942 -5, to the O.T. sub-editor. (Ian taught English 1940 -5. Edna Hand’s son Nick was captain of rugger 1967-8 and a very successful ‘No. 8’) Dear John (Leslie in my memory) It was a pleasant surprise to get your letter and the magazine this morning. It was an even greater surprise to find a bit of my letter to you quoted. I wonder whether any of the boys I taught will read with astonishment that I am still alive. Apart from you the only person from our time at Tettenhall who I keep up with is Edna Hand; she was Miss Jones who taught the small boys with Mrs. Pond. The other staff we knew well are all dead. I did see John Hagyard briefly at the closing of the York Road Church in Woking. His wife was far from well then. I remember, when his fourth son was born, someone asking him whether he was aiming at a football team. He replied that they were satisfied with two couples for Wimbledon. You mentioned lunch at Beatties; the young staff used to meet there for a celebration coffee on the last day of term. Judging by the magazines Tettenhall has become a very different place over the years. It had gone through some pretty hard times before the war. When lan and I were there the trio, Pond, Pine and Theo were the old stagers. Ian was amazed at Field-Hyde’s energy as he was to be found at any hour up to midnight investigating various aspects of the building. I am writing another book. This is about the strange things I encountered when I was doing a lot of public speaking. Most of that was when I was the National President of the Free Church Women’s Council. It was enlightening to be at the centre of what was going on in the Free Churches at that time. By the time I completed that year I felt that, at last,

I really knew what was expected of me. It included spending a fortnight in East Germany as a delegate visiting the Frauenhilfe, a very interesting experience. When I was leaving I discovered that I had quite a lot more money than I had declared on entering. I realised that two of the new notes lan had given me just as I was leaving must have stuck together and later worked loose. I carefully folded one note and inserted it into my bag of tea bags. I was afraid that if they counted the money in my purse at the border, I might be detained for questioning. I was extremely relieved to get back into West Germany undiscovered. Whatever the Stassi have on record about me, that won’t appear. Thank you very much for your letter and the magazine. It is an extremely good production. I suppose that the Drive School is the Junior Department. lan and I had rooms at Thornleigh for two years. It must be the same place. Best wishes for 2008

have chosen to take French with Tony Parker, amongst other choices. Tony was very helpful to me when I went to London to train as a Geography/French teacher. Helpful and challenging, as indeed you were, I well remember your concerns about my essay writing – requiring me to submit pieces of work to you during the holidays! In the late 70s I became Deputy Head at the 11-18 Valley Park School which occupied the old Municipal Grammar School site and a brand new site at the end of Horden Road. In 1988 I moved into Higher Education following an M.A. at Birmingham University. For the last twenty years I have worked in the field of what is now termed CPD (Continuing Professional Development.) My work is with experienced teachers, all off – site and has taken me to Hong Kong, Dubai, Germany, Cyprus and West Bromwich! Much of my recent work is with mentors of new teachers. I now work half time and will be celebrating my 63rd birthday next week – on the slopes in Austria. An edited letter from Clive Carroll My wife, Chris, was Enoch Powell’s (1959-62) to G.V.H. February 2008 constituency secretary and typed ‘that’ speech! We have a daughter, Amy, who As I thumbed through this year’s is writer and sub-editor for the property/ magazine, I saw a picture which included travel magazine ‘A Place in the Sun’. the back of your head…..and so was In recent years, I have worked with prompted to write to you! some independent schools, notably By now, you will have doubtless noted Ampleforth College. A highlight was at the foot of this letter that I am Clive the opportunity to present a paper on Carroll, one of your pupils between 1959 School Improvement at an International and 1962. I would not be surprised, but Conference at the famous Peabody Hotel flattered, if you remember me; but you in Memphis. may recall the year of Churchward, Clay, Living in The Lakes is not without its Rennie, Philips, and Millward etc. I came attractions and we can be on the fells across the enclosed photograph of the within ten minutes. Kendal is a delightful 1960 Under 15s. I am at the right hand market town, and as I’m sure you know end of the back row. was the home of Kathryn Parr. On leaving T.C. I went to work at the Perhaps you remember my brother, Ministry of Labour. Unfortunately, family Tony, who is four and a half years older circumstances denied me the opportunity than I. He and Wendy live near Skipton to enter the Sixth Form, where I would – about 45 miles away. We see each


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other regularly and have taken to our bikes again! Two years ago we cycled the Coast to Coast – from Workington to Tynemouth. I do hope you are fit and well and wish to thank you for helping and challenging me during my time at T.C. – brief though it was. With kind regards, Clive Carroll

dealing with a plethora of drug discovery and biotech companies, although I have the luxury of working from home. I try and spend as much time as I can with my wife Pam and daughters Maya (9) and Simi (6). My hobbies still include playing five-aside football and cricket-although I should know better at my age-and planning my next property purchases. When I look back at my life and the sacrifices my late father made in order to send me to Tettenhall College I am filled with overwhelming pride in the sense of discipline and values that the College instilled in me. These have certainly played an important part in laying the foundations of my life and career. With Kind Regards Kam Dhaliwal Vice President Business Development, Europe Evotec (UK) Ltd

