PRIZEGIVING 2019 Monday 16 September 2019 Incorporating the Headâ€™s Report
Please stand for the Governors’ procession and hymn
The Founder’s Hymn words by Robert Bridge (1844-1930) based on the German of Joachim Neander (1650-1680) music by Herbert Howells
ll my hope on God is founded; He doth still my trust renew. Me through change and chance he guideth, Only good and only true. God unknown, He alone Calls my heart to be his own. Pride of man and earthly glory, Sword and crown betray his trust; What with care and toil he buildeth, Tower and temple, fall to dust. But God’s power, Hour by hour, Is my temple and my tower. God’s great goodness aye endureth, Deep his wisdom, passing thought: Splendour, light, and life attend him, Beauty springeth out of naught. Evermore, From his store New-born worlds rise and adore. Daily doth Th’ Almighty Giver Bounteous gifts on us bestow; His desire our soul delighteth, Pleasure leads us where we go. Love doth stand, At his hand; Joy doth wait on his command. Still from man to God eternal Sacrifice of praise be done, High above all praises praising For the gift of Christ his Son. Christ doth call One and all: Ye who follow shall not fall.
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PRIZEGIVING Monday 16th September 2019
Guest of Honour: Alan Eisner
Programme Founder’s Hymn Welcome and introduction by the Head Presentation of Prizes Address by the Guest of Honour Vote of thanks by a Senior Prefect
You are warmly invited to drinks in the nave after the conclusion of Prizegiving.
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Head’s Introduction Governors, Parents, Pupils and Guests,
elcome to this year’s Prizegiving and a particularly warm welcome to our Guest of Honour, Alan Eisner.
I am grateful to the Dean and Chapter for permission to hold this evening’s ceremony in the Cathedral Church of St Thomas. My thanks also to David Doyle for his expertise in overseeing the arrangements for this celebration of the school year. A number of awards have been made in advance of this evening and are noted in the first part of the programme. We continue to observe the guideline that only in very exceptional circumstances will a pupil win more than two academic prizes. Many congratulations to all our prizewinners. This evening is an opportunity to reflect on the extraordinary achievements of the last academic year and to celebrate all that makes this school such a special place in which to learn and grow.
Dr Anne Cotton Head
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Guest of Honour, Alan Eisner
ur Guest of Honour this year is Alan Eisner, who is Chairman of Maggie’s Centres, having previously served both on the Board and as Deputy Chairman since 2011. Maggie’s offers free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends. The first Maggie’s Centre opened in 1996, and it now has 23 centres throughout the UK, three centres abroad, with five more in development. Approximately 400,000 people will use the centres this year. Alan is a Member of the Board of Millennium Global. Alan Eisner joined Millennium Global in 2000 as a Senior Managing Director. He initially co-managed the currency investment team before becoming Chief Risk Officer (2011 to 2014) and was a member of the firm’s management committee. Before joining Millennium Global, Alan was Chief Investment Officer of Trinity Asset Management where he managed Trinity’s Emerging Currency Fund and prior to that a vice president at Salomon Brothers International Limited. At Salomon he worked on the foreign exchange sales and trading desks in New York, London and Singapore. Alan Eisner graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA in Economic History and is registered with both the Financial Conduct Authority and the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
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THE HEAD’S REPORT
THE HEAD’S REPORT 2018-2019 This has been a wonderfully energetic and joyful year for the school. It has also been an important one for the city, which formed the focal point for the UK’s D-Day 75 commemorations, to which PGS pupils were proud to contribute. In my first year at the school, it has been a joy to get to know the school community – pupil, parents, staff, Old Portmuthians, and friends of the school – and to immerse myself fully in school life. As ever, there is an incredible diversity of endeavour and achievement: our aim is to support every young person to thrive and to discover their interests and talents, and we do our best to ensure that there is an activity outside the classroom to suit every individual. We firmly believe that our pupils’ successes inside the classroom are rooted in their breadth of activity outside it, and we strive to offer a full, rounded education which prepares pupils for whatever they wish to pursue beyond PGS. We were delighted to have our endeavours endorsed by the Independent Schools Inspectorate following their visit to the PGS in spring to conduct a regulatory compliance inspection, in which they judged the school to be compliant in all areas.
CONTRIBUTING TO OUR COMMUNITIES As individuals, we live and work as part of our communities, and at PGS we gain richness and strength from the different communities of which we form a part: at school, in the city of Portsmouth, and further afield, not least through our relationships with partner schools in Uganda and Cambodia. Contributing to our communities is an important part of our founding purpose as a school, and it is also a central way in which we encourage our pupils to grow as individuals, to understand their interests and strengths, and to consider the role which they may go on to play in the world beyond PGS. Reflecting on the ways in which we may most positively engage with our communities has been a strand running through the year. In February, on one of the school’s annual INSET days, all staff spent a day outside the school generously hosted by organisations throughout the city, exploring possibilities for partnership work; a number of those have already borne fruit. To mark its 20th anniversary, the Portsmouth Festivities celebrated its birthday with over 120 events in venues throughout Portsmouth, attended by record number of visitors, and once again supported by Arts
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Council England. We are thrilled to have initiated a new Gifted and Talented Summer School for primary school pupils, which is described below. Likewise, we are delighted now to be becoming a Patron of Shaping Portsmouth, demonstrating our commitment to the city, and to the role that PGS plays in its wider educational landscape. At the heart of our engagement with our communities are the activities of pupils: there are so many ways in which pupils at PGS contribute beyond the school. Many volunteer within the school to support their peers and younger pupils, for instance as peer mentors, anti-bullying ambassadors and subject ambassadors. Others volunteer externally, for instance as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. During Enrichment week, Year 12 pupils visited Second Chance in Titchfield, a charity which offers disadvantaged children fulfilling outdoor experiences. The charity finds that maintaining their outdoor space on a limited budget is a challenge, and we were delighted that our cohort of Year 12 gardeners worked tirelessly all afternoon to make a huge impact. In a move to further embed partnership work within the life of pupils at school, the Ignite! programme has involved all Year 12 pupils in a community project this year, at a wide range of locations from the National Museum of the Royal Navy and Mayfield Primary School to local care homes and charities. We are delighted to be working with organisations in this way, and are now considering how we may further extend those projects in partnership with them. Throughout the year, we are delighted to work with pupils from schools throughout Portsmouth as part of activities designed to extend their learning and foster their enjoyment of their subjects. We welcomed 90 pupils from Wimborne School for a ‘Sounds Amazing’ Music themed day, during which pupils enjoyed a variety of activities, learned drum beats using junk percussion, and formed a junk orchestra, performing in a concert at the end of the day. In addition, the Music department has been working in conjunction with the Cathedral on ‘Cathedral Sing’ partnership activities with local primary schools, and we have also welcomed Cottage Grove for music workshops. After successfully hosting the regional heat of the Royal Society of Chemistry competition, ‘Top of the Bench’, inviting pupils from schools across the region to compete, staff and pupils from the Chemistry department contributed to the Southampton Science
and Engineering Festival – one of the annual flagship events at Southampton University, with hundreds of visitors. Continuing our close partnership with Mayfield School, Mrs Cross visited Mayfield on a weekly basis between March and May to support the development of a debating group within the school. In the coming year, we hope to see Mayfield and other local schools involved in the Young People’s debate which takes part as part of the Portsmouth Festivities and to welcome them to the Model United Nations (MUN) conference which we host annually for schools in March. Extending and building on that work, we are thrilled that 2019 saw PGS host its first ever Gifted and Talented Summer School. Led with characteristic energy and commitment by Mrs Jackson, this three-day course was attended by approaching 30 gifted pupils studying in Year 5 at state primaries, and was fully subscribed within a matter of days. The children enthusiastically participated in a range of activities on the theme of ‘Fire and Ice’, from Bushcraft at Hilsea, to Science, Music, Art, Maths and Languages sessions. It was lovely to welcome their parents to celebrate with the pupils at the end of the course. We are committed to continuing to develop our partnerships with the community, not least through offering assistance with school fees to talented young people. Through the generosity of benefactors, including those who kindly pledged funds during this summer’s telephone campaign, The William Smith Fund has now raised more than £1.5 million.
WORKING TOGETHER AT PGS We are also keen to nurture enriching links between the different sections of our community within PGS, where we are privileged to educate pupils from 2½ to 18 years all on the one site, embracing the fantastic opportunities we have for pupils and staff to work together. Such opportunities often involve creative and collaborative projects between pupils of different ages. In the summer, our Reception classes joined forces with pupils in Year 12 to enjoy a musical performance of the book Salty and Button. The Year 12 pupils provided a dramatic reading of the adventure-themed book with sound-effect accompaniment from the Infants. Reception pupils then enjoyed being read to in small groups by the Year 12 pupils, using books with a seaside or water theme. In their summer concert, the nursery pupils performed six of their favourite songs
to their parents, which were specially selected to link to their learning objectives over the year. The Assistant Director of Music and six pupils from the Senior School rehearsed with the children and came along to join in with their performance: the nursery pupils felt very proud to have their own orchestra! We continue to set great store by our peer mentoring programme, in which Sixth Form pupils are trained as Peer Mentors to work with younger pupils both individually and in Tutor groups; and this year’s cohort of Mentors were a particularly effective group. This year also saw us train our first cohort of Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. Coordinated by the Diana Award, the training focuses on understanding the issue of bullying; developing the skills needed to support others and stay safe; developing greater awareness of online safety; and building networking opportunities with pupils from other schools to exchange ideas. The skills and ideas of this group fed directly into events delivered in school during the national anti-bullying week in November, which promoted the theme ‘Choose Respect’.
GLOBAL COMMUNITIES For the first time this year, we held a Global Awareness Day for Year 9 pupils. The aim of the day was to prepare pupils for a globalised future, as well as to celebrate 50 years of the IB programme, for which this is such an important topic. 13 departments taught a wide variety of topics linked to the curriculum but with a focus on the UN Sustainability Development Goals. These ranged from a Design Technology lesson designing sustainable alternatives for plastics by creating sustainable VR goggles to an English lesson exploring different media representations of inclusivity and equality. Some pupils also visited the BAR building to learn about its carbon neutral design and renewable energy usage. Our relationship with Kikaaya College School (KCS) in Uganda is in excellent health, and two video conferences with the school took place this term. The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, former Secretary of State for International Development and Minister for Women and Equalities, visited PGS in December to learn about our work with KCS. Ms Mordaunt spoke directly to pupils in Uganda via video conference, and also spent time with the PGS Pupils’ Uganda Group and those who visited KCS last summer. In July, a team of pupil and teacher musicians raised over £400 for KCS with
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a 12-hour ‘pianothon’, even duetting with pupils in Uganda over the video link. Almost £300 was raised for KCS by the Art department’s PicturePostcard exhibition, and the selection of postcards sent from our Ugandan partner artists helped celebrate the diversity and creativity of all our partners in learning. Attention to the challenges of sustainability is a key strand within our global thinking, and this challenge was taken up in fine style by a group of Year 12s in the Big Fish Project. Pupils worked in partnership with Final Straw Solent to design a huge fish sculpture made from reclaimed and recycled materials that could be filled with recyclable waste. The fish drew a good deal of attention to our sustainability work with its presence in the school grounds, even making an appearance on Sports Day! It prompted much discussion about what we might all do to reduce the waste we saw. Pupils made environmental pledges and entered the ‘name the fish’ competition – the result of which saw the fish being named Nelson, or Nellie for short. Nellie has gone on to educate and raise awareness across the south coast, with appearances at Cowes Week and the Victorious festival, a trip to Brighton, and a day at the cricket; and she will make an appearance at the Great South Run this October.
CHARITY DRIVE This year, as ever, our pupils and staff have been active in their work in support of various charities, both locally and further afield. Overall, the school has raised well in excess of £10,000 in donations and a considerable amount more in non-perishable gifts, such as those collected for the Christmas Gift appeal at The Roberts Centre and our donation of sanitary products to the British Red Cross. Through United World Schools, we also continue to support Chai Thom School in Cambodia, with the Sponge the Teacher event raising almost £250 on its own. Our longstanding partnership with Kikaaya College School continues with several initiatives driven by the Pupil Uganda Group (PUG!) and we look forward to the PUG Gig this coming term. We have once again been able to sponsor our orang-utans in Borneo and at Christmas, the Biology department donated a goat and a cockerel via the ‘Send a Cow’ charity. A new event saw PGS Amnesty arrange a Fashion Swap in order to raise awareness of the cost of ‘fast fashion’. This event did a huge amount to encourage pupils to think carefully about the origin of the clothing they buy, and the cost of ‘fast fashion’ on both communities and the environment. They spent a lunchtime exchanging the items of their wardrobes that were no longer required in an effort to reduce our carbon and water
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footprints. Cake sales have been in regular appearance, as well as craft sales, a Hallowe’en photo booth, a Valentine’s Day gift service and charity sports matches. We also raised money through a mufti day for Cliffdale Primary Academy, a school which supports children with special needs.
