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Summer 2019


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Editor: Katy Chantrey Design: Julia Thurling

Print: Gemini Print Cover: Junior School Exhibition Afternoon

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Head Master's Introduction

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Successes

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UCAS Exhibition

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Snowdrop Competition

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Spring Fair

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Longleat Fun

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Cricket & Culture

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Beagle Bonanza

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Drama

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High School Musical

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Junior School

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Exhibition Afternoon

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The Wizard of Oz

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Muddy Puddles

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Fastest in the UK

17

Priddy Adventures

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Podium Places

19

Outdoor Education

20

Sport

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Sports Aid Award

22

Cricket!

23

England Hockey Caps

24

Badminton Clean Sweep

25

CCF

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Army Training

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Fleet Air Arm

29

Trips & Visits

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Medieval History

30

Beautiful Barcelona

31

Geography Adventures

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Music

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The Event on the Lawn

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Mid Somerset Sucesses

35

Brass Tour of Jersey

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Double Young Musician

38

Trip to Berlin

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EPTA Finals

40

Choristers

42

Going Back in Time

42

Easter Bonanza

43

Creative Arts

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GCSE Artwork

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People

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3 Head Master’s Introduction

Introduction from the Head Master A decade ago, the late Stephen Hawking unveiled a new clock outside Corpus Christi College in Cambridge. The clock is on a main street corner in the city, visible to everyone who walks by. It is an arresting design - and far from typical - with the large clock face made up of a rippling 24-carat gold-plated disc. It has no hands or numerals but displays the time by means of blue LEDs appearing through slits. One of the design’s most striking features is a grim-looking metal grasshopper or locust sitting on top of the clock face. The designer calls this insect the ‘chronophage’ (time eater); its mouth is constantly moving, devouring the seconds as they pass. Everything about the clock reminds us just how quickly time passes, encouraging us to seize the moment.

In a series of recent breakfast and evening parental engagement meetings, I have found myself saying that we never have more time to discover new passions, interests and talents than when we’re at school. While the children and young people in our care here at Wells might not appreciate it now, they will in time realise just how important it was to seize on all the opportunities that came their way. In due course, they will thank their parents and their teachers for encouraging them so to do. This latest edition of In Touch is another reminder of just how many opportunities there are available to pupils here - academic, musical, dramatic, sporting and charitable. I applaud all those pupils who have fully grasped those opportunities and congratulate them on their achievements. I hope that reading this record will inspire all pupils to expand their horizons and experiences and to make the most of every, all-too-fleeting moment of their time at Wells.

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In Brief

UCAS Exhibition

TedEd Talks

In March, 80 Lower Sixth pupils attended the annual Higher Education Exhibition held at the Westpoint Exhibition Centre in Exeter, accompanied by Ben Taylor, Head of Careers, Sally Rowley, Helen Tallet and Charlotte Farmer.

At the end of February, seven Lower Sixth pupils gave varied and inspiring TedEd-style talks to a fascinated audience in Cedars Hall. Topics included Super-science: the Science Behind Superpowers; Does Feminism Need a Rebrand?; and Why Meat-eaters are the Greatest Threat to Mankind.

The pupils were able to collect prospectuses and speak to UCAS experts and representatives from universities across the UK, as well as representatives from graduate-level apprenticeships, gap year specialists and members of the armed forces. There were inspirational talks, seminars, advice sessions on the application process, and interactive stands, with current university students on hand to discuss what it’s really like to study a certain subject. Whether kick-starting research or refining choices, the trip provided Wells Sixth Form pupils with an opportunity to think about and start to prepare for the next stage of their education, as well as prompting them to book a higher education appointment for advice and guidance in the summer term.

Seeds of Peace Year 10 pupil Sophie Wiseman was selected to take part in the Seeds of Peace Dialogue and Leadership Seminar in London over the first May bank holiday weekend. The programme brought together a dynamic cohort of youth leaders from schools across the UK, offering four days of intensive training. Participants engaged in dialogue, workshops, group activities, and simulations to explore their leadership potential, and develop the skills to feel confident and effective in facilitating dialogue. Seeds of Peace is a charity whose aim is to inspire new generations of global leaders in communities divided by conflict.

Somerset and Beyond Congratulations to Year 7 pupil Arthur Sharp, whose nature-focused textile artwork has been selected for exhibition at the Wells and Mendip Museum until 13th July, as part of the Somerset & Beyond Textile Art Exhibition.

De Winton Lecture - Professor Ian Pallister In February, Professor Ian Pallister, Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon, based at Swansea University, gave a talk to Sixth Form pupils at one of the regular De Winton enrichment sessions. Professor Pallister brought along his groundbreaking and gruesome prosthetics, which future medics were delighted to try out after the talk!

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5 Successes

University and Music College Offers Many final year pupils will be eagerly anticipating their A-level results this summer, following receipt of nearly 200 offers from prestigious universities, as well as numerous offers and scholarships from top UK and international music establishments. Pupils have received offers to study a wide range of subjects, from aerospace engineering to geology, history of art to law. Five pupils have received offers from Cambridge University to continue their studies: Flora Cooknell has an offer to read Human, Social and Political Sciences (HSPS) at Clare College; Bruce Fang, an offer to read Music at Magdalene College; Susanna Mackay, an offer to read English at Trinity College; whilst Jane Lee and Sam Pritchard have offers to read Music and Medicine, respectively, at Gonville and Caius College. Wells musicians have received a significant number of offers and scholarships from UK music colleges to continue with their instrumental studies, with over 60 offers, including 40 significant scholarships from prestigious conservatoires such as the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

In addition, a number of Wells musicians have been awarded places and scholarships at international conservatoires, including the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music and the Mannes School of Music in New York, Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, the Peabody Institute, John Hopkins University in Baltimore, and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Of particular note are those musicians who have received multiple scholarships, including pianists Lulwa Al Shamlan, Laetitia Amodio and Bruce Fang; cellists Gerard Flotats Boix, Rebecca Farthing and Freya Souter; violinists Yik Soo and Cristina Dimitrova; violist Carys Barnes; vocalist Madeleine Perring; percussionist Aileen Chen; and trombonist Meggie Murphy.

It is wonderful to be able to celebrate the significant successes of so many of our pupils. I am especially pleased to see the variety of courses and institutions to which our pupils have applied.� - Head Master, Alastair Tighe

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In Brief English Lit Soc This term the Senior School English Lit Soc has explored the works of Chaucer, as well as an evening on the theme of The End of the World, where A-level pupils gave presentations focusing on dystopian fiction.