Cherry and was our newly arrived rescue cat. She would have tried to sneak into his bag to go home with him, but alas and Claud would have been happy if she had gone, he’s not a great fan of his new sister. At about the same time I learned that I was to be made redundant, I heard of a secondment opportunity to the Fire & Rescue Service. They wanted someone to set up and run a project and the contract was until March. I took the job and they’ve extended the contract for a further year, hopefully it means they’re happy, so we mustn’t complain. We’ve been very lucky and have had quite a few holidays this year too. In March Steve went off to a very cold Mallorca to play golf and in May we had 10 days on ‘Twelfe’ the narrow boat which Caption: Under 15 Rugby team Back row we part own. Helen and Jon joined us L to R: Bhageerutty, Pearce, Davis, - Gilmour – Carroll Centre: Maclachlan, Millward, Clay, Allsop, for the final weekend and when we got Gregory Front: Halden off the boat Kaye and Tim got on to join Edited letter from Deb (nee them for a few days. We were lucky with Dhaliwal, Kam emails Nov12th 2007 Hardman 1980-3), Christmas 2007. the weather, unfortunately they weren’t. Dear Headmaster, Deb is married to Steve Wilson: Helen, Steve was off to Scotland playing golf Alex and Kaye are his three children. again in June. It seems like this will be a very difficult A few days in Devon were a very email to start. I would welcome an A Year in the lives of……. welcome break in August and gave opportunity to meet with my old T.C. Well, where did that year go? We’ve me the opportunity to meet up with my friends in particular Adam Barker, James confirmed that old wives tale about the friend Morag who had recently moved Rennison, Jeremy Guy and Robert older you get, the faster the months go to Dorset. We had been Soroptimists Mackie. We were all at T.C. together by. It’s been another busy year. We had a together in Cannock for over 20 years. roughly at the same time and have all visitor with us for 7 weeks in the summer, Sadly Morag passed away a month to the now probably reached the milestone of Michael, the son of some friends of our day later and I am so very grateful that forty! I attended T.C. from 1979 through friends in Germany. When he arrived we made the effort to meet. We had a 1984 and like the aforementioned he asked us if our lives were always so fabulous day too. played for the 1ST XV at scrum half hectic, we said “No, of course not, it will September saw us flying off to Portugal and inside centre and 1ST XI where I slow down” and now we realise just how to a holiday appropriately called ‘Vintage always seemed to be bridesmaid to Paul much we’ve been kidding ourselves. Port’. We were based in the Duoro Valley, Bonsor. I captained the team only once Anyway we had great fun and Michael’s travelling on small, quiet railway lines and against Wolverhampton Grammar but English was much improved, but with a cruising the river in the region around all I remember of that day was the heavy twang of both Cannock (Deb) and Stoke Porto. There may have been a spot of defeat we suffered at their hands. (Steve) accents, we’re not certain that the red stuff involved too. Then we had Obviously a great deal has happened in was what he anticipated when he arrived. two weeks in our timeshare in Madeira in twenty years or more. Much of my time is He also went away with a new female November. It’s our real escape and we spent travelling between U.S. and Europe with her heart set on him; she’s called adore it. Plainly there may be a spot of


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some other red stuff involved there too. We don’t have a problem, honestly! So what do we have to look forward to? Well we’re back in Portugal again in April, with the same train holiday company, but this time around the Lisbon area on a trip called ‘Undiscovered Portugal’ with a dedicated railway carriage for the duration. Then there’s three weeks in Madeira in December, a little time on the boat, but most importantly Alex and Rachael get married in June 2008 and then in August 2009 Kaye and Tim also plan to marry. We’re looking forward to some wonderful experiences in the coming years and following that quick gallop through our lives we hope that yours have been as happy, if a little less hectic.

the county for hockey which she throws herself whole heartedly into. As most of you know Daisy broke her leg badly two years ago but has now had the metal removed from her leg which allows her more movement. However, sadly we think she will need further surgery when she is fully grown. Adrian never stops working; if he is not farming he is building an office or annexe for somebody, in fact he has just finished a beautiful conversion this April on the farm. Adrian is also playing hockey as I am since if you can’t beat them you have to join them! On a sad note we lost our wonderful Labrador Rolo this May, he had lymph node cancer which seemed to run right through him very quickly; he passed away on the way to the vets, Milly his daughter From Diana Strange (nee Bardrick, misses him a great deal. 1985-7). She and Adrian have two In September this year I took on a new children, Jack and Daisy. role at Seaford College head of year 9 boy have my eyes been opened!! It has Hi Folks, been very action packed with plenty of Didn’t ever think I would be doing this? stories to tell. I have now just broken up Anyway here I am writing to you in this and am looking forward to a break. way. Mum seems to be doing well, always Sorry but life seems to get more hectic travelling, in fact I can’t keep up. She now each year. lives with my brother, well not exactly, she 2007 has been a full of adventure here on lives in a cottage within his grounds so the farm and at work. she will be staying there this Christmas. Jack has started his GCSE course work Look forward to catching up with all your which he isn’t really cut out for but seems news. to be putting in the effort. He has been Loads of love playing hockey, not only for Sussex, but TheStranges also the South of England which, as you can imagine, keeps us flying around the From Patrick Wellsbury to John countryside. Jack also plays rugby which Chown. 12th September 2007 I refuse to go and watch - that’s Adrian’s Dear John, job as I don’t enjoy picking up the pieces. I have done a bit of investigating as to Daisy is still at Bishop Luffa and wishes to what happened to Brian Field-Hyde. As stay there rather than come to Seaford you may remember, he and I were great with me. I think this is mainly to do with friends but we lost touch, for various the fact that she loves horses and wants reasons, after his parents died. to ride when she gets back at 3pm rather I have always kept in contact with a friend than 6.30-7.00. Daisy is also representing of mine, who worked in Wolverhampton