A LOVE OF LEARNING Pupils have once again achieved impressive results in public examinations this year, continuing the school’s proud tradition of academic endeavour and engagement, with the support and guidance of an enormously talented teaching staff. In July, this year’s IB cohort achieved an average points score of more than 35 points compared to a worldwide average of 29.6 points. Eight pupils achieved more than 38 points which is the equivalent of AAA at A Level, with four gaining over 40 points, the equivalent of A*AA at A Level – a tremendous achievement. The most common subject grade for the pupils was a 6, which is the equivalent to an A grade at A Level. At A Level, over 230 A*-A grades were awarded to the largest year group of pupils to come through the school. This year 46% of all grades were A*-A, with A* accounting for 14% of grades. Three quarters of grades were at A*-B, or the equivalent in Higher Level subjects at IB. Ten pupils are going on to study Medicine and Veterinary Science at university and four pupils achieved places at Oxbridge colleges. At GCSE, 60.8% of all subject entries were awarded 9-7 grades, equivalent to A*-A. 42.7% were awarded 9-8 grades, equivalent to an A* grade. This is the highest figure since the introduction of the new grading system, and our highest ever results-day A* equivalent figure, just short of the record set in 2013 following re-marks. The average grade is a 7, equivalent to an A grade, and the most commonly awarded grade was a 9. Yet the intellectual life of the school extends far beyond pupils’ annual success in public examinations. Our aim is to encourage pupils to engage with their academic subjects and intellectual pursuits beyond the curriculum, and there is a wealth of super-curricular opportunity for them to do this, through an amazing programme of talks, trips, competitions and projects. PGS Extend, our extended project programme, continues to challenge pupils to develop their own independent studies as preparation for life at university and beyond PGS. The Ithaka Prize Evening on 6th March showcased PGS Extend, in an inspiring celebration of pupils’ creativity, independence, and intellectual engagement. Nine Year 13 finalists delivered presentations on the research they had carried out, their topics ranging from Mimetic theory to the experimental
analysis of the most suitable bicycle tyres for Cyclocross, and the medical impact of Martial Arts. Our guest of honour, award-winning architect Deniz Beck, awarded the prize to Oliver Nash for his mathematical study of the possibility of sending a water bottle rocket into space. This year saw the introduction of our new Year 12 enrichment programme Ignite!, led by Mrs Robinson, and it has been very warmly received by pupils and staff alike. The programme contains strands relating to academic enrichment and personal development, as well as encompassing our flagship extended essay project PGS Extend and pupils’ work in the community. We are now considering how we may further develop that programme, in order to further enrich our pupils’ experience of the Sixth Form and broaden their learning. It is a token of the importance we attach to the education of the whole person, and to the broad intellectual development of our pupils, that Mrs Robinson’s work is now being extended as she becomes Head of Enrichment, to lead our work in this area. Enrichment Week takes place annually in the summer term and represents the value we place on learning beyond the curriculum. Each year group has a bespoke programme of activities, both on site and further afield, which are designed to offer imaginative and stimulating academic opportunities, as well as extending pupils’ horizons, through activities designed to offer challenge and variety of experience. Among the highlights this year, Year 7 had their first experience of a Geography field trip, with palaeontology on the Isle of Wight, as well as an outdoors themed day, walking in the New Forest and visiting the excellent New Forest Water Park. Year 8 enjoyed visiting the inspiring Roman palace at Fishbourne, as well as experiencing a range of CCF themed activities, to assist them in making informed choices about their enrichment options in Year 9. Year 9 pupils visited the New Theatre Royal to watch ‘Maths Inspiration’, a group renowned for bringing Mathematics to life on the stage – not least through a Maths magician – and then enjoyed battling the Lego robots they had constructed in a robot wars style arena. Year 10 pupils took part in a range of activities, including producing a pop song in a day, baking afternoon tea, producing a radio drama podcast, and working on a collaborative art project in support of the Hilsea Lido. They were also challenged to design a sustainable and socially responsible business as part of a new event delivered by the creative team from The Green Schools Project. Year 12 pupils spent time working on their UCAS application forms, looking ahead to careers planning, and garnering advice from recent leavers about the process ahead.
In addition to our pupils’ successes, we are delighted that the PGS Geography department have been recognised for the academic excellence they promote, through being awarded the Secondary Geography Quality Mark (SGQM) by The Geographical Association. Innovation, curriculum development and pupil engagement were among the achievements for which the PGS Geography department received this prestigious award.
LEARNING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM This year we celebrated the tenth birthday of Portsmouth Point, a jewel in the crown of pupils’ super-curricular endeavour. The latest edition, which considers the theme of Perception, is another incarnation of the imaginative and thought-provoking standard we have come to relish from this publication. The blog also continues to thrive, boasting thousands of contributions from staff and pupils and regular new posts. We look forward to this year’s offerings. It has also been excellent to see pupils thriving in competitions and challenges beyond PGS. Imogen Stewart won the national Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Shadowing Scheme 2019 Writing Competition. William Todd was invited to University of Oxford’s Department of Computer Science in February as a finalist in the UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge. He was among the top 60 highest achieving students of over 101,000 entrants in his age group. Dan Freemantle won the Delancey Chess Competition trophy. Each year the school takes part in this national competition – the largest children’s chess competition in the world. Dan won a closely fought contest this year, with Oscar Turner and Samir Patel coming in second and third place. A team of Year 13 pupils went head-to-head with a team from KES Southampton in the first PGS Fiscal Policy Challenge last November. With the aim of designing a fiscally neutral budget, both teams put forward an impressive array of policies, with the PGS team coming out on top. Three PGS teams earned places in the semi-final of the Student Investor Challenge, run by The London Institute of Banking & Finance. This was an impressive outcome from a competition which saw 23,540 students worldwide in 5,885 teams from 856 schools trading in the first round. Eight pupils from Years 7 and 8 participated in the Kids’ Lit Quiz, an international competition, with our Year 8 team winning their regional heat – closely followed by our Year 7 team in second place – and went on to compete in the national final. The Science Olympiads and the Maths Challenge are national competitions that remain popular at PGS;
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14 Year 12s achieved either copper, silver or gold certificates in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge; 11 Year 13s obtained bronze, silver or gold in the Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad; and seven Year 12s, taking this exam a year early, obtained either silver or bronze. Eight pupils from Year 13 took part in Round 1 of the Physics Olympiad, achieving two commendations, four bronze, a silver and a gold between them. Gold recipient Oliver Nash was in the top 5% of all entries, and was invited to take part in Round 2 and The Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad. He achieved silver in the former and bronze in the latter. All pupils in Year 10 completed the Biology Challenge – a global competition – run by The Royal Society of Biology, and 13 pupils achieved a prestigious Gold award. This year over 300 pupils throughout the school took part in the annual individual UKMT Mathematical Challenges. These competitions are for pupils across the UK and are designed to encourage mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems. The problems are intended to be accessible, but challenging, and to make pupils think. In 2018-2019, PGS pupils gained a total of 80 Bronze, 89 Silver and 54 Gold Awards. The highest scorers are also invited to take part in follow-on challenges, including the Kangaroo competitions and the Olympiads. An impressive 46 of our pupils have qualified for these, with particular success in the Olympiads for Andrei Toader (gaining a Distinction in the Junior Olympiad), Todd Riddington (gaining a Merit in the Intermediate Olympiad) and Isaac Lee (gaining a Merit in the British Mathematical Olympiad). John Yu (Year 11) also managed to gain a Merit not only in the Intermediate Olympiad, but also in the higher age group of the British Mathematical Olympiad. Talks by a great many visiting speakers have helped to extend our intellectual horizons throughout the year. For our annual Brunel Lecture, we welcomed Dr Deborah O’Neil, founder of NovaBiotics, and named as one of 15 female leaders in European Biotechnology in 2017. Dr O’Neill delivered a thought-provoking lecture on counteracting infections in future decades, exploring the possibility that our immune systems could be the ‘factory’ for our next generation of medicines. Our speaker for the annual We Will Remember Them Lecture was Paula Kitching, with a talk on Celebration and Commemoration of 100 Years of the RAF. Dr Peter Orford, from the University of Buckingham, joined us in February for Dickens’ Birthday lecture. He spoke on the Dickens’ Fellowship Book of the Year,
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The Mystery of Edwin Drood. We were then delighted to celebrate the Ides of March in the company of Dr Dirk Obbink, Professor in Papyrology and Greek Literature at Christ Church, Oxford. Professor Obbink’s talk, entitled Even the Ruins have Perished: Papyri as Cultural Heritage, provided us with a fascinating insight into the recovery of documents from rubbish dumps in Egypt, and the cutting-edge technology used to decipher those tantalising finds. Our busy programme of trips has offered further intellectual and cultural adventure. In the autumn term, a group of intrepid Outdoor Pursuits expeditioners headed out to Morocco. Year 10 and 12 pupils travel to Vittoira Gasteiz in Spain for the first part of their exchange with Spanish pupils, and Year 7 pupils headed to the wilds of Hampshire on the John Muir Camp. Year 8 and 9 Modern Foreign Languages pupils departed on a study trip to Valencia and Year 10 PRS pupils visited Poland. There was also Sixth Form Model United Nations trip to the International School of the Hague. Over the Christmas break, pupils in Year 8 visited the Hamburg Christmas Market and pupils in Year 12 and 13 studying Spanish visited Valencia. In the spring, pupils in Years 10-13 headed to Germany for a trip jointly run by the History and German departments, visiting several locations, including Berlin and Munich and enjoying the language, culture and history of these fascinating cities. Pupils in Years 9-13 headed to Tenerife to observe geographical features relevant to the GCSE, A-level and IB specifications such as the volcano (Mount Teide), lava caves and renewable energy sites. Finally, heading out in to the great British outdoors were two teams of Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award pupils training for their summer expeditions – one walking, one in canoes. At the start of the summer break, a group of Year 11-13 pupils travelled to the Bornean Rainforest, which has one of highest levels of biodiversity in the world. They visited Sepilok to visit the orang-utan rehab sanctuary, followed by the Sunbear Conservation Centre and then Lahad Datu to work alongside scientists at the Danum Valley Field Centre. The Sports department led an ambitious netball and rugby tour to South Africa. A number of our CCF cadets travelled to the Picos de Europa mountains in Northern Spain: completing a five-day expedition, pupils experienced some of the most stunning scenery in this part of the world, and undertook a particularly challenging hiking route with several nights’ wild camping. This summer’s Brass Band tour travelled to Lake Geneva, Switzerland and saw 61 pupils from Years 3 to 13 performing together in three concerts.
LOOKING BEYOND PGS
CARING FOR THE WHOLE PERSON
Yet again, we welcomed more than forty leading HE institutions to the annual PGS Universities Fair in the Sixth Form Centre. Around 500 people were involved in the event overall, with visiting universities commenting very favourably on the enthusiasm and sense of purpose demonstrated by PGS pupils throughout the evening. Whilst applications to university remained high this year, with over 200 current and former pupils applying, there was also a notable increase in interest for apprenticeships with several pupils successfully navigating the assessment processes and securing placements.
Last September, eight Year 8 pupils and seven Year 13 peer mentors joined with pupils from several other local schools to train as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. The Anti-Bullying Ambassador programme is operated by the Diana Award and supported by Facebook. The training focused on understanding the issue of bullying; developing the skills needed to support others and stay safe; developing greater awareness of online safety; and building networking opportunities with pupils from other schools to exchange ideas. This group were the first PGS pupils to be trained as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, and their skills and ideas fed directly into events delivered in school during the national anti-bullying week in November, which promoted the theme ‘Choose Respect’.
Following on from the PGS Careers Convention in November, which was attended by professionals from a diverse range of careers, the Careers and Universities department organised a popular series of Careers lunchtime talks in the spring term. Pupils learned more about opportunities in research science, cyber security, television production and design. They also heard from a leading expert on the architecture and building of world-class airports and eco-cities. In the summer, each Year 12 pupil benefited from a practice interview with professionals and academics from our parent and OP community, receiving helpful feedback on CVs and interview performance, as well as benefiting from an opportunity to discuss their aspirations in a supportive environment. In the summer term, we were thrilled to welcome back a record number of 46 OPs currently at university, who returned to PGS to share the most up to date information about courses and universities across the UK. We were also glad to welcome speakers Hayden Taylor of Unloc, to talk about long-term trends in the careers market and the essential skills pupils will require during their working lives; Emma Rosen to discuss career opportunities; and John Young to talk about thinking outside the box. All three speakers received an enthusiastic response from Year 12 pupils. Three of our Year 13 Economics and Business pupils gained places on the Goldman Sachs A-Level Girls’ Programme. They attended a day at Goldman Sachs head office in London during February half term, aimed at mentoring them in the world of finance. Many Year 11 pupils sought out work experience opportunities for the summer and completed placements with organisations including Virgin Atlantic Airways, Atlas Helicopters, Lockheed Martin, University of Portsmouth and the NHS. In addition, pupils from Years 7-10 enjoyed opportunities to research different career paths and even attain hands-on experience, thanks to some inspiring visitors.
March saw another new initiative, as we held our first Physical Health Week at PGS. Healthy choices were promoted at break and lunchtime along with discussions held relating to diet and exercise at home, live cooking displays and tasters, and cycle-powered smoothies. Since 2013, PGS Pride has played an important part in school life, helping to create a strong ethos of diversity and inclusion at PGS. With 80% of pupils saying it would be easy to come out (compared with 47% in 2013), we have come a long way in our journey to celebrate difference. PGS Pride has continued to thrive this year with a fantastic range of speakers, intriguing us with topics from sex and relationships in the Ancient World, the plight of LGBT asylum seekers, and the concept of trans-racialism. Every fortnight, pupils in Years 7-11 receive Pastoral Curriculum lessons. Taught by a team of specialist teachers, this programme aims to help pupils to develop the character, knowledge and skills necessary for human flourishing. Throughout all year groups, different topics fit within the three key themes of Health and Wellbeing, Being in the World, and Relationships. Pupil surveys are used to ascertain the choices being made by pupils and to ensure that the curriculum directly meets their needs. External speakers enriched this learning for pupils and parents alike with open discussions on the consequences of drug use; the power of self-care; how to navigate stress, particularly around exams; and the links between mental and physical health.