Online Seminars Wells English A-level pupils have taken part in online A-level English Literature seminars with university academics. These have included a seminar on Hamlet with the University of Exeter’s Dr Briony Frost; a seminar analysing prose fiction extracts with the University of Sussex’s Senior Teaching Fellow, Dr Graeme Pedlingham; and one on Chaucer’s The Merchant’s Tale with Dr Marianne O’Doherty, an Associate Professor of Late Medieval Literature and Culture at the University of Southampton.

Young Enterprise Presentation Congratulations to the Wells Young Enterprise team who were praised for their outstanding presentation at the recent Young Enterprise Somerset Area Final Competition in Bridgwater.

The Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Competition The School entered pupils in both the Lower School and Junior School categories of the Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Competition 2019. Congratulations to four Year 9 pupils: Freya Hyde and Emily Moores, whose poems were highly commended; and Alix Barruol and Emily Bo Cooper, whose poems were commended. Eight pupils from the Junior School had their poems shortlisted from over 600 entries and were selected as finalists. Poems by Georgia Chappell, Tom Parkman, Charlie Ward, Emily Williams and Shannon Williams were commended by the judge; whilst poems by Lottie Allen, Harry Hellier and Rosie Kemp were highly commended. Congratulations to Harry Hellier, who was awarded the Special Mention prize, as runner up in the U11 Category, whilst Lottie Allen came third. The competition was judged by poet David Morley, winner of the Ted Hughes Award and Cholmondeley Award.

Year 9 winners

Wells pupils took part in the global climate change protests before the Easter break, joining young supporters in schools, colleges and universities across the world to draw attention to the plight of the environment.

Wildlife Area Wells biology technician, Helene Crane, and the ground staff have recently re-planted an area of unused ground with a typical North Somerset grassland seed mix, to increase its amenity value for native wildlife. The science team hopes to attract an increased number of insect species, birds and possibly small mammals as the grassland grows and develops.

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11 Wells pupils achieved a Gold Certificate in this year’s International Mathematics Challenge: Year 9 pupils Abigail Kemp and Jason Kong; Year 10 pupils Rocket Brooks, Lilian Hopper, Imogen Moorsom and Lynus Yim; Year 11 pupils Justin Chan, Harry Chantrey, François Cloete, Amber Cooknell and Jeroan Yip, who gained the highest score in the School, for the second year running. 15 pupils were awarded Silver Certificates and 17 pupils awarded Bronze Certificates. 12 pupils were invited to take part in follow-on rounds, where they sat European Kangaroo papers or the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad papers.

At the Senior level of the Challenge, six pupils achieved Gold certificates: Year 11 pupil Amber Cooknell; Lower Sixth pupil William Haskins; Upper Sixth pupils Maxim Cooper, Miranda Green, Jane Lee and Sam Pritchard. Ten pupils achieved Silver: Year 11 pupils Harry Chantrey, Till Finkbeiner, Rose Ormond, June Rippon and Jeroan Yip; Lower Sixth pupils Alfie Creber, Emma Greenshields, Oliver Li and Danni Woodnutt; and Upper Sixth pupil William Wu. 13 pupils achieved Bronze: Year 11 pupils Elaina Charalambous, Justin Chan, Serena Chung, François Cloete and Bartholomew Foster; Lower Sixth pupils Hilary Loh, Nicholas Richards and Maria Sidorova; Upper Sixth pupils Lulwa Al Shamlan, Flora Cooknell, Angus Lo, Lucas Mo and Natalie Wong.

Lambs put a Spring in this year’s Spring Fair This year’s Spring Fair, organised by the Chorister Parents’ Social Committee, took place on the final day of the Lent Term. In addition to stalls selling delicious cakes, sweets, and enticing jewellery; there was a bouncy castle, glitter hair braids, hook a duck, BBQ, raffle and lucky dip. Pupils from the Pre-Prep paraded in their hand-made Easter bonnets; whilst others enjoyed petting the gorgeous newly-born Somerset lambs, brought in by

Old Wellensian and Wells parent, Jon King. Almost £1,000 was raised at the event this year, with all funds going towards supporting a social event as a treat for the choristers. Chorister families are hugely grateful for the support provided by the school community, including the catering staff, groundsmen and all the families who contribute to the fun of the Spring Fair.

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7 Successes

Strong Performances in the UKMT Mathematics Challenges


Boarders’ Activities Boarders enjoyed a trip to Longleat and an actionpacked paint-ball session over the May bank holiday weekend, part of the energetic programme of boarder’s activities provided by the School. At Longleat pupils enjoyed spotting the wild animals on the safari tour, held snakes and tarantulas, saw leaping sea lions on the Jungle Cruise, bounced across rope bridges and completed the famous Hedge Maze in just seven minutes. The paint ballers enjoyed a frenetic afternoon of competitive war games, aided by Chris Eldridge.

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9 Successes

CRICKET

CULTURE In the first three weeks of the Trinity Term, Wells was delighted to welcome and host talented young cricketer, 16 year old Sahil Jadhav, who plays for the Junior Mumbai team, and was named as one of the most promising under-14 cricketers in India. Sahil was selected by Cricket Beyond Boundaries, a global sports initiative that uses cricket as a vehicle to transform lives and provide opportunities to young India crickets to travel to the UK to spend time in leading schools and develop their cricket. Sahil is one of only 20 young cricketers to have been selected for this initiative since its inception in 2011. Sahil, an incredibly talented batsman was welcomed into De Salis by the Wells pupils during his stay, where he was immersed in a bespoke programme of cricket coaching, strength and conditioning training, sports psychology and matches for the First XI Cricket team, as well as time spent working on his English and an introduction to British culture. The Wells boys embraced the opportunity to introduce Sahil to life in Somerset, including several meals out at the local Indian restaurant, Rajah!

Sahil played for the First XI Cricket team extensively during Cricket Week, opening the batting and scoring an excellent 100 against the MCC in the inaugural fixture of the celebratory week. Director of Sport, Tom Webley, a former Somerset county cricketer and ECB Level 4 Coach, said:

It has been a pleasure and a privilege for us to welcome Sahil to Wells during the summer term. He is an outstanding batsman and real team player, and it has been heart-warming to witness the way in which the Wells boys have embraced his arrival and integrated him with such ease into the team. It has been great for us to be able to introduce Sahil to the glorious countryside of Somerset and the beauty of our lovely and historic market town of Wells. I know the boys have particularly enjoyed taking him along to the local Indian restaurant in the town centre, as well as spending time chilling out in the boarding house!�

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Blue Peter Big Beagle/Basset Bonanza Year 3 pupil Eva Dowden enjoyed a day of adventures with her pet beagle Harry, when they were invited to visit the Blue Peter Studios and Garden in Manchester at the start of June to take part in the Big Beagle/Basset Bonanza. The Blue Peter team have recently adopted a little beagle-basset hound cross rescue dog, called Henry, and they invited fellow beagles and basset hounds, and their 8-14 year old owners to join them to welcome him to the programme. Henry is Blue Peter’s tenth dog, following in the pawprints of Shep, Bonnie and Mabel. Eva and Harry had a great day in Manchester, where they partook in five hours of filming, gaining a fascinating insight into the world of media. Eva was interviewed by the BBC for the Blue Peter programme, and took part alongside the dogs and their owners in a very lively game of “Musical Sit!”, which she and Harry the beagle won, receiving a winner’s rosette as well as a prized Blue Peter badge.