for a short period a long time ago, who married a girl from Penarth where Brian was based. He was also a member of Penarth Yacht Club. He advised me to contact the club secretary, who has been most helpful. It came as a bit of a shock, when I spoke to him to find that Brian had passed away some time ago. He kindly put as much information that he had in writing and I enclose a copy for your information to use as you wish. I will be coming to the annual Remembrance Day Service and to the London Reunion Dinner where I look forward to seeing you there, if not before. Kind regards Patrick Wellsbury. From the Penarth Yacht Club to Mr. & Mrs. P Wellsbury 5th April 2007 I am sorry to have taken so long to gather together some information about Brian Field-Hyde; as you know we spoke about him a week or so ago and I have now put together a few details which I hope will be of some use and interest both to you and to those at Tettenhall College. John Brian Field-Hyde Brian was born on 4th March 1933 (his birth was registered at Burton) He joined Penarth Yacht Club in June 1965 and was a member for many years, including serving on the Committee, until he resigned in the early 1980s; he rejoined in 1989 for a few years before again resigning. His health deteriorated during the 1990s and he spent several periods in hospital with circulatory problems, particularly in his legs. He also suffered with liver problems. These difficulties eventually led to his death probably in hospital, in Cardiff in October 1999, at the age of 66. Peter Bussey


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Remembrance Sunday, 11th November 2007

O.T.s and partners is added, at a venue as convenient and highly regarded as the Victory Services Club, you have a ‘We will remember them’ sums it up in worthwhile entry for your diary. So make a four words: the main point of this service note of the next one – it’s Saturday 22nd is to show respect and gratitude for O.T.s November 2008. We hope to see you who are or have been ready to risk their there. lives fighting the country’s enemies and especially those who have died in doing so. Six further casualties of WW1 have come to light more recently; their names are now engraved on a tablet beside L.to.R Pam Shee, Peter Pingree, Chris the others. They are J.Field (1903-05), Wright, Simon Logan, James Rennison, R.W.Fox (1892-6), Louise Rennison S. Hirst (1910), I.L.Pinson, C.H.Pragneu and G.H.Shelton. The service of Remembrance took its traditional form and was again well attended, as indeed it should be. Coffee was served in the library afterwards, followed by lunch in the dining hall – courtesy of the Headmaster – for all who wished to stay. Alex Poile kindly displayed part of his excellent collection of photos from the past, thus adding further interest and dignity to the occasion.

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meal followed by dancing to promote the pleasure (and assist the digestions) of themselves and their partners. A booking has been made for a similar event to be held on Saturday 14th March 2009 when it is hoped a cabaret will be included. The after dinner programme would benefit from a bit more variety. O.T.Committee Supper Thursday 3rd April 2008 Always a pleasant get-together of people who have served the club in one way or another, this year’s gathering – 19 strong – was again held at the South Staffs Golf Club through the good offices of Paul Whitehead. No other venue in the area can beat it for fine surroundings outside and a dignified spaciousness within: the menu and cooking, central to the do, was highly rated by everyone expressing an opinion at the end.

London Dinner Saturday 17th November 2007. This was enjoyed by those who attended – 27 in all. The Guest Speaker was Rev. Jonathan Rodell, Chaplain to Feltham Young Offenders Institution in the Home Counties who entertained, and made us think, as he had done in the same capacity at the 1998 annual reunion in the school dining hall when Graham Aston was president and brought him to us. A short break in London towards the end of autumn, before all the leaves have fallen and Christmas is still some way off, can be an invigorating change from one’s home environment even without a special function attached. When a good dinner and evening with fellow

Two more loyal supporters of O.T. functions

The grey hairs of wisdom reminisce over the table.

Dinner Dance Saturday 15th March 2008 at the Park House Hotel, Shifnal This was a sellout long before the evening of the function. The Dobson Suite at The Park House is clearly a popular venue – the 58 who turned up enjoyed a good

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Saturday / Sunday 14th-15th June. Netball. This was the first item on the programme for Saturday and played out of doors on a bright, if cool, early summer’s morning it attracted a pleasing number of interested spectators. From the start of the game one could see that the O.T.s had brought an experienced and very fit side against whom their relatively young opponents were not in for an easy time. All four quarters were a delight to watch: there was not a dull moment in any of them. After the final whistle James Rennison presented the winners with the John Dale Memorial Trophy and Victoria Kibble (Year 8) received the Jan Taylor award for the player of the match. Result: O.T.s 50 T.C. 16 O.T. squad included: Fiona Taylor, Victoria Liu, Bethan Stoll, Rebecca Rice, Hannah Macey, Linsey Andrews, Amanda Wilkin.

Shortly before half- time, after almost 25 minutes of evenly matched manoeuvring, Vicky Liu received an accurate pass from Hannah Macey and shot the ball into goal. After the interval the school played as hard to level the score as the O.T.s did to defend it, producing tense moments for themselves and the spectators, but neither side could effect a change. Result: O.T.s 1 T.C. 0 O.T. squad included: Fiona Taylor, Victoria Liu, Nicola Swingwood, Sara Cork, Hannah Macey, Michael Hawkes, Amanda Wilkin, Laura Leigh and Bethan Stoll who was named as player of the match.

31 years of achievement: groundsman Alex Poile with faithful Bruno just before the O.T. cricket match was beginning down below.