SPORTING SUCCESS Sport here at PGS continues to offer a huge number of opportunities to our pupils, with over 900 fixtures this year across a wide range of sports, and over 750 pupils representing the school. The PGS Sporting year finished with the Rugby and Netball tour to South
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Africa, involving over 36 pupils playing ten fixtures across a two-week period. With further tours to Sri Lanka (cricket) and Holland (Hockey) planned for next year, our touring programme is as vibrant as ever. Rugby had another successful year across all the age groups. 1st XV had an excellent cup run with a victory over Bishop Wandsworth seeing them progress to the last 16 of the NatWest Cup where they lost in the last few moments of the game to Ivybridge. This is testament to the depth of the senior squad with over 40 boys training regularly on a Tuesday evening and 65 plus on a Wednesday during senior games. Not be outdone, all other age groups have performed well across the course of the year in both the fifteens and sevens formats. Hockey for both the boys and girls has continued to grow, with numerous fixtures in both the Autumn and Spring term. One highlight of the year was the national progress of the U16 boys’ squad, who competed at the England Hockey U16 Finals at the Lee Valley Olympic Park in May, placing them 3rd in the country in the England Hockey Tier 1 Cup. Hockey fixtures saw the senior girls take part in the Lord Wandsworth College Sevens Tournament, where they competed well. The junior teams played a number of more local fixtures against St John’s College, Ryde and The Island Free School as well as Hampshire Collegiate. Indoor hockey has proved particularly popular with our U16 age group, with the U16 boys travelling to Hurstpierpoint College for their indoor preliminary rounds and progressing to the South Finals of the Regional Cup, though they lost out on a place in the semi-finals after a tough match with Whitgift. Netball across the school goes from strength to strength with an excellent balance of block fixtures on a weekly basis. The senior netball side made it to the last 16 of the ISNC Cup, losing out narrowly to Epsom in a thrilling game. The fantastic internal Netball All Stars Tournament for Years 7 & 8 girls, combined with Hockey’s Super Tuesday against RGS Guildford for the boys, provided every Year 7 with the opportunity to take part in a least one competitive fixture for the school in the spring term. It is fantastic to see our youngest pupils take part in these occasions and continue to grow the PGS Sporting spirit. Cricket has continued to flourish for both the boys’ and girls’ teams in the summer term. The boys enjoyed several successes, with the U13, U14 and U15 boys all crowned Hampshire County Champions. Likewise, girls’ cricket continues to grow: the girls have thoroughly enjoyed this new addition to the summer sporting programme and have worked with real enthusiasm and increased skill level. The girls
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have played around 60 fixtures involving the U12 to U14 age groups with two and sometimes three teams representing PGS in each age group, and the first hard ball games for our U14s this season were a great success. Among individual successes, 1st XI batsman Tom Wallis has been the leading run scorer in the school, scoring three centuries; Jack Lee in the U14s and William Parvin in the U15s have also scored a century; 1st XI captain Joe Kooner-Evans has been outstanding with both bat and ball, and it was excellent to see him, with the help of Toby Sambles, guide the team to a thrilling one wicket win against the MCC. Tennis teams have had another successful summer of fixtures both at Hilsea and away from home. The U13 and U15 girls finished second in their LTA Hampshire leagues and the U15 have had a successful season, losing only one of their league matches. A particular highlight of the season involved the PGS U15 team winning the Bedales Tie-break 10s tournament. This is a new event in which mixed teams play boys’, girls’ and mixed doubles matches involving a single 10 point tie-break. Our victorious team comprised Alice Collins, Flo Wassenberg, Luke Hooper and Freddie Binnington. Towards the end of term, we also hosted The King’s School Parramatta as part of their European summer tour. This visit combined with the annual OP games to create a unique experience for both the visiting opposition and our pupils. The standard of tennis was extremely high from both sides and the occasion is something we hope to repeat in years to come. The 2019 season for athletics has seen a full programme with pupils competing in friendly matches, county competitions and regional events. The Year 7 Girls, Year 8/9 Girls and Year 8/9 Boys reached the final of the Hampshire Track Knockout, where the Year 8/9 boys finished in bronze position. Likewise, there have been some very extra special performances, including three school records being set: Naddi Vasanthan completing the Year 9 boys 100m in 11.4 seconds; Eni Odofin completing the Year 10 Boys 100m in 11.7 seconds; and Fola Odofin completing the Year 7 Girls 80m in 10.8 seconds. PGS sailors took part in the Schools Week at Itchenor Sailing Club towards the end of term and for an amazing sixth year PGS won the team event. There were some excellent individual performances but it was the depth and commitment from the whole team that brought home the trophy. PGS had three boats placed in the top ten among 93 competing teams, which is an outstanding effort. We are already looking forward to next year’s event with anticipation. Among other sailing achievements, James Curtis has been selected to sail for Team GB and represent his country at the Irish
Topper Nationals, Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club this summer. He is one of only four U15 boys selected to do so. Arthur Fry was selected for the Laser Radial UK Youth Sailing Squad. Raulf Berry and his crew mate Olly Peters won the Feva World Championships, a youth class event which saw them awarded an impressive international title. Luke Anstey, Jake Wood, Raulf Berry, James Curtis, Edward Sitton and Richard Thurlby were all selected for the winter training squads for the Royal Yachting Association in various sailing categories while Tommy Millard joined the winter training programme for Windsurfing. This training has seen Tommy selected to represent GBR in the Techno World Championships in the October half term. This is a junior windsurf racing event; the class forms part of the RYA podium pathway for windsurfing. He will race on a 6.8m sail in the U15 category. Other individual achievements include Rory Buckeridge and Alex Beckett, who were selected for the England U16 Hockey squad, and played against Ireland during the February half term. Sam Cooper was presented with an award for ‘excellence in sporting achievement’ by Portsmouth Sports Council, and was selected to represent Great Britain as part of the In-Line Hockey Team at the U19 European Championships in Switzerland.
an inclusive set of events that enabled the whole senior school to come together. Javelin, High Jump, Discus, Tug of War, Netball, Vortex, and Ultimate Frisbee all featured alongside track events, and the final relays were preceded by the second ever PGS Inclusive Mile, which like last year, drew an impressive number of participants with hundreds of pupils and staff choosing to run the four lap course. At the end of a sunny and enjoyable day, Barton House won the Middle School Cup, Latter took the Upper School Cup, and Blue Houses took the overall Sports Day trophy when all scores were combined.
ADVENTURE OUTDOORS As a school which enjoys the many benefits of being at the heart of a city, we are fortunate to be in such easy reach of the outdoors, and we are keenly aware of all that pupils gain from involvement in outdoors activities, as they overcome significant physical challenges, develop independence and work in a team, master different skills, see new landscapes, learn about their environment, and experience the joy of being close to nature.
In Rugby, Elliot Haydon represented London and South East U18s at the England Counties National Development; Ted Drayson represented the London Irish U18s Academy; Sebastian Martin and Charlie Walker represented Hampshire Rugby U16s in counties games in January and February; Ollie Frazer was selected for the London Irish U15s squad and captained the side in their recent match against Worcester Warriors; Harriet Millar was selected for the Hampshire U15s squad; and Jack Breen was selected to play for Irish Exiles U18’s against the Boys’ Club of Wales at Merthyr Tydfil RFC
All levels of the Duke of Edinburgh Award remain popular at PGS, and we continue to maintain an excellent rate of conversion, with the vast majority of the pupils who commence their award seeing it through to completion, closely supported by their staff mentors. In March, we enjoyed the annual Duke of Edinburgh Presentation Evening during which we celebrated the achievements of the significant number of pupils who have been involved in the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. It was a privilege to welcome as our guest of honour Simon Harmer, who spoke inspiringly of his life as a combat medic, the new life he has forged for himself after sustaining major injuries in an explosion in Afghanistan, and the value of resilience, a humble mindset, and ‘giving back’.
Alex Broadbridge competed in the English Junior Squash championships and is seeded No.1 in the U13 age group across England, having won the English U11 title two years ago; Rebecca Hawden represented Great Britain in Teamgym at the European Championships in Lisbon; Charlie Dean has been selected as part of the England Women’s Cricket Academy Programme; Oliver Kettle won gold at the British Summer Swimming Nationals 100 Breaststroke U15 Category; and Tom Smith achieved 1500m 1st place in speed skating at the British Longtrack Championships, as well as second place in his age group for the 100m, 300m, 500m, 1000m and marathon.
The John Muir Award continues to offer excellent opportunities for our younger pupils to develop their experience and skills for the outdoors. Last Autumn, Year 7 pupils participated in the John Muir Level 1 award and over the Easter break they completed various conservation tasks, learning how to explore and conserve our wild spaces, which will enable them to complete their second level. A group of Year 8 pupils who are working toward their Level 3 Award undertook a summer camp in Colemore; and a new initiative saw a group of pupils and staff head to Conkers Garden Centre in Basingstoke for a day camp to investigate sustainable livestock farming.
At the close of the year, Sports Day 2019 was once again an wonderful way to celebrate House competition, with
In the Ten Tors Challenge during the Summer Term, the school maintained its impressive 100% completion
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record in this highly demanding challenge, with both our 35 mile and 45 mile teams completing their course successfully. The CCF is a pillar of the co-curriculum at PGS, with 108 pupils involved in the CCF as cadets this year. We were delighted to welcome Captain Rory Bryan as Inspecting Officer for the CCF Biennial Inspection. The inspection showcased the commitment and discipline of our cadets, as well as the high levels of pupil participation. Our cadets were warmly praised for their precision and energy, and enjoyed an excellent day of activity and outdoor challenge. The inspectorate commented that it was ‘impossible not to be struck by the enthusiasm of the staff and students alike’. Congratulations are also due to Oscar Watson Maguire for gaining a place on the Canadian exchange ‘Oakleaf’ programme. John Taylor attended his Senior Cadet Instructor Course at Frimley and was highly commended for his standout leadership qualities, winning ‘Best Cadet’: a significant achievement. Sam Gale obtained a CCF RAF Flying Scholarship this year. Vishvesh Mehta was invited to attend the D-Day 75 events in his role as the Lord Mayor’s Cadet, and had the opportunity to meet high-profile guests such as Prince Charles, Jeremy Corbyn and Donald Trump.
DRAMATIC FLAIR This year’s musical, 9 to 5, was a spectacular artistic success, and performed to near sell-out audiences in two mid-week performances in November. Poignant and highly amusing, a strong cast depicted the workplace of 1970s America with force and fun. With excellent performances from the leads, a fantastic ensemble and orchestra, and all pulled together in a slick production, the musical was a truly enjoyable experience. A stunning production of Goodnight Mr Tom was performed by Year 9 and 10 pupils, at which we were privileged to welcome the author, Michelle Magorian, who was struck by how confidently our pupils had brought her characters to life. The Middle School production of Treasure Island demonstrated the acting prowess of our youngest pupils and showcased up and coming stars of the stage. The play was performed over three nights and contained some sensational and highly entertaining acting, clever stage effects, and enormous energy and enthusiasm. This year’s Sixth Form led production was a hugely impressive account of Tom Stoppard’s Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, with creative musical accompaniment provided by the cast, and directed with flair and imagination. The annual House Drama competition was once again a joyous evening, with this year’s theme being American
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sitcom; Whitcombe House won the trophy for 2019 with a hilarious and uncannily accurate performance. The New York Drama Trip enabled pupils to experience a broad range of cultural highlights, including Broadway productions, workshops and a visit to the Ground Zero Memorial Museum, all of which combined to provide a profound and inspiring experience for those involved. As part of the Portsmouth Festivities, a noteworthy highlight was our Director of Drama’s original piece Touching, co-written with Jo Harper: an engaging, current and thoughtful look at the concept of personal space in the modern age, and featuring both staff and pupils.
MUSICAL MAGIC At the start of the year, the PGS Chamber Choir were delighted to be voted ‘Best Classical Act 2018’ in The Guide Awards for Portsmouth, in recognition of their performance alongside The Tallis Scholars in the 2018 Portsmouth Festivities. And to draw the musical year to a close, the Chamber Choir again played a key role in the 2019 Festivities, opening the festival’s 20th anniversary programme with a concert alongside world-recognised ensemble, The Cardinall’s Musick. In between, we enjoyed a tremendous Remembrance concert in November, featuring a new commission by Ola Gjielo, who performed with our pupils. We were also joined – as is customary – by the London Mozart Players, who played alongside PGS pupils and our community choir. The House Music Finals, judged by Iain Carnegie, Director of Music at Reed’s School, were a wonderful musical highlight, and included many highly accomplished performances by individual musicians in Years 9-13, alongside impressive ensemble pieces. In February, the London Mozart Players performed 14 new string quartets composed by Year 12 and 13 A-Level Musicians, giving our musicians an inspiring insight into the composition process. The Spring Concert was a fantastic celebration of the diversity of musical repertoire and talent at PGS, and a visit by Jazz artists Kate Williams and Four Plus Three provided a further opportunity for our pupils to work with professionals. The Chamber Choir sang Evensong with Prebendal pupils at Chichester Cathedral; and it was likewise excellent to hear our two Cathedral Choirs – the Choristers and Cantate – contribute the music for the installation of Dean Anthony Cane in March, before a packed congregation. The Gala Concert was one of the musical highlights of the summer months, with a large number of pupils involved in performances ranging from concerto movements with the Senior Orchestra, to a rendition of Handel’s Coronation Anthems performed by the
Chamber and Community Choirs. The Chamber Choir made its annual trip to sing Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and our jazz musicians had the honour of working and performing with legendary jazz pianist Jason Rebello. We had the proud honour of contributing to Portsmouth’s wonderful programme of events commemorating D-Day 75: our Choristers and Cantate were broadcast live on national radio during the Sunday Service; PGS Brass wowed a large crowd when performing on the mainstage on Southsea Common; and our Choristers performed a new commission by James Olsen for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and children’s voices.
ARTISTIC ENDEAVOUR The Art department delighted us with a host of exhibitions over the year. Among these, Year 13 A-Level Art pupils held their own show at the Jack House Gallery on the High Street as a celebration of the end of their course. A number of pupils submitted work for the Royal Academy of Arts’ first ever Young Artists’ Summer Show, five of whom had their artwork shortlisted. Phoebe Clark’s artwork was impressively accepted for both the online exhibition of work and the gallery exhibition, and was displayed at the RA during July and August. The department also collated postcard sized images from every corner of the school community to feature in a special exhibition entitled PicturePostcard. This exhibition filled the Jack House and celebrated work from pupils, staff and parents alike, proving that creativity does not just stay within the classrooms of our Art department. The Art department choice’s choice for ‘Best in Show’ went to an acrylic landscape by Gracie Gregory. The exhibition raised money for Kikaaya College School, and it was wonderful to see featured in it a number of postcards sent from our creative partners in Uganda. As part of this year’s Portsmouth Festivities, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, the department also presented a wonderful exhibition of new work at Aspex Gallery. The exhibition, entitled Homage, used influences from the last 20 years of the Festivities as the inspiration for 20 new pieces, and presented work in a wide range of media from paintings and prints to ceramics and textiles.