The Great Science Share The national campaign aims to inspire young people in science and engineering. Since its launch in 2016, the campaign has reached over 50,000 young people.

In the Trinity Term Year 8 pupils took part in The Great Science Share initiative - a national campaign to inspire young people to share their scientific questions with new audiences. This involved a 3-week science project covering global issues such as climate change, plastic pollution, world hunger and the provision of clean energy. In mid-June, Sixth Form scientists gave a series of exciting science workshops to the Year 8 groups, which were then followed by informal presentations of their science projects at the Wells Science Fair, to parents and staff, at the Wells and Mendip Museum in the afternoon.

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11 Successes

Emma and Bandit

join GB Team

Congratulations to Lower Sixth pupil Emma Greenshields, who has been selected, along with her beautiful cocker spaniel Bandit, for the Great Britain Junior Dog Agility Team which is taking part in the European Championships in Switzerland in July. Bandit (Kennel Club name, Black Knight of Wessex) is a five year old working cocker spaniel whom Emma has trained since he was a puppy. Emma has been taking part in agility competitions for seven years and trains at Active Agility with her trainer Stephen Bartholomew in Clutton, Somerset. She trains at the club once a week and competes most weekends in the summer. Last year Emma and Bandit won the Crufts Young Kennel Club Medium ABC Agility Competition and reached fourth place in the Young Kennel Club Agility Dog of the Year Competition.

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Over 80 Year 7 to 9 pupils put on three stunning and colourful performances of Disney’s High School Musical to a packed Cedars Hall over several evenings in mid-May, in this year’s vibrant and high octane Lower School Production.

With catchy songs and intricate dance routines, the central theme of the show, the freedom to be yourself, chimes perfectly with the Wells ethos, Esto Quod Es. Questions about identity, acceptance and peer pressure have never been more prevalent for young people; and High School Musical promotes dealing with these questions in a positive and encouraging

way, which in an increasingly turbulent and divided world, remains a breath of fresh air. - Shelley Deans, Production Director Congratulations to the large cast of performers, musicians, technicians and Wells staff who put in the considerable passion and enthusiasm required to pull off such an intoxicating production!

The commitment, enthusiasm, dedication and talent on display from start to end was infectious and inspiring and all of you impressed and delighted the packed audiences in equal measure!” - Head Master, Alastair Tighe

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Dorothy’s Magical Adventure Nursery and Pre-Prep pupils put on three sparkling performances of Dorothy’s Magical Adventure to parents, friends and siblings in the School’s Ritchie

The story focused on the adventures of a rubyslippered Dorothy who explored different nursery rhyme lands, meeting a whole world of endearing

Hall in March.

characters along the way. In addition to their delightful dramatic performances, the children performed many classic children’s songs and dance routines adapted for the performance, which segued beautifully with the Junior School production of A Wizard of Oz later in the Summer Term.

This bespoke play, written and produced by Penelope Lambert, was inspired by the various strengths and personalities of the young children performing it tailor-made to fit their individual talents!

Junior School Exhibition Afternoon Pupils from Nursery right through to Year 6 enjoyed this year’s fabulous Junior School Exhibition Afternoon, which incorporated daredevil feats of gymnastics, extracts from a show-stopping performance of The

Wizard of Oz, music and dances in Jocelyn Gardens, and a stunning collection of creative work in the John Baxter Foyer of Cedars Hall, inspired by cross-curricular projects and visiting artists throughout the academic year.

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The Wizard of Oz At the end of the Trinity Term, the Junior School put on a series of performances of The Wizard of Oz in Cedars Hall. This classic Broadway musical took pupils, as well as a delighted audience, on an amazing

adventure, somewhere over the rainbow, to the land of Oz. The colourful production was a vibrant celebration of the creativity and musicality of our Junior pupils, which rounded off the academic year in style.

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Muddy Puddles, the Listening Dog Lucky young pupils in the Junior School have recently welcomed a caring and cuddly new friend to their classrooms. Muddy Puddles, a beautiful Australian labradoodle. The experienced listening dog joins pupils in different Pre-Prep and Junior School classes once a week for group and one-to-one sessions with the children, helping them develop a passion for reading. With his calm and loving temperament and soft, warm coat, Muddy Puddles provides a reassuring and soothing presence for children starting out on their reading journeys. Research shows that young people can become nervous and stressed when reading to others in a group. However, children who read to listening dogs show an increase in their reading levels, word recognition, a higher desire to read and write, and an increase in intra and interpersonal skills. Dogs like Muddy Puddles create an environment that immediately feels more relaxed and welcoming. Children who are struggling to read need to build confidence and Muddy Puddles provides an uncritical audience and doesn’t mind one bit if mistakes are made! More experienced or capable readers can experiment with intonation and “voices”, knowing that Muddy Puddles will respond positively, thus building their fluency and comprehension.

Welcome Advice for Wells Newspaper Club Journalist Mrs Knight led the Year 4 newspaper club in one of their weekly meetings in April, bringing with her delicious homemade cakes and a fascinating and unique insight into national newspaper journalism. Mrs Knight provided the club with tips about hooking the reader in the first line of the article, and listening out for new and funny stories that the person being interviewed might not have told anyone else. She also spent time with budding Wells journalists helping them with their articles for the first edition of the newspaper and answering questions. Teacher Naomi Hammerton said: It was a fascinating and unique opportunity to learn from a successful and established national journalist Mrs Knight was brilliant!”

UK Chess Challenge Four Year 6 pupils attended the UK Chess Challenge Megafinal held at Millfield in mid-May. William Durrant, Joshua Knott, Hugo Paton-Freeman and Emily Williams all competed in the tough U11 category, with Joshua qualifying for the Southern Gigafinal stage of the competition, and Emily the runner up of the girls’ event. Joshua will attend the prestigious Southern Gigafinal which will take place at Sandown Park Racecourse in Surrey in late July.