Reunion Dinner By popular request, last year’s experiment was repeated of holding this

in the theatre. Peter Pingree and Chris Baxter oversaw the main arrangements such as the location of the bar, run with exemplary efficiency by Giuseppe Corbelli and his helpers. As always, Sonia, Malcolm and the assistant catering staff used their long experience to good effect by providing a four course meal including both hot and cold items. All were agreed that there should be two speeches only, both fairly brief – one from Some O.T. hockey players after their victory the President (James Rennison) and one at Aldersley. from the Headmaster (Peter Bodkin). This is exactly what happened, each went Cricket down well with the 72 present and they almost certainly set the pattern for the The school batted first and, despite foreseeable future. quickly losing two wickets to Ashley The usual two presentations were made Paterson’s bowling, proceeded to 227 by the President, describing himself with for 4 in the agreed number of overs – geniality as ‘Mark’s brother and John’s Eager for action: O.T. netball squad look benefiting greatly from a fine innings happy with their prospects. son’. by Greg Humphreyson. The afternoon Paul Whitehead received the Frank Hockey was sunny enough for an encouraging Vernon cup on behalf of Phil Jennings, number of O.T.s and friends to enjoy their winner of the 2008 golf competition with Reunion Saturday is largely given to time on the grassy bank or the pavilion a score of 69 net. (Paul himself has won sport and within an hour of the end of the balcony. The tea interval is always it three times so far, in 1959, 1989, and netball O.T.s and T.C. were facing each welcome, after which the O.T.s began 1992). other again on the carpet-like artificial their innings and reached 152 for 5 when Greg Humphreyson, captain of the 1st turf at Aldersley – a splendid facility. Both stumps were drawn, so the school won X1 – winners of the cricket match- was teams showed their determination to be this year. Grateful thanks to Peter Bodkin, handed the Walters cup. one-up as soon as possible under the Andy Mottershead and John Petfield for Finally James gave up his chain of office eye of the sole umpire, Harvey Trump, their long stretches as umpires. to Andy Mottershead, the incoming who was fully exercised in the process. president for 2008-9. With essential


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formalities over the reunion went on pleasantly until its informal end.

present pupils equally in mind. This year’s service included two innovations: 1) personal reflections by the outgoing and incoming presidents, 2) a guitar solo by a member of the school. The congregation listened intently to each of these contributions. After chapel we reassembled outside on the terrace where the catering staff received us with a glass of bucks fizz. Then the Headmaster kindly beckoned us into the dining hall for a full Sunday lunch – the final act of his total support of the reunion from start to finish.

GOLF SOCIETY Young O.T.s enjoy each others company.

The Society continues to flourish and a programme of exciting venues and good fellowship has continued throughout the year, together with battles with the Old Wulfrunians and local golf society the Oxley Wanderers. The last venue for the 2007 season was a visit to Blackwell Golf Club .We were made very welcome, favoured with good weather and 26 members availed themselves of the opportunity to play this great course.

Informal chat at the end of the evening.

The morning format was nine holes followed by lunch. Learning the first nine for those who had not played this course before was an education. Blind drives, tricky pitches and contoured greens made for varied scores. With the ninth green in front of the clubhouse, the final groups had an ‘appreciative’ audience. The Team competition, was won by: Ian Ward & Iain Seivewright on 21 points. Tony Corkindale & Roddy Seivewright came second on 20 points just beating Nick & Simon Parr, also with 20 points, on the last 3 holes.

Informal chat at the end of the evening.

Sunday Morning The O.T. service is an act of public worship meant, as the name implies for the public and whether we attend or not we would be the poorer without it. In his careful preparation and excellent address on our entering into the labours of others, our esteemed chaplain, Rev. Gareth Parry, had both past and

In the afternoon we played for the Centenary Cup which was won by Simon Parr on his first outing with the Society with a score of 32 points. Simon Maddox was runner up with 31 points; Roddy Seivewright was third on 30 points just beating Philip Jennings, also on 30 points, on the back 9. Two incidents of note occurred during the afternoon round. First was John Dove receiving a ball on the back of his head from a ‘thinned’ chip to the 18th green, which, other than the initial shock, did not seem to affect his round (although he may dispute that!) and the other was a succession of express trains running down the main railway line on the other side of the


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hedge alongside the 11th fairway – heard but not seen. The Rose Bowl Knock-Out Competition, which had been run throughout the wet summer of 2007 had been keenly contested. The final was a family affair with Roddy Seivewright just beating Max Seivewright in a tightly fought match.

weather was kind with a sunny afternoon. 27 O.T.s took part and the Captain won the Cup with a net 69 followed by Steve Robinson in second place, who had a better back nine over John Dove, both having scores of net 70. The annual encounter with the Old Wulfs at South Staffs in July

At our AGM Derek Sage was re-elected as our President and Philip Jennings our Captain. The first match of the new season was the encounter with Oxley Wanderers played against a very strong side. Our only victory recorded was by Tony Corkindale and Mike Parr but all agreed it was a good match played in nice conditions. Spring Meeting & Captain’s Day The next event was the Spring Meeting and Captain’s Day at St Annes, Lancashire. Golf at Fairhaven, a delightful course, was followed by an overnight stay in the town and 27 holes the next day at the very fine course of St. Annes Old Links. The weather was excellent and the members were resplendent in new club shirts and ties. Over 20 members made the trip. Team events were won by Nick Parr, Mike Pearson and the Captain at Fairhaven, and John Dove, Nick Parr and Steve Robinson winning at St.Annes Old Links. The Captain’s prize was won by a teetotal, for this weekend only, Steve Robinson with 41 Stableford points. Nick Parr was runner-up a point behind and Philip Mould, who travelled down from Cupar in Scotland to join us, in third place. The Vernon Cup was held at South Staffs and again the