TWENTY YEARS OF PORTSMOUTH FESTIVITIES This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Festivities, and we were delighted to open the programme on 14th June with a wonderful concert by world-renowned vocal ensemble, the The Cardinall’s Musick, who
were joined by the PGS Chamber Choir in a stunning performance. This year’s festival presented over 120 events, of which one third were aimed at young people and 70% were free to access. The festival continues to work in partnership with a wide range of organisations and cultural groups across the city, and its aim is to offer engaging cultural events which appeal to all sectors of our communities. Once again, the line-up of guests was impressive, including renowned choral ensemble the Tenebrae Consort; jazz artist Jason Rebello; cellist Guy Johnston; Estonian folk artist Mari Kalkun; restaurant critic Jay Rayner; science writer Simon Singh; and bestselling author Kate Mosse. The closing event of the festival was a new commission entitled 20Love, an Arts Council funded collaboration with Portsmouth Poetry, which offered contemporary interpretations of Pablo Neruda’s Twenty Love Poems, translated into music, spoken word and film. Performed on Governors Green, on the same weekend as the Year 13 leavers’ celebrations and the Junior School Summer Fayre, the event brought a beautiful summer’s weekend to a memorable close, and offered a brilliant showcase of the city’s creative talent.
KEEPING IN TOUCH The Development Office continues its year-round efforts to keep in touch with our former pupils, staff and friends of the school, through a wide range of events and with the help of the award-winning magazine, OPUS. It has been inspiring and enjoyable this year to meet a large number of OPs and friends of the school, and we are always thrilled when friends travel to see us or make contact to share their news. Among events this year, we were delighted to host a record-breaking ‘Where are you at 25?’ event, a lively affair at which OPs were glad to see their former teachers, attended by 90 members of the Class of 2012 – the largest such event to date. It was also a great pleasure to assist Nik Knight, the Founder of the Wildlife Club, in organising its 50-year reunion of the Wildlife Club, attended by 40 OPs and former staff, in addition to pupils and current staff. It was moving to hear from former members about their memories of club activities and the impact of their encounters with nature at school on their lives and careers. It was a particular privilege to be joined by wildlife cameraman John Aitchison, who is a double Bafta and Emmy winner for his work both as a nature documentary producer and cameraman. John spoke to us about his own time in the club, exhorting us to treasure our natural environment and to take seriously our impact on our planet.
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Likewise, celebrating the lives of OPs across the generations, it was a privilege to welcome Sky Sports presenter Mike Wedderburn to unveil a new artwork, which commemorates achievements of former pupils: designed by artist Kevin Dean working with Junior School pupils, the artwork colourfully adorns the Upper Junior School archway. We were joined during the summer break by some 15 OPs for the third biennial telephone fundraising appeal. They enjoyed speaking with parents and other OPs about the school and about The William Smith Fund, and we are delighted that through the generosity of parents and friends of the school, the telephone appeal raised more than £120,000. This appeal which will help increase the number of means-tested bursaries that the school is able to offer, and allow investment in a broad range of special academic and co-curricular projects which benefit all our pupils. Thank you to all those who are enabling talented young people from the local area to join our school community and to make their own special contribution to it.
FAREWELLS As ever, the close of the school year is a time to celebrate and thank those who are moving on to a new chapter in their lives. Our annual March through the Arch took place on a gloriously sunny day, at which approaching 500 people gathered to celebrate our Year 13 leavers and to wish them well as they symbolically took their leave of the school and embarked upon their adventures beyond school. A beautiful service in the cathedral was punctuated by contributions by the House Captains and by our departing musicians, and was followed by a lunch in the marquee on Governors Green: a fitting celebration of the contribution of our largest ever Year 13 cohort. Likewise, we bid farewell to a number of staff as they move on to pastures new, and we are grateful to all departing colleagues for their dedication and service to the school during their time with us. Among the leavers, we bid goodbye to a number of colleagues who are retiring after significant periods of service: Kevin Hodgson our Language Technician; Bob Smith, whose contribution to the CCF has been much valued; Kevin Dredge, who has taught percussion at PGS for 18 years; Tim Howlett, who has given an extensive period of service to the school as Director of ICT services; Ben Lister, Head of Classics, who retires after 16 years at PGS; Wendy Whitaker, who retires after 21 years teaching Food and Nutrition; Sue Palmer, who retires from her role as a teacher in Learning Support after 20 years at PGS; Simon Willcocks, who
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retires after an outstanding 32 years teaching within our Art Department; Nick Waters, who has made an outstanding contribution to the academic and pastoral life of the school as Head of MFL and Head of Upper School, over 21 years, together with his wife Avril Waters, who has been with us for 12 years ; Catherine Gozalbez-Guerola who joins our Cover team after twenty-four outstanding years in our Modern Languages Department; and Jane Caldow, who retires after 18 years as head’s PA. We wish them the very best for the future. We have also said a fond farewell to three members of the Senior Management Team this year. Mr Ben Charles, who after almost 10 years as a senior leader at PGS has become Principal of the King’s School, Rochester, and departed there at Easter with his wife Helen Linett, Deputy Head of Sixth Form and a longstanding member of the PE & Games Department. Dr Graham Purves, Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning), departs for Leeds with our thanks and good wishes, to become Vice Principal and Head of Senior School at the Grammar School at Leeds. We also bid goodbye to Mr Peter Hopkinson, Headmaster of the Junior School at the end of the year, and we thank him for all that he has contributed to the Junior School in nine very successful years at PGS. We offer all of them our warm appreciation for their contribution to the life of the school.
CELEBRATING OUR FOUNDATION On 12th July, we gathered in the cathedral as a community, to celebrate the year just completed, to spend shared time in reflection, and to remember the values and spirit of our founder William Smith. We were delighted to be joined by the Dean of Portsmouth Cathedral, the Very Reverend Anthony Cane, who was installed as Dean in March, and has also become a member of the school’s Governing Body. Speaking to us about our different gifts and characters, the Dean asked us to reflect on the complementary roles individuals may play within a healthy community, and to celebrate the contribution that each of us makes to the strong and spirited community of PGS. Dr Anne Cotton September 2019
1. SCHOLARSHIPS, EXHIBITIONS AND GRANTS ALREADY AWARDED Year 7 Foundation Scholarship Vivaan Dixit Harry Dixon Huw Kalra Bailey Lam Sanuli Weganthale Epita Athauda Gedara
Thomas Firth Hamish McVean Jamie Wilkinson
George Jameson Alessia Penfold
Jack Gent Dylan Woodhouse
Foundation Exhibition Sophie Barrett Maria Peaston
Elspeth Essenhigh Ben Robinson
These awards, made on the Foundation, nominally represent the enduring bequest of the Founder, William Smith MD, Mayor of Portsmouth and Physician to its Garrison. The Grand Jury of Portsmouth had lamented in 1717 that residents were sending their children far afield, and at great cost, for their schooling. The first requirement, they felt, was
however a common pound for animals; and so it fell to Smith, on his deathbed fifteen years later, to remedy the educational situation – or at any rate to bequeath the land on the Isle of Wight that would provide the income to allow a school to be started, under the auspices of Smith’s adopted college, Christ Church Oxford. This the college eventually did, in 1750.
Governor Presentation Award Aayan Alom Charlotte Carroll Ranulph Peel
Patrick Bayles Ellie Higgs Emily Shillaker
Thomas Biddle James Mullen Oliver Van der Wee
Isabella Bradshaw David Neville
Emma Curtis Hannah Nicholls Madeleine Smith
Archie Elliot Milly Orr Hannah Watts
Year 9 Foundation Scholarship Henry Langford
Foundation Exhibition Tom Harley
Governor Presentation Award Ebenezer Abraha Finley Heseltine
Samuel Bradshaw Lucas Hutchinson
Honorary Nock Scholarship Alec Bradpiece Duncan Jeynes Arnav Ramamurthy Harvey Xu
Rafe Crane-Robinson Fraser Langley Olivia Rodrigues
Arthur Darby Nock (PGS 1912-1919) won a scholarship to Trinity College Cambridge and was made a Fellow of Clare College aged only 21. Aged only 28, he was elected to the Frothingham Chair of Comparative Religion, the youngest ever election to a Harvard Professorship. Nock was a much loved eccentric, at all times and in all weathers carting with him a rolled umbrella. A noted polymath, he was the author not only of several works on philosophy and religion but also of the Oxford Classical Dictionary.
In 1937, Nock returned to PGS to present the Prizes and his address, though witty and refreshingly spontaneous, was not short on advice. Parents should realise that the quality of education they could obtain for their children at PGS was of equal breadth to that in the top boarding schools yet remarkably inexpensively priced: they should rejoice in the nationally high standing of PGS and in their ‘unique opportunity’. In his will he bequeathed the majority of his estate to PGS, where it remains held in trust.
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Art Exhibition Sienna Caven
Drama Scholarship Archie Elliot
Drama Exhibition Freya Stevens
Music Scholarship Samuel Bertenshaw
Music Award Henry Ball Amelia Orr
Andrew Davis Francesca Elsmore Harvey Xu
Music Exhibition Ella Drake
Manohar Music Scholarship William Hammond Sanjay (PGS 1984-1997) and Sunil (1995-2002) Manohar were both excellent all-round musicians and academic high-achievers, both of whom went on to Cambridge.
Their parents, Dr Vic and Dr Gita Manohar, established the Music Scholarship in 2009 in recognition of their sons’ education at PGS.
Sports Scholarship Lucas Hutchinson
All Rounder (Music and Sport) Francesca Aston
Year 10 Sports Exhibition Jack Lee
Year 12 Alastair Hornby Scholarship Abid Ali
Alastair Hornby came to PGS as Head of Physics in 1956, where his first task was to oversee the extension of the Physics laboratories. He quickly established high standards from scholars and the less able alike and, later in his career, was responsible for introducing A Level Electronics into the school curriculum. A gifted teacher, Hornby’s talents did not stop at Physics. A keen
sportsman, he was an especially potent member of the Common Room Cricket XI and he coached the school cricket team. A loyal and firm citizen, he became a city councillor on his retirement in 1984 and he received a civic funeral on his death in 1988. His family established the academic bursaries for entrants to the Lower Sixth in his memory.
Alastair Hornby Exhibition Francesca Elsmore
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Sainsbury Scholarship Rory Buckeridge
These commemorate Norman Sainsbury (PGS 19201928), linguist and librarian. Norman Sainsbury won a scholarship to PGS and always felt that the school, and in particular his Housemaster, H S Hawkey, was responsible for his success in later life. He won a Classical scholarship to Cambridge, where he discovered an interest in oriental languages. He went on to a distinguished career as a librarian, first at the School of Oriental and African Studies and subsequently as Keeper of Oriental Books at the Bodleian. During the Second World War, Sainsbury was
seconded to the Foreign Office; he never spoke in detail about the nature of his duties, but for a time he was employed at Bletchley Park, where his keen and analytical mind would certainly have been put to good use. Sainsbury also possessed considerable managerial skills, which he used to make major improvements to the organisation of the oriental collections at both SOAS and the Bodleian. Mrs Evelyn Margaret Sainsbury endowed the PGS Sainsbury Scholarships in memory of her husband and left a further legacy to the school on her death in 2001.
Honorary Sainsbury Scholarship Poppy Herbert
Sainsbury Exhibition Jasmine Holden Emma Wells
Governor Presentation Award Isabella Richardson
Wilkie Scholarship Helena Williams
Mr Brian Wilkie, a successful businessman based in the
people from Mayfield School to continue their studies in
1960 to 1966, when it was known as Northern Grammar
their potential at university and beyond, no matter what
United Arab Emirates, attended Mayfield School from
School. He set up the scholarship in 2012 to help young
the Sixth Form at PGS in order that they could achieve their financial circumstances.
Art Scholarship Sophia Reeve-Foster
Drama Scholarship Isabella Richardson
Drama Scholarship (Honorary) Daisy Summerskill
Drama Exhibition Sofia Callandar
Music Award Tom Stone
Music Exhibition Erik Hillman
Sport Scholarship Rory Buckeridge
Sports Exhibition Sebastian Martin
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The Drew Gibson Sports Scholarship Alex Beckett This prestigious scholarship has been established by the Gibson family in memory of Drew Gibson (1926-2012) and in recognition of the impact that PGS sports had on his three grandsons, Christopher (PGS
2003-2009), James (PGS 1998-2011) and Robert (PGS 1998-2012). Their mother, Rebecca (née Powell) (PGS 1980-1982), was one of only six girls admitted to the Lower Sixth in the early days of co-education.
Drew Gibson is remembered as a man of great generosity who passionately pursued his goals. He was a regular and keen supporter of PGS sports teams in which his grandsons played. His scholarship is awarded to a Sixth Form pupil and will provide similar outstanding opportunities to those his grandsons enjoyed.
Mr Aeneas Fisher Award Danielle Turner The family of Mr Aeneas Fisher (OP 1943-50) have generously established this award in his memory. For Aeneas Fisher, in his words, The Portsmouth Grammar School is “where it all started”. Through this prize the family want to encourage others to benefit from the education and opportunities PGS offers. Aeneas took full advantage of all PGS offered in the bleak post war years. In sport in 1948 he broke the previous year’s mile record and broke the half-mile record which had been held since 1899. He was a keen Sea Scout in PGS’s troop and was one of few awarded the King’s Scout Badge in 1948. His inquisitive mind was nurtured at PGS. He left PGS to go up to Cambridge where he entered the medical profession with his BA Medicine and Surgery. Later adding his MA, Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery, all awarded based on his clinical and research work in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology. He was a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He was one of the original consultants at Northwick Park Hospital establishing this new major hospital in the 1970’s achieving some of the best survival rates in pregnancy in the UK. He developed a speciality in infertility successfully treating hundreds of patients. Throughout his life he wanted to develop and teach medicine. He was involved in committees for his Royal College, Regional Health Authority and World Health Organisation, improving medical care, regionally, nationally and globally. He passed away in 2007. At PGS Aeneas learnt through hard work and determination that life brings a variety of rewards. This prize recognises the holder’s achievement in researching and producing their essay. It is hoped that today’s winner of the prize is taking a step towards a similar rewarding life and will not stop developing their inquisitive mind.