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Pre-Prep Arts Week Pre-Prep Arts Week followed the theme A Snapshot

in Time. Early Years pupils journeyed through time with The Doctor in their very own Tardis, with Year 1 pupils visiting Pompeii just before Vesuvius erupted, to investigate the science behind volcanoes and conduct experiments with jelly volcanoes and soda and Mentos eruptions. Younger pupils visited the Jurassic period, baking dinosaur cookies, painting ammonites and making plesiosaurs! Later in the week pupils visited the Museum of Somerset in Taunton, where they examined Roman mosaics, enjoyed activity workshops and dressed up as Roman soldiers.

Silver and Gold for Heidi Congratulations to Year 4 pupil Heidi Ashton, who performed in the Taunton Festival of Arts over the Whitsun half term. Heidi won a silver medal for her modern solo, out of 22 entries, and a gold medal with her group performance with Wells Ballet School and the Somerset Dance umbrella.

Fastest in the UK! Congratulations to Year 5 pupil Asta Maddox, who swam the fastest 50m freestyle in the UK in the last 12 months for her age group, in the recent Somerset County Swimming Championships. Asta won ten events at the Championships, receiving gold, silver and bronze medals, and breaking a number of Street and District Swimming Club records. She was also selected to swim in the IAPS National Swimming Finals, held at the London Aquatics Centre in June, winning gold in the 25m butterfly event, and finishing in just 15.04 seconds!

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Pupils in Year 4 enjoyed a fabulous evening of adventures when they camped out overnight at Priddy in mid-May.

The Living Willow Project Pupils in Years 5 and 6 worked with visiting artist Julie Starks to create an exciting new feature on Jocelyn lawn. This living willow project was designed to create a calm, peaceful space for classes to enjoy!

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Year 4 pupil Iris Knight has progressed to the next round with her entry into the BBC 500 Words competition, a story about the importance of recycling.

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With the final race of the fiercely competitive cross country season wrapped up at Tor Leisure in April, Wells junior athletes were delighted with their final standings in the Mendip League. Overall, Wells came third across the area; achieving the runner up award for both the Lower School Girls and the Upper School Girls categories.

Singled out for particular praise this year are the following runners, whose performances over the five races significantly contributed to Wells’ placement on the podium: Lower School Girls: Willow Williams, Eva Dowden and Olivia Bradbury Upper School Girls: Asta Maddox, Georgia Chappell, Linsey Mitchell, Tilly Matthews and Aeryn Ross Greek.

Primary Maths Challenge In November, a number of Year 6 pupils took part in the national Primary Maths Challenge, a competition involving 67,000 children around the country. Two Junior School pupils achieved a score of over 20 in the initial Challenge, which ensured qualification for the Bonus Round. Of the 2,300 children who took part in this more demanding paper, both Wells pupils were awarded medals. Rosie Kemp was awarded a Silver medal and Joshua Knott achieved the highest Gold award, putting him in the top 105 children who attempted the challenge in the country.

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Podium Places for Wells Runners


Bronze & Silver Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions

Seven Year 10 and 11 pupils completed their Silver, whilst 70 Year 9 pupils completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Qualifying Expedition in perfect weather in the rugged Quantock Hills over the Easter break. The Year 9 pupils spent the Friday evening at the Army Cadet Force (ACF) Training Centre at Bridgwater preparing for their expedition and benefiting from a CCF taster with LT James Commander, the ACF Platoon Commander. Pupils were given the opportunity to test their skills at map reading, command tasks, camouflage and concealment, as well as military drill. The following morning, the groups set off early to complete the 15km walk across the Quantocks, finishing at Holford Campsite where they set up their tents and cooked

supper over camping stoves. They completed their expedition with an 8km climb in the hills. The Silver group set off from Wells on the Friday morning, preparing for their expedition with LT Glyn Lancey at Bridgwater. After an 8km hike across the Quantocks they camped at the ACF Centre in Cannington, followed by a 25km walk along the coast at Hinkley Point on the Saturday. They joined the pupils completing Bronze at Holford Campsite on the Saturday night, before completing the expedition on the Sunday. Further groups have completed their Qualifying expeditions on the Mendips in the Trinity Term.

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Gold Duke of Edinburgh Practice Expeditions Two hardy groups, comprising 13 Senior pupils, successfully completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh practice expeditions in the Black Mountains over the Easter break. Their 80km routes took in the highest point in the region, as well as the Llanthony Valley. Tremendous teamwork, resilience and keen navigation

saw them safely to the end of their planned routes. Despite initial concerns among the staff over the group member who finished in an expertly applied sling for a ‘wrist injury’, it turned out to be an equally expert April fool prank! The group will experience an expedition to Snowdonia for their qualifying venture in August.

Golds Awarded Very many congratulations to the following 11 Upper Sixth pupils and an Old Wellensian, who have been awarded their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards. They will collect their medals and certificates from one of the Royal Palaces over the coming year. Archie Agabani Benjamin Ake Jack Baker Ben Baker Toby Connock Natalie Darbey

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In Brief

Gold at the Acro Cup Congratulations to Year 7 pupil Eliza Pratt who won gold at the Bristol International Acro Cup, with her older acrobatics partner Henry. The Acro Cup is an international acrobatic gymnastics competition, this year held at Yate International Gymnastics Centre. Eliza has been competing since she was eight years old and trains at the City of Bristol Gymnastics Centre. Acrobatic gymnastics is a discipline where partnerships of gymnasts work together and perform figures consisting of acrobatic moves, dance and tumbling, set to music. In each partnership, the gymnasts’ different sizes and abilities will be balanced to complement each other in order to carry out the complex moves. Within Eliza’s training partnership she is the ‘tops’ - the acrobat who flies gracefully through the air - whilst partner Henry is the ‘base’. Eliza trains for between 14-17 hours per week, travelling into Bristol four evenings a week after school, and again on Sundays!

National SportsAid Award for Matt Congratulations to Lower Sixth pupil Matthew Howard, who has been awarded a prestigious SportsAid Award following nomination from his governing body, British Triathlon. SportsAid helps the most promising young British athletes by providing them with financial support, recognition and personal development opportunities during the critical early stages of their careers. It helps more than a thousand young talented athletes across the country each year. Matt was nominated for a SportsAid Award as a result of his selection for the England Talent Squad, which supports the best young triathletes in England.

Cricket Week The 1st XI Cricket team played against the MCC in mid-June, the opening match of Wells’ annual Cricket Week. This was followed by a packed cricketing itinerary, with mid-week matches against Bristol Grammar School, the staff Willows team and a match against the Forty Club. A three school prep tournament took place on Thursday. On the Saturday there was a keenly-fought match between two Wells sides, followed by the annual derby against the Old Wellensians on Sunday. As usual, this proved a memorable and nostalgic occasion for former pupils returning to see old friends and staff.