Dove driving off.

resulted in a draw. The weather had been atrocious all morning but it improved slightly in the afternoon and we had sole use of the course and clubhouse with all other players nowhere to be seen. Looking to the future, in early October, the Society will be

Grant-Pearce drives off watched by Dove & Beddows.

visiting Copt Heath Golf Club when The Centenary Cup will be played for, and we will hold our AGM. The Annual Competition for the Frank Vernon Cup, which is open to all Old Tettenhallians, will be played for on Thursday 28th May 2009 at South Staffs Golf Club. As always the Society welcomes new members. Any Old Tettenhallians who are interested in joining to enjoy good golf and fellowship should get in touch with our Secretary Keith Grant-Pearce – 01562 884601. Philip Mould accepts his prize from the Captain.

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SPRING MEETING AND CAPTAIN’S DAY

Morning Team game winners Robinson, Dove & Parr.

Captain’s Day Winner Steve Robinson presented with his prize by the Captain.

O.T.G.S. Touring party.

Beddows prepares to drive off.

The Captain , Philip Jennings, summarises the days events.

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O.T.s IN THE LOCAL PRESS

O.T. Andrew Wynne (1980 - 90) , alongside his busy life as a solicitor, takes a great interest in our local heritage.

John Bates (1952 - 63) was chaplain and secretary of the O.T club until he moved up north. Peter (1957 -68) followed him into the Methodist ministry

At all-ages group of seven O.Ts - another photo taken at the opening of the new clubhouse at Danescount described in the 2007 magazine. L to R David Lycett (1954 - 58), Geoff Hopkinson (1957 - 62), John Chown (1934 - 43) David Barnes (1946 -53) Derek Sage (1939 - 50) Oliver Margetts (1989 - 98) Keith Sadler (1933 - 41) top right insert. Keith was recovering in surgery and stayed in his chair.


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Update on the activities of Andrew Iyer (1978 - 85) Right: Richard Davis 1951 - 8) recalls his younger days to a Surrey newspaper reporter. ( Cutting supplied by G.Aston)

The Moat House was the venue of the O.T. dinner dance 1999-2003 and is still a cherished place in the option of many, due to the capable management of Chris Lewis (1979 - 86)

Peter Creed (1943 - 45) is a governor of the school:Michael (1970 - 76) and Charles (1974 - 81) are also O.Ts. We wish his family good luck with the betting.


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Literally from the day he arrived at T.C. in July 1990 at the age of 16 Erol made his reputation ďŹ rst as a cricketer and, a few months later, as an equally talented rugby player. It is good to read that his skills arre still unabated after more than 17 years.

Dr Nicholas Jones was a pupil at T.C. from 1954 to 1959. He was the chief guest at Prizegiving in 2001, his late farther having ďŹ lled this same ofďŹ ce in1972.


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Robert Reade (1947 - 51) has spent most of his life on the land and serving the local community. He has our great respect and very best wishes for his wise choice of occupations


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LIVES REMEMBERED

DAVID MALCOLM (MAC) FOY 1938 – 2007 (T.C. 1949 -56)

After fifteen years, he returned to Britain and settled in Bridgnorth, a place he loved very much, living at the Parlour’s Hall Hotel. Mac was one of Tettenhall’s county Mac lived life to the full. He was a great scholars and hailed from the Goldthorn raconteur and attracted many varied Park district of Wolverhampton. His people to share in his society. He was an mother was sister to Don Everall, the well- undoubted character with a fun-loving known proprietor of the local coach and zest for life. travel firm; hence Peter and Frank Everall, JDW both O.T.s, were his cousins. Mac is remembered by his peers as an GEOFFREY HAROLD GULLIVER all-round sportsman. As Head of Haydon, 1937 – 2007 he captained his House in rugby, hockey, (T.C. 1949 -54) athletics and swimming. He was a leading light among his contemporaries Geoff Crook, son-in-law, has kindly and was appointed a Full Prefect. Rugby sent this short précis of the eulogy from was his first love and he distinguished Geoffrey’s funeral service. himself by being the first -ever sixteen year- old to play for Wolverhampton Geoff was born to Harold and Hilda and Rugby Club in their First XV team. was the eldest of the four children. He On leaving T.C., he entered upon an attended Helmdon School from 1943engineering apprenticeship at Wilkinson 49, most of the time, and then continued and Mitchell. He then joined his father his education at Tettenhall College in in the family coach and garage firm in Wolverhampton. Birmingham. This business expanded, His Housemaster’s first report described buying out Eatonways, another coach him as ‘a young imp, but most likeable’. and motor trade company. Another said ‘Conversation with him London was his next staging post, where is always amusing, his keenness is he set up a catering company next to sometimes marred by a little hasty the Post Office Tower. This was a very action, which, though detrimental to the successful business which he ran for classroom, has proved most useful on some fifteen years. He married Pamela the cricket field’. (Fluffy) Edwards in 1966; he loved the On leaving school in 1954, Geoff joined company of beautiful women and no-one his father at Hill Farm and was taken more so than Pam. into the partnership in 1958, followed by Wanderlust set in and Mac went to live brother Phil ten years later. Geoff loved in Tonga, where he opened a restaurant his cows and all the livestock on the farm called Davina’s on the harbour. Whilst in and was very subdued when the farm Tonga, he became a friend of Princess was sold in 1992. Pillalava, the daughter of the reigning monarch and he was a great friend However, this was not the end for Geoff of Chief Fukuphanow. He was quickly as he was involved in so many things accepted into Tongan society and was over the years in Helmdon. He had been a great supporter of the Tongan Rugby an assistant scoutmaster, served on the team, flying many times to Hong Kong to Parish Council, involved with Helmdon watch the famous Sevens. Fellowship, the Carnival and Sports Club.