Year 13 Honorary Nock Scholarship Toby Amos Hugh Holroyd Johannes Luckmann John Taylor
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Rex Binning Bill Liu Shapol Mohamed Yi Zheng
Harry Conway Chelsea Liu Hermia Qin
Mimi de Trafford Leo Liu Ella Simmonds
Other PGS Leonardo Poetry Competition Year 7: Augustas Corbett Year 8: Mei Mei Reilly Year 10: Manon Francis-Braconi Year 12: Ethan Simmonds Ron Vearncombe joined PGS as a Maths teacher in 1948. He became Head of Maths in 1954, and remained at the school until his retirement in 1978. He combined academic excellence with modesty, wit, compassion, and common sense allied with a canny eye for the physiognomy of his colleagues and the ephemera of PGS décor. A selection of his paintings
Year 9: Christian Sim
still hangs in the Common Room and one was used as the front cover for the Prizegiving programme in 2006 as a commemorative gesture in the year of his death. Not only was Mr Vearncombe an inspirational teacher, but also a dedicated cricket coach, a talented artist and a gifted pianist. He established the Leonardo competition in 1958 to foster creative talent.
PGS Leonardo Poetry Cup Ethan Simmonds
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2. PROGRESS PRIZES AND OTHER PRIZES ALREADY AWARDED Year 7 Progress Prizes
Sulaiman Amin Isabel Fisher Chi-Yee Lim Folakemi Odofin
Vidhyabhushan Balaji Honor Gillies Rufus Millar Alice Roberts
Augustas Corbett Lucy Harris Charles Nicholls Archie Ross
Year 8 Progress Prizes
Diarmuid Bailey Heloise-Thiane Cisse Jesal Patel Madeleine Smith
Amelia Bayles Benjamin Feeney Samir Patel Andrei Toader
Grace Bevan Sophie Haworth Ana Powell Ramallal Harvey Xu
Year 9 Progress Prizes
Edward Bailey Alfred Day-Hall Wilfred Moore Michael Stylianou
Jay Clay Naome Dixon Lucy Nightingale Sydney Tilden
James Curtis Douglas Henderson Samuel Roberts
Year 10 Progress Prizes
Sam Bryan Luke Giles-Hooper Hamish Orr Adam Tahri
Edith Charles Sofia Jeppesen Isabelle Powell Robert Wilkinson
Poppy Codling Isaac Mead Roseanna Sambles
Year 12 Progress Prizes
Abigail Brader Charles Hennessy Roshan Sahota Mickey Slavin
Natasha Drover Eleanor Matthews Max Saint Alisdair Taylor
Liberty Forbes-Lane Anna McMurragh George Silver William Watts-Jones
Old Portmuthian Club Sports’ Prizes Rugby Elliot Haydon Boys’ Hockey Rhydian Walsh Girls’ Hockey Sabrina Choi Cricket Joseph Kooner-Evans Boys’ Tennis George Charlton Girls’ Tennis Rosie Harfield Netball Isabelle Collins The Old Portmuthian Club presents the Captain of each sport, in which there is an OP fixture, with a cap to mark their contribution to sport at PGS.
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The House Trophy Latter and Eastwood House To celebrate the centenary of the House system at PGS in 2010 – 2011, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Paula Riches, commissioned a new trophy, complete with the Lord Mayor’s Coat of Arms, to mark the close bond between the school and city of Portsmouth. The trophy incorporates all the House competitions, individual academic successes and co-curricular achievements. It is unique in that the trophy is awarded jointly to the Senior and Middle School Houses.
The Ithaka Prize Oliver Nash The Prize is awarded annually for the best PGS submission or IB Extended Essay. Year 12 pupils complete these independent research projects to enhance their study skills and knowledge and understanding of a subject of interest to them.
Oliver Nash, winner of this year’s Ithaka Prize. His project was entitled: “Is it possible to send water bottle rockets in to space?
PGS Extend Project Year 13 Finalists: Jamie Bradshaw Douglas James Emily Stone
Daniel Fremantle Oliver Nash
Poppy Goad Philippa Noble
Joel Hawkins Codey Simmons
Chloe Bird Mia Dall Annabelle Frazer Marcus Hodgart Laura Mayes Benjamin Thomas Eleanor Williams-Brown
Liam Buchan David Danso-Amoako Alexander Gibson Ella Johnson Katie O’Flaherty Lewis Wells Eleanor Wilson
Year 13 Highly Commended: Thomas Austin Reisha Chudasama Isabel Ebert Lorne Gibson Jac McBride Daniel Shillaker Emily Whitehead Uffa Wilson
Max Beckett Kristina Coles Hannah Foord Trinity Goacher Eleanor McDonald Clemmie Taylor-Smith Daniel Williams Alexander Wood
Upper School Commended: Rohin Kachroo
A Commendation is awarded to those pupils whose PGS Extend projects are judged outstanding by the marker.
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Pupils Attaining Outstanding Results in GCSE The following pupils gained at least 8 or more grades at Level 8, 9 or A* – an asterisk indicates those who achieved all at Level 8 or above: Abid Ali* Robin Cavusoglu Alexander Ellison Arya Gowda* Maximilian Harvey Jasmine Holden Lian Kan Honor Mitchell Brock Emily Nelson Habina Seo Emma Wells
Tara Bell Rory Buckeridge Edith Critchley Emily Curwood Francesca Elsmore Sebastian Filho Jurgens Greyling-Oosthuizen* Callum Helyer Poppy Herbert* Sarnaz Hossain Eleanor Ingram Isobel Kaye Megan Latham* Lavinia Montgomery* Jack Moyse Sophie Reeve-Foster Joseph Russell Scarlett Sprague Julia Staite Rebecca Wiles Leo Wilkinson*
Anna Caldwell* Laura Docherty* Zakari Goad Manas Harish William Hicks Rohin Kachroo Sophie Martin Benjamin Nash* Oliver Saint Imran Vloemans John Yu*
Pupils Attaining Outstanding Results at A Level The following pupils attained 3 A grades or more – an asterisk indicates those who gained at least 3 A*s: Grace Acklam Max Burlein Hannah Foord Lorne Gibson Isabel Herbert Isaac Lee* Amy Mitchell Philippa Noble* Jasmine Reeve-Foster Codey Simmons Daniel Williams*
Max Beckett Samuel Chimbwandira* Daniel Fremantle Poppy Goad Marcus Hodgart Chi-Yunng Lim Alexander Morgan Jack Norton Thomas Robertson Harry Spirit Eleanor Williams-Brown*
Jack Breen Thomas Coyle Jonathan Furniss Thomas Groves Mozhgan Hosseini-Ashrafi Laura Mayes Oliver Nash* Katie O’Flaherty* Charlotte Ross Max Terry Abigail Wood
Liam Buchan Thomas Cracknell Ella Garratt Charles Hawkins Thomas Hutchings Eleanor McDonald Nicholas Ng James Oldham Viraat Sahu Rhydian Walsh Claudia Wren*
Pupils Attaining Outstanding Results at IB The following pupils attained Level 6 or above in at least 4 subjects – an asterisk indicates those who gained at least 4 Level 7s: Daisy Allen Trinity Goacher* Julia Martin Emma Watkins
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Eleanor Bolton Jake Griffiths Natasha Palfrey*
Ryan du Bois de Dunilac Cesar Habib Emily Stone
Kieran Elliott* Alice Leonard* Nadia Vloemans
RESULTS DAY JOY
From left to right: Sam Chimbwandira (A Level); Laura Mayes (A Level); Philippa Noble (A Level); Kieran Elliott (IB); Natasha Palfrey (IB); John Yu (GCSE); Oliver Saint (GCSE)
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3. YEAR PRIZES THE MIDDLE SCHOOL Year 7 Subject Prizes Art Computing English Geography History Mathematics Physical Science PRS Technology Sports
George Cuthbert Felicity Coote Dawn Sands Sophia Cheng Oliver Wilkinson Willow Armstrong Jiali Hicks Oscar Mellers Marvin Leung Georgina Owen Oliver Davidson
Biology Arwen Finch Drama Grace Gamblin French Harry Cooper German Natalie Moras Latin Katherine Livermore Music Thomas Krol Portsmouth Curriculum Clara Roberts Spanish Oscar Mellers
Year 8 Subject Prizes Art Computing English Geography History Mathematics Physical Science Spanish Sports
Martha Jameson Daniel Perkins Hugh Owen William Todd Eleanor Pritchard Amelia Orr Henry Ball Duncan Jeynes Olivia Ingram Samuel Price
Biology Drama French German Latin Music PRS Technology
Henry Ball Archie Elliot Aimee O’Donoghue Hannah Watts Rafe Crane-Robinson Samuel Bertenshaw Sam Kalra Hannah Watts
Outreach Summer School, ‘Fire and Ice’. 30 children from seven different local schools took part in activities at PGS over two days.
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Middle School Prizes Vallum Cup
The Thornton Middle School Music Cup
The Vallum Cup is awarded annually to an outstanding Modern Languages and Classics pupil in the Middle School. It was donated by Mrs Barfield and Mrs Seely in 1991, in memory of their father, Harold Wall (PGS 1918 - 1925).
Roy Thornton started his time at PGS as a PGCE student in 1974 and went on to teach Mathematics. He was an early champion of computing and IT and became the school’s first Director of Computing. He retired in 2004.
Anne Stokes Middle School Recognitions Cup
Roy was renowned for his great pastoral gifts, his support for the arts and for his quiet, calm and masterful talent for deflecting chaos. His quietness contrasted with his famously loud ties, of which he had a large collection.
Eastwood House Anne Stokes was a relation by marriage to Tony Stokes, Head of the Lower School. This cup was presented in 1959, the year in which her older son, Richard (PGS 1952 - 1959), concluded his career as a PGS pupil and won a place at Queens College, Cambridge. This cup is awarded annually to the Middle School House that has attained the highest number of recognitions.
This cup is awarded to a pupil who has significantly contributed to Music throughout the Middle School.
Year 8 Science Ocean Clean Up Project
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The William Smith Chorister Medal
Middle School Service Prizes
Barton House: Eastwood House: Hawkey House: Summers House:
The medal is presented in memory of Mark Alexander Ready (PGS 1988-1998) who was a chorister at the Cathedral from 1988-1993. After his time as a chorister, he returned to the Cathedral choir as a tenor whilst in the Sixth Form at PGS. Mark gained friendship and purpose from the choir and he relished the challenge of making beautiful music for the glory of God. The medal is awarded each year to someone who relishes the same challenge every bit as much as Mark.
Sam Kalra Ana Powell Ramallal Isabella Tarttelin Duncan Jeynes Eva Sutherland Henry Collins Isabelle Durrant Archie Elliot
This prize is awarded to each of the House Captains in the Middle School.
Peter Wren Chess Cup Summers House This prize was established in memory of Peter Wren, a Middle School pupil who died in 1978. Peter particularly enjoyed chess and natural history, and so in addition to this prize a new fresh-water pond was created on Farlington Marshes, known as Peterâ€™s Pond.
THE UPPER SCHOOL Year 9 Subject Prizes Art Chemistry Drama Enterprise French German History Mathematics Physics Spanish Sports
Hamish Critchley Abigail Cooper Elsa Hares Edward Anderson Abigail Cooper Sam Shariatmadari Christopher Cole Alexander Geddes Oliver Harris Owen McGovern Laura Hantrais Jack Lee
Biology Computing English Food and Nutrition Geography Greek Latin Music PRS Technology
Aniruddh Payala Noah Renton Robert Stone Liberty Mitchell-Brock Aniruddh Payala Alexander Geddes Isabella Frobisher Robert Stone Sam Shariatmadari Demi Ann Armstrong
Year 10 Subject Prizes Art Business Studies Classical Civilisation Drama Food and Nutrition Geography Greek Latin Music PRS Technology
Phoebe Clark Biology Alice Ren Chemistry Jed Hazzard Computing Daisy Sissons English Maisie English French Holly Giles German Dulcie Langley History Oliver Moras Mathematics Samuel Hemingway Physics Elinor Jeynes Spanish Arwen Jones Sports
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Alice Ren Ralph Wilson Hannah Millerchip Holly Giles Arwen Jones Benjamin Millard Mia Parry Olivia Spink Florence Wassenberg Dulcie Langley Charlotte Despard Alexander Bolton
Year 11 Subject Prizes Art Business Studies Computing English Language Food and Nutrition German Greek Latin Music PRS Sports
Sophie Reeve-Foster Callum Helyer Abid ALi Laura Docherty Laura Docherty Jurgens Greyling-Oosthuizen Rory Buckeridge Megan Latham Habina Seo Tara Bell Grace Saunders Alexander Ellison
Biology Chemistry Drama English Literature French Geography History Mathematics Physics Spanish Technology
Poppy Herbert Leo Wilkinson Evie Beard Grace Saunders Oliver Saint Robert McDonald John Yu Robin Cavusoglu Habina Seo Oliver Saint Felix Barr
Upper School Prizes Tudor Prize For Theatrical Promise
Lesley Spofforth Prize for Mathematical Promise
Drama was introduced to the PGS curriculum whist John Tudor (PGS 1986-1999) was a pupil at the school. His parents funded this award in order to stimulate dramatic endeavour and reward theatrical talent. John Tudor subsequently became a Gap Year Student at PGS and went on to a career in Arts Administration.
Lesley Spofforth, Maths teacher, Examinations Officer and Senior Teacher at PGS (1999-2007) was an outstanding teacher and much-loved colleague. The Spofforth family – husband Mark, son Peter (PGS 2000-2007) and daughter Gemma – have generously donated this prize in Lesley’s memory.
John Braun Award for Creative Writing
Brian and Angela Larkman Prize for Progress in Mathematics
Themis Orfanidis John Braun (PGS 1924-1934) was born a few days after the Battle of Jutland and joined PGS in 1924 at the age of eight, where he developed a love of both reading and writing poetry and his first published poems appeared in The Portmuthian. He took a full and active part in school life, served as a librarian and Prefect and was a formidable opponent in the Debating Society. Alongside his remarkably varied career as a solicitor, in Army Intelligence, in the advertising industry and finally with the EEC in Brussels, he wrote poetry and librettos for operas under the nom de plume John Cromer and was a consultant in the publication of several anthologies of poems of the Second World War. Following his death in March 2014 John’s daughter, Philippa Grier, instituted this prize for a Year 9 pupil whose creative writing shows promise.
Chris Suter Prize for History Megan Latham This prize commemorates Christopher Suter (PGS 2001-2003) a keen historian, who got the top mark at History GCSE, but did not live to see his result. The prize was donated by his mother in 2007.