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Top of the Range Cricket Facilities for Bunbury Team Wells was delighted to host the Bunbury U15 South West cricket team at the School for a practice match in May. The team included some of the best 28 cricketers in the South West, training in preparation for the National Festival in July. The School was also lucky to be joined by the National Performance Manager for the English Cricket Board, David Graveney OBE, who was present as a scout.

The 1st XI pitch on Cedars looked absolutely superb, all visiting parents and coaches were blown away by the pitch and pavilion. - Director of Sport, Tom Webley

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Hockey Tour to Barcelona Two senior boys teams and one senior girls team spent several days in Barcelona during the February break as part of a School hockey tour. The group of 37 pupils, plus School staff, played at some amazing facilities in and around Barcelona, including Club Egara,

CD Terrassa, Atletic Terrassa and Iluro Hockey Club. They were also fortunate enough to watch a Top La Liga game, visit the Nou Camp and spend time on the beach, which was a real treat in February!

Bath Buccs in National Finals

England Caps for Lily Congratulations to Year 11 hockey player, Lily Webb, who represented England U16 this season in internationals against Ireland and against The Netherlands at Lilleshall National Sports Centre near Telford at the end of February and the end of April, respectively.

Congratulations to two Wells hockey players, Jack Denegri and Hugh Page in Year 11, who played at the National Hockey Indoor Finals in Wolverhampton for their club team, Bath Buccaneers Under 16s at the end of January.

Lily is one of only 25 members in the elite English squad, and is looking forward to the future series overseas against Belgium, Holland and Germany in the forthcoming months.

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South West Badminton Champions Congratulations to Year 10 pupil Kevin Luk and to Year 11 pupil John Woo, who won the competitively fought Team Doubles Gold in the South West Badminton Championships in mid-June. Kevin also won the Individual Gold in the Singles finals. This follows hot on the heels of previous successes for Kevin, who won the U19 Devon Silver Badminton Tournament in March, and the prestigious Warwickshire Rising Stars U18 Badminton Competition in mid-May. John Woo reached the QuarterFinals of the Devon Tournament and the boys also reached the Semi-Finals of the Boys Doubles.

The Wells Badminton Squad has had a clean sweep in the Somerset Schools' Badminton League this season. The squad has won every division where the School was represented!

The Under 18 Girls team won Division 1; the Under 18 Boys A team won Division 1; and the Under 18 Boys B team won Division 2. Very many congratulations to an extremely talented squad of players.

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In Touch Spring 2019

Badminton Clean Sweep


Sophie Qualifies for National Finals Congratulations to Year 9 pupil Sophie Karseras, who has qualified for the national finals of the British Mountaineering Council Youth Climbing Series. The finals were open to competitors from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and hundreds of children entered each category from across the UK. This was Sophie’s first major competition and she came 15th in the whole of the UK in lead climbing, and 19th in the overall competition. She is one of just 28 climbers who qualified for the national finals.

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South West Cross Country Championships Congratulations to Lower Sixth pupils Ella Leonard and Matt Howard, who were both selected for the senior section of the Somerset Cross Country squad for the South West Championships at Bath Racecourse in February. Year 9 pupil Joshua Moore was also selected for the reserve list in the junior section of the squad.

Hermione reaches semi-finals Congratulations to Year 10 pupil, Hermione ChristeyClover, who reached the semifinals of the Dorset Ladies County Golf Championships, held at Knighton Heath Golf Club in Bournemouth at the end of April. Hermione was awarded the Carter Cup, for the best net score over the qualifying 36 holes on the Friday of the competition. In Touch Summer 2019

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National Marching Band of the RAF Air Cadets Congratulations to Year 10 saxophonist and trombonist, and Wells CCF Corporal, Toby Burrows, who has been selected for the prestigious National Marching Band of the RAF Air Cadets. Music camps for the National Marching Band are sponsored by the RAFAC and are held annually at RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. The camps help train cadets in the RAFAC Music Service and specifically cadets in the national marching band.

Toby's first course took place over the Easter holidays, where he spent a week with the other musicians in the Band training and practising, before a finale performance at on the Parade Ground at RAF Cranwell on the final day. Toby will perform for the Marching Band at Welbeck Graduation Parade on 6th July, and is also hoping to fit in the opportunity to play for the Concert Band of the RAF Air Cadets over the summer.

Army Training Cadets in the Army Section of the Wells CCF were put through their paces by a Marine Physical Training Instructor in mid-May!

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Commando Training Centre In March, Captain Elks and Lieutenant Lancey took 17 cadets away to the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon. The cadets attempted the infamous Royal Marines bottom field assault course, completed the Royal Marines Battle Swimming Test with full weight and weapon, had an afternoon learning how to clear rooms in a house and fighting in built-up areas (FIBUA), were introduced to foreign weapons of the world and then put through their paces on the drill square completing leadership tasks. The group was hosted by serving Royal Marines Commando Physical Training Instructors (PTIs), Platoon Weapons Instructors (PWIs) and a Royal Marines Sergeant Major, who all said how brilliantly each cadet performed; showing leadership, motivation and resilience throughout the entire weekend.

Recognition for Lt Lancey Congratulations to Wells CCF School Staff Instructor, Lt Glyn Lancey, who has been selected for promotion to become a fully Commissioned Officer, following recognition of his experience and expertise with both the Army Cadet Force and Combined Cadet Force.

Navy Visit Fleet Air Arm At the end of January the Navy section of the CCF visited the Fleet Air Arm Museum at RNAS Yeovilton.

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The Making of Harry Potter As part of our Drama and Integrated Arts programme, pupils in Year 9 took the opportunity to visit The Making of Harry Potter at Warner Bros Studio in London earlier in the term. The unique studio tour took pupils behind-the-scenes to explore the magic of the Harry Potter™ films, which showcased the huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also revealed some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world.

Medieval History At the end of May, Year 7 history pupils spent the day visiting Tintern Abbey and Chepstow Castle, where activities included dressing in chainmail and learning archery skills.

Theatre Trips to Bath and Oxford A selection of pupils studying A-Level and GCSE Drama and Theatre Studies were treated to two wonderful theatre trips in the Lent term. In February they were lucky enough to see a performance of the acclaimed The Blue Door, at the Ustinov Studio in Bath, which was listed by The Times as one of the most important shows to see in 2019. A true masterclass in acting from its two leads, the play was a compelling and memorable exploration of identity, race and culture.