He had also played football and cricket for the village, the latter he played for 50 years. In addition, he had also served on the South Northants Cricket League Committee and the Helmdon Cricket Cup Committee. He was a keen Stamp Collector and was an active member of the Northamptonshire Philatelic Society and Brackley Branch. He was also an excellent card player and organised whist drives for various groups as well as having a weekly Bridge game. *As you can see, Geoff was keen to get involved, not just sit back and let someone else do it. He really was a people person. Rose and Family have been overwhelmed by all of the cards and donations received in Geoff’s memory. The donations amounted to £1600, which was shared between, Diabetes UK, Cancer Research and Macmillan Nurses, a wonderful tribute to a man who liked to help others. Geoff loved Helmdon and his home ‘Barnstones’ and he had his wish to remain there till the end of his days. As was typical of Geoff he planned his own funeral, saying ‘any complaints could be sent to him’; his sense of humour remained with him till the end. In the memorial service Reverend Will Adams said, ‘Thank God for Geoffrey Gulliver’, Geoff would have added ‘and Helmdon’ * This is also clear from his valete in the 1954 Tettenhallian, added here: GULLIVER, G.; Boarder; Nicholson House; Remove Sc.; U 13 Cricket, U.I5 Cricket, 2nd XI Cricket, 1st XI Cricket, 1954: 2nd XI -Hockey, 1954; U.I4 Rugger; Junior Chess Team: Dramatic Society; Choir, 1949-52; Junior and Senior Scouts; House Monitor, 1953-54; Debating


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Society; House Cricket; House Rugger; House Hockey; House Boxing; G.C.E., N.U.J.M.B., 1954 (Ordinary). MARIANNE IRMGARD JEFCOAT 1930 – 2008 (T.C. 1942-50) Her daughter Alison wrote: It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of our mother early on Friday 27th June. Mum died peacefully in her sleep under the care of the very kind and helpful staff at a nursing home in Bedford, where she spent the last six months of her life. You may well be wondering why you had not heard from Marianne for some time. For those of you who do not know, mum succumbed to the ravages of a particularly devastating form of dementia, although it was pneumonia that eventually took her life. Over the past seven years we have helplessly watched our mother’s decline, at first quite imperceptible but with an unstoppable momentum once it really took hold of her. All forms of dementia are on the increase and there is a shameful lack of funding for research into what will be one of the biggest challenges faced by society in years to come.

a long illness. For several years he had fought valiantly to live as normal a life as possible. Unfailingly supported, and lovingly cared for, by his devoted wife Valerie, he demonstrated a magnificently positive spirit. Indeed, his doctors referred to him as ‘a walking miracle’. Whenever I bumped into him, and in spite of his many difficulties that incomparable smile, which lit up his countenance, never deserted him. He was always pleased to greet a fellow Old Tettenhallian and to have a lengthy chat. He was born in Finchfield, Wolverhampton and entered the College as a day boy in Pearson House. His father, Colin (T.C. 1930-33) and Uncle Roy (T.C. 1933-39), had preceded him at the school. His time at Tettenhall meant a great deal to him. Rugby and Athletics were in his blood and these two passions were nurtured and developed at the College so that Angus achieved distinction in both departments.

His association with Wolverhampton Rugby Club began when he was sixteen, playing for the Colts. He was subsequently appointed Treasurer of the Club, a post he held for sixteen years. He was a keen tourer and represented Wolverhampton at many distant locations, Thank you for being such good friends or including Jersey, Bordeaux and Cornwall. colleagues to our mum, it means a lot to In the Old Tettenhallians’ Rugby Club, in us. which he was a most active participant in the 1960s, Angus maintained his Nick, Alan and Alison Jefcoat close links with T.C. and forged new Marianne was part-time German teacher friendships. A keen socialiser, he was 1981 -5 the most affable of men and was greatly liked. He was also a familiar face at the ANGUS ROB MacLACHLAN 1946 – O.T. Reunion dinners. 2007 (T.C. 1957-62) On leaving the College, he began his training as a chartered accountant and Angus died on 6th September, 2007, after was articled to Stanley and Company

in Birmingham, qualifying in 1969. He then joined Peat Marwick Mitchell in Birmingham and moved with them to London. Then, in 1972, he joined Wyko, as Financial Director, and played a significant role in expanding this business into America, South Africa, Kuwait and West Germany. In 1986, he spent time in Florida and subsequently rescued a company there from financial insolvency. On his return to Britain, Angus set up a business in his own right and for twenty years he owned and managed the Bluebird and Park Lane Industrial Estate in Wolverhampton. He lived for the latter part of his life at The Old Rectory, Kemberton, near Shifnal and enjoyed the village life there. Angus was a great lover of cars and from 1988 he became increasingly absorbed in his love of motor-racing. In that year, he won the Cox and Buckles Championship, racing his TR8, and in 1990, in his TR3A, won the Paul Good Memorial Trophy. He then ventured further afield and raced his TR3A on the continent. In 1993, demonstrating his versatility and wideranging interests, he took up shooting and became a very proficient shot. Angus had a generosity of spirit and a stamp of the gentleman. That indomitable MacLachlan mettle, which had seen his father through six brutal years as a prisoner- of – war (1939-45), was vouchsafed to Angus in the last thirteen years of his life. It is a tribute to his toughness and determination that he lived until he was sixty- one, following the diagnosis of his brain tumour in 1994. He died at Lincoln Grange Nursing Home in Ironbridge, where he was beautifully cared for during the last two and a half years of his life.