Felix Barr Brian Larkman (PGS 1958-1967) read Mathematics at Exeter University where he met his late wife, Angela. Brian became a Governor of the school in 2002 and chaired the school’s development board until he took up the reigns of Chairman of Governors in 2009. He oversaw many major initiatives, including the development of the Bristow-Clavell Science Centre (2010), the building of the Sixth Form Centre (2014) and the new Health and Wellbeing Centre (2017). This prize celebrates Brian and Angela’s long and happy marriage and their shared desire to encourage young people to develop their skills in this important subject.
Marcus Young Computing Prize William Todd Marcus Young (PGS 1918-1926) went on to become a distinguished financier. He was President of the London Society of OPs in 1967 and became OP Club President in 1970. He served as a school Governor from 1974 and donated the prize in 1982 on his retirement as Chairman of the Governing Body Finance Committee.
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Canon Grant Prize for Philosophy and Religious Studies Phoebe Clark Originally established by Canon Robert Grant, father of Canon EP Grant, the Chairman of Governors and refounder of PGS. Governors’ Minutes include the following letter from Robert Grant, dated 8 February 1879: Gentlemen, Having received the rudiments of my education at The Portsmouth Grammar School, I have much pleasure in offering with your permission two annual prizes of the value of £2 and £1 respectively to the boy in the Upper and Lower School who passes the best examination in Scriptural Knowledge.
Mike Reynolds Memorial Prize for Sport Rory Buckeridge This prize commemorates Mike Reynolds (PGS 1950 – 1958). Mike was well known for his sporting activities and was a member of Portsmouth Athletic Club; whilst at school he was Hampshire Junior Schools high hurdles champion. Mike died in a car accident in October 1971 and the prize was established by family friends and OPs to be awarded to both a sixth former and an Upper School pupil for promoting the good name of the school by playing a school-taught sport outside of PGS. Since 2015, the prize has been supported by Mike’s son, Justin Lang (PGS 1976 – 1986).
THE SIXTH FORM Year 12 Subject Prizes
Sir Peter Carey Classical Civilisation Prize
curriculum. He was a stalwart leader of geography field trips to Cumbria and elsewhere, and he also contributed to the Naval section of the CCF, latterly as its commander. Hoppy was also Housemaster of first Eastwood and then Grant House. He retired in 1989 and established this prize in 2000.
Moores Rowland Economics Prize
Art Ella Simmonds
Business Studies Joshua Tunstall
Sir Peter Carey GCB (PGS 1933-1941) became Senior Prefect in his final year. He went to Oriel College, Oxford and then attended the School of Slavonic Studies at London University. He served in the Second World War alongside Evelyn Waugh with the Partisans in Yugoslavia before joining the Civil Service, where he worked in various departments before becoming Permanent Secretary to the Department of Industry. In 1995, he opened the former PGS Sixth Form Centre and, in the same year, established this prize for the most deserving classicist.
Drama and Theatre Studies Sacha Hemingway
J D Hopkinson Prize for Earth Science Blythe Berry Mr J. D. Hopkinson, universally known as ‘Hoppy’, arrived at PGS as a PE teacher in 1949. A fine athlete and rugby coach, he also undertook a geography degree in his early years at PGS, gaining an Honours BA from London. He subsequently taught Geography as well as sport and established A Level Geology on the
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Shapol Mohamed This prize was first awarded in 1990 to the most promising Economics pupil at PGS and was initially funded by Moores Rowland International.
Kenneth Budden Prize for Electronics Hugh Holroyd Kenneth George Budden FRS (1915–2005) was a pupil at PGS from 1928 until 1932, where he showed his ability from the start in the exact sciences, winning prizes for Mathematics and Chemistry. His family’s financial position was modest but the award of a scholarship to St John’s College, Cambridge made it possible for him to take up a place to read Natural Sciences where he won college prizes each year and gained a First. By the autumn of 1939 he had received his PhD for research into VLF (very low frequency) radio waves and was then called up to join those pursuing secret work in the development of RADAR. It is undoubtedly true that because of the work of seven men, one of whom was Kenneth, the war in Europe was shortened and arguable that victory was made possible.
After the war Kenneth returned to Cambridge and continued his research on radio waves using the very first programmable computer, EDSAC 1, to process his results. His research interests became increasingly theoretical and he was one of the world experts on the behaviour of radio waves in the ionosphere writing the definitive textbook on this subject. He was also a respected teacher, lecturing in Physics, and directing research students now spread around the world. In 1966 he was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society, the ultimate accolade from scientific peers. Kenneth retired from his university teaching posts in 1982 but continued his own research for another twenty years. In 1993 he was awarded the Heinrich Hertz Medal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and in 1999, the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society. When he came down to earth, Kenneth was an accomplished pianist, could quote at length from Shakespeare and the Bible and completed The Times crossword every day. He was a practical man, designing a system on his roof to heat bath water long before such kit became commercially available. Above all he loved tending the garden he and his wife had created entirely from scratch, and walking their dogs.
Godfrey Green Memorial Prize for English
Peter Forster Prize for Geography Fieldwork Studies John Taylor Peter Forster (PGS 1996-2006) became Senior Prefect in his final year and went on to study English at Oxford. Peter’s family established this annual award for the pupil producing the best A Level Geography coursework, to commemorate his time in the school.
Government and Politics Naomi Smith
Greek Jonathan Gough
J S Cox Memorial Prize for History Dominic Ager John Salisbury Cox (PGS 1905–1908) was known as Jack and was a life-long member of the Old Portmuthian Club, serving as both Treasurer and President. He was a director of a Portsmouth jewellers firm, Dudley and Cox, and also ran a club for poor boys in Hyde Park Road, which was sponsored by the Old Portmuthian Club. Cox died in 1936, aged only 44, and the OP Club raised money to endow an annual J.S. Cox prize “in memory of the lengthy and valuable services devoted to the OP Club and the OP Club for Boys”.
Thomas Beattie Morris Godfrey Green (PGS 1948-1956) joined the Lower School in 1948. He played for Nicol House cricket team and was also member of the House boxing team. In the senior school he excelled at English Language, and this prize was established to celebrate the subject in his memory.
W H Hore Geography Prize William Doyle W H Fred Hore served in the Second World War where his skills as a Geographer were employed in mapping the beaches of Northern France. He taught Geography between 1945 and 1956 and awarded this prize on leaving the school. He subsequently became Headmaster of Bec School, Tooting, and of RGS Guildford.
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Happy and successful… and caring – PGS and the local community As the City’s oldest school, Portsmouth Grammar School has been at the heart of its educational, social and cultural life for many years, though pupils’ involvement in the local community has ebbed and flowed with the shifting aims and priorities of the school. Over the years what has remained constant is the goodwill, generosity and commitment of the PGS community in responding to the needs of local, national and international charity appeals. Many local causes like the Naomi House and Rowan’s hospices have benefitted from imaginative fundraising events, often initiated by pupils. But community engagement has never been solely that of the raising and giving of money. Looking through the school archive, we find that, in the Victorian period, Headmaster Alfred Jerrard was happy for the school play to be toured around venues to entertain the local community, with performances taking place in locations as varied as the Town Hall and “the Lunatic Asylum” at Milton. By the 1920s, under the much maligned Head Charles Whitmore, the school supported the Old Portmuthian Club in the setting up of a sports and social club for “poor boys” in the “congested and insalubrious neighbourhood of Hyde Park Road” (Somerstown). The club provided refreshments, a gymnasium, a card room, billiards and table tennis tables, and also organised outdoor games of cricket and football. Later, a boxing instructor was brought in from the Royal Navy School of Training at Pitt Street. Money raised by boys at the school paid for a punch ball and other sports equipment.
Young pupils provide cakes and company at sheltered accommodation in the High Street in the early 2000s Unlike other local initiatives for the poor, the aim of the club appears to have been solely to promote “the clubby spirit” and there were no religious obligations involved. A club advocate wrote, “We at school all know the charm of society, the sense of independence
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and importance, the public spirit, given by the ability to meet together in play and conversation”. With membership of between 70 and 100 boys, the club flourished throughout the years of the depression with the added help of volunteers from Portsmouth Round Table and Toc H. At a time of high unemployment, “the provision of somewhere warm and cheery alone means much to some of the more unfortunate members”. The Club building was destroyed in the wartime bombing of the city.
Rachel Kittermaster helping out in local hospitals in the mid 1990s In 1938, Headmaster Joe Stork arranged for pupils to be evacuated on the outbreak of war. When war came a new energy was evident in pupils’ community work in the Bournemouth area where the school had relocated, with pupils eagerly volunteering for firewatching, the Home Guard and for “working on the land”, helping out local farmers whose labourers were away fighting. At Prizegiving in 1941, the Guest of Honour, the Bishop of Salisbury, Dr Neville Lovett, said the experience of evacuation would be “the making of the boys”. The importance of serving one’s community had been drummed into pupils, alongside that of military service, from at least the Victorian period onwards. Many Old Portmuthians, some tied to the city through family businesses, went on to work in public services and serve as local councillors, mayors and lord mayors, reaffirming the civic ethos of the school’s founder, Dr William Smith, who served as a burgess, alderman and mayor in the early 1700s. By the early 1960s, under the Headship of Denys Hibbert, and at a time of increasing awareness of social issues and fear of teenage rebellion, the school set up a Social Services Society in association with Youth Action. In its early days, pupils from the upper fifth and sixth forms visited senior citizens
at PGS. This offered senior pupils the opportunity of “giving something to the community around them” as well as gaining valuable experience, improving social skills and sharing and developing personal interests. It is not known if the popularity of the programme was linked in any way to the opportunity of avoiding Games on Wednesday afternoons.
Iain Morrison helping out in local hospitals in the mid 1990s who had been referred to the school by the Red Cross and Portsmouth Social Services. Through the 1960s the range of activities broadened to include visiting the sick at Queen Alexandra Hospital, making toys for disadvantaged children, chopping wood for the elderly, collecting clothes for recycling, putting on concerts, building a playgroup’s Wendy house and decorating the homes of the elderly. A charity walk for Oxfam in 1967 made £100, one fifth of the total raised across the whole city. In 1970, pupils volunteered to provide refreshments in the maternity wing of St Mary’s Hospital and visited and entertained people with mental health issues at Langstone House.
Many boys took up placements, mostly working in residential homes, while those with a medical career in mind benefitted from experience in local hospitals. The following year’s volunteers included three girls and placements were made largely in local state schools, helping with reading, music and mathematics. This gave valuable experience to pupils interested in a teaching career. The number of volunteers almost doubled the following year with the introduction of a more diverse range of placements and activities, including assisting at Farlington Marshes Nature Reserve and with cleaning the archaeological finds for the Mary Rose Trust.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, introduced at PGS in 1970, brought many more opportunities for helping in the community. Meanwhile, at Christmas, both the Cathedral Choir and the Lower School choir toured local old people’s homes and hospitals singing Christmas Carols. Ahoy! – an Arts Council supported Portsmouth Festivities community event
Kathryn Cairns sharpens pencils at Westover First School in North End in c 1996 In 1977, following the granting of independence and the tentative introduction of co-education under Headmaster David Richards, a more formal commitment - Community Service - was introduced
In the mid-1980s, Headmaster Tony Evans was clear in his view of the important role of the school and its pupils in setting an example and contributing to society. Emphasising the importance of Community Service, the Duke of Edinburgh Award and charity fundraising, he acknowledged that there were “a lot of difficulties in Portsmouth”. The school’s place and role in Portsmouth was, he explained, “rather unusual for an independent school. Boarding schools can hide behind their green and they live in a sort of enclave, but this school is right in the middle of the city. It is judged and at the same time contributes to society according to the way in which people behave. I do believe that pupils ought to set a tone in the city; it provides a counterweight to a lot of quite dreadful things that happen in the city in terms of behaviour and standards. The school is looked to by Portsmouth as a sort of bastion of values and behaviour and conduct. Of course, we fall short quite frequently.
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People expect a certain standard from us and in a sense they have a right to do so, because whether we like it or not we do have certain privileges and with those come responsibility.” As well as highlighting good behaviour, Tony Evans emphasised “the moral obligation to contribute to society”. “You shouldn’t do it because society expects it of you, you should do it because it is inherent in the position that you hold. It is an instinctive contribution to the society which after all enables you to have those advantages.” By 1986, many of the 30 pupils who opted for Community Service chose to teach English as a second language to recent immigrants, following a course of tuition. Meanwhile others offered companionship with, and decorated the homes of, elderly people. The attitude of the pupils was commended as being “unfailingly cheerful and unpatronising” and it was reported to be particularly pleasing to see “the valued contribution of one boy who otherwise made no profitable mark on the school”.
PGS Jazz at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Festivities, 2005 Over the last twenty years, the Portsmouth Festivities, the annual summer community programme of music, art and talks, has offered local people of all ages an opportunity to engage with cultural events. It was the idea of Head, Dr Tim Hands, who helped forge partnerships with Portsmouth City Council and many local institutions and businesses to organise and fund the programme. Dr Hand’s successor, James Priory built on this celebration of the city’s culture, history and heritage. The involvement of pupils from PGS and other city schools has been an integral part of programme, perhaps most ambitiously with Alexander L’Estrange’s epic musical celebration “Ahoy!”, supported by the Arts Council and performed in the Guildhall along with the Portsmouth Community Choir and The Festival Choir. The setting for a performance of the 1812 Overture in 2002 was especially memorable, played
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against a backdrop of HMS Victory with field guns providing the cannon effects. And few people who saw the spectacular Ghost Ship pageant will forget it. This event, supported by the Arts Council, involved fireworks, cannon and the climactic burning of the huge Tudor wooden ship on Castle Field.
PGS brass at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Festivities, 2019 All sixth formers participate in community service in a wide range of partnership activities as part of the Ignite! programme. Local care homes, churches, primary schools and voluntary organisations have benefitted from pupils’ engagement with the community at grassroots level and they, in turn, have enjoyed the opportunity to develop communication, teamwork and leadership skills and, of course, a level of social awareness. And in recent years, sixth formers have also taken part in the summer term’s Social Apprentice project, visiting local charities and organisations which help some of the most disadvantaged in our community. It is hoped that seeds planted at PGS of a sense of belonging and caring, of active participation and community spirit, contribute to the aim of being happy and successful in adult life. This evening, such qualities are proudly recognised and celebrated through the award of several prizes, including the School Charity Cup, the Robert Milne Trophy and the Sir Lynton White Cup for Work in the Community. John Sadden (school archivist)
Arthur Darby Nock Prize for Latin Rebecca Stone Arthur Darby Nock (PGS 1912–1919) is a legendary figure in the annals of Portsmouth Grammar School. A brilliant classical scholar, he was also a unique character, combining charisma, eccentricity and wit in equal measure. Even as a schoolboy, his genius was recognised by staff and fellow-pupils, but he was also appreciated for his good humour, his ability to laugh at himself, his willingness to help others, and for his trademark eccentricity. Nock was deeply grateful to Portsmouth Grammar School for providing him with a good academic foundation and remained a loyal friend of the school throughout his life. On his death in 1963 Nock bequeathed most of his estate to PGS, so that pupils today continue to benefit from his generosity.