Later in February, the group travelled to the Oxford Playhouse to see a production of The Unreturning, by the renowned Physical Theatre company Frantic Assembly. The Unreturning explores the profound effect that war has on young lives. Stylistic, inventive in both design and performance style, pupils were gripped and challenged throughout. Pupils also had time to visit the Ashmolean Museum where they viewed exhibits themed around archaeology, art, history and culture.

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After an early flight at the end of March, 20 pupils and three teachers set off to Spain for five days to visit beautiful Barcelona. During the trip, they visited the Olympic Museum, the Gothic Quarter, Park GĂźell,

Port Vell and the world-famous Sagrada Familia Cathedral. Finally, they spent the last few hours before the return flight stretched out on the warm sands of Barceloneta Beach.

Creative Writing and Theatre Trip to London At the end of February, 19 Senior School pupils, accompanied by English teachers Sam Clarke and Janice Gearon, spent two active days exploring London as part of a Creative Writing and Theatre trip to the West End. The group, which included those studying A-level English in the Upper and Lower Sixth, and some pupils in Years 10 and 11, took part in a challenging creative writing workshop run by BBC scriptwriter Frazer Flintham at the City Academy, as well as spending time

exploring paintings in the National Gallery. They also enjoyed a comprehensive guided walking tour around the sites of central London, taking in the crowds around Parliament Square, the guards at Horse Guards Parade and the tourists in Trafalgar Square. In the evening, after a meal out at a pizza restaurant in Covent Garden, they spent a spine-tingling evening at The Fortune Theatre in Russell Street watching a stunning production of gothic horror The Woman in Black.

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Modern Languages Trip to Spain


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BRISTOL Lower and Upper Sixth geographers visited Bristol in stunning weather at the end of March. They took a boat tour around the historic floating harbour, learning how 30 years of regeneration has utterly transformed the urban environment. They also visited St Pauls in the inner city, where a huge mural commemorating HMS Windrush has been painted, the business park at Aztec West and the central business district around Castle Park, the covered market and the Corn Exchange. It proved an excellent day of urban geography. In Touch Summer 2019

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DARTMOOR Lower Sixth geographers spent the day studying the extraordinary landscape of Dartmoor National Park, including a visit to Hay Tor and a river study of East Bovey Head, in April. The final location was the remarkable granite formation at Great Staple Tor, where pupils surveyed and measured the granite features, and contrasted them to neighbouring Cox Tor.

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28 Year 7 pupils headed to Glastonbury in early March for a Geography field trip of two halves. In the first session pupils climbed to the top of Glastonbury Tor, where they learnt about the location of this historic landmark, followed by a session at the top on how

to take bearings and measure slope angles using a clinometer. Pupils then headed into Glastonbury town centre to investigate the range of shops and determine where the busiest and most attractive parts of the high street are.

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The Event on the Lawn 2019 The Event on the Lawn took place on the evening of Saturday 2nd March and proved a huge success. The night of live music involved performances from a huge range of talented singers and musicians from the Senior School, from individual vocalists, to the Jazz Orchestra, alternative rock groups to barbershop. Whilst enjoying the series of fabulous acts, the lively audience of pupils, family and friends were able to partake in tasty snacks and street food, such as fragrant Thai curries, delicious crêpes and sustaining pizza, as well as drinks from the bar.

There was also a raffle and auction to raise additional funds for the School’s ongoing Sierra Leone Project. In total, over £6,000 was raised from the evening for the Sierra Leone Project, which will go towards two major capital projects for our two partner schools in Freetown. The first, is for a performance auditorium for the Ballanta Academy of Music; the second for a science laboratory for the JT Reffell School.

Malcolm Arnold Essay Prize Congratulations to Lower Sixth pupil Thomas Nettle, who has recently been awarded Eton College’s prestigious Malcolm Arnold Essay Prize 2019 in the under 19s category. The prize was awarded for Tom’s essay about the English composer’s 1959 music for a production of The Tempest at the Old Vic.

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Successes

Wells musicians performed well in this year’s Mid Somerset Festival. Two major awards were won by Wells pupils: the Piano Shop, Bath Salver, awarded to the most outstanding young pianist went to Year 11 pupil Max Li; whilst the May King Award for the most outstanding young adult singer went to Upper Sixth pupil Gabrielle Desalbres. Winners in the keyboard section, included, François Cloete, Yolanda Kauper, Max Li and Jeremy Tan. Winners in the vocal section included, Esme Daniell-Greenhalgh, Gabrielle Desalbres, Freddie Falzon, Annabel Jeanes, Astrid Rose-Edwards, Ellen Steward, Georgia Webster and Katy Wili.

Concerto Competition Winners Congratulations to Lower Sixth trumpeter Eliza Talman and Year 11 pianist Max Li, who are joint winners of this year’s Concerto Competition. The finals of the competition were held at the start of May in Cedars Hall, when performances by all six finalists were adjudicated by Stephen Threlfall, Director of Music at Chetham's School of Music. The standard of performance from all of the finalists was very high, as a result Lower Sixth trumpeter Danni Woodnutt, Year 11 violinist Nellie Whittam, Year 11 pianist Sejin Yoon and Lower Sixth oboist Ella Leonard will all be offered high-profile performance opportunities in Cedars Hall during the next academic year. Both Eliza and Max will each perform their concertos with the School Symphony Orchestra either in Cedars Hall or in Wells Cathedral next academic year.

St Endellion Festival Concert Series

Head of Student Performance, Paul Denegri, took three Upper Sixth music specialists to give a recital at The St Endellion Festival Concert Series in Cornwall in January. Violinist Cristina Dimitrova, pianist Bruce Fang and bassist Alex Heather gave outstanding performances of demanding repertoire in this prestigious professional concert series.

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Brass Tour to Jersey

The Senior Brass Quintet spent four days in Jersey during the March exeat weekend, giving a series of outreach concerts to schools across the island and performing in an evening concert at the Arts Centre in St Helier alongside pupils from the Jersey Academy of Music. Trombonist Meggie Murphy, tuba player Jacob Potts, french horn player Hannah Williams, and trumpeters Eliza Talman and Danni Woodnutt performed in four concerts, engaging and entertaining audiences with mute demos, trumpet and flugelhorn comparisons, impressive hand-stopping and build a brass instrument demonstrations. The group visited Janvrin Primary School, St Michael's Preparatory School and Victoria College. The Brass Quintet performance in the evening concert incorporated exciting displays of virtuosity from individual instrumentalists and interaction between the ensemble. A high energy performance of Puttin on the Ritz as the finale, kept the audience's feet tapping as they left the auditorium. In addition to their busy performing schedule, pupils found time for some recreation and enjoyed walks on the beach, a visit to a medieval castle and a few rounds of crazy golf.