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We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Valerie, whose devotion to Angus was heroic and to Rob, Fay and Andrew. JDW PATRICK BERTRAM ARMISHAW ROE 1943 -2008 (T.C. 1954 -61) This eulogy was given by Brian Lloyd (T.C. 1952-60) at Pat’s funeral at Stafford Crematorium, on June 17th, 2008. He died on 24th May. I was best man at Pat & Glen’s wedding nearly 40 years ago – in fact it would have been their Ruby wedding next week – I never imagined then that I would be doing this today! We are here this afternoon, not only for Pat’s funeral, but also to give thanks for his life. Pat came from an old-established Eccleshall family. He was born at Horsley Hall Farm, Eccleshall, 65 years ago. Marion, his sister, was born 4 years later. They were a very close family and Pat had a very happy childhood. His father, Bert, and his mother, Iris, made sure of that. I got to know Pat because his parents and my parents were good friends. My sister and I remember staying at the farm for a weekend – we both had a great time, though I had a bit of a shock when I found out that Pat and I would be sleeping in the same bed! Pat won a scholarship to Tettenhall College and went there as a boarder in September 1954, when he was 11. He and I were both at Tettenhall College at the same time, although I had started there two years earlier and was one school year ahead of him. Pat had the knack of making friends very easily – he had such a lovely, open personality and he was always ready to befriend and

help anyone in need. Pat loved sportscricket, rugby and hockey in particular. Tettenhall College was important to Pat and he always attended the annual Old Boys’ Day – in fact, he only ever missed one and that was when his son, Damian, broke his collarbone! After he left school, he played hockey for Stafford and he was a keen supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

play for Manchester United and Pat would prefer Wolves and there would be such laughter in the house.

Pat started having trouble with his eyesight 25 years ago, when he had problem seeing correctly out of one eye. Eventually it was discovered that he had a rare, incurable condition and he received the bad news that eventually he would go blind. It was such a cruel shock. Here he In October 1961, Pat’s father died in a was, a father of two young children, in a tractor accident on the farm. This was a job that demanded good eyesight- not defining moment for the whole family. Pat to mention his wonderful calligraphy! had to leave Tettenhall College to help Pat soon discovered that there was very his mother run the farm. The farm was little help available. But he and Glen sold and the family moved to Stafford. took stock, looked at their priorities and Pat always cared deeply about his mother were totally positive about their future. and sister. Pat started his training as an They decided that the children should Architectural Assistant with Staffordshire come first and that Pat would become County Council at Green Hall, Stafford. a house-husband when the time came, He qualified several years later through so Glen could go back to work. And part-time study. that’s what happened over time. Pat did his very best to keep in work and Pat met his wife Glen on a blind date studied to gain qualifications in Business in 1966! One of his old school friends, Studies. He worked at Stafford Prison John Dove, who coincidentally trained for a while and then at Business Link. as a solicitor with me, and his wife Eventually, after meeting Bob Sharpe at Pauleen had invited him out on a joint Staffordshire Blind Centre, Pat began dinner date with Pauleen’s friend, Glen. running a help-desk at the Staffordshire The chemistry was right from the word General Hospital – specifically for blind go, and they were married two years and partially-sighted people. Pat loved his later. Their marriage was rock-solid and work at the hospital – it entirely suited his successful. Pat was a devoted husband temperament and personality. Pat spent and the marriage was a very happy one. many hours training other blind people Their son, Damian was born in 1975 and to run help desks at other hospitals and I have the privilege of being one of his would often give talks to Rotary and other Godparents. Chantelle was born two clubs on the blind and partially-sighted. years later. Pat was a wonderful father to both of them and the family have Some of you will know that Pat appeared always been a close-knit unit. Three on television in the ‘Weakest Link’ and years ago, Pat was thrilled to become a in ‘Deal or No Deal’ – he was proud to grandpa to Chantelle and Darren’s son, have been one of the first blind people Dylan. Pat and Dylan had a really special to do this – and of the fact that in each relationship - Dylan called him ‘Pa’ and case he won! He had recently applied to they had such arguments about football! take part in ‘Golden Balls’. In fact, he was Dylan would say that he was going to just carrying on the family tradition as his


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father Bert had appeared on ‘What’s My Line’ many years before.