Sir William Crossman Memorial Prize for Mathematics Yi Zheng Major General Sir William Crossman was MP for Portsmouth from 1885 to 1892, firstly as a Liberal and then as a Liberal Unionist. He died in 1901. The prize started as the Crossman Prize for English in 1928. In 1937 it became a Memorial Prize for Mathematics, for reasons no longer known: it is almost certainly a coincidence that the Prizes were given away by the eccentric polymath A D Nock in that year.
Allison Prize for Mathematics and Science Sophie Mitchell Philip Allison (PGS 1933-1940), won a King’s Scholarship in 1937. He then returned to PGS as a member of staff from 1947-1952, teaching both Maths and Science. The prize was donated in 1984 by Mrs Allison in memory of her husband. The most prestigious of the prizes available to a pupil on the Maths and Science side, it is awarded by the Heads of Maths and Science to the outstanding pupil in the year group in either or both of these subjects.
who left school as Captain of Latter House on 31 July 1943 was the youngest in his year but was nonetheless the best at German (and President of the Gramophone Society). He went to Oxford for a short course, and joined the RNVR whilst there. He died of pneumonia in the spring of 1944, aged only 18, but he does not have an official memorial, probably because he died whilst training. He is, however, honoured on the PGS War Memorial and the Headmaster, Donald Lindsay, readily acceded to the request of Gardner’s parents that he should be commemorated by a prize for Modern Languages. The prize was first presented by Mr and Mrs Gardner to Dennis Dangerfield at a ceremony in the theatre on Southsea Pier in 1946.
Pall Europe Prize for Modern Languages Matilda Goldman A link between Pall Europe and PGS was established because a former President of Pall Corporation, Jeremy Hayward-Surry was the father of Paul Haward-Surry (PGS 1976-1986). Following a visit by Upper Sixth scientists to Pall Europe in 1989 “to explore opportunities in industry”, a gift was made – the Pall Europe Prize – for “projects linking commerce or industry with a modern language”. The award was made by the Managing Director, Maurice Hardy. It is now a general prize for the outstanding language pupil of the year.
Music Sacha Hemingway
Physical Education Poppy Wright
PRS Taylor Colbeth
Psychology Georgina Lewis
Bryan Gardner Modern Languages Prizes: French Dominic Ager German Theo Wilson Spanish Toby Amos Some mystery surrounds this prize. The efforts of Bryan Gardner’s (PGS 1935-1943) Year 9 biographer seeking a photo of Gardner as Captain of the 2nd XI are to a certain extent symbolic: “I looked all around the school but this was to no prevail”. Bryan Gardner,
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Hawkey Memorial Prizes for Science Biology Cameron Clarke Chemistry Victoria Toh Physics Frederick Wood Henry Symons Hawkey, Science teacher between 1906-1937, died in 1959. He achieved a 1st class degree in Natural Science and a 1st class degree in English. The Housemaster of Grant House, he was also a PGS football coach and referee. This prize was first awarded in 1960.
Bosworth Wright Memorial Prize for Science Alistair Wilson Alderman Dr Bosworth Wright became the City Council’s representative on the Governing Body between 1909-1938 and the Chairman of Governors for the last of these years. He was the first President of the OP Club. He died on 9 November 1938. The Portmuthian remembered him as follows: “He was to this school more than a distinguished and well-beloved citizen. His fine blend of geniality and dignity, his tolerant but shrewd judgements made him at once a respected leader and a warm friend. None of its sons can have served this School better. None can have more endeared himself to all who have been associated in its work”.
The Bosworth Wright Prize was first awarded in Autumn 1939 in his memory, presented by Mrs Bosworth Wright. It was originally a cup for inter-house football. It is now awarded by the Head of Science to the best scientist in the year.
Brian Read Design and Technology Prize Alice Acklam First awarded in 1992, and sponsored by Councillor Brian Read, Lord Mayor and Governor.
IB – Creativity Activity Service Haleigh Smith
IB – Theory of Knowledge Rex Binning
Sports Prize Rosie Harfield James Crundwell
Penny Mordaunt MP visits PGS to find out more about our links with Kikaaya College School in Uganda.
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THE YEAR AT PGS
From top left to right: Gifted and Talented Summer School; Year 12 Charity Bake-Off; naming the Big Fish Project; Year 12 Sustainability project; Fast Fashion Clothes Swap team; Year 8 Ocean Clean Up project; Year 12 at Second Chance; Drama department outreach at Cottage Grove School; Sponge The Teacher.
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Other Sixth Form Prizes Ivan Nelson Memorial Prize for Medicine
Ron Holley Woodwind Prize
Dr Ivan Nelson was Medical Officer of Health for Gosport 1963-1974 and Area Community Physician for Hampshire Area Health Authority 1974-1979. Dr Nelson would often be seen at Hilsea during autumn and winter terms, administering to the bruises, bumps and sprains of various Rugby XVs. The prize was established in his memory by his sons, Bob and David, to give financial assistance to a pupil from PGS who is going on to study medicine.
Christopher Parsons (PGS 1948-1960) sang tenor in the Cathedral Choir. In 1969 he established this prize for pupils who contributed to music in school and at the Cathedral, however this soon became a general music prize and it is now awarded to a pupil in recognition of their overall contribution to music during their time at PGS.
Sarah Quail Prize for History
Originally established as the Parsons Music Prize for cathedral choristers in 1969, this soon became a general music prize and is now awarded to a pupil in recognition of their overall contribution to music during their time at PGS.
William Davis In recent years, PGS has won a national reputation for the quality of its partnership projects in History. These have often involved close co-operation with local museums. No one assisted the school more in this regard than Mrs Sarah Quail, mother of Hugh (PGS 1991-2004), Governor (1999-2014) and Head of Arts, Libraries, Museums and Records for Portsmouth City Council until 2004. Mrs Quail is a much published authority on local history matters. The prize was first awarded in 2007 and is a competitive essay prize. It seeks to give extension opportunities to any member of the Sixth Form who wishes to research an original History project.
Simon Gray Prize for Drama
Parsons Prize for Music Dorothy Whyte-Venables
Michael Nott Prize Cordelia Hobbs The Very Rev’d Michael Nott is remembered with great affection at PGS, not only for his sterling work as Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee between 1973-1977 and as Chairman of Governors from 1977-1988, but for his personal qualities: his love for people, his candour, his sense of humour, his care for detail, his integrity and his inspirational leadership
Simon Gray (PGS 1945-1947), the playwright and diarist, attended PGS before going to Westminster. In 2011, his wife, Victoria Gray, created this prize in his memory to recognise the pupil in Drama who produces the best writing, creative or critical work.
Michael Nott guided PGS through the turbulent period of change from a direct grant school to a flourishing independent school. He also provided much of the inspiration and impetus for a building appeal to provide a new sports hall and the music building; the Rotunda is named after him and his portrait hangs there.
Ayling String Prize
Musical Composition Prize
Oliver Nash Mrs Mary Ayling, Vice Chairman of Governors, was a key figure in the introduction of co-education. Though the family had considerable prowess at cricket (husband Christopher (PGS 1950-1956) was on the Hampshire Committee, and son Jon (PGS 1975-1985) spent several seasons with Hampshire) the family were always keen supporters of school music. The prize is awarded to a pupil who has shown excellence in string playing and a commitment to PGS music; it was first awarded in 1991 at a time when the Music department was heavily dominated by brass players.
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Matthew Holloway The Portsmouth Grammar School has a national reputation for commissioning new music and pupils regularly work collaboratively alongside contemporary composers and professional ensembles to explore new approaches to composition. In recent years, world premieres of pupil compositions have been featured at major school events including the Carol Service and in the Portsmouth Festivities. This award recognises an outstanding pupil composer from within this thriving tradition.
Willcocks Singing Prize Phoebe Palmer Established by Jonathan Willcocks, PGS Director of Music 1975-1978, and an important figure in the musical life of Portsmouth as well as a distinguished composer. His composition My Hope is in Thee was commissioned by the school for performance by the Chamber Choir and London Mozart Players at the Remembrance Sunday Concert in 2003, and was subsequently recorded.
Sir Malcolm Bates Prize for Chamber Music PGS Chamber Choir Malcolm Bates (PGS 1946-1950) was a mainstay of the school orchestra. When he left, The Portmuthian reported the loss “of Bates, our tuba-player, whose thunderous melodies had no doubt helped to keep many a faltering fiddle in tune.” His report suggested music as a career, but this was not to be. He was second in command at General Electric Company (GEC) for twelve years and, from 1999 to 2003, served as Chairman of London Regional Transport. In 1997 he was asked by the Treasury to look into streamlining the Private Finance Initiative and his subsequent reports became cornerstones of PFI development in the UK and internationally. Sir Malcolm was knighted the following year. He died in 2009. This prize is awarded to the ensemble that has made the most progress and contribution to music at PGS.
Mr Aeneas Fisher Prize for the IB Extended Essay Alice Leonard The family of Mr Aeneas Fisher (PGS 1943-1950) are supporting the IB Extended Essay Prize in his memory. For Aeneas Fisher, in his words, The Portsmouth Grammar School is “where it all started”. Through this prize the family want to encourage others to benefit from the education and opportunities PGS offers. Aeneas took full advantage of all PGS offered in the bleak post war years. In sport in 1948 he broke the previous year’s mile record and broke the half-mile record which had been held since 1899. He was a keen Sea Scout in PGS’s troop and was one of few awarded the King’s Scout Badge in 1948.
He was a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He was one of the original consultants at Northwick Park Hospital establishing this new major hospital in the 1970s achieving some of the best survival rates in pregnancy in the UK. He developed a speciality in infertility successfully treating hundreds of patients. Throughout his life he wanted to develop and teach medicine. He was involved in committees for his Royal College, Regional Health Authority and World Health Organisation, improving medical care, regionally, nationally and globally. He passed away in 2007. At PGS Aeneas learnt through hard work and determination that life brings a variety of rewards. This prize recognises the holder’s achievement in researching and producing their essay. It is hoped that today’s winner of the prize is taking a step towards a similar rewarding life and will not stop developing their inquisitive mind.
John Roberts Prize for Sculpture Evie Beard Established in 2000 by John Roberts (PGS 19431948) a ceramics teacher, the prize is awarded to an older pupil involved in more advanced work. The prize may be given for interest, enthusiasm or personal achievement.
Model United Nations Prize Sophie Mitchell The MUN was introduced into PGS in 2007 and has quickly become one of the most well-attended societies in school. This award is given to the pupil who has made a significant contribution to the MUN throughout the year.
Ernest Edmonds Memorial Prize for Public Speaking and Debating Ethan Simmonds Ernest Edmonds was one of the first pupils to be educated in the new school building of 1879, now the Upper Junior School. After PGS, he became a Chartered Accountant. He died in 1941 and this prize was first awarded in 1945.
His inquisitive mind was nurtured at PGS. He left PGS to go up to Cambridge where he entered the medical profession with his BA Medicine and Surgery. Later adding his MA, Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery, all awarded based on his clinical and research work in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology.
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Roger Harris Award Codey Simmons Established to recognise the outstanding life-long contribution made to PGS by Roger Harris (PGS 19431951) who went on to teach at the school between 1958 and 1993. First awarded in 1996, it recognises a pupil who has a particular focus for outdoor activities.
OP Masonic Lodge Prize for Outstanding School Society PGS MUN The prize is given by the Old Portmuthian Lodge No8285, which meets in Old Portmuthian Lodge No8285, which meets in Old Portsmouth. It is one of the Lodges under the auspices of the United Grand Lodge of England, and was founded by Old Portmuthian freemasons. First awarded in 1987, it is intended to promote co-curricular endeavour.
Ashleigh Dekker Award for Netball Samara Materna Ashleigh Dekker’s (PGS 2010-2017) school career in netball began when she joined PGS in Year 7. She contributed to reaching two National Schools finals and in 2016 was a member of the squad that reached the final of the Independent Schools Cup. Ashleigh was first selected into the National Netball Academy in 2013 at the age of 14. Two years later, she was selected to represent England as Vice-Captain for the U17s and the following year she was made Captain. Ashleigh went on to represent England at U19 level on tours to Jamaica and New Zealand. Ashleigh’s parents, Barrie and Sam Dekker, have introduced this award to recognise the commitment and sacrifice that individuals have to sustain to complete at the highest levels of netball.
Mike Reynolds Memorial Prize for Sport Thomas Wallis This prize commemorates Mike Reynolds (PGS 1950 – 1958). Mike was well known for his sporting activities and was a member of Portsmouth Athletic Club; whilst at school he was Hampshire Junior Schools high hurdles champion. Mike died in a car accident in October 1971 and the prize was established by family friends and OPs to be awarded to both a sixth former and an Upper School pupil for promoting the good name of the school by playing a school-taught sport outside of PGS. Since 2015, the prize has been supported by Mike’s son, Justin Lang (PGS 1976 – 1986).
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4. SCHOOL CUPS AND TROPHIES Combined Cadet Force Cups
Richard Bishop Cup for Engineering
Awarded to the senior Cadet in the respective armed service
Peters Cup: Navy Clark Jervoise Cup: RAF Wessex Cup: Army
Adam Stokely Rory Gillies John Taylor
The Le Patourel Shield Liberty Mitchell-Brock The Le Patourel Shield was presented in 2006 by the Royal Hampshire Regiment Comrades Association, Portsmouth and District Branch, in memory of Major HW Le Patourel. In the battle of Tebourba in North Africa in 1942, the Hampshire Regiment found itself outnumbered 4:1. Major Le Patourel led four volunteers through heavy machine gun fire to the German positions on high ground. They silenced enemy fire, but the four volunteers died. Le Patourel pushed forward alone with a pistol and grenades and did not return. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. On the day the official announcement was made, news was received that Le Patourel, who had been wounded and taken captive, was still alive and he was eventually able to receive his medal. He died in 1979, aged 63. The Le Patourel Shield is awarded annually to the most promising CCF cadet.