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This year’s Malcolm Arnold Trumpet Competition was held in Cedars Hall and adjudicated by the Principal Trumpeter of The Royal Shakespeare Company, Andrew Stone-Fewings. Pupils performed in different age categories, with the following results:

Years 6/7 Winner - Charlie Bellamy Highly Commended - Joshua Knott Year 9 Winner - Felix Melia Highly Commended - Grace Davies Years 10/11 Winner - Luke Lane Highly Commended - Charlie Spencer Sixth Form Class Winner - Matthew Whitehead Highly Commended - Eliza Talman Most Promising Trumpet Player Luke Lane

Andrew Stone-Fewings was very impressed with the quality of the performances by the young trumpeters. He has taken part in many workshops and master classes worldwide for young musicians, including several at Wells, and was a trumpet coach for the National Youth Wind Orchestra. He studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he was the first recipient of the Alfred Corfield Trumpet prize; and was a semi-finalist in the Maurice Andre International trumpet competition in Paris. Since completing his studies, he has worked with most of the major orchestras in Britain, covering much of the opera, ballet and orchestral repertoire.

High Sheriff Concert In February, the Lower School Brass Quartet Grace Davies, Nathaniel Halls, Alexander Smith and Daniel Whitehead - played in the High Sheriff of Somerset Concert in Wells Cathedral. The concert consisted of drama, dance and musical performances, involving people from across Somerset.

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Malcolm Arnold Trumpet Competition 2019


Ella Awarded Double Young Musician Crown Congratulations to Lower Sixth oboe specialist, Ella Leonard, who was crowned Taunton Young Musician 2019 at the prestigious competition at Queen’s Hall in Taunton, in March. Ella won a significant financial prize, as well as the fantastic opportunity to perform a concerto with a full orchestra in the next academic year. In May, Ella was also one of the four winners of the prestigious Two Moors Young Musician competition. She won a cash prize and the opportunity to perform at the Festival in October.

Wind Promenade Concert The fourth Woodwind Promenade concert, in its current format, offered a unique experience for performers and audience alike at the end of January. The concert, held in the beautiful environs of Wells Cathedral provided a wonderful showcase for the extensive repertoire of solo and chamber woodwind music at Wells.

Wells Senior Jazz Combo at Jazz and Blues Festival The Wells Senior Jazz Combo were invited to perform at the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival, appearing on a roster alongside many established professional ensembles. Their set was popular and widely applauded.

Many thanks to Old Wellensian saxophonist and technical assistant, Will Rees-Jones, as well as to the GMAs Georgina Hardy and Cameron Cullen who helped out at the event.” - Ed Leaker, Wells Head of Instrumental and Vocal Coaching,

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The evening featured a range of performances across the Cathedral from some of the youngest pupils in the Junior and Lower School to those from our most senior and experienced senior ensembles and soloists. The beautiful evening programme featured Mozart’s Adagio from Flute Concerto in G from a Combined Chapel Flutes and Cathedral Flutes Ensemble; Albinoni’s Concerto for Oboes and Strings op.9 no.6 in G; and Reicha’s Parthia in F from the Wind Ensemble.

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Wind Ensemble Tour to Berlin The Wind Ensemble visited Berlin in the final week of the Lent term, with Wells musicians excelling themselves with their professionalism and musicality. The group visited the CPE Bach Musikgymnasium, cementing the School’s relationship with the Young Music Talents in Europe group. They performed a programme of music by Francaix, Orff, Reicha and John Williams alongside German soloists and ensembles, following rehearsals with their Head of Wind, Norbert Muller. A further day was spent at the Rheingau Gymnasium, working with the school orchestra

and giving a workshop on improvisation; the day culminated in a successful concert. On the final day, the musicians watched the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra rehearse Mahler’s Symphony no. 1 in the morning, meeting up with french horn player Sarah Willis, who took the group on stage to show them around the Philharmonie. This was followed by a meeting with conductor Daniel Harding, who met the group backstage for a photo opportunity and chat after the concert in the evening.

Single Reed Day

Jazz Skills Day

The recent Single Reed Day, for saxophonists and clarinettists, was a high energy day for everyone involved. Over 40 musicians enjoyed the day’s sessions on improvisation, ensemble techniques and masterclasses, which culminated in a finale concert to parents and friends.

Led by the engaging and professional jazz maestro Iain Ballamy and Ed Leaker, young musicians at this year’s Jazz Skills Day experimented with improvisation styles in the jazz tradition. The sessions were embellished by a wide spectrum of instruments including flutes, euphonium and cornets which all added to the great atmosphere on the day.

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EPTA Finals for Ruby Congratulations to Year 10 pianist Ruby Cheung who reached the finals in the Under 15 category of the prestigious 2019 EPTA Competition. The National Finals were held at the start of April in the David Josefowitz Recital Hall at the Royal Academy of Music in London. The esteemed adjudicators were Philip Fowke, vice-president of EPTA UK, Julian Jacobson, the chair of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe and Anthony Williams, concert pianist, writer, lecturer, ABRSM examiner and moderator and festival adjudicator Well done also to Year 8 pianist Bibi Redford who reached the semi-finals and came second in her category.

Yamaha Piano Competition

Nina at Spring Music Festival

Congratulations to Upper Sixth pianist Lulwa Al Shamlan, who reached the finals of the prestigious Yamaha Piano Competition 2019. 27 schools entered the competition and only six finalists were selected.

Upper Sixth pianist Nina Savicevic Leonard gave a piano recital at the Sidholme Music Room, Sidmouth in May. Nina’s recital, part of the Sidholme Spring Music Festival, included works by Bach, Beethoven and Chopin.

Hong Kong Easter Tour A talented string quartet and their pianist spent five days in Hong Kong over the Easter break on a music tour of the city. Violinists Caitlin Marshall and Yik Liang Soo, violist Howard Chiu and cellist Gerard Flotats-Boix were joined by pianist Sejin Yoon to perform at a concert at City Hall, at a dinner for the Wells Music Society of Hong Kong, and for a visit to Wah Yan College in Kowloon.

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In January, the percussion section and trumpeter Richard Blake from the world-acclaimed City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra joined Wells instrumentalists and singers in Cedars Hall for the Planet Percussion concert. Music included the post-war masterpieces Music for Mallet Instruments,

Voices and Organ by Steve Reich, the extraordinary Kimmo for Trumpet and Percussion by Anders Eliasson and Rick Dior’s B-movie homage Science Fiction with live video projection. The packed audience were delighted with the eclectic sounds and virtuosity of a truly original performance!