bottles of washing-up liquid and stickybacked plastic. One of his frequent items showed him making a small picture (often Above all, Pat was a family man. He from coloured scrapes of paper) and then took great pride in his children and their a larger version on the floor, using carpet achievements – especially of Damian’s tiles or large household items. Speight decision to join the Police Force and of would switch between the two when a Chantelle’s new job in HR at Stafford buzzer sounded, gurning the while, and College. He was looking forward to swapping hats to indicate the picture he Damian and Gaynor’s wedding in June was working on. next year. He was a quiet, gentle giant Speight left the show abruptly at the of a man, who always took the view that end of February, having announced that life was too short for arguments! There’s he was unable to continue following a lesson for all of us there! He helped the drug-related death of his fiancée many, many people and worked tirelessly Nathasha Collins, with whom he had for the welfare of the blind. So today we appeared in another BBC children’s give thanks to God for Pat and for all programme, See It Saw It, in 1999. that he did for his family and for so many Mark Speight had first achieved television other people. I was glad to have known fame the year before as the rubber-faced him. presenter of ITV’s Saturday morning programme Scrathy & Co, which was Brian Lloyd (T.C. 1952-60) nominated for a Bafta for best children’s entertainment show. He went on to star MARK WARWICK FORDHAM in On Your Marks for the BBC and Name SPEIGHT 1965 -2008 That Toon for Granada, which earned him (T.C. 1972 -75) a nomination as best presenter for two From the Dailey Telegraph 14th consecutive years. March 2008 In The Toon Room Speight again drew on Presenter of television programmes for his artistic expertise to teach children how children, particularly on art, who recovered to draw catoons. In See It Saw It, Speight from his fiancée’s death. played a king who rules over the kingdom of Much Jollity-On-The-Mirth. The Mark Speight, who was found dead character was unable to make a decision yesterday aged 42, was one of the most and relied on the assistance of his popular presenters on CBBC, the BBC’s jesters, See ans Saw, one of whom was digital channel for children, and was best played by the actress Natasha Collins. known as the face of its long-running art Speight and Collinsbegan dating, programme, SMart. became engaged and later shared a flat Launched in 1994, the show essentially in north London. She died after being built the format devised for an earlier badly burnt in the bath there on January generation of children by the artist Tony 3rd. Hart, and featured Speight and his Mark Warwick Fordham Speight was co-presenter conducting a gallery tour born on August 6 1965 at Trowbridge, of pictures sent in by children. He also Wiltshire. His father was a property demonstrated how to draw cartoons and consultant and his mother an art teacher. make collages in a tradition dating back After three years at Tettenhall College, a to the early Blue Peter days of mutilated public school near Wolverhampton, he

was moved aged 10 to the nearby Regis comprehensive (now the King’s C of E) school, where he was bullied daily for two years. Although he fared badly at school, and left at 16, he went on to obtain a degree in Commercial and Graphic Art. His ambition had been to become a cartoonist, but he broke into television after hearing about auditions for the SMart programme while working on the set of another production. Working with various co-presenters, Speight became the face of the show from its launch in 1994. In the 1990s, as well as starring in ITV’s Saturday morning children’s show Scratchy & Co, he appeared in a range of other programmes, hosting the game show Beat The Cyborgs (CITV), SMartennies (on CBeebies) and, for the Discovery Kids channel, History Busters, a 13-part series of short films which won a Royal Television Society award in 2003. He was always a lively and engaging presence on screen. He worked occasionally with Rolf Harris and in 2005 took part in Rolf On Art - The Big Events, a live relay on BBC1 in which he helped to create a giant version of John Constable’s painting The Haywain in Trafalgar Square. He presented a follow-up programme in which artists from all over Britain created their version of Holbein’s Henry VIII. Subsequently he was involved in creating Leonardo’s Mona Lisa on live television in the grounds of Edinburgh Castle. A popular performer in pantomime, Speight starred as Buttons in Cinderella at Rickmanworth last Christmas. Speight toured regularly with art workshops he ran for children called Speight Of The Art, and was involoved in charity work, notably as President of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. Mark Speight has been reported missing on April 8 after failing to attend a meeting: his body was found a Paddington Station,


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west London, yesterday.

travelling until he was well into his eighties visiting such places as USA, Canada and HOWARD STURMEY WOLVERSON Europe. He particularly enjoyed mixing 1916 - 2007 his two favourite passions of wine and (T.C. 1930 -34) travelling by visiting various vineyards in France. Charles Wolverson (1984-90) writes: Grandpa was very proud of his Wolverhampton roots and when visiting It suddenly came to me that I had not my parents we would often make a informed the College of the passing detour to travel through Wolverhampton away of my Grandpa, Howard Sturmey and Tettenhall. Wolverson on 8th February 2007. Grandpa had his independence up My Grandfather was at the College until his death, living at home on his in the deep recession of the thirties own. In the later years he was happiest (1930 -1934) and joined the school as when watching the cricket on his a boarder, having had a short spell at newly acquired Sky box with a glass of the Grammar School. He was under the Bordeaux. headmastership of Horace Pearson. He He kept in touch with Dick Evans (T.C. often spoke about Pearson and how 30s), who moved to the Channel Islands. much he admired him. His peers included I met Dick at the funeral and he also had Dick Evans. fond memories of his time at Tettenhall. My Grandfather was a keen sportsman and judging by the old photos that we have he was in both the Cricket and Rugby teams for the school. In the forties Grandpa served in the RAF in the Middle East before returning to Wolverhampton to start an estate agents in Waterloo Road. He then went into business with Dick Evans, starting a civil engineering and building company in Bilston. This proved highly successful with the company being sold to Second City Homes (now Beazer Homes) in the late sixties. In the late sixties Grandpa moved to Clifford Chambers in Stratford to enjoy semi –retirement; shortly after, travelling around the world and a short stint of living in South Africa. He still dabbled in the business world and had a number of small businesses, something he enjoyed until the early nineties. He continued to enjoy his passion of


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