School Charity Cup The Chai Thom Cambodia Committee First presented in 1991, and donated by Old Portmuthians Graeme Jeffery (PGS 1985-1990), Robert Clay (PGS 1983-1990) and Jonathan Vincent (PGS 1982-1990), this prize is to be awarded to a member or group of pupils in the Sixth Form who, over the year, has made the greatest contribution, not necessarily financially, but in effort, in the field of charity work or fundraising or organisation of charity events.
The Senior School Chess Cup Grant House Decided over three hard-fought rounds in the Autumn Term, the Chess Cup is one of the first House competitions of the calendar.
Richard Bishop was Professor of Engineering and Vice Chancellor at Brunel University. His son John Bishop (PGS 1968-1976) and the family initiated this prize in 1990 to recognise PGS’ long tradition in sending pupils to University to read Engineering, and to give recognition to the pupil annually considered by the Head of Science to be the most promising of these.
Marconi Cup for Technology Katya Jeppesen-Frank First presented in 1990 and established by Marconi Space Systems Ltd as a competition for the best piece of original work concerning a new industrial product or process.
Audrey and Malcolm Foley Prize for Creativity and Innovation Maxwell Gumm Geoff Foley (PGS 1955-1965) was House Captain of Grant House and Captain of Hockey, Tennis, and Badminton. After leaving PGS he went up to Oxford, gaining a BA in Physics in 1968 and he was a Badminton Half Blue. He studied for an MSc. in Physics at the University of Pennsylvania (1969), a PhD. in Solid State Physics at the University of Pennsylvania (1975) and was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Materials Science, also at the University of Pennsylvania (1975–1977). He undertook a period of Executive Education at Harvard Business School. Geoff is the author or co-author of more than 80 U.S. patents. He lives in Fairport, NY state, USA. This Prize, established in 2013, came from Geoff’s continued strong interest in his prior career in fostering innovation and creativity and is named after his parents. The focus of the Award is innovation and creative problem solving as it relates to the application of science and engineering concepts to solving real world problems.
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Sir Lynton White Cup for Work in the Community John Taylor Sir Lynton White MBE, TD, DL was a PGS Governor from 1976-1987. He donated this prize in 1986 to be awarded to the pupil who has promoted the good name of PGS through community ventures.
Tim McDowall Prize Vishvesh Mehta Tim McDowall (PGS 1974-1984) was an exceptionally talented and hard-working pupil, Tim also enjoyed drama, played for both the Rugby 1st XV and Cricket 1st XI, and was a loyal and capable CCF member. He went on to read Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge. Tragically, Tim was murdered while travelling in South America during a gap year after his graduation. His family and friends established a trust fund to support the Tim McDowall Award, to be awarded annually to a Sixth Form pupil who contributes to school sport and is involved in adventurous activities.
The Le Breton Single Wicket Cup Thomas Wallis The Le Breton Single Wicket Cup is awarded for outstanding cricketing achievements during the year. Prior to 2009, this trophy had not been awarded for many years; in fact one of the last recipients was Mike Wedderburn (PGS 1972-1983) a well-known presenter on Sky Sports News in 1982. Now retired PGS Junior School teacher, Mr Gary Payne (PGS 1964-1974) also won the trophy as a sixth former in 1981.
Iliffe Family Cup for Rugby Toby Amos The Iliffe Family Cup for Rugby is awarded to a player in any year in recognition of their outstanding effort and commitment to school rugby. It is being awarded thanks to the generosity of the Iliffe family in memory of Neil, for whom rugby, despite having two daughters at PGS, remained a particular passion! Both Katy (PGS 1996-2010) and Natasha (PGS 2002-2014) represented the School in sport, enthusiastically supported by their parents Caryl, a teaching assistant in the Junior School, and Neil, a former Governor.
Doyle Cup for Athletics Poppy Herbert Presented by Mr and Mrs M J Doyle, in appreciation of the education that their son, Matthew (PGS 19801991) received at the school. The prize, which was first awarded in 1992, is for an Upper School pupil who has shown commitment and dedication to Athletics throughout the school.
Henry and Lilian Stephenson Hockey Cup Poppy Wright As a young architect working for Seely and Paget, Lilian Stephenson (née Du Rell) was appointed to design the then new science laboratories for PGS in the 1960s. She made innovative use of plastic piping; indeed those PGS science laboratories were the first in the country to use this material at that time. Lilian and her husband Henry remained close friends with the school and established this prize for a promising young Hockey player.
Evans Skiing Cup Madeleine Peel Donated by Simon J Evans (PGS 1966-1975) in recognition of Simon’s; Peter (PGS 1964-1974) and Andrew Hopkinson’s (PGS 1966-1976) achievement in winning the Public Schools Championship at Davos in 1973. It is awarded following the annual ski trip to the pupil who shows the greatest improvement.
Tremlett Water Sports Cup Benjamin Millard Thomas Millard Donated by Mrs M D Tremlett in 1994 to recognise a pupil who excels at a water sport.
Thomas Wallis (front and 3rd from left) with the First XI
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Philip Barrett Choral Scholarship and Medal Ella McAvoy The Philip Barrett Choral Scholarship commemorates a former pupil and chorister who left PGS in 1965 to study Theology at Exeter College, Oxford, before ordination at Cuddeson College. The Reverend Philip Barrett was curate at Pershore Abbey, vicar choral at Hereford Cathedral and, in 1986, became Rector of Compton and Otterbourne, combining this with a role as an Honorary Chaplain of Winchester Cathedral. Throughout his career, Philip Barrett pursued a scholarly interest in the English cathedral in the nineteenth century. His book on this subject, Barchester, published in 1993, became and remains a standard reference work.
Holbrook was born in Southsea in 1888 and attended Portsmouth Grammar School for two years, leaving at the age of 13 when he passed the entrance examination for HMS Britannia. This prize has been created thanks to the generosity of Janey Cecil, a relative of Lt Holbrook, and is presented to a pupil who shows outstanding leadership and excellent teamwork.
The prize is awarded at the Head’s discretion to a senior member of the Chamber Choir.
Neil Blewett Award Charlotte Ross This award is a legacy to the memory of Neil Blewett, Surmaster and Senior Teacher who taught at PGS between 1981 and 2010 It recognises Neil’s commitment to the school community and the values and ethics that he imbued upon every aspect of school life. It is the only award in the gift of the President of the Senior Common Room. The trophy is awarded in recognition of the dedication of a pupil who is a true ambassador for the school and whose achievements have been accomplished in the spirit of the school’s values.
Senior School Recognitions Cup Latter House This award was created in 2009 and recognises all Senior School pupils’ achievements throughout the academic year.
Charlotte Ross and Codey Simmons receiving the House Cup as Captains of Latter House at last year’s Prize Giving ceremony
Lt Norman Holbrook Challenge Trophy Codey Simmons Laura Mayes The Portsmouth Grammar School is proud of its record of Old Portmuthians who have fought for their country in every major conflict since the school’s foundation in the eighteenth century. Amongst those distinguished alumni are three men who were awarded the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy, the Victoria Cross. One of them, Commander Norman Holbrook (PGS 1900-1902), was the first submariner ever to be awarded the VC.
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5. SCHOOL PRIZES Cathedral Head Chorister Christian Sim Samuel Bertenshaw
Cathedral Head Chorister Phoebe Palmer
The Peter Lodder Prize for Fortitude Shannon Kirkby George Prince Peter Lodder QC (PGS 1973-1976) is one of the country’s leading criminal barristers. He established this prize in 2013 in honour of his late father, Norman Lodder, and Ted Washington, the PGS teacher who helped him through difficult times when his father died. Peter’s father, Norman, came from a working class background; he joined the Royal Navy as a boy sailor, rising through the ranks to become a LieutenantCommander. Norman was diagnosed with terminal cancer while Peter was a pupil at PGS. Showing great courage, Norman participated in treatment trials which could not help him, but did help others who suffered from cancer after his untimely death. Ted Washington MBE served as Head of History for 36 years, and was a distinguished historian, author and all-round sportsman. He lost his sight in a cricketing accident, but his determination and strength of character enabled him to continue to teach, manage his department and take a full part in school life. His courage in overcoming his disability was an inspiration to generations of pupils, including Peter who described him as being “a model for coping with adversity”. This prize is awarded to a pupil who demonstrates fortitude - an inner strength in facing difficulty or adversity - a quality which Peter regards as “an important attribute in life, and one which an education at PGS upholds”.
Reeve Prize for Perseverance Harry Knott Phoebe Simons Maureen Reeve joined PGS as a French teacher in 1981 and also served as Head of Careers during a nineteenyear career at PGS. Her pastoral skills were legendary, and put to good use as Deputy Housemaster of Latter and as an outstanding House Tutor.
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This prize was established in 2013 by Maureen and her husband, Trevor, and is awarded to a pupil who has demonstrated perseverance, possibly (but not necessarily) in spite of adversity.
The Michael and June Pipes Award Jean-Mickael Hopkinson Mozhgan Hosseine-Ashrafi Michael and Junes Pipes have been associated with The Portsmouth Grammar School since Michael’s appointment as a governor in 1981 when he was the founding Headmaster of the City of Portsmouth Boys’ School. For over 35 years the school has benefitted from Michael’s wisdom and experience at local and national level, and from June’s presence and support, both of them having dedicated their lives to young people and to education. This prize has been created to commemorate their long and happy association with PGS; it is the school’s wish that it should also be named in their honour. The prize is intended to reward a pupil whose all-round character, contribution and hard work deserve recognition.
David Russell Memorial Prize Douglas James David Russell was educated at Dulwich College and qualified as a solicitor four years later. After National Service, he joined the law firm Blake Lapthorn and rose to become a senior partner. He joined the Governing Body of the Portsmouth Grammar School in 1979 and served for nearly fourteen years, including five as Chairman of Governors (1988-1993). During this time PGS became fully co-educational and academic standards rose. It was also an important period of development for sport and the performing arts and, as well as the new sports hall, a new theatre was built which was named after him and is now affectionately known as the ‘DRT’. David died in 2016 and this award is presented to a Sixth Form pupil who has made a significant contribution to the life of the School and to the wider community.
Kieran Keel Prize for Intellectual Curiosity and Excellence Oliver Nash Katie O’Flaherty Kieran Keel (PGS 2002-2012) was a wonderfully gifted and scholarly young man who contributed with zest to the wider life of the school. He joined PGS in Year 4 and was awarded a Foundation Scholarship on entry to the Senior School in Year 7. In the Sixth Form, he was proud to have earned a place as an opening bowler in the 1st XI cricket team; he debated with panache in the Model United Nations, found time to write for the school magazine, The Portmuthian, and was elected by his peers to become a School Prefect. Kieran won a place at Brasenose College, Oxford, to read History and Spanish. Unsurprisingly, he was a popular member of the Junior Common Room and loyal friend to many. He played for the University American Football Club and was known particularly for his love of Spanish literature and poetry. Kieran was tragically killed in an accident during his second year and this prize was set up in his memory in 2014 by his parents, Dita and Barry Keel. Kieran enjoyed a great scholarly curiosity in a wide range of subjects and the prize rewards a pupil who is known for their independent approach to learning and scholarly pursuits.
Ian Newberry Prize for Progress Jonathan Yang Eleanor Wilson First awarded in 1986 and established by Dr and Mrs R Newberry in memory of their son, Ian (PGS 19751985) who died whilst in the Sixth Form. The prize should not be related to academic performance and, as far as possible, should be allocated to a pupil who has not achieved, otherwise, positions of influence in the school, but who has consistently contributed to school activities.
Charlotte Loosemore Memorial Prize Isaac Lee Charlotte Ross First awarded in 2002 and established by the parents of Lottie Loosemore (PGS 1996-2001) following her death from a rare virus while in South America on a GAP year visit. The Prize is awarded to pupils for showing character.
Samuel Hudson Memorial Prize Joe Brennan Daisy Allen Samuel Hudson (1844-1931) was educated in Portsmouth and qualified as a teacher in 1864. He was appointed as a member of staff at PGS when the school was re-founded in 1879. Hudson was master of the First Form (the equivalent of today’s Year 4) and Clerk to the Governors for forty-seven years. He was also commandant of the Cadet Corps and coached the younger boys in cricket. This prize was established in Samuel Hudson’s memory by his great-granddaughter, Mrs Elizabeth Dunne, who was also the mother of one of the first Sixth Form girls at PGS; it is awarded annually to a pupil who has triumphed over adversity.
Angus Gibson Prize Jay Pasricha Sofia Callander This prize commemorates Angus Gibson, a Pre-Prep pupil of plucky spirit and boyish love of pranks, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in 1998 while still in Reception. He died in 1999 and the prize was donated by his parents. It is awarded annually to two Year 11 pupils with energy and character who have made a significant contribution to the life of the school.
Normandy Veterans’ Association Shield Edward Drayson Serena White Established in 1999 by the Normandy Veterans’ Association ‘for all round achievement. Such things as loyalty, care for others, courage, comradeship etc - the qualities that were expected from us during the Normandy campaign.’
Robert Milne Trophy Grace Acklam Matthew Kennedy Lt Robert Milne (PGS 1938-1942) Service Number 304035, 151 Ayrshire Field Regiment, was a member of Grant House, Prefect, Platoon Commander in the OTC and played in the school 2nd XI. He died 1 March 1945, aged 21, during the battle to cross the Rhine and is buried at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery. This prize was established by Robert’s sister and was first awarded in 1999. It recognises a pupil who has given outstanding service to either PGS or the wider community of Portsmouth. The recipient should be of suitable character and the award could be made either for a single outstanding deed or for service over an extended period.
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The Head’s Prize for Deputy Senior Prefect
The Head’s Prize for Senior Prefect
Rebecca Arnold Max Beckett Alexander Gibson Laura Mayes Oliver Nash Serena White
Jonathan Furniss Abigail Wood
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