Amsterdam Conservatoire Percussion Collective In late May musicians from the world-renowned Conservatoire von Amsterdam Percussion Collective gave a series of inspiring and collaborative percussion workshops and masterclasses to Wells percussion

pupils in Cedars Hall. In the evening the Collective played music by Reich, Takemitsu, Miki and Gershwin at a fabulous concert.

Brass and Percussion Promenade Concert The first of the School’s candlelit promenade concerts in Wells Cathedral took place at the end of January, with a wonderful celebration of music at the Brass and Percussion Promenade. With Stravinsky’s dramatic trumpet Fanfare for a New Theatre emanating from the Cathedral Organ Loft to commence the performances, the rapt

audience were treated to a stunning evening of theme-based repertoire with a connection to the live stage, including opera, ballet, Irish dance, musicals, incidental music and modern dance. Presented by pupils from the Junior School right through to the Upper Sixth, the music celebrated hundreds of years of music’s close association with the live stage.

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Planet Percussion


Going Back in Time The junior choristers of Wells Cathedral spent a fascinating afternoon exploring the ancient Wells Cathedral library. They were shown many of the unique ancient books, as well as some of the early choir partbooks that their predecessors would have sung from. Many thanks to Cathedral Librarian Kevin Spears for the tour!

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Some of our choristers took a break from their lessons and duties to take part in a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Race in Vicars Close, as part of a photoshoot for the local press. Thankfully, the choristers involved were all expert flippers and there wasn’t too much pancake to clear up from Vicars Close or the Cloisters!

Chocolate rounds off Holy Week Wells choristers took part in their annual Egg Hunt in glorious sunshine of the Camery Garden after their final service on Easter Sunday afternoon, following a . packed week of wonderful singing and exceptionally hard work - twelve sung services over the course of Holy Week, all filled with the most wonderful and inspiring music. A key musical highlight was Finzi’s Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice which the choir sang during the Three Hour Devotion on Good Friday. It was an exquisite and deeply moving rendition of this wonderful work. The week culminated in Easter Sunday’s three services and the choir delivered glorious performances of Mozart’s Coronation Mass, the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, Elgar’s colossal settings of the Te Deum and Benedictus, Howell’s St Paul’s Service, and Stanford’s wonderful Easter anthem, Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem. It’s no wonder that the choristers were ready for some chocolate confection after all that!

Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo Wells Cathedral choristers gave a fantastic performance at the start of May of Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo to a capacity audience in the North Transept of Wells Cathedral, demonstrating the versatility and eclectic range of the choir and providing a real contrast to their usual choral repertoire. Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo was written and composed towards the end of 1970,

the first collaboration between librettist Michael Flanders and composer Joseph Horovitz. The work is a lighthearted oratorio on the Noah story, exploiting a variety of well-known types of popular music. The Wells choristers sang with obvious enjoyment and exuberance and did real justice to Joseph Horovitz’s imaginative score.

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In Brief

Painting Workshop In April, Lower Sixth pupils Georgina Smith and Toby Pearce attended a painting workshop run by Liz Hand at the Heritage Courtyard Studios. They produced some expressive and exciting paintings based on still-life.

Artists’ Postcards from Wells An exhibition of Artists’ Postcards from Wells and beyond was opened by Michael Eavis at the Wells and Mendip Museum, and ran from the 18th March. Professional and amateur artists of all ages were invited to donate up to three pieces of postcard-sized original art using their choice of medium. The works were displayed anonymously and available for purchase at £20 per item. Prizes of £25 plus tickets to the Glastonbury Extravaganza were offered for the Adult, Under 19 and Under 12 prizewinners; whilst highly commended artists received chocolate! Prizewinners from the School included:

Winner U12 Kyle Lee, Year 7 U12 Highly Commended Holly Reinhardt, Year 7 Winner U19 Louise Smith, Year 8

Artists at Hauser & Wirth In February Sixth Form artists spent the day at Hauser and Wirth in Bruton. It was an exciting, inspiring and creative day, viewing exhibitions of paintings and installations by Catherine Goodman and Matthew Day Jackson. The pupils experienced drawing workshops and created their own individual paintings informed by the expressive visual language of Catherine Goodman's work. Catherine was artist-in-residence for the gallery for six months, and all the work displayed was created during this time. She is interested in the relationship between the figure and the landscape, and the local environment is represented in her work.

U19 Highly Commended Megan Curl, Year 8 Carla Coombs, Year 8 Congratulations to all prizewinners and also to the pupils who submitted work to this very worthwhile community fundraising event.

Tate St Ives In February, Wells GCSE art pupils visited Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth sculpture garden and museum. This trip formed the contextual springboard for generating ideas and work for the Year 11 GCSE exam and Year 10 mock exam, based on the theme of Reflection. The pupils enjoyed sketchbook tours of the Modern Art of St. Ives; including a collection of 20th Century art created in and around St. Ives. This included work by Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon, Barbara Hepworth, Piet Mondrian, Patrick Heron and Naum Gabo. The pupils also visited the Barbara Hepworth sculpture garden and produced exciting, vibrant and expressive drawings in response to both venues and collections.

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GCSE Artwork

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Babies and Weddings Congratulations to Damian Todres and his wife, Victoria, on the safe arrival of Arthur Marlowe in May - a gorgeous younger brother for Joshua. Congratulations to Katy Norman and Chris Le Cras, who married over the Easter break; and to Helen Tallett and Tom Gray, who married over the Whitsun bank holiday in May.

30 Years of Service At the end of June the School Governors hosted a celebration to acknowledge the Wells staff who have reached 30 years of service at the School. Many congratulations to Julie Barrow, Head of the Junior School; Edward Burns, Specialist Music Teacher; John Byrne, Head of Keyboards; Hilary Coates, Specialist Music Teacher; Alan Davis, Senior Laboratory Technician; Simon De Souza, Specialist Music Teacher; Paul Denegri, Head of Music Performance; Mandy Fielding, Home Economics Teacher; Ken Humphreys, Chemistry Teacher; Raymond Jones, Chef; Craig Keast, Head of Grounds; Marcus Laing, Examinations Manager and Head of Economics And Business; Julia Leyton, Matron of Edwards; Paul Yates, It Manager.

Goodbye and Good Luck! At the end of this academic year, we would like to wish all members of staff who are moving on from Wells Cathedral School our very warmest wishes for the exciting opportunities ahead. We look forward to keeping in touch and hearing about their adventures in the future.

As we go to print, we have received the sad news that our wonderful colleague Kate Dennis, Head of Junior School Art, has died. The thoughts of the whole community are with Kate's family. We will include a dedicated piece to Kate in our next edition.